ChangeMakers

Our community of ChangeMakers is committed to making a difference in the world. Explore their work, support their cause or simply use their stories to inspire the ChangeMaker that’s inside of you!

Jodi Clark

I am a “collective impact nerd.” I am inspired by, driven by, and working in service to co-creating spaces for generative collaboration. I’m especially interested in the “collective awesome” shared and generated by people and organizations working toward collectively held goals. I began my collaboration career in theater, co-creating a Renaissance Faire in Southeastern Vermont. Since then, I have advised an LGBT college student group at Marlboro College, taught/directed/was inspired by my work with an issue oriented improv theater training and performance program for youth in the Southwestern region of New Hampshire, joined multiple community based coalitions working to bolster afterschool programs, youth supports for healthy food and physical activity, substance abuse prevention, and community gardens. Currently, I serve on the Education Impact Committee for the United Way of Windham County, VT and the Champions Advisory Council for the Healthy Monadnock 2020 initiative based in Keene, NH. I am also a certified Results Based Accountability trainer. I have returned to Marlboro College to work as the Director of Housing & Residential Life with projects including a revamp our community accountability processes into more Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice as well as teaching health and wellness courses and the occasional stage combat tutorial. I am also back IN school to further study and hone my skills in supporting broader spaces for generating “collective awesome” out in the broader community. I am currently in the MS in Managing Mission Driven Organizations at Marlboro College Graduate School. I am researching and designing learning collaborative structures for both online and offline peer to peer learning for two different community based organizations. My goal is to create the space for organizations to grow their skills and shared vision to achieve collective community impact.

I explore topics of how Collective Awesome leads to Collective Impact on my Twitter feed here: @ChampionJodi

Nancy Bond

I facilitate the Youth Network, connecting K-12 students with each other across the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region and with students in other countries to broaden perspectives, make connections, and deepen understanding of the global issues that students experience locally. This is part of a larger effort in response to our area being recognized by the United Nations University as a Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, one of 127 in the world, and one of 2 in the USA. Our mission is to increase our region’s collective impact by developing collaborative partnerships and offering formal, nonformal and informal educational opportunities that leverage our talents and resources to create a more sustainable, just, healthy and thriving future for all.

I am also the Resource Conservation Coordinator for Portland Public Schools, working across the largest K-12 district in the Pacific Northwest to shrink our district’s environmental footprint while empowering students and staff to shift behavior and conserve resources.

Kathleen Draper

Kathleen has been working in Western New York with a variety of researchers on developing closed loop biochar production and use systems which are economically viable and environmentally restorative. She is also one of the editors of the upcoming Biochar Journal which is focused on sharing biochar success stories from around the world. Her focus is on rebalancing carbon in the most economically and environmentally sustainable manner possible.

Cody Durant

After working for over a decade in the restaurant industry, Cody is now embarking on a journey to assist restaurateurs with sustainability in their daily operations. Due to the levels of impact this industry has in our world, Cody sees massive potential to change how they do business. His eBook, Redefining the Restaurant Experience: Transitioning to Sustainability covers topics such as: staffing & internal culture, marketing & branding, supplier & vendor relationships, and waste reduction, energy efficiency & local sourcing.

Julie Fahnestock

Julie is passionate about telling the story where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping Benefit Corporations identify, build and leverage their brands. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives and surfs in West Palm Beach, Florida with her husband, Thomas.

Noah Fishman

My career path has ranged from starting a microfinance program for street children in Tanzania to launching a statewide composting program in Vermont, and supporting a national environmental network in Serbia. Currently, I am the Advancement and Communications manager at Capstone Community Action, a nonprofit organization where I lead fundraising activities, and develop new business opportunities. I also manage a small farm and education center at my home that offers childcare, after-school and other educational programming for children and produces quality food for the community. More on this initiative can be found at www.elephantinthefield.com.

Kathy Hipple

As the Founder of Noosphere Marketing, Kathy helps clients — primarily financial services and tech giants (Fidelity, Bank of America, IBM, MassMutual), and mission-driven organizations — create strategies to communicate their vision and objectives, blending traditional and new media avenues.

Philip Kolling

Phil is passionate about people helping people, service and volunteerism. He believes that everyone has a role to play in improving their community and changing the world. Phil believes local solutions are the answer to most of our challenges, and collectively we hold the answers and ability to tackle the biggest challenges. Phil has been a champion for national service since serving as an AmeriCorps member, and works to create and expand service opportunities through which people can make their local community a better place for everyone.

Marisa McGillard

Marisa McGilliard is legal counsel for Twitter, Inc., supporting the company’s business development organization in reaching every person on the planet through partnerships, product development and strategic integrations with global companies and leaders. Her area of expertise is emerging technology for which she leverages in working on a myriad of initiatives towards the empowerment of women through technology.

