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"Small Stories, Big Changes" Panel Discussion at WWC

10 Feb 2014

A panel discussion and book signing featuring five contributors to “Small Stories, Big Changes,” a book about community sustainability change-makers, will be held Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge at Warren Wilson College. Subtitled “An Evening of Personal Empowerment and Community Inspiration,” the free public event will be moderated by WWC Associate Dean Gary Hawkins.

The panel provides a mix of people who have inspiring stories to tell about experiences in leading sustainable change in their communities. They include Gary Phillips, writer, preacher and auctioneer who held the line against real estate developers in Chatham County, N.C.; Anne Tazewell, coordinator of statewide efforts to increase the use of more sustainable transportation technologies; Eric Henry, the force behind Cotton of the Carolinas, which grows, makes and sells 100 percent Carolina cotton T-shirts; Elaine Chiosso, Haw River keeper and executive director of the Haw River Assembly; and Lyle Estill, entrepreneur, blogger and editor of “Small Stories, Big Changes.”

In the introduction to “Small Stories,” Estill writes:

"What inspires me is those individuals who are on the ground, delivering good work in the name of sustainability. This book is written by people who are actually doing the work that needs to be done. The message of this book is that you are not alone in your fight to effect positive change."

The panel discussion, a follow-up to a “Small Stories” discussion at Warren Wilson this past fall, is sponsored by the WWC Environmental Leadership Center’s Speakers Fund for Sustainability. For more information about the event, contact Ellen Querin, ELC program coordinator, at or 828-771-3006.