Camp Commons: Living in the Transition – An Activist Family Summer Camp


THEME: Living in the Transition to a New Economy
Facing the Future, Building Hope: Tools for Community Resilience

Thursday July 17 through Sunday July 20, 2014
World Fellowship Conference Center
White Mountains, near Conway, New Hampshire

Come for a day! Come for all four days!
Bring your kids! Bring your parents!

Join a group of fun and engaged activists for the joy of exploration, singing, rethinking, dancing, laughter, eating, sharing skills and organizing strategies, and more singing, storytelling and game playing.

Camp Commons is a multi-generational four-day summer camp for community resilience activists working on economic, ecological and social justice, strengthening the commons, community resilience and the transition to the new economy.

Costs start at forty-six dollars a day, including all meals, lodging, programs and recreational opportunities. Options range from private rooms to camping. Reserve your spot directly through World Fellowship at


Talks and Workshops

  • Transition to a New Economy: A Lay of the Land
  • Changing the Story about Economic Growth
  • Divest from Fossil Fuels – Invest in the New Economy
  • Organizing for the New Economy:  Mutual Aid, Affinity Groups & Resilience Circles
  • Breakout Sessions: Challenges Facing the New Economy Movement
  • Storytelling for Activists –Hone Your Story!


  • Swimming, Hiking, Napping, Biking, Sun Bathing!
  • Friday Fun night variety show
  • Saturday Story Slam.  Theme: “Transition”
  • Cosponsored by New England New Economy Transition and the Institute for Policy Studies


  • To build community among activists and cultural workers from different areas, bringing our whole families together
  • To learn from one another in a relaxed and natural setting
  • To celebrate our work and tap into our creativity and humor to strengthen our morale for the struggles ahead


The historic World Fellowship Center, near Conway New Hampshire and the White Mountain National Forest

Founded 1941, during the war, with motto: “In a time of war, prepare for peace.” World Fellowship has a rich history of political and cultural resistance, the “Highlander Center” of the Northeast.

Costs start at forty-six dollars a day, including all meals, lodging, programs and recreational opportunities. Accommodations range from camping to private rooms. Book your accommodations directly through World Fellowship today!


Thursday, July 17

Evening: Opening Plenary

“Transition to a New Economy: A Lay of the Land”
Featuring members of the New Economy Working Group

The current economic debate pits austerity against prime-the-pump economic growth. Neither approach addresses the extreme inequalities of wealth and the ecological limits to growth that our economy is facing. What is the alternative vision of a new economy?  What are the stages of how we get there?  What is possible at the local level and where can we engage meaningfully at the national and global level?

Friday, July 18

Morning: The New Economy in New England: Challenges and Opportunities
Members of the New England Resilience & Transition Network

What exciting innovations are happening around New England and beyond to create community resilience? Many believe that we must go beyond localism and support community resilience strategies that impact larger regional and national policy.

Can New England as a whole take steps to ensure that we all live well in the new economy? Join members of the New England Resilience & Transition Network to discuss these challenges and opportunities.

Afternoon: Ongoing discussion and breakout groups

Evening: “Fun Night”

Saturday, July 19

Morning: Organizing for the New Economy: Mutual Aid, Affinity Groups, & Resilience Circles
Sarah Byrnes and Samantha Wechsler

How do we organize for real, deep, and lasting change? Many believe that we need a revolution that goes “all the way to the bottom, all the way down to our basic understanding of self and world.” In this interactive workshop, we will explore individual and collective approaches that help us to deepen this kind of understanding. Participants will learn about small group organizing — a a powerful strategy that helps people overcome isolation, build lasting community ties, and help each other meet needs in this tough economy. In groups like Resilience Circles, affinity groups, and mutual aid networks, people are discovering alternative ways of meeting their needs, such as barter, gifting, and mutual aid.

Afternoon: “Storytelling for Organizers”

Storytelling is essential to effective social change work.  Come practice your story telling skills and consider telling a story at the evening story slam!

Evening: Storytelling Slam
MC: Mary Hannon & Chuck Collins

Theme: “Transition”

Sunday, July 20

Morning: Divest from Fossil Fuels, Invest in New Economy
Chuck Collins

The movement to divest from fossil fuels was sparked on college campuses but now has spread to religious networks, governments, pension funds, and individuals. What is the case for divestment? And how to do we shift capital to build a new economy that is sustainable and equitable?