Providence Marriott Downtown
1 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
Check-in: 3 pm / Check-out: 12 pmParking
Complimentary parking on site
Complimentary wifi in guest rooms (not in the meeting spaces). Please note: when you first get online in your room, you will need to accept any charges. These charges will be removed from your final bill.
Nearby Hotels The Marriott is sold out on Wednesday, June 26th and very low on rooms the other nights. SAFSF DOES NOT have a room block at any of the hotels listed below. This list is provided as a reference only.Renaissance Providence Hotel
5 Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI 02903 0.4 miles from Forum hotel
SAFSF’s annual forum is for funders only. We welcome all types of funders – corporate foundations, government, community foundations, individual donors, family foundations, etc. If you are unsure whether you qualify as a funder, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Yes, site visits happen regardless of what the weather brings. The 2013 Forum will have two choices of pre-Forum site visits on Tuesday, June 25th, and five choices of full-day site visits on Wednesday, June 26th.
Be sure to bring a water bottlewithyou on the site visits and wear comfortable clothing/shoes.
IMPORTANT: Anyone attending a Wednesday site visit must wear closed toed shoes!
T.F. Green Airport (PVD) The airport is serviced directly by six major carriers with direct flights from Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore/Washington, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Martha’s Vineyard, Minneapolis, Nantucket, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa, Toronto, Washington, and West Palm Beach (Air Canada, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways).
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) The airport is 50 miles away from Providence, RI. Major airlines include American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America.
From the Airport to the Hotel
Airport Shuttle Service Offers shuttle service from the Marriot Hotel Downtown to/from PVD airport 32 minutes past every hour for $11 one way.
MBTA Commuter Rail 700 Jefferson Blvd.
Warwick, RI 0286
Weekday MBTA commuter rail service is available between PVD Airportand downtown Providence. This commuter train uses the same station as Amtrak; the station is .4 miles from the hotel – a 10 min walk or a 3 min cab ride.
Fare to Providence Marriott Downtown hotel from TF Green International Airport is approximately $32, according to the hotel website.
The Amtrak station is .4 miles from the hotel – a 10 min walk or a <5 min cab ride.
Two Amtrak lines, the Acela Express and the Northeast Regional, provide rail service to and from the Providence Station. The Acela Express travels daily from Boston’s South Station, through Providence, and on to New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. The Northeast Regional Amtrak route operates at slightly lower speeds; it serves the same general line from Boston to D.C., but also goes further south into Newport News, Virginia and has more stops at smaller regional destinations.
“Modern society has become a risk society in the sense that it is increasingly occupied with debating, preventing and managing risks that it itself has produced. The moment at which risks become real, they cease to be risks and become catastrophes.” ~ Ulrich Beck, sociologist, Living in the World Risk Society
“What resilience does as a new framework is it says that we will make mistakes, we will be surprised, we will go ‘over the cliff.’ Resilience is improvisational, creative, collaborative working together in periods of great uncertainty.” ~ Andrew Zolli, author, Resilience
Food production in the 21st century is risky business—antibiotic resistance; E. coli outbreaks; pesticide drift; water shortages, poisoned aquifers and dead zones; food worker exploitation; topsoil erosion and GMO contamination; fisheries collapse and aquaculture pollution—all made more precarious by increasingly frequent extreme weather events. And too often the ones who suffer the consequences when risks become catastrophes are the least responsible and the most vulnerable.Yet creativity, improvisation, innovation, and collaboration require risk, require vulnerability. Examples are found worldwide of communities are taking risks to prepare for a better future.How can philanthropy support individual and community resilience and ensure all people can flourish in the “world risk society” of contemporary agriculture and food production? What risks to reputations (and endowments) are foundations ready to assume to co-create more resilient, sustainable and equitable food systems?SAFSF invites you to Providence, Rhode Island, next June to grapple with these hard questions and to experience first-hand exciting examples of resilience in action in New England agriculture and fisheries.
Forum etiquette rules
Many hours and thoughtful planning go into every Forum. And while we may be casual in our clothing, we do have a few ‘etiquette’ rules we ask all attendees—funder and non-funder alike—to follow. The Forum is a pitch-free ‘no-fly zone‘. We encourage you all to talk about your work and to network, network, network—and to follow up! However, we have an iron-clad no-solicitation rule during the Forum, which applies to those in the non-profit arena as well as to fellow funders. We do this so that we can all enjoy an open, welcoming, no-pressure environment allowing conversation and ideas to flow freely.
Cell phone use: Please observe limited cell phone use while at the Forum. We know everyone has family and professional obligations to attend to; please step outside of plenary or workshop sessions to answer calls, respond to texts, check email/twitter/facebook, etc.
In particular, we ask that you respect our site visit hosts who have gone to considerable effort to put together learning experiences that require us all to be present. Please also be advised that small spaces (i.e. captive on bus rides) do not lend themselves to phone calls.