A People's Economy

Corvallis -- like the rest of the country, and the rest of the world -- is trying to come to terms with what has been called :"the great recession"
 but could be called the great robbery.

The first of this series - A peoples Economy

  This  is a one-hour edited version of an economic forum that the Rural Organizing Project, Alternatives to War, and several other community groups. The featured speaker is Dan Leahy, retired professor from Evergreen in Olympia Washington, who also has been a community organizer and is a student of people's movements -- he's been called the Howard Zinn of social movements, and the Utah Phillips in prose.. On the program are questions and comments from the audience, and a few examples of what other community groups are doing. This forum took place on June 9, 2009.

Dan Leahy, A Peoples Economy


Building a Steady State Economy

The Natural Step/Corvallis  presented  the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy (CASSE), Rob Dietz, for a talk at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Wednesday, May 12, 7-8:30 p.m.  Rob’s talk, “Better Not Bigger:  Reshaping the Economy for a Finite World”,  covers the problems inherent in the paradigm of perpetual economic growth and how to transition to a steady state economy that meets people’s needs without undermining the life support systems of the planet.

  Facebook for CASSE            Website for CASSE

 BETTER NOT BIGGER  --  building a steady state economy


The Ramifications of Social Inequality

We live in a society where the gap between the rich and the poor is expanding, in fact, the gap between the rich and all levels of the middle class is growing.

A book called "The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger"  written by authors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett and published in 2009 makes the case that the income gap within a country is the most powerful indicator of how well a society functions and to the general health level.

Prof  Cambell from Oregon State University presented a talk reviewing what he learned from reading the book at the Corvallis Library  at 7pm on November 3, 2010.

The edited talk is at the following link.

Courtney Campbell reviews best-seller THE SPIRIT LEVEL -- benefits for health to societies with relatively equal distribution of wealth