Sandy Wiggins

I currently serve as Chief Learning Officer for Future Tide Partners, an initiative of Rising Tide Capital that equips individuals and institutions to shift consciousness, culture, and capital towards an inclusive, flourishing future economy.

Since 2004, I have also been Principal of Consilience LLC, a national consultancy with a mission to foster inclusive and sustainable communities. And I am also a co-creator and faculty with the Choosing Earth Project, an initiative to foster understanding of the magnitude, speed, and depth of the challenges confronting humanity and the creative opportunities for transformation.

In the past, I’ve served as a national leader in the fields of Social Finance/Impact Investing, Local Living Economies, and Green Building. As a Sr. Advisor to RSF Social Finance and a member of RSF’s Field Building Collaborative, I founded and co-facilitated the Local Economy Foundation Circle, an initiative that helped philanthropies shift their corpora into place-based impact investments. Through my consultancy, Consilience, I’ve helped birth institutional impact investment strategies, regional sustainability public policy, corporate sustainability plans, community redevelopment plans and sustainable master plans in communities around the U.S. During my prior career in the real estate industry, I was responsible for the development of over sixty LEED certified commercial projects, one of the nation’s first Living Building Challenge projects, and one of the first Living Community Challenge projects.

I was also co-founder and Chair of e3bank, a triple bottom line bank focused on redirecting the flow of capital toward a sustainable world. I served for 10 years as Chair of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, now Common Future), and I was a past Chair of U.S. Green Building Council and the Founding Chair of Green Business Certification Inc. I was also Founding Chair of the Philadelphia based Green Building United, and a co-author of LEED for Neighborhood Development

I live in Washington, DC with my wife and daughter. I am a lifelong meditator and a certified Integrative Breathwork practitioner, certified GROF® Breathwork (holotropic) facilitator and Mindfulness Meditation teacher.

Megan and Jumanji

We are running a compost pilot program on Whidbey Island, working with Bokashi and vermiculture to divert food scraps from the garbage and create compost for our community.

Gary Foresman

Permaculture designer and mostly residential landscape construction in that field for about ten years with a passion for most all things water: Rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, natural building and earth works, irrigation systems…
I have added interest in local politics, community building and art, and food and water resiliency.

Azoulas Yurashunas

I am the environmental coordinator for Havenroot, a campground and event venue in Veneta, OR. I manage a 219 acre forest that surrounds a stretch of a perennial creek, which is among the headwaters of the Long Tom River. Myself and my associates are attempting to democratically self-govern a community that is founded on the stewardship of the land.

Robert Bunge

Adult educator, soon to retire, working on global sustainability projects.

Teri Ciacchi

please see my websites and the writings there. I am a visionary elder witch and thought leader in theintersections of Ecofeminist Ecosex and Psychedelics movements.

James Bronson

I live in and helped to found a cohousing community based on consensus in Eugene, Oregon on the Willamette River. We hope to demonstrate a powerful way people everywhere can build effective governance, live in intentional neighborhoods and collaborate to live more sustainably.

Daniel Chesney

I am an artist/musician turned activist. I currently work with the PROUT Institute and New Era Convergence Eugene studying and researching systems change implementation.

I am a divergent thinker. My expertise is in taking disparate systems and thought ecosystems and finding connective tissue between these systems. This expertise has been forged through a career in art and music that uses the material local to my practice to create novel envisionings of new worlds and systems that might exist in them.

Anni Holtby

I live on the traditional unceded territory Sinixt peoples, and home to many Ktunaxa, Syilx, and Métis persons; respecting their connections to the land and the importance of the environment to our strength as a community. I am member of the West Kootenay Climate Hub; been involved with climate activism through Citizen Climate Lobby for many years. Creating a better world for my 2 granddaughters continues to motivate me. 

Robert Oppenheimer

I am a retired psychologist with experience in conflict resolution and prevention programs for youth.