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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: Leah Mata (Northern Chumash), artist; Adae Romero-Briones (Cochiti Pueblo) Director of Programs, First Nations Development Institute; Ilarion Merculieff (Aleut), Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways; Vincent Medina, Muwekma Ohlone tribal Councilman; Hillary Renick (Sherwood Valley Pomo), BIA Sacramento; Dean Hoaglin (Coast Miwok/Pomo/Wailaki/Yuki), Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria); Jacob White Horse (Northern Chumash/Rosebud Sioux).

Location: McNears Beach Park
Price: $195 (includes lunch)

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Keynote Speakers
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Vincent Medina

Muwekma Ohlone Tribe
Vincent Medina is an enrolled member of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, where he also serves as a Councilman representing his family’s lineage. Vincent and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone) co-founded Mak-‘amham, an organization and restaurant focused on reviving and strengthening traditional... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin, a descendant of the Hukuiko band of Coast Miwoks of Marin County and the Big Valley Band of Pomos of Lake County on his maternal side and Mendocino Wailakis and Yukis on his paternal side, trained in traditional teachings and practices by family elders from a young age... Read More →
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Jacob White Horse

Jacob White Horse (yak tittʸu tittʸu Northern Chumash/Rosebud Sioux), a student in environmental studies at United Tribes College in North Dakota, is currently an intern with the UC Davis Marine Biology Lab working on abalone management, the first Native American and tribal college... Read More →
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Leah Mata

Leah Mata Fragua (yak tittʸu tittʸu Northern Chumash) is a consultant, artist, and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work is focused on projects that aim to give greater voice and visibility to her tribal community and that seek to find creative ways... Read More →
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion Merculieff, who served his people, the Bering Sea’s Unangan (Aleut), and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a wide range of major leadership capacities for 40+ years, is currently President of Seven Generations Consulting and of the Global... Read More →
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Hillary Renick

Hillary Renick, an enrolled member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo as well as a descendant of the Hopland Shanel, Noyo River and Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone indigenous communities, was raised in a traditional subsistence family in Mendocino County. She has worked in land-air-water-cultural... Read More →
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A-dae Romero-Briones

A-dae Romero-Briones (Cochiti/Kiowa), born and raised in Cochiti Pueblo, NM, is Director of Programs for the Native Food and Agriculture Initiative of the First Nations Development Institute. Formerly Director of Community Development for Pulama Lana’I, she is an expert in food... Read More →


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

5:00pm

Youth Orientation
Thursday night before the conference meet other youth who will be attending Bioneers and become a member of a small mentoring team to share, process and explore your Bioneers experience during the conference with your peers and an experienced mentor from Weaving Earth. Dinner will be served. 

Thursday October 18, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Youth Unity Center
 
Friday, October 19
 

8:45am

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree
Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Keynote Speakers
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Deb Lane

Deb Lane has been playing the drums for most of her life. Formerly a member of the Santa Cruz World Beat Band, Pele Juju, she performs with artists throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her musical endeavors, Deb is a leader in water-use efficiency and works as a Water... Read More →
avatar for Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum... Read More →


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

9:18am

Opening Ceremony with Vincent Medina
Opening Ceremony with Vincent Medina, Muwekma Ohlone tribal Councilman, born and raised in his people’s traditional homeland of Halkin (southern Oakland/San Leandro/San Lorenzo).

Keynote Speakers
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Vincent Medina

Muwekma Ohlone Tribe
Vincent Medina is an enrolled member of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, where he also serves as a Councilman representing his family’s lineage. Vincent and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone) co-founded Mak-‘amham, an organization and restaurant focused on reviving and strengthening traditional... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 9:18am - 9:24am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:25am

Opening Remarks by Nina Simons
Opening Remarks by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist.

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 9:25am - 9:41am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:41am

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
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... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 9:41am - 10:05am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:06am

Unleashing the Power of Love in Philanthropy
Introduction by Dan Skaff, co-founder and Managing Partner of Radicle Impact Partners

Social Justice warrior Jacqueline Martinez Garcel leads a foundation with the largest network of civically engaged Latino philanthropists. On a mission to unleash the power of Latinos, the Latino Community Foundation (LCF) seeks to radically change the concept, purpose, and pathway to philanthropy by returning it to its core roots: love. At a critical moment in our nation’s history, the rising groups of Latino leaders are fighting the battles of racism and classism that are raging in our country by honing in the healing and redemptive power of love. Driven by change and impact, not charity—Jacqueline will share how the work of LCF is radicalizing the power dynamics that have crept into the field of philanthropy and have held the sector captive in an oppressive and counterintuitive cycle. The ultimate objective for Jacqueline is to liberate capital and invest in grassroot movements and leaders that will drive us closer to a more just and representative democracy.

Introduced By
avatar for Daniel L. Skaff

Daniel L. Skaff

Daniel L. Skaff, MBA, co-founder and Managing Partner of Radicle Impact Partners, a socially responsible venture fund, also serves as Vice Chairman of Beneficial State Bancorp, a triple-bottom-line enterprise dedicated to building prosperity while enhancing social justice, environmental... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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 launch... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 10:06am - 10:30am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:52am

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 10:52am - 11:03am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:03am

Climate Change is Changing the World—Now We Too Must Change
Introduction by Clayton Thomas-Muller, Stop-it-at-the-Source 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
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Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Müller (Mathias Colomb Cree/aka Pukatawagan), currently the 'Stop it at the Source' campaigner with 350.org, is an award-winning Winnipeg, Canada-based Indigenous Rights/Climate Justice activist and media producer with 16+ years’ experience organizing in hundreds... Read More →

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... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 11:03am - 11:28am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:34am

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
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Cat Brooks

Cat Brooks, an “artivist,” mother, community leader and co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project, whose mission is to rapidly respond to and eradicate state violence in communities of color, is the Executive Director of the Justice Teams Network, a California statewide project... Read More →

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 helping... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 11:34am - 11:59am
Veterans 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
avatar for Jayden Lim

Jayden Lim

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Jayden Lim (Pomo), a high school senior skilled in GIS software, business planning, and Pomo language documentation (and also a DJ since age 11!), serves as a Tribal Youth Ambassador (TYA) for the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. Jayden spoke at the Obama White House... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 12:00pm - 12:06pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:07pm

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 influence... 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 12:07pm - 12:49pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

1:30pm

YOGA at Bioneers with Laurel van den Cline
YOGA at Bioneers with Laurel van den Cline
7:30am Saturday morning and daily, Friday-Sunday, at 1:30pm on the Island 
Give your body what it needs and put your mind at ease with yoga. This 50-minute class includes yoga postures, breath work, visualization, elements of flow, and surrender. Leave class feeling energized, present, ready to better absorb and retain your Bioneers journey.  
 



Workshop Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm
The Island

1:45pm

Interactive Living Mandala Art Project

Interactive Living Mandala Art Project: Seeds, flowers, gourds and shells are your medium to create a large-scale collective art piece. Led by Aaron Ableman and Erika Minkowsky


Artists
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Aaron Ableman

Aaron Ableman, an award-winning musician, artist, entrepreneur and author who has studied with indigenous elders, Oxford scholars and notable spiritual leaders, has worked with many luminaries, including: Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Michael Franti, Cypress Hill, Raffi, Joan Baez, Nahko... Read More →
avatar for Erika Minkowsky

Erika Minkowsky

Erika Minkowsky, a certified doula, chef and herbalist who apprenticed with top sustainability-oriented chefs as well as renowned healers in the Jewish and Mexican folk traditions and indigenous medicine teachers in Latin America, has committed her life to the healing and empowerment... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
TBA

2:45pm

Intergenerational Activism: Working Together for Social Change/World Café
What are the pitfalls and possibilities, personally and for our movements, when we partner across generations? Join us for a series of participant-driven World Café conversations about how we can collaborate to shape the future by synergizing the unique gifts of all generations. The World Café provides a hospitable space for integration and reflection on what is emerging at the conference as well as for building partnerships of personal and professional value. Let's create tomorrow together!

With: Ashton Applewhite, ThisChairRocks.com; Kristy Drutman, The Brown Girl Green Show, CA Digital Campaign Organizer with 350.org. Hosted by: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Common Ground Center; Amy Lenzo, weDialogue & The World Cafe Community Foundation.

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, Is This Ageist? website. Applewhite speaks widely at a wide range of venues that have included the TED main stage and the United Nations... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Kristy Drutman

Kristy Drutman

Kristy Drutman, a recent UC Berkeley graduate, is currently a California Digital Campaigner with 350.org. A mixed race Filipina American and environmental activist passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in the movement, she co-founded the Students of Color Environmental... Read More →
avatar for Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo seeks to foster conscious online engagement in ways that connect us with ourselves, each other, and the natural world in her work with weDialogue and the World Cafe. She has served as Director of Learning Programs and Community Steward for the World Cafe Community Foundation... Read More →
avatar for David Shaw

David Shaw

David Shaw, a permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, founded Santa Cruz Permaculture, and the UCSC Right Livelihood College, a partnership with the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” He supports communities locally and globally to transform their shared future... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Using Your Investments to Hold Corporations Accountable and Change the World
The great majority of us have our savings parked at a big bank and in a 401k invested in a bunch of mutual funds, and nearly all that money is helping finance climate change, gender inequality, forced labor, overpaid CEOs, and the corporate takeover of our political system. We have all been blindly abdicating our financial power, but this very practical workshop will show us how to align our investing with our values in easy steps. We will leave knowing how to divest from destructive investments and fund the future we actually want to live in. With: Thomas Van Dyck, Managing Director/Financial Advisor with SRI Wealth Management Group, a leader in socially responsible investing for 30+ years who founded the shareholder advocacy As You Sow Foundation; Danielle Fugere, President and Chief Counsel at As You Sow.  Hosted by Nick Guroff, Deputy Director of Communications and Foundation Relations at Corporate Accountability. 

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Thomas Van Dyck

Thomas Van Dyck

Thomas Van Dyck, CIMA®, a Managing Director/Financial Advisor with the SRI Wealth Management Group at RBC Wealth Management, has been a leader in socially responsible investing for 30+ years. He consults on $2.4 billion in institutional and individual client assets, incorporating... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Fugere

Danielle Fugere

Danielle Fugere J.D. is President and Chief Counsel of As You Sow, the nation’s leading non-profit organization seeking “to harness shareholder power to create lasting change that benefits people, planet, and profit.” Danielle was previously Executive Director of the Environmental... Read More →
avatar for Nick Guroff

Nick Guroff

Nick Guroff, the Deputy Director of Communications and Foundation Relations at the NGO, Corporate Accountability, began his advocacy work as a Field Organizer for Green Corps, a Field Manager with MoveOn PAC, and as the California organizer for the National Environmental Trust (NET... Read More →


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

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; and Bill Twist, co-founder and CEO of the Pachamama Alliance. 

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Mari Margil

Mari Margil

Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization's International Center for the Rights of Nature. She assisted Ecuador in drafting Rights of Nature constitutional provisions and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia and other... Read More →
avatar for Bill Twist

Bill Twist

Bill Twist is a co-founder and the CEO of the Pachamama Alliance, which works on rainforest preservation and Indigenous peoples’ rights in the headwaters region of the Amazon as well as on global social transformation. The Alliance seeks to help bring forth an environmentally sustainable... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

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
avatar for Mohamad Chakaki

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 community... 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. using... 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 described... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Interactive & Experiential Tent

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. Moderated by Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, Senior Fellow at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley and founder of The Bodhi Project.

