February 24, 2011, The Lyric Theater, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Anthony Flaccavento
"Economies, Community and Love: Renewing the american Dream from the Ground Up"
Synopsis of his talk: For generations, people around the world have aspired to "the American Dream" of personal freedom and economic prosperity. To get there, we've pursued policies of constant economic growth, expanding consumer choice and guarantees of individual rights. However, in light of recent economic stagnation, encroaching ecological limits, declining public health and widespread frustration, it may be time to renew the American Dream with a far reaching yet practical vision. In his talk, Anthony Flaccavento will discuss how locally-led economies, resilient communities and love could provide the foundation for this new vision.
Brief bio: Anthony is a recipient of The Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award. He is an organic farmer who was recognized by the Kellogg Foundation with a Fellowship on National Food and Society Policy. Anthony lives with his wife and three children near Abingdon where he founded and led Appalachian Sustainable Development. He is an entertaining, thought-provoking leader and speaker. He has lived and worked in southwest Virginia for nearly thirty years.