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The New Storytellers

Transforming Human Society

Making the Story Real

Life-Changers: How Can I Make A Difference? followed by Creative Offering from Drew Dellinger
Recorded on Apr 22, 2014
With Renée Soule: Director of Virtual Learning at Sustainable World Coalition & Brock Evans: President of the Endangered Species Coalition & Jon Symes: Program Development Director at the Pachamama Alliance, Activist, Educator & Sarah Hodgdon: National Program Director of Sierra Club & Rob Hopkins: Co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network, permaculturist & Drew Dellinger: Founder of Planetize the Movement, Teacher, Poet, Writer
Hosted by Renée Soule

Our daily actions can make a big difference if we know their relative impacts. This panel will explore what actions are most effective by those qualified to know.

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Renée G. Soule, PhD candidate in Psychology at Meridian University, has been developing and teaching ecopsychology for over 25 years. She is Director of Virtual Learning at Sustainable World Coalition, adjunct faculty at the California Insitute of Integral Studies and teaches Nonviolent Communication in San Quentin Prison.

Brock Evans is President of the Endangered Species Coalition (ESC). Prior to assuming leadership of the ESC, Evans served as Vice President for National Issues for the National Audubon Society for 15 years. He earlier served for eight years as Director (head lobbyist) of the Sierra Club’s Washington DC Office, and for six more as the Club’s Northwest Representative. Evans has also done scholarly work at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, as a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and teaching in Israel as a Visiting Professor at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

A prolific writer and public speaker, Evans has received numerous awards for his work, including “Environmentalist of the Year” (Washington State Environmental Council); Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Rivers Network (Compton Award, their highest honor), the League of Conservation Voters, and the Natural Resources Council of America; the Outstanding Conservation Leadership Award of the Wilburforce Foundation, and the John Muir Award, the Sierra Club’s highest honor. He is the author of a book about effective environmental campaigns, Fight and Win: Brock Evans’ Strategies for the New Ecowarriors, BarclayBryanPress 2014. Evans is a graduate (cum laude) of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School. He did his military service with the United States Marine Corps.

As Program Development Director with the Pachamama Alliance Jon Symes is responsible for taking their transformational education to audiences around the world and for developing new formats for these messages of awakening. All of this is lead by the mission: bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.

Originally from the UK and with a strong business consultancy background Jon left that path in search of a more meaningful contribution and in his 2006 publication, Your Planet Needs You, he mapped the challenges we face in creating and living a new future. This book, and his passion for sharing its message in practical ways, was so resonant with the work of the Pachamama Alliance that he was invited to join that team in San Francisco in 2007. Since then he has helped develop their programs and taken them to places around the world, from China to Ecuador, and New Zealand to India. From this, and his experience as a committed activist in his local Bay Area communities, e has gathered a wealth of stories about what’s possible for the human family. As Program Development Director with the Pachamama Alliance, Jon Symes is responsible for taking their transformational education to audiences around the world and for developing new formats for these messages of awakening. All of this is led by the mission: bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.

As Sierra Club's National Program Director, Sarah Hodgdon oversees the organization’s national campaigns and programs including the Beyond Coal, Beyond Oil, and Our Wild America campaigns, as well as the Club’s political, outings and partnerships programs with labor, environmental justice groups, and youth. To accomplish campaign and programmatic goals, Sarah leads Sierra Club’s teams of federal lobbyists, organizers, and lawyers.

The Diversity Journal recently called her, A Woman Worth Watching for her leadership role at Sierra Club. Prior to joining Sierra Club, Sarah was Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance, a North Carolina based forest protection organization from 2000-2006. She began her grassroots organizing career in 1993 with Green Corps and also served as Recruitment Director for the group from 1996-2000.

She is one of only four Green Corps’ graduates to have received the David Brower Alumni Achievement Award. Sarah has a BA in Comparative Literature from Indiana University as well as a certificate from the university’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She was awarded the McKaig Leadership Award for Outstanding Student Leadership.

Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. He has many years experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building, and set up the first 2 year full-time permaculture course in the world, at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland, as well as co-ordinating the first eco-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission.

He is author of Woodlands for West Cork!, Energy Descent Pathways and most recently The Transition Handbook: from oil dependence to local resilience, which has been published in a number of other languages, and which was voted the 5th most popular book taken on holiday by MPs during the summer of 2008.  He publishes, recently voted ‘the 4th best green blog in the UK’(!). He is the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, an Ashoka Fellow, is a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, served 3 years as a Trustee of the Soil Association, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists. He is the winner of the 2009 Observer Ethical Award for the Grassroots Campaigner category, and in December 2009 was voted the Energy Saving Trust/Guardian’s ‘Green Community Hero’. 

He lectures and writes widely on peak oil and Transition, holds an MSc in Social Research and recently completed a PhD at the University of Plymouth entitled ‘Localisation and resilience at the local level: the case of Transition Town Totnes’. He lives in Devon and is a keen gardener.

Drew Dellinger is a poet, teacher, writer and speaker who has inspired hearts and minds around the world, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, activism, democracy, and compassion. He is also a consultant, publisher, and founder of Planetize the Movement Press. Dellinger’s award-winning book, love letter to the milky way, has thousands of devoted readers on five continents. His poems have been cited and quoted in venues ranging from prison workshops to climate change hearings before the U.S. Congress.  Dellinger co-wrote the documentary film, "The Awakening Universe," which premiered at the United Nations. As a consultant, Dellinger helped develop and design the Pachamama Alliance's Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, now used in 60 countries, in 14 languages. In 1997 Dellinger received Common Boundary magazine's national Green Dove Award. In 2010 he received a Writer's Digest Book Award.