Climate Crisis Solutions: Tools for Transition

September 25-27, 2015 Yellow Springs, Ohio

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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known to their 4 million readers as The Minimalists, are bestselling authors and international speakers who write and speak about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Their books include Essential: Essays by The Minimalists, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, As a Decade Fades: A Novel, and Everything That Remains: A Memoir. They have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Village Voice, LA Weekly, and many other outlets. Visit the authors online at


Megan Quinn Bachman is a journalist and environmental educator in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is an award-winning reporter, columnist and photographer for the weekly Yellow Springs News, a columnist for the environmental news service website and adjunct instructor at Antioch University Midwest, where she teaches courses on ecology, environmental policy, sustainable agriculture and conservation. Bachman was formerly the outreach director for the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions and a board member of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO-USA), based in Washington D.C. Bachman received a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Science in Teaching (Earth Science) from Wright State University in Dayton. She may be contacted at

Carolyn Baker, Ph.D. is the author of Love In The Age Of Ecological Apocalypse: The Relationships We Need To Thrive (2015) and Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times (2013). Her previous books are Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition (2011) and Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path Of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse (2009). She lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado and manages her website A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future.

Read a recent review of Carolyn's Love In The Age Of Ecological Apocalypse: The Relationships We Need To Thrive in our blog.


Dr. Robert Brecha was born and raised in Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. From October 1990 until November 1992 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich, Germany. Upon returning to the US, he took a position at the University of Dayton, where he has been since August 1993. He is now a Professor of Physics and teaches in the Renewable and Clean Energy Graduate Program and coordinates the Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) Minor and other SEE initiatives.  Since 2006 he has been working periodically as a visiting scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

Sarah Byrnes is the Co-Director of the New Economy Transition in New England, a program of the Institute for Policy Studies. She supports the local “Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition” pilot program and work to enhance the resilience of the New England region as a whole. Sarah also coordinates the network of Resilience Circles, small groups focused on mutual aid during this tough economy. Sarah has collaborated with many grassroots groups around the country to build community and enhance resilience, and has written about the importance of mutual aid, relationships, and community connections in activism and organizing. Before coming to IPS Sarah worked with Americans for Financial Reform, Americans for Fairness in Lending, the Thomas Merton Center, and the Center of Concern, and she has degrees from Boston College and Harvard Divinity School.

Dr Jifunza Wright Carter M.D., M.P.H. is a family physician boarded in holistic integrative medicine. She is also a community health advocate. Jifunza co-founded Black Oaks Center for Renewable Sustainable Living and Health Food Hub, a 500+ community supported agriculture project in Chicago.  Black Oaks Center assists communities in reducing their carbon footprint and fossil fuel use through education and training that includes teaching permaculture.


Sarah Conley-Ballew is the founding Director of UpGrade Athens County.  Sarah holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.  Sarah also has a Bachelor of Specialized Studies with a concentration in Social and Environmental Ecology from Ohio University (2004). Sarah believes that her purpose is to serve as a catalyst for community development in Athens County, demonstrating leadership in social and environmental sustainability projects. She has played a pivotal role in the development of the regional local food economy through her work as Athens Farmers Market Manager and as board Vice President of Community Food Initiatives.  Turning her attention to energy sustainability is rooted in a strong interest to develop local solutions to global climate change.

Sarah lives with her husband and three wild children on nine beautiful acres in  Athens County.  She can be reached at

Nancy Deren opened her private practice in 2001 to assist clients in developing the confidence, practical skills, and understanding to deal with a broad range of day-to-day money matters, and to plan for life transitions.  She received her certification as a Financial Recovery SM Counselor from the Financial Recovery SM Institute’s training program in December 2000. She completed a program in co-active coaching from The Coaches Training Institute in 2002, and received her AFC®, Accredited Financial Counselor designation, in January 2004. She is a member of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and the Financial Planning Association. Nancy has served on the board and investment committee of a private foundation since 1994. She helped develop the investment policy guidelines for the board, including the incorporation of social justice, women’s, and environmental issues in their financial management and decision-making. She managed two custodial accounts for 14 years and has assisted family members in various aspects of personal finance planning.



Glenn Gall, a northern Ohio native, has been involved over the last decade with numerous natural solutions to restore a livable planet.  He has taken permaculture training with Peter Bane, Darren Doherty, Dave Jacke, and Mark Shepard, and climate science with David Archer.  Glenn does small scale farming, and teaches agricultural methods that impact soil, water, climate, and provide nutrient rich food.  These methods include permaculture, holistically planned grazing, keyline design, and biological farming.  He also works on Pure Dawn Farm in Ashtebula County, Ohio, and assists the organization Biology for a Livable Climate in promoting the restoration of ecosystems, biologically capturing carbon, and restoring water cycles to reverse global warming.  


Lauren Gjessing was raised in Cincinnati and is a current student at Antioch College.  She studies political economy and is interested in resilient communities, food systems, and community engagement.  She transferred from Ohio University.  She has been involved with Antioch College’s student union, the school’s fossil fuel divestment initiative, and the Sustainability Committee.  She has worked locally on the Antioch College farm and for the Tecumseh Land Trust and helped with educational outreach. Last winter she was an intern at the Land Institute in Kansas where she helped with agriculture research focused on long-term sustainability.

Rose Hardesty is a Community Solutions Miller Fellow from San Francisco, CA. She has previous work experience in office and childcare settings, and has volunteered in alternative pre- and K-12 schools, a restorative outreach program for incarcerated youth, and on a sustainable urban farm. Community Solutions represents an intersection of her interests in environmental conservation and the creation of caring and just human systems. She is planning to pursue a self-designed major in Ecopsychology at Antioch College.

Duard Headley has an Environmental Studies Master’s degree from Ohio University that includes diverse areas of study ranging from geographic information systems, to conservation biology, to hydrology, to restoration ecology.   He also studied chemistry and social psychology at Case Western Reserve University.  Together these provide a strong foundation for understanding both the science and human impact of climate change.  Currently, Duard is a member of the Yellow Springs Environmental Commission, where advises the Yellow Springs Village Council on climate change related issues and on a climate action plan.  He is also one of the organizing members of the Yellow Springs Resilience Network, which is a group of individuals, organizations, and businesses in and around Yellow Springs who share a common purpose of mitigating climate change and building resilience to its impacts.  Duard is a resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio where lives in a highly energy efficient house with a native landscape restoration project in progress.

Tim Honchel is a Yellow Springs resident, farmer at Heartbeat Community Farm, and occasional strategic planning adviser to non-profits. Tim is finding freedom and fulfillment in his ongoing transition to a lower energy, lower income lifestyle. He and his fiancée, Julia, are getting married October 3.

Jonna Johnson earned her Master’s degree with Northern Arizona University’s interdisciplinary, student-activist Sustainable Communities program.  Her academic concentration and professional expertise is in sustainability education and community empowerment.  Her passion for authentic relationships with children and the earth has guided her to work with community-based nonprofits, social justice organizations, national parks, higher education, residential outdoor education, and summer camps. Jonna specializes in advanced analysis of Dr. Seuss and gourmet peanut butter and banana combinations.

Ralph Keyes is the author of sixteen books.  His bestseller Is There Life After High School? was made into a Broadway musical that is still produced in this country and abroad.  Chancing It was a New York Times “Notable Book.”  Timelock was selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and excerpted in Reader’s Digest.  The Post-Truth Era was named the best of seventeen books on dishonesty by a Ted Talk blogger.  The Courage to Write – which John Jakes called “one of the two or three best books on writing I’ve ever read” – has been in print for two decades.  He is currently writing a book on The Hidden History of Coined Words for Oxford University Press.  

Keyes has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, ABC World News Tonight, and twice on 20/20.  On National Public Radio he’s been interviewed several times on “All Things Considered,” and by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.”  People Magazine has featured Keyes twice.  His own articles have been published by magazines such as Esquire, GQ, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Newsweek, Parade, Sports Illustrated, and Harper’s.  An article he co-authored won the McKinsey Award for best article of the year in the Harvard Business Review.  “Back Talk,” his column on language, appears regularly in The American Scholar.  

