Food + Enterprise Feedback & Funding

FE2015__021We can’t believe it’s been an entire month since Food + Enterprise.

The Wall Street Journal gave us their feedback on Food + Enterprise + Pitch:

“Last weekend, a crowd of investors, entrepreneurs and consultants packed a modish Brooklyn warehouse to hear funding pitches from some of the city’s buzziest startups….”

Now, we’d love your feedback, so fill out this Survey.

Since the Summit, we’ve been busily promoting the funding of those “buzziest startups” — Pitch Finalists from both 2015  AND 2014 on Barnraiser and Kiva Zip, respectively.

FE2015__048Our “slow” community set a new speed record  on Kiva Zip– funding a $10,000 loan to The Fresh Connection in less than 4 days! Thanks to all who participated.

Barnraiser and Kiva Zip represent a new initiative by Slow Money NYC to develop relationships with funding platforms for local sustainable food and farm businesses at various stages of development. For a full range of financing options, check out the “Get Funded” page on the Food + Enterprise website.

FE2015__034We’ve also had the chance to review some of the feedback we’ve received from F+E event-goers. Here are some of the nice things folks had to say about Food + Enterprise:

“It was particularly great to see people from so many stakeholder groups in the room – we’re so often stuck in our own little silos.” 

“Great people! I made so many great connections and learned so much.”

“I attend a lot of food industry related events and I’ll be the first to say — not all of these events are created equal…This event is definitely one that will be remembered… There is nothing more motivating than being in a community with folks who love what they do!” 

We’d love to hear from anyone who attended Food + Enterprise.  Help us make the event serve to build our “slow” community by filling out this Survey.  Thanks!

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Slow Money NYC Endorses Fresh Connection on Kiva Zip

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Mark Jaffe of Fresh Connection NYC

Slow Money NYC has endorsed Mark Jaffe and his business, The Fresh Connection, for a $10,000 loan on Kiva Zip.

UPDATE 03/24/15: The Fresh Connection Loan has been fully funded — in less than one week!

Kiva Zip is an online portal that allows you to support small businesses with 0% interest loans and enable them to access up to $10,000 to grow their businesses. It only takes $5 to make an impact and anyone can lend.

KivaZipKiva Zip is about human connections. Kiva Zip uses an entrepreneur’s network as a measure of creditworthiness, obtaining loan endorsements from Trustees in their communities.

Kiva Zip Trustees source entrepreneurs they believe in and publicly endorse them as borrowers on the Kiva Zip website.  Trustees have no financial liability for loans, but their reputation is tied to the repayment rate of the borrowers they endorse. Trustees can be individuals or organizations.

Slow Money NYC recently became a “Trustee” on Kiva Zip.  Fresh Connection is the first endorsement of a Borrower made by Slow Money NYC as a Kiva Zip Trustee. And, we are excited to share this loan with all of you.  As of this writing, The Fresh Connection has raised almost 90% of his loan amount in just five days!

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Mariana Cotlear gives Honorarium to Winner Mark Jaffe

You probably remember Mark Jaffe and The Fresh Connection as the winner of Food+Enterprise + Pitch in 2014. By participating as a lender in this campaign, you can directly invest in building the infrastructure that farms and small food producers need to get their products to wholesale customers, CSA drop-off locations and even directly to consumers.

Please join us by making a loan to The Fresh Connection on Kiva Zip:

Derek Denckla, founder of Slow Money NYC –and an early lender to The Fresh Connection on Kiva Zip — puts it this way:

“You should fund Mark Jaffe for the same reason that he won Food + Enterprise + Pitch last year. Anyone who studies how to restore our local food and farm economies knows — like our Pitch judges knew — that diverse distribution options for farms are key business resources required to rebuild missing infrastructure. Now you can be part of the change you want to see and increase access to local food by lending to Fresh Connection.”

As the first loan endorsed by Slow Money NYC, Deutsche Bank is doubling all loans to The Fresh Connection; so if you loan $100, its worth $200 to The Fresh Connection.


Mark Jaffe featured in NY Times

For more about The Fresh Connection and why we think it’s an excellent company to back, read this New York Times profile of Mark Jaffe and other entrepreneurs that participated in the Fair Food Fund Network Bootcamp.  Or, watch Mark Jaffe’s winning pitch at Food+Enterprise 2014:

your name hereYour business could have the next loan endorsed by Slow Money NYC on Kiva Zip! Any business may apply to Slow Money NYC for its endorsement of a loan on Kiva Zip by letting us know how you fit most or all of the Investment Criteria laid out in this link in an email to info [a]

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My Favorite Social Innovation Projects From Food + Enterprise

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 10.05.06 AMThe below is a reprint of Foodshed Investor Ryan Gaines’ social innovation newsletter:

This week’s letter is focused on interesting projects that I came across at the Food + Enterprise Conference this past weekend in Brooklyn. There are many more on their website and several also launched Barnraiser campaigns during the pitch competition on the last day. I hope you enjoy.

Brewing the American Dream: Samuel Adams co-founder, Jim Koch, started Brewing the American Dream to help small food, beverage, craft brewing, and hospitality businesses across the country by offering access to coaching and mentoring sessions with industry experts and working capital loans through Accion.

Lexicon of Sustainability (LOS): LOS uses photos, books, videos, pop-shows and speaking events to help people live more sustainably by educating them on the meaning of the key words used to describe sustainability. As part of Project Localize, they partnered with a high school gastronomy class (why didn’t my high school have this?) to create visually-stunning photos and narratives of local sustainability stories.

Food Oasis Project: Students for Service / Teens for Food Justice created a hydroponic farm in a Bed-Stuy classroom that teaches students about farming & healthy eating and distributes the produce to the local community.  They are now looking to build commercial-scale farms on rooftops throughout New York City to help meet the nutrition needs of those most at-risk.  Find out more and support their project on Barnraiser here.

Bernoulli Finance: Anjali Oberoi left her job in traditional finance to pursue her passion for chocolate and mission-driven organizations. She now leads Bernoulli Finance, a consulting firm for mission-driven food companies and organizations. At the conference, she gave an interesting talk on cash flow management for early stage companies. Let me know if this is something you need help with.

I’d love to hear more about your reactions to Food + Enterprise.  If you would like to share your impressions at Food + Enterprise, please email me and I will gather some best for posting. ​


​Have a great week!


Ryan Gaines

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Slow Money’s Major Regional Event of 2015—Food + Enterprise—is Less Than Two Weeks Away!

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Food + Enterprise is Slow Money’s major regional event of 2015, attracting the most active leaders from our Slow Money network, including Executive Director and Founder Woody Tasch, the entire Board of Slow Money NYC and 20 members of Foodshed Investors NY. And…it’s less than two weeks away!

Entrepreneurs can connect with active angel investors, funders and consultants.  Consultants can make connections with potential clients and funders.  And Investors can build relationships with entrepreneurs, other funders and consultants.  Visit our Who Should Attend for more reasons on why you should attend and our Program page for more details about the event.

We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce a group of exciting new speakers who will share their knowledge with us at F+E: Douglas Gayeton of Lexicon of Sustainability, Jordyn Lexton of Drive Change, Dennis Derryck of Corbin Hill, Dorothy Suput of The Carrot Project, and Ryan Fibiger of FleishersTickets to F+E are going fast, so make sure to purchase them before they’re gone.

On a related note, join F+E summit-goers on Saturday Night for Jeffersonian-style Dinners at local restaurants GOOD FORKTALDE, and THISTLE HILL, all of which are sourcing from NYC Greenmarkets! These small group dinners are curated by Food Maker Media and students of Farm School NYC, and are designed to enhance the learning of the Food + Enterprise Summit. We hope these meals are another opportunity to bring F+E attendees together to share new ideas and form alliances to finance a better food system. Limited tickets available.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you February 27th-March 1st!

Slow Money members use Discount Code “Slow50” to take $50 of all ticket levels: Startup $149, Emerging $249 and Established $399.  Tickets going fast.  REGISTER HERE.

