We, The World Celebrates International Women’s Day Globally! @ Multiple Online and Local Events
Mar 8 all-day
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International Women’s Day March 8, 2018
by We, The World and our Allies

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First Annual

March 8, 2018 3PM Eastern Time (USA)

Register for the Summit Here – It’s FREE!

TreasuresFromTheUniverse TreasuringWomenCo-Sponsor-WE

Featured Speakers Include

Sande Hart
– Director of the Women and Girls Sector of Charter for Compassion International

Rick Ulfik – the Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at

Moderator: Angel Fullerton – Founder of Treasures From The Universe

Other Featured Speakers include Treasures >From The Universe members Nina Laiberg, Nancy Baldry, and Sarah Otis.

Please join us for a dynamic, inspiring and interactive live conversation on the women’s movement and women’s empowerment between passionate advocates Sande Hart, Rick Ulfik and a collective of women who have come together to give birth to Treasures From The Universe – a project of co-creation and collaboration bringing light, love, and healing to the world in tangible ways.
March 7-9, 2018

Co-Sponsored by
We, The World, Playing For Change, Unity Foundation
Pledge To Peace and Step It Up for Gender Equality

Since 1909, International Women’s Day has celebrated the power of women around the globe. On March 8, 2018, International Women’s Day spotlights a worldwide movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. In our first annual Women’s Day Webcast, Peace Channel honors the strength and courage of the women who make up nearly half of the planet’s 244 million migrants, preserving families and contributing to the global economy.

You may Embed the Peace Channel W ebcast on your own webpage using this code:

<a class=”embedly-card” href=”“>PeaceChannel</a><script async src=”//” charset=”UTF-8″></script>.
To learn more, contact us at


Let us know on Facebook if you are planning a Vigil in your area. here are our new Love Power T-Shirts!
Global Kindness Going Viral Show
March 8, 2018


With Host Karen Palmer
known as MindfulMediaMom

and like the page to get notifications of when we are live
On March 8th, join us for a whole day filled with inspiring interviews, global meditations, and empowering action steps to become what we wish to see in the world. Conscious Women leaders in love, compassion, and kindness will share their uplifting stories of hope and ways the audience can help co-create a kinder and more loving world for all of us.
Guests include: Ladies Go Live, Tina Valant, Lottie Hern Ross, and Jenn Nelson, Then Wendi Gilbert of Kindness Evolution, Sande Hart of Charter for Compassion Women and Girls Sector, Teri Angel of Angelspeakers and Spirituality Gone Wild, David Nichol will lead us in a Global Meditation for Unity, Ann Cabano Founder of Just Be Love Project, Scarlett Lewis of Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, Heidi Little of We, The World and International Children’s Month, and ShaRon Rae of No Judgement Just Love Movement.
Unleashing the African Woman

Thato Angelina Gabaitse
Founder and Director
Gabarone, Botswana

Unleashing the African woman is a program aimed and designed to train groups of vulnerable women across Botswana. The mission of this program is to empower women to take full control of their lives. The program is designed to bring out the beautiful, strong and compassionate goddess in every woman.

This program strives to achieve this goal by developing the woman’s mindset through the building of leadership, life and entrepreneurial skills. This will be achieved through training conducted for 30 weeks through a body, mind and soul transformation journey with counseling, training on the development of a wholesome and holistic childhood foundation through love, abundance, and joy. Other activities include arts & crafts, theatre & dance, and gardening.

Currently we are mobilizing resources to launch the program in partnership with YWCA Botswana (Young Women’s Christian Association), an organization that gives teen mothers the opportunity to continue with their secondary education while their babies are enrolled in the day care centre within the institution!

And soon we will be opening a branch office for We, The World in Botswana.

For more information contact us at


ZEMYNA The Goddess of Earth

Inviting all Eco Warrior women
to join hands with us to make this a better planet

Organised by
Namrataa Arora Singh
Country Director for
Charter for Compassion India, Women and Girls

Date: 9 March, Friday, Time: 10 am to 12 noon,
: CrossRoads Music School, Goregaon East, Mumbai, India;
Mission: Women for A Better Planet Launching Compassionate India

Namrataa Arora Singh is a spiritual eco-feminism activist, currently a fellow with Change.Org’s She Creates Change program in India, battling against the use of plastics and other issues relating to empowering women.

Performances by Roberta Donnay

March 8th and 10th, 2018
to Benefit

W.O.M.A.N., Inc.  
Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent

26 Boardman Place | San Francisco, CA 94103
Direct Line: (415) 969-6761
24/7 Support Line: (415) 864-472
Roberta Donnay’s New Album Release
For International Women’s Day March 8th
International Women’s Day 2018 Campaign Theme

Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress  motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.


Individually, we’re one drop but together we’re an ocean. Commit to a “gender parity mindset” via progressive action. Let’s all collaborate to accelerate gender parity, so our collective action powers equality worldwide.

Take action here:

On International Women’s Day
Hear & Join
Eve Ensler’s Passionate Call
for 1 Billion Women To Rise!
Go to for the inspiring interview with Eve Ensler who has led a global movement to end violence against women.

“At the beginning, we got a group of women together in my living room. I think living rooms and kitchens are where all revolutions really begin.”

Eve Ensler

Tony Award winning playwright, activist, and author of the theatrical phenomenon The Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler was the Featured Speaker on WOMEN for the 11 Days of Global Unity Tele-Summit 2015 produced by the Shift Network in Partnership with We, The World.

It’s Time to Unite Our Efforts

We, The World is seeking highly motivated individuals passionate about creating social change to positively impact people and the planet. If you want to join the WE Team and be a Volunteer WE Coordinator CLICK HERE.


It’s Time to Support Our Efforts too!


Your generous Donation will help us to continue and expand our global network of collaboration and action!


Thank you!

Rick Ulfik
Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at
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Resources for Collaboration & Action
11 Days of Global Unity 11 Ways to Transform Your World
11 Days of Global Unity Tele-Summit 2017 – Listen to the recent interviews with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Ralph Nader, Robert Thurman and many others!
Trends in Global Grassroots Organizing , Trends Newsfeed
An Urgent Message From Your Children at – See and post social change and cultural events worldwide!
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Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm

Share your smiles, compliments, time, talents, money, and energy with those around you. We must truly be the change that we want to see. And we can do it. We are doing it. Believe that the future is full of mindfulness where hearts mean more than our accounts.

The Love Initiative.

Notes From the Road – Bright Lights Blog

Book a house concert or music for a yoga class today!!


Date Time Venue Location Cost
3/22/18 3:00 PM Choices Akron, OH
3/22/18 6:00 PM Tea Time for Peace Kent, OH
3/23/18 5:00 PM Friends of the Metro Parks Benefit w/ the Bright Lights Akron, OH
3/27/18 7:00 PM Brother’s Lounge Cleveland, OH
3/30/18 6:30 PM 330 Day @ Akron Civic Theatre Akron, OH
3/31/18 10:30 AM Celebration of Life for Marilyn Stroud Cuyahoga Falls, OH
4/3/18 6:30 PM MLK Kirtan Akron, OH Donations
4/4/18 6:30 PM Nonviolent Communication Circle Akron, OH Donations
4/6/18 7:00 PM Big Love Night @ Live Music Now w/ Rhodes St Rude Boys Akron, OH $5-10
4/7/18 8:30 PM Mustard Seed Highland Square w/ Bright Lights! Akron, OH
4/10/18 7:00 PM Brother Lounge Cleveland, OH
4/16/18 7:00 PM Wolf Creek Winery Norton, OH
4/21/18 6:30 PM Bright Lights @ the Rialto Akron, OH $5
4/22/18 4:00 PM Yoga Central Canton, OH
4/28/18 7:00 PM Wine Mill Peninsula, OH
5/2/18 6:30 PM Nonviolent Communication Series Akron, OH Donations
5/4/18 7:00 PM Big Love Night @ Live Music Now w/ Gretchen Pleuss Akron, OH $5-10
5/5/18 12:00 PM Cleveland VegFest Cleveland, OH
5/5/18 6:00 PM Bent Ladder winery Doylestown , OH
5/8/18 7:00 PM Brother’s Lounge Cleveland, OH
breaking down prejudices towards people with disabilities.Summer in the Forest @ Village East Cinema.
Mar 23 all-day


FREE MOVIE TICKETS: We invite you to the opening of the highly awarded feature film Summer in the Forest on March 23-30th at the Village East Cinema. The movie is breaking down prejudices towards people with disabilities. For over 20+ movie goers there are FREE WE Commkunity, for information contact 212 647 1212

Inaugural Global Town Hall for UN & Global Governance Renewal July 21-23, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado & Webcast Online! @ University of Colorado Boulder
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm

The WE Campaign of We, The World
WE – A global  campaign of We, The World to unite and amplify the efforts
of people, organizations and movements working for the common good

Dear Friends,

As one of the supporting organizations of this conference, We, The World is very excited to invite you to attend (in person or via livestream) the Inaugural Global Town Hall for Global Governance Renewal, Innovation and Reform – a FREE event July 21-23, 2018 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. This will be the first of a series of Global Town Halls leading to 2020 the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The Global Town Halls are a means for direct citizen input into an effective and inclusive preparatory process for a UN2020 summit to catalyze the renewal and strengthening of the UN.

Complete details are below. Please Note: If you Register for the livestream, you will be given the direct livestream link prior to the event. We hope you will join us!

Rick Ulfik – Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at
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GTH7-21-18BannerPreventing war. Averting trade skirmishes. Reducing international tensions. Slowing the flood of refugees. Assuring plentiful food supplies. Ushering in an era of renewable energy. Reducing nuclear threats.

A modernized United Nations is critical for meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.

The Global Town Hall, a free event hosted by Global VoiceOne Earth Future, and Colorado European Union Center for Excellence, will examine UN reform recommendations proposed by the Commission on Global Security, Justice, and Governance.


  • Ibrahim Gambari, former UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs
  • Ambassador David O’Sullivan, the European Union Head of Mission to the UN
  • Ellen Laipson, President Emeritus of the Stimson Center
  • Lewis Griffith, Director – International Security Program, University of Denver
  • Max Boykoff, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Jonthan Granoff, Executive Director, Global Security Institute
  • Conor Seyle, Director of Research, One Earth Future
  • Elizabeth Manak, Co-president, Women’s International Study Center, Former Deputy Intelligence Office


This event is the first in a series of Global Town Halls leading up to a 2020 World Summit on Global Governance Renewal, Innovation and Reform at the United Nations, will hold workshops on:

  • prevention of violence between nations
  • peacebuilding
  • turning extreme climate change threats into opportunities for a global, green economy
  • the growing phenomenon of young people identifying as global rather than national citizens

To attend the Global Town Hall on-campus or virtually via livestream, and to access discussion materials:



Global Voice works to bring together global governance policy advocates to seize the extraordinary opportunity presented by the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance’s Call to Action  – inviting civil-society advocates to help reform current global institutions and create new institutions to tackle the major threats and opportunities of our chaotic and violent era. Learn more.

One Earth Future

OEF is a self-funded, private operating foundation seeking to create a more peaceful world through collaborative, data-driven initiatives. OEF focuses on enhancing maritime cooperation, creating sustainable jobs in fragile economies, and research that actively contributes to thought leadership on global issues. As an operating foundation, One Earth Future provides strategic, financial, and administrative support allowing its programs to focus deeply on complex problems and to create constructive alternatives to violent conflict. Learn more.
The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) aims to foster links between the United States Mountain West and the European Union by promoting mutual understanding and engagement among students, educators, researchers, policymakers, business and legal practitioners, and the general public. We envision CEUCE as a physical and virtual space within which these encounters among individuals from both sides of the Atlantic can be identified, explored, advanced and brought to fruition. Learn more.

The Boulder Global Town Hall Organizers are supported by participation from the following organizations: the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, the UN Parliamentary Assembly Campaign, We, The World, Workable World Trust, Citizens for Global Solutions, and the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum.GTH7-21-18SupportingOrgs

 Up-Lift 2018—Raising Our Higher Consciousness Capacity Webinar @ online webinar
Aug 25 all-day
 Radical [Re]Construction of Chicago’s South Side – Workshop @ Sweet Water Foundation Think-Do House
Aug 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Radical [Re]Construction of Values Workshop Series – FOOD + HEALTH

Sat, August 25, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM CDT


We invite you to join us for the next workshop of a year-long series of gatherings and events that seek to catalyze the Radical [Re]Construction of Chicago’s South side. At this session, you will engage in action-oriented dialogue through which we will collectively reflect on our current state and begin to articulate the values and actions required to realize our vision of reconstruction.

Light breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be provided. Arts and crafts activities will be available for children. 

RSVP Required.  Click here to register.


The Radical [Re]Construction of Values event series is a direct response to the deafening cycle of rhetoric about our city’s “chronic urban problems,” “unending gun violence” and “hypersegregation” and seeks to remedy the disconnection between people and the policies developed to serve them.

Through this year-long workshops series, Sweet Water Foundation will orchestrate critical dialogue and catalyze the actions required to begin to move our great City of Chicago from ‘a tale of two cities’ to a ‘Tale of the New City.’ Radical Reconstruction of Values will create the platform to uncover, unleash, capture and share the voices of the community that we know are abundant with solutions capable of creating sustained and transformational change. Amidst one reality of abandonment, exclusion, urban “blight” or disintegration, community members will learn to feel empowered, to re-envision both personhood and place, and travel from fragmentation to possibility and wholeness within self and community. Civic and community leaders will also gain access to a rare platform of authentic, community-led inquiry and ideation to our city’s toughest challenges.

Sweet Water Foundation is thankful for the support of the Field Foundation and ArtPlace America to make this event series possible.

Mully Children’s Family USA presents a SPECIAL RE-RELEASE event showing of The Letters: The Untold Story of Mother Teresa @ Churches and Theaters near you
Sep 4 all-day

Dr. Charles Mully

has often been called a modern day Mother Teresa,
rescuing over 14,000 orphans.

Mully Children’s Family USA

is partnering with


to help celebrate another
humanitarian of our lifetime,

Mother Teresa.

On September 4th,
movie theaters and churches
in over 200 cities across the U.S.
will take part in a special re-release event showing of

The Letters: The Untold Story of Mother Teresa.

Please visit to view the trailer.
If you’re interested in scheduling an event
at your church or at a theater near you,
go to this
Additionally, a portion of all ticket sales

will benefit Mully Children’s Family

and will help us continue our work of
Saving Children’s Lives!

Please join us in celebrating an amazing humanitarian

and Nobel Peace Prize winner who

served others in need.

For further event questions,
please contact



Mully Children’s Family USA
3000 Old Alabama Road Suite 119-302
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Sep 8 all-day

After what seems like forever playing defense, our chance to go on the offense comes September 8.That’s the day we Rise for Climate across the world — there will be big events in at least 80 countries.

But the most important focus may be in the U.S. — we launched this day of demonstrations to coincide with the upcoming Global Climate Action Summit in California. Just as we did before the Paris climate conference, we need to demonstrate that there’s a deep and wide demand from people across the U.S. for climate action.

And if we can’t do it now — after the hottest May to July period in American history, after wildfires that closed Yosemite and Glacier national parks, after Hurricanes Harvey and Maria — then when? This is the moment. We’re not trying to persuade Trump — he’s unreachable. Instead we’re telling governors, mayors, local officials of all kinds that they need to take up some of the slack from D.C.

We’re focused on 100% renewables (and the price of solar power keeps hitting record lows). We’re focused on stopping the build out of new fossil fuel infrastructure (and just last week came the news that yet another court has ordered yet another new review of Keystone XL). And we’re focused on stopping the flow of money to the fossil fuel industry (we’re still a little giddy from the news that the entire nation of Ireland is divesting, bringing the total commitments to well over $6 trillion).

But now we need you, in your community. If the past days of global action are any indication, this will be fun, moving, and extraordinarily useful. Find out what’s happening near you, and sign up. And see you in the streets.

Text “Rise” to 83224 to get updates about Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice and action alerts from
Boston RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice: Rally and People’s School
Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm

Boston RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice: Rally and People’s School

Date and Time:
Sat, Sep 8, 2018  12:00 PM  (Local Time)
Time is tentative.

Organized By: Massachusetts Chapter

Location: Boston, MA 02114, USA
Map | Directions

Event Organizers:
Michele Brooks
(617) 423-5775

Sept. 8th: RISE for climate, jobs, and justice

Climate change impacts people of color, low-wage workers, and Indigenous peoples—here and around the world—first and worst. Extreme heat, drought, floods, wildfires, storms, and poisoned oceans caused by fossil fuel pollution worsen the war, famine, poverty, violence, and oppression they already face. Many are left with no choice but to leave their homes and seek refuge in the U.S., only to be met with more violence and oppression by our own government.

Families are being torn apart. Ecosystems are collapsing. People are dying. The tide is rising…but so are we.

As governors, mayors, and corporate reps meet at the Global Climate Action Summit in CA—and as our own Governor & Legislature in MA continue to accept money from the fossil fuel industry and then fail to enact commonsense climate and immigration reforms—we’ll prove that real climate leadership rises from the grassroots up and doesn’t leave anyone behind.

On Sept 8 (and beyond), local climate and immigrant justice groups are joining forces to strengthen relationships across our movements, build collective power, and demand accountability and ACTION on climate change and immigrant rights: 100% renewable energy for all. Dignity & respect for all.

JOIN US to envision & build a JUST TRANSITION in MA: FROM dirty coal, oil, & gas TO clean wind & solar power. FROM prisons & deportations TO freedom & sanctuary. FROM worker abuse TO safe, green, family-sustaining union jobs. FROM gentrification & displacement TO affordable housing & transit. FROM corporate control TO community control. FROM polluted air, water, & soil TO healthy people & planet. FROM extraction & exploitation TO economic & environmental justice.

On Sept 8: Resist – Learn – Build – Connect – Act – RISE – for Climate & Immigrant Justice

Join us for the Climate, Jobs, & Justice outdoor “People’s School.” It will start with a short kickoff rally that highlights the intersections of our issues, the failings of our political system in MA, and the urgency of this moment for us to come together and take action. The rest of the day will consist of interactive teach-ins, skill-shares, and art-builds that touch on a range of intersectional topics to educate folks, build relationships, and lift up the work of local frontline groups.


Florida Earth Charter Initiative and We, The World present 11 Days of Global Unity @ online
Sep 11 – Sep 21 all-day


Join us on the Road to 2020!

REGISTER NOW for 11 Days of Global Unity

11 Days of Global Unity is a community action-oriented program, hosted by the Florida Earth Charter Initiative and We the World.”

Beginning on September 11th, and leading up to

the UN’s International Day of Peace – September 21st –

Syraj Syed, founder of Your Authentic Self Work, and

Sue Blythe, creator of the FutureFlash! Climate Challenge,

will interview community activists for each of

11 Themes for Change.


Register at (copy link to browser)

to receive each day’s Community Exchange and learn how you can find your place in the movement of movements for a sustainable, just and peaceful future.


Join us on the Road to 2020!


Celebrate 20 Years with We, The World & Good News Planet – Interdependence Day Peace Party @ Church of the Village
Sep 12 all-day
Celebrate 20 Years with We, The World & Good News Planet – Interdependence Day Peace Party @ Church of the Village

Celebrating 20 Years With We, The World & Good News Planet

201 WEST 13TH STREET (corner of 7th Ave.) Manhattan, NYC


6:30PM – 9:30 PM

Sliding Scale: $10/20 in advance, $15/25 at the door

Ticket Link:
Facebook Event Page:
Livestream Link (day of event):
Official Website page:

Don’t miss this Unforgettable Once-In-A-Lifetime Event!

