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"We can't think about social, economic and environmental conditions as separate challenges. They are interconnected and interdependent parts of a larger system of life support. We need fresh thinking and broader approaches to world challenges. Only systemic solutions solve systemic problems."

—Spencer Beebe
founder, Ecotrust

Please enjoy the latest news from Ecotrust. Happy holidays.


Brian walker picWEB: Ecotrust Launches People and Place
Part blog, part edited journal, People and Place brings together guest writers to examine "ideas that connect us." The topic of the first issue: Resilience thinking.

marine spatial planning teamNEWS: Ecotrust Wins Mellon Award for Innovation
In the battle over the care and use of the world's oceans, one voice is often lost in the debate: that of the fisherman. Ecotrust technology helps address that issue, and it just received a national award for innovation.
» Listen to the Oregon Public Broadcasting story
» Read the San Francisco Chronicle story

Give Guide picGIVE: Ecotrust Featured in Willamette Week 2008 Give!Guide
Once again, Willamette Week picks Ecotrust as an organization "you should support," and they provide wonderful incentives for doing so. Give online at Willamette Week's website.

EPGIFT: Give the Gift of Edible Portland for the Holidays
Want to give two gifts for the price of one? When you purchase a gift subscription for the latest, biggest-ever Edible Portland, it makes a great gift for friends and family and supports a wonderful non-profit magazine.

Spencer picQ&A: Willamette Week Chats with Ecotrust Founder
Willamette Week sits down with Ecotrust founder Spencer Beebe to talk about his plans for saving the environment — and our economy.

forest coast picCEO: Ecotrust's Bettina von Hagen named CEO of Ecotrust Forest Management, Inc.
Longtime Ecotrust senior staff member Bettina von Hagen takes the reigns of Ecotrust's innovative forest management company, and she hires new staff to help her demonstrate cutting-edge forest and ecosystem management.

NCC picVENUE: Ecotrust Event Spaces Offers Affordable Meeting Space This Winter for Non-Profit Friends
In appreciation of the important work being done by local nonprofits, Ecotrust is extending a special room rental rate of $50 per hour between now and January 12, 2009. Call today to make your reservation: 503.467.0764.

Laughing Planet logo pic

BURRITO: Ecotrust Welcomes Laughing Planet to the Pearl District
Starting in January 2009, local favorite Laughing Planet will serve their delicious food and friendly smiles at the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center.

ABOUT ECOTRUST: Ecotrust seeks a broader understanding of the intimate relationship between the human condition and the health of all living systems, and its mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic, social and environmental well-being. Ecotrust's role is to serve as a think-tank that identifies deep innovation, and then it seeks to turn those ideas into proof-of-concept realities. For nearly 20 years, Ecotrust has used this approach to convert $60 million in grants into more than $300 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California. Ecotrust's many innovations include co-founding the world's first environmental bank, starting the world's first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in the fisheries, forestry, food and farm sectors, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision-making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it takes inspiration from the wisdom of Native and First Nations. More on the Web at

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  Photo: Gardner Canal, BC (by Samuel M. Beebe)
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