Join our third intergenerational conversation on: Imagining the “Commons” – Creating Space for All of Us

About this event

In intergenerational movement building, it is important to understand that everyone has a role. And one of the best ways to understand the role of people over 60 in this feat to safeguard democracy and help stop climate change is to examine our approach to working with youth activists and how we show up as elders.

Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood facilitates transformation. She advises, trains, and consults on how change happens individually, organizationally, and societally. She is on faculty for the Just Economy Institute, is founder of the New Universal, which centers human wisdom in the wisdom of brown womxn, and is Lead Advisor at Third Act. Akaya was President of Rockwood Leadership Institute for many years, and directs the Thriving Roots Fund, which supports young womxn’s finance and philanthropic learning and leadership based in generosity and interconnectedness.

Sam Draisen

Sam is an organizer based in Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, DC. In the three years Sam has been organizing, he has established himself as an innovative problem solver with a passion for bringing young voices to the forefront.

Born in Boston and raised by two politically active parents, Sam developed a passion for politics at a young age. As he entered highschool, Sam became active himself and worked with several organizations focusing specifically on Climate Action. He worked both in team member capacities as well as leadership roles for different organizations. A goal of Sam’s is to engage in different types of organizing work in order to build a strong foundation of skills.

After graduating from Boston Public Schools, Sam went to Washington, DC to attend George Washington University. While there, his passion for activism has continued to grow. He is currently working on founding a political non-profit specializing in building community power.

In addition to organizing, Sam is actively involved in founding a start-up business with his college friends. He is currently directing the company’s marketing and gaining skills he hopes to reinvest in organizing.

At George Washington, Sam plays on the club baseball team and spends time exploring Washington, DC with his friends.

Liz Ogbu

Liz is an expert on engaging and transforming unjust urban environments. Her multidisciplinary design and innovation practice, Studio O, operates at the intersection of racial and spatial justice. She collaborates with/in communities in need to leverage design to catalyze sustained social impact.

From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans to developing a Social Impact Protocol for housing with university researchers and LISC. Liz has a long history of working on and advocating for issues of spacial and racial justice. Her work blends community-centered research methodologies, dynamic and creative forms of engagement and prototyping, spatially just architecture and planning principles, and tools to build participatory power and community-centered systems. Her clients have included the Oakland Museum of California, Jacaranda Health, Piedmont Housing Alliance, and Pacific Gas & Electric. And her network of collaborators have been equally dynamic including the likes of HealthxDesign, envelope a+d, Ideas + Action, and the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise (Cornell).

Liz has been actively involved in shaping two of the world’s pioneering public interest design nonprofits. In 2011, she was part of the inaugural class of Innovators-in-Residence at, IDEO’s sister nonprofit dedicated to fostering global poverty reduction through design and innovation. Prior to that, she was Design Director at Public Architecture, a national nonprofit mobilizing designers to improve communities through design.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is a founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 to work on climate and racial justice. He founded the first global grassroots climate campaign,, and serves as the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2014 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ in the Swedish Parliament. He’s also won the Gandhi Peace Award, and honorary degrees from 19 colleges and universities. He has written over a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published in 1989, and the forthcoming The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.