The Modern Lifestyle Panel Discussion

As we approach 8 billion people on the planet and we see the fruits of successful international development efforts, we also see the rising pressure of the emerging market’s middle class that view out of control American consumption lifestyles as the marker of success (with current American practices equating resources from not one but 3 planets). What is the modern lifestyle ? Who/How will we adopt new practices at scale and in time? Many people have been researching and working on these issues for the last decade. Join us for an exciting discussion entitled “21st Century Movements – The Modern Lifestyle” with a specially selected panel of authors, directors, journalists, and executives below.


  • Net Impact CEO, Liz Maw
  • The “No Impact Man” Documentary & Book, Colin Beavin
  • Partner &, James Slezak
  • Community Manager, David Friedlander
  • CSRwire Editorial Director, Aman Singh
  • Founder, Brian Weinberg (curator)

 ~~~~Guest Biographies~~~~

Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact

Liz Maw joined Net Impact as CEO in 2004. Net Impact is a nonprofit membership organization for students and professionals interested in using business skills in support of various social and environmental causes. During Liz’s tenure, Net Impact has tripled its chapter network to more than 300, formed partnerships with over 50 global corporations, and developed multiple new programs that engage students and professionals in sustainability.

Liz is a frequent speaker and writer, with blogs appearing in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Huffington Post, GreenBiz, and World Economic Forum, which recognized Liz as a Young Global Leader in 2010. In 2011, Liz was named one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere. Liz is also a Board Member of the World Environment Center.

Prior to leading Net Impact, Liz’s professional experience included strategic consulting to nonprofits with the Bridgespan Group, as well as fundraising and direct marketing for nonprofit organizations in New York City and Washington, D.C. She holds a BA with honors from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia Business School and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Follow @lizmaw on Twitter for Liz’s updates on Net Impact and more. Visit Net Impact’s website at Partner, James Slezak

James is a partner at Purpose. He is responsible for scaling the impact and reach of Purpose’s work, including the funding, corporate structure, and growth of the organization, and is currently heading Purpose’s work on consumer activism and the new economy.

Prior to Purpose, James led major projects on sustainability, technology and economic development for McKinsey & Company, including developing green stimulus proposals for the Australian Prime Minister and former US Vice President Al Gore, developing strategy for the ONE Campaign against global poverty in Washington DC, and leading the Russian national carbon efficiency project in Moscow. During the 2004 US presidential elections, James ran online strategy for a widely publicized campaign opposing Bush administration foreign policy that raised millions of dollars in small online donations.

An Australian native, James attended the University of Sydney and holds a PhD in Physics (experimental) from Cornell University, where he discovered a new relationship between the geometry and quantum mechanics of high temperature superconductors. His technical work was published in peer-reviewed journals including Science and Nature. He also worked on development economics and game theory before realizing he’d rather spend more time outside of labs. He is a fellow at Australia’s Center for Policy Development and an affiliate at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Follow @jslez on Twitter for Jame’s updates on and more. for more information.

“No Impact Man” Author, Colin Beavan

Colin Beavan is an American non-fiction writer and internet blogger noted for recording the attempts of his family to live a “zero impact” lifestyle in New York City for one year. The rules of the experiment included producing no trash save for compost, purchasing no goods except for food grown within a 250-mile radius, using no carbon-based transportation, and using no paper products, including toilet paper. He and his family are the subject of a documentary, No Impact Man: The Documentary. A book about the year-long experiment was released in September 2009.

Beavan was named one of MSN’s Ten Most Influential Men of 2007 and was named an Eco-Illuminator in Elle Magazine’s 2008 Green Awards. His blog was named one of the world’s top 15 environmental websites by Time Magazine.

In May 2012, Beavan announced he would run for the United States House of Representatives seat representing New York’s 8th congressional district, running as the nominee of the Green Party. Beavan lost the general election to Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the New York State Assembly.

Follow @ColinBeavan on Twitter for Colin’s updates on living a zero impact lifestyle. Visti for more of Colin’s work. Community Manager, David Friedlander

David Friedlander takes care of communications and community at LifeEdited. LifeEdited is a blog devoted to helping you design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy. His background is in writing and event management, having been a regular contributor to, PSFK and several other publications. He founded Lucid NYC, an event series that has attracted some of the NYC’s leading innovators. David has a BA from Columbia University and is interested in the evolution of human consciousness ; he keeps a blog at He lives an edited life with his wife and two cats in Brooklyn.

Follow @dfriedlander on Twitter for David’s updates on LifeEdited and more. Visited the LifeEdited website at

CSRwire Editorial Director, Aman Singh

Aman Singh is the Editorial Director of, a widely-respected source for corporate social responsibility news, views and research, and oversees content distribution, syndication, social media strategy, CSR/sustainability reporting services and other editorial functions, including leading CSRwire’s exemplary blog: Talkback. She is the founder of Singh Solutions, a research and advisory firm offering CSR strategy, reporting and communications services and a contributory writer for An IEMA-certified CSR Practitioner, Singh is an active mentor and a frequent speaker on CSR, communication and social media strategies.

Most recently, Aman served as the Senior Corporate Responsibility Editor with, where she created, designed and managed the recruitment and hiring industry’s first multimedia CSR portal for practitioners, HR professionals, students and thought leaders to engage, debate and discuss issues like innovation, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and employee practices. She also authored Vault’s CSR blog: In Good Company, focusing on connecting career paths with CSR, sustainable business practices, diversity and women leadership in the workplace, and how these practices translates into recruitment and strategic development at companies.

Formerly with The Wall Street Journal, Singh is a New York University alumnus and has also written for CNBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Ethical Performance, the ABA’s CSR Journal and the Center’s The Corporate Citizen, among others. Singh was named among 2011 and 2010’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America and ranked No. 4 in HRExaminer’s Top 25 HR Digital Influencers for 2011. She is on the advisory board for the Council for Corporate Responsibility, the Green Breakfast Club and a firm believer that only informed professionals can lead business and the global economy into the next century.

Follow @AmanSinghCSR on Twitter for the latest CSR news. Visit CSRwire at



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