Why are we working harder but feel less secure? Why are the benefits going to a small percentage of the population? Can we make the economy more compassionate and just? How can we have an economy based upon growth when we live on a finite Earth? Everyone’s looking for a 10%+ return on investment—but the growing economic system is based upon interest paid on debts. So ever more resources are used to create and sell more and more “stuff ” to pay off that debt. Are we reaching a limit to this system?

It’s time to explore some new approaches—to create an economic system that is sustainable. From public banking to demurrage systems to alternative currencies and locavesting, new ideas are springing up around the country—and the world.

Essential Knowledge for Transition is a eye-opening look at our current economic and monetary system, its effects, and what we can do. Led by Fulbright Scholar Marco Vangelisti—a brilliant communicator and industry insider—this series will give you answers in plain English, get you thinking, and inspire you.

Part 2 – Our economic system – Why is financial capital divorced from productive activity, and how can we fix it? Learn how communities are transforming investment to be local, democratic, and productive

About the Speaker
Marco Vangelisti was a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at UC Berkeley. He managed investment equity portfolios for large foundations and endowments before leaving the finance industry in 2009 to focus on positive change. He helped form the Slow Money Northern California chapter and now shares his knowledge, experience, and vision with communities around the country through his Essential Knowledge for Transition organization. More info at http://ek4t.com/

If you missed Part 1 – Money and Banking check the Discussion Board elsewhere on this site for a full length video of Part 1 or for a few pithy remarks from this session.

All sessions include generous time allocated for Q&A.
Refreshments will be served, a variety of Pizzas and/or Salad.
Child care will also be provided.

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