6:00pm Doors Open
6:30pm Sharp – 9:30pm Program
9:30-10:00pm Networking

With Hosts
Paul Sladkus, Founder, Producer and Host of Good News Planet and
Rick Ulfik, Founder of We, The World and the We Campaign


Special Opening Performance at 6:30 by Dynamic New York R&B Recording Artist Al Smith
Kathryn Davis, host of Heart of Mind Radio
Rev. Deborah Moldow, founder of Garden of Light
Singer songwriter Heidi Little
World Dance with Kaeshi Chai and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment)
Singer songwriter Kristin Hoffmann
Claire Diab, International Yoga Therapist, Board Member of the Deepak Chopra Center
Joumana Rizk, Peacelights
Monica Willard, United Religions Initiative
Rev. Susana Bastarrica, Founder, Vigil for Peace and Ecology
Alan Steinfeld, host and producer of New Realities
Mitchell Rabin, host and producer of A Better World
Drs. J.J. and Desiree Hurtak, Academy For Future Science
Andrew Kaen, Founder, Planet Heart, Producer of Annual World Peace Earth Day Celebration

Tribute To Carole Hart (helped launch Sesame Street, Free to Be, You and Me)

World Premiere of the We, The World Song by Heidi Little, Rick Ulfik, Andrew Kaen and others
Tribute to Aretha Franklin & Wilson Pickett Featuring Cherette White, Al Smith, Rick Ulfik and other Musicians

Plus Special Video Presentations including:
Video Message from Deepak Chopra (Bestselling Author and We, The World Advisory Board Member)
Woodstock Forever: Peace, Love, Hope. Movie Premiere Trailer
An Urgent Message From Your Children

For more information contact: Andrew Kaen, organizer 646-765-7890
or email

Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day


Moscone Center South in San Francisco, California.



The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.

It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.

The decarbonization of the global economy is in sight. Transformational changes are happening across the world and across all sectors as a result of technological innovation, new and creative policies and political will at all levels.

States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the stage to reach net zero emissions by midcentury.​​


People everywhere are encouraged to participate in the hundreds of affiliate events taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the world during the week of September 10-14th, including climate action panels, workshops, tours, exhibits and other special events. The full affiliate event schedule will be posted here this summer.

From September 12-14, you can virtually attend the Summit by streaming it live on YouTubeFacebook and Twitter. In person, Summit attendance for the plenary and other high-level sessions is by invitation and will require accreditation. If you represent an organization ready to make a major climate commitment at the Summit, please send details about that proposed announcement by clicking here.

The Global Climate Action Summit is also committed to reducing the environmental impact of the Summit event itself. To see how the Summit looks to meet or exceed international sustainability standards for large events, please click here.

At the heart of the Paris Climate Change Agreement is the commitment by national governments to review their progress and rachet up the ambition of national climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The Global Climate Action Summit, happening midway between Paris 2015 and 2020, is timed to provide the confidence to governments to ‘step up’ and trigger this next level of ambition sooner rather than later.

The momentum we generate this year must lead to bending the curve of emissions down by 2020—science advises us that this gives the world the best opportunity to prevent the worst effects of climate change. 2018 therefore must be the beginning of a new phase of action and ambition on climate change.

The Summit will underscore the urgency of the threat of climate change by mobilizing the voices and experience of real people, in real communities already facing real and stark threats. It will challenge and channel the energy and idealism of people everywhere to step up and overcome it.

At the Summit, international and local leaders from states, regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society—known as “non-party stakeholders/non-state actors”—will be joined by national government leaders, scientists, students, nonprofits and others in a new wave of mobilization.

They will be sharing what they have achieved to date and committing to doing more to usher in the era of decarbonization, greater levels of sustainability and prosperity for the many rather than the few.

These actors will also celebrate a range of new climate commitments under five key areas: Healthy Energy Systems, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land and Ocean Stewardship and Transformative Climate Investments.

The confidence, enthusiasm and support generated by this wave of action now and through 2019, will embolden national governments leaders to trigger the necessary domestic processes ahead of 2020 while also triggering more states and regions, cities, businesses and investors to ‘step up’ further action themselves.

What: The Global Climate Action Summit will showcase the actions states and regions, cities, companies, investors and civil society have taken already to reduce their emissions; secure bold commitments to do even more, show that decarbonization; job generation and resilient economic growth go hand-in-hand and galvanize a global movement for climate action that leaves no one behind.
When & Where: The Summit will take place from 12-14 September, 2018 at Moscone Center South in San Francisco, California.
Who & Why: State and local leaders to businesses, investors, scientists, students and nonprofits are critical agents who can not only help unleash the opportunities from climate action but catalyze the world’s Presidents and Prime Ministers to go further and faster too.



We’re running out of time. There’s been some backsliding since Paris, and our Summit on September 12, in San Francisco—our Global Climate Action Summit—aims to increase the commitments that have already been made in Paris, to make them even greater, and thereby build the momentum going into the conference of the parties at Poland.

JERRY BROWN Governor of California









I am delighted to be one of the co-chairs of the California Summit where we have an opportunity to move the needle further and faster towards the swift realization of the goals of the Paris Agreement.


 Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change









I am delighted to be one of the co-chairs of the Summit and look forward to continuing the momentum set in motion by the Paris Agreement.


Chair of the Mahindra Group










The Global Climate Action Summit in California is a great opportunity to find new ways for governments and businesses to work together.


U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action










During this important period, the Summit will help mobilize the national, sub-national, business, and society as a whole to demonstrate their actions and determinations, which will not only advance the global climate governance process, but also push forward the global green and low-carbon transformations.


Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China









I’m so honored and pleased to be invited as a Co-Chair of the Global Climate Action Summit. This a recognition of the transformative power of young people as equal partners in the fight against climate change. We must continue to support youth-led innovative climate solutions at scale and provide spaces for young people to lead climate action globally and on the ground, mobilizing communities in support of the Paris Agreement.


The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

2018 – DAY 4 – Online – Free Film Screening – Social Justice & 11 Day goVegan! Compassion Challenge @
Sep 14 all-day - DAY 4 - Online - Free Film Screening - Social Justice & 11 Day goVegan! Compassion Challenge @

WORLDPEACEPRODUCTIONS.ORG, WE.NET, VEGANSEDONA.COM & FamilyOfLight,org invite you to participate in a global #11DAYSOFGLOBALUNITY movement for Peace & Sustainability Sept 11-21, culminating with the International Day of Peace.

The 4th DAY of our ONLINE #11DaysOfGlobalUnity FREE FILM SCREENINGS – VEGAN FILM FESTIVAL is Sept. 14. THEME: Economic Justice FILMS: VEGAN 2017 Please host or attend a free film screening, watch the film online, donating to our cause and joining our MEDIA THAT MATTERS movement, and/OR take an 11 Day Challenge to goVegan! by Breakin’ Bread Together for a Better World!

Sep 21 all-day

Starting Friday, September 21, Unity Foundation’s Peace Day Global Broadcast will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with more than 24 hours of entertaining performances, encouraging messages, and empowering news.
 The Peace Day Global Broadcast is hosted by, the only streaming non-profit network that focuses 24/7 on peace, prosperity and protecting the planet.  The webcast also streams live from dozens of other peace sites, including the European Parliament’s Pledge to Peace site and, the official website of United Nations Peace Day.  Unity Foundation welcomes other groups to join them as peace broadcasters by embedding the stream on web pages and social media.
A highlight of the Peace Day Global Broadcast will be live coverage of a ceremony lighting the World Peace Flame in Ashland, Oregon at the Thalden Pavilion, Sustainability Center, Southern Oregon University. Savitri MacCuish, Executive Director of the The World Peace Flame Foundation will be traveling from The Hague, Netherlands to light the Flame with University President Linda Schott. The first World Peace Flame was lit in Wales from seven sacred flames from five continents in 1999.  The flame reminds us of the sacred flame that burns within each human being. The Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) and Pathways To Peace (PTP) support the lighting ceremony. The event is being organized by the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission.

“A decade ago, Unity Foundation launched the Peace Day Global Broadcast to celebrate the message that peace is really possible,” explains Bill McCarthy, founder of Unity Foundation and co-founder of the Peace Day Global Broadcast.   “Since then, we’ve been honored by participation from world leaders and international celebrities. Our audience has grown each year.  Last year, we had more than 700,000 views in more than 130 countries.   This year, we plan to surpass a million views.”

2018 Northeast Cohousing Summit @ UMass Campus Center
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm

2018 Northeast Cohousing Summit

UMass Campus Center – 1 Campus Center Way     Amherst, MA


This regional cohousing conference is for :

People who want to learn about cohousing, how to create it, how to live it

Those that are forming a cohousing community, whether you’re just starting or already building

Residents who currently live in a cohousing community

Architects, developers, planners or other professionalsinterested in creating communities

What is Coho/US?

Coho/US is a national non-profit raising awareness of the benefits of cohousing and supporting the development of cohousing communities nationwide. We serve as a connector and clearinghouse to grow and nurture cohousing.

What is our Mission?

Coho/US advances cohousing by assisting forming and existing communities through a robust network of resources and access to technical assistance; and educating the public about the benefits of cohousing, from resource conservation and sustainability to resilient communities and healthy families.

Coho/US Program & Services

  • Educating and inspiring through national and regional conferences
  • Serving as a clearinghouse and connector for resources and professional services
  • Building a national cohousing community through networks and mentoring
  • Fostering a cohousing-friendly social, political and economic environment through education & advocacy
  • Collaborating on opportunities to grow the cohousing movement and nurture communities.


REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN for the Northeast Summit!

Conference sessions held at UMass Campus Center – 1 Campus Center Way Amherst, MA 01003

  • Included in your registration fee:

    Friday, 9/21, at University of Massachusetts Campus Center
    6:30pm Welcome Reception
    (including beverages and hors d’oeuvres)
    7:30pm Cohousing 101 Presentation

    Saturday, 9/22, at University of Massachusetts Campus Center
    730am Continental Breakfast and coffee

    Welcome and Storytelling Keynote speaker
    Conference morning Sessions
    Catered Lunch with Regional History presentation
    Conference afternoon Sessions

    6:30pm Saturday night Dinner Party at Pioneer Valley Cohousing

    $15 Extra: Sunday, 9/23: Cohousing community tours

  • Tours on Sunday Sept 23rd

    Cohousing community tours will be held at various locations. A map will be provided

    • Pioneer Valley Cohousing, Amherst, MA
      Pathways Cohousing, Florence, MA
      Mosaic Commons & Camelot Cohousing, Berlin MA
      New View Cohousing, Acton, MA
      Cornerstone Village, Cambridge, MA
      Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA

    • Pathways Cohousing, Florence, MA
      Rocky Hill Cohousing, Florence, MA
      New View Cohousing, Acton, MA or Mosaic Commons Cohousing, Berlin MA
      Mosaic Commons Cohousing, Berlin MA or New View Cohousing, Acton, MA
      Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA

    • Village Hill building site, Northhampden, MA
      Cambridge Cohousing, Cambridge, MA
      Cornerstone Village, Cambridge, MA
      Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA

    • Pioneer Valley Cohousing, Amherst, MA
      Pathways Cohousing, Florence, MA
      Rocky Hill Cohousing, Florence, MA
      Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm, Peterborough, NH tour followed by Potluck (bring something to share)
      Stowe Farm Community (aka Katywil), Colrain, MA tour followed by cook-out (bring something to share)

    Transportation and food will be on-your-own. We will provide maps, addresses and times that various communities will be welcoming conference attendees to their community for a tour. For a detailed schedule, click here.

    This discounted price is for full attendees of the conference.

Affordable Cohousing, Including Affordable Farming – Lessons Learned and Being Learned at Rocky Corner, Bethany CT – Saturday Session with David Berto, Richard Wilber & Jerome Garciano

Rocky Corner is the first cohousing community in Connecticut. It is being developed by Green Haven, Inc., which is a local group who got together to create this community that they then want to live in. Construction is underway at this time. The community is located on an abandoned dairy farm of 33 acres in close proximity to New Haven, CT. With clustering of the buildings, most of the property is preserved as farmland. The goals of this project include creating a vibrant cohousing community in a rural setting, with a wide range of affordable units for a wide range of income diversity, and creating an effective and affordable approach to utilizing the remaining farmland. All of these goals presented large challenges but are being accomplished. Development of a cohousing community in this rural setting inherently had initial challenges of high land costs, zoning and town approvals, and creating of water, septic, road access and fire safety. The community of 30 homes and families will have 13 of these at reduced prices that are affordable to purchasers in a range of limited incomes. With the relatively small farm area, alternatives are being evaluated to determine the best ways to effectively utilize this area for ongoing and productive agriculture. An initial detailed evaluation was undertaken by a permaculture expert to define the best uses in the different locations throughout the site. Alternative uses are then being defined and evaluated to best align with the soil characteristics and local interest. Uses include community supported agriculture, community gardens, fruit and nut trees, eggs, small animals, coppice, and other uses as they are identified.

Affordable Co-housing: The Sharing Housing Option – Saturday Session with Annamarie Pulhar

Many people who see the benefits of co-housing and would like to live in such a community can’t afford it. The costs of land and new construction mean that only the affluent can comfortably commit to joining a co-housing communities. But what if people agreed to buy in together to live under one roof? Or an owner opens his/her house to a home-mate? How might that simple idea make it possible for the less than affluent to participate in co-housing communities? How does this impact the community?
This Think Tank will explore the how shared housing can be incorporated into co-housing communities. Lead by Annamarie Pluhar, author of Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates and President of Sharing Housing, Inc., it will begin by identifying the barriers and opportunities to implementing this idea. Small groups will then discuss how those barriers can be overcome.

Age-Friendly is Human Friendly – The Appropriate Environment Supports Purposeful Living at Any Age 
- Saturday Session with Ruth Neeman

Environments that support healthy aging are residential, inviting and are desirable for all, at any age. Universal Design, that is based on principles of equitable use, flexibility and adaptability, simplicity and clarity, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and appropriate accommodation for a variety of abilities – dovetails beautifully with the Cohousing focus on community, interdependence, friendship, accommodation and support.

A Taste of Dynamic Governance / Sociocracy – Saturday Session with Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Looking for an effective way to make decisions? Check out this taste of sociocracy, an increasingly popular governance and decision-making method based on the values of transparency, equivalency, and effectiveness. We will have an appetizer of the basic principles. We will gorge on two main courses: a hands-on experience of organizational structure that maximizes participation and empowerment, and a real consent decision-making process of selecting someone to a role. We will close by looking at the dessert menu of the ways feedback keeps a community yummy!

Getting the Work Done – Saturday Session with Lyons Witten

How do you get all your community work done? Each cohousing group needs to decide what tasks to include in community work, what system to use to connect each member with their tasks, how to organize meals work in particular, and whether and how to enforce work agreements. In this session, I will explore a wide range of work systems used by existing communities, as well as presenting a framework for understanding the many facets of community work. I will illustrate the breadth of work taken on by most cohousing communities using a “work budget” matrix that can be adjusted to fit your specific community, and will present useful information on how to actually keep your community running smoothly.

Growing Your Group – Saturday Session with Dyan Wiley

Explore the many ways that successful cohousing communities have marketed and promoted their community and the benefits of cohousing. Consider strategies to attract and retain interest and participation — orientation/meet and greet sessions, local news stories, special events, e-newsletters, and social media tools. Understand the importance of good communication skills, being comfortable with conflict, and other factors contribute to building the social fabric of your membership as you build the physical structures and policy agreements that will support your community over time.

If It Doesn’t Work Socially, Why Bother – Saturday Session with Charles Durrett

Across the globe, we seek ways to make neighborhoods more conducive to living lighter on the planet and being happier. We yearn to let our kids play with the neighbors knowing they are safe. New and “innovative” solutions are trying to solve the senior housing challenge, only to fail due to lack of buy-in from the community. Charles Durrett says, “Forget trying to reinvent the wheel. The answers do exist – it’s a matter of addressing our social beliefs and asking if they will bring us happiness.” Durrett will explain the importance of being authentic and listening to the community when addressing senior and intergenerational housing. He will also explain why crafting a well-fitting glove in a facilitated process is one of the keys to success.

Living and Farming in Community – Saturday Session with Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm and Stowe Farm Community

Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm (NN&F) and Stowe Farm Community (SFC) will present and discuss the joys, benefits, challenges, and options of farming in community. The presentation will include information about several other agricultural cohousing communities in the northeast region. Join us as we share stories and lessons learned – and learning!

Meals 3 Times a Week – Saturday Session with Ross Harpestad & Catya Belfer

Well, really it’s 11-13 per month, but who’s counting? Come hear about the Mosaic Commons meals program, from Cat Belfer, cook and kitchen czar, and Ross Harpestad, meals scheduler extraordinaire. Tell us what’s great about how you do meals, what you’re struggling with, what you wish for.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Hated Co-Housing: Our Transcendentalist History – Saturday Session with Samantha Bernstein

This presentation will offer a deep dive into the spiritual ancestor of co-housing: the transcendental Utopian communities of the 1840s. Brook Farm and Fruitlands (both in Massachusetts) will be described, along with a discussion of voluntary simplicity (an essential component of these communities), and how the concept has changed and developed since those communities were founded. An essential question will be posed and discussed: How does co-housing support or not support voluntary simplicity? Presentation is for anyone living in co-housing or thinking about living in co-housing.

Replacement Reserves: Taking the Worry Out of your Community’s Financial Future – Saturday Session with Lyons Witten

A real-life DIY cohousing Replacement Reserves (RR) Spreadsheet will be used to explain the benefits of Replacement Reserves, how to manage the multitude of potential items needing replacement (someday), how Replacement Reserves are funded, what big-ticket items cannot be included in Replacement Reserves and how to manage those expenses. Those who do not have such a spreadsheet can use this example to set up their own. This is a “living DIY model” that should be reviewed each year by the Finance team/committee. Having said that, and shown how to use the “living model”, it may be that some/most communities would want to hire a consultant to help them fill in the categories, costs, and life-expectancy of each item in the RR model. This session will provide insight for either way the DIY RR model is used.

Singing in Community – Saturday Session with Zachary Belfer-Shevett & Catya Belfer

Would you like to sing more in your cohousing group? Come experience how groups use song to grow community. Combining conversation and singing, Zach & Catya will share some great songs that really work well for different cohousing groups. Learn about why “having a good voice” doesn’t matter. Learn pitfalls to avoid when selecting songs. Learn about bringing singing into your group’s culture. Cat & Zach will create space for songs from participants, so bring your favorite. If possible, contact us beforehand to teach us your song. (Note: we’ll not be sharing explicitly religious songs.)

Structure in Community – Saturday Session with Karen Gimnig and Carolyn Shapiro

In this session we’ll talk about some of the structures available to cohousing communities including Sociocracy and Imago Relationships tools. We’ll briefly describe each one, share our experience with the transformational power these structures can have, how they can be adapted for different groups, and what can be challenging about them. Bring your questions. This will be a time of story telling with just enough explanation to enable you to bring pieces back to your community.

User-Centered Cohousing Design: Perspectives from Environmental and Social Psychology – Saturday Session with Debi Levine

What lessons can we learn from environmental and social psychology to inform the design and development of cohousing communities? How can theory and practice in these areas help us maximize satisfaction of individual and social needs?
Environmental psychology, also known as person-environment studies, provides insight into how the built – and natural – environment affects individual and interpersonal behavior. Social psychology helps us understand how interpersonal dynamics influence our notions of community, and can also help us evaluate how to apply community design principles originating in one culture (Denmark), to our own.
This session is an opportunity to (1) learn how basic human needs for both privacy and positive social interaction can be addressed through macro and micro physical design elements; (2) expand upon user-centered design principles to address how cultural norms and notions of “community” can inform design choices; and (3) share experiences about design elements that have worked well – and not so well. Insights from social psychology that can inform the consensus decision-making process around design will be interwoven throughout the session.

Want Something to Change in Your Community? – Saturday Session with Betsy Waters

With a change you are interested in making in your community in mind, explore organizational development strategies. We will draw heavily from the work of the consultant group, Vital Smarts.


Bios: 2018 Northeast Cohousing Summit

Alan O’Hashi, MPA, resides in Silver Sage Village cohousing in Boulder, CO and is a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and seasoned storyteller. His latest, “The New Deal Artist Public Art Legacy just aired on Wyoming PBS. He’s developing the Lincoln Court Mixed Use Intentional Community in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Annamarie Pluhar, M.Div, is the founder of Sharing Housing, Inc. a nonprofit 501©(3) whose mission is to promote the idea of shared housing for adults and provide
educational resources. An award-winning speaker, she is the author of Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates. She designs and delivers in-person workshops and on-line webinars to teach individuals and organizations the tools for effectively selecting a good home-mate. Her blog is at The nonprofit organization is at She is a graduate of Vassar College and has a masters in divinity from The Episcopal Divinity School. She lives in Vermont with one two-legged and two four-legged Housemates.

Carolyn Shapiro is an artist/education. She worked with her husband to establish White Pine Cohousing where she introduced the sociocratic method as the way to conduct cohousing meetings. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with how the sociocratic method works for White Pine and how it has helped members deal with difficult issues.

