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Thursday, October 18
 

9:00am

Abalone and Seaweed Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Our Original Instructions for Harvesting the Ocean

We Indigenous people have ceremonies, ancestral teachings, cultural practices and strict rules for harvesting all of our resources. Sometimes we pray and talk to our plants before collecting them, assuring them we’ll do no harm and that we’ll leave them the ability to continue their life cycles and their ability to regenerate.

Shellfish and seaweeds have been important parts of the West Coast Indigenous diet for thousands of years, but this ongoing legacy is under threat by ecosystem disruption and discriminatory harvesting regulations. Through discussion, demonstrations and hands-on activities, California Indian TEK experts will share the importance of intertidal resources to the traditional diet, to clothing manufacturing and ceremonial life. They will also discuss ways to address ongoing threats to these cultural practices. First Peoples have a saying, “When the tide is out, the table is set.” If we cannot change harvesting practices together, we will not have food on our tables.

With: Faculty TBA.

Location: McNears Beach Park

Price: $195 (includes lunch)

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Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
McNears Beach Park
 
Friday, October 19
 

8:45am

Imagination, Science, and the Mind of Plants
From ancient myths to modern blockbuster movies, humanity has recounted countless stories in which a seemingly inert vegetal world suddenly comes to life to express itself like a person. What if these stories were more than the fruit of vivid imaginations and were based on an underlying truth? Monica Gagliano, Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Western Australia, has courageously illuminated the revolutionary new field of Plant Bioacoustics. She’ll share startling cutting-edge research and show how contemporary science has finally begun lifting the veil of our assumptions by beginning to attune its ears to vegetal “voices.” She believes this new paradigm will expand our perspectives to provide us with imaginative new solutions to our current eco-cultural predicaments.

Keynote Speakers
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Monica Gagliano

Research Associate Professor, University of Sydney
Monica Gagliano, a pioneer in the new field of Plant Bioacoustics, is a Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology and a Research Affiliate at the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney. The author of numerous groundbreaking scientific articles on animal and plant behavior and evolutionary ecology, she co-edited... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15am

Jacqueline Garcel
Jacqueline Garcel, the CEO of the Latino Community Foundation, is a visionary leader who is passionate about elevating the voices of communities, pursuing equity, and using philanthropy as a catalyst for tangible, enduring social change.

Keynote Speakers
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Jacqueline Martinez Garcel

CEO, Latino Community Foundation
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation (LCF), has, at LCF, helped create one of the largest networks of civically engaged Latino philanthropists in the country, led highly effective Latino voter engagement campaigns and collaborated with Google to laun... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 9:15am - 9:30am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:30am

Climate Change is Changing the World—Now We Too Must Change
Introduction by Clayton Thomas-Muller, Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner of 350.org

As Executive Director of 350.org, the groundbreaking grassroots international climate change campaign whose innovative organizing and mass mobilizations have uniquely helped generate a mass global sense of urgency and action, May Boeve will share her eagle’s-eye perspectives on the current state of the climate struggle. She'll illustrate 350.org's learnings and strategies moving forward, including ways of learning about and incorporating justice and equity. She’ll illuminate pathways our species must take to keep 80% of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground and radically accelerate the shift to 100% clean energy.

Introduced By
Keynote Speakers
avatar for May Boeve

May Boeve

Executive Director, 350.org
May Boeve is the Executive Director of 350.org, an international climate change campaign whose creative communications, organizing and mass mobilizations strive to generate the sense of urgency required to tackle the climate crisis. Previously, May co­founded the Step It Up 2007 campaign, and prior to that was active in the campus climate movement while a student at Middlebury College. She is co-­author of... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00am

Health and Justice: The Path of Liberation through Medicine

Introduction by Cat Brooks, Executive Director of Justice Teams Network

Health visionary Rupa Marya, Associate Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco and Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition, urges us to radically re-envision and expand our concept of medicine to encompass and address the health impacts of poverty, racism and environmental toxicity. She has been working to make visible the health issues at the nexus of racism and state violence through: her medical work; The Justice Study (national research investigating the health effects of police violence on Black, Brown and other disenfranchised communities); helping set up a free community clinic for the practice of decolonized medicine under Lakota leadership at Standing Rock (the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic); and international outreach with her band, Rupa and the April Fishes. 


Introduced By
Keynote Speakers
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Rupa Marya

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Rupa Marya, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition and a leading figure at the intersection of medicine and social justice, investigates the health effects of police violence on communities through The Justice Study and is help... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 10:00am - 10:15am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00am

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder

Bestselling author of landmark books such as The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma that have challenged our fundamental civilizational assumptions, Michael Pollan once again bravely ventures where angels fear to tread. His new book How To Change Your Mind surveys the highly controversial terrain of the renaissance of both the science and popular usage of psychedelic substances. As one of our most brilliant and clear-eyed explorers of such topics as plant intelligence and how we feed ourselves, Michael will share his luminous insights from what began as investigative reportage and became a very personal interior journey into the mystery of consciousness and the nature of spirituality at this perilous moment when only a shift in human consciousness can alter the deadly trajectory of our societies.


Introduced By
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Kenny Ausubel

Founder and CEO, Bioneers
Kenny Ausubel, CEO and founder (in 1990) of Bioneers, is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, author and filmmaker. Co-founder and first CEO of the organic seed company, Seeds of Change, his film (and companion book) Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime helped in... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

Author
Michael Pollan, a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine since 1987, Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism, is one of the nation's most influential writers and... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:00pm

Beyond the Headdress
Award-winning young Pomo activist Jayden Lim of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center's Tribal Youth Ambassadors program will illuminate the hidden history of California and how she has had to grapple with stereotypes and historical trauma to find her identity as a Native youth.

Keynote Speakers
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Jayden Lim

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center


Friday October 19, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:15pm

INTRINSIC: A Performance by Climbing PoeTree
These two Brooklyn-based poets-artists-activists-educators-musicians-performers may be the most brilliant socially engaged spoken word duo in the known universe. They’ll perform material from their recent kickass album, Intrinsic.

Performers
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Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are award-winning multimedia artists, organizers, educators and a spoken word duo who have independently organized 30 tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and 11,000 miles around the U.S. on a bus... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

Revisioning Healing and Public Health in the 21st Century

Medical systems around the world are in crisis. In poorer nations and communities medical care is grossly inadequate and most often inaccessible except to the well-to-do. In more prosperous regions, powerful private interests profit obscenely as drastic inequities in the quality and availability of medical care grow exponentially. What is to be done? Two extraordinary physicians with radical critiques of the current medical paradigm share their strategies and visions of what an effective, equitable, truly compassionate medical system would look like. With: Rupa Marya, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, renowned for her dynamic, multi-faceted work challenging racism in our approaches to public health; Victoria Sweet, MD, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, prize-winning medical historian, a passionate advocate of patient-centered medicine, and best-selling author, most recently of the classic, Slow Medicine.


