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Workshop with E. Larson Gunness 12/05/2012 | 5:30 PM -

The workshop will be based E. Larson Gunness' book 'Peace, Love, and Financial Planning; an illustrated guide to money.'

Overview of Workshops

As an artist, you need to deal with many of the same issues faced by other small business owners.  While you may want to just focus on your creative work, the need to deal with money is unavoidable.  Do you want to know more about how to manage finances?  Is the topic of money one that you avoid, even though you know you shouldn't?  Do you just want to be in control of money in your life and work?  Do you want to understand how to approach the relationship between debt and savings/investment?

If any of these questions resonate for you, you'll benefit from this workshop.

During this session, we will cover the basic language and tools of financial planning, focusing in particular on your personal balance sheet or "Statement of Net Worth."  Topics we'll cover include:

  • Debt, how it works (for and against you).
  • What are the basic components of debt?
  • What are some key trouble spots to watch out for in relation to debt?
  • What about savings, the flip side of debt; how are debt and savings related?
  • What are the basics that you need to know in order to manage and/or understand your own savings?
  • What are the different types of saving opportunities out there?

E. Larson Gunness in a creative entrepreneur who lives in Barrington, RI with his wife and two children. The Peace, Love, and Financial Planning project brings together the two halves of his brain by blending his creative practice and professional skills in the field of personal finance. In his business career, he has 14 years of experience in the financial sector (with Smith Barney, Fidelity Investments, and for the past 6 years at the helm of his own firm). He went to B-school at MIT Sloan and went to Kenyon College for his undergraduate degree in Economics. Also, he has developed a creative practice as a musician, writer, and visual artist. He earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. He has taught financial literacy to artists for several years now.

"Artists listen to me, he says, "because I am one of them."

From 1989—1991 he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He has recently published a book on financial literacy for artists titled Peace, Love, and Financial Planning; an illustrated guide to money.  The book was a collaboration between Larson and several other artists and business professionals.  On the book, Larson was writer, editor, and subject matter expert (financial planning). He also created a related website of the same name.

The workshop will be held in the Steel Yard office, located at 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI