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Thursday, October 20
 

9:00am

Pre-Conference Traditional Ecological Knowledge Intensive Dreaming Indigenous: Looking to Our Original Instructions for Climate Solutions

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PT
Location: McNears Beach Park
$195 includes s
huttle To/From from Embassy Suites (leaves at 8:15 a.m.) and Lunch Provided by Wahpepah Kitchens

This one-day intensive will fully immerse participants in discussions and activities that center on indigenous solutions to climate change.  How is Indian country moving forward?  We will look at how native peoples are going back to our original instructions to focus on issues such as “just transition” from fossil fuels, increasing mobilization, current place-based issues, and ramped-up cultural resource management.

This intensive is designed to be a blend of shared song, prayer, traditional foods, traditional arts and intense discussions about our shared mandate from the elders to protect mother Earth. We will explore how we can support our youth and upcoming leaders on the frontlines.

With Tom Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota/Diné), Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation), Clayton Thomas-Muller (Mathias Colomb Cree Nation), Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota/Diné), Kandi Mossett (Mandan Hidatsa Arikara), Melina Laboucan Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation), Tara Houska (Anishinaabe-Couchiching First Nation), Tiffany Adams(Chemehuevi/Maidu), Sage LaPena (Nompitom Wintu), Pennie Opal Plant (Yaqui/Choctaw/Cherokee), Edward Willie (Pomo/Wailaki/Wintu), Jade Begay (Diné/Tesuque Pueblo) and Judy DaSilva from the Women’s Drum Group of Grassy Narrows. Native Foods lunch by Crystal Wahpepah (Kickapoo) of Wahpepah Kitchens.

 


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Jade Begay

Jade Begay

Jade Begay (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo), a social impact filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Santa Fe, NM, deeply committed to amplifying Indigenous and marginalized voices, works to help bring forth real solutions from within these communities to achieve ecological balance. Jade's most recent work has been done in partnership with the Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, Resource Media, and several other organizations.
avatar for Eriel Deranger

Eriel Deranger

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, a Dene Indigenous activist, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Alberta, Canada, is the ACFN's Communications Coordinator, whose work is focused on resisting the devastation of the Alberta Tar Sands and fighting for her people's rights. Eriel has also worked extensively on international Indigenous rights issues, and she currently serves on Bioneers' Board of Directors.
avatar for Dallas Goldtooth

Dallas Goldtooth

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 event MC, Dallas has traveled widely across Turtle Island (aka North America) sharing stories, entertainment and knowledge.
avatar for Tom Goldtooth

Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, is a social change activist for over 35 years, become internationally recognized as an environmental and climate justice leader, working with many Indigenous Peoples and organizations around the world. Tom has launched a campaign advocating for Indigenous communities to reclaim their future, build power for just transition and applying... Read More →
avatar for Tara Houska

Tara Houska

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal attorney, an advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, and a co-founder of Not Your Mascots. She is involved in advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues facing indigenous communities, with a focus on environmental justice, traditional knowledge, protection of sacred sites, and institutional racism.
avatar for Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree from Alberta, Canada) has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for 15 years in Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and Canada focusing on resource extraction, media literacy and Indigenous rights. For the last 9 years Melina has worked against tar sands expansion as a Climate & Energy campaigner with Greenpeace and the Indigenous Environmental Network, and also serves as a board member for... Read More →
avatar for Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena, a medical herbalist, ethnobotanist, teacher and gardener specializing in both Native American and Western herbal traditions, started her herbal education at age seven, working with local medicine people from her tribe, the Northern Wintu (California) and has been a life-long participant in their cultural activities. She has been teaching the ethnobotany of California native plants for 20+ years, leading plant walks throughout the... Read More →
avatar for Kandi Mossett

Kandi Mossett

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) a leading activist focused on climate change and environmental injustice impacts on Indigenous communities in North America, is the Lead Organizer of the IEN's (Indigenous Environmental Network) Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign, currently focused on stopping "fracking" on tribal lands. She is also engaged in international advocacy work, including at UN Forums and in lobbying/testifying at... Read More →
avatar for Pennie Opal Plant

Pennie Opal Plant

Pennie Opal Plant, of Yaqui/Mexican/Choctaw/Cherokee/European descent, an activist on behalf of Mother Earth and indigenous peoples’ rights for 30+ years, is: a co-founder of Idle No More SF Bay and Movement Rights; an organizer of the Refinery Corridor Healing Walks; and a signer of the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty of 2015. She is also a published poet, mother, grandmother and wife.
avatar for Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller, a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous rights activist, the Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with 350.org and an organizer for Defenders of the Land and Idle No More. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 in hundreds of Indigenous communities to organize against the encroachments of the fossil fuel industry and the banks that finance them.
avatar for Edward Willie

Edward Willie

Edward Willie, a true native of California (of Pomo, Wintu, Paiute, and Wailaki ancestry), is a native ecologist with 40 years’ experience teaching Traditional Ecological Knowledge, herbalism, permaculture, and ancient skills to people of all ages. Also an artist (drawing, painting, and sculpture), he has in recent years been a core organizer of the annual Buckeye Gathering, a gathering in support of ancestral arts.



Thursday October 20, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
TBA

8:30pm

Special Advance Film Screening of Before the Flood
Before the Flood captures a two-year personal journey alongside Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, as he explores what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic climate change. Featuring an international cast of luminaries, including Elon Musk, Sunita Narain, Pope Francis and President Barack Obama, the film is directed by Fisher Stevens (producer of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove), produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Bay Area Premiere Screening - Separate registration required, seating is limited. (93 minutes)

Thursday October 20, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Showcase Theater
 
Friday, October 21
 

TBA

Media Center with Synergia Learning Ventures and Marin Community Media Center

Media Center with Synergia Learning Ventures and Marin Community Media Center. Youth produce video and audio interviews on site. Open all day.


Friday October 21, 2016 TBA
Youth Unity Center

TBA

Singing Tree Interactive Mural Project
Singing Tree Interactive Mural Project with Laurie Marshall and youth artists. Open all day.

Workshop Speakers
Friday October 21, 2016 TBA
Exhibit Hall

8:48am

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree


Performers
avatar for Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum Mobile, a portable drum-arts learning laboratory that makes accessible the power of African drumming and Permaculture to communities of color internationally.
avatar for Deb Lane

Deb Lane

Deb Lane has been playing the drums for most of her life. Formerly a member of the Santa Cruz World Beat Band, Pele Juju, she performs with artists throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her musical endeavors, Deb is a leader in water-use efficiency and works as a Water Resources Analyst.


