Nwamaka Agbo

 
Nwamaka is excited to bring over 10 years of experience in working on social and economic justice issues and campaigns that help support the sustainable and equitable development of thriving and prosperous communities as the Innovation Fellow for the Movement Strategy Center. 

As the Director of Programs at EcoDistricts, Nwamaka was responsible for leading Target Cities – a pilot program designed to support 11 innovative neighborhoods in 9 cities across North America in applying the EcoDistricts Global Protocol to help accelerate and achieve their district-scale sustainability goals. 

As the Director of Programs at Transform Finance, Nwamaka helped to design and launch the inaugural Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice leaders.  The Institute was created to educate and train social justice community leaders about how to best leverage impact investments to deepen their social impact for transformative social change. Nwamaka worked at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights for over six years in a range of positions spanning from Policy Director, to Campaign Director and Deputy Director. During her tenure at the Ella Baker Center, Nwamaka helped to support the launch of the Oakland Green Jobs Corp and later went on to develop the organization’s Oakland-based Soul of the City civic engagement campaign.

She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member to Oakland Rising Action and a Board Member of People’s Grocery.  Nwamaka is also honored to support the work of Roots of Success as an Advisory Board Member and Wellstone Action as a Trainer. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and African American Studies and holds a Master’s of Public Administration specializing in Financial Management from San Francisco State University.

Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successful businesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics.  His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don't Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a practical solution to economic inequality.

Barnes grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in history from Harvard and an M.A. in government from Georgetown.  He was a Washington correspondent for Newsweek and west coast correspondent for The New Republic.  In 1976 he co-founded a worker-owned solar energy company in San Francisco, and in 1983 he co-founded Working Assets (now Credo).  In 1995 he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.

He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the National Cooperative Bank, the California Solar Industry Association, Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Rainbow Workers Cooperative, Redefining Progress, Greenpeace International and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

His books include Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-SoldierThe People’s LandWho Owns the Sky? and Capitalism 3.0.  His articles have appeared in The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the American Prospect, the Utne Reader, Yes! and elsewhere.  In 1997 he founded the Mesa Refuge, a writers’ retreat in northern California.  

 

Mary Berry

Mary Berry is the Executive Director of the Berry Center and a leader in the movement for sustainable agriculture. The Berry Center focuses on issues confronting small farming families in Kentucky and around the country, encouraging and conducting study into where we have been, where we are, and where we are going in the rural landscapes.
 
The Berry Center is beginning the work of studying “The Fifty Year Farm Plan” to see how it can work in Kentucky. The plan has been proposed by The Land Institute in Kansas and was written by Wes Jackson, Fred Kirschenmann and Wendell Berry. The plan’s emphasis is on perennial agriculture and involves The Land Institute’s work on perennial grain crops. In Kentucky, where so much of our land should never be plowed, our focus needs to be on permanent pasture, forests, and perennial crops, with the best and least vulnerable of our land reserved for annual crops.

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Severine is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Champlain Valley of New York.  She is founder and director of The Greenhorns, a grassroots cultural organization with the mission to promote, recruit and support a growing movement of young farmers and ranchers in America. Now in its 6th year, Greenhorns focuses on convening in-person networking mixers, conferences and workshops, as well as producing new media and publications for their national network. They run a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network (Bushwick, Brooklyn),a popular blog, a national OPEN GIS farmer database, and a few other unconventional projects.

Severine also runs the Agrarian Trust, working to build a national network, tools, templates and pilot projects to support new farmers with land access, and opportunity. The Agrarian Trust will focus on land gifting frameworks, advocacy around best practices and limited emergency transactions. During the next 20 years, 400 million acres, an almost Louisiana Purchase-sized chunk of American farmland is destined to change hands. If this movement of new farmers is to shift the American foodsystem, (more diverse, more regional, more sustainable) then we must urgently work for secure land tenure.

