RECORDING: Answering Difficult Questions Webinar

Courtney Lang July 18, 2012


On July 10, Fair Trade Towns USA hosted a webinar called Answering Difficult Questions in Your Community.  With the help of two of our National Steering Committee and local lead organizers, Joan Harper (Fair Trade Los Angeles) and Ryan McDonnell (Fair Trade Boston), this webinar helped to bring clarity to the challenges and issues present in today’s Fair Trade landscape.

What challenges did this webinar address?

To empower campaign organizers to communicate the message of Fair Trade in their communities and be confident in the integrity of its future, this webinar provided a platform for solutions and exchange of ideas, including:

  • Factual based information on today’s challenges and issues regarding Fair Trade
  • Ways to have a balanced discussion around these concerns
  • Answers to organizers’ questions so that they feel comfortable in conversations with their team and community members

We hope you enjoy the recording, and be sure to share it with your committee!

Next Webinar:
Fair Trade Month Event Planning
Wednesday, August 15
5pm PST/8pm EST
Get the scoop on our Go Bananas for Fair Trade Initiative, and hear from lead organizers about planning & executing your events, securing resources and marketing to your audience.



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Courtney Lang, National Organizer | Fair Trade Campaigns

Courtney Lang brings over 5 years of community organizing to Fair Trade Towns USA, building both the Local Food and Fair Trade networks in Vermont. As Local Food Coordinator with City Market/Onion River Cooperative, Courtney worked with local producers, institutions and consumers to grow the local food system and organize a strategic model for community engagement through farm tours, workshops, and local food challenges. Like many in the Fair Trade industry, Courtney was inspired to take action in Fair Trade when she witnessed child-labor first hand in Costa Rica. As a founding member of Fair Trade Burlington, she has worked with economic development organizations, businesses, and consumers to build awareness of Fair Trade among Vermonters. She also worked with a Fair Trade USA licensee, Vermont Coffee Company, as Friend Ambassador where she united the story of Fair Trade to every purchase of coffee.