Friday October 21, 2016 8:48am - 8:58am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:00am

Opening Talks by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons

Opening Talks by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers founders


Keynotes
avatar for Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel

Co-CEO and Founder, 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 national alternative medicine policy. He has edited several books and written four, including, most recently, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age... Read More →
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

Co-Founder and President, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder and President 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 social entrepreneur, Nina previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla before co-founding... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:48am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:01am

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony by Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi/Maidu) and dancers


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Adams

Tiffany Adams

Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi/Konkow/Nisenan), an award-winning California Native jewelry and regalia artist who specializes in working California red abalone into intricately shaped traditional themes, is also a full-time student and social activist promoting equal access and resources for Native American students at Sierra College in Rocklin as well as a Contributing Editor for News from Native California.

Friday October 21, 2016 9:01am - 9:07am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:48am

Maps, Magic and Medicine in the Rainforest

Introduction by Laurie Benenson, film producer, environmental changemaker

Mark Plotkin, groundbreaking ethnobotanist and author of seminal books including Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, works closely with Indigenous peoples and local conservationists to protect isolated and uncontacted tribes in the northwest Amazon. As co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) in 1995, he’ll depict ACT's work partnering with over 30 South American tribes, including the Kogi, to map, manage and protect over 70 million acres of ancestral forests. He’ll describe collaborations with elder healers to develop and implement successful "Shamans and Apprentices" programs to transmit sacred healing information down through generations within the tribes themselves.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Laurie Benenson

Laurie Benenson

Laurie Benenson,  writer, filmmaker and passionate environmental advocate, received the Evergreen Award from TreePeople for working to get the Obama Administration to support TreePeople's innovative drought remediation plan.  Laurie founded Movieline Magazine in 1985,  then went on to cover film for The New York Times before becoming a producer whose credits include Dirt! The Movie; Hadza: Last of the First, and Making A Killing... Read More →

Keynotes
avatar for Mark Plotkin

Mark Plotkin

Amazon Conservation Team
Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., co-founder/President of the Amazon Conservation Team, author of such bestselling books as: Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice; Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets; and The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria, is a renowned ethnobotanist who has studied indigenous plant use with traditional healers in Latin America for 30+ years and has long worked on conservation and biodiversity... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 9:48am - 10:13am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:14am

The Role of Spiritual Practice in Social Justice Work

Introduction by Fania Davis, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

The renowned former Black Panther, political prisoner, humanrights activist — and educator, poet, and professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Merritt College in Oakland — has for 35 years advocated for “restorative justice” and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change. Grounded in her belief in the greatness of the human heart, Ericka says each one of us has the ability to look there for the answers to questions about the future of our world. Personal transformation is necessary to achieve social transformation.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Fania Davis

Fania Davis

Fania Davis, J.D., Ph.D., co-founder and Executive Director of Restorative Justice For Oakland Youth, came of age in Alabama in the 1960s and was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, and anti-apartheid movements. A civil rights trial lawyer for 27 years, she has also taught Restorative Justice at San Francisco ‘s New College Law School and Indigenous Peacemaking at Eastern Mennonite... Read More →

Keynotes
avatar for Ericka Huggins

Ericka Huggins

Merritt College
Ericka Huggins, a human rights activist, poet, innovative educator, and former internationally renowned political prisoner who helped lead the Black Panther Party for 14 years, is currently a professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Merritt College in Oakland, California and has a decades' long track record of community service, including teaching meditation in prisons, and working with at-risk and incarcerated youth, adopted... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:14am - 10:38am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:04am

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez, youth activist hip-hop duo extraordinaire
Keynotes
avatar for Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 15-year old Boulder, Colorado-based Indigenous environmental activist (since age 6!) and rapper, is the award-winning Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a rapidly growing organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and has traveled widely internationally to speak... Read More →
avatar for Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez

Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez

Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez, a highly gifted 13-year old eco-themed lyricist and rapper and eco activist from Boulder, Colorado, of Aztec descent on his father’s side and steeped in environmental activism on his mother’s, began his precocious activism and eco-themed lyrical performances at age seven and hasn’t stopped since.


Friday October 21, 2016 11:04am - 11:15am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:15am

Deepening Indigenous Women's Networks: Embodiment, Healing and Resilience

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder

Legendary Mohawk midwife and environmental health researcher and advocate Katsi Cook will illuminate her dynamic new work strengthening Indigenous communities and addressing the cultural and physical safety and thriving lives of Indigenous girls and women. As Program Director of NoVo Foundation's Indigenous Communities Leadership Program for Indigenous Girls and Women, she’s building bridges across communities and existing networks to increase synergy in the protection of Indigenous girls and women from multiple forms of violence and oppression. She’ll share preliminary results from a network-mapping analysis using a net-centered approach based in the understanding that "leadership is an emergent property of a network in balance."


Keynotes
avatar for Katsi Cook

Katsi Cook

NoVo Foundation
Katsi Cook (Mohawk from Akwesasne/Kahnawake Wolf Clan), currently a Program Director at the NoVo Foundation working to support the leadership of North American Indigenous girls and women, has long been a renowned visionary leader in the revitalization of Native American midwifery. Among other achievements Katsi co-founded the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, was the Founding Aboriginal Midwife of the Six Nations Birthing Centre in... Read More →
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

Co-Founder and President, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder and President 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 social entrepreneur, Nina previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla before co-founding... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 11:15am - 11:40am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:40am

Youth Leadership

This Brower Youth Award winner, arts activist and community organizer discusses his work helping build diverse coalitions in the spirit of "intersectional" justice to protect the highly threatened and crucially important Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta ecosystem.


Keynotes
avatar for Ryan Camero

Ryan Camero

Beehive Design Collective
Ryan Camero, an arts activist and community organizer, works with: Restore the Delta as an "artivist;" the California Student Sustainability Coalition as a water rights campaigner; and the Beehive Design Collective as a storytelling educator. A 2015 Brower Youth Awards winner and a youth delegate at the Paris climate negotiations, Ryan's main foci are anti-oppression, coalition building, intersectional organizing, and anti-water privatization.


