Good Intentions or Good Results? How Trade, Property, and Entrepreneurship will Help the Developing World

Calvin College | Grand Rapids, MI | July 31 - August 3



“Aid is just a stop-gap. Commerce—entrepreneurial capitalism—takes more people out of poverty than aid.” Bono

What causes wealth and what can be done to help those without it? Billions of dollars are spent on aid programs, while millions continue to starve. These programs help people feel better about the suffering in the world, but what actually helps alleviate that suffering? What is the cause of wealth in the world? This introduction to economic thinking will help you answer these questions. This introductory seminar will not give you all of the answers to these complex problems; it will give you the tools to find the answers yourself.

 

Applications are closed!

Thursday, July 31

12:00 pm – 6:00pm: Dorm Room Check in
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Seminar Check-in and Social


Friday, August 1
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:30 am: Check in
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Welcome
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break
11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Discussion Groups
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Break
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Discussion Groups
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm: Dinner
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Social


Saturday, August 2
7:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check in
9:45 am – 10:00am: Break
10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break
11:00 am – 11:45 am: Activity: The Trading Game
11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Break
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Discussion Groups
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm: Dinner
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Social


Sunday, August 3
7:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Check in
9:00 am – 10:30 am: Activity: Find a Better Way
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am – 11:30: “The Arena” Debate: TBA
11:30 am – 11:45 am: Break
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Closing Remarks
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch
2:30pm – 6:00pm: Check out of rooms

 

Spring Seminars

FEE has joined forces with the Moving Picture Institute (MPI) and Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism to put together two exciting, new Spring Seminars!
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