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Slow Money NYC Welcomes New Board Members

Slow Money NYC is excited to announce that it has recently added six new board members to our (already amazing) Board of Advisors. They hail from diverse areas within the sustainable, local food industry: Editor of publications, founder of a CSA, urban farmer, investor in sustainable food start-ups and strategist for business and community development. Without further ado, Slow Money NYC is thrilled to introduce them to our Network:

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 3.31.07 PMBrian Halweil is the editor-in-chief of Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End, Edible Long Island and Edible Manhattan magazines. His writing has focused on organic farming, biotechnology, hunger, and rural communities. He is hte author of Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, and he lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his family keep a home garden and raise oysters.

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 3.38.27 PMGuillaume Gauthereau is a business leader, serial entrepreneur, and a social conscious activist. Guillaume was the CEO and co-founder of Totsy, where he successfully raised over $45M in financing, built a team of over 100 people, and became the 2nd largest US private sale website dedicated to moms and kids. Prior to Totsy, Guillaume worked in several executive roles for luxury and retail brands (LVMH, Nestle, Colgate), including the distinction of being the youngest CEO for an international luxury retail company (Lalique). Guillaume is a partner in Jacqueline & Jerome, a line of super fresh vinaigrette, the founder of New York Bee Sanctuary and the Chairman of Sequoia Lab, where he advises companies with sustainable and socially responsible interests on growth and brand strategies. He also serves on numerous boards including Grameen Bank America, Friends of UNFPA, Slow Money NYC, Foodstand, NRDC NY Council, e2 Environmental Entrepreneurs, BrickHouse Security, GustOrganics, and Ayoka Productions. Guillaume has received extensive recognition in the global media for his achievements, as well as numerous awards, including being named NYC Venture Fellow and a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012. He teaches Meditation & Mindfulness to individuals and corporations. He has a PhD from the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Maisons-Alfort, Paris.

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 10.36.20 AMChristopher Washington, Managing Director of Radicle Farm Company, has co-founded three urban agriculture farms totaling over 140,000 sq.ft. across traditional and hydroponic grow space, and has managed both large and small teams. Christopher speaks across the nation and had a chance to address the Clinton Global Initiative focused on “Market Based Innovations,” and is featured in the book “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming The Global Economy.”

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 11.27.25 AMCaitlin Dourmashkin has spent the last eight years focused on supporting local manufacturing and small businesses development as the Director of Planning and Community Development for EVERGREEN, an industrial development non-profit organization in North Brooklyn. In 2011, Caitlin founded the Small Food Producers Network as a monthly meet-up for emerging food manufacturers. Over the past three years, The Network has grown to over 300 businesses, and services now include regular business development workshops and direct one-on-one consulting around finance and strategic planning. Caitlin holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 6.19.00 PMWen-Jay Ying is the Program Director and Founder of Local Roots NYC, a mission driven organization that creates a local food culture through an alternative CSA model and various events such as pop up supper clubs and an annual music and food festival. The Local Roots CSA has 15 locations throughout NYC, supports over 10 local farmers, and feeds approximately 450 families with sustainably grown produce and small-batch value added products. In 2014, Wen-Jay received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from former Mayor Bloomberg. Previously, she worked at Red Jacket Orchards where she set up the first fruit-only CSA in NYC and was an Americorps VISTA at Just Food as their CSA Resource Associate. Wen-Jay attended Boston University for her undergraduate with a major in psychology. In her free time, she also books concerts, plays music, and hangs out with her corgi.

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 9.22.48 AMChristine Rico is a social entrepreneur, growth strategist and financial consultant to growth phase businesses with a social impact mission.  Her company, Waste to Wealth Ventures, serves businesses across sectors. But Christine’s love of good healthy food and commitment to building a sustainable food systems has led her to a concentration of work with food producers and other food-related enterprises.  Christine is a bike-commuting, fruit and vegetable grower who lives in Brooklyn.

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Slow Money NYC Turns 1,000 (on Meetup…)

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Slow Money NYC is thrilled to report that last week we officially obtained our 1,000th member on

A big thanks to John Wiseman for being our 1000th member (and alerting us to this momentous occasion!). John is a marketing and partnerships maven, who invests in local bars and restaurants and advises on the marketing council for the Food Bank for NYC. Thanks again, John!

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Mr. John Wiseman, 1000th Member!

This milestone is a moment of pride, excitement, and reflection as we look back at the hard, fun work that got us to this point. It’s a moment to look around from the top of this significant numeric peak and think about what’s next for us. New leadership. New organizational rigor. New ideas. New blood. New Year.

Some questions that will help us form our agenda for the new year:

  • How do we want to honor these 1000 members and continue to earn their loyalty?
  • How do we want to call upon these 1000 members to help us build the network to 10,000?
  • How will we articulate the importance of this work that requires us to grow this movement?
  • What programs will we devise to deliver value to ourselves and our members that makes this network worth maintaining?

What do you think?  Please let us know your reaction to these pivotal questions.

Our challenge is to become activists and to embrace this Network as our own — worthy of our nurture, our admiration and our ongoing commitment.

Building a network (and a movement) requires all of us — its members — to be actively engaged and connected, making opportunities to meet and to discuss what’s important.

To that end, please make sure that you join us at our next Meetup on February 10th, 2015 about crowd-funding strategies from the pros.

And, do not miss your opportunity to register for the Food + Enterprise Summit 2015. This gathering defines our community and makes our ties stronger every year. Register here and do so soon! We sold out two weeks early last year.

Thank you so much for all of your commitment to building Slow Money NYC as a home for us all to dream about a better food system and its financing.

This network is ours. This network is us. Let’s keep it fresh and relevant together.

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Tickets on Sale for Food + Enterprise 2015

Greetings! We’re proud to announce that our website has officially launched for Food and Enterprise 2015! CLICK HERE to find out more about our bigger and better event at Industry City this coming February! Be sure to get your tickets soon before they sell out!
After two years of sold-out programming as part of FBF, we’re spinning off our event series devoted to small food business into its own three-day event,  February 27 – March 1, 2015 at Industry City in Brooklyn, New York. To get a flavor for the event, please check out our previous years’ photo of Entrepreneur ClinicAnatomy of a Deal Panel, and Pitch Competition and for a live feel, view Videos of Pitch Competition.We just launched tickets and our website! Be sure to check it out and get your tickets before they sell out.Food + Enterprise 2015 thrives on developing dynamic partnership relationships, planning the details collaboratively with over 80 organizations that form North East Foodshed Finance Alliance. To get involved, email us here!Have a great holiday!Elizabeth T. Jones and Derek DencklaCo-Founders, Food + Enterprise

Buy your tickets today!
We have a growing group of supportive sponsors joining our F+E family:


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Anatomy of a Sale Workshop + Foodstand Spotlight: December 15th

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Holley Atkinson, Slow Food NYC, and Rachna Govani,

Three Two fabulous events on Monday, December 15, 2014:

  • Anatomy of a Sale Workshop -12:30 – 2:00 pm Buy Tickets
  • Foodstand Spotlight – 6:00pm to 8:00 pm Buy Tickets.


NOTE: Slow Food Show cancelled and postponed TBD in 2015.

Anatomy of a Sale Workshop

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Erica Dorn presents “Anatomy of a Sale”

12:30 – 2:00 p.m:  Slow Money NYC will present The Anatomy of a Sale Workshop. This workshop focuses on tips and tools that can help the small food business increase sales and create long-term business relationships.  Buy Tickets.
Have you developed a sales strategy for your Slow Food Business? Learn from Slow Money NYC and Erica Dorn, a business development consultant, about some tips and tools that can help to increase sales for your business and create long-term business relationships. Through an interactive format Erica will cover:
(i) Empathy, Solution, Sale;
(ii) Dash-boarding/creating metrics;
(iii) Client retention (80/20 rule) and other best practices.

TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 PM on Monday, December 15, 2014
LOCATION: Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003, Ph: 212-228-2781

Foodstand Spotlight

We will present a Foodstand Spotlight from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Buy Tickets.
Join Foodstand, the hub of good food pioneers and Slow Money NYC, a network dedicated to collaborating to finance a sustainable local food system, for an evening of drinks and collaborative thinking. We have invited entrepreneurs, creators and innovators in the food space for an opportunity to showcase their product or business to a diverse panel of experts and audience collaborators (YOU!) who’ve all shown up with one mission:

To help good food ventures be the best they can be.

