Enjoy select presentations from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference Where We Go From Here: Building the Collaborative Commons.
From its beginnings as Water of Life, to Design by Nature, and now the Where We Go From Her conferences, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) conference series is inspiring, informative, and reliably offers a rich diversity of speakers, performers, and engaged participants.
In October 2014, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living brought together some of the world’s leading thinkers, writers, activists, and practitioners in the fields of sustainability, economics, and social justice to discuss the commons. It was the first major conference on the commons in North America.
The conference discussed how we can take back and renew the heritage of the commons—in many ways the foundation of our society. The central question asked was how can the commons be used to help build a resilient and regenerative society, one based on ecological sustainability as well as economic and social justice?
More than 15 speakers spoke on topics as diverse as climate change, agriculture and seed saving, energy supply, 3D printing, the sharing economy, green jobs, and computer coding, all from the perspective of the commons.
Watch select keynote talks from these amazing teachers and then join the conversation!
- Robert "Skip" Backus
- David Bollier
- Vandana Shiva
- Leslie Booker
- Devita Davison
- Jason Stern
- Ethan Roland Solaviev
- Winona LaDuke
- 2015 OCSL Award: Groundwork Hudson Valley
- Van Jones
- Jeremy Rifkin
- Panel: Jeremy Rifkin, David Bollier, and Vandana Shiva
- Michael Gayk
- Osprey Orielle Lake
- Panel: Carla Goldstein, Osprey Orielle Lake, Winona LaDuke, and Vandana Shiva
- Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
- Bob Berkebile
- New York Harbor School Students
- David W. Orr
- Bill McKibben
Meet the Teachers
Vandana Shiva, PhD, is a world-renowned environmental leader, eco-feminist, a ...
Van Jones, a former advisor to President Obama, is author of The Gre ...
Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, is an authorit ...
Over the past three decades, Bill McKibben
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator an ...
David Bollier is an influential American activist, writer, and policy strateg ...
David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studi ...
Bob Berkebile is an influential sustainable design architect and community pl ...
Devita Davison is the Co-Director of
Osprey Orielle Lake is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Wome ...
Robert "Skip" Backus, is chief executive officer of Omega and the vision ...
Leslie Booker, a cofounder of the Yoga Service Council and director of traini ...
Carla Goldstein, JD, is Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer an ...
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is the 16 year old indigenous environmental activist and ...
Ethan Roland Solaviev, core developer of Eight Forms of Capital framework and ...
Jason Stern has been a student and teacher of G. I. Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way ...
Tuition & Fees
2014 Where We Go From Here Conference
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