Schedule 2012 V2

Wednesday, May 30

2:00-5:30 p.m.

  • NETWORKING: Opening gathering — registration, exhibits open, networking cafe

5:00-6:30 p.m.

  • NETWORKING: Pre-plenary gathering – Latchis Lobby

6:30-8:30 p.m. 

  • OPENING PLENARY: Setting an Agenda for Action and Change — We set the agenda for the next two days with “conversation catalyst” sessions to: (1) Invoke the three “tracks” of economics, communities and policies, (2) express how the 15 or more themes we’ve identified weave among them and (3) As our theme convenors to lead breakouts that identify a two- day, discussion-to-action process. PROCESS: The facilitator will convening us in the main hall of the Latchis Theater. A designated speaker from each of the three convening tracks — economics, communities, policies — will speak for about five minutes. The facilitator will then lead an arm-chair discussion among the three for 15 minutes. Then we’ll break into three groups — one staying in the main hall and two others going to other Latchis spaces, where the three will be joined by at least two other track co-covenors. Each session will be audio recorded and a “Cover It Live” transcript made and posted so that through the ensuing two days, its possible to check back on key intentions.
    • Welcoming remarks and introduction by:
      • Orly Munzing, executive director, Strolling of the Heifers and Slow Living Summit (welcoming remarks)
      • Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president, Marlboro College (vision and academics)
    • Lori Hanau, Global Round Table Leadership/Marlboro College, Keene, N.H. (moderator)
    • Gus Speth, professor, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vt. (policy) (invited)
    • Charles Eisenstein, author, Sacred Economics, Harrisburg PA (communities)
    • Woody Tasch, founder, SlowMoney (economics)
    •  John Restakis, author of “Humanizing the Economy” and executive director British Columbia Co-op Association

8:30 p.m. – ?

Thursday, May 31

8:00-8:30 a.m.

  • NETWORKING: Registration and continental breakfast – Latchis lobby

8:30-9:45 a.m.

  • PLENARY: Five Words: Translating Common Language for Wall Street and Main Street — Five words define economic systems from Wall Street to Main Street. But in each of our worlds, these words — markets, assets, leverage, arbitrage, wealth — can mean, or perhaps should mean, something different. To the Wall Street trader living in a Manhattan high-rise, they are the language he uses to build is $4-million bank account into something bigger. Wealth is money to a trader; to a farmer it’s crop-yielding land. To the merchant, artisan, teacher or health-care worker plying America’s Main Street, these five words may mean something different. But do they? In this session, our discussions will work together and with the room of Slow Living Summit participants. The goal: Seek a common language across which Wall Street and Main Street can begin talking again.
    • Moderator: Amit Sharma, chief of staff and front office global liaison, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., New York NY
    • A Wall Street trader
    • A New York or London investment banker
    • A farmer
    • A Main Street, merchant/owner or artisan
    • A human-services worker (teacher, nurse, etc.)

