Attending the Connecting for Change Conference is a one of a kind experience. Everyone who attends takes something different from the experience, but something that everyone gains from the experience is the feeling that they are a part of a collective whole working to create positive change in the world.
Attracting nearly 3,000 people of all backgrounds, creed and class over a 3-day period, we strive to provide an eclectic mix of vendors – from solar panel providers to artists who use recycled materials – there is truly something for everyone at Connecting for Change. Our state-of-the-art exhibitor tents are not only open to conference attendees but to the general public as well, nestled strategically in the heart of New Bedford’s historic downtown district.
Here’s what a few of last year’s exhibitors shared about their experiences at CFC:
“We had a great time… and connected with a lot of interesting people and organizations doing great and inspirational things. We’ll definitely be back next year.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed Connecting for Change! What an amazing, world-class gathering. You all do revolutionary work.”
Early Bird pricing ends August 31st, 2014!
For more information on exhibiting at this year's Connecting for Change, please contact:
88 acres creates healthy snacks free of the top eight food allergens, crafted with simple ingredients and designed for all to enjoy.
Asulia is a socially responsible, YouthTrade certified company that makes all natural, handcrafted globally infused foods in Boston, MA. We are veggie advocates with a personal interest in helping girls around the world out of poverty, donate 5% to girls' education, and print packaging using certified wind power. We are launching a line of certified vegan dumplings in chickpea, kale, and taro root.
Working in partnership with Peace Through Commerce, Behlehem Hands is a coalition of artisans in and around Bethlehem in the West Bank of Israel. The women create beautifully embroidered fabrics using authentic Palestinian designs that are made into a number of accessories, women's apparel and decorative items.
The foundation of the Bixby Bar is pure chocolate, completely free of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), preservatives or added sugars. The chocolate is combined with exotic spices, healthy nuts and dried fruits and all ingredients are natural or organic. The Bixby Bar reflects a rare combination of nutritious value and honed culinary expertise, providing a unique delight for the health-conscious chocolate connoisseur. Bixby & Co., LLC is committed to creating nutritious and natural chocolate products. Our chocolates stress “real foods” that are artisanal as well as natural, and have a flavor that reflects a simpler past but also ventures with zest into the future. The ingredients are all natural or organic, free of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and additives. Committed to a better community and world, we source our ingredients from green and fair-trade sources. Our family history of adventure and our personal travels inspire us to create products that contain unique combinations of exotic spices, pure chocolate, healthy nuts and dried fruits.
Bristol Community College (BCC)
Bristol Community College is a comprehensive community college offering more than 120 career and transfer programs of study that lead to an associate degree in science, arts, applied sciences, and certificates of accomplishment or achievement. Students are able to transfer to many baccalaureate colleges throughout the state and country.
Our open admission policy, affordable costs, liberal financial aid resources, and flexible class schedules put a college education within your reach. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities and solid career preparation throughout southeastern Massachusetts.
Buzzards Bay Coalition
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research and advocacy.
Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank was founded in 1855 as a trust, operating for the benefit of its customers and their communities. Since then, its name and ownership have never changed, ensuring the continuity and stability its customers have come to expect. And today, as expressed in our advertising, Cape Cod Five remains "defiantly independent".
ChiropracticUSA at Faunce Center
We are a principled, hands-on, all natural spinal corrective chiropractic headquarters for the Wellness revolution in this area. We are one in 20 offices in all of New England that focuses on spinal correction and wellness instead of just symptoms. We coach our patients to Think better, Move better, Eat better and Be better on their journey toward Optimal Health. We are a family and community practice that has served the Greater New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fall River areas for over 23 years. We teach people the TRUTH about how the body heals and give them the tools to be masters of their own health and the health of the familes and loved ones. We are dedicated, committed and here to serve.
City of New Bedford
Visit the Destination New Bedford booth and pick up a local map with information on the city’s year long events & festivals, retail & antique shopping, beaches and boating, art and culture, museums, lodging, galleries, fine dining and so much more.
Common Ground Center
Common Ground Center is a family camp and retreat center in Vermont.
Conway School Graduate Program in Sustainable Landscape Planning + Design
Intensive ten-month graduate program in sustainable landscape planning and design. Focus areas include ecological restoration, regenerative design, conservation planning. Curriculum is structured around real projects students undertake across three scales: residential, community, regional.
The Creative Lives Project Creative Lives Director Maureen Burford is studying and applying the extraordinary work of author Ellen Tadd in educational settings, specifically "The Tadd Framework for Education." This holistic approach is based on Tadd's unique understanding of the chakra system, and has yielded remarkable results in the field for both students and their teachers.
