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March 28, 2013
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Peter Forbes, Green Mountain College’s Voices Plenary Speaker, Makes Public Address April 9

POULTNEY--Peter Forbes, co-founder for the Center for Whole Communities, will speak Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium as the College’s Voices Plenary Speaker. This event is free and open to the public.

Forbes is a social entrepreneur and an advocate for the relationship between people and the land, from remote Nepal to the American Rocky West, to Central Harlem, New York. The Center for Whole Communities is a place-based leadership development organization devoted to bringing together people who care about the planet with people who care about our communities. As result of Forbes’ efforts, more than 2,000 citizen and career leaders from 50 states have been trained in a unique learning process inspired directly by Dr. Martin Luther King’s inspiration for “beloved communities” where different leaders come together to solve increasingly complex problems.

In 2004, Forbes was hired by the Kellogg Foundation to convene, for the first time ever, farm and restaurant workers and labor rights activists with policy experts and food security advocates. In 2010, Forbes came to Flint, Michigan, to develop a unique program using story and personal narrative to help former General Motors assembly line workers imagine and create a new city. He is now working to foster more understanding and healing from within our nation’s public lands toward the indigenous people who were removed from those lands. Forbes is also an artist and a writer. He is the editor of Our Land, Ourselves: Readings on People and Place and he is the author of The Great Remembering: Further Thoughts on Land, Soul and Society (TPL/Chelsea Green, 2001). His photographs of homesteader and social activist Bill Coperthwaite are published in A Handmade Life, which won first prize in 2003 from the Independent Bookseller's Association for most inspiring story.

Forbes describes his personal journey this way: “I have come to see how I am an edge walker, one willing and able to keep feet in different worlds in order to share perspectives.”

Building on the writing skills developed in the Images of Nature course, Voices of Community provides GMC students with more extensive practice in composition and revision. The course explores how the environment encompasses human relationships and communities.

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