Antioch University Midwest
900 Dayton St
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
October 20th – 21st, 2017
This conference, organized in collaboration with Community Solutions, will focus on localization initiatives, indigenous cultures and community rights, and will include plenaries, workshops, keynotes, tours, a preview of Jim Merkel’s film Saving Walden’s World, and a Saturday evening performance by the World House Choir. Topics will include the economics of local food systems, promoting local investment, social impact investing, workers cooperatives, mutual aid networks, closed-loop local systems, local currencies, and more.
Local Futures founder and director Helena Norberg-Hodge will be presented the Arthur E. Morgan Award, an annual award “to honor those who are passionate about—and committed to—the virtues about which Morgan wrote so comprehensively: Community, Democracy, Entrepreneurship, and Individual Character.”
There are many options for overnight stay in town including B&Bs, a small hotel, a large local hotel, and homestays with AMICS members.
Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four children. Read more about Charles at http://charleseisenstein.net.
Michael Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on community economics. He is a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. The author of Local Dollars, Local Sense, he leads community-based economic development efforts across the country.
Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the new economy movement and is the recipient of both the Right Livelihood Award and the Goi Peace Prize. She is the founder and director of Local Futures (formerly ISEC) and the International Alliance for Localization. She produced and co-directed the award-winning film The Economics of Happiness, and is the author of the inspirational classic Ancient Futures. Helena is also a founding member of the International Forum on Globalization, the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, and the Global Ecovillage Network.
Anthony Flaccavento is the author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up. He is an economic development consultant and organic farmer from Abingdon, in the heart of Appalachia. His consulting business, SCALE—Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies, works with communities around the world to help build more locally-rooted, sustainable economies and healthier food systems. Anthony was the founder of Appalachian Sustainable Development and a number of other ‘social enterprises’ in affordable housing, food and farming and forest and wood products. He writes and speaks regularly about the economy, sustainability, rural development and politics. His You Tube channel, “Take Five with Tony”, covers many of these same topics in down-to-earth, five minute segments.
Jim Merkel is the author of Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth. Jim founded the Alternative Transportation Task Force in San Luis Obispo, California, and held an elected Sierra Club position while honing urban simple living skills. He lobbied in Washington for wilderness, peace, and Native American rights. In 1994 he received a fellowship to research sustainability in Kerala, India, and walked in the Himalayas. The following year he founded the Global Living Project (GLP) and initiated the GLP Summer Institute where teams of researchers attempted to live on an equitable portion of the biosphere. Community Solutions is partnering with Jim Merkel on his new film, Saving Walden’s World.