Conference and Seminar
In January 2005, 25 students at Middlebury College
led a seminar entitled "Building the New Climate Movement".
This seminar culminated in a conference on January 25-27, 2005,
called "What Works? New Strategies for a Melting Planet".
This site contains information on both the conference and the seminar
that led to it.
During the seminar, we first reviewed the current
state of climate science and policy, and studied selected theories
of social movements.
We then collaborated on projects with our service-learning
partners, national- and local-level leaders of the new climate movement:
Defense, The Green House
Network, Ben & Jerry's,
Action, and the Middlebury
Area Global Warming Action Coalition.
We welcome on-line interaction and participation
by anyone, from anywhere in the world. We encourage you to do the
readings with us, and to offer questions or comments on the site
During the 'What Works?' conference at Middlebury
College, participants shared, tested and built strategies
for the new climate movement. Conference participants included
climate movement leaders from the nonprofit, business,
government, and university sectors.
The conference featured interactive sessions (using
Café and Open
Space Technology methodologies) designed to help conference
participants develop and refine strategies that will accelerate
the new climate movement. During the conference, participants
shared their range of efforts underway in addressing climate change.
The 'What Works?' conference has been generously funded
by The BPB Foundation, The Christian A. Johnson Foundation, The
Mellon Foundation, The Schumann Foundation, Seventh Generation,
the Vermont Campus Compact, and the following contributors from
Middlebury College: The Ada Howe Kent Fund; The Alliance for Civic
Engagement; The Charles P. Scott Spritual and Religous Life Center;
The Office of Environmental Affairs; The Program in Environmental
Studies; The Pooled Enrichment Fund; and The
Rohatyn Center for International Affairs.
and Clif Bar have generously
supplied delicious food for the 'What Works?' conference.