Friday October 21, 2016 11:40am - 11:45am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:51am

Occupy the Law: The Movement for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and co-founder

As species collapse around the world while governments still authorize fossil fuel extraction and other destructive, unsustainable activities, communities across the U.S. are rising in resistance to “occupy the law.” They’re enacting “community bills of rights” that recognize a community’s legally enforceable right to sustainability and the rights of nature. Two of its most effective path-finding national and global leaders, Tom Linzey and Mari Margil of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, will show how this movement challenges our constitutional framework in which corporate rights and the preemptive authority of state and federal governments block sustainability, environmental protection and democracy.


Keynotes
avatar for Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel

Co-CEO and Founder, 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 national alternative medicine policy. He has edited several books and written four, including, most recently, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Thomas Linzey, award-winning Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has provided free legal services to 500+ local governments and organizations, co-founded the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, which has graduated 6,000+ lawyers, activists, and municipal officials, and is the author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community. He is a leading figure in the movements to limit corporate rights... Read More →
avatar for Mari Margil

Mari Margil

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization's global Rights of Nature work. In 2008, she assisted Ecuador's Constituent Assembly to draft Rights of Nature constitutional provisions, and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia, Cameroon, and other countries to advance the Rights of Nature. She has been a contributing author for several books including The Public Health or the Bottom... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 11:51am - 12:15pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:15pm

Coconut: A New Performance Piece Of A Mystical Journey Into A Woman's Body

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder

Globally renowned playwright and activist Eve Ensler will perform one act from her new "Fruit Trilogy." Coconut is mesmerizing and provocative edge-walking that explores a woman’s mystical journey into her body. Eve is the creator of The Vagina Monologues, perhaps the most performed play in history, as well as founder of the immensely impactful V-Day movement, which seeks to end violence against women and girls globally. As an author-artist-activist, she has fearlessly explored women's oppression, empowerment and emancipation with unparalleled intensity and influence.

Keynotes
avatar for Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler

V-Day
Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of many plays, including, most famously, The Vagina Monologues, which has been performed in over 140 countries. She is the founder of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, which has raised over $100 million and generated slews of highly effective anti-violence programs around the world. V-Day’s most recent global campaign was the... Read More →
avatar for Nina Simons

Nina Simons

Co-Founder and President, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder and President 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 social entrepreneur, Nina previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla before co-founding... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

1:15pm

Singer/Songwriter Austin Willacy

Austin’s music is soulful and raucous, tender and comic. He has toured internationally for 20 years with the House Jacks, the “Rock Band without Instruments,” and has multiple solo albums (here’s Austin’s solo work). He is the mentor for Youth in Arts’ ‘Til Dawn, a youth a capella group that empowers youth to find their voices in so many ways. With complete activist cred as a leader in YES and the Rainforest Action Network plus a side career in soundalike singing VoiceOvers, including Guitar Hero and Karaoke Revolution, Austin is a renaissance man. But, who cares about all that? Because what matter is what Bonnie Raitt told him —  “You can really F*ckin sing.”

www.austinwillacy.com

 


Friday October 21, 2016 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Sun Stage

1:15pm

Networking | Permaculture: Mapping the Human Ecosystem
Faciliated by NuMundo Team

If we are the trees of a forest, what are themycelial networks that connect us, who are our pollinator allies, where are our growing edges, and what niches do we each fill? Join us as we map out the skills, resources, talents and needs within our rich forest of pioneering souls. We are far more resilient when we work together!

Workshop Speakers
avatar for David Casey

David Casey

DAVID CASEY, a co-founder of NuMundo with a background in Political Economy, has been organizing cultural events, retreats and ecovillage design courses in Central America and working with an Indigenous artisan cooperative in Guatemala for the past 5 years.
avatar for Nick Joyce

Nick Joyce

NICK JOYCE, with a background in management, permaculture, eco-village design, and sustainable development, has had extensive experience living and working abroad, including in Africa. He is a co-founder of Activate Asheville.
avatar for Erika Logie

Erika Logie

ERIKA LOGIE, a web designer specializing in user interface, has worked with many media companies, including Disney, ABC and NBC. She also played a pivotal role running a newly founded eco-village in Nicaragua.
avatar for Ryan Rising

Ryan Rising

RYAN RISING, a Bay Area-based community organizer and permaculture educator, co-founded the Permaculture Action Network and has worked at venues such as Lightning in a Bottle and Rising Appalachia to mobilize festival attendees to install permaculture systems and create community spaces.  
avatar for Marissa Weitzman

Marissa Weitzman

MARISSA WEITZMAN is an eco-educator, curriculum developer, and environmental project designer who has worked with food systems, natural building, permaculture gardens, etc., and has also organized service learning programs around the Bay Area.

Friday October 21, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

1:35pm

Sammay Dizon – Kreator.Educator.Artivist.Producer
AMMAY is a choreographer/producer and interdisciplinary performing artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent. She defines her body as a “tool of resonance” for spiritual intercession and envisions a future in which our indigenous traditions co-exist with(in) our urban landscapes. Sammay is the founder of URBAN x INDIGENOUS: an inter-generational multi-disciplinary arts festival and was a guest artist through A/P/A Institute at NYU for the first ever Indigenous Dance Forum curated by Jack Gray. She is a two-time recipient of the “Presented by APICC” Artist award, APAture 2016: Performing Arts – Featured Artist, and is currently a Performing Diaspora Artist-in-Residence at CounterPulse. To follow her journey, visit www.sammaydizon.com.

Title of Piece: agua viva

agua viva is a contemporary performance exploration of the bodymindspirit relationship to water in reflection of #NoDAPL and the continued struggle to protect indigenous lands and all that is sacred; “living water flow through us.”

Mother is calling and she has been waiting; agua viva is a reminder of the beauty our living water beholds – others betray. In light of corporate greed and murky politics continuing to rub against our sacred shores, it is pertinent that we as humans reflect on what is at stake and what our role is as protectors of the sacred and keepers of the land. As a human who is merely occupying this land we stand on but holds dear reverence for all that it has had to succumb to and break through from – I ask you: what is water to you? And if you can answer with something that comes from a place much deeper than that which produces our statistics and plain facts, you can learn to reciprocate all that water offers you each and every day of this lifetime.

agua viva is a contemporary performance exploration of the bodymindspirit relationship to water in reflection of #NoDAPL and the continued struggle to protect indigenous lands and all that is sacred; “living water flow through us.”


