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? Should we care about good intentions or good results? This introduction to economic thinking will not only help you answer these questions, it will give you the tools to find the answers yourself.

 

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 – 12:30 pm: Lunch and shuttle to manufacturing tour at Haworth
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: Haworth manufacturing tour
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm: Return to campus
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Break
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm: Dinner
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Travel to Acton Institute
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
7:15 pm – 9:00 pm: Social
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Return to Calvin College

 

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 – 6:00 pm: Dinner
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Travel to Acton Institute
6:30 pm – 7:15 pm: Reading Discussion Groups
7:15 pm – 9:00 pm: Social
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Return to Calvin College

 

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 K.O.” Debate: "Should We Restrict Immigration or Let the Free Market in Labor Work?"
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

 

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