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 helping... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Sonali Sangeeta Balajee

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, a Senior Fellow at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, is the founder of The Bodhi Project, which promotes practices at the intersection of Belonging, Organizing, Decolonizing, Health, and Interconnectedness. Sonali previously... Read More →
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 Heart... Read More →


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

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 for... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Unity Center

2:45pm

Women at the Frontlines of Climate Justice: Integrated Global Strategies
In many parts of the world, women are often the ones hardest hit by climate change's destructive effects, but they are also very often the ones taking the leading roles in the struggles to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Leaders from three of the most significant global networks on the frontlines of these efforts -- the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, Indigenous Climate Action and the Climate Justice Alliance -- will share their inspiring stories about how women-led movements are doing cutting-edge organizing that advances climate stability, social justice, and gender and economic equity. Hosted by Anneke Campbell, author/activist. With: Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/ Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network; Tere Almaguer, Environmental Justice Organizer for PODER in San Francisco. 

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Tere Almaguer

Tere Almaguer

Tere Almaguer, Environmental Justice Organizer for PODER (which organizes Latino immigrant families and youth to create locally-based, community-led, and environmentally just solutions to problems in San Francisco’s southeast neighborhoods) for 15 years, previously coordinated the... Read More →
avatar for Anneke Campbell

Anneke Campbell

Anneke Campbell has worked as a midwife, nurse, yoga teacher, English professor, poet and scriptwriter. She recently co-authored (with Thomas Linzey) We The People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the U.S. and co-edited (with Nina Simons) Moonrise: The Power of Women... Read More →
avatar for Eriel Tchekwie Deranger

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, a Denesuline Indigenous activist, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Alberta, Canada, is Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA), Canada’s premier Indigenous-led climate justice organization. Deranger, who... Read More →
avatar for Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake, founder/Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network International, works with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future... Read More →


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

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. With Sigrid Wright, Executive Director of Santa Barbara’s Community Environmental Council; Estrella Santiago Perez, Environmental Affairs Manager of Puerto Rico’s ENLACE. 

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman, founder/Director of the NGO, Daily Acts (dedicated to “helping people and groups reclaim the power of their actions to regenerate self, nature and community”), serves on the boards of Transition U.S. and the California Water Efficiency Partnership and is on the... Read More →
avatar for Estrella Santiago Perez

Estrella Santiago Perez

Estrella D. Santiago Pérez, J.D., is the Environmental Affairs Manager for the Corporación del Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña, a groundbreaking urban land trust project, which has organized a large, hitherto disenfranchised “informal” settlement in a polluted section... Read More →
avatar for Sigrid Wright

Sigrid Wright

Sigrid Wright, CEO of the Community Environmental Council, a California solutions-based nonprofit, is also a Commissioner for the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women, serves on the steering committee of the Central Coast Climate Collaborative and the Central Coast Climate Justice... Read More →


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

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
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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 lives... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Meet at Bioneers Info Booth near the Central Lawn

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.

Moderated by Adae Romero-Briones (Cochiti Pueblo) Director of Programs, First Nations Development Institute. With: Ilarion Merculieff (Aleut), Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways; Leah Mata (Northern Chumash), artist; Hillary Renick (Sherwood Valley Pomo), BIA Sacramento; Jacob White Horse (Northern Chumash/Rosebud Sioux) who interned with the U C Davis Marin Biology Lab’s abalone management research program. 

Workshop Speakers
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Jacob White Horse

Jacob White Horse (yak tittʸu tittʸu Northern Chumash/Rosebud Sioux), a student in environmental studies at United Tribes College in North Dakota, is currently an intern with the UC Davis Marine Biology Lab working on abalone management, the first Native American and tribal college... Read More →
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Leah Mata

Leah Mata Fragua (yak tittʸu tittʸu Northern Chumash) is a consultant, artist, and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work is focused on projects that aim to give greater voice and visibility to her tribal community and that seek to find creative ways... Read More →
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion Merculieff, who served his people, the Bering Sea’s Unangan (Aleut), and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a wide range of major leadership capacities for 40+ years, is currently President of Seven Generations Consulting and of the Global... Read More →
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Hillary Renick

Hillary Renick, an enrolled member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo as well as a descendant of the Hopland Shanel, Noyo River and Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone indigenous communities, was raised in a traditional subsistence family in Mendocino County. She has worked in land-air-water-cultural... Read More →
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A-dae Romero-Briones

A-dae Romero-Briones (Cochiti/Kiowa), born and raised in Cochiti Pueblo, NM, is Director of Programs for the Native Food and Agriculture Initiative of the First Nations Development Institute. Formerly Director of Community Development for Pulama Lana’I, she is an expert in food... Read More →


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

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
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Polly Howells

Polly Howells, a former board chair of Bioneers, is a facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance's "Awakening the Dreamer symposium" and is a core member of Woodstock NY Transition. She trained for ten years with Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman and she co-leads a five-day yearly retreat... Read More →
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Trebbe Johnson

Trebbe Johnson, founder/Director of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a global network devoted to finding beauty in wounded places, leads workshops and wilderness trips worldwide devoted to the discovery of wisdom and insight in nature. She is the author of: Radical Joy for Hard Times... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Hands-On Workshop Space

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 conversation. Hosted by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers senior producer.

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... Read More →
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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
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JP Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Senior Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a Brooklyn, 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 Fuller Challenge... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

Community of Mentors
Bioneers is inherently a community of mentors; people eager to learn, share, explore and create together. Community of Mentors offers youth the opportunity to be in small group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters. The presenters will share their life experience in an interactive dialogue with youth who are seeking guidance on their path to activism. With Lyla June, a Diné/ Cheyenne poet and musician. Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth. 

Keynote Speakers
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Lyla June

Poet/Musician, Activist
Lyla June is a poet, musician, anthropologist, educator, public speaker and community organizer of Diné, Cheyenne and European lineages who has addressed audiences across the globe with a message of personal, collective and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Dave Hage

Dave Hage, co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education (WE) helps lead the center's 9-month immersion program and various other programs for adults and teens, as well as providing group and individual mentoring. He is passionate about helping others find their... Read More →
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Lauren Dalberth Hage

Lauren Dalberth Hage, co-founder/Director of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, is a designer, facilitator, wilderness guide and consultant who leads a variety of adult, teen and family programs that weave together deep nature connection, community resilience, permaculture... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Community of Mentors

4:30pm

Real Books - Book Signing Schedule for Friday at 4:30 pm
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... Read More →
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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
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Anneke Campbell

Anneke Campbell has worked as a midwife, nurse, yoga teacher, English professor, poet and scriptwriter. She recently co-authored (with Thomas Linzey) We The People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the U.S. and co-edited (with Nina Simons) Moonrise: The Power of Women... Read More →
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion Merculieff, who served his people, the Bering Sea’s Unangan (Aleut), and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a wide range of major leadership capacities for 40+ years, is currently President of Seven Generations Consulting and of the Global... Read More →
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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 Heart... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Real Books Store in the Exhibit Hall

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
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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. using... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Interactive & Experiential Tent

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; Edna Chavez, March for Our Lives youth leader. Hosted by Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA. 

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... Read More →
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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 launch... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Cat Brooks

Cat Brooks, an “artivist,” mother, community leader and co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project, whose mission is to rapidly respond to and eradicate state violence in communities of color, is the Executive Director of the Justice Teams Network, a California statewide project... Read More →
avatar for Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard, a longtime dedicated activist, is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, which uses research, communication, non-violent direct action and people-power to advance environmental solutions. She is also the world-renowned creator of The Story of Stuff, the highly influential... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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; Abigail Dillen, Vice President of Litigation for Climate and Energy at Earthjustice; Coreal Riday-White, J.D., Community Engagement Manager for Our Children’s Trust.

Workshop Speakers
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Abigail Dillen

Abigail Dillen, an attorney, Vice President of Litigation for Climate & Energy at Earthjustice, the U.S’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization, leads its litigation and legal advocacy efforts to achieve the shift from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy. Formerly... Read More →
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Jason Mark

Jason Mark, the Editor-in-Chief of Sierra (the national magazine of the Sierra Club), has written for many leading publications including: The NY Times, The Nation, and ScientificAmerican.com, and is author of the book, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the... Read More →
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Coreal Riday-White

Coreal Riday-White, J.D., the Community Engagement Manager for Our Children’s Trust (OCT), a non-profit dedicated to “leading the game-changing, youth-driven, global climate recovery campaign to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere,” manages OCT’s... Read More →
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Kate Sears

Kate Sears, the Supervisor representing southern Marin on the Marin County Board of Supervisors, also chairs the board of Marin Clean Energy, California’s first Community Choice Aggregation program. Kate has energetically sought to implement innovative, collaborative action to address... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room

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, and women at the grassroots are increasingly leading efforts for real solutions all over the globe. Join Terry Odendahl, Ph.D., President/CEO of the Global Greengrants Fund; and Cristi Nozawa, a highly experienced Asia-based conservation activist and researcher, Executive Director of the Samdhana Institute, as they share stories of diverse women around the world who are leading a wide range of innovative grassroots climate solution initiatives while also fighting for human rights and positive social and environmental change.

Workshop Speakers
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Cristi Nozawa

Cristi Nozawa, Executive Director of Samdhana Institute (an “An Asian Center for Social and Environmental Renewal” working in Indonesia, the Philippines and Mekong region), has had extensive experience working with governments and international organizations on conservation and... Read More →
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Terry Odendahl

Terry Odendahl, Ph.D., President/CEO of the Global Greengrants Fund, has worked for 40+ years to bridge the natural and human worlds. Her previous jobs have included: helming the National Network of Grantmakers; Program Officer at the Wyss Foundation; and teaching Anthropology at... Read More →


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

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, ND, 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-of-the... Read More →
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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 →
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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 medicinal... 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 pieces... Read More →


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

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. Hosted by: Al Tozer, Education and Living Building Challenge Director at the International Living Future Institute. With: Tom Elliott, co-developer of Desert Rain in Bend, OR, the world’s first “Living Building” certified project ever built; Marti and Tom Burbeck, co-developers of only the second certified “Living Building” in the world, connected to a permaculture farm.

Workshop Speakers
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Marti Burbeck

Marti Burbeck, director of communications at her local church for the past 18 years, is the co-driving force (with her husband Tom) of Burh Becc at Beacon Springs, only the second Living Building Challenge certified “Living Building” in the world when completed in 2017. The house... Read More →
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Tom Elliott

Tom Elliott, an early advocate of sustainable agriculture and organic farming practices on his Montana cattle ranch, is also a green building pioneer, having co-built (with his former wife) the first residence in the world to achieve full certification under the Living Building Challenge... Read More →
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Al Tozer

Al Tozer, Education and Living Building Challenge Director at the International Living Future Institute, has 20+ years’ sustainable architectural design and urban planning experience. He founded Tozer Design, one of the Northwest’s leading sustainable architectural design firms... Read More →


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

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: Claudio Nunez, Resident Regenerative Rancher/Farmer at Paicines Ranch; 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. Moderated by Josh Whiton, eco-tech entrepreneur, founder of MakeSoil.org.  

Workshop Speakers
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Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser

Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser jointly operate Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, CA. They drew from their background in tropical agro-forestry, natural resource management and public health in West Africa, Central America and Northern California, to develop Singing Frogs Farm’s innovative... Read More →
avatar for Doniga Markegard

Doniga Markegard

Doniga Markegard, author of Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild, has extensive backgrounds in wildlife tracking, wilderness survival and Permaculture. She is a leading “regenerative rancher” who, with her husband and children, owns and manages Markegard Family Grass-Fed... Read More →
avatar for Claudio Nunez

Claudio Nunez

Claudio Nunez is the Resident Regenerative Rancher/Farmer of Paicines Ranch near Hollister, CA., a historic farm since the 1860s that is now a diverse, large-scale model of  holistic/regenerative agriculture practices and was one of the first ranches in California to participate... Read More →
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Josh Whiton

Josh Whiton is an innovative eco-tech entrepreneur whose many projects include founding the award-winning transit-tech company TransLoc (recently acquired by Ford); co-founding one of the first urban farms in the southeastern U.S., and most recently creating MakeSoil.org, which matches... Read More →


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

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.

