Get ready to immerse yourself in a deep dive of ideas and insights at the Henry George School of Social Science’s highly anticipated third virtual Annual Conference on July 22, 2024!

Civilization is threatened by four existential crises, which are rooted in a common cause. If they are allowed to converge… the consequences would be unspeakable. The Georgist Paradigm provides the only strategy capable of addressing the challenges; by empowering people to generate the additional resources needed to navigate the turmoil. The critical first date is 2026, when the global house price cycle terminates. But to implement the necessary reforms on a meaningful scale, people need a realistic appraisal of how our world was brought to this precipice. This conference unravels the threats, and explores what we can do about it.

All sessions will be held online via Zoom.

10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker
Fred Harrison: On Risks and Rewards

10:15-11:15 AM ET

Panel 1 — The Four Crises Threatening Humanity

  • Four crises:
    • Climate warming: Net Zero targets falling by the wayside
    • Migration:  The West is being overwhelmed by refugees
    • Wars: Autocrats weaponize politics to get their way
    • Ideological paralysis: Governments incapable of offering systemic solutions
  • How much time before the trends become irreversible?
  • Mainstream economics needs a new model of the economy

Chair: Dr. Ibrahima Dramé

Panelists:

Fred Harrison

Prof. Franklin Obeng-Odoom

11:30 – 12:30 PM ET

Panel 2 — Is the Georgist Paradigm Part of the Remedy?

  • Is the fiscal paradigm proportionate to the threats?
  • Metrics: are existing socio-economic statistics inadequate?

Chair: Edward Dodson

Panelists:

Prof. Nicolaus Tideman

Prof. Kris Feder

1:30 – 2:30 PM ET

Panel 3 — Recalibrating the advocacy of Georgism

  • Language: is “land value taxation” off-putting? Alternatives?
  • Lessons from why Georgist fiscal reforms have not been adopted over the past 100 years
    • Due to overwhelming opposition? And/or
    • Defects in the advocacy techniques?

Chair: Fred Harrison

Panelists:

Ian Kirkwood

Prof. Dirk Lohr

2:45 – 3:45 PM ET

Panel 4 — The Policy Options

  • Do nothing
  • Palliatives (“grateful for small mercies”)
  • Structural reform

Chair: Fred Harrison

Panelists:

Prof. Roger Sandilands

Bryan Kavanagh

PANELISTS

Ed Dodson is a Senior Researcher and long-time faculty member of the Henry George School of Social Science. Since his retirement in 2005 from Fannie Mae, where he held various management and analyst positions in the Housing & Community Development group, he has lectured and taught courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Philadelphia. Beginning in the Fall of 2014 he joined the faculty of the Learning Is For Everyone program at Burlington County College in New Jersey. Ed is a graduate of Shippensburg and Temple Universities in Pennsylvania. Since 1997 he has directed the online education and research project called the School of Cooperative Individualism. He is author of the three-volume work, “The Discovery of First Principles” and is a contributor to several publications promoting the perspectives of Henry George.

Kris Feder is Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics at Bard College. Professor Feder received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Temple University. Dissertation: “Issues in the Theory of Land Value Taxation.” Specialization in public-sector economics and history of economic thought. Temple University awards: Russell Conwell Fellowship (1984–86), University Fellowship (1983–84), summer tuition scholarship (1984). Taught at Franklin and Marshall College, West Chester University, and Temple University. Coauthor, “What’s Missing from the Capital Gains Debate,” Levy Institute Public Policy Brief No. 32 (1997). Contributor, The Corruption of Economics (1994), Beyond Neoclassical Economics: Heterodox Approaches to Economic Theory (1995), and Critics of Henry George (2003).

Fred Harrison is Research Director of the London-based Land Research Trust. He is notable for his stances on land reform and belief that an over reliance on land, property and mortgage weakens economic structures and makes companies vulnerable to economic collapse.

He studied economics at Oxford, first at Ruskin College and then at University College, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His MSc is from the University of London. Fred’s first career was in newspaper journalism, most notably at The People newspaper, where he became chief reporter. After a move to Economics, initially as Director of the Centre for Incentive Taxation, he spent 10 years in Russia advising their Federal Parliament (Duma) and local authorities on property tax reform and establishment of land markets. Since his return to the UK he has worked as a corporate business advisor, research director, writer and lecturer.

