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Conference Videos - Highlights & Key Presentations

View the Sustainable Resource Inspirational Video (5min)

To celebrate the Sustainable Resources 2004 conference, the Sustainable Village & Aspen Hill Films offer DVD highlights from the conference. These DVDs serve as
- Informative outreach tools for schools, libraries and other venues
- Inspirational messages for everyone

The DVDs capture many of the key presentations of SR2004. They contain professionally edited renditions of these presentations, and each DVD is approximately 60 minutes in length. Selections include: William McDonough, Lynne Twist, Hafsat Abiola, Satish Kumar, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Jenine Benyus, John Todd, Reiane Eisler, Carol Raffensperger, Bernard Leitner, and Paul Polak. The inspirational video shown above is also available. To purchase a DVD, click here.

Conference Report

Over 3000 people living or working in almost every country of the world participated in Sustainable Resources 2004 events. Over 250 presenters discussed issues in almost every field of development: shelter, energy, education, health, water, ecotourism, food, biomimicry, digital bridges; policy, youth, indigenous and peace keeping issues. (View full report)

Public Talks

"New and Effective Levels of Thinking"


John Todd  - "Ecological Design and Planetary Healing"

A leading pioneer and expert in the emerging field of ecological design and engineering, John was named one of the 20th Century's top thirty-five inventors. His "Living Machines" are ecological engines that treat wastes, produce foods, and generate fuels while restoring damaged aquatic environments.


Carolyn Raffensperger - "The Revolutionary Idea Of Putting Safety First"

Archaeologist, environmental lawyer and founder of the Science & Education Health Network that works to implement the "Precautionary Principle" - using Hippocrates' "First, do no harm" as a basis for environmental and public health policy instead of taking chances that new products may really be "Pandora Poisons"

Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne - "Spiritual Insight, Practical Solutions"

Fron Sri Lanka and considered "The Gandhi of our Era", Dr. Ari founded the Sarvodaya movement and is spiritual strategist and guide of the Sri Lankan peace movement. One of the world's pioneers in rural and sustainable development based on the spiritual precepts of "universal awakening" and self-reliance, for 50 years he's worked to alleviate rural poverty, illiteracy, hunger and desolation.

Riane Eisler - "Partnership Educaton"

Cultural historian and evolutionary theorist, pioneering researcher demonstrating the strong correlation between the status of women and the general quality of a nation's life, Riane's international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade was hailed by Princeton anthropologist Ashley Montagu as "the most important book since Darwin's Origin of Species" and has been translated into 19 languages.

William McDonough - "All Sustainability is Local: A Global Strategy"

Internationally renowned designer and primary shaper of "The Next Industrial Revolution", Bill helped launch the 'green building' movement and received the nation's highest environmental honor, the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development. His award-winning projects have set new standards for design quality, environmental sensitivity, and functional effectiveness.

Emcee: Claudine Schneider - Member of the US Congress for ten years, and author of legislation from sustainable energy policy to the Biodiversity Treaty. She is an Emmy Award winner, successful businesswoman and artist.


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