Michael Shuman

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on community economics. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books. His most recent book, published by Chelsea Green, is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. He helped co-found Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), which represents 30,000 local businesses in North America in 80 communities, and is now a Fellow there. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years. He has lectured in almost every U.S. state and eight countries. Read more about Michael Shuman on his website.


The Latest Trends in Sustainable Communities (Solutions Journal)
Move Your Startup to St. Louis, Get $50,000 (Bloomberg Businessweek)
NC Group: Sales, jobs could flow from Yadkin dams (Bloomberg Businessweek)


Creating a Community Investment Fund – A Local Food Approach: A project of Cutting Edge Capital, sponsored by the Solidago Foundation & Lydia B. Stokes Foundation, this handbook written by CEC fellow Michael Shuman with contributions from Jeff Rosen, Tom Willits, and CEC CEO Jenny Kassan, aims to help communities  create their own investment funds.