Moderated by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Director Bioneers Indigeneity Program; and featuring Caleen Sisk (Wintu), Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabe), Waniya Locke (Ahtna Dene/Dakota/Lakota/Anishinaabe), and Carrie “CC” Curley (San Carlos Apache). 

Workshop Speakers
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Waniya Locke

Waniya Locke, of Ahtna Dene, Dakota, Lakota and Anishinaabe ancestry, is a LLEAP Student from Sitting Bull College and the University of South Dakota. A mother of three who currently resides on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, she has been a practicing Doula for two years and... Read More →
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Josephine Mandamin

Grandmother Josephine Mandamin (Wikwemikong/Anishinaabe), Commissioner of the Women’s Water Commission for the Anishinabek Nation, has 30+ years’ experience fighting for her people’s rights. One of the founders of the Great Lakes Mother Earth Water Walk, she has, since 2003... Read More →
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Cara Romero

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi... Read More →
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Caleen Sisk

Caleen Sisk is the spiritual leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who practice their traditional culture in their territory along the McCloud River in Northern California. A leading advocate for salmon restoration and healthy, undammed watersheds, Caleen has become... Read More →


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

4:30pm

Community of Mentors
Bioneers is inherently a community of mentors; people eager to learn, share, explore and create together. Community of Mentors offers youth the opportunity to be in small group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters. The presenters will share their life experience in an interactive dialogue with youth who are seeking guidance on their path to activism. With permaculturist Trathen Heckman, founder of Daily Acts.  Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Lauren Dalberth Hage

Lauren Dalberth Hage

Lauren Dalberth Hage, co-founder/Director of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, is a designer, facilitator, wilderness guide and consultant who leads a variety of adult, teen and family programs that weave together deep nature connection, community resilience, permaculture... Read More →
avatar for Dave Hage

Dave Hage

Dave Hage, co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education (WE) helps lead the center's 9-month immersion program and various other programs for adults and teens, as well as providing group and individual mentoring. He is passionate about helping others find their... Read More →
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Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman, founder/Director of the NGO, Daily Acts (dedicated to “helping people and groups reclaim the power of their actions to regenerate self, nature and community”), serves on the boards of Transition U.S. and the California Water Efficiency Partnership and is on the... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Community of Mentors

4:30pm

Dreaming the Queer Ecological Future | Youth Leadership
Why is it that for centuries we LGBTQ people have been called "unnatural" or "crimes against nature" when we are as completely part of nature as all other living beings? Come join us for a participatory, immersive exploration of: gender and sexual diversity on this planet; the healing powers of plant allies; and storytelling practices that highlight resilience in both the human and non-human worlds. Together, we'll reclaim our place as forces of nature within diverse social ecosystems, and we'll dream together of a queer ecological future where all beings can exist in harmony and peace. With: Orion Camero, visual storytelling educator and community organizer affiliated with the Beehive Design Collective; Vanessa Raditz, farmer, environmental educator, co-founder of the Queer Ecojustice Project collective.

Workshop Speakers
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Orion Camero

Orion Camero, a queer visual storytelling educator, coalition-builder and community organizer, works at the nexus of social, ecological, and economic issues to advance intersectional justice. A Filipinx two-spirit with roots in California’s Central Valley, Orion is one of the stewards... Read More →
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Vanessa Raditz

Vanessa Raditz, MPH, a queer farmer, environmental educator, and culture-shifter with an academic background in Environmental Health Sciences, is dedicated to transformative youth programming that supports community healing, opens access to land and resources, and fosters a thriving... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Youth Unity Center

6:15pm

Crescent Moon Theater Productions presents Julia’s Travels
Crescent Moon, a cutting-edge, socially engaged troupe founded by artist, performer and theater producer/director Polina Smith, uses vibrant dance, theater, music, circus arts and spirited storytelling to offer us a powerful environmental fable that explores humanity’s connection to nature and our hopes and dreams for the future.

* NOTE: Though this is being held the Youth Unity Center tent, it's an adult oriented show. Nothing in it is inappropriate for children, but the storyline may be hard to follow for the very young.  

Workshop Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 6:15pm - 6:45pm
Youth Unity Center

6:15pm

Real Books - Book Signing Schedule for Friday at 6:15 pm
May Boeve
            Fight Global Warming Now
Erik Davis
            The Visionary State: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape 
Annie Leonard
            The Story of Stuff 
Jason Mark
            Satellites in the High Country
Doniga Markegard
            Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild
Nicholas Powers
            The Ground Below Zero 

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... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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 Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard, a longtime dedicated activist, is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, which uses research, communication, non-violent direct action and people-power to advance environmental solutions. She is also the world-renowned creator of The Story of Stuff, the highly influential... Read More →
avatar for Jason Mark

Jason Mark

Jason Mark, the Editor-in-Chief of Sierra (the national magazine of the Sierra Club), has written for many leading publications including: The NY Times, The Nation, and ScientificAmerican.com, and is author of the book, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the... Read More →
avatar for Doniga Markegard

Doniga Markegard

Doniga Markegard, author of Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild, has extensive backgrounds in wildlife tracking, wilderness survival and Permaculture. She is a leading “regenerative rancher” who, with her husband and children, owns and manages Markegard Family Grass-Fed... 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 pieces... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 6:15pm - 6:45pm
Real Books Store in the Exhibit Hall

7:00pm

Changing of the Gods | Film
We’ll screen two episodes-in-progress from the forthcoming 10-episode film series produced, written and co-directed by Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel. The series is a visionary exploration of cycles of revolution and social transformation across history landing us in the “fierce urgency of now,” and of the nature of consciousness itself. It’s based on “Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View” by cultural historian, scholar and astrologer Richard Tarnas, co-directed by Louie Schwartzberg, produced with Bill Benenson and features John Cleese of Monty Python fame.  Introduction by Kenny Ausubel.

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 influence... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Showcase Theater

8:35pm

From Clenched Fist to Compassion | Film
From Clenched Fist to Compassion is a short documentary about how Samara Gaev's youth theater company Truthworker is interacting with convicted murderer Jarvis Masters, a Buddhist author, and how that relationship has informed their theater work and their lives. Introduction by Director Samara Gaev.

Introduced By
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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. using... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 8:35pm - 9:15pm
Showcase Theater

9:00pm

Award-Winning 2018 Short Films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival | Film
Bioneers is delighted to be able to present some of this year's best short films from our friends and allies at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival: Imagination; Dragging 235 lbs uphill both ways; Conservation GenerationA Letter to Congress, Naturally Selected; During the Drought; Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen; and Mothered by Mountains.  

Introduced by Theresa Huck, On Tour Sales Manager of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. For more information about the films: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/2018-award-winning-films-announced/ 

Workshop Speakers
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Theresa Huck

Theresa Huck, the On Tour Sales Manager of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF), is a social entrepreneur who combines her passion for the environment with extensive experience in sales, business management and public relations. A number of the WSFF’s 2018 winning short films... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Showcase Theater

9:00pm

Caroline Casey: Democratic Animism Now! (Co-Operators are standing by!)
The one-and-only “Chief Trickster” at Coyote Network News (the “mythological news service”) and renowned “weaver of context” for the immensely popular Visionary Activist Show on Pacifica Network radio for the past 23 years, who has been rocking Bioneers audiences for 20, returns to drop her wisdom about how we can tune into our “Trickster Mind” to bring our rogue species back into cooperation with Nature’s guiding genius, and, despite the odds, dream together to find a unifying story and build a world we can truly love.

Workshop Speakers
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Caroline Casey

Caroline W Casey, “Chief Trickster” at Coyote Network News (the “mythological news service”) and renowned “weaver of context” for the immensely popular Visionary Activist Show on Pacifica Network radio for the past 23 years, has been a presenter/performer at Bioneers for... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Exhibit Hall
 
Saturday, October 20
 

7:30am

YOGA at Bioneers with Laurel van den Cline
YOGA at Bioneers with Laurel van den Cline
7:30am Saturday morning and daily, Friday-Sunday, at 1:30pm on the Island 
Give your body what it needs and put your mind at ease with yoga. This 50-minute class includes yoga postures, breath work, visualization, elements of flow, and surrender. Leave class feeling energized, present, ready to better absorb and retain your Bioneers journey.  
 



Workshop Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 7:30am - 8:20am
The Island

8:45am

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree
Keynote Speakers
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Deb Lane

Deb Lane has been playing the drums for most of her life. Formerly a member of the Santa Cruz World Beat Band, Pele Juju, she performs with artists throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her musical endeavors, Deb is a leader in water-use efficiency and works as a Water... Read More →
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Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:07am

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel
Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder.

Keynote Speakers
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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 influence... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:07am - 9:24am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:24am

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 Malaysia... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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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 environment... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:24am - 9:48am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:49am

One Earth: Envisioning a Future where Humanity and Nature Coexist and Thrive
Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder

With contributions from scientists and partners around the world, One Earth, an initiative of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), has developed a bold, new plan to avert a climate crisis and protect our biosphere. Justin Winters, LDF's Executive Director, explains the three goals humanity needs to achieve by 2050: Transform our energy systems to 100% clean, renewable energy; Protect, connect and restore 50% of our lands and seas; and Shift to regenerative, carbon-negative agriculture globally. At the heart of this effort is a new map of the world called the Global Safety Net, which shows what the world could look like if we achieve these three goals. This vision of a world where both nature and humanity coexist and thrive can only be achieved if activists and communities around the world are connected and strengthened with the resources and solutions to make this global transformation a reality. One Earth is accelerating this transformation through innovative science, radical tools for collaboration, and creative storytelling that will inspire and galvanize our society into action.

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 influence... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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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 built... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:49am - 10:14am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:15am

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
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Emergildo Criollo

Ceibo Alliance
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 Treasurer... Read More →
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Nemonte Nenquimo

Ceibo Alliance
Nemonte Nenquimo, raised in the traditional Waorani community of Nemonpare in Ecuador, is one of the founding members of the indigenous organization Ceibo Alliance, which works to defend Indigenous people's lands and rights in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. Nemonte is also passionately... Read More →
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Hernan Payaguaje

Ceibo Alliance
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 Alliance... Read More →
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Alicia Salazar

Ceibo Alliance
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 to... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:15am - 10:39am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:01am

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.

Performers
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Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC), a program of Destiny Arts Center, an Oakland-based violence prevention/arts education nonprofit, is a multicultural group of teens that creates original performance art combining hip-hop, dance, theater, martial arts, song, and rap... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 11:01am - 11:11am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:12am

Third Annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Ray of Hope Prize
This annual competition was founded by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and the Biomimicry Institute to stimulate biomimetic solutions to humanity's greatest challenges. The winner of the prize, focused this year on climate change solutions, will be announced and awarded on Bioneers' main stage.

Saturday October 20, 2018 11:12am - 11:27am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:28am

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 its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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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... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 11:28am - 11:52am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:53am

We Are The Future: Youth Power & Community Activism
This inspiring 18-year old activist from South Central Los Angeles, who has lost many friends and family member to gun violence, was a key participant in the March for Our Lives event and has become a leading gun control advocate and voter registration organizer.


