A Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. We hope these gatherings, through understanding and knowledge of the world around us, will ignite change for the common good and provide a sense of community. FREE and OPEN to the public.
David Groenfeldt will be speaking about "water ethics", based on his book "Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis", published last September. Groenfeldt will talk about the implications of how we use water in Santa Fe, and what an ethical approach might look like. Specifically, he will present plans for developing a "water ethics charter" for Santa Fe, which would be a local version of the global Water Ethics Charter his Institute is working on.
David Groenfeldt is Founder and Director of the Water-Culture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and adjunct Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. David received his PhD in 1984 from the University of Arizona, based on field research on irrigation in northwest India. He spent 5 years with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. Since 2002, David has focused on the cultural aspects of agricultural and water policies in Asia and in the American Southwest. He served as director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association from 2006-2009, before establishing the Water-Culture Institute in 2010. His current work focuses on the cultural values embedded in agriculture, and the development of a "water ethics charter" to guide water policies and practices. He is the author of Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis, published in September 2013.
François-Marie was born and grew-up in Paris, France. His family name is from the island of Corsica. He came to Philadelphia as a student in 1971, worked for many years internationally mostly based in Washington DC, but also lived for years in Chad, Senegal and India. He moved to Santa Fe in 2004. He is active in various local organizations, in particular in the Santa Fe Watershed Association where he was president for several years and still a board member, and he is an advocate on various natural resources issues. François-Marie is writing a book on the history of the French in New Mexico..
The group will be coming off a two week planning session for experientially based education curricula for this new school. They should be full of ideas and excitement about their new endeavor.
Katie Singer works on public policy with the Electromagnetic Radiation Policy Institute. A medical journalist, her books include The Garden of Fertility (Avery, 2004), Honoring Our Cycles (New Trends, 2006) Honoring Our Cycles in Africa (2007). Her novel, The Wholeness of a Broken Heart (Riverhead, 1999) was a selection of Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Program. She teaches internationally.