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Saturday, October 22 • 10:18am - 10:43am
The Least Deadly Catch: Ocean Farming in the Climate Change Era

Introduction by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer

Bren Smith, founder of GreenWave and winner of the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge award, tells his personal story of ecological redemption. He dropped out of high school and became a commercial fisherman at age 14, but witnessed the destruction of the ocean firsthand.  In a quest for a better way, he pioneered a revolutionary new model of harvesting bounty from the seas. He will describe his innovative, practical design and future vision for “restorative 3-D ocean farming.” It restores ecosystems, mitigates climate change, creates jobs in a blue-green economy, and ensures healthy, secure local food for communities.


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 the last 5 years, he has authored or edited several books, including Political Ecosystems, Delusions of Normality, Visionary Plant Consciousness, and, most... Read More →

Keynotes
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Bren Smith

Thimble Island Ocean Farm and GreenWave
Bren Smith, owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and Executive Director of GreenWave, a lifelong commercial fisherman since age 14, has pioneered "restorative 3D ocean farming" to restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change, create blue-green jobs for fishermen, and ensure healthy food for communities. Winner of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize for ecological design and the Clinton Global Initiative award for ocean innovation, he is an... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 10:18am - 10:43am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)