Jackson Hole’s Shift Festival
Jackson’s Annual SHIFT Festival Presents Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, Chris Johns of National Geographic, Mark Bittman of the New York Times and Ski Racer Angel Collinson October 7 – 10.
If you care about beautiful wild places like Jackson Hole, the magnificent Teton Range and Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, you’ll want to know about this mind-altering gathering of conservation advocates, outdoor adventurers, foodies, filmmakers and others who value the land they live and play on.
Meeting at Jackson’s Center for the Arts, SHIFT participants work to establish alliances between sometimes divergent interests in order to further the appreciation and protection of North America’s wild lands.
Oregon-born Chris Johns is the Chief Content Officer for National Geographic. He is scheduled to speak on October 8th, discussing America’s national park system, specifically Yellowstone, the sole focus of the May 2016 issue of National Geographic. Mr. Johns has served as editor of the magazine, shot many of its iconic photographs and he’s written a number of books on some of the most beautiful areas of the globe.
Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Mark Bittman, food writer for the New York Times, appear on October 9th, at the People’s Banquet. Chouinard’s accomplishments as an alpinist and inventor are surpassed only by his dedication to re-envisioning the common business model to focus on and utilize the Mother Nature as an integral “member of the board.” His 1% for the Planet revolutionized the way environmental concerns are funded. Bittman is a powerful advocate for food sources, agricultural policy, personal and holistic health and the environment. He has been recognized for his writing accomplishments by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and has won awards from The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts as well as the James Beard Award. (Chouinard will also emcee the film program on October 10th.)
Angel Collinson competes on the Freeskiing World Tour when she’s not in school working on her environmental law degree. She also rock climbs, kayaks and serves as a rafting guide in Glacier National Park. She leads the Happy Hour discussion on October 7th at Asymbol Gallery and Imaging.