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Village Earth Welcomes New Board Chair

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On Saturday, November 13th Village Earth Board and Staff held our annual board retreat in Windsor, Colorado. During the meeting, we discussed a number of strategic directions we would like to pursue in the upcoming year. Importantly, we also elected a new chair of the board. Carl Hammerdorfer (pictured above) will replace Jerry Kennell as our board chair. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Hammerdorfer to his new role, and given his experience in the world of development and education, we trust that he will play a key role as Village Earth embraces its next phase of growth and development. Mr. Hammerdorfer is currently the director of Colorado State University’s Bussiness School program Global Social and Sustainable Enterprises. Prior to his work at CSU, he acted as Bulgaria country director for Peace Corps and CEO of the Mainstreet Cooperative Group. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our out-going Board Chair Jerry Kennell. Mr. Kennell has used his expertise to help see Village Earth safely through our post-founder era. He has been intregal in the creation and execution of our Annual Maury Albertson Gala, honoring one of our late founders. Village Earth has greatly appreciated his work, and looks forward to Mr. Hammerdorfer’s leadership as he seeks to fill Mr. Kennell’s shoes. Amongst the topics we discussed, we focused largely on setting the agenda for areas of improvement within Village Earth. We discussed how the environment and world systems have altered since our founding, and what we are doing and will do to address new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities. We brainstormed at length about how we can improve our ability to support grassroots’ efforts through a variety of services. We hope that our efforts, in conjunction with our new leadership, has laid the foundation for a productive and exciting year increasing our capacity to better serve the communities with which we are allied.

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Winter II Session

GSLL 1510 – Community-Based Mapping

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Winter II Session

GSLL 1509 – Development and the Politics of Empowerment

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GSLL 1503 – Community Mobilization

This training draws on the theories and methods of Brazilian educator Paulo Friere, whose work has guided some of the most successful development and education programs around the globe, including the Orangi Pilot Project in Bangladesh, The NAAM movement in Burkina Faso, and the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, among others.

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