6:00PM: Keynote and Expert Intros
6:30PM: Each presenter gets 5 minutes to showcase their product. Experts deliberate in the next 5. Audience watches and votes on questions the entrepreneur wants feedback on.
7:30-800PM: Networking with good food pioneers.
To apply as an expert or showcase your product, check full event details here.
Have questions about Foodstand Spotlight Series: Drinks w/ the Best + Brightest in Good Food? Contact Foodstand and please take a moment to join our partner organization via Slow Money NYC Meetup.

Note: Slow Money and Foodstand Spotlight events are not an offer to sell securities nor a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Monday, December 15, 2014
LOCATION: Purpose (Office of Foodstand Project)
115 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

160 Water Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

About Slow Money NYC
Slow Money NYC is a chapter of Slow Money, a national non-profit organization catalyzing investment in sustainable food and farms.

About Foodstand
A project of Purpose, Foodstand is an online platform to create community around sharing food experiences that may aggregate into a social movement to impact positive change in the food system.

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Slow Money National Gathering Notes

SM 2014 at KYSlow Money NYC was well-represented at the recent Slow Money National Gathering in Louisville, KY from November 10-12, 2014, helping to extend the reach of our network.

Advisory Board Members Derek Denckla and Claude Arpels along with Amanda Fuller, a member of Foodshed Investor NY, were invited to attend the first-ever Master Class for leaders of local networks from around the US and the world (France was represented!).

Derek gave a Workshop “What are we doing to engage people and get more money to flow” describing the work that Slow Money NYC has been doing for the last four years. If you are interested, here is a link to Slides from Slow Money Master Class 2014-11-10. The Master Class was the first attempt to provide a formal program to help train, educate and network among local leaders of Slow Money networks. We made great connections to many new activists from around the Country and reconnoitered with old friends and allies.

We learned some good new organizing strategies, such as becoming a Trustee on Kiva Zip (application just completed!) so that our network can support startup entrepreneurs who are too early for funding from Foodshed Investors NY. Also, Kiva Zip can help democratize the investing approach of Slow Money NYC, giving the broader network of unaccredited investors the opportunity to provide a zero-interest loan alongside a capital raise for an enterprise that may be slated to receive financing from Foodshed Investors NY.

We all came away intrigued again by the possibility of starting a Investment Club for making small loans, like No Small Potatoes, in Maine or personal loans with a common structure, like Slow Money North Carolina. Someone from our network would have to step up to organize one of these efforts.


Christy Brown celebrates Mary Berry, Vandana Shiva and Wendell Berry (left to right)

Louisville is an interesting town with lots of lively spots and good food.  Thanks to the organizing energy of Nicole Shore, Zero to Sixty Commnunications, we got to see a lot of the City by coordinating two hugely successful Slow Money NYC networking events during the Gathering. On Monday, December 10, we had a dinner and drinks Mixer at the Garage Bar, attended by almost 35 people, where much “Bourbonizing” was accomplished thanks to several full-bottle donations made by Claude and Amanda. The next day we had a networking lunch attended by about 20 at the DISH on Market, where we sampled the local classic “Hot Brown” and shared intentions for working together in the North East.  Advisory Board Member Jennifer Grossman attended the Gathering and rallied us all for a very fun, more intimate group dinner on Tuesday night.  We spent a lot of time hanging out with John Friedman, attorney from Hudson NY, who helped us organized Local Farms Fund.

Tour of Fox Hollow Farm, Biodynamic Beef Operation.

Tour of Fox Hollow Farm, Biodynamic Beef Operation.

Fun fact about Kentucky: The state has more farms than any other state other than Iowa. However, when I was asked by our guest from France, Aymeric Jung, what food was associated with the Bluegrass State, I had to say it wasn’t food at all.  It’s Bourbon.  And it seems to be the social and economic fuel for the town of Louisville.  To be fair, we did visit an amazing biodynamic farm as part of the Master Class, Fox Hollow Farm.

