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Joe Solomon - Speaker, Writer, Bookseller


I am an organizer, writer, and storyteller who explores and pushes the boundaries of a bolder climate justice movement. By day, I am a bookseller based in Charleston, West Virginia.

(Photos, left to right: speaking with 7,000 young climate leaders at Power Shift October 2013 - Photo by Robert van Waarden; rocking the 350.org t-shirt in Burlington, VT!; doing storytelling work in Ferguson, MI in the heart of the Weekend of Resistance in Oct 2014 - Photo by Pia Ward). 


From 2009-2012 I led social media communications for 350.org. From 2013-2014, I led storytelling training for Energy Action Coalition, and spearheaded a first of its kind 30-person storytelling team at Power Shift 2013. I was also one of the lead story documentarians at the 2014 People's Climate March in NYC (a number of PCM portrait posters are featured in the 2016 book When We Fight, We Win). Beyond social media, I've also worked with frontline communities across the country to pursue more coordinated efforts. In the summer of 2012, I helped coordinate "Summer of Solidarity" and in 2013 we built on this model to coordinate "Fearless Summer", a widespread series of interconnected direct actions against fossil fuels around the country. In late 2015 I covered the Paris climate talks for CommonDreams.org. 


In early-mid 2016, I'm working on a manuscript that focuses on the power of youth leadership in the climate struggle. 


I am currently looking for speaking opportunities, climate movement strategy consulting opportunities - esp. in the youth wing of the climate movement, as well as writing residences. Any tips, leads, or invitations are much appreciated!  


I can be reached via text at 415 683 6185 and over email at write@engagejoe.com.   


Recent Publications:



2016: Articles, Essays, & Speeches



2015: Articles, Essays, & Speeches



2014: Interviews with Meme Slingers and Social Media-Based Storytellers:  



Blog Posts & Articles, 2013-14:



Articles & Interviews, 2011-2012:



Recent(ish) Presentations:


Check out the EngageJoe Blog-o-graphy! (a somewhat organized way to browse my '08-11 blog posts)


Recent Job History:


  • Nov '14 - Present, Used Book Dept. Manager, Taylor Books, WV   
  • Jan 2013 — Present, Co-Founder, GreenMemes.org
  • July 2013 — Nov 2014: Energy Action Coalition, Social Media Trainer and Director
  • March 2012 - Nov 2012: Social Media Strategist, WebSkillet.com
  • Sep 2009 — Jan 2012: 350.org, Social Media Coordinator
  • July 2008  — May 2009: Social Actions, Director of Innovation
  • Feb 2008  — Aug 2008: Knowmore.org, Project Lead & Community Builder
  • Jan-Feb 2007 - Clown in Training (started first blog, "Notes from a Red Nose") 


(Photos, left to right - with my beloved Catherine Moore on Christmas Eve '15, tag-teaming with Nick Katkevich on the Brown University stop of the Divestment Roadshow of 2013 - missing superstars Johanna De Graffenreid & Dinah DeWald!, and very good friend and storyteller extraordinaire, Megan Kelley - Photo by David Braun.)


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