“Rainforests and Ruins”: SPI at the Milken Institute Conference in 2011

Want to learn more about the Sustainable Preservation Initiative and how we both preserve cultural heritage AND transform impoverished communities?

Check out SPI Executive Director Larry Coben in this video from the Milken Institute Conference in 2011!

“The whole issue of cultural and ecotourism, while it may seem a rather small item in the world financial market scheme of things, in international development is the hottest concern right now,” says Brent Lane, Director for the Center for Competitive Economies at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina. With fellow panel members Uri Dromi (Director General, Mishkenot Sha’ananim), and Crawford Hill (CEO, Chill Expeditions), and Brent Lane, SPI’s Larry Coben discusses CONCRETE SOLUTIONS for helping developing countries preserve their undervalued and underutilized cultural heritage as an economic asset. SPI believes that by quantifying these assets and channeling capital to them, we can preserve endangered archaeological sites in a sustainable way that transforms the lives of poor communities.


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