Category Archives: Community Events

Lawrence Lessig on Restoring Democracy in the US

The final talk of the 2014 Amos Fortune Forum will take place at the Jaffrey Center Meetinghouse on August 22 and feature Lawrence Lessig on “Achieving Equal Citizenship: The Struggle to Restore Our Republic.” Lessig will explore how we, the citizens of the United States, have lost touch with our framers’ values, and how that has destroyed the promise of a “Republic.” He will outline a pathway of reform and citizen activism that can turn the tide and restore self-government of, by, and for the people. Admission to all the forums are free but donations are always welcome. For more information, visit

Achieving Equal Citizenship: The Struggle To Restore Our Republic

Most Americans feel disenfranchised from their democracy — and they’re right. In this talk, Professor Lessig outlines precisely how we have lost touch with our framers’ values, and how that has destroyed the promise of a “Republic.” Professor Lessig explains how recent efforts, including the “New Hampshire Rebellion” and MayOne, the “SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs”, are mobilizing citizens to form a movement capable of restoring the Republic that the framers intended.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Free Culture, and Remix.

Lessig serves on the Boards of Creative Commons, AXA Research Fund and, and on the Advisory Boards of the Sunlight Foundation, the Better Future Project, and Democracy Café. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. As Professor at Stanford Law School, Lessig founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

NH Permaculture Gathering

You’re invited to a NH Permaculture Gathering

D Acres of NH will be hosting a gathering for permaculture practitioners, supporters,
and the general public. This event is intended for all, families included.

Networking, skill-sharing, tours, and workshops for every level from curious beginner to experienced permaculturist will be offered.

Permaculture is a design methodology that utilizes a set of ethics and principles to create living systems for a more sustainable future. The basic tenets of “Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share” guide the philosophy into on-the-ground practice. Permaculture in NH is gaining momentum as planners, homesteaders, builders, and community organizers are learning the design principles and putting them into practice. This gathering will feature the many hands-on skills, knowledge, and expertise that are actively present in our state.

AUGUST 23, 2014
The event will take place rain or shine from 9a.m. – 6p.m.

D Acres of NH
Permaculture Farm & Educational Homestead
218 Streeter Woods Road
Dorchester, NH 023266

Register Today!

Volunteer opportunities are available.
Please contact D Acres directly to inquire:, 603-786-2366

“A Fierce Green Fire” Showing This Saturday

fierce-green-fireAntioch University New England, the Monadnock International Film Festival,  Monadnock Food Co-op, and The Keene State Film Society present:

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet
Q & A with Academy Award nominated film Director Mark Kitchell to follow   

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 – 7pm – The Putnam Theatre at Keene State College

Free to all Antioch and KSC students.  $5.00 general admission, $4.00 seniors/staff/faculty, and $2.00 for other students.

Tickets for sale at Event Brite, the Monadnock Earth Day Festival, or at the door

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.  Written and directed by Mark Kitchell, Academy-Award nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and has won acclaim at dozens of festivals around the world.

Go to A Fierce Green Fire Facebook for more information or contact Josh Lipkowitz at 413-262-9837.


Summer Programs of Interest in Vermont

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Antioch’s Advocacy Program Hosting A Local “Democracy School” on April 11 and 12

On Friday evening (April 11) and all day Saturday (April 12), Antioch’s Advocacy program, New Hampshire Citizen’s Alliance, and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund are all teaming up to host one of CELDF’s groundbreaking “Democracy School” workshops for interested area folks.  This is the second Democracy School that Antioch University New England has hosted and we think this is an ideal next educational step for area people who are looking for creative ways that local communities can act together to challenge excessive corporate power and better promote local democracy and community resilience.

There are even a few slots open at this point and registration has been extended until Monday, March 31. You can download the Registration Form here. Also, you can contact CELDF’s local organizer Jan if you have more questions. Below is a short video about the Democracy School workshops and below that is a longer talk by Thomas Linsey, CELDF’s founder explaining how they developed this innovative “outside the box” organizing strategy to challenge corporate power and promote local democracy and community resilience.

Democracy School Promo Video


Thomas Linzey Lecture on the Evolution of “Rights-Based Organizing”

Regional Transition Gathering @ AUNE A Success

TRG 3-15-14 Lg Grp #1The March 15 New England Transition Gathering had a special focus on exploring the potential of region-wide collaborations promoting community resilience. It was also a remarkable success. Thanks for this outcome go to the 62 folks who came from six states, Sarah Byrnes and the other members of the planning committee, the sponsoring organizations, and the hosting efforts of Transition Keene Advocates and Antioch University New England’s environmental studies program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability. Special thanks go to Dakota Butterfield, the day’s able facilitator, and Stephen Jones, AUNE’s President, who welcomed everyone to Antioch with opening remarks about the shared values of Antioch University and the international Transition movement.

TRG 3-15-14 Sarah & FoodGiven the Transition movement’s deep commitment to local and regional food systems, extra special super thanks go to Sarah Harpster, TKA board member, Gleaning Coordinator for the Keene Community Kitchen, and a graduate of AUNE’s Advocacy program. Sarah lovingly planned, cooked, and served an amazing and wholesome breakfast and lunch to the gathering participants. At lunch, Sarah thanked the team of Antioch students and TKA board members who helped her, along with several local organizations that helped out, including the Keene Community Kitchen, the Monadnock Food Coop, Stonewall Farm CSA, Orchard Hill Breadworks, and Brewbaker’s Cafe. Sarah also announced that all contributions beyond food costs would be donated to the Keene Community Kitchen, which meets the immediate needs of local community members suffering food insecurity.

