Mary DeMocker is the author of the new book The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 ways to build a fossil-free future, raise empowered kids, and still get a good night’s sleep. Mary studied at Eastman School of Music and University of Oregon’s School of Music and has performed widely, including solo appearances at major music festivals. She toured with the original interactive musical “The Incredible Earth Circus” in schools for Earth Day 1990, and was later commissioned to write six children’s plays, three of which are still regularly performed across the U.S. and abroad. Mary uses the arts to fight for a livable planet, and is cofounder of 350.org’s Eugene, Oregon chapter and became its creative director, specializing in interactive art protests. She lives with her family in Eugene, and speaks frequently about creative ways to make the world more healthy, just, and fun.
Kevin Renner is author of the new book, In Search of Fatherhood: Stories from women around the world. A former journalist, Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in social sciences with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. He speaks widely, publishes a monthly column in The Oregonian newspaper, and blogs at Kevin-renner.com.
Scott Brown, author of How to Negotiate with Kids, is a founding member of the acclaimed Harvard Negotiation Project, and brings his negotiating skills to the parenting arena. A parent of four himself, he realized that parents can apply the same negotiating skills used at work to their home life. Brown first explains the difference in negotiating styles, which can be summarized as “hard bargaining” and “accommodating.” Put simply, the former want to lay down the rules while the latter may be too willing to give in to their children’s demands. The key to using negotiation tactics successfully as a parent is to “balance coercion with persuasion.”
Lynda Madaras discusses her book, Ready, Set, Grow — A What’s Happening to My Body Book for Younger Girls. Lynda is the author of eleven books on health, childcare, and parenting. She is recognized worldwide for her unique non-threatening style, excellent organization, and thorough coverage of the experience of adolescence. She lives in California.