Rebecca Sanborn Stone
As Principal, Engagement Specialist, & Senior Planner with Community Workshop, Rebecca Sanborn Stone focuses on community engagement, communications and creative placemaking. She brings a diverse skillset to public outreach and facilitation, drawing on past experience as a teacher, writer, strategist and network builder. She excels at designing and facilitating engaging, high-impact events that involve diverse audiences and encourage creative thinking. She also utilizes strong marketing and communications skills, leveraging both new media and technology and informal channels like word of mouth. Rebecca frequently speaks and offers trainings on communications and outreach.
Rebecca's recent projects include coordinating the Resilient Vermont Network; launching Bethel University (a community pop-up university); community engagement for Richmond, Vermont's town planning process; launching Community Resilience Organizations, a new grassroots climate resilience pilot; and providing communications strategy and support to a range of national non-profit clients including Vermont FEED, PlaceMatters, and the Center for a New American Dream.
Pop-Up Community: How Bethel, Vermont Used Pop-Up Projects to Turn a Town Around
2:00 Community Vision Stage
In 2011, Bethel, Vermont faced a struggling Main Street, disconnected community, and the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene. Just five years later, downtown is thriving, new businesses are opening, and the community has become a model for creative placemaking in Vermont. Learn how Bethel used a unique pop-up university, Vermont's first Better Block project, and a variety of low-cost, DIY projects to build community engagement and kickstart revitalization on a shoestring.