By: Josie Faass
With new leadership come new ideas and directions, and together with the Board of Directors, I’ve spent the first few months of my tenure as Executive Director identifying our priority areas and activities for the next three years. Some are brand new, others are an extension of efforts begun long ago, but all represent a continued commitment to to creating a world of liberty and equality of opportunity arising from economic, social, and environmental justice.
Those familiar with RSF know that we’ve been involved in publishing and book distribution for a long time. In the next few years we’ll focus on supporting the creation of even more scholarly and popular content, digitizing our existing collections into a free online database, and converting all of our titles to e-book and print on demand formats for ease of distribution.
Another major area of activity in RSF’s future will be outreach – outreach to outreach to the Georgist community and to those who don’t (yet) consider
themselves Georgist, but who share our ideals, priorities, and the belief that everyone will benefit from the implementation of more sound tax and trade policies at the local, national, and global levels. Key to our success in these efforts will be the formation of partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals who can help us amplify and propagate our ideas into new spheres of influence, and we look forward to strengthening existing ties, and to creating many new ones.
RSF will also be more actively communicating with individuals and groups interested in exploring
whether and how the adoption of a land value tax (LVT) might benefit their communities. We recognize that access to expert analytical resources and individuals able to answer location-specific questions can mean the difference between sticking with a familiar (albeit potentially inferior) approach to local taxes and trying a new and better solution.
Education is an area in which the Foundation has long been active, and one on which we will remain focused. By providing support to educators and students of all ages, we will continue to share the wisdom of Henry George and like-minded thinkers.
Finally, and perhaps less visibly to the outside world, we’ll work to optimize our own operations and grow our resources, thereby enhancing our efficiency and impact.
At RSF, we know that once you “see the cat,” you realize “it’s all cat,” and are committed to facilitating this fundamental shift in the way people view the world and our place in it.