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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Thomas Llewellyn

Tom Llewellyn is the Network Coordinator for the international Sharing Cities Network, a project of Shareable. He is a co-founder and coordinator of the REAL Cooperative (Regenerative Education, Action and Leadership), is a partner in the Asheville Tool Library and is leading the development of the new Share Asheville initiative. He co-founded and managed the Critter Cafe, which raised money for a small public school and brought the entire community together to share a meal every weekend in 2007 in the small town of Canyon, CA. As the Education and Activism Director of Sustainable Living Roadshow (SLR) from 2008 – 2012 he toured the U.S. producing eco events, leading workshops and participating in a wide variety of actions and campaigns. In addition to being the lead production manager for SLR he was a founding member of A PLACE for Sustainability in Oakland, CA and was on the steering committee and co-lead the Right2Know March (for GMO labeling) from NYC-D.C. in 2011.  He has also spent time organizing to stop the expansion of: the Alberta tar sands, genetically engineered trees and the woody biomass industry in addition to many other causes. Currently working as a consultant for The Dogwood Alliance in Asheville, NC, he organizes in support of the Our Forests Aren't Fuel campaign targeting the expansion of the wood pellet and biomass industries in the Southern US and recently produced the short investigative documentary Wetlands Up In Smoke. Tom graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Francisco State University with a self-designed degree in Mind/Body Studies, is a Certified Massage Therapist and has a Permaculture Design Certificate. Drawing from years of experience as the director of the Canyon After School Program and Clever Scamp Summer Camp, as well as a rich background in theatrical performance and storytelling, he brings his playful creativity to environmental and political causes and actions.