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Michael Shuman on Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age


Michael H. Shuman has been working on local economy issues for 15 years. He’s an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur.

Michael argues that there are a number of initiatives communities must take to support local economies and small business ¬– and that the knock-on effects of local investment are vast: building strong communities and fostering employment, food and industry growth and security.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.


Michael Shuman

Michael H. Shuman is an American economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a fellow at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Cutting Edge Capital, and Post-Carbon Institute. He has authored, co-authored, or edited eight books. His most recent book, just published by Chelsea Gree... Read more


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