Friday October 21, 2016 1:35pm - 1:45pm
Sun Stage

1:50pm

CelloJoe- Classical/Hip-Hop fusion with cello, beatbox and more

Joey Chang aka CelloJoe is an anomaly in the world of cellists.

By combining cello with beatboxing, he has created a unique genre: Classical Hip Hop.

CelloJoe records live on stage with a loop pedal and produces intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm. His beatboxing (vocal percussion) and funky cello grooves form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics and his music spreads love, joy, laughter and conscious vibrations.

By beatboxing, throatsinging, singing, plucking and bowing the cello, CelloJoe can mimic many styles of music from dubstep to folk to rock to classical to hip hop.
CelloJoe is the world’s first long distance musical bike touring cellist.

He has ridden his bike over 10,000 miles in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia. CelloJoe.BandCamp.com

Check out CelloJoe online at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ThQNUyU_r0


Friday October 21, 2016 1:50pm - 2:15pm
Sun Stage

2:45pm

A Practical Solar Cooking Workshop
With One Earth Designs and Solar Cookers International

Come hear about the future of solar cooking in both developing nations and right here in the U.S. with Solar Cookers International founder and President Julie Greene and One Earth Designs co-founder Catlin Powers, and learn, hands-on, the secrets of solar cooking by preparing dishes on a range of models of cutting-edge solar cookers, right under the California sun. Come discover the ultimate totally "green," healthy, completely fuel-free culinary technology. (Note: At the end of the workshop, interested participants can receive discount vouchers to purchase a solar cooker.)

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Julie Greene

Julie Greene

Julie Greene is the award-winning Executive Director of Solar Cookers International, an NGO which promotes free, zero-emission solar thermal energy for sustainable cooking solutions in 124 countries. She also leads Solar Cookers International's advocacy efforts at the UN, focusing especially on improving the lives of poor women and girls. Previously Greene had a long background in maternal and infant health and education, and she is also a... Read More →
avatar for Catlin Powers

Catlin Powers

Catlin Powers, Ph.D., is co-founder and CEO of One Earth Designs, maker of SolSource stoves and one of the top-ranked responsible businesses on B Corp's "Best for the World" list, which she has led from its humble beginnings in the Himalayas to now reach customers on six continents. She holds two significant solar energy patents and serves on the technical advisory committee of the prestigious International Standards Organization.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Hands On Workshop Space

2:45pm

Open Space. We Are Wiser Together: Co-Creating Through Collaboration, Creativity and Celebration

Join us for a celebratory, productive and engaging start to the weekend. In Open Space all are welcome to post and join topics, as we co-create a learning environment that fosters shared vision and enables collective intelligence to emerge. Come connect with other Bioneers who share your passion and forge alliances for future wise action. There will be multiple sessions: stay the whole time, or come and go as you please. With: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Common Ground Center; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus: Authentic Leadership Development & Mycelium School; Amy Lenzo, weDialogue & The World Cafe Community Foundation.

Note: This is a double session.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo seeks to foster conscious online engagement in ways that connect us with ourselves, each other, and the natural world in her work with weDialogue and the World Cafe. She has served as Director of Learning Programs and Community Steward for the World Cafe Community Foundation since 2004.
avatar for Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman seeks to design and facilitate action learning experiences that lead to transformation and social innovation in her work with The Lotus: Authentic Leadership Development and with the Mycelium School.
avatar for David Shaw

David Shaw

David Shaw, a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, is the founder of Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UC Santa Cruz Common Ground Center. He has taught Agroecology at UCSC since 2004 and works with people worldwide to build healthy, resilient connections with themselves, each other, and the natural world.


Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
World Café

2:45pm

Making Peace with Earth by Protecting Biodiversity - With Synchronicity Earth
Unless we change course, we will soon accelerate the 6th Mass Extinction, the first caused by humans. What needs to happen so that we can we ensure that we pass on a planet worth inhabiting to future generations? Hosted by Jessica Sweidan, co-founder, Synchronicity Earth. With: Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., ethnobotanist, author, co-founder/President Amazon Conservation Team; Kate Horner, Executive Director, International Rivers; Chris LaFranchi, founder/CEO, One Reef; Robin Moore, Ph.D., Communications Director, Global Wildlife Conservation.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Kate Horner

Kate Horner

Kate Horner, Executive Director of International Rivers, leads the organization's work to protect rivers and the communities that depend on them. She has more than a decade of experience and exceptional track record in securing transformational change in protecting the environment and upholding communities' rights. She also led campaigns to end illegal logging at the Environmental Investigation Agency and achieve climate justice at Friends of the... Read More →
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Chris LaFranchi

Chris LaFranchi, trained as an economist and biologist, worked for years for large organizations including USAID and the World Bank but left it all in 2012 to found and lead OneReef Worldwide Stewardship, a Santa Cruz, CA-based organization that seeks to serve local communities around the world in the protection of their vital marine ecosystems.
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Robin Moore

Robin Moore, Ph.D., Communications Director with Global Wildlife Conservation, is an author and conservationist. A former leader of the amphibian program at Conservation International, Robin spearheaded one of the organization’s most successful biodiversity campaigns—a global hunt for lost species that inspired his acclaimed book, In Search of Lost Frogs.
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Mark Plotkin

Amazon Conservation Team
Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., co-founder/President of the Amazon Conservation Team, author of such bestselling books as: Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice; Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature's Healing Secrets; and The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria, is a renowned ethnobotanist who has studied indigenous plant use with traditional healers in Latin America for 30+ years and has long worked on conservation and biodiversity... Read More →
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Jessica Sweidan

Jessica Sweidan co-founded Synchronicity Earth, a UK-based registered charity, with her husband Adam in 2009 to help address the global biodiversity crisis. Recently appointed an International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Patron of Nature, whose role is to raise the visibility of global conservation needs worldwide, she was also made an Honorary Conservation Fellow for the prestigious Zoological Society of London in 2015.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

How to Apply Biomimicry Locally to Address Global Problems: a hands-on workshop

How do we begin the process of looking to nature to solve big challenges? This hands-on workshop with Gretchen Hooker and Megan Schuknecht of the Biomimicry Institute will introduce us to the fundamentals of biomimicry and encourage us, as well as our peers and/or students, to apply our new skills by participating in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The Challenge works locally to address the major core global problems we face related to energy, water, food and agriculture, and our built environment. 


