Activist, author and entrepreneur to share ‘localist’ theory of social change on March 18

localist1.PNGDeborah Frieze,  author, entrepreneur and social activist,  will share how she became a ‘localist’ on Friday, March 18 in Walter Hall Rotunda from 2  – 3:30 p.m., Frieze argues that our systems of education, healthcare, government and business are failing communities and need to be completely reconstructed.

As a solution, Frieze proposes constructing resilient local economies. Her talk will explore the underlying beliefs in our culture that continue to prop up the global mindset and a radical theory of change that reveals how localism is the hope of the future.

Frieze’s interest in localism began during her tenure as co-president of The Berkana Institute, where she worked to support pioneering leaders who were walking out of organizations and systems that were failing to contribute to the common good—and walking on to build resilient communities. These leaders are the subject of her award-winning book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with Margaret Wheatley. In August 2013, she founded the Old Oak Dojo in Jamaica Plain, MA, a place where neighbors gather to rediscover how to create healthy and resilient communities.

Co-sponsored by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Wealth and Poverty Theme in the College of Arts and Sciences, the lecture is free and open to the public.


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