It's Conference Season!
We’d like to call our Capital Institute community’s attention to four not-to-be missed events upcoming this spring. “Degrowth in the Americas,” to be held in Montreal from May 13 to 19 will focus on what degrowth means for our Hemisphere. BALLE’s “Prosperty Starts Here,” to be held in Grand Rapids from May 15 to 19, is the organization’s annual gathering of local economy entrepreneurs and visionaries. On Earth Day Slow Money NYC will showcase five pioneering food entreprenuers from the lower Hudson Valley of New York in Pocantico Hills, NY. Capital Institute Founder and President John Fullerton will be a speaker at the Degrowth and BALLE conferences. The Public Banking Institute is hosting its inaugural Public Banking Conference in America in Philadelphia April 27 and 28, taking a look at public banking success stories and the hidden costs of our current banking system.
Degrowth in America, to be held in Montreal May 13 to 19, will draw on previous degrowth conferences held in Paris and Barceolona. Topics to be considered will be: What does degrowth mean for our Hemisphere with its rich geographical, cultural, social and economic diversity? How can degrowth models apply to different contexts from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego? What does degrowth mean for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their aspirations for their lands and peoples? How can degrowth concepts be made audible, understandable and acceptable to rich North Americans? Speakers will include David Suzuki, Joan Martinez-Alier, John Fullerton, founder and president of Capital Insitute, and Capital Institute advisory board members William Rees, Juliet Schor and Peter Victor.
Register online here: http://montreal.degrowth.org/registration.html
The Business Alliance for Local Living Communities (BALLE) will hold its 2012 Business Conference, May 15 to 19 in Grand Rapids, MI. “Real Prosperity Starts Here” will be a gathering of new economy entrepreneurs and visionaries focusing on public policy, and community-supported food, finance, manufacturing energy, retail and more. Notable speakers include Don Shaffer of RSF Social Finance and Medrick Addison of the Evergreen Cooperatives. On the afternoon of May 17, John Fullerton will be joined by David Korten, Marjorie Kelly, and Gar Alperovitz for a discussion of “Real Prosperity: Transformative Visions for Building a New Economy.”
Register for the conference here: http://www.livingeconomies.org/conference-2012
Closer to Capital Institute’s headquarters in Greenwich, CT, Slow Money New York City will host an Earth Day Entrepreneur Showcase at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY, on Earth Day, April 22. Speakers will be Slow Money Founder Woody Tasch, Slow Money Director Eliot Coleman, and five pioneering food entrepreneurs from the local region. Good food activist, impact investors, sustainable business entrepreneurs, and foundation program officers, and anyone wondering whether there is life after fast money and fast food are encouraged to attend.
Register for the Slow Money event here: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-Money-NYC/events/57124892/
The Public Banking Institute's Public Banking in America Conference in Philadelphia April 27 to 28 will revisit the success of public banking in colonial America and throughout the world; the benefits of city-owned banks, county-owned banks, state-owned banks, university-owned banks, and public land banks, the history, structure, and governance of the Bank of North Dakota; and reports from the field of the current movement to establish publicly-owned banks.
Register for online here: http://www.publicbankinginamerica.org/home.htm