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BTalks: Basalt Community Conversations

November 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-6

BTalks is aimed at connecting mid-valley residents around inspiring ideas and conversations through a series of several short ‘community confluence’ conversations. “The idea behind BTalks is to take people out of our day-to-day dialogues, and elevate the conversation to showcase this community’s uniqueness, intellectual curiosity, and simply have fun.” – Scott Gilbert

The next Btalk will feature four dynamic local speakers:

• Ruthie Brown and Mona Newton – Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy- finding common ground to solve the climate crisis
• Suzanne Jackson – Accessing the Wild in Southeast Alaska
• Kyle Coon – Eyeronvision

The third BTalks is scheduled for November 9th, at 5:30 p.m. at The Temporary, located at 360 Market Street in Willits. BTalks are free and open to all, but are most appropriate for adults and students of high school age and above.


Speaker biographies

Ruthie Brown
Ruthie built, owns and operates the worlds largest single phase hydroelectric plant powering up the town of Creede CO. She is a third generation Aspenite. Her grandfather, in the late 1880’s, brought the first wagon load of hardware supplies into the mining settlement of Ashcroft before there was a town of Aspen. Ruthie’s Run on Aspen Mountain is names after her mother. She was a distance runner and cross country skied competitively around the world, but settled back in Aspen to raise two kids, one of which owns a local business and the other skis on the US Cross Country Ski Team and is a two time Olympian. Ruthie now dedicates all her time to environmental issues, saving the world one kW at a time.

Mona Newton
Mona joined CORE as Executive Director in 2012. As the Executive Director, Mona oversees all operations. She loves working in the Roaring Fork Valley and is passionate about continuing CORE’s work to support communities in achieving their energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon reduction goals. With more than 25 years professional experience in the environmental arena, Mona has worked across many sectors. She worked for five years at the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office (GEO), working with communities on the Front Range, and in eastern and southern Colorado to develop and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects in their communities. Prior to working with the GEO, she worked in the renewable energy sector and as Director of the Center for ReSource Conservation in Boulder. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Northwestern Oklahoma and a Master of Arts from the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. She spends her free time traveling and spending time outdoors.

Suzanne Jackson
Suzanne Jackson is an enthusiastic resident of Basalt, Colorado. Professionally, she’s lived and worked in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond for almost 30 years. Suzanne is originally from Cape Town, South Africa where she began her career. Suzanne received her Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, following which she was an Associate at Design Workshop in Aspen for over 25 years. She founded 40BWORKS in 2014, an earthwise art, design, landscape architecture and planning firm. Recently, Suzanne served as a Landscape Architect on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska for two years. There, her projects ranged from the Anan Wildlife Observatory Recreation Master Plan, to the East Africa Trails Manual, and included many trails and recreational facility design and construction projects.

Suzanne is passionate about backcountry wandering and art. Her artwork has been shown locally and at community exhibitions. Through hiking and hand-drawing, Suzanne aspires to awake human senses to the wonders of our intricate natural environment. Her goal is to live and work with an earthwise sensibility. When not on personal excursions into wild places, Suzanne creates opportunities for people of all abilities to experience nature, through professional landscape design and planning of trails, recreational facilities, re-envisioned landscapes and conservation work.

Kyle Coon
Kyle Coon lost his sight at the age of six after a battle with cancer. Since then, he has turned adversity into his vision, becoming an inspirational speaker, author and adventure athlete. As part of Global Explorers, his 2006 expedition along the Ankascocha Trail into Machu Picchu, ushered him and teammates to the foundations of Team Sight Unseen, a group of blind, visually impaired and sighted mountaineers whose goal is to help people from all walks of life realize their full potential. Kyle has climbed to amazing heights in his personal and mountaineering career, summiting heights such as Mt. St. Helens, in Washington and scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. He has also competed in endurance races including Ironman 70.3 and 140.6 triathlons.

Kyle has spoken to major organizations about his adversity and triumphs including various Rotary Clubs in Florida and Taiwan, the International Association of Refrigerated Warehousing, and The American Cancer Society. He has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in Backpacker Magazine. Losing sight has only served as a base for Kyle’s ability to master his ambitions despite his inability to see them. Inspiring those with similar challenges and sharing a few laughs along the way has become his trademark. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in communication, Kyle shares his message of living a life without limits to a variety of audiences. Through his experiences as a totally blind person and adventure athlete, he demonstrates the importance of vision, commitment and courage to living a life without limits and embracing the adversity along our life’s journey.


November 9, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Temporary
Basalt, CO United States