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Workshop: The ABC’s of Local Investment

October 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

Over the past eighteen months, the world has been in the throes of the worst pandemic in a century, and many of our essential local businesses are crashing. As the country slowly gets back to normal, we finally can begin planning for revival—of our businesses, our economies, and community life.  One critically important solution lies in our own hands.  Or more accurately, in our life savings. 

Americans now have $73 trillion in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, pension funds, and insurance funds—nearly all of it invested in global corporations.  If you and your neighbors could shift even a small amount of that capital from Wall Street to Main Street, your local economy could flourish. This workshop is designed to help you personally and your community develops practical local investment strategies.  The workshop provides a “taste” of a deeper dive you wish to attend (or organize) that offers 15 videos (each 20-40 minutes) and four online classes. 

This workshop is being offered as part of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit. Please click here to learn more and register using our pay-what-you-can donation-based system to participate.



Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics.  He’s Director of Local Economy Programs for Neighborhood Associates Corporation, and an Adjunct Professor at Bard Business School in New York City.  He is also a Senior Researcher for Council Fire and Local Analytics, where he performed economic-development analyses for states, local governments, and businesses around North America.

He is credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act and dozens of state laws overhauling securities regulation of crowdfunding.  He has authored, coauthored, or edited ten books.  His three most recent books are Put Your Money Where Your Life Is:  How to Invest Locally Using Solo 401ks and Self-Directed IRAs; The Local Economy Solution:  How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity; and Local Dollars, Local Sense:  How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street.

One of his previous books, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years in nearly every U.S. state and more than a dozen countries.


October 4, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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