BRATTLEBORO >> Discounted sliding-scale registration is now available for the Strolling of the Heifer's Slow Living Summit, scheduled for April 28 through 30.
"How to Succeed in Business by Slowing Down," is the theme of this year's event. Organizations wishing to receive a 20 percent discount should contact Shanta Lee Evans-Crowley at Shantavns@gmail.com or 802-275-8152. Sliding-scale rates for individuals start at $49.
Sessions include "Hunger is not a problem of not enough," in which Ashley Stanley, Founder and Executive Director of Lovin' Spoonfuls, will discuss the model of the organization and the challenges we face in food rescue and hunger relief. Lovin' Spoonfuls differs from the traditional model of food rescue by removing volunteers from the equation and by systematizing operations with consistent schedules and inventory tracking. Ashley and her team are creating a legitimate, professional response to the problem.
In "The road well traveled but sparsely funded," join Tanya Fields of The BLK Projek and her fellow co-op owners and farmers as they discuss the successes and challenges that face many of color professionals who delve into the world of urban agriculture and food businesses. With humor, thoughtfulness, direct dialogue and hands on participation we will challenge the myth of "bootstraps," clearly illustrate the system that often stunts many entrepreneurs when class, race and gender intersect in regards to funding and investment. Participants will spend a significant amount of time working through real world ways to deconstruct the existing system and open up opportunities for those in communities most impacted and fearless, or crazy, enough to mine existing markets, create new ones and change the world they live in.
In "Impossible is a dare: How your food business can become a force for social transformation and planetary healing," Shel Horowitz will demonstrate how businesses can go green in an affordable and effrective manner, as well as how to market that green commitment to win new customers, turn those customers into fans, and turn those fans into ambassadors. Recently, he's expanded his focus to look at the profit motive as a powerful tool for turning hunger and poverty into sufficiency, war into peace, and catastrophic climate change into planetary balance, founding Business For a Better World.
For more information, visit www.slowlivingsummit.org/2016-summit-schedule.