SLN Blog

A Diverse Community at the People’s Climate March, New York City

Dominic Stucker, September 21st, 2014
By Johanna Bozuwa, Earth Day Network and former SLN Intern “Take action now!” “Our future, our choice.” Signs and energy surrounded me as I readied myself on 77th Street and Central Park West for the People’s Climate March. Laughs echoed from kids dancing to drums while volunteers held out posters for us to hold. We were marching in

Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management

Dominic Stucker, August 30th, 2014
Taking a systems approach inspired by Donella Meadows, Fellow Dominic Stucker and Elena Lopez-Gunn co-edited a case study volume for Earthscan / Routledge entitled “Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity and Sustainability.” The project received seed funding from Brown University and involved 45 early career and senior contributors from across disciplines and

iAct Dialogues for Sustainability: IUCN World Parks Congress Series

Dominic Stucker, July 30th, 2014
We encourage you to participate in the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 iAct Dialogues for Sustainability Series –  youth to elders are all welcome! The iAct Dialogues are interactive, global webinars that inspire intergenerational discussion and collaboration on sustainable planetary futures. Events are being held 16 Oct, 14/15 Nov and 11 Dec 2014. Links to live webinars: www.tinyurl.com/iActWebinar Flyer

“Restore My Climate” Video by Jenna Rice Wins Third Place in National Competition

Dominic Stucker, June 30th, 2014
“My name is Jenna Rice and I live in a small town in Vermont. I am a homeschool student in my junior year focusing on learning about farming and sustainable agriculture. I am doing things like growing a garden, training a team of oxen, and working on a small farm. I made the video below for

Biomimicry Breathes Life into Science Education: A Free Toolkit

Dominic Stucker, May 17th, 2014
SLN’s Learning from Nature: A Course in Biomimicry has been featured in a fantastic new resource for K-12 educators developed and compiled by the Biomimicry Institute. The free digital flipbook, called Biomimicry in Youth Education, is filled with more than 80 nature-inspired lesson plans, activities, and videos geared to K-12 educators. Biomimicry is an approach to sustainable innovation

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

Bringing a Biomimicry Perspective to Environmental Education

Dominic Stucker, April 4th, 2014
Leaves by Huma Beg At the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP) Spring Gathering on March 20, Edie Farwell presented on the open source Biomimicry curriculum that SLN developed last year in partnership with The Sharon Academy. The audience was comprised of educators who teach with an environmental sensitivity and focus, all who emphasize getting students outside

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,

Initiate your own “iAct Dialogues for Sustainability” webinar with us!

Dominic Stucker, January 18th, 2014
Has your organization wanted to host an online webinar in the past, but lacked the necessary online platform and facilitation support? Well you need to wait no longer! We encourage you to co-design and sponsor your own global, intergenerational webinar on a key sustainability, systems change or leadership topic with us. Sustainability Leaders Network, in collaboration

Biomimicry Curriculum Attracts World-wide Attention

Dominic Stucker, December 17th, 2013
By Huma Beg, Mill Valley, California, 2013 Sustainability Leaders Network created and piloted an open source, semester-long class Learning from Nature: A Course in Biomimicry. Since the curriculum and supporting materials were posted to our website on Earth Day in April 2013, educators and learners from across the United States and from Colombia, India, Latvia, Norway, Sierra

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

Biomimicry-Inspired Project in Colombia

Dominic Stucker, September 5th, 2013
“I am from Manzanillo and I would like to be a bird because they constantly travel and know the ecosystem.” Inspired by our open-sourced Learning from Nature: A Course in Biomimicry curriculum, Viviana Mourra and Dolany Acuña of Ecoprogreso in Colombia initiated a youth-focused project on connecting local people more closely with nature. Viviana, Director of Ecoprogreso writes: Dominic, this biomimicry

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

iAct Webinar Highlights: Development and Conservation Conflict

Dominic Stucker, August 6th, 2013
Roger Crofts on Key Development and Conservation Questions Sponsored and co-designed with the Sibthorp Trust in the United Kingdom, this iAct Dialogue for Sustainability webinar on Development and Conservation Conflict focused on conceptualising the bigger picture while developing a vision for the future. Webinar speakers and 30 participants identified key challenges and questions, and proposed solutions for increasing

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

Edie Farwell Leads Biomimicry Workshop at Wellborn Ecology Conference

Dominic Stucker, June 21st, 2013
SLN Director Edie Farwell was invited to lead an interactive session on our biomimicry curriculum at the Wellborn Ecology Fund’s annual conference in Meriden, New Hampshire on June 20. The development of the curriculum had been supported in part by the Fund. Focused on the Upper Valley in New Hampshire and Vermont, the purpose of the conference

Replacing Oil with Oats

Dominic Stucker, May 30th, 2013
Stephen Leslie plows on a spring morning. By Taylor Knoop. By Taylor Knoop and Edie Farwell Stephen Leslie has linked his background in art and seven years as a Benedictine monk by sculpting and harvesting the earth. Using sustainable practices. Stephen and his wife Kerry Gawalt make their livelihood farming Cedar Mountain Farm, located on the Cobb

Exploring Pathways to Systems Change

Dominic Stucker, April 5th, 2013
Andaman Forest, a Natural System. By Anna da Costa By Anna da Costa When it comes to making the world a better place, there is no dearth of ideas out there. Some believe in the power of markets to level playing fields and distribute dwindling resources. Some see our best hopes in technological innovation and smart systems.

