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Shuman connects local economies at #SFUPS summit

September 24, 2013

Janet Webber, SFU Public Square, 778.782.9479,
Nicole Chaland, SFU’s Certificate for CED Professionals,
Scott McLean, PAMR, 778.782.5151,

Economist, attorney and award-winning author Michael H. Shuman will discuss his thoughts on economic development at two events (Sept. 30 in Vancouver and Oct. 1 in Victoria), as part of SFU Public Square’s 2013 Community Summit.

Entitled Connected Local Economies, the events will see Shuman set out an alternative set of principle and practices involving a local living economies approach, focusing on local business and a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Following Shuman’s presentation, Vancouver’s The Design Nerds will lead a nerd jam, breaking the audience into teams of 6-8 people to tackle ten different economic design challenges.

A Fellow at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute, Shuman received the bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book in 2006 with his release of The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition.

The Shuman events are part of Charting BC’s Economic Future, the second annual SFU Public Square Community Summit, with events taking place across the province between Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2013.

Visit for more information on SFU Public Square and the 2013 Community Summit, or follow the conversation on Twitter via the hashtag #SFUPS.

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