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Slow Living Summit

Candis W.
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New London, NH
Post #: 90
Dear Friends:
I'm passing along this invitation from the Slow Living Summit — an innovative conference in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont being held June 5-7, featuring a great lineup of speakers, presenters and topics.

Full information can be found at the Summit's website. A flier is attached — please print and post! And please share this invitation with your own networks.

One of the Summit's convening questions is, "What can you learn in the Slow Lane that you can’t learn in the Fast Lane?" To answer this and other questions, the Summit will be an intense and stimulating gathering, focused on sustainable living, resilient communities, and the personal, inner transformations that are necessary for both. Join experts and engaged citizens from many fields and multiple sectors for thoughtful, results-oriented sessions, held in a unique downtown environment.

To get the flavor of the Summit, please check out this video invitation. Want to get a better idea what organizers mean by Slow Living? Check out "What is Slow Living?"
And be sure to register now, while discounted advance rates are in effect. Registration page link. (Please note: there are a number of ways to save from full registration rates: stipend-supported rates will be in effect for a limited time along with local limited means rates; there are also student rates, one-day rates, and a discounted spouse/SO rate.)

Some topics and speakers of particular interest (please check the full schedule for details):
Slow Design: The impact of mindful design on the quality of public spaces and their communities — a plenary session featuring Jason Bregman, designer with Michael Singer Studios, who works how the reimagination of public spaces, buildings and infrastructure can transform and sustain everyday lives and foster participatory democracy; Rosanne Haggerty, President, Community Solutions, New York, MacArthur Fellow, Ashoka Senior Fellow and a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover, and Rasmia Kirmany-Fry, Director, Brownsville Partnership, Community Solutions, NY

· The quest for sustainability: What do we do now — with Jonathan Lash, President of Hampshire College, former head of the World Resources Institute; and Robert Repetto, senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, author of America’s Climate Problem: The Way Forward.

· Achieving Resilience in Brattleboro: Brattleboro Food Coop, the Brooks House Project and the Resilient Design Institute — with Alex Wilson, founder, Resilient Design Institute; Bob Stevens, Stevens & Associates

· Transitioning to a new economy — with Gus Speth, Vermont Law School; Tina Clarke, Transition Massachusetts trainer; Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies

· Agriculture, food and food systems — with Frances Moore Lappé — author of Diet for a Small Planet and EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want; founder of the Small Planet Institute; Judy Wicks — author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local-Economy Pioneer; founder of the White Dog Café, Philadelphia; co-founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), as well as founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and Fair Food.

The 2013 Summit will once again take place in non-traditional conference surroundings of Main Street, Brattleboro: the historic arts-nouveaux Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro’s River Garden public gathering space, the facilities at Marlboro College Graduate Center — with the vibrant public sidewalks that connect them serving as the conference concourse.

Immediately after the Summit, Brattleboro goes full swing into it’s biggest event of the year, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend. “The Stroll” starts Friday evening, June 7 with a street festival on Main Street. It continues on Saturday, June 8 with a quirky and joyous celebration of local farms and local food, the famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade followed by the all-day, 11 acre Slow Living Expo. On Sunday, June 9, take part in the Tour de Heifer — a trio of challenging farm-to-farm dirt road cycling rides that begin and end at the Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro.

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