Defenders of globalization, free markets, and free trade insist there's no alternative to mega-stores like Wal-Mart -- Michael Shuman begs to differ. In ""The Small-Mart Revolution, Shuman makes a compelling case for his alternative business model, one in which communities reap the benefits of ""going local"" in four key spending categories: goods, services, energy, and finance. He argues that despite the endless media coverage of multinational conglomerates, local businesses give more to charity, adapt more easily to rising labor and environmental standards, and produce more wealth for a community. They also spend more locally, thereby increasing community income and creating wealth and jobs. ""The Small-Mart Revolution presents a visionary yet practical roadmap for everyone concerned with mitigating the worst of globalization.
About the Author
Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on community economics. He is one of the architects of the crowdfunding JOBS Act signed into law by President Obama in April 2012. Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets and a fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute, Shuman is also a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and teaches economic development at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He has authored or coauthored eight books, including Local Dollars, Local Sense and The Small Mart Revolution.
Shuman has performed leakage analyses and related economic-development planning in more than ten states, and has analyzed opportunities for food localization for several states, cities, counties, and regions across the nation. He has also conducted a local-food-business study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
He has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for thirty years in forty-seven states and eight countries. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, such as the Lehrer NewsHour, NPR s Talk of the Nation and NPR s All Things Considered, and has written nearly one hundred articles for such periodicals as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Parade, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Previously, he has been a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. He is also a member of both the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.
He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.