Hudson River view photo by Creative Class 6

Book Reading and Talk with Ecotrust founder and Author Spencer Beebe and bioregional entrepreneur Christopher Brookfield

Spencer Beebe

Spencer Beebe

Spencer Beebe, author of “Cache: Creating Natural Economies” and, most recently, “This Isn’t Any House You Know,” and Christopher Brookfield, entrepreneur, will be speaking together on the topic of bioregions in a talk entitled, “Bioregions of the World Unite! How a Bioregional Approach Can Work in the Hudson Valley: Lessons from Salmon Nation.” Spencer will also read from his books.

A fourth-generation Oregonian with a lifelong commitment to advancing social, economic, and environmental change, Spencer earned his M.F.S. (Forest Science) degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Economics from Williams College. He served with the Peace Corps in Honduras and, after serving 14 years with The Nature Conservancy, he was the founding President of Conservation International in 1987. In February 1991, Spencer returned to the Northwest and founded Ecotrust to focus on the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest – his home.

Christopher Brookfield

Christopher Brookfield

Christopher graduated from Williams College in 1994 with Honors in geology and a focus on complexity science. He is a systems design and network entrepreneur with long experience in the development of investment platforms (MicroCredit in India, Mexico, and Peru through ElevarEquity and food systems through Salish Growth in Washington).

Spencer and Chris and their colleagues are developing Salmon Nation in the Pacific Northwest as a deep expression of a “nature state” of mind and action designed to improve social, economic, and environmental well-being at a scale that matters in today’s changing world.

The talk will be held in the Music Room of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. This event is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

About Salmon Nation

Twenty million people share this place we call Salmon Nation. It spans 100 million acres between San Francisco and Anchorage and generates over $500 billion in economic activity each year, yet is only a sliver of the range that Pacific salmon once ran. The historic salmon runs remind us of our heritage—what is, was, and, maybe, could be again. Salmon Nation offers a framework for our thinking—a nature state, not a nation state—based on interconnection and the broad distribution of wealth between marine and terrestrial, freshwater and saltwater, urban and rural. Our work is to figure out how to organize our communities and economies to sustain, or even restore, that wealth into the future. Salmon Nation is about the connection between people and place—loving where you live and leaving it better than you found it. To learn more, please visit

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Date(s) - 02/25/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School