Event Brochure Content

These lists of people and organizations all came from the 2001 Co-Opportunities event produced by NICA. A number of people involved with this 2001 event would seem to be potential contributors to FIC Art of Community Event in various capacities and this text can be copied and pasted into other materials.

Note: this material was scanned and may contain spelling errors, so be careful using the content verbatim, particularly for people's names.


RAINIER ROOM: Multiple workshops take place simultaneously

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Consensus and Facilitation, Tree Bresson Human Population Trends, Albert Kaufman Project NatureConnect, Allison Weeks

Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Creating Community and Social Justice through Theater and Other Tools, Marc Weinblatt Seeing with New Eyes, Barbara Spraker

Saturday, 2:45 - 4:00 p,m. Grassroots Politics, Third Party Issues, and Local Action on Global Warming, Patrick Mazza Introduction to a VegetarianDiet, Sandi Britton, RDMS . Sustainable Communities' Role in Relation to Globalization and Corporate Dominance, Dave Sansone

Sunday, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Starting Down the Road to Sustainability, Andrea Faste Car Smart Communities, Graham Cooper


Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Biomass Energy Systems, Larry Dobson


Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sustainable Fishing, Pete Knutson

Saturday, 1:OO - 1:30 p.m. Towards Sustainable Production: A Case Study of Objx Furniture, John Wells

Saturday, 2:45 p.m, -4:00 p.m. Sustainable Choices in the Food Market, Goldie Caughlin

SNOQUALMIE ROOM: (Presentations)

Saturday, ll:OO a.m. - Noon Northwest Earth Institute

Saturday, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Natural Step Saturday

Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Goodenough

Saturday, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Catapult Community Developers

Saturday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. . Rose Hill Cohousing

Saturday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Mill House Ranch


Housing Options and Trends (Sat. 11 a.m., Lopez) Beyond single family homes and multifamily apartment buildings, what are some ways that housing has been redefined and envi¬sioned? What are models of ownership, shared common spaces and resources, and what are their benefits? We'll hear from those experienced with cohousing, intentional communities, artist cooperatives, live/work spaces, affordable housing and land trusts -in both urban and rural settings. Learn how projects get funding, satisfy reg¬ulatory requirements, etc. Panelists: Karen Guzak, artist and developer of artist coop housing; Mike Pyatok, affordable housing architect and activist; Rebeca Rivera, CLOSe, & Sherwood Coop; Mark Huppert, Community Developer; Chris Scott Hanson, Cohousing Resources; Sheldon Cooper, Homestead Community Land Trust; Bill Sterling, River Farm & Evergreen Land Trust; Ed Fischberg, Puget Ridge Cohousing; Shawn Young, Federation of Egalitarian Communities. Moderator: Farouk Seif, Ph.D. -Core Faculty, Antioch University, Graduate Program in Whole Systems Design.

Sustainable Health: Mind, Body, Spirit (Sat. 11 a.m., Shaw) Discussing collaborative and integrative medicine, trends and experiences in relationship-centered patient care. Recognizing a sustainable approach to personal and com¬munity health, spiritual and emotional elements of health, and including esoteric healing demonstrations. Panelists: Susan Burns, IONS; Nicholas Honshin, Kristen Gallery; Deni Luna, City of Seattle; Christy Lee-Engel, N.D., L.Ac., One Sky Medicine; Gina Sala, Sound Healer. Moderator: Shana Horman.

Healthy Organizations (Sat. 11 a.m., Fidalgo) Are there any truly healthy organizations? How would a healthy organi¬zation be identified beyond traditional economic and financial parameters? What are the connections between the condition of the organizations in which we work and our personal and societal health? Join a panel of distin¬guished speakers who offer a lifetime of engagement around these and other challenging questions. Moderator: Doug Nasen.

