Michael Shuman - Thinking Locally/Acting Locally - April 21, Shepherdstown, WV
- Subject: [cg] Michael Shuman - Thinking Locally/Acting Locally - April 21, Shepherdstown, WV
- From: Allan Balliett <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 06:48:01 -0400
Title: Michael Shuman - Thinking Locally/Acting Locally -
Michael Shuman -
Unchaining the Local Economy
April 21, 7:00 PM Shepherdstown, WV FREE ADMISSION
More Information: Allan Balliett (304) 876-3382 IGG@IGG.COM
"Michael Shuman is the most exciting speaker that I have
ever heard....except for myself, of course." Joel Salatin,
America's best-known farmer.
Can a small community
find economic prosperity in more Wal-Marts and big box stores?
Or in a new headquarters for a multinational company? No,
insists attorney and economist Michael Shuman. Prosperity for small
towns across America in nurturing expanded and new local businesses
that serve primarily local needs. According to Shuman, locally
grown food, local retail, locally generated energy, local banks, even
local manufacturing plants constitute the economic wave of the
Shuman will speak on the topic of "Going Local: How Communities
are Taming the Global Economy," on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00
p.m. at the War Memorial Building in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The talk is free of charge and is sponsored by Gardening for the
Future (www.gardeningforthefuture.com and the Fresh and Local CSA of
Author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the
Global Age (Routledge, 2000) and currently working as the Vice
President for Enterprise Development at the Training and Development
Corporation, Shuman is currently advising dozens of communities
nationwide on how to support local business through local purchasing
and local investing. Among his current projects are a community-owned
poultry company in Maryland, a small-business venture capital fund in
New Mexico, and grassroots economic-planning initiatives in upstate
New York and mid-Maine.
In Going Local, Shuman suggests that the strongest communities
will vigorously pursue economic self-reliance. "Going local
does not mean walling off from the outside world," he
writes. "It means nurturing locally owned businesses that
use local resources sustainaby, employ local workers at decent
wages, and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming
more self sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control
moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back to
the community where it belongs."
Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce, describes Going
Local as "a brilliant synthesis of a new economy based on
self-reliance, community control, and renewed cyclical flows of
regional capital. Every city or community, rich or poor, should
make Going Local required reading for their employees,
elected officials, and citizens."
Shuman has written more than a
hundred articles for periodicals like the Washington Post,
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Foreign Policy, Parade, New
York Times, The Nation, Chronicle on Philanthropy, and
Foundation News. He has appeared on numerous television and
radio shows, including the "Lehrer News Hour" and
National Public Radio's (NPR) "Talk of the Nation," and he
is a periodic commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered."
Shuman has given an average of a talk a week for nearly 20
years, including invited lectures or paid consultancies in eight
countries, 20 cities, and at 21 universities.
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