Keynote Speakers
avatar for Rupa Marya

Rupa Marya

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Rupa Marya, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Faculty Director of the Do No Harm Coalition and a leading figure at the intersection of medicine and social justice, investigates the health effects of police violence on communities through The Justice Study and is help... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Victoria Sweet

Victoria Sweet

Victoria Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and a prize-winning medical historian, has practiced medicine at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco for 20+ years and is the author of God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Hear... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Abalone Wars: Indigenous Voices from the Coastal Frontlines | Indigenous Forum

The ability to gather intertidal resources in California has been critically affected by ecosystem disruption. Recently, the crisis has become worse as Natives and commercial harvesters have gone head-to-head over abalone and seaweed within a regulatory system that ignores the wisdom of Traditional Ecological Knowledge about how to manage the intertidal ecosystem. Indigenous leaders share their experiences on the frontlines of the battle to save our coasts, while fighting to maintain their cultural connections to these resources. Presenters TBA.


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Engaging our Differences: Practice and Presence

In this interactive workshop we’ll experience Whole Communities’ innovative approach to creating transformative change in ourselves, our organizations and our communities. We’ll engage in embodied awareness and storytelling practices deeply informed by systems thinking, neuroscience, and cutting-edge approaches to ecology and human behavior. This experiential session is designed to help us bring theory into practice and to cultivate our capacity to stay in relationship across difference in these intensely divisive, polarized times. Facilitated by Center for Whole Communities’ Senior Fellow Samara Gaev and Co-Directors Mohamad Chakaki and Ginny McGinn.


Workshop Speakers
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Mohamad Chakaki

Mohamad A. Chakaki, a Senior Fellow at both the Center for Whole Communities and the Environmental Leadership Program and a co-founder of the DC Green Muslims Network, has worked with the Peace Corps in Central Africa, the U.N. in Syria, and numerous environmental planning and co... Read More →
avatar for Samara Gaev

Samara Gaev

Samara Gaev, founder/Director of Truthworker Theatre Company and Senior Fellow in Program Design and Facilitation for Center for Whole Communities, is a New York-based activist, educator, facilitator, and performer whose work has taken her to many countries and around the U.S. us... Read More →
avatar for Ginny McGinn

Ginny McGinn

Ginny McGinn, Executive Director of the Vermont-based Center for Whole Communities, has decades of experience building transformative partnerships across lines of power and privilege and facilitates and consults on organizational change around the country. Ginny, who has been des... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Tell Your Story | Youth Leadership

Jodie Geddes, Community Organizing Coordinator of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), will hold space for youth to share their stories, with a focus on finding ways to help interrupt the tragic cycles of violence, incarceration and wasted lives that trap so many young people. We’ll also explore how these cycles are exacerbated by excessively punitive school discipline and unfair juvenile justice policies. RJOY promotes institutional shifts toward restorative approaches that engage families, communities and systems to repair harm and prevent juvenile re-offending.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Jodie Geddes

Jodie Geddes

Jodie Geddes, the Community Organizing Coordinator at Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, uses techniques drawn from speculative fiction, theatre, and other arts to encourage storytelling and action planning for systems-change among youth. She is also the Project Coordinator f... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Advancing the Legal Rights of Nature in a Time of Environmental Crisis
The first “rights of nature” law was enacted in a Pennsylvania community in 2006, followed two years later by Ecuador’s enshrinement of that principle in its constitution, the first country to do so. This is the ten-year anniversary of that historic event. Come learn how Indigenous people, communities, countries, and courts have continued the struggle to secure the highest legal protections for nature and how you can become part of this growing movement. With Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a leading figure in the global movement to enshrine Rights of Nature in jurisprudence; others TBA.

Workshop Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Community Resilience
Call it the “new normal” or the “long emergency,” but there’s no question we’re living in an unstable climate-changed world. The increased frequency and scale of natural disasters pose one of the greatest challenges we face. Leaders from three different communities currently in the process of responding to different types of natural disasters will share their stories and their strategies to build communities that are both resilient and socially just. Hosted by Trathen Heckman, Executive Director of Petaluma’s Daily Acts; Sigrid Wright, Executive Director of Santa Barbara’s Community Environmental Council; Estrella Santiago Perez, Environmental Affairs Manager of Puerto Rico’s EnLACE.


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Earth Connection Herb Walk

How do we tune in to the Earth for guidance on how to partner with nature to live sustainably on our beloved planet? Come explore the medicine under our feet as we practice some simple, everyday ways of tuning in and listening to what the Earth has to teach us.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Kami McBride

Kami McBride

Kami McBride, author of The Herbal Kitchen, has taught experiential herbal programs focused on sustainable wellness practices and revitalizing our relationship with the plant world for over 25 years. Her popular online courses empower people to use herbal medicine in their daily... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Growing Our Evolved Self: Dissolving Like a Caterpillar, Evolving Like a Butterfly

All of us are constantly in a state of transition. Often, like a caterpillar in its larval stage, we cannot imagine our own most evolved future, and so we fight the necessary breakdown of our old and familiar patterns. In this workshop, we’ll use the caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly as a template for exploring the transitions we humans need to make to become more evolved citizens on the planet. This outdoor session will include a half-hour solo walk on the grounds of the Marin Center in which we’ll each ask natural beings for insights and then return to share our experiences in pairs and as a whole group. Facilitated by: Polly Howells, Jungian analyst and facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance's "Awakening the Dreamer” symposium; Trebbe Johnson, founder/director of Radical Joy for Hard Times.


Workshop Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Plant Intelligence and Human Consciousness: Into the Mystery
Monica Gagliano has single-handedly pioneered the revolutionary new field of Plant Bioacoustics, which is providing the most powerful evidence to date that plants possess forms of cognition that could constitute “personhood.” Michael Pollan, who has studied the human-plant relationship in such classic bestselling works as The Botany of Desire, has now turned his attention in his new book How To Change Your Mind to what cutting-edge research on psychedelic substances (which are nearly all derived from or modeled on plant molecules) is revealing about human consciousness. These two brilliant visionaries will engage in a spontaneous conversation. Hosted by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers associate producer.

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Monica Gagliano

Monica Gagliano

Research Associate Professor, University of Sydney
Monica Gagliano, a pioneer in the new field of Plant Bioacoustics, is a Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology and a Research Affiliate at the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney. The author of numerous groundbreaking scientific articles on animal and plant behavior and evolutionary ecology, she co-edited... Read More →
avatar for Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

Author
Michael Pollan, a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine since 1987, Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism, is one of the nation's most influential writers and... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for JP Harpignies

JP Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Conference Associate Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a NYC-based consultant, conference producer, copy-editor and writer. A former Program Director at the New York Open Center and a senior review team member for the Buckminster Fulle... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

4:30pm

Taking It To Court: Legal Strategies for the Environment and Human Rights

We’re in the midst of a sea change in how we use the law and legal strategies to stand up for the rights of nature and human communities. Bold innovative approaches are managing to simultaneously create and ride a wave of progressive action. Courageous attorneys are mounting legal challenges against the U.S. government on behalf of young people. Municipalities, counties and states are filing suits against fossil fuel companies. Stalwart legal advocacy organizations continue their missions of defending communities and natural systems whose voices would otherwise go unheard. Hosted by Jason Mark, Editor of Sierra Magazine. With: Kate Sears, Marin County Supervisor; others TBA.


