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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 <igg@igg.com>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 06:48:01 -0400

Title: Michael Shuman - Thinking Locally/Acting Locally - April 2

Michael Shuman - Unchaining the Local Economy

April 21, 7:00 PM Shepherdstown, WV   FREE ADMISSION

More Information: Allan Balliett (304) 876-3382

"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 future. 

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 Shepherdstown (www.freshandlocalcsa.com).

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.

Seating is limited. Reserve your seat by calling Allan Balliett at (304) 876-3382 or  emailing info@freshandlocalcsa.com. More information at  www.gardeningforthefuture.com
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