The 35th North American Conference of the
Council of Georgist Organizations

and the

27th conference of the International Union for Land Value Taxation

Tuesday, August 4th to Sunday, August 9th, 2015
Embassy Suites Hotel, Southfield, Michigan


Reclaiming Our Land and Water:
Michigan and the World

Once Detroit was MOTOWN, the home of Mustangs, Chevies and Cadillacs, of Aretha, the Jacksons, the Temptations. What happened? How can it be turned around? How can other cities escape the suffering that Detroit has endured?

In the 1960s, in the town of Southfield, the Detroit suburb where this conference will take place, a forward-thinking Mayor, James Clarkson, and an expert Assessor (Ted Gwartney, who will be one of our featured speakers) implemented reforms that made Southfield one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Southfield's success reprised the tax and business climate Detroit enjoyed in the early 20th century, the policies that made it the USA's automotive capital.

This conference will explore that fascinating history, and bring together social scientists and reformers from around the world to focus on innovative solutions to today's most "intractable" economic problems. The Council of Georgist Organizations looks beyond the ideological limits of "Left" or "Right" to explore viable Third Way policy solutions that can move society toward greater equality, without sacrificing prosperity.

For rates and reservation information, please CLICK HERE. And here's a PDF version of our brochure.



Tuesday, August 4th

   International Union Business Meeting, 1-5 PM

   Welcoming Reception, 7:30-9:30 PM

Welcome by Dan Sullivan for the CGO, and Dave Wetzel, for the IU
America's First Northwest: History of Settlement in the Area — Ed Dodson

Wednesday, August 5th: Michigan Cities Day

each morning

   Open Mike

9 - 10:30

   The Situation in Michigan

Samantha Harkins, Marie Donigan and Maureen Taylor

10:45 - 12:20

Detroit and the World: Who Should Pay for Water and Transit?

David Triggs and Dave Wetzel

12:30 - 1:30 pm

   Lunch - Table Topics with Dan Sullivan

1:30 - 2:30

   How Moving Away from Property Taxes Hindered Detroit's Development

Mason Gaffney

2:30 - 3:30

   Southfield’s 1960s Boom and Other Successful Assessment Reforms

Ted Gwartney

3:45 - 5

   Why Pensylvania’s Cities are Bouncing Back from the Collapse of Big Steel

Josh Vincent

7 - 9

   What I Learned about US Foreign Policy

Film discussion led by Alanna Hartzok

Thursday, August 6th

8:45 - 10

   Welfare for the Rich

How the Poor Subsidize Landowners: Heather Wetzel

10:30 - 12:30

   Education for Movement-Building

What Must We Teach? — Mike Curtis, Lindy Davies, Ed Dodson, Mason Gaffney, Edward Miller

12:30 - 1:45

   Lunch - CGO Member Reports

1:45 - 3:15

   Education & Movement-Building in Nicaragua

A Success Story: Paul Martin

3:30 - 4:45


What Works (and Doesn't Work) in Social Media: Jacob Shwartz-Lucas, Edward Miller, Karl Fitzgerald

Friday, August 7th

8:45 - 10

   CGO Business Meeting

10:15 - 11:30

   Hazen Pingree   

The Leader Who Brought Jobs, People and Capital Flocking to Detroit: Alex Wagner Lough and Mason Gaffney

11:30 - 1

   Lunch - CGO Member Reports

1 - 6

   Bus Tour!

Detroit's illustrious past and challenging present. We'll take an instructively scenic route to the Detroit Institute of History, with with its fascinating industrial exhibits. Then on to Belle Isle, and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, which boasts maritime history and outstanding stained glass windows. Finally, a swing by Grosse Pointe Shores to see how the other half lives. Narrated by Scott Walton.

7:30 - 8:30

   Henry George Institute Membership Meeting

Saturday, August 8th

8:45 - 9:45

   Deadweight Loss

The Productivity We Never See: Bill Batt

10 - 11:15

   Nigeria Report

Governance, Trade and Natural Rights: Gordon Abiama

11:15 - 12:30

   Water Access in Underdeveloped Countries

David Triggs

12:30 - 1:30 pm

   Lunch - CGO Member Reports

1:30 - 3

   The Total Resource Rent of Australia

...and the Neocon Constriction: Karl Fitzgerald

3:15 - 4:15


Lessons from the Life of Korean Admiral Yi Soon Shin: Alan Ridley

4:15 - 5:30

   On the Spot Topics

Dan Sullivan and Jacob Shwartz-Lucas

7 - 9

   Gala Banquet

My 2014 Congressional Campaign and Movement-Building for LVT: Alanna Hartzok
- Economic Justice Awards -

Sunday, August 9th

9 - 10:30

   How Francis Neilson Came to Hold Winston Churchill in Such Low Esteem

Ed Dodson

10:30 - 12

   Open Mike Brainstorming

Hosted by Sue Walton

12 - 1:30

   Our Traditional Farewell Lunch

Toasts and Farewells

The Law of Rent never changes, but our schedule may - without notice.


Scott & Sue Walton, conference administrators
PO Box 57, Evanston IL 60204
Phone: 847/475-0391