Join us as we bring three of the world’s leading economic visionaries together to discuss investing in local economies. Sustainability at a local level is becoming an increasingly important issue, and helps to create more self-reliant and joyful communities. Supporting local resilience-oriented enterprises can strengthen food systems, renewable energy and overall economic progress. This special event has been put together to teach endowments about the steps they can take to contribute.
The first half of this event features the Transition Town Movement’s founders, Rob Hopkins and Peter Lipman. The Transition Town Movement promotes community-driven responses to climate change that focus on cooperative efforts to meet basic needs as close to home as possible. In just a few years, their work has inspired an international movement consisting of thousands of people and hundreds of communities who now pursue Transition initiatives.
In the second half of this morning presentation, US local economy pioneer Michael Shuman will talk about how US foundations can put their investment dollars into building local businesses and resilient regional economies—and profit in the process.
- Rob Hopkins, Co-founder, Transition Newtork
- Peter Lipman, Chairman, Transition Network
- Don Scaffer (Moderator), CEO, RSF Social Financial
- Michael Shuman, Director of Research, Cutting Edge Capital; Director of Research and Economic Development, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE); Fellow, Post Carbon Institute