2012 Conference Speaker
Ellen Kahler became the Executive Director in late 2005 of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), which uses early-stage grant funding, technical assistance, and near-equity loans (through its Flexible Capital Fund, L3C) to catalyze and accelerate the development of markets for sustainably produced goods and services in Vermont.
Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has founded and led several successful companies. At present he is a senior fellow at the Tomales Bay Institute in Point Reyes Station, California. He grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in history from Harvard and an M.A. in government from Georgetown. He began his career as a reporter on The Lowell [Mass.] Sun and later was a Washington correspondent for Newsweek and west coast correspondent for The New Republic.
Hazel Henderson is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC, and the creator and co-executive producer of its TV series. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of The Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. She co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives (Elsevier Scientific, UK 1995; US edition, 1996). Henderson's articles have appeared in over 250 journals.
James K. Boyce is professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and director of the environment program at the Political Economy Research Institute. His books include Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration (Anthem Press, 2007); Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership (Island Press, 2003); and The Political Economy of the Environment (Edward Elgar, 2002).
Merrian Goggio Borgeson is a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Her work focuses on the financing and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy along with workforce development opportunities in these sectors. Prior to joining LBNL she partnered on clean energy projects with the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the California Public Utilities Commission, SunPower Corporation, and New Resource Bank.
Michelle Long is the executive director of BALLE. Its first co-director, she transitioned to serve on the BALLE board starting in 2003 and later returned as executive director in 2009. Founded in 2002, BALLE is amplifying and accelerating the enormous awakening energy directed toward local economies. Seeing local, independently owned businesses as the key to solving our communities’ toughest challenges and to creating real prosperity, BALLE connects visionary local leaders so they can find inspiration and support.
Judy Wicks is a leader, writer, and speaker in the localization movement. She began buying from local farmers in 1986 for her restaurant White Dog Café, which she started on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. Realizing that helping other restaurants connect with local farmers would strengthen the regional food system, she founded the Fair Food Project in 2000. The following year she co-founded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), now a network of over 20,000 local independent businesses in the U.S.
Julia Slay is leading the work at the new economics foundation on coproduction and on a project to understand how coproduction can transform outcomes and impact the costs of personalized services. She is involved in a number of practical projects, including one that maps the effects of the current spending cuts.
Andrew Simms founded the climate change, energy, and interdependence programs at the new economics foundation and is author of Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations (2009). Described by New Scientist magazine as "a master at joined-up progressive thinking," he was co-author of the groundbreaking Green New Deal report and co-founded the Green New Deal Group. Until the end of 2010 he was Policy Director at new economics foundation and was responsible for some of its most spectacular publicity successes.
Josh Ryan-Collins works on monetary reform with the Finance and Business team at the new economics foundation (nef). He is the lead author of the recently published guide to the UK monetary system, Where Does Money Come From?, which sets out in nontechnical language the way commercial banks dominate the creation and allocation of credit and money. He is now working on the implications of this model and more democratic alternatives, including strategic credit creation by governments or central banks, full reserve banking, and complementary currency systems.