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Thursday, October 19
 

9:00am

Reclaiming Indigenous Worldviews: Implementing the Rights of Nature in the Bay Area and Beyond

Reclaiming Indigenous Worldviews: Implementing the Rights of Nature in the Bay Area and Beyond

Join Indigenous culture bearers to explore ways that First Peoples’ worldviews can be adopted into law to protect natural systems for all peoples. Co-hosted by California Indian knowledge bearers, this one-day workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn about how Indigenous worldviews connect people to place. Engage in intimate discussion, cultural arts and hands-on activities. Hosts and special guests will share how Rights of Nature legal frameworks can be adopted in urban and rural ancestral territories, empowering participants with the know-how to organize for the “Rights of Nature” in their communities.

With Maui Solomon (Moriori); Sage LaPena (Nompitom Wintu); Vincent Medina, (Muwekma Ohlone); Dean Hoaglin (Coast Miwok/Pomo/Wailaki/Yuki); Edward Willie (Pomo/Wailaki/Wintu); Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF); and featuring the Tribal Youth Ambassadors (Pomo) from the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center.

Location: McNears Beach Park

Shuttle from Embassy Suites at 8:30 a.m.

Price: $195 (includes lunch), $5 Parking

Click here to register


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin, Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria, 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 Round Valley, Mendocino Wailakis and Yukis on his paternal side, was trained in traditio... Read More →
avatar for Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena, a Certified Clinical Herbalist and teacher specializing in both traditional Native American and Western herbal traditions, has worked with local medicine people from her tribe, California’s Northern Wintu, and neighboring tribes (Maidu, Miwok, Pomo and Karuk) since c... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey, award-winning Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has provided free legal services to 500+ local governments and organizations, co-founded the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, which has graduated 6,000+ lawyers, activists, an... Read More →
avatar for Mari Margil

Mari Margil

Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization's global Rights of Nature work. In 2008, she assisted Ecuador's Constituent Assembly to draft Rights of Nature constitutional provisions, and works today in Nepal, India, Col... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) serves on the board of directors of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, a statewide organization that works to strengthen and foster California Indian languages, as well as on the steering committee of Slow Foods Turtle Island... Read More →
avatar for Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon (Moriori, Kai Tahu and Pakeha), an Indigenous Rights lawyer specialising in cultural and intellectual property with 30+ years’ legal experience locally and internationally, is a Past-President of the International Society of Ethnobiology and current Executive Chair of his tribal organisation, Hokotehi Moriori Trust. Maui has for 34 years been a leader in revitalizing the culture and identity of the Moriori peoples of Rekohu/Chatham Islands (once described as... Read More →
avatar for Edward Willie

Edward Willie

Edward Willie, a true native of California (of Pomo, Wintu, Paiute, and Wailaki ancestry), is a native ecologist with 40 years’ experience teaching Traditional Ecological Knowledge, herbalism, permaculture, and ancient skills to people of all ages. Also an artist (drawing, painti... Read More →


Thursday October 19, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
McNears Beach Park 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael, CA 94901
 
Friday, October 20
 

8:58am

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

Performers
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 Dru... Read More →
avatar for Deb Lane

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 Wat... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 8:58am - 9:08am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:10am

Opening Talks by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons
Opening Talks by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers founders

Keynotes
avatar for Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel

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 influe... Read More →
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

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


Friday October 20, 2017 9:10am - 9:18am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:18am

Opening Ceremony by Dean Hoaglin
Opening Ceremony by Dean Hoaglin (Coast Miwok/Pomo/Wailaki/Yuki), Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin, Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria, 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 Round Valley, Mendocino Wailakis and Yukis on his paternal side, was trained in traditio... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 9:18am - 9:25am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:25am

Opening Remarks by Joshua Fouts
Opening Remarks by Joshua Fouts

Keynotes
avatar for Joshua Fouts

Joshua Fouts

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 →


Friday October 20, 2017 9:25am - 9:40am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:41am

Lessons from the Forest: How Trees Communicate and Help Each Other

Introduction by Brock Dolman, Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute

Visionary ecologist Suzanne Simard has made extraordinary discoveries about the hidden life of forests: how trees, in symbiotic relationship with fungal mycelia, exchange information, nutrients and water in shared underground networks that make them far more resilient to threats and stressors such as climate disruption. As a professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, her cutting-edge, rigorous research offers us profound ecological parables about what forests can teach us about community, cooperation and mutual aid.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman, co-founder (in 1994) of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), is the Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute and its Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program. For 20+ years Brock has worked as a watershed r... Read More →

Keynotes
avatar for Suzanne Simard

Suzanne Simard

University of British Columbia
Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, is an expert in the synergies and complexities of forests and the development of sustainable forest stewardship practices. Her groundbreaking research centers on the relationships between plants, microbes, soils, carbon, nutrients and water that underlie the adaptability of ecosystems, especially the below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate interplant communication. | | To read more about Suzanne Simard's work... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 9:41am - 10:06am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:06am

Traction: The Clean Energy Revolution

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder

The exponential market growth of clean energy and the concurrent decline of fossil fuels foretell a radically different energy future. It's much closer than most people realize. Thomas Van Dyck, acclaimed socially responsible investment pathfinder and activist co-founder of the Divest-Invest movement, shows how the clean energy transformation is gaining inexorable momentum with big business and governments worldwide. While technological advances have already made clean energy cost-competitive, Thomas shows how we can accelerate the transition and overcome the desperate last stand of the fossil fuel political-industrial complex.


Keynotes
avatar for Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel

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 influe... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Van Dyck

Thomas Van Dyck

RBC Wealth Management
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 $1.8 billion in institutional and individual client assets, incorporating environmental, social and governance factors in investment decisions. Tom also founded the shareholder advocacy As You Sow Foundation in 1992 and is active in the... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 10:06am - 10:30am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:51am

Performance by Dallas Goldtooth

Performance by Dallas Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota), co-founder of the 1491’s, a provocative Indigenous comedy crew.


Keynotes
avatar for Dallas Goldtooth

Dallas Goldtooth

Indigenous Environmental Network
Dallas Goldtooth, of Dakota and Dine ancestry, is the national “Keep It In The Ground” Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, a co-founder of the 1491s comedy group, and a digital media producer. A nationally known public speaker, activist, performer, and ev... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 10:51am - 11:01am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:01am

Radical Inclusion: Cities, Technology and the Power of Inclusive Thinking

Introduction by James Thurston of the global disability advocacy non-profit G3ICT

Due to a neuro-muscular condition, Victor Pineda stopped walking when he was five. By high school, he needed a machine to help him breathe. This life experience shaped his work and passions, and he became a leading global human rights advocate, scholar and expert on inclusive urban development. He'll share the groundbreaking work cities, technology companies and universities are doing to re-imagine urban spaces and unlock our collective potential. 


Keynotes
avatar for Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda

World Enabled
Victor Pineda, Ph.D., is an urban planner, social entrepreneur, speaker, and globally recognized disability rights advocate. He is the President of World Enabled and of The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments. He is also a presidential appointee serving the US Access Board. (#inclusionmatters) | | To read more about Victor Pineda's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for James Thurston

James Thurston

James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development at G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies), a UN-affiliated advocacy organization working to guarantee accessibility to information communication and assistive technologi... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 11:01am - 11:16am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:22am

We the People: Workers Rising for Fair Wages

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder

Before the election, workers were already rising up all over the country and have continued to do so even more now, joining the campaign for “One Fair Wage,” demanding higher wages and the elimination of lower wages for tipped workers. The movement helped torpedo Trump's first Secretary of Labor nominee and is ramping up the fight for a $15/hour national minimum wage. Innovative, award-winning labor leader Saru Jayaraman says that, if we join together, we can end economic inequality in America. Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley, Saru co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, which has more than 25,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and thousands of consumer members in a dozen states nationwide.


Keynotes
avatar for Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Saru Jayaraman, the award-winning Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC, Berkeley, and author of Behind the Kitchen Door and Forked: A New Standard for American Dining, co-founded ROC after 9/11 with displaced World Trade Center workers. It now has more than 25,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and several thousand consumer-members in a dozen states nationwide. | | To read more about Saru Jayaraman's work... Read More →
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

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


Friday October 20, 2017 11:22am - 11:46am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:46am

Youth Leadership Keynote
Truly one-of-a-kind, Denver-based "conscious" emcee, father of Eco-HipHop, vegan chef, organic gardener, educator, food justice and eco activist, graffiti artist, and male midwife Ietef, aka DJ Cavem shares his vision of nurturing vibrant health and heightened awareness in our inner cities and beyond.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for DJ Cavem

DJ Cavem

Ietef aka Dj Cavem, a Denver-based educator, MC, vegan/raw food chef, music producer, organic gardener, midwife, graffiti artist, “Bboy yogi,” award-winning environmental activist, founder of Going Green/Living Bling, and co-founder (with his wife and business partner, Alkemia Ea... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 11:46am - 11:52am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:52am

We Are Not Alone: What Animals Think and Feel

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director

Does my dog really love me? Carl Safina, the world-renowned ecologist, author and expert on animal consciousness, reveals that we’re discovering many non-human minds are far more similar to ours than previously thought. They possess self-awareness, empathy and communication skills. They imitate, teach, and grieve; they know who their friends (and enemies) are. They seek status. Their lives may follow the arc of a career. Relationships define them, as relationships define us. This intimate journey into the heart of nature inspires us even more to protect wildlife habitats and assure the animals’ survival.


Keynotes
avatar for Joshua Fouts

Joshua Fouts

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 →
avatar for Carl Safina

Carl Safina

Humanity at Stony Brook
Carl Safina, Ph.D., an ecologist, inaugural holder of the Chair for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook and President of The Safina Center, is a world-renowned, multiple award-winning author on oceans, animals, and the human relationship with the natural world. A MacArthur, Pew and Guggenheim Fellow, he hosted the PBS series, Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. His many books include Song for the Blue Ocean and Eye of the Albatross. | | To read more about Carl Safina's work... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 11:52am - 12:16pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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 with  sustainability educator, natural builder and all-around eco-tech wizard Brennan Blazer Bird, 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 natural building techniques, passive solar design, living roofs, rainwater catchment, and more, all the while getting our hands dirty in this interactive workshop.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Brennan Bird

Brennan 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 →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Hands On Workshop Space

2:45pm

Digital Inclusivity and Urban Resilience in the Global South
How can 21st century cities be more accessible and inclusive? Full access for persons with disabilities and older persons should matter to all of us, since as we age we will all have some experience with disability. The “Global South” (where 80% of people with disabilities live) has become the frontline of innovation in urban accessibility. Visionary local leaders are developing cutting-edge tools based on mobile devices and cloud computing to shape radically inclusive cities. With: James Thurston of G3ICT, a global disability advocacy non-profit; Victor Pineda, Ph.D., of World Enabled; Alex Ghenis, Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability; Anirudh Koul, Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft AI and Research.

Keynotes
avatar for Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda

World Enabled
Victor Pineda, Ph.D., is an urban planner, social entrepreneur, speaker, and globally recognized disability rights advocate. He is the President of World Enabled and of The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments. He is also a presidential appointee serving the US Access Board. (#inclusionmatters) | | To read more about Victor Pineda's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Alex Ghenis

Alex Ghenis

Alex Ghenis is a Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability (WID) in Berkeley, CA, where he works on projects including financial empowerment, employment initiatives, education on disability inclusion, and disaster preparedness. In 2014, Alex founded WID... Read More →
avatar for Anirudh Koul

Anirudh Koul

Anirudh Koul is a Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft AI and Research. Anirudh brings over a decade of production-oriented Applied Research/Data Science experience on Peta Byte scale datasets, with features shipped to about a billion people. An entrepreneur at heart, he has been running a mini-startup team within Microsoft, prototyping ideas using computer vision and deep learning techniques for augmented reality, productivity, and accessibility... Read More →
avatar for James Thurston

James Thurston

James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development at G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies), a UN-affiliated advocacy organization working to guarantee accessibility to information communication and assistive technologi... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room

2:45pm

Mobilizing Design, Technology & Science Communities
How can engaged scientific, technological and design professionals make sure the careful weighing of social justice, public health and environmental impacts becomes a cornerstone of all decisions made in their disciplines? With: Raphael Sperry, President of Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR); Emily Jacobi, founder and Executive Director of Digital Democracy, which empowers marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights. Hosted by Deborah Moore, Western States Senior Campaign Manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Emily Jacobi

Emily Jacobi

Emily Jacobi, founder/Executive Director of Digital Democracy, works to leverage technology to empower marginalized communities and protect the environment. Beginning as a youth journalist at age 13, she has led technology, media and research projects in Latin America, West Afric... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Moore

Deborah Moore

Deborah Moore, a scientist-advocate with a background in energy/resources and physics, is Western States Senior Campaign Manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where she develops advocacy, outreach, and engagement activities to advance solutions for climate change, renewab... Read More →
avatar for Raphael Sperry

Raphael Sperry

Raphael Sperry is an architect, sustainable building consultant, and human rights advocate. President of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), he leads national campaigns to ban the design of spaces that violate human rights and to promote restorative alternatives to incarceration. His design and consulting work focuses on... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Manzanita Room

2:45pm

Earth Connection Herb Walk with Kami McBride

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


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Kami McBride

Kami McBride

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


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Meet at Bioneers Info Booth near the Central Lawn

2:45pm

International Agro-Ecology: Restoring Ecosystems and Local Economies

Two leaders in the field of agro-ecology vividly show how agriculture can be transformed into a powerful force to heal the biosphere, mitigate climate disruption and create prosperous local communities. With: Florence Reed, founder of Sustainable Harvest International, which helps thousands of farmers convert from destructive slash-and-burn farming to organic practices in Central America; Miguel Altieri, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UC Berkeley, one of the world’s leading experts in agro-ecology. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Miguel Altieri

Miguel Altieri

Miguel A. Altieri, a professor of Agroecology at UC Berkeley since 1980, is one of the founders of the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology and has written more than 250 scientific papers and 12 books. He lectures all over the world on how to use agroecology for the d... Read More →
avatar for Arty Mangan

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, Arty has worked with farme... Read More →
avatar for Florence Reed

Florence Reed

Florence Reed, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama, founded Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) in 1997 and serves as its President. SHI’s mission is to stop deforestation and to preserve the environment by partnering with rural families in several Central American count... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Larkspur Room

2:45pm

Soil for Life | Youth leadership
Capturing carbon from the atmosphere in soil can not only benefit plant growth and the fertility of the land, but it can be a major tool in the effort to mitigate climate change. Innovative farmers and ranchers are developing best practices that can be adapted to community landscapes and home gardens. In this hands-on workshop led by Aidan Ferris, Aaron Ableman, Michael White and Robin White we'll roll up our sleeves and learn how we can play a role in capturing carbon in our own backyards, schoolyards, or local parks.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Aaron Ableman

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 Aidan Ferris

Aidan Ferris

Aidan Ferris, a passionate Phoenicia, New York-based climate change youth activist and leader, co-founded Earth Guardians NY (with Rachel Marco-Havens) and has traveled extensively to empower youth around the world to make a difference locally and globally. Aidan was a part of th... Read More →
avatar for Michael White

Michael White

Michael White (aka Mike Wird) is an advanced permaculture designer/consultant/teacher, artist, educator, natural builder, real estate investor promoting environmental stewardship. and hip hop MC. A certified Earthship Biotect, he teaches natural building and permaculture design with Across the Divide in Boulder, CO; with Family Tree Permaculture in Dominica; and at festivals with Permaculture Action Network. Mike also teaches... Read More →
avatar for Robin White

Robin White

Robin White is an ecological designer, permaculture educator, writer, artist, and event planner. She works as a design consultant with the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently working on strategic design and planning for the building of net-zero villages. Robin... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Unity Center

2:45pm

Rights of Nature: Codifying Indigenous Worldviews into Law to Protect Biodiversity | Indigenous Forum

In deep contrast to the “human vs. nature” dichotomy underpinning much Western thought, Indigenous Peoples share a worldview that humans are a part of nature’s interconnected systems. It’s not surprising that Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of a growing movement to acknowledge the legal “Rights of Nature.” World-renowned Indigenous environmental leaders share their approaches to this game-changing strategy for protecting Mother Earth and Indigenous rights. Hosted by Kandi Mossett, (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), Native Energy and Climate Change Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network. With: Maui Solomon (Moriori), attorney, Indigenous rights activist; Kealoha (Hawaiian), Hawaii’s Poet Laureate; Tony Skrelunas (Diné), Native America Program Director, Grand Canyon Trust; Tom Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota), Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network; Leila Salazar-Lopez (Chicana/Aztec), Executive Director, Amazon Watch.


