Vernon Interviews Tom Braford, Co-founder of Irresistible Community Builders, LLC, and creator of Integral Ecovillage Solutions®.
Vernon interviews Tom Braford, co-founder of Irresistible Community Builders, LLC., and creator of Integral Ecovillage Solutions®. Vernon and Tom discuss his experience of cultivating integrated communities, social fragmentation, and the importance of cooperatives. Tom is co-founder of Irresistible Community Builders, LLC, in St Louis, Missouri, and creator of Integral Ecovillage Solutions®, a model for addressing global warming and social fragmentation. He is building the Culver Way Integral Ecovillage in St Louis, a prototype for a broad network of Integral Ecovillages that will include Mondragon-style worker co-ops and co-housing communities, with a full complement of renewable sources of energy and intensive urban agriculture. Building these communities will create a steady demand for the products of other co-ops in the area. Tom received an Award of Excellence from the International Green Industry Hall of Fame, and was a Buckminster Fuller Challenge Best of 2014 Catalyst Program recipient. He was a founding member of Coho/US, the St Louis chapter of the US Green Building Council, BUILD St Louis, the EcoCity USA Campaign, the St Louis 350 Collaboration, the St Louis 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign and the St Louis chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.