Highlights of the gathering were the opening talk by Douglas Payeton, the maestro and motive force behind the Lexicon of Sustainability, and closing remarks by Vandana Shiva, who set the context on Veteran’s Day for the militaristic and violent takeover of the world food system by Western Industry trained on war-like product design and strategems. Frightening and eye-opening at once. Derek came face to face with food movement heroes Wendell Berry and Vandana Shiva at a party at Christy Brown’s estate, where the owner enlisted him to play spoons (along with Amy Domini of Domini Funds) to some live Bluegrass Music.

The trip was long and exhausting but well worth the time and effort to connect with others and build this activist community intent on bringing money down to earth.

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Voices of Hope in Time of Crisis on 11/8/14

VoH_web_bannerincluding the launch of the International Alliance for Localization (IAL)

10am to 6pm (doors open at 9:15 am)

November 8, 2014

The Great Hall, The Cooper Union

New York, New York


Climate chaos, world conflict, species extinction, income inequality, financial insecurity…

All our most pressing crises are connected. And they have their roots in an economy dominated by global corporations.

In our film, The Economics of Happiness, we documented how the global economy is destroying ecosystems, cultures and any prospect of financial security. The economy also deeply affects our personal wellbeing, with rates of depression, alienation, suicide and violence on the rise. We need structural change.

Rebuilding local economies is a solution-multiplier, reducing our ecological footprint while simultaneously increasing our social and economic well-being. Want to help build the movement? Join us for a day of cutting-edge discussion, debate and cultural exchange with inspirational speakers from around the world. Be part of the launch of the International Alliance for Localization, a new forum for global collaboration to support place-based solutions on a planetary scale.

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The Coming Local Capital Revolution and the End of Wall Street: Michael Shuman
Localization and Business: Awakening the Heart of the Entrepreneur: Judy Wicks
Driving American Politics Underground: Chris Hedges
Keeping Local Culture Alive in the South: Adebayo Akomolafe
Reimagining Education for Life-based Economies: Manish Jain
Keeping your Cool in a World on Fire: Catherine Ingram
Local Food, Local Economies: Scott Chaskey
Connecting with People, Connecting with the Earth: Charles Eisenstein
Commonomics: Building Strong Local Economies (A project of YES Magazine and GRITtv): Laura Flanders
Trade Treaties and Food Sovereignty: Camila Moreno
The Economics of Happiness: Helena Norberg-Hodge
Climate Justice and Place-based Resilience: Elizabeth Yeampierre
With an introductory talk by Peter Buffet


Adebayo Clement-Akomolafe is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Covenant University in Nigeria. He helped create the reality television programme “Kalengo” based on community activity. He and his wife Ijeoma were initiating co-founders of Koru, a trans-local network of cultural creatives who believe another world is possible and he is also a member of the Global Cooperative Forum in Switzerland.

Peter Buffett is an Emmy Award winning musician and philanthropist. He composed the score for 500 Nations, CBS miniseries produced by Kevin Costner and his piece, Spirit: The Seventh Fire, premiered as part of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. Together with his wife, Jennifer, he is co-chair and co-president of the NoVo Foundation. He is the author of Life Is What You Make It.

Scott Chaskey, author, poet, philanthropist and farmer, runs Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, New York, one of the first CSA farms in the country. He is the author of Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics and Promise of Seeds and This Common Ground: Seasons on an Organic Farm.

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four children.

Laura Flanders is a broadcast journalist and author. She hosts GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and is a regular contributor to Yes! Magazine (“Commonomics”), The Nation and MSNBC. Her books include, Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians and Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species, a study of the women in George W. Bush’s cabinet. Follow her on twitter at @GRITlaura

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and foreign correspondent who writes a regular column for His books include, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (with Joe Sacco), Death of the Liberal Class, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.

Catherine Ingram  is the author of Passionate Presence, In the Footsteps of Gandhi, and A Crack in Everything. A former journalist specializing in issues of consciousness and activism, she has internationally led retreats and public sessions of Dharma Dialogues since 1993 and is founder and president of Living Dharma, an educational nonprofit organization.