Severine is a founder and organizer of Farmhack, an open-source community for farm innovation. Farmhack's events and online platform helps the farmers in our network connect, design, hack, tweak and sell appropriate, adaptable tools for sustainable farm systems. Farmhack is committed to open source, farmer driven teamwork in the design process.

Severine is director and producer of The Greenhorns(2011), a feature documentary, Editor of Greenhorns:50 Dispatches from the New Farmers Movement ( Storey publishing 2011), producer of OURLAND.tv webfilms (2012), Editor in Chief of The 2013 New Farmers Almanac ( AK Press 2013). She attended Pomona College and University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated 2008 with a B.S. in Conservation/ AgroEcology. She co- founded the Pomona Organic Farm,and UC Berkeley’s Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology, and is a proud co-founder and served for 2 years as board president of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Severine is an avid amateur historian, and has built an 8,000 volume agricultural library .  Active at her local Grange hall and Co-Packer Coop and project partner to the Vermont Sail Freight Project, she also produces organic pork, rabbit, goose, duck, culinary herbs, teas, and wildcrafted seaweed at Smithereen Farm, Essex NY.

Hildegarde Hannum

Hildegarde received a Ph.D. in German language and literature from Harvard, with a dissertation about the concept of the will in the early work of Thomas Mann. After teaching German language and literature at Hayward State University, UC Berkeley, and Connecticut College, she turned to a career as free-lance translator with her husband. She built her career as a translator from German to English with translations including works by Erich Fromm, Arno Gruen, Hans Jonas, and Alice Miller. A board member since 1982, Hildegarde edits the Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, turning the spoken word into essays that are published in pamphlet form and are available on the internet. She also edited People, Land, and Community: Collected E. F. Schumacher Society Lectures (Yale University Press, 1997).

Dan Levinson

Since graduating Brown University in 1982 and Stanford Business School in 1988, Dan has been in the private equity business, founding Main Street Resources in 1998. These 25+ years of running private equity firms, funds and transactions have given Dan a strong economic foundation and firm grounding in launching and executing complex human-scale transactions and opportunities.

Over the last five years he has evolved his firm and his personal interests into a platform for local action, impact investment and entrepreneurial philanthropy, working closely as a facilitating venture partner with many businesses, investors, nonprofits and socially responsible businesses in transition and development, including Green Village Initiative, Schumacher Center for New Economics, The Center for Non-Profit Excellence, and Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Dan believes enlightening our economic system is the key to addressing our core social, economic and environmental challenges -and that the best way to achieve this is through experimenting and modeling local/tangible impact enterprises and projects. For his efforts Dan has received the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award, the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist award and many others.

Read news coverage about Dan Levinson and social enterprise.

Anne MacDonald

Anne MacDonald is a business executive and marketer.  She has been the Chief Marketing Officer at four different Fortune 100 Companies over the past 30+ years.  Those companies were global in nature spanning the financial services, retail, insurance, and consumer products industries.   She built common brands, consistency of image and values, launched products, built organizations and grew businesses across borders and cultures.   Anne’s early career saw a decade in the advertising industry, where she became one of the first female board members at the privately held NW Ayer.  Anne’s study of philosophy at Boston College coupled with a Masters in Business from Bath University in England, directed her path to the marketing field.

Anne’s professional experiences honed her skills to assess human needs, develop solutions and operationalize them.  She does this with a high degree of sensitivity to finding the common ground and human truths across backgrounds, and cultures.

The past couple of years have seen Anne reduce her globe trotting, allowing more time to devote to the issues that have always been important to her.  She is working with two non-profits to restructure their business models to generate a sustainable source of income for their missions, thereby reducing their reliance on donations.   Anne believes strongly that the more a non-profit is self-reliant the more effective their teaching and assistance will be.

Anne has built her professional and personal life observing problems closely, looking beyond the obvious and providing pathways for people to solve their problems.  She believes an approach of developing solutions, adapting for locale combined with dynamic testing will provide the solutions for our environment, local communities and economy. 

