We started in Vermont. But really, we started in Eastern Europe.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin was invited to monitor the first democratic elections in Bulgaria. Inspired by the citizen-driven change that is possible in the world, she and her policy advisor, George Hamilton, committed to help communities in the Eastern European region address environmental, economic, and social challenges.
Governor Kunin remains on our board and George Hamilton is leading our growing organization as we bring the approaches we’ve developed to new communities and new citizen leaders tackling the urgent challenges of urbanization and climate disruption.
We never come to a country or community and say, “This is how you do it.” We always take great pains to engage the local people and to work with local nonprofits. While we can’t provide all the answers, we can offer some hope, some technical assistance and education that can help people solve their own problems.