Keynote Speakers
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Edna Chavez

Edna Chavez, an 18-year old activist from South Central Los Angeles and an entering freshman at Cal State LA, has lost many friends and family member to gun violence. She was a key participant in the March for Our Lives event and has become a leading gun control advocate and student... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 11:53am - 11:58am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:16pm

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... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 12:16pm - 12:41pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:45pm

SolutionCraft Ecological Education Booth & Demonstrations
Come learn about a host of appropriate technologies and creative ecological solutions, from solar cooking to wood-efficient rocket stoves to natural building methods and zero-waste systems. SolutionCraft seeks to inspire the building and use of simple ecological solutions that are accessible to all!

Saturday October 20, 2018 12:45pm - 2:30pm
SolutionCraft Booth

1:00pm

Singing Circle with Noe Venable | Digging Deep, Rising Strong: Songs for the Great Turning
From the Civil Rights Movement to South Africa to 1960s folk and rock, music has long been a powerful force for change. In this workshop with accomplished singer-songwriter and gifted music educator Noe Venable, we’ll learn songs from a wide variety of cultures and times that can help bring us back into right alignment with: spirit; our own deep selves; the Earth; and each other. Everyone (at any level of musical ability or any age) welcome: Come connect, have a great time, and leave uplifted and renewed, equipped with powerful new songs to help you through life’s struggles.

Workshop Speakers
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Noe Venable

Noe Venable, a singer-songwriter, music educator and “spiritual activist,” has released six adult and six children’s albums and toured nationally. She teaches people of all ages and all levels, including with her nature-inspired Meadowlark Music Class for young children. Noe... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Community of Mentors

1:15pm

Lunch with an Elder
Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, will share Indigenous principles for a Just Transition to a clean, sustainable economy and practical, grassroots ways to affirm and restore Indigenous life-ways as we transition from a destructive, fossil fuel based economy to self-determined Indigenous futures. This will be an informal and interactive event inviting dialogue and Q&A with the audience.

Workshop Speakers
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Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, a social change activist for 36+ years, globally recognized as an environmental and climate justice leader, works with Indigenous communities around the world to help them defend... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Indigenous Forum

1:30pm

Real Books - Book Signing Schedule for Saturday at 1:30 pm
J.P. Harpignies
            Visionary Plant Consciousness
Day Schildkret
            Morning Alters

Artists
Workshop Speakers
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JP Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Senior Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a Brooklyn, 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 Fuller Challenge... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Real Books Store in the Exhibit Hall

1:30pm

YOGA at Bioneers with Laurel van den Cline
YOGA at Bioneers with Laurel van den Cline
7:30am Saturday morning and daily, Friday-Sunday, at 1:30pm on the Island 
Give your body what it needs and put your mind at ease with yoga. This 50-minute class includes yoga postures, breath work, visualization, elements of flow, and surrender. Leave class feeling energized, present, ready to better absorb and retain your Bioneers journey.  
 



Workshop Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm
The Island

1:50pm

Trashion Show
Truckee High’s Envirolution Club has fun turning trash into high fashion with a serious environmental message. Saturday at Lunchtime

Saturday October 20, 2018 1:50pm - 2:15pm
Central Lawn

2:45pm

DRAWDOWN MARIN: Local Solutions to the Global Climate Challenge
DRAWDOWN MARIN is a community-driven campaign to dramatically and systemically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, collaborating locally to slow and prepare for global climate change impacts to protect future generations.  Learn about Marin’s effort to identify holistic solutions that the community is willing to implement, about our public-private-government partnership, our opportunities and challenges, and share with us what you know about inspiring bold action. The session will include videos, interactive presentations, and exciting small group conversations. Convened by Marin Climate Action Network: Leslie Alden, County of Marin, and Wendi Kallins, Sustainable Marin. With: David Kunhardt, Corte Madera Town Council, member Marin Climate Action Network, and Environmental Forum of Marin; Alex Porteshawver, Senior Sustainability Coordinator – Drawdown: Marin, County of Marin Sustainability Team

Workshop Speakers
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David Kunhardt

David Kunhardt is a founding principal of SolEd Benefit Corp., providing solar at schools and municipal agencies that save them money and was recently elected to the Corte Madera Town Council.  He is a Climate Reality Leadership Corps speaker, founding member of Marin Climate A... Read More →
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Alex Porteshawver

Alex Porteshawver is passionate about local solutions to climate change and an experienced sustainability planner, and has spent her career working for local government and the people to achieve a better future. She has developed climate action and adaptation plans, designed community... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Making Media with Impact: Telling True Stories to Change the World
Despite the ever growing tsunami of TV shows, films, books, podcasts, blogs/vlogs, etc. being loosed on the world daily, it is still possible to create work that has a profound impact, sometimes even a game-changing influence, on public opinion, if one knows how to penetrate to the core of an issue and to communicate that essence by highlighting compelling real-life stories. Some of our nation's most exemplary, effective engaged media-makers share their experiences and tips. With: Ellen Schneider, Director/Founder of Active Voice; Amy Korngiebel, Director of Distribution for the progressive documentary company, Brave New Films, and an Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer; Andrew Revkin, Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism at the National Geographic Society. Hosted by Jeremy Kagan, award-winning director/producer, USC film professor, founder of the Change-Making Media Lab, former Artistic Director at the Sundance Institute.

Workshop Speakers
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Jeremy Kagan

Jeremy Kagan, an award-winning, internationally recognized director, writer, and producer of feature films and television, is a tenured professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and runs its Change Making Media Lab. Jeremy has directed 12 features including his most recent, Shot... Read More →
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Amy Korngiebel

Amy Korngiebel, the Director of Distribution for the progressive documentary company, Brave New Films, has 10+ years’ experience in television and has produced Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentaries and talk shows for a variety of networks, including ABC, Discovery, and National... Read More →
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Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin, one of America’s most honored journalists and authors focused on environmental and human sustainability, with 30+ years in the field (much of it at the New York Times), recently became Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism at the National Geographic... Read More →
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Ellen Schneider

Ellen Schneider is the Director of Active Voice Lab, which helps funders, media makers, advocates, and other leaders use story to advance social change. In 2001, she founded Active Voice, one of the first teams that used media to put human faces on complex social and policy issues... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Radical Environmental Activism: Finding Beauty in the Broken Places/World Café
Trebbe Johnson’s global initiative, Radical Joy for Hard Times, is based on the idea that making beauty can be an act of resistance. Every year people all over the planet go to “wounded” places they love and listen deeply to the land and to one another before leaving behind a gift of beauty. Join us to explore practices and attitudes that can help us make sense of the pain and wounding we see in the world and begin to move toward radical healing, together. With: Polly Howells, ReclaimingOurLives.org; Trebbe Johnson, RadicalJoyForHardTimes.org;  Kevin Bayuk, Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco.
 Hosted by: Amy Lenzo, weDialogue & The World Cafe Community Foundation.

Workshop Speakers
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Polly Howells

Polly Howells, a former board chair of Bioneers, is a facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance's "Awakening the Dreamer symposium" and is a core member of Woodstock NY Transition. She trained for ten years with Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman and she co-leads a five-day yearly retreat... Read More →
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Trebbe Johnson

Trebbe Johnson, founder/Director of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a global network devoted to finding beauty in wounded places, leads workshops and wilderness trips worldwide devoted to the discovery of wisdom and insight in nature. She is the author of: Radical Joy for Hard Times... Read More →
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Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo seeks to foster conscious online engagement in ways that connect us with ourselves, each other, and the natural world in her work with weDialogue and the World Cafe. She has served as Director of Learning Programs and Community Steward for the World Cafe Community Foundation... Read More →


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

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... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno, co-founder and Co-Director of Cooperation Jackson, served as the Director of Special Projects in the administration of the late, renowned progressive Jackson, Mississippi Mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, focusing on the development of eco-friendly and human rights-enhancing policies... Read More →
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Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown, an attorney and leading public banking advocate, founder of the Public Banking Institute and Senior Fellow of the Democracy Collaborative, is the author of hundreds of articles and 12+ books, including the best-selling Web of Debt, The Public Bank Solution and the upcoming... 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 →
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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 new... Read More →


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

2:45pm

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: Nemonte Nenquimo (Waorani) founding member of the Ceibo Alliance; 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; Justin Winters, Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Nemonte Nenquimo

Nemonte Nenquimo

Ceibo Alliance
Nemonte Nenquimo, raised in the traditional Waorani community of Nemonpare in Ecuador, is one of the founding members of the indigenous organization Ceibo Alliance, which works to defend Indigenous people's lands and rights in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. Nemonte is also passionately... Read More →
avatar for Hernan Payaguaje

Hernan Payaguaje

Ceibo Alliance
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 Alliance... Read More →
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 built... 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 contaminating... 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 comprehensive... Read More →
avatar for Luke Weiss

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 family... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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. With: Rob Jackson, Oakland-based community leader, educator, hip-hop artist, founder/Executive Director of Beats, Rhymes and Life—a leading group in the emerging field of Hip Hop Therapy.

Workshop Speakers
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Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson, an Oakland-based community leader, educator, and hip-hop artist with 20 years’ experience working in the social service field, is founder and Executive Director of Beats, Rhymes and Life, which pioneered one of the first hip hop therapy programs for at-risk youth. He... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Unity Center

2:45pm

Building Community: An Interactive Biomimicry Workshop
Biomimicry is a design science and philosophy that draws inspiration from nature.  In this session with leading Certified Biomimicry Professionals, we’ll discover nature’s strategies through interactive, hands-on exercises; approaches that can inspire us to collaborate, learn, share, influence, and self-organize in new ways.  Working in teams, we will explore how those strategies and lessons can be applied to help us generate naturally sustainable communities.  With: Peggy H. Chu, MS, AIA, LEED AP, Architect; Rachel MW Hahs, MS ENV SP, Sustainability Professional; Diana Hammer, MPH, MS, Life Scientist, Biomimicry Collaborative.

Workshop Speakers
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Peggy Chu

Peggy Chu, a San Francisco-based licensed architect and Biomimicry Professional specializing in sustainable design, is a dynamic advocate for and workshop leader in Biomimicry practices, as well as a green building certification consultant and university researcher in the life cycle... Read More →
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Rachel M.W. Hahs

Rachel Hahs is a Certified Biomimicry Professional focused on driving life-centered, economically sound, sustainable design solutions in strategy, innovation and systems. Building on 13 years’ experience in sustainability consulting for public and private sector clients, she consults... Read More →
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Diana Hammer

Diana Hammer, whose life mission is to help create resilient communities, locally attuned and well adapted to their place, serves on Arizona State University’s Biomimicry Center Advisory Board, and is an EPA Life Scientist working with tribal governments, including on a major dam... Read More →


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

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, 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 trauma... Read More →
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Prentis Hemphill

Prentis Hemphill, formerly the Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter and currently a teacher of Somatics with the groups Generative Somatics and Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, is a facilitator and teacher working at the convergence of healing, individual and... Read More →
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Raquel Lavina

Raquel Lavina, Deputy Director of the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance (“the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the U.S.”), has 25+ years’ organizing experience, including as: a specialist in youth organizing; Deputy... Read More →


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

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 International... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Hands-On Workshop Space

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; Cooper Freeman, OAEC’s Program Manager; Leonard Diggs, Manager of SRJC Shone Farm, a 365-acre self-sustaining college farm. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program.

