Living the Change: Climate Action & Sustainability Fair

Living the change
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 11:00am to 11:00pm

BerkShares will present a workshop at 4:00 in the afternoon at this all-day (FREE) community fair at Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield. In order to help next year's Entry to Entrepreneurship students get off to a roaring start, we would like to provide them with a menu of good ideas for import replacement businesses in the Berkshires. If you would like to help us brainstorm please join us at this workshop, where we will be hosting a discussion of opportunities for "community supported industry" in the Berkshires.


11:00 AM -5:00 PM Sustainability Expo and Food Truck Rodeo. Meet the vendors, explore ideas, get inspired and enjoy the food served up by the food-truck rodeo outside!
All Day kid’s activities see below.

Each presentation includes opportunities for community-building conversations. Meet your neighbors, share insights and ideas, build connections and momentum! Babysitting available during the presentations. 11:00 AM Opening Ceremony with Fidel Moreno

12:00 PM Featured Speaker: Laurie Lane-Zucker: Designing and Growing an Impact Economy in the Berkshires
The Impact Entrepreneur Center for Social and Environmental Innovation (IEC) has launched a new model for regional economic development fueled by social enterprise and impact investing. IEC Founder & CEO Laurie Lane-Zucker discusses his vision for establishing the world’s first "Public Benefit Enterprise Zone" in the Berkshires, and creating a 21st Century inclusive and sustainable economy.

1:00 PM Chris Kilfoyle of Berkshire Photovoltaic Services (BPVS) – A teach-in on your electric bill and solar energy.

2:00 PM Activist Panel 350 Mass and Berkshire Environmental Action Team: Climate Action in the Berkshires

3:00 PM Community conversation on climate change: Beyond Denial, Burn-out and Despair. Facilitated by Judy Fox, Uli Nagel and Wren Bernstein.

4:00 PM The Schumacher Center: Come learn about emerging examples of how businesses can grow from community efforts! In this interactive presentation, Alice Maggio, local currency program director at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and Executive Director of BerkShares, Inc., will explore "community supported industry." We'll be looking at BerkShares and Entry to Entrepreneurship as ways for citizens to invest in and shape the future of their local economies, while transforming traditional roles of consumers and producers, students and retirees, workers, owners, investors and entrepreneurs.

5.30 PM FREE Movie: This Changes Everything, based on the book by Naomi Klein (donations appreciated)

8:00 PM – 11 PM Dance Party with DJ Gabriel Squailia. ($5 at the door)

11:00am – 5:00pm Children’s, youth and family activities:
*Find out all about clean water with Marmalade Productions’ Roving Character, the macro invertebrate Dragonfly Larva, and watch it transform into a Dragonfly!
*Follow around Breaking Ground Collective’s Giant Puppet and ask it to tell you stories!
*Stop by Flying Deer Nature Center’s discovery table! Learn to make rope or string from plant fibers. Make beads from sumac branches and unravel mysteries at the nature table. See you there!
*Make delicious and healthy snacks using local and seasonal foods with Jenny Schwartz of Food Adventures, a program of the Nutrition Center and the Berkshire Co-op Market. Hands-on learning experience for students to learn about nutrition and healthy food choices. Yum!
*Paint, draw, cut and paste your dreams for the future in our kid’s crafts corner.
*Make a pinwheel, paint an earth flag or a canvas shopping bag. Create a mobile! All ages welcome!
*Large communal painting for youth and adults with young artists Cecilia Bourdon and Francesca Lally.

Admission is free – donations towards costs are appreciated.
Bring the children! Lots of activities and entertainment.

Here in the Berkshires, more and more people are consciously and actively living and working in ways that are transforming the world around us - from social change initiatives to addressing racial or gender bias to working on clean energy and mitigating climate change. LIVING THE CHANGE is a major celebration of the growing community and positive momentum of Berkshire County's climate action network, 350Mass Berkshires, the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and all the environmental organizations, activists, sustainable businesses, individuals, and volunteers who give their time and energy to address the planetary challenge of climate change and make the Berkshires a healthier, more just and sustainable community.

LIVING THE CHANGE will be a positive, fun day where people from all walks of life can gather, enjoy each other's company, check out sustainable businesses and organizations based in the Berkshires, engage in dialogue about the issues of our times, and eat great food. And speaking of food, the Food Truck Rodeo and live music returns to Shire City Sanctuary the same day as LIVING THE CHANGE, so a festive atmosphere with great food will prevail.

JOIN US for this joyous day of celebration, networking, dialogue and brainstorming, art making, education, music, film, food, and fun!