Dr. Merle Lefkoff – The New Eco-Economy, Sat. March 7th, 6:30 PM-Woodmen Hall

MerleLefkoffdec2011.jpg-sizedCAN CAPITALISM BE SAVED? Prominent leaders around the world are challenging the present economic system. Many are proclaiming the End of Capitalism as we’ve known it for the last several hundred years. Do we need Reform? Do we need Revolution? Do we need Restructuring? Do we need to replace an endless growth model that is destroying the planet?  How do we stop spiraling economic madness such as potential new drilling schemes to tap a carbon reservoir trapped beneath our oceans?  We all know the statistics about rising inequality, stagnant wages and unemployment, open-ended war and corrupted governance.  What’s coming next if we don’t take action now?

Join Dr. Merle Lefkoff in a discussion on pursuing the new Eco-economy.  Listen to success stories and non-violent campaigns around the world that can be adopted, nurtured and SCALED UP as the architecture for a new global Eco-economy. Explore a new vision for the world’s economy based on hope, visioning, youthful entrepreneurship, creative disruption, networking, biomimicry, diversity, humane technology, self-organizing leadership, mindfulness, wellness, morality, generosity, loving, and happiness. Merle Lefkoff is a social change entrepreneur whose practice is devoted to the application of nonlinear complex systems thinking to whole system change. Merle holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and has been a mediator, facilitator, and leadership trainer in conflict zones around the world.  She is Founder and CEO of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy and last year led the planning group of NGO leaders at the United Nations launch of the Gross National Happiness index. Merle is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network begun at Columbia University in New York, USA. She worked in the Carter White House helping to write the first public participation regulations as a consultant to the Administrator of EPA. She is a co-founder of Leadership San Juan Islands.  This event is proudly sponsored by the Lopez Library, the San Juan Islands National Monument and the Friends of the Lopez Library.