Manish Jain is founder and coordinator of Shikshantar: The People’s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development and Swaraj University. He has worked with UNESCO Learning Without Frontiers transnational initiative, UNICEF, USAID, and Morgan Stanley investment bank. He has been trying to unlearn what he studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Camila Moreno works with social movements in Brazil and Latin America on social and environmental dimensions of biotechnology and agribusiness expansion in the region. Her main areas of study, writing and activism in recent years has been on the territorial impacts of development policies and emerging schemes associated to the green economy.

Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures – International Society for Ecology and Culture. She is the author of the bestselling Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh and producer of the film, The Economics of Happiness. She is a pioneer of the worldwide localisation movement and a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the 2012 Goi Peace Award.

Michael Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets in New York City. He’s a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and a fellow of Cutting Edge Capital, and Post-Carbon Institute. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books, including Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity and The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition, which received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006.

Judy Wicks is founder of White Dog Café and an international leader and speaker in the local living economies movement. She is co-founder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and Fair Food. She is the author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business.

Elizabeth Yeampierre is a nationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. She is Executive Director of UPROSE and a long-time advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around sustainable development, environmental justice and community-led climate adaptation and community resiliency. Her work is featured in several books and a variety of media outlets throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Elizabeth was recently named one of the top 100 Green Leaders by Poder Hispanic Magazine.


Student/Low income: $15
Activist: $25
General admission: $50
Supporter: $75
Donor: $100

If you are not able to afford any of the ticket prices, we are offering full and partial scholarships. We also offer group discounts. For more information and to apply, please contact us at

Partner networking evening schedule

7:30 Introduction by Helena Norberg-Hodge (Local Futures)
7:40 Charles Eisenstein
7:45 Rob Kall (Oped News)
7:50 David Levine (American Sustainable Business Council)
7:55 Giovanni Ciarlo (Gaia Education)
8:00 Grace Gershuny (Institute for Social Ecology)
8:05 Colin Beavan (No Impact Project)
8:10 Sane Energy Project
8:15 Isabel Luciano (Participatory Budgeting Project)
8:20 Erik Lehmann (Gamechangers)
8:25 Leah Barber (350NYC)
8:30 Ethany Uttech (ioby)
8:35 Asoka Banderage (author, Sustainability and Wellbeing)

8:40 BREAK

8:50 Moderated discussion
9:30 End

Call for volunteers
If you would like to contribute your time to help make this event a success, please contact us about volunteering opportunities. We need help with postering before the event and many other tasks during it, including checking tickets, A/V set up, selling books and so on. To be a volunteer at the event itself, you will need to be available from 8:30am until 7pm on Saturday, the 8th and also able to attend a volunteer meeting the evening of November 7th. All volunteers receive free entry. Please contact:


Accommodation is not included in the ticket price and, unfortunately, we cannot assist with arrangements. However, there are a number of hotels nearby, some of which offer a discount in association with The Cooper Union. See the full list HERE. The closest hostel is Bowery’s Whitehouse Hotel of NYC. Several nearby options are also offered on AirBnB.

Partner Organizations NYC
American Sustainable Business Council
Beloved Earth Community of Riverside Church
Beyond Oil NYC
Biomimicry NYC
Brighter Green
Brooklyn Food Coalition
Canadian Community Economic Development Network
Care About Climate
Catskill Mountainkeeper
Center For The Advancement Of The Steady State Economy (CASSE)
Citizen Awareness Network
Citizens’ Committee for NYC
Cooperative Development Institute
Eat Local NY
Ethical Markets
Gaia Education
GRACE Communications Foundation
Green Me Locally
Indigenous Environmental Network
Institute for Social Ecology
Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
Jamaica Plain Forum
Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub
Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment (MORE)
New York Passive House (NYPH)
No Impact Project
NY Sun Works
Over Grow the System
Participatory Budgeting Project
Peace Development Fund
Post Growth Institute
Re>Think Local
RSF Social Finance
Sane Energy Project
Schumacher Center for a New Economics
SFU Community Economic Development
Slow Money NYC
Small Planet Institute
Sustainable Tompkins
System Change, Not Climate Change
Waterkeeper Alliance
Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

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