Trebbe Johnson, Founder and Executive Director
Trebbe began thinking about bringing attention and beauty to wounded places in 1987, when she interviewed Oneida engineer David Powless and he told her of his belief that the steel waste he had received a National Science Foundation Grant to recycle was but “an orphan from the circle of life.” Other pivotal moments were reading Camus’s “Myth of Sisyphus” as a college freshman, meeting a man who meditated in front of a nuclear power plant, and doing a vigil for a favorite maple tree as it was cut down in her Brooklyn neighborhood.
Before founding Radical Joy for Hard Times she pursued this work by guiding a week-long retreat in a clear-cut old-growth forest on Vancouver Island, British Columbia; leading a ceremony at Ground Zero, New York two months after the September 11 attacks; and writing an article about how one might live in the neighborhood of a nuclear waste facility.
Trebbe is the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover and 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty. Her new book, Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty, will be published in Fall 2018 by North Atlantic Books. Her articles about people’s emotional and spiritual relationship with nature have appeared in Orion, Sierra, Ecopsychology, The Ecologist, The Nation, Harper’s and other magazines. She lives with her husband, Andrew Gardner, in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, a region currently under exploitation by natural gas companies.
Gillian Mai Shelley, Digital Marketing Maven
Gillian helps catalyze shifts of consciousness through digital marketing. Her work is gratefully in service of care for our selves, each other, and our shared planet. She is thrilled to be contributing to Radical Joy for Hard Times and widening circles of engagement for the 2018 Global Earth Exchange and People Binding the Earth (with LOVE).
Both a listener at heart and results-motivated, Gillian translates her clients’ powerful intentions into impactful action. She reaches key audiences through digital platforms such as websites, email marketing, and social media.
From self-employed consultants to multi-stakeholder networks, Gillian is unflappable and her work is adaptable. At 24, Gillian is tuned into digital trends and youthful audiences. Over her years of experience, she has honed her craft of amplifying change through communication strategy, digital marketing, graphic design, and copywriting.
All of her clients share a common passion: to use their gifts for good. Check out her LinkedIn or email her to get in touch.