Two Renowned Speakers Added to Kalu Yala’s ‘Naked Development Forum’ Event oi Atlanta on May 18th

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Authorities on factory food production and sustainable development to participate in the kickoff event for first-ever open source design of a community

In addition, Chad Adams’ expertise in sustainable development adds an important dimension to the forum as he and his partners are at the forefront of proving to the world of institutional investors that sustainable land use can also produce better economic results.

Kalu Yala announced today the addition of two speakers to the list of discussion leaders that will be participating their “Naked Development Forum”, the kick off event of the first-ever open source design of a village, taking place on May 18th in Atlanta, Georgia. Nicolette Hahn Niman, one of the foremost authorities on the factory food production system, and Chad Adams, Vice President of Sustainable Development for Bio-Logical Capital, will join other innovative leaders in the fields of local economies, organic farming, finance, sustainable architecture and community design to lead workshops with attendees that will form the foundation for building the village of Kalu Yala in the rainforest highlands of Panama. For more information visit .

“Given our emphasis on food and farming at Kalu Yala, a key priority for us was to have a thought leader in agriculture and Nicolette Hahn Niman could not be a more perfect person to fill this role given her personal and professional background,” said James Stice, Kalu Yala developer and visionary. “In addition, Chad Adams’ expertise in sustainable development adds an important dimension to the forum as he and his partners are at the forefront of proving to the world of institutional investors that sustainable land use can also produce better economic results.”

Nicolette Hahn Niman is an environmental activist, cattle rancher and authority on the current factory food production system and offers many answers needed to overhaul the system to produce healthier food, healthier land use and healthier rural communities and economies. Putting ideas into practice, Niman and her husband process food for distribution from nearly 600 traditional ranchers at their Niman Ranch in Northern California. Niman served as a city councilwoman for 11 years in her hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she focused on improving walkability, community and the positive impacts of built environment on citizens. She has been published in the New York Times and is the author of Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Foods Beyond Factory Farms. At the Naked Development Forum, Niman will help guide and participate in conversations that will shape optimal planning of both physical and legal systems to lead to the highest quality of life for Kalu Yala and ensure its maximum positive impact on the region.

Chad Adams is Vice President of Sustainable Development at Denver-based Bio-Logical Capital, a company that manages and develops large landscapes to create economically profitable and environmentally sustainable places. Adams is a certified planner, landscape architect and landscape ecologist. He has a BSc in plant and soil science from the University of Delaware Honors Program and a master’s degree in landscape architecture and environmental planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Adams’ professional career has included such varied experiences as the “green” redesign of Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, building GIS-based suitability models for First Nations communities’ growth versus sacred landscape preservation dilemmas, planning new sustainable towns and mastering the art of dry-laid stone wall construction. Adams previously worked with the international award-winning firms Urban Villages, Andropogon, EDM-Environmental Design and Management, Wallace Roberts & Todd and Scenic Hudson. Mr. Adams is a Fulbright Fellow and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Beijing Forestry University, the Agricultural University of Norway, Auburn University, University of Georgia and multiple others. At the May 18 forum, Adams will be moderating a conversation called “A Resilient Model” which will discuss resiliency through diversity of land uses, products, price points, audiences and operators.

The May 18th Naked Development Forum will take place at Serenbe, a renowned Atlanta community that has become known for its sustainability practices and design. This will be the first of several events to take place over the next eight months that will serve to define the community of Kalu Yala. This meeting of the minds may produce more questions than answers, and the collected intelligence from this first session will seed the subsequent Naked Development forums. Each forum will focus on specific and relevant topics; the next is planned for August in Panama and will discuss planning for organic farming at Kalu Yala. The public is invited to participate in the forum on May 18th via as video and discussion will be posted live for people to be able to interact online.

About Kalu Yala
Kalu Yala is a bold new village in the rainforest highlands of Central Panama that is an intersection of visionary thinking and timeless tradition. A truly sustainable community, Kalu Yala is founded on the core tenants of culture, new urbanism architecture, organic food, wellness, recreation, education, preservation and conservation of the natural environment. Kalu Yala will be designed using an innovative process called “Naked Development”. This transparent and collaborative effort utilizes input from innovative leaders in organic farming, finance, sustainable architecture, community design, future residents of Kalu Yala and the online audience. The result is a living community model, able to evolve in response to the demands of its visitors and residents, and driven by social, environmental and economic purpose. For more information visit

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