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Unconventional Thinkers: Michael Shuman (interview)


What has changed in the economy to cause such a surge in the number of microbusinesses that are staying micro over the last decade or so?

Why, if there is so much evidence that microbusiness development work better than smoke stack chasing, do policy makers and economists still dismiss the smallest of businesses?

What could President Obama do that would be a better use of taxpayer dollars than throwing them at huge corporations?

These are some of the questions I was able to explore in my interview with Michael Shuman, author of The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating The Global Competition and the Small-Mart.org blog, and the first in this series of Unconventional Thinkers.

Shuman has wonderfully workable but different ideas about microbusiness, about economic development, about relocalization and capital markets, and more. We only talked for about half an hour but, besides making me want to dash out and buy his book, that brief conversation gave me so much to think about that my brain was busy for days.

His are exactly the kind of untried but true ideas that we need right now. Once you’ve listened to this podcast, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

For more information:

Small-Mart.org

Download the audio for this episode here.

Editorial Notes: Michael Shuman is the Post Carbon Institute's Fellow for Local Economies and the author of The Small-Mart Revolution. -KS

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