The second annual Slow Living Summit is a world-changing (and life-changing) effort at cross-sector, sustainable transformation. The Slow Living Summit is a unique, flexible gathering designed to foster cross-sector solutions for high-quality sustainable living — solutions for our planet in which common good is just as important as private gain.
Headlining the many high-profile speakers who will address the Summit are Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Peter Shumlin. Other featured participants include James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, David Orr, Oberlin College environmental professor and architect of the Obama administration’s policy on global warming, Woody Tasch, founder of the organization Slow Money, Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition, and Chris Martenson, author of The Crash Course.
Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 9:15am PDT
Friday, June 1, 2012 - 4:25pm PDT
48 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
$20 per person
Chris and Becca are both speaking at the Slow Living Summit:
Thursday, May 31, 8:15-9:45 a.m. — Linking Wall Street and Main Street: Finding Common Language to Strengthen Professional Networks within Communities — The Slow Living Summit is a coming together of diverse professionals motivated to creating strong, binding and generative local economies. While individually we may play significant roles in our communities, we may not immediately recognize the true value of our inter-connectivity in ways that can be mutually reinforcing. How do people of varying professions and backgrounds define their core “assets”, identify their “market”, mitigate their “risks”, efficiently “leverage” resources for growth and sustainability and ultimately build “wealth?” While economically-centric in modern parlance, these five words can mean different things to different people – but can also be an important way to understand our interpersonal (and inter-professional) intersections. This discussion should help create a contextual framework – to deconstruct and interpret seemingly differing macro issues into common themes. The goal: Seek a common language across professional circles – to link Wall Street and Main Street, develop and reinforce community enterprise, and perhaps re-establish our core priorities.
Moderator: Amit Sharma, chief of staff and front office global liaison, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., New York NY
Chris Martenson, author, The Crash Course, Montague MA
Curtiss Reed, Executive Director, Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, Brattleboro VT
David and Mary Ellen Franklin, Franklin Farm, Guilford VT
Peter Welch, president, Welch Masonry, Guilford VT
Peter Kinder, co-founder Domini Social Investments and KLD Risk Metrics, Board Member of the Capital Institute, Cambridge MA
Thursday, May 31, 2:50-4:05 p.m. — Sustainability in Education: The Natural Classroom — There is no shortage of consulting advice on how to incorporate sustainability into schools. An evolving strain of the genre is learning from the practices of other living cultures in the natural world. In this breakout we’ll explore different approaches to learning from the natural world and incorporating sustainability issues into the curriculum for students, both in and outside of the classroom.
Rebecca Martenson, chair, Vermont Wilderness School, Brattleboro VT
Beverly Winterscheid, founding partner, The Institute for Nature & Leadership, Washington D.C.
Emily Hoyler, curriculum specialist,Sustainable Schools Project and Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Sarah Kadden, educator, Sustainable Schools Project, Shelburne, VT
Friday, June 1, 2:10-3:25 p.m. — Taking the Plunge — So many people are now thinking about taking 90-degree career-path changesinto 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.
Chris Martenson, author, The Crash Course, Montague MA
Ricky Baruc and Deborah Habib, co-founders, Seeds of Solidarity, Orange MA
Philip Ackerman-Leist, director, Farm and Food Project, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT
Erin Ackerman-Leist, UpTunket Farm, Pawlet VT
In scheduled as well as open space sessions organized into three major themes —Slow Economics, Slow Communities and Slow Policies — we’ll examine sustainable, resilient approaches to food, energy, money, health care, relationships – and the impact that catastrophic weather may have on all of them.
The plenary sessions take place in Brattleboro’s historic art-deco theatre, the Latchis. In contrast to the typical convention-center conference, the Slow Living Summit’s sessions take place in various locations in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont with the town’s historic and funky Main Street serving as the concourse when moving between sessions. And the Summit happens just before the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers weekend — stay in town for the Stroll, an agriculturally-themed parade featuring scores of heifer calves, followed by the Live Green Expo, on Saturday June 2.
For more information, visit the
Slow Living Summit website.