Keynotes
avatar for Kandi Mossett

Kandi Mossett

Indigenous Environmental Network
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)’s Lead Organizer on its Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign, has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts climate change and environmental injustice have on Indigenous communities across North America as well as internationally. Ms. Mossett began her work with IEN as its Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator. | | To read more about Kandi Mossett's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Tom Goldtooth

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 their rights and has launched a campaign to apply traditional Indigenous knowledge to help humanity make the transition from an extractive, destructive economy to a sustainable... Read More →
avatar for Kealoha

Kealoha

Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i, is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller who has performed throughout the world from the White House to the `Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He was honored as a “National Poetry Slam Legend” in 2010 and serves as... Read More →
avatar for Leila Salazar-Lopez

Leila Salazar-Lopez

Leila Salazar-López is Executive Director of Amazon Watch, which stands with indigenous people in defense of the Amazon rainforest and Mother Earth. For 20+ years, she has been a passionate community, corporate accountability and international solidarity activist working with org... Read More →
avatar for Tony Skrelunas

Tony Skrelunas

Tony Skrelunas, MBA, (Dine), Managing Director of Native America Programs at Grand Canyon Trust, working with tribal communities to create culturally compatible economies, also manages the Colorado Plateau Inter Tribal Gatherings, which works to ensure preservation of tribal agri... Read More →
avatar for Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon (Moriori, Kai Tahu and Pakeha), an Indigenous Rights lawyer specialising in cultural and intellectual property with 30+ years’ legal experience locally and internationally, is a Past-President of the International Society of Ethnobiology and current Executive Chair of his tribal organisation, Hokotehi Moriori Trust. Maui has for 34 years been a leader in revitalizing the culture and identity of the Moriori peoples of Rekohu/Chatham Islands (once described as... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum

2:45pm

Radical Organizing: Successful Strategies to Transform Institutions and Systems

In these times of upheaval and radical transformation, the goal is systemic change to bring about justice, democracy and values of compassion and inclusion. Building movements requires sustained and deft organizing. Visionary organizers share their perspectives, strategies and tactics. Hosted by Taj James, co-founder, Movement Strategy Center. With: Saru Jayaraman, leading labor organizer, key figure in the “Fight for $15;” Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, former governmental Senior Policy Advisor on equity, and current Senior Fellow with the Haas Institute, who brings a racial equity lens to local governments; Jeremy Haile, a co-author of the Indivisible Guide.


Keynotes
avatar for Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Saru Jayaraman, the award-winning Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC, Berkeley, and author of Behind the Kitchen Door and Forked: A New Standard for American Dining, co-founded ROC after 9/11 with displaced World Trade Center workers. It now has more than 25,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and several thousand consumer-members in a dozen states nationwide. | | To read more about Saru Jayaraman's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Sonali Sangeeta Balajee

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, a Portland, Oregon-based activist and thought leader, with over 20+ years’ experience in racial equity, social justice, the arts, healing, and transformative change work, is a consultant working locally, nationally and internationally and is a Senior Fellow at UC... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Haile

Jeremy Haile

Jeremy Haile, a longtime activist and co-author of the groundbreaking organizing tool for progressives, theIndivisible Guide, served as Legislative Aide to Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D- Austin) (along with Indivisible Executive Director Ezra Levin) until 2012. Since then, he has worked... Read More →
avatar for Taj James

Taj James

Taj James, an award-winning activist with a long, successful track record in social justice organizing, is the founder/Executive Director of Movement Strategy Center (MSC), which he launched in 2001 to help weave the strands of the progressive community into a movement capable of... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Showcase Theater

2:45pm

Restorative Justice in Action: Toward a Restorative Society
The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country and does a very poor job both in reintegrating the incarcerated into society and in helping heal the wounds of victims of crime. Fortunately the Restorative Justice Movement is working hard to reshape our entire approach to the legal system and is beginning to gain traction in many states. Formerly incarcerated activists and leading Restorative Justice practitioners share their powerful stories of transformation and their strategies to help us become a truly restorative society. With: Rose Elizondo, co-founder, San Quentin Restorative Justice Interfaith Roundtable; Garry Malachi Scott, Re-entry/Community Restorative Justice Coordinator for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY); Julia Arroyo, Movement Building Director, Young Women's Freedom Center; Jerry Elster, Healing Justice Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Julia Arroyo

Julia Arroyo

Julia Arroyo, of Mexican/Filipino descent, has a background in community health and rape crisis support. She turned her life around after foster care and incarceration and is dedicated to the empowerment of young women in hitherto disenfranchised communities. Currently the Moveme... Read More →
avatar for Rose Elizondo

Rose Elizondo

Rose Elizondo, a Soros Justice Fellow and a community organizer and leader in the Restorative Justice (RJ) movement in Northern California, co-founder of the North Oakland Restorative Justice Council, has developed a wide range of programs, trainings, and practices in schools and... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Elster

Jerry Elster

Jerry Elster, the Healing Justice Coordinator for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), is also a formerly incarcerated person and a member of All of Us or None, a movement-led organization that advocates for the rights of prisoners and their families.
avatar for Garry Malachi Scott

Garry Malachi Scott

Garry “Malachi” Scott, Re-entry/Community Restorative Justice Coordinator for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, co-founded the North Oakland Restorative Justice Council and served on Oakland’s Safety and Services Oversight Commission. He came to restorative justice through t... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:45pm

Working With Difference: Practices for Cultivating Change

In this experiential session we will learn practices that help to bridge our differences of race, class, gender and other aspects of identity. Come discover how to create transformative change in individuals and organizations through awareness and story practices deeply informed by systems thinking, ecology and cutting-edge understandings of human behavior. These powerful tools can help us bring theory into practice and cultivate our capacity to stay in relationship across difference. With: Ginny McGinn, Executive Director of the Center for Whole Communities (CWC); Mohamad Chakaki, CWC Senior Fellow; Samara Gaev, CWC Senior Fellow and founder of Truthworker Theatre Co.


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 co... Read More →
avatar for Samara Gaev

Samara Gaev

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

Ginny McGinn

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


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Women's Leadership Tent

2:45pm

Language But No Words | Council

Council. Language But No Words: Come to the Council Tent and immerse yourself in a communication form that can break down social barriers and facilitate productive relationships. Sound council, movement council, silent council, art council, games and kinesthetic activities—all will be present. Learn something to take home to your kids, your partner, your parents, your workmates, or even a former enemy! Co-facilitated by council trainers Kate Lipkis and Irasha Pearl.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Kate Lipkis

Kate Lipkis

Kate Lipkis, working in communication dynamics for 40+ years, is a certified council trainer and mentor who helped establish council programs in five public schools in Los Angeles as well as in numerous social justice agencies and several state prisons. A member of the Trainers M... Read More →
avatar for Irasha Pearl Talifero

Irasha Pearl Talifero

Irasha Pearl Talifero, a Ojai, CA-based naturalist and educator, affiliated with The Ojai Foundation since its inception (1975), has designed and led many nature-based and educational programs over the years in a wide range of settings, including with at risk youth and newly rele... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Council Circle

2:45pm

What Humans Need to Learn from the Natural World

This edge-walking dialogue brings together world-renowned author/ecologist Carl Safina, a seminal figure in exploring what animals think and feel and a heroic campaigner to preserve marine life and the biosphere, with the groundbreaking researcher in forest ecology, Suzanne Simard, whose brilliant work has revealed the "hidden life of trees," including the extraordinary interspecies communication and symbiotic support networks that underlie forest ecosystems. Hosted by Brock Dolman, Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute.


Keynotes
avatar for Carl Safina

Carl Safina

Humanity at Stony Brook
Carl Safina, Ph.D., an ecologist, inaugural holder of the Chair for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook and President of The Safina Center, is a world-renowned, multiple award-winning author on oceans, animals, and the human relationship with the natural world. A MacArthur, Pew and Guggenheim Fellow, he hosted the PBS series, Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. His many books include Song for the Blue Ocean and Eye of the Albatross. | | To read more about Carl Safina's work... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Simard

Suzanne Simard

University of British Columbia
Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, is an expert in the synergies and complexities of forests and the development of sustainable forest stewardship practices. Her groundbreaking research centers on the relationships between plants, microbes, soils, carbon, nutrients and water that underlie the adaptability of ecosystems, especially the below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate interplant communication. | | To read more about Suzanne Simard's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman, co-founder (in 1994) of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), is the Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute and its Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program. For 20+ years Brock has worked as a watershed r... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

Community of Mentors
Youth meet with Bioneers presenters in a small interactive group to get guidance from experienced leaders. With: Rev. M. Kalani Souza (Hawaiian), founding Director of the Hawaii-based Olohana Foundation, focused on building community capacity and cohesiveness around systems of food, energy, and knowledge. He is also a National Disaster Preparedness outreach specialist and certified FEMA instructor. 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, per... 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 →
avatar for Kupuna M. Kalani Souza

Kupuna M. Kalani Souza

Rev. M. Kalani Souza, founding Director of the Hawaii-based Olohana Foundation, focused on building community capacity and cohesiveness around systems of food, energy, and knowledge, is also a National Disaster Preparedness outreach specialist, and certified FEMA instructor who s... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 6:00pm
Community of Mentors

4:30pm

A Grassroots Bioblitz with the California Academy of Science
Bioblitzes are family friendly gatherings where citizen scientists of all ages explore an area and work together to find and identify as many different species as possible to provide invaluable data for researchers and to highlight the biodiversity of a specific place. We'll roam the land around the Marin Center's using the iNaturalist app on our cellphones. Bring your curiosity and powers of observation.

Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Youth Unity Center

4:30pm

We Are Wiser Together: Igniting Possibilities through Intergenerational Partnerships | World Café
All of us, of all ages, are being called upon to wake up as one to urgently come together on behalf of what we believe in. Join us for a series of participant-driven conversations about how we can collaborate to shape the future by synergizing the unique gifts of all generations. The Café provides a hospitable space to integrate and reflect upon what is emerging at the conference and to build partnerships of personal and professional value. Let's create tomorrow, together! With: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture &  UCSC Common Ground Center; Amy Lenzo, weDialogue & The World Café Community Foundation; and students from the Helios and Manzanita Schools.`

Workshop Speakers
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 Found... Read More →
avatar for David Shaw

David Shaw

David Shaw, a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, is the founder of Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UC Santa Cruz Common Ground Center. He has taught Agroecology at UCSC since 2004 and works with people worldwide to build healthy, resilient connect... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
World Café

4:30pm

Culinary Wellness Concert | Youth Leadership
In this unique interactive “Eco Hip Hop” performance/healthy foods workshop, we’ll explore plant-based nutrition, self-love, transformation, gardening, and sustainability with Denver’s extraordinary “conscious rappers,” raw vegan chefs, healers, organic gardeners, and educators—DJ Cavem and Alkemia Earth.

Workshop Speakers
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DJ Cavem

Ietef aka Dj Cavem, a Denver-based educator, MC, vegan/raw food chef, music producer, organic gardener, midwife, graffiti artist, “Bboy yogi,” award-winning environmental activist, founder of Going Green/Living Bling, and co-founder (with his wife and business partner, Alkemia Ea... Read More →
avatar for Alkemia Earth

Alkemia Earth

Arasia “Alkemia” Earth is a Denver-based vegan/raw food chef, master in Usui Reiki, bio-therapist, yogini, organic gardener, educator, widely traveled speaker, and co-founder (with her husband and business partner, DJ Cavem) of Culinary Concerts. She is the creator of her own approach to... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall

4:30pm

Street Farms: Growing Food and Jobs in the City

How can new innovative types of urban farms produce healthy food, generate jobs, rebuild lives, and revitalize marginalized neighborhoods? Urban farming master Michael Ableman will share his experiences and guidance on how to develop vital urban farming initiatives in your community, and how to avoid the pitfalls that doom many projects. Michael is co-founder/Director of Sole Food Street Farms, the largest urban farm in North America in Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the poorest zip code in Canada rife with addiction, HIV, prostitution and homelessness.


Workshop Speakers
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Michael Ableman

Michael Ableman, a farmer, author, photographer, and one of the pioneers of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements, is the founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture, Sole Food Street Farms, the Agrarian Elders, and the Center for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture. His... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Larkspur Room

4:30pm

Women Moving Money: The Leading Role of Women in Socially Responsible Money Management

Demographic changes and transfer-of-wealth trends are putting more and more investment decision-making into women's control. Groundbreaking women in the financial world are emerging at the forefront of movements to reshape values and practices and redirect capital into positive, socially constructive investments. Three such leaders from distinct segments of the financial world share their insights and strategies. Hosted by Catherine Chen, a Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) specialist, Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management. With: Ellen Dorsey, Wallace Global Fund Executive Director; Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners Managing Partner, a leading private equity manager.