Workshop Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Art, Power and Social Change

Drawing on the modalities of theater, play, writing, storytelling and collaboration, this experiential workshop will offer community members, educators, activists and organizers the tools for engaging their constituencies and leveraging the stories that so often go untold in our communities. Sourcing the collective wisdom and collaborative power in the room, this workshop will use art and embodiment to create a safe space for radical self-reflection, systems analysis, community building and articulating visions for change. Led by: Samara Gaev, activist/educator/performer, founder of Truthworker Theatre Company; and friends.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Samara Gaev

Samara Gaev

Samara Gaev, founder/Director of Truthworker Theatre Company and Senior Fellow in Program Design and Facilitation for Center for Whole Communities, is a New York-based activist, educator, facilitator, and performer whose work has taken her to many countries and around the U.S. us... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Organizing Strategies: How To Be Effective Activists
We’ve been seeing an outpouring of new energy in broad-based social and political mobilizations: Black Lives Matter; the Women's Marches; the extraordinary Never Again youth movement to curb gun violence; organizing to defend immigrants' rights; grassroots efforts to elect progressive candidates, and many more. Leading figures from different generations and very diverse and highly effective campaigns will share their strategies. With May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org; Jacqueline Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation; Cat Brooks, co-founder of the Anti-Police Terror Project and Executive Director of the Justice Teams Network.

Keynote Speakers
avatar for May Boeve

May Boeve

Executive Director, 350.org
May Boeve is the Executive Director of 350.org, an international climate change campaign whose creative communications, organizing and mass mobilizations strive to generate the sense of urgency required to tackle the climate crisis. Previously, May co­founded the Step It Up 2007 campaign, and prior to that was active in the campus climate movement while a student at Middlebury College. She is co-­author of... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Martinez Garcel

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel

CEO, Latino Community Foundation
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation (LCF), has, at LCF, helped create one of the largest networks of civically engaged Latino philanthropists in the country, led highly effective Latino voter engagement campaigns and collaborated with Google to laun... Read More →

Workshop Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Mni-Winconi: We Are Here to Protect Our Rivers | Indigenous Forum

The Lakota phrase “Mní wičhóni” (“Water is life”) was the protest anthem from Standing Rock heard around the world, but it also has a spiritual meaning rooted in Indigenous worldviews. For Native Americans, water does not only sustain life—it is sacred. How can Natives create cross-cultural understanding for a river’s rights to protection? How do we help guarantee such “rights of nature” in mainstream jurisprudence? As we take leadership roles in restoring our rivers, how do we blend our Traditional Ecological Knowledge with contemporary science? Tribal leaders working to restore riparian ecosystems will explore cutting-edge Indigenous approaches to watershed management and restoration. Presenters TBA.


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Women Leading Environmental Action

Co-sponsored with the Global Greengrants Fund

We’re living at a critical moment for global climate change action. Come learn about how diverse women around the world are leading a wide range of innovative grassroots climate solution initiatives, and fighting for human rights and positive social and environmental change. Hosted by Terry Odendahl, Ph.D., President/CEO, Global Greengrants Fund. Presenters TBA.


Workshop Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Global Festivals: Cutting Edges of a New Emerging Culture...or Escapism?

From Burning Man to Boom to Envision to Lightning in a Bottle and hundreds of others around the world, festival gatherings have become truly significant phenomena. Might the most conscious of these events be the harbingers of a new, far more joyous, compassionate, celebratory, less materialistic civilization? Or are these "temporary autonomous zones" merely escapist interludes that siphon off energy for real political change? What role do psychedelics play in these cultural experiments? Join a panel of leading figures in different aspects of "festival culture" to explore these and other questions. With: Nicholas Powers, Ph.D., a leading thinker on the intersection of psychedelics, race, cultural diversity and festival culture; Natalie Metz, renowned naturopathic physician and professor of Integrative Health at CIIS; Stephen Brooks, a key organizer of the renowned Envision Festival, held annually in Costa Rica. Hosted by: Erik Davis,Ph.D., journalist, scholar of subcultures, host of the Expanding Mind podcast, author of: Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, and The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape.


Workshop Speakers
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Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks, a Costa Rican resident since 1995, is one of the key organizers of the renowned Envision Festival held in that country. He is also the founder of: Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living and Education; La Ecovilla, a 45-acre Permaculture community featuring state... Read More →
avatar for Erik Davis

Erik Davis

Erik Davis, Ph.D., a San Francisco-based author, award-winning journalist and independent scholar, has written for scores of publications, journals, and academic volumes. His books include: Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica; Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Metz

Natalie Metz

Natalie Metz, Assistant Professor of Integrative Health Studies at CIIS’ School of Professional Psychology and Health, is a Naturopathic Doctor in practice in Oakland. With a diverse background in many disciplines including botanical medicine, midwifery, philosophy and medicina... Read More →
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Nicholas Powers

Nicholas Powers, Ph.D. is a poet, journalist, and Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York, Old Westbury. He is the author of The Ground Below Zero: 9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy Wall Street and Theater of War. His recent pi... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Growing a Living Future

Hosted by The International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is perhaps the world’s most visionary green think-and-do-tank “to lead and support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.” It runs a slew of leading-edge programs that radically push the envelope of eco-design, including: the Living Building, Living Community, and Living Product Challenges, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Coun­cil, and Ecotone Publishing. This global network spanning nearly 30 countries is now driving the local adoption of restorative principles in their com­munities. Some of ILFI’s leading lights will explore the organization’s programs that are collectively pointing us towards a world of technologies, buildings and products that replenish rather than imperil Earth and its living creatures. Presenters TBA.


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Regenerative Agriculture: State of the Art Practices

Regenerative Agriculture goes far beyond organic standards by also placing a strong emphasis on practices that boost soil health. It enhances the soil’s capacity to capture carbon and thereby helps mitigate climate change. It restores biodiversity above and below the ground, creating resilient farming systems that support ecosystems. With: Will Allen, a longtime pioneer of Regenerative Agriculture, now at Cedar Circle Farm in Vermont, a highly diverse 40-acre farm; Doniga Markegard of Markegard Family Grass-Fed in Pescadero, CA; Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm, a remarkably productive-per-acre vegetable farm in Sebastopol, CA.



Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA
 
Saturday, October 20
 

8:30am

Rebecca Moore, Founder Google Earth Outreach & Google Engine Earth’s Vital Signs: Using Big Data to Map Solutions

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director

Google Earth Outreach founder and visionary engineer Rebecca Moore says the signs are all around us, telling us that our life-support systems are in critical condition, and only recently has it become possible to monitor the health of Earth's life-sustaining resources in a manner both globally consistent and locally relevant.  She’s showing how satellite data, cutting-edge science and powerful cloud computing technology such as Google Earth Engine allow us to achieve an unprecedented understanding of our changing environment and put this data into the hands of those who can take action. Combined with Google Earth’s new narrative storytelling tool, grassroots activists, communities and other environmental change-makers can now vividly show what’s at stake, and envision solutions in ways that can change hearts and minds, while guiding wiser decision-making to protect and restore our vast, fragile planet.


