Much of the economic growth of the past three decades disproportionately benefitted a small group at the top. This Distinguished Speaker Series focuses on developing a more equitable economy through place-based initiatives. Inspired by What Then Must We Do? by Gar Alperovitz, each session will challenge the audience to develop new approaches to strengthen their communities.
The Center for Governmental Studies, within NIU’s Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, and PASCAL Observatory are pleased to bring the following three discussions to the community.
October 4, 10:00-noon: The Next American Revolution
Gar Alperovitz’s provocative thoughts regarding transformative economic change speak to our chaotic political climate. Via internet, he discusses democratizing wealth and building a community sustaining economy from the ground up. A live discussion will follow.
October 19, 10:00-noon: Growing a Place-Based Economy
In the morning, Scott Struchen discusses how he developed Tangled Roots Brewing Company as well as a hops farm, microbrewery and restaurant located in Ottawa, Illinois. Each celebrates local fare and capitalizes on regional assets.
October 19, 1:30-3:00: This optional afternoon session discusses using Community Supported Enterprises as a financing tool for new businesses.
November 1: Engaging Institutions in Sustainable Economies
Leodis Scott of Columbia Teachers College, New York will facilitate a panel discussion on how we can transform our institutions of higher education, healthcare and finance to support local economic innovation.
Faculty, staff, students and interested individuals are encouraged to attend all three events as each discussion builds on the previous. However, you are welcome to attend fewer if you prefer. There is no charge but registration is required. For additional information, click on flyer below, go to cgs.niu.edu, or contact Pat Inman at email@example.com.
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