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Episode 146 - Matthew Derr, Executive Director, Chelsea Green Foundation

[Building Conviviality & Strengthening Communities]

Matthew Derr, Trustee and Executive Director of the Chelsea Green Foundation and Editor at Chelsea Green Publishing, shares his vision for our evolving world and the role of the foundation in helping to make it a reality.  With a background in higher education and publishing alike, Matthew’s expertise, leadership, and perspectives are grounded in hands-on practices and in the sophisticated work of knitting the fabrics of community, learning, and cultural evolution together. Now, as executive director of the new Chelsea Green Foundation, Matthew is spearheading the nascent organization’s mission across three key programmatic areas: advocating for good ideas; curating community gatherings; and creating programming that features unconventional voices. He discusses philanthropy, employee-ownership, the importance of joy, conviviality, and stewardship, and the process of healing post-modern estrangement and strengthening each other through community connections.

About Matthew Derr

Matthew Derr is Editor at Chelsea Green Publishing and a Trustee and the Executive Director of the Chelsea Green Foundation. Previous to his roles in the Chelsea Green ecosystem, Matthew was the President of Sterling College in Craftsbury, Vermont, where he established the Wendell Berry Farming Program. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and was the Interim President at Antioch College. Additionally, Matthew has served as Treasurer for the Center for an Agricultural Economy, as Secretary and Treasurer of the Work Colleges Association, as the Chair of the Vermont Food System Higher Education Consortium, and on the National Advisory Board of the Sphinx Music Organization. He has a Master of Social Work degree in Community Organizing & Social Systems from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, received his Bachelor of Arts in History as a Social Science from Antioch College, and has a Professional Fundraising Certificate from New York University’s George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.

About Chelsea Green Foundation

The Chelsea Green Foundation is a New Hampshire-based private operating foundation that has a unique place within the mosaic of not-for-profits engaged in the sustainability space. Leveraging the expansive community of practitioners who have written for Chelsea Green, the foundation has a unique place within the mosaic of not-for-profits engaged in the sustainability space. It supports activists, artists, farmers, writers, and other practitioners to challenge orthodoxy by exchanging creative and critical thinking that inspires ecological and societal resilience through hands-on knowledge of soil, food, water, health, economics, energy, politics, and local communities.

About Chelsea Green Publishing

Founded in 1984, Chelsea Green Publishing is recognized as a leading publisher of books on the politics and practice of ecologically based living, publishing authors who bring in-depth, practical knowledge to life, and give readers hands-on information related to organic and regenerative farming and gardening, ecology and the environment, healthy food, local economies and resilient communities, and integrative health and wellness. An employee-owned company, Chelsea Green publishes authors that empower and inspire individuals to reduce their ecological impact and to participate in the restoration of healthy local communities, bioregional ecosystems, and a diversity of cultures. Chelsea Green promotes better understanding of natural systems as a global-commons and to empower people to participate in restoring those commons, to serve as its effective stewards, and to help mitigate worldwide social and environmental disruptions.

Chelsea Green Publishing is a Partner/Sponsor of the Y on Earth Community Podcast and offers our audience a special 35% discount on books and audiobooks with the code: YOE35. Go to yonearth.org/partners-supporters for more information and to get your discount.

Resources & Related Episodes

Chelsea Green Foundation: chelseagreenfoundation.org

Facebook: chelseagreenpub

Twitter: @chelseagreen 

Instagram: @chelseagreenbooks

Chelsea Green Publishing – US: www.chelseagreen.com 

Chelsea Green Publishing – UK: www.chelseagreen.co.uk 

Ep 142, Maria Rodale, Author, Love, Nature, Magic (a Chelsea Green publication)

Ep 136, Ben Raskin, Author, The Woodchip Handbook (a Chelsea Green publication)

Ep 35, Ralph (“Bud”) Sorenson, past President, Babson College and Author, An Entrepreneurial Journey

Ep 84, Judith Schwarz, Author, Reindeer Chronicles and Cows Save the Planet (Chelsea Green publications)

Ep 8, Mark Retzloff, Founder, Horizon Dairy and Advisory Board, Univ. of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability

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