Speakers

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Speakers:

Mark Lakeman

Mark Lakeman

Mark Lakeman is a global leader in the fields of creative urban place-making, architecture and planning projects and activism, and urban permaculture design projects and education.  He sees that every design project can be a means to further the development of a community vision, whether it involves urban design and placemaking, ecological building, encourages community interaction, or assists those who typically do not have access to design services. His leadership in the City Repair Project, communitecture, and the Planet Repair Institute has benefited communities across the North American continent and the world.

Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree

For 30 years, Afia Walking Tree has been growing healing justice movement prioritizing drumming, community activism, and social permaculture at public actions, rallies, and conferences. Afia and Spirit Drumz performed at Song for All Being, Blessed Unrest, the Haas Jr. Institute’s Othering and Belonging conference, and the 2016 TEDWomen opening reception. As a leader in drum-permaculture Afia was invited to be an instructor for R.O.O.T.S. Permaculture Design Course, North American Permaculture Convergence, and Ogala Lakota Indigenous Wisdom Permaculture Convergence. A long time member of the Bioneers family, she for six years she has been featured on the main stage doing Drum Java. You can learn more about Afia Walking Tree at , AfiaWalkingTree.com

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein

Award-winning architect, writer, educator Jeff Stein AIA is Executive Director of Program Development and Fundrasing for the Cosanti Foundation.  His first construction workshop at Arcosanti was in 1975. Since then he has spent time on the Cosanti staff; taught architecture in the Career Discovery program of the Harvard GSD; headed the department of architecture at Wentworth Institute in Boston; and was Dean of the Boston Architectural College for the past seven years. He has taught at architecture schools in the US and at the Technicum Winterthur, Zurich, and Ecole d’Architecture Languedoc-Rousillon, in Montpellier, France. Mr. Stein has written for ARCHITECTURE BOSTON magazine and was for ten years architecture critic for the New England newspaper, BANKER+TRADESMAN. He lectures widely about Arcosanti, energy and urban design, including at the recent Tel Aviv-Yafo Centennial Conference on Urban Sustainability, this past fall in Montreal at the 9th World EcoCities Congress and this spring at the Santa Fe Institute.

Bill McDorman

Bill McDorman

Bill McDorman is Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA), an organization created to assure a diverse and abundant supply of seeds for the Rocky Mountain West. A native of Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho, he has been teaching classes in wild, edible and medicinal plants and seed saving for more than 30 years. Bill holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Montana. Bill and his wife Belle Starr founded Seed School in 2010, a seed saving program that has graduated hundreds of students from around the world.

In 1981, he co-founded The Down Home Project and Garden City Seeds in Missoula, Montana. He also founded High Altitude Gardens in Ketchum, Idaho in 1984 which was incorporated as Seeds Trust in 1989.

Belle Starr

Belle Starr

Belle Starr has a background in media, public relations, community organizing and nonprofit management. She was co-producer of the seminal sustainability festival SolFest in Northern California for 7 years, and in the early 90s she produced and hosted the nationally syndicated environmental radio feature, the Environmental Action Report. Belle is the co-founder of Seed School, and Deputy Director of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance.

 

Jesse Hernreich

Jesse Hernreich

Jesse Hernreich graduated from Prescott College with a degree in Environmental Studies emphasizing Ecological Design. She has earned a Masters from the New School in NYC, where she received an MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. In 2016, Jesse earned a Master Certificate in Water Resource Management and Climate Science from Columbia University in New York. She began teaching Permaculture at both Prescott College and The Ecosa Institute in 2009, after receiving her Permaculture Teacher Training Certificate from CRMPI (Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute) in Basalt, CO, 2008. A recipient of the Ecological Design Certificate from Ecosa in 2007, Jesse continued to work, teach and sit on the board of Ecosa prior to her taking over the leadership position as Executive Director in 2017. Jesse’s Professional profile includes founder, owner and operator at Oakhaven Permaculture 501c3 in Durango Colorado, research hydrologist for the EPA as an intern for Columbia University’s Water Center, hydrologist and regulatory consultant for Re-current hydroelectric development company in Vermont, student coordinator and administrator at the Ecosa Institute, owner and landscape designer at Oakhaven Landscaping LLC. Additionally, Jesse sits on the board for Performance Space 122 (PS122) located in NYC. As a natural scientist, she has acquired a diverse skill set including Climate science, hydrologic physics, herbalism, animal husbandry, farming, alternative construction and aboriginal living skills. Her passion for natural resource management is at the core of all her professional undertakings.

Vanessa Raditz

Vanessa Raditz

Vanessa Raditz is a white genderqueer & femme-fluid urban farmer and homeless youth educator dreaming, teaching and healing in alliance with people’s movements for ecojustice and qollective liberation. Vanessa holds a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley, where they studied and taught about health disparities, environmental justice, and the interaction between environmental contamination and the physical impacts of stress in vulnerable communities. They regularly speak on panels and workshops, including at the Northern California Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence, Creating Change conference, Movement Generation’s Justice & Ecology retreat, the UC Santa Cruz Bioneers, Santa Rosa Junior College, the California Higher Education Food Summit, and the California Students Sustainability Convergence. Vanessa works tirelessly to support community ecological resilience, and to organize for the inclusion of LGBTQ communities in climate justice movements and disaster response planning.

