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Friday, September 21
 

9:00am

OK, You're Awake, Now What?
Ok, you, the "Dreamer", have been Awakened to the profound need to bring forth a Thriving, Just and Sustainable World. How do you do that? How does one "Get into Action"? What actions, inner and outer, simple and profound can you take, NOW! Let's create a loving and thriving future for us all.

Friday September 21, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

10:00am

Agricultural/Forestry Projects at MeANS
A discussion of the agricultural and forestry projects completed at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences during the first year (2011/2012), and where we intend to go with these projects in year two (2012/2013).

Speakers
EP

Emanuel Pariser

Maine Acad. Natl. Sciences


Friday September 21, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

10:00am

Industrial Wind in Rural Maine: Issues & Answers
An open discussion of the issues raised when industrial scale wind development is proposed for Maine's most undeveloped lands. What are the benefits? What are the impacts? What are the rights of those who must live with the developments? Audience participation is encouraged.

Speakers
AM

Alan Michka

Friends of the Highland Mountains


Friday September 21, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

11:00am

Cooperatives 101: What You Need to Know
A short overview of Co-ops-- why they make sense, now more than ever!

Speakers
DH

Deborah Hawkins

Cooperative Maine


Friday September 21, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

11:00am

Reconnecting our Children to the Natural World
And Introduction to Kroka Expeditions methods in outdoor education: balancing freedom with responsibility, adventure with risk, community with independence. Participants will share philosophies and practical strategies for wilderness connection and nature education in the lives of children and families.

Speakers
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Nathan Lyczak

Kroka Expeditions


Friday September 21, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

12:00pm

Build Local Resilience with the Transition Model
The Transition model effectively enables a small group of people to engage their community's positive creativity in re-localizing the economy and food production, and in saving energy, as a means to directly tackle economic instability, changing climate, and lower energy availability beforehand.

Speakers
AL

Alastair Lough

Tohidu Transition


Friday September 21, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

12:00pm

Music as a Vehicle to Promote Community

We plan to talk a little bit about the vision and community-based programs at 317 Main St Community Music Center and we hope to have some of our students perform and talk about their experiences.


Speakers
CG

Ceci Gilson

Publicity & Marketing Director, 317 Main Community Music Center
317 Main is a nonprofit organization in operation since 2004, founded on the simple idea that music is the perfect vehicle for bringing people together. Ceci is a mandolin student at 317 as well as the parent of a 317 Main student. She hosts a weekly roots music radio show on WMPG... Read More →
CL

Carter Logan

317 Main St Community Music Ctr.


Friday September 21, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

1:00pm

STOP THE CORRIDOR
A presentation of the arguments opposing the corporate project to build a private trucking/utility/pipeline corridor through Maine for the purpose of multinational corporations transporting products (mostly raw materials) to global markets...and why this will irreversibly damage rural Maine.

Speakers
SM

Sidney Mitchell

Friends of Piscataquis Valley


Friday September 21, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

2:00pm

Connecting Through Conflict
Specific restorative practices based in Nonviolent Communication that will help families, intentional communities and social action groups grow closer through holding conflict in new ways. Topics include NVC based mediation, Restorative Circles and the uses of empathy.

Speakers
PS

Peggy Smith

Maine Non-Violent Communication Network


Friday September 21, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

2:00pm

Teen Agricultural Crew 2012: Our Stories
Four teens who worked full time growing vegetables for area food pantries and for the school lunch program will talk about their experience with their first "real" job - what they learned, how they grew (both personally and vegetable-wise), and how they helped their communities and themselves.


Friday September 21, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

3:00pm

A Radical History of Maine
Radical History of Maine covers time period from 1600 to present day and is presented in a "history from the bottom-up approach" as advocated by Howard Zinn and other radical historians. Presenter, Roger Leisner, has a degree in American history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Speakers
RL

Roger Leisner

Radio Free Maine


Friday September 21, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

3:00pm

Sow What: Local Focus Community Action

Girl Scouting has changed in the last few years. Find out how "take action" projects help girls impact and engage in their local economies through sustainable programs, in addition to learning more about girl focused exploration of local agriculture and artistry.



Friday September 21, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

4:00pm

Bring Our War $$ Home
Discussing the need to end massive Pentagon and war spending so that our national resources could be better utilized here at home for education, health care, environmental programs and the like

Speakers
BG

Bruce Gagnon

Maine Veterans For Peace


Friday September 21, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

5:00pm

The Occupy Movement in Maine - Present & Future
Will begin by briefing participants on the history of the Occupy movement beginning in NYC and its inception in Maine. We will have a small panel of representatives to engage and give perspective on the issues, tactics and next steps for Occupiers and allies around the state.

Speakers

Friday September 21, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent
 
Saturday, September 22
 

9:00am

Empathy: the Great Connector
Speakers
PS

Peggy Smith

Maine Non-Violent Communication Network


Saturday September 22, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

10:00am

Industrial Wind in Rural Maine: Issues & Answers
An open discussion of the issues raised when industrial scale wind development is proposed for Maine's most undeveloped lands. What are the benefits? What are the impacts? What are the rights of those who must live with the developments? Audience participation is encouraged.

