1. Radical Banking

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    What North Dakota has been doing for more than 100 years that saved the state from the 2008 credit crisis. Ellen Brown is an author, attorney, public speaker, and advocate of financial reform, most prominently public banking. She was 2014 California State Treasurer Green Party candidate. She is the founder and president of the Public Banking Institute, a nonpartisan think tank devoted to the creation of publicly run banks. She is also the president of Third Millennium Press, and has authored twelve books, including Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution, as well as over 200 published articles and is...
  2. Re-thinking Our Story About the Economy

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    A radical rethinking of our faulty assumptions about money and how to use it.  David Korten worked for more than 35 years in preeminent business, academic and international development institutions before he turned away from the establishment to work exclusively with public interest citizen-action groups. His newest book, Change the Story: Change the Future is due out in 2015. He is cofounder and board chair of YES! Magazine, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, founder and president of the Living Economies Forum, a member of the Club of Rome and former board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living...
  3. Beyond the Almighty Dollar

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    The sharing economy maximizes the value of non-monetary assets. Arun Sundararajan is the NEC Faculty Fellow, Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences and a Doctoral Coordinator at the Stern School of Business, NYU. He After receiving his M.S., Management Science & Ph.D., Business Administration from University of Rochester, Professor Sundararajan has served on the editorial boards of MIS Quarterly and Management Science, was the founding co-chair of the NYU Summer Workshop on the Economics of IT and of the Workshop on Information in Networks and is a Senior Editor of the journal Information Systems Research.  His research studies digital economics...
  4. The Evergreen Cooperatives: Building Worker Equity & Community in Cleveland

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    How a hospital, university, a hotel and a museum joined forces to seed economic opportunity for all.  Ted Howard is the Co-Founder and President of The Democracy Collaborative, a national leader in community wealth building strategies and policy development and  a founding member of the board of the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation.  He also serves as the Minter Senior Fellow for Social Justice with The Cleveland Foundation. Ted has worked in the nonprofit/civil society sector for over 30 years, including more than 15 years in international development with NGOs and agencies of the UN system, serving as the Director of the National...
  5. Turning the Blues into Green

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     A humble musical form is driving economic development, building civic pride and attracting tourism. John Horhn is a Mississippi State Senator, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 1993.He earned his certificate in Community Leadership from Jackson State University, attended the Governors Center program in strategic planning at Duke University, and earned his B.A. from Centre College of Kentucky. His professional experience includes working as a community development consultant and motivational speaker. Malcolm White is the Director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the economic development and tourism industries.  ...
  6. Finding the Sacred Within the Profaned

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    A pueblo dump near a holy tribal clay pit inspires a Santa Clara Pueblo Indian artist to honor discarded items in a way that echoes tribal traditions and questions contemporary consumption. Nora Naranjo-Morse is a Mixed Media Artist. She is a member of the Tewa Tribe and a mixed media artist. Though she lives a traditional life at Santa Clara Pueblo, her pointedly satirical figures and huge conceptual installations make her one of the most exciting artists of her generation. She is a 2014 Natives Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellow.     Nora’s 2007 sculpture ‘Always Becoming” still appears on the grounds of the...
  7. Divided We Sink

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    We must unite to save the planet–because there’s no such thing as a hole in just the other side of the boat.  Mel Hoover is Reverend Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church. He was the 2013 recipient of Unitarian Universalist Association Distinguished Service Award for his work in anti-racism, anti-oppression, community-building, gender equality and environmental justice. He is 2014 Co-Founder of the MelRose Positive Transformative Change Ministries. He is involved with the Earth Charter Movement, a global movement for a sustainable future, and was an incorporator of “Earth Scouts” for boys and girls 3 to 17.  Food for Thought & Conversation...
  8. A Moveable Musical Village with Artist Delaney Martin

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    This will make your day and remind you what creativity can do to lift the spirit in hard times. New Orleans artists are using salvaged materials to build mobile houses that are also musical instruments.  Delaney Martin is Artistic Director of Dithyrambalina and Co-founder of New Orleans Airlift.  Over the past decade she lived, studied and worked in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and London, frequently working in collaborations with fellow artists, musicians and performers.  She continues to oversee the creative side of Dithyrambalina, a project she conceived & implemented. Delaney co-founded New Orleans Airlift desiring to give back to the...
  9. An Amazing Gay Rights Leader Puts Florida at the Forefront With Nadine Smith

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    An amazing woman puts Florida at the forefront of the Gay Rights Movement. Nadine Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida the state’s largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A former award-winning journalist turned organizer, Nadine was one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic oval office meeting between then-President Clinton -the first such meeting between a sitting President and gay community leaders. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization which celebrates 30 years in 2014. She is s a Florida Chamber Foundation...
  10. No Scrap Left Behind

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    ]A retired teacher revives the ancient practice of gleaning—to reduce waste and feed the hungry.  Dennis Karas  is a retired teacher, professional gleaner and a resident at Columbia Eco-Village in Portland, OR. Food For Thought & Conversation Dennis Karas has a passion to help lessen food scarcity for people through gleaning and sharing the resources.  Please share your thoughts about Dennis’ story. Do you know of similar stories in your community? How might you turn your passion to help others into reality as Dennis has done? Actions “In the United States, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of...

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