Introduced By
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Joshua Fouts

Executive Director, Bioneers
Joshua Sheridan Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director, is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work facilitating meaningful understanding between cultures. With a background in anthropology, Joshua has worked with peoples of Malay... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore

Director, Google Earth
Rebecca Moore, the multiple award-winning Director of Google Earth, leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a cloud technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite data online enabling scientists to conduct global-scale monitoring of the earth’s environ... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:00am

Justin Winters

Justin Winters is the Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, whose mission is to ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth's inhabitants by building climate resiliency, protecting vulnerable wildlife and restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Justin also serves on the boards of Amazon Frontlines, The Solutions Project, Oceans 5, Shark Conservation Fund, and Global Fishing Watch.


Keynote Speakers
avatar for Justin Winters

Justin Winters

Executive Director, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Justin Winters, Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (dedicated to ensuring the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth's inhabitants by building climate resiliency, protecting wildlife and restoring balance to ecosystems and communities), has successfully b... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:30am

Guardians of the Forest on the Frontlines in the Amazon | The Ceibo Alliance Leadership Team

In response to catastrophic assaults on their lands and cultures by corporate industrial civilization, the First Peoples of the Amazon have formed unprecedented alliances to protect lands and peoples. These four extraordinary Indigenous leaders, who help guide the Ceibo Alliance of several ancestral peoples of Ecuador’s northern Amazon, have traveled far from their homes to share their stories of resistance and solutions. They will offer guiding wisdom from their elders to show what’s at stake for their rainforest territories, what it means to the future of our planet, and what we can all do as allies to protect the Amazon, its First Peoples and life on Earth.


Keynote Speakers
avatar for Emergildo Criollo

Emergildo Criollo

Emergildo Criollo, a member of the Kofán nation whose people and family suffered horrific tragedy as a result of the Texaco oil company’s devastation of their ancestral lands, co-founded the Ceibo Alliance along with members of three other indigenous nations. Currently Treasur... Read More →
avatar for Norma Nenquimo

Norma Nenquimo

Norma Nenquimo, born in the Waorani community of Toñampare on the banks of the Curaray River, is a respected leader among her people, fighting for their cultural survival, the health of their environment, and their territorial rights, as well as working to enhance women’s righ... Read More →
avatar for Hernan Payaguaje

Hernan Payaguaje

Hernan Payaguaje, from the Siekopai community of San Pablo on the Aguarico River, comes from a long lineage of healers. One of the first of his people to attend university, he is a founding member and Executive Director of the pan-tribal frontline Indigenous group, the Ceibo Alli... Read More →
avatar for Alicia Salazar

Alicia Salazar

Alicia Salazar, born on the Putumayo River on the Ecuador/Colombia border, in the ancestral territory of her people, the Siona, emerged as a leader in her tribe’s resistance to the predations of oil companies. She is the Ceibo Alliance’s General Coordinator, where she works t... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00am

Re-defining Manhood: A Message to Men, to Boys, to Us All

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder

In this brutally honest and provocative talk, Kevin Powell offers his own life journey to illustrate how we can transform our concepts of manhood. Raised by a single mother in the inner city, Kevin's rites of passage were typical of many heterosexual males: sports, violence, and viewing women and girls as mother figures or sexual objects, and nothing more. This view of women and girls exploded when, in his early 20s, he pushed a girlfriend into a bathroom door during an argument. Decades later, thanks to years of therapy, study, healing, and a commitment to growth and change, Kevin has become a solution-oriented writer, activist and speaker seeking to re-define manhood around nonviolence, peace, love, healthy self-expression, and as an ally to women and people of all gender identities.


Introduced By
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Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and founding Director of its Everywoman's Leadership program (which includes "Cultivating Women's Leadership” intensives and CoMadres retreats), co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. An award-w... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell

Writer, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood
Kevin Powell, a leading figure in the movement to redefine manhood and in contemporary American political, cultural and literary life as well as in the hip-hop arena, is the product of a single mother, absent father and severe poverty in his youth. In spite of those challenges he has become an acclaimed, prolific writer, authoring 13 books, including his autobiography... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 10:15am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00am

A performance by Oakland’s own incomparably dynamic and uplifting Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

A performance by Oakland’s own incomparably dynamic and uplifting Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company.



Saturday October 20, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00am

Why We Need A Next System

As ecological and economic justice movements hit the same hard limits of possibility, being realistic in our time in history means getting serious about what might have formerly been seen as impossible: actually replacing our broken corporate capitalist system. Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of its Next System Project, will show how we can begin to build together for the systemic change we need to save both democracy and the planet. As a political economist, author, former legislative director in the House and Senate, nonprofit innovator and scholar, Gar will share breakthrough models for community-based political-economic development and new institutions of community wealth ownership. He’ll highlight local, state and national policy approaches to community stability in the era of globalization that really work and can spread widely.


Keynote Speakers
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Gar Alperovitz

Co-Founder The Democracy Collaborative
Gar Alperovitz, Ph.D., President of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of the Next System Project, has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, professor, scholar, activist, policy expert, and government official. The author of many critically acclaimed books, including on... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

How to Build an Alternative to Our Current System

Drawing on the experience of organizers working across the country to create the institutions of the next system, this panel, hosted by Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of its Next System Project, will explore the connections between environmental action and the democratic economy. How can local efforts at different scales—the workplace, the community, the city, state, and beyond—be knitted together into a powerful movement to build towards a truly systemic national and global alternative? With: Kali Akuno, co-founder and Co-Director, Cooperation Jackson (Jackson, Mississippi); Niki Okuk, founder of Rco Tires, one of California’s largest sustainability enterprises; Aaron Tanaka, Director of the Center for Economic Democracy; Ellen Brown, founder of the Public Banking Institute, author of Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution.


Keynote Speakers
avatar for Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz

Co-Founder The Democracy Collaborative
Gar Alperovitz, Ph.D., President of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of the Next System Project, has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, professor, scholar, activist, policy expert, and government official. The author of many critically acclaimed books, including on... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown, an attorney and leading public banking advocate, founder of the Public Banking Institute, is the author of hundreds of articles and a dozen books, including the best-selling Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution. Thanks to her advocacy, from California to Seattle... Read More →
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Niki Okuk

Niki Okuk, MBA, is the founder of Rco Tires, which has recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills, making it one of California's largest sustainability plants (it’s also one of its most progressive firms in its hiring and... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Tanaka

Aaron Tanaka

Aaron Tanaka, founder and Director of the Boston-based Center for Economic Democracy, is a community organizer, grant-maker, impact investor, and a founding organizer of the Boston Ujima Project, which brings together neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Native People’s “Just Transition” to Clean Energy | Indigenous Forum

With immense untapped resources on their lands, First Peoples are at the razor’s edge of development of both clean and dirty energy, and they are also the first to experience the effects of climate change. Learn how Indigenous Peoples are leading the way in a “just transition” from a fossil fuel to a clean power economy, as we explore innovative approaches guided by traditional values. Leaders from rural and urban Indigenous communities will share practical strategies they have used to move away from fossil fuel dependence. Presenters TBA.


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Beats, Rhymes, and Life Workshop | Youth Leadership

In this interactive workshop, youth will learn how to express themselves through hip-hop while developing skills in critical thinking, pro-social expression, conflict resolution and positive peer relationship-building. Participants will also have the opportunity to record their songs and spoken word pieces on site. “Beats Rhymes and Life, a leading group in the emerging field of Hip Hop Therapy, is committed to making mental health services and therapeutic programs more accessible and useful to diverse populations.