Workshop Speakers
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Leonard Diggs

Leonard Diggs manages SRJC Shone Farm, a 365-acre self-sustaining college farm that has annual and perennial crops, a winery, livestock and a mixed species forest. Leonard has been farming diversified organic and sustainable crops, including heirloom grains, in northern California... Read More →
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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 legalizing... Read More →
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Arty Mangan

Arty Mangan, Bioneers' Restorative Food Systems Director, joined Bioneers in 1998 as Project Manager for the Restorative Development Initiative. A former board president of the Ecological Farming Association and member of the Santa Cruz GE Subcommittee that banned GE crops, Arty... Read More →
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Mark Schapiro

Mark Schapiro, an award-winning environmental and investigative journalist, is the author of several books, including the recently published SEEDS OF RESISTANCE: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply, a deep dive into the fight for access to the seeds we need to respond to climate change... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

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.

Moderated by Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation) Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, and Featuring AlexAnna Salmon (Yup’ik) Village Council President Igiugig and Pebble Advisory Committee, Bristol Bay Native Corporation; and Melina Laboucan Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation), David Suzuki Foundation Research Fellow.

Workshop Speakers
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Eriel Tchekwie Deranger

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, a Denesuline Indigenous activist, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Alberta, Canada, is Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA), Canada’s premier Indigenous-led climate justice organization. Deranger, who... Read More →
avatar for Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree), a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation and vocal advocate for Indigenous rights and environmental justice for 15+ years, was formerly a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada and the Indigenous Environmental Network. Melina also... Read More →
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AlexAnna Salmon

AlexAnna Salmon, of Yup’ik and Aleut ancestry, from Igiugig, Alaska, is an influential young Indigenous leader and President of the Igiugig Village Council (as well as the mother of six children). With an academic background in Native American Studies, Anthropology and Rural Development... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Joven Noble con Palabra: A Healing Cultural Rites of Passage Model for Adolescent Males of Color
The National Compadres Network has developed a powerfully effective Cultural 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:  Ariel Jimenez, Program Coordinator, National Compadres Network; Ysenia Sepulveda, Training and Technical Assistant Specialist, National Compadres Network. 

Workshop Speakers
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Ariel Jimenez

Ariel Jimenez, born in Mexico but raised in East San Jose, was able to overcome many barriers to graduate from San Jose State with a double major in Psychology and Sociology in 2013. Ariel currently serves as the Network and Program Coordinator for the National Compadres Network... Read More →
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Ysenia Sepulveda

Ysenia Sepulveda, born and raised in Hayward, CA, in a tight-knit, working-class family, graduated from San Jose State in 2015 and has become an experienced circle keeper in Joven Noble and Xinachtli teaching circles in San Jose. She is a Training and Technical Assistant Specialist... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Interactive & Experiential Tent

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.  You’ll learn Dynamic Walking, a biomechanically based method to create balance between your mind, body and intention. Embody a more vibrant, graceful presence as you move through your life.

Workshop Speakers
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Russell Munsell

Russell Munsell, co-founder of the Dynamic Vitality Method, has had a 40+ year career training human capacities in a wide range of disciplines, including teaching Mathematics at Humboldt State and creating a number of Stress Management, Accelerated Learning and Performance Optimization... Read More →
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Suki Munsell

Suki Munsell, Ph.D., co-founder of the Dynamic Vitality Method (a blend of sports science, somatic awareness and Asian internal arts), began her career in 1974 under the guidance of her mentor Anna Halprin (still going strong at 98). Suki has been teaching dance, fitness, biomechanics... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Meet at Bioneers Info Booth near the Central Lawn

2:45pm

Community of Mentors
Bioneers is inherently a community of mentors; people eager to learn, share, explore and create together. Community of Mentors offers youth the opportunity to be in small group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters. The presenters will share their life experience in an interactive dialogue with youth who are seeking guidance on their path to activism. With activist/musician Kyle Lemle, founder of Thrive Choir. Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth.

Workshop Speakers
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Lauren Dalberth Hage

Lauren Dalberth Hage, co-founder/Director of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, is a designer, facilitator, wilderness guide and consultant who leads a variety of adult, teen and family programs that weave together deep nature connection, community resilience, permaculture... Read More →
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Dave Hage

Dave Hage, co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education (WE) helps lead the center's 9-month immersion program and various other programs for adults and teens, as well as providing group and individual mentoring. He is passionate about helping others find their... Read More →
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Kyle Lemle

Kyle Lemle, founder and Co-Director of the Oakland-based musical ensemble, Thrive Choir, is a community forester, musician and Environmental Justice organizer. He also co-founded LeadtoLife.org, which transforms guns into shovels used in ceremonial tree plantings at sites impacted... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Community of Mentors

4:30pm

Real Books - Book Signing Schedule for Saturday at 4:30 pm
Kali Akuno
            Jackson Rising
Gar Alperovitz
            What Then Must We Do?
Trebbe Johnson
            Radical Joy for Hard Times
Mark Schapiro
            Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply

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... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno, co-founder and Co-Director of Cooperation Jackson, served as the Director of Special Projects in the administration of the late, renowned progressive Jackson, Mississippi Mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, focusing on the development of eco-friendly and human rights-enhancing policies... Read More →
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Trebbe Johnson

Trebbe Johnson, founder/Director of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a global network devoted to finding beauty in wounded places, leads workshops and wilderness trips worldwide devoted to the discovery of wisdom and insight in nature. She is the author of: Radical Joy for Hard Times... Read More →
avatar for Mark Schapiro

Mark Schapiro

Mark Schapiro, an award-winning environmental and investigative journalist, is the author of several books, including the recently published SEEDS OF RESISTANCE: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply, a deep dive into the fight for access to the seeds we need to respond to climate change... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Real Books Store in the Exhibit Hall

4:30pm

From the Ground to the Cloud: New Solutions and Mapping Tools
Digital maps, when they are well designed and used ethically, hold the power to help bring context to complex environmental and humanitarian issues and to move the needle on some of our most pressing challenges. Come learn about leading-edge tools and platforms that are bringing together technology, data and human networks to mobilize faster and more effective stewardship of our environment. With: Rebecca Moore, founder of Google Earth Outreach and Google Engine; David Kroodsma, Research Director at Global Fishing Watch; Madhusudan Mysore, Ph.D, who manages the India-based Nature Conservation Foundation; and Eric Dinerstein, Director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE, former Chief Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. Hosted by: Andrew Revkin, Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism at the National Geographic Society, one of the nation’s most experienced environmental and scientific reporters and authors.

Keynote Speakers
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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 environment... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Eric Dinerstein

Eric Dinerstein studied rhinos and tigers in Nepal and fruit bats in Costa Rica during his 25 years as Chief Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. Currently Director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE and Senior Science Advisor to the Leonardo... Read More →
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David Kroodsma

David Kroodsma, the Research Director at Global Fishing Watch, manages collaborations with 11 institutions to use big data and machine learning to answer critical questions about marine biology, economics, and policy. David also spent three years of his life traveling by bicycle and... Read More →
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Madhusudan Mysore

Madhusudan Mysore, Ph.D., a scientist and conservation activist who has 20+ years’ experience studying interactions between people and large wild animals in southern India, manages the Nature Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit that strives for knowledge-based, socially-responsible... Read More →
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Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin, one of America’s most honored journalists and authors focused on environmental and human sustainability, with 30+ years in the field (much of it at the New York Times), recently became Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism at the National Geographic... Read More →


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

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: Conrad MacKerron, Senior Vice President of As You Sow; Shilpi Chhotray, Senior Communications Officer for the global #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement. Hosted by: Anna Cummins, co-founder and Global Strategy Director of 5 Gyres. 

Workshop Speakers
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Shilpi Chhotray

Shilpi Chhotray is the Senior Communications Officer for the Break Free From Plastic global movement. Prior to joining Break Free From Plastic, Shilpi worked at Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance building public support for global networks of marine protected areas. She’s also the... Read More →
avatar for Anna Cummins

Anna Cummins

Anna Cummins, co-founder and Global Strategy Director of the 5 Gyres Institute, a non-profit dedicated to ending plastic pollution, has 20+ years’ experience in environmental activism, including in: marine conservation, coastal watershed management, community relations, and bilingual... Read More →
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Conrad MacKerron

Conrad MacKerron, Senior Vice President at As You Sow, a non-profit promoting corporate social responsibility, has 10+ years’ experience managing shareholder advocacy initiatives on social and environmental issues, including: sustainable packaging, electronic waste recycling, and... Read More →


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

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
Larkspur Room

4:30pm

Poetry Slam, Words Matter | Youth Leadership
Share your original work and catch “epic ripples” of inspiration from young poets at this spoken-word open forum hosted by Jada Imani of Tau Vison and Youth Speaks.

Workshop Speakers
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Jada Imani

Jada Imani, an Oakland, CA-based workshop facilitator, MC, and founder of the Tatu Vision movement, is dedicated to helping co-create regenerative communities through her performing, event production and hosting, healing practice, and coalition-building with communities of poets... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Youth Unity Center

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:  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
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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 →
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Gopal Dayaneni

Gopal Dayaneni, a dedicated activist since the 1980s with experience in a wide range of movements and struggles, currently serves on the planning committee of Movement Generation’s Justice and Ecology Project; is a trainer with The Ruckus Society; and serves on the boards of: The... Read More →
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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 to... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room

4:30pm

Permaculture Meetup: Cross Pollination, Collaboration and Integration
California has one of the most active permaculture communities in the world. Come connect with permies and projects, continue the conversation from permaculture sessions at the conference and learn exciting news from the Northern CA Permaculture Convergence this month.  With: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Common Ground Center; Susan Silber, NorCal Resilience Network; Kerry Fugett, Daily Acts; Kevin Bayuk, Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco.

Workshop Speakers
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David Shaw

David Shaw, a permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, founded Santa Cruz Permaculture, and the UCSC Right Livelihood College, a partnership with the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” He supports communities locally and globally to transform their shared future... Read More →
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Susan Silber

 NorCal Resilience Network.


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

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. With: Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Suzan Harjo; (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee), activist/policy maker; Carletta Tilousi, (Havasupai), Tribal Chairperson. Moderated by Michael Johnson (Arikara/Hidatsa/Ojibwe), Assistant Director of Development at Native American Rights Fund.

Workshop Speakers
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Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is the Colorado-based Assistant Director of Development at the Native American Rights Fund, a non-profit that uses existing laws and treaties to ensure that governments live up to their legal obligations. A citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota... Read More →
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Cara Romero

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi... Read More →
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Carletta Tilousi

Carletta Tilousi, a member of the Havasupai Tribal Council for the past 14 years, is a lifelong advocate for the protection of the Grand Canyon and for social and environmental justice for her tribe and other Indigenous people of the Canyon. She has participated in many major international... Read More →


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

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
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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 consciousness... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Interactive & Experiential Tent

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, activist/author of My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man; Jerry Tello, 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... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Zachary Draves

Zachary Draves

Zachary Draves, a student at Illinois’ Aurora University and a Domestic Violence Community Educator in suburban Chicago, is a community activist involved with several local groups, including: Indivisible Aurora, the Aurora Immigration Liberation Alliance, and the Aurora Human Rights... Read More →
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Jerry Tello

Jerry Tello, of Mexican, Texan and Coahuiltecan ancestry, raised in South Central Los Angeles, has worked for 40+ years as a leading expert in transformational healing for men and boys of color; racial justice; peaceful community mobilization; and providing domestic violence awareness... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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 trophy... 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 Chairman... Read More →


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

4:30pm

Community of Mentors
Bioneers is inherently a community of mentors; people eager to learn, share, explore and create together. Community of Mentors offers youth the opportunity to be in small group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters. The presenters will share their life experience in an interactive dialogue with youth who are seeking guidance on their path to activism. With artist and educator brontë velez of Planting Justice. Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth.

