"Perhaps the most fun economics book you’ve ever read!"
Viking Economics Meet Author George Lakey
Weds. June 14th @ 7pm
A NATION DIVIDED: What can we learn from the Nordics? Book talk and discussion with George Lakey
Thanks to the Nordic economic model, the Scandinavians are now among the most equal countries in the world. They are also known for shared prosperity, even though only Norway found oil. A century ago they had a huge wealth gap, only a pretend democracy, and poverty that drove large numbers to leave their countries.
How Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden turned themselves around is the subject of George Lakey’s new book, “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too,” released by Melville House July 2016.. The book drew articles in Bloomberg.com, the Atlantic Monthly, and Time Magazine, while it was named “Book of the Week” by the London Times. Bill McKibben called it “Completely fascinating,” not least for Scandinavian achievements in meeting the climate crisis.
About the author:
George Lakey is an activist, author, and professor with both an arrest record and affinity for Broadway tunes. His first time arrested was in the civil rights movement; recently he went to jail in the successful campaign to stop the nation's seventh largest bank from financing mountaintop removal coal mining. He has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents and taught at several universities, most recently Swarthmore College. "Viking Economics" is his ninth book, all of which are about how to support change.