Wednesday, July 29: For Organizers, Pre-conference Meetings & Registration|
|| Common Ground-USA all-day meeting. Chair: President Nadine Stoner|
Registration resumes |
- 10:00|| Informal Reception
Thursday, July 30: A Bit of Business
Before a Pile of Pleasure
9:00 - 9:15
||Formal Opening by Conference Coordinator Jeff Smith and CGO President Drew Harris
|| Reports from member organizations of the Council of Georgist Organizations (CGO)
10:15 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:45
|| Reports from member organizations|
|| Catered Buffet Lunch: CGO President's Address by Drew
1:45 - 5:15
|| Bus Tour: "The Beautiful, The Venerable and The
Speculated in Portland
Real Estate" (or free time to explore Downtown Portland). Meanwhile a
team of volunteers polls the public for the issues-oriented forums to
| Dinner on your own.|
|7:00 - 9:00
|| CGO Annual Business Meeting.
9:00 - ?
|| Ed Dodson hosts the 2nd Edition of Geo-jeopardy!
Friday, July 31: Inventing the Future of the Northwest
Morning: Economic AND Environmental Health
8:15 - 8:30
|| Welcome from CGO President Drew Harris and Conference
Coordinator Jeff Smith
8:30 - 9:30
|| Panel, "Meeting the Challenges."|
Chair: Hanno Beck, author of the Friends Of the Earth booklet on tax shifting
Panelists: Christopher Juniper, Coordinator, Oregon Natural Step
Network, economist, on "Motivating Voluntary Stewardship;"
Exec. Dir. of the Oregon Environmental
Council, on "Policy for the 21st century or, Lessons from the Bottle
Respondent, Cliff Cobb, co-author of Atlantic Monthly cover story on
9:30 - 10:30
|| Panel, "Making Prices Precise"
Chair: Nancy Newell, OregonGreen Energy, founder/director.
Pete West, Policy Analyst for the Renewable Northwest Project
on "After Auction, Regulation: The Case of COx in Oregon;"
Dr. Mason Gaffney, UC, ex-consultant to Alaska on their oil dividend, on
"Reverse the Flow of Revenue, Heal the Flow of Water."
Respondents: Charley Ringo, Chair of the Oregon Sierra Club, and Dr. Nic
Tideman (see below).
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:45
||Panel, "Ethics and Praxis"|
Chair: Betty McArdle, co-founder and board member, Alternatives to
Panelists: Dr. Nic Tideman, VPI, ex-presidential commissioner
on inflation, on "The Morality of One Practical Policy;" George Collins,
Exec. Director of the Henry George School of Social Science of NY, on "The
Practicality of Economic Justice."
Respondent: Ross Williams, Sierra
11:45 - 1:15
|| Lunch. Speaker -- Alan T. Durning
author of Tax Shift, co-founder & president of Seattle's Northwest
Environment Watch (a spin-off of DC's WorldWatch), on "Getting Taxes Off
Our Backs and On Our Side." (Here's a recent article by Durning.)
1:30 - 3:00
|| Panel, "Sustaining Community through Turbulent
Growth: Sprawl & Transportation"|
Chair: Kris Nelson, Salem consultant for alternative
fuels and vehicles
Panelists: Dr. Bill Batt, ex-researcher for a New York
legislative commission on taxes, on "Planning by Taxing;"
Tom Gihring, PhD, author
of the Clark Co. land value study, on "Saving Land & Money with
Dr. Gerry Mildner, Portland State University Urban
Studies & Planning, on "Can Congestion Fund Transportation?"
Respondent: Bill Atherton, Mayor of Lake Oswego and leading Metro
candidate; Virginia Hodgson, architect, PSU graduate student in Regional
4:00 - 4:30
4:30 - 5:30
Workshop: "A Vision for Action". Everyone co-plans to transform
Facilitator: Dr Drew Harris, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ.
Dinner on your own
Reception by the CGO for local community co-sponsors: the Oregon
Environmental Council, Oregon Natural Resources Council, Portland
Sustainable Lifestyles Campaign, Solar
Energy Association, Oregon Green Energy, and Bicycle Transportation Alliance.
Saturday, August 1: The Prospects for Local and National Reform
Morning: Tax vs. Rent
Afternoon: Facing the Task
|8:15 - 8:30
|| Welcome, Drew & Jeff (if awake)
8:30 - 9:00
|| Speaker, Dr. Robert Andelson of Auburn
University reviews the newly-updated Land Value Taxation Around the
World. Respondent: Dr. John Wish, Lewis & Clark College.
9:00 - 10:30
|| Panel, "The Losses of Nations"
Chair: Mary Jane Amon, businesswoman.
Panelists: Dr. Mason Gaffney (see above), on "The Collateral Damage of Subsidies"; and
Dr. Nicolaus Tideman (see above) on "The Collateral Damage
Respondent: Dr. Russ
Beaton, Dept. of Economics, Willamette
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:00
||Panel: "Maximizing Choice"
Chair: Michael Wilson (invited), Chair of the local Libertarian
Panelists: Dr. Robert Andelson of Auburn University on
"Historical Links of Libertarians and Land Reformers"; and
John Charles, Director of Environmental Policy, Cascade Policy
"Tax-free for Ecology."
Respondent, Dan Sullivan, ex-president of both the Pittsburgh Greens and Libertarians.
Lunch on your own.
|1:30 - 2:45
Panel: "Would legislators shift taxes?"
Chair: Richard Forester, attorney and mediator, land use
Panelists: Joshua Vincent, lobbyist for the Henry George
Foundation, Columbia, MD, on "The Joy and Pain of Georgist Activism";
Pete Sorenson, Lane County Commissioner, former state senator, on
"Greening Local Taxes"; and
Jim Scherzinger, the Legislature's Fiscal Analyst on "Legal requirements".
Respondent: Ted Gwartney, ex-appraiser, Bank of America,
ex-Chief Assessor for British Columbia.
2:45 - 3:15
3:15 - 4:45
Workshop, Part 2: "Integrating solutions: Creating the Future of the Northwest".
Small groups devise action plans to realize our vision for the
|6:00 - 7:00
|7:00 - 10:00
|| Banquet. Speaker: State Representative Bryan Johnston, "Is Salem Shift-Ready?", and Alanna Hartzok, Community Activist and UN-NGO Representative, "Sharing Our Common Heritage Via The Tax Shift Agenda."
Sunday, August 2: Closing Followed by More Fun for the Hardy
|| Bus trip to the Rose Garden, a world-famous
scent-fest, for spiritual sharing.
|| Workshop: Packaging George for the 21st Century,
with Jack Yost, publisher.
|| Brunch, toasting and farewells.