Speaker: Peter Barnes

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Peter Barnes
Writer and Entrepreneur
Senior Fellow, Tomales Bay Institute

Point Reyes Station, Californiia

Tuesday May 1, 2007
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Bren Hall 1414


Global Warming's Big Cash Dividend"


Hosted by Dean Ernst von Weizsäcker,

Professor Oran Young

Professor Robert Wilkinson



Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has founded and led several successful companies. He is presently a senior fellow at the Tomales Bay Institute in Point Reyes Station, California.

Barnes grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in history from Harvard and an M.A. in government from Georgetown. He began his career as a reporter on The Lowell Sun (Massachusetts), and was subsequently a Washington correspondent for Newsweek and west coast correspondent for The New Republic.

In 1976 he co-founded a solar energy company in San Francisco, and in 1983 he co-founded Working Assets Money Fund. He subsequently served as president of Working Assets Long Distance. In 1995 he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.

He has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the National Cooperative Bank, the California State Assistance Fund for Energy, the California Solar Industry Association, Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Rainbow Workers Cooperative, Techmar, Redefining Progress, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, Public Media Center, TV-Turnoff Network, the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, Greenpeace International, the California Tax Reform Association, and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

His books include Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-Soldier (Knopf, 1972), The People’s Land (Rodale, 1975), Who Owns the Sky? (Island Press, 2001), and Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons (Berrett-Koehler, 2006). His articles have appeared in The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Christian Science Monitor, The American Prospect, the Utne Reader, Yes!, Resurgence and elsewhere.


In 1997 he founded the Mesa Refuge, a writers’ retreat in Northern California.


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