For as long as Paul can remember, he has been passionate about nonviolent social change. From his high school days until his years living in the coastal ancient rainforest on Vancouver Island in his 30’s, he worked tirelessly on a wide variety of single issues, and also became proficient at leading workshops on a whole variety of topics such as “Active Listening for Activists”, “Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age”, and “Intro to Nonviolent Direct Action”. In 1994, he stumbled upon the writings of Richard Grossman, co-founder of Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD), and his world was turned upside down. The next year, Paul founded Democracy Unlimited in northern California in order to begin to test out the ideas he had learned from POCLAD’s leaders. In recent years, he has become a national leader in the rapidly growing Community Rights movement, having led workshops, given speeches, and done organizing across the country. David Barsamian’s internationally syndicated show ‘Alternative Radio’ has broadcast many of his speeches. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 2011, co-founded Community Rights PDX in 2012, and was instrumental in launching the Oregon Community Rights Network in 2013. In 2014, he began producing a weekly radio commentary & subscribable podcast. He’s taking a short break from this weekly commitment while he integrates himself into Community Rights US. He has also produced the ‘Community Rights Update’ e-newsletter with the latest news and analysis on the Community Rights movement, which is about to be reconceptualized in this new team effort. Paul is on fire about Community Rights! This is his life work. He is thrilled to finally be working collaboratively with other dynamic leaders in this new organization! More…
Organizational Development Consultant
Marc Tobin helps people create ecologically and socially regenerative organizations, places, and personal lives. He is a consultant, coach, curriculum designer, teacher, leader and mediator for individuals and groups working for a better world. Marc has directed multiple organizations and is currently a Co-Director of The City Repair Project. Based in Portland, Oregon, City Repair is a globally respected organization leading at the interface of community organizing, deep sustainability, urban planning and artistic public placemaking.
Some of the tools Marc uses include ecological design and permaculture, dynamic governance, and holistic organizational management with a focus on non-profits. Marc also brings a deep skill-set and knowledge base in interior work such as mindfulness and meditation, personal growth, conflict transformation, and integral psychology. Marc teaches in Permaculture Design Certificate Courses, Ecovillage Design Education Courses, and Placemaking Certification Courses in the U.S. and Costa Rica, emphasizing social permaculture, which is the application of biomimicry based design to social systems. He is also an accomplished musician and event organizer, bringing people together around authentic musical expressing, shared meaning and celebration that waters the roots of community.
Marc’s professional background also includes outdoor education, forest protection advocacy, and renewable energy support. He holds degrees of Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and Bachelor of Environmental Studies from Naropa University.
Social Media Coordinator
Abigail Harris is a business coach and marketing consultant. She is fiercely committed to guiding purpose-driven entrepreneurs and non-profits to achieve successful outcomes so they can make the world a better place for all. As a 20+ year entrepreneur, she believes in the importance and necessity of building up local communities and businesses to ensure a sustainable future.
You’ll usually find Abigail shopping at her local farmers market, dancing barefoot, swimming in Oregon’s icy-cold rivers, or connecting with her friends and community.
Member of the Media Team
Curt is an unschooling father of two young children and one young adult. Currently he works as a substitute rural letter carrier for the USPS. He lives in a cordwood house that he built with his wife, family and friends in Northwestern Wisconsin. His passions are reading, writing, coaching baseball, hunting, fishing, homesteading, and generally working with his hands. Curt moved to the Northwoods the day he turned 18 to work in the woods with his grandfather and uncles. Then he discovered literature. Through the works of Derrick Jensen, Daniel Quinn, Robert Bly, James Hillman and other thinkers he discovered that things don’t have to be this way: psychologically, spiritually, economically, socially and politically. Then one day, with his intellectual ground leveled and fertile, he heard a talk by historian and co-founder of Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy Richard Grossman while delivering mail. From then on he’s had his hand in the effort in one way or another to elevate Community Rights over corporate rights at home and abroad.