Molly Beverly

Molly Beverly

Chef Molly Beverly is Prescott, Arizona’s creative food activist and teacher. As Prescott College Food Service Director-Chef for 9 years, she built the food service into a showcase of sustainable, educational, and tasty food. Molly has taught cooking since 1976 to adults and children at Prescott and Yavapai Colleges, most recently Edible and Delicious Science for Kids. She is a regular writer for Edible Phoenix and she operates a small organic farm and catering business. As Chair of Slow Food Prescott, she champions school gardens and sustainable food education.

Jeffrey L. Zucker, LEED AIA

Jeffrey L. Zucker, LEED AIA

Jeffrey L. Zucker brings over 40 years of experience in environmentally sensitive and community-based design to his profession. He worked for five years as Project Architect and Construction Supervisor under the direction of Paolo Soleri at Arcosanti. He has been active in the field of sustainability and energy efficient design since the early 70’s. His experience includes a focus on socially responsible design issues, Co-housing communities, and energy efficient architecture. His company, Zucker Architecture, was declared the 2017 Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects, Grand Canyon Chapter. and he was awarded the 2015 Project of the Year for the design of the Los Alamos County Nature Center by ENR Southwest Magazine. He is the founder of the Manzanita Village Cohousing Community in Prescott, Arizona, where he makes his home with his wife, Jean Wilcox.

Thomas Barr

Thomas Barr

Thomas Barr is the Director of Operations for Local First Arizona, the largest coalition of locally owned businesses in North America. He advocates for independent companies unique to Arizona that contribute to building vibrant, equitable, and prosperous communities. A proud Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University, Thomas strives to connect people together to make Arizona a better place and works to engage young people to be involved in their communities.

Thomas oversees operations at LFA including managing the recruitment, retention and engagement of 3000 businesses across Arizona, providing support to all LFA staff in 4 regional offices, and managing technology and finances. He also frequently speaks to groups locally and nationally, presenting the history, mission and impact of the organization while advocating the importance of the local movement and independent businesses in sustaining and growing our economy. Additionally, Thomas is on the steering committee for Fuerza Local, LFA’s program of Spanish speaking entrepreneurs, working to provide equitable opportunity in the local business community.

Outside of LFA, Thomas serves as a standing board member for Equality Arizona, is the Past Board President for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Phoenix, and is an Arizona Leading for Change Fellow Alumni.

Sarah Wentzel-Fisher

Sarah Wentzel-Fisher

Sarah Wentzel-Fisher is the interim executive director of the Quivira Coalition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has worked as an advocate and organizer in the regional food and farming movement for the last ten years. Her work includes directing farmers markets; communications for La Montanita Food Co-op; editing and writing for Edible New Mexico magazine, and marketing and communications for ranches and farms in the Southwest. She holds a graduate degree in community planning from the University of New Mexico. In her free time she visits ranches and farms (she highly recommends this activity), experiments in her kitchen, and keeps chickens in her backyard.

Adam Shimoni

Adam Shimoni

A Flagstaff resident since 2005, Adam Shimoni has been active in Flagstaff politics for several years. He founded and facilitated Flagstaff Speak Up!, a civic engagement program under Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, and was a board member of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future from May of 2013 to February of 2016. He has organized countless rallies and informational sessions to educate citizens about local issues and encourage citizens to be involved in local decision-making. In 2014, he received 2 Sustainable Leadership awards from NAU for his work at Speak UP & Friends of Flagstaff’s Future.

Major areas of focus for Shimoni’s campaign for City Councilor include increasing affordable housing, facilitating growth and wellbeing of local businesses, cultural respect and sensitivity, maintaining our Dark Skies, enhancing alternative transportation, water conservation, and preservation of surrounding natural habitats and open space.

David Casey

David Casey

David has spent much of the past five years in Central America organizing cultural events, retreats, and ecovillage design courses. He also spent considerable time managing volunteers at a farm and worked with an indigenous artisan cooperative in Guatemala. His experience and BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley are a pivotal foundation to the inspiration of NuMundo.

Greg Peterson

Greg Peterson

Greg is a green living and sustainability innovator who is well know in the Phoenix Metro Area. He has appeared extensively on television and radio and is a frequent guest columnist for publications. His mission is inspire people to embrace their own greenness, which he does daily by living what he speaks. He received his master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) in December 2006 from Arizona State University. His academic training has been augmented by 34 years of real world self-study, ownership of multiple businesses and a rich background in entrepreneurship, computer training, software development and management. In 1991, He discovered the concept of permaculture, bringing together many sustainability concepts into one cohesive system. Then in 2001, Greg created a new concept called the Urban Farm – a real world environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. Amongst the many thing Greg is active within today, he hosts the Urban Farm Podcast, producing 2 episodes per week.

Jacob Devaney

Jacob Devaney

Jacob is Co-Founder of Unify with 1.6 million fans (www.facebook.com/unify), a blogger for Upliftconnect.com and Huffington Post, as well as Director ofCulturecollective.org. He specializes in synthesizing art, science, and spirituality into informational blogs that give fresh perspectives to politics and personal growth. He also develops social media campaigns and transmedia content for social change. His work with elders from multiple native tribes including Hopi, Lakota, and Cherokee, along with his own Creole background give him a unique vantage-point on modern events through a lens of ancient prophecies and indigenous understanding. Jacob is a lover of nature and community, believing that we are all interconnected with our own special gift to offer the world. For fun he plays piano, makes giant puppets (www.livingfolklore.com), stiltwalks, and writes children’s fantasy stories.

At Convergence Jacob will tell stories about his work and give advice for those who are wanting to learn ways to utilize social media for community organizing, compassionate action, and transformation. He will open up the discussion for input, welcoming collaborative expression from the audience and will be available throughout the weekend for networking with other cultural creatives.

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