Speakers
AM

Alan Michka

Friends of the Highland Mountains


Saturday September 22, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

11:00am

Taste Testing with Local Foods in Local Schools
This talk will educate and raise awareness about Taste Tests as a tool to educate children and their teachers about good nutrition and the role of local farms in promoting healthy, sustainable communities.

Speakers
AP

Abby Plummer & Karen Kleinkopf

The Morris Farm Trust and Farms


Saturday September 22, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

11:00am

The Future of the Occupy Movement
What's the future of the Occupy Movement in Maine and beyond? What has it accomplished, and where is it going? This discussion will focus on how people can become involved and change the focus from power politics to "power to the people" thru the Occupy Movement.

Speakers
LD

Larry Dansinger

Resources for Organizing and Social Change


Saturday September 22, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

12:00pm

Hot Topics in Civil Liberties
What are the biggest threats to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in 2012? This discussion will focus on the most current civil liberties issues -- from new restrictions on voting, to the struggle for same-sex marriage, to racial justice and over-incarceration.

Speakers
SB

Shenna Bellows

ACLU of Maine


Saturday September 22, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

12:00pm

Sprouting Healthy Maine Kids
Our group shall focus on their raised bed gardening experience and how this experience supports 5210, MyPlate, community involvement, and life-long learning.

Speakers
SB

Sherry Blanchard

Morison Memorial School


Saturday September 22, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

1:00pm

Slow Money Maine Conversation
Slow Money ME leaders will host an informal conversation about creative opportunities for investing in local sustainable food systems

Speakers
BR

Bonnie Rukin

Slow Money Maine


Saturday September 22, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Railcar Speakers Tent Behind Environmental Concerns and YEZ, next to the shingled building (Sprinkler Water Tank Building)

1:00pm

Connecting Youth to their Local Environment & Community
As kids spend more and more time indoors and plugged in, there is bound to be a disconnect between these future leaders and our current goals for Land Conservation and Community. Trust in our Children bridges that gap by connecting the local elementary school with our Conservation Trust. Trust in our Children provides unique adventures on our properties that teach them about their history and local environments as well as enhance their education through hands on experiences. It is our hope that we are instilling in them a sense of place that they will be invested in caring for, for their lifetime. Come see why environmental education is vital for this generation, and learn how we are working on providing it for our community!

Speakers
LL

Leia Lowry

Trust In Our Children - Kennebunkport Conservation Trust


Saturday September 22, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

1:00pm

The Occupy Movement in Maine - Present & Future
Will begin by briefing participants on the history of the Occupy movement beginning in NYC and its inception in Maine. We will have a small panel of representatives to engage and give perspective on the issues, tactics and next steps for Occupiers and allies around the state.

Speakers

Saturday September 22, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

2:00pm

What it Means to be Green - Politically
The Maine Green Independent Party has been working to transform politics in Maine ever since its inception in 1984 as a broad political movement. Learn what green activists are doing to make the Green Party a viable alternative, including candidates running for office.

Speakers
AP

Asher Platts

Maine Green Independent Party


Saturday September 22, 2012 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

2:00pm

Sustainable Education, Sustainable Communities
Education has a role to play in building sustainable communities. To be effective at this, we must re-invent education in ways that foster understanding of our connection to the ecological and social systems we are part of.

Speakers
RS

Ryder Scott

UMaine 4-H Ctr. At Bryant Pond


Saturday September 22, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

2:40pm

Independent Politics in Maine
I will talk about Maine's history and future in independent and progressive politics and how every voter can contribute to and receive beneficial political and social capital in Maine. What the state has accomplished and what still needs to be achieved will be discussed.

Speakers
TK

Tom Kelley

Maine Green Independent Party


Saturday September 22, 2012 2:40pm - 3:20pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

3:00pm

Youth-led Food Justice Workshop
Youth interns from Lots to Garden will lead the audience in a food justice activity.


Saturday September 22, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

3:20pm

Green Politics - Shaking Up the Maine Legislature
More than 30,000 voters in Maine are now registered Green Independent, and several legislative districts are within reach for Maine's largest third party. Brunswick's District 66 nearly elected a Green state representative in 2010. Find out what will happen if Brunswick goes Green in 2012.

Speakers
FH

Fred Horch

Maine Green Independent Party


Saturday September 22, 2012 3:20pm - 4:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

4:00pm

Charting Maine's Future: Making Headway

An update to the strategic plan for Maine. Our goal is to unite Mainers in a shared vision for the state, empowering folks to action across sectors to advance our common goal of economic prosperity without sacrificing the qualities we each hold dear.


Speakers
NS

Nancy Smith

GrowSmart Maine


Saturday September 22, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

4:00pm

Food Justice
Youth will lead a discussion about a food justice topic such as traditional foods, processed vs unprocessed food, economic impact of buying local food, and the Coalition of Imokolee workers.

