“Camp Commons: Building Community Resilience” – An Activist Family Camp, July 7 – July 14

Posted April 30, 2013 in Blog, Events

Read about Camp Commons 2014 at the New England New Economy Transition Site.


Camp Commons 2013:


Facing the Future, Building Hope: Concrete Tools for Community Resilience

Sunday July 7 through Sunday July 14, 2013
World Fellowship Conference Center
White Mountains near Conway, New Hampshire

Come for the week! Or come for a couple of days!

Join a group of fun and engaged activists for the joy of exploration, singing, rethinking, dancing, laughter, eating, sharing skills and organizing strategies, and more singing, storytelling and game playing.

A multi-generational week-long summer camp for community resilience activists working on economic, ecological and social justice, strengthening the commons, community resilience and the transition to the new economy.

Register now!
Click here to book your accommodations directly with World Fellowship, then email the dates of your stay to info@localcircles.org.

  • To build community among activists and cultural workers from different areas, bringing our whole families together
  • To learn from one another in a relaxed and natural setting
  • To celebrate our work and tap into our creativity and humor to strengthen our morale for the struggles ahead

ORGANIZED by the New England Community Resilience Building Network, with help from the Institute for Policy Studies and World Fellowship


World Fellowship Center, Near Conway New Hampshire and the White Mountain National Forest. Founded in 1941, during the war, with motto: “In a time of war, prepare for peace.” World Fellowship has a rich history of political and cultural resistance, the “Highlander Center” of the Northeast.


  • Sunday through Sunday, including full weekend for those who can’t come for whole week. Come when you can, leave when you must.
  • Activities for children and young people during the day
  • Morning Workshops (political discussions, presentations)
  • Afternoon Recreation, Creativity and Open Space (Hiking, Games, Craft projects, Napping, Excursions, Swimming)
  • Evening Programs – Speakers/Presentations/Discussion, Fun night, Story telling slam)
  • Mealtimes – self organized topic tables
  • Late Night: Dancing, games, celebration, sleep.

Questions? For questions about logistics and lodging, contact World Fellowship directly at (603) 447-2280 or reservations@worldfellowship.org.


  • Participants book lodging & logistics directly with WFC – book here
  • There is a craft/arts programming for young people
  • All meals healthy and on site, BYOB
  • Outdoor activities, including bicycle trips, hikes, swimming
  • 2 and half hours from Boston
  • 90 min from Portland, ME (Jet Blue)
  • 2 hours from Manchester, NH (Southwest)
  • WFC can help provide airport transportation


Diverse accommodation options: from camping to nice private guest rooms ($46 – $80 a day, per adult, including 3 meals, meeting rooms, facilities, etc.).

See rate information here.

Book your accommodations directly through WFC here.




Camp Commons Schedule


Climate Justice
Presentation: Sunday, July 7, 7:30PM
Workshop: Monday, July 8, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Janet Redman

What is the current science of climate change? What is the state of the movements responding to the climate crisis and what can we expect in the coming year? Janet Redman is co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, where she provides analysis of international financial institutions’ energy investment and carbon finance activities.

“Daring to Live the Future Now: Thoughts on System Change”
Monday, July 8, 7:30PM
Deborah Frieze

In this era of increasingly complex problems and shrinking resources, can we find meaningful and enduring solutions to the challenges we face today as individuals, communities and nations? Walk Outs are people who bravely choose to leave behind a world of unsolvable problems, scarce resources and destructive individualism. They walk on to the ideas, beliefs and practices that enable them to discover new potential, new gifts, and new possibilities. Through sharing stories, we’ll explore what becomes possible when we walk out of limiting beliefs and walk on to build healthy and resilient communities. Deborah Frieze is a leading thinker and activist in the movement to build a new economy. She is co-author, with Meg Wheatley, of Walk Out, Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now.

Personal Resilience Workshop: “Hope in the Face of Despair”
Tuesday, July 9, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Samantha Wechsler & Hilary Allen

Based on Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects,” this interactive and participatory workshop will explore what it means to be hopeful in such challenging times. Samantha Wechsler and Hilary Allen are experienced facilitators and trainers from the Boston area.

True Story Theater Workshop
Tuesday, July 9, 2:00–5:00PM
Christopher Ellinger & Anne Ellinger

Join us for an interactive theater workshop with True Story Theater. Chris & Anne will use their unique approach to drama and storytelling to help you tell your story. Christopher Ellinger founded True Story Theater in 2001 to create more dramatically engaging dialogue in organizations and among leaders. Anne Ellinger has been part of True Story Theater from the start. She and husband Christopher (True Story’s Director) are cofounders of Bolder Giving, a national initiative that promotes the stories of extraordinary givers. Workshop also offered on Thursday 2:00-5:00PM.

Introduction to Transition Movement
Presentation: Tuesday, July 9, 7:30PM
Workshop: Wednesday, July 10, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Steve Chase & Dakota Butterfield

Across the U.S. and the U.K., communities are coming together to face climate change and peak oil. Learn about this dynamic movement of local activists building new food systems, transportation, businesses and futures. Steve Chase is the Director of the Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. He is author of Letters to a Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction To The Quaker Way. Dakota Butterfield is a long-time activist and nonviolence trainer from Boston. They are both certified trainers connected to Transition U.S.

The Art of Storytelling for Activists
Talk & Performance: Wednesday, July 10, 7:30PM
Workshop: Thursday, July 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Norah Dooley

How can we integrate the art of storytelling and our personal stories into movements for social change? Norah Dooley is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children’s author and educator, and co-founder of massmouth.com, an organization devoted to promoting the art of storytelling.

True Story Theater Workshop
Thursday, July 11, 2:00PM–5:00PM
Christopher Ellinger & Anne Ellinger

See description above. Workshop also offered on Tuesday 2:00-5:00PM.

Stories of Community Resilience
Thursday, July 11, 7:30PM
Carlos Espinoza & Lisa Fernandes

How do we prepare our communities for the dramatic changes in climate and economy that lay ahead? New England activists talk about their local community resilience building activities. Carlos Espinoza is coordinator of the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition program in Boston (www.jptransition.org). Lisa Fernandes organizes the 1400+ member Portland Maine Permaculture group and is the Director of its non-profit home, the Resilience Hub of Portland.

Organizing A Resilience Circle
Friday, July 12, 10:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00-3:00PM
Sarah Byrnes & Thomas Atwood

Resilience Circles are small groups where people come together to increase their personal security through learning, mutual aid, social action, and community support. This is a workshop for people interested in thinking about resilience, learning about Resilience Circles, or starting a circle in their community. Sarah Byrnes is the coordinator of the Resilience Circle network. Thomas Atwood is a longtime activist and organizer from Redwood City, CA. See www.localcircles.org.

Fun Night Variety Show
Friday, July 12, 7:30PM

Wealth Inequality & the Transition to a New Economy
Saturday, July 13, 10:00-12:00PM
Chuck Collins

The extreme inequalities of wealth and income are thwarting our transition to a new, green and durable economy. How do we make a transition to a new economy that is ecologically sustainable and economically just? Chuck Collins is senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-editor of www.inequality.org. His most recent book is 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It.

Story Slam
Saturday, July 13, 7:30PM
Emcees Mary Hannon & Chuck Collins

An evening of stories from participants, emceed by Boston storytellers and activists Mary Hannon & Chuck Collins.



Photo Source: World Fellowship Center.