Do you believe in dry land? Do you believe in community? If your answer is “Yes” to both those questions, and you’re interested in a way of looking at life that interweaves humor, social justice, zoology, and just about any other subject, into a huge and satisfying whole, please come to this interactive talk about San Francisco real estate and conscience with David Giesen of the Henry George School of San Francisco.
Questions David will explore include:
- What are the social behaviors that follow an assertion that no one has a superior right to inhabit Earth over anyone else?
- What public policy legislation is in concord with a conviction that the Earth is the birthright of all people?
- How can we own anything that’s not man-made?
- Will one maintain saying the earth is the birthright of all people even if one is engaged in behavior that contradicts that equality?
- Is it possible that social relations would be much improved by ridding society of private gain from community-generated land values?
Because we are simply stewards of nature’s gifts, renting the commons from the community aligns resource use more appropriately in time and space with currency. A paradigm shift in economics would assert a reality-based relationship between people and the commons based on Henry George’s theoretical syntheses.
Join us for a fun, animated, and provocative evening that will challenge you to reconsider “realities” we take as givens!
- 6:00pm: Our venue, Peña Pachamama opens and begins serving delicious organic appetizers and entrees (no host).
- 7:00pm: We will start with a brief update and introduction to The Pachamama Alliance.
- 7:30-9:00pm: David’s presentation.
About David Giesen
Playwright, novelist, and land use economist, David Giesen lives in San Francisco’s Cortland-side Bernal Heights neighborhood. His especial historical interests include Hebrew land policies, the American Transcendentalists, the Farmers Alliance, and the invasion and occupation of Iraq under George W. Bush. In his spare time, Giesen teaches 3rd and 4th grade, and develops citizenship curriculum with the International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP programs.