 


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Catherine Chen

Catherine Chen

Catherine Chen, CIMA®, AWM, Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management, has been advising clients on ESG investments since 2002. Before RBC Catherine worked at Piper Jaffray and at J.P. Morgan, and prior to that, as an analyst at Chinatrust Commercial Bank... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Dorsey

Ellen Dorsey

Ellen Dorsey, Ph.D., the award-winning Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation focused on progressive social change, previously directed the Rachel Carson Institute and worked at Amnesty International and for the Heinz Endowments. On the board of Green... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Pfund

Nancy Pfund

Nancy E. Pfund, founder/Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm that seeks to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns, is a leading player in the field of impact investing. Ms. Pfund has been on or currently s... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater

4:30pm

Diversifying the Digital World

Co-sponsored with the Kairos Fellowship

The digital world, now so fundamental to our lives, has long been a mostly white and male universe. The Kairos Fellowship program is working hard to change that culture by supporting emerging digital leaders of color, providing them with rigorous training, leadership development, mentorship, and on-the-job learning with some of the largest digital campaigning organizations in the country. By bringing more technologists of color into the fray, we can enhance the tools, metrics, and algorithms that shape our digital world to make sure it serves everyone. Hosted by Mariana Ruiz Firmat, Kairos Fellowship Director. With: Kairos Fellows Irna Landrum, Eric Enrique Borja and Mohammad Khan.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Eric Enrique Borja

Eric Enrique Borja

Eric Enrique Borja, a second-generation Salvadoran-American, is an alumni and board member of the Kairos Fellowship, which combats racial disparity in the digital movement by training tech-savvy campaigners of color. He is currently working towards a Doctoral degree in Sociology... Read More →
avatar for Mariana Ruiz Firmat

Mariana Ruiz Firmat

Mariana Ruiz Firmat, co-founder and Director of Kairos, a groundbreaking on-the-job training program for emerging digital campaigners of color, has a 20-year history fighting for social change as a grassroots organizer, labor organizer, and digital strategist, including as Digita... Read More →
avatar for Mohammad Khan

Mohammad Khan

Mohammad Khan is a Brooklyn, NY-based campaigner and political organizer focused on building the power of marginalized communities. Currently Campaign Director at MPower Change-the U.S.'s first and largest digitally native grassroots Muslim organization, working to build the poli... Read More →
avatar for Irna Landrum

Irna Landrum

Irna Landrum, with deep family roots in Vacherie, Louisiana, but long Minneapolis-based, is an alumni and board member of the Kairos Fellowship, which combats racial disparity in the digital movement by training tech-savvy campaigners of color. Currently a campaigner with Daily K... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Manzanita Room

4:30pm

Making the Invisible Visible: Race, Environment and Embodied Knowing

Socio-political and ecological crises and racial and gender-based oppression can very often become internalized in our bodies as forms of trauma – physical, psychological and emotional. We’ll explore how to work to understand and begin to address these deep traumas within ourselves and in our work with others. With educators at Naropa University Jeanine Canty, Ph.D., editor of Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices, and Ramon Parish.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Jeanine Canty

Jeanine Canty

Jeanine M. Canty, PhD, a professor at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, whose teaching intersects issues of social and ecological justice connected to the process of worldview expansion and positive change, is the editor of and a contributor to the collection: Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural... Read More →
avatar for Ramon Parish

Ramon Parish

Ramon Parish, an environmental and interdisciplinary instructor at Naropa University, combines embodiment, mindfulness, deep listening and creative ceremony in his pedagogy. He is also committed to the revival of rites of passage and coming of age ceremonies through initiatives s... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Women's Leadership Tent

4:30pm

Fighting Racism in School | Indigenous Forum
From stereotypes in national creation myths like Thanksgiving to the erasure of the American genocide, Native American youth face racism from kindergarten through post-secondary education. This is especially poignant in California, where Native Peoples also face a widespread misperception that they don’t exist. California Indian and other Native youth share personal stories of successful battles to bring the real history of America into the classroom and to abolish dehumanizing Indian mascots once and for all. Hosted by Dallas Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota), co-founder of the 1491’s comedy crew. With: Dahkota Brown (Wilton-Miwok), founder, NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students), National Advisory Council on Indian Education; Chiitaanibah Johnson (Diné/Maidu), Indigenous rights activist, Sacramento State University; Jayden Lim (Pomo), Native Youth Ambassador, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center; Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache) organizer/activist, Oak Flat, Arizona.

Keynotes
avatar for Dallas Goldtooth

Dallas Goldtooth

Indigenous Environmental Network
Dallas Goldtooth, of Dakota and Dine ancestry, is the national “Keep It In The Ground” Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, a co-founder of the 1491s comedy group, and a digital media producer. A nationally known public speaker, activist, performer, and ev... Read More →
avatar for Naelyn Pike

Naelyn Pike

Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache), 17, a high school senior from San Carlos, AZ, passionate about her culture, identity, and tribal sovereignty, has become an internationally renowned Indigenous Rights and environmental leader. She co-leads (with her grandfather Wedsler Nosie Sr. a... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Dahkota Brown

Dahkota Brown

Dahkota Franklin Kicking Bear Brown (Miwok/Concow/Yuki enrolled with the Wilton Rancheria), an award-winning youth activist, is the founder and President of the nonprofit, NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students), which works to improve the lives and academic performan... Read More →
avatar for Chiitaanibah Johnson

Chiitaanibah Johnson

Chiitaanibah Johnson (Navajo/Maidu) is a Sacramento State University student who sparked a national debate over how Native American history is taught when she challenged her history professor for saying the word "genocide" was too strong a term to describe what happened to Americ... Read More →
avatar for Jayden Lim

Jayden Lim

Jayden Lim (Pomo), a high school junior 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 White House cerem... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum

4:30pm

Storytelling: Instructions for Now from Our Ancestors

Throughout time, stories have been peoples’ way of conveying wisdom and guidance through the generations. In this extraordinary cross-cultural session, we will be regaled by two legendary storytellers from very different traditions—Sunny Dooley, one of the greatest contemporary traditional Diné (Navajo) storytellers, who specializes in the Blessingway oral traditions of her people; and Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., who is widely known for her scholarship in Kabbalah, depth psychology, and the re-integration of the feminine wisdom tradition within Judaism.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Sunny Dooley

Sunny Dooley

Sunny Dooley is one of the premier contemporary storytellers of the Dine' (Navajo) people. Dine’ is her first language, but she has been able to transpose ancient ancestral stories that transmit the Navajo worldview into English, and she has been able to share them for several de... Read More →
avatar for Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., is an author, psychotherapist, and founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. Widely known for her groundbreaking work on Kabbalah, depth psychology, and the re-integration of the feminine wisdom tradition within Judaism, Rabb... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30pm

Rising Up: Latinos Building Political Power In the Post-Trump Era

Latinos are a force. As the largest ethnic group in California, it is not enough to play defense in the Trump era. We need to build political power, increase civic engagement and organize communities to ensure a place at the table for the long run. Latino millennials in particular can be critical in shaping a progressive agenda that tackles social and environmental injustices. How can we invest in emerging leaders and lift up a collective demand for change. Hosted by Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation. With: George Galvis, Executive Director, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice; Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director, Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN); Guillermo Mayer, President and CEO, Public Advocates; Ben Monterroso, Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for George Galvis

George Galvis

George Galvis, co-founder and Executive Director of Communities United for Restorative Youth, has for more than two decades promoted Restorative Justice and healing to address violence plaguing Bay Area communities. Incarcerated at 17 for a violent felony, he turned his life arou... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Martinez Garcel

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel is CEO of the Latino Community Foundation, which exists to unleash the power of Latinos in California. Her previous positions include Vice President of NYSHealth Foundation and Executive Director of Community Voices. Jacqueline served on the IOM Roundta... Read More →
avatar for Maricela Gutiérrez

Maricela Gutiérrez

Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director of Services at the Immigrant Rights and Education Network (aka SIREN), a multi-racial grassroots organization serving northern and central California, has extensive community organizing, leadership development and fundraising experience. Maricela, a Rockwood New Americans, Shannon Leadership and UCSF Blue Shield Foundation Fellow, is a founding member of the... Read More →
avatar for Guillermo Mayer

Guillermo Mayer

Guillermo Mayer, President/CEO of Public Advocates Inc., is an expert in transportation equity matters who has played leading roles in state and national policy campaigns to enforce civil rights in transportation decision-making, improve equitable outcomes in regional planning, a... Read More →
avatar for Ben Monterroso

Ben Monterroso

Ben Monterroso is the Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota, one of the nation’s leading Latino civic engagement organizations. In 1984 he helped lead the fight against the extreme anti-immigrant ballot initiative, California Proposition 187, and has been a force for the politica... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Sausalito Room

4:30pm

Looking Backward, Living Forward | Council

What is your origin story? What piece of your ancestors’ story do you hold in this moment? Come to the Council Tent and bring an ancestral relic, if you have one with you. Let’s explore how the lineage we carry and the culture we inherit informs the ways we engage in these urgent times. Co-facilitated by council trainers Kate Lipkis and Irasha Pearl.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Kate Lipkis

Kate Lipkis

Kate Lipkis, working in communication dynamics for 40+ years, is a certified council trainer and mentor who helped establish council programs in five public schools in Los Angeles as well as in numerous social justice agencies and several state prisons. A member of the Trainers M... Read More →
avatar for Irasha Pearl Talifero

Irasha Pearl Talifero

Irasha Pearl Talifero, a Ojai, CA-based naturalist and educator, affiliated with The Ojai Foundation since its inception (1975), has designed and led many nature-based and educational programs over the years in a wide range of settings, including with at risk youth and newly rele... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Council Circle

7:00pm

Call of the Forest-The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees | Film
This documentary features scientist/author Diana Beresford-Kroeger as she investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests and explores the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of this essential ecosystem. She shares the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of ancient forests, while also exploring the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet. Introduced by producer Merit Jensen Carr.  (85 minutes)

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Merit Jensen Carr

Merit Jensen Carr

Merit Jensen Carr, Executive Producer of Merit Motion Pictures, is one of Canada's leading producers of documentaries. She has won dozens of prestigious international awards and is the creative force behind the hit series: Polar Bear Town on Smithsonian Channel U.S.; What Plants Talk... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Showcase Theater

8:45pm

Evolution of Organic | Film

How did a motley crew of back-to- the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers' children reject chemical industrial farming, discover effective alternatives and transform the way we grow and eat food? This great new film by award-winning director Mark Kitchell (whose opus includes Berkeley in the Sixties and A Fierce Green Fire) is the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. Introduced by Mark Kitchell. (82 minutes)


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Mark Kitchell

Mark Kitchell

Mark Kitchell, Director/Producer/writer of the new film, The Evolution of Organic, being screened at this year’s Bioneers, has had a long career in film and TV production. He is best known for Berkeley in the Sixties, one of the defining documentaries about 1960s protest movement... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 8:45pm - 10:30pm
Showcase Theater

9:10pm

CAROLINE CASEY Performance | Bodhisattva Coyote's Alchemical Aikido Guide to Our Dangerous Beautiful Assignment

The one-and-only host/creator of the Visionary Activist Show on KPFA/KPFK weaves her magical astro-mytho-politico meta-narrative, blending pragmatic mysticism, applied divination and democratic animism. She'll invoke Hue Hue Coyotzin ("ancient revered coyote") and the spirit of Scheherazade to unleash a host of liberating trickster genies to help us partner with nature's evolutionary genius, play our role in destiny, and save the world.

 


Performers
avatar for Caroline Casey

Caroline Casey

Caroline Casey is Coyote Network News, a mythological news service dedicated to cahooting with Trickster (nature's evolutionary genius) and translating wisdom traditions into pragmatic applications, so that humans may wend their way back to the garden of conscious kinship and rejoin the choreography of creation. Caroline is the... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 9:10pm - 10:30pm
Exhibit Hall
 
Saturday, October 21
 

8:43am

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

Performers
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 Dru... Read More →
avatar for Deb Lane

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 Wat... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 8:43am - 8:58am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:00am

Welcome by Kenny Ausubel, Nina Simons and Joshua Fouts
Welcome by Kenny Ausubel, Nina Simons and Joshua Fouts

Keynotes
avatar for Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel

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 influe... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Fouts

Joshua Fouts

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 →
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

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


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:00am - 9:06am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:06am

A short film by Louie Schwartzberg
Keynotes
avatar for Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning filmmaker who has been shooting time-lapse 24/7 continuously for over three decades, mastering the art of filmmaking in his quest to uncover the mysteries of the living universe. Through his company Moving Art, Louie brings his stunning time... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:06am - 9:16am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:16am

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel
Keynotes
avatar for Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel

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 influe... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:16am - 9:30am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:31am

Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder

The award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of that pillar of progressive media Democracy Now!, is without doubt the most indispensable voice reporting with urgent immediacy on the front lines of the most critical struggles facing our nation and world. She will speak about the increased threats to freedom of the press and the crucial importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. In more than 20 years of reporting, Democracy Now! has covered the social movements long ignored by the corporate media, and that are now forming the groundswell of opposition to the Trump administration.


Keynotes
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Kenny Ausubel

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 influe... Read More →
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Amy Goodman

Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman, host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!, an award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public TV and radio stations worldwide, has won countless prestigious awards, including an I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award and the Right Livelihood Award (the first journalist to receive that major honor) and has co-authored six bestsellers, including, most recently Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. | | To read more about Amy Goodman's work... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:31am - 9:57am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:57am

A New "We The People" For a Sustainable Future

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder

Heather McGhee, President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy, will depict how deep democracy is the only solution to the crises of inequality and climate change, and how the changing demos -- people -- of America can rise to meet this moment. A thought leader on the national stage, Heather, among her many accomplishments, helped shape key provisions of the now threatened Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.


Keynotes
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Heather McGhee

Demos
Heather C. McGhee, President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy, is an award-winning thought leader on the national stage whose writing and research appear in numerous outlets, including The New York Times and The Nation. In 2009 she helped shape key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and currently serves on several boards and councils, including for the Center for Working Families and Consumer Reports. | | To read more about Heather McGhee's work... Read More →
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Nina Simons

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


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:57am - 10:21am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:27am

SECOND 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 again this year on solutions for global food systems, will be announced and awarded on Bioneers' main stage.

Saturday October 21, 2017 10:27am - 10:47am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:08am

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

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. The company has performed locally and nationally since 1993 and has been the subject of two documentary films... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 11:08am - 11:19am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:34am

The Fight for a Free, Fair and Open Internet

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director

According to journalist, blogger, “creative commons” advocate, Electronic Frontier Foundation Fellow, and award-winning science fiction author Cory Doctorow, the fight for a free, fair and open Internet isn’t the most important fight on the planet, but you can’t win any of the other major battles without it. Although the Net is the nervous system of the 21st century, so far we have misunderstood and mismanaged it and made it susceptible to capture by the powerful and corrupt. Cory will share his strategies to reclaim the global lifeline that should belong to all of us.


Keynotes
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Cory Doctorow

Electronic Frontier Foundation
Cory Doctorow, a science fiction writer, leading open Internet activist, journalist and blogger (co-editor of boingboing.net) as well as an author of other works, including several YA and adult novels and a nonfiction business book (Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free), works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is... Read More →
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Joshua Fouts

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 →


Saturday October 21, 2017 11:34am - 11:59am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:59am

Youth Leadership Keynote

Introduction by Alexis Bunten, Bioneers Indigeneity Program Manager

This luminous 17-year-old Chiricahua Apache change-maker from San Carlos, AZ, co-leads the Apache Stronghold group to defend her people's sacred sites, tribal sovereignty, culture and language.