Catya Belfer is a founder and resident of Mosaic Commons, about an hour and a half East of Amherst. Catya works as a technical program manager and also builds websites for cohousing groups and others, including She cooks for the community once or twice a month. She is passionate about building connections between people and has been involved in intentional communities since 1994. On the non-technical side, she is fascinated by how we build community through ritual, tradition, and song, though she’s not as good at singing and harmony as her kid.

Charles Durrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. He pioneered the cohousing movement in the U.S. and teaches architects and community leaders how to start successful cohousing communities around the globe.

David Berto created Housing Enterprises, Inc. 25 years ago to provide creative solutions to housing development and to preserve historic structures. Prior to this he was a nuclear engineer. Housing Enterprises, Inc. now has a staff of 4. Housing Enterprises assists small nonprofit groups and others in all aspects of developing and sustaining all types of affordable, mixed income and mixed use housing projects in Connecticut and other parts of the country. They work with each organization throughout all steps of the development process to create quality projects that strengthen neighborhoods and provide housing where families and individuals can feel proud to call home.

Debi Levine is a freelance instructional designer and professional facilitator with advanced graduate training in Social Psychology, People-Environment Studies, and Human Relations Training. Over the past 25 years, Debi has developed and led workshops on a broad range of management and professional development topics, and has consulted to several Cohousing communities on consensus-building and effective facilitation skills. Debi has an abiding interest in how the natural and built environments influence individual and interpersonal behavior, and how they can support health, healing, and a sense of “home.” She has been an active member of the Environmental Design Research Association, a board member of LivableStreets Alliance, a six-year resident of Cornerstone Cohousing in Cambridge, MA, and a former expatriate, having lived in Denmark for nine years – including in a variety of informal “living-together” housing situations.

Dyan Wiley is a founding member of Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community in Amherst MA. She was a key member of the Membership committee working to attract newcomers to their start-up community 25 years ago. She also served on the community’s Development Team, Facilitation committee, and kitchen design team. She has helped several other communities with their marketing and outreach efforts through trainings and informal consulting. For her day job, Dyan works full-time in the grants office at Mount Holyoke College and is a busy activist for immigrant rights.

Elizabeth Magill is one of the early members of Mosaic Commons Cohousing in Berlin, MA, and has been part of their conflict resolution (now called community support) team through its many changes. Liz also handles conflict and community in her “day job” is as a pastor in the United Church of Christ. When it’s all too much she hides in her attic making quilts.

Gabriel Mugar is a researcher and activist working at the intersection of technology, media, and community building. He is currently a Design Researcher at IDEO in Cambridge, MA. Until May of 2018, Gabriel was a research associate and affiliate faculty at the Emerson College Engagement Lab where he coordinated a national study on civic media practitioners and taught courses on qualitative research and digital media studies. Gabriel earned his PhD from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies where his dissertation research looked at the newcomer management strategies of digital participatory platforms and how newcomers negotiate such strategies. Gabriel’s recent work includes designing experiences to engage Boston Public School students in conducting research and writing for descriptions of historic locations in augmented reality games developed by Niantic, Inc. (makers of Pokemon Go), and researching Civic Media Innovation in the United States, published as a white paper for the MacArthur Foundation. Gabriel is the founder of the Transformative Culture Project, aBoston-based nonprofit that supports career development for young media professionals across southern
New England, and is an affiliate of the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard

Jana Lussier is a Head Cook at Pioneer Valley Cohousing. She has also cooked semi professionally at various restaurants in her former life. Now she is a licensed Acupuncturist.

Jerome Garciano is an attorney with a concentration on state and federal tax financing incentives affecting the built environment. His experience includes provided legal support for developers, syndicators, investors, non-profit sponsors, and government agencies in renewable energy and real estate developments using the historic, new markets, renewable energy and low-income housing tax credits. As a LEED, AP, he has also served clients utilizing energy efficiency and renewable energy tax incentives. An attorney at a major Boston law firm, he has also served as a finance project manager at The Community Builders, Inc., a national non-profit developer of affordable housing. Prior to that, Mr. Garciano was a financial analyst with Recapitalization Advisors, a nationally recognized real estate finance consulting firm, specializing in repositioning affordable multifamily housing assets. He is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

Jenny French and Anda French, AIA, are principals of French 2D, an architecture studio based in Boston. French 2D’s work combines architectural form-making with integrated art practice, and experimental collaborative methods in commercial, residential, and civic projects. French 2D works on housing and mixed-use with a focus on unconventional housing types that combine familiar ideas of home with more radical organizations and typologies. They focus on the ethos of compact living and shared resources in projects like the first all micro-unit building built in Boston. French 2D was one of five finalists in the 2013 Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Program in New York, and the firm was featured as Architect Magazine October 2017 Next Progressives. Jenny French is a Design Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Anda French serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Society of Architects.

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez is a founding resident at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, and has been
teaching sociocracy and Non-Violent Communications for many years.

Karen Gimnig is a certified professional facilitator with Imago Relationships International. She believes that every decision to be made and every conflict that occurs is an opportunity to increase the sense of community in cohousing. She is passionate about sharing the tools that help communities take advantage of these opportunities to experience deeper relationships and greater joy. She brings experience from her own cohousing community as well other other communities, the board of Coho US, and other non-profit organizations. Feel free to contact her with questions at or 678-705-9007.

Laura Fitch is a founding principal with Fitch Architecture & Community Design in Amherst, Massachusetts and a 24-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing. Fitch specializes in energy-efficient building design for homes, commercial properties, and smart growth communities. She has worked on programming, schematic design, and/or full architectural services on over thirty cohousing communities across North America for which the firm has received numerous awards.

In 2006, Fitch was given the Boston Architectural College’s “Distinguished Alumni Award”, stating “because of you, Laura, many people have found more neighborly and sustainable ways to live. Through your work, our world is a better place”. Laura, principal of Fitch Architecture & Community Design, Inc., can be contacted at 413-549-5799

Lyons Witten, 24-year resident, chairman of the Buildings Grounds Circle and a member of the Finance Circle of Pioneer Valley Cohousing (Amherst, MA), will present useful information on how to keeping your community running smoothly. From fascinating meal sign-up sheets to complicated replacement reserve spreadsheets, he has helped run a tight ship through the quagmire of cohousing!

Mary Kraus, AIA, LEED BD+C is a cohousing architect and facilitator who has worked with over two dozen communities in the US and Canada over the past thirty years. She was a founding board member of the Cohousing Network (now Coho US). She lives at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, the first cohousing community in the eastern US, where she can be found preparing dinner in the common house kitchen with her cook team.

Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm has 29 families in a rural cohousing community on 113 acres in Peterborough, NH

Rev. Dr. Betsy Waters — a workshop leader, coach and a church consultant, pastor, past school psychologist and teacher, facilitator and process leader at Mosaic-Commons.

Richard Wilber has a B.A. in Fine Art, worked as a computer programmer, and is now retired. He is an amateur woodworker and has recently received a Permaculture Design Certificate, skills that will come in handy in the Rocky Corner cohousing community. He believes that living in community and designing the landscape using permaculture principles are important for the health of our planet. He is hoping that Rocky Corner can set an example in living the change we want to see, and that others will be inspired to do something similar.

Ross Harpestad is a resident of Mosaic Commons, about an hour and a half east of Amherst. He cleans up after meals three to four times a month as well as performs the monthly meals accounting and the every-other-month meals scheduling process. Ross works as a Senior Software Engineer and Analyst for a large for-profit that designs financial software geared towards schools, cities and counties governments. He grumbles a lot and has been involved with Mosaic Commons since 2009.

Ruth Neeman AIA, Principal, Director of Senior Environments Design Studio – LWDA a registered architect with more than 30 years of experience in planning, design and research focusing exclusively on environments that enable elders and support independence and aging with dignity. Her project experience includes new construction and renovations of Independent Living Communities, traditional and memory supportive Assisted Living facilities, Long Term Care centers, short term rehabilitative care units, as well as community based day centers. E-mail:

Samantha Bernstein’s childhood summers were spent in a co-housing “situation” in Otis, Massachusetts that was founded by all four of her grandparents. She has a BA in Anthropology, a BS in Nursing, and an MA in American Studies, and is currently working on her MS- Nursing at University of New Hampshire. Sam became academically interested in co-housing and voluntary simplicity during college and her master’s thesis “Buy Less, Be More: The Transcendentalist History of Anti-consumerism” devoted an entire chapter to cohousing. She moved into Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm with her family in 2015 and has recently moved out of the ‘hood.

Shelly Parks left a nationally recognized sales and marketing career in the retirement living industry to focus on sharing her professional skills and experience with cohousers. Shelly completed the 500 Communities Program in 2017 and is now an affiliate of Cohousing Solutions. She is also a member of Skagit Cohousing, a developing community in Anacortes, WA. To learn more about Shelly and her work, go to her website:

Stowe Farm Community will have 11 families when complete, it has 8 families a rural cohousing community on ~80 acres in Colrain, MA

Zachary Belfer-Shevett grew up in community and now attends Hampshire College here in Amherst. They are a dedicated musician who plays guitar-like instruments and have sung in a variety of choruses, and are an avid contra dancer. Zachary recently finished a course in Ethnomusicology.


Pre-conference Intensives on Friday Sept 21st (optional)

Pre-conference Intensives held at Pioneer Valley Cohousing – 120 Pulpit Hill Road, Amherst, MA 01002

  • Participants will learn and practice 5 simple tools that increase connection and make conflict more productive and more easily resolved in any community

  • This hands-on intensive will mirror the participatory design process used to create cohousing, and will delve into creative living solutions for particularly tight sites. In addition to presentations on cohousing site design and case studies of dense urban living, you will be working directly on to-scale models to generate site plans.

  • Interested in learning more about menu planning for diverse eating needs, explore the culture of eating together, how to organize meal sign ups/payment AND cook fun appetizers together that will be served at the conference? Then join us!

  • We’ll help you craft your “elevator speech” summarizing your story so it is quickly understandable and then provide you some low / no cost ways you can get your information out there to your targeted market through online media.
    Having a compelling online media presence is increasingly important. It’s crucial to outline who you hope to attract to your community, so your message reflects that. We’ll outline tools and best practices for finding your future neighbors via your website, newsletter, facebook, twitter and Meetup pages, as well as Coho/US’s resources.

  • The Common House is the heart of every cohousing community. How can you design your common house to enhance your community? What spaces should you include? What spaces can be combined to achieve economy? What will your kitchen and dining room feel like? How will kids and adults enjoy the building simultaneously? This workshop will answer these and many other questions.

  • Whether you are just beginning to form your group, need to re-energize your efforts, or you just need those last few members, this intensive will give you tried and true marketing and sales tools to ensure your community’s launch. Topics covered will include a broad range of best practices including how to create a strategic marketing plan and how to turn interested people into committed members.

  • When people hang out with other people, conflicts arise. Even in cohousing. Maybe especially in cohousing. This workshop will explore how to put together a community support or conflict resolution team, who should be on the team, and how to work as a team.

  • Sociocracy is an increasingly popular governance and decision-making method based on the values of transparency, equivalency, and effectiveness. Through verbal, visual, and hands-on physical demonstrations and practice exercises, we will demonstrate the consent decision-making process, including proposal generation and selection of people to roles. We will explore organizational structures for cohousing communities and the feedback processes that keep communities from going stale.

  • In this pre-game show, you will learn why senior cohousing is such a big deal today and how to get them started. Become aware of current challenges, including the influx of an aging society, and learn why cohousing is a successful model to combatting this challenge. Learn how you can become the tipping point in your area, becoming an active voice for seniors in local government and culture (Spoiler alert: It’s actually not that difficult.)

Global Citizen Week @ The streets of NYC
Sep 22 – Sep 29 all-day

Global Citizen is calling on YOU to take a stand, use your voice to make change and Be the Generation to Take Action.

From Sep 22 – 29, we are turning NYC into an arena of advocacy, with dozens of events and activations. We are uniting Global Citizens to learn, take action, and see world leaders commit to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and a world without extreme poverty by 2030.

Global Citizen Week coincides with the annual leaders meeting of the United Nations. We kick off at the historic Riverside Church on the Upper West Side celebrating the human rights leaders and movements who spoke up against injustice, and culminate at the iconic Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday, Sept 29.

Join us at conferences and concerts, on the streets, in shops, and in churches to show our leaders that the movement for change has never been stronger.

Be sure to check back as we add more events and opportunities for you to get involved!

SEE events already listed on website!

The Farm Aid 2018 Festival @ XFINITY Theatre in Hartford
Sep 22 all-day



Farm Aid works year-round to build a system of agriculture that values family farmers, good food, soil and water, and strong communities. Our annual music and food festival celebrates farmers, eaters and music coming together for change.


Farm Aid’s annual festival is a an all-day celebration of music and family farmers featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres, along with family farm-identified, local and organic foods as part of our HOMEGROWN Concessions®.

Farm Aid 2018 is Saturday, Sept. 22, at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, marking the first Farm Aid festival in Connecticut.


Tickets to Farm Aid 2018 sold out in less than four hours! Questions and issues regarding tickets purchased through the public sale on Live Nation should contact them at 1-800-745-3000.

There are still ways to join us; win a VIP trip to Farm Aid 2018 with Crowdrise and bid on one-of-a-kind Farm Aid 2018 experiences with IfOnly.

Click here to learn more about our VIP tickets and exclusive packages.


The Farm Aid 2018 lineup includes:

  • Willie Nelson
  • Neil Young
  • John Mellencamp
  • Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Margo Price
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • Particle Kid
  • Ian Mellencamp

Click here to learn more about the lineup and listen to our Farm Aid 2018 Mixtape.

Folks are educating themselves about where and how food is grown – they’re hungry for the truth. Family farmers bring us good food, protect our soil and water, and strengthen our country. The Farm Aid concert is a day for us to honor that truth and keep working for family farmers.” — Willie Nelson


Click here for information on the venue, including a list of allowed and prohibited items, directions and parking information.


Access the entire Farm Aid experience through the official Farm Aid 2018 mobile app, available now for iPhone and Android devices. View the entire Farm Aid 2018 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day. Learn more or download the app today:





We’re excited to bring the Farm Aid festival experience to your home. From the renowned music on stage and backstage interviews with farmers, to the excitement of the HOMEGROWN Village and an insider’s peek at the press event featuring Farm Aid artists sharing conversations with farmers.

Live Webcast
Watch the show here at on your computer, phone, or tablet at 3pm EDT. If you have a “smart TV,” Apple TV, Roku, or other streaming device, you can watch the webcast on Farm Aid’s YouTube channel(just search for “Farm Aid” and you should see us streaming live).

AXS TV will broadcast Farm Aid 2018 live beginning at 7pm EDT. Click here to find AXS TV in your area.

Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (59), Willie’s Roadhouse, will broadcast live from Farm Aid 2018, beginning at noon EDT. SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne will host backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event.


In The HOMEGROWN Village, festivalgoers explore hands-on activities that engage all of their senses in the Farm Aid mission. Hear farmers and artists talk together about pressing issues on the FarmYard Stage, attend demonstrations to learn agrarian skills and celebrate the culture of agriculture in the HOMEGROWN Skills tent, connect with farmers and organizations doing critical food and farm work all over the country and so much more.

Read about last year’s exhibits.


Farm Aid’s 2018 concert will feature Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions®, the first-of-its-kind model for featuring family farm-identified, local and organic foods at major concert events. HOMEGROWN Concessions® has fed more than 260,000 festivalgoers since its introduction in 2007 at the HOMEGROWN Festival at Randall’s Island in New York City. It has served as a model for entertainment events, including the Super Bowl and a variety of music festivals and venues that have embraced the Good Food Movement in concessions. Backstage, artists and crew enjoy HOMEGROWN Catering with the same family farm standards. We use compostable service products and promote composting to festivalgoers and artists with a goal of zero waste.

Stay tuned for the 2018 menu, which will include a wide variety of vegetarian, ethnic and fresh, local foods.

“At Farm Aid…we’ll come together to stand up to the handful of corporations that control our food system. If you want a better world, it starts with you.” — John Mellencamp


Farm Aid has partnered with Hotels For Hope to assist festivalgoers with their lodging needs for Farm Aid 2018. Every room night booked through this Hotels for Hope link generates a $2 contribution for Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Youthmarket.

Click here to book your room through Hotels for Hope now.


Volunteers play a vital role in making the festival happen each year. Interested in helping out? Visit our volunteers page for more information. Thank you!


Farm Aid works closely with folks on the ground to host local activities and events preceding the show.

More information about this year’s events will be coming soon.


Relive some of the amazing, one-of-a-kind moments that have taken place at Farm Aid festivals since 1985.




Spread the word and let us know that you’re coming to Farm Aid 2018. Be sure to RSVP to our Facebook Event.


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JUSTICE ON TRIAL Film Festival @ Loyola Marymount University
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm

September 29–30, 2018
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles

Note that times are for Pacific Coast Time Zone



Note:  Last movie – SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON – with Q&A to follow with producer DAVID ARQUETTE

September 30 | 3:30 PM (RunTime: 102 minutes) – at MAYER THEATRE


Film Synopses & Trailers

Saturday, September 29

(Screenings will be followed by Q&A with filmmakers)
Real Background Check

RT: 30 minutes

September 29 | 11 AM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

Q&A to follow with writer/director Tiffany Johnson and producer/animator Jonathan Clark

The Real Background Check

This animated short film is based on the real life story of Tiffany Johnson, who survived life-altering trauma caused by early childhood abuse. “The Real Background Check” breaks down what happens to people before they enter the criminal justice system.


RT: 57 minutes

September 29 | 1:30 PM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

Q&A to follow with Johnny Perez (Director of U.S. Prison Programs, National Religious Campaign Against Torture)

Rikers: An American Jail

From Bill Moyers comes the first film to focus exclusively on former detainees who were held at Rikers Island. Their searing testimonials about the deep-seated culture of systemic violence and corruption that has plagued the notorious NYC jail for decades add a powerful authentic voice to investigative journalism that has reported on violence and abuses at the jail.

Returning Citizens standard poster

RT: 68 minutes

September 29 | 1:30 PM

Seaver 100 Theatre

Q&A to follow with writer/director/producer Saffron Cassaday

Returning Citizens

“Returning Citizens” focuses on a passionate group of individuals who are looking for a second chance – or perhaps a chance they never had to begin with. Set in Southeast Washington, DC, the film offers a humanizing perspective on a community that has been negatively impacted by mass incarceration.

Knife Skills Alan Cooking

RT: 40 minutes

September 29 | 1:30 PM

Seaver 200 Theatre

Knife Skills

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade? Oscar-nominated Knife Skills follows the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland. In this improbable setting, with its mouth-watering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release.

Bail Trap Logo

RT: 45 minutes

September 29 | 3:05 PM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

The Bail Trap: American Ransom

Money bail is one of the main causes of mass incarceration in the United States. Yet, few people know what the money bail system is, let alone how it all works or why we need to do away with it. This short film compilation from Brave New Films explains America’s broken bail system.

Wild Roots

RT: 22 minutes

September 29 | 3:00 PM

Seaver 100 Theatre

Q&A to follow with producer/director Terrell Wormley

Wild Roots

Hakeem, a reformed gang member, gets out of jail and wants to change his life around, but the hood won’t left him go easily. He knows how senseless gang banging is, but what do you do when your past catches up to you?

The Talk

The Talk

After an unarmed black teen is killed, James & Maddie argue about whether they should warn their 9-year-old son about police brutality.

RT: 16 minutes

September 29 | 3:40 PM

Seaver 100 Theatre

Q&A to follow with Marlon Perrier, writer/director/star of “The Talk”

Sunday, September 30

(Screenings will be followed by Q&A with filmmakers)
Meetings with Clients

RT: 60 minutes

September 30 | 11 AM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

Q&A to follow with director/producer Ultan Guilfoyle, Craig Webb (Gehry Partners) & Leonard Noisette (Justice Team Director, Open Society Foundations)

Building Justice

At the invitation of George Soros and his Open Society Foundations, architect Frank Gehry arranged two ‘masters’ studios, one in SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, the other at the Yale School of Architecture, to investigate prison design as a subject for the best architecture students in the US. Partnering with Susan Burton of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project in
Watts, Gehry and his students explored all aspects of prison design, learning first hand the design flaws of prison living from women who have been incarcerated in America’s worst prisons and visiting what are considered to be the world’s most successful prisons, in Norway.

