The Maine Event

Breakout sessions this afternoon were great.  Some of the “movement building” presentations and sessions of the last couple of days didn’t really appeal to our students, but this afternoon’s breakouts by state were just what we needed.  Over a hundred students from Maine gathered to discuss their visions for what’s next and strategies for collaboration.  Students from Bates, Colby, Unity, College of the Atlantic, and others identified concerns about the North Maine Woods, water issues, food and ag., environmental legislation under the LePage administration, environmental justice, renewable energies, and consumerism.  Our individual visions concerning these complex issues varied greatly, but in the end we all realized that the best way to build momentum to address these concerns is to stay in touch.  Power Shift is certainly about leadership training and capacity building, but the conference is also routinely stressing the importance of the social network and the power of personal relationships to create change.  We reconvene after dinner for a lobby day training.

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