Keynotes
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Naelyn Pike

Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache), 17, a high school senior from San Carlos, AZ, passionate about her culture, identity, and tribal sovereignty, has become an internationally renowned Indigenous Rights and environmental leader. She co-leads (with her grandfather Wedsler Nosie Sr. a... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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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 FrameWork... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 11:59am - 12:10pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:15pm

Beyond the Anthropo-Scene

Introduction by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer

The renowned "anthropologist under Amazonian influence" and indigenous rights activist Jeremy Narby, author of such classics as The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature, considers the intelligence of living beings and wrestles with his own culture's anthropocentric concepts. In his view, constantly affirming the centrality of humans gets in the way of respectful living in the biosphere. Rethinking human-centered concepts such as "nature" and "anthropocene" can cast light on our relationship with the living world. Because the words we use influence how we think, we gain from examining them with care.


Keynotes
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Jeremy Narby

Nouvelle Planète
Jeremy Narby, Ph.D., an anthropologist who has been working as Amazonian Projects Coordinator for the Swiss NGO “Nouvelle Planète” since 1990, backing initiatives of Amazonian indigenous organizations in land titling, bilingual and intercultural education, environmental monitoring and sustainable economic development, is the author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (1998) and Intelligence in Nature (2005), and co-edited the anthology Shamans Through Time with Francis Huxley. | | To read more about Jeremy Narby's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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J.P. Harpignies

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


Saturday October 21, 2017 12:15pm - 12:40pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

1:15pm

Lunchtime Networking
Come meet other Bioneers attendees in a highly informal atmosphere designed to be conducive to lively conversation. Highly experienced guest facilitators will be on hand to help you connect with people in your profession or from your region or with whom you share a specific passion. Bring your lunch with you if you so desire. Facilitated by Team Awesome from Center for Whole Communities.

Saturday October 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

1:15pm

SolutionCraft Educational Booth
Come learn about a host of appropriate technologies and creative ecological solutions, from natural building methods to zero-waste systems to appropriate cooking technologies, with sustainability educator, natural builder and all-around eco-tech wizard Brennan Blazer Bird.

Workshop Speakers
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Brennan 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 →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
SolutionCraft booth near Hands-On Workshop Space

1:15pm

Indigenous Forum. Film Screening: “Life In The City of Dirty Water”
“Life in the City of Dirty Water,” a film by Clayton Thomas-Muller (Matias Columb Cree Nation) is a transmedia storytelling project, an expression of decolonization and healing. Described as “a survival guide to the urban Indigenous person." (25 minutes)

Workshop Speakers
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Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Müller, a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous rights activist, the Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with 350.org and an organizer for Defenders of the Land and Idle No More. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Indigenous Forum

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 Internat... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Hands On Workshop Space

2:45pm

Community of Mentors

Youth meet with Bioneers presenters in a small interactive group to get guidance from experienced leaders. With: Michael Ableman, farmer, author, photographer, a pioneer of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements, and founder of: the Center for Urban Agriculture, Sole Food Street Farms, the Agrarian Elders, and the Center for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture. Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth.


Workshop Speakers
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Michael Ableman

Michael Ableman, a farmer, author, photographer, and one of the pioneers of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements, is the founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture, Sole Food Street Farms, the Agrarian Elders, and the Center for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture. His... 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, per... 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 →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Community of Mentors

2:45pm

Mobile Digital Privacy and Security for Activists (and Everyone)
In this hands-on workshop with leez, Technologist General at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we'll cover end-to-end encryption for voice, video and text messages, identity verification, and basic security tricks for our mobile devices. Whether you're attending a demonstration, crossing a border, or just living your life, these skills can make your communications far more secure. Bring your mobile device(s)!

Workshop Speakers
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leez Wright

“leez,” a Technologist General at the Electronic Frontier Foundation specializing in open-source, freely-modifiable, redistributable, and encrypted communication vectors, is also social justice advocate and admirer of worker-run factories, an amateur electronic musician, and a sa... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Exhibit Hall

2:45pm

The Clean Money Revolution

How do we reshape our financial systems to reverse environmental devastation and worsening economic inequality? $50 trillion will change hands from "boomers" to "millennials" in North America alone by 2050. It will remake the world. We are ancestors of the future. We must know what our money does to people and places, then take actions to align our dollars with our values. Three visionary thinkers and actors in the field of progressive finance engage in a robust conversation about the future of money. With: Joel Solomon, author of The Clean Money Revolution; Vince Siciliano, CEO of New Resource Bank; Katherine Collins, author of The Nature of Investing. Moderated by Kevin Bayuk, co-founder and Worker Owner, LIFT Economy.


Workshop Speakers
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Kevin Bayuk

Kevin Bayuk works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets “next economy” organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life. He is a co-founder and Partner with LIFT Economy, the Senior Financial Fel... Read More →
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Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins, first head of Sustainable Investing at Putnam Investments and founder of Honeybee Capital, a research firm focused on “regenerative investing,” serves as board chair at Last Mile Health and on the boards of the Santa Fe and Omega institutes. Katherine previously had 25... Read More →
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Vince Siciliano

Vince Siciliano is the President and CEO of San Francisco-based New Resource Bank, which seeks to transform the banking industry into an agent of positive social and environmental change and is dedicated to advancing sustainability through every aspect of its operations. Siciliano began his banking career in Bank of... Read More →
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Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon, co-author of The Clean Money Revolution, is Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest mission-driven venture capital firm, which invests primarily in organics and “enviro-tech” enterprises. Joel, also a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance, is a founding member of... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room

2:45pm

How Young Entrepreneurs Can Help Lead Social Change | Youth Leadership
Two young Bay Area social entrepreneurs share their experiences turning their passion into a community-benefiting enterprise and show us how we too can take what makes us feel most alive and turn it into our own personal business models to make a positive impact on our communities while making a profit. The just and sustainable future we know is possible needs us all to step fully into our passion and purpose.  Facilitated by Trang Tran, aManda Greene and Kelly Elizabeth Ortega of Youth Impact Hub Oakland.

Workshop Speakers
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aManda Greene

aManda Greene, a Brazilian/American artist involved in arts and ecological development programs in the U.S., Brazil and India, has been working in the Bay Area since 2009 helping young leaders revitalize inner-city communities by developing social enterprises. Co-founder/Co-Director of Youth Impact Hub Oakland, aManda also serves on the board of The Hood Incubator and is a member of... Read More →
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Kelly Elizabeth Ortega

Kelly Elizabeth Ortega, of Mexican and Salvadoran ancestry, is a holistic wellness advocate, social entrepreneur, yoga teacher, ritual leader, cultural events curator, herbalist and dietician.
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Trang Tran

Trang Tran, a queer, gender-nonconforming, Vietnamese immigrant born in Saigon who grew up in the East Bay, works within the Vietnamese community to heal trauma and develop community resilience through the QTViệt Café, an Oakland-based social enterprise that aims to uplift quee... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Unity Center

2:45pm

What Value Emotions? Toward Human, Social & Political Healing

What are the emotional underpinnings of the divides we're experiencing in our nation, and how might exploring them help us to heal? How might understanding emotions and empathy help us approach vulnerable people more effectively, as well as improve all our relations? Join Arlie Russell Hochschild, renowned sociologist, author of Strangers in Their Own Land, and Karla McLaren, social scientist, author of The Language of Emotions, to explore the value of this much-maligned human capacity, in a conversation hosted by Ayana Young, founder/host of the For The Wild organization and podcast.

 


Workshop Speakers
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Arlie Russell Hochschild

Arlie Russell Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation and an emeritus professor at UC Berkeley, is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including: The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Her latest, Stra... Read More →
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Karla McLaren

Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, researcher, and pioneer in the study of emotions, self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the author of The Art of Empathy (2013) and The Language of Emotions (2010). Her applied work, Dynamic Emotional... Read More →
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Ayana Young

Ayana Young, a lover and protector of wild nature currently studying the restoration of natural systems in Victoria, BC, is currently creating an ecological research center and native species nursery in the southern tip of the Cascadian bioregion. Ayana also hosts the For The Wild podcast (formerly Unlearn... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Larkspur Room

2:45pm

Walking Transformation: The World We Want, and How to Walk There

Russell and Suki Munsell, creators of the Dynamic Vitality Method, have 40 years' experience in a wide range of somatic disciplines. In this outdoor experiential session, they will blend practices from qigong, mind/body exercises and "Dynamic Walking" to help us achieve mindfulness in motion and to embody a more vibrant and balanced presence as we walk with purpose and joy in the world.


Workshop Speakers
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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 96). Suki has been teaching dance, fitness, biomechanics, and her unique Dynamic Walking program (detailed in... Read More →
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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 programs. He continues to coach medically referred clients in his Dynamic... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Meet at Bioneers Info Booth near the Central Lawn

2:45pm

Environmental Literacy for All

Presented by Ten Strands, a groundbreaking organization working to bring environmental literacy to all of California’s K–12 students.

The enormous benefits of environmental and outdoor science education are widely known, but the cultural relevance of these experiences and access to them remain elusive for low-income communities, communities of color, and English learners. In this session we'll explore how to make environmental literacy widely available and inclusive throughout K-12 public education systems by cultivating community partnerships, meeting rigorous mainstream educational goals, and equipping students with the capacity to build ecologically sound, economically prosperous, and equitable communities. Hosted by Craig Strang, Associate Director of Lawrence Hall of Science. With: Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, Urban Habitat/Breakthrough Communities Project/Earth Island Institute; Raquel Pinderhughes, Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Urban Studies and Planning Department at San Francisco State; Jose Flores, award-winning teacher from Brawley Union High School District, CA; Juanita Chan, District Science Lead, Rialto Unified School District, CA.


Workshop Speakers
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Carl Anthony

Carl C. Anthony, a seminal pioneer of the Environmental Justice Movement, is an architect and regional design strategist. Co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project, his illustrious career has included several key roles at the Ford Foundation, leading global and U.S.-base... Read More →
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Juanita Chan

Juanita Chan, Science Lead at the Rialto, California, Unified School District and Project Director of Rialto’s California Mathematics and Science Partnership grant, works to inspire love and excitement for science and to infuse environmental education into all levels of K–12 curricula, including by building a large collaborative group of innovative... Read More →
avatar for Jose Flores

Jose Flores

Jose Flores, a teacher at Brawley High in California’s Imperial Valley for 25 years who has won many prestigious local, state and federal awards for his work in education, is also an Instructional Quality Commissioner at the California Department of Education, a K-12 Civic Learni... Read More →
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M. Paloma Pavel

M. Paloma Pavel, Ph.D., President of Earth House Center and co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project, served as Director of Strategic Communications for the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative at the Ford Foundation. She has taught at several Bay Area academic institutions, lectures frequently internationally, and is the author of several award-winning publications... Read More →
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Raquel Pinderhughes

Raquel Pinderhughes, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Urban Studies and Planning at San Francisco State, is a leading activist scholar focused on improving the lives of low-income people and inner-city communities. She has directed urban and environmental education programs for incarcerated and re-entry populations and green job training and education programs for low-income populations throughout the country, and published many highly influential papers and curricula, including... Read More →
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Craig Strang

Craig Strang, Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley, is a science and environmental educator who designs professional learning experiences for education leaders in schools, aquariums, museums, and universities internationally. He also co-leads the nationwide Ocean Literacy Campaign and an effort to bring environmental literacy to all of... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:45pm

Restoration Agriculture with Permaculture and Biomimicry

Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers, runs New Forest Farm, a rare example of a large-scale farm implementing Permaculture and Biomimicry principles. Mark will dramatically illustrate how he is “redesigning agriculture in nature’s image” by using Keyline design, earthworks, water management, silvo-pasture, alley cropping, and perennial polyculture agro-forestry to hydrate the land, build soil fertility, sequester carbon, and restore the vitality of the ecosystems in his care.


Workshop Speakers
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Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard, a certified Permaculture Designer with a background in mechanical engineering and ecology, is the CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development and Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farms, a solar and wind powered 110-acre perennial, commercial-scale a... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Manzanita Room

2:45pm

Genocide and Survivance: Calling for Truth and Recognition in California | Indigenous Forum

In 1851, California’s governor ordered a “war of extermination . . . until the Indian race becomes extinct.” Prior to genocides under Spanish and then American colonization, California was home to the most linguistically diverse and dense populations of First Peoples in North America. California Indian culture bearers come together to speak to California’s true history and to celebrate California Indian survivance, despite generations of relocation, kidnapping, slavery, and mass murder. Hosted by: Valentin Lopez (Mutsun/Awaswas/Chumash/Yokuts), Chairman, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. With: Loren Bommelyn (Tolowa) Chairperson, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation; Marshall McKay, Chairman, Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation; Corrina Gould (Chochenyo/Karkin Ohlone), founder, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust; Vincent Medina (Muwekma Ohlone).

 


Workshop Speakers
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Loren Bommelyn

Loren Me'-lash-ne Bommelyn, until recently Tribal Chairman for the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation of northern California and southern Oregon, is his people’s most accomplished “tradition bearer” who has preserved, practiced and promoted Tolowa cultural traditions including its language, n... Read More →
avatar for Corrina Gould

Corrina Gould

Corrina Gould, from the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone, born and raised in Oakland, CA (the territory of Huichin), is the co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change. Her work includes preserving and protecting the ancient burial sites of her ancestors in the Bay Ar... Read More →
avatar for Valentin Lopez

Valentin Lopez

Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, one of three historic tribes recognized as Ohlone, is President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust and a Native American Advisor to: the University of California, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Phoebe Hearst Mus... Read More →
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Marshall McKay

Marshall McKay (Yocha Dehe Wintun), an award-winning tribal leader, advocate and steward of indigenous cultural preservation, education and the arts who serves on many boards, councils and commissions, including the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, is Cha... Read More →
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Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) serves on the board of directors of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, a statewide organization that works to strengthen and foster California Indian languages, as well as on the steering committee of Slow Foods Turtle Island... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum

2:45pm

Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public | Council
How does what you believe show up in the way you live your life?  What helps you sustain courage in the face of despair? Come to the Council Tent to share your best practices and to learn from others how to maintain self-care in radical times. Co-facilitated by council trainers Kate Lipkis and Irasha Pearl.

Workshop Speakers
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Kate Lipkis

Kate Lipkis, working in communication dynamics for 40+ years, is a certified council trainer and mentor who helped establish council programs in five public schools in Los Angeles as well as in numerous social justice agencies and several state prisons. A member of the Trainers M... Read More →
avatar for Irasha Pearl Talifero

Irasha Pearl Talifero

Irasha Pearl Talifero, a Ojai, CA-based naturalist and educator, affiliated with The Ojai Foundation since its inception (1975), has designed and led many nature-based and educational programs over the years in a wide range of settings, including with at risk youth and newly rele... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Council Circle

2:45pm

Living Room Conversations: Using Open-Minded Dialogue to Transform Our World
Come be part of a "Living Room Conversation," an inspiring but simple process we can use to connect with people who have differing perspectives and get beyond our polarizations and divisions. These conversations can happen one at a time in small groups or on a large scale across and between communities. Come discover how people from all walks of life can work together to solve the wicked problems of our time when they actually communicate with one another. Facilitated by Joan Blades, co-founder of MomsRising.org, MoveOn.org, and LivingRoomConversations.org.

