A full description of the workshops, tours, films and presenters can be found after the schedule below. Workshops and films will be held in Building 204 and the Chapel We strongly encourage people to sign up for workshops and tours prior to the conference to guarantee a place. After you’ve bought your conference ticket, please email your preferences to us at: email@example.com
Friday, October 27th 2017
4:00pm to 6:00 pm Registration and Check-in
6:00pm to 6:30pm Welcome and introductions
6:30pm to 7:45pm Panel Discussion with Helena Norberg-Hodge, Richard Heinberg, David Korten. Chaired by Sarah van Gelder
7:45pm to 8:00pm Intermission with flute performance by Larkin Stentz
8:00pm to 9:30pm Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble performance
9:30 to 9:45pm Closing song by Laurence Cole
Saturday, October 28th, 2017
7:00am to 9:00am BREAKFAST at The Commons
7:30am to 8:25am Morning Yoga with Renee, $10, at the Madrona Mindbody Institute (Bldg. 310)
8:15am to 9:15am BODY/MIND ACTIVITIES
Nia with Allison, $10, at the Madrona Mindbody Institute (Bldg. 310)
Guided Meditation with Matt Ready, free, at the Madrona Mindbody Institute
Tai Chi on the Lawn, free, on the lawn next to the Commons
9:30am to 11:30pm WORKSHOPS
9:00am to 12:30pm TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Local Food Tour
Trade Show & Book Sales in the Lobby of Bldg. 204
10:00am to 12:00pm Film – The Economics of Happiness
12:00 to 1:30pm LUNCH at The Commons
1:30pm to 3:00pm PLENARY 1
3:30pm to 5:00pm WORKSHOPS
5:00pm to 5:15pm BREAK
5:15pm to 6:30pm PLENARY 2
6:30pm to 8:30pm DINNER at The Commons
8:30pm to 9:30pm GROUP SONG Lead by Laurence Cole. Guitar with Aimee. (Held in the Chapel).
Sunday, October 29th, 2017
7:00am to 9:00am BREAKFAST at The Commons
8:30am to 9:45am Morning Yoga, $10, at the Madrona Mindbody Institute (Bldg. 310)
10am to 11:30am Soulful Sunday Soul Motion with Michael, $10, at the Madrona Mindbody Institute Ballroom (Bldg. 310)
9:30am to 12:30pm TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Intentional Communities Tour
Mindfulness in Nature Walk with Matt Ready
Networking Session in Building 204
Trade Show & Book Sales in the Lobby of Bldg. 204
10:00am to 12:00pm Film – Schooling the World
9:30am to 11:30pm WORKSHOPS
12:00pm to 1:30pm LUNCH at The Commons
1:30pm to 3:00pm WORKSHOPS
3:00pm to 3:30pm BREAK
3:30pm to 5:00pm PLENARY 3
5:00pm to 5:30pm CLOSING SESSION & GROUP SONG
9:30am to 11:30am: Morning Session
1. Community Sourced Funding – Local Solutions to Financing
with Rachel Maxwell from Community Sourced Capital
and Port Townsend Mayor Deborah Stinson, founding member of LION (Local Investing Opportunities Network).
This workshop will explore two forms of community sourced funding for small businesses, and we’ll meet some of the business owners who worked with these organizations to gain financing. Community Sourced Capital is a community-based crowd sourced lending platform that helps people share their money with businesses they know and love. In three years CSC deployed almost two million dollars in 100 loans to neighborhood businesses involving over 6000 people. We will meet the owners of Propolis Brewing of Port Townsend who were funded by Community Sourced Capital.
LION has been matching up business owners with private investors for over 10 years. LION is not a loan or investment fund, and it does not make collective investment decisions. The membership consists of local citizens who support local businesses and invest their money locally, putting their investing money to work within the community. Keeping funds local facilitates greater economic self-sufficiency, job growth, economic development, and a dollar-multiplier effect whereby a dollar kept within the community can be spent many times over for a far greater benefit than a dollar invested away from our community. We’ll also be hearing from Eric Jorgensen, one of the owners of Finnriver Farm & Cidery who was a recipient of funding from LION.
