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Now Available: Local Dollars, Local Sense!

“Michael Shuman answers a lot of questions I’ve always wondered about, and in the process paints a practical vision of exactly where we need to be headed in this country. Consider this book an excellent investment!”
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature

We’re very excited to announce that Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity by Michael Shuman is now available!

Were you all riled up by the Occupy uprising (which is still percolating in small camps across the country, by the way), but left staring at your IRA or 401(k) thinking, darn, I’m still invested in stupid old Wall Street, what can I do?! Well, first of all, you’re lucky to have such problems. And second of all, we commend you for feeling the need to solve them! You shouldn’t have to invest against your values just to protect your nest egg.

This new book can help you figure out how to invest more sustainably — not in corrupt corporations that are governed shadily themselves and that try to corrupt the government — but in real, local ventures in your very own community.

“Local small businesses employ more people and respond to community needs better than big corporations do—but nearly all our investment dollars support Wall Street banks and huge companies. The path to local investing has been strewn with obstacles. Michael Shuman clears a path for us all, showing how local investing can help solve some of America’s biggest social, economic, environmental, and political problems. This is a book many of us have been waiting for.”
Richard Heinberg, author of The End of Growth and Peak Everything

Check it out today!

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