HENRY GEORGE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE CALENDAR

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  • Money, Credit and Banking
    Session 5
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    2020.11.02

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    MONEY, CREDIT AND BANKING

    This course will explain the basics of money creation and banking in general and lay out the case for public banking.

    In this 5 session course, Allen Smith will explain the simple mechanics of money creation by banks, the role of central banks and how the way we run our money system influences economic outcomes such as wealth inequality. The course will combine a study of the relevant theories with applications to recent events and policy debates. In this connection Henry George’s concept of money will be explored as well as the relations between finance and land markets.

    Instructor: Allen Smith
    Mondays: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2

    5 sessions
    A link to join the online course will be provided via email before the start of the first session.

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  • What is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)?
    Session 1
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    2020.11.09

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    WHAT IS MODERN MONETARY THEORY (MMT)?

    MMT, what it is and how it works

    Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is a heterodox school of macroeconomic thought that asks:

    * To what degree is your country monetarily sovereign?

    * How does that impact the economic policies your country is able to pursue?

    A monetarily sovereign nation is one which issues its own currency, does not peg the value of that currency to any other currency or to any precious metal, and whose government does not take on debt in any currency other than its own.

    The United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom are all monetarily sovereign nations. Countries like France and Italy, which are part of the Eurozone are not. Neither are the countries in Africa which are former French colonies and which continue to use the CFA Franc.

    It turns out that whether a country is monetarily sovereign or not has

    tremendous importance in determining the economic policies a country can pursue in response to crises, whether those crises be economic, political, medical or ecological. Modern monetary theory explains, for example, why the U.S. federal government can create hundreds of billions of dollars to spend in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while state and local governments (not to mention individual households) cannot.

    In this five-session, students will get a taste of macroeconomics — the study of the overall determination of output, employment and prices — from the MMT perspective. Upon taking this course students will be able to understand and participate in current economic policy discussions.


    Essential Reading

    Stephanie Kelton

    “The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy”

    Public Affairs/Hachette Book Group. 2020.

    Richard Murphy

    “The Joy of Tax: How a fair tax system can create a better society”

    Corgi Books/Transworld Publishers. 2015.

    Yeva Nersisyan and L. Randall Wray

    “How to Pay for the Green New Deal”

    Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Working Paper No. 931. 2019.

    http://www.levyinstitute.org/pubs/wp_931.pdf

    Pavlina R. Tcherneva

    “The Case for a Job Guarantee”

    Polity Press. 2020.

    L. Randall Wray

    “Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems”

    Palgrave Macmillan. 2015 (second edition).


    Recommended Reading

    Christine Desan

    “Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism”

    Oxford University Press. 2014.

    David Graeber

    “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”

    Melville House. 2014.

    John Maynard Keynes

    “How to Pay for the War”

    Macmillan. 1940.

    William Mitchell, L. Randall Wray and Martin Watts

    “Macroeconomics”

    Red Globe Press/Macmillan International. 2019.

    Warren Mosler

    “The 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy”

    Valance Company. 2010.

    Warren Mosler

    “Soft Currency Economics II: What Everyone Thinks They Know About Monetary Policy Is Wrong”

    Valance Company. 2012.

    Fanny Pigeaud and Ndongo Samba Sylla

    “L’Arme Invisible de la Françafrique: Une Histoire du Franc CFA”

    La Decouverte. 2018. (In French)

    Robert Skidelsky

    “Money and Government: The Past and Future of Economics”

    Yale University Press. 2018.

    L. Randall Wray

    “Understanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability”

    Edward Elgar. 1998.


    Instructor: James Keenan
    Dates: Mondays | 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7

    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    5 sessions
    A link to join the online course will be provided via email before the start of the first session.

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  • SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE
    Session 1
    6:30 pm-8:00 pm
    2020.11.12

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    This course teaches the basics of entrepreneurship and will enable the learner to apply the tools in a real life setting through a combination of theoretical concepts and hands on training. Each session has two parts: one hour of theory and one hour of practice.

    Instructor: Mouna Mahouachi

    Consultant Mouna Mahouachi (1) will be teaching the Entrepreneurship course at Henry George. She is sharing her knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation processes since 2014. Ms. Mahouachi started her career at Credit Suisse where she worked on digital transformation projects in both Zurich and New York. There, she practiced entrepreneurship and launched a corporate innovation program called the Creative Lab. She holds a Master’s degree from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL) and has studied the Business Model Canvas at HEC Lausanne with its creator, Alexander Osterwalder. She is also an alumni of the Swiss CTI Entrepreneurship Course “Venture Challenge” and was mentored by Swiss entrepreneur and innovator Nadine Reichenthal. Mouna Mahouachi is now consulting on technology projects, including blockchain, Cloud and HPC and she is the author of an upcoming book about decentralized economies.