           After graduating from Antioch College in 1967, Keyes studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  From 1968 to 1970 he was Assistant to the Publisher of Long Island’s Newsday.  Following a decade spent as a Fellow of the Center for Studies of the Person in La Jolla, California, Keyes did free-lance writing and lecturing in the Philadelphia area.  He now lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio with his wife Muriel.  There, Keyes writes, lectures, and teaches courses on writing.  As a speaker Keyes has addressed a wide range of audiences, including corporate groups, professional gatherings, and educational programs.  He belongs to the Authors Guild, is listed in Who’s Who in America, and in Contemporary Authors.

Erik Lindberg earned his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature in 1998, began his career as a carpenter, and now owns and runs a company called Community Building and Restoration, which specializes in historic restoration. In 2008 he installed a rooftop farm on the building that housed his shop and warehouse, and within a year was operating what may have been the world’s first rooftop CSA.  This project launched him into a world of sustainability activism about which he had been previously unaware.  In 2009 he helped start The Victory Garden Initiative and serve as board president, and was part of the inaugural steering committee of Transition Milwaukee. He has been a frequent contributor to "Resilience." In 2011 his wife gave birth to their twin sons, Evjen and Isak; his writing and activism has, since then, become less frequent but all the more meaningful.

Ma’ikwe Ludwig is the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage's nonprofit branch, the pioneering sustainability educator who heads up Ecovillage Education US, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She is an inspiring public speaker, a regular contributor to Communities magazine, and the author of Passion as Big as a Planet: Evolving Eco-Activism in America, which focuses on the intersection of spiritual and personal growth work, and sustainability activism. Ma'ikwe believes strongly that living sustainably is possible-- even in the belly of the beast here in the US-- and that it will depend largely on our capacity for creativity, courage, compassion and cooperation. Her current passions are education about climate disruption, and particularly economic reform and anti-racism work related to climate justice. She has lived cooperatively since 1996, where she raised a son who is now happily off at college.


Stephanie Mills is a bioregionalist author.  Her books and other writings have considered, among other things, the ecology movement, ecological restoration, technology criticism, and voluntary simplicity. They include a biography of decentralist peace activist Robert Swann.

Mills was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Mills College in Oakland, California, receiving her BA in 1969. Her commencement address decrying overpopulation made national news.

Subsequently Mills worked for various San Francisco Bay Area environmental organizations and publications including Friends of the Earth and the Whole Earth Catalog. In 1984 she moved to Michigan. She resides in Leelanau County.

Over the past 45 years, Stephanie Mills has spoken widely, from the Backyard Eco-Conferences to last October's Techno-Utopianism Teach-In at the Cooper Union.  In 2009 Mills College awarded her an honorary doctorate, citing her "unswerving advocacy for the preservation of our shared planet."


John Morgan is a self employed graphic designer and photographer. He has lived for the last 35 years in a small rural Ohio community (Raven Rocks) with a strong focus on environmentally sound architecture and technologies. John provided still photography for the film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. He grows most of his vegetables and maintains a small orchard and is committed to a simple lifestyle. He is an active advocate for a more just and less violent U.S. foreign policy.

Tish O’Dell is currently working with CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) as the Ohio Community Organizer to assist other Ohio communities to organize rights based initiatives in their communities. CELDF has assisted almost 200  communities across the country to develop “first in the nation” laws banning fracking, factory farming, sludging, water privatization and industrial scale energy development.

She is also the Ohio Community Rights Network (OHCRN) Coordinator and President working to organize and assist county chapters for the OHCRN to build a movement of community rights organizing throughout the state to culminate in constitutional change that will guarantee people’s rights to local self governance and the rights of people over corporations.

Tish co-founded the grass-roots organization MADION, Inc. (Mothers Against Drilling In Our Neighborhoods) in Broadview Heights, OH that successfully campaigned to adopt a Home Rule Charter amendment creating a Community Bill of Rights banning new gas drilling, fracking and injection wells in the city in 2012. Since passage of the Bill of Rights Amendment, not one new well has been drilled in her hometown, which previously had been averaging 10-15 new wells per year.

