Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute.
He has authored, coauthored, or edited nine books. His most recent book, just published by Chelsea Green, is The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-financing Pollinator Enterprises can Grow Jobs and Prosperity. His earlier book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006.
In recent years, he has prepared studies on the opportunities for food localization and economic leakage for three dozen states and localities. He has also performed economic analyses of the social costs of dredging in Baltimore, the potential value of North Carolina "recapturing" hydroelectric dams licensed by Alcoa, and the benefits of the Navy moving a flight program to a less populated area.
A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for 30 years—in 47 states and eight countries. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, such as the Lehrer News Hour and NPR's "Talk of the Nation," and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
Shuman has written nearly one hundred published articles for such periodicals as New York Times, Washington Post, Nation, Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Parade, and The Chronicle on Philanthropy. In 1980 he won First Prize in the Rabinowitch Essay Competition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on "How to Prevent Nuclear War."
Shuman received an A.B. with distinction in economics and international relations from Stanford University in 1979 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1982. Between 1987 and 1990 he was 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.
Michael Shuman teaches “Locanomics: Principles and Practice for Community Prosperity" in the Certificate Program for Community Economic Development.