Sustainable Food Systems (Sat. 1 p.m., Lopez) Weaving closer links between farm, market and kitchen. On this panel, we'll discuss sustainable systems already thriving, and the plans, hopes and obstacles ahead. Panelists: Bonnie Rice, Chris Curtis, Ray Schutte, Bunley Yun, Goldie Caughlan, Gayneuf El and Aun Neov. Moderator: Jonathan Scherch.

Green Development and Community Spaces (Sat. 1 p.m., Shaw) As we grow as a city and as a region, open green spaces will become even more precious in providing opportunities for relaxation, recharge, and recreation, as well as for gathering together as communities. Green spaces nurture us: visually with their beauty, spiritually through connect¬ing us with nature, mentally by engaging our curiosity about other life forms, and physically with the sense of freedom and the activity we get through play. This panel has been gathered to inspire by example, stimulate ideas and envision more ways to "weave in" green spaces in our communities. Milenko Matanovich, Pomegranate Center; Jim Diers, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods; Daniel Winterbottom, UW Landscape Architecture; Carolyn Geise, Greening Vine Street project; Jim Rowley, Interbay P-Patch; Rick Kochalis, Seattle Department of Construction and Land Use. Moderator: Kristin Woolever, Ph.D., Director, Antioch Center for Creative Change.

Envision a Living Economy (Sat. 2:45 p.m., Lopez) This panel will focus on what is a 'living economy' and how it emerges. The members all have significant experience with working to create change in innovate ways. The panel will look at creating vibrant local economies that have the purpose of creating both sustainability and com¬munity. Panel members will open with some general defi¬nitions and then offer a more specific focus on a few major ingredients. Panelists will discuss how to create change within a community, financing and ownership models, local currencies and green taxes, how to improve public corporations' value structures, and models for helping alternative communities communicate. Time will be provided for questions to the panel. Panelists: Victor Bremson, Corporate Business Consultant; J. Gary Lawrence, President, Sustainable Strategies & Solutions Inc., and Past Director, City of Seattle Planning Department; Davis Golding, Chief Operating Officer, ShoreBank Pacific; Bruce T. Herbert, President, New ground Investment Services; Leslie Christian, President, Progressive Investment Management; Steve Habib Rose, Facilitator of alternative community electron¬ic communication networks.

Social Justice and Diversity (Sat. 2:45 p.m., Fidalgo) Join com¬ munity leaders who are working to include all the voices in our community. This panel will discuss current issues, present what is working, and explore what more we can do to ensure a thriving multicultural landscape. Dawn Mason, former State Representative; Rahul Gupta, Cascade People's Center; Orisade Awodola, President, NW Writers Corp.; Marc Weinblatt, Mandala Center for Change and Transformation; Qwo-Li Driskill, Founder of Knit Bone Productions; Lorrelle Sian-Chin, Program Manager and Diversity Consultant, Personnel Department, City of Seattle. Moderator: Saddrudin Boga.

Intergovernmental Collaboration to Develop Sustainability (Sat. 2:45 p.m., Shaw) What sustainability work is underway at various government entities? Do federal, state, local and neighborhood based approaches fit together? Are these entities collaborating? Is there a shared approach to pro¬moting community sustainability? Panelists: Mary Bell Austin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Lynn Helbreckt, Washington State Department of Ecology; Deborah Brockway, King County Department of Natural Resources; and, Richard Gelb, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment; Ed Geiger, Cascade Neighborhood Council & Urban Environmental Institute. Moderator: Mark Hower.

Political Voices Forum (Sun. 3:30 p.m., Rainier) Framed in the context of what's being done, what we expect from our government agencies and elected officials, we'll inform each other of our current efforts and goals, leading to a better comprehension of what's possible as well as affirm¬ing clear and positive priorities for all of us to work on together. Moderated by Brian Derdowski. Some of the local candidates expected to attend: Richard Conlin, Nick Licata, Judy Nicastro" Curt Firestone, Grant Cog swell.


Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

Pre-plenary music provided by Peter Hwosch

Welcoming Ceremony: Lorrelle Sian-Chin & guests

Jonathan Betz-Zall, President of NICA

Steve Nicholas, Director, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment

Vicki Robin is the co-author of the bestselling book, Your Money or Your Life, as well as a book called, Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World. She is also the president of the New Road Map Foundation, an organization that has a 20-year histo¬ry as a leader in the sustainable living movement, provid¬ing people with practical tools and innovative approaches for managing basic life challenges. Vicki is currently a host of several conversation cafes in the Seattle area.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Robert Gilman is the founder of Context Institute, started in 1979 and one of the earliest NGOs to focus directly on global sustainability. He founded and edited Context Institute's journal, IN CONTEXT, in print from 1983 to 1995 and on the web since. Trained initially as an astrophysicist, he also has a broad background in cultural history, innovation theory, sustainable economics, and greening of the built environment.

Yolanda Sinde, Executive Director of the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice. She has been an activist and advocate on issues of low-income housing, welfare reform, children's health, environmental justice and economic justice for ten years in the Seattle area;

Bill Thatcher has served as consultant to nonprofits in more than 50 countries on long-range communications and management planning strategies. Author of numer¬ous published articles and co-author of the 1997 book, The Power of Acceptance: Building Meaningful Relationships in a Judgmental World.

Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

C.A. (Chet) Bowers has taught at the University of Oregon and Portland State University Colleges of Education, and is now semi-retired. His most recent books, include Educating for an Ecologically Sustainable Culture (1995) ; The Culture of Denial (1997) ; Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability (2000); and Educating for Eco-Justice and Community (2001).

Michael J. Cohen, an Applied Ecopsychologist, conceived of Project NatureConnect during his years as director of outdoor environmental education programs including the National Audubon Society Expedition Institute at Lesley College. His books include the award-winning Connecting With Nature: Creating Moments that Let Earth Teach and Well Mind, Well Earth. Dr. Cohen conceived the 1985 National Audubon International Symposium and Conference "Is the Earth a Living Organism?" and is the recipient of the Distinguished World Citizen Award.

Chef Tom French is a professional chef, humanitarian, and food activist who lives on Whidbey Island, WA. In addition to being the director of the Bountiful Table, he and his wife Katie own and operate Tableau, a special event, conference and retreat planning business which offers local organic based catering as one of its services.

Mark Rower, Facilitator of Open Space Sessions. Chair, Graduate Management Program, Antioch's Center for Creative Change, Antioch University Seattle.

Sunday, 5:30pm

Sarah van Gelder is a co-founder and board m:mber of the Positive Futures Network and executIve edItor of Its flagship journal, YES! A Journal of Positive Futures. The journal and the network support people's active engagement in creating a more just, compassionate, and sustainable future. As part of that work, Sarah has written, spoken, and edited issues on such themes as voluntary simplicity, ecological business, futures studies, community-based economics, sexuality, education, conflict resolution and sustainable communities. In all cases, she takes a whole-systems approach to identifying strategic opportunities for change and empowering action.

Richard Conlin was elected to the Seattle City Council in November 1997. Richard is Chair of the Council's Neighborhoods, Sustainability, and Community Development Committee; Vice-Chair of the Water Resources, Solid Waste, and Public Health Committee; and a member of both the Finance and Budget Committee, and Energy and Environmental Policy Committee. He's also one of the co-founders of Sustainable Seattle, an organization that publishes a biannual "Indicators of Sustainable Community," that measure Seattle's progress towards long-term cultural, economic, environmental, and social health.


