Think Local First

Right on Target...

WSU Extension along with Local 20-20 and LION sponsored Micheal Schuman's lecture (4/15/09) on how our local economy works.  Sounds like a boring talk and  this editor expected  the message was going to be either, "Wake up and go after the big box stores" or  "If you don't buy local you're not part of the solution".

Nope, he gave us a very useful  economist's view on what local dollars can do for all of us.  And, how to offer great product value that can compete with the outside influences as well as have a smaller carbon footprint.  A video version of this lecture has been taped by Dennis Daneau and an excerpt  will be  available on this website when it's completed.

Poster by Sally Chapin.
Come hear Michael Shuman (nationally known author, attorney, economist, & NPR radio guest) speak on the timely topic of engaging local communities in collective action during these trying economic times. 
His recent books -- The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age -- offer a breadth of experience and hands-on knowledge that is not to be missed. 
Michael Shuman was recently appointed Director of Research and Public Policy of the national BALLE organization and has given the Obama administration his thoughts on the necessity for stimulating the local economy. He will address how we can support the local economy, not just through purchasing locally and consuming locally produced and grown products, but by investing in local micro-lenders, credit unions, co-ops and other local business start ups.
The speaker program begins at 7:00 p.m. Fort Worden Commons- FREE- a very good investment!!!

This event is made available  by WSU Extension- EDC/ TEAM JEFFERSON, Local 2020, Local Investing Opportunities Network, and BALLE Jefferson County- Rhody Revolution! 

Local 20-20 Potluck

Local 20/20 hosted another community potluck (4-16-09) to hear about how we can make the best use of Michael's suggestions.
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