Here is a sampling of answers to a question we’re asking participants in the Slow Living Summit. Please add your comment at the bottom. It will help us to craft the format of the summit to meet your needs and expectations.

To help make the Summit the transformational, action-oriented event we are all hoping and planning for, please take a moment to reflect and answer this question in comment space  below: What is the best possible outcome you plan to help achieve as a result of the Slow Living Summit, and how can we, the organizers, best prepare before and during the summit to achieve it?

The best conceivable outcomes of the Summit for me would be fostering a deep connection to the “slow” community in my region, being inspired by stories and viewpoints that are either new to me or elaborate on areas of interest, and actionable concepts and skills to bring home to make an even greater contribution to my personal sphere.   Wed, May 23, 2012 7:06 AM

2.             Please provide a way to network online and/or contact others who have attended the event.     Tue, May 22, 2012 2:06 PM

3.             My wish is very personal. I’m stepping into a whole new phase in my life and am considering moving to Brattleboro and working in VT. The outcome I’d like is to meet the people and organizations who I can most benefit with my skills, expertise and resources.                Tue, May 22, 2012 9:36 AM

4.             Meet with others and collaborate with them on a specific project. Have sufficient networking time.                Tue, May 22, 2012 9:32 AM

5.             I would like to meet people, hear stories and examples of great things happening, and know there is support and resources for all of us trying to make our commuities and society better.                Tue, May 22, 2012 9:18 AM

6.             I plan to learn and then be able to teach about sustainability and how to create sustainable communities that add to the Earth and our lived instead of creating destruction, injustice and inequality.                Tue, May 22, 2012 8:52 AM

7.             Best outcome: I have effectively spread the word about sociocracy (an approach to self-governance and decision making) through discussion in sessions and through informal networking outside of sessions.How organizers can best prepare: encourage presenters to leave lots of time for discussion. Accuracy in information: the session I am doing on #7 in this survey is incorrectly subtitled and the two presenters who we know are going to be there (Jerry Koch-Gonzalez and Liz Walker) are not listed.Note: This is an ambitious undertaking. I don’t expect perfection and I appreciate everything it will be.           Tue, May 22, 2012 6:50 AM

8.                Connections & Collaborations–Most important for me are the opportunities to meet and link with people and organizations whose work I can support and vice versa. I’m hoping for a good balance between learning from the expertise and experience of the many panelists and presenters on the one hand, with, on the other, enough participatory exchange within the sessions as well as opportunities in the interstices between sessions to discover and interact with attendees who have shared interests.                Tue, May 22, 2012 6:47 AM

9.             To find partners to expand Slow Living conversation on To meet and discuss purpose of LocallyGrownNews as education and advocacy tool.        Tue, May 22, 2012 6:47 AM

10.           More coordination among local, regional activtities, and among different stakeholders from government, private sector and non-profits.                Tue, May 22, 2012 6:30 AM

11.           I would like to see the use of sustainably harvested wood to efficiently produce heat be included in future Slow Living summits. The impact of getting energy from local, renewable sources is missing from the current agenda and in New England we all need heat. Hope to meet others at the conference who understand the abundance of wood grade wood and are interested in finding ways to give the sustainable wood to heat market traction in the marketplace…                Mon, May 21, 2012 2:01 PM

12.                Articulate the impact of the erroneous assumption that anyone can achieve infinite growth (as predicted by the compound interest equation). Explain the difference between normal commerce and maintenance of the life support systems of this planet – infrastructure.Get agreement on the need for a completely separate funding mechanism for any and all life support functions. Recognize that funds allocated to infrastructure are not inflationary because they maintain the base of all value – life (when life is no longer possible there can be no value). Describe what constitutes infrastructure and how it will be recognized for the funding process. Other crucial points:A. A sovereign entity is never insolvent unless it wants to be.B. Taxation does not pay for anything that a sovereign needs since a sovereign can not be insolvent.C. The sovereign has the longest period of tenure and therefore the greatest vested interest in the health of the infrastructure.D. Inflation does not come from money spent into a community on life support maintenance (infrastructure), rather it comes from pooling of unproductive accumulations of excess liquidity. E. Taxation is the only vehicle that a sovereign has to reduce the pooling of unproductive liquidity.F. Proactivity on the part of poor individuals is impossible without incredible sacrifice. Such a condition is detrimental to the sovereign.G.We are now involved in a “mining mentality” that is maintained by the debt based currency creation system that is the base for all economic thought. The rational for this system is fraudulent and is guaranteed: 1) to funnel all wealth to those who collect the interest on debt and 2) to result in system wide failure because of lack of liquidity.                Fri, May 18, 2012 6:26 PM

