Program of Events


Saturday, October 21 

  • Program: 8:30AM - 5PM
  • Reception and buffet dinner: 5:45 - 7:30PM
  • Film showing of “Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: Five New Stories for the Great Transition,” followed by an opportunity to talk with the makers and subjects of the film: 7:30 - 9PM
  • Sunday, October 22
    • Yoga and meditation: 7AM - 8:15AM
    • Program: 8AM - 4:30PM



  • Plenary sessions
    • Keynote Speakers (Saturday + Sunday)
    • Systems View Plenary (Saturday + Sunday)
    • Network Plenary Session (Sunday) 
  • On the Ground concurrent panels
    • Attendees choose one panel - from five choices - each day
    • Five panels on both Saturday + Sunday
  • Breakout sessions - two full sessions each day
    • Approximately 40 different breakout dialogues
    • Designed to build your engagement; you are invited to create your own breakout session; deadline for submissions: October 10th; submissions and inquiries here (chris@balevt.org)
  • Formal and informal networking spaces
    • Chase Community Center (main floor and upstairs)
    • Every Breakout session will have information/sign-ups/sharing of information


Vermont Law School (164 Chelsea Street), South Royalton, Vermont

Map of South Royalton

Map of campus


Sanctuary Space and ‘Down Time’

Need a breather from the full conference schedule? You are invited to use any time during the program to take walks, sit by the White River, do yoga (classes will be held from 5:15 - 6:30 PM on Saturday and 7-8:15 AM on Sunday) or step into the Belfry Tower - a designated quiet room with no electronics/devices or conversations. Outside, on the back lawn (behind Yates Common), you will see a specially prepared labyrinth (with guidance and instructions). Hallways and outdoors are always available for your informal conversations with others. There will also be ongoing opportunities for interviews with Emmy-award-winning filmmaker, and podcast producer of "BorderTown," Vic Guadagno. Vic will be interviewing participants and speakers all weekend, in the Hoff Lounge, Oakes, recording 10-minute interviews related to the intentions of this conference; Hoff Lounge in Oakes. Follow signage. During free time on Saturday, there will also be tours of the community radio station: Free Vermont Radio (WFVR-LP), VLS campus - North, follow signage.

Resource Central

There will be space throughout the many rooms of the conference where organizations will have tables and information areas for sharing ideas. The Chase Community Center will be the hub of these resources with tables, sign-up pads for Initiative Collaborations (post your initiative that seeks ongoing partners…or your next meeting...or educational opportunities) and much more.



We are thrilled to partner with the Vermont Law School's phenomenal kitchen: sourcing 90% of it's ingredients from local farms and producers. We will enjoy five fantastic locally-sourced meals including an abundance of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, cheeses, and house-made baked goods. You will see (on labels) just where the food is from. Attention is paid to vegan, vegetarian and gluten free needs. Please let us know if you have other specific food needs.



One of our goals is to have this event be as un-conference-like as we can make it. For those in need of a place to stay, we will provide housing in nearby homes, for as many nights as you may need. Your hosts will get you to and from the conference, and you’ll meet some great folks. Once you register, we will be sending you a check-in sheet with details on accommodations.



This is a No-Barrier, Pay-What-You-Can conference. We seek to receive an average of $188 per person for the two-day gathering (at full cost, the event would be over $300 per person (or >$150 per day). We have the benefit of grant funding, covering a portion of the event costs, but expect to make up the difference with registration sales. Our costs include five locally-sourced meals, overnight accommodations, childcare, and paying presenters’ costs. In addition, everyone who attends will receive a copy of the book, “Surviving the Future” by David Fleming ($20 value). When registering, please consider your gift consciously (not just monetarily), as this act can help to shift awareness.