Ashland to host community sustainability event

With the recent election of Mayor John Stromberg in Ashland, whose platform includes transitioning Ashland into a fully sustainable community, locals have a new focus — to be a model of "sustainable practices" for other communities to follow. Their challenge: finding an attainable avenue for individuals and families to adequately sustain themselves and prosper in the midst of change within their community and amid the trials of a struggling economy.

Humanity Unites Brilliance (HUB), a for-profit, humanitarian organization, is hosting a one-day event, "Sustaining Ourselves, Our Community and Our World." Renowned visionaries, authors and experts will address this challenge on Sunday, March 22 at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Registration begins at 9 a.m., activities begin at 10 a.m. and the day is capped by a concert at 8 p.m.

Jack Canfield, co-author of the No. 1 best-selling nonfiction book of all time, "Chicken Soup for the Soul," will be the featured speaker for this event. Canfield is also the founder of the Transformational Leadership Council (TLC). He is also well known for his appearance in the acclaimed movie "The Secret."

The focus of Saturday's event is to provide practical tools and resources for creating abundance and sustainability on a personal and local level, while also giving globally.

Another event speaker, Marcia Martin, is a founding member and board bember emeritus of TLC and was the vice president of Erhard Seminars Training and one of its founding members. She has been a transformational teacher and speaker since the beginning of the Human Potential Movement and has trained more than 100,000 people worldwide in transformational leadership and communication skills. Both Canfield and Martin are HUB faculty members.

Other featured speakers will include HUB advisor Elliot Hiller, renowned motivational speaker, international business advisor, and author of the book, "All You Need to Know About Everything"; along with Ashland resident Spryte Loriano, chief humanitarian officer of HUB and founder of the nonprofit project, Feed333; and Portland resident Brandon Barnum, president of HUB and founder and chairman of the nonprofit organization Giving Globally.

The day's event will be capped by a multi-media concert featuring Emmy Award-winning singer/songwriter Faith Rivera, plus local music celebrities Laura Derocher and David Gabriel. Leaders within Humanity Unites Brilliance and the Positive Music Association, these performers will be joined by Laura Berman, Craig Bennelli, Richard Williams and other local talent. Fifty percent of concert proceeds will benefit The Youth Action Committee to provide economic support and retraining of war-torn youth and former child soldiers of Liberia.

Full-day tickets for the conference plus the evening concert are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. (The day's conference is free to all HUB members.) Tickets can be purchased in advance online at (events), or at The Music Coop or Soundpeace in Ashland. Without purchasing a full-day ticket, the benefit concert is $20 at the door for HUB members and non-members.

For more information about Humanity Unites Brilliance call (310) 642-1138 or visit

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