Workshop Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Genius of Place: An Interactive Biomimicry Design Workshop
Biomimicry is a design science and philosophy that draws inspiration from nature. "Genius of Place" is a powerful tool within the discipline of Biomimicry that provides place-specific strategies that can be applied to a wide range of challenges. From Nature's perspective, being attuned to Place, the locale where one resides, is the key to survival. In this session with leading Biomimicry professionals, we'll discover through interactive, hands-on exercises how to use the Genius of Place tool, observe and examine nature's adaptations to specific locales, and discover how to apply those lessons to our own attempts to generate sustainable, innovative approaches to meet human needs. With: Peggy H. Chu, AIA, LEED AP, Architect; Rachel M.W. Hahs, ENV SP, Biomimicry Professional; Diana Hammer, MPH, MS, founder, Biomimicry Collaborative; Denny Royal, MS, Principal, Azul Seven.


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Somatics, Trauma Healing and Social Change

Staci K. Haines, the founder of “Generative Somatics,” has integrated her extensive experience in both transforming individual and social trauma and in grassroots movements into uniquely powerful work that has proven to be incredibly helpful to a wide range of social justice activists, many of whom have been deeply hurt by oppression or violence. Today a panel of leaders from a range of cutting-edge groups, including Prentis Hemphill of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD), Raquel Lavina from the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Nathan Shara from Transformative Justice, and others TBA, will share how they have been able to successfully integrate embodied transformation into their social change work.


Workshop Speakers
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Staci K. Haines

Staci K. Haines, founder of “Generative Somatics” and a national leader in bringing transformative practice to serve social and environmental justice movements, has integrated her extensive experience in Somatics, social movements, and transforming individual and social traum... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

All About Chocolate

In this thrilling outdoor workshop, passionate chocolate-maker extraordinaire Jonas Ketterle of Firefly Chocolate will share his deep knowledge of cacao (gained in part from working with Indigenous Maya farmers). He covers its origins, rituals and myths, regional varieties, processing techniques, cultural/economic/social realities, culinary uses, and health-promoting and mind-expanding properties. He will also lead us in a "hands-on" demonstration of ancestral stone ground chocolate-making, which we'll get to sample (a once-in-a-lifetime experience!).


Workshop Speakers
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Jonas Ketterle

Jonas Ketterle, after a life-changing encounter with chocolate making in Oaxaca, founded the bean-to-bar dark chocolate company Firefly Chocolate in 2014 to inspire awe and wonder through cacao. Previously an “Imagineer” at Greenlight Planet and engineering lead at Fenix Inte... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Evolutionary Plant Breeding: Breeding Crops for Climate Change

In the face of an increasingly unstable climate and the continued collapse of global agricultural biodiversity, the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) has engaged in a project involving mixing and planting together over 2,000 varieties of bread-wheat from all over the world in a process called “Evolutionary Plant Breeding.” The goals of this ambitious project are to: create unique, place-adapted, resilient mixtures of our most important food crops; increase agricultural biodiversity; put seed-breeding back into the hands of farmers and gardeners; and generate a seed supply that can thrive in a changing climate. With: Mark Schapiro, investigative environmental journalist, lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, author of Seeds of Resistance; Kendall Dunnigan, Director of the OAEC’s Permaculture Program, co-author of: Growing Communities: How to Build Communities Through Community Gardening; Cooper Freeman, OAEC’s Program Manager. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program.


Workshop Speakers
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Cooper Freeman

Cooper Freeman, Program Manager at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), studied Environmental History at UC Santa Barbara, Agro-ecology with Vandana Shiva in India, and Permaculture Design at OAEC. His recent projects include co-leading the passage of a California law l... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Walking Transformation: How to Radiate Peace with Every Step
Russell and Suki Munsell have forty years' experience in a wide range of mind-body modalities, movement disciplines, and somatic therapies. Join them in this outdoor workshop as they share their Dynamic Vitality Method, a unique full-body experience for all ages and fitness levels that includes Dynamic Walking, a biomechanically based method to balance mind, body and intention that teaches us how to embody a more vibrant, graceful presence as we move through our lives.

Workshop Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Joven Noble con Palabra: A Healing Rites of Passage Model for Adolescent Males of Color

Co-sponsored by the National Compadres Network

The National Compadres Network has developed a powerfully effective rites of passage model—Joven Noble con Palabra, a curriculum for boys and men of color based on the transformational healing philosophy—La Cultura Cura. The program provides youth with a safe place to discuss their personal experiences and with positive adult male mentors who can show them how to maintain healthy connections with other people. In this interactive session for those working with at-risk youth who may want to incorporate aspects of this model, we will explore: the particular issues and traumas boys and men of color face and how these impact their lives and behaviors; and how to use evidence-based practical tools to connect with and help these young men heal their wounds and thrive. With: Mario Ozuna-Sanchez, Senior Manager of Training and Capacity Building, National Compadres Network.

Workshop Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

4:30pm

One Word: “Plastics”

The pace, scale and impact of plastic pollution have exploded. Half of all plastic ever created has come into existence in the past decade. The impacts on ocean life, human health and the entire biosphere are vast and growing. Solutions need to be surfaced, rapidly researched and scaled. Join representatives from three of the world’s leading groups actively engaged in mounting a response equal to the size of the challenge. With: Anna Cummins, co-founder and Global Strategy Director of 5 Gyres; Conrad MacKerron, Senior Vice President of As You Sow; Shilpi Chhotray, Senior Communications Officer for the global #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign.



Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Beyond Sovereignty: New Solutions for Self-Determination | Indigenous Forum

Despite its widespread use in Indian country, the concept of “sovereignty” is often misunderstood and misused. Derived from 16th Century political theory, sovereignty has, in the context of Native American peoples in the U.S., come to mean the right of federally recognized tribes to self-govern as nations within the broader entity of the United States. In this provocative workshop, Native community leaders and scholars will explore how tribes might begin to go beyond conventional applications of sovereignty to include food sovereignty beyond farming, economic sovereignty beyond gaming, and environmental sovereignty beyond current legal systems. Presenters TBA.


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Visionary Science Fiction: An Imagination Training for Activists with Climbing PoeTree

"All organizing is science fiction. We are creating a world we have never seen."- Adrienne Maree Brown. Can poetry, storytelling, and progressive science fiction help us re-write the future we are heading into? This interactive workshop with the renowned poets, artists, educators, activists and dazzling spoken-word performing duo Climbing PoeTree will help us train our visionary muscles as we imagine life 100 years from now to visualize how we humans can adapt to the intense challenges we are facing, and evolve in positive ways on a changing planet. We’ll collaborate to create sci-fi plots and scenarios that speculate about how a growing solutionary resistance will be able to address the social and environmental problems confronting us and create a world we would all want to live in. As Climbing PoeTree says, "Art is our Weapon, Our Medicine, Our Voice, Our Vision."