TRG 3-15-14 AgendaSo what did the gathering participants do besides eat great food? The morning started with creative introductions, an artful grounding in New England history by Jennifer Atlee and Dan Jones, and a very reflective visioning exercise. For the rest of the morning, participants discussed what turned out to be a strongly supported Gathering Concept Paper on why region-wide Transition collaborations could be a helpful supplement to all of our local community efforts. Over lunch, people also met in self-organized interest groups, which included a discussion of time banks led by Linda Hogan of hOurworld Cooperative and a discussion with Pamela Boyce Simms about of the newly formed regional structure of the Mid-Atlantic Transition movement.

TRG 3-15-14 Steve Sm GrpIn the afternoon, participants broke into small groups to “workshop” nine action ideas proposed by different attenders. These action ideas included creating a “Whole New England Catalog” of regionally produced goods and services, organizing a New England energy transition planning process, and promoting an annual fruit and nut tree planting effort throughout New England.

Transition Research NetworkInspired by the work of the UK-based Transition Research Network, Steve Chase, a co-founder of Transition Keene Advocates and the director of AUNE’s environmental studies masters program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, convened a workshop session that actually formed an exploratory committee of academics (from Antioch, Tufts, Keene State, SIT, and Goddard), local resilience organizers, and the executive director of the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. Their goal is to lay the foundations for the formation of a New England network of college and university faculty and students supporting the Transition movement through community-based research, student internships, and various service learning and civic engagement projects. Some participants in the discussion also wanted to explore the possibility of setting up a similar network for highschool and middle school teachers!

SAR-poster-imageAnother lively afternoon workshop session was convened by Josh Arnold and focused on promoting the Sustain-A-Raisers “Starter Kit” throughout the region. Developed by the NH-based, grassroots organization Global Awareness Local Action (GALA), the “Starter Kit” includes volunteer recruitment strategies, press release templates, a list of needed materials and tools, step-by-step construction guides, talking points and training curriculum, branding support, and an online orientation to help local community organizers engage their constituents in a people-powered sustainable home and yard makeover movement.

Achieving Sustainability Book CoverGiven that some gathering attendants were new to the Transition movement, a short introductory handout written by Steve Chase was included in each participant’s packet. This piece was from the just released two-volume encyclopedia Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices, edited by Debra Rowe and published by Macmillan. To check the article out, click here: Transition Towns Movement.

The organizational sponsors of this festive regional conversation on region-wide resilience efforts were Transition Portland & the Resilience Hub, Somerville Climate Action, Global Awareness Local Action, Transition Montpelier, Transition Newburyport, Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition, and Transition Keene Advocates.

Antioch University New England’s environmental studies master’s program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability was thrilled to be an active part of making this energetic gathering happen… and succeed!

Coming In May: A Local Solutions Climate Conference

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

Key Partners

Antioch University New England
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Register Now!

$$ Grants Available for Municipal Reps – Apply HERE!

 May 19-21, 2014

The Center of New Hampshire at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regions 1 and 2 are hosting a regional conference for local planners, decision-makers and educators to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts.

Days 1 & 2

The first two days of the conference are about Building Resilient Communities. The program will inform community planners, decision makers and those responsible for implementing change at the local level how best to identify current and future vulnerabilities, followed by adaptive responses to build resilient communities.

Day 3

The third day, the Educators Summit, will inform middle and high school teachers how to design community-based, problem-solving curriculum that will teach students how best to support municipal officials preparing for impacts from a changing climate.

Both days, in targeting these two different audiences, will focus upon how to:

  • Conduct vulnerability assessments
  • Protect natural and societal mechanisms that maintain resilience
  • Frame and create plans that allow a community to adapt
  • Build community support to implement adaptive responses
  • Effectively use the government in responding to climate change
  • Network with schools, community planners and regional leaders working toward solving similar problems

Each portion includes exhibits, workshops, presentations, and keynote speakers. Attendees may register for any combination of eventsStay connected with us to learn about conference updates and updated details on this website.

Learn more:

Keynote Speakers

Gina McCarthy
Gina McCarthy
Administrator, U.S. EPA

Cameron Wake
Dr. Cameron Wake
Climate Scientist,
Author – Northeast
Climate Assessment

Bill McKibben
Dr. Bill McKibben
Author, Educator,

David Sobel
David Sobel
Author, Educator,
Faculty, Education Dept.,
Antioch University

Supported By

NNECAPA The Bay and Paul Foundations NCSE
NE Resource Recovery Operation DEC-NY trout-unlimited
nature-conservancy hypertherm HealthTrust
Rockingham-Planning-Commisssion geosyntec security-sustainability-forum
Institute for Sustainable Communities NH Department of Environmental Services American Association of Adaptation Professionals
NH charitable foundation logo National Wildlife Federation Con-Energy-Env
Great Bay national Estuarine Research City of Keene New Hampshire Climate Solutions New England
 Vermont League of Cities & Towns

LES Local Energy SolutionsIs your community also looking for help with energy?
Learn more about the 6th Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference – April 12th, 2014, Tilton, NH