ThoughtShaker to Explore Intersection of Conservation, the Media and Outdoor Recreation

2014-ThoughtShakerHave you ever wondered how the guy throwing the sick lines with the gopro that gets picked up by Outside and sold to the world affects the natural environment of the world he’s ripping?

On Sat., Oct. 11, from 5-7 p.m., at Pinky G’s, Thoughtshaker: Tree Huggers, Culture Vultures and Adrenaline Junkies, will help you figure it out.

The idea is the brainchild of Chris Dickey.

“I’m inspired by an event I went to at the 5Point Film Festival,” said Dickey, the founder of Purple Orange. “The idea was to bring together a room full of influencers, athletes, brand managers, artists, writers and filmmakers and encourage lively discussion centered around Inspiration, Creativity and Cause. The result was fun, intellectually curious, and low-key.”

“I thought: SHIFT would make for an ideal platform to do something similar in Jackson.”

Dickey approached SHIFT organizers about hosting and producing an intimate discussion panel exploring the intersection of media, outdoor recreation, and conservation. Organizers quickly agreed to let him run with it.

Dickey put his head down and went to work. Soon, he had his panelists: writer and professional skier Griffin Post; Craig Benjamin, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance; Linda Merigliano, the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Jackson District Recreational Manager; journalist Frederick Reimers; and Molly Loomis, an Exum mountain guide, expeditionary explorer and journalist.

Born in Austria, raised in Idaho, Griffin Post has spent the better part of the last decade traveling the world in search of the perfect ski run. Appearing in the past four films by Jackson-based Teton Gravity Research, Post has made significant descents from the Tetons to the Arctic Circle, earning accolades along the way. From Alaska’s Brooks Range to the Chilean Andes, the two-time U.S. Extreme Freeskiing champion has also written about his adventures in the pages of Powder, Freeskier and Skiing Magazine, transgressing the boundary between athlete and writer.

Molly Loomis, writer, adventurer and globetrotter, brings a unique perspective to her writing. She has worked for nearly two decades as a mountain guide, outdoor educator and park ranger throughout the Western United States, Antarctica and South America. She recently made the first ascent of Southeast Asia’s disputed highest peak, Gamlang Razi (19,258 feet), in an extremely remote section of Myanmar. Her pieces have appeared in numerous media outlets including Outside, Discover, Sierra, O: The Oprah Magazine and Backpacker; The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe newspapers; National Geographic News and websites; the national syndicate Writers on the Range and Living On Earth, Wyoming Public Radio, and National Native News radio programs.

Linda Merigliano has worked for the Forest Service for 34 years in the Jackson Hole region while also serving on some national teams. She has degrees from Cornell University in natural resources and the University of Idaho in wildland recreation management. She has particular interest in engaging people in stewardship, recreation use planning and promoting responsible, respectful public land use.

Craig M. Benjamin is the Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, a conservation advocacy organization that works to protect the wildlife, wild places, and community Character of Jackson Hole.

Frederick Reimers is a former Outward Bound instructor and nationally recognized magazine writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His publication credits include Men’s Journal, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Sports Illustrated, Plenty, Skiing, Canoe and Kayak, Portland Monthly and Oregon Quarterly magazines.

Once the panelists were in place, Dickey turned to the meat of the discussion, which will revolve around the modern convergence of media, outdoor recreation, and conservation.

“Our intention is to bring together a room full of influencers, athletes, brand managers, artists, writers and filmmakers and encourage lively discussion centered around these core ideas,” he says. “It’s the first year, but we’re hoping for a fun, intellectually curious discussion (with beer).”

“It’s free too.”

An overview of the program may be found here.

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