Sunday, January 24, 2010

Come to Boston and Share Your Views...about Fair Trade

The news these days is full of analysis about the discontent of the people of Massachusetts. Domestic politics aside, that great state will also be the scene of international debate and dialogue regarding challenges and celebrations in the Fair Trade movement. The Fair Trade Futures conference will be held September 10-12, 2010, and NOW is the time for you to submit ideas for conference workshops, town halls, seminars and so forth.

To make sure the conference--which I am helping lead as a representative of Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade--is a success, consumers and advocates will need to lend your voices. Do you have a unique experience with Fair Trade that you want to share? Are you concerned about some of the weaknesses, or even myths, in the movement and you want to pull back the curtain? Are you excited by the possibilities of the movement and want to deepen your commitment? To create a professional, lively, fun, inclusive, and practical atmosphere, the conference needs to address just these types of queries and we need a broad and new set of voices.

The deadline for proposals is February 10. For a set of guidelines, please contact Rachel Bradburd whose email is conference "at" fairtradefederation.org. Or give her a call at (202) 636-3547.

All sessions are expected to range between 60-90 minutes in length and be engaging and interactive. While only very limited funding is available to offset travel expenses, some scholarships will be offered to support the attendance of registered students and producers. If chosen to present, presenters will receive a complimentary registration for the event.

Speaking of registration, even if you don't want to present, please plan to attend! Early bird registration discounts end March 31. I look forward to seeing you there.

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