2. Designing For Our Happiness
with Chelsea Glaser and Veronica Foster
Our built urban environments have a strong impact on our levels of happiness and wellbeing. With increasingly more happiness data being collected around the world, we’re seeing more examples of how our governments are able to utilize this data to make better policy and planning decisions at various scales. At the Designing for Happiness workshop, you’ll hear from Chelsea Glaser and Veronica Foster of Thriving Communities Network about the specific urban planning and design elements that impact our happiness, how to measure these impacts, and how our governments can improve our lives through urban design. Following the lecture, you will have the opportunity to apply your new knowledge in a fun and creative workshop in which you will design your own happy neighborhood!
3. The Power of Song – How it can Re-awaken Our Activist Spirit
with Laurence Cole
in The Chapel (Bldg. 24)
Spend an inspiring 2 hours with Port Townsend’s own Laurence Cole, group song leader extraordinaire. Learn how incorporating group singing can energize your own group and activist meetings. Music transcends language and group singing can bind people on a deeper level than conversation alone.
3:30pm to 5:00pm: Afternoon session
1. Waldorf Education as A Statement For a New Awareness
with David Axelrod
Waldorf Education is one of the largest independent school movements in the world. It was founded in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner, the pioneer of something called Anthroposophy (the full study of the human being) and, through this, contributor to many aspects of science, medicine, agriculture, the arts, and economics. Waldorf Education is based on the view that human beings are spiritual beings and education should attend to this fact. What is growing in the human being over their grade school years is not just their intellect, but who they are as a person. Waldorf education strives, through its approach, to grow the whole child. In this seminar we will go a step further and explore how Waldorf education contributes, in very independent ways, to an earth friendly and socially based movement. Waldorf education aims to bring truly significant and inspiring insight to those who truly work for a health in society and in nature. Join us in this discussion and lecture to hear more.
2. The Revolution Where You Live – Stories From a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America
with author, Sarah van Gelder
America faces huge challenges—climate change, social injustice, racist violence, economic insecurity. Journalist Sarah van Gelder suspected that there were solutions, and she went looking for them, not in the centers of power, where people are richly rewarded for their allegiance to the status quo, but off the beaten track, in rural communities, small towns, and neglected urban neighborhoods. She bought a used pickup truck and camper, and set off on a 12,000-mile journey through eighteen states, dozens of cities and towns, and five Indian reservations. From the ranches of Montana to the coalfields of Kentucky to the urban cores of Chicago and Detroit, van Gelder discovered people and communities who are remaking America from the ground up. Sarah will discuss the people she met – the quirky and the committed, the local heroes and the healers who, under the mass media’s radar, are getting stuff done. The common thread running through their work was best summed up by a phrase she saw on a mural in Newark: “We the People LOVE This Place.” That connection we each have to our physical and ecological place, and to our human community, is where we find our power and our best hopes for a new America.
3. Reinventing the Village: Biomimicry & the People Part of Resilient Communities
A Community-Building Workshop
with Marlow Hotchkiss
Human communities must be, first and foremost, biological communities. Beyond groovy techno solutions, biomimicry and ‘Mother Nature’ offer crucial steps to an ecology of community. At this moment in the Great Turning, our goal of a sustainable, resilient way of life depends critically on social and relational solutions, not technological ones. We have all the green tools and tricks we need; what we don’t have is a worldwide culture of consensus and collaboration—of people willing and able to listen to each other and to the natural world. A commitment to understanding and inclusion as both a political and spiritual practice.
This workshop offers a hands-on exploration of social ecology approaches to community building. We will use a mix of dialog- and council-based exercises, in both small and large-group formats, to uncover and harvest the wisdom, experience and insights that all of us participating bring with us. In addition, we will collect critical questions to take back to our working groups, organizations, families and communities…homework!
