Irvine Author, Scientist to Describe Building Sustainable Local Economic Systems at Cal State Fullerton


Oct 22, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. — John Boik, Ph.D., founder of the Principled Societies Project and author of the new book “Creating Sustainable Societies: The Rebirth of Democracy and Local Economies” will give a public talk at 6:00 PM, Humanities Bldg. Room 123, California State University, Fullerton on October 28, 2012.

The free event will be hosted by the Left Bank of Orange County as part of its World Workshop series. Boik’s talk is titled “Building Sustainable Economic Systems: From Pilot Trials to Widespread Adoption.”

The Principled Societies Project is a science-based effort that proposes to design and test pioneering systems of finance, economics, and governance that improve well-being and speed the transition to a sustainable society. Its efforts focus on innovations in local currencies, online voting and e-government, and community-centric corporate models.

Rather than try to implement change at the national level, the project takes the more practical approach of testing new systems in pilot trials at the smallest workable scale: a volunteer subpopulation within a metro area. Further, it designs the new systems to be complementary to current ones.

“If we want to successfully address our pressing social and environmental problems,” said Boik, “then we need to start developing new systems of finance, economics, and governance in which sustainability and cooperation are hardwired into the very core.”

Thom Hartmann, a New York Times best-selling author, political commentator, and host of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Thom Hartmann Program,” has noted that, “(w)ithout sustainable communities and economies, democracy itself is at risk. … John Boik does a masterful job of laying out just how we can build a sustainable future that works for all.”

Boik is a visiting scientist at UC Irvine. He received a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas, Health Sciences Center, Houston and completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University, Department of Statistics.

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California State University, Fullerton, Humanities Bldg. Room 123
800 N. State College, Fullerton, CA

The talk will be in Humanities 123, an amphitheatre located on the first floor of Humanities Bldg (direct entrance on the north side of the building). Sunday evening, Oct 28, 6-8 PM.

Cost:  Free.

Parking:  Parking on campus is free. Use Parking Lot F.

The Principled Societies Project is financially supported by the generous contributions of individuals, corporations, and foundations.
© 2012 John Boik.