Network Conference Calls

Orion magazine hosts regular conference calls with authors and others offering practical advice and inspiration to help you or your organization learn and do more. Each call has an extensive Q/A section so our guests can address callers’ particular interests and concerns.

Audio of past calls are available below in .mp3 format. Click on a call’s title to listen to or download its audio. If you encounter any trouble, check your system and browser plugin settings for troubleshooting or further download options.

Upcoming Calls

May 17, 2011
Derrick Jensen Discusses His Recent Orion Columns
with Orion columnist Derrick Jensen. Join us for a live discussion about his recent columns on May 17th at 7 p.m. (EST). The event is free but registration is required. Registration information at Moderated by Orion staff.

Archived Calls

April 12, 2011
Walking the Talk
with Tim DeChristopher and members of the Kentucky Rising sit in, which featured Wendell Berry and others in February. What can we learn from these people who took important actions that put them at risk of significant jail time? How can we best walk our talk? More about Tim (Bidder 70) here and about Kentucky Rising here.

March 1, 2011
Cutting The Tar Sands Tentacle
with Rick Bass, David James Duncan, and Orion staffers. An oil company is transporting gargantuan equipment to Alberta via Montana. Bass + Duncan are leading a dialogue that opposes this plan, and it is the subject of their new book, Heart of the Monster. More information and registration for the event here.

January 18, 2011
The moral dimensions of the climate crisis, subject of new book “Moral Ground”
with Bill McKibben, Kathleen Dean Moore, Scott Russell Sanders, and Orion staffers.

November 17, 2010
Discussion of “The Gulf Between Us”
with Terry Tempest Williams, author of "The Gulf Between Us" in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue. Listen as she discusses this issue with Orion readers and several people who figure large in this landmark story.

October 27, 2010
Discussion of The Whole Fracking Enchilada
with Sandra Steingraber, columnist for Orion and author of The Whole Fracking Enchilada in the Sept/Oct 2010 issue.

July 28, 2010
Bringing Humor to your Organization’s Communications
with Dottie Hodges of NorthRidge Interactive

April 21, 2010
Building Collaborative Organizations
with Joan Roberts, author of Alliances, Coalitions, and Partnerships

March 24, 2010
Be The News: how to talk to the media
with Aric Caplan, Caplan Communications

February 3, 2010
Women and Worldchanging: marketing your mission more effectively
with Lisa Witter, co-author of The She Spot, a book detailing why women are THE market for changing the world, and how nonprofits and social entrepreneurs can best reach them

November 17, 2009
Use Twitter to power your mission
with OGN staff. Learn the basics of Twitter and how it can help your mission.

September 16, 2009
Climate policy and science update
with Bill McKibben and Tina Clarke of, and Dr. Phil Rice of the Sustainability Institute. Download Dr Rice's powerpoint presentation here.

August 11, 2009
Insurance plans: new member benefit discussion
with Irwin Siegel Agency. ISA will be offering 2 new insurance programs to members: a very affordable 'limited benefit' health plan for your employees and a program that protects your volunteers.

July 8, 2009
Doing an Efficiency Audit: How to Plan for Revenue Shortfalls
with Dick Rossman. This call discusses the most effective changes that your organization can make to maintain its core mission and yet sustain itself with reduced levels of revenue. Also see blog post and link to his article on the topic here.

June 17, 2009
Bringing cultural diversity to your organization
with Marcelo Bonta, OGN Advisor and director of Center for Diversity & the Environment. Many of our organizations lack the racial and ethnic diversity they need to remain relevant in the U.S. environmental movement. See blog post in Resources section, here, also.

May 13, 2009
Mountaintop Removal Endgame
with Maria Gunnoe and Judy Bonds, Goldman Environmental Prize Winners and OGN members.

April 29, 2009
Americorps opportunities: is a volunteer in your organization’s future?
with Amy Potthast, Director of Service Programs for and OGN members Jim Wells and Chris Wolff, who hire volunteers regularly.

April 1, 2009
Major Gift Campaigns That Work
with Tom Petersen, OGN Advisor and Development Director of Wildlands CPR

January 28, 2009
Collaborate, Merge or Consolidate?
with Jo DeBolt of LaPiana Associates

January 14, 2009
Communicating Science to Make Change
with Sandra Steingraber: author, scientist, and Orion magazine columnist

December 10, 2008
SmartMeme: Story-based Strategies for Change
with Doyle Canning and Patrick Reinsborough

October 22, 2008
Directors & Officers Insurance: do you need it?
with Orion and Irwin Siegel Agency staff

June 25, 2008
Boards of Directors: Part 2: Creating Board Expectations
with Amy O'Connor, Integrated Development Consulting, Inc

June 13, 2008
Grassroots Organizing 101
with Steve Max, Midwest Academy

June 4, 2008
Sustainable Organizations
with Barbara Rusmore, Institute for Conservation Leadership

May 2, 2008
Conflict Resolution for Organizations
with Odin Zackman, DIG IN

March 5, 2008
Working With Your Board
with Amy O'Connor

November 27, 2007
Strategic Planning
with Jude Kaye

October 5, 2007
Remaking the World: The Global Grassroots Movement
with Paul Hawken

July 25, 2007
Leave No Child Inside
with Richard Louv

June 15, 2007
Nonprofit Marketing
with Katya Andresen

April 6, 2007
Nonprofit Fundraising
with Dana Lanza and Tom Petersen

January 5, 2007
Step It Up!
with Bill McKibben

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