Stephanie Rearick founded the Dane County TimeBank in Madison, Wisconsin in 2005 and continues to serve as its Director. In addition to her work in timebanking, Stephanie Rearick has been co-owner of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse since 1995. Rearick received media and strategy training during her six-plus years with the international environmental organization Greenpeace (1989 - 1995), serving as local office director of the Madison office for two of those years. In 1995 Rearick helped to form Madison Hours local currency. Rearick served on the steering committee of the local independent political party Progressive Dane, serving as party co-chair from 2002 - 2004, and served on Madison's Alcohol License Review Committee from 2003 - 2008, as Chair from 2006 - 2008. Rearick also works as a musician.


Sol Rising: Women’s Transformative Arts Troupe creates sacred containers for healing, renewal and liberation using drum, song, story and ritual. Based in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the troupe meets year round and is part of a larger community healing support network. Each year they organize and facilitate community rituals on Summer and Winter Solstice.

Laird Schaub has lived over four decades in intentional community, and has served as the main administrator for the Fellowship for Intentional Community for the last 20 years. In addition to being an author and public speaker, he's also a meeting junkie and has parlayed his passion for good process into a consulting business on cooperative group dynamics.

Reggie Stratton is the Director of Physical Plant and Safety and Environmental Manager for Antioch College.   He has over 25 years of experience in industrial and institutional settings with a passion for discovering and implementing effective strategies that minimize energy use and reduce environmental impacts.  He is also driven to achieve excellence in work place Safety and Health.

Reggie Stratton is a graduate of Urbana University with a BA degree in business administration his specialties include L.E.E.D. for Existing Buildings, Sustainable Design, Environmental Waste Stream Management and OSHA Compliance, Training and Auditing.   Stratton has been with Antioch College since 2011.

Clark Tibbits left an academic life in Michigan at age 40 for a more grounded one as an organic gardener in an intentional community founded by Arthur Morgan in the mountains of western North Carolina.  Ten years later he resumed some consulting work in strategic planning and sustainable agriculture for universities and foundations in the US and Africa, and for most of the past 25 years he has consulted on central city revitalization in Asheville NC (a great success) and Flint MI (a great work in progress).  During that time he also turned his family's Michigan farm into a nature sanctuary and founded a local land conservancy to help manage it.  He now splits his time between the nature sanctuary where he lives in a 220 square foot, utility free cottage and the Celo Community homestead where he gardens with one of his sons.

Linda Wigington is the founder of and has been associated with the ACI (Affordable Comfort) Conference since its inception in 1986 and served as director, deep energy reduction inititiatives until May 2013. She has been a technical consultant for residential utility programs throughout the country. In the past Linda served as an advisor for Habitat for Humanity International's Green Team and is currently on the Editorial Board of Home Energy magazine. She received the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's 2002 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award.


Roger Wilkens, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC), which is the organizational vehicle for electric aggregation and an array of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects known as UnGrade Athens County (UAC). He is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Creation of Cooperation, which is currently focused the Green Schools Initiative under UAC and a Pilot Microgrid Project in conjunction with Ohio University.  Roger is an educator with over 35 years experience working with various types of cooperatives, including worker, producer, consumer and renewable energy cooperatives.  He was a co-founder and early co-director of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), where he helped provide cooperative training to some of Athens’ fine cooperatives, and directed ACEnet’s Flexible Manufacturing Networks project.  He served as Director of River Valley Community School and Director of the Dogwood Center for Self Development.

Eric Wolf is host of the world's foremost show on the Art of Storytelling with Brother Wolf with over 120 guests and over 500,000 downloads. He has worked with the American Museum of Natural History and Bank Street School in NY, Smithsonian in D.C. and many fine other institutions some as far away as Australia.



Jonatha and Harold Wright specialize in Ohio, Ohio Appalachian and Japanese stories, performing both solo and in tandem. Their ties to Japan stem from Harold’s career as Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at Antioch College, and the 14 years when they led college student study exchange semesters between Antioch and Kyoto Seika University. These careers provided the major sources for their Japanese stories. Their books, “Spine Tingling Tales of Old Japan” and “Flesh Crawling Tales of Old Japan includes many of their favorites.

The Wrights gathered stories and Oral Histories from elders in Ohio’s Appalachian counties through an OAC grant to the Appalachian Highlands Storytelling Coalition’s Project Save Our Stories. They have taught storytelling at several Ohio Colleges including Antioch College, Antioch University Midwest and Sinclair College.

Harold Wright will be performing Saturday September 26th.

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