Dede Feldman will talk about her two-year journey though grassroots organizations in New Mexico, which resulted in her new book, Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico. Anyone discouraged by both the state and the nation’s inability to tackle problems like poverty and heath care will take heart from this book, which profiles innovative organizations and inspiring local leaders who are changing the world in New Mexico, one neighborhood, one clinic, one classroom at a time. Feldman will show us what they have in common and how we can join in to make a difference from the bottom up. Feldman’s alternative path to community and economic development leads through food hubs, land trusts, fire departments, outdoor classrooms, and immersive art experiences. Along the way readers will meet asparagus farmers, EMTs, neighborhood hellraisers, radical teachers, healthcare reformers and social entrepreneurs. Together these resourceful citizens are drawing a roadmap to permanent jobs and healthy communities, something that often eludes national and state officials.