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Social Sustainability Colloquium: Building a New Economy
Friday, March 12, 2010 - 12:00pm to Friday, March 12, 2010 - 2:00pm

WHAT: The Social Sustainability Colloquium at Portland State University presents "Building a New Economy," a conversation with H. Thomas Johnson, Professor, School of Business Administration, and Distinguished Consulting Professor of Sustainable Business at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Johnson will be joined by Collin Ferguson, Community Exchange Network of Portland; Barbara Dudley, adjunct professor in PSU's Hatfield School of Government and co-chair of the Oregon Working Families Party, and Jim Newcomer, Transition PDX.

WHEN: Noon-2 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2010

WHERE: School of Social Work, Student Academic and Recreation Center Building, Room 660 (1800 S.W. Sixth Ave, Portland, OR)

COST: The event is free and open to the public. The colloquium is sponsored by the Social Sustainability Network and the Center for Professional Integrity and Accountability, with support from the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices at PSU.

BACKGROUND: What would a new economic and business system look like? And act like? We created it; we can change it. Join us to talk about the questions guiding the current economy and help identify what new questions we can ask. Systems emerge from a set of "rules"—
rules that reflect values and purpose and are generally unstated. How can we do it
differently? We will also explore some local options that are currently being proposed.

Tom Johnson's writing has made him one of the most-cited management scholars. His books include Relevance Lost: The Rise and Fall of Management Accounting (Harvard Business School Press, 1987 and 1991), co-authored with Robert S. Kaplan, and Profit Beyond Measure: Extraordinary Results through Attention to Work and People (The Free Press, 2000). In recent years, he has been critical of Toyota's post-2000 corporate transition in recent years, abandoning what he considered to be core to the company's success.

The forum is part of the Social Sustainability Colloquium series. For more information, visit