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Chronogram Conversations

Upstate House and Kingston Design Connection team up to discuss women designing and building: navigating traditional male-dominated spaces.

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Featuring panelists:

Monica Burke
Old-fashioned torch welder who primarily uses oxygen and acetylene to weld modern home furnishings and unique garden accessories out of US and North American made steel.

Kim Markel
Driven by curiosity and the desire to create interesting objects through reimagining discarded materials, Kim creates furniture out of recycled materials. While rooted in sculpture, her practice explores a range of experimental techniques and materials.

Kathryn Whitman
Hudson Valley based architect who brings a love of for the beauty and history of this unique part of the country, a refined sensibility, extensive knowledge of contemporary design, and a rich background in historic restoration.

This event will be held on Zoom. Please register here and a Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event.

Toward a better new normal. In partnership with Sustainable Hudson Valley and The River Newsroom.

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Chronogram and The River Newsroom have joined forces with Sustainable Hudson Valley to look more deeply at the opportunities before us and what it will take to capture them in the wake of COVID-19. The July Chronogram special section considered 6 interrelated themes: health, economy, food and agriculture, public space, education, and social justice. We asked a wide range of strategic thinkers to tackle a series of questions:
What's the disruption?
What's the opportunity it presents?
Who will it take to capture the opportunity, and who will need to be involved?
We present these ideas to spark action and we invite you to consider the possibilities. If not now, when?

A virtual Chronogram Conversation moderated by editorial director Brian K. Mahoney featuring panelists:

Pamela Boyce Simms, an evolutionary culture designer who helps to build social transformation movements from the inside out. She holds degrees from Georgetown University and L’Universite de Dakar in Senegal, and is a certified Leadership Coach and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner who provides a suite of facilitation tools for community empowerment and resilience. She founded Singularity Botanicals, a sociocratically governed business venture that addresses community resilience and “self-care sovereignty” through cultivation and distribution of medicinal plants and self-transformation practices.

John Lyons, a transportation professional, sustainability leader, solar entrepreneur, and business developer with passion to address the climate crisis and help create a clean energy future. With an extensive career in transportation demand management he has worked directly with employers, commuters, state and local governments to reduce congestion and reduce pollutants. He is skilled at working with multiple stakeholders in solving challenges and is known for taking innovative approaches to educate and enroll companies and the public. A resident of Pawling, he is Chair of the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council and active with several initiatives including the Climate Reality Project, Dutchess Smart Communities, Sustainable Hudson Valley and Citizen’s Climate Lobby.

Cynthia Nikitin has led numerous large-scale multi-sectoral place-based community-driven projects and facilitated nearly 300 workshops and seminars during her twenty eight years with Project for Public Spaces ( and since. Cynthia’s technical expertise stretches from the development of downtown master plans to the creation of corridor-wide transportation and land use strategies, and development of creative placemaking initiatives for safer and healthier cities. She is the Resilient Places Strategist and a Senior Fellow with Sustainable Hudson Valley. Cynthia and her husband Eugene co-founded the Friends of Brunel Park, a non-profit organization that stewards, preserves, and interprets the Emile Brunel Studio and Sculpture Garden in Boiceville, NY.

Melissa Everett, founding Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, a regional organization whose mission is to accelerate progress against climate change in ways that promote environmental justice and communities where people and nature thrive. She is author of the award-winning Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence and other publications, and earned her PhD through Erasmus University’s International, Off-Campus Program with students from around the world. One of the original 1000 prominent citizens trained by Al Gore’s Climate Project, Melissa works across the dimensions of personal empowerment, organizational development and movement strategy to inspire more scalable, impactful climate action.

Hélène Lesterlin, focuses on building a movement that leads to a regenerative economy and healthy social ecosystems. She currently serves as: Worker Trustee at the Good Work Institute, a nonprofit that fosters Just Transition in the Hudson Valley; board member and mentor at, a national accelerator for scalable cooperatives based in Boston; and co-founder and managing director of CO, a co-working co-op and community center in Rhinebeck.

Kwame Holmes, Scholar-in-Residence at the Human Rights Project at Bard College and a contributor to Kingston Resilience Group's Neighborhood Pods initiative. Holmes is also the director of the Kingston Housing Lab, which is in the process of collecting information on hundreds of properties in Kingston’s Midtown section in an effort to study the hidden geography of property ownership in the city.

This event will be held via Zoom. Please register here (for free) to receive the Zoom information.