CHELSEA BAY DENNIS, Founder, Senior Designer, Photographer, Strategist
Born and raised in Northern Michigan, my love for the environment grew from playing in the forests, beaches and rivers so unique to this area. In college, I discovered that I could combine my passion for environmental and social justice and faith with my talents and love for art and design – to use what I’m good at for good.
In 2006, I helped form The Change, a brand strategy agency for “good-for-the-world” businesses and organizations, and was design director for 7 years. You can see more examples of my design work with The Change here. I continue partner with my family at The Change as a design consultant. Some clients I designed for with The Change include Canaan Fair Trade, Larry’s Beans, Fair Trade Resource Network, Not For Sale Campaign, Burt’s Bees, Trade As One, World Bicycle Relief, Jada Pinkett’s “Don’t Sell Bodies”, and many more.
Through much of my work, I have had the honor of sharing in the experiences and stories of people from around the world by meeting with farmers and activists on Fair Trade delegations to East Timor, Chiapas, Mexico, Ethiopia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Palestine. The more I travel, the more I realize that we are all the same -that we all need to eat, sleep, laugh, cry, love and be loved. I’ve learned that the true source of our joy and truth comes from relationships with each other. For me, that is the whole point of social/environmental justice: people. life.
My home is Traverse City, a town on the Bay in Norther Michigan that is overflowing with ideas, community, nature, culture, local food and arts. My husband Aaron creates films for good that express and support the missions of non-profits and other entities. For more info about these videos, visit stonehutstudios.com
I am delighted to be on the board member of On The Ground, (Michigan based non-profit which works to support sustainable community development in fair trade farming regions across the world focused on education, water, and trees) and Oryana (Our local and vibrant food cooperative)
AARON DENNIS, Stone Hut Studios, Filmmaker.
JON MAUE, Maue Design, Web Programmer.
CHERIE SPAULDING, Writer.