Speakers
CC

Cultivating Community Grow Interns

Cultivating Community
Cultivating Community's mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. We use our community food work as an engine for high-impact youth and community development programs that reconnect... Read More →


Saturday September 22, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

5:00pm

A Radical History of Maine
Radical History of Maine covers time period from 1600 to present day and is presented in a "history from the bottom-up approach" as advocated by Howard Zinn and other radical historians. Presenter, Roger Leisner, has a degree in American history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Speakers
RL

Roger Leisner

Radio Free Maine


Saturday September 22, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent
 
Sunday, September 23
 

9:00am

Cooperatives 101: What You Need to Know
A short overview of Co-ops-- why they make sense, now more than ever!

Speakers
DH

Deborah Hawkins

Cooperative Maine


Sunday September 23, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

10:00am

Garden Ecosystems: Using the Science of Ecology to Create Sustainable Food Systems
Learn how to use the science of ecology to create an edible garden that mimics nature in form and function. Join us as we explore how to utilize some common and not so common plants (like persimmons, prickly pears, and pawpaw's!) to create a bountiful, scalable and low maintenance edible garden that has many other functions.

Speakers
JI

John Ibsen

Ferry Beach Ecology School


Sunday September 23, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

10:00am

OK, You're Awake, Now What?
Ok, you, the "Dreamer", have been Awakened to the profound need to bring forth a Thriving, Just and Sustainable World. How do you do that? How does one "Get into Action"? What actions, inner and outer, simple and profound can you take, NOW! Let's create a loving and thriving future for us all.

Sunday September 23, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

11:00am

Poetry Reading
Speakers
GL

Gary Lawless

Gulf of Maine Books


Sunday September 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

11:00am

Poetry Reading
Speakers
GL

Gary Lawless

Gulf of Maine Books


Sunday September 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

11:00am

The Pigs Have Escaped Again: Growing a Horticulture Program at Highmowing School
Brad and several High Mowing (HS) students will share information about the horticulture program. They will discuss that activities and development of the program, in terms of experimental learning and integrated science curriculum. The students report feeling energized and inspired by the work and the results of that work. In addition to a hands-on experience with planting and animal care, students gain a sense of responsibility for life that is unable to care for itself, and therefore pulls them outside of their narrow views of the world.

Speakers
BM

Brad Miller

High Mowing School


Sunday September 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

12:00pm

Bring Our War $$ Home
Discussing the need to end massive Pentagon and war spending so that our national resources could be better utilized here at home for education, health care, environmental programs and the like

Speakers
BG

Bruce Gagnon

Maine Veterans For Peace


Sunday September 23, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

12:00pm

Supporting Younger People to Take Action & Transform Maine
Pine Tree Youth Organizing (PTYO) is a brand new alliance of young activists who have come together in collaboration with experienced organizers to build a truly independent, community-based, youth-led organization. Our goal is to help each other build the skills, support and energy that we need to make a difference in our communities and in our lives. We will describe how PTYO is being built and what kinds of support and opportunities we plan to offer, and involve participants in a discussion of how younger people can transform Maine through democratic social change, and how PTYO could help.

Speakers
MC

Martin Chartrand & Rob Korobkin

Pine Tree Youth Organizing


Sunday September 23, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

1:00pm

Beyond Internships: Growing Grass & Farmers at Sterling College
Patrick will discuss the challenges and victories of multi-species grazing in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont at the Sterling College Farm.

Speakers
PS

Patrick Sweat

Sterling College


Sunday September 23, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

2:00pm

Alternatives to 'Trail 'em, Nail 'em, Jail 'em'
Community-based restorative responses to crime and wrong-doing works. How? Accountability, giving victims a voice, & building on the best of what's happening in our hometowns to bring people up, build on their strengths, honor their experiences and find a collective way forward. Come hear more!

Speakers
SM

Sarah Mattox

The Restorative Justice Project Of The Midcoast


Sunday September 23, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent

2:00pm

Food Justice
Youth will lead a discussion about a food justice topic such as traditional foods, processed vs unprocessed food, economic impact of buying local food, and the Coalition of Imokolee workers.

Speakers
CC

Cultivating Community Grow Interns

Cultivating Community
Cultivating Community's mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. We use our community food work as an engine for high-impact youth and community development programs that reconnect... Read More →


Sunday September 23, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

3:00pm

Teen Agricultural Crew 2012: Our Stories
Four teens who worked full time growing vegetables for area food pantries and for the school lunch program will talk about their experience with their first "real" job - what they learned, how they grew (both personally and vegetable-wise), and how they helped their communities and themselves.


Sunday September 23, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Young Maine Speakers Tent Located behind the Young Maine exhibitors' tent, tucked in between the Young Maine and Environmental Concerns tents. Enter from the Common between YEZ and Young Maine.

4:00pm

STOP THE CORRIDOR
A presentation of the arguments opposing the corporate project to build a private trucking/utility/pipeline corridor through Maine for the purpose of multinational corporations transporting products (mostly raw materials) to global markets...and why this will irreversibly damage rural Maine.

Speakers
SM

Sidney Mitchell

Friends of Piscataquis Valley


Sunday September 23, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Social & Political Action Speakers Tent