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Gretchen Hooker

Gretchen Hooker, Program Manager for Education Resources at the Biomimicry Institute, a certified Biomimicry Specialist with a background in Industrial Design, previously founded and directed the Sustainability Center at Montana State University, where she built a broad-based collaboration of students, faculty and staff to lead institutional change. She has been a designer, writer, and co-curator of several sustainable design exhibits and... Read More →
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Megan Schuknecht

Megan Schuknecht, a Missoula, Montana-based biologist by training whose career has entwined ecology, education, sustainability, design, and environmental health, currently leads design challenges, an accelerator program, and university partnerships for the Biomimicry Institute.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Larkspur Room

2:45pm

Earth Connection Herb Walk
How do we tune in to the Earth for guidance on how to partner with nature to live sustainably on our beloved planet? Come explore the medicine under our feet as we practice some simple, everyday ways of tuning in and listening to what the Earth has to teach us. (Meet at Sun Stage)

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Kami McBride

The Herbal Kitchen
Kami McBride, author of The Herbal Kitchen, has taught experiential herbal programs focused on sustainable wellness practices and revitalizing our relationship with the plant world for over 25 years. Her popular online courses empower people to use herbal medicine in their daily lives for home wellness care.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sun Stage

2:45pm

Visual Arts and Social Action

"Engaged Art" has a long history of important, inspiring artists for whom socio-political activism and creative production have been inextricably, symbiotically linked. Join leading contemporary artists who exemplify and embody this noble tradition. Hosted by Dorka Keehn, artist and San Francisco Arts Commissioner. With: Louis Masai, renowned British muralist and eco/social activist; Mayumi Oda, the "Matisse of Japan" and passionate peace activist.


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Dorka Keehn

Dorka Keehn is an award-winning artist, public art consultant, and a major proponent for art and artists in San Francisco. She serves as a San Francisco Arts Commissioner, chairing the Visual Arts Committee, which commissions all of the city’s public artwork. Dorka is also a co-founder of Sites Unseen, which brings art programming to neglected alleys in the downtown Yerba Buena neighborhood.
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Louis Masai

Louis Masai is a renowned young Sydenham/London, UK-based visual artist, especially known for his extraordinary street murals that highlight the biodiversity crisis and the loss of animal and plant species.
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Mayumi Oda

Mayumi Oda, a renowned artist often called "the Matisse of Japan" whose work is part of the permanent collections of several of the world's leading museums, has exhibited over 50 one-woman shows internationally. Founder of Plutonium Free Future in 1992, Mayumi has long been a deeply committed international anti-nuclear activist, and is also the founder of Ginger Hill, a farm and a retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room

2:45pm

Youth Leadership. HipHopForChange

In this interactive workshop, we'll explore the history and culture of Hip Hop and its importance to Black and Latino communities and make our own art and music while learning the basics of Graffiti Art and the spoken word art of Rapping. Led by Malik Diamond, Education Director, HipHopForChange.


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Malik Diamond

Malik Diamond, Education Coordinator for the Oakland-based non-profit HipHopForChange, is the descendant of enslaved Africans, conquered Natives, and rural Scots-Irish laborers. He has worked with youth for 20+ years, and is also a prolific independent artist, having self-published several books and released over a dozen hip-hop albums.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Unity Center

2:45pm

Indigenous Rising: Solutions to the Climate Crisis | Indigenous Forum

Visionary frontline Indigenous leaders will survey Indigenous solutions to climate change. They’ll highlight the need for broader understanding of the benefits of protecting Indigenous rights within our collective human rights as they apply to resource extraction, and the protection of aboriginal rights and Mother Earth. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director, Indigenous Knowledge, Bioneers. With: Eriel Deranger (Chipweyan First Nations); Tom Goldtooth (Dakota/Diné); Dallas Goldooth (Dakota/Diné); Clayton Thomas-Muller (Colomb Cree First Nation); Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation); Tara Houska (Anishinaabe-Couchiching First Nation) and Kandi Mossett (Mandan Hidatsa Arikara).


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Eriel Deranger

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, a Dene Indigenous activist, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Alberta, Canada, is the ACFN's Communications Coordinator, whose work is focused on resisting the devastation of the Alberta Tar Sands and fighting for her people's rights. Eriel has also worked extensively on international Indigenous rights issues, and she currently serves on Bioneers' Board of Directors.
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Dallas Goldtooth

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 event MC, Dallas has traveled widely across Turtle Island (aka North America) sharing stories, entertainment and knowledge.
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Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, is a social change activist for over 35 years, become internationally recognized as an environmental and climate justice leader, working with many Indigenous Peoples and organizations around the world. Tom has launched a campaign advocating for Indigenous communities to reclaim their future, build power for just transition and applying... Read More →
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Tara Houska

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal attorney, an advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, and a co-founder of Not Your Mascots. She is involved in advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues facing indigenous communities, with a focus on environmental justice, traditional knowledge, protection of sacred sites, and institutional racism.
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Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree from Alberta, Canada) has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for 15 years in Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and Canada focusing on resource extraction, media literacy and Indigenous rights. For the last 9 years Melina has worked against tar sands expansion as a Climate & Energy campaigner with Greenpeace and the Indigenous Environmental Network, and also serves as a board member for... Read More →
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Kandi Mossett

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) a leading activist focused on climate change and environmental injustice impacts on Indigenous communities in North America, is the Lead Organizer of the IEN's (Indigenous Environmental Network) Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign, currently focused on stopping "fracking" on tribal lands. She is also engaged in international advocacy work, including at UN Forums and in lobbying/testifying at... Read More →
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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 Education Board and Chemeuevi Headstart Policy Council. Cara is also a highly accomplished photographer/artist.
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Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller, a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous rights activist, the Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with 350.org and an organizer for Defenders of the Land and Idle No More. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 in hundreds of Indigenous communities to organize against the encroachments of the fossil fuel industry and the banks that finance them.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum

2:45pm

Driving a Revolution from the Municipal Grassroots: How You Can Stop Unwanted Corporate Projects by Adopting a Bill of Rights for Nature and Your Community
Mari Margil and Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Shannon Biggs, co-founder and Executive Director of Movement Rights, will provide “hands-on” direction for advancing legally enforceable bills of rights for community sustainability and nature within our cities, towns and counties. This workshop will share the strategies hundreds of communities across the U.S. are using to resist “fracking” and other corporate threats by using their municipal governments to directly confront a state and federal system of law that favors

