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Upcoming Events

SLF Holiday Potluck Sunday, December 16, 2012. Sunday, December 16, 2012.

Past Events

Sustainable Neighborhood & Community Conversations (III). Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern.

Transforming Neighborhoods and Communities II. Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern.

Transforming Neighborhoods & Communities. Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern.

SLF Potluck June 16: Sustainable Living Communities. Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Sustainable Haiti Conference April 23-25 in Miami. April 23-25, 2012, Miami, FL.

“Inside Job” Movie Party. Saturday, February 11th, 6:00 PM, Liberty Ridge, The Hills, Bernards Twp, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

2nd ‘Buy Haitian, Restore Haiti Conference’, January 26, 2012, Karibe Convention Center, Petion Ville, Haiti

Dec 11 SLF Potluck: “Bringing Sustainability Home for the Holidays” Basking Ridge, NJ.

Saturday, July 9, 2011, 4 p.m. Open House Party & Potluck, Saturday, July 9, 4 p.m., Basking Ridge, NJ.

Saturday, May 21, 1-4 p.m. EcoCenter Update.  At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Saturday, April 16, 1-4 p.m. “Haiti & Us: The Leading Edge of Sustainable Development.” At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. A copy of the update presentation has been posted here.

Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m. “Creating the Morristown EcoCenter.” Held at 55 Bank Street, Morristown, the site of the proposed EcoCenter.

Saturday, February 19, 1-4 p.m. Monthly meeting, “”A Profound Transformation in Consciousness,” Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ. RSVP to [email protected]. Click here for details. Members and first-time guests are free.

Saturday, January 15, 1-4 p.m. Putting Idealism into Practice: Tour of Half Moon House. Click here for details.

Saturday, December 18, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: “Reinventing Wealth,” followed by our annual “Potluck for the Planet” from 4 to 8. Click here for details.

Saturday, November 20, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: “How Do We Measure Sustainable Value?”. Click here for details.

Saturday, October 16, 1-4 p.m. Challenge and Strategy Session: “Toward a Sustainable Growth Strategy for New Jersey”.
Download the slide presentation here, and the discussion paper here.

Sat, Nov. 20, 1-4 p.m. “How Do We Measure Sustainable Value?”

On Saturday, August 28, in place of our regular meeting, SLF’s Bob Levy will be leading a special “Sustainable Innovation” tour of the Thomas A. Edison Museum, followed by a lunchtime roundtable discussion at Bob’s house.

Please note that this is instead of our regular Saturday afternoon meeting at the Morris County Library. We’ll be resuming our regular schedule in September, with our new “Challenge and Strategy Sessions” for sustainability leaders.

For other upcoming events, see our Events Calendar for details, and recent posts in the Events category in our blog.

Past events:

Next meeting Saturday, July 24, 2010, 1-4 pm with Mary Reilly and Meric Ozgur and others on the UN Global Compact and other topics. Morris County Public Library, Whippany, NJ. RSVP to [email protected]. Other details to follow.

Next meeting Saturday, April 3, 2010, 1-4 pm with Jan Graff and others on Sustainable Landscaping. Wayne Public Library, Wayne, NJ. RSVP to [email protected]. Other details to follow.

Haiti – A Way Forward – conference call scheduled for Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 6 p.m. EST:

Conference Dial-in number: (507) 726-4253
Participant Passcode: 100039#

We’re planning a new push for transformational leadership in sustainability in 2010 – with meetings, new members, new programs, and new collaborative initiatives. We have a kickoff event planned for Sunday, January 3, at 3 p.m., where we’ve invited a large number of people over to our place for a “movie and a potluck for the planet.” We’re planning to show the made-for-TV-movie Earth 2100, which we thought was pretty good, but surprisingly few people got to see it. (For details, email me at [email protected].)

Then we have meetings scheduled for Saturday, January 9, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Iselin branch of the Woodbridge Library; and for Saturday, January 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a location to be announced. We also have our 1-day course scheduled for January 23 at FDU’s Madison campus.