4. Introduction to Permaculture
with Kateen Fitzgerald
You might have heard this term, permaculture, but not quite sure what it’s all about? This introductory workshop will introduce you to the principals and practices of permaculture, given by an experienced teacher with her own farm and permaculture school. Australian Bill Mollison who died last year at the age of 88, was one of the co-creators of permaculture, an agricultural system that works with, rather than against, nature, on the basis that the natural world holds the key to stable and productive systems. Having developed the concept, he then travelled from his native Tasmania for 30 years to embed his approach worldwide. His ideas have spread widely – permaculture is practised in more than 140 countries and by more than 3 million people – even though in the 1970s the idea was considered, in Mollison’s words, “the highest form of sedition”. But permaculture is not only about food production. Permaculture’s ‘whole systems thinking’ design can also be applied to business practices and social structures, using the three main permaculture guidelines – Care for the Earth, Care for People, Share the Surplus. “As the world’s problems are growing ever more complicated, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple” – Bill Mollison, the ‘Father of Permaculture’
5. (Re)Imagining Education: Envisioning Common Futures for Learning
with Mary Ward Lupinacci and John Lupinacci
Recognizing the importance of education and acknowledging the imperative of educators working with members of their local communities toward providing a healthy, culturally relevant, and ecologically appropriate learning experience, this workshop will engage participants in activities designed for learners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds in (re)imagining and collectively envisioning learning plans that are situational, local, and in support of living systems. Each participant can expect to learn more about the relationships between yoga, mindfulness, and ecojustice education. Furthermore, each participant will have the chance to participate in creative lesson activities in movement, creativity, and imagination that they can adapt and take to their local communities. Each participant will have the opportunity to contribute to an action plan that includes practical steps they can take back to their communities as they work with others toward ways that socially just and sustainable education may become more common practice in our local communities. Participants of all ages are welcome!
Saturday Tour & Film
Space in the tours is limited, so please reserve your place online by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be meeting in front of the Commons at 9:00 am. Carpooling is strongly encouraged as there is limited parking at some of the venues.
9:30am to 12:30pm Local Food Tour
We begin our tour by visiting the colorful Port Townsend Farmer’s Market in Uptown where you can grab an organic coffee and baked goodie, stroll around the booths and view the luscious produce on offer from our local farmers. From here we drive to Port Hadlock to tour Sunfield School & Farm, one of three Waldorf schools in the country which have attached working farms. The students here learn animal husbandry, milk the goats, turn the compost pile, harvest potatoes, and plant seeds in addition to the regular studies. SpringRain Farm & Orchard is a certified organic family farm located in the heart of Chimacum on 28 acres of prime agricultural land. They grow a wide variety of berries, orchard tree fruits, perennial vegetables, greenhouse crops, salad greens, and also produce honey, eggs, chicken, rabbit, duck, and lamb. Their mission is to use the best available knowledge to sustainably and organically produce food for the local community. They sell 100% of their products within a 70 mile radius and use a diversified farming system that involves protein, vegetables, fruit, and pollinators to provide the most sustainable system possible. The whole team takes their cue from nature and strives to develop an ecological system that mimics a natural ecosystem. Our final stop is Finnriver Farm & Cidery. Finnriver is an organic farm & artisan cidery in the Chimacum Valley, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, with a mission is to help reconnect people to the land that sustains us and to create a vibrant enterprise that showcases how rural economic development, ecological restoration and organic agriculture can all converge and thrive. Finnriver employs over 35 people, distributes award-winning farmcrafted hard cider to 12 states and has a 50 acre destination organic orchard, collaborative farm, cider garden and community gathering place in Chimacum. Finnriver’s farm and orchard are protected by permanent conservation easements, are certified organic and salmon safe and the company is also a Certified B Corporation— joining the global movement to make business a force for good.
