"Flaccavento's book is a gem.  There is nothing quite like it–an enlightening blend of high principle and practical example providing ground truth.  His is a story of how to bring the future into the present, in communities around the country."

- James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy.

The reviews are in!

Excerpt from Chuck Collins' review at Yes! Magazine:

"Like Gandhi, Flaccavento is skeptical of centralized solutions but knows that if we walk away from national politics, the vacuum will be filled by absentee corporate power. To create change, he says, we need a public policy program that removes barriers and speeds the transition. For example, Flaccavento proposes business regulations that are “scale appropriate” and reduce the regulatory burdens on start-up, local, and home-based businesses. Instead of subsidizing absentee-owned national conglomerates, local government should direct procurement and subsidies to locally rooted enterprises."

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From Real Small Towns:

 Review published in  Real Small Towns  : The Art of Community , Vol. 1. Reproduced with permission from the publisher.

Review published in Real Small Towns: The Art of Community, Vol. 1. Reproduced with permission from the publisher.

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Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up is applicable to a range of university and public classrooms. The six "transitions" put forth in the book offer an ideal structure for teaching and discussion. Find out what instructors are saying about the book in their classrooms below, and scroll down to preview Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up


“Flaccavento attacks the neoclassical hegemony of trickle-down economics and the bigger-is-better theology behind too much public policy with real-world facts and a variety of bottom up strategies to build resilient and self-reliant communities.  Leaving no stone unturned, from incentivizing local entrepreneurship and growing regional networks, to transforming international trade agreements, Flaccavento challenges everyone concerned with building shared prosperity to get to work!” 

-Deborah L. Spencer, Chair, Department of Economics, Emory & Henry College

"Alongside the valuable content, Building Healthy Economies is a useful guide for difficult and necessary conversations about reordering priorities.  My students valued its hopeful yet urgent tone and concrete orientation, and as an instructor I used the style and structure of the book to illustrate effective writing, argumentation, and use of evidence.  After reading Building Healthy Economies, students will be versed in the conditions that lead to thriving and self-sufficient communities, knowledgeable enough to act in strategic and consequential ways to achieve them, and energized to go into the real world and get started." 

-Andrew C. Shoeneman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Studies; Chair, Master of Nonprofit Studies Program, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Richmond

“Building a healthy economy from the bottom up proposes ideas that directly challenge the status quo of American society.  In doing so, it is a work that desires to break the traditional ideas behind wealth, development, and society in a way that can benefit every American.” 

-Mason Boyd, Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science triple major.