Workshop Speakers
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Lauren Dalberth Hage

Lauren Dalberth Hage, co-founder/Director of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, is a designer, facilitator, wilderness guide and consultant who leads a variety of adult, teen and family programs that weave together deep nature connection, community resilience, permaculture... Read More →
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Dave Hage

Dave Hage, co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education (WE) helps lead the center's 9-month immersion program and various other programs for adults and teens, as well as providing group and individual mentoring. He is passionate about helping others find their... Read More →
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Brontë Velez

brontë velez is a “black-latinx” multimedia artist, currently working as an educator and media designer for Planting Justice, an Oakland-based non-profit committed to food sovereignty, economic justice, and prison abolition. brontë seeks to counteract oppression through acts... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Community of Mentors

6:15pm

Real Books - Book Signing Schedule for Saturday at 6:15 pm
Eric Dinerstein
            What Elephants Know
Suzan Harjo
            Nation to Nation
Kevin Powell
            My Mother, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man
Andrew Revkin
            Weather: An Illustrated History
Nina Simons
            Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart
Linda Tucker
            Saving the White Lions

Keynote Speakers
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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... Read More →
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Eric Dinerstein

Eric Dinerstein studied rhinos and tigers in Nepal and fruit bats in Costa Rica during his 25 years as Chief Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. Currently Director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE and Senior Science Advisor to the Leonardo... Read More →
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Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin, one of America’s most honored journalists and authors focused on environmental and human sustainability, with 30+ years in the field (much of it at the New York Times), recently became Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism at the National Geographic... Read More →
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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 trophy... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 6:15pm - 6:45pm
Real Books Store in the Exhibit Hall

6:30pm

Seed Exchange
Conserve the living botanical treasure of biodiversity by exchanging open-pollinated seeds. Hosted by these expert seed savers Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Tesuque Pueblo. Richmond Seed Lending Library, and Sustainable Seed company.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Exhibit Hall

7:00pm

Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution | Film
We’ll show excerpts from this dazzling new feature-length documentary by director John Feldman. The film beautifully paints a portrait of the incredibly influential late scientist and teacher, Lynn Margulis, who seeded a monumental paradigm shift in biology that affects how we look at ourselves, evolution and our planet - from the Gaia Hypothesis to bacteria as the origin of all species (“it’s all relatives”). Introduction by Director John Feldman.

Introduced By
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John Feldman

John Feldman, the Director of Symbiotic Earth (portions of which are being screened at Bioneers this year), is a critically acclaimed filmmaker whose career spans 40+ years and a wide range of genres. An avid naturalist, he met Lynn Margulis when he was making EVO: Ten Questions Everyone... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Showcase Theater

7:30pm

Bioneers Awards Dinner
Join Kenny Ausubel, Nina Simons, Joshua Fouts and the Bioneers community of leadership for a rousing celebration and mythic meal (designed by Chef Scott LaCrosse with food provided by conscious companies supplying fresh, local, sustainably grown produce) to honor these true Bioneers heroes and sheroes: Patrisse Cullors; Jacqueline Garcel; Gar Alperovitz; Ecuador's Ceibo Alliance leaders: Emergildo Criollo, Hernan Payaguaje, Alicia Salazar, Nemonte Nenquimo and their ally and partner, Mitch Anderson, founder of Amazon Frontlines; Kevin Powell; Edna Chavez

Separate admission: $90, click here


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... Read More →
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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 influence... Read More →
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Edna Chavez

Edna Chavez, an 18-year old activist from South Central Los Angeles and an entering freshman at Cal State LA, has lost many friends and family member to gun violence. She was a key participant in the March for Our Lives event and has become a leading gun control advocate and student... Read More →
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Emergildo Criollo

Ceibo Alliance
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 Treasurer... Read More →
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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 →
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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 Malaysia... Read More →
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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 launch... Read More →
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Nemonte Nenquimo

Ceibo Alliance
Nemonte Nenquimo, raised in the traditional Waorani community of Nemonpare in Ecuador, is one of the founding members of the indigenous organization Ceibo Alliance, which works to defend Indigenous people's lands and rights in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. Nemonte is also passionately... Read More →
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Hernan Payaguaje

Ceibo Alliance
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 Alliance... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Alicia Salazar

Ceibo Alliance
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 to... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... 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 contaminating... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Ballroom, Embassy Suites

8:20pm

Walk on the Mountain | Film
Walk on the Mountain, directed by Will Gregg and Eddie Mostert, highlights the work of Junior Walk, a dedicated, passionate activist in West Virginia who has dedicated his life to exposing the ravages caused by the coal industry and has spoken at Bioneers.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:20pm - 8:45pm
Showcase Theater

8:50pm

Water Warriors | Film
Water Warriors is a new short film by Michael Premo about a successful community uprising! When a Texas energy company began searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, Indigenous and white families united to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:50pm - 9:25pm
Showcase Theater

9:30pm

The Fuller Challenge | Film
The Fuller Challenge (a film by Whirlwind Creative, Inc. produced in partnership with the Arnow Family Fund) explores the impact and legacy of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, a groundbreaking prize competition that, in its ten-year trajectory (until 2017) was widely recognized as "socially responsible design's highest award." Many of the Challenge's winners and finalists featured in the film, including John Todd, Bren Smith, Jason McClennan and Jody Holmes, have spoken here at Bioneers over the years, and a Bioneers project, Dreaming New Mexico, was the Challenge runner-up in 2009. Introduction by Elizabeth Thompson and J.P. Harpignies.

Introduced By
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JP Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Senior Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a Brooklyn, 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 Fuller Challenge... Read More →
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Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson, a Brooklyn, NY-based a consultant to a range of sustainable design initiatives, was the Executive Director of The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) from 2004 to 2016 and founding Director of the highly influential Buckminster Fuller Challenge ("socially responsible... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Showcase Theater

9:30pm

Saturday Night Dance Party—with multiple DJs!
Saturday Night Dance Party—9:30pm to Midnight with multiple DJs!

9:30pm-10pm Aaron Ableman will play songs from his new Alive and Awake project, combining hip-hop, reggae and spoken word storytelling.

And from 10pm to midnight the legendary B-side Brujas,an all-women DJ collective dedicated to nurturing a more inclusive nightlife community, rock the house. Also: Tarot readings and face painting!

Artists
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Aaron Ableman

Aaron Ableman, an award-winning musician, artist, entrepreneur and author who has studied with indigenous elders, Oxford scholars and notable spiritual leaders, has worked with many luminaries, including: Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Michael Franti, Cypress Hill, Raffi, Joan Baez, Nahko... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:30pm - 11:59pm
Exhibit Hall

10:10pm

Open Source Stories: The Science of Collective Discovery | Film
This story of how citizen scientists are making groundbreaking discoveries using open hardware in their own backyards celebrates how community, grassroots creativity and a free exchange of ideas can help citizens participate in scientific research, protect their environments and fight for their rights.

Saturday October 20, 2018 10:10pm - 10:30pm
Showcase Theater
 
Sunday, October 21
 

8:45am

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree
Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Keynote Speakers
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Deb Lane

Deb Lane has been playing the drums for most of her life. Formerly a member of the Santa Cruz World Beat Band, Pele Juju, she performs with artists throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her musical endeavors, Deb is a leader in water-use efficiency and works as a Water... Read More →
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Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:23am

Opening Remarks by Joshua Fouts
Opening Remarks by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director.

Keynote Speakers
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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 Malaysia... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 9:23am - 9:39am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:39am

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
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Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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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, Is This Ageist? website. Applewhite speaks widely at a wide range of venues that have included the TED main stage and the United Nations... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 9:39am - 10:04am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:05am

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 Senior Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a Brooklyn, 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 Fuller Challenge... 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 farmers... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 10:05am - 10:30am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:31am

Women of the Movement for Black Lives
Introduction by Fania Davis, Consultant and Former Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)

Patrisse Cullors, a performance artist and award-winning organizer from Los Angeles, is one of the most effective and influentialmovement builders of our era. She was a key figure in the fight to force thecreation of the first civilian oversight commission of LA’s Sheriff’sDepartment, but is most widely known as one of the three original co-foundersof Black Lives Matter and for her recent, best-selling book, When They Call You a Terrorist: A BlackLives Matter Memoir. She will explore: thecontributions women have made to the movement for Black lives historically andin the present; the institutional racism that still permeates our society,causing mass incarceration and high rates of maternal mortality in AfricanAmerican communities; and the diverse ways women have been criminalized andhave fought back to change the course of history. 

Introduced By
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Fania Davis

Fania E. Davis, Ph.D., founding Director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth (RJOY), is a renowned, multi-award winning social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, writer, professor, and scholar. One of the nation’s leading Restorative Justice advocates, Fania came... Read More →

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 10:31am - 10:56am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:15am

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 →


Sunday October 21, 2018 11:15am - 11:26am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:32am

Climate Change Activism and a New American Dream
Climate change, racism, and rising inequality threaten our communities. Charlie Jiang, a son of immigrants and a leading SustainUS youth delegate to the 2017 United Nations climate negotiations, will offer a vision of active hope, arguing that out of the compounding crises we face, we have a singular opportunity to mend the wounds of our past and usher in a brighter future.

Keynote Speakers
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Charlie Jiang

Policy Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund
Charlie Jiang, a U.S. policy analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) who advocates for just climate solutions at the state and federal level, was a key SustainUS youth delegate to the 2017 U.N. climate negotiations. Charlie organizes locally for climate justice in Washington... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 11:32am - 11:37am
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:38am

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 Malaysia... 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 and... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 11:38am - 12:03pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:12pm

Nihimá Nahasdzáán: Healing Women and Nature Through a Diné (Navajo) Lens
Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder
Lyla June -- poet, musician, anthropologist, educator, public speaker and community organizer of Diné, Cheyenne and European lineages -- has inspired audiences around the world with a message of personal, collective and ecological healing. Drawing from her studies in Human Ecology and the traditional ancestral Diné worldview with which she grew up, she’ll explore the links between environmental destruction and "rape culture" and how we can heal and transform ourselves and our society. Lyla will delve into how the healing of women can unleash the healing of men and how we have to heal humanity to heal the Earth. She’ll share paradigm-shifting techniques from the heart of the hogan that help mend the broken heart of the Western world.

Introduced By
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Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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Lyla June

Poet/Musician, Activist
Lyla June is a poet, musician, anthropologist, educator, public speaker and community organizer of Diné, Cheyenne and European lineages who has addressed audiences across the globe with a message of personal, collective and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 12:12pm - 12:37pm
Veterans 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 - 12:55pm
Veterans 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

1:15pm

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 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Indigenous Forum

1:30pm

YOGA at Bioneers with Laurel van den Cline
YOGA at Bioneers with Laurel van den Cline
7:30am Saturday morning and daily, Friday-Sunday, at 1:30pm on the Island 
Give your body what it needs and put your mind at ease with yoga. This 50-minute class includes yoga postures, breath work, visualization, elements of flow, and surrender. Leave class feeling energized, present, ready to better absorb and retain your Bioneers journey.  
 



Workshop Speakers

Sunday October 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm
The Island

2:45pm

Creating Tomorrow Together: Systems Change & the Next Economy/World Café
Our fundamental systems of governance and economics are changing, and the seeds of the next systems are emerging. What does that look like in your community, work, and life? How are we nourishing those seeds of possibility and growing this movement for a just transition regionally, nationally and globally? Come to an engaging World Café conversation about what we have learned this weekend, what unique contributions we are making, and how we can support one another in taking the next steps towards right livelihoods, new economies, and a system that benefits all life. With: Gar Alperovitz, the Democracy Collaborative & Next Systems Project. Hosted by: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Common Ground Center; Amy Lenzo, weDialogue & The World Cafe Community Foundation and Della Duncan, “deep economist” and co-producer of the Upstream Podcast.   