Past Events

The SLF’s current initiatives and venues are:

Member Meetings, to learn, share, get peer coaching on projects, inspire and support one another, and to introduce prospective members to the SLF

Sunday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10:00-1:00 p.m. for the Member Meeting; 1:00-4:00 p.m. for the Volunteer Program) Hartman Lounge, Fairleigh Dickinson U

Wednesday, October 21, 7-9:00 p.m. – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

Monday, November 23, 7-9:00 p.m. – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

Volunteer Program, for those who will help us build the SLF and/or defray costs of participation, we will meet to strategize and design roles of value to both SLF and volunteers

Sunday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10:00-1:00 p.m. for the Member Meeting; 1:00-4:00 p.m. for the Volunteer Program) Hartman Lounge, Fairleigh Dickinson U

Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

Introductions, for prospective members, which you are welcome to attend and/or bring guests

Every Member Meeting will be preceded by an introduction between 6 – 6:45 p.m., with prospective members invited to the Member Meeting and staying on after to the Member Meeting until 9:30 p.m. for Q&A and enrollment. Additional sessions devoted exclusively to prospective members are also available.

Saturday, October 3,10 a.m.-noon – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

Tuesday, October 13, 7-9:00 p.m. – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

Monday, October 26, 7-9:00 p.m. – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

Wednesday, November 4, 7-9:00 p.m. – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

Sunday, November 8, 12-2:00 p.m. – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

One-day Course, providing participants with expanded resources for their own projects

Friday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.-Rice Lounge, Fairleigh Dickinson U

Saturday, January 23, 2010, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.- Hartman Lounge, Fairleigh Dickinson U

Fund meetings, for those participating or interested in investing money in sustainable projects

Wednesday, October 7, 7-9:00 p.m. – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

Wednesday, November 18, 7-9:00 p.m. – 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920*

*Locations: Certain meetings will continue to be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940, in rooms as specified including Hartman Lounge (in the Mansion) and Rice Lounge (in Stadler/Zenner, the new academic building next to the recreation center). We are looking for free or very low cost meeting sites; until alternatives are arranged, some meetings will take place at our home, 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, which is 7 minutes from both I-287 and I-78. Please let us know if you know of appropriate locations in central NJ, as we would like to spread meetings across a wide geographic range.

We want to emphasize that this program is not endorsed by Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, or any other group except as stated.

During the month of August 2009 we are focusing on the Sustainable Leadership Forum’s member program, on the volunteer program, and on the development of the SLF Program Investment Fund.

We are proposing to hold a membership / peer networking meeting in August, at our home in Basking Ridge, in order to discuss member projects as well as next steps for our organization; and we have also scheduled another introduction to theTransformational Leadership Course. Both of these are open to members and their guests. For more information, please see our Member Update and Peer Networking Invitation – August 2009.

We held a successful Introduction and Co-Creation session on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a potluck lunch, in the Hartman Lounge at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, in Madison, NJ. This event was free, and open to anyone passionate, concerned, or serious about sustainability at all levels – locally and globally, physically and spiritually, environmentally, economically, and socially.

We then had an all-day Saturday session of our core program, Transformational Leadership for Sustainability, on July 25, also in Hartman Lounge at FDU-Madison. If you are committed to leadership, in business, in society, in your community, or simply in your own life, this program will open up new tools, new insights, and new levels of personal effectiveness, empowerment, and sustainable vision.

Important: Please note that the Sustainable Leadership Forum is not affiliated with or endorsed by Fairleigh Dickinson University, or with or by the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at this time, although we are in discussions as to whether and how the Institute can support this and other initiatives that involve training, leadership, membership, and networking activities. Because of my role at the Institute and as Manager of the Sustainable Business Incubator, ISE has allowed me to use their facilities to introduce and promote this nonprofit program. This is not an endorsement, and we are reviewing the pros and cons of reaching an agreement, or having the Forum and other similar programs be completely separate from my role at the University. – Jonathan Cloud

Our first follow-on session, “Introduction and Co-Creation” was held on June 30, 2009 at FDU’s Madison campus. Check out this article for A Rough Agenda for Our June 30 Meeting.