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Shannon Biggs

Shannon Biggs, previously a senior staffer at Global Exchange and at the International Forum on Globalization, is the co-founder/Director of Movement Rights, which works to advance the rights of communities, indigenous peoples and ecosystems. A leading figure in the international “Rights of Nature” movement, she is co-author/editor of: The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.
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Thomas Linzey

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Thomas Linzey, award-winning Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has provided free legal services to 500+ local governments and organizations, co-founded the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, which has graduated 6,000+ lawyers, activists, and municipal officials, and is the author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community. He is a leading figure in the movements to limit corporate rights... Read More →
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Mari Margil

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization's global Rights of Nature work. In 2008, she assisted Ecuador's Constituent Assembly to draft Rights of Nature constitutional provisions, and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia, Cameroon, and other countries to advance the Rights of Nature. She has been a contributing author for several books including The Public Health or the Bottom... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Showcase Theater

2:45pm

No Time for Half Measures: Upending Destructive Paradigms

The world's social justice movements are at a stark crossroads: We celebrate marches in New York and non-binding deals in Paris, but we have failed to shift the root drivers of the climate crisis. Every dollar of wealth created heats up our planet and creates inequality in its wake, as the vast majority of that dollar will end up in the hands of a tiny elite. How can we embrace a broader, more holistic vision of social justice and climate stability, generate appealing alternatives to late-stage capitalism, and achieve the global metamorphosis we need to pull our biosphere and societies back from the abyss? With: Alnoor Ladha, Executive Director of The Rules; Jess Rimington, Managing Director of The Rules, visiting scholar at Stanford 's Global Projects Center; Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA.


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Alnoor Ladha

Alnoor Ladha is an author and activist whose work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, storytelling and technology. A founding member and the Executive Director of /The Rules (/TR), a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world, he is currently based in South Africa.
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Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard, a lifelong environmentalist, currently Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, has over two decades’ experience investigating, organizing, and communicating about the environmental and social impacts of all our material goods. Her 2007 online film, The Story of Stuff, viewed 50 million times, is the most watched online environmental film ever. She also authored an eponymous book that takes a deeper dive into the issues raised... Read More →
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Jess Rimington

Jess Rimington, currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford within the Global Projects Center investigating how to decolonize non-profit sector methodology to prioritize co-design with beneficiaries (unpackimpact.org), also serves as Managing Director at /The Rules, a global collective seeking to address the root causes of inequality and poverty.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Manzanita Room

2:45pm

Latinas Leading Change for Climate Justice and Solutions

Latina women are a growing force in the movement for climate justice. They are working on local, national and international levels, from the Mission District of San Francisco to the halls of the legislature in Sacramento to Congress in DC to the Amazon rainforest, taking action and promoting positive solutions for their communities, children, and Mother Earth. Hosted by Valeria Brabata, Program Director for Latin America and Caribbean for the Global Fund for Women. With: Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director of Amazon Watch; Lisa Hoyos, Director and Co-Founder of Climate Parents; Tere Almaguer, Youth Organizing Coordinator of PODER.


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Tere Almaguer

Tere Almaguer, an Environmental Justice Organizer at PODER (a San Francisco-based non profit that works with Latino immigrant families and youth to find people-powered, locally-based, environmentally just solutions) for 15+ years, coordinating its youth leadership program (among other projects), is currently working with the Urban Campesino Program developing the community-led Crocker Amazon Farm.
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Valeria Brabata

Valeria Brabata, Program Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Global Fund For Women, has been a senior consultant to such clients as the MacArthur and WK Kellogg foundations, the HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Mexican Ministry of Health. She sits on several NGO boards and advisory bodies and co-founded Senderos para el Desarrollo Comunitario, a Mexican sustainable development non-profit.
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Lisa Hoyos

Lisa Hoyos co-founded and directs Climate Parents, a national organization mobiizing parents and families for climate and clean energy solutions. For the last 20+ years, she has campaigned in the labor, environmental and EJ movements, working with organizations including the AFL-CIO, the BlueGreen Alliance, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and Greenpeace. She serves on the San Francisco Environment Commission. Lisa is Latina and... Read More →
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Leila Salazar-Lopez

Leila Salazar-López is Executive Director of Amazon Watch, which stands with indigenous people in defense of the Amazon rainforest and Mother Earth. For 20+ years, she has been a passionate community, corporate accountability and international solidarity activist working with organizations including Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network. She is a proud Chicana-Latina living in San Francisco's Mission district and mother of 2.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:45pm

Listening for the Heart of the Matter: Engaging Council and Other Dialogic Practices for Social Change and Healing | Council

As the pace of life accelerates and technology mediates more and more “connection,” there is a growing hunger for conversations that matter and methods of meaningful engagement. How are dialogic and relational practices part of social change, and what can they contribute to personal and planetary healing? With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. (Interactive/Experiential)


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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff (Aleut) has over 35 years' experience serving his people and other indigenous peoples internationally. The first Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, he chaired the Indigenous Knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, and co-founded several organizations including the Indigenous Peoples' Council for Marine Mammals. He has received... Read More →
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Sharon Shay Sloan

Sharon Shay Sloan is Director of the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program for The WILD Foundation; a certified council trainer with the Center for Council (Ojai Foundation); and co-editor of Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands. She has been involved with Bioneers since 2001, currently supporting the Community of Mentors and Youth Programs, and coordinating and convening the Council tent.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Council Circle

2:45pm

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL): A Sampler and Reunion

Come experience (or remember) the power women have to liberate each other’s bold and purposeful leadership. Get a taste of what our CWL 6-day immersion retreats offer, and meet and connect with other alumnae. Bring your whole self, and you’ll be warmly welcomed. With: Nina Simons, Bioneers and CWL co-founder; Toby Herzlich, Biomimicry for Social Innovation founder and CWL co-founder.


