PHILADELPHIAORCHARD PROJECT(POP) Philadelphia, PA. 2007- Founder of permaculture group plantingvacant lots, parks, yards.
"Replacing Neglect With Peach Trees" 9/2/07
Author of HealthDemocracy: Liberating Americans from MedicalInsurance. 2006.
GREENPLANNERS,Philadelphia, PA. 2005- Consultant for community economic development.Speeches and workshops.
PHILAHEALTHIA,Philadelphia, PA. 2005-
Founder of nonprofit, member-owned health financing system. Author, A Crime Not A Crisis: Why Health Insurance Costs So Much
Presidentialnominee 2004: asked by Green Party US to consider running for U.S.President or Vice President. Received delegate votes at nationalconvention.
Mayoralcandidate, City of Ithaca, NY. 2003.
named "Best Mayoral Candidate" by Ithaca Times Readers Poll 2003
ITHACACOMMUNITY NEWS Ithaca, NY. 2000-2006. Founder,editor: named "Ithaca's Best Website" by Ithaca TimesReaders' Poll 2002.
Cornell Civic Leaders Fellowship Ithaca,NY. 2001/2002.
Visiting scholar at Cornell University, Urban & Regional Planning
ITHACA HEALTHALLIANCE Ithaca, NY. 1997-. Founder of nonprofit,member-owned health financing system. Members paid $100/YEAR foremergency medical coverage; own their own freeclinic.
Ithaca HOURSIthaca, NY. 1991-.
Creator of the Ithaca HOUR, first U.S. bioregional currency, accepted bythousands of residents (including 500 businesses). Publisher of HOURTown 1991-1999. Author of HometownMoney: How to Enrich Your Community with Local Currency.Quoted by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS This Morning,National Public Radio, Mother Earth News, The Economist and most major media. Half hour PBS-TV show about the program. Named "Best BusinessAdvocate" by Ithaca Times Readers' Poll 1998. Tompkins CountyHuman Rights Award 1996, Semifinalist for 1996 Ford Foundation Innovations Award. Named "Local Hero" by Ithaca TimesReaders' Poll 1995 & 2000, and by Los Angeles Weekly1/25/90.
Fund for InvestigativeJournalism grant, Washington, DC. 1989.
Researcher: Ecological Economics
CornellUniversity, Science Awareness Week, 1989. (one of fourspeakers in series with astronomer Carl Sagan, Nobel Prize winner HansBethe & Congressmember Matt McHugh)
PUBLICPLANNERS Ithaca, NY. 1988.
Researcher, author, illustrator andpublisher of
IthacaPower, a community energy portrait.
AMERICANOUTREACH Ithaca, NY. 1987-1988.
Researcher, copywriter and designer for ad agency specializing inmessages about world hunger and world peace.
CORNELLUNIVERSITY Ithaca, NY. 1987.
Lecturer in Government Department for short course:
"Making Green Plans."
IthacaAlternatives Fund Ithaca, NY. 1986-1988.
Community organizer on behalf of ecological urban design.
BIOGRAPHY:Life story featured in book Midterm Report, published 1986 by
Viking Press, written by David Wallechinsky. Quoted in Parademagazine 8/10/1986.
PIPTANInternational Project for Nicaraguan Appropriate Technology,
Managua, Nicaragua 1986. Research, publicity and funding for alternateenergy sources in Nicaragua. Urban design for Managua planners.
VENICEWALKING TOUR Venice, CA. 1985.
Guide to local history, culture, architecture, plants.
VENICE-OCEAN PARK FOOD CO-OP,Venice, CA. 1984-85. Weekend manager.
CITIZEN PLANNERSof LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles, CA.1983-1985. Founder of organization devoted todemocratization of urban design. Author of book and slide show LosAngeles: A History of the Future. Los Angeles Times wrotehalf-page article about this work, 11/25/83.
TAMARAPRESS Los Angeles, CA. 1981. Author,
Amazing Los Angeles: La Increíble Historia de Los Angeles
BO-TREEPRODUCTIONS San Francisco, CA. 1979-80.
Author, Amazing San Francisco
Transcontinental Hike 6/9/78- 12/24/78.
Walked across the United States, entirely on foot, from Boston to SanDiego. Through forests, fields, over mountains and desert. Saw theeffects of land use and population shift on natural resources.Investigated industry and agriculture.
CITIZEN PLANNERS May, 1978.Founder of national movement for grassroots ecological urban design.
BOSTONURBAN GARDENERS Boston, MA. 1978.
Efforts to establish urban agriculture
CAMBRIDGEARTS COUNCIL Cambridge, MA. 1978. Sidewalk artist
NationalSolar Tour 1978. Visited solar energy innovators with
National Center for Appropriate Technology grantee.
NEWYORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS grant 1977. Sidewalk artist
HOMETOWN PUBLICATIONS 1975-1977.
Responsiblefor concept, writing, design and/or publication of a seriesof locally-oriented publications, including The Amazing Ithaca History Calendar 1976, Ithaca100 Years Ago. Collaborated with artists and writers for AnIthaca Schools Book: Toward Real Learning, Woman's Roots: The History of Women inTompkins County, Glorious Ithaca.
TREETOP:a journal of liberation and education 1972-1973. Founder and editor of newspaper promoting community-basededucation.
UNDERCURRENTSLafayette, LA. 1971. Co-founder and co-editor of community newspaperpromoting racial and social justice.
SOUTHERNCONSUMERS' CO-OPERATIVE Lafayette, LA. 1970-1971. Publicrelations for low-income co-operative.
AUBURNMEMORIAL HOSPITAL Auburn, NY. 1969-1970.
Emergency resuscitation squad and inhalation therapist.
COGANADVERTISING: 1966-1967. Copywriter
COMMUNITYORGANIZING: full-time antiwar organizer (1971-1972),environmentalist candidate for city council (1973), co-author IthacaPeople's Yellow Pages (1974), startedsuccessful opposition toconstruction of a four-lane highway (1976-1989),organized San Francisco Wastewater Forum (1980), organized public opposition to suburban sprawl (1986-1988),member of core groups which successfully stopped Wal-Mart's entry to Ithaca (1992-1995) andstopped permit process for construction of a 177-foot incinerator (1996).
Occasionalsources of income have included: masseur,dishwasher, teacher, cartoonist, farmworker, freelance writer, cashier,chessplayer, sexton, factory worker, graphic artist, library worker,gardener, yardworker, lumberyarder.
Summit University Santa Monica, CA. 1982. B.A. CityManagement,
specialization Metropolitan Appropriate Technologyand Long-range Planning.
Harpur College (SUNY Binghamton) 1967-1968. Major inphilosophy
Mohawk Valley Technical Institute 1965-1967. A.A.S.Advertising and Marketing.
Editor of college paper.
Ithaca High School 1963-1965. voted "Most Artistic"