Our Mission

The mission of the Green Mountain Global Forum is to bring knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers to address significant issues of our day. We hope to deepen knowledge, foster a greater link of understanding and compassion with the outside world, and inspire change and action.

We strive to reach a broad audience by promoting our events widely, ensuring the events are free of charge through our fundraising efforts, and welcoming the support and participation of the community.


Since 2002, the Green Mountain Global Forum has played a vital role in bringing thought-provoking speakers to address key global issues at intimate local venues in the Mad River Valley. We'd like to tell you our story of how we began. It's a story of kitchen table activism.*

We are living in extraordinary times of complex and urgent global issues. The events of September 11th 2001 compelled us to open our eyes, to ask hard questions about the forces sweeping our world, to search for understanding beyond what was presented in the mainstream media. Sifting through layers of information came to require a tremendous commitment of time that none of us had an abundance of.

In the fall of 2002, a small group in the Valley gathered to study and discuss some complex issues we hoped to better understand. We guessed there were others who had a similar desire to become more informed. We felt a public forum would provide an opportunity for our community to hear the perspectives of people who knew an issue deeply — and whose authentic and unique voices would enrich our understanding of their topics in a manner that only live presentations can do. We hosted our first speaker event to a packed house at the Round Barn on a snowy evening in November, 2002: "Pipeline Politics" with authors Charlotte Dennett and Gerald Colby. The Green Mountain Global Forum was born.

Since that evening in November, thanks to the support of the community and our sponsors, we have hosted 5 - 6 presentations a year on a wide range of topics to a very engaged public from the Valley and surrounding communities.

Guiding Principles

As an organization we seek to:

  • Choose topics for presentations that are timely and significant global issues, with anticipated interest to the general public.
  • Seek speakers who have a thorough knowledge of the issue, are comfortable in front of an audience, and capable of presenting balanced and thought-provoking perspectives.
  • Inspire higher levels of public involvement by increasing awareness of issues and fostering connections in the community. We also ask our speakers to address ways in which audience members may be able to get involved.
  • Choose venues with a level of intimacy that encourages discussion.
  • Appeal to a broad audience in our Vermont community — including different ages, genders, cultures and socio-economic classes.
  • Keep our events free and accessible to the public through fundraising efforts.
  • Promote our events widely through local newspapers, flyers, radio, cable TV, email lists, and word of mouth.

Board of Directors

Deb van Dyke, Marge Keough, Liz Levey, Laura Brines, Tara Hamilton, Sheryl Kerland-Platt and Debbie New

Contact Info

Green Mountain Global Forum
P.O. Box 733
Waitsfield, VT 05673