Archives for November 2017

Village Earth Remembers John Ragnar Long – August 23, 1973 – November 20, 2017

The late Dr. Edwin F. Shinn (left) and John R. Long (right)

Village Earth honors the passing of another member of our family, John R. Long who, after a long and spirited battle, succumbed to cancer November 20th, 2017. John first joined Village Earth as a volunteer starting in 1999. As a volunteer, John engaged Village Earth as a sponsor of the second annual Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair which served as an annual focal point for the local sustainability community and showcased sustainable technologies and projects from around the world. The first fair was organized by Students at Colorado State University. After that time, the fair would be organized by the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association each year until 2015. In 2000 John completed Village Earth’s flagship in-person training “Participatory Practices for Sustainable Development (PPSD). Connections made during this training lead John to spearhead a partnership between Village Earth and the International Rescue Committee on a large-scale cluster development program in the southern region of Azerbaijan from 2001 to 2003. John worked diligently as Village Earth’s director of development but was clearly more comfortable ‘out in the community’ working on the Sustainable Living Fair or innovating in the burgeoning biofuels market, eventually co-founding Blue Sun Biodiesel Fuels and other sustainability focused organizations like Zero Hero, Fat Pig Society, and Biodiesel for Bands. John was a true leader who inspired others and supported the growth and development of those around him. He was a major catalyst for change in the Fort Collins community and beyond and we all feel a deep sense of loss with his passing but his legacy and spirit lives on through all the people he inspired and all the institutions he helped to form!

Donate to Village Earth this Holiday Season and Support Grassroots Organizations in 15 Countries

It’s the most important time of the year for generating support for Village Earth’s 20 Global Affiliates in 15 different countries. We need your help to reach our goal of raising $30,000 in support of our Global Affiliate Program. Help us flip the traditional aid model on its head by putting local organizations and local solutions at the forefront. Village Earth helps connect you to innovative, impactful organizations working on the front-lines of social and environmental justice around the globe. Make a difference today by making your holiday gift to one of our Global Affiliates listed below.

Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and family to also make a donation to Village Earth and help us get the word out by liking and sharing us on social media (bottom of page).

Global Affiliates

BurundiAmahoro Project
CambodiaCambodian Rural Development Team
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USAEarth Tipi
SriEco-Friendly Volunteers
CambodiaEmpowering Youth Cambodia
South SudanForum for Community Change and Development
MongoliaGer Community Mapping Center
LiberiaGrowing Liberia Democracy (GOLD)
NepalInstitute of Cultural Affairs (Nepal)
CambodiaHuman and Hope Association
TheJalamba Nursery School Project
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USAKnife Chief Buffalo Nation
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USALakota Buffalo Caretakers Cooperative
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USALakota Lands Recovery Project
MexicoLiving Roots
Amazon BasinMaloca
BoliviaRio Beni Foundation
IndiaSarada Development Group
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USATasunke Wakan
ZambiaTitukuke RCDA

Winter 2018 Classes for the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development

Acquire the skills needed to transform your community and advance your career. This online certificate program is designed for people who currently work in community development and desire to advance their careers as well as those who plan to work or volunteer in this field. You will be equipped with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, you can tailor the program to meet your needs and interests.To earn the certificate, you must complete the required courses of your chosen track and any elective courses of your choosing.  Each course runs five weeks and requires a minimum of 20 hours of student participation.  You may take courses in any order.

Don’t miss out! Registration deadline is January 12th, 2018!

Participatory Monitoring and EvaluationJanuary 12th, 2018
Community-Based HealthcareJanuary 12th, 2018
Development and the Politics of EmpowermentJanuary 12th, 2018

Students can enroll in just one course or complete all four courses at Colorado State University to receive a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development.  We also offer specialized tracks for those who would like their certificate program to focus in on a particular subject area within the field of sustainable community development.