Joshua Berger, 2007
MA Environment & Community
"As a graduate of the Center for Creative Change, M.A. Environment and Community at AUS, I've had incredible opportunities to explore, practice and reflect on many of the tools and approaches that I use today and that will continue to define my role and change agent. My focus, while at Antioch, was on multi stake-holder planning processes, particularly for a statewide approach to Sustainability Education. Finding successes in design, relationship building and reflection I am grateful for the action centered approach that C3 offers.
"But what I really took away from my time with this incredible group of leaders was the opportunity to explore the intention and the process of change. The power of communication, effective leadership, diversity in action and collaboration. Our cohort grew together, designed together, found passion, beauty and loss together as we shaped each others lives and work. This kind of connection left me with a sense of optimism, hope and compassion for the world that will continue to shape my career and life beyond the tools, beyond the practice and deep into change."
Berger was recently awarded a TogetherGreen fellowship award for his work as a Puget Sound-based tall ship captain and environmental educator. TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, annually awards 40 $10,000 grants to high-potential leaders to conduct community projects that engage audiences with habitat, water and energy conservation. The AUS alum created a project called "Where BLUE meets GREEN", in which three, five-hour sail programs are conducted aboard Adventuress, a 133-foot wooden tall ship and National Landmark.
Read more about the work that Joshua Berger is doing to preserve and protect the marine waters of the Puget Sound region.