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Friday, October 20

2:45pm PDT

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
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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 Africa... Read More →
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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, renewable... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

4:30pm PDT

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
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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 at... Read More →
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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 Digital... Read More →
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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 political... Read More →
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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 Kos... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
Manzanita Room
Saturday, October 21

4:30pm PDT

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... 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... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
Larkspur Room
Sunday, October 22

2:45pm PDT

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.

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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 →
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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... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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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... Read More →

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

2:45pm PDT

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.

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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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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, Transformation... Read More →
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Jason Mark

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

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

4:30pm PDT

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 environments... 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 Studies... 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 efforts... Read More →
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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 Trainings... 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 being... 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... 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 citizen... Read More →

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