10:00am – 12:00pm Film
The Economics of Happiness
by Helena-Norberg Hodge
Local Futures believes that modern societies have taken a fundamentally wrong turn: policymakers, mainstream economists, and business leaders have consistently pushed us in the direction of ever more growth, while ignoring the ecological destruction and spiritual poverty that have been the price of rampant consumerism, massive scale, and escalating speed. We believe that a radically different paradigm is needed. Rather than attempting to solve every problem by ‘growing the economy’, we need to focus instead on meeting real human and ecological needs through awakening to our spiritual ties to community and nature – through an ‘economics of happiness’. The award-winning documentary film, The Economics of Happiness, spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide.
“This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering. It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives.” – Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self
Join Helena Norberg-Hodge afterwards in a discussion about the film. There will be time for Q and A.
9:30am to 11:30am: Morning session
1. Having Enough For Life
with Vicki Robin
How can “money” and “life” coexist? Is it a zero sum game, where we either sacrifice our lives to money or sacrifice the benefits of the money economy so we can be change-makers? Your Money or Your Life presents a practical way for money to serve our values rather than our lives be in service to an ever more toxic economy. In this workshop we’ll cover: The Your Money or Your Life whole-systems-approach to earning, spending, saving and investing.
The new material in the 25th Anniversary Update, including: the 4 pillars of wealth, MoneyTalks (daylighting our money insanities and wisdom through conversation), community investing and the new FI (financial independence, integrity, intelligence and interdependence) platform to build a strong community of awake people who know they have enough. Millennials are breaking the Boomer and before molds for how to build a life – and the new Your Money or Your Life reflects their innovations and challenges.
We’ll have plenty of time and ways to discuss these themes and for you to add your voice and to build together more wisdom about money and life.
2. Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed
Facilitated by Marc Weinblatt
in The Chapel (Bldg. 24)
Experience the acclaimed social change methods developed by Brazilian theatre artist and visionary, Augusto Boal. Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O.) is used all over the world for social and political activism, conflict resolution, community building, and government legislation. Highly participatory, this workshop will feature metaphorical games, non-verbal physical imagery, and improvisation. The techniques can be immediately applied by community organizers, teachers, social workers, psychotherapists, cultural animators, and theatre artists. Also for anyone interested in exploring themselves and the society in which we live.
Empowering, liberating, dialogue generating, & fun!! Designed for non-actors, no previous theatre experience is necessary.
3. From The Good Earth: A Visual Journey and Conversation
with Michael Ableman
Join farmer, author, photographer Michael Ableman for a photographic journey around the world celebrating agrarian life, and a conversation exploring issues around food, land, and society.
4. Using the Happiness Alliance GNH Survey in Your Community
with John de Graaf
John will facilitate a discussion of the 15-minute happiness survey atwww.happycounts.org and explain the survey’s rationale and genesis, how to use it effectively and what communities around the world have done with the results. He will also present the policy tool used in Bhutan to decide whether any significant piece of legislation will make people happier or less so. In both cases, you’ll have a hands-on opportunity to use these tools.
1:30pm to 3:00pm: Afternoon session
1. Living in Community – Perspectives From Four Intentional Communities
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live closely with your neighbors in an intentional community? Here’s your chance to hear from four founding members of different communities – OUR Evovillage, Rosewind, Port Townsend Ecovillage and the Lopez Island Community Land Trust. There will be a panel discussion on the pros and cons of communitarian life, the practice of non-violent communication, consensus decision making, sharing of resources and common spaces, and the experience of living in close relationships with neighbors that is difficult to achieve in a ‘normal’ subdivision.
2. Non-Market Approaches to Affordable Housing
with Viki Sonntag and Rhea Miller
The direness of the housing and rental crises asks us to look beyond market approaches to providing affordable housing for all. Gift, barter, cooperative, nonprofit and self-provisioning are all ways of reclaiming economic agency from the capitalist markets. A key element of non-market approaches is to shift the experience of participants towards an expanded sense of self – from I to we. In this workshop, we will reflect in depth on non-market approaches to affordable, low-cost housing through the practical experience of Lopez Community Land Trust (LCPT) which melds the commons with cooperative ownership and sweat equity (self-provisioning). In addition to 37 affordable housing units, LCPT serves as a local business incubator and a sustainable agricultural center.