    TIME: 6:30PM – 8:00PM EST
    Dates: Thursdays:11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
    5 sessions
    A link to each class will be provide before the start via email.


    Topics

    • Elevator Pitch and Value Proposition | Form Project Teams
      • The Elevator Pitch
      • Value Proposition
      • Problem Statement
      • Customer Segment
      • Hands-on: Pitch Team Ventures, Form Project Teams
      • Handout: Principles of Pitching, Defining a value proposition, Defining my problem statement, Project Management Tools (Agile)
    • MVP and Value Proposition Canvas | Customer Validation
      • MVP and the Value Proposition Canvas
      • Customer Validation and Pivoting
      • Hands-on: Define teams’ MVP, Customer Validation
      • Handout: Value Proposition Canvas, Theory and tools of MVP and Customer Validation
    • Business Model Part I | Business Model Canvas
      • Business Model Part I (VP, Customer Segments, CR, Marketing Channels, Revenue)
      • Business Plan basics
      • Selected Topics: Design Thinking, Accounting, PR & Marketing: Social Media Marketing, Thought Leadership, PR & Communication
      • Hands-on: Work on ventures’ business model part I
      • Handout: Business Model Canvas, Business Plan Template
    • Business Model Part II | Business Model Canvas
      • Business Model Part II (Partners, Key resources, Key Activities, Costs)
      • Hands-on: Work on ventures’ business model part II | Practice Final Presentations
    • Course Summary | Final Presentations
      • Course summary
      • Final Presentations
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  • Inequalities and the Progressive Era – Breakthroughs and Legacies
    Seminar
    11:30 am-1:00 pm
    2020.11.13

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    INEQUALITIES AND THE PROGRESSIVE ERA – BREAKTHROUGHS AND LEGACIES

    11:30 AM | Friday, November 13th

    Join us for an interactive book presentation webinar on the Progressive Era.

    In this special webinar, Professor Guillaume Vallet will introduce his newly published work “Inequalities and the Progressive Era – Breakthroughs and Legacies”, featuring contributions from many authors, each exploring a facet of inequality during the ‘Progressive Era’ (1890s-1930s). Though it is most associated with the United States, the “Progressive Era” corresponds to a vibrant historical period in which profound changes and progress were achieved or expected all over the world.

    Speaker

    Guillaume Vallet is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Grenoble Alpes, and Research Fellow at the Centre de Recherche en Économie de Grenoble (CREG) and the Institut de Recherche pour l’Economie Politique de l’Entreprise (IREPE), France. Guillaume is also a researcher at the Geneva based Institute of Sociological Research (ISR).

    You can purchase a copy of Guillaume’s book on ElgaronlineAmazon, and Google Play

    A link to join the online seminar will be provided via email before the start of the session.

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  • What is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)?
    Session 2
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    2020.11.16

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    WHAT IS MODERN MONETARY THEORY (MMT)?

    MMT, what it is and how it works

    Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is a heterodox school of macroeconomic thought that asks:

    * To what degree is your country monetarily sovereign?

    * How does that impact the economic policies your country is able to pursue?

    A monetarily sovereign nation is one which issues its own currency, does not peg the value of that currency to any other currency or to any precious metal, and whose government does not take on debt in any currency other than its own.

    The United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom are all monetarily sovereign nations. Countries like France and Italy, which are part of the Eurozone are not. Neither are the countries in Africa which are former French colonies and which continue to use the CFA Franc.

    It turns out that whether a country is monetarily sovereign or not has

    tremendous importance in determining the economic policies a country can pursue in response to crises, whether those crises be economic, political, medical or ecological. Modern monetary theory explains, for example, why the U.S. federal government can create hundreds of billions of dollars to spend in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while state and local governments (not to mention individual households) cannot.

    In this five-session, students will get a taste of macroeconomics — the study of the overall determination of output, employment and prices — from the MMT perspective. Upon taking this course students will be able to understand and participate in current economic policy discussions.


    Essential Reading

    Stephanie Kelton

    “The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy”

    Public Affairs/Hachette Book Group. 2020.

    Richard Murphy

    “The Joy of Tax: How a fair tax system can create a better society”

    Corgi Books/Transworld Publishers. 2015.

    Yeva Nersisyan and L. Randall Wray

    “How to Pay for the Green New Deal”

    Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Working Paper No. 931. 2019.

    http://www.levyinstitute.org/pubs/wp_931.pdf

    Pavlina R. Tcherneva

    “The Case for a Job Guarantee”

    Polity Press. 2020.

    L. Randall Wray

    “Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems”

    Palgrave Macmillan. 2015 (second edition).


    Recommended Reading

    Christine Desan

    “Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism”

    Oxford University Press. 2014.

    David Graeber

    “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”

    Melville House. 2014.

