2013 Summit Schedule

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Plenary sessions:

  • All plenaries are held in Brattleboro’s historic Greco-Deco Latchis Theatre at the foot of Main Street; you’ll find out registration/information desk there as well, staffed during most Summit hours.
  • All plenaries will be emceed by Lori Hanau of Global Round Table Leadership, Keene NH. Lori will also lead the final plenary on Friday afternoon — an important group discussion on what we’ve learned about Slow Living and where we’re going: “What are the next questions?”
  • All plenaries will begin with brief “tone setting moments” led by various Summitteers, some with music, designed to help you be fully receptive and in the moment.
  • We ask your cooperation in taking your seat timely, so all sessions can start promptly as scheduled!

Wednesday, June 5

 

Time

Session

Details

2:00 – 5:00 PM GATHERING — Latchis Lobby

Registration desk open in Latchis Theatre Lobby

2:00 – 5:00 PM Build our Peace Labyrinth Plaza Park, across from Latchis Theatre. Help co-create the Peace Labyrinth in Plaza Park. Facilitated by Ingrid Bredenberg
3:00 – 4:00 PM Award presentations to finalists in the Strolling of the Heifers Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition — Marlboro College Graduate Center 1 Graduate Lounge Chuck Ross, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture; Pat Moulton-Powden, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation; Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, President, Marlboro College
5:00 – 6:10 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION

Latchis Main Theatre

Heavy hors d’oeuvres; mixed drinks compliments of Crop Organic Vodka and Farmers Organic Gin

 

6:15-8:30 PM OPENING PLENARY: The quest for sustainability: what do we do now? — Latchis Main Theatre Robert Repetto, senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, author of America’s Climate Problem: The Way Forward; Jonathan Lash, President of Hampshire College, former head of the World Resources Institute,  Welcoming remarks by Orly Munzing, Strolling of the Heifers founder and executive director, and Summit emcee Lori Hanau, Global Round Table Leadership; remembrance and dedication to Helen Daly and Keith Maillard by Jerelyn Wilson and John Daly; speaker introductions by Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president of Marlboro College.
8:30 PM “And the Beat Goes . . . the Sacred Heart Beat!” — Native American drumming meditation, led by Fidel Morenoimmediately following the plenary, Marlboro Graduate Center Room 2E. Bring your personal drums and rattles!
8:30 PM EVENING ACTIVITIES: networking at local cafés, informal open-space sessions, dinner options at local restaurants

Thursday, June 6

 

Time

Session

Details

7:45-8:25 AM GATHERING — Latchis Theatre Lobby Registration, continental breakfast 
8:30-10 AM PLENARY 2: Reconnecting Farmers, Eaters and Healthy Communities — Latchis Main Theatre Frances Moore Lappé  — author of Diet for a Small Planet and EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want; founder of the Small Planet Institute; Judy Wicks — author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local-Economy Pioneer; founder of the White Dog Café, Philadelphia; co-founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), as well as founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and Fair Food. Tone-setting moment by Erica Wheeler, The Soulful Landscape.
10 – 10:25 AM

BREAK

Refreshments in Latchis Theatre Lobby

10:30 AM – NOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS
SLOW DEMOCRACY, SLOW GOVERNMENT: Creating more resilient communities — Marlboro Graduate Center 1 Northeast George Putnam, president and CEO, Yankee Farm Credit; Susan Clark, author of Slow Democracy
COOPS: New models for cooperatives — Marlboro Graduate Center Room 2 East Roger Allbee, former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, moderator, Regina Beidler, Organic Valley Cooperatives; Brent Raymond, International Trade Manager for the State of Vermont and EB5 Director; Erbin Crowell, Neighboring Food Coops Association
Creating and Retaining Wealth: New Ways of Approaching Economic Development in Rural and Small Metro Communities — Marlboro Graduate Center Room 2 West Melissa LevySenior Associate, Yellow Wood Associates
What are the next steps in your Slow Living plan (2 hour session ending 12:30) — Marlboro Graduate Center Room 1 North Thara Fuller, principal and founder, TFCoaching Enterprises; Kirsten Jeppesen, Life Coach, Jeppeson Coaching
SLOW MONEY: So you want to invest locally? — Latchis 4 Janice St. Onge, President, VSJF Flexible Capital Fund, L3C; Cathy Berry, Baldwin Investment Group
Story of place — Holstein Association Conference Room (via Marlboro 3 bridge) Kate Stephenson, Yestermorrow Design/Build School; Bill Reed, Regenesis Group
TRANSITION: Introduction to Transition Movement — Latchis Main Theatre Tina Clarke, Certified Transition Trainer, Transition Massachusetts, Montague MA; Paul LeVasseur, Transition Putney, Putney VT
Slow Living Leadership: Exploring Options to Bring Slow Living Principles to Your Community and Beyond — Marlboro Graduate Center 2 Chill Room Cary Gauntsustainability and watershed consultant, and Lori HanauGlobal Round Table Leadership
NOON – 1:35 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Main Street

Farm-fresh local food — Sponsor exhibit tables open — Book table featuring books by Summit authors, presented by Everyone’s Books of Brattleboro.

