Fellows Blog

Live from the White House: Fellow Susi Moser Helps Launch National Climate Assessment

Dominic Stucker, May 11th, 2014
Susi Moser at White House. Still from C-SPAN video. Fellow Susi Moser contributed to the launch of the 3rd US National Climate Assessment at the White House on May 6. Among a team of over 300 experts, she was Convening Lead Author for the Coastal Zone Development and Ecosystems chapter. The launch was streamed live and recorded by C-SPAN. On a

Vision-Built: A Sustainability Center in Indonesia

Dominic Stucker, March 27th, 2014
Inspired, in part, by her time as a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow at Cobb Hill Ecovillage in Vermont, Any Sulistyowati developed a vision for her own sustainability training center and community in the forests above Bandung, Indonesia. She created this quilt of her vision during one of her Fellows workshops: Any’s Vision Using sustainable, mostly second-hand materials,

Featured Fellows: System Change Makers

Dominic Stucker, November 26th, 2013
Photo by Huma Beg At a recent workshop, we heard stories about the inspiring work that Fellows and close partners are doing around the world. Here are examples from Pakistan, India, and the United States that span democratizing national-level development, incubating urban food gardens and saving a watershed from mining impacts. Huma Beg  is poised to launch her

Active Hope Workshop with Joanna Macy

Dominic Stucker, October 30th, 2013
Joanna Macy and Edie Farwell; photo by Huma Beg Read the full workshop report here. The seed for this year’s Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Workshop with Joanna Macy was planted by Fellows attending our annual workshop two years ago at the Cobb Hill ecovillage in Vermont. In spite of increasing good work occurring in the world, participants

Furthering a Passion: Film and Animation

Dominic Stucker, August 20th, 2013
By Taylor Knoop, Sustainability Leaders Network Intern Sitting on the porch of Edie Farwell’s house at Cobb Hill Eco-Village, Vermont, I am at least sheltered from the sun, if not the thick, muggy air. Across from me sits 16-year-old Danyaal Beg, son of Pakistani Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow, Huma Mustafa Beg. He has traveled here to

Featured Fellow Sarah K. Khan: Future of Food

Dominic Stucker, July 30th, 2013
Sarah K. Khan in Bamako, Mali, 2012 Edited by Taylor Knoop, Sustainability Leaders Network Intern Sarah K. Khan talks about the future of food by understanding the past. She researches, writes abouts, and documents the migration of people, plants, cultures and ideas. Sarah uses multimedia tools — words, audio, photographs and video — to express her stories.

School’s in Session at Vilicus Farms

Dominic Stucker, July 30th, 2013
Apprentices D’Anna and Nate, June 2013 By Taylor Knoop, Sustainability Leaders Network Fellows have been active this summer in engaging younger generations as interns, providing a way for the sustainability community to expand and strengthen. Fellow Anna Jones-Crabtree and her husband, Doug, own and run Vilicus Farms, a 1,280 acre organic operation in Havre, Montana. They have welcomed Nathan, a 21 year old

Fellow Tse-Sung Wu Leading Green Chemistry Efforts at Pharmaceutical Giant, Genentech

Dominic Stucker, February 5th, 2013
Fellow Tse-Sung Wu is leading GreenBioPharma at Genentech, a successful effort to reduce costs and benefit the environment in the research and development of medicines. Watch the video here: Learn more on Genentech’s Sustainability page. And learn more about about green chemistry here.

Fellow Trista Patterson Featured in BBC “Power of Nature” Series

Dominic Stucker, January 30th, 2013
Photo courtesy of Clemens Kalischer, © 2009 The BBC recently launched its new 10-episode series, the Power of Nature, highlighting the value of wilderness with stunning cinematography. Fellow Trista Patterson offers commentary in the episodes on the Himalayas, the Great Barrier Reef, the Antarctic Ocean, and Rivers in the Sky (the Amazon). View the first 4-minute

Fellow Mike Dupee Helping Increase Food Security among Coffee Growers

Dominic Stucker, October 9th, 2012
Coffee farming family, Central America. From video “After the Harvest,” produced by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Today, Andrew Revkin of the New York Times featured an article by Fellow Mike Dupee, Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, in the Dot Earth section of the paper: “A Coffee Seller Seeks to Cut

Art of Hosting: Shedding Tears and Building Community Bridges in South Minneapolis

Dominic Stucker, September 28th, 2012
Participants in the Art of Hosting training, south Minneapolis Fellow Jerry Nagel, Co-Founder of the Meadowlark Institute, reflects that: Since my experience of co-learning and co-creation during my time as a Fellow at Cobb Hill, much has happened. Deep learning journeys into work and life. I have become a Global Steward in the Art of Hosting Community

Awakening and Expanding Our Conception of Leadership: Weaving Networks for Sustainability

Dominic Stucker, August 22nd, 2012
The Children in Nature Collaborative’s “Natural Learning Project” encourages unstructured play and opening of the senses to connect with the landscape and natural materials. Fellow Mary Roscoe of the Children in Nature Collaborative is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and offers these reflections on leadership and network weaving. Through a personal case study, she

Article on the Art of Sustainability in SoL Reflections Journal

Dominic Stucker, August 9th, 2012
Dominic Stucker and Johanna Bozuwa wrote an article highlighting Jay Mead‘s pioneering work in the “art of sustainability” for the Society for Organizational Learning‘s (SoL’s) Reflections Journal.  The abstract for the article “The Art of Sustainability: Creative Expression as a Tool for Social Change” summarizes: Much of the work to date on sustainability has relied on

