Neighborhood Economics is the theme of an event we are putting on in Louisville, Kentucky, on the Ohio River, across from Indiana, this November. I am really excited about it and will be blogging about it here. Among other things, it will be a place to see if my concept of a local, non profit merchant bank is a viable concept. We will be teeing it off with a theologian who writes about the common good, and a famous community development expert, Walter Brueggeman and Peter Block, author of the Abundant Community, respectively. We are not sure, I should make it clear, that this is a SOCAP event, or one done through our faith based non profit platform.

When we look at Neighborhood Economics, we are looking at an economy that values the increasing resilience of the commons as a core metric for private and collective economic success. Neighborhoods are the key building block of a bioregional economic system. I envision  a commons that also allows innovation, including innovative responses to transition that maximize positive social and environmental impact while minimizing the transportation of of stuff over long distances.

Neighborhood Economics would be paired to an event we plan to do in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps in the spring of 2015, on Watershed Economics. The two events would rotate every six months. Neighborhood Economics in the fall in the south, Watershed Economics in the spring in the west (sometimes San Francisco or the Bay Area; or maybe the Delta. That’s the rough, high level concept of the arc of the two events. Just a conceptual structure on the pairing, but we are moving forward with the practical details and content curation for the event Nov 1-13 in Louisville.