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Friday, October 20
 

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
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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 influence... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

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 most... 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
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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 →
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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 Greenpeace... Read More →
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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 sits... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater
 
Saturday, October 21
 

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... 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... 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... 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... 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 steStephanie Maldonado 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... Read More →
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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 queer... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
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 community... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater
 
Sunday, October 22
 

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
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 influence... Read More →
avatar for Mariel Nanasi

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... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 10:12am - 10:36am
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... 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 Challenge... Read More →


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

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
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... Read More →
avatar for Mariel Nanasi

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... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Sarah Shanley Hope

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... Read More →


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