Daniel Quinn is a writer, often described as an environmentalist, and best known for his novel Ishmael, which sold over 1,000,000 copies.
In 1991, Ishmael was one of 25,000 entries in the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, and won the grand prize of $500,000, the largest award ever granted for a novel. The prize was created by Ted Turner for an unpublished work of fiction offering creative and positive solutions to global problems.
Quinn wrote sequels to Ishmael including The Story of B, Providence, My Ishmael, Beyond Civilization, and The Man Who Grew Young.
Today's environment presents us with a number of challenges and opportunities to becoming a more sustainable society. Join with others to hear from experts on sustainability and discuss how households, communities, and society can help to preserve resources for the future. Break-out sessions will cover a diverse set of topics from permaculture, alternative energy sources, water quality issues, and Passive House. The Sustainability Conference is a great opportunity to grow in knowledge and become inspired to make society more sustainable.
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, in Southwest Michigan, is a mix between a environmental education center, nature center and biological field station. The Institute offers seven miles of hiking trails, environmental education and sustainability programs to serve the community, plus undergraduate scientific research grants and research partnerships with area colleges and universities.
Set on 661 acres in rural Barry County, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute provides visitors with an opportunity for outdoor education and exposure to a blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, marshes, streams, lakes, and prairies.The Institute is open to the public year-round, is free of charge, and the trails are open from dawn to dusk.
A conference on energy, economy, and environment; the interactions between these; a study of projections for the future; understanding, responding to, and preventing recessions, deflations and collapses; and achieving sustainability.
Featuring keynote talks by Nicole Foss, (Stoneleigh of The Automatic Earth), Dr. Joseph Tainter (author of "The Collapse of Complex Societies"), Steve Keen (author of "Debunking Economics" and winner of the Revere Award), Richard Douthwaite (author of "The Ecology of Money"), David Korowicz (director of the Risk/Resilience Network), Chris Bedford (president of the Center for Economic Security), and Aaron Wissner (president of Local Future).
Aaron Wissner founded and directs Local Future, a non-profit organization which educates people how to live environmentally sustainable and restorative lives. Wissner teaches in public schools, in fields including mathematics, science, computers, film making, and leadership. He graduated from the University of Michigan, with emphasis on mathematics, science, and education.