Connected Local Economies

with Michael H. Shuma

2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Cities, Community Building, Economy

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 p.m. (PT)

SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 1200


Tue, 01 Oct 2013

6:00 p.m. (PT)

Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad Street, Victoria

About Charting BC's Economic Future

For our second SFU Public Square Community Summit, we explored issues regarding BC's economic future. Faced with an increasingly competitive global economy, it is more important than ever that British Columbians find ways to work together on a common agenda for promoting the well-being of the province and its citizens. This Community Summit invited participation from residents across the province to discuss British Columbia’s economic future.

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Charting BC's Economic Future Events

  • Urban Conspiracy 2

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy, Arts + Culture

    CBC Debaters Charlie Demers and Richard Side took on the challenge to bring BC’s traditionally polarized political landscape together for a night of comedic conversation, diabolical dialogue and high-wire hijinks as they unpack wealth creation, social equity and protection of the environment.

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  • An Evening with Robert Reich

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy, Democracy, Equity + Justice, Future of Work

    SFU Public Square, in partnership with Vancity, presented An Evening with Robert Reich.

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  • City Conversations: Special Edition | Charting BC's Economic Future

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Cities, Economy, Series City Conversations

    This special edition of City Conversations looked at how immigrants with advanced training have difficulty working at their skill level in their new country.

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  • Taxation and the BC Economy

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy

    Conversations about taxes can be polarizing. The BC tax system is complex and has a profound impact on the daily lives and decisions of the people of this province. Some of BC's best economic minds shared their perspective on the benefits and challenges of the current tax system.

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  • Connected Local Economies

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Cities, Community Building, Economy

    We had an engaging and interactive evening with economist, award-winning author Michael H. Shuman discussing local economies.

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  • Our Future, Our Voice Youth Forum

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy, Democracy

    Designed by young people, this forum launched the 2013 Community Summit and treated youth as major stakeholders in a dialogue about our economic future.

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  • 100 Community Conversations – Provincial Tour

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future, Economy

    As part of the 100 Community Conversations, this summer, SFU Public Square and regional community partners convened dialogues across British Columbia to capture a diversity of voices.

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  • Idea Jam

    2013, Summit Charting BC's Economic Future

    Youth helped us design a forum for to give young BCers a voice to drive social change and shape an agenda for provincial economic policy.

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