Non-Market Approaches to Affordable Housing with Viki Sonntag and Sandy Bishop Access to secure housing is one of the keys to earthly happiness. The direness of the housing and rental crises asks us to look beyond market approaches to providing affordable housing for all. Gift, barter, cooperative, nonprofit and self-provisioning are all ways of reclaiming economic agency from a strictly capitalist market approach. A key element of non-market approaches is to shift the experience of participants towards empowerment and an expanded sense of self – from I to we. In this workshop, we will reflect in depth on non-market approaches to perpetually affordable housing through the practical experience of Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) which melds the commons with cooperative ownership and sweat equity (self-provisioning). In addition to 45 affordable housing units, LCLT has developed over 50 kW of solar PV, owns a 48 acre community farm and operates a multitude of projects that help unleash the power of community.
Viki Sonntag is a grassroots economist who contributed to crafting and implementing lowcost affordable housing strategies, including tiny houses, at Port Townsend EcoVillage. Sandy Bishop is the Executive Director of Lopez Community Land Trust.
3. Creating a Green and Just Economy with Modern Money
with Vandana Whitney and Randy Mandell from 350 Seattle
The unfolding climate crisis demands that we make an urgent and just transition to a green economy. The question many are asking is “How will the U.S. government pay for this transition”? In this workshop we will learn why the mantra that budget deficits are always “bad” is false. We will learn about how Modern Money can be used by the Federal government to create new green jobs, build a green economy, and fund social programs. We’ll also examine the conservative counter-strategy – the push for a balanced budget amendment constitutional convention.
4. Rethinking Prosperity
with Deric Gruen
The realities of growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption just scratch the surface of global issues we face today. The current system doesn’t work most people on the planet, and we need to work toward something better. At the same time, new ideas and movements are challenging long held boundaries of what’s politically possible. To build a world that puts people and the planet first, we need to imagine what’s possible. In 2016, the Rethinking Prosperity project held a teach-in to build a learning community for realignment of the economy, environment, and democracy. The Next System Teach-in attracted 350 participants from community, academia, and government. Learn what it takes to host your own teach-in by participating in a live version. This interactive workshop will open space for discussion among conference participants and speakers and model community deliberation.
Sunday Tours & Film
Space in the tours is limited, so please reserve your place online by emailing: email@example.com. We will be meeting in front of the Commons at 9:15 am for all tours. Carpooling is strongly encouraged as there is limited parking at some of the venues.
9:30am to 12:30pm Intentional Communities Tour
If you’ve ever wanted to visit an intentional community, here’s your chance. Our first stop will be the Port Townsend Ecovillage on the outskirts of town. Established 12 years ago, the village has grown to 42 residents where they share weekly meals, a veggie garden, open space, and an active community life. Next we’ll walk a short distance to Rosewind, another well-established community with a beautiful common house where they host many events. From Rosewind we’ll drive a short distance and park at Colinwood Farm, near Quimper Village, a new adult co-housing community nearly completed but not yet occupied. The future residents have been planning this community with hundreds of meetings over for several years. They have been able to design their own community with elements they wanted – a common house for meals and gatherings, meandering sidewalks, and a community garden.
9:30am to 12:30pm Mindfulness in Nature Walk with Matt Ready
Sometimes we get so caught up in our activist work that we forget to slow down and appreciate all the beauty around us. This guided walk will be led by Matt Ready, author of Revolutionary Mindfulness, and we’ll explore some of the 11 miles of hiking trails in the forest of Fort Worden State Park. From the high centennial cliffs of Artillery Hill, you can view the Strait of Juan de Fuca encompassing the distant Mt. Baker, framed by Point Wilson Lighthouse and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center on the end of the pier. We’ll finish up by walking on the beach where you might catch a glimpse of a river otter, bald eagle, whale or a seal. Bring a sack lunch if you would like to eat on the beach, or you can order food at the Cable House Canteen next to the Marine Science Center Natural History Exhibit.