Workshop Speakers
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Joan Blades

Joan Blades co-founded LivingRoomconversations.org, an open source effort to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological and cultural lines while embracing our core-shared values. Joan also co-founded MomsRising.org and MoveOn.org and is the co-author of two award-winni... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Tiburon Room

2:45pm

Ayahuasca in the 21st Century
What are the implications of the spreading use of the Amazonian visionary and healing brew ayahuasca far beyond its home in the Amazon Basin? With: Jeremy Narby, Ph.D., anthropologist, author, Peruvian Amazon Project Manager for the Swiss NGO Nouvelle Planète; Rachel Harris, Ph.D., a psychologist with decades of experience, researcher, and author of Listening to Ayahuasca; Sitamaraya Sita, a long-time plant wisdom practitioner trained in the Shipibo tradition, founder of the Convergence conference; Eda Elsa Zavala Lopez, a shaman and curandera of Wari-Ashaninka ancestry, with 30' years experience in plant medicine. Hosted by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer, editor of Visionary Plant Consciousness.

Keynotes
avatar for Jeremy Narby

Jeremy Narby

Nouvelle Planète
Jeremy Narby, Ph.D., an anthropologist who has been working as Amazonian Projects Coordinator for the Swiss NGO “Nouvelle Planète” since 1990, backing initiatives of Amazonian indigenous organizations in land titling, bilingual and intercultural education, environmental monitoring and sustainable economic development, is the author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (1998) and Intelligence in Nature (2005), and co-edited the anthology Shamans Through Time with Francis Huxley. | | To read more about Jeremy Narby's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for J.P. Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies

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

Rachel Harris

Rachel Harris, Ph.D. is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. She received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator’s Award, has published more than forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals, and has worked as a psychotherapist in... Read More →
avatar for Eda Elsa Zavala Lopez

Eda Elsa Zavala Lopez

Eda Elsa Zavala Lopez, of Wari-Ashaninka ancestry, inherited ancient knowledge from her ancestors and followed the traditions of Indigenous elders from the Andean highlands and the Amazon during her nearly 30-year training to become a shaman and healer/curandera. A spiritual lead... Read More →
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Sitaramaya Sita

Sitaramaya Sita, who has traveled and worked in the Amazon for the past 17 years, is a spiritual herbalist and “plant wisdom” practitioner formally trained in the Shipibo ayahuasca tradition. Founder of PlantTeachers, dedicated to cultivating entheogenic awareness, and Producer o... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Showcase Theater

2:45pm

Leading with Nature’s Guidance: Finding Insight and Clarity in Nature

The natural world, if we know how to tune into its genius, can offer us powerful insights and direction about our most perplexing questions. In this workshop with therapist, activist, retreat leader and facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance's "Awakening the Dreamer" symposium, Polly Howells; and Trebbe Johnson, founder/Director of Radical Joy for Hard Times, workshop leader/wilderness guide, and author of The World Is a Waiting Lover, we'll discover a few simple approaches to posing questions to nature and zeroing in on both our inner and outer landscapes for answers. We'll spend some time outdoors in the wetlands and parkland around the Marin Center as we ponder a question about our life and leadership. When the group rejoins, we'll share stories about what happened.


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 and two colleagues lead a five-d... Read More →
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Trebbe Johnson

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


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Women's Leadership Tent

2:45pm

A Truly Inclusive, Women-Led Movement: What’s Needed Next?

January’s Women’s March, the nation’s largest-ever demonstration, revealed great promise, but we have a long way to go before women of color, Indigenous women, LGBTQ people and people of all kinds feel welcomed. This panel of diverse leaders will explore what’s needed for this "movement of movements” to manifest its promise with power and sustainability, as well as the appropriate role of men in it. Hosted by author/activist Anneke Campbell. With: Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation; Kate Kendell, leader of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Betsy McKinney, founder/CEO of It’s Time Network; Alnoor Ladha, CEO of The Rules.


Workshop Speakers
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Anneke Campbell

Anneke Campbell has worked as a midwife, nurse, yoga teacher, English professor, poet and scriptwriter. The author of several books, including a novel, Mary of Bellingham, she recently co-authored (with Thomas Linzey) We The People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in t... Read More →
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Kate Kendell

Kate Kendell, JD, leads the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and p... Read More →
avatar for Alnoor Ladha

Alnoor Ladha

Alnoor Ladha is an activist and author whose work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, storytelling, technology and culture hacking. A founding member and the Executive Director of The Rules (/TR), a global network of activists, designers, coders, researchers, wri... Read More →
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Betsy McKinney

Betsy McKinney, a philanthropist and social entrepreneur, manages Faraway Foundation, a 501c3 private foundation, and is founder/CEO of It’s Time Network, a community of people and organizations working to achieve gender equality, evolve democracy and build fair economies that re... Read More →
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Lateefah Simon

Lateefah Simon, a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice who has received numerous awards for her work, including a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, is President of the Akonadi Foundation, which supports and nurtures racial justice movement building. In 2016 Lateefah was elected to serve District 7 on the BART Board of Directors and was also appointed to the California State... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30pm

Democracy, Free Speech and Media | World Café

The media is under attack, with assaults on journalists and net neutrality, “gaslighting,” alternative facts, fake news, surveillance, monopolization, corruption, etc. Inspired by today’s sessions on democracy and journalism, this highly interactive session provides an intergenerational space for conversation and action planning. How might we take wise collective action to protect and advance our constitutional rights to free speech and free information? With: Denis Moynihan, Democracy Now! co-founder; David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Common Ground Center; Amy Lenzo, weDialogue & The World Café Community Foundation.

 

Workshop Speakers
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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 Found... Read More →
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Denis Moynihan

| Denis Moynihan, a leading figure in independent media for 15+ years, currently Special Projects Coordinator for Democracy Now!, the TV/radio/internet news hour airing on 1,400+ stations globally; serves on the boards of several media non-profits; is founder of radio station K... Read More →
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David Shaw

David Shaw, a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, is the founder of Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UC Santa Cruz Common Ground Center. He has taught Agroecology at UCSC since 2004 and works with people worldwide to build healthy, resilient connect... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
World Café

4:30pm

Narrative Healing: Restoring the World Through Storytelling | Indigenous Forum

Come experience the healing powers of storytelling first-hand in this rare opportunity to witness culture bearers perform traditional and contemporary stories from the heart of California Indian Country, followed by a discussion about the power of storytelling to restore balance to the world. Hosted by: Cara Romero. With: Calvin Hedrick (Mountain Maidu), Cultural Director, The Fifth Direction; Director of the Ti’at Society; L Frank Manriquez (Tongva-Acjachemen) artist and activist; Dean Hoaglin (Coast Miwok/Pomo/Wailaki/Yuki), Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria.


Workshop Speakers
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Calvin Hedrick

Calvin Hedrick, a Mountain Maidu from Plumas County, California, is Director of The 5th Direction, a program working with Native youth and communities in Northern California. He has 17+ years' experience working with the American Indian Alaska Native community in California with... Read More →
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Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin, Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria, 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 Round Valley, Mendocino Wailakis and Yukis on his paternal side, was trained in traditio... Read More →
avatar for L Frank Manriquez

L Frank Manriquez

L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachmem), an award-winning Native California Indian artist working in many media (photography, painting, weaving, casting, etching, computer art, video, etc.), tribal scholar, community activist, and language advocate, has exhibited her artwork in many museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and has served on a number of boards, including for the Cultural Conservancy... 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 Chem... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum

4:30pm

Art, Politics, Spirit: Braided Activism for Culture Shift

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock have shown the world that in order to create authentic social change, conventional categories separating art from spirituality and politics have to be dissolved. Their braided activism offers us a model of how we can make the shift to a world in which we can all show up whole, moving our hearts and minds with creativity to work for social and environmental justice. Hosted by cultural activist and writer Arlene Goldbard. With: T. Lulani Arquette (Native Hawaiian), President/CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation; Cynthia Tom, visual artist, cultural curator, founder of A PLACE OF HER OWN, Board President, Asian American Women Artists Association; Rosa Gonzalez, Director of Applied Practice, Movement Strategy Center.


Workshop Speakers
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Lulani Arquette

Lulani Arquette is the President and CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a national organization dedicated to supporting cultural expression in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. She previously had 25+ years’ experience steering a variety... Read More →
avatar for Arlene Goldbard

Arlene Goldbard

Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. She serves as Chief Policy Wonk of the US Department of Arts and Culture (www.usdac.us) and President of The Shalom Center. She was named... Read More →
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Rosa González

Rosa González, visual and performing artist, is Director of Applied Practice at the Movement Strategy Center, which seeks to advance transformative resilience strategies in the transition to a regenerative, interconnected world, and also the founder of the Facilitating Power... Read More →
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Cynthia Tom

Cynthia Tom is a San Francisco based visual artist, cultural community curator and founder of the arts-based healing program, A Place of Her Own. Cultural Surrealism, Social Justice, Feminism, and Spirituality are themes in her work and projects, which have been shown widely, inc... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room

4:30pm

The Peace of Wild Things | Council
Great poems are akin to emotional acupuncture points, expressing that for which we have few words, yet poetry remains one of the most esoteric and inaccessible art forms. Come to the Council Tent and explore the connection between personal narrative and the universal truths buried in our favorite poems.  Co-facilitated by council trainers Kate Lipkis and Irasha Pearl.

Workshop Speakers
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Kate Lipkis

Kate Lipkis, working in communication dynamics for 40+ years, is a certified council trainer and mentor who helped establish council programs in five public schools in Los Angeles as well as in numerous social justice agencies and several state prisons. A member of the Trainers M... Read More →
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Irasha Pearl Talifero

Irasha Pearl Talifero, a Ojai, CA-based naturalist and educator, affiliated with The Ojai Foundation since its inception (1975), has designed and led many nature-based and educational programs over the years in a wide range of settings, including with at risk youth and newly rele... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Council Circle

4:30pm

Poetry Slam—Words Matter | Youth Leadership

In this beloved, always thrilling yearly event, now a Bioneers tradition, young poets share their original work in a dynamic, supportive environment. Hosted by renowned hip-hop artist and activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Youth Unity Center

4:30pm

The New Laboratories of Democracy - Building a Progressive Agenda beyond the Trump Era

Presented by The Democracy Collaborative

Resistance to Trump is critical, but equally important is developing a new cogent national progressive agenda so that we will be ready to push for positive policies once the political winds shift (as they invariably do). One key is to support innovative local and regional programs that can be expanded nationally when the opening occurs. These "laboratories of democracy" are being fashioned by cooperatives, social ventures, community-based organizations, impact investors and philanthropy. Come explore some of the most promising initiatives from across the country. Hosted by Ted Howard, President/co-founder, The Democracy Collaborative. With: Repa Mekha, President/CEO, Nexus Community Partners, St. Paul, MN; Patricia Farrar Rivas, President, Veris Wealth Partners.


Workshop Speakers
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Ted Howard

Ted Howard, co-founder/President of The Democracy Collaborative, previously served as Executive Director of the National Center for Economic Alternatives and was a Senior Fellow for Social Justice at The Cleveland Foundation. He lectures widely and has written extensively about c... Read More →
avatar for Repa Mekha

Repa Mekha

Repa Mekha, President/CEO of Nexus Community Partners, which works at the intersection of community, government, economic development and philanthropy to build more engaged and powerful communities of color, has 30+ years of experience in organizational leadership and development. He sits on a number of boards including: Northside Funders Group, Neighborhood Development... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater

4:30pm

Breakthroughs in Global Regenerative Design: Implementing Solutions for the Earth and People

The social and ecological crises we face are all to a large extent the result of poor design of human systems. By integrating principles drawn from permaculture, biomimicry, bioremediation, "living systems thinking" and TEK (traditional ecological knowledge), designers, planners, communities, municipalities and governments are beginning to discover how to integrate the needs of people and ecosystems in setting a new standard for human impacts in order to achieve long-term cascading benefits for all species. Erin English, ecological engineer with Biohabitats, Inc., and Joel Glanzberg, applied naturalist at Regenesis, highlight breakthrough design solutions being implemented around the globe.


Workshop Speakers
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Erin English

Erin English, PE LEED AP, Senior Engineer, Southwest Basin and Range Bioregion, for Biohabitats, Inc., a firm focused on ecological restoration, conservation planning and regenerative design, brings 15 years’ engineering expertise to her work in water master planning, wastewater/storm-water treatment, and water reuse in numerous landmark high-performance buildings (including Living Building... Read More →
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Joel Glanzberg

Joel Glanzberg, whose lifework has focused on designing interventions that lead to systemic change, was an early pioneer in the fields of Permaculture and Regenerative Design and helped found the groundbreaking organizations, Flowering Tree Permaculture (in 1986) and Regenesis Collaborative (in 1995). He is the creator of... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Larkspur Room

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 consciou... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Women's Leadership Tent

4:30pm

From Plunder to Restoration: Re-Designing the Human-Ocean Relationship
Seafood accounts for nearly 20% of global protein, but our vast appetite and technical capabilities are rapidly shrinking biodiversity while collapsing fish stocks and the economies, livelihoods and cultures that depend on ocean health. On the other hand, systemic opportunities to solve these problems are rising up and being implemented around the world. Learn from leading experts about what is being done to transform our large scale hit-and-run relationship with the ocean to a restorative, inclusive, bountiful (and delicious) one. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs & Research, Bioneers. With: Bren Smith, Executive Director, Green Wave, pioneer of "3D Ocean Farming;" Marah Hardt, Research Director, Future of Fish.

Workshop Speakers
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Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs and Research at Bioneers, previously worked on a range of projects from federal range management to state-level assessments of long-range planning to applied research on topics including climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and ecological networks. A Doris Duke Conservation Fellow during graduate school, Teo holds an MS in Environmental Science... Read More →
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Marah Hardt

Marah J Hardt, Ph.D., Research Director at Future of Fish, which works to create more sustainable, traceable seafood supply chains, is a scientist and storyteller who works at the crossroads of research, science, communication, and strategy. She is the author of Sex in the Sea, w... Read More →
avatar for Bren Smith

Bren Smith

Bren Smith, owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and Executive Director of GreenWave, a lifelong commercial fisherman since age 14, has pioneered "restorative 3D ocean farming" to restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change, create blue-green jobs for fishermen, and ensure healthy... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Manzanita Room

4:30pm

Finding The Lost City of the Monkey God
Bestselling author and New Yorker writer Doug Preston has chronicled adventurer Steve Elkins' extraordinarily difficult search for a legendary lost city deep in the Honduran jungle in his recent book, The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story. Award-winning filmmaker Bill Benenson who helped fund and organize the search, captured the expedition on film, and we are honored to be showing a "work-in-progress" version of this eagerly anticipated, soon-to-be-released documentary, at Bioneers this weekend. In this session Doug, Steve and Bill will discuss the importance of the expedition's archeological findings; how the highly advanced LIDAR mapping technology was the key to locating the site, and the challenges and ecological lessons of this quest.

