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Events for the week of 03/31/2013
New Economy Summit at ASU
Date: 4/4 - 4/07   click here for website

The New Economy Summit April 4th - 7th

The Summit is a conference, a gathering of individuals with ideas about how to liberate our cities and towns from the worst parts of the modern world, how to free ourselves from dependence on mega-corporations and impersonal government power. Our focus is on solutions. This isn't a hangout for doomsday prophets harping on how our world is being destroyed. This is an exploration of creative, practical ways to bring our daily reality in line with the visions inside all of us. We're having workshops to spread valuable information and knowledge, and we're having over fifty non-profits, businesses and local groups throughout the weekend for you to meet. There's no fee, so why don't you stop by?

Keynote Speaker: Gar Alperovitz author of America Beyond Capitalism, and his newest book, What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution
Thursday April 4th, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Parkway Ballroom -Appalachian State Plemmons Student Union

Endnote Speaker: Juliet Schor author of Plenitude
Saturday April 6th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Summit Trail Solarium -Appalachian State Plemmons Student Union

The purpose of The New Economy Summit is to explore local, regional and national efforts and initiatives being made to transition to a just and sustainable economy.

April 4th
4th Floor Plemmons Student Union 10 AM- 4 PM

April 5th
4th Floor Plemmons Student Union 10- 4 PM

Workshops/talks include:
Applied Mycology
Poems for the New Economy
Community as Developer
Resistance, Advocacy and Doing for Self
Participatory Budgeting
the Cooperative Business Model
The Role of Local Foods in the New Economy
& more!

Presenting groups include:
ASU Students
Watauga Cooperative Extension
Seeds of Change
Fund for Democratic Communities
Ownership Appalachia
Participatory Budgeting Greensboro
Turtle Island Preserve
& more!

The Summit will facilitate networking opportunities between students, business owners, and local non-profit organizations through workshops, panel discussions, and information exchange. The Summit is designed to maximize collaboration between all members of the High Country community.

The Goals of The New Economy Summit include:

Build Relationships between the student population, the greater High Country community, and enterprises that incorporate more community-based, environmentally-sound practices in the High Country and beyond,
Encourage Engagement with the High Country's New Economy through patronage of local businesses and restaurants, or support of local non-profits and initiatives, specifically through volunteering, internships, and job opportunities,
Skill Building activities to promote communication, self-reliance, and creative thinking necessary in the New economy and changing world,
Educate students and citizens about possibilities and solutions towards a New Economy.

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