10:00am – 12:00pm Film
Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden
by Carol Black
If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children. But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own? Schooling the World takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures. Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers; anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, both recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for their work with traditional peoples in India; and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO, USAID, and the World Bank.
It examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education aid projects, which overtly aim to help children “escape” to a “better life” – despite mounting evidence of the environmental, social, and mental health costs of our own modern consumer lifestyles, from epidemic rates of childhood depression and substance abuse to economic breakdown and climate change. It looks at the failure of institutional education to deliver on its promise of a way out of poverty – here in the United States as well as in the so-called “developing” world. And it questions our very definitions of wealth and poverty – and of knowledge and ignorance – as it uncovers the role of schools in the destruction of traditional sustainable agricultural and ecological knowledge, in the breakup of extended families and communities, and in the devaluation of elders and ancient spiritual traditions.
Finally, Schooling the World calls for a “deeper dialogue” between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach, and that these ancient sustainable societies may harbor knowledge which is vital for our own survival in the coming millennia.
We will have a discussion time of one hour after the film.
MICHAEL ABLEMAN is a farmer, author, photographer and urban and local food systems advocate. Michael has been farming organically since the early 1970′s and is considered one of the pioneers of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements.
DAVID AXLEROD is a middle school math teacher as Bright Water Waldorf School in Seattle (and recently at the Sunfield Waldorf School in Port Hadlock). He also teaches adults in the subjects of epistemology and anthroposophy in Port Townsend and Seattle. He has facilitated social renewal gatherings and literary circles and taught in the art of Eurythmy and Poetry. David has been teaching adults for over seven years and has been involved in middle school and high school education for nearly a decade. He holds a self designed B.A. from Western Washington University.
SANDY BISHOP Sandy Bishop has served as Executive Director of Lopez Community Land Trust for 22 years. Her first affordable housing project was considered the premiere community land trust project on the west coast and was featured in the New York Times in 1993. She was honored during the 2010 GreenBuild Chicago conference as the winner of the Home Depot Award of Excellence for Affordable Housing Built Responsibly for her first net-zero housing project Common Ground, a net-zero community utilizing earthen plaster, straw bale construction, rainwater catchment, solar hot water, and grid-tied solar.
LAURENCE COLE has the extraordinary gift of bringing people together in group song. Part of his mission is to re-acquaint people with their birthright and natural ability to make beautiful and meaningful sound together. “Group singing is one of the most ancient and primal ‘technologies of belonging’ that we humans have been using since our earliest times, possibly before speech itself. When we make joyous and passionate song together, it nourishes our souls and offers an enlivening gift back to the natural world that made us and gives us our sustenance and our very being.”
JOHN DE GRAAF is a filmmaker and the co-author of Affluenza: The All-consuming Epidemic and What’s the Economy for Anyway? He is the co-founder and president of Take Back Your Time and co-founder and communications officer for the Happiness Alliance. He is a board member of Earth Island Institute and a frequent contributor to many journals. He has been involved with happiness issues for eight years, including work with the former Prime Minister of Bhutan and the current Happiness Director of the United Arab Emirates. He has spoken about happiness research in the US, Canada, Hungary, Brazil, Italy, the UK and the UAE.
KATEEN FITSGERALD purchased 40 acres of land 2007 and built Compass Rose Farms, a biointensive family farm and homestead on the Olympic Peninsula. Two years later, in 2009, she began an internship program, effectually converting the farm into a Permaculture demonstration site. In 2014, she founded The Dirt Rich School, a non profit education program dedicated to teaching the next generation to live sustainably. Kateen now manages the internship program, local lectures, workshops, and volunteers at the Dirt Rich School.