Workshop Speakers
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Bill Benenson

Bill Benenson, a renowned, award-winning filmmaker and producer whose films include Dirt! The Movie, and The Hadza: Last of the First, is currently completing a documentary about the search for a lost Pre-Columbian city in Central America using LIDAR technology, an endeavor that... Read More →
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Steve Elkins

Steve Elkins started out as an earth scientist, then became an educator, petroleum engineer, entrepreneur, cinematographer, and finally an explorer. He has received many accolades for his pursuit of a legendary lost city and his discoveries in the Mosquitia jungle of Honduras as... Read More →
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Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, the author of 35 fiction and nonfiction books, including 16 bestsellers, has been an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in NY and taught writing at Princeton. His latest book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, tells the true story of the discovery of... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Sausalito Room

4:30pm

Fighting for the Pillars of Democracy: Independent Media and an Open Internet
Authoritarian regimes around the world are cracking down on journalists and trying to exert complete control over the flow of information. Now we too are facing a government hostile to any narratives it doesn't approve of sanction, as well as confronting giant media monopolies and online gatekeepers. How do we fight for "net neutrality," prevent the complete consolidation of a "surveillance society" and strengthen our independent media, without which democracy cannot survive? With: Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman; Cory Doctorow, author/digital activist; Danny O'Brien, International Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Moderated by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director.

Keynotes
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Electronic Frontier Foundation
Cory Doctorow, a science fiction writer, leading open Internet activist, journalist and blogger (co-editor of boingboing.net) as well as an author of other works, including several YA and adult novels and a nonfiction business book (Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free), works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Fouts

Joshua Fouts

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 →
avatar for Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman

Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman, host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!, an award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public TV and radio stations worldwide, has won countless prestigious awards, including an I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award and the Right Livelihood Award (the first journalist to receive that major honor) and has co-authored six bestsellers, including, most recently Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. | | To read more about Amy Goodman's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 15 years. After three years working to protect at-risk online reporters with the Committee to Protect Journalists, he now supervises the Electronic Frontier Foundation's global strategy. He also co-fou... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

6:15pm

Drum and Dance Activation!

Release Grief & Rage, Dance Our Liberation and Rise in Solidarity! 

Rise with the Global movement to end violence against women and build solidarity around racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice through an embodied ecstatic practice of Raising our Voices, Drumming our Hearts, and Moving in Solidarity! The circle is stewarded by Afia Walking Tree, Spirit Drumz ensemble, and YOU!  Bring your voice, body, drum! Everyone Welcome. No Drum Experience Necessary. Drums will be provided.

Performers
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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 Dru... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Central Lawn

6:30pm

Seed Exchange
Seeds are our future. Share open-pollinated seeds to help conserve the living botanical treasure of biodiversity. Hosted by these expert seed savers: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Tesuque Pueblo Farm, Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, The Living Seed Company and the Sustainable Seed CompanyRowen White of Sierra Seeds will lead the opening ceremony.

Saturday October 21, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Exhibit Hall

7:00pm

Curse of the Monkey God | Film

This sneak peek advanced "work-in-progress" cut of award-winning documentary producer/director Bill Benenson's new film chronicles an extraordinary and dangerous expedition into the Mosquitia jungle of Honduras that used LIDAR laser technology-generated data to locate the site of a legendary pre-colonial city. They found it! The film (2018) is generating enormous buzz and is the subject of a best-selling book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, by New Yorker writer Doug Preston. A longtime bioneer, Bill, will introduce the film. (100minutes)


Workshop Speakers
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Bill Benenson

Bill Benenson, a renowned, award-winning filmmaker and producer whose films include Dirt! The Movie, and The Hadza: Last of the First, is currently completing a documentary about the search for a lost Pre-Columbian city in Central America using LIDAR technology, an endeavor that... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:45pm
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: Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, Sarah Crowell (for The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company); Jeremy Narby; Victor Pineda and James Thurston; Kandi Mossett; john a. powell. Separate admission: $85.

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Workshop Speakers
avatar for Sarah Crowell

Sarah Crowell

Sarah Crowell, a dancer/performer, choreographer, theater director, and multiple award-winning, groundbreaking educator and curriculum developer for teen arts programs, has worked at Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center since 1990 as a dance teacher, artistic director, workshop facilitator, program development director, and as the... Read More →
avatar for Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman

Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman, host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!, an award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public TV and radio stations worldwide, has won countless prestigious awards, including an I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award and the Right Livelihood Award (the first journalist to receive that major honor) and has co-authored six bestsellers, including, most recently Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. | | To read more about Amy Goodman's work... Read More →
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Kandi Mossett

Indigenous Environmental Network
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)’s Lead Organizer on its Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign, has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts climate change and environmental injustice have on Indigenous communities across North America as well as internationally. Ms. Mossett began her work with IEN as its Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator. | | To read more about Kandi Mossett's work... Read More →
avatar for Denis Moynihan

Denis Moynihan

| Denis Moynihan, a leading figure in independent media for 15+ years, currently Special Projects Coordinator for Democracy Now!, the TV/radio/internet news hour airing on 1,400+ stations globally; serves on the boards of several media non-profits; is founder of radio station K... Read More →
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Jeremy Narby

Nouvelle Planète
Jeremy Narby, Ph.D., an anthropologist who has been working as Amazonian Projects Coordinator for the Swiss NGO “Nouvelle Planète” since 1990, backing initiatives of Amazonian indigenous organizations in land titling, bilingual and intercultural education, environmental monitoring and sustainable economic development, is the author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge (1998) and Intelligence in Nature (2005), and co-edited the anthology Shamans Through Time with Francis Huxley. | | To read more about Jeremy Narby's work... Read More →
avatar for Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda

World Enabled
Victor Pineda, Ph.D., is an urban planner, social entrepreneur, speaker, and globally recognized disability rights advocate. He is the President of World Enabled and of The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments. He is also a presidential appointee serving the US Access Board. (#inclusionmatters) | | To read more about Victor Pineda's work... Read More →
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john a. powell

john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, previously Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State, has taught at numerous universities and law schools including at Harvard and Columbia. A former National Legal Director of the ACLU and co-founder of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, his latest book is: Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. | | To read more about john a. powell's work... Read More →
avatar for James Thurston

James Thurston

James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development at G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies), a UN-affiliated advocacy organization working to guarantee accessibility to information communication and assistive technologi... Read More →

Keynotes
avatar for Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel

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 influe... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Fouts

Joshua Fouts

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 →
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

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


Saturday October 21, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Ballroom, Embassy Suites

8:45pm

Searching for Gold Spot -The Wild After Wildfire | Film

This beautiful short documentary by director/writer/biologist Maya Khosla tracks the efforts of scientist Chad Hanson (Director, John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute), senior biologist Tonja Chi, and other scientists as they rigorously study the resurrection of forests after fires, the bird life in post-burn ecosystems and the crucial importance of wildfires in the Sierra Nevada. Introduced by Director Maya Khosla. (31 minutes)


Workshop Speakers
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Maya Khosla

Maya Khosla, born in London and raised in Burma, England, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, a former biology professor, is a writer and poet whose work includes Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek, and Keel Bone (Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize); and many pieces on post-fire fore... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 8:45pm - 9:30pm
Showcase Theater

9:30pm

F R E E (a film about the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company)
This documentary by David Collier and Suzanne LaFetra follows five teens through a year in Oakland's acclaimed Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. The film is an intimate look at these teens’ journey, revealing how collaborative art can be a foundation for personal discovery, change and hope. Introduced by Suzanne LaFetra, Director/Producer; David Collier, Director/Producer, Sara Needham, Co-Producer; and Sarah Crowell, Executive Director of Destiny Arts. (56 minutes)

Workshop Speakers
avatar for David Collier

David Collier

David Collier, Co-Director/Co-Producer of the film, F R E E, being shown at Bioneers this year, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the principal and founder of Studio B Films, a video production company in Berkeley, California. His earlier films include the award winni... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Crowell

Sarah Crowell

Sarah Crowell, a dancer/performer, choreographer, theater director, and multiple award-winning, groundbreaking educator and curriculum developer for teen arts programs, has worked at Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center since 1990 as a dance teacher, artistic director, workshop facilitator, program development director, and as the... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne LaFetra

Suzanne LaFetra

Suzanne LaFetra, Co-Director/Co-Producer of the film, F R E E, (her directorial debut) being shown at Bioneers this year, is an award-winning writer, journalist and filmmaker whose writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Sci... Read More →
avatar for Sara Needham

Sara Needham

Sara Needham, Co-Producer/Distribution Manager of the film F R E E, showing at Bioneers this year, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Emmy-nominated journalist who has explored topics ranging from genetically modified food to California politics to gun violence to the... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Showcase Theater

9:30pm

Dance Party
Don’t miss the legendary, high-energy Bioneers Saturday night dance! (Line-up TBA soon.) Curated by Isis Indriya and Eve Bradford.

Workshop Speakers

Saturday October 21, 2017 9:30pm - 11:59pm
Exhibit Hall
 
Sunday, October 22
 

9:00am

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree


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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 Dru... Read More →
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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 Wat... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:14am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15am

Welcome by Kenny Ausubel, Nina Simons and Joshua Fouts
Welcome by Kenny Ausubel, Nina Simons and Joshua Fouts

Keynotes
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Kenny Ausubel

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 influe... Read More →
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Joshua Fouts

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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Nina Simons

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


Sunday October 22, 2017 9:15am - 9:21am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:21am

Opening Remarks by Nina Simons
Keynotes
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Nina Simons

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


Sunday October 22, 2017 9:21am - 9:36am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:35am

Indigeneity Rights of Nature Update with Cara Romero, Bioneers Indigeneity Program Director
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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 Chem... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 9:35am - 9:47am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:47am

Cultural Resilience to Strengthen Our Communities and Defend the Earth
Introduction by Cara Romero, Bioneers Indigeneity Program Director

Kandi Mossett (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), Native Energy and Climate Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), has emerged as a leading voice in the fight against environmental racism at Standing Rock and beyond. Kandi will share the powerful story of how her community drew on its cultural resilience to resist fracking in North Dakota, and how the re-assertion of tribal sovereignty, revitalization of language and restoration of traditional foodways can point the way to a just transition to a clean energy future for all of us.

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Kandi Mossett

Indigenous Environmental Network
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)’s Lead Organizer on its Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign, has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts climate change and environmental injustice have on Indigenous communities across North America as well as internationally. Ms. Mossett began her work with IEN as its Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator. | | To read more about Kandi Mossett's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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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 Chem... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 9:47am - 10:12am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:12am

Truth to Power: Taking on Coal & Nuclear Domination

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and co-founder

How can we take on the most powerful pillar of the status quo—the fossil fuel industry? And how can we, despite these challenging times, find and maintain the necessary courage, steadfastness, and stamina to see our way through to victory? How do we organize and build effective coalitions? Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director of the courageous New Mexico non-profit, New Energy Economy, shares insights drawn from her longtime leading role in confronting the electric utility monopoly, the most powerful corporation in her state. Mariel is an inspiring dynamo who lives by the motto: "Activism is the antidote to despair.”


Keynotes
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Kenny Ausubel

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 influe... Read More →
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Mariel Nanasi

New Energy Economy
Mariel Nanasi, a renowned, highly experienced civil rights and criminal defense attorney and a zealous organizer, is the Executive Director and President of the New Mexico-based non-profit, New Energy Economy, which works to protect communities from the social, economic, health, and environmental costs of extractive energy and to usher in an affordable, clean, sustainable energy future and genuine grassroots... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 10:12am - 10:36am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:08am

Performance by Earth Guardians


Xiuhtezcatl and Isa are conscious hip hop artists. This brother and sister duo tour the world using music to make a difference and inspire a revolution in consciousness.

They are Activists who write and produce music to tell the stories of issues facing our world, Xiuhtezcatl and Isa are bringing the movement to the masses.

They write music to battle oppression and bring people together. They write music to inspire people to pursue their passions and use art as an agent of change.

Xiuhtezcatl and Isa released his debut album Generation RYSE with the Earth Guardians in 2015. Isa’s debut album Lifelines was released in 2014. Now Fall of 2017 brings us the duo’s debut album Break Free.

A few of the artists Xiuhtezcatl and Isa have collaborated and shared stages with: Nahko Bear, Trevor Hall, Flobots, Elephant Revival, Jurassic 5, Rising Appalachia, Raury…


Keynotes
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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16-year old Boulder, Colorado-based Indigenous environmental activist (since age 6!) and rapper, is the award-winning Youth Director of Earth Guardians, an organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe committed to protecting... Read More →

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Sunday October 22, 2017 11:08am - 11:19am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:29am

Co-Creating Alternative Spaces to Heal

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder

Racialized violence injures all of us-not just those who are being "othered" but also those who perpetuate that "othering." These painful injuries happen on many levels, including on the individual, structural, and societal spheres, so healing must also happen on many levels, but we can't truly heal these deep wounds while the injuries are still being perpetuated. Professor john a. powell, one of the world's most important thinkers and scholars on civil and human rights, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at U.C. Berkeley, explores how we can better understand the spaces we currently inhabit and strategize to co-create alternative spaces where real healing can truly begin.


Keynotes
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john a. powell

john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, previously Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State, has taught at numerous universities and law schools including at Harvard and Columbia. A former National Legal Director of the ACLU and co-founder of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, his latest book is: Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. | | To read more about john a. powell's work... Read More →
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Nina Simons

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


Sunday October 22, 2017 11:29am - 11:53am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:54am

Carbon Farming
Introduction by Guido Frosini, founder of True Grass Farms

Sequestering carbon from the atmosphere back into the soil is emerging as among the top biological strategies to radically mitigate climate disruption on large scales. It’s also a rapidly growing movement among farmers across the country, including in conservative communities – because it IS conservative… of the land and soil. John and Calla Rose are visionary leaders of the Marin Carbon Project, a gold standard of carbon farming research demonstrations. John is co-owner (with his wife Peggy Rathmann) of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch. Calla Rose, former Fellow with the Rocky Mountain Institute, has led policy and climate action programs with Aspen, CO and San Francisco, CA, and is a leading advocate for and expert on agricultural carbon sequestration.

Workshop Speakers
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Guido Frosini

Guido Frosini founded True Grass Farms (based on the motto of “Food, Ecology, Culture”) in Marin County 6 years ago on land that has been in his family since 1867. He seeks to be not just an exemplary, socially/ecologically conscious rancher but also to educate the public about sustainable farming by engaging directly with consumers through a meat share and at... Read More →

Keynotes
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Calla Rose Ostrander

California Carbon Campaign
Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor/consultant/activist, works with leaders in California and the western U.S. to help re-balance the planet’s carbon cycle. Prior to her work with the California Carbon Campaign, she worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities of Aspen and San Francisco leading climate action and resilience planning and internal sustainability reporting, and also worked for Earth Economics and the Rocky Mountain Institute. | | To read more about Calla Rose Ostrander's work... Read More →
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John Wick

Marin Carbon Project
John Wick, co-owner with his wife, Peggy Rathmann, of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch, an exemplary eco-conscious enterprise, is co-founder of and tireless spokesperson for the cutting-edge Marin Carbon Project, which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural, and forest soils through applied research, demonstration and implementation. | | To read more about John Wick's work... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 11:54am - 12:18pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:18pm

Place of Power: Ecosystem-Based Management & Reconciliation in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest

Introduction by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer

As a primary architect of the globally significant 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, Jody dedicated 20+ years of her life to the insanely challenging, complex and ultimately successful struggle to protect the largest expanse of old-growth temperate rainforest in the world. This historic agreement formalizes a large-scale model for First Nations reconciliation and shared decision-making, ecologically responsible forestry, and absolute protection of 85% of the forest. Jody will explore how we can find durable solutions to our most “wicked” problems by examining the dynamics of power, gender, science and culture and by using tools drawn from whole systems thinking, innovative conflict resolution techniques and consensus decision-making.


