Be A Better Consumer; Join Us Oct. 2

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Buying a meal? A mattress? A light bulb? A soft drink?

You do the best you can, right? You try to shop and eat in a manner consistent with your values about the environment, worker’s rights, sustainability, or animal rights. Or maybe you have different ethical passions that affect how you spend your money.

Actual Miya sushi dish, photographed by Bettina Hansen

Actual Miya sushi dish, photographed by Bettina Hansen

But you can’t make this your life’s work. You hope the choices you make will play out in a good way, but maybe sometimes you wonder if they do. And what about a company making big improvements after a lousy past track record? Should you reward that or shun them?

On Oct. 2, we’ll take a longer, deeper look at those questions with people who spend a lot of time thinking about the broadest possible picture.  And you’re invited to join us at Watkinson School at 7 p.m.

Our panel includes Barry Nalebuff, a Yale management professor who co-founded the incredibly missionsuccessful Honest Tea company [that’s his book about the adventure of starting a principle-driven company], Bun Lai, owner of Miya’s in New Haven, the most sustainable sushi restaurant in the U.S.  David Bollier, a long time collaborator with Norman Lear on public affairs projects and now doing ground-breaking work on the notion of the Commons. And Stefanie Wnuck from the Product Stewardship Institute. Click on the link to see about their fascinating purpose.

Stefanie Wnuck

Stefanie Wnuck

This group will be fun, forward-looking and able to help take some of the guesswork out of ethical consumerism.

We’re also counting on heavy audience participation. Bring your questions and your passion. It may wind up as part of the radio show we hope to produce out of this evening.

Tickets are $15 each or buy all three events in the series for $30. (Then you get to drop in for a very nice light dinner with wine beforehand!) All events are held in the Foisie Amphitheater at Watkinson School.  Seating is very limited and general admission, so order today.  Purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com (search Watkinson School) or by calling 800-838-3006.

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