FINAL Conference announcement web_2

What will it take to manage our common resources?

We know one thing for sure: it will take ALL of us!

Over Memorial Day weekend, we will join together to explore — through purposeful presentations and deep dialogue — the role that each one of us has to protect our common good.

Together we will:

•    learn about emerging sociological and economic principles related to managing our resources

•    discuss the fundamental theories and practices of PROUT and the Commons

•    discover the most effective ways to influence legislation and policy at the state, county, and regional level

•    create effective advocacy teams with focused plans of action …and have some fun!

We’re looking forward to seeing you Memorial Day weekend.



Conference registration opens Friday, May 26, from 6-6:45 pm, followed by dinner and a welcome session, and ends on Monday, May 29, after lunch at 2 pm.


Prama Institute Conference Center, 310 Panhandle Rd, Marshall NC 28753

The Prama Institute is located just outside of Asheville, on 150 acres of rolling hills and forest lands with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Click here for google map.


United, Delta and American Airlines all serve Asheville (AVL) connecting through major gateway cities. Allegiant also has direct flights from a number of East Coast cities. Please keep in mind the conference schedule when making flight arrangements to assure you won’t miss any part of the conference.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at Prama during the conference, from dinner on Friday through to lunch on Monday. Prama offers generous and delicious vegetarian fare. Tea and coffee will be available all day. Note that alcohol is prohibited on the premises.


The conference registration is now closed*. 

*Please be advised we are unable to offer refunds on cancellations after April 23rd. 


EDA is in the midst of confirming conference speakers and activities. We will be sending out a conference agenda to all registrants, as well as posting the agenda on our website, in about a month’s time.


A shuttle will be taking our group from the hotel to the conference at Prama Institute and back on all four conference days.

Shuttle times between the hotel and Prama Institute for the 4 conference days are still being planned. We will send registrants an email containing these details closer to the conference date.


Four Points Sheraton Hotel is located 15 miles from the Airport. You are responsible for getting yourself to the hotel from the airport.

Uber, taxis or rental cars are available from the airport. Be sure to arrange car rental in advance as selection is limited.

There is also a bus service from the airport to downtown, which runs every 90 minutes at the cost of $1.00. The hotel is half a mile from the downtown bus station, so please plan accordingly.


Prama is located 30 miles from the Airport. Limited transportation to Prama Institute will be arranged on May 26 and May 29 for those staying at Prama. Please email us your arrival time before April 15 so we can make the necessary arrangements to transport you from the airport to Prama. Keep in mind that the last shuttle will leave the airport in time for you to be ready for registration at 6-6:45 pm on Friday, May 26th. If you contact us after April 15, we cannot guarantee a shuttle. We will email you exact shuttle times after April 15.

Uber, taxis or rental cars are available from the airport. Be sure to arrange car rental in advance as selection is limited.


For inquiries, please send us email at

We will get back to you as soon as possible.