Keynotes
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Jody Holmes

Rainforest Solutions Project
Jody Holmes, Ph.D., Project Director for the Rainforest Solutions Project (RSP), a coalition of Greenpeace, Sierra Club of BC and Stand.org (formerly ForestEthics), has dedicated 20+ years to achieving healthy human and ecological systems in the Great Bear Rainforest and was one of the primary architects of the historic Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, protecting the largest expanses of old growth temperate rainforest in the world. | | To read more about Jody Holmes's work... Read More →

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J.P. Harpignies

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


Sunday October 22, 2017 12:18pm - 12:43pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:48pm

Closing Performance by Oakland’s own Thrive Choir
Performers
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The Thrive Choir

The Thrive Choir was founded in 2015 in Oakland by a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, ministers, educators and healers. Directed by musicians Austin Willacy and Kyle Lemle, their heartfelt, soul-stirring original fusion of gospel and folk has brought them to share... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 12:48pm - 12:58pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

1:15pm

SolutionCraft Educational Booth
Come learn about a host of appropriate technologies and creative ecological solutions, from natural building methods to zero-waste systems to appropriate cooking technologies, with sustainability educator, natural builder and all-around eco-tech wizard Brennan Blazer Bird.

Workshop Speakers
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Brennan 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 22, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
SolutionCraft booth near Hands-On Workshop Space

1:15pm

Cultivating Women's Leadership (CWL) Gathering

Are you an alumna of CWL or a woman interested in strengthening your capacity as a change-maker? Come and visit together over lunch (bring your own) in the Women's Leadership Tent with Bioneers' and CWL co-founder Nina Simons, to connect, savor the field, share stories and explore women’s leadership.


Keynotes
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Nina Simons

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


Sunday October 22, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Women's Leadership Tent

2:45pm

Community of Mentors
Youth meet with Bioneers presenters in a small interactive group to get guidance from experienced leaders. With: Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and founding Director of its Everywoman's Leadership program (which includes "Cultivating Women's Leadership” intensives and CoMadres retreats). Co-editor of the anthology, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, Nina, an award-winning social entrepreneur, served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla before co-founding Bioneers. Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth.

Keynotes
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Nina Simons

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

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, per... 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 →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Community of Mentors

2:45pm

Permaculture Meetup: Cross Pollination, Collaboration and Integration | World Café
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. With: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Common Ground Center; Amy Lenzo, weDialogue & The World Cafe Community Foundation; and Starhawk, Pandora Thomas, Joel Glanzberg and other special guests.

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Joel Glanzberg

Joel Glanzberg, whose lifework has focused on designing interventions that lead to systemic change, was an early pioneer in the fields of Permaculture and Regenerative Design and helped found the groundbreaking organizations, Flowering Tree Permaculture (in 1986) and Regenesis Collaborative (in 1995). He is the creator of... 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 Found... Read More →
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David Shaw

David Shaw, a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, is the founder of Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UC Santa Cruz Common Ground Center. He has taught Agroecology at UCSC since 2004 and works with people worldwide to build healthy, resilient connect... Read More →
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Starhawk

Starhawk, author or coauthor of 13 books on earth-based spirituality and activism, including the classics The Spiral Dance, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, and the visionary novels The Fifth Sacred Thing and City of Refuge, directs Earth Activist Trainin... Read More →
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Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas, a designer, teacher and facilitator at several Permaculture and ecological design schools and programs, has lived in a dozen countries and has 25+ years’ experience in ecological design. Co-founder of the Black Permaculture Network, Pandora, a passionate global ci... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
World Café

2:45pm

Changing the Landscape of Power: Clean Energy and Democracy

The clean energy revolution is about how we use power in all senses. Distributed energy calls for distributed power and economic, social and environmental justice. What does it look like now on the ground? How do we get from here to there? With: Thomas Van Dyck, Managing Director/Financial Advisor, SRI Wealth Management Group, RBC Wealth Management, a leader in socially-responsible investing for 30+ years; Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director/President, New Energy Economy; Marco Krapels, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Global Markets at SolarCity. Hosted by Sarah Shanley Hope, Executive Director of The Solutions Project (100.org), a national organization accelerating the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.


Keynotes
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Thomas Van Dyck

RBC Wealth Management
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 $1.8 billion in institutional and individual client assets, incorporating environmental, social and governance factors in investment decisions. Tom also founded the shareholder advocacy As You Sow Foundation in 1992 and is active in the... Read More →
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Mariel Nanasi

New Energy Economy
Mariel Nanasi, a renowned, highly experienced civil rights and criminal defense attorney and a zealous organizer, is the Executive Director and President of the New Mexico-based non-profit, New Energy Economy, which works to protect communities from the social, economic, health, and environmental costs of extractive energy and to usher in an affordable, clean, sustainable energy future and genuine grassroots... Read More →

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Sarah Shanley Hope

Sarah Shanley Hope, MBA, Executive Director of the Solutions Project, a national organization with a vision of 100% clean energy for 100% of people, has 15+ years’ experience in brand strategy and social change. She has held leadership roles at many organizations and businesses... Read More →
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Marco Krapels

Marco Krapels, a highly seasoned executive, was most recently Tesla’s Vice President of International Expansion for solar and energy storage. His many previous positions include: Executive Vice President of Strategy & Global Markets at SolarCity; partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors; and Executive Vice President at Rabobank. Marco also co-founded two non-profits--The Solutions Project and Empowered by Light and co-produced Leonardo... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

Building Large-Scale Land Conservation and Sustainable Development Coalitions

Representatives from some of the most innovative initiatives working to create broad-based coalitions to protect large ecosystems and guarantee sustainable development share their successful strategies. With: Jody Holmes, Ph.D., Project Director of the Rainforest Solutions Project, which worked for 20+ years to bring together all the stakeholders, including many First Nations, to protect the Great Bear ecosystem, the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest; Henry Izumizaki, Strategy Director for The Russell Family Foundation’s Puyallup Watershed Initiative, a bold new model of community centered change in a vast region of the Pacific Northwest; Deon Ben (Navajo), Native American Program Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust, working to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau. Hosted by Jason Mark, Editor-in-Chief of the Sierra Club's magazine, Sierra.


Keynotes
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Jody Holmes

Rainforest Solutions Project
Jody Holmes, Ph.D., Project Director for the Rainforest Solutions Project (RSP), a coalition of Greenpeace, Sierra Club of BC and Stand.org (formerly ForestEthics), has dedicated 20+ years to achieving healthy human and ecological systems in the Great Bear Rainforest and was one of the primary architects of the historic Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, protecting the largest expanses of old growth temperate rainforest in the world. | | To read more about Jody Holmes's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Deon Ben

Deon Ben (Navajo) from Tohatchi, New Mexico, is the Native American Program Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust, managing its Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversation Gathering. Trained in both traditional Native ways and contemporary environmental sciences, he has long worked to... Read More →
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Henry Izumizaki

Henry Izumizaki, Strategy Director of The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF), with TRFF since 2006, currently leads its 10-year Puyallup Watershed Initiative, the foundation’s largest ever project. Prior to TRFF, Henry’s illustrious career of service included: founder, Transformati... 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 Age of Man. Jason also co-founded San... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Showcase Theater

2:45pm

Revolutionizing Education: How to Cultivate Social and Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, and Cultural Responsiveness in Schools
Join council trainer Kate Lipkis, Laura Weaver of Passageworks Institute and highly experienced educator Scott VanLoo in an interactive session to explore how practices such as council, mindfulness and empathic listening can be used in educational contexts to create compassionate and inclusive classrooms where students and teachers alike are engaged and valued and can thrive.

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Kate Lipkis

Kate Lipkis, working in communication dynamics for 40+ years, is a certified council trainer and mentor who helped establish council programs in five public schools in Los Angeles as well as in numerous social justice agencies and several state prisons. A member of the Trainers M... Read More →
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Scott VanLoo

Scott VanLoo, Assistant Principal at a dual language International Baccalaureate elementary school in Dillon, Colorado, has 20+ years’ experience in education including elementary and high school teaching, special and homeless education, equity and diversity training, and parent programs. Former Director of the... Read More →
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Laura Weaver

Laura Weaver, a consultant to schools and school systems and facilitator with 20+ years’ experience in education and social change work, is Director of Transformative Learning at the PassageWorks Institute, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating meaningful, inclusive and nourishin... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:45pm

Cities, States, Regions and Civil Society Leading on Climate Change
In light of the lack of significant action by many national governments and the Trump administration's climate denial and active torpedoing of the Paris Climate Accords, many cities, states, regions and citizens' groups around the world are taking matters into their own hands with very creative and promising approaches. With: Amanda Brown-Stevens, Executive Director of the Bay Area Resilience By Design Challenge; Andy Lipkis, founder/President of TreePeople in Los Angeles; Alexa Kleysteuber, Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations for CalEPA. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs & Research, Bioneers.

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Amanda Brown-Stevens

Amanda Brown-Stevens has a long, highly effective track record in local, municipal and regional conservation and infrastructure development throughout California. Currently Managing Director of the Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge, she previously worked with the Trust for P... Read More →
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Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs and Research at Bioneers, previously worked on a range of projects from federal range management to state-level assessments of long-range planning to applied research on topics including climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and ecological networks. A Doris Duke Conservation Fellow during graduate school, Teo holds an MS in Environmental Science... Read More →
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Alexa Kleysteuber

Alexa Kleysteuber, Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations for California EPA since 2016, previously served as a policy advisor to the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (a negotiation group under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change). Prior to that her jobs included working for the UN Development Programme and several positions at... Read More →
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Andy Lipkis

Andy Lipkis, a seminal figure in the “citizen urban forestry” movement, founded the groundbreaking organization Tree People in Los Angeles In 1973 as a teenager, and is still its President. An award-winning practical visionary who has dedicated his life to making cities safe, hea... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room

2:45pm

Pacific Connections: Indigenous Approaches to Climate Change from Qik'rtaq (Kodiak) to Hawaiʻi, and Aoteoroa (New Zealand) | Indigenous Forum

Indigenous knowledge can offer invaluable insights on how to recognize, anticipate and adapt to climate disruption. Nowhere is this more evident than in the communities that live on and around the Pacific Ocean, which drives much of the world’s climate and weather. From Alaska to New Zealand and in between, culture bearers from across the Pacific share first-hand observations of the effects of climate change and explore how Indigenous seafaring traditions, knowledge and connections can launch innovative solutions and inform policy. Hosted by Alexis Bunten (Aleut/Yup’ik), Bioneers Indigeneity Program Manager. With: Sven Haakanson, Jr. (Alutiiq), Professor and Curator of Native American Anthropology, University of Washington; Kupuna M. Kalani Souza (Hawaiian), Executive Director, Olohana Foundation; Maui Solomon (Moriori), attorney, Indigenous rights activist.


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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 FrameWork... Read More →
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Sven Haakanson, Jr.

Sven Haakanson, Jr. recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington as Associate Professor of Anthropology and Curator of North American Anthropology, Burke Museum after having served, from 2000-2013, as Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. As a... Read More →
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Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon (Moriori, Kai Tahu and Pakeha), an Indigenous Rights lawyer specialising in cultural and intellectual property with 30+ years’ legal experience locally and internationally, is a Past-President of the International Society of Ethnobiology and current Executive Chair of his tribal organisation, Hokotehi Moriori Trust. Maui has for 34 years been a leader in revitalizing the culture and identity of the Moriori peoples of Rekohu/Chatham Islands (once described as... Read More →
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Kupuna M. Kalani Souza

Rev. M. Kalani Souza, founding Director of the Hawaii-based Olohana Foundation, focused on building community capacity and cohesiveness around systems of food, energy, and knowledge, is also a National Disaster Preparedness outreach specialist, and certified FEMA instructor who s... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum

2:45pm

It Takes Roots to Build Resistance: Effective Movement Building in Action

What does it mean to partner across differences and divides to bring together enough diverse constituencies and organizations in solidarity to create a successful mass movement for progressive change? With: Angela Adrar, Executive Director, Climate Justice Alliance; Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance; Kandi Mossett, Native Energy and Justice Transition Organizer of the Indigenous Environmental Network; Dawn Phillips, Executive Director of Right to the City Alliance.


Keynotes
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Kandi Mossett

Indigenous Environmental Network
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)’s Lead Organizer on its Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign, has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts climate change and environmental injustice have on Indigenous communities across North America as well as internationally. Ms. Mossett began her work with IEN as its Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Coordinator. | | To read more about Kandi Mossett's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Angela Adrar

​Angela Adrar, the Executive Director of the Our Power Campaign and the Climate Justice Alliance, has long worked to advance the role of the grassroots sector, empower local communities, and influence national and international agendas. She has worked with many organizations, i... Read More →
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Dawn Phillips

Dawn Phillips, an organizer for many socio-economic and environmental justice organizations and campaigns for 25 years, is Co-Director of Programs at Causa Justa:: Just Cause, a Bay Area organization focused on community development, housing and immigrant justice issues. He is al... Read More →
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Cindy Wiesner

Cindy Wiesner, the Miami-based National Coordinator of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) and Co-Chair of the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), has been active in the grassroots social justice movement for 25+ years, working in various capacities with such groups as: HERE Loc... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Larkspur Room

2:45pm

Reclaiming Belonging: Is Resistance Enough?

The current moment has brutally exposed that our constitutional principles and values are more vulnerable than we thought, that shared understandings we took for granted could be tested in unimaginable ways. While we continue to resist, how do we simultaneously cultivate a new, shared story of “us”? What will it take to demonstrate a conception of “we” that is inclusive and just? Do we have the will to find ways of working together that are not predicated on oppression or a denial of our humanity? Hosted by Connie Cagampang Heller, Co-Director of Linked Fate Fund for Justice and founder of Project Linked Fate. With: john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley; Heather McGhee, President of Demos; Jonathan Smucker, author of Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals.


Keynotes
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Heather McGhee

Demos
Heather C. McGhee, President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy, is an award-winning thought leader on the national stage whose writing and research appear in numerous outlets, including The New York Times and The Nation. In 2009 she helped shape key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and currently serves on several boards and councils, including for the Center for Working Families and Consumer Reports. | | To read more about Heather McGhee's work... Read More →
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john a. powell

john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, previously Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State, has taught at numerous universities and law schools including at Harvard and Columbia. A former National Legal Director of the ACLU and co-founder of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, his latest book is: Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. | | To read more about john a. powell's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Connie Heller

Connie Cagampang Heller, co-founder of Linked Fate Fund for Justice and a consultant with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, collaborates with academics, philanthropists, non-profit leaders, and grassroots organizers to create learning spaces to share research a... Read More →
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Jonathan Smucker

Jonathan Smucker, Director of Beyond the Choir, an organization dedicated to building movements capable of winning real change, has worked for 20+ years in progressive organizations and social movements as an organizer, campaigner, strategist, and trainer. His writing has appeare... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Manzanita Room

2:45pm

Living in a New Way | Council

What do we do with what we have gathered in our hearts and minds this weekend? Come to the Council Tent where strength lies in our willingness to be vulnerable and our commitment to paying attention. Let's explore how our Bioneers experience can come alive and change the way we show up with friends, family and colleagues. Hosted by council trainer Irasha Pearl and guest facilitators from The Ojai Foundation and Center for Council.


