In Land We Trust

 Conference Evaluation 

The 36th Conference of the Council of Georgist Organizations

Monday, August 15th to Friday, August 19th, 2016
At the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort Area in Orlando, Florida

This year’s conference examines and celebrates the role of land trusts and intentional communities in the movement for economic justice and prosperity.


Monday, August 15th

7:30-8:30 PM

   Opening Reception

Monopoly Revealed: Ed Dodson on the remarkable story of Mary Pilon's The Monopolists.

8:30 - ?

   The Landlord's Game

An invitation to play Lizzie Magie's original game.

Tuesday, August 16th

8 - 8:50 AM

Each morning: Open Mike

9 - 10 AM

   Southern Slavery, Northern Complicity

Dan Sullivan on the history of Northern involvement in the continuation of the slave trade and slavery in the U.S.

10:30 - 12

   International Trade and the Georgist Message

A panel on the role of international trade in 21st-century political economy, and how the trade issue fits into our message. Lindy Davies, Fred Foldvary, Dave Wetzel.

12 - 1:30

   Lunch - CGO Member Reports

1:45 - 3 PM

   Rent Unmasked!

Panel discussion celebrating the release of the new book celebrating Prof. Mason Gaffney’s contribution to economic theory and economic-justice advocacy. The book contains fifteen new essays on "How to Save the Global Economy and Build a Sustainable Future." Panelists will include Fred Foldvary, Frank Peddle, Polly Cleveland, and Mason Gaffney himself; Ted Gwartney will host.

1:45 - 3 PM

   Rent Unmasked!

Panel discussion continues, after a break, with audience participation.

4:40 - 5

   Feedback on conference sessions:

a new daily feature. Unasked questions and continuing conversations with the day’s presenters.

Dinner on your own, and then socializing from 8 to 11.

Wednesday, August 17th

9:20 - 10:30

   Intentional Communities: Disney World, part 1

Fred Foldvary on Disney World’s history and development: its design and land use practices; why the admission charge is a land rent; and how Disney World made far more money by land speculation than by providing amusement.

11 - 12

   Intentional Communities: Disney World, part 2

Jim Clark of Florida State University, on How Disney acquiried the land for Disney World

12 - 1:30 PM

   Lunch - CGO Member Reports

1:45 - 2:30

   The Annotated Works of Henry George, Vol. 1

Panel discussion celebrating the launch of the first volume in this important new scholarly edition of George’s complete works. The panel will include Bill Peirce, Frank Peddle and Fred Foldvary; Brendan Hennigan will host.

3 - 3:45

   Annotated Works of Henry George

Panel discussion continues, after a break, with audience participation.

3:50 - 4:25

   Survey Report

Report on the results of the survey on movement priorities sent to over 10,000 recipients, with Jacob Shwartz-Lucas and Mark Sullivan.

Dinner on your own, and then socializing from 8 to 11.

Thursday, August 18th

9:15 AM - 2 PM

   The Bus Tour!   

We’ll visit Kissimee’s Osceola County Historical Society, whose Pioneer Village shows Florida’s agricultural heritage, giving us a sense of “life before Disney.” After lunch at a nearby buffet restaurant we will visit Celebration, Disney’s Intentional Community.

2:15 - 4

   CGO Business Meeting

4:15 - 5

   Tactical Focus: Local? National? International?

Panelists: Josh Vincent, Lindy Davies, Frank Peddle

Dinner on your own, and then socializing from 8 to 11.

8 -9

   Henry George Institute Membership Meeting

Friday, August 19th

9 - 10:25

   Innovative Strategies on Climate Change

Desta Horner, of the Citizens Climate Lobby, explains their proposal for a carbon tax and a per capita dividend, and Bill Batt discusses the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

11 - 12:30 PM

   Toastmaster-style Speeches

with Nicholas Rosen, MC

12:30 - 1:45 PM

   Lunch - CGO Member Reports

2 - 3:30

   Intentional Communities: New Proposals

Ed Dodson, Dan Sullivan, Jeff Graubart

4 - 4:30

   Feedback on conference sessions

7 - 9:30

   Gala Banquet

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Polly Cleveland, on the dimensions of economic inequality, and its remedies.
- Economic Justice Awards -

Saturday, August 20th

8 - 9:30 AM

   Farewell Breakfast

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) 209-0047