13.           fyi – Martin Ping is listed in 2 sessions at the same time on Fri. morning.Outcomes include relationship building, skills, tools and understanding.Provide a visual on how you see all the aspects of slow living come together.                Fri, May 18, 2012 3:26 PM

14.           Better understanding of Vermont’s economic options                Fri, May 18, 2012 1:57 PM

15.           People living in southern NE, begin to think and act, using a whole systems approach, regionally beyond municipal and state lines                Fri, May 18, 2012 1:21 PM

16.           To make 2-3 high quality connections with people and organizations with whom I can network and collaborate.One of the ways in which the organizers can facilitate this is by making available to the attendees a list of all the participants, together with their organizational affiliations. Obviously, it would be preferable that this information be provided in advance of the conference itself.                Fri, May 18, 2012 1:12 PM

17.           Co-establish local on-going working groups to follow-up and implement the vision generated at the Summit. I will be honored to help this happen.Eli Rogosa     Fri, May 18, 2012 12:58 PM

18.           To meet someone(s) that changes my life for the better. The organizers could create the best possible conditions for success that will allow that to happen, staying relaxed, maintaining boundaries and listening to the group energy.                Fri, May 18, 2012 11:49 AM

19.           Sharing knowledge and experience with entrepreneurs to promote successful new food enterprises.                Fri, May 18, 2012 10:07 AM

20.           I hope that people leave with fresh ideas that they can implement in their communities and the tools and resources necessary to implement them. In order to make this happen, I think it is essential that attendees leave with a list of articles, books, websites, and online toolkits they can utilize.                Fri, May 18, 2012 10:06 AM

21.           To have a more in depth understanding of issues related to sustainability in food (and water) and to gain a better idea for how to move forward in advocating for change in these areas       Tue, May 15, 2012 6:44 PM

22.           Forge relationships around shared passion for sustainable “slow” food. Organizers can try to structure sessions to prompt conversations, give people time to make these connections.                Mon, May 14, 2012 6:15 PM

23.           To be able to cultivate links between individuals committed to slow living and alternative structures of government in Canada and the United StatesAs a College professor to increase my knowledge and understanding and to bring new ideas to my students                Mon, May 14, 2012 5:22 PM

24.                networkingsharing best practices/new ideasrecruiting support for ongoing efforts, for local businesses                Sat, May 12, 2012 5:25 AM

25.           positive networking with locals to help foster a more resilient and informed community at a time when corporate power reigns supreme over governments and human values are trampled for monetary profit.                Fri, May 11, 2012 12:44 PM

26.           As a member & Interim Volunteer Coordinator of the Brattleboro Time Trade, I would like to network w/ others to learn how to build community and sustain our organization so we can continue with our mission to: connect unmet needs with untapped resources; promote the skills and knowledge of each member; enable reciprocity; empowers each of us to share our wealth of experience with others, thereby enriching the local economy. One of our core values is Redefining Work: We honor all work, but don’t measure value in dollars.   Fri, May 11, 2012 12:40 PM

27.                Reassurance that it is possible to slow down but still be engaged in this busy society that swirls around me.                Fri, May 11, 2012 12:24 PM

28.           To be energized, informed and made more aware of how my unique skills and interests complement a larger movement of radically altering our current trajectory. Facilitating conversation is the best thing conference planners can do, to that end creating a comfortable atmosphere of shared intellectual inquiry is your task.        Fri, May 11, 2012 9:16 AM

29.           Be involved in one or more new collaborations.                Fri, May 11, 2012 6:45 AM

30.           I think ideas and action plans created during this event should be presented to persons with the authority to make them happen.                Fri, May 11, 2012 6:06 AM

