Geography of Hope Conference 2018

Geography of Hope Conference 2018

03/17/2018 - 8:00am
2018 Geography of Hope Conference:
Finding Resilience in Nature in Perilous Times
 
The 2018 Geography of Hope Conference explores the theme of “Finding Resilience in Nature in Perilous Times” on Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18. During these fraught days of political upheaval, social turmoil, and environmental assaults, the gathering explores ways to build emotional and spiritual resilience, using nature as a touchstone. 
 
Conference headliners: Peter Forbes, educator, writer, and cross-cultural facilitator whose work is influential in the fields of leadership development, conservation, and social justice. He is a vice-president at the Trust for Public Land, and founder of the Center for Whole Communities; Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro, the nation’s leading, cutting-edge network that celebrates and inspires African-American connections and leadership in nature; and Caleen Sisk, the Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who practice their traditional culture and ceremonies in their territory along the McCloud River watershed in Northern California. The presenters  will share their experience and perspectives on ways to find hope, healing, and strength in a troubled world during facilitated panel discussions on Saturday. Attendees will have opportunities to exchange ideas, write and reflect.  
 
 
Rue Mapp: Rue Mapp is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a national nonprofit organization with offices in Oakland, CA, and Washington, D.C. Rue oversees a carefully selected and trained national volunteer leadership team of 62 men and women who represent 26 states around the US, and shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. From its grassroots beginning, Outdoor Afro now enjoys national sponsorship and is recognized by major organizations for its role in addressing the ongoing need for greater diversity in the outdoors.
 
Rue’s work has also been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions, including: The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans in the country (2012 and 2016), Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, National Wildlife Federation Communication award (received alongside President Bill Clinton) and Family Circle Magazine selected Rue as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms. She is proud to serve on the Outdoor Industry Association board. In 2014, Rue was appointed to the California State Parks Commission by Governor Jerry Brown.