Nick Heads to The First Annual ‘Net Zero Cities Symposium’ . . . PLUS Details About This Week’s Airing . .
By Helen ~ October 18, 2012
I’m so proud of my husband, Nick Forster, for a huge number of reasons. At the moment, I’m thinking specifically of the fact that he’s just returned from Fort Collins, Colorado, where he was the closing keynote speaker at an international conference being held there. Fort Collins, by the way, is a very hip community, one of my most favorite towns, full of bright, caring people (heck, it’s a college town, right?). So it’s a no-brainer that they would host The First Annual ‘Net Zero Cities Symposium.’
The two day event brought together community members, businesses, and government leaders from across Colorado and around the world to learn, inform, share, and promote real-world solutions and actions that organizations, communities, and countries can take to attain net zero energy, carbon and waste communities. Pretty cool, huh?
The Symposium was made up of a series of topic-focused sessions. Each session began with a keynote speaker, followed by an interactive panel discussion, plus a chance for attendees to ask questions and offer answers too. Over two days, they covered topics as diverse as technology and innovations, policy, education, financial systems and cultural engagement. And Nick was invited to be the closing keynote speaker for the whole dang thing, to talk about the greening of eTown Hall. No better person to do it, either, since he headed up and oversaw every detail (thousands of them) on this remarkable project. Reports are that he was very well received; many called him the best speaker of the series!
Good going, Nick. I’m so very proud of you.
Now, on to the great show we have for you this week:
Joseph Arthur is a really talented musician and songwriter. But wait, that’s not all. He’s also a gifted visual aritst. AND he’s an incredible poet. Not to mention he’s a very funny guy, not in a stand-up comedian sort of way, but because he’s just naturally quirky, observant, sensitive and, well, smart. He’s also tall (even taller than Nick, who’s up there, mind you, at 6’2”, but who almost looks short next to Joseph). Joseph is a gem of a guy. And he prefers to improvise (to give you an example, he enlists me and Nick to accompany him on one of his original tunes, one we’d never heard before, just trusting us . . LOVE that!).
Our other visiting artists, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, had both been on eTown in the past, but never in the same band. So we were all pretty excited when they decided to return as a husband-and-wife duo (something we’re familiar with around eTown), with their all-star band in tow. The combo is tremendous. Powerful. Soulful. And just plain exciting to listen to. Their shared conversation with Nick is revealing and personal, including their thoughts about the challenges of their situation, with both of them being career players and stars on the road while raising two kids.
There’s of course a great E-Chievement Award story for you, too. Be sure to tune in if you can, to catch this special ‘back by popular demand’ program – you will NOT be disappointed!
Talk to you next week.
Best always, Helen