TODAY: Building Wealth without Money – the Economics of Well Being, Apr 21

Sustain Door presents a community idea exchange program associated with Earth Day.

Building Wealth without Money – the Economics of Well-Being” is the topic of a 90-minute workshop to be delivered by George Owen on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 3 pm at the Bertschinger Center in Egg Harbor. The program will begin with a 20-minute video about sustainable economics which will be followed by discussion in small groups.

Owen writes that he constructed the program for people “who have already been thinking about (sustainability) a little and are having a hard time seeing how economics fits into a positive vision.” The program is free and open to everyone.

Owen is a native of Milwaukee whose career as an architect and facility planner took him to Boston, New York, Santa Fe, Washington DC and ultimately back to Milwaukee in 1990. He developed his current theories of sustainability while on sabbatical in 2007 at Pendle Hill, a study, retreat and conference center outside Philadelphia. There he focused on building a more sustainable and fulfilling future. His efforts included initiating a local Transition Town and leading workshops and presentations throughout southeast Pennsylvania.

The Transition Town movement is a global initiative that demonstrates how local communities may use their intrinsic resources to face the related challenges of oil depletion and climate change. Owen states, “Transition offers a positive vision, an inclusive and transparent process, and taps the power of community and the creativity of ordinary people.”

Nonprofit organizations with missions to promote some aspect of social, economic, or environmental sustainability are invited to send a representative with materials about their organizations to exhibit. Door County Environmental Council, Door County Land Trust, Wild Ones, and The Community’s Garden have committed to attend. Other interested organizations should contact Ann Hippensteel at 743-3337 or to reserve a display table in the Bertschinger Center meeting room.

Refreshments will be provided by Greens N Grains; please bring your own reusable mug.

After the program, participants are invited to attend an informal gathering at Greens & Grains where $7.50 will buy a simple supper of a cup of soup, a side dish, a piece of bread and a cup of tea or coffee.

The mission of Sustain Door is to promote the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of Door County.

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