Learning from Nature: A Course in Biomimicry

Dominic Stucker, March 30th, 2013
By Agnieszka Rawa and Amalia Souza; photo by Clemens Kalischer (c) 2009 An open-source curriculum by Sustainability Leaders Network designed to strengthen and inform the biomimicry movement among educators and learners locally and around the world. The more our world functions like the natural world, the more likely we are to endure on this home that is

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

Visioning and Systems Session Offered in Webinar for Young Global Leaders

Dominic Stucker, November 1st, 2012
SLN Core Team member, Dominic Stucker, was invited by Earth Charter International and Youth Action for Change to design and lead a session on “Visioning and Systems Thinking for Local Sustainability Projects” as part of the semester-long, online course Youth Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics.  The 1.5-hour session was held on 23 October and attended by 15

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

Announcing Leadership Programs with Peter Senge and SoL Colleagues

Dominic Stucker, August 6th, 2012
Sustainability Leaders Network is pleased to share with you the following leadership workshops from our partner, the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL). Please click on the links below for more information or to download registration forms. See a short video of Peter Senge, Founding Chair of SoL, speaking about these programs. Executive Champions’ Workshop, August 14-17,

Summering in Sustainability – My Internship

Dominic Stucker, July 27th, 2012
Path through Cobb Hill For two months, I have followed the road past Cobb Hill’s cows and chickens and walked between abundant flowers on the trail up to Edie Farwell’s front door, the Director of Sustainability Leaders Network (SLN). I don’t think any other intern in the world has a more pleasant walk to work. When

Volvo Adventure Calls for Young Applicants: Projects for the Environment

Dominic Stucker, July 23rd, 2012
Reef Rangers team member planting trees to prevent coastal erosion. 2012 finalists. The Volvo Adventure – in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program – is an educational program that rewards environmental activities and the decision-makers of the future. To enter, form a team of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16 (at competition opening

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

Rio+20 Youth Voice: Action for the Future

Dominic Stucker, June 27th, 2012
Kiara Worth of South Africa, representing the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, gave this collaboratively-written speech expressing the feelings and aspirations of youth at the end of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Undeterred by the weak governmental agreement coming out of the meeting, the speech emphasizes the need for intergenerational cooperation,

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

Embracing Confusion on the Path toward Sustainability: Reflections from Ladakh

Dominic Stucker, April 28th, 2012
Solar panels on a rooftop in Yang-Tang, Ladakh. By Taylor Knoop. By Taylor Knoop, young leader and co-founder of WorldYato. In my community “sustainability” is a catchphrase, an adjective that describes the progressiveness of a building, idea or concept. As a small, upscale suburb of Providence, Rhode Island, my town values the “green” movement, so long as

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

A Unique Rest Area in Vermont: Young Leaders Reflect on Past Wars and Future Innovation

Dominic Stucker, March 21st, 2012
The Sharon Academy students Rajana Dion and Katie Spencer By Rajana Dion, Katie Spencer, and Dominic Stucker You might not consider a rest area a destination, but rather part of the journey. Edie Farwell of Sustainability Leaders Network sees one particular rest stop in Sharon, Vermont as both. She recently took her Personal Leadership class, one of our Young

From ‘Limits to Growth’ to ‘Life Beyond Growth’

Dominic Stucker, March 7th, 2012
By Dominic Stucker, Program Manager at Sustainability Leaders Network. This piece also appeared in the March 2012 issue of The Systems Thinker. Celebrating the Publication of Limits to Growth The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institute hosted the symposium Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet in Washington, DC on March 1 to celebrate the 40th anniversary

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

Jay Mead on Ken Robinson’s TED Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”

Dominic Stucker, January 28th, 2012
In looking at what Ken Robinson says about creativity and how schools are currently killing this natural part of our being, it’s clear that he, along with other visionaries, believe that this industrial model of education no longer serves us. He states that “creativity is as important as literacy,” and that we should be cultivating

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.”

Partnering Kids with Horses

Dominic Stucker, December 21st, 2011
Maeve on Horse-Drawn Plow Stephen Leslie originally published this article in the 2011 Fall edition of the Small Farmer’s Journal. Reprinted with permission. Stephen runs our Farmers Apprenticeship. At Cedar Mountain Farm, we have been hosting school groups for more than a decade. In recent years many of these visits have been under the auspices of the Farm

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 –

For the Love of Horses

Dominic Stucker, November 28th, 2011
Stephen Leslie originally published this article on the Cedar Mountain Farm Blog on June 16, 2010.* Reprinted with permission. Stephen runs our Farmers’ Apprenticeship. I have always favored a broad brimmed hat over a ball cap, especially so after working on the land out west. Without a proper cover on your head the mid-summer sun will crisp

Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership

Dominic Stucker, November 21st, 2011
Dominic Stucker speaking on youth engagement at conference in New Zealand, January 2011 Core Team member Dominic Stucker, in his former work with Earth Charter International and now volunteering on the Steering Committee for IUCN‘s Commission on Education and Communication, has (co)written several pieces on youth engagement and intergenerational partnership: We’re in This Together: Five reasons why young people are needed to solve

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

Student Taylor Knoop Raising $11,000 for Ladakhi Village

Dominic Stucker, November 7th, 2011
Village of Ursi, Ladakh by Taylor Knoop This article was written by Elizabeth McNamera and posted on the EastGreenwichPatch on November 3, 2011. Reposted with permission. She spent last semester there; the money would be used to provide a consistent water source for crops. Taylor Knoop looks like a regular teenager. She’s medium height, with bright eyes, fair

Cobb Hill Harvest Celebration: Keynote Address

Dominic Stucker, October 28th, 2011
By Stephen Leslie. Speech given at Cobb Hill Harvest Celebration, October 19, 2011. Introduction I was not born into the farming life. A child of suburbia, I came into agriculture by a circuitous route and did not start farming fulltime until I was 31 years old. As a young adult I attended art school and then soon after

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,