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Toby Herzlich

Toby Herzlich, founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation, co-founder of Cultivating Women’s Leadership, Senior Trainer, Rockwood Leadership Institute, and on the faculty of the Center for Whole Communities, is also a Certified Biomimicry Specialist and co-trainer for the Biomimicry 3.8 BPro Certification program. Toby has 20+ years’ experience in organizational consulting with such clients as the: Sierra Club, Environmental... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Co-Founder and President, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder and President 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 social entrepreneur, Nina previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla before co-founding... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Re-Inventing Leadership Tent

2:45pm

Community of Mentors
Youth meet with Bioneers presenters in a small interactive group to get guidance from experienced leaders. With "feral agrarian" Ariel Greenwood, the orchard manager at the renowned Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and resident grazier at a research preserve where she holistically manages a herd of cattle to restore grasslands. Facilitated by Dave Hage and Lauren Dalberth Hage of Weaving Earth.

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Ariel Greenwood

Ariel Greenwood calls herself a “feral agrarian”—one who works at the intersection of agriculture and the wild. Currently she is the resident grazier at a research preserve where she manages a herd of cattle to restore its grasslands as part of Holistic Ag. She is also orchard manager at the renowned Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and blogs at ArielGreenwood.com

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Community of Mentors

2:45pm

Community Mandala
Join Aaron Ableman of Pacha’s Pajamas and Erika Minkowsky in creating a large-scale art piece with seeds, flowers, gourds and shells.

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Aaron Ableman

Aaron Ableman, an award-winning artist, author and entertainer, has dedicated his life to serving children, youth and families. He has studied, worked or performed with the Dalai Lama, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Joan Baez, Vandana Shiva, Raffi, and many others. He is also co-founder of Balance Edutainment, "chief creative" with the Pacha's Pajamas brand, an ambassador for Forest Nation, and a consultant for several other organizations.
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Erika Minkowsky

Erika Minkowsky, a certified doula, chef and herbalist who apprenticed with top sustainability-oriented chefs as well as renowned healers in the Jewish and Mexican folk traditions and indigenous medicine teachers in Latin America, has committed her life to the healing and empowerment of mothers and families. She also has 10+ years' experience as a labor organizer.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 6:00pm
Youth Unity Center

4:30pm

Open Space. We Are Wiser Together: Co-Creating Through Collaboration, Creativity and Celebration

Join us for a celebratory, productive and engaging start to the weekend. In Open Space all are welcome to post and join topics, as we co-create a learning environment that fosters shared vision and enables collective intelligence to emerge. Come connect with other Bioneers who share your passion and forge alliances for future wise action. There will be multiple sessions: stay the whole time, or come and go as you please. With: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Common Ground Center; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus: Authentic Leadership Development & Mycelium School; Amy Lenzo, weDialogue & The World Cafe Community Foundation.

Note: This is a double session.


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Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo seeks to foster conscious online engagement in ways that connect us with ourselves, each other, and the natural world in her work with weDialogue and the World Cafe. She has served as Director of Learning Programs and Community Steward for the World Cafe Community Foundation since 2004.
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Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman seeks to design and facilitate action learning experiences that lead to transformation and social innovation in her work with The Lotus: Authentic Leadership Development and with the Mycelium School.
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David Shaw

David Shaw, a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, is the founder of Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UC Santa Cruz Common Ground Center. He has taught Agroecology at UCSC since 2004 and works with people worldwide to build healthy, resilient connections with themselves, each other, and the natural world.


Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
World Café

4:30pm

Fire and Water: Land and Watershed Management in the Age of Climate Change

As climate change destabilizes our already stressed ecosystems, droughts and wildfires have become far more challenging. We need to rethink and reshape our relationship to the land by combining time-tested Indigenous approaches, aka TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge), with the most sophisticated, holistic modern scientific methods. Hosted by Jason Mark, Editor in Chief of Sierra Magazine, former Editor of Earth Island Journal. With: Frank Kanawha Lake, Ph.D. (of Karuk, Seneca, Cherokee, and Mexican ancestry), Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, fire management specialist and expert in bridging TEK practices and modern scientific techniques; Brock Dolman, Co-Director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's WATER Institute and its Permaculture Design and Wildlands programs; Chad Hanson, Director and Principal Ecologist, John Muir Project.


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Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman, co-founder (in 1994) of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), is the Director of OAEC’s WATER Institute and its Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program. For 20 years Brock has worked as a watershed restoration and permaculture designer/educator/consultant nationally and internationally (including in Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Brazil, Tibet, Canada... Read More →
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Chad Hanson

Chad Hanson, Ph.D., is a research ecologist with the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute. A leading expert on fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems, especially those of the western U.S.A. and California, he is the co-editor/co-author of _The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix_, and has penned many scientific studies on a wide range of aspects of fire ecology.
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Frank Lake

Frank Kanawha Lake, Ph.D., Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Orleans, California, and Chair of the TEK section of the Ecological Society of America, works on tribal and community forestry, fire and restoration ecology and on incorporating tribal traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into scientific climate change research. He Is of mixed American Indian, Mexican and Caucasian ancestry.
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Jason Mark

Jason Mark, former long-time Editor of Earth Island Journal and current Editor-in-Chief of Sierra Magazine (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 Age of Man. Jason also co-founded San Francisco’s largest urban farm.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Sausalito Room

4:30pm

Philanthropy: Empowering Deeper Change

Join an array of innovative funders and practitioners as we surface a truly authentic exploration regarding how the gap might be bridged between the HUGE scope, scale and urgency of the Earth (and other, related) challenges we face, and how little philanthropy is currently doing to effectively address it systemically. Hosted by Jessica Sweidan, co-founder of the London-based international environmental and social philanthropic foundation, Synchronicity Earth. With: Alnoor Ladha, Executive Director of The Rules; Terry Odendahl, Ph.D., CEO, Global Greengrants Fund; Chivy Sok, Program Officer for the Tikva Grassroots Empowerment Fund; David Gordon, Principal, Terramar Consulting Group.