Workshop Speakers
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Irasha Pearl Talifero

Irasha Pearl Talifero, a Ojai, CA-based naturalist and educator, affiliated with The Ojai Foundation since its inception (1975), has designed and led many nature-based and educational programs over the years in a wide range of settings, including with at risk youth and newly rele... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Council Circle

2:45pm

Cultivating Women's Leadership (CWL) Gathering on Sunday

Are you an alumna of CWL or a woman who's interested in strengthening your capacity as a change-maker? Come and visit together in the Women's Leadership Tent with Bioneers' and CWL co-founder Nina Simons, to connect, savor the field, share stories and learn about CWL's work. 


Keynotes
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Nina Simons

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


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Women's Leadership Tent

2:45pm

Open Mic | Youth Leadership

Bring your stories, songs, poems, issues, jokes and ideas to share. This is your chance to take the stage and be heard.


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Unity Center

4:30pm

Women and Regenerative Design in Challenging Times

There have been prominent women in the Permaculture and sustainability movements, but there are still barriers to full participation by women, Indigenous people and other often disenfranchised frontline communities. How can the sustainability movement become more inclusive and better support struggles for human rights and social justice in these trying times? An interactive panel with: Starhawk, Marisha Auerbach, Wanda Stewart, Pandora Thomas, Delia Carroll, Maya Blow, Karen Taylor and Jasmine Fuego.

 


Workshop Speakers
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Marisha Auerbach

Marisha Auerbach is a Portland, OR-based, internationally recognized permaculture educator and designer, and an avid gardener and herbalist specializing in food production, ecology, and useful plants. She has lived and practiced permaculture extensively in both urban and rural en... Read More →
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Maya Blow

Maya Blow, an herbalist and classical homeopath practicing at the Emeryville Health and Wellness Center, is owner of Soul Flower Farm (producing organic fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs, honey, eggs and milk) and directs the Soul Flower Farm School of Earth Medicine, Herbal St... Read More →
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Delia Carroll

Delia Carroll, a lifelong resident of the Bay Area dedicated to bringing forth a balanced and integrated approach to the art and practice of Permaculture, is a founding member of the 13 Moon CoLab, a co organizer of the West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gatherings and curates the... Read More →
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Jasmine Fuego

Jasmine Fuego, a Bay Area-based youth educator, singer, dancer, and “ARTivist,” is the co-founder of the arts and ecology-bridging Permaculture Action Network. Her music blends soul, pop, folk, and conscious hip-hop to create a genre she calls soul-pop, and her educational effort... Read More →
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Starhawk

Starhawk, author or coauthor of 13 books on earth-based spirituality and activism, including the classics The Spiral Dance, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, and the visionary novels The Fifth Sacred Thing and City of Refuge, directs Earth Activist Trainin... Read More →
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Wanda Stewart

Wanda Stewart is a renowned urban farmer, educator and leader in the movement to educate and inspire urban dwellers, especially African Americans, to grow their own food and communities. Drawing from her conviction that the skills to grow food and medicine, maintain a healthy bei... Read More →
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Karen Taylor

Karen Taylor, introduced to Permaculture Design 20 years ago, has been practicing, designing and teaching it ever since, focusing on community building, water and waste systems and healthy natural living. She transplanted to southern Oregon in 2009 and co-founded Siskiyou Permaculture. Karen is also an organizer with West Coast... Read More →
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Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas, a designer, teacher and facilitator at several Permaculture and ecological design schools and programs, has lived in a dozen countries and has 25+ years’ experience in ecological design. Co-founder of the Black Permaculture Network, Pandora, a passionate global ci... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Women's Leadership Tent

4:30pm

Health, Justice, Community, Environment

Human health cannot be looked at in isolation: our vitality and well-being depend on clean water and air, resilient ecosystems, vibrant communities, and social justice and fairness. Hosted by Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Professor, Public Health Program,UCSF. With: Rupa Marya, MD, Assistant Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, campaigner against racism and excessive police violence, (and world-touring leader of the band Rupa & the April Fishes); Deborah Payne, Health Coordinator for the Kentucky Environmental Foundation; Ted Howard, President of the Democracy Collaborative, co-author of Can Hospitals Heal America's Communities?


Workshop Speakers
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Ted Howard

Ted Howard, co-founder/President of The Democracy Collaborative, previously served as Executive Director of the National Center for Economic Alternatives and was a Senior Fellow for Social Justice at The Cleveland Foundation. He lectures widely and has written extensively about c... Read More →
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Rupa Marya

Rupa Marya, MD, a physician on faculty at UCSF and founder of the Do No Harm Coalition, which works to make visible health disparities and the nexus of racism and state violence, is currently helping set up a free community clinic for the practice of decolonized medicine under La... Read More →
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Deborah Payne

Deborah Payne, MPH, is the Health Coordinator for Kentucky Environmental Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to address some of Kentucky's greatest environmental health concerns, including those related to coal and natural gas development. Deborah is the author of two Health Impact Assessments on... Read More →
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Barbara Sattler

Barbara Sattler, RN, Dr.PH, a professor at the University of San Francisco and founding member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, an international organization that helps to integrate environmental health into nursing education, practice, research, and policy/adv... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Sausalito Room

4:30pm

White Women Wake Up: Confronting Inner and Outer Racism and Patriarchy
How can white women become genuine allies with people of color? How do we counteract "white fragility"? How can we use our privilege and power to counter racism and patriarchy in our homes, companies, places of worship, neighborhoods? And do it with a sense of joy? Author and activist Courtney Martin leads a conversation about the intersection of modern, progressive whiteness with others’ diverse realities, with friends: Mia Birdsong, anti-poverty activist; Natalie Foster, tech organizer; Allison Cook, environmental storyteller. Come be informed, challenged, and inspired to make personal and political change.

Workshop Speakers
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Mia Birdsong

Mia Birdsong is a “family visionary” who has devoted 20+ years fighting for the wellbeing of families in all their diverse forms. As Co-Director of Family Story, she is updating the outdated picture of the family in America. Her TED talk “The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn’t... Read More →
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Allison Cook

Allison Cook, Director of Engagement at The Solutions Project, which works to make 100% renewable energy accessible and affordable to everyone, works at the intersection of storytelling, design, and psychology to push for a better world. As founding member of the Story of Stuff P... Read More →
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Natalie Foster

Natalie Foster, an expert on the future of work, currently Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project and an advisor to the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, previously founded Peers.org, was CEO of Rebuild the Dream, served as Digital Director for President Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) and worked for the Sierra Club and MoveOn.org... Read More →
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Courtney Martin

Courtney E. Martin, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, is Editor Emeritus at Feministing.com, a weekly columnist for On Being, and author or editor of six books, including: Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Larkspur Room

4:30pm

Leading from the Emerging Future: Uniting Systems Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Presence

What practical strategies can we cultivate to strengthen our ability to operate from our ideal intended outcomes and apply "inspired coherence" in our work? Hosted by Prajna Horn, co-founder, ED, Coherence Lab. With: Joanna Macy, beloved and renowned "whole systems" thinker, activist and Buddhist teacher; Shilpa Jain, Executive Director, YES! World; Rene Henery, ecologist and eco-geographer, California Science Director for Trout Unlimited.


Workshop Speakers
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Rene Henery

Rene Henery, Ph.D., a Mount Shasta, CA-based ecologist and eco-geographer, holds a joint position as California Science Director for Trout Unlimited (TU) and (part-time) on the research faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Department of Biology. His work, in the U.S. a... Read More →
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Prajna Horn

Prajna Horn, a social entrepreneur, eco-activist, and community organizer, is co-founder and Executive Director of the Kaua’i-based Coherence Lab, which advances whole-systems solutions by uniting Indigenous Wisdom and Earth Systems Science and by bringing people together to act... Read More →
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Shilpa Jain

Shilpa Jain, Executive Director of YES!, was previously Education and Outreach Coordinator of Other Worlds and before that spent 10 years at Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development in India. Shilpa has facilitated many transformative leadership gatherings around the world, with hundreds of young leaders from over 80 countries. Her... Read More →
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Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy, a renowned scholar of Buddhism and living systems theory, and an elder peace, justice and ecology activist, is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects. This theoretical framework and workshop methodology for personal and social change has empowered activists around the world for 40 years... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum

4:30pm

Closure and Reflection | Youth Leadership

To close out the conference in a meaningful way, we gather to process the emotions, ideas and inspirations that arose during the conference to help us bring what we have learned back to our communities. Facilitated by Ernesto Reyes, Bioneers Youth Leadership Program Manager.


Workshop Speakers
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Ernesto Reyes

Ernesto Reyes, raised in Fontana, CA, is the Youth Leadership Program Manager at Bioneers. Also a spoken word artist and social justice activist, Ernesto has worked for several years with youth in hitherto marginalized communities on leadership, communication, and identity develo... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Youth Unity Center

5:00pm

SPECIAL INDIGENEITY PERFORMANCE: The Story of Everything by Kealoha

Hawaii’s Poet Laureate, Kealoha, presents a creation story in epic poem form that traces human origins from the Big Bang to the present day using a dazzling mix of science, poetry, storytelling, movement, music, visual art, and chanting. A multi-media feast for the soul, this performance explores life’s biggest questions—“Where do we come from?” “Where are we going?”—drawing from sources as diverse and yet interconnected as astrophysics, disco, biology, Michael Jackson, and the Kumulipo.


Workshop Speakers
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Kealoha

Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i, is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller who has performed throughout the world from the White House to the `Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He was honored as a “National Poetry Slam Legend” in 2010 and serves as... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Showcase Theater
 
Monday, October 23
 

10:00am

Carbon Farming Breakthroughs - Building Soil to Radically Mitigate Climate Disruption

Co-sponsored with the Marin Carbon Project

 “Climate change, quite simply, cannot be halted without fixing agriculture.” - Michael Pollan

Capturing and storing carbon in the soil—carbon sequestration—is among the most practical and promising ways to mitigate climate disruption on a large scale. Carbon farming also has multiple agricultural benefits: protecting against drought and flooding, enhancing fertility, and boosting production.

The Marin Carbon Project co-founded by John Wick, is one of the nation’s most cutting-edge research and implementation efforts in this domain, performing field trials, gathering rigorous data, and advancing scalable tools and practical models for widespread adoption. Calla Rose Ostrander, an activist with a background in climate policy, has been working with John Wick and many of the organizations in this rapidly growing field to advance these solutions at the state and federal level.

We’ll spend the day at the beautiful Stemple Creek Ranch in West Marin, a thousand acres protected in perpetuity in an agricultural land trust, which raises grass-fed beef and lamb using strict animal welfare practices, and which has protected three miles of riparian area and planted 1,000 trees to help control erosion, provide shade, and create habitat for wildlife.  We’ll discover firsthand how carbon farming practices work and their enormous potential. Our guides will be: Loren Poncia, rancher/owner of Stemple Creek (which has been in his family for a century); John Wick, rancher, carbon farmer, and sustainable land management advocate, co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and co-owner of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch in Marin; and Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor to individuals and organizations committed to stabilizing Earth’s climate who worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities of Aspen and San Francisco and also worked at Earth Economics and the Rocky Mountain Institute; Whendee Silver, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed, board chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute; Paul Muller, co-owner of Full Belly Farm, a pioneering northern CA organic farm; Puja Batra, Ph.D., founder of Batra Ecological Strategies, highly experienced sustainability consultant; Janaki Jagannath, coordinator of the Community Alliance for Agroecology; Elly Brown, Director of the San Diego Food System Alliance, a coalition with a mission to develop a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system; and Mark Shepard, CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development and Forest Agriculture Enterprises, author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers.

Price: $195 (includes lunch)

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Keynotes
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Calla Rose Ostrander

California Carbon Campaign
Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor/consultant/activist, works with leaders in California and the western U.S. to help re-balance the planet’s carbon cycle. Prior to her work with the California Carbon Campaign, she worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities of Aspen and San Francisco leading climate action and resilience planning and internal sustainability reporting, and also worked for Earth Economics and the Rocky Mountain Institute. | | To read more about Calla Rose Ostrander's work... Read More →
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John Wick

Marin Carbon Project
John Wick, co-owner with his wife, Peggy Rathmann, of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch, an exemplary eco-conscious enterprise, is co-founder of and tireless spokesperson for the cutting-edge Marin Carbon Project, which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural, and forest soils through applied research, demonstration and implementation. | | To read more about John Wick's work... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Puja Batra

Puja Batra, Ph.D., founder of Batra Ecological Strategies, has worked as an independent consultant in U.S. and international settings on conservation-focused microenterprise, water security, urban ecological design, “carbon farming” and other sustainability domains with a wide array of clients. She currently serves on San... Read More →
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Elly Brown

Elly Brown, MBA, is the Director of the San Diego Food System Alliance, a coalition with a mission to develop a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. Elly has had extensive experience as a strategic consultant for social impact organizations in the U.S., Japan, India... Read More →
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Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed and board chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute, has 10+ years’ experience at the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has: taught at Westminster College and Harvard; created workshops for many NGOs and corporat... Read More →
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Janaki Jagannath

Janaki Jagannath, an artist, musician, farmer, horticulturalist, plant breeder and activist, formerly with California Rural Legal Assistance, coordinates the Community Alliance for Agroecology, a group of California NGOs working to advance agricultural and environmental justice. She has conducted training at San... Read More →
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Paul Muller

Paul Muller is a co-owner of 350-acre Full Belly Farm in Northern California’s Capay Valley, a pioneering organic farm dedicated to soil stewardship and climate friendly agricultural practices that grows 80 different crops and sells all its produce within a 120-mile radius to... Read More →
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Loren Poncia

Loren Poncia, a 4th generation, highly environmentally conscious cattle rancher of his family’s spread, Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales, CA, raises all natural, grass-fed beef and lamb. His great grandfather Angelo Poncia, an immigrant from Italy, founded the ranch in 1902. Loren... Read More →
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Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard, a certified Permaculture Designer with a background in mechanical engineering and ecology, is the CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development and Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farms, a solar and wind powered 110-acre perennial, commercial-scale a... Read More →
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Whendee Silver

Whendee Silver, Ph.D., Professor of Ecosystems Ecology at U.C. Berkeley, a leading researcher on the biogeochemical effects of climate change and the potential for mitigating those effects, serves on the Steering Committee of The Marin Carbon Project, conducting and coordinating its scientific research, translating those findings for the public, consulting on the... Read More →


Monday October 23, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Stemple Creek Ranch 900 Burbank Ln, Petaluma, CA 94952