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Michael H. Shuman

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on community economics. He is one of the architects of the crowdfunding JOBS Act signed into law by President Obama in April 2012.

He's a fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post Carbon Institute and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He teaches economic development at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He has authored or coauthored nine books, including Local Dollars, Local Sense; The Small Mart Revolution; and Going Local. Shuman has performed leakage analyses and related economic development planning in more than ten states and has analyzed opportunities for food localization for several states, cities, counties, and regions across the nation. He has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for thirty years in forty seven states and eight countries. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, such as the The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, and has written nearly one hundred articles for such periodicals as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Parade Magazine, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Previously, he has been a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership fellow. He is also a member of both the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar, and he lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his two children.

    Michael H.'s Upcoming Events

    • Michael Shuman at Labyrinth Books
      122 Nassau Street , Princeton NJ 08542
      June 6, 2015, 12:00 pm

      On June 6th, Michael Shuman will discuss his newest book, "The Local Economy Solution," at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, New Jersey. Copies of "The Local Economy Solution" will be available for sale and signing at this event.

    • Michael Shuman at the Three Stone Hearth
      1581 University Ave. , Berkeley CA 94703
      June 7, 2015, 5:00 pm

      On June 7th, Michael Shuman will present at the Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley, CA at 5:00 PM.

    • Michael Shuman at CAMEO Annual Member Meeting
      1300 H Street , Sacramento CA 95814
      June 9, 2015, 1:30 pm

      On June 9th, Michael Shuman will keynote at the annual member meeting of the California Association for Microenterprise (CAMEO). This meeting will take place at the Sterling Hotel in Sacramento, CA from 8:30 AM- 6:00 PM. Michael's presentation will begin at 1:30 PM.

    • Michael Shuman at 2015 BALLE Conference
      50 East Adams Street, Phoenix AZ 85042
      June 12, 2015, 11:00 am

      On June 12th at this year's 2015 BALLE Conference, Michael Shuman will speak on the five key economic development functions that support sustainable local businesses — local planning, local purchasing, local entrepreneurship development, local partnerships and local investment — the topic of his brand-new book, "The Local Economy Solution." He will share his findings from a year of research into effective revenue and business models to support all of these functions in a community. Michael will speak alongside entrepreneurs and innovative exemplars from each of these categories and engage in an interactive discussion. This conference will run from June 10-12 and cost $650 for full registration, with discount pricing available.

    • Michael Shuman at Politics and Prose
      2021 14th St, NW , Washington DC 20009
      July 22, 2015, 6:30 pm

      On July 22nd, Michael Shuman will speak on his newest book at Politics and Prose's Busboys and Poets location on 14th and V in Washington, DC. This book reading will begin at 6:30 PM and is open to the public. Copies of "The Local Economy Solution" will be available for sale and signing at this event.

    Michael H.'s Books

    The Local Economy Solution

    How Innovative, Self-Financing 'Pollinator' Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity

    The Local Economy Solution suggests an alternative approach in which states and cities nurture a new generation of enterprises that help local businesses launch and grow. These cutting-edge companies, which Shuman calls “pollinator businesses,” are creating jobs and the conditions for future economic growth, and doing so in self-financing ways.

    The Community Resilience Guide Series Set

    More and more Americans acutely sense that the old way of doing things — investing their savings in Wall Street companies who care little about the well-being of our families and communities, depending on polluting, increasingly costly, and non-renewable sources of energy, and eating food grown far away that makes us sick — is no longer working. Instead, we want to invest in own homes and our own neighborhoods. We want to be build more local self-reliance in the face of uncertainty. We want to be have a say in the future of our communities. But how? In partnership with Post Carbon Institute, Chelsea Green presents the Community Resilience Guides — a series of books exploring the newest and most promising examples of relocalization for uncertain times.

    Local Dollars, Local Sense

    How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity

    Local Dollars, Local Sense by Michael Shuman probes the future of investing -- making the case for investors to put their money into building local businesses and food and energy systems, and otherwise creating healthy regional economies that meet the stresses of a post-peak-oil world. The book tells readers how to find or develop opportunities for investing locally, explains the obstacles, and introduces readers to investors who have taken on the challenge and put their theories about local investing into action.

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