We humans share the earth with billions of other species yet we often think and act as if we are apart and above them. This sense of superiority and domination over other species is an ethical failure and an unfolding ecological calamity. This talk will explore the commonality and interdependence among all life including humans. It will ask how we might rekindle and create a sense of wonder in the world around us in order to collectively flourish.
Paul Dragon is the Executive Director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Over the past 15 years, Paul has worked at the Vermont Agency of Human Services in several roles, including the Deputy Secretary for the Agency and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. As the Director of the Healthcare for the Homeless Program in Burlington, he led the development of the Safe Harbor Clinic and the Pearl Street Clinic. Paul is a former Peace Corps volunteer working in Mali, West Africa. Paul received his Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Vermont where he received the Herman B. Meyers Excellence in Doctoral Policy Research Award. Paul and Julie have three grown children and live with their three dogs in Underhill, Vermont.