10 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

  • COMMUNITIES: Slow Livelihoods: Designing Resilient Work and Lifestyles — What are the possibilities for living the “slow” life, increasing personal resilience, and earning a living at the same time? Panelists offer inspiring stories about their thoughtful choices to integrate life and livelihood in ways that align with their values about community, family, and quality of life.
  • ARTS: Creative Placemaking : Art and Identifying the Common Good — Creative expression is one of the higher order capabilities of homo sapiens.  The arts have the power to uplift, illuminate, and inspire change. For decades European Democracies have viewed the arts as essential components of community. In regions like the Berkshires of Massachusetts, a ‘creative economy’ is under construction (see  ) What is the relationship between sustainable place and the arts? The arts, when perceived primarily as product, then need to be filtered throught the sieve of cost analysis. In this breakout, we’ll position the arts as a resource for community renewal and expression, a seed bed of innovation and inventiveness which uncovers solutions.  This is evident in the histories of our greatest scientists, of our greatest cities.  How do we tap this the creative well for community benefit?
  • ECONOMICS: Steady-state Economics: Possibility or Pipe Dream? Rethinking Scarcity and Growth, Redefining economic success in terms of sustainability and resilience — Conventional economic wisdom teaches that natural resources created over millions of years and depleted over a few generations are scarce and this affects their value and use with consequences for future generations. Using real-world examples, we examine this theory of scarcity, and consider the consequences — as well as the possibility of other theories.  Can we possibly develop a “steady-state” economy where depletable resources are recycled or barely used and industrial outputs are no longer standard measurement of growth?
  • FOOD/AG: Behind the Plastic:  Relearning the science and culture of real food  (Food Literacy) — Industrial food comes wrapped and packaged, and if you lived your life in a city you might not know how or where it grows.  And that makes it hard to make informed judgments about nutrition, safety and value.  In this plenary, we look at efforts to get behind the plastic to relean the science and culture of real food.
  • FOOD/AG: Food Literacy
    • Diane Imrie
  • INVESTING: Putting our money where our mouths are — What options are there for those of us who would like to direct some or all of our savings towards supporting the local economy, helping build Slow Businesses, and transitioning our communities?  Are there opportunities to match our appetite for risk and return to the needs for capital in our communities?  Managers of a range of community oriented loan and investment vehicles will discuss the options, how to make them more accessible and better fit the requirements of savers and investors, and what is missing.
    • Paul DiLeo, founder & managing partner, Grassroots Capital Management, New York NY & Plainfield MA
    • Scott Budde, managing director, Global Social and Community Investing, TIAA-CREF, New York NY
    • Ellen Golden, CEI Notes Inc, Wiscasset, ME
  • JUSTICE/WEALTH: Five Views: Is sustaining wealth possible? — In  “The Reign of the One Percenters: How Income Inequality is Destroying our Culture,” (Orion Magazine, Oct.-Nov. 2011) Christopher Ketcham  argues inequality makes people more stressed and insecure, feeling inadequate, defective, incompetent, foolish. Can our system – our world – last in such a condition?  Five nationally know experts on wealth consider the question.
  • EDUCATION: Farm to Schools:  Toward a commitment to sustainability education — In post-World War II America, many public secondary schools included “civics” classes in their curriculum. Few now do. The idea has been absorbed into history, English or social-studies classes and is sometimes mixed in with media-literacy curriculum. As we realize that Americans are now deficient at understanding how government and communities work, is their an opportunity include “sustainability” values and practices? How do we get schools committed to teaching them?
  • MANAGEMENT: Education & training
  • SPIRIT: Starting from Hope — Is the glass half full, or half empty? “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his 1933 inaugural address.  It’s easy to be pessimistic about the possibility that the community of man might assess the perils of climate change and unbridled growth, and conclude no solutions will save us. The Slow Living Summit takes the view that with knowledge, justice and a commitment to define the common good, solutions are emerging. This session puts us in the right frame of mind to create collaboration and solutions for the next two days.
    • Cathy Berry, managing director, Baldwin Investment Group, LLC, Guilford VT
    • Doris Davis
    • Viveka Davis
    • Charles Eisenstein, author, Sacred Economics, Harrisburg PA
    • Fidel Moreno, Healing Winds, Lanesborough MA
    • Beverly Winterscheid
  • CO-OPS: Humanizing the Economy — John Restakis is author of “Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital,” a book that asserts that it is the disconnection between conventional economics and social ends that lies at the heart of our economic crisis.  2012, the International Year of Co-ops, offers a unique opportunity to consider the commonalities between co-operative enterprise and Slow values.  Built on democracy, participation and meeting social goals and aspirations, co-ops can be a key to our efforts to slow down! John Restakis has been active in the co-op movement for 15 years. He is the Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association and has been a consultant for co-op development projects in Africa and Asia. A pioneering researcher into international co-operative economies, he writes and lectures on economic democracy and the role of co-operatives in humanizing economies.  John is executive director British Columbia Co-op Association.
    •  John Restakis, author of “Humanizing the Economy” and executive director British Columbia Co-op Association
  • SLOW SPACES: Open Space Sessions

12 noon-1:30 p.m.