Land stewardship and sustainable agriculture in Montana: Ways you can get involved

Dominic Stucker, July 12th, 2012
Anna in rye field In addition to her full time job in Helena, Montana coordinating national-level sustainable operations for the US Forest Service, Fellow Anna Jones-Crabtree and her husband Doug Crabtree farm. They are deep into their fourth season, working weekends far to the north near the Canadian border from March through November. Neither a small-scale

The Future We Want: Workshop Report

Dominic Stucker, May 28th, 2012
Fellow Chris Page recently spent a weekend at the spectacular Esalen Institute in Big Sur, teaching a workshop on systems thinking and sustainable business to a diverse and enthusiastic group. She writes: We dove into basic loops, discussed what it means to be a sustainable business, puzzled over John Sterman’s bathtub exercise… and then took a break

Featured Fellow: Maria Latumahina

Dominic Stucker, May 14th, 2012
Maria Latumahina, Civil Society and Forest Advocate Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia Maria’s vision is that, by the end of the century, no tree in West Papua, Indonesia be cut without a replacement being planted. Through her previous work as founder and director of the Papua Civil Society Support Foundation and presently as consultant to the Climate Change Unit

Systems Thinking through Art in Nature

Dominic Stucker, April 14th, 2012
Art pieces by Jay Mead, Michaelyn Bachhuber, Nirmala Nair, and Dominic Stucker By Dominic Stucker, Program Manager at Sustainability Leaders Network. Systems thinking and creativity are essential for bringing about the transition to sustainability. Systems thinking helps us assemble diverse stakeholders to better understand the integrated economic, social, and environmental systems we seek to change. Creativity and art help

First New England Fellows Regional Gathering

Dominic Stucker, February 28th, 2012
Some of the hikers: Jay Mead, Phil Rice, Virginia Farley, Lynn Stoddard, and Jed Davis. In the first event of its kind, New England Dana Meadows Fellows convened a regional gathering on February 17 at Cobb Hill. The event was designed for Fellows to reconnect, meet Fellows across cohorts, exchange information about regional sustainability projects, explore

Fellow Angela Park in Audubon Magazine on Diversity in the Environmental Field

Dominic Stucker, February 14th, 2012
Fellow Angela Park was featured in an Audubon Magazine article, Facing the Future, by Barry Yeoman. The article’s header is: “While environmental groups often work toward preserving biodiversity in ecosystems, many are now grappling with trying to figure out how to diversify their own ranks.” Her interview for the article is articulate and powerful, making

The Future We Want: A Systems Approach to Growing Sustainable Business

Dominic Stucker, January 14th, 2012
Esalen Institute Coast Come to the world-renowned Esalen Institute from May 18-20, 2012, on the scenic northern California coast near Big Sur, for a dynamic, interactive workshop on systems thinking and sustainable business. Led by Christina Page, Dana Fellows Cohort #1 and Global Director of Energy and Sustainability Strategy for Yahoo!, the workshop will feature best practices

Fellows Collaboration in Indonesia

Dominic Stucker, December 28th, 2011
Yoga Retreat in Bandung led by Nirmala Nair, December 2011 After many years of work-related travels, Fellow Nirmala Nair of South Africa decided to take a vacation to Bali.  She writes: “As always, when one is open and ready to take on the opportunities coming one’s way, there is an effortless grace about events that unfold.”

Justin Maxson Featured in Grist Magazine

Dominic Stucker, December 14th, 2011
Justin Maxson featured in Grist Magazine, December 2011 Fellow Justin Maxson was featured as a “Change Gang” member in Grist Magazine in December 2011.  Change Gang members are “people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet.” The article, Justin Maxson: An Appalachian trailblazer for sustainability, was written by Andrew

Featured Fellow: Tim Brown

Dominic Stucker, December 7th, 2011
Tim Brown, Renewable Energy Entrepreneur Illinois, USA Tim is the president of Wabashco, LLC, a green investment project development firm located in Chicago, Illinois, and is principal of Forest Hill Energy, LLC. Tim is developing a portfolio of renewable energy projects in the Midwest. His current work includes removal of methane – a potent greenhouse gas –

Featured Fellow: Huma Beg

Dominic Stucker, November 14th, 2011
Huma Beg, Foundation Director and Documentary Producer Islamabad, Pakistan Through Serendip – the media and communications company she founded with her husband – Fellow Huma Beg has created hundreds of documentaries on all issues of development and poverty alleviation, including frontline flood impacts in her country. Especially in the last two years, some 7 million people have

Michelle Erickson Launches Consultancy

Dominic Stucker, October 21st, 2011
Erickson Strategies Website Drawing on her professional experience and leadership practices honed as a Fellow, Michelle Erickson launched her own consultancy, Erickson Strategies, in October 2011. Michelle describes her consultancy as: …a boutique consultancy specializing in sustainability, technology, and innovation. We deliver custom, leading-edge solutions in program design, training, and communications. We tailor engagements to our clients’

October 2011 Fellows Network Seminar

Dominic Stucker, October 14th, 2011
Participants in the 3-7 October 2011 workshop at Cobb Hill Cohousing represented six countries and the non-profit, business, and government sectors. Speakers included Beth Sawin and Phil Rice of Climate Interactive; Virginia Farley and colleagues of the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park; Karabi Acharya of Ashoka Changemakers; and Jonathan Halperin of Designing Sustainability. In photo: (top left) Elaine Kohrman, Trista Patterson,