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Friday, October 20
 

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
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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... 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 technologies... 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
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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... 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)

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; Jake Johnson, manager of the Department of Rehabilitation’s (DOR) Applications and Web Development Section.

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... 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's... Read More →
avatar for Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, former President of the Association of California State Employees with Disabilities, manages the Department of Rehabilitation’s (DOR) Applications and Web Development Section. He previously led a team of... 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... 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 technologies... 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 Africa... 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, renewable... 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... Read More →


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

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 design... 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 farmers... 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 countries... Read More →


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

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... 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... 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 in... 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 Movement... 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... 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 community... Read More →
avatar for Samara Gaev

Samara Gaev

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

Ginny McGinn

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


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

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
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... 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... Read More →


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

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 at... 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 Digital... 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 political... 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 Kos... 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... 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 such... 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... 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. and... 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 performances... 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 American... 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 ceremony... Read More →


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

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 around... 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 Roundtable... 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... 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, and... 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 political... Read More →


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


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
avatar for Heather McGhee

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... 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 9:57am - 10:21am
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
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. and... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Alexis Bunten

Alexis Bunten

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


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

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
avatar for Arlie Russell Hochschild

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, Strangers... Read More →
avatar for Karla McLaren

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 →
avatar for Ayana Young

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... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Larkspur 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
avatar for Loren Bommelyn

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... 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 Area... 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 Museum... Read More →
avatar for Marshall McKay

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 Chairman... 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 →


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 Mentoring... 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 released... 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-winning... Read More →


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

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 →
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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 a... 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 project, which... 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, including... Read More →


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

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

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 →
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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 →

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)
 
Sunday, October 22
 

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.

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... 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 Chemehuevi... 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 influence... 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 →


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
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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
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... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Deon Ben

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
Showcase Theater

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, Chairman and CEO, Hokotehi Moriori Trust.

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 FrameWorks... 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 →
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... 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 serves... 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
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... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Angela Adrar

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, including... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Phillips

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 also... 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 Local... 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... 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... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Connie Heller

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 and... 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 appeared... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Ted Howard

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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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 Lakota... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Payne

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... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Sattler

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/advocacy... 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
avatar for Mia Birdsong

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 →
avatar for Allison Cook

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 Project... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Foster

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... 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 and... Read More →


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