The Creative Economy: Fixing the Future

As I anticipate an upcoming event sponsored by Grayson LandCare, I am, once again, reminded of the kind of retro-progressive thinking that permeates the Blue Ridge. A handful of months ago, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon the group, with origins in Landcare Australia, working on conservation projects and community development that contribute to environmental, social, and economic outcomes. Rather than waiting for someone to come along and “fix” things for them, these 99% were already busy taking matters into their own hands.

Now, Grayson LandCare joins cities and towns across the country in hosting a July 18 screening of Fixing the Future, a nationally acclaimed documentary in which public media star David Brancaccio (of Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. If all of that sounds familiar, it’s because those are the same tenets upon which the Cultural Heritage Foundation is shaping Southwest Virginia’s creative economy.

The film highlights effective local practices such as: community banking, local business alliances, time banking/exchange, worker cooperatives and local currencies. Following the film will be an exclusive onscreen discussion panel featuring Bill McKibbenMajora CarterMike Brady, and David Brancaccio.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, July 18, at the Rex Theater in Galax followed by a panel discussion with local leaders already investing in Grayson County. The admission fee is $5, and refreshments will be sold. Doors open at 6.

Hope to see you there!

Karen Quina-Doyle | Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation

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