May We Live In Interesting Times: Building Just Communities In Times of Chaos
"Our speakers and workshops are all about how to build a just world in a time when all around us feels chaotic. We are living in a time where everything--our weather patterns, the ways in which we deal with social and political concerns, migration and immigration, and economies that have most of us living paycheck to paycheck--makes us feel like the ground is shifting under our feet. This forum calls on us all to talk with each other and develop strategies that meet the needs of everyone in our community with equity." Susan Worgaftik, Chair, Greening Greenfield's forum planning committee.
“The response from our call for workshops was amazing,” added Emily Greene, member of the planning committee. “The diversity of groups and topics is inspiring. We desperately need groups working on single issues to work together to create the change we all want and need.”
The morning Keynote speaker, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, social activist, and youth organizer follows in Martin Luther King’s footsteps and speaks from the heart. She advocates for ecological and social justice, and uses the arts to raise awareness for social issues. She will challenge and inspire us to listen, dream and find commonality to solve economic and racial injustices while addressing the climate crisis.
The afternoon keynote will be our own US Rep. James McGovern, outspoken advocate for the people on everything from food access and local agriculture to human rights and world peace. He will bring us his thoughts on what we can expect from Washington, DC in light of the November elections, and what we can hope to accomplish in the next few years.
As for the 12 workshops, well-known change agents such as Paula Greene, Pat Hynes, and Strong Oak, will be engaging attendees in discussions of efforts to bridge social, racial, and cultural divides. Other workshops will be considering ways to build healthy economies and communities while overcoming hunger; examining climate change, war and social justice; working toward a fossil-fuel-free future; and building vibrant 21st century downtowns.
After a sumptuous locally-sourced luncheon, juggler Rob Peck will add insights and laughs with a performance entitled How To Be An Activist, And Still Have A Life.
As with Greening Greenfield's previous 4 forums, the program this year aims to have outcomes that foster community resiliency and grapple with climate change in some way.
“We started with the 10% Challenge,” says Sandra Boston, of Greening Greenfield. “We are now addressing the complexity of climate chaos and its impact on our food, our national security and our relations with each other--as well as worldwide war, refugees and migration, justice for minorities, bridging our severe political divide, and nuclear weapon proliferation. We offer such a diverse approach to the challenges of our times in the spirit of humility and collaboration. We hope you will join us as we search for the way ahead together.”
Now in its 12th year, Greening Greenfield is a group of concerned people working to build a more resilient and sustainable future.
Registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch and snacks.
$30 per person // $15 for students, seniors, low income
When we work together, we can succeed!
Greening Greenfield has held town-wide and county-wide forums that bring hundreds of people together to explore innovations that can help move us all to our vision of a more equitable, vibrant, resilient, and sustainable world. Read more. . .