Marisa received her BA in Sports Management and Communications from the University of Michigan and graduated with her JD from the University of Oregon School of Law. She has spent the last 16 years committed to the sports for social change movement, starting as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan and culminating in work with the Council for Responsible Sport, Mercy Corps, Nike Foundation, and Mountain2Mountain. Outside Twitter, Marisa serves on the Board of Directors for The Council for Responsible Sport and Mountain2Mountain, the Global Advisory Board for World Pulse, the University of Oregon Sports Product Management Advisory Board, and is part of the second cohort of the Generative Council. She also is a key contributor to advancing the mission of SWAT – Super Woman At Twitter. Marisa is a lifelong athlete, half marathoner, and avid traveler, and splits her time between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California, when not exploring other parts of the world.

Don Simms

Life constantly presents itself with unique opportunities and during the summer of my 60th was no exception. Karma often allows one to take advantage of unique situations as it presents itself and on an international study trip to Toleza Farm in Balaka, Malawi, the Daughters of Toleza was conceived by myself and five gifted people, who opened their hearts and eyes to found the Daughters of Toleza, a non-profit organization dedicated to financially support the secondary education of girls from southern Malawi.

Kim Slack

Imagine the human-environment interface as an organism in itself. Is it healthy or sick? Does it suffer in some parts while others are strong? It would be hard to argue that it is perfectly healthy. Certainly there are wounds – loss of biodiversity, deforestation, overfishing, desertification, ocean acidification, global warming and climate change, to name a few. While the wealthier, more educated of the world have been working to heal these wounds, the world’s poor have been sidelined to simply receive aid and to stay out of the way. Just as all of humanity plays a role in causing these wounds, we should tap into all of humanity’s brainpower to heal them. How can we, as a global community, truly achieve a sustainable relationship with our environment if we continue to leave the poverty-stricken of this world behind? What innovative solutions, what creativity, are we missing out on by excluding the poor and marginalized from the conversation?

There are indigenous cultures who have lived in balance with their environment for thousands of generations longer than we have. What lessons can we learn from these cultures? Are there practices that we might integrate into our own modern ones? Are there ways to successfully blend the old and new ways of life to become more sustainable as a global community?

We can add these voices to the global sustainability movement. We can listen to leaders and aspiring leaders in developing communities as they define their vision of a sustainable future for their community. Then, as specific project needs are identified, we can provide targeted technical training to these leaders. By putting these leaders in the driver’s seat on community development projects where they are so often sidelined, we build the capacity to develop solutions from within. I believe that such empowered communities can bring much-needed innovation to the many problems we face as a global community.

Winston Tate

The built environment of the 1900’s did not emphasize environmentally sound construction. Today, however, we have the capability to overcome that oversight. My aim is to demonstrate that down-to-earth energy efficiency and conservation measures will result in a sustainable model for urban re-development. One goal is to integrate with multi-generational spaces, creating a “place” where our elders can gracefully and securely live. We need to foster organic housing and open-space opportunities (i.e. “Gorilla Gardening” and “Chair Bombing”). Our built communities must be affordable and certainly not isolated. Uninhibited spaces (dead strip malls, brown-fields, and abandoned buildings of all types) must be seen as community assets. There is a reservoir of talent within our inner-cities. I will encourage all partners to collaboration across disciplines. These projects are a collaboration of efforts that will require many talented and socially active people. We will re-green our abandoned spaces and neglected places.

Liz Walker

As Co-Founder of EcoVillage at Ithaca, Liz has pioneered a community approach to living. Using the vibrant example of EcoVillage Ithaca, an internationally renowned eco-community and teaching center, Learn@EcoVillage seeks funds to further develop Sustainable Community workshops to demonstrate lessons learned over two decades of lived experience. Your tax deductible gift will help us to reach students, planners, building professionals and the public with innovative social and environmental designs that help to create fulfilling lives while cutting carbon emissions by more than 60% – on a community-wide scale. Please consider a gift of $25 or more now!

Claire Wheeler

Making Work Make Sense. In 2013, Claire put aside her plans to go skydiving to take on an even riskier activity: quitting her job. In her journey to self-employment, she has uncovered a quiet revolution of creatives, changemakers, and community-based businesses that are reclaiming the way we work by realizing our own capacity to build the world we want. At a time when only 30% of the American workforce is engaged in their jobs, it is clear that the world we go to work for isn’t working for us. Claire started Rework to bring practical work solutions and business consulting to the people who are redefining work by loving what they do. By making work from the place of unique gifts and our passion – by tapping into our creative genius – we become alive in our work and, in turn, build a world that is more alive. Rework’s mission is to translate, craft and deliver custom business solutions that free clients to do the work they love.

Darcy Winslow

The Academy for Systemic Change formed to advance capacity for profound, awareness based, systemic change worldwide in critical systems such as Education, Food/Agriculture, Marine Ecosystems, Business, Finance, Tropical Rain Forests and Community Development. The Academy is a global community of senior practitioners, faculty and mentors, in partnership with organizations and networks deeply involved in developing living examples that illustrate what is possible in creating social systems that foster biological, social, and economic well being at a scale that matters. We have come together to crystallize, bring to life and disseminate emerging knowledge, values and practices in service of the next generation of leaders. We are dedicated to linking highly experienced masters with fellows to learn how to apply systems change tools and practices, in support of specific change initiatives. Our focus is to develop a critical mass of awareness-based system change practitioners.