The details on Alternatives 2008 are kept on this page as a reference
until the information for Alternatives 2010 becomes available.
This is to give an idea of what the conference will include.

Creating Community Through Active Citizenship




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Celebrate a Successful Alternatives 2008!

The National Empowerment Center would like to thank all the participants of Alternatives 2008: Creating Community through Active Citizenship, for helping to create a successful conference. We celebrate and appreciate how willing everyone was to reach out and help one another in an example of real community and peer support. It was a pleasure and an honor to be with you during these four days of learning, connecting, sharing, and growing together as individuals and as a movement.

We'd like to thank all those who contributed their experiential expertise, wisdom and inspiration in keynotes, workshops, caucuses, and informal conversations. We'd like to thank all those who shared their "art" in workshops, the open mic, evening cabarets, early morning yoga, meditation, and writing, the healing arts room, etc. We'd like to thank the staff of Horizon Meetings for their skilled and caring coordination of details and logistics that helped things run smoothly. We'd like to thank all the members of the various committees and volunteers that helped with a myriad of tasks before and during the conference.

Here are a few things to wrap up the successful conference:

Alternatives Evaluation Form

If you have not already done so, please complete the evaluation form and email, fax or mail it to us.

Alternatives Evaluation Form (Word Doc, 2 pages, 37KB)

Alternatives Evaluation Form (PDF, 2 pages, 61KB)


If you presented a workshop or a keynote and would like to have your handouts available on our website, please email them to to us

You may view the handouts from Alternatives that are already posted online:


DVD recordings of all the keynote addresses and the open mic may be purchased through Prosumers International at:

You can purchase CD recordings of most workshops through Dove Cassettes at:

Because of some technical difficulties some sessions were not recorded. If you made a personal recording of any session and would like to share it with us, please contact us via email or 1-800-POWER2U.

If you have photos from the conference you’d like to share with us, please send them to us.

Lost item: Delphine Brody had a book at her workshop, a paperback copy of Judith Herman's Trauma and Recovery, with many multi-colored "flags" marking pages throughout. If you mistakenly picked it up, please contact us.

Again we congratulate all who attended Alternatives 2008 for coming together as a community and creating a great conference. What a privilege it was to be with you. We hope you will take this sprit of connection and community into your lives at home. Keep up the good work and see you next year.

Some comments from conference attendees:

"I really felt unusually moved and supported by the spiritual messages, the bigger vision, the smart political thinking and planning, the great keynotes, good hotel and so many wonderful moments, not the least of which was the very heartening Youth Power keynote. Great, great conference!"

"The enthusiasm at the event was contagious. The workshops and speakers were all well prepared, energetic and inspiring. I met more people than I could have imagined and all of them helped contribute to the experience…. The solidarity and the acceptance I received from everyone there will help power the upcoming challenges. Perhaps that is the reason the word power is in the middle of the word empowerment. I felt magic in my heart reawakening."

ALTERNATIVES 2008 was funded by:

SAMHSA - Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Center for Mental Health Services |


Funding for this conference was made possible in part by Grant No. SM56680 from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.