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Philipstown community congress: one year later
The experiment of the Philipstown Community Congress began in July 2017. One year later, the ECP convened residents of Philipstown to hear about the progress that was made on 8 initiatives that were top vote-getters in the November 2017 poll.
unconscious bias: a community training
The ECP brought in nationally-recognized Cook Ross to explore unconscious bias with our community members. We learned about what bias is and ways to address it in our personal lives. But the conversation is not over - more convenings around issues of systemic biases and structural fixes to come.
Putting your money where your mouth is: How achieving social justice requires incorporating broader values into financial decision-making
The ECP was joined by Joanne Leffeld, the Moolah Doula, to discuss the necessary evolution of how we think about money. Through experiential, thought-provoking exercises, we discussed macro- and micro-level ways to bring broad values into spending and investment decision-making.
Philipstown Climate smart community: innovative indicators for ghg emissions reductions
Philipstown has pledged to be a Climate Smart Community (CSC). The ECP will gather CSC task force members and other community leaders to discuss innovative methods for measuring GHG emissions, pushing Philipstown toward capturing more innovative, reliable, impactful measures of change that ecological citizens can take part in to build a more resilient future. Stay tuned as the ECP and CSC task force put together a baseline inventory report.
Philipstown community congress: community forums on promoting and preserving a strong community
Philipstown residents proposed 40 different ideas for promoting and preserving a strong community over the course of three public forums. Over 755 Philipstown neighbors voted on their top priorities in a community-wide vote. Interested residents and community groups gathered in a "job fair-style" forum to learn more about how to move the proposals forward and take the next steps toward civic engagement. Learn more about the Philipstown Community Congress.
Beyond bringing down monuments: a dialogue on racial inequalities in our communities
We brought together three Peekskill leaders to discuss what racial inequality looks like in their community. Then we discussed what we can do to address it. View the flyer. Podcast forthcoming.
Peekskill area pastor's alliance (PAPA) retreat: what role should religious leaders play in times of social injustice?
Faced with historic economic inequality, growing racial and ethnic discrimination, human sickness and environmental degradation, what role should religious and spiritual leaders play in discussing these issues with their congregants? What do religious or moral teachings have to say that are relevant to prompting action on a social issue you care about? Podcast forthcoming.
Fossil Fuel Divestment/Carbon pricing
We brought together student leaders from colleges and universities to hear about successful divestment strategies, build the economic case for divestment, and make connections between divestment campaigns and a growing call for institutions of higher education to support carbon pricing. See our convening agenda.
Save Our Skins
Student retreat participants developed the Save Our Skins campaign, educating fellow students on the dangers of toxic chemicals allowed in the vast majority of personal and beauty care products. Learn more about their campaign.
Half Calf Campaign
Student retreat participants developed the Half Calf campaign, calling on their campuses to cut beef consumption in half and replace it with more sustainable meats to cut carbon emissions, save money, and promote a healthier student body. Learn more about their campaign.
Problems of the scale we face will require widespread cultural change: deep shifts in our values and how we view the world, followed by individual changes in the ways we live and growing participation to push for responsible, systemic change.
The ECP works with the movement builders of our generation: young people bringing their idealism, intelligence, and innovation to the task of winning progress on their campuses and in their communities; and citizen-leaders bringing wisdom, experience and power to their work for community, regional and societal change.
These are the leaders that will serve as a bridge to a more sustainable future.
While we live in a time that is more virtually connected than any time before, we believe that shared experiences and face-to-face interaction remain a vital part of building movements. We bring emerging and experienced leaders from regional colleges and universities and local community groups to convenings on Longhaul Farm, creating opportunities to experience sustainable living, learn from each other, build personal relationships, strengthen change campaigns, and contribute to the movement afoot.