Green Festival News

Thank You for an Amazing Spring

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Thank you for a wonderful Spring!

Click on the snapshot image above to see photos from San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle Green Festivals.

Summer is approaching and Green Festival is gearing up for another fun Festival Fall! Green Festival will visit New York October 1-2, Los Angeles October 29-30 and San Francisco November 12-13, so mark your calendars now!

Follow the Money

David Korten

David_KortenThank you Alisa Gravitz for the generous introduction and for another magnificent Green Festival. A new economy is essential the human future—and  the Green Festivals define its leading edge in thought and action.

Note that during my presentation Kat Gjovik and Fran Korten will be passing around sign-up sheets for the David Korten and YES! Magazine e-mail newsletters. The David Korten newsletter will keep you up to date on my activities and thinking. The YES! newsletter will keep you up to date on all the many powerful ideas and practical actions that are shaping a positive human future throughout the United States and the world.

We live in an interesting time. Whether it turns out to be a curse or a blessing depends on us. As you may have heard, today is a special day—Rapture Day. This is the day the chosen are lifted from Earth, from this life, to go to an afterlife in a faraway place of peace and plenty to live in loving relationship free from hunger, want, disease and violence. A beautiful vision.

Dennis Kucinich at Green Festival Seattle today

Green Festival continues today at Qwest with Amy Goodman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and more. Watch this exclusive interview with John Perkins for a preview of Rep. Kucinich's speech at Green Festival today.

Seattle Green Festival this Weekend!

seattle-overviewGet ready, because the Seattle Green Festival is this weekend, May 21-22 at Qwest Event Center!

Discounted tickets are still available online. The deadline for you to purchase your discount online tickets is Friday May 20th at 5pm PST. You can also purchase your tickets at the box office on Saturday and Sunday.

Ride your bike and use the Bike Valet, or take public transportation for discounted admission at the door! Students with ID and seniors also receive discounted admission. All Green America, Global Exchange and Sierra Club members get in free, as well as all city, state and federal government employees!  Visit your local Seattle Area Ford Dealer to receive complimentary Green Festival admission! A list of participating dealerships is available on the Green Festival Facebook Page.

There are so many new and exciting activities to be on the lookout for at Green Festival. Here are just a few highlights:

Vote for Your Favorite Finalist to Win Ford's $5,000 Community Green Grant in Seattle!

ford-green-grant-chicagoCome to Seattle Green Festival this weekend at Qwest Event Center and choose which sustainable, forward-thinking idea you want to win a $5,000 Community Green Grant from Ford! Your vote could be the deciding factor in who wins, so come to Green Festival this weekend, support these innovative, local nonprofits and vote!

At Chicago Green Festival last weekend,1455 Green Festival attendees voted, and the difference between first and second place was a mere 6 votes!The Chicago Green Festival Community Green Grant winner was the ScienceFIST foundation in partnership with Hanson Park School. Their project will install a handicap accessible vegetable garden for Hanson Park students to run. All vegetables grown will be distributed to local food cart vendors.

In a memorable moment that truly embodies the Green Festival community spirit, ScienceFIST founder Marc Hans decides to split the grant with all of the finalists:

Speaker Spotlight: Edward Humes

humesA Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Edward Humes' latest book is Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution (Harper Collins, May 2011). His other books include the PEN Award-winning No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year In the Life of Juvenile Court, the bestseller Mississippi Mud, and Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion and the Battle for America's Soul, now under development at HBO.

Humes has written for numerous publications, including: Los Angeles Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Readers Digest, California Lawyer, the Oxford American, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He has taught writing and journalism at the University of California, Irvine, Chapman University and the University of Oregon.

Green Festival – Chicken or the Egg

chi-overviewFor ten years Green Festival has been delivering crowds unlike any other similar event in the industry, and in the past six months, we’ve seen our attendance numbers increase as compared to the prior twelve when the U.S. economy tanked. In fact, this past weekend’s Chicago Green Festival had a significantly higher attendance than 2010 with more than 26,000 attendees. To that point, attendees and exhibitors at this weekend’s Chicago Green Festival were ‘really surprised’ there was such a low exhibitor turn-out for the crowd that came.

The proverbial ‘The Chicken or the Egg’ challenge is that we can’t have a successful Green Festival without either high attendance or a robust exhibit marketplace. Green businesses tell us that they need strong attendance in order to exhibit, and attendees tell us they expect a marketplace full of hundreds of green companies for them to browse and shop with.

Living Outside the Car

bikingTerri Glaberson
Executive Director - CoolMom

Happy May, CoolMoms! Since it’s "Think-Outside-the-Car month," I’ve been doing just that. Unfortunately, too much of my thinking takes place, literally, in my car. My confession is that I’m one of those people with a long commute for which no realistic public transportation option exists, unless you consider three hours and three busses at either end realistic. I’d like to have that kind of leisure time, but I don’t.

And that’s what gets me really thinking. Several years ago, before kids, my husband and I took a trip to France (we’ll leave thinking outside the plane for another month). We spent most of our time in two areas, but got by, with the exception of one day, without a car. This is thanks in part to France’s lovely train system and Paris’ slick metro (oh, for a Seattle metro!).

Ecopreneuring Principles to Create a Sustainable World

Pinchot_gGifford Pinchot
President and Co-founder - Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Ecopreneuring is a way of using desire to serve the planet and its people to inspire profitable innovation. It is also a way for people who care about these values to use business to serve the environment and social equity in bigger ways than they could do by other means. It is a win-win way to address the issues of sustainability.

Sustainability often comes across as a series of constraints, which does not lead to enthusiasm from traditional business people. Ecopreneuring is about seizing the opportunity in the next industry to drive a wave of economic expansion The industry that will help us recover from current economic blues is the creation of a green economy that meets human needs and supports greater happiness, without destroying the ecosystems or communities on which our lives and our economy depends. It includes everything from green tech to support existing lifestyles, to supporting less resource intensive ways of generating human happiness. Ecopreneuring is a business trend that more traditional business people, environmentalists and social justice advocates can all support enthusiastically.

Shifting our Disposable Cup Habit and Creating Community-wide Change

disposable-cupsHere in Seattle, we have taken the lead in recycling. Now, we need to push the envelope by shifting to reuse. In the United States, we use about half a million disposable, hot-beverage paper cups every 15 minutes. That number has increased by a third in a mere four years.

Take a close look at this picture of the Statue of Liberty. It is an image produced by Seattle photographer, Chris Jordan, for his recent TED talk. The frame is filled with columns of stacked paper cups. See the little notch on the bottom left? That is two tiny people looking up at the mass of cups America uses in a single day.

Our addiction to convenience is getting out of control. Recycling items is better than sending them to landfill but does that mean we get to be wasteful, extruding a veritable torrent of disposable, single-use items, and plowing through the resources burned-up for the sake of a product used once and then tossed? Let’s take a closer look…