What makes a thriving economy that builds connections between people and the places they live?

We had an engaging and interactive evening with economist, attorney, and award-winning author MICHAEL H. SHUMAN. Mr. Shuman shared his thoughts on economic development as practiced today, and set out an alternative set of principles and practices involving a local living economies approach that focuses on local business and an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports them.

After the presentation, The Design Nerds led the audience through a nerd jam! The audience broke into teams of 6 – 8 people and tackled ten different economic design challenges. A Design Nerd Jam is a tried tested and true method for collaborative brainstorming and innovation. The cornerstone of the process is Collaborative Rapid Idea Generation, Participant Empowerment and Fun!

“Many people have critically examined economics on the basis of social outcomes, inequality, climate change and so on. But only Michael Shuman has examined two different approaches: 'attract and retain' versus 'local living economy' on the basis of jobs, wealth and competitiveness. Better still, Michael Shuman has taken great care to present in a way that speaks to the concerns of real people. With his somewhat quirky sense of humour, Michael will present compelling data, great examples, & a crisp framework for building local living economies.” Nicole Chaland, Program Director,
SFU’s Certificate Program for CED Professionals

Event entry was by donation, and all proceeds went to support the bursary program for SFU’s Certificate Program for Community Economic Development.



Mon, 30 Sep 2013 6:00 PM


Room 1200, Segal Building,
SFU Vancouver
, 500 Granville Street



Tue, 01 Oct 2013 6:00 PM


Victoria Event Centre,
1415 Broad Street

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