2012 Conference Speaker
Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, The Ecologist, Resurgence, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, and The Sun, and on web sites such as EnergyBulletin.net, TheOilDrum.com, Alternet.org, ProjectCensored.com, and Counterpunch.com.
Alexa Bradley is a Program Director at On The Commons. As part of the organization’s leadership team she works to support community solutions rooted in the commons principles of collective stewardship and equitable use of our resources. Her current work includes a focus on the Great Lakes Commons Initiative, a broad organizing effort to catalyze a cross-border citizen movement to put human need, ecological survival, and democratized decision making at the center of the Great Lakes governance.
Paul Smith Lomas works for Practical Action as the International Policy & Programmes Director, leading programs that use technology to help improve people’s well-being around the world. Last year Practical Action's work had a direct impact on over a million people in some 15 countries. He also has oversight of efforts to use the organization's experience and learning on the ground to influence the policies and practices of others, whether private sector, UN, NGO, or government agency.
Allen L. White is Vice President and Senior Fellow of Tellus Institute in Boston and directs the Institute’s Program on Corporate Redesign. In 1997 he co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and served as its CEO until 2002. In 2004 he co-founded and is now Director of Corporation 2020, an initiative involved in designing future corporations to create and sustain social mission. He has advised multilaterals, foundations, corporations, and NGOs on corporate responsibility strategy and policy.
Debra Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development (www.uspartnership.org). The Partnership convenes members of the business, education, government, faith, and community sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives.
Christine Gray was Chief Executive Officer of TimeBanks USA from 2009 to 2012. For ten years—as Director of Special Projects, then as Chief Operating Officer, and finally as CEO—she led development of new approaches to TimeBanking and Co-Production for systems change as well as development of all TimeBanks USA training and support materials.She is the author of an in-depth case study of co-production at Holy Cross Community Trust (2012) and co-author of a definitive study of the relation between co-production and the civil rights movement in the United States.
Edgar Cahn is founder of TimeBanks USA and the Timebanking movement; Ashoka Fellow; founder, Racial Justice Initiative; co-founder (with his late wife) of the National Legal Service program in the War on Poverty; co-founder and co-Dean, Antioch School of Law.
Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on community economics. He has authored, co-authored, or edited eight books, most recently—just published by Chelsea Green—Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.
Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and was formerly on the faculty of Harvard University's Department of Economics. She is the author of the best-selling books Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (2010); Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (2004); The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (1992); The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need (1999); and Do Americans Shop Too Much? (2000).
Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Hudson Valley, NY. She produced and directed a documentary film about the young farmers who are reclaiming, restoring, retrofitting, and respecting this country. Titled "The Greenhorns," the film resulted in a small nonprofit organization of the same name that produces events and new media for and about the young farming community.