PODCAST: "Where We Go From Here"

NEDA Past President Abby Straus of Maverick and Boutique has launched a podcast series "about where we go from here: what lesson we might learn from the social and economic challenges we're facing right now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we might do differently in the future that will make us and our businesses and communities more vibrant and more resilient." Abby recently interviewed Michael H. Shuman, author of many books on supporting and building local economies. Mr. Shuman's latest book is "Put Your Money Where Your Life Is: Investing locally using in self-directed IRAs and solo 401Ks.



 Abby StrausAbby Straus
Abby is passionate about helping people identify and create the future they want to live. She partners with individuals and organization as a facilitator, workshop leader and coach, helping people develop plans of action and methods of interaction to collectively create their desired outcomes. Abby is a master networker, supporting the cross-pollination of ideas between diverse people and sectors, so everyone achieves more. Many types of organizations have benefited from collaborating with Abby, including libraries and library systems, non-profits, educational institutions, communities and their economic development organizations, and the private and public sectors, including defense. Abby has a BA in cultural anthropology from Hampshire College and an Master’s of Divinity from Gauden University.  She is also the proud mother of a twenty-eight-year-old, an avid yoga practitioner and musician. She lives in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts.



Michael H. ShumanMichael H. Shuman
Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics.  He’s Director of Local Economy Programs for Neighborhood Associates Corporation, and an Adjunct Professor at Bard Business School in New York City.  He is also a Senior Researcher for Council Fire and Local Analytics, where he performed economic-development analyses for states, local governments, and businesses around North America. He is credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act and dozens of state laws overhauling securities regulation of crowdfunding.  He has authored, co-authored, or edited ten books.  His three most recent books are Put Your Money Where Your Life Is:  How to Invest Locally Using Solo 401ks and Self-Directed IRAs; The Local Economy Solution:  How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity; and Local Dollars, Local Sense:  How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street.