Tim Kasser is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He has authored over 70 scientific articles and book chapters on materialism, values, goals, and quality of life, among other topics. He is also the author of The High Price of Materialism (MIT Press, 2002), co-editor of Psychology and Consumer Culture (APA, 2004) and co-author of Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity (WWF-UK, 2009). Tim spends a good deal of his time working with activist groups that try to protect children from commercialization and that encourage a more “inwardly rich” lifestyle than what is offered by consumerism. He lives with his wife, two sons, and assorted animals in the Western Illinois countryside.
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Mike Lydon is the founding Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in New York City and Miami. Before launching the firm in 2009, Mike worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, Ann Arbor’s GetDowntown Program, and Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), an international leader in smart growth planning, design, and research. As a planner, writer, and advocate, Mike’s work has appeared in or been featured by NPR, The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Planetizen, Grist, Salon, Next City, and Streetsblog, among others. Mike is a co-author of The Smart Growth Manual (2009), honored by Planetizen as one of the top 10 planning books of 2010. He is also the creator and primary author of The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change. Mike remains a regular contributor to Planetizen and is a founding co-editor of the journal Living Urbanism. He was also selected in 2009 as one of 34 Urban Vanguards by Next American City magazine. Mike speaks regularly at trainings and conferences on the topics of smart growth, tactical urbanism, planning and social media, and complete streets/active transportation. He is a CNU-Accredited Professional, and he encourages you to trade four wheels for two.
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Randi Mail is the Recycling Director for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the leading green communities in the state. She has been described as a “force of nature” in the recycling community among professionals in government, industry, and nonprofits working in this field to encourage people to consume less, reuse and donate materials, recycle, and compost. She oversees public service programs characterized by excellent customer service, effective public education, and solid performance, reducing the City’s trash by over 30 percent since 2002. Randi derives great enjoyment from public speaking, community partnerships, visual design, program development, and implementation. She excels at inspiring others to adopt sustainable behaviors. Prior to Cambridge, she worked in Buffalo, New York, on efforts to establish that state's western region as a hub for green commerce.
Holly Minch is a founder of the LightBox Collaborative, a nonprofit consulting practice that helps nonprofits, philanthropies, and social entrepreneurs increase their impact through strategy development, community engagement, communications and marketing, and training. Holly's particular strength in the realm of communications. In her capacity as Vice President of Spitfire Strategies, she created communications programs for grantees of the nation’s largest foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Holly also was Executive Director of the Communications Leadership Institute, where she helped nonprofits use high-impact communications to achieve social change. She served as Director of the SPIN Project, assisting hundreds of grassroots groups with strategic communications resources, and launched the successful SPIN Academy.
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Michael Silberman is the Global Director of the Digital Mobilisation Lab at Greenpeace. The “MobLab” exists to transform how campaigns are fought and won, pioneering a powerful new era of people-powered strategies that amplify campaign impact and create positive change. Michael and his team work with Greenpeace and its allies in 42 countries to envision, test, and roll out creative new means of communicating, organizing, and fundraising online. Michael cut his teeth on digital organizing and campaigning as the National Meetup Director for Howard Dean’s presidential run in 2004, where he led a team that regularly mobilized more than 189,000 local volunteers in over 1,200 cities worldwide. He graduated on skis with a BA from Middlebury College.
Gus Speth is Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School and Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. He served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1999 to 2009. From 1993 to 1999, Gus was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to that, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute, professor of law at Georgetown University, chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality, and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Throughout his career, Gus has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Publications include America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy (2012), The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (2008), Global Environmental Governance (2006), and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment (2004).
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Matt Stinchcomb is Executive Director of Etsy.org. Etsy.org builds entrepreneurial educational programs that foster the human capacity, wisdom, insights, and community needed to create regenerative businesses. It works to support Etsy.com's mission to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. Matt firmly believes that business can be a powerful and positive force for social, ecological, and cultural transformation. He has worked in digital media since 1997, and at Etsy since its earliest days.
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Mark Valentine has over 20 years of experience helping nonprofit and philanthropic institutions leverage their human and financial assets in order to achieve social change outcomes. Since 2003, he has operated ReFrame It Consulting, which provides program design and evaluation as well as organizational development services to organizations working across a diverse array of issues, including smart growth and sustainable land use, environmental health, energy and climate, marine and coastal conservation, social entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and microfinance. Mark previously was a Program Director with the Packard Foundation where he helped establish a conservation grantmaking program. Mark is chair of the Board of Directors of Resource Media and also serves on the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Green Film Festival. He received his B.A. in English and History from Union College.
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Jeff Yeager spent 24 years as a CEO and senior executive managing national nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. before launching his current career as a freelance writer, public speaker, and media personality in 2004. First dubbed the “Ultimate Cheapskate” (www.UltimateCheapskate.com) by the NBC Today Show, where he occasionally appears as a guest correspondent, Jeff specializes in an offbeat blend of original humor and practical advice for living a better life by consuming and spending less. He is the author of four popular Random House books about frugal living, including The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches. Jeff is AARP’s official Savings Expert, writing for AARP publications and hosting a weekly web show, The Cheap Life with Jeff Yeager. He has appeared on over 500 radio and TV shows on most major networks, and was an original cast member on TLC’s hit reality show Extreme Cheapskates. Jeff lives in Accokeek, Maryland, with his wife, Denise, and his beloved compost pile, Gomer.
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