Speakers on the panel May 10th:
John Kalmon, AIA, LEED-AP, has 25+ years of experience and knowledge in all aspects of design and construction. With each endeavor, he strives to create a positive impact on the environment, economy and community surrounding his projects. John is a registered architect in both Wisconsin and Minnesota and a LEED-AP designation, meaning that he's an Accredited Professional in sustainable design.
His focus on sustainability and staying current on the latest technology and best practices allows him to create responsible, durable and efficient spaces. John's community-based work ranges from custom homes and retrofits that accommodate home sharing, multigenerational living, special needs and aging in place, to creating new custom neighborhoods based on the principles of cohousing and ecovillage design.
Lindsey Flicker started her community journey in 2014 as a member of Camphill Village Minnesota in Sauk Centre. This income sharing ecovillage is part of a worldwide organization with over 100 communities across the globe and 14 in North America. After two years of living in the village, she moved to the Minneapolis area to work remotely for Camphill doing marketing and outreach.
Lindsey is passionate about letting the wider society know that communal living is a viable and enriching option for many people! Since moving to the city, she has organized local intentional communities and individuals to share a monthly potluck, network, share resources, and to have fun with like minded individuals. To learn more about camphill communities: Camphillmn.org. To learn more about the potlucks: Facebook group Intentional Communities- Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Tom began working with cooperative enterprises in 2000 after deciding to not pursue formal higher education. Tom has become a specialist in the issues of housing and worker cooperative development. Pierson serves on the board of Shared Capital Cooperative, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that lends nationally to cooperative businesses. He serves on the board of Riverton Community Housing, a Minneapolis non-profit developer of student housing cooperatives. He coordinates the public policy efforts of CooperationWorks!, a national association of cooperative economic developers. Tom was a founding organizer of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives from 2003-06.
As an independent consultant, Tom provides facilitation, historical research and technical assistance services to cooperatives across the country. He provides pro bono and sliding scale assistance to groups that advance racial equity, environmental sustainability, and serve low-income members. He volunteers for CoMinnesota and serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota on topics related to co-op law and economics. In his free time, Tom enjoys theatre, dance, chess, and unstructured play.