VERONICA FOSTER, is a cofounder & Chief Creative Officer of Thriving Communities Network. Veronica’s goal is to increase happiness in communities through mindful interaction between humans and buildings. At the unique intersection of cognitive science and urban studies, Veronica uses her compelling design skills to spark interest and initiative towards building better communities. A photographer, a sidewalk enthusiast, and a lover of all things local, Veronica’s creative enthusiasm will always drive her to be an arts and culture activist, especially in underserved neighborhoods. She is committed to working with and telling the stories of overlooked populations. To see more, visit www.veronicapfoster.com.
BRANDY GALLAGHER is the founder, OUR Ecovillage, “a 25-acre demonstration site deeply committed to the principles of Permaculture design, both in terms of our land systems and also how we interact with each other (social permaculture). We ‘close the loop’ wherever possible, integrating water catchment systems into our housing and building design, making full use of site placement to optimise passive solar gain in OUR buildings, and utilizing animal systems to limit kitchen waste, provide compost for OUR gardens, and contribute to our human food systems.”
CHELSEA GLASER, is a cofounder & Chief Operational Officer of Thriving Communities Network. Chelsea is a civic entrepreneur, a storyteller, and a strategic problem solver. She has a background in sustainable development, local advocacy, and civic technology, and has a passion for understanding methodologies for measuring subjective wellbeing and the role our built environments play in our happiness. She is an initiator with a knack for bridging efficient connections and collaborations for greater impact. She is a community advocate, a Global Shaper, a writer, an urbanist, and a firm believer in the power of kindness. To see more, visit www.chelseaglaser.com.
DERIC GRUEN manages the Rethinking Prosperity project at the University of Washington Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. He consults on initiatives at the intersections of equity, environment, and the economy. Current projects include Front and Centered, a coalition working for equitable and effective state climate policy in Washington State and the Seattle Good Business Network’s Local Economy Leaders Lab. Deric is a Board member of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI).
MARLOW HOTCHKISS is a Port Townsend resident and member of Local 20/20, the Transition Town group. He was the Former Co-Director of The Ojai Foundation; Member of the Elders Council Community Coach, Trouble-Shooter and Trouble-Maker in the USA and abroad. Also a council trainer and wilderness rites-of-passage guide, with over 40 years’ experience with young people and adults, in the classroom and on the mountain.
SAM LILLIE is a San Jose State alumnus, a fitness instructor, long distance hiker, and founder/CEO of Vinder. After graduating, Sam solo-hiked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail before moving to Port Townsend. Vinder connects and creates relationships between neighbors while boosting community economies and promoting organic agriculture through the use of a peer-to-peer marketplace for homegrown produce. Vinder brings together home gardeners with an abundance of food and community members looking to buy local produce. They just won the 2017 Silicon Valley Business Competition and have members in over 40 cities across 13 states.
MARY WARD LUPINACCI, M.A. is an award-winning educator and Mindful Learning Specialist with over 15 years of experience in the field. Mary has worked as a behavior specialist, special education teacher, school counselor, and university instructor in a variety of settings and locations, including San Diego, Boston, and Washington State. She holds an M.A. in School and Community Counseling and is a Certified Kids Yoga Instructor. Founder of Be Still Kids, her work draws from a critical disability studies framework and feminist pedagogies toward the ongoing development of an inclusive praxis for PreK-12 teachers, teacher educators, parents, and community leaders.
JOHN LUPINACCI is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University. He conducts research and teaches in the Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education (CSSTE) program using an approach that advocates for the development of scholar-activist educators. Dr. Lupinacci’s research focuses on how people—specifically educators, educational leaders, and educational researchers—learn to both identify and examine destructive habits of Western industrial human culture and how those habits are taught and learned in schools. He is a co-author of EcoJustice Education: Toward Diverse, Democratic, and Sustainable Communities and his experiences as a K-12 classroom teacher, an outdoor environmental educator, and a community activist-artist-scholar all contribute to his research, teaching, and development of projects open to the possibilities of how people can learn to live together in diverse, democratic, and sustainable communities.