  • NETWORKING: Farm-fresh lunch

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • INVESTING PLENARY:  “Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Matter” — Slow Money. ACRES USA calls it a “movement.” NPR calls it a “revolution.” One thing is for sure: what began with a book and a set of ideas three years ago has blossomed into a network of investors, philanthropists, farmers, entrepreneurs, and everyday folks who are concerned about where their food comes from and where their money goes. Today, over $15 million has been invested directly in more than 90 small food enterprises through the Slow Money network, both nationally and through over a dozen local chapters, with more in formation.  We are still at the beginning of a process that has enormous potential.  Our goal: one million people investing 1% of their money in local food systems, within the decade.  Come learn how, in Wendell Berry’s words, these “millions of small acts” can begin to rebuild our economy… from the ground up. – Latchis Main Theatre
    • Woody Tasch, founder and chair, Slow Money, Brookline MA

2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • COMMUNITIES: Business Local — Strategies that work for growing community-centered entrepreneurship— How do we create a community that supports itself, that takes care of businesses, that recognizes the value of business, that celebrates local entrepreneurship.  In this discussion, we hear from a co-founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, a innovator at alternative exit-strategy local financing, pioneers at creating  and designing local currencies, and a Wall Street trader who has created worldwide barter systems with no currency. How do we keep indigenous ownership competitive with chains, support individual business people and make sure the have mechanism for supporting each other and the community? This session will give you tools for action in your business community.
    • Cathy Berry, managing director, Baldwin Investment Group, LLC, Guilford VT
    • John Hamilton, Dir. of Investment, N.H. Community Loan Fund, Concord NH
  • COMMUNITIES: Regional Renaissance: Getting the best from business, non-profit and government collaboration — Under the pressure of relentless change – technological, economic, social, political, and ecological – how can regions such as counties and states achieve their visions of the good society?  Given the momentous thresholds on which global society stands, which regions show promise in their capacity for adaptation?  This session looks at how more economically and culturally vital regions can emerge from the close collaboration of business, non-profits, and state and local governments.  Under the current circumstances, working alone is proving to be ineffective for businesses, non-profit/civil society organizations, and the public sector.  A more holistic, “shared value” approach is needed, along with an adequate sense of both responsibility and urgency.
    • Julie Lineberger, LineSync Architecture, Former Board Chair Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR)
    • Will Patten, Back to Basics: Strategies for the New Economy, former Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR)
    • Bill Schubart, Author, VPR Commentator (confirmed)
  • FOOD/AG: The Business of Food: Bringing the private sector to the table
  • HABITAT: Resilience: A new design paradigm for buildings and communities — The world is changing. We need to create buildings and communities that will function well and keep us safe in an age of more intense storms, extended power outages, and other problems caused by a changing climate. This session will provide an overview of resilient design and address how this can integrated into our homes, public buildings such as schools, and communities. Resilience may provide the motivation needed to achieve the dramatic changes required to mitigate climate change — while keeping us safer.
  • INVESTING: Economics of Equity
    • Betsy Black
  • EDUCATION: Leadership: The Natural Classroom —  There is no shortage of consulting advice on how to lead and manage organizations.  An evolving strain of the genre is to learning from the practices of other living cultures in the natural world.  In this breakout we’ll explore three approaches to nature-based leadership.
    • Rebecca Martenson, chair, Vermont Wilderness School, Brattleboro VT
    • Beverly Winterscheid
    • Kate Stephenson, director, Yestermorrow Design Build School, Warren VT
  • MANAGEMENT: Institutions & Sustainability
  • SPIRIT: Taking the Plunge— So many people are now thinking about taking 90-degree career-path changes
    into efforts that are more deliberative, sustainable and consistent with community values.  In this session, we hear from couples and indivudlas who took the risk of starting family farms, left Wall Street fiance, or are teaching principles of homesteading. Although the structures and businesses are radically different — dairy farming, food/energy production, homesteading, consulting and a community-supported agriculture, we focus on the personal aspects of starting up and summoning the courage to take a different path — what it takes, and how to mitigate the risks.
  • CO-OPS: Building a Better World — The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives, highlighting the contribution of co-ops to economic resilience, employment and food security at home and around the world.  Around the world, about 1 billion people are members of co-ops, more than people who are direct owners of shares in multinational corporations.  Here in our own country, co-ops operate across industries, including producer co-ops, food co-ops, credit unions, worker co-ops, energy co-ops, and artisan co-ops.  Join us as we explore the impact and potential of the co-operative movement, and its connection to Slow values.
  • SLOW SPACES: Open Space Sessions