Performers
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Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are award-winning multimedia artists, organizers, educators and a spoken word duo who have independently organized 30 tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and 11,000 miles around the U.S. on a bus... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Bits, Bots, & Our Biome: Technology and Tech Power

Technology shapes how we live and how we understand ourselves as humans, but who is holding the reins? Some leading tech-savvy activists wrestle with how technology and the tech sector are radically re-shaping the distribution of power and life on our planet. They’ll explore strategies and structural and cultural interventions we can use to try to leverage and hold accountable the power of technology, so it can actually serve the common good. Hosted by Lindley Mease co-founder/Co-Director of Blue Heart, which organizes tech millennial donors to give to frontline organizations. With: Richard Stallman, founder/President of the Free Software Foundation, author of Free Software, Free Society; Malkia A. Cyril. founder/Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice, co-founder, Media Action Grassroots Network; Gopal Dayaneni, longtime activist, currently on the boards of the ETC Group, The Ruckus Society and the Center for Story-based Strategy.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Malkia Cyril

Malkia Cyril

Malkia A. Cyril, founder/Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network, is one of few leaders of color in the movement for digital rights and freedom, as well as a leader in the Black Lives Matter Network. Cyril is also a... Read More →
avatar for Lindley Mease

Lindley Mease

Lindley Mease coordinates the Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund at Thousand Currents, mobilizing funders to collaboratively give to climate justice movements in the Global South and also co-founded and co-directs Blue Heart, an organization that organizes tech millennial donors t... Read More →
avatar for Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman, a groundbreaking software developer and renowned, pioneering software freedom activist and advocate, worked at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT from 1971 to 1984, where he initiated the GNU operating system and then left MIT to launch the Free Software Mov... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Healing and Recovering Sacred Manhood

As serial examples of abuses by men in positions of power reveal, much more is needed to address the issues of true equality between the genders and a society safe for all its members to bring forth their greatest gifts, whatever their gender identities. To reach that goal requires a profound cultural shift in our current concepts of manhood. Men of all ages and ethnicities will need to boldly explore, heal, and embrace new and ancient models of masculinity that reflect a strength rooted in loving compassion and wisdom rather than aggression or violence. Join us for a conversation as three men who grew up challenged by prevalent ideals of masculinity to later grow into voices for sacred manhood share their experiences. Hosted by Bioneers' co-founder Nina Simons. With: Kevin Powell, writer, activist, co-founder of BK Nation, acclaimed author of 13 books, including his autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into ManhoodJerry Telllo, author of Healing the Wounded Male Spirit, co-founder of the National Compadres Network, who has 40+ years' experience working on transformational healing with inner city boys and men and war veterans; Zachary Draves, student activist, domestic violence community educator, Chair of the Subcommittee on Race in College Athletics. 


Keynote Speakers
avatar for Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell

Writer, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood
Kevin Powell, a leading figure in the movement to redefine manhood and in contemporary American political, cultural and literary life as well as in the hip-hop arena, is the product of a single mother, absent father and severe poverty in his youth. In spite of those challenges he has become an acclaimed, prolific writer, authoring 13 books, including his autobiography... Read More →
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and founding Director of its Everywoman's Leadership program (which includes "Cultivating Women's Leadership” intensives and CoMadres retreats), co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. An award-w... Read More →

Workshop Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Embodied Restoration: Rebalancing the Sacred Masculine and Feminine

Clare DuBois, founder of TreeSisters, leads a powerful journey into the embodied experience of human wholeness. We will delve into an archetypal exploration of our own inner sacred geometry and become part of a collective rebalancing designed to activate our innate, instinctual intelligence. Discover a felt relationship to the feminine and masculine archetypes within you – it’s truly transformative.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Clare Dubois

Clare Dubois

Clare Dubois is the founder of TreeSisters.org, a women's reforestation and culture-change organization dedicated to humanity’s emergence as a “restorer species.” For 22 years she has been facilitating body-based, experiential sessions designed to help participants shift co... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

What We Can Learn from South Africa's Legendary White Lions

Some especially charismatic animals have often been viewed as archetypally important or linked to prophetic teachings by Indigenous cultures. This is true of the White Bison among some tribes on the Great Plains, British Columbia's "Spirit Bear" and South Africa's White Lions. World renowned conservationist Linda Tucker and leading lion ecologist Jason Turner, who together created the Global White Lion Protection Trust, will explain how this rare species has helped bring together cutting-edge modern ecology with Indigenous ancestral wisdom to help heal ecosystems and divides of race, tribe, gender and culture, reaching to the very origin of humankind's contract with Earth. They’ll also share what these extraordinary creatures can teach us about our own capacity for leadership.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Linda Tucker

Linda Tucker

Linda Tucker, a South Africa-based, world-renowned, award-winning conservationist, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust and the Linda Tucker Foundation, has dedicated her life to the protection of critically endangered white lions, among the world's most targeted tro... Read More →
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Jason Turner

Jason A. Turner, MSc, a South Africa-based leading lion ecologist with over three decades' experience in wildlife conservation management and research, is Director of Ecology for the Global White Lion Protection Trust, which he established with Linda Tucker in 2002. He is Chairma... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA
 
Sunday, October 21
 

8:30am

We Are All Aging, So Let's End Ageism

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder

What's a surefire way to make activism more effective? Make it intergenerational. What's the biggest obstacle? An ageist culture that pits old against young and bombards us with messages that wrinkles are tragic and old people useless. Aging is not a problem to be "fixed" or a disease to be "cured.” It's a natural lifelong process that unites us all, and a world that's better to grow old in is better for everyone. Debunking myth after myth about late life, author and activist Ashton Applewhite passionately urges us to come together at all ages - and dismantle ageism in the process.


Introduced By
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and founding Director of its Everywoman's Leadership program (which includes "Cultivating Women's Leadership” intensives and CoMadres retreats), co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. An award-w... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite

ThisChairRocks.com
Ashton Applewhite, an internationally recognized expert on ageism and a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age, is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She also blogs at ThisChairRocks.com and runs the Yo... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 8:30am - 8:45am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:00am

Tribe of the New Flame: Smallholder Farmers as Climate Change and Food Security Leaders

Introduction by JP Harpignies, Bioneers Executive Producer

Alex Eaton, co-founder of Sistema Biobolsa, will share how this groundbreaking social business is creating a movement toward regenerative agricultural practices among small farmers in Latin America, East Africa and India. He’ll illustrate how small farmers around the world can work together to increase global food production, while turning their farms, homes and soils into carbon sinks by using waste-to-energy technology, capacity building and innovative financing. Because small farmers still produce 80% of the world’s food, their survival is crucial to mitigating the effects of climate change, protecting biodiversity and preserving social stability in many countries. Alex will show how Sistema Biobolsa’s unique scaleable approach addresses climate change, food security, and poverty around the world by engaging “smallholders.”


Introduced By
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JP Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Conference Associate Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a NYC-based consultant, conference producer, copy-editor and writer. A former Program Director at the New York Open Center and a senior review team member for the Buckminster Fulle... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Alex Eaton

Alex Eaton

Co-Founder, Sistema.bio
Alexander Eaton, the Mexico City-based co-founder of Sistema.bio, a social business addressing climate change, food security, and poverty around the world by providing technology development, training, and financing of sustainable waste-to-resources infrastructure for small farme... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:30am

Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors, an artist, organizer and performer, is one of the three original co-founders of Black Lives Matter and founder of a non-profit organization, Dignity and Power Now, which helped force the creation of the first civilian oversight commission over the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She is the author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.   