    John Maynard Keynes

    “How to Pay for the War”

    Macmillan. 1940.

    William Mitchell, L. Randall Wray and Martin Watts

    “Macroeconomics”

    Red Globe Press/Macmillan International. 2019.

    Warren Mosler

    “The 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy”

    Valance Company. 2010.

    Warren Mosler

    “Soft Currency Economics II: What Everyone Thinks They Know About Monetary Policy Is Wrong”

    Valance Company. 2012.

    Fanny Pigeaud and Ndongo Samba Sylla

    “L’Arme Invisible de la Françafrique: Une Histoire du Franc CFA”

    La Decouverte. 2018. (In French)

    Robert Skidelsky

    “Money and Government: The Past and Future of Economics”

    Yale University Press. 2018.

    L. Randall Wray

    “Understanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability”

    Edward Elgar. 1998.


    Instructor: James Keenan
    Dates: Mondays | 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7

    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    5 sessions
    A link to join the online course will be provided via email before the start of the first session.

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  • SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE
    Session 2
    6:30 pm-8:00 pm
    2020.11.19

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    This course teaches the basics of entrepreneurship and will enable the learner to apply the tools in a real life setting through a combination of theoretical concepts and hands on training. Each session has two parts: one hour of theory and one hour of practice.

    Instructor: Mouna Mahouachi

    Consultant Mouna Mahouachi (1) will be teaching the Entrepreneurship course at Henry George. She is sharing her knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation processes since 2014. Ms. Mahouachi started her career at Credit Suisse where she worked on digital transformation projects in both Zurich and New York. There, she practiced entrepreneurship and launched a corporate innovation program called the Creative Lab. She holds a Master’s degree from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL) and has studied the Business Model Canvas at HEC Lausanne with its creator, Alexander Osterwalder. She is also an alumni of the Swiss CTI Entrepreneurship Course “Venture Challenge” and was mentored by Swiss entrepreneur and innovator Nadine Reichenthal. Mouna Mahouachi is now consulting on technology projects, including blockchain, Cloud and HPC and she is the author of an upcoming book about decentralized economies.

    TIME: 6:30PM – 8:00PM EST
    Dates: Thursdays: 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
    5 sessions
    A link to each class will be provide before the start via email.


    Topics

    • Elevator Pitch and Value Proposition | Form Project Teams
      • The Elevator Pitch
      • Value Proposition
      • Problem Statement
      • Customer Segment
      • Hands-on: Pitch Team Ventures, Form Project Teams
      • Handout: Principles of Pitching, Defining a value proposition, Defining my problem statement, Project Management Tools (Agile)
    • MVP and Value Proposition Canvas | Customer Validation
      • MVP and the Value Proposition Canvas
      • Customer Validation and Pivoting
      • Hands-on: Define teams’ MVP, Customer Validation
      • Handout: Value Proposition Canvas, Theory and tools of MVP and Customer Validation
    • Business Model Part I | Business Model Canvas
      • Business Model Part I (VP, Customer Segments, CR, Marketing Channels, Revenue)
      • Business Plan basics
      • Selected Topics: Design Thinking, Accounting, PR & Marketing: Social Media Marketing, Thought Leadership, PR & Communication
      • Hands-on: Work on ventures’ business model part I
      • Handout: Business Model Canvas, Business Plan Template
    • Business Model Part II | Business Model Canvas
      • Business Model Part II (Partners, Key resources, Key Activities, Costs)
      • Hands-on: Work on ventures’ business model part II | Practice Final Presentations
    • Course Summary | Final Presentations
      • Course summary
      • Final Presentations
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  • What is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)?
    Session 3
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    2020.11.23

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    WHAT IS MODERN MONETARY THEORY (MMT)?

    MMT, what it is and how it works

    Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is a heterodox school of macroeconomic thought that asks:

    * To what degree is your country monetarily sovereign?

    * How does that impact the economic policies your country is able to pursue?

    A monetarily sovereign nation is one which issues its own currency, does not peg the value of that currency to any other currency or to any precious metal, and whose government does not take on debt in any currency other than its own.

    The United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom are all monetarily sovereign nations. Countries like France and Italy, which are part of the Eurozone are not. Neither are the countries in Africa which are former French colonies and which continue to use the CFA Franc.

    It turns out that whether a country is monetarily sovereign or not has

    tremendous importance in determining the economic policies a country can pursue in response to crises, whether those crises be economic, political, medical or ecological. Modern monetary theory explains, for example, why the U.S. federal government can create hundreds of billions of dollars to spend in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while state and local governments (not to mention individual households) cannot.

    In this five-session, students will get a taste of macroeconomics — the study of the overall determination of output, employment and prices — from the MMT perspective. Upon taking this course students will be able to understand and participate in current economic policy discussions.


