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E-M:/ Judy Wicks visit to West Michigan

Enviro-Mich message from skyprice@iserv.net

Judy Wicks was listed as a speaker in the recent post about the MSU
Sustainability series (the day after this event). Her Grand Rapids
appearance also offers you the opportunity to join in efforts to actualize
some of these ideas in the West Michigan area and to enjoy a
locally-sourced, locally-prepared lunch.

The event is co-sponsored by the Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems
Council, which is a project of the West Michigan Environmental Action
Council (WMEAC). And by the way, if any of you have ever visited WMEAC
offices, the event is in the same building. Hope to see many of you there!

Cynthia Price
Feel free to call for further info 231-755-3478


   Judy Wicks, founder of the innovative White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia,
will discuss a new approach to business that promotes "local living
economies" as an alternative to corporate globalization on Tuesday, Oct.
14, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Fishladder Training and Performance
Center, 419 Norwood SE, Suite 160.  Admission, which includes lunch, is
$12.  Space is limited.  Tickets must be reserved by Oct. 9 at

    In her talk, "Building Local Living Economies:  A Sustainable
Alternative to Corporate Globalization," Wicks will discuss a new model
for a global economy -- one that is a constellation of local networks of
independent, community based businesses that strive for triple-bottom-line
results focused on "people, planet and profit" instead of pursuing
relentless growth and maximized investment returns.

    "From American 'Main Streets' to villages in developing countries,
corporate globalization is causing the decline of local communities, local
businesses, family farms and natural habitats," says Wicks, a co-founder
of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), a national
nonprofit.   "As wealth and power continue to consolidate into growing
transnational corporations, small and medium size companies can turn the
tide for social and environmental justice by building a decentralized
global network of local living economies."

    Wicks knows what she's talking about.  She is the chief executive
officer of the White Dog Cafe, a 100-employee restaurant with $5 million
in revenues that she has run for 20 years and which has helped build a
local living economy in the Philadelphia region.  The cafe

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