Anne has served on several public company and advisory boards.  She splits her time between Twin Lakes in Connecticut and New York City. 

Jerry Mander

Jerry Mander is the founder, former director, and presently distinguished fellow of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a San Francisco “think tank” focused since 1994 on exposing the negative impacts of economic globalization, and the need for economic transitions toward sustainable local economies. He was also, until recently, program director of the Foundation for Deep Ecology.  IFG has been widely credited as the principal organizer of the immense protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, 1999, closing down the Doha round.

Mander was trained as an economist in the 1950s (Columbia University), but his early career was as president of a major commercial ad agency, Freeman, Mander & Gossage, and then as founder of the country’s first nonprofit ad agency in 1971, Public Media Center, which ran advertising and publicity campaigns for Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and various indigenous and antiwar groups. These campaigns included the celebrated Sierra Club campaigns (with David Brower) that kept dams out of the Grand Canyon, established a Redwood National Park, and stopped production of the Supersonic Transport (SST).

Mander’s most recent book (2012) is The Capitalism Papers; Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System. Prior books include international best-sellers Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, and In the Absence of the Sacred, both critiques of the growing negative power of technological systems.  Other books include The Case Against the Global Economy (with Edward Goldsmith), Alternatives to Economic Globalization (with John Cavanagh), Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globalization (with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz) and The Superferry Chronicles (with Koohan Paik.) 

Mander has been called “the patriarch of the anti-globalization movement” (New York Times, 2007).  He was cited among “The 100 Leading Visionaries of the 20th century” by Resurgence Magazine.

Matt Stinchcomb

Matt Stinchcomb is Executive Director at Etsy.org - a nonprofit organization building entrepreneurial education programs that foster the human capacity, wisdom, insights, and community needed to create regenerative businesses. This is an extension of Etsy.com's mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. 

Prior to founding Etsy.org, Matt was the longest-serving Etsy employee with titles that include VP of Community; VP of Communications; VP of Marketing; European Director; VP of Values & Impact; and the CEO of Etsy Ireland. From the earliest days of Etsy, Matt's focus has been to give people the means and desire to minimize harm and maximize benefit for people and the planet. He firmly believes that business can be a powerful and positive force for personal, ecological, and cultural transformation.

Prior to his time at Etsy, he was an indie rock musician and a screenprinter. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Benedikta and young sons, Francis and Lewellyn.

Read Matt's E. F. Schumacher Lecture.

Gordon Thorne

 
Gordon Thorne is a visual artist. He is the Director of Available Potential Enterprises (A.P.E.) which he founded in 1977 and the Open Field Foundation (OFF), created in 1996 to purchase and renovate Bramble Hill Farm. A.P.E. and OFF have at their core the shared mission of providing accessible and affordable space in the center of community for the imagination to create the images and the dreams which will become our sustainable future.
 
Listen to Gordon Thorne's talk: "Community Arts Trust."

Caroline Woolard

Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. Making sculptures, furniture, and events, Woolard co-creates spaces for critical exchange, forgotten histories, and plausible futures. Her practice is research-based and collaborative. In 2009, Woolard cofounded three organizations to support collaborative cultural production; three long-term infrastructure projects to support short-term artworks: a studio space, a barter network, and Trade School. From 2008-2013, Woolard was also supported by unemployment benefits, a Fellowship at Eyebeam, a residency at the MacDowell Colony, Watermill, iLAND, and funding from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund.

Woolard is currently an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum, a lecturer at Cooper Union, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the New School, and a member of Trade School and the Pedagogy Group. Woolard’s research includes: the rise of the BFA-MFA-PhD, the relationship between art and property in New York City, footnote systems for research-based art, socially engaged failure, and incommensurability. Forthcoming writing will focus on a project at MoMA that closed in June, as well as the implications of debt and duration for social practices. By 2018, Woolard hopes to establish a community land trust in New York City with community organizers, computer engineers, and artists who are dedicated to lifelong commoning