4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

  • ECONOMICS:  Regional Renaissance: Getting the best from business, non-profit and government — Under the pressure of relentless change – technological, economic, social, political, and ecological – how can regions such as counties and states achieve their visions of the good society?  Given the momentous thresholds on which global society stands, which regions show promise in their capacity for adaptation?  This session looks at how more economically and culturally vital regions can emerge from the close collaboration of business, non-profits, and state and local governments.  Under the current circumstances, working alone is proving to be ineffective for businesses, non-profit/civil society organizations, and the public sector.  A more holistic, “shared value” approach is needed, along with an adequate sense of both responsibility and urgency.
  • FOOD/AG: The Business of Food: Foundation and government support: The Vermont case
  • FOOD/AG: Sovereign food, indigenous culture — from Africa to America
  • HABITAT: Intentional Communities: Co-Housing — A How To Guide — Creating a community is a priority in the Slow Living world, and co-housing communities provide one of the most exciting models for achieving community. Some communities include a significant agricultural component, with the residences clustered on a small portion of the land while most of the land remains productive, and the community itself providing a significant, built-in market for produce. In this break out session, representatives of co-housing projects in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont share their structures, successes, and challenges.
  • INVESTING: Alternate Investing: Financing the socially-responsible enterprise
  • JUSTICE/WEALTH: Seeding corporate justice? Funding and running social enterprises. Case Studies.
    • Bob Barton
    • Lynn Benander, CEO, Coop Power, Greenfield MA
    • Jenn Risley
    • Mark Tajima
  • EDUCATION: Sustainable Literacy:  Integrating “green” into a standards-based K-12 curriculum — Themes of environment, ecology, economy, building off David Orr’s statement that “all education is environmental education.”
  • MANAGEMENT: The Green Entrepreneurs Toolbox: Success stories across energy, food, clothing and manufacturing
  • MEDIA: Change comes to dinner
    • Kate Gustafson
  • OWNERSHIP: Corporate Personhood (or Friday 2 PM)
  • SPIRIT: Slow Relationships: Changing How We Perceive and Treat Each Other
  • CO-OPS: Co-ops and Business Succession: Converting to Co-op and Why — Co-ops are a great model for enterprise succession, retaining jobs and infrastructure, and building stronger relationships between business and local communities.  Come hear from business leaders in a variety of industries who have converted their business to a co-operative, and learn how slow entrepreneurs can incorporate co-operative values into their work.
  • SLOW SPACES: Open Space Sessions

5:40-6:10 p.m.

  • Spiritual practice for Slow Living — led by Helen Daly. Sacred chant from the world’s traditions, sacred words from farmer poet Wendell Berry, and spacious silence. Walk the talk — slow down and sink deeply into the wisdom of ancient/new spiritual practices. People of all faiths and no faith welcome. Chill Room, Marlboro Graduate Center.

5:30-7:00 p.m.

  • NETWORKING: Light hors-d’oeuvres

7:00-8:30 p.m.

