Ralph talks to author and entrepreneur, Michael Shuman about ways local businesses can actually beat big business in your town. And we discuss the enormous cost of Medicare fraud and how you can report it with Professor Malcolm Sparrow.
Michael Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on community economics. He is one of the architects of the crowd funding reforms that became the “JOBS Act,” signed into law by President Obama in April 2012. Mr. Shuman is currently Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets and a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute. He’s also a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and an adjunct instructor in community economic development for Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He is author of many books on the subject of localization, including the one we’re going to talk about today, The Local Economy Solution.
Malcolm Sparrow is a Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Professor Sparrow served ten years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He has conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and has extensive experience with criminal investigation. His research interests include regulatory and enforcement strategy, fraud control, corruption control, and operational risk management. He is also a patent-holding inventor in the area of computerized fingerprint analysis. He holds an MA in mathematics from Cambridge University, an MPA from the Kennedy School, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Kent University at Canterbury. Among his many publications is the book License to Steal: How Fraud Bleeds America’s Health Care System.