Minding Our Own Business (MOOB) Conference Planning

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Next Planning Meeting:

WHEN: Sunday, March 6, 2005,
TIME: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Northampton Community Resource Center
    129 Main Street
    Northampton, MA 01060

For updates and more information, go to the official MOOB site.


Minding Our Own Business: Sustainable Local Economies for the Rest of Us


Most Americans know, at some level, that the national economy is not working for us. We're struggling with affordable housing, healthcare, time to spend with our kids, clean air and water, not to mention a peaceful world for ourselves and future generations. At the same time we're watching large corporations and vested interests steal from our commons and make huge profits off of our labors and the resources of the earth -- which belong to all humanity, present and future, not just a wealthy few.

These global problems seem overwhelming, but we can each exercise significant influence at the local level. Collectively, we can change the currently disastrous course of history. Local is the key.

The more any community provides for all of its own needs, the more robust and independent it becomes. Minding Our Own Business (MOOB) will be the first in what we hope will be a series of practical activities to promote local sustainability in Massachusetts, with a particular look at the needs of and opportunities for low-income people. The emphasis is on the practical - when people leave at the end of the conference, we will:
  • know what the next step is to start our own sustainable local business
  • understand what a business plan is
  • have some strategies for shifting spending from distant mega-corporations to local agriculture and industry
  • be prepared to approach government officials to get what we want
  • [more ideas needed here]
Some Proposed Conference Activities Topics
[Could use lots of ideas here]


Amazing Success Stories from the Disenfranchised
A Catalogue of Small Local Enterprises - Pick One!
A Business Plan - What's It Good For, How to Do It
Goodbye to the Dollar - How Local Currencies Promote Community Independence
Local Agriculture Everywhere
Workshops on jumpstarting sustainability in your community

Organizational sponsorship welcome! Suggested donation and other support to be determined.


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