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Michael Shuman

Michael 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 forty­seven 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.

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Michael Shuman Events

September 11th, 2016 - 9:00 am

Michael Shuman Community Investment Workshop

Location: Bethesda Green, 4825 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD | Authors: Michael Shuman

Event Description Global finance is an opaque landscape for individual investors. All too often, our investments can end up tied to socially and environmentally harmful industries, disconnected from our communities, without our knowledge. How can we empower ourselves to direct our money toward profitable, progressive, and local businesses? If you long to operate with integrity in all parts of your life but feel underequipped or bewildered by the idea of aligning your investments with your community, this workshop is a chance to learn essential portfolio management skills and link your financial resources with local resilience.

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Category: Business & Economy | Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience | Politics & Public Policy
Format: Workshop 
Book: Local Dollars, Local Sense - How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity 

September 11th, 2016 - 11:00 am

Michael Shuman at Essential Knowledge for Transition Workshop

Location: Bethesda Green, 4825 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD, 20814 | Authors: Michael Shuman

Michael Shuman will co-lead a workshop with Marco Vangelisti called “Align Your Investment with Your Values and Your Community.” This workshop will be held on Sunday, September 11 in downtown Bethesda and is designed to give participants a thorough understanding in local investment options and teach key skills for evaluating the quality, risk, and returns from local investments. Cost to participate ranges from $245-$345.

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Category: Business & Economy | Politics & Public Policy
Format: Workshop 
Book: The Local Economy Solution - How Innovative, Self-Financing "Pollinator" Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity 

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