Announcing the 2015 Conference Friday Night Keynote Speakers: The Minimalists

Community Solutions is happy to announce the keynote speakers for our fall conference, Climate Crisis Solutions: Tools for Transition, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus.

What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want?

When they were twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus thought they had everything anyone could ever want.

Until they didn’t anymore.

When Joshua was blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, and Ryan was faced with crippling debt and depression, both men started questioning every aspect of the lives they had built for themselves. Then, they accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism … and everything started to change.

In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, Joshua & Ryan both walked away from six-figure careers and embarked on a new journey. Since embracing simplicity as a lifestyle, they have written four books, including the bestselling memoir, Everything That Remains; cofounded Asymmetrical Press, a publishing house for the indie at heart; embarked on a 100-city international speaking tour; and have spoken at Harvard Business School, Apple, SXSW, TEDx, World Domination Summit, and many other organizations, schools, and conferences.

In just four years, Joshua & Ryan have garnered an audience of more than 4 million readers at their website, TheMinimalists.com, where they write about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Their story has been featured in Time magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, National Post, Globe & Mail, LA Weekly, and on the Today show, CBS This Morning, ABC, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, CBC, and dozens of other outlets.

Both born in 1981 and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Joshua & Ryan now live in Missoula, Montana.