Dancing Bee Gardens
Producer of honey, beeswax and other hive products that are free from antibiotics and synthetic chemicals.
Donnelly/Colt Progressive Resources
Donnelly/Colt is a small family-owned and operated mail order service providing custom printing services and in-stock fundraising and conscioiusness-raising items since 1975: we have in-stock and also custom print buttons, stickers, postcards, posters, t-shirts, tite bags, banners and gift items. Most are union-made in the U.S. otherwise a few items are fair trade imported (coffee, gift items).
Earth Deeds, L3C, offers online tools for measuring and then transforming environmental impacts through supporting sustainability projects. Users become become carbon conscious by accounting for their impacts, giving back to the Earth, and inspiring continual efforts towards achieving sustainable human communities.
EarthFrendz is a brand that serves a cause. We believe in the principles of fair trade, social justices and sustainability. By providing entrepreneurial job opportunities to underprivileged people , we empower and encourage them to have sustainable livelihoods in their own communities. We currently work with promising and talented artisans in the underprivileged areas of India specifically in the cities of Mumbai and New Delhi. Our upcycled products are completely made out of natural fibers and scraps of fabrics thereby fulfilling our commitment to be environmentally sustainable. A scrap of fabric is giving an identity to a poor artisan.
The purpose of the Earthitis campaign is to promote environmental awareness and concern for life on this Planet Earth. We want you to be an advocate and a part of the Earthitis campaign. The mission of the campaign is to educate and mobilize people around the world to take part in the caring, educating, and healing of our planet. Through social media and communication, we can share the beauty and appreciation of the Earth. We can demonstrate through the simplest commitments and easy life style changes that we can make a world of difference in sustaining our planet for future generations.
ecoRI News / ecoMass News
ecoRI News and ecoMass News are the journalistic arms of ecoRI Inc. and are dedicated to the advancement of environmental and social justice issues that impact Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They are devoted to protecting the neighboring states' ecosystems, natural resources and public health through independent journalism.
edible SOUTH SHORE
After discovering her first copy of an edible publication at the age of 43, Laurie Hepworth finally realized what she wanted to be when she grew up - the publisher of a magazine focusing on local foods within her own Southeastern Massachusetts. With Michael Hart, her longtime life partner and award-winning artist, she started traversing the South Shore in search of the stories that define their native homeland; a long overdue journey exploring the wonder in their own backyards. Thus was born edible SOUTH SHORE.
EMVI chocolate is a family owned and operated company, making unique, gourmet holiday figurines by hand, using the most luscious chocolate. Our festive chocolate figures make a delightful addition to your celebration, and are the perfect gift.
Equal Exchange has been bringing small farmer grown, fairly traded foods to people in the US for 26 years. Our programs for communities, including churches, schools, and other groups, provide organizations with a way to live out their values by serving or selling Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and foods.
ESPEROS helps provide children in the developing world with access to education through the sale of high quality, premium products. With every bag we sell, we help fund one year of education for a child in need.
Exo make protein bars using a revolutionary protein source, cricket flour, that is exceptionally nutritious and uniquely sustainable. Cricket flour is 100% natural, contains all the essential amino acids, and is high in iron and calcium. It also requires a fraction of the resources to produce compared to other protein sources. This means that Exo bars are both great for you and great for the planet.
Feather & Bone
Feather & Bone is an all natural, single use, travel friendly face wash tablet that will empower and rejuvenate your face each and every day.
Fortress Green Building Supply
High Performance, Green Building Materials, Sustainability Supply's & Green Building/Construction Services
Global Village Fruit, Inc.
Global Village Fruit, Inc. introduces jackfruit to the US market. We connect directly with farmers in India and Mexico to develop delicious, nutritious products from under-recognized, underutilized superfruit.
Go Green Web Directory
Go Green Web Directory helps individuals and businesses to find the environmentally friendly products, and services in their local area and connects them to the information, resources, and tools that will help them reduce their carbon footprints, achieve more eco-friendly lifestyles, and participate in consumerism that preserves communities and natural resources.
Got Sun - Go Solar Inc.
Solar sales, design and installations, residential and commercial- We custom design arrays to fit our client's needs.
The HankyBook is an innovative multi-use organic cotton tissue book that replaces disposable napkins, tissues and wipes for on-the-go needs. The HankyBook is washable, reusable and super soft. Great for baby clean up, allergies and more!
