October 5th: The New Economy and the Quietly Emerging Next System

Posted on

The New Economy and the Quietly Emerging Next System

October 5, 2017, 5:15-6:30pm, Vermont Law School

What is the new economy? Just beneath the surface of media reporting, a new economy is quietly emerging. It includes cooperatives, public banks, new clean energy strategies, successful campaigns to turn polluting utilities into ecologically sustainable municipal systems, along with an explosion of related developments at different levels of scale. Simultaneously—and even as national politics is in disarray—an expanding intellectual and political movement involving leading writers and activists has begun to suggest the larger systemic directions to which the building momentum points.


Gar Alperovitz, former Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is Co-Chair of The Next System Project (with James Gustav Speth) and Co-Founder of The Democracy Collaborative, an organization devoted to developing community wealth-building approaches to local and national democratic reconstruction.

A former Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge University, and a founding Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard, he has served as a Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a Special Assistant working on United Nations matters in the Department of State. He was Chief Economic Adviser to a coalition of 135 Members of Congress led by Rep. Richard Ottinger. He has also served as President of the Center for Community Economic Development, and of the Center for the Study of Public Policy.


Oct. 5, 2017, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School. The lecture, which will open with a light reception, is free and open to the public and press, and will be streamed live at vermontlaw.edu/live.


September 30: Action for Ecological Justice: Celebrating A Year of Creation

Posted on

The Vermont Catholic Diocese is taking a cue from Pope Francis’ famed encyclical and organizing a daylong conference at St. Michael’s College in Colchester called “Action for Ecological Justice: Celebrating A Year of Creation” on Sat., Sep. 30. Keynote speaker is Dr. Carolyn Woo, former director of Catholic Relief Services and a close consultant on the Pope’s “Laudato Si’ encyclical. As well breakout sessions include: Can Economics Save the World?; Dialogue: Collaborating to Care for Our Common Home; Engaging the Parish: How Do I Invite Others to Join Me?; From Climate Science to Climate Justice; Pristine or Polluted: Do You Know what is Threatening our Water Resources?; Spirituality, Justice and Laudato Si’; Water is Life: Giving Access to Safe Water to the Poor Around the World; Your Cousin, Your Neighbor’s Cousin: Consuming Ethically in Today’s World; and A Path to the Good Life: Pope Francis’ Famous Environmental Encyclical. For info and to register, click HERE.

August 20: Earthwise makes butter; You can too

Posted on

Here’s an irresistible Butter, Yogurt, and Cheese Making Class where participants learn how to make delicious butter, yogurt and soft cheeses such as Fromage Blanc and Ricotta in a home kitchen scale setting. Earthwise Farm & Forest in Bethel on Sun., Aug. 20 from 1:00-4:30 PM with hands-on learning, time for food tasting, question/answer, and discussions ranging from the benefits of raw milk, raw milk regulations, where to purchase milk from someone near you. To learn more about the class or register, click HERE.

September 6-8: Catalysts of the Climate Economy

Posted on

Join Vermont Council on Rural Development for the national “cc:econ Catalysts of the Climate Economy Summit” at University of Vermont in Burlington on Sep. 6-8 that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders to gear up for the next stage of economic development and prosperity in a low-carbon future. The event aims to accelerate progress toward the significant economic opportunities associated with solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change. Keynote speaker is noted visionary Paul Hawken. For info and registration, click HERE.

September 2nd – Beyond separation: practicing embodiment for social transformation

Posted on Updated on

How can we embody solidarity and co-liberation? What does this work look like in these extraordinary times? First we must gain familiarity with the patterns of our own bodies that fragment us internally, and seperate us from one another. Using a mixture of practices stemming from the organizations “Generative Somatics” and “The Strozzi Institute”, we will gently explore how systems of social division like race, gender, and ability, exist in our bodies, and recreate themselves through interaction. We will also explore how to more fully embody solidarity through deepening our connection with one another.

Adin Buchanan was born into the Winooski river water shed of central Vermont. He is currently a student at Hampshire college, studying transformative education and community organizing, and working with peers as a public speaking and facilitation coach. Back home in Vermont, he has five years experience co-creating and facilitating nature education programs for youth. His deep passions lie at the intersection of social justice, creative, visionary leadership, and connection to the living Earth. He appreciates fresh berries, pleasantly absurd humor, and coffee with various types of “mylk”.

Suzanne is a recovering academic, with over three decades facilitating health and sustainability studies at Goddard College. Before Goddard she taught at the Institute for Social Ecology, toured with a public performance-Turtle Island Visions and Soundscape, did health education at the Fort Totten Reservation in North Dakota and Renz Women’s Prison, and facilitated garden projects in the inner city.

She lives on a small-scale homestead crowded with fruit trees and berries, gardens, herbs, flowers, a vineyard, mushroom logs, and a stone meditation garden and loves to conspire with her 20 year old son.

unnamed.png                     unnamed-1.png

Save the Date for Deep Change – September 16-17

Posted on


Sat., and Sun., Sept. 16-17 at Briggs Opera House and Newberry Market, White River Junction. Calling all visionaries, activists, change makers, leaders, artists, clergy, practitioners, people of hope and action to the newest chapter in the story about sustainability. The Center for Transformational Practice and Our Children, Climate, Faith launch “Deep Change: Healing Ourselves. Healing Our World,” an experimental two-day conference on being, story change and a love-based response to the varied ecological and cultural crises of the 21st century. Renowned spiritual teacher, Jeannie Zandi and Methodist Minister, Reverend Jonathan Bliss, lead participants through an experiential journey from story change to pure being, and examine the roles these play in the creation of healthy social structures. Through workshops, discussion, performance and prayer, the conference explores deeper levels of personal and societal transformation and their relationship to our needed social transitions in these times. Co-sponsored by Creative Lives, BALE and the Universalist Society of Strafford. Website and registration coming soon; meanwhile, for info, click HERE.

Vermont Pride Theater Returns – July 21-30

Posted on

Now in its seventh summer season, Vermont Pride Theater presents its Summer Pride Festival with a medical drama, a madcap comedy, and a full evening of LGBTQ playlets…with the chance to discuss these issues in post-performance talkbacks. There’s also the opportunity in receptions to mingle with the actors, directors, and talkback resource persons. Vermont Pride Theater presents two performances each, all at Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, of Love Alone (July 23 and 28), Family Holiday (July 21 and 29), and Out of the Closet(July 22 and 30). Advance-priced individual tickets and the Pride 3-Pass are available online by calling 802-728-6464 or click HERE.