(Sunday) Transformative Leadership: Youth Perspectives on Community and Economy

As the generation that launched the localization movement ages, and younger voices join the movement, what transformations are taking place?  Where do younger generations see strength in leadership, and transformational development?  In this era of climate crisis, vast inequality, growing student debt, and divisive politics, what are some of the organizations and techniques people 18 - 35 are harnessing to shape resilience, place-based community, and local interdependence?  What strategies do they embrace as future leaders of the movements for positive change?


Adin Buchanan grew up in the Winooski river watershed of central Vermont. He is currently a student at Hampshire College, studying transformative education, civil and indigenous resistance movements, and working with peers as a public speaking and facilitation coach. He also works with the Western Mass based Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. Back home, he has five years experience co-creating and facilitating nature education programs for youth at Earthwalk Vermont. His deep passions lie at the intersection of social justice, community building, and connection to the living Earth. 


KC Martel is a Campaigning Fellow with Vermonters for a New Economy. He got his start as an organizer advocating for better student services and working conditions as a paraeducator in Boston. Since then he has focused his efforts on the twin issues of campaign finance reform and voting rights as Field Organizing Coordinator at Democracy Spring. In 2017 KC moved to Vermont to work on the transformative effort to establish a public bank in the state.

Henry Jacqz found his passion for activism as an undergraduate at Tufts University, where he joined campus campaigns for fossil fuel divestment and fair janitorial contracts. In the Greater Boston climate justice movement, he began learning the critiques of mainstream economics that had been missing from his classes, while organizing with students and young people across the state to demand Massachusetts take bolder action on climate policies. In 2016, inspired to deepen his organizing experience and address the systemic dimension of climate inaction, Henry left school to work with Democracy Spring - a social movement project fighting to limit the influence of money in politics and protect the right to vote - as a member of the field organizing team and co-coordinator of the training program. In 2017 he moved to Vermont to join the campaign to establish a publicly owned state bank.