“Here in the Local Economy”

Lisa Helps (Community Micro Lending)

Tuesday, April 26th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm (Doors at 7:00!) at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora Avenue)

Admission is $4 for Wayward School members ($8 non-members)

This talk and the facilitated discussion to follow will explore the characteristics of a flourishing local economy. I will talk about wealth, resilience, economic diversity, human creativity, and abundance. While I will draw in part on the work of Jane Jacobs, David Korten, and others, the talk and following discussion will be based on my experience of creating Community Micro Lending and watching, before my very eyes, the beginnings of local economic transformation taking shape right here in Greater Victoria. In short, this talk hinges on the economic principle that “we need each other to flourish.”

Lisa HelpLecturer Bio:

Lisa spends much of her time working in the community on place-based solutions to global and national challenges, and to increasing citizen engagement. She is a founder and currently the Executive Director of Community Micro Lending (www.communitymicrolending.ca) established in November 2009 with the aim of building a vibrant local economy, fostering sustainable business, reducing local poverty, and enhancing individual empowerment through self-employment. In addition, she serves on the Leadership Victoria Program Committee and is a member of the City of Victoria’s Official Community Plan Citizen Advisory Committee. She also facilitates strategic planning and visioning sessions for organizations and small groups. Lisa was Chair of the Board of Directors of Victoria’s Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group (Fernwood NRG) when the Society purchased and restored the Cornerstone building, built affordable housing units, and opened the Cornerstone Café as an enterprising non-profit venture. She is thrilled to be working for Community Micro Lending and is excited about the prospect of “changing everything.”

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