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Friday, October 20
 

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
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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
Manzanita Room

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
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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... 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
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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 movements... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 8:45pm - 10:30pm
Showcase Theater
 
Saturday, October 21
 

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 influence... 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... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:31am - 9:57am
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... 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)

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 has... 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 well... 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
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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... 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 →
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... 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-founded... Read More →


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

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 has... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Showcase Theater

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 forests... 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
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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 winning... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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 Science... Read More →
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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 colorful... Read More →


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