  • GALLERY OPENING: Farm Art – The Works Bakery Cafe

7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

  • MEDIA: How can media sustain community? How can community sustain media? The role of journalism in Slow Living — If a tree falls in in a distant wilderness, is there any sound?  New ideas always take time to propagate and the “slow movement” is in danger of preaching to choir.  The Internet has brought profound changes to journalism and media, diminishing some traditional voices, and magnifying many new ones through social networks and technology.  How can we help journalists to tell stories of sustainable transformation — at the same time we help sustain journalism as a foundation for participatory democracy? Can — should — journalists be engaged with change?
    • Michelle Ferrier
    • Elizabeth Kolbert
    • Josh Stearns
    • Sarah van Gelder
    • Bill Densmore, principal, Densmore Associates, Williamstown MA

8:45 p.m.-9:45 p.m.

  • ARTS: “Endangered Species,” a one-act play
    • David Scribner

8:30 p.m. – ?

  • NETWORKING: After-hours dining & nightspots

Friday, June 1

8:00-8:30 a.m.

  • NETWORKING: Registration & continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

  • FOOD/AG PLENARY: Farm to Table: Why does it matter? Who will sustain it? How’s it working? — In the Hudson Valley, the Berkshires, the Champlain Valley and elsewhere, new entrepreneurs are slowly stitching a network of farms, growers, distributors, institutions, and markets for local food. They are reinventing the business – and culture – of what has come to be called “Farm to Table” – food that comes from closer places and people you know, not from a transcontinental truck or aircraft. In this plenary and two following breakouts, we explore three subjects:  Why does Farm to Table matter? What policies are needed to make it more competitive and scalable? And, as a case study, how are local-food networks coming together in three regions of western New England? – Latchis Main Theatre
    • Roger Allbee, former Vermont secretary of agriculture, Townshend VT
    • Ken Meter
    • Kate Gustafson
  • HAPPINESS: Gross National Happiness Plenary

