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1:30pm – 4:30pm , Thursday, December 5
Location: The Car Shop at Bayview Place in Vic West buy ticket $15>>

Sarah Amyot Sarah
Brandy Gallagher Brandy
Stephen Whipp Stephen
Kate Fleming Kate
Rebecca Pearson Kristi

For many of us, a financial return of our investment portfolio isn't enough. We are demanding options that invest our money locally, minimize harm to the ecology, and support human welfare. Join us to discover existing local initiatives including the new Community Investment Fund, Community Trust for Ethical Investment (community funded "mortgages"), Community Micro Lending and others!

This is a working workshop! After the speakers bring you all up to speed on what local forms of capital are, what its potential is and what is being done already here and elsewhere, you will participate in intimate working sessions where you can really engage in learning from the work others are doing and some of the issues they have come across. The conversations will be very rich and focused on specific learning and experience--- the 'how' rather than the 'what' is being done.

Some of the questions that will be explored are:

  • what is most exciting about in the work being done to raise local capital?
  • what has been tried that was not successful?
  • what is being tried that has the most potential to be a game changer?
  • where is the biggest opportunity to harness local capital?
  • what is one aspect of the traditional system of raising capital that should NOT be changed or how can a new approach influence the larger system to be more sustainable and more connected to local communities?
  • what are the limitations of local capital?