An early stage startup looking to produce plantain chips, and engage in profit sharing to fund college tuition's for kids in latin america.
Indigenous People Organization
Handmade wampum, jewelry, and handcrafts created by Native American artist, Domingo Talldog Monroe. Traditional and contemporary styles offered, high quality craftmanship by this Narragansett silversmith, jewelry designer, and lapidary artist.
Living Routes: Study Abroad in Sustainable Communities programs are both academic and experiential. They challenge students to grow on academic, professional and personal levels. Programs are taught by academics from the communities themselves when possible, and faculty with international experience, and expertise across a wide range of fields. Students and faculty together create a learning community within the living community of the Sustainable Community. These remarkable educational environments facilitate real transformative intellectual and personal development. We believe that we must learn to live sustainably. It is not enough to read about it, we must live it. Sustainable Communities, serve as the ‘campuses’ for Living Routes programs, are ideal places for holistic, interdisciplinary education because they are living examples of social, ecological and spiritual sustainability.
Lou’s Upcycles is committed to upcycling; creating new, functional pieces of wearable art sprouting from un-recyclable plastic packaging. Lou's Upcycles has kept tens of thousands of plastic bags out of the waste stream by turning them into fused, sturdy, fun, graphically appealing accessories. 99.99% of the raw materials used have been saved from the waste stream including men's neck ties, fabrics, and hardware. Each piece is a one of a kind, handmade, upcycled creation.
máh! pure love
máh! offers a complete line of Organic/Premium baby food for children between 0 and 3 years.
New Bedford Energy Now
A collaboration of community partners providing no-cost home energy audits for city residents and offers access to solar energy.
New England Grassroots Environment Fund
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund inspires, connects and support community volunteer groups who are working to create healthy, just safe and environmentally sustainable communities across New England. We offer seed funding, skills building opportunities and peer-to-peer information exchanges to build resilience.
Next Step Living
Next Step LivingTM is New England’s leading residential energy efficiency company with over 38,000 families welcoming us into their homes since 2008. We are dedicated to helping our customers increase the comfort of their homes while lowering their energy bills. We have provided Home Energy Assessments to the majority of our customers, many of whom can have these assessments performed at no cost or for a small fee due to utility-sponsored state programs.
NOFA / Mass Northeast Organic Farmers Association
NOFA/Mass is a community including farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet.
Oak & Holly Garden Design
Oak & Holly is an organic, ecological gardening service specializing in the design, installation and maintenance of sustainable and productive landscapes. Our eco-ornamental philosophy blends food production, habitat and beauty into unique gardens customized to fit your budget, space and creative flair. Accredited organic by NOFA OLC. Member Ecological Landscaping Association.
At Okre we learn from our traditions and rescue its most picturesque elements to apply them in the design of functional house hold goods, incorporating responsible manufacturing practices. From the beginning we have held accountable to make choices by thinking in the triple bottom line: environmental, social and economic. We have seen firsthand how our choices make a big difference in changing the industry by practicing sustainability ideas. The two product lines we have are of textile and wood. Certified FSC factories manufacture the wood designs and the textile designs are made by cooperatives certified Fair Trade. Okre products are made for housewives who want to make a statement by bringing the warm and bright environment of Latin America to their home décor. Over the years we envision to become a well-known brand for its Latin American expression and for our responsible designs.
Project Bead is a social enterprise that uses profits from wholesaling and retailing beaded products to fund education in the developing world. Our bracelets are made from traditional kiln-fired, recycled glass or sand beads from the Somanya region of Ghana. Our mission is to alleviate world poverty through education; we do this by selling one bead at a time.
Pulse Foods, LLC
Our philosophy of eating wholesome foods that provide optimal nutritional benefits led us to create our tasty chickpea snacks that provide the goodness that your body needs and satisfies the flavors your body craves. Snack with a Purpose!
RainforestMaker’s Mission is to grow back the Earth’s rainforests. We are committed to raising awareness, encouraging people to live more in balance with nature, and inspiring them and the companies they work for to replant the trees they have used. The Earth is at a critical stage in its history and we have the ability to preserve it.
SIT Study Abroad
A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT offers semester, summer, and academic year programs for undergraduate students in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. Employing an educational approach developed over 75 years, SIT encourages students to step beyond the boundaries of a traditional classroom to analyze and understand the critical issues shaping local communities around the globe. SIT programs foster academic rigor, intensive cultural immersion, substantial community engagement, and an emphasis on field-based research.