9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

  • COMMUNITY: Slow Communities: Overview of the Transition Movement to Create Resilient Communities — How do we increase our own resilience and strengthen our communities as energy costs rise, and economic and environmental problems deepen?  Transition is a global movement in 34 countries, inspiring community projects on local food, buildings, energy, economy and culture that bring people together for positive, creative action and fun.  How does the process work?  How does it support existing local groups and leaders and help everyone collaborate?  We’ll share experiences and successful models, and explore how communities can come together to thrive in changing times. Learn about the origins and key principles of this model for cultivating resilient communities through grass-roots, neighbor-to-neighbor initiatives.  Information will be offered on regional and national resources to  support starting up a new Transition Town.
  • ECONOMICS: Slow Corporate Soul:  If a corporation is not a person, can it have a soul? — What are the aims, values and beliefs of the 21st-century corporation? What role should they play in a sustainable world economy? This session will focus on how it is possible to harmonize the soul of a new corporation with the interests of investors, employees, customers, the public — and the earth.  (This session will NOT focus on the mechanics of governance and corporate form.) We’ll hear from CR pioneers  and discuss how to tackle this paradox.  Participants will go away from this session with a better understanding of what the soul of a corporation might be in a time when corporate person-hood is being questioned.
  • FOOD/AG: Farm To Plate: What policies are needed to grow it?
  • HABITAT: Gimme Shelter (and Food):  Lessons from the Brattleboro Coop Building (includes tour) — In the early 2000s, struggling to keep up with growing sales in a limited space, the Brattleboro Food Coop was faced with a momentous decision: to move our Putney Road into a vacated Grand Union building, or rebuild in its current location. Retaining a strong downtown, community presence was the priority that emerged, even if the resulting store would not be that much larger. The board of directors went further by working with the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust to create affordable housing — a desperately needed commodity in Brattleboro. The commitment to creating a state-of-the-art, low-energy building that would satisfy the intent of the Co-op’s 100-year plan was also a top priority. The building, scheduled to open in April, 2012, is a model for other food coops looking to put shared ownership to work nourishing the community in new ways. Our panel will discuss key aspects of the project, and we’ll follow with a tour.
  • HAPPINESS: Breaking the Gross National Product
  • INVESTING: Alternate Investment: Before, beyond or without an exit strategy  —  In traditional venture capital investing, there’s always an “exit strategy” for investors to withdraw their capital, hopefully at a nice multiple, and deploy it elsewhere.  In this session, we survey the variety of emerging alternatives for investors to make a return.
  • EDUCATION: Farm to School Case Studies: Making the connection between community and education, in teaching food systems within our schools
  • MANAGEMENT: From Green Washing to Green Commitment: Moving corporations and consumers to change
    • Katherine Millonzi, manager, Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program, Williams College, Williamstown MA
    • Kendra Pierre-Louis, author, Green Washed, Queens NY
  • MEDIA: — Slow news, community and the future of media: The Brattleboro case study — Journalism and media have moved beyond the mass market to an era of one-to-one social media.  This creates opportunities for a more diverse local media culture media culture.  Brattleboro is home to one of the first local online news communities in the nation, a pioneering experiment in non-profit news publishing, and a legacy daily newspaper now managed by dynamic and controversial leadership.  How can these all coexist and how are they changing the “news ecology” and community of southeastern Vermont?  And what do we mean by “slow media” or “slow news”?
  • OWNERSHIP: Community as Commons — When we talk about the “common good” it’s becomes easy to assume that we have a common understanding of what’s good. But how do real systems assess, and play out the common good?  This session is about the community “common good” and how to achieve it — in theory and in practice.
  • SPIRIT: Re-imagining Earth — This session offers the wisdom of the earth, as translated through representatives from indigenous and esoteric systems of understanding. We explore the appropriate human place in natural ecosystems –  as part of, and not separate from, the cosmic ecosystem we live in. What do we owe the earth? What is the contract for our survival?
    • Bill Wereley
    • Martin Ping, founder, Hawthorne Valley Association, Ghent NY
    • Cathy Berry, managing director, Baldwin Investment Group, LLC, Guilford VT
  • WELLNESS: Well Communities: The science, policies and politics of health — Guaranteed by United Nations convenant, the right to health is an essential component of sustainable communities. But how do we achieve that, balancing hard, almost death-panel-like decisions about cost and circumstances? What is the connection between a local-based food system, nutrition, mortality and sickness. What about transportation systems and commnity design that promote walking and interaction?
  • SLOW SPACES: Open Space Sessions

