Friday, December 1st

7:15pm | 1958 Room at Sterling College

Featured Panelists:  Margo Baldwin, David Bollier, Peter Buffett, Chuck Collins, Matthew Derr

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Sterling College invites the public to attend the “Surviving the Future” symposium on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 7:15 pm in Simpson Hall on the Sterling College campus, in Craftsbury Common, VT. Featured panelists will explore how to build a future worth surviving, based on the late David Fleming’s grounded, compelling vision of a joyous post-growth future brought to light in the book Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival, and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy (Chelsea Green, 2016).

In a time of disintegrating certainties, many of us have big questions: “How should we live?” “What work should we do?” “How can we resource ourselves and each other?” Panelists will consider these questions while discussing the impact David Fleming’s writing has had on them, and how we can use that inspiration in engaging with the wider context of our times.

Panelists include Margo Baldwin, President and co-founder of Chelsea Green Publishing, and Sterling College trustee; David Bollier, Director of Reinventing the Commons Program, Schumacher Center for a New Economics; Peter Buffett, Composer and Co-President, NoVo Foundation; Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies, co-editor and author of Born on Third Base; and Matthew Derr, President of Sterling College.

“Humanity is at a critical juncture in its relationship with the natural world and our knowledge of how to build strong communities is undermined by our obsession with upward mobility and by propping up a fossil fuel centered market economy,” said President Matthew Derr. “This symposium gives us an opportunity to talk about the enduring value of environmental stewardship and how love of place improves our lives and communities.

For more information and to RSVP for this free event, please visit The first 100 registered participants will receive a free copy of Surviving the Future. The symposium is part of the programming of School of the New American Farmstead, Sterling College’s continuing education program.


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