LUNCHTIME SESSION 12:30-1:30: The Pursuit of Happiness Walk, presented by Paula Francis, Inspired Consultation, and Linda Wheatley, Gross National Happiness USA. Pick up your lunch at the River Garden, take it to the KeyBank conference room, two doors north on Main Street, where this session will take place!

1:45 – 3:15 PM PLENARY 3: Slow Design: The impact of mindful design on the quality of public spaces and their communities — Latchis Main Theatre Jonathan Fogelson*, designer, Michael Singer Studio, Wilmington VT; Rosanne Haggerty, President, Community Solutions, New York; Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, Director, Brownsville Partnership, Community Solutions, NY; introduced by Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president, Marlboro College, Marlboro VT; moderated by Susan McMahon, Windham Regional Commission. Tone setting moment by Cathy Berry.  *NOTE: Michael Singer, previously scheduled to appear at this plenary, is unfortunately not able to attend.
3:15 – 3:40 PM

BREAK

Refreshments in Latchis Theatre Lobby

3:45 – 5:15 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Measuring Vermont’s Well-Being — Marlboro Graduate Center 1 Conference Room Tom Barefoot, vice president, Gross National Happiness USA; Kate Jellema, Marlboro College Graduate School
Recycling human “waste”: The science and culture of closing the food nutrient Cycle  — Marlboro Graduate Center 2 West Kim Nace of Rich Earth Institute; Abe Noe-Hays of Sustainable Harvest International
Fostering a sense of place to enrich your life and your community Marlboro Graduate Center 2 Chill Room Erica Wheeler, The Soulful Landscape
Slow Design using N-Light table — Marlboro Graduate Center 2 East Julie Lineberger and Joseph Cincotta, LineSync Architects
  Leading with Humanity: Practicing Authenticity, Equality and Wholeness Holstein Association Conference Room (via Marlboro 3 bridge) Lori Hanau and Elli Caldwell, Global Round Table Leadership
Slowing down to the speed of nature — Marlboro Graduate Center 1 North Ivan McBeth, shamanic and druidic teacher
Adaptive re-use: the West Townshend Community Store project — Marlboro Graduate Center 1 Conference Room Leigh Merinoff, Robert DuGrenier and Clare Adams
TRANSITION: Community Transition Initiatives across the race and economic divides — Latchis 2 (Ballroom) Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Jamaica Plain (Mass.) New Economy Transition; Orion Kriegman, New England New Economy Transition
COOPS: Cooperatives are Slow Latchis 4 Maggie CohnCooperative Fund of New England; Alex Gyori, Brattleboro Food Coop; Regina Beidler, Organic Valley; Margaret AtkinsonGreen Mountain Spinnery
5:30 – 7:00 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden

Heavy hors d’oeuvres; beverages compliments of Crop Organic Vodka and Farmers Organic Gin

7:00 PM FARM ART OPENING RECEPTION: At The Works Bakery Café, Main Street — featuring John Nopper’s photographs of Vermont’s organic farming pioneers, with food and drink compliments of The Works
7:00 PM TRANSITION: Intentional Conversation for Transition Organizerswith Simon Dennis, Susal Stebbins and Tina Clarke. At the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street. 
8:00 PM ECSTATIC DANCE: Led by Ivan McBeth and Fearn Lickfield, shamanic and druidic teachers, at Marlboro College Graduate Center 2 East
EVENING ACTIVITIES: networking at local cafés, informal open-space sessions, dinner options at local restaurants

Friday, June 7

 

Time

Session

Details

7:45-8:25 AM

GATHERING

Registration, continental breakfast in the Latchis Theatre Lobby

8:30 – 10:00 AM PLENARY 4: THE TRANSITION PLENARY — Transitioning to community resilience — Latchis Main Theatre Gus Speth, Vermont Law School; Tina Clarke, Certified Transition Trainer, Transition Massachusetts; Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies. Tone-setting moment by Judy Davidson, retired psychologist and mindfulness teacher; music by the SingAbout Singers, an outreach arm of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, led by Becky Graber.
10:00 – 10:25 AM