31.                Renewed ways to approach the issues we are working on–a slower living way to approach, rather than the frantic way?                Fri, May 11, 2012 4:22 AM

32.           Create greater awareness among folks who don’t have any of the topics on their radar… who do/can you get other than the choir into the church? that is the best possible outcome – reach those that are currently not involved in the conversation or “school of thought”                Thu, May 10, 2012 4:46 PM

33.           The outcomes I desire: 1. network with others and create new connections. 2. gain additional knowledge in some areas 3. learn some actions that I can take right away to be more effective in the Transition Movement work in my community. 4. Have fun! How organizers can prepare – allow opportunities for networking and provide a good mix of programs (which is certainly seems like you are doing!)   Thu, May 10, 2012 1:19 PM

34.           New connections and a chance to interview key people for my next book – maybe put up an ‘offers and needs’ board in a public space?    Thu, May 10, 2012 12:42 PM

35.           Action steps that we can bring to our home communities to help enact sustainable change within the organizations and communities we already inhabit.                Thu, May 10, 2012 10:45 AM

36.           My goals are:1. RESTORING HERITAGE GRAINS: to build a network to restore the almost-extinct grains that sustained earlier peoples, that have been replaced by modern wheats, through local seed-saving networks and seed-to-bread school garden programs. 2. INTEGRATED BIOSYSTEMS: To co-create a local network for the knowledge and skills for climate resilience farming with aquaponics, rice and duck with cascading/regeneration of home water and nutrients. 3. to contribute in new ways with new friends!Eli Rogosa: growseed@yahoo.comgrowseed.orgThank you!                Thu, May 10, 2012 10:40 AM

37.           Have dynamic conversations and stir up participants creativity about how to empower ourselves to actively create the world we want to live in through the fame of slow systems–developing co-ops, increasing community connection, etc. Present clear info. Anything to minimize participants feeling overwhelmed.                Thu, May 10, 2012 10:20 AM

38.           I hope to network with agriculture and climate change leaders in order to support and establish collaborations for the 2013 North American Biochar Symposium I am coordinating. And of course be reinspired to work smart.     Thu, May 10, 2012 10:12 AM

39.           Stronger connections with a broader social base.       Thu, May 10, 2012 9:52 AM

40.           Building relationships, opening up new lines of thought, providing a framework for organizing action plans.     Thu, May 10, 2012 9:49 AM

41.           To tell the true story of rural Zimbabweans; how a simple farming method, counter-intuative to them, transformed their lives, livelihoods and communities. You can please provide a way to show a video and Power Point and let me come in the day before to test out the tech stuff. Thanks! Thu, May 10, 2012 9:48 AM

42.                significant inspiration to go back and do even better work than i currently do. sessions that engage the audience, and include motivational messages.                Thu, May 10, 2012 9:42 AM

43.           learn from other initiatives; introduce what we are doing in the Barbets Duet; meeting people with shared interests; advance my own understanding of how we might pay for and earn from the care of ecosystem services.                Thu, May 10, 2012 9:40 AM

44.           Cross-pollinate! Connect questions with answers, doers with thinkers with questioners with designers with evaluators, share calendars galore, get to know someone to follow up with after the conf itself, have some humility about the good one day can do and have some hope about the beautiful pile of life we all add up to together.                Thu, May 10, 2012 9:26 AM

45.           I am involved in several social change programs in Brattleboro including the community justice center,vermont worker’s center and time Trade, etc. I returned to the mainland to expose myself to the wave of community activism and evolution of socialstructure, in a way that was not possible where i was living. This conference brings together many like-minded people, experts in their fields and a tremendous, collaborative process for future stepsin American culture.   Thu, May 10, 2012 9:14 AM

46.           Building more connections and relationships for regenerative community here in southeastern Vermont.                Thu, May 10, 2012 9:07 AM

47.           Amazing agenda! Maybe a “home base” cafe for people who want to informally gather…  Thu, May 10, 2012 8:56 AM