Bryan Kavanagh is a real estate valuer who worked in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) before co-founding Westlink Consulting, a real estate valuation practice.

Ian Kirkwood is Director of the Scottish Land Revenue Group (SLRG). His activism was triggered reading Fred Harrison’s Boom Bust and exploring the emergence of classical economic models as subsequently developed by Henry George in the industrial era. Aware of historical and current community challenges and decline in both rural and urban Scotland, Ian began highlighting the reconstructive potential of rent as public revenue policies in advance of Scotland’s 2014 independence referendum. Since being introduced to the SLRG, Ian’s graphic design skills (BA hons 1984) have allowed him to assist efforts to revive awareness of the nature, extent and distribution of land and natural resource rent. Ian lives in rural Perthshire, Scotland.

Dirk Löhr (Germany) is an economist and professor at the Environment Campus Birkenfeld. His research focus is property rights and land. Löhr works as a consultant in development cooperation agencies. For many years he has been Chairman of the Social Science Association (Sozialwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft 1950 e.V.).

Franklin Obeng-Odoom (PhD, Syd, Political Economy) is currently Professor of Global Development Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is a Fellow of the Teachers’ Academy, the highest recognition bestowed on distinguished teachers at the university. A winner of the Deborah Gerner Innovative Teaching Award for ‘effective…pedagogy that engages students with issues of war, peace, identity, sovereignty, security, and sustainability’, Dr Obeng-Odoom previously taught at various universities in Australia.

Obeng-Odoom’s research interests are centred on the political economy of development, stratification economics, urban and regional economics, natural resources and the environment, fields in which he has published six sole-authored books, including Global Migration Beyond Limits (Oxford University Press, 2022), The Commons in an Age of Uncertainty (University of Toronto Press, 2021), and Property, Institutions, and Social Stratification in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2020), a winner of the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy Joan Robinson Best Book Prize. Obeng-Odoom is Editor of The Handbook on Alternative Global Development, the Global South Editor of Housing Studies, and Series Editor of the Edinburgh Studies in Urban Political EconomyA Docent in Urban and Economic Sociology at the University of Turku, Finland, Dr Obeng-Odoom serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, published continuously since 1941.

Professor Obeng-Odoom is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the oldest learned national society in postcolonial Africa, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a supranational  assembly of the world’s leading social scientists.

Professor Roger Sandilands is the President of the Scottish League for Land Value Taxation and Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He graduated with a First in Economics from the Univeristy of Strathclyde in 1967. Prof. Sandilands then studied at Simon Fraser University in Canada before obtaining a senior research post at Glasgow University’s Department of Latin American Studies, 1968-70, followed by a year in Colombia where he pursued research for my PhD. In 1971, he rejoined Strathclyde in 1971 as a Lecturer and has been on the staff since then, but with lengthy interludes abroad: six years at the National University of Singapore; three further years in Latin America (on assignments to Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Peru); and shorter periods in Sweden (Lund U.), Tokyo (Sophia U.); and Beijing (Renmin U.). Prof. Sandilands was Managing Editor of the Journal of Economic Studies, 1973-82. His teaching has concentrated on international economics and monetary economics. He worked closely with the distinguished Harvard economist and New Dealer, Lauchlin Currie (1902-93), who was the top economist at the Fed, 1934-39, President Roosevelt’s White House assistant for economic affairs, 1939-45, and Head of the US Foreign Economic Administration. Prof. Sandilands is his biographer (The Life and Political Economy of Lauchlin Currie, Duke University Press, 1990). In “retirement,” he is working on the life of Currie’s Harvard mentor, Allyn Young (1929-1976).

Nicolaus Tideman is a Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech. He received his bachelor’s degree from Reed College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1969. From 1969 to 1973 he was Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University. In 1970-71 he served as Senior Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. He has also served as a consultant at the Bureau of the Budget (predecessor to the Office of Management and Budget) and at the Office of Tax Analysis in the Department of the Treasury. He has been at Virginia Tech since 1973, as a postdoctoral fellow, Associate Professor, and Professor since 1985. He has published about 100 professional articles and the book, Collective Decisions and Voting: The Potential for Public Choice.