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Our Economy Conference takes place over three days, Friday October 5th thru Sunday October 7th 2007, and consists of three separate tracks.


THE THREE CONFERENCE TRACKS

When he became the first Director of the US Forest Service in 1905, Gifford Pinchot wrote that the purpose of our economy and government was “the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run.”  While the terms “greatest good” and “greatest number” often provoke argument, especially about the protection of minorities in policies focused on the “greatest number,” Pinchot’s categories motivate the three tracks that constitute the WHAT’S THE ECONOMY FOR ANYWAY? Conference.

The conference will be held in three large rooms, each holding 4-500 people.  Each room will be reserved for one of the three conference tracks:



TRACK ONE—QUALITY OF LIFE/ ROOM 207A.

This track includes an exploration of the quality of life in America, and how well our economic policies meet real human needs for food, shelter, health, family and community life, meaningful work, political participation, leisure and self-realization, when compared to policies in other wealthy countries.



TRACK TWO—SOCIAL JUSTICE/ ROOM 207B.

This track explores fairness, opportunity, social mobility, racial and gender equality and equal access to resources in the United States today as compared to other wealthy countries.



TRACK THREE—SUSTAINABILITY/ ROOM 206.

This track considers the long term health of the United States in terms of personal security and environmental quality, comparing US economic policies in these areas with those of other wealthy countries.

Conference registrants are free to move between tracks during the conference so long as space allows.  Speakers and panelists have been encouraged to present information in accessible, non-academic ways and to offer suggestions for policy initiatives and citizen action that can help our economy better serve the American people.