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... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Della Duncan

Della Duncan

Della Duncan, an economist committed to using that discipline to support individuals, organizations, and communities seeking to transition to a more sustainable and just world, is a partner of the Eurasia Learning Institute, a Gross National Happiness trainer, a lecturer at the Economics... Read More →
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Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo seeks to foster conscious online engagement in ways that connect us with ourselves, each other, and the natural world in her work with weDialogue and the World Cafe. She has served as Director of Learning Programs and Community Steward for the World Cafe Community Foundation... Read More →
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David Shaw

David Shaw, a permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, founded Santa Cruz Permaculture, and the UCSC Right Livelihood College, a partnership with the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” He supports communities locally and globally to transform their shared future... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Natural Building & Ecological Design Principles—Build a Teeny Tiny House!
A critical ecological design principle is to start small-scale and work up. In this session we will have the opportunity to design and build our own teeny tiny house and learn all about natural building and ecological design principles along the way. We will discuss different earthen building techniques, passive solar design, living roofs, rainwater catchment, and more, all the while getting our hands dirty in this interactive workshop! With ecological educator and natural builder Brennan Blazer Bird

Workshop Speakers
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Brennan Blazer Bird

Brennan Blazer Bird, Garden and Sustainability Educator at Alta Vista School in San Francisco, is an ecological educator and natural builder who has led a diverse array of artistic and ecological projects around the world. He founded the Peace On Earthbench Movement (POEM), which... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Hands-On Workshop Space

2:45pm

The Perils and Promise of Tech
Elizabeth Dwoskin in conversation with Bioneers Executive Director Joshua Fouts
We are living in an age of dizzying technological change, especially in the domains of electronic communications, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, data collection and genetics. The admittedly remarkable new capacities provided by tech were initially heralded with utopian predictions of their transformative effects, but we have increasingly been seeing their much darker aspects – their critical role in the erosion of individual privacy and democracy, the heightening of social atomization and alienation, and the vulnerability of all our major systems to cyberattack have become ever more glaringly obvious. Few people are better equipped to help us make sense of what to make of these rapidly evolving crises than Elizabeth Dwoskin, the Washington Post's Silicon Valley correspondent, one of the nation's premiere reporters on the world of tech. She will be interviewed by Bioneers Executive Director Joshua Fouts.

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 and... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Fouts

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 Malaysia... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Truthworker Theatre Company: Artists As Activists
Come join Samara Gaev, founder and Artistic Director of Truthworker Theatre Company, in a dynamic, interactive workshop that will draw from the multiplicity of narratives that live within the participants. We’ll be guided in using embodiment and visionary storytelling to unpack issues of trauma, healing, power, privilege, social justice, and inequity in our communities. Drawing from a Theatre of the Oppressed pedagogy, we’ll creatively collaborate to conceive of new possibilities for testimony, empathy building and radical systems change. There will also be a performance by members of the Truthworker company of a few excerpts of their provocative trilogy depicting the prison industrial complex through the lens of a dozen youth impacted by mass incarceration.

Workshop Speakers
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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. using... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Unity Center

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: Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, Senior Fellow at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley and founder of The Bodhi Project. With: Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism; Lyla June, Native American poet, musician, anthropologist, educator and community organizer; Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director of Destiny Arts Center.
Location: Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium

Keynote Speakers
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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, Is This Ageist? website. Applewhite speaks widely at a wide range of venues that have included the TED main stage and the United Nations... Read More →
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Lyla June

Poet/Musician, Activist
Lyla June is a poet, musician, anthropologist, educator, public speaker and community organizer of Diné, Cheyenne and European lineages who has addressed audiences across the globe with a message of personal, collective and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Sonali Sangeeta Balajee

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, a Senior Fellow at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, is the founder of The Bodhi Project, which promotes practices at the intersection of Belonging, Organizing, Decolonizing, Health, and Interconnectedness. Sonali previously... Read More →
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Sarah Crowell

Sarah Crowell, who has taught dance, theater and violence prevention for 30 years, is currently the Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center, where she has served in different capacities since 1990, including as Executive Director. Since 1993, she has directed the organization's renowned... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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
Interactive & Experiential Tent

2:45pm

Spiritual Ecology and Sacred Rebellion
he 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.  With: Niria Alicia, Honor the Earth Fellow, Organizer, Run 4 Salmon; Wendy Johnson, Buddhist meditation teacher, master organic gardener; Dekila Chungyalpa, founder WWF Sacred Earth; brontë velez, educator with Planting Justice and Creative Director of Lead to Life; Caleen Sisk, spiritual leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. 

Workshop Speakers
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Niria Alicia

Niria Alicia, born in Oregon to a migrant farm-worker family, is a multi-lingual Xicana storyteller, author, educator, poet, and community organizer. With an academic background in environmental and Latin American studies and non-profit administration, Nira has traveled, studied and... Read More →
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Dekila Chungyalpa

Dekila Chungyalpa, Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (and McCluskey Fellowship awardee) is an influential environmental leader and pioneer in bridging the worlds of religion and conservation. Born in Sikkim, Dekila has over 15 years... Read More →
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Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson, a Zen Buddhist meditation and organic agriculture practitioner and teacher for 40+ years, co-founded the organic farming program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, advised the now renowned Edible Schoolyard Project, and was a founding instructor of the College of Marin's... Read More →
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Kyle Lemle

Kyle Lemle, founder and Co-Director of the Oakland-based musical ensemble, Thrive Choir, is a community forester, musician and Environmental Justice organizer. He also co-founded LeadtoLife.org, which transforms guns into shovels used in ceremonial tree plantings at sites impacted... Read More →
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Caleen Sisk

Caleen Sisk is the spiritual leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who practice their traditional culture in their territory along the McCloud River in Northern California. A leading advocate for salmon restoration and healthy, undammed watersheds, Caleen has become... Read More →
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Brontë Velez

brontë velez is a “black-latinx” multimedia artist, currently working as an educator and media designer for Planting Justice, an Oakland-based non-profit committed to food sovereignty, economic justice, and prison abolition. brontë seeks to counteract oppression through acts... Read More →


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

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). Joining Daphne to discuss how farming techniques from seed choice to soil management have a direct impact on our health will be: Timothy J. LaSalle, Ph.D., co-founder and Co-Director of the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at CSU Chico (and first CEO of the Rodale Institute); and Josh Whiton, a highly successful eco-tech entrepreneur whose most recent project is MakeSoil.org. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program.

Workshop Speakers
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Timothy LaSalle

Timothy J. LaSalle, Ph.D., co-founder and Co-Director of the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at CSU Chico and Professor Emeritus at California Polytechnic University, was formerly President/CEO of the California Agriculture Leadership Program. His past positions included: first... Read More →
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Arty Mangan

Arty Mangan, Bioneers' Restorative Food Systems Director, joined Bioneers in 1998 as Project Manager for the Restorative Development Initiative. A former board president of the Ecological Farming Association and member of the Santa Cruz GE Subcommittee that banned GE crops, Arty... Read More →
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Daphne Miller

Daphne Miller, MD, a family physician and Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, has been an internationally renowned pioneer in studying the connections between food production, ecology and health for 15 years. Founder of WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary... Read More →
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Josh Whiton

Josh Whiton is an innovative eco-tech entrepreneur whose many projects include founding the award-winning transit-tech company TransLoc (recently acquired by Ford); co-founding one of the first urban farms in the southeastern U.S., and most recently creating MakeSoil.org, which matches... Read More →


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

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. Hosted by Karen Cowe, CEO of Ten Strands, which works to teach environmental literacy to all California K12 students. With: Cynthia Selin, Associate Professor at ASU’s School of Sustainability; Shakti Butler, founder and President of World Trust.
Location: Manzanita Room

Workshop Speakers
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Shakti Butler

Shakti Butler, Ph.D., an educator, filmmaker, lecturer, facilitator and trainer is the founder and President of World Trust Educational Services, Inc., an educational non-profit that produces films, curricula, workshops and programs intended to be catalysts for institutional, structural... Read More →
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Karen Cowe

Karen Cowe, MBA, the CEO of Ten Strands, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to bringing environmental literacy to all of California’s 6.2 million K–12 students, is also Project Director of its Environmental Literacy Steering Committee. An education-industry executive with... Read More →
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Cynthia Selin

Cynthia Selin, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford, is an interdisciplinary social scientist and scenario practitioner... Read More →


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

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. Introduced by Cara Romero and Kenny Ausubel. Moderated by Alexis Bunten. With: Clayton Thomas-Muller, Stop-it-at-the-Source Campaigner of 350.org; Mitch Anderson, founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines; Hernan Payaguaje (Seikopai) Executive Director of the Ceibo Alliance; May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org; Edgar Villanueva, Chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy; Hilary Giovale, a 9th generation American settler and philanthropist committed to healing historical divides.

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 influence... Read More →
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Cara Romero

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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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... Read More →
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Hernan Payaguaje

Ceibo Alliance
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 Alliance... 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 contaminating... Read More →
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Alexis Bunten

Alexis Bunten, Ph.D., (Aleut/Yup’ik), Program Manager for Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program, has been a researcher, media-maker, manager, consultant, and curriculum developer for organizations including the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the FrameWorks... Read More →
avatar for Hilary Giovale

Hilary Giovale

Hilary Giovale is a 9th generation American settler of Scots-Irish and Scandinavian descent whose work is shaped by her relationships with Indigenous people and worldviews and who is committed to healing historical divides. A mother, dancer, writer, filmmaker and philanthropist, she... Read More →
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Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Müller (Mathias Colomb Cree/aka Pukatawagan), currently the 'Stop it at the Source' campaigner with 350.org, is an award-winning Winnipeg, Canada-based Indigenous Rights/Climate Justice activist and media producer with 16+ years’ experience organizing in hundreds... Read More →
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Edgar Villanueva

Edgar Villanueva (Lumbee), a nationally recognized expert on social justice philanthropy, currently serves as Chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy and as Vice President of the Schott Foundation for Public Education in New York City. He is the author of a new book, Decolonizing... Read More →


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

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. With: Yuka Saionji Matsuura, a representative of the Goi Peace Foundation;  Lynne Twist, co-founder of Pachamama Alliance.   

Workshop Speakers
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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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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 the... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:45pm

Community of Mentors
Bioneers is inherently a community of mentors; people eager to learn, share, explore and create together. Community of Mentors offers youth the opportunity to be in small group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters. The presenters will share their life experience in an interactive dialogue with youth who are seeking guidance on their path to activism.  With Erin Axelrod, partner/worker-owner at LIFT Economy.  Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth.