Our first event was a 3-hour Action-Learning Workshop at the May 2009 Jumpstarting the New Green Economy Conference at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Here’s part of what we sought to cover, which remains an integral part of our formulation today:

1. The central insight: that we need to remake ourselves

2. Why humans as a species face a crisis today:

  • Population
  • Technology
  • Economics
  • Short-term focus
  • Misunderstanding of “self-interest”
  • Failure to take responsibility
  • Lack of connection to our environment, lack of self-awareness, and lack of connection to others – what we used to recognition as “alienation”
  • The damage to nature, through agriculture, energy generation, poor technological choices, the separation of work and domestic life, the cacophony of voices, and other factors

3. What we can do about it – no single plan, no single solution – but needing to “think differently” about our situation (Einstein: can’t solve the problem at the level we created it: this is what applies here); calling on people to use their highest talents and make a difference in the world.

  • The need to reinvent everything: our economy, our society, our culture, ourselves
  • The Sustainable Leadership Forum as a conversation – for possibility, for opportunity, for action
  • Understanding transformation; models and systems; paradigm shifts; producing breakthroughs
  • A nonprofit, independent, membership organization whose members empower each other, support each other, connect at a deeper level with each other and with themselves, in order to unleash their full power to effect change

4. The design of the program

  • The lens of sustainability: planet, people, profit
  • Categories of membership
  • The Leadership Development Program
  • Transformative leadership; being the change; articulating the vision
  • The converging crises; the unsustainable present
  • Managing the planet / Spaceship Earth
  • Local resilience
  • Social transformation
  • Ecological restoration
  • Long-term vs. short-term; selfishness vs. selflessness
  • The new cosmology
  • Permaculture
  • The Transition Movement
  • Conscious Evolution
  • Sustainable Prosperity

5. The metaconversation for sustainability

6. The intention: inquiry in action: to catalyze and sustain conversations for the emergence of sustainable human practices

7. Partnerships, affiliations, and strategic alliances; opportunities for collaboration; designing a structure that works; hierarchy and heterarchy; picking up the tools of business and of power; creating a structure that lasts; membership structured as investment fund.

Upcoming Events…

Our new nonprofit, the Center for Regenerative Community Solutions (CRCS), is looking to partner with other nonprofit and civic organizations to host a series of community dialogs regarding the long term sustainable reconstruction of the NJ shore. For more information, see Rebuilding New Jersey’s Shore Communities. If you are interested, please contact us via this site.

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Correction: We'll be hosting this year's holiday potluck — "Bringing Solar Power Home for the Holidays" — on Saturday, December 15, from 4 to 9 p.m. Click here for more details. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Sustainable Neighborhood & Community Conversations (III).
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods and Communities II.
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods & Communities.
Saturday, June 16, 2012: SLF Potluck June 16: Sustainable Living Communities.
The Sustainable Haiti Conference took place April 23-25, 2012 in Miami.
"Inside Job" Movie Party. Saturday, February 11th, 6:00 PM, Liberty Ridge, The Hills, Bernards Twp, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
2nd 'Buy Haitian, Restore Haiti Conference', January 26, 2012, Karibe Convention Center, Petion Ville, Haiti
Dec 11 SLF Potluck: "Bringing Sustainability Home for the Holidays" Basking Ridge, NJ. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, July 9, 2011, 4 p.m. Open House Party & Potluck, Saturday, July 9, 4 p.m., Basking Ridge, NJ.
RSVP to [email protected]
Saturday, May 21, 1-4 p.m. EcoCenter Update. At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Saturday, April 16, 1-4 p.m. "Haiti & Us: The Leading Edge of Sustainable Development." At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. A copy of the update presentation has been posted here.
Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m. "Creating the Morristown EcoCenter." Held at 55 Bank Street, Morristown, the site of the proposed EcoCenter.
Saturday, February 19, 1-4 p.m. Monthly meeting, ""A Profound Transformation in Consciousness," Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ. Click here for details.
Saturday, January 15, 1-4 p.m. Putting Idealism into Practice: Tour of Half Moon House. Click here for details.
Saturday, December 18, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "Reinventing Wealth," followed by our annual "Potluck for the Planet" from 4 to 8. Click here for details.
Saturday, November 20, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "How Do We Measure Sustainable Value?". Click here for details.
Saturday, October 16, 1-4 p.m. Challenge and Strategy Session: "Toward a Sustainable Growth Strategy for New Jersey".
Download the slide presentation here, and the discussion paper here.

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