SoBerry Clean's mission is to make the world a cleaner place one load of laundry at a time. By using soapberries, a small berry that grows on the soapberry clean, you can clean your laundry without polluting the groundwater drinking supply. Stop by an visit us to learn more.
Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuit Co.
Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuit Co. is an all-natural biscuit company based in NYC that specializes in artisanal dog biscuits. We are committed to baking treats that are farm-fresh, locally sourced where possible, and enriched in heart-healthy omega-3s to provide our customers a healthy way to spoil their 4-legged family members. Spoil Me Rotten is sensitive to the nutritional needs, common allergens, and dietary restrictions of our clients and have developed biscuits that are free of wheat, soy, corn, preservatives, by-products, broths or fillers. Be overwhelmed with flavor!
Superleaf is an all-natural, premium aloe vera beverage that offers a SUPER unique hydrating experience. Created with only the highest quality, finely sliced aloe vera gel, Superleaf delivers the many health benefits of aloe vera with a SUPER refreshing sensation.
Syracuse Cultural Workers
SCW is a progressive publisher committed to peace, sustainability, social justice, feminism and multiculturalism. We create and publish visual materials, like calendars, posters, T-shirts, cards and postcards, and distribute them across North America.
Taktse International School/Kada imports
TAKTSE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL: High in the hills of the Himalayas, Taktse International School was born in 2004. Blending Buddhist respect for life with Western educational theory, students K through 12 from Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, and India live and study together. Where the mountain winds stir the tea leaves, there you will find one hundred sixty children growing wings.
KADA IMPORTS: brings you closer to the Himalayas with selected unique goods that not only support local economies, here and abroad, but also contribute to a green $ healthy lifestyle. All of the products are made (and used in everyday life) by Himalayan villagers, who are paid fairly and treated well.
Teach for America
All kids—no matter where they live, how much money their parents make, or what their skin color is – deserve access to a great education. But in our country today, low-income children do not have the same access to a great education as their wealthier peers. It’s not easy to close this gap, but hundreds of proof points show that it’s possible. It takes committed leaders in our classrooms today who will continue to fight for students tomorrow. Teach For America’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by developing such leaders.
That Indian Drink
Lassi in 3 flavors: Blueberry Cardamom Orange Raspberry Cinnamon Ginger Alphonso Mango Rosewater
The Himalayan Project
The mission of the Himalayan Project is to encourage the cultural preservation of indigenous people of the Himalaya, through education, community development, and social outreach. For many years now Sally Hunsdorfer has been traveling to Nepal. On one of her first visits she started a dialogue with the Headmaster of the school in Chaurikharka, a mountain village at 10,000 feet that enjoys stunning panoramic views of majestic peaks and lush valleys. The conversation focused on the needs of his school and the surrounding community. Those basic and essential needs - shelter, education and the preservation of a culture barely clinging to existence - have become the primary work of the Himalayan Project.
The Trustees of the Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. We are more than 100,000 people like you who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting them, for everyone, forever. Together with our neighbors, we protect the distinct character of our communities and inspire a commitment to our special places. Our passion is to share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures we care for.
The Unseen Hand
We are an educational center to preserve the Light of an ancient and living Tradition of Medicine. This Medicine of Oneness re-establishes the interconnectedness of life in the individual and the planet. We train physicians and artists of all traditions to work with the Light of Creation, to develop skill, capacity and the passions for service. An alchemical tradition, we reach to the source of Life as well as the root causes of illness in the human body, mind and spirit.
Theo Chocolate Inc.
Theo is proud to be the first certified Organic & Fair Trade bean to bar chocolate maker in North America.
Tutu foods LLC
We make single-serving ready-to-eat müesli using a family recipe developed by my mother during my family's 4-year stay in Basel, Switzerland.
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional economic, social and cultural development.
Beauty, food and natural product lines. The company was founded on strong ethical perspectives towards environment and health. Its focus lies primarily in cosmetic products, gluten-free foods as well as organic foods.
Viridian Energy Independent Associate#24623
Viridian Energy is a socially responsible energy company providing clean energy choices at competitive prices. Viridian was founded with the vision to empower our customers to make a difference in the environment and their personal lives simply by switching energy providers. Energy deregulation allows you to select an alternative supplier while staying with your current utility. Viridian Energy provides our customers competitive prices for smarter energy choices.
Yukta is a healthcare and lifestyle innovations company creating a range of products that combine the best of traditional Ayurvedic knowledge with state of the art manufacturing methods and testing techniques. The Yukta product range includes a bouquet of preventative and curative solutions that promote sustainable health benefits.