  • Catalytic Communications (Lance Scott)
  • Puget Sound Network for Compassionate Communications
  • SPU: Seattle Public Utilities
  • Seattle Independent Media Center
  • The Seattle Labor Chorus
  • Frontier Geosciences, Inc
  • Antioch College
  • Mr. Spots Chai House
  • Will Kemper, Windemere
  • Catapult Community Developers


  • Antioch University
  • Bastyr University
  • Bountiful Table/Experience Food Project
  • Catapult Community Developers
  • City of Seattle
  • Cohousing Resources
  • Community & Environmental Planning, UW
  • Cultural Creatives
  • Design Resource Institute
  • Electronic Trust and Trade
  • Emerald Cohousing
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fellowship for Intentional Community
  • Flexcar
  • Global People's Assembly
  • Goodenough Community
  • Green Maps
  • Homestead Community Land Trust
  • Independent Media Center
  • Jackson Place Cohousing
  • Master Composters
  • Natural Step
  • NICA
  • NW Earth Institute
  • NW Eco-Builders Guild
  • Pomegranate Center
  • Project NatureConnect
  • Rose Hill Cohousing
  • SeattLETS
  • Seattle Tilth
  • Sustainable Seattle
  • Thornton Creek
  • TransFair USA
  • Vegetarians of Washington
  • Winter Sun Design
  • Your Mother's Kitchen


  • Antioch University Seattle
  • Center for Creative Change
  • Bountiful Table/Experience food Project
  • Northwest Intentional Communities Association
  • Seattle Center
  • Seattle Tilth


  • Catapult Community Developers
  • City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment
  • Equal Exchange
  • Fellowship for Intentional Community
  • Foundation for Community Encouragement
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • Sustainable Seattle
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


  • Eco-Vision Journal
  • Equal Exchange Coffee
  • Independent Media Center
  • Northwest Eco-Builders
  • Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
  • P. Patch Association
  • Project Nature Connect
  • Talking Leaves: A Journal of Our Evolving Ecological Culture


  • Puget Sound Network for Compassionate Communication
  • Karma Ruder
  • Sabiha Dawn Mason
  • Nick Licata
  • Adam Kline
  • Habib Rose
  • Victor Bremson
  • Goodenough Community
  • Andrew and Sachiko Crowder
  • Deni Luna
  • Mary Dzieweczynski
  • Rob Clay
  • Shannon D. Markley
  • Olympia Sustainable Community Roundtable
  • Julie Paulette Sawyers
  • Craig McDonald
  • Griggs Irving


  • Mary Bell Austin
  • Lance Scott
  • Kerry Bischoff & the Fremont Public Association
  • our Advisory Group
  • Richard Gelb
  • Colleen Whitten Srull
  • Victor Bremson
  • Helen Gabel
  • Sandy Pernitz
  • Earth Girls
  • Phinney Neighborhood Center
  • Cascade People's Center
  • Kelly Caldwell
  • our MC's and Panel Moderators
  • Joe Podlesnik
  • Maggi Fimia and her staff
  • Paul Harding
  • Paul Nelson
  • Peter Hwosch
  • members of Merkaba
  • Christopher Cain (& the " Jurassic Truck")
  • Shirley Tomasi
  • Sustainable Seattle
  • Ray Victurne
  • Andrea Imler
  • Deborah Brockway
  • F. Tony Gale
  • Deni Luna
  • Michael Coffey
  • Dale Hodges
  • New Roadmap foundation
  • Cultural Creatives of Puget Sound
  • Northwest Environment Watch
  • Jeremy Simer & TransFair USA
  • Mr. Spot Chai House
  • Summit 2001 Conference Organizers
  • Hamadi Sisawo
  • Colleen Quinn
  • Guy Burneko
  • Kristin Cheney
  • Michael Dobbie
  • Jerry Martin
  • Pete Bjordahl
  • Mike McCormick
  • Craig McDonald
  • Kert Peterson
  • Colleen Quinn
  • Paul Rudnick
  • Kristin Woolever
  • Gina Sala'
  • Janet Stecher
  • Matt Pope
  • Susan Partnow
  • Wayne Gustafson
  • Elizabeth Daniel
  • Communities Magazine
  • Cascadia Consulting
  • and anyone else not specifically mentioned who has supported our vision

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