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Resilience Reading Project: 'What's the Economy For, Anyway?'


The death of local activist and environmentalist Bob Russell left a huge void in northern Michigan. Before his passing, he shared with his friends and colleagues a carefully curated list of books he felt can help us understand what we can do to make sure our community is economically, environmentally, and socially as healthy and resilient as possible. The idea behind the new reading project is a simple one: In each season of the year, a broad community will come together to read one of the books recommended by Bob, discuss its themes and lessons, celebrate the region’s strengths, and acknowledge the work that remains.



WHAT: The second book discussion for the Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project

WHEN: Thursday, May 22, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Traverse Area District Library (main branch)

WHAT: “What’s The Economy For, Anyway?” is a thought-provoking, funny, readable book that challenges readers to consider: Just what IS the point of our economy? The authors set forth a simple, powerful goal for any economic system: the greatest good for the greatest number, over the longest run. They take our fetish for GDP and shatter it, while touching on quality of life, health, security, worklife, leisure, social justice, and perhaps most important­—sustainability. 

The discussion will kick off at 6 p.m. with a showing of the short accompanying film, "What's the Economy For, Anyway?" Here's a preview: 


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