Keynote Speakers
avatar for Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors

Co-Founder, #BlackLivesMatter
Patrisse Cullors, a Los-Angeles native artist, organizer and scholar who, in 2013, co-founded #BlackLivesMatter, which has grown into an international organization with dozens of chapters fighting anti-Black racism, has won many awards including The Sydney Peace Prize Award (2017... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:15am

Live Suicides, Russian Meddling, #Parkland: What We've Learned About Tech Giants in The Last Year

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director

Elizabeth Dwoskin, the Washington Post's Silicon Valley correspondent, is that paper's eyes and ears in the world of tech. For the past six years, she has covered the rise of data-hungry technology companies, online conspiracies, and Russian meddling on social media. She was part of the team that broke over a dozen stories on Russian operatives' use of Facebook, Twitter, and Google to influence the 2016 presidential election. She’ll shine a light on our growing awareness of the dark side of Silicon Valley, and how that awareness is reshaping public policy, our understanding of democracy, and the way tech is used and built. 


Introduced By
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Joshua Fouts

Executive Director, Bioneers
Joshua Sheridan Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director, is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work facilitating meaningful understanding between cultures. With a background in anthropology, Joshua has worked with peoples of Malay... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Dwoskin

Elizabeth Dwoskin

Silicon Valley Correspondent, The Washington Post
Elizabeth Dwoskin has been reporting from Silicon Valley since 2013. She was the Wall Street Journal's first full-time beat reporter covering big data and artificial intelligence. In 2016, she joined The Washington Post as Silicon Valley Correspondent, becoming the paper's eyes a... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 11:15am - 11:45am
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:00pm

INTRINSIC: A Performance by Climbing PoeTree

These two Brooklyn-based poets-artists-activists-educators-musicians-performers may be the most brilliant socially engaged spoken word duo in the known universe. They’ll perform material from their recent kickass album, Intrinsic.


Performers
avatar for Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are award-winning multimedia artists, organizers, educators and a spoken word duo who have independently organized 30 tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and 11,000 miles around the U.S. on a bus... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:00pm

INTRINSIC: A Performance by Climbing PoeTree

These two Brooklyn-based poets-artists-activists-educators-musicians-performers may be the most brilliant socially engaged spoken word duo in the known universe. They’ll perform material from their recent kickass album, Intrinsic.


Performers
avatar for Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are award-winning multimedia artists, organizers, educators and a spoken word duo who have independently organized 30 tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and 11,000 miles around the U.S. on a bus... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:45pm

Closing Performance by Oakland’s own Thrive Choir

Closing Performance by Oakland’s own Thrive Choir


Sunday October 21, 2018 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Vetrans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

1:00pm

IBEX Puppetry Presents: Performances of: Harmonious Migrations and Lhamo Trung Trung | Indigenous Forum

Join Heather Henson, Jason Gullo Mullins (South Eastern Cherokee) and Tsering Choedron (Tibetan) for two educational puppetry performances centered on the interconnectivity among endangered Whooping and Black Neck Cranes and the environments and Indigenous communities through which they migrate. After the performances, join the creators for a conversation about how they've approached creating and performing these traditional and contemporary stories.



Sunday October 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:45pm

How to Be A Good Ally | Indigenous Forum

White “ally-ship” with Indigenous Peoples is confusing to the point that we don’t know if we should even use the word “ally” anymore. Through open and honest dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners, this workshop provides a pathway for building successful cross-cultural collaborations in: philanthropic giving, environmental campaigns, and the advancement of Indigenous rights. For non-Indigenous attendees, this workshop will explore the relationship between ally-ship with Indigenous groups and one’s own “re-indigenization.” For Indigenous people, this workshop offers practical guidelines to help you manage collaborations, coalitions and alliances with outsiders.


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Bridging 'ism' Schisms: Reaching Out Across Divides

Our race, faith, gender, orientation, age and ability often shape where we live, whom we know, the resources to which we have access, and how people perceive us. The stories we tell ourselves about our similarities and differences shape our life choices, and, far too often, different “isms” are used to divide us. How can we use our differences to make us all stronger? What strategies can we use to build bridges and work together for positive change? The future of our society depends on how we address those questions. Hosted by: Connie Cagampang Heller, co-founder of the Linked Fate Fund for Justice. With: Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, founder of Dignity and Power Now; Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.


Keynote Speakers
avatar for Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite

ThisChairRocks.com
Ashton Applewhite, an internationally recognized expert on ageism and a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age, is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She also blogs at ThisChairRocks.com and runs the Yo... Read More →
avatar for Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors

Co-Founder, #BlackLivesMatter
Patrisse Cullors, a Los-Angeles native artist, organizer and scholar who, in 2013, co-founded #BlackLivesMatter, which has grown into an international organization with dozens of chapters fighting anti-Black racism, has won many awards including The Sydney Peace Prize Award (2017... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Connie Cagampang Heller

Connie Cagampang Heller, an artist, strategy design consultant and founder of Project Linked Fate, uses fiber collage to explore and reveal the complexity of race in America. When not in her studio, she collaborates with academics, philanthropists and movement leaders to create l... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Navigating Emergence: Perspectives and Practices for Responding in Real Time

While planning remains important, in our increasingly fast-paced complex world we need to grow our abilities to embrace emergence, serendipity and synchronicity. In this experiential workshop led by Kate Sutherland, a highly experienced community and organizational change expert, author of We Can Do This! 10 Tools to Unleash Our Collective Genius, we’ll learn three cutting-edge practices to cultivate and leverage the power of our intuition and intention to deepen our ability to “see” systemically: Adaptive Cycles, Chaordic Design, and Conscious Co-creation. We’ll leave this workshop equipped with a starter kit of highly effective, potent, in-the-moment practices we can draw upon to both better navigate the world’s chaos and to gain greater clarity about our life’s purpose.


Workshop Speakers
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Kate Sutherland

Kate Sutherland, a founding faculty member and executive coach for Simon Fraser University’s Social Innovation Certificate and THNK School of Creative Leadership and SFU’s Certificate in Evaluation for Social Change and Transformational Learning, has 25 years’ experience as... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Spiritual Ecology and Sacred Rebellion

The science of the environmental crisis is now obvious and widely known, but sufficient mass collective action to change our civilization’s catastrophic trajectory has not coalesced. What’s preventing it? Could it be a deeper, unspoken spiritual crisis of values? Four intergenerational visionaries will share how they draw from their faiths to work toward transforming worldviews and healing systemic injustices. Hosted by Kyle Lemle, Spiritual Ecology Fellow, U.S. People’s Delegate to the UN Climate Talks.  Others TBA.  


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Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Farmacology: Soil, Health and Medicine

Daphne Miller, MD, had long suspected that human wellbeing and how our food is produced are intimately linked. She visited and studied seven innovative family farms around the country on a quest to discover the hidden connections between how we grow our food and our health, and she published her findings in Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up (also the basis for the award-winning documentary In Search of Balance). She’ll discuss how farming techniques - from seed choice to soil management - have a direct impact on our health. Dr. Miller’s powerfully innovative work is a breakthrough in erasing the divide between agriculture and medicine.