BREAK

Refreshments in Latchis Theatre Lobby

10:30 AM – NOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS
BIOCHAR: Burying Carbon For Good — Marlboro College Graduate Center 2 Chill Room Kathleen Draper, Finger Lakes Biochar
FARMS/FOOD: Innovative models for farm and food enterprises — Latchis 4 Roger Allbee, former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, moderator, Jesse LaFlamme and David Rachlin, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs; Chris Bailey, Vermont Smoke and Cure; Jeff Roberts, author of The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese, Sara Newmark of New Chapter, and Martin Ping of Hawthorne Valley Farm
Achieving Resilience in Brattleboro: Brattleboro Food Coop, the Brooks House Project and the Resilient Design Institute — Brattleboro Food Coop Community Room Alex Wilson, founder, Resilient Design Institute; Bob Stevens, Stevens & Associates
ECONOMICS: Seeing the Solidarity Economy through Suma Qamana — Marlboro College Graduate Center 2 West (Session may extend to 12:30 p.m.) Tamara Stenn, Keene State College
TIME MANAGEMENT: The ABCs of sustainable time management — Marlboro College Graduate Center 2 East Pamela Kristan, Managing Time & Stuff
SLOW GARDENING: Designing a garden for your own well-being — Marlboro College Graduate Center 1 Conference Room Cheryl Wilfong, author of The Meditative Gardener
TRANSITION: The Transition visioning game Marlboro College Graduate Center 1 North Steve Chase, Antioch New England and the Transition Keene Task Force; Katy Locke, Transition Keene Task Force; Sarah Harpster, Transition Keene Task Force
Slow Transportation: Building blocks for a Transportation CSA — Holstein Association Conference Room (via Marlboro 3 bridge) Rebecca Jones, MD350.org; David Cohen, ecopsychologist
NOON – 1:35 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Main Street

Farm-fresh local food — Sponsor exhibit tables open — Book table featuring books by Summit authors, presented by Everyone’s Books of Brattleboro.

1:45-3:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS
REDEFINING OWNERSHIP: Community ownership means never having to sell out your values — Holstein Association Conference Room (via Marlboro 3 bridge) Daniel Fireside, Equal Exchange; Tom Willits, Lydia B. Stokes Foundation; David Hallquist, Vermont Electric Cooperative; Connie Snow, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust
Welcome home! Community that works: Applying lessons learned from 20 years of developing EcoVillage at Ithaca to mainstream development  — Marlboro Graduate Center 2 East Liz Walker, Ecovillage Ithaca, and Robert Morache, New Earth Strategies
ECONOMICS: Let’s design a slow economy — Marlboro Graduate Center 2 West Jennifer Atlee, independent researcher, and co-facilitators from the community of Summit speakers and attendees
HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Slow Living and sustainable aging — Marlboro Graduate Center 2 Chill Room Joanna Rueter, founder, Sustainable Aging
Slow Medicine, Local Medicine: Experiential ramble to meet the plants — Meet in front of Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, across from Latchis Theatre Larken Bunce, founding co-director, Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
Soil and transformation — Marlboro College Graduate Center 1 North Judith D. Schwartz, Author of Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth; Abe Collins, Collins Grazing LLC; and Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association
TRANSITION: Emergency preparedness and regional thinking for Transition organizing — Latchis 4 Conrad Willeman, Transition Newburyport (Mass.); Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies; Sarah Byrnes, Institute for Policy Studies
3:00 – 3:20 PM

BREAK

Regather at the Latchis Main Theatre

3:25-5:30 PM PLENARY 5: What are the next questions? A group summing up of what we’ve learned about Slow Living, and where we are going — Latchis Main Theatre Carl Honoré (by video from London UK), author of In Praise of Slowness and The Slow Fix; Group discussion moderated by Lori HanauGlobal Leadership Roundtable, Summit emcee. Music by Erica Wheeler, The Soulful Landscape; Amelia Struthers and Mike Mrowicki, Vermont Timbre.
5:30 PM-8:30 PM Gallery Walk and Strolling of the Heifers Street Festival, Main Street & Downtown Brattleboro

SATURDAY, JUNE 8:

SUNDAY, JUNE 9:

  • 7 a.m. – noon: Farmers Breakfast, The Works Bakery Café, Main Street
  • 8 a.m through the day: Tour de Heifer 15, 30 and 60-mile farm-to-farm, dirt-road cycling rides, beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro
  • All day and continuing through summer, fall and beyond: Farm-Food-Fiber Tours — self-guided explorations of farms and producers that are open to the public

 

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