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • COMMUNITIES: Transition in Action —  For both newcomers to Transition and those already involved, this
    will be a chance to hear stories from a range of communities.
  • ECONOMICS: Slow-cal Economics: Are National and Global ever as good as Local Ownership? — The idea that businesses do better for their employees, owners and customers when they are locally owned is the current thought. Is it ever good for companies to go National or Global? Participants will hear differing viewpoints on balancing local, national and global growth with sustainable business strategies.  We will explore:  What can be, and at what risk?
  • FOOD/AG: Farm to Plate: From the Hudson to the Berkshires to the Champlain Valley: Three case studies
  • HABITAT: Protecting Land
  • INVESTING: Getting More Bang for the Buck — How can we clear away obstacles to providing appropriately structured capital to Slow Businesses? What constraints do community oriented fund managers and loan officers face in providing start up and growth capital to Slow Businesses? Incomplete business plans? Gaps in key skills and experience in the business team? Absence of risk capital?
    • Jeff Rosen, Solidago Foundation, Northampton MA
    • Janice St. Onge, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s Flexible Captial Fund, Montpelier VT
    • John Waite, Executive Director, Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Greenfield MA
    • John Hamilton, Dir. of Investment, N.H. Community Loan Fund, Concord NH
  • EDUCATION: Sustainability in Higher Education: Leadership by Example? — How colleges and universities are and can integrate sustainability across the curriculum and especially how the buildings on campus can provide the basis for learning about what makes a sustainable community. What steps are possible to get other institutions to do the same?
    • Katherine Millonzi, manager, Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program, Williams College, Williamstown MA
    • David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH
    • Jerelyn Wilson, outreach director, BuildingGreen, Inc., Brattleboro VT
  • MANAGEMENT: Corporate Green Commitment: Case Studies — Across food service, real-estate, education, U.S. companies, some multinational, are making commitments to “green” policies that they see as consistent with long-term profitability.  In this session, New Economics Institute consultant Katharine Millonzi hosts three case studies.
    • Katherine Millonzi, manager, Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program, Williams College, Williamstown MA
  • MEDIA: Niche media with message: Theory and practice
    • Sarah Van Gelder
    • Theresa Snow, Salvation Farms, Burlington VT
    • Michelle Ferrier
    • Tom Willits
  • OWNERSHIP: Building to Last: Ownership and governance for sustainability: L3Cs, B-Corps, Co-ops, ESOPs and all
    • John Abrams, John Abrams, founder, South Mountain Company, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
    • Kenneth Merritt, attorney, Burlington, VT
    • Paul Millman, CEO, Chroma Technology, (employee owned), Bellows Falls VT
    • Alison Pyott, Veris Wealth Partners, Boston
    • Don Jameson, Vermont Employee Ownership Center, Burlington VT
  • SPIRIT: Reimagining Humanity and Community
  • SLOW SPACES: Open Space Sessions

12:45-1:45 p.m.

  • NETWORKING: Farm-fresh lunch

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • ECONOMICS: Trifecta: What  happens when government, business and nonprofits collaborate? The Vermont policy approach.
  • FOOD/AG: The Big Table:  How to get local food into institutional kitchens
  • HABITAT: Can affordable housing be green? Three case studies — This session examines three very different affordable housing projects: two in Brattleboro and one in Martha’s Vineyard. Key players with these projects will address challenges and opportunities with affordable housing, including how well-thought-out projects can help to build stronger communities.
  • JUSTICE/WEALTH: Corporate Personhood:  Corporate governance, CitizensUnited and the drive for a constitutional amendment
  • MEDIA: Citizen media with message: Theory and practice — It’s a constant debate among journalists: Should the reporter stand apart from the community, or engage with it? And what does engagement mean?  In this session, we meet four people grappling with this question — from the nation’s first experiment in co-operatively owned  community news, to a Citizen Engagement Corp., to United Nations advocacy to cross-country exposure for new ideas. Each is on a mission to sustain communities — and each has taking a different media approach to do so.
    • David Crowley
    • Jan Servaes, director, Center for Communication for Sustainable Social Change, Amherst MA
    • Tom Stites, founder, Banyan Project, Haverhill, MA
    • Bill Densmore, principal, Densmore Associates, Williamstown MA
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP: How to sustain a business: Six pros, six skills, exposed — Once you’ve identified a product or service idea and convinced yourself or funders that there’s a market, fear sets in. Can you actually start, run and grow a business? In this session for budding entrepreneurs, six members of the Organic Trade Association first offer fast-pace, bullet-point tips on how to make it to sustainability. Then, they’ll scatter to six parts of the break room so that you can focus in on the skill set you’re most worried about.
  • SLOW SPACES: Open Space Sessions

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • CLOSING PLENARY – Latchis Main Theatre

5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

  • GALLERY WALK & STREET FESTIVAL: Opening Event of Strolling of the Heifers Weekend

Saturday, June 2

10:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 3

7:00 a.m.-noon


8:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • TOUR DE HEIFER: Farm-to-farm 10-30-60 mile cycling rides – Beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • FARM/FOOD/FIBER TOUR: Open houses at regional farms, food and fiber enterprises – throughout Windham County region