Workshop Speakers

Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Revisioning Education with Eco-Literacy and Social Justice in Mind

Legendary educator David Orr says that all education is environmental education by what it includes or excludes. If we’re to surmount the daunting challenges facing us and build a thriving “green,” fairer and more compassionate civilization, transforming how we educate our youth may well be the single most important task facing us. Luckily, there are at all levels of the educational system a growing number of heartening, inspiring initiatives working to incorporate ecological literacy, sustainability, justice and equity in both curricula and in the governance of pedagogic institutions. With: Cynthia Selin, Associate Professor at ASU’s School of Sustainability; Karen Cowe, CEO of Ten Strands, which works to teach environmental literacy to all California K12 students; others TBA.


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Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Soul of WoMen: Restoring Harmony and Balance Between the Feminine and Masculine

In a world so divided and intensely polarized, how can we restore balance between the feminine and masculine energies within each of us and in our society? How can we return to wholeness and give full expression to our innate potential, in service to humanity and the whole web of life? Visionary women leaders from East and West share their insights and experiences in an interactive panel that will include meditation, sound and other sacred practices. Hosted by Barbara Fields, Executive Director of The Association for Global New Thought. With: Masami Saionji, Japanese spiritual leader and peace activist; Izumi Masukawa, Ph.D. in Nutrition and Bio-electronics; Lynne Twist, co-founder of Pachamama Alliance. 


Workshop Speakers
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Barbara Fields

Barbara Fields, Ph.D., is Executive Director of The Association for Global New Thought. Co-founder and Project Director of The Gandhi King Seasons for Peace and Nonviolence, the Synthesis Dialogues I, II, and III with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and omni-local initiatives for th... Read More →
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Izumi Masukawa

Izumi Masukawa, Ph.D., a native of Japan with a doctorate in nutrition and bio-electronics from Michigan State, was formerly Director of the American Micro Cluster Lab, where she researched unique methods of water treatment, such as electromagnetic resonance. Currently focused on... Read More →
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Masami Saionji

Masami Saionji, a native of Japan and a descendant of the Royal Ryukyu Family of Okinawa, is Chairperson of the Goi Peace Foundation and the World Peace Prayer Society. An international lecturer, author and activist who promotes peace awareness and spiritual development, she init... Read More →
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Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist is a social activist, fundraiser, author and consultant who has dedicated herself to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. Co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance whose mission is to empower Indigenous people of th... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

4:30pm

Lessons from the Oil Fields, Wisdom from the Forest

Co-sponsored by Amazon Frontlines and the Ceibo Alliance

The territory of the Amazon’s Indigenous peoples is some of the most biodiverse (and most threatened) rainforest on our planet. What does Indigenous stewardship of the Amazon look like in the 21st century? What are the risks, threats and opportunities? Come hear from a team working on the frontlines of community-led resistance to predatory resource extraction. They’ll illustrate current approaches to on-the-ground action in the Amazon, the risk of losing the ancestral knowledge of native Amazonians, the opportunities and pitfalls of global solidarity, and what this all means for conservation movements worldwide. Hosted by Mitch Anderson, founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines. With: Norma Nenquimo (Waorani) Secretary of the Ceibo Alliance Leadership Council; Hernan Payaguaje (Seikopai) Executive Director of the Ceibo Alliance; Luke Weiss, Coordinator of the Cultural Recovery and Territorial Mapping programs at Amazon Frontlines; Brian Parker, Legal Rights Defenders Program Coordinator at Amazon Frontlines.


Keynote Speakers
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Norma Nenquimo

Norma Nenquimo, born in the Waorani community of Toñampare on the banks of the Curaray River, is a respected leader among her people, fighting for their cultural survival, the health of their environment, and their territorial rights, as well as working to enhance women’s righ... Read More →
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Hernan Payaguaje

Hernan Payaguaje, from the Siekopai community of San Pablo on the Aguarico River, comes from a long lineage of healers. One of the first of his people to attend university, he is a founding member and Executive Director of the pan-tribal frontline Indigenous group, the Ceibo Alli... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Mitch Anderson

Mitch Anderson, founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines, has spent the past 15 years supporting the struggles of indigenous peoples across the Americas. In 2011 he moved to Ecuador to work on clean water projects with Indigenous communities living downriver from conta... Read More →
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Brian Parker

Brian Parker, an attorney, is the Legal Rights Defenders Program Coordinator at Amazon Frontlines. He has had the privilege of participating in a number of Indigenous communities’ struggles for their rights as well as working with members of the Ceibo Alliance to design a compr... Read More →
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Luke Weiss

Luke Weiss combines his experience living in the Amazon with the Secoya people for 20+ years with a Masters’ degree from the Yale school of Forestry and Environmental Studies to coordinate the Cultural Recovery and Territorial Mapping programs at Amazon Frontlines. He and his f... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Transforming Philanthropy: Moving from Charity to Redistribution

Produced in collaboration with Resource Generation, which organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power. We’re living in an age of massive wealth inequality. The eight richest people in the world (all men) own as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population. Most philanthropy in the U.S. is a symptom of this wealth inequality and does not address its root causes. This panel features leaders who are seeking to: shift underlying power dynamics, practice philanthropy as redistribution, and work across class and racial divides to move money to frontline poor and working class-led organizations fighting for racial and economic justice. Presenters TBA.


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Innovative Enterprise: "Greening" Agriculture and Boosting Farmers' Livelihoods

Thriving, dynamic organic and agro-ecological movements have been growing rapidly around the world to present real alternatives to industrial agriculture’s  catastrophic harms. These visionary leaders of cutting-edge, mission-driven enterprises working in the U.S. and globally share their strategies for succeeding at spreading ecologically sound agricultural practices while boosting farming families' incomes and wellbeing. With: Alex Eaton, co-founder, Sistema Biobolsa; Theresa Marquez, Chief Marketing Executive at Organic Valley; others TBA.


Keynote Speakers
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Alex Eaton

Co-Founder, Sistema.bio
Alexander Eaton, the Mexico City-based co-founder of Sistema.bio, a social business addressing climate change, food security, and poverty around the world by providing technology development, training, and financing of sustainable waste-to-resources infrastructure for small farme... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Theresa Marquez

Theresa Marquez, a passionate advocate for organic food and farming since 1978, a pioneer of the natural foods movement, served 17 years as Organic Valley Cooperative’s Chief Marketing Executive, 5 years as its Mission Executive, and recently became its Mission Ambassador. A ho... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Exploring “Blood Memory” | Indigenous Forum

“Blood memory” is the idea that we carry ancient memories in our DNA, genetic connections to the teachings of our ancestors, and that these memories can be awakened. This workshop explores different dimensions of this controversial concept, including such questions as: Does everyone have “blood memory”? What relationship does “blood memory” have to the concept of “re-indigenizing”? And, how can the concept of blood memory be used to heal from trauma and connect people to their responsibility to place? Presenters TBA.


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

4:30pm

Closure and Reflection | Youth Leadership

Youth have the opportunity to close out the Bioneers Conference in a meaningful way. It’s a moment to process emotions, questions, ideas and inspirations that have arisen over the course of the weekend, and to be better equipped to bring back what they’ve learned to their communities and social networks. Co-facilitated by guest youth facilitators.


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA