July 9, 2008
by Bradley Center
Transcript Now Available - Click Here! (PDF format, 41 pages, 1.5 MB)
A complete, edited transcript is now available of the Bradley Center's June 30 panel entitled
People, Patterns, and Philanthropy in Rural America
Monday, June 30, 2008 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hudson Institute - Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
1015 15th Street, NW - Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Author, teacher, social activist, and fifth-generation farmer WENDELL BERRY has written thoughtfully, carefully, and forcefully for many decades about American culture and society, drawing from his experience of rural life. In his 1981 essay "Solving for Pattern" (click here to read), Berry advised people responsible for systems within communities - specifically farms, but also households, school systems, sanitation systems, and health care systems - to keep in mind that systems involve patterns, and that problems as well as solutions play themselves out in those patterns. He urged readers to think carefully about how we judge a problem, lest the cure we come up with "proves incurable"; to consider carefully the pattern of which it and we are a part; and to craft a solution in a way that it is not simply the next problem to solve. Berry's ongoing dialogue and friendship with geneticist WES JACKSON, founder of the Salina, Kansas-based Land Institute, advocate for sustainable agriculture, and himself an author of several works, dates back to the early 1980s.
On Monday, June 30, Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal hosted a two-part discussion on the nonprofit sector, specifically philanthropy, in rural America. WENDELL BERRY and JACKSON joined University of Maryland steady-state economist HERMAN DALY to discuss "How the Land Economy Became a Consumer Economy" on the first of two panels. The second panel, "How Philanthropy Can Solve for Pattern," featured DEE DAVIS, director of the Center for Rural Strategies (Kentucky); LINDA REED, CEO of the Montana Community Foundation; and ALEX ECHOLS, director of conservation programs, Philanthropy Roundtable (Washington, DC). KRISTA SHAFFER served as moderator.
Program and Panel
Introduction by KRISTA SHAFFER
First Panel: "How the Land Economy Became a Consumer Economy"
Short Lunch Break
Second Panel: "How Philanthropy Can Solve for Pattern"
Formal Adjournment, Informal Reception
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Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal aims to explore the usually unexamined intellectual assumptions underlying the grantmaking practices of America’s foundations and provide practical advice and guidance to grantmakers who seek to support smaller, grassroots institutions in the name of civic renewal.
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