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Economic Equity: Equalizing Opportunity
Jeff Strang and Jeff Smith

Presented by Jeff Strang and Jeff Smith. Could an annual "citizen's dividend," along the lines of Alaska's Permanent Fund, help equalize opportunity among our citizens? How can we tap into wealth ("solid" capital) to generate cash flow ("liquid" capital) desperately needed by those on the lowest rungs of the economy? How would it look if we paid for it by charging annual land rent to private landowners? HGP member Jeff Strang is joined by long-time "geonomist" Jeff Smith. Smith presented to HGP several years ago on shifting property taxes. This exploration of practical economics was presented at the Coalition for a Livable Future's Regional Livability Summit on April 23.

Portland's Water
Catherine Howells, PhD

Presented by Catherine Howells, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Portland State University. Catherine will be speaking about the history of Portland's drinking water --where it comes from and how the water system was built. She believes that everyone should know about their drinking water --the history and current state of affairs. Portland has extraordinarily pure water, but it is not without its challenges. Our watershed, which is controlled by the US Forest Service, was logged for decades. Our unfiltered water delivery system is now challenged by EPA regulations. Catherine will discuss these issues from all sides and looks forward to a vibrant discussion of the issues. Catherine was trained as an historian, left the academic world for a career in business, and now finds herself back teaching history. As an Adjunct Professor, she teaches a class each term at Portland State University on Portland's water.

Alternative Energy
Dr. Duane Ray

Presented by Duane Ray, PhD. This talk gives an overview of many of the various possibilities of renewable energy. Including wind, solar (both heating and photovoltaic), geothermal, tidal/wave, bio-fuels and photosynthesis. The information provides a base for discussion and helps lead to informed decisions for our future. The state of the art for each method changes as research and industrial development moves forward. We’ll try to bring you up-to-date. They will shape our future!

David C. DiNucci

Presented by David C. DiNucci. Facebook has become an internet phenomenon. What is it? How did it get so big? How does it compare to other internet communication media like Twitter and email? What started as a means of keeping in touch with friends has become a tool for everything from rallying for causes to keeping up with the latest news. We'll explore how Facebook fits into the internet landscape, and how you may find it useful in your humanist endeavors.