48.           Make sure the break out sessions have time for Q and As, and some discussion among the attendees as well as participants.                Thu, May 10, 2012 8:52 AM

49.           I am interested in learning more about the statuss of community investing across New England – looks like great sessions – sorry I can’t stay for the whole event                Thu, May 10, 2012 8:49 AM

50.           Meeting other like minded people and exchanging stories about our work.      Thu, May 10, 2012 8:45 AM

51.           Would like to find out the state of current sustainable enterprises; what skills and resources are needed to determine if there is a way to become active.                Tue, May 8, 2012 11:41 AM

52.           The best possible outcome of the Summit, which I am committed to help bring forth, is the clear demonstration – in identifiable communities – that a more vibrant, prosperous, satisfying and secure way of living – Slow Living – is available to every American (and others too). With the triple impact of extreme weather, peaking resources and a decline of the traditional growth model, a “return” to slow, cooperative living should be able to be seen as the “Best New Thing” (as Rachel Maddow would say). Some examples of established, or mostly established communities already practicing slow living, would be helpful to feature at the event. North American cities, towns, villages would be useful but non-domestic could work. It would be helpful at the start of shared meals to have a reflection shared on our connectedness to and through and with the food we will eat. This could be lead by different spiritual leaders, or farmers, or others at each meal. See “Eating Together” about mid-page here:, it would be helpful if at some point when everyone is gathered to have a brief discussion, or at least a reference to web resources that speak to the underlying psychological challenge of getting many more Americans past their fear and perceived sadness of a less consumptive economy.                Tue, May 8, 2012 8:31 AM

53.           A list of specific projects/outcomes that participants plan to initate and report back on at future SLSs.                Mon, May 7, 2012 9:37 AM

54.           enable me to collect contacts and concrete ideas that I can use to promote sustainable economic development and social enterprises in my community.                Fri, May 4, 2012 11:37 PM

55.           Create connections! The conference seems focused on speakers. I’m hoping there will also be opportunities for all of the wisdom in the room to interact with itself through group processes like World Cafe, Open Space, etc.                Fri, May 4, 2012 4:07 PM

56.                Networking, advancing our learning community                Fri, May 4, 2012 6:32 AM

57.           There is life after communism (paternalism) and democratic capitalism (the priority being individual freedom). It is freely choosing to give priority to the common good which is always maturing. Keeping the question of what it be in form is best kept before the attendees.                Thu, May 3, 2012 4:15 PM

58.           1. To reinforce understanding the power of co-ops and spread the idea of reader-owned news co-ops.2. It looks to me as if SLS as planned is deeply resonant with what I hope to achieve. Thank you!        Thu, May 3, 2012 12:42 PM

59.           Make stronger connections for acting in the New England states with local partners around sustainable economies and food.       Thu, May 3, 2012 9:38 AM

60.                Networking with like minded people                Thu, May 3, 2012 9:20 AM

61.                COMMITMENT: Deep spiritual transformation on a communal / collective / collaborative and co-creative scale IS achieved by people interacting soulfully and sensitively with each other.                Thu, May 3, 2012 8:02 AM

62.                Expanded thinking.                Thu, May 3, 2012 6:45 AM

63.           I want to have meaningful and hope-filled dialogue with individuals about how we can each make our own lives and our communities lives more sustainable. Organizers should provide opportunities and venues for this. As an example during lunches, certain tables could be designated for conversations on specific topics and those that would like to discuss that topic with others would sit there. Also name badges could have interest areas noted on them or note in what areas people are a subject matter expert (e.g. ‘talk to me about’ or ‘I’m interested in’).         Thu, May 3, 2012 6:40 AM

64.           Time to connect with other like-minded thinkers and activists. Scheduling some time for small groups to meet independently.                Thu, May 3, 2012 6:28 AM

65.           Goal: Making meaningful connections with others doing this work. Suggestion: Try to create comfortable spaces for people to interact in between sessions- last year lunch was a good time for that, I met lots of random people by just sitting down at a table with folks I didn’t know.     Thu, May 3, 2012 6:23 AM

66.           I connect with other like minded people with whom I later build intentional and healthy community and powerful educational models.