What's Happening

With regrets, epi's founder recommends that start up activities be put on hold for a couple of years.  (September 2011)

A note from Myriem: 

I have had the wonderful experience of living for over a year on the oldest organic farm in Colorado.  White Buffalo Farm is a virtual paradise of fruit trees, vegetable fields, and wildflowers along the North Fork of the Gunnison River.

While on the farm, I had hoped that I might also work on grant development for Economics for Peace Institute.   I moved to the organic farm in the summer of 2010 thinking that I could enjoy a peaceful summer and balance the frenzied computer-driven start up work that was involved in creating epi.  I did not intend to become completely consumed by the farm. 

One thing led to another. Life on a small volunteer-driven organic farm does not afford time or space for working on non-farm activities.   I was drawn into helping my friend who owns the farm as he struggled to keep the farm afloat.  It was fulfilling work, but left very little room for my completing the tasks I had set out for myself. 

This past spring, I had to admit I needed to adjust my expectations regarding my ability to both work on the farm and fulfill my goals to promote participatory research in public planning.  


PRESS RELEASE (September 15, 2011)

In the spirit of participatory engagement, epi's founder (Myriem Le Ferrand) moved to a rural valley in Western Colorado for the summer of 2010.  One thing led to another and she was soon living on the oldest organic farm in Colorado.  The farm was struggling and she offered to help. Myriem worked primarily as a volunteer on the farm.  This particular farm did not have the resources to pay staff.  Organic farming is a very cash hungry enterprise and often undervalued in the American food distribution system.  Over the course of a year, much headway was made in reclaiming the farm's brand and paving the way for new revenues. 

In the spring of 2011 however, it became clear that it would be a struggle for Myriem to both live on the farm and fulfill goals to promote participatory research in public planning.  In September 2011, Myriem moved off of the farm.  For the next few years, she plans to work full time in the field of environmental mediation or environmental economics.  This will re-establish momentum for the mission of Economics for Peace Institute by allowing her to make good on $3k in loans to the organization and to establish a savings fund for the resumption of operations. She looks forward to working with professionals in her field and in refining research methods in participatory community engagement.

An exciting milestone! (May 2010)

Economics for Peace Institute was selected to present blended PAR and web 2.0 strategies for community engagement at the conference of the United States Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (USIECR) in May 2010. USIECR is a Federal Program (ecr.gov). Attendees will include staff from the United States Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Corps of Engineers, the US Department of Interior, United States Agency for International Development, local governments, Councils of Governments and others. This biannual event represents an important outreach and marketing opportunity for defining our niche in the public participation field.

Dr. Mac Odell, Chris Bartlett, Sara Wakefield and Myriem Le Ferrand took part.  It was a wonderful experience and participants offered high appreciation including one particpant sharing that our workshop was the best one that they attended.  We were simply happy to have pulled it off on yet another shoestring budget.  Many thank yous to our hostesses in Tucson.  We could not have done it without them!


April Fundraiser

We did not raise our target of 11k in order to maintain operations.  Myriem plans to work on grant development through the summer while working part time in Paonia Colorado. 

We appreciate the efforts of all of those who joined in epi's first fundraiser which began on April 14, 2010.  We tried a Meditate-a-thon for Peace in which individuals could donate directly to our mission.  At this time, grant and project development are likely better forms of fund raising than direct fund drives.


Website Launch (March 2010)

You are viewing the 'soft' launch of epi's new web 2.0 site on participatory research strategies and participatory ecotourism.   The work of many volunteers and especially Jonathan Henson is evidenced in this wonderful website full of potential.


Early History

Since December 2008, epi grew from a simple idea into a viable start up NGO. 

On the day after his inauguration, President Obama issued a memorandum in which he stated:  Government should be participatory.  (1/21/09)

We have a solid operational plan; we have a business office on Main Street in Cortez; we are sponsored by the Generosity Exchange (a 501c3); and, we are ready to apply for our own 501c3 tax exemption status; you are part of the low key roll out of our web 2.0 site; and, this month we begin our grant development initiative.  It's been a great year and a half!