RHEA MILLER served over 10 years as County Commissioner of San Juan County, with an emphasis on environmental protection and sustainability in housing, agriculture, and people. She has a long history as a community organizer with international experience. (See: tedxtalks.ted.com/video/When-we-change-the-way-we-look). Rhea was a founding member of the Lopez Community Land Trust, and has provided countless hours of volunteer help, from painting trim for new construction to facilitating Board of Directors meetings. She directed the LIFE farm to school program for a year. She now serves as Assistant Director managing SARD interns (Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development), writing for the newsletter and website, and assisting in the purchasing and programing for Stonecrest Farm. She has a special interest in indigenous spirituality, the new sciences and the building of community. Rhea authored the book Cloudhand, Clenched Fist: Chaos, Crisis, and the Emergence of Community
VIKI SONNTAG, PhD is a practitioner, activist, and researcher in alternative economics and founding director of EcoPraxis. Her current projects include participatory action research on the operationalization of community-based economies and the power of networks in community building. From 1997 to 2003, Viki did research in the Netherlands, working with the leading practitioners and theoreticians of transition management, a policy approach to structural/system change adopted by the Dutch Ministry of Environment to guide their sustainability initiatives, (arguably the most progressive policies in the advanced industrialized world). Her PhD thesis examined the relation of over-consumption in the highly industrialized countries to changes in production technologies. Viki is also a Buddhist whose spiritual practice informs her work in sustainable community development. She is seeking insights on over-consumption and social inequality as root causes of ecological/economic collapse.
DEBORAH STINSON – is the Mayor of Port Townsend and one of the founding members of the Transition Initiative, Local 20/20. She plays an integral part in the LION (Local Investment Opportunity Network) group which matches local entrepreneurs seeking funding with investors who wish to support local business start-ups.
RANDY MANDELL works on a Modern Money program with 350 Seattle and One Sustainable Planet. He has been an activist for many years, including getting money out of politics and against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He is very active in working for climate recovery.
RACHEL MAXWELL works to create real value and a thriving economy. She co-founded Community Sourced Capital a community-based crowd sourced lending platform that helps people share their money with businesses they know and love. In three years CSC deployed almost two million dollars in 100 loans to neighborhood businesses involving over 6000 people. Rachel believes money and value are not necessarily equivalent and CSC makes that manifest by providing community returns on investment.
SARAH VAN GELDER is YES! Magazine Co-Founder and Editor at Large, a public speaker, and the author of the new book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America (Berrett Koehler, 2017). She is also the editor of Sustainable Happiness: Living Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference, and This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99 Percent Movement (both with Berrett Koehler).
MARC WEINBLATT is Founder of the Mandala Center for Change and the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble, Marc has been a professional educator, theatre director, activist, and workshop facilitator since 1980. He is an internationally recognized leader in the use of Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed (T.O.) and has trained thousands in the use of the techniques across the U.S. and from Afghanistan to South Africa. He has worked with communities ranging from police to homeless youth, grassroots organizers and laborers to University deans. Marc regularly facilitates T.O. based diversity / anti-oppression workshops in a wide variety of contexts across the U.S. with a commitment to bringing a deep sense of spirit and humanity into social justice work. www.mandalaforchange.com
POETIC JUSTICE THEATRE ENSEMBLE
Now in its 17th season, the Port Townsend based Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble (PJTE) is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational (teens to elders) team of citizen actor/activists who use applied, interactive theatre – Theatre of the Oppressed & Playback Theatre – as a tool for community dialogue and social change. A community service program of the Mandala Center for Change, PJTE was developed as a local community resource to stimulate deep dialogue around burning social issues and invite positive action towards the creation of a more just and joyous world for all people. http://www.mandalaforchange.com/poetic-justice-theatre-ensemble/
VANDANA WHITNEY is a former public school teacher and a certified school librarian. She earned a paralegal certificate from Edmonds Community College following retirement from public education, and after working for a Seattle law firm, she held a series of intern jobs with public defender agencies, the King County Drug Court, and the ACLU of Washington. Eventually, her interests became more actively political. For the past five years, she has been a political organizer and activist, primarily for the environmental action organization, 350 Seattle.