    Essential Reading

    Stephanie Kelton

    “The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy”

    Public Affairs/Hachette Book Group. 2020.

    Richard Murphy

    “The Joy of Tax: How a fair tax system can create a better society”

    Corgi Books/Transworld Publishers. 2015.

    Yeva Nersisyan and L. Randall Wray

    “How to Pay for the Green New Deal”

    Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Working Paper No. 931. 2019.

    http://www.levyinstitute.org/pubs/wp_931.pdf

    Pavlina R. Tcherneva

    “The Case for a Job Guarantee”

    Polity Press. 2020.

    L. Randall Wray

    “Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems”

    Palgrave Macmillan. 2015 (second edition).


    Recommended Reading

    Christine Desan

    “Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism”

    Oxford University Press. 2014.

    David Graeber

    “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”

    Melville House. 2014.

    John Maynard Keynes

    “How to Pay for the War”

    Macmillan. 1940.

    William Mitchell, L. Randall Wray and Martin Watts

    “Macroeconomics”

    Red Globe Press/Macmillan International. 2019.

    Warren Mosler

    “The 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy”

    Valance Company. 2010.

    Warren Mosler

    “Soft Currency Economics II: What Everyone Thinks They Know About Monetary Policy Is Wrong”

    Valance Company. 2012.

    Fanny Pigeaud and Ndongo Samba Sylla

    “L’Arme Invisible de la Françafrique: Une Histoire du Franc CFA”

    La Decouverte. 2018. (In French)

    Robert Skidelsky

    “Money and Government: The Past and Future of Economics”

    Yale University Press. 2018.

    L. Randall Wray

    “Understanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability”

    Edward Elgar. 1998.


    Instructor: James Keenan
    Dates: Mondays | 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7

    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    5 sessions
    A link to join the online course will be provided via email before the start of the first session.

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  • What is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)?
    Session 4
    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
    2020.11.30

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    149 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

    WHAT IS MODERN MONETARY THEORY (MMT)?

    MMT, what it is and how it works

    Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is a heterodox school of macroeconomic thought that asks:

    * To what degree is your country monetarily sovereign?

    * How does that impact the economic policies your country is able to pursue?

    A monetarily sovereign nation is one which issues its own currency, does not peg the value of that currency to any other currency or to any precious metal, and whose government does not take on debt in any currency other than its own.

    The United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom are all monetarily sovereign nations. Countries like France and Italy, which are part of the Eurozone are not. Neither are the countries in Africa which are former French colonies and which continue to use the CFA Franc.

    It turns out that whether a country is monetarily sovereign or not has

    tremendous importance in determining the economic policies a country can pursue in response to crises, whether those crises be economic, political, medical or ecological. Modern monetary theory explains, for example, why the U.S. federal government can create hundreds of billions of dollars to spend in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while state and local governments (not to mention individual households) cannot.

    In this five-session, students will get a taste of macroeconomics — the study of the overall determination of output, employment and prices — from the MMT perspective. Upon taking this course students will be able to understand and participate in current economic policy discussions.


    Essential Reading

    Stephanie Kelton

    “The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy”

    Public Affairs/Hachette Book Group. 2020.

    Richard Murphy

    “The Joy of Tax: How a fair tax system can create a better society”

    Corgi Books/Transworld Publishers. 2015.

    Yeva Nersisyan and L. Randall Wray

    “How to Pay for the Green New Deal”

    Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Working Paper No. 931. 2019.

    http://www.levyinstitute.org/pubs/wp_931.pdf

    Pavlina R. Tcherneva

    “The Case for a Job Guarantee”

    Polity Press. 2020.

    L. Randall Wray

    “Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems”

    Palgrave Macmillan. 2015 (second edition).


    Recommended Reading

    Christine Desan

    “Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism”

    Oxford University Press. 2014.

    David Graeber

    “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”

    Melville House. 2014.

    John Maynard Keynes

    “How to Pay for the War”

    Macmillan. 1940.

    William Mitchell, L. Randall Wray and Martin Watts

    “Macroeconomics”

    Red Globe Press/Macmillan International. 2019.

    Warren Mosler

    “The 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy”

    Valance Company. 2010.

    Warren Mosler

    “Soft Currency Economics II: What Everyone Thinks They Know About Monetary Policy Is Wrong”

    Valance Company. 2012.

    Fanny Pigeaud and Ndongo Samba Sylla

    “L’Arme Invisible de la Françafrique: Une Histoire du Franc CFA”

    La Decouverte. 2018. (In French)

    Robert Skidelsky

    “Money and Government: The Past and Future of Economics”

    Yale University Press. 2018.

    L. Randall Wray

    “Understanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability”

    Edward Elgar. 1998.


    Instructor: James Keenan
    Dates: Mondays | 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7

    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    5 sessions
    A link to join the online course will be provided via email before the start of the first session.

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