Workshop Speakers
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Erin Axelrod

Erin Axelrod is a partner/worker-owner at LIFT Economy, which specializes in accelerating the spread of climate-beneficial businesses through such initiatives as the Regenerative Agriculture Investor Network (RAIN), the Force for Good Fund and the Restorative Ocean Economies Field-Building... Read More →
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Dave Hage

Dave Hage, co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education (WE) helps lead the center's 9-month immersion program and various other programs for adults and teens, as well as providing group and individual mentoring. He is passionate about helping others find their... Read More →
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Lauren Dalberth Hage

Lauren Dalberth Hage, co-founder/Director of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, is a designer, facilitator, wilderness guide and consultant who leads a variety of adult, teen and family programs that weave together deep nature connection, community resilience, permaculture... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Community of Mentors

4:30pm

Real Books - Book Signing Schedule for Sunday at 4:30 pm
Ashton Applewhite
            This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
Daphne Miller
            Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up
Masami Saionji
            You Are the Universe 
Kate Sutherland
            We Can Do This: 10 Tools to Unleash Our Collective Genius
Lynne Twist
            The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Life
Edgar Villanueva
            Decolonizing Wealth

Keynote Speakers
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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, Is This Ageist? website. Applewhite speaks widely at a wide range of venues that have included the TED main stage and the United Nations... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Daphne Miller

Daphne Miller, MD, a family physician and Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, has been an internationally renowned pioneer in studying the connections between food production, ecology and health for 15 years. Founder of WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary... 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 initiated... Read More →
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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 →
avatar for Lynne Twist

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 the... Read More →
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Edgar Villanueva

Edgar Villanueva (Lumbee), a nationally recognized expert on social justice philanthropy, currently serves as Chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy and as Vice President of the Schott Foundation for Public Education in New York City. He is the author of a new book, Decolonizing... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Real Books Store in the Exhibit Hall

4:30pm

Women, Let Your Voice Lead
The world you long for needs you to let your voice lead. Speak and sing your truths. Declare your vision. Be a rousing voice for the voiceless in the face of injustice. Come join the surge of women growing our connected voices into instruments of life-revering pathways forward in this dynamic, interactive/participatory session with Rachel Bagby, former member of Bobby McFerrin's "Voicestra," author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women's Voices; and Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers. 

Keynote Speakers
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Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Rachel Bagby

Rachel Bagby, an award-winning vocal and social healing artist with a Stanford law degree in social change, has mentored women leaders and thousands of audience members world-wide to unleash their voices as instruments of transformation. She is the bestselling author of Daughterhood... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Interactive & Experiential Tent

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, Mission Ambassador at Organic Valley; Kyle Garner, CEO of Organic India USA; Ken Lee, co-founder/co-owner of Lotus Foods. Moderated by Erin Axelrod partner/worker-owner at LIFT Economy.

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 farmers... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Erin Axelrod

Erin Axelrod is a partner/worker-owner at LIFT Economy, which specializes in accelerating the spread of climate-beneficial businesses through such initiatives as the Regenerative Agriculture Investor Network (RAIN), the Force for Good Fund and the Restorative Ocean Economies Field-Building... Read More →
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Kyle Garner

Kyle Garner is CEO of Organic India USA, a leading mission-driven manufacturer of herb-based wellness teas and functional herbal supplements that is a certified B Corporation dedicated to Fair Trade practices and the highest ethical standards. He formerly served as CEO of New Chapter... Read More →
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Ken Lee

Kenneth Lee, co-founder/co-owner Lotus Foods, Inc., a natural foods company that pioneered the introduction of heirloom, organic and specialty rice varietals to U.S. consumers, has developed extensive personal and capacity-building relationships with the company's suppliers throughout... Read More →
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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 host... Read More →


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

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 are living in an age of massive wealth inequality. The 8 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. This is a cross-class panel, including speakers who have experienced poverty, and this deep and transformational conversation will include voices from impacted and impactors. With Quinton Sankofa, co-owner, Sirius Creativity; “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, journalist, poet, educator, co–founder of POOR Magazine; Rajiv Khanna, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Thousand Currents; Iimay Ho, Executive Director, Resource Generation. Moderated by: Arianne Shaffer, Director of the Indie Philanthropy Initiative.

Workshop Speakers
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Tiny Gray-Garcia

Lisa Gray-Garcia (aka “Tiny”), at one time un-housed and incarcerated, is a journalist, poet, educator and co–founder of: POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE; Escuela de la gente/PeopleSkool; the Deecolonize Academy; and a number of other projects. Co-editor of A Decolonizers Guide to... Read More →
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Iimay Ho

Iimay Ho, Executive Director of 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”), was previously Director of Operations and Finance... Read More →
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Rajiv Khanna

Rajiv Khanna is the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at Thousand Currents, a social justice-oriented non-profit that funds grassroots groups led by women, youth, and Indigenous peoples in the Global South. His many responsibilities include: strategy development and execution... Read More →
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Quinton Sankofa

Quinton Sankofa is the co-owner of Sirius Creativity, an Oakland based firm “committed to providing affordable consulting services to organizations that want to improve their capacity to more effectively pursue their missions.” Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, where he had to... Read More →
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Arianne Shaffer

Arianne Shaffer, the Toronto-based Director of the Indie Philanthropy Initiative (which seeks a radical shift to philanthropy’s status quo by adding much needed diversity and creativity to the field and transforming its power dynamics), is also Communications Director at Kindle... Read More →


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

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?

Moderated by Alexis Bunten (Aleut) Bioneers Indigeneity Program Manager. With: Anita Sanchez (Aztec) author and consultant; Ilarion Merculieff (Aleut); Josephine Mandamin (Anishinabe) Mother Earth Water Walkers; Jade Begay (Diné) Indigenous Rising Media and Blood Memory VR.

Workshop Speakers
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Jade Begay

Jade Begay (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo), a multimedia artist, is the Communications and Digital Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and Senior Producer at IEN’s Indigenous Rising Media project. Prior to IEN, Jade was a Multimedia Producer with 350.org and a Justice... Read More →
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Alexis Bunten

Alexis Bunten, Ph.D., (Aleut/Yup’ik), Program Manager for Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program, has been a researcher, media-maker, manager, consultant, and curriculum developer for organizations including the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the FrameWorks... Read More →
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Josephine Mandamin

Grandmother Josephine Mandamin (Wikwemikong/Anishinaabe), Commissioner of the Women’s Water Commission for the Anishinabek Nation, has 30+ years’ experience fighting for her people’s rights. One of the founders of the Great Lakes Mother Earth Water Walk, she has, since 2003... Read More →
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion Merculieff, who served his people, the Bering Sea’s Unangan (Aleut), and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a wide range of major leadership capacities for 40+ years, is currently President of Seven Generations Consulting and of the Global... Read More →
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Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., an Indigenous and Latina author, trainer, and speaker who is passionate about visionary leadership, indigenous wisdom, and the empowerment of women, works on a wide range of cultural transformation, diversity and inclusion projects. Anita, who serves on the boards... Read More →


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

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. Facilitated by Maya Carlson, Bioneers Youth Leadership Program Coordinator. 

Workshop Speakers
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Maya Carlson

Maya Carlson, the new coordinator/facilitator of Bioneers’ Youth Leadership Program, has an academic background in International Affairs and Anthropology and has worked in environmental education, regenerative agriculture, youth mentorship, community organizing, and social entrepreneurship... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Youth Unity Center

4:30pm

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Game: Simulating a Sustainable World
What will it take for all of humanity to become engaged in creating a just and sustainable world? The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Game takes us on an experiential journey into such a future. The game has gone viral in Japan and demand to bring it all over the world is rising; now you can experience this phenomenon firsthand.  

Designed in Japan in 2016 to ground the UN's seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into personal experience, this multi-player, in-person, card-based game event has become a powerful social impact movement in Japan, earning extensive media coverage and reaching over 12,000 participants last year. 2030 SDGs Game events are now held in corporate, government, educational, and community settings, and have over 150 trained facilitators in a rapidly growing community within Japan. Emerging from the momentum around this game experience in Japan is a vibrant community of committed "players": people engaged in a larger game of creating a peaceful, prosperous world where humanity and the natural world can truly thrive together.

Participants report finishing the game feeling inspired, connected, and ready to take action on the big issues of our world. The game and the facilitated dialogue afterwards are designed not to academically study the SDGs themselves, but rather to bestow a felt experience of why the SDGs are so vital to humanity and what possibilities they bring to our future.  

The 2030 SDGs Game is making its U.S. public debut at Bioneers. This is your opportunity to experience the game, meet the creators and the support team for Europe and the Americas, and discover how to offer this engaging experience to your institutions and communities.

 https://2030sdgsgame.com

Facilitators:
Skip Swanson is an entrepreneur, leadership trainer, cross-cultural facilitator, transformational coach, and English-Japanese interpreter dedicated to raising the consciousness of humanity. He is Director of the WakuPro Foundation, a private Japanese philanthropic organization training the next generation of world leaders. 

Takeo Inamura and Takeshi Muranaka are the co-founders of Imacocollabo Inc., developer of the 2030 SDGs Game. Their work in leadership training and training of game facilitators encompasses government, corporate, nonprofit, educational, and community organizations. Their commitment is to let the 2030 SDGs Game inspire humanity to create a real-world version of what game players experience.

Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Santa Rosa Room

6:15pm

Real Books - Book Signing Schedule for Sunday at 6:15 pm
Tiny Gray-Garcia
            Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America
Anita Sanchez
            The Four Sacred Gifts
Hallie Iglehart Austin
            The Heart of the Goddess


Workshop Speakers
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Tiny Gray-Garcia

Lisa Gray-Garcia (aka “Tiny”), at one time un-housed and incarcerated, is a journalist, poet, educator and co–founder of: POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE; Escuela de la gente/PeopleSkool; the Deecolonize Academy; and a number of other projects. Co-editor of A Decolonizers Guide to... Read More →
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Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., an Indigenous and Latina author, trainer, and speaker who is passionate about visionary leadership, indigenous wisdom, and the empowerment of women, works on a wide range of cultural transformation, diversity and inclusion projects. Anita, who serves on the boards... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 6:15pm - 6:45pm
Real Books Store in the Exhibit Hall
 
Monday, October 22
 

10:00am

Regenerative Agriculture: Healthy Soils, Social Justice and climate Change Mitigation One day workshop
One-day Intensive Workshop
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Singing Frogs Farm, Sebastopol, CA
Price: $195 (includes lunch & transport)
Shuttle leaves Embassy Suites in San Rafael, CA at 8:30 a.m.

Agriculture has been exploiting and destroying the ecological assets — soil, water, biodiversity, and people — that are the very resources needed to produce food. It is imperative that farming systems are redesigned to mimic nature’s regenerative force if we are going to be able to feed the world in the face of the stresses and uncertainties of climate change.

Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soil, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services. It also increases soil carbon storage, which is both a buffer against climate change and can reduce the dangerous amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

Just as nature is constantly evolving, Regenerative Agriculture is a system of continued learning, improving and adapting to local dynamic conditions. It combines the best practices of organic farming, permaculture, holistic management and agroecology while honoring a commitment to develop just and equitable relations with all stakeholders including farmworkers.

We will spend the day at the highly productive and profitable Singing Frogs Farm, a no-till, organic vegetable operation. Regenerative agricultural practices have resulted in a quadrupling of soil organic matter and a tripling in total soil microbial life. Birds, bees and biodiversity in general have all increased.

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Workshop Speakers
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Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser

Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser jointly operate Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, CA. They drew from their background in tropical agro-forestry, natural resource management and public health in West Africa, Central America and Northern California, to develop Singing Frogs Farm’s innovative... Read More →
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Timothy LaSalle

Timothy J. LaSalle, Ph.D., co-founder and Co-Director of the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at CSU Chico and Professor Emeritus at California Polytechnic University, was formerly President/CEO of the California Agriculture Leadership Program. His past positions included: first... Read More →
avatar for Doniga Markegard

Doniga Markegard

Doniga Markegard, author of Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild, has extensive backgrounds in wildlife tracking, wilderness survival and Permaculture. She is a leading “regenerative rancher” who, with her husband and children, owns and manages Markegard Family Grass-Fed... Read More →
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Claudio Nunez

Claudio Nunez is the Resident Regenerative Rancher/Farmer of Paicines Ranch near Hollister, CA., a historic farm since the 1860s that is now a diverse, large-scale model of  holistic/regenerative agriculture practices and was one of the first ranches in California to participate... Read More →


Monday October 22, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Singing Frogs Farm Sebastopol, CA