Walking While Black Poster Large

RT: 60 minutes

September 30 | 1:50 PM

Life Sciences Building Auditorium Theatre

Q&A to follow with director AJ Ali

Walking While Black: L.O.V.E Is the Answer

“Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” presents proven action steps
to bridge the painful gap between peace officers and the communities they serve. Featuring interviews with peace
officers, faith leaders, educators, activists and others, the film offers an inspiring blueprint to end racial profiling and heal our communities.


RT: 73 minutes

September 30 | 1:50 PM

Seaver 200 Theatre

Q&A to follow with director/executive producer Rahiem Shabazz

Elementary Genocide III: Academic Holocaust

Elementary Genocide: Academic Holocaust adds more statistical proof of the scholastic inequalities faced by Original people around the country. The documentary revisits the importance of education and its impact on self-image, family structure, financial freedom and the collective future of African/indigenous people in America and abroad.

Let My People Vote

RT: 16 minutes

September 30 | 1:50 PM

Seaver 100 Theatre

Let My People Vote

Filmed in Tampa, two days before the 2016 presidential election, this verité short covers a day-in-the-life of civil rights activist Desmond Meade. His mission? Assisting people in voting — something our “forefathers marched and died for.”

What begins as an upbeat day of faith in our democratic process, ends with a heartbreaking realization: Jim Crow is not dead.

Picture 19

RT: 102 minutes

September 30 | 3:30 PM

Mayer Theatre

Q&A to follow with producer David Arquette

Survivors Guide to Prison

Follows the stories of two innocent men, Bruce Lisker and Reggie Cole, who spent decades behind bars for murders they did not commit. With gripping testimony from formerly incarcerated people, guards, cops, lawyers and reformers, “Survivors Guide” exposes the failed “punishment model” and examines the programs proven to work.

‘GRANDMOTHERS ON THE MOVE’ Podcast Episodes @ ongoing podcasts
Oct 3 @ 12:00 am


Click HERE!

NO START TIME and NO END TIME – LISTEN to past and current podcasts!

Grandmothers To Grandmothers Campaign

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign exists to support the indomitable African grandmothers who are caring for the millions of children who have been orphaned by AIDS. Members of the Grandmothers Campaign share three goals. They work to:

  • Raise funds to meet the needs of African grandmothers and the children in their care;
  • Listen to African grandmothers, respect their expertise and amplify their voices, in order to promote authentic and substantive responses to the epidemic in Africa;
  • Build solidarity among African and Canadian grandmothers in order to motivate and sustain the vital work of turning the tide of AIDS in Africa.

Canadian grandmothers groups are tremendously active in their communities. They put on concerts, organize card tournaments, and sell jewellery. They visit countless schools and community organizations. They bake, cook, sew, knit, paint, write, organize cycle tours, walks, and even ride motorcycles – all to raise funds and awareness for grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa through the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

To learn more about how you can get involved in the Campaign, write to Ilana here.

Articles About The Campaign

What started as a conversation around a kitchen table has grown to become a movement to empower women, especially grandmothers, in Africa.

The Grandmothers Campaign, an initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, is known as Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers in Regina, which was among the very first places in Canada where women took on projects to support families in Africa.

‘We know the power of women’s organizing in Canada and older women have an extraordinary amount of vigour and energy.’– Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

As Ilana Landsberg-Lewis explains, the movement arose in response to the human crisis, observed by her father Stephen Lewis during his time as a special envoy for the United Nations, afflicting the African continent during the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Millions of children were orphaned by the deaths of their parents. Their grandmothers were left to raise them, with little or no support.

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis is co-founder, with her father Stephen Lewis, of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. One of their main campaigns supports grandmothers in Africa. (Lisa MacIntosh/Stephen Lewis Foundation)

“Grandmothers were just in an agony of loss,” Landsberg-Lewis said. “Death was everywhere. They were left with no income and often isolated by the terrible stigma surrounding HIV-AIDS.”

Landsberg-Lewis recalled how requests seeking aid referred to the grandmothers as “caregivers” and when she asked why, she learned there was a strong bias in play.

“Nobody wants to fund them because they’re older women and nobody sees them as a meaningful investment,” she learned.

“We decided if Canadian grandmothers knew what was happening on the [African] continent then it would surely resonate with them and boy did it ever,” Landsberg-Lewis said.

“I wish I could say that I was prescient but it would be overstating it,” she said, talking about how the success of the organization, which quickly grew from a handful of activists brain-storming at a kitchen table (her own) to over 250 chapters across the country.

Since 2006 they have raised about $25 million.

“It was really extraordinary but I can’t say that I’m surprised,” she said. “Older women in our communities, we know the power of women organizing in Canada and older women have an extraordinary amount of vigour and energy.”


The Campaign currently boasts more than 240 grandmothers groups across the country. Many of the groups have organized into regional and national networks in order to support each other’s efforts in solidarity with African grandmothers and the children in their care.

Resources from the Grandmothers Campaign go to grassroots organizations that support African grandmothers with food, health care, school fees and school uniforms for their grandchildren, income-generating programmes, counselling, social support, essential shelter, and other necessities. Throughout Africa, grassroots organizations run by and for grandmothers are sharing insights, deepening their expertise, collaborating with other local organizations, and building their capacity to turn the tide of AIDS at community level.

Join the October Pachamama Alliance Global Call @ Your computer/your phone
Oct 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Get Inspired and Engaged by the Global Community


Reconnect with the Source of Pachamama Alliance

A 75-Minute Conference Call for Our Global Community


These calls are designed to

bring together Pachamama Alliance

participants, leaders, and supporters who are actively engaged

in creating a shift in humanity to a worldview

that honors and sustains life


By coming together and grounding in this vision, you will:

*Feel supported in your work.
**Be inspired and energized in your unique role in a worldwide
   network committed to a new future for all.
***Strengthen your connection to like-hearted people and to the spirit
     that has inspired Pachamama Alliance since its inception.




to reserve your space for the conversation.

Fill out the online form and submit.

You will receive a confirmation email.


NOTE time is for Pacific Time -this is a global event so check for your time zone

1009 General Kennedy Ave
San Francisco, California
Call (415) 561-4522
In Conversation – a series featuring timely discussions – by MOTHER JONES @ Facebook livestream
Oct 12 @ 12:00 am

In Conversation With Mother Jones

Mother Jones is bringing its fearless reporting and in-depth conversation to a city near you. Our In Conversation series features timely discussions with writers, thinkers, and changemakers who are pushing the national conversation forward.

Our latest event featured the Rev. William J. Barber, a preeminent civil rights leader and co-founder of the Poor People’s Campaign, in conversation with our senior reporter Ari Berman about voter suppression, civil rights, and the upcoming midterm elections.

Watch the Facebook Live stream of the event.

Join Us for Our 2018-19 Events Lineup

(Current topics and dates are tentative. More details to be updated shortly.)

February 2019: California leads the way (Part 1 – San Francisco)
April 2019: Women leading the way (New York)
June 2019: Food security and politics (Los Angeles)
August 2019: The future of education (Washington, DC)
October 2019: California leads the way (Part 2 – Los Angeles)

If you are interested in sponsoring future events, please contact the Mother Jones sales team.

TRANSITION US ONLINE SUMMIT Unleashing The Collective Genius @ online Zoom conference
Oct 27 @ 12:45 pm – 6:00 pm

An Online Summit Celebrating 10 Years of Transition in the US!

On Saturday, October 27thTransition US will host our first-ever national online summit, bringing together Transition US community members and organizers from across the country for a day of education, inspiration, and celebration. Both groups and individuals are invited to join in the fun!


We will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Transition Movement in the US with an inspiring full-day program, including:

– Keynote sessions featuring international Transition Movement founder Rob Hopkins and world-renowned author, educator, and activist Margaret J. Wheatley.

– Engaging panel discussions focused on sharing some of the greatest success stories from our national network and deepening connections with the wider movement for community resilience.

– A live, interactive session with a talk by Transition US staff about the state of our movement and the presentation of several awards nominated by you, the community.

Scroll down for schedule and program details, and additional information on how to participate! Tickets available here.

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Registration is now available here, with flexible pricing options available for groups and individuals.

We encourage Transition groups to use this Online Summit as the basis for hosting local gatherings. Click here to download a PDF guide for how to host a local watch party for your Transition or other community resilience-building group.

Please email for more information or if you’d like to join our planning team.

Here’s to another decade of building thriving, resilient community for all!


Below are approximate times for our livestream of this event, which requires online registration and will take place via our Zoom video-conferencing platform. Please note that if you’re planning to host a watch party in your community, all of these times (except for our live, interactive session) are flexible. Suggested schedules for organizing an event in all four North and South American time zones are included in our downloadable “How to Host a Watch Party” guide.

– Arrival and welcome: 12:45-1:00pm Eastern Time (9:45-10:00am Pacific)
– Rob Hopkins keynote: 1:00-1:45pm Eastern Time (10:00-10:45am Pacific)
– Replicable examples panel: 1:45-2:30pm Eastern Time (10:45-11:30am Pacific)
– Margaret Wheatley keynote: 2:30-3:15pm Eastern Time (11:30am-12:15pm Pacific)
– Wider movement panel: 3:15-4:00pm Eastern Time (12:15-1:00pm Pacific)
– Live, interactive session: 4:00-5:15pm Eastern Time (1:00-2:15pm Pacific)
– Visioning, discussion, and closing: 5:15-6:00pm Eastern Time (2:15-3:00pm Pacific)


Below is a list of session titles, descriptions, and presenter bios. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.



In this lively keynote session, Transition Movement Co-Founder Rob Hopkins, Sarah McAdam, Delivery Director for Transition Network, and Don Hall, Co-Director of Transition US will explore a wide variety of themes that have emerged from the practice of Transition internationally and here in the US since its inception over a decade ago. In addition to pointing out successful strategies and common challenges, we’ll also look forward from this reflective moment to consider how the movement might continue to broaden, deepen, and scale-up its reach and positive impact over time.

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Rob Hopkins: I’m a co-founder of both Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network. I’m also a serial blogger, author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff and 21 Stories of Transition, and I tweet as @robintransition. I previously wrote The Transition Handbook and The Transition Companion, and was awarded a PhD by the University of Plymouth – and more recently – Honorary Doctorates by the University of the West of England and the University of Namur. In 2012, I was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and one of “Britain’s 50 New Radicals.” I have appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “Four Thought” and “A Good Read,” appear in the French film phenomenon “Demain” (“Tomorrow”), have spoken at TED Global once, and at three TEDx events. I am an Ashoka Fellow, a keen gardener, one of the founders of New Lion Brewery in Totnes, and a Director of the Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, a very ambitious community-led development project. If you’re wondering why I’m now writing a book about imagination, you can find out here.

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Sarah McAdam: I play a coordinating role for Transition Network, paying attention to the overall health and strategic direction of our organisation. I’m currently working with people across the international network of Transition Hubs to design and implement innovative governance models and projects which support the sharing of power, resources, and learning across and beyond the Transition movement. I’m also a Council member for ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability.

Don Hall: I have had the good fortune to participate in the Transition Movement in a variety of capacities over the past decade. Initially serving for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado, I went on to found and direct Transition Sarasota from 2010 to 2016. A certified Transition Trainer and experienced facilitator, I was named Co-Director of Transition US in 2017. I hold a Master’s degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and currently live in Sarasota, Florida.




Margaret (Meg) Wheatley is dedicated to awakening us to be leaders for this time of profound disruption, to reclaim leadership as a noble profession that creates possibility and humaneness in the midst of increasing fear and turmoil. She summons us to use our influence and power to create Islands of Sanity, to commit ourselves to engaging with compassion and insight amidst the increasing turbulence of our world.

Meg is especially interested in bringing the concept of Islands of Sanity to Transition Towns. Building on the strong identity of community that’s been established, sane leadership is the necessary next step. Sane leadership is the unshakable confidence that people can be generous, creative and kind. At this time when fear and polarization predominate, and people find it increasingly difficult to work well together, how do we create the conditions for people’s best qualities to manifest within the community on behalf of the issues we most care about?

Since 1966, Margaret Wheatley has worked globally in many different roles: a speaker, teacher, community worker, consultant, advisor, formal leader. From these deep and varied experiences, she has developed the unshakable conviction that leaders must learn how to evoke people’s inherent generosity, creativity, and need for community. As this world tears us apart, sane leadership on behalf of the human spirit is the only way forward. She is a best-selling author of nine books, from the classic Leadership and the New Science in 1992 to her newest book (June 2017) Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity.


To cover the costs of producing this event while ensuring that no-one is turned away for lack of funds, we are offering a variety of different registration options for individuals and groups. Please click here to register as soon as you’re ready.

For Individuals: $15 covers our cost per person to produce this event, $5 is our minimum suggested donation, and $30 covers our cost per person while helping another person to attend on scholarship. Those who are unable to afford the $5 minimum donation are welcome to attend for free.

For Groups: We are offering a sliding scale from $20 to $200. If your group is well-resourced or you have a member who can afford to pay $200, we’d greatly appreciate it! If not, consider taking up a collection at your next meeting – just four people contributing $5 each will provide a basic level of support and you should be able to easily make this back (and then some) by turning your local event into a fundraiser for your initiative!


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We strongly encourage Transition groups of all sizes to use this historic summit as an opportunity to host local gatherings and watch parties. We’ve prepared this PDF guide to support you in facilitating a live event with your local community resilience-building group to celebrate 10 years of Transition in the US.

In the weeks leading up to the event, we’ll publish a listing of local Online Summit Watch Parties and other live events here on our website. If you’re planning something, let us know!

If you have any questions, or if you’d like us to list your local watch party here on our website, please email


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This movement is fully organic and 100% people-powered. Please help us make it irresistible by sharing this excellent opportunitywith your local and extended network of change-makers and resilience-builders.

Please RSVP and Share our FB event page here. 


~The Transition US Team

Sierra Club and Seventh Generation #Readyfor100 Text 69866 @ Everywhere
Oct 30 @ 1:02 am

Climate Justice and Equity

Climate Justice & Equity

We don’t have to wait. Renewable energy solutions are already available and attainable.

We all deserve clean air and a healthy life. A switch to 100% renewable energy will help reduce some of the negative health effects caused by climate change and the burning of fossil fuels. Let’s stand up together for a healthier planet that benefits all.

Got A Circle? The Alchemy of Women’s Collective Wisdom and Power @ online and livestream
Nov 1 all-day

THE ALCHEMY OF WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE WISDOM AND POWER Pre-Parliament Women’s Sacred Circles On November 1, 2018, 9- 12 PM EST, a collaboration of women’s organizations will host a circle with a sacred center for 200 women and girls attending the Parliament of The World’s Religions in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

We hope you will host a local circle anytime on Nov. 1st, and connect with us in prayer and through this Group. We will live-stream the opening, speakers, water ceremony and the closing. We will have reflection questions that empower and unite us as a mighty force of feminine energy. The questions and other information will be posted here. We will have a water ceremony and encourage you to have one also. Each person adds water from their source to a common bowl and blesses the water.

Please connect as local circles of women, men, youth gathering to give each one a voice in a circle with a sacred center that supports, encourages and empowers the collective feminine wisdom and power. Please spread the word to organizations, circles, groups and individuals. Please put in your newsletter, newspaper, FB groups and Timeline.

Basic Circle Principles and information on how to start a circle found on and

SEE more on Facebook —  Alchemy of Women’s Collective Wisdom & Power


PROTECTING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES Webinars Regarding the Impact of Public Charge @ online webinars
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 8 @ 3:00 pm

Early Childhood Education and Public Charge
November 7 at 3:00 PM ET – 4:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT – 1:00 PM PT)

On October 10, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was published in the Federal Register, outlining the administration’s intent to dramatically change the meaning and application of “public charge” provisions in immigration law. This proposal could harm the health and well-being of millions of children and families and is of great concern for young children’s development and the early childhood field as outlined in this Q&A. Staff at the Center for Law and Social Policy will provide an overview of the proposed public charge rule, its potential impact on young children, and explain how the early childhood field can support immigrant families and take action during the public comment period.

Click here to Register.

What Housing and Homelessness Advocates Should Know about the Public Charge Rule
November 8 @ 3:30 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET (12:30 PM PT – 2:00 PM PT)

On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that would make it more likely for certain immigrants to be denied admission to the U.S. or denied green cards because they receive or would receive lifeline benefits, including public housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, and project-based Section 8 housing subsidies. Previously leaked drafts of this drastic policy change have already led many families to drop out of critical food and nutrition programs for their children. This chilling effect is poised to impact hundreds of thousands of hardworking immigrant households that depend on these programs for survival.

Click here to register.

PIF Campaign: New Research and Estimating the Impact of Public Charge
November 8 @ 3:00 PM ET – 4:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT -1:00 PM PT)

Join partners with the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign as we discuss new research estimating economic and demographic impacts of the proposed public charge rule. During this webinar, panelists will present the findings of three new resources from Manatt Health, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Fiscal Policy Institute. For more information about the webinar, please contact Jackie Vimo and Renato Rocha.

Click here to register.

PIF Campaign: Public Charge 101
November 14 @ 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT -12:00 PM PT)

A recurring webinar from CLASP and NILC. The Department of Homeland Security has published a proposed regulation on “public charge.” If finalized, the regulation would dramatically rewrite immigration policy and make green cards only available to the highest bidder. This webinar describes public charge policy today, how it would change, and what you need to know if you work with immigrant families.

Click here to register.

For more info:

Aura Home Women Vets with support by the Prem Rawat Foundation – THE PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM @ Ongoing support for women veterans
Nov 15 @ 6:03 pm


50 South French Broad Avenue

Suite 203

Asheville NC  28801



Prem Rawat Foundation Supports Veterans With Peace Education Program

(Below is an excerpt regarding Aura Homes)

This article is also available in: French

For too many veterans, finding an enduring sense of peace remains elusive long after they return from war. They often face immense challenges as they transition to civilian life, from trauma disorders to unemployment and homelessness.

Thankfully, November 11 marks an occasion to honor their service and support solutions that can improve their lives. The date is Veterans Day in the United States, and in many other countries it is called Remembrance Day and Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.

A growing number of veterans say the Peace Education Program is a solution that gives them the tools they need to harness their own inner-strength and overcome their obstacles. The program’s workshops feature videos of Prem Rawat’s empowering international talks on themes such as dignity, choice and hope.

“The Peace Education Program tries only to achieve one simple thing: it’s to put you in touch with yourself,” says Rawat.

While the goal is simple, the impact was profound for Alyce Knaflich, a veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress, depression and homelessness for 10 years. She credits PEP with giving her the confidence to now work as the executive director of Aura Home Women Vets, a charity in Asheville, NC that provides housing and support to homeless women veterans.

Veteran Alyce Knaflich shares her story in this video.

“I was lost. Prem Rawat and his message in the program, it brought me home. And my home is my heart. Peace starts on the inside,” says Knaflich.

She has incorporated the Peace Education Program into Aura Home’s services to help her clients have the same enriching experience that she did.

“Prem’s message will help them heal their emotional stress, and ease the transition of coming out of the military and trying to find a new career path. It will help them center themselves and bring out their confidence,” says Knaflich.

Nov 17 @ 1:56 pm – 2:56 pm


IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, AND AMONG TRIBAL NATIONS IN THE U.S., it is commonplace, even policy, to open events and gatherings by acknowledging the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of that land. While some individuals and cultural and educational institutions in the United States have adopted this custom, the vast majority have not. Together, we can spark a movement to change that.

We call on all individuals and organizations to open public events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land.

Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. Imagine this practice widely adopted: imagine cultural venues, classrooms, conference settings, places of worship, sports stadiums, and town halls, acknowledging traditional lands. Millions would be exposed—many for the first time—to the names of the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the lands they are on, inspiring them to ongoing awareness and action.

For more than five hundred years, Native communities across the Americas have demonstrated resilience and resistance in the face of violent efforts to separate them from their land, culture, and each other. They remain at the forefront of movements to protect Mother Earth and the life it sustains. Today, corporate greed and federal policy push agendas to extract wealth from the earth, degrading sacred land in blatant disregard of treaty rights. Acknowledgment is a critical public intervention, a necessary step toward honoring Native communities and enacting the much larger project of decolonization and reconciliation. Join us in adopting, calling for, and spreading this practice. 

Download the #HonorNativeLand Guide

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Download the Guide: Created in partnership with Native allies and organizations, the Guide offers context about the practice of acknowledgment, gives step-by-step instructions for how to begin wherever you are, and provides tips for moving beyond acknowledgment into action.

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  • Offer recognition and respect.
  • Counter the “doctrine of discovery” with the true story of the people who were already here.
  • Create a broader public awareness of the history that has led to this moment.
  • Begin to repair relationships with Native communities and with the land.
  • Support larger truth-telling and reconciliation efforts.
  • Remind people that colonization an ongoing process, with Native lands still occupied due to deceptive and broken treaties.
  • Take a cue from Indigenous protocol, opening up space with reverence and respect.
  • Inspire ongoing action and relationship.

Acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationship and informed action. But this beginning can be an opening to greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights, a step toward equitable relationship and reconciliation.

 Marchers at Standing Rock, photo by Nicholas Ward


Print, Customize, and Post #HonorNativeLand Art
Nov 17 @ 2:21 pm – 3:21 pm

Print, Customize, and Post #HonorNativeLand Art

Imagine going to a local coffee shop, music venue, grocery store, or town hall, and finding a sign on the wall acknowledging traditional lands. Sound far-fetched? It doesn’t have to be! As part of this campaign to #HonorNativeLand, we partnered with Native artists to create downloadable signs that you can print, customize, and post in your community.


After Downloading the Guide, Take the Pledge

We urge organizations, collectives, institutions, and agencies to publicly commit to practicing traditional Native land acknowledgment.

Those who have taken the Pledge:

  • Artist’s Laboratory Theatre
  • Arts in a Changing America (ArtChangeUS)
  • ArtSpark
  • ArtWell
  • California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center
  • Dancing Earth
  • Democracy at Work Institute
  • Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles
  • Indigenous Women Rise in Gallup
  • Ink People, Inc.
  • IU First Nations Educational & Cultural Center
  • Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
  • Marietta Ohio Arts Innovation Lab
  • National Council for Science and Faith
  • Native American Music Awards
  • Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
  • New Economy Coalition
  • SOMArts
  • Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA)
  • Artivists LA
  • Kamiah Community Library
  • Peñasco Theatre Collective
  • Self Help Graphics & Art
  • The Field
  • YWCA Olympia

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As a step toward honoring the truth and achieving healing and reconciliation, our organization commits to open all public events and gatherings with a statement acknowledging the traditional Native lands on which we stand. Such statements become truly meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships and sustained commitment. We therefore commit to move beyond words into programs and actions that fully embody a commitment to Indigenous rights and cultural equity.













PROTOTYPING CULTURAL DEMOCRACY SERIES Part 7: Remember2019, Memory and Reflection on Mass Lynching in Phillips County, AR
Nov 17 @ 3:42 pm – 4:42 pm

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a people-powered department — a grassroots action network inciting creativity to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.  Learn more about the USDAC and read our Statement of Values, then join this act of collective imagination

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PROTOTYPING CULTURAL DEMOCRACY SERIES Part 7: Remember2019, Memory and Reflection on Mass Lynching in Phillips County, AR

By Arlene Goldbard, Chief Policy Wonk

This is the sixth in a series of blogs profiling the USDAC’s Policy Prototype projects, seven projects across the U.S. receiving micro-grants to document their work related to the proposals in “Standing for Cultural Democracy: The USDAC’s Policy and Action Platform.”

The proposal submitted for a one-off USDAC Policy Prototype micro-grant by Ashley Teague, a theater director with extensive community experience, focused on the critical issue of commemorative justice (as did the STICK + MOVE project featured earlier in this series). Partnering with Mauricio Salgado, co-founder of Artists Striving to End Poverty and Arielle Julia Brown, founder of The Love Balm Project, Remember2019  lives in South Phillips Country Arkansas where in “1919 arguably the largest mass lynching in American history, took the lives of more than 230 African Americans in less than 72 hours….,”

Remember2019 was developed in response to Bryan Stevenson’s (founder of the Equal Justice Initiative) call to action when he said, “Formalizing a space for memory, reflection, and grieving can help our communities recover from this traumatic history of mass violence.”

In the Remember2019 proposal, Ashley wrote:

As we approach the centennial of the massacre in South Phillips County, our goal is to partner with individuals and organizations throughout the region to create a theatre event that unearths this erased and contentious history and considers how it has affected the communities past and present. Furthermore, we will raise Dr. Martin Luther King’s timely question—where do we go from here?— tour the play during the 2019 centennial year, organize an annual residency that will continue after the theater event, offering local artists opportunities to create their own self-determined work around issues of  memory, reflection, belonging, and cultural citizenship.”

Three Platform points were referenced:

  • Point 2. Support A Culture of Justice and Equity
  • Point 3. Redeem Democracy with Creativity
  • Point 5. Invest in Belonging and Cultural Citizenship

The work touched on all three, but as Ashley explained when we spoke, “we ended up doing more work towards point five, investing in belonging in cultural citizenship. That’s where this long-term artist residency came from, working with community-based centers to reuse abandoned or underused spaces and some of our focus with the young people.”

“We believe that culture influences policy,” Ashley wrote in her proposal. “Therefore, it is our responsibility to reframe our cultural narrative so that it inspires just policies. This project begins by recognizing a history that was intentionally devalued and disposed of in order to entrench a normative white supremacist culture. In order to do that, this project will embody equity and participation by prioritizing the leadership, stories, and talents of community members that have been historically ignored. Our model is flexible, scale-able and nimble enough to adapt to the specific context and goals of the community, while still based in well-researched frameworks and proven methodologies.”

 Healing the Land Ceremony in Elaine, AR, October 30, 2017

Healing the Land Ceremony in Elaine, AR, October 30, 2017

Remember 2019 is a long-term project, as Ashley explained when I interviewed Mauricio and herself:

The big picture is that we’re producing six residencies over six years. The first two are trailblazed by Remember2019, beginning with a blues event featuring local musicians using their music to synthesize personal stories and testimony with the rich history of the blues in the Delta. The next residency is the original, full-length play featuring community testimony and community and professional actors on stage. Then the next four will be determined by local artists. We are part of funding those residencies and getting a group of local folks together to take on those residencies past our involvement in the community, creating a long-term artist residency in the neighborhood.

“Another way of thinking about this long-term project, Mauricio added, “is that we are supporting local efforts to build an ecosystem of art spaces and work. At the moment there are a couple of spaces where folks engage in visual or performing arts—aside from churches, I think there are only two. There are local artists like Kyle Miller at the Delta Cultural Center who are hoping to build out a community of art spaces and art makers and that’s what we’re trying to do. How else do we build that ecosystem but by creating opportunities for performance and for sharing?”

Ashley agreed. “In this community there are a lot of vacant spaces that used to be for commerce. One part of our conversation is if there is a way to repurpose these as creative spaces. Is there a way to take on these underused or unused spaces in the blues festival performance and also in other residencies moving forward?”

The team’s time on the ground in South Phillips County was revealing and catalytic, as Ashley explained:

During the two months we were in South Phillips County we found ourselves wondering, “Where are the young people?” There’s nowhere to hang out. There’s no public space  to let loose and relax and see friends other than going to church. How can we create space for that? How can we provide food and entertainment and make a space where people can just hang out and commune?

A major goal is to create and perform in 2019 a play grounded in the experiences and voices of local people who have been affected by the massacre of 1919. Mauricio explained:

All of our work, both the story-sharing institute as well as the current blues festival, has conversation at its core. We are interested in reflecting on the story-sharing practices that remember that moment in time and how that has been affected and where that has been channeled. There’s some research at the institute that the blues changed in response to the red summer of 1919, for instance. So all of that’s in the mix of thinking about the dream for the play next year.

Ashley explained that the playwright, Clos Sirah, “has gone several times to the community for interviewing and story-gathering, including one time when we were all there together for weeks. We’ve been having meetings with our community partners—community-based organizations, community-based centers in the area—as we shape what that play will be to make sure we’re getting community feedback at every stage. Ultimately it will be a performance that is inspired by and based on community testimony and will involve community in the making and performance. One idea is that it may travel around the community so that part of the experience is really being present in the space, really being aware of generations stacked up on this land and here we are now as a community moving through our space together.”

 Team photo, July 2018 Staged Reading of Scapegoat by playwright Christina Ham in Helena, AR

Team photo, July 2018 Staged Reading of Scapegoat by playwright Christina Ham in Helena, AR

Mauricio noted the nuances and controversies that commemorative justice projects can entail.  “The Elaine Memorial Foundation is putting up a memorial and there are a series of events that are being organized for next October. And so how are we doing something that adds to that conversation? That puts up against it? That isn’t just the same thing? How is our work refracting, reflecting on, reckoning with the conversation that is already happening in light of the memorial that’s being created?

The past is always in dialogue with the present in such work. “Something we heard often from our partners and from folks we’d meet in the community,” Mauricio told me, is ‘We’re not just what happened in 1919. We’re a lot more than that, and who’s interested in that? It seems like folks are only interested in the hype around that one moment. How do we broaden our understanding of that story so that we can tell that side of ourselves too?’ That’s only possible if there are several conversations happening simultaneously that can use the events of a hundred years ago as a jumping-off point.”

Ashley and Mauricio explained that their team has been in conversation with all kinds of local groups, from Waves of Prayer to the Delta Community Center to the Boys and Girls Club, local educators, social service organizations, and beyond.

What binds our work and theirs is a desire to have this story told on a national level, to give voice to these stories, and understanding that art and theater is the way to do that. People tell us “We’re trying to move our community forward and we need this story to get out and we need attention to come here. We need jobs to come here. We need work to come here,” and the understanding is growing that theater as a vehicle for storytelling can serve those purposes as well.

This type of long-term relationship-building grounded in art calls on Citizen Artists to be open to sharing their gifts in a spirit of flexibility and generosity. For instance, Mauricio noted that he’d been helping folks from the Delta Cultural Center write a grant proposal for an after-school music academy, and the person he was working with

…says to me, “I feel funny. I don’t know what this has to do with your work.” And I said “Listen, Kyle, we are in for the long game of supporting the development of the arts in the area. So helping you write this grant is also my work.” We are showing up as much as we can for the community and the community’s needs, checking at the door our own particular agendas or even our own abilities. In that way I think this project will continue to morph. We will continue to produce these events, and that will be a centerpiece of our work. But also a whole lot of other things, because it’s going to take participating in many things.

Remember2019 has received funding from Alternate ROOTS, the Highlander Research and Education Center, The MAP Fund, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters to support this long-term cultural development in the service of commemorative justice.

In fact, a keystone event made possible with this funding is coming right up: in Marvell, Arkansas on 29 September 2018 and Elaine, Arkansas on 2 October:

Remember2019 Collective members Carlos Sirah and Mauricio Salgado are collaborating with James “Gone for Good” Morgan, Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright, and Vera White to present Black ‘n da Blues: Stories and Songs from the Arkansas Delta. The event is free to the public and will include a reception with food.

In Black ‘n da Blues, Phillips County musicians explore the relationship between legacies of race and artistic expression – locally, nationally and beyond. The event is being produced in partnership with The Delta Cultural Center, The Elaine Legacy Center and The Boys, Girls, Adults, Community Development Center (BGACDC).

Major events like these emerge from a fabric of community dialogue and story-sharing. For example, Remember2019 Collective members Arielle Julia Brown and Carlos Sirah convened a two-day story-sharing institute on 18 and 19 June, inviting local people to share “freedom songs, delta blues traditions, oral histories, meal centered oral traditions, story circles, testimonies, gossip, folklore, interviews and more,” culminating in a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration in a local park.

Specific activities also emerge from a convergence of interests in which the artists’ desire for commemorative justice—for their work mattering to people and serving as a vehicle for everyone’s liberation—connects with local desires and aspirations. Mauricio recalls being asked by a community leader

“What’s your investment in the work?” She would question us whenever we would say “We’re here for you.” Towards the end of our last time together, she heard us start to say “We’re here because we want. We want.” She says, “I only trust people who are here 100% for themselves because how do I know that you’re committed unless you too realize there’s something here for you?” That’s the level of commitment we’re being asked.

If you’d like to explore bringing any points in Standing for Cultural Democracy to life in your community, please feel free to contact us at While Policy Prototype micro-grants were a one-time thing, we can still offer technical assistance and help share information with the wider world if you have a project that promotes one of more of the Platform points, so call on us.

Dec 5 @ 12:00 am


Empowering Women through Writing, Weaving and Sharing
Be heard, connect with your inner resources and cultivate courage to create change.

Our Mission

To create a woven tapestry based on the stories of 1,000 women globally by 2020 that will be exhibited internationally to shine a light on the creative accomplishments of women while calling attention to the challenges women currently face world-wide.

To foster a culture of self-knowledge and sharing that builds courage and fosters a sense of power in women everywhere to contribute to their communities in positive ways.

To allow women to tell the story of their lives, as a catalyst for change, particularly by opening up discussions about issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse in a safe and supportive way.

To promote resilience, compassion, open communication, healing and peace in individuals and communities.

Intro to the Project

Participating in Woven Voices is a journey that starts with self-reflection and writing, and transforms into a woven tapestry, a visual storyboard of women’s lives from around the globe. The 3 elements of the Woven Voices project work together as tools to access, claim, and celebrate our power as individuals and together as a global community of women.

The Artist

Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a passionate champion of creativity who has spent the last 40 years helping people of all ages to embrace and express their unique individuality.


Brecia Kralovic-Logan
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San Diego, Ca 92117
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Conscious Business World Summit @
Mar 7 – Mar 9 all-day

Humanity’s Team Summit program for Conscious Business Innerprise

People of Faith for a Green New Deal @ online
Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm

FACT: The 57 Senators who voted against the #GreenNewDeal took more than $55 MILLION dollars in contributions from #fossilfuel companies. Want to learn more about what’s really going on here? Join us on Thursday, March 28th at 8 p.m. ET for our first webinar with “People of Faith for a Green New Deal”!


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Drawdown EcoChallenge @ In your community
Apr 3 – Apr 24 all-day
Our Story

For over 25 years, we’ve inspired, educated and activated thousands of communities and organizations through our solutions-focused programs and ready-to-use social and digital tools. Together, they provide the launchpad for emerging generations and sustainability leaders to experience “ah-ha” moments that lead to extraordinary environmental and social change.

Drawdown EcoChallenge is:

  • a 21-day engagement program focused on carbon reduction;
  • a challenge taking place April 3-24 and;
  • following actions highlighted in Drawdown, a book based on meticulous research that maps, measures, models, and describes solutions to global warming that already exists and;
  • where participants track and share their progress online in a robust platform and earn points for taking action and;
  • the combination of collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition makes change a little easier — and a lot more fun and;
  • providing tools and inspiration to turn intention into action, and
  • giving participants a fun and social way to think about and act on proven solutions to reverse global warming!


Over eighty actions within seven challenge categories

provide participants with diverse options to reduce carbon usage. 


The EcoChallenge Platform is a signature offering of (formerly Northwest Earth Institute), a sustainability organization that provides innovative social and digital tools designed to be a launchpad for emerging generations and sustainability leaders to experience “ah-ha” moments that lead to extraordinary environmental and social change. also hosts a global October EcoChallenge which is free and open to everyone, everywhere. Over 73,500 people from 101 countries have used the EcoChallenge Platform and the organization has engaged over 250,000 people throughout its 25-year history. The EcoChallenge Platform can also be used to create custom Challenges that meet the engagement and action goals of your workplace, college, or community.

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Climate Change & Consciousness: Our Legacy for the Earth, April 20-26 2019, @ Universal Hall at Findhorn in Scotland
Apr 20 – Apr 26 all-day


Climate Change & Consciousness: Our Legacy for the Earth, April 20-26 2019, will be a collaborative and participatory investigation into how we can steward a sustainable future on what has already become a radically changed planet Earth. We have travelled to this ‘new’ planet on a burst of carbon dioxide. A new planet requires new ways of living.

The conference will bring together eminent scientists, wisdom keepers, business people, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, young people and others, to envision and begin to inhabit our joint future. It will be an international, inter-generational and multi-disciplinary gathering. This is the principle of ‘the big tent‘, borrowed from party politics, whereby diverse viewpoints, backgrounds and interests (the ‘voices in the room’) are brought together to engage and dialogue.

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Floor plan of the Universal Hall, the main conference venue, with
a symbolic representation of the diversity of ‘voices in the room.’

Through interactive, embodied and experiential means, participants will access intuitive, intelligent and innovative insights into how we will meet the demands of this new world. Each individual will be invited to invoke their ‘Legacy for the Earth.’ Our combined roles and commitment will represent a global mission of stewardship. Everyone will be part of this love story.

Participants will collaborate in exploring:

  • The science and truth of climate change in language that we can all comprehend;
  • Ways to embody our longing to connect with the Earth and hear Her voice;
  • How we can build and rebuild communities as functional entities;
  • Political, legal and social activism, and networking for social change;
  • How do we nurture children and support youth to restore our environment;
  • Soil restoration, organic food production and community-scale agriculture;
  • Alternative energy sources and appropriate technologies;
  • Biodiversity and the intrinsic preciousness of all species;
  • Racism, misogyny and gender bias – how they deepen the environmental crisis;
  • Contemporary and traditional resources to address the trauma of climate change;
  • What can we learn from indigenous cultures, activists and wisdom keepers;
  • Healthcare and the detoxification of environmental pollutants and toxins; and
  • How to generate inspiration for a grassroots upsurge to reclaim our future.


Three major threads running though the conference will be:

  • AWAKE: Facing the truths of climate change.
  • CELEBRATE: Using the arts to express our love for the Earth and all life.
  • ACT: Developing our response, locally and globally.


These principles were received along with the guidance for the manifestation of CLIMATE CHANGE & CONSCIOUSNESS on November 8, 2016:

1. That the gathering be a grassroots representation of diverse global populations;
2. That the gathering be held at the Findhorn Foundation due to its origins and because it represents and embodies community and sustainability;
3. That indigenous environmental leaders be represented;
4. That youth play a significant role and that their voices be heard;
5. That all participants, both at the conference and online, be encouraged to connect, engage, contribute and network.
6. That everyone at the gathering have an opportunity to establish and cultivate a direct, intimate and personal relationship with Nature;
7. That the gathering be infused with art as one of the key celebrations of human creativity and resiliency;
8. That the outcome of the gathering be the creation of networks of innovation and communities of inspired action;
9. That these networks and community initiatives be seeded before the conference begins; and,
10. That they be effectively supported to grow and flourish after the conference ends, in order to accelerate the generation of sustainable, life-serving responses to climate change.


While words like ‘climate change’ and ‘sustainability’ are in the popular parlance, the truth about the magnitude of our environmental predicament is not well understood. This is in part because the language used to deliver the science is frequently infused with acronyms that deter engagement. This conference will translate scientific jargon into language that is accessible to anyone. In addition, we intend a celebratory response to climate change that emphasises human resilience and creativity, which is key to coping with the scientific reality. These two sides of the coin (environmental science and celebratory resilience) will be linked at every juncture of this gathering.

This conference will be led by some of the most knowledgeable and highly regarded voices of the climate change movement. The key contributors are recognised internationally for their expertise, their commanding presence, and their proven capacity to identify practical and optimistic strategies for sustainability action. Joining these voices with those of artists, healers, parents and youth has seldom been attempted in quite such a way.


We are planning (although it’s funding dependant), a separate youth programme that will run parallel to the conference. Youth aged 16 – 20 will form a contingent that will join with, and present to, the entire assembly. Their ideas will be woven into an action plan that is developed for follow through after the event. The intention will be to permeate schools and social media with viable options for surviving and thriving in a climate-changing world.


There will be live streaming from Findhorn of most of the conference programme (details to follow). Aside from individual subscriptions to the streaming, we are encouraging organisations (such as community groups, non-profits, institutions and companies) to subscribe to the streaming as a collective, or hub. Hubs will take the opportunity to do much more than just passively watch the streaming. We will encourage them to self-organise a mini-conference of their own, whereby they hold their own in-house discussion groups, panel sessions, workshops and so on. We envisage these hubs becoming cells of impassioned and empowered activists who sustain their climate activism into the future.

Interested in forming a hub? Please contact us or email:


The Findhorn Foundation and Community are a renown ecovillage, spiritual community and learning centre (See blog post here). This conference comes at a time when the art of community building is badly needed. Findhorn famously demonstrates the potential of community to develop low-impact settlements and lifestyles. Further, Findhorn’s deep roots in the natural world and 50 years of ‘co-creation with the intelligence of nature’ makes it the perfect host for this event.

The central intention of Climate Change & Consciousness is to encourage the participants (including thousands watching by live-stream) to prioritise their love for the Earth, putting the environment first in order to steward for the children of the future. This epitomises the role that Findhorn has long played in raising consciousness for the good of the whole. This conference fulfils Findhorn’s essential purpose as a lighthouse beaming forth messages from Mother Nature.

ozpics-017The Universal Hall at Findhorn, the main conference venue.



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Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq is an Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder from far North Greenland. He is a shaman, healer, storyteller and bearer of the Qilaut (wind drum). Angaangaq has been a keynote speaker at international conferences on climate change, environmental and indigenous issues. His beliefs and practices are deeply rooted in the wisdom and traditions of his people.

Quotes: “The greatest distance in the existence of Man is not from here to there nor from there to here. Nay, the greatest distance in the existence of Man is from his mind to his heart. Unless he conquers that distance he can never learn to soar like an eagle and realize his own immensity within.”
“The Ancient One’s say that One Day, when the World needs it most, the Sacred Fire will come home to the people on the Top of the World.”


CharlesCharles Eisenstein is an extremely popular philosopher, author and internationally renowned speaker and program facilitator. His books include The Ascent of HumanitySacred Economics and most recently, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. His forthcoming book, to be released in 2018, addresses the impacts of climate change.

Quotes: “Humanity is meant to join fully the tribe of all life on Earth, offering our uniquely human gifts towards the wellbeing and development of the whole.”
“Enlightenment is a group activity.”
“The path of service is a path of self-realization.”
“Our salvation must come from recovering a direct relationship to what is alive in front of us.”


Polly latestPolly Higgins is founder of Ecocide Law, the Earth Community Trust and co-founder of the Earth Law Alliance. She holds the Arne Naess Chair at Oslo University and won the 2016 Polarbröd‘s Utstickarpriset prize for Future Leadership. Ecologist Magazine have named her one of the top ten visionary thinkers in the world.

Quotes: “The shift in consciousness required here is an espousal of our collective responsibility for the ecology of our planet. Once we have that shift we will have true social progress.”
“Without the wellbeing of the ecology of our planet, our wellbeing suffers.”
“Calls for public and environmental justice are about securing peaceful life for future generations, the aspiration for a better world. To me, this is the ultimate altruistic act; to give your life in service for a greater good. My rallying call is for life for all who inhabit this planet, not just humans. It can be your call too if you so choose. I ask you to join me.”


Xiuhtezcatl MartinezXiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 17 year old indigenous climate activist who has spoken at the Rio + 20 Summit and the UN. With beauty, flare and music he reachs out to youth to invite them to be advocates for the Earth. He received the Peace First Prize in 2015 and the Children’s Climate Prize in Sweden in 2016.

Quotes:“My generation faces a total systemic collapse on every level of our planet. Never before has there been such an intergenerational opportunity to shape the world we serve.”
“Every young person in the world has the potential to lead. There is nothing holding us back…Whether it is on the local level or it is about the entire world, we can take on the leadership role. We deserve a healthy environment to live in.“
“I have to do something with the sadness I feel about what is happening to my world. I am totally in love with this planet and it is falling apart. I have to use my voice and my passion to make a difference. I have to education, empower and inspire.”


BillBill McKibben is a pioneer of the climate change movement, best-selling author, journalist, environmental activist and founder of, a global grassroots climate change movement. Bill has won the Gandhi and Thomas Merton Prizes. He is a Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College. The Boston Globe calls him “America’s most important environmentalist.”

Quotes: “We must step up the fight to keep climate change from getting even more powerfully out of control, and to protect those people most at risk, who are almost always those who have done the least to cause the problem.”
“We will build the architecture of the world that comes next. We will create the dispersed and localized societies that can survive the damage that we can no longer prevent. We still must live on the world we’ve created and we will do that lightly, carefully, and gracefully.”


JonathanJonathon Porritt CBE is founder and Director of Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. He was co-chair of the British Green Party (1980-83); Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); and Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005). Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

Quotes: “Imagine the good world we are going to be living in – massively improved by smart, clean technology, and committed to a much fairer, more sustainable model of economic growth.”
“Practically everything we need to fashion a sustainable world for nine billion people is either out there, on the drawing board or in the lab. And the pace of change is extraordinary, the wealth creating potential quite staggering.”


VandanaVandana Shiva PhD is a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, science policy advocate and author of 20 books. She has taken on what is likely one of the greatest challenges of climate change – feeding a growing population without further harming the Earth. Vandana was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.

Quotes:“Soil teaches us how to be earth citizens.”
“We will either make a democratic transition from oil to soil or we will perish.”
“Soil is the metaphor of decentralized and deep democracy.”
“Living economies are grounded in the soil; literally and metaphorically. They are localized, which reduces our ecological footprint on the planet while enhancing our wellbeing. Economies rooted in the soil are centered on nature and people.”
“Earth democracy grows in the fertile soil shaped by the earth, the human imagination and human action.”


Margaret Elphinstone is one of Scotland’s foremost writers who has written extensively about the crises in which we now find ourselves. Margaret contributes to Dark Mountain, a British based project that seeks, through the arts, to elicit urgently needed myths that reflect our times. She is Emeritus Professor of Writing at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies.

Mumta Ito is founder of the charity Rights of Nature and the International Centre for Holistic Law. A former financial lawyer in the City of London, she was an adviser to governments, multi-national corporations and investment banks. She is now a public interest environmental attorney. She initiated the European Citizens Initiative to put the rights of nature on the legislative agenda of the EU.

Deborah Jay Lewin is an energy worker disguised as a dance teacher. She is a senior practitioner in her field having trained with Gabrielle Roth in 1994 and as a co-founder of Open Floor International in 2014. Her knowledge of and respect for the wisdom of the body is incisive and contagious. Deborah is devoted to utilising embodied movement to harness creativity for the benefit of all beings and the Earth.

Rachelle McCabe, concert pianist and Professor of Music at Oregon State University, enjoys an international career as an artist-teacher and as a solo recitalist and highly respected chamber musician. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and England, and has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, the CBC, and PBS television.

Stephanie Mines is a neuroscientist, psychologist and author of five books on the treatment of trauma and shock. Stephanie first went to Findhorn in 2011 when she was a keynote speaker at the Conscious Medicine Conference. She has returned every year since and has  a strong love for the community and the place. Stephanie lives in Portland, Oregon and is married to environmental attorney Robert E. Yuhnke.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a moral philosopher, nature writer, and veteran climate advocate best known for her ability to weave science, ideas, and emotions in her spoken-word performances and books. She is the author or co-editor of a dozen books, including Great Tide Rising, Moral Ground, and the newest, a novel, Piano Tide.

Dave Rock is a spoken word artist, storyteller and Authentic Speaking coach. He works with communities, co-creating rites of passage, ritual and celebration; and with stage performers and change makers to help them embody and express their message as a way of being. As a performer he finds ways to speak all voices and remember life into being whole again. 

Joey Walters is the Founder of Awakening Feminine Leaders. Her work is a soulful, authentic pathway to allow feminine leadership to emerge. She is gifted in inviting the power of ritual to accompany her gentle, clear and focused leadership. Joey is completing her first book based on her successful international series “A Call to Stand.” She lives close to nature in the woodlands of Scotland with her partner and two wee sons.

Robert E. Yuhnke  has been an environmental attorney and policy consultant for forty-five years. He co-authored the Clean Air Act in the US and has worked tirelessly for its enforcement. His ability to explain the science behind climate change and how communities must respond to survive and thrive will add significantly to this conference. Robert lives in Portland Oregon and is married to Stephanie Mines.

Virtual Town Hall – The Green New Deal – An Online Conversation @ online
May 21 @ 12:00 pm


Note that time listed is PST – Please adjust for your time zone!

This spring, Grist is teaming up with the Peoples Climate Movement to host a series of discussions about the potential impact of a Green New Deal on communities that are on the front lines of climate change, including communities of color, rural communities, low-income communities, displaced workers and indigenous peoples.

On May 21st, we’ll be hosting a virtual town hall discussion, moderated by Grist journalist Zoya Teirstein, about what a Green New Deal could mean for workers. We’ll be joined by Matt Schlobohm, Executive Director of Maine AFL-CIO, Alison Hirsh, Political Director of 32BJ SEIU, and April Sims, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, who will be taking your questions on the challenges that workers face around the transition to a green economy, and what something like the Green New Deal could do to address them. We’ll also discuss how a Green New Deal done correctly could create opportunities for workers, and what a ‘Just Transition’ would really mean.

Tune in online to ask questions and hear how the what the Green New Deal really is and what it could mean for workers — what’s exciting, and what the debate over it means for our vision of a just and equitable future for climate, jobs and justice.

Register today to save your spot in our live chat. There is limited availability so act fast!

We look forward to seeing you there!

SUSTAINABILITYNOW Teleconference @ Online
Jun 1 – Jun 7 all-day

The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For…

Today is DAY 1 of the Sustainability Now Telesummit and boy, are you in for a treat!
Each speaker will be available on-demand for 48 hours.
Here’s today’s schedule:
Alosha Lynov – Off-Grid Water Systems
Marina Qutab – Waste Not Want Not: Zero Waste Solutions for Daily Living
Ryan Eliason – How to Change the World Without Going Broke
Sean Steed – Plant-Based Epoxy: a Case Study for Circular Economy
Zach Bush, MD – Chemical Farming, Ecology & Human Health
Warm regards,
Mira & Scott
Together we rise!
Click the image below to download a PDF calendar with descriptions
Alosha Lynov  Bio Veda: Off-Grid Water Systems
Marina Qutab – Eco Goddess: Waste Not Want Not: Zero Waste Solutions for Daily Living
Ryan Eliason – Visionary Business School: How to Change the World Without Going Broke
Sean Steed – Change Climate: Plant-Based Epoxy: a Case Study for Circular Economy
Zach Bush, MD – Farmer’s Footprint: The Crossroads of Chemical Farming, Ecology & Human Health — A Path to Regeneration
Alexander Verbeek – Planetary Security Initiative: Climate Change and Planetary Security
Brother Phil Lane Jr. – Four Worlds International Institute: The International Treaty to Protect & Restore Mother Earth
Heshie Segal – Kids Better World: Clean Water on the Go: Reducing Plastics and Protecting Our Health
Mike Strizki – Hydrogen House Project: Hydrogen Micro-Grids: Clean Power for the Future, Now
Summer Bock – Guts & Glory: How Fermented Foods Can Repair Our Health
Hazel Henderson – Ethical Markets: Hungry for Change: How Halophyte Plants Can Help Solve the Global Food Crisis
Jay Potter – ECOR: From Waste Stream Fiber to Circular Economy
Jorgen Hempel – Hemp Ecosystems: Seeing Green: Hemp and Hydrated Lime Construction
Ronit Herzfeld – Leap Forward: Beyond Bias: Moving From “Me” to “We”
William Padilla-Brown – MycoSymbiotics: Cultivating Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms for Fun and Profit
Brian D. Ridgway –Level 5 Liberation: Finding Freedom
Judy Wicks – Circle of Aunts and Uncles: Nurturing Local Economies
Kristen Comella – U.S. Stem Cell: Heal Thyself: The Regenerative Power of Your Own Stem Cells
Reggie Nayar – Innovative Waste Solutions: The Dirty Truth About Waste and Recycling
Jon Ramer – Compassion Games: Deep Social Networking as a Vehicle for Global Change
Judah Becker – Mercy House Ministry: Aquaponics: a Path to Self-Sufficiency
Michael Rice and Zana Zu – ZeMArc Design: Holistic Design
Dr. Richard Satava – University of Washington Medical Center: Frontiers of Medicine and the Ethical Implications of Medical Breakthoughs
Amy Oskins & Amzi Smith – EastCoast EarthHomes: New Paradigms for Housing: Earthship 2.0
Hajjar Gibran – DomeGaia: Go Dome or Go Home: Earthy meets Elegant with AirCrete Construction
Larry Stearns – Nature’s Head: From Waste to Resource: Composting Toilets and Waterless Waste Solutions
Paul Rodney Turner – The Food Yogi: Food Yoga: Sharing Food, Sharing Compassion
Vinit Allen – Sustainable World Coalition: We ARE the Planet: Redefining the Human Family
Jessica Cooper – International WELL Building Institute: Health and WELL-building: Work Environments Designed to Help People Thrive
John Todd – John Todd Ecological Design: Restoring Water and Land with Biologically-Based Eco-Machines
Michael Gosney – Synergetic Press: Vehicles of Social Change
Michael Pawlyn – Exploration Architecture: Solving Design Challenges Through the Wisdom of Nature
Off-Grid Water Systems
Alosha Lynov – Bio Veda
Alosha Lynov, inventor and master builder of regenerative living habitats, walks you through the basics of building an off-grid water system to provide water self-sufficiency including collection, purification and reuse.
Waste Not Want Not: Zero Waste Solutions for Daily Living
Marina Qutab – Eco Goddess
From a Zero-Waste Survival Kit to buying in bulk, eco-goddess Marina Qutab makes it cool to jump on the zero-waste bandwagon with simple steps we can all take to become more conscious consumers.
How to Change the World Without Going Broke
Ryan Eliason – Visionary Business School
Rethink business with Ryan Eliason as he empowers social entrepreneurs and changemakers to make money while making a difference and busts limiting beliefs like the notion that service must mean struggle.
Plant-Based Epoxy: a Case Study for Circular Economy 
Sean Steed – Change Climate
Sean Steed of Change Climate shows how one innovative solution to a toxic global problem can create circular economy, impact social justice, restore an ecosystem and transform manufacturing world-wide.
The Crossroads of Chemical Farming, Ecology & Human Health — A Path to Regeneration 
Zach Bush, MD – Farmer’s Footprint
Discover how we can restore our health by restoring our soil. Zach Bush, triple-board-certified MD, makes brilliant big picture connections between current commercial farming practices, gut health, and the meteoric rise of disease since the introduction of glyphosate—a powerful herbicide and antibiotic used in big agriculture.
Climate Change and Planetary Security
Alexander Verbeek – Planetary Security Initiative
Climate change is not just about the weather. Alexander Verbeek discusses the threat to global security—like financial damage from increasingly violent storms, disruptions in delivery of food and essential goods and displacement of millions of people. Learn how we can act now to take the future in hand.
The International Treaty to Protect & Restore Mother Earth
Brother Phil Lane Jr. – Four Worlds International Institute
Brother Phil shares the fruit of 50-years’ work with indigenous peoples from around the world—a comprehensive plan to restore Mother Earth and unify the human family by incorporating empowerment of youth and women, renewable energy, organic food production, biodiversity and more.
Clean Water on the Go: Reducing Plastics and Protecting Our Health 
Heshie Segal – Kids Better World
A champion for children and clean water worldwide, Heshie Segal uses her networking expertise to dispel myths, raise awareness and promote the Puritii filtered water bottle, a safe water solution for first and third-world countries alike.
Hydrogen Micro-Grids: Clean Power for the Future, Now
Mike Strizki – Hydrogen House Project
Clean, pure water as a by-product of “burning” hydrogen fuel? Join Mike Strizki, founder of the Hydrogen House Project, for a tour of his Skunk Works where he’s been pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology for the past 25 years.
How Fermented Foods Can Repair Our Health 
Summer Bock – Guts & Glory
Did you know that good health begins with billions of tiny bacteria in the gut? Certified fermentationist Summer Bock shares how and why fermented foods, like sauerkraut, are the recipe to better health.
Hungry for Change: How Halophyte Plants Can Help Solve the Global Food Crisis 
Hazel Henderson – Ethical Markets
The global food crisis is inextricably linked to the dwindling fresh-water supply. Futurist Hazel Henderson sees a solution in plants like quinoa, one of the many edible halophyte plants that thrive in a salt water environments.
From Waste Stream Fiber to Circular Economy
Jay Potter – ECOR
Jay Potter, innovator and co-founder of ECOR shares how to build a business by turning problems into profits through circular economy. ECOR takes fiber from the waste stream, and produces materials for furniture and building that can be fully recycled at end of life. Their patented process adds only water, heat and pressure.
Seeing Green: Hemp and Hydrated Lime Construction
Jorgen Hempel – Hemp Ecosystems
Jorgen Hempel has been refining hemp and lime construction practices for over 25 years. Learn how he creates living buildings from easily renewable materials. These buildings breathe, won’t burn, are naturally insulated and grow more stable over time.
Beyond Bias: Moving From “Me” to “We” 
Ronit Herzfeld – Leap Forward
Psychotherapist, Ronit Herzfeld invites us to join in exploring a “new way of being human” and shares an emerging strategy for awakening humanity to appropriate action as we rise to the unprecedented and urgent demands of our times.
Cultivating Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms for Fun and Profit
William Padilla-Brown – MycoSymbiotics
With an affordable and relatively low-tech lab and grow room, self-schooled mycologist William Padilla-Brown shows how to make a lucrative career of growing and foraging for mushrooms.
Finding Freedom
Brian D. Ridgway – Level 5 Liberation
Brian D. Ridgway dissolves the “illusion” of problems to generate an experience of unlimited possibility and the power to intentionally create a world of your choosing.
Nurturing Local Economies 
Judy Wicks – Circle of Aunts and Uncles
Through Micro-Loans and Mentorship Recognizing strong local economies as a foundation of resilience and sustainability, Judy Wicks shares how to establish a micro lending and mentorship network to support the growth of local entrepreneurs.
Heal Thyself: The Regenerative Power of Your Own Stem Cells
Kristen Comella – U.S. Stem Cell
Learn how stem cells from our very own fat have the potential to eliminate the need for many pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures, how the Federal Drug Administration is trying to regulate this revolutionary treatment and what we must do to preserve our rights.
The Dirty Truth About Waste and Recycling
Reggie Nayar – Innovative Waste Solutions
Most of what we “recycle” still winds up in landfills and landfills are filling up. Expert in developing zero-waste strategies for major manufacturers, Reggie Nayar takes you behind the scenes to gain a deeper understanding of the waste stream, current recycling practices and steps you can take to make a positive impact.
Deep Social Networking as a Vehicle for Global Change 
Jon Ramer – Compassion Games
Jon shows how to turn big dreams into reality and make “waves” as a social innovator by bringing together networks of social changemakers to amplify one another’s voice and collectively make a global impact.
Aquaponics: a Path to Self-Sufficiency
Judah Becker – Mercy House Ministry
A means to both food and financial security, Judah Becker provides an introduction to aquaponics, a circular system where the waste from farmed fish nourishes hydroponically grown plants and the plants purify the water for the fish.
Holistic Design
Michael Rice and Zana Zu – ZeMArc Design
Michael and Zana take you on a journey into the dynamic interplay of beauty, functionality and sustainability that defines holistic design. Learn how they combine Bio Architecture and the sacred to create temples of life.
Frontiers of Medicine and the Ethical Implications of Medical Breakthoughs
Dr. Richard Satava – University of Washington Medical Center
Explore the future of medicine with Dr. Richard Satava. From cloning and 3D body-part printing to suspended animation and directed energy therapies, technology is outpacing our moral maturity, creating the necessity for new ethical guidelines.
New Paradigms for Housing: Earthship 2.0 
Amy Oskins & Amzi Smith – EastCoast EarthHomes
Flip the script from high maintenance, high expense housing to the financial freedom of a home that heats and cools itself, collects its own water, generates its own electricity, grows its own food and processes its own waste water.
Go Dome or Go Home: Earthy meets Elegant with AirCrete Construction
Hajjar Gibran – DomeGaia
Hajjar Gibran, founder of DomeGaia, offers tools and techniques for building with AirCrete, a light-weight mixture of foamed dishwashing liquid and cement that is low cost, extremely durable and DIY-friendly.
From Waste to Resource: Composting Toilets and Waterless Waste Solutions
Larry Stearns – Nature’s Head
Learn how Larry Sterns’ special commode turns human waste into valuable compost while conserving water and minimizing pollution.
Food Yoga – Sharing Food, Sharing Compassion
Paul Rodney Turner – The Food Yogi
With over 2 million vegan meals served daily by his global Food For Life organization, food yogi Paul Rodney Turner shares the power of food as a means to spread love and equality by bringing presence and reverence to food preparation, consumption and sharing.
We ARE the Planet – Redefining the Human Family
Vinit Allen – Sustainable World Coalition
Vinit Allen helps us to recognize human beings as cells in the body of Mother Earth and the human family as her consciousness. Through this lens of profound interconnection, we experience care for the planet as direct care for ourselves.
Health and WELL-building: Work Environments Designed to Help People Thrive
Jessica Cooper – International WELL Building Institute
Going beyond LEED certification, Jessica Cooper shares how the IWBI WELL Building Standard raises the bar for work environments to include comprehensive metrics in 10 categories: air, light, sound, community, water, movement, materials, nourishment, thermal comfort and mind.
Restoring Water and Land with Biologically-Based Eco-Machines
John Todd – John Todd Ecological Design
John Todd guides us through ways we can harness nature’s genius to clean up toxic waterways, re-green the desert, rehabilitate devastated landscapes and clean up our oceans.
Vehicles of Social Change
Michael Gosney – Synergetic Press
Michael Gosney discusses the connection between festival culture and community as fertile ground for social experimentation, as well as new cultural models and morays related to food, energy, social justice, monetary exchange and more.
Solving Design Challenges Through the Wisdom of Nature 
Michael Pawlyn – Exploration Architecture
Beyond low- or no-impact sustainable design, regenerative design is an innovative approach that contributes to the betterment of the environment. Michael Pawlyn explains how it works, plus the impact it would have if entire cities adopted this model.
Jun 7 – Jun 25 all-day

Introducing the Encore Public Voices Fellowship

The Encore Public Voices Fellowship is a prestigious year-long initiative to accelerate the ideas and impact of 20 new and necessary thought leaders working at the intersection of aging/longevity, inter-generational connection and social justice.

Many parts of the world are rapidly aging. In the United States, we have added more than 30 years to life expectancy in the past century, but not across the board. Whites live longer than people of color. Women live longer than men. And the richest Americans live 10-15 years longer than the poorest. In 2019, for the first time ever, there are more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 18. The ripple effects of these shifts will affect every aspect of society.

We need better and faster ideas from a more diverse set of people of all ages, including those who are most impacted by the uneven implications of these realities, and thus most likely to see new solutions and envision a more just future. The Encore Public Voices Fellowship is a collaboration among The OpEd, and Ann MacDougall and is part of The OpEd Project’s national Public Voices initiative to change who writes history.

Participants will receive extraordinary support, skills and mentoring to ensure their ideas shape the greater public conversation. All participants will publish at least two written pieces (hopefully many more) during their fellowship. Read this summary oped to learn how the first 20 fellows are changing the national conversation.

After a highly successful pilot year, we are looking for community and business leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, writers, educators, researchers and other thinkers. We are committed to building a cohort that is inclusive across all identities and backgrounds. We will take into account a variety of factors, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, geography, age, gender and area of expertise. During our pilot year, over half of the cohort consisted of people of color. is an innovation hub and catalyst, working to realize the potential of longer lives and intergenerational connection to solve our most pressing social problems.

The OpEd Project is a think tank and leadership organization that expands history by accelerating the ideas and public impact of new and necessary voices, including women of all backgrounds.

Ann MacDougall, former president of, serves as a senior advisor to the Encore Public Voices Fellowship.

Our Advisory Council is comprised of a small group of outstanding social innovators and media professionals. Members include Ellen Goodman (Chair), Sylvia BrownMary C. CurtisKen DychtwaldRaymond JetsonKatie OrensteinTrabian Shorters and Lester Strong. They will advise on strategy, recruitment of candidates and fellow selection, and may participate as guest speakers.


MORE ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP  The Public Voices Fellowship is part of an ambitious national initiative to change who writes history. Launched by The OpEd Project in collaboration with a core group of institutional partners, including Yale, Northwestern, the Ford Foundation and a dozen others, we have had extraordinary success accelerating the ideas and impact of new and necessary voices at the highest levels in their fields, including women of all backgrounds. Watch this short video to hear how last year’s fellows describe their experiences.

Fellows will be chosen through a competitive selection process. The 2019-20 fellowship targets leaders across all fields and generations who are working somewhere in the intersection of aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice. We strongly encourage people in adjacent fields to apply provided they have a clear and demonstrated desire and ability to contribute to the public dialogue on these issues. Areas of focus could include intergenerational activism, ageism, encore careers, financial security/insecurity, climate change activism as a “legacy” to our descendants, outdated retirement policies, etc.

Selection criteria includes work history, professional track record, and desire to help change the cultural narrative.


  • Year-long program

  • Up to 20 fellows

  • Four interactive day-long seminars in NYC designed to expand thinking and deepen expertise (dates are: September 26-27, 2019; December 3, 2019; March 6, 2020; and May 8, 2020)

  • Dedicated editors (top journalists) to provide regular, hands-on, one-on-one support/editing/coaching

  • Access to ongoing mentoring for the fellowship year

  • A limited number of travel stipends for those who need them

THE ENCORE FRAMEWORK  Guided by the belief that the aging of America is every bit as much an opportunity to be seized as a problem to be solved, tells a new story about the possibilities of an older America, creates new ways to enable people of all ages to contribute more fully to their communities, and seeds a movement built around these ideas. We hope to change both the conversation and reality around the years after 50, not just for the enormous cohort of baby boomers, but also for generations to come.

There are barriers to this exciting vision. Ageism remains pervasive. Neither government nor big business have been especially innovative or supportive of policies or programs to pr.epare experienced people for new roles. And there are scant pathways and opportunities for individuals to get from their midlife work to a new chapter, often called an encore career. Many people in this life stage find themselves in difficult financial circumstances, without the resources to weather later life. And sadly, some low-income communities are missing out on these “bonus years” altogether. has been a leader in this space for the past two decades, working to normalize the idea of people in this life stage as a force for social good. Scores of leaders (the vanguard of an emerging encore movement) are now engaged in thought leadership in this area, but this issue has not yet become part of a mainstream, public conversation. Rather, it is driven by a small chorus of people who are not reflective of the diversity of our population

Water: Reconnecting the People of African Descent @ Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

TueSDAY, July 16, 2019

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

Water: Reconnecting the People of African Descent, UN High Level Political…

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Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is bringing together changemakers of African descent who are working on the issue of water for a second year.

The African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition, convened by QEW, is working to ensure reliable, clean, and affordable water against a backdrop of climate change and resource depletion. The work underscores the need for people of African descent to define, own, and manage their own food, water, and agriculture systems.

The Coalition will gather in person for a special meeting with other movement leaders on 16 July 2019 at the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission, 221 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022.


Elder Activists for Social Justice Community Conversations @ online
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, July 18
9:00 – 10:30 am PST / 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST


The terrible issue of immigrant children detained at the U.S. border

The United States of America has, since its inception, been a country formed by immigrants. Yet now, at our southern border particularly, thousands of people leaving their home countries are requesting asylum or entrance and are being held in detention centers and processed very slowly. Meanwhile, the immigrating families are being separated and the children held in cells – cages in many cases – without adequate sanitation or bedding, without adequate nutrition and without access to their parents or adult relatives. In spite of legal and popular objection this problem has continued and continued to worsen for over a year under the Trump administration.

Is the description above adequate to define this problem? What are some of the underlying causes of the problem and what can or should be done instead? What actions can we take to effect those changes?

Looking at this issue through your social justice and elder lenses, please read the materials suggested below, focus your attention on this issue in other news you read and conversations you hear, then bring your thoughts on the subject to our conversation July 18th.

In our Community Conversations we draw on the experience and wisdom of our group to better understand the critical issues we are facing and discern what actions we would want to take as elders in our society today. We offer moral support for each other as we grapple with the issues and challenges of our times and discern how to best support the activism that we are each engaged in.


Letter from Santa Fe Dreamers:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We know that you have all been reading and watching the absolutely horrific news unfold about the conditions of detention on the border. We know that many of you feel scared, frustrated, angry, and powerless by the way that our government is treating vulnerable people, especially children. We are writing today with information and direction towards action but also to urge you not to feel powerless. We are always capable of making change through our collective power. Of course this requires courage, stamina, and an intelligent, disciplined, and organized theory of change. It will not be easy. We encourage you to turn away from despair and towards this place of collective power knowing that it will test you. We will be with you the whole way. Below you will find some ideas for inspiration.

Your friends at Santa Fe Dreamers Project

  • Educate yourself: Here at SFDP this is always our number one piece of advice. The more you know, the fiercer you will be as an advocate and a voter. There are plenty of explosive news articles to read but here are a few that we have learned from recently: We suggested this piece in our last newsletter but if you haven’t had a chance to read it we highly suggest Dara Lind’s “The Border is in Crisis. Here’s How it Got This Bad”. The New Yorker ran an incredibly thought provoking piece written by a historian about “The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camp”. Again from the New Yorker, a report from the lawyers who were recently allowed in to inspect a children’s facility in Clint, TX, “Inside a Building in Texas where Government is Holding Immigrant Children”. Another really important thing to learn about (and something that is not highlighted enough in the news) is the Migrant Protection Protocol or MPP program that has currently turned thousands of thousands of migrants around at the US border to wait in Mexico. This is an excruciatingly dangerous policy that is threatening the lives of migrant families day after day.
  • Understand that this cruelty is not new and these tactics did not just begin. In fact, the Obama administration reignited the practice of family detention in 2014. One of the reasons this summer feels so out of control is because the sheer numbers of people asking for asylum are so high. The Obama and now Trump administrations’ policies attempted to deter migrants through punishment, suffering, and torture but their success was dependent on the flow of migrants actually stopping. Now that the numbers are so high, these cruel and failed policies have now turned deadly.
  • Engage with politicians: Here is the thing: The Trump administration cannot be swayed with moral arguments or blame. They are doing this on purpose. One way of thinking about engaging with politicians is to remember that Congress has the power of the purse and is funding this enforcement regime. One theory is that we can defund ICE and CBP and redirect that money to agencies or NGO’s that are capable of handling a humanitarian crisis of this scope and are not killing people for political motive. This means we have to pressure progressives and democrats and republicans with a conscience to do more than just signal compassion for immigrants. We need these leaders to articulate how they are going to disempower the Trump Administration and make sure it is part of the work they are doing to secure our votes. We can and must demand courageous leadership from our Senators and Representatives and that their actions reflect our deep desire to end the state sponsored violence on the border.
  • How to respond to the threat of ICE raids: Trump’s twitter threat for a massive enforcement action last week was credible and achieved its purpose of scaring the shit out of immigrant and refugee communities all over the US. While it has been “delayed”, now is a wise time for communities to get organized. The American Friends Service Committee published this resource about how allies can support their immigrant and refugee neighbors during this time. Here is the ACLU’s guide to knowing your rights during ICE encounters and we suggest exploring it. Santa Fe Dreamers will be holding walk in hours for people to help families with power of attorney and family prep plans every Friday in Santa Fe from 1-5 at our 1213 Mercantile Rd office. If you work with concerned families let them know about this resource.
  • Actions happening in NM: There is a lot of talk about national protests to close concentration camps on July 12. One of the organizations that is involved with planning this is called Lights of Liberty. Their Facebook page is a source of info– although we don’t have much info yet about that organization. We are talking with folks in NM about planning more locally focused actions and as soon as we have more details we will announce it. Choose your social media of choice or keep reading our emails to stay in touch.
  • Where to donate: Of course here at Santa Fe Dreamers Project we use your donations to protect vulnerable immigrants and refugees in a million different ways every day. Specifically, we need more help on the border. We just rented a much larger office space in El Paso for our expanding team there and are raising funds for a legal assistant so we can have greater impact in the borderlands. You can donate to that effort here. Write border in the note! We are grateful for any help you can give putting this donation link out there into the universe. For those of you wondering where else it might be useful to donate here is our list of several grassroots legal organizations that we know are having impact (we also know we have left many out!)
  • And finally an offer of poetry from our director, Allegra, who likes to contemplate what this particular poem is trying to teach us when thinking about the horrors we witness:

Now you know the worst
By Wendell Berry

To my granddaughters who visited the Holocaust Museum on the day of the burial of Yitzhak Rabin

Now you know the worst
we humans have to know
about ourselves, and I am sorry,

for I know that you will be afraid.
To those of our bodies given
without pity to be burned, I know

there is no answer
but loving one another,
even our enemies, and this is hard.

But remember:
when a man of war becomes a man of peace,
he gives a light, divine

though it is also human.
When a man of peace is killed
by a man of war, he gives a light.

You do not have to walk in darkness.
If you will have the courage for love,
you may walk in light. It will be

the light of those who have suffered
for peace. It will be
your light.

Regarding Investor Activism:

Here are some groups focused on Social, Environmental and Governance-conscious investing:

And finally, for your research about political donations, money flow and lobbying influence:

How to join the conversation:

We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be not be able to help with connection issues. Once you are connected via Zoom you are welcome mute your microphone and turn off your video until just before the meeting starts, or you may enjoy chatting with others in the meeting while you wait.

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July 18, 2019 at 9am – 10:30am
Online by ZOOM
August Shark and Mermaid Parties by BEVERLY’S BIRTHDAYS
Aug 1 @ 8:00 am – Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm

One simple goal – to make a child feel special.

Beverly’s Birthdays provides birthday cheer for children experiencing homelessness and families in need. We spread birthday cheer 365 days a year. Today, nearly one in four children in the U.S. live at or below the poverty line. In Southwestern PA alone, there are nearly 3,000 school-aged children identified as homeless. Children living in poverty often go without the everyday items that we take for granted. Special milestones, like birthdays, are often overlooked because of their families’ personal/financial circumstances. Beverly’s Birthdays enriches the lives of the children we serve by making sure they are remembered on their special day.

It Started with Beverly… and Megs.

In March of 2011, Beverly’s Birthdays founder, Megs Yunn, met a young girl, Beverly, who shared with Ms. Megs that she had never had her own birthday party or even her own slice of birthday cake.

Inspired by Beverly’s story, Megs decided to start an organization that provides birthday celebrations for homeless children in the Pittsburgh Region.

In June of 2011, Megs submitted her idea to the “BE BIG in Your Community Contest,” a signature component of the ongoing Clifford The Big Red Dog® BE BIG!™ campaign sponsored by American Family Insurance and was selected as a first place winner out of over 1,000 entries in the nation. Beverly’s Birthdays received a starter grant to help make Megs dream a reality. Beverly’s Birthdays became an official nonprofit in February 2012 and received our 501c3 status in August 2012.

Beverly’s Birthdays currently partners with agencies across the Pittsburgh region to ensure that no child is forgotten on his/her special day. Since our inception we have created over 30,000 birthday experiences….this is A TON OF BIRTHDAY CHEER!

Partnerships to support families.

Beverly’s Birthdays has established partnerships with more than 68 social service agencies and 73 schools throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. Our agency partners include homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, domestic violence shelters, group homes, and residential treatment facilities. We are proud to be program provider for all 27 Family Support Centers in Allegheny County. Additionally, we are able to provide our programs to all five regional Allegheny County Children, Youth, and Families offices.

9799 Laurel Avenue
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“I’m just so excited to be happy!”

The children and families we serve are all dealing with difficult life situations — but one thing is common: their need for happiness, cheer, and hope. Beverly’s Birthdays programming allows these families a “cognitive gift”, a chance to take a break from their stress and to have a moment of normalcy.

“It’s been a really tough time for me and my children. I am going to get it right for them. Being a part of Beverly’s Birthdays programming is so nice. It gives me HOPE.” -Single mom residing in a shelter

When a young boy shares with us that he doesn’t know the words to the “Happy Birthday” song because no one has ever sang it to him before, we are encouraged to do more.

When an eight-year-old boy spends time with his family baking a cake from his Birthday in a Bag and says, “Now we’re like real people,” we are inspired.

When a former birthday recipient, who is now a young adult, tells you, “There needs to be more people like you in the world,” we are humbled.

“Now the whole world knows that I matter.”

When a mom at a shelter works to turn her life around, graduates from college, and invites Beverly’s Birthdays staff to her graduation, we are honored.

When a six-year-old little boy – who has been living at a transitional housing program with his mom- exclaims in the middle of his birthday party, “Best birthday ever!” we are moved.

When a ten-year-old little girl blows out her candle and shares with our staff that her wish was, “I wish this moment would last longer,” we are grateful.

Aug 3 – Aug 4 all-day


Honoring the Past • Healing the Present • Celebrating the Future




Thank you Joanne and Monte for this inspiring, hope-infused  interview.

Note that the concert is at the Shea Theater at 17 Avenue A in Turners Falls at 7:30 pm on Saturday and tickets are available before the event at a reduced rate and also available at the door.


Festival details and

Note that the Festival is at the United Park Waterfront on 1st Street in Turners Falls from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days and admission is free.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 285, 91 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01302

The mission of the Nolumbeka Project is to promote a deeper, broader and more accurate depiction of the history of the Native Americans/American Indians of New England before and during European contact and colonization;

To protect and preserve sites sacred to, and of historic value to, the Native Americans/American Indians of New England; to create and promote related educational opportunities, preservation projects and cultural events; and to work in partnership, as much as possible, with the tribes.

We will strive to exemplify the Native American/American Indian peoples’ respect for Mother Earth and all living beings; to be mindful of our role as caretakers for future generations; and to honor our connection to the Earth and Sky and to the Creator.

The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Native Americans/American Indians of New England through educational programs, art, history, music, heritage seed preservation and cultural events. We are actively building, maintaining and expanding an historical archive research library for use by the Tribes and Educators of the Northeast and beyond.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who have been active for more than 40 years in a number of other preservation, historical research, environmental and social justice organizations.

The Convergence on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel @ online
Aug 9 @ 12:00 am
The Convergence

The Convergence

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In a world inevitably going global and multicultural, what becomes of religions and spirituality? What becomes of activism towards real global change? In THE CONVERGENCE, global Interspiritual pioneer and scientist Dr. Kurt Johnson joins interfaith leaders Ben Bowler of Australia and Doug King of America in engaging women and men who are inspiring leaders and change agents around our world. Spiritual and cultural leaders, sacred and secular activists, scientists, artists, writers, economists, politicians and even shamans join in this discussion of a world trying to wake up and grow up. What is at stake and what are the technologies and cosmologies creating a world that can work for everyone? If you are concerned for our world’s future and sincere about your commitments to bold and world-serving ideas, you’ll want to tune in to The Convergence on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.


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VoiceAmerica presents this Evergreen Special detailing major 2019 and 2020 global events upcoming from UNITY EARTH partners Standing for Peace Campaign, Road to 2020 Events, and Caravan of Unity across America. The five sections of the Special spotlight, now and for months to come: United Nations mandated global holiday events like the International Day of Yoga and the International Day of Peace, the vision and work of Light on Light Magazine and VoiceAmerica in covering all these events, UNITY EARTH and its partners month to month activities and initiatives 2019-2020, and the roles of partner groups like Transformation365, We, the World, URI, UNIFY, EcoPeace and The Evolutionary Leaders. Featured are global leaders from the UN, UNITY EARTH, Light on Light Magazine, Transformation365, We, and The Evolutionary Leaders. Lets share this Special, ongoing, as a resource and PR instrument pointing toward all of these global events and gathering a global constituency for their success!


Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu

Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu

His Excellency Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu is a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service representing the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York. He holds a Master’s Degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School. His extensive background includes being a fluent Chinese speaker and having previously served in China on four separate postings. More recently, he was the National Coordinator for establishing the International Solar Alliance in India. Significantly, Ambassador Naidu is a long-standing yoga practioner. Reaching back to a tender age, he was exposed to his grandfather rising early to teach yoga classes. As part of the 5th Anniversary of World Yoga Day in June, he moderated a high level panel in New York in the UN Secretariat on the theme of climate change and climate action.

Gayatri Naraine

Gayatri Naraine

Since 1980 Gayatri Naraine has served as the representative of the Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations in New York. She is a spiritual educator, writer, and speaker. She is currently the vice chair of the International Day of Yoga Committee. Gayatri’s focus is on the Sustainable Development Goals. She helped in the development of a concept paper entitled Enhancing Human Flourishing Within the 2030 Development Agenda: The Spirituality of Global Transformation. This was the result of a 3-year dialogue held with UNFPA. As a design team member for the Call-of-the-Time Dialogues, a global leadership dialogue, she has spent the last 20 years exploring “experiments in silence,” the transformational depth of contemplative silence and its impact on the world. She serves on the Board of the Kosmos Journal. Gayatri was born in Guyana and currently lives in New York City, USA. Contact

Ben Bowler & Deborah Moldow

Ben Bowler & Deborah Moldow

Ben Bowler, Executive Director of UNITY EARTH and Deborah Moldow, UE Creative Consultant discuss the vision of UNITY EARTH and its Road to 2020 and Caravan of Unity across America. Ben and Deborah are leaders of a team projecting inspiring global events from 2019 – 2020 and beyond. The Road to 2020 to date has touched all five continents with major intercultural and musical events. ( In 2019 events in India and The Holy Land will join the list. The New York Convergence and UNITY Earth Liftoff Celebration and concert are first steps toward “the Caravan of Unity across America” which, in 2020, will features events across America culminating in major celebrations in New York City for the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21). Ben and Deborah will help anchor a “Coalition for the Road to 2020” organized regionally to create participations in these inspiring events. The Leadership Conference, February. 1 will begin that process (contact

Rick Ulfik

Rick Ulfik

Rick Ulfik is Founder of We, the World, and The 11 Days of Global Unity which for many years has been directing major events around the major international holidays of the United Nations. Rick is a founder/leader of, FIONS and other New York City transformational organizations. He works with leaders of United Nations Committees and fellow members of the Evolutionary Leaders network co-sponsoring New York and UN international event programs. We, the World and their “Eleven Ways to Change the World” are central to the plans for 2019 and 2020 for The Road to 2020 and the Caravan of Unity across America. Rick is also a leader in Marshall Rosenberg Nonviolent Communication initiatives as well as an award-winning composer and musician. Rick co-produces Visual Voices on the Dish Network available in 15 million homes. Producing short films as well, Rick organizes and promotes scores of events and other better world activities, large and small, every year. See

Denise Scotto and Adam Collett

Denise Scotto and Adam Collett

Denise Scotto, Esq., and Adam Collett join us, respectively, as Chairperson of the International Day of Yoga Committee at the United Nations, and as Creative Director for UNITY EARTH. Denise is Guest Editor of Light on Light Magazine’s annual issues on the International Day of Yoga and hosts the IDY discussion on this broadcast. Adam, a strategist, designer, media and event producer dedicated to making a positive impact in the world by combining innovative solutions with a deep knowledge of cultural diversity, joins Ben Bowler and Rick Ulfik in the discussions of these global activities on this broadcast. Denise is an attorney at law and policy advisor who has held leadership roles in professional bar organizations and has organized numerous events at UN fora. Adam, with 20 years of experience in design and technology, event production, not-for-profit management, cultural projects, youth programs and more, implements cutting-edge solutions for NGOs and social enterprises.

Karuna and Kurt Johnson

Karuna and Kurt Johnson

Karuna is founder of and a leader in the international Yoga and spiritual practice communities. She is also Host Editor of Light on Light Magazine and a host of The Convergence Series on VoiceAmerica. Dr. Kurt Johnson is the Series Host for The Convergence on VoiceAmerica and Contributions Editor for Light on Light Magazine. Light on Light has produced two annual special issues on The International Day of Yoga with the IDY Committee at the United Nations also featured in this broadcast and will publish a special issue in August 2019 reflecting this VoiceAmerica Special,see lightonlightmagazine Karuna and Kurt are co-developing Light on Light with Managing Editor Shannon Winters (below) and also preparing a lifestyle book, manual and lifestyle Teacher Training program with Karuna for 2019. Light on Light magazine and Kurt’s Interspiritual Network are both partners of UNITY EARTH. See

Rev. Diane Berke and Jeff Genung

Rev. Diane Berke and Jeff Genung

Part of Tranformation365, Rev. Diane Berke is the founder of The One Spirit Learning Alliance and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Jeff Genung is co-founder and President of Contemplative and, with Rev. Berke, a leader in the interspiritual movement. One Spirit and Contemplative Life have both co-sponsored various events with UNITY EARTH and Contemplative Life is a UNITY EARTH Partner. An author and international speaker, Diane is a recipient of the Houston Smith Interfaith Educator Award and numerous other recognitions. Contemplative Life and Transformation365 create a digital hub that connects people and communities with transformative practices. Contemplative’s prodigious website hosts hundreds of spiritual teachers and practice traditions, as do the famed interfaith education programs at One Spirit Recently Jeff has also partnered with along with Dr. Kurt Johnson of the Interspiritual Network and UNITY EARTH.

Kate Sheehan Roach and Sr. Mary Friedland

Kate Sheehan Roach and Sr. Mary Friedland

Sr. Mary Friedland and Kate Sheehan Roach join us from Transformation365. Mary Friedland is Coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris activities in Chicago and the Midwest. A Raja Yogi of more than 30 years, she teaches courses in meditation and everyday spirituality. She enjoys applying spiritual principles to life’s knotty problems and sharing what she has learned with others. Kate Sheehan Roach served as founding editor of Contemplative Journal, and as managing editor of the Spirituality Channel at She is now Director of Content for and as a founding member of the core team. Kate works alongside some of today’s great spiritual and religious teachers as editor/agent, podcast host, moderator, and program director. She is a certified Centering Prayer facilitator and serves on the North America Leadership Council for the United Religions Initiative. She lives on the edge of Philadelphia. Contact:

Shannon Winters and Yanni Maniates

Shannon Winters and Yanni Maniates

Shannon Winters in the Managing Editor of Light on Light Magazine and Yanni Maniates is Global Projects Director for UNITY EARTH. Light on Light is dedicated to spiritual practice and inspired lifestyle and Yanni has been working with Contemplative and other leaders in the UNITY EARTH Network creating spiritual practice programs to accompany UNITY EARTH’s events. The program developed by Yanni, Jeff Genung of Contemplative Life and Rev. Diane Berke of America’s largest interfaith seminary, One Spirit in New York City is called “Transformation 365” and its programs can be found at Shannon has also been Managing Editor of UNITY EARTH’s Convergence Magazine which, along with Light on Light, publishes special issues on the amazing activities across the networks featured in this broadcast. Shannon has also just completed a spiritual autobiography, The Gospel of Wisdom, documenting her journey from religious fundamentalism to interspirituality.

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Elder Activists for Social Justice Community Conversations @ online
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Elder Activists for Social Justice
Community Conversations

Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, August 15
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 
12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

Elders Action Network

Bystanders to Activists:
Ways of Being Engaged in Ensuring Social Justice

3rd Thursday of each month
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

We participate together over Zoom video conferencing in a lightly-facilitated, educational and interactive conversation. We have time to deep dive into our topics using an Elder and social justice lens…always provocative, meaningful and community-oriented.

We began, three years ago, by looking at issues related to racism, white privilege, wealth inequality and Islamophobia, and have recently studied Native peoples’ history, reconciliation and the moral voice of an Elder. Each month’s topic grows from the previous month’s and the interests of those attending.

Approximately two weeks before each meeting we may post resources about our subject which include relevant readings, videos, articles, and introspective questions. Our meeting format is participatory, and everyone has a chance to interact and share. All meetings are via Zoom video conferencing. Click for instructions and access to Zoom conferencingALL ARE WELCOME.

Our next Community Conversation will be on
Thursday, August 15
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 
12:00 – 1:30 pm ET

Bystanders to Activists:
Ways of Being Engaged in Ensuring Social Justice

In this month’s Community Conversation we turn toward taking specific actions on developing an EASJ project to end the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border. Your task, should you decide to accept it, is to look up and read everything you can find on recent actions taken by the US government, state and local border governments, prison facilities housing immigrants and ICE officials to change separation practices.

Also, think about how you would actually define the problem and its underlying causes. Be thorough in asking yourself “Why?” or “What does that mean?” because we’re setting this up as a serious project. We’re not just talking about or protesting the problem. We’re developing responsible action for finding and enacting positive solutions for this terrible, heartless situation. Join us!

To receive email reminders for Elder Activists for Social Justice (EASJ) meetings, monthly community conversations and workshops, please sign up here.

July Conversation:

The terrible issue of immigrant children detained at the U.S. border

At our July 18 meeting we asked What can I or We do about [the] problem [of immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border]?…. As Elders who care deeply but who are not necessarily able to get up and go to protests – although some do – determining what can one person do presents the usual question of just that – what can one person do? The power of positive action of any type was deemed to be essentially of a personal choice, but whatever it is, it’s important – whether it be writing letters to editors, senators or representatives; joining local or bigger groups and jumping on the bandwagon; donating money for aid or bail for immigrants, or writing to our mutual fund investment managers about divesting from prison complex companies like Geo Group (GEO) and CoreCivic (CXW), it’s all good.

But, perhaps the best way to help is to follow Shannon’s information she found in the New York Times on June 24, 2019: Children Shouldn’t Be Dying at the Border. Here’s How You Can Help

Donation of money (100%) to the National Bail Fund Network aids in disrupting the injustice of bail requirements in the immigration detention and mass incarceration systems. For more information contact Pilar Maria Weiss, Director of Community Justice Exchange at 202-279-1656 or go online to:

So…show up…speak out…and ‘be the light’ because it all matters!


Letter from Santa Fe Dreamers:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We know that you have all been reading and watching the absolutely horrific news unfold about the conditions of detention on the border. We know that many of you feel scared, frustrated, angry, and powerless by the way that our government is treating vulnerable people, especially children. We are writing today with information and direction towards action but also to urge you not to feel powerless. We are always capable of making change through our collective power. Of course this requires courage, stamina, and an intelligent, disciplined, and organized theory of change. It will not be easy. We encourage you to turn away from despair and towards this place of collective power knowing that it will test you. We will be with you the whole way. Below you will find some ideas for inspiration.

Your friends at Santa Fe Dreamers Project

  • Educate yourself: Here at SFDP this is always our number one piece of advice. The more you know, the fiercer you will be as an advocate and a voter. There are plenty of explosive news articles to read but here are a few that we have learned from recently: We suggested this piece in our last newsletter but if you haven’t had a chance to read it we highly suggest Dara Lind’s “The Border is in Crisis. Here’s How it Got This Bad”. The New Yorker ran an incredibly thought provoking piece written by a historian about “The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camp”. Again from the New Yorker, a report from the lawyers who were recently allowed in to inspect a children’s facility in Clint, TX, “Inside a Building in Texas where Government is Holding Immigrant Children”. Another really important thing to learn about (and something that is not highlighted enough in the news) is the Migrant Protection Protocol or MPP program that has currently turned thousands of thousands of migrants around at the US border to wait in Mexico. This is an excruciatingly dangerous policy that is threatening the lives of migrant families day after day.
  • Understand that this cruelty is not new and these tactics did not just begin. In fact, the Obama administration reignited the practice of family detention in 2014. One of the reasons this summer feels so out of control is because the sheer numbers of people asking for asylum are so high. The Obama and now Trump administrations’ policies attempted to deter migrants through punishment, suffering, and torture but their success was dependent on the flow of migrants actually stopping. Now that the numbers are so high, these cruel and failed policies have now turned deadly.
  • Engage with politicians: Here is the thing: The Trump administration cannot be swayed with moral arguments or blame. They are doing this on purpose. One way of thinking about engaging with politicians is to remember that Congress has the power of the purse and is funding this enforcement regime. One theory is that we can defund ICE and CBP and redirect that money to agencies or NGO’s that are capable of handling a humanitarian crisis of this scope and are not killing people for political motive. This means we have to pressure progressives and democrats and republicans with a conscience to do more than just signal compassion for immigrants. We need these leaders to articulate how they are going to disempower the Trump Administration and make sure it is part of the work they are doing to secure our votes. We can and must demand courageous leadership from our Senators and Representatives and that their actions reflect our deep desire to end the state sponsored violence on the border.
  • How to respond to the threat of ICE raids: Trump’s twitter threat for a massive enforcement action last week was credible and achieved its purpose of scaring the shit out of immigrant and refugee communities all over the US. While it has been “delayed”, now is a wise time for communities to get organized. The American Friends Service Committee published this resource about how allies can support their immigrant and refugee neighbors during this time. Here is the ACLU’s guide to knowing your rights during ICE encounters and we suggest exploring it. Santa Fe Dreamers will be holding walk in hours for people to help families with power of attorney and family prep plans every Friday in Santa Fe from 1-5 at our 1213 Mercantile Rd office. If you work with concerned families let them know about this resource.
  • Actions happening in NM: There is a lot of talk about national protests to close concentration camps on July 12. One of the organizations that is involved with planning this is called Lights of Liberty. Their Facebook page is a source of info– although we don’t have much info yet about that organization. We are talking with folks in NM about planning more locally focused actions and as soon as we have more details we will announce it. Choose your social media of choice or keep reading our emails to stay in touch.
  • Where to donate: Of course here at Santa Fe Dreamers Project we use your donations to protect vulnerable immigrants and refugees in a million different ways every day. Specifically, we need more help on the border. We just rented a much larger office space in El Paso for our expanding team there and are raising funds for a legal assistant so we can have greater impact in the borderlands. You can donate to that effort here. Write border in the note! We are grateful for any help you can give putting this donation link out there into the universe. For those of you wondering where else it might be useful to donate here is our list of several grassroots legal organizations that we know are having impact (we also know we have left many out!)
  • And finally an offer of poetry from our director, Allegra, who likes to contemplate what this particular poem is trying to teach us when thinking about the horrors we witness:

Now you know the worst
By Wendell Berry

To my granddaughters who visited the Holocaust Museum on the day of the burial of Yitzhak Rabin

Now you know the worst
we humans have to know
about ourselves, and I am sorry,

for I know that you will be afraid.
To those of our bodies given
without pity to be burned, I know

there is no answer
but loving one another,
even our enemies, and this is hard.

But remember:
when a man of war becomes a man of peace,
he gives a light, divine

though it is also human.
When a man of peace is killed
by a man of war, he gives a light.

You do not have to walk in darkness.
If you will have the courage for love,
you may walk in light. It will be

the light of those who have suffered
for peace. It will be
your light.

Regarding Investor Activism:

Here are some groups focused on Social, Environmental and Governance-conscious investing:

And finally, for your research about political donations, money flow and lobbying influence:

How to join the conversation:

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Electronic Field Trips at National Women’s History Museum @ Online
Aug 21 @ 12:00 am

National Women's History Museum


We envision a world where women’s history inspires all people to have equal respect for everyone’s experiences and accomplishments and to see there are no obstacles to achieving their dreams.

Electronic Field Trips

When a field trip is out of the question, bring the museum to you! The National Women’s History Museum is offering 45 minute electronic field trips for 4th through 11th grade classes, non-profit organizations, corporations, extracurricular groups (and more!) on a variety of topics this fall. Interact with a Museum Educator through field trips that are streamed directly into your classroom using the Zoom video platform, and offer your students a glimpse into how museums bring history to life. All sessions last one class period and include pre-and post-program curriculum materials.

Register at


  • $125 – private schools, youth organizations, homeschool associations, clubs, corporations, & non-profits
  • $100 – public schools
  • No Charge – Title I schools (contact us to verify status as a Title I school and to schedule the field trip)

Current Electronic Field Trips:

Standing Up for Change: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement

In the 20th century, African American women formed the backbone of the modern Civil Rights Movement. They were the critical mass, the grassroots leaders challenging America to embrace justice and equality for all. This program discusses women’s critical roles in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little Rock’s Central High School integration, and the little-known women behind the scenes of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Join us to explore the Civil Rights Movement through the perspectives of its women leaders.

Taking a Stand Part 1: The Beginnings of Woman Suffrage (1776-1872)

Though the woman suffrage movement started in 1848, the movement had roots going back to the beginning of the country. This program will explore the early factors in the suffrage movement including key women such as Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Susan B. Anthony. Learn about the beginnings of the women’s rights movement in the United States and the legislation that was put in place to halt the movement.


Taking a Stand Part 2: Woman Suffrage and Protest at the White House (1872-1920)

By the early 20th century women had yet to achieve the vote nationally. A group of women, adopting radical tactics from their British counterparts, brought their protests to Washington, DC and the White House fence. Learn how Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) drew public attention to their cause and became a model for peaceful public protest marches in the United States.


Previous Electronic Field Trips (videos are currently free for use):

Women Pioneers of Computer Programming

In 1943 the US Army hired six women mathematicians to set up and operate the Army’s newest top secret weapon in World War II. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was the first electronic, digital computer. These unsung heroes figured out how to wire the electrical connections that enabled ENIAC to complete 300 multiplications per second. This field trip incorporates math and science content including electronic circuits and geometry. To see a recording of this program, click here.

Katherine Johnson and the Mathematics of the Space Race

Getting astronauts to space and back involves more than rockets and hardware. During America’s space race in the 1950s and 60s, mathematicians performed calculations that determined the geometry for space orbit. Women “computers”, including National Women’s History Museum’s Women Making History honoree Katherine Johnson, were integral members of NASA’s teams. Join us to learn the mathematical concepts behind space orbit and the women who sent America’s astronauts into space. To see a recording of this program, click here.


It takes an African American woman until almost the end of August (2019) to make the same amount that a white man made through Dec 31, 2018.

That’s why we are launching our Equal Pay for Equal Work Petition to

#DemandMore here at NWHM.

Add your name now to sign on and help us reach our goal of 10,000 members strong!

“…Each one of us can make a difference, and together, we make change.”


Homelessness: 90-Minute Conversation with LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS @ online
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Connecting Across Divides.

Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions. No fancy event or skilled facilitator is needed.


Homelessness: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!


August 22, 2019 @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET

 4:00 – 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone)

Homelessness in America is a problem that reminds us daily of our failure to be our best. How do we explain to children the presence of hungry, cold, neglected and often mentally ill men women and children on our streets in the midst of plenty? If we gather neighbors, business owners, health care workers, police, government officials, homeless people and their families in conversation might we build trust and begin to explore opportunities to do better? Conversations are admittedly only a starting point, but isn’t it time to start?



THU, AUGUST 22, 2019, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT/7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

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Living Room Conversations is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 as a result of a transpartisan partnership focused on revitalizing civil discourse through conversation.

Major disagreement on important issues is a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to create insurmountable divides. We hope for a world in which people who have fundamental differences of opinion and backgrounds learn to work together with respect – and even joy – to realize the vibrant future we all desire for ourselves and our families. Through applying and adapting our conversational model, we hope participants will build relationships that generate understanding and enable collaborative problem-solving.

Divides Aren’t Inevitable.

Living rooms used to be the place where people would gather to socialize and relate with each other. Inviting someone into your home was to treat them as valued and worthy of respect. But before they were called living rooms these rooms were referred to as “parlors” – a term that comes from the French and means place for speaking.

Our modern world no longer limits our place for speaking to a physical location. We live our lives in our communities and online. Our living room is wherever we find ourselves connecting with others.

Living Room Conversations can take place anywhere, which these days includes the virtual world. Video chat allows us to bring each other into our homes, with all that represents, at a scale never before imagined.

The rationale behind Living Room Conversations is to increase understanding, reveal common ground and allow us to discuss possible solutions. No fancy event or skilled facilitator is typically needed. When people of all walks of life begin to care about one another, they can begin working together to solve the problems of our time.

The Pilot

In late 2010, Joan Blades partnered with dialogue experts, Walt Roberts, Debilyn Molineaux, Amanda Kathryn Roman and Heather Tischbein, to create a structured, intimate conversation format that would empower everyday citizens to discuss important issues with friends of differing political affiliations and backgrounds. The theory was that if two friends with different points of view, each invited two friends to join a conversation, with full disclosure about the intent and structure of the conversation, they could create a safe space for a respectful and meaningful exchange of ideas, develop new relationships and perhaps find common ground. This was the Living Room Conversations pilot project.

By early 2011, the pilot revealed that the Living Room Conversations structure worked. Both the observed and independent conversations were successful. Participants found they were anxious at the outset but soon felt comfortable using the format. In fact, these early conversations fostered relationships that continue to this day.

The Project

Inspired by the success of the pilot, Amanda Kathryn Roman and Joan Blades formed a transpartisan political partnership, recruited an advisory board and launched the website to make the Living Room Conversations open-source format available to individuals and organizations around the country. Their hope was to empower participants to begin to reweave the fabric of our civil society by demonstrating that respectful conversation can enrich our lives and enable us to create better solutions to the challenges we face together.

Early participants had conversations about the role of government, money in politics, immigration, gay marriage and more. In 2013, our first high profile conversation, cohosted by Joan Blades and Mark Meckler (Tea Party Patriots), discussed crony capitalism and identified the need for criminal justice reform as an area of 100% agreement. common ground  This led to further discussion and impactful collaborative action.

Living Room Conversations is constantly evolving. We have a growing list of champions who speak publicly about Living Room Conversations or use the format in their work, as well as a growing number of partners who are using our open-source format in large and small ways. We look forward to developing and sharing materials for more issue areas, and creating a cycle of online-to-offline community building as we learn from and support each other in becoming a more respectful, civil society.

Topics A-Z

Browse all our Conversation Guides below from A-Z. Click the links to explore each Conversation Guide. You can also download a PDF of the conversation for your own use.