The Arizona Living Economy Forum

    September 17, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    YWCA of Southern Arizona
    525 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    “Are you part of the local solution?

    The Arizona Living Economy Forum (ALEF) is a signature event for growing prosperity in our community. ALEF is bringing together visionary speakers from around Arizona to talk about what’s working locally and share tools to grow a more united, prosperous community.

    ALEF is creating a template for how we learn from one another and become true change makers in our own communities. This annual event is hosted by Local First Arizona, Mrs. Green’s World and the YWCA Southern Arizona- Frances McClelland Community Center, and the Local First Arizona Foundation.

    • Food, Soil, and Nature: Investing in soil, local food, and nature-based businesses and infrastructure to increase the circulation of local foods in our economy.

    • Shared Ownership and Community Capital: Cultivating democratic economic models: worker ownership, land trusts, public assets, the commons; diverging from Wall Street to invest communities and using philanthropy to mitigate risk for pioneers.

    • Sustainable Solutions: Provide the tools to implement sustainability strategies in our daily lives and understand the interconnectedness of green efforts for greater impact and a holistic sustainable economy.

    • Localism and Localist Policies: Promoting a culture of local, cooperative, and community owned businesses and organizations and advocating for policies that support these initiatives.

    • Opportunity and Innovation for Engagement: The University of Arizona is leading education, innovation, and intervention in the field of climate change and climate reality.

    Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona. Local First Arizona a statewide organization implementing innovative strategies for new models of economic development that create vibrant local economies. Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning’s passions, which are seen throughout her work, include fostering cultural diversity and inclusion, economic resilience and responsible growth for Arizona.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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