The 2013 Conference on Michigan's Future

Local Future invites everyone to attend the 2013 Conference on Michigan's Future: Energy, Economy, Environment set for November 1-3, 2013 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

The in-depth program includes speakers on wind power, fracking, climate change, renwable energy, economics, and much more.

Early bird registration is now open.  Save $100 by registering in August.

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VAL 2012:  Vision - Action - Leadership


The 2012 International Conference on Sustainability, Transition, and Culture Change: Vision - Action - Leadership (VAL 2012)  will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 16-18, 2012 at the Prince Conference Center.  Speakers include Daniel Quinn, Steve Keen, Richard Heinberg, Nicole Foss, Albert Bates, Stephanie Mills, and Aaron Wissner.  For more information and details, visit the conference web page at:

2011 Local Future Conference: Vision, Action, Leadership

The 2011 International Conference on Sustainability, Transition and Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership.

The groundbreaking event draws together visionaries, activists, and leadership for a summit on advancing the movement towards sustainability, resilience, and regeneration; including in depth study of factors that will influence the future of social change, culture change and socio-cultural evolution.

This five-day conference features a new hybrid retreat structure, integrating TED style talks, reflective work, open space technology, and integrated networking activities.  Speakers included:  Steve Keen, Nicole Foss, Albert Bates, KMO, Tim Bennett, Tom Greco, Gloria Flora, Sally Erickson and Aaron Wissner

Held in November 2011 at Shanty Creek Resort in Michigan.

2010 International Conference on Sustainability

The 2010 International Conference on Sustainability: Energy, Economy, Environment featured keynote talks by Nicole Foss (Stoneleigh of The Automatic Earth), Dr. Joe Tainter (author of "The Collapse of Complex Societies"), Dr. Steve Keen (author of "Debunking Economics" and winner of the Revere Award), Richard Douthwaite (author of "The Ecology of Money"), David Korowicz (director of the Risk/Resilience Network), Chris Bedford (president of the Center for Economic Security), and Aaron Wissner (president of Local Future).

The three-day conference included presentations by Ellen Brown, author of the book "Web of Debt"; Peter Bane, editor of "Permaculture Activist" magazine; Kurt Cobb, author of "Prelude", a novel about peak oil; MaryAnn Lesert, author of the novel "Base Ten"; David Gard, Michigan Environmental Council; Christina Snyder, Architect of Passive Solar Homes; Nathan Ayers, Chiwara Permaculture Design; John Sarver, State of Michigan, Energy Office and Stephanie Mills author of In Service to the Wild.

Held in Nov. 2010 at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.

2009 Conference on Michigan's Future

The 2009 Conference on Michigan's Future: Energy, Economy & Environment takes a head on look at the economic crisis, the looming energy crisis, and the environment crisis and explores possible solutions and a vision of a more self-sufficient, sustainable, and resilient Michigan.

The four-day conference featured forty presenters including Dr. Robert Costanza, Thomas Greco, Richard Douthwaite, Dr. Soji Adelaja, Rich Wells, Bryn Davidson, Randy Udall, Dr. Richard Gilbert, Peter Sinclair, Stephanie Mills, Megan Bachman, and Albert Bates.

Held November 2009 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Mich.

2008 Conference on Michigan's Future

The 2008 Conference of Michigan's Future: Energy, Economy & Environment looked at the challenges of the monetary crisis and the oil crisis and proposes realistic, job creating solutions for Michigan.

The three-day conference featured forty presenters including Richard Heinberg, Albert Bates, Ellen Brown, Paul Murray, Tony Earley, Aaron Wissner and Jerry Norica.

Held November 2008 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan.

2008 International Conference on Peak Oil & Climate Change

The 2008 International Conference on Peak Oil and Climate Change: Paths to Sustainability

The three-day conference featuring fifty presenters including Dr. David Goodstein, Richard Heinberg, Julian Darley, U.S. Rep. Vernon Ehlers, Megan Bachman, Stephanie Mills, Albert Bates, Aaron Wissner and Pat Murphy.

Held May 2008 at Fine Arts Center at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.

2006 A Community Forum on Michigan's Energy Future

Speakers included Aaron Wissner, founder of the Local Future Network; David Gard, Energy Program Director for the Michigan Environmental Council; Dana Deley, Energy Program Advisor to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm; and George Heartwell, Mayor of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Two new documentary films screened: "The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream" and "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil".

The organizing team consisted of Shirley Kallio, David Veenstra, Jeff Smith, Candi Teachout and Aaron Wissner. The conference was held at  the historic Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday, July 22, 2006.