Today’s picks for political and civic nerds.

Multi-talented economics professor William Janeway raves about the innovation economy during tonight's Town Hall's civic double feature.

For Friday:

Slavery is Still Slavery 

The UW Women’s Center and School of Law host this international conference to examine human trafficking and to discuss feasible ways to abolish slavery altogether.

Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization, Fri Jan 11, 8am–7:30pm, North Ballroom, Husky Union Building (HUB), NE Stevens Way, University of Washington, $150.

For Thursday:

Happiness in the Nothingness, Take Two

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus—two former corporate bigwigs—discuss their decision to leave their jobs, give up their material belongings, and pursue happiness through a plain, unembellished life. Since their scheduled December show was canceled due to inclement weather—and PubliCalendar recommended it—we thought we ought to mention it and risk sounding like Town Hall groupies.

The Minimalists: 2012 Holiday Happiness Tour, Thu Jan 10, 7:30–9pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

And for Today: 

Civic Business/Double Feature

 

William Janeway, an economics professor at Princeton and Cambridge—and, in his free time, a venture-capital investor—is in town to discuss his enthusiasm for the “innovation economy.” Stay afterward for free entry to business psychology pundit Daniel Pink's talk on the art of persuasion.

Capitalism in the Innovation Economy, Wed Jan 9, 6–7:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

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