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Cascadia Climate Conference 2015—An Invitational Event
April 17, 2015
April 18, 2015
Cascadia Climate Collaborative
November 17, 2014
Whidbey Institute
6449 Old Pietila Road, Clinton, WA, 98236, United States

Our Shared Future: The Heart of the Climate Movement

An Invitational Gathering of Regional Climate Leaders

People say climate change is a technological problem, people say it’s a scientific problem, and many say it’s an economic or national security problem. In my view it is a moral problem, and it calls for a moral response.” –Kathleen Dean Moore

CCC LOGO_Color__Horizontal-150With most thoughtful Northwesterners, it is no longer necessary to argue the severity of the climate crisis. Technical solutions alone will not solve the climate crisis. Climate change is an adaptive problem, requiring new ways of thinking beyond the patterns that got us here in the first place. An adaptive response demands that we address the emotional, psychological, and ethical dimensions of the crisis. For this reason, preserving a livable climate is fundamentally a moral challenge.

The Cascadia Climate Collaborative exists to provide a space for an invitational group of the region’s most committed and effective climate leaders. We give them an opportunity to share their best practices and insights, and thereby grow the power and scope of the Cascadian climate movement. Our long-term vision is to cultivate the requisite moral depth, shared commitment, compassionate resolve, and strength of spirit to sustain ourselves and others through one of the most difficult transitions our species has ever faced.


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4:00 – 6:00pm: Arrival and Registration

6:30 pm-7:30pm: Optional Dinner

7:30 – 9:00pm: Ice Breaker ‘Mix & Mingle’ in Thomas Berry Hall



7:30-8:00am: Optional Mindful Movement in the Sanctuary

7:45-9:00am Breakfast, Arrivals/Registration

9:00-10:15am Welcome and Opening in Thomas Berry Hall

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45-11:30am KC Golden address: “The State of the Climate Movement”

11:30am-12:00pm Q&A and Discussion

12:00-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:50pm Lightening Talk

2:50-3:00pm Break

3:00-4:30pm Concurrent Workshops Session

4:30-6:00pm Reflective Pause: Time on the Land

6:00-7:30pm Dinner

7:30-9:00pm Open Mike, Open Heart stories



7:30-8:00am: Optional Mindful Movement in the Sanctuary

7:45-9:00am: Breakfast

9:00-10:15am: Convening in Thomas Berry Hall

10:15-10:35am: Break

10:30-12:00pm: Keynote: Elizabeth and Cate May Burton

12:00-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-3:00pm: Closing Session

3:00-4:00pm: Reception and Departures

7:30pm: Public event with Elizabeth and Cate. $10 suggested donation.


Organizing Team:

Dan Mahle is program coordinator at the Whidbey Institute, where he convenes, coordinates, and facilitates groups of leaders from across the Northwest in transformational experiences and conversations that matter. He is also a facilitator and trainer with Generation Waking Up, an Oakland-based organization that is uniting a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world.

Derek Hoshiko serves to catalyze social-changemakers and activate ordinary citizens. He works with individuals through story and conversation to engage their passions, and to bring integrity more fully into their lives so their values truly serve them. He is a viable and legitimate guide to help people navigate our changing world, to make social change fun, and to help people go beyond changing light bulbs.

Kate Davies is core faculty in the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington. She has taught social change for sustainability at colleges and universities in Canada and England, as well as in the U.S., and is the author of The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement (2013).

Kurt Hoelting is author of The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life. Kurt is a wilderness guide, climate activist and meditation teacher. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, and is the founding Director of Inside Passages, guiding contemplative sea kayaking retreats in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

Larry Daloz is a Senior Fellow of the Whidbey Institute. He served as the first dean of the Community College of Vermont, and has taught at Lesley, Norwich, Harvard, and Columbia Universities. He is a double-award winning author of Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners, and co-author of Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World.

Terra Anderson was a Boeing organizational facilitator who managed a two-week executive development program at their corporate university. Upon retirement she taught team building and personal development for the Bainbridge Graduate Institute sustainable MBA program. Currently she is a full-time farmer/gardener learning how to live with a reduced carbon footprint and to develop resiliency skills for an uncertain future.

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