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David Gordon

David Gordon is a Principal with Terramar Consulting Group, where he helps philanthropists protect the planet’s wild diversity by supporting grassroots environmentalists. David has extensive experience supporting international grassroots activism and environmental philanthropy, having previously led the Goldman Environmental Foundation, which manages the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. He also led grassroots initiatives at... Read More →
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Alnoor Ladha

Alnoor Ladha is an author and activist whose work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, storytelling and technology. A founding member and the Executive Director of /The Rules (/TR), a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world, he is currently based in South Africa.
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Teresa Odendahl

Terry Odendahl, Ph.D, President/CEO of Global Greengrants Fund, formerly helmed the National Network of Grantmakers and served as a Program Officer at the Wyss Foundation. She has taught at Georgetown, UCSD and Yale, and co-authored or edited several books, including America’s Wealthy and the Future of Foundations and Women and Power in the Nonprofit Sector. She also co-founded the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the... Read More →
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Chivy Sok

Chivy Sok, a long time human rights educator, researcher, and trainer, is Executive Director of the Tikva Grasssroots Empowerment Fund, where she works on environmental justice, community-centered conservation, human rights, corporate accountability, and sustainable agriculture. Chivy also co-founded the Devata Giving Circle, the first Cambodian-American women’s philanthropic circle in the U.S.
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Jessica Sweidan

Jessica Sweidan co-founded Synchronicity Earth, a UK-based registered charity, with her husband Adam in 2009 to help address the global biodiversity crisis. Recently appointed an International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Patron of Nature, whose role is to raise the visibility of global conservation needs worldwide, she was also made an Honorary Conservation Fellow for the prestigious Zoological Society of London in 2015.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room

4:30pm

The Science Behind Trauma and the Art of Healing Relationships

Trauma without intervention affects our physical, neurological and emotional lives, perpetuating cycles of violence, addiction and pain.  Explore recent breakthroughs in our knowledge of healing and how we as a community can forever break the chain. Hosted by Emily Cummins Polk, a project leader with JUNTOS/Community Partners. With: Cathy Salser, award-winning art activist, founder of A Window Between Worlds; Ruth Beaglehole, founder of Echo Parenting and Education, author of Mama, Listen! Raising a Child Without Violence; Naama Haviv, Executive Director of Panzi Foundation, USA.


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Ruth Beaglehole

Ruth Beaglehole, founder of Echo Parenting and Education, a non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of early family violence, has been a preschool/parent educator for 50+ years. Author of Mama, Listen! Raising a Child Without Violence-A Handbook for Teen Parents, she is an international (New Zealand, India, Congo/DRC) trainer in nonviolent child-raising and a member of the leadership team of the Magnolia Place Initiative in Los Angeles.
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Naama Haviv

Naama Haviv, Executive Director of Panzi Foundation, USA, is a leader in the fight against genocide and mass atrocities, currently with a special focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has had a long career in human rights advocacy and relief, development and educational programs in Africa and Asia, working with many groups, including Jewish World Watch, Relief International, and the Institute for the Study of Genocide.
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Emily Cummins Polk

Emily Cummins Polk, who has provided school-based services to children and families in Los Angeles’ Lennox District 14 for a decade, is founder and Program Director of JUNTOS, a school-based wellness center serving students, families, community members and staff with a focus on trauma informed care. Emily also serves on the Trauma Informed Task Force of Greater Los Angeles.
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Cathy Salser

Cathy Salser, an award-winning art activist, founded A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) in 1991 to foster the use of art in making a positive difference in the lives of those impacted by violence and trauma. Today AWBW partners with over 300 community sites providing art workshops to adults and children.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Larkspur Room

4:30pm

Permaculture and Green Jobs
Erik Ohlsen, a Permaculture designer and teacher, founder of Permaculture Artisans and Executive Director of the Permaculture Skill Center, is a specialist in water harvesting systems, food forest design, community organizing, and vocational education. He will explain how he is successfully using Permaculture as a framework to generate green jobs by creating ecologically regenerative, socially just, and economically viable businesses. Come discover how Permaculture design skills can be directly applied in building, landscaping, urban planning, land use, agriculture, forestry and many other enterprises. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Bioneers Director of Restorative Food Systems.

Workshop Speakers
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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 and agriculture since 1978, first as a partner in Live Juice and later with Odwalla, where he was in charge of fruit sourcing.
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Erik Ohlsen

Erik Ohlsen, Executive Director of the Permaculture Skills Center (offering career-focused education in regenerative land management and agriculture), is also founder/Principal at Permaculture Artisans, a firm specializing in the design and installation of ecological landscapes and farms throughout California.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater

4:30pm

Native Foods and Grassroots Efforts | Indigenous Forum

Alicia Tsosie (Navajo), Deon Ben (Navajo) and Tony Skrelunas (Navajo) of Grand Canyon Trust describe their breakthrough programs in the Colorado Plateau region that can become national models: the Farmer to Farmer mentoring program, Cultural Learning Center, Native Gatherings, and Garden to School initiatives. With special guest Tara Houska (Anishinaabe-Couchiching First Nation), the new National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth.


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 incorporate traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) to animal husbandry and grazing management within tribal communities facing climate challenges.
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Tara Houska

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal attorney, an advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, and a co-founder of Not Your Mascots. She is involved in advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues facing indigenous communities, with a focus on environmental justice, traditional knowledge, protection of sacred sites, and institutional racism.
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Tony Skrelunas

Tony Skrelunas, MBA, (Dine), Managing Director of Native America Programs at Grand Canyon Trust, working with Hopi and Navajo communities to create sustainable economies, also manages the Colorado Plateau Inter Tribal Gatherings, which works to ensure tribes’ resiliency in the face of climate change; is Board Chair of the Black Mesa Water Coalition; and serves as Vice-President of DineHOZHO L3C, a social entrepreneurship venture owned by... Read More →
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Alicia Tsosie

Alicia Tsosie, of Mexican and Navajo descent, grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, AZ., and has worked in many areas to serve her community. She is currently the Tuba City Moenkopi Farmers Water Conservation Coordinator for the Native America Program of the Grand Canyon Trust.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum

4:30pm

Youth Leadership. Open Mic Hosted by Earth Guardians

Youth bring their stories, songs, poems, issues, jokes and ideas to share. This is a shining chance for any and all youth to take the stage and be heard.


Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Youth Unity Center

4:30pm

Mass Movements: Rising to Address Economic Inequality

As economic inequality in America reaches historic highs, people are organizing mass mobilizations not seen in many decades. Low-wage workers nationwide are demanding and winning $15/hour minimum wages in cities and states across the country, including restaurant workers demanding an end to sub-minimum wages and Walmart workers fighting for change in the world's largest employer. Come hear from some of the leaders of these movements about how we can build on this momentum to demand the greatest change possible. Hosted by Annette Bernhardt, UC Berkeley Labor Center.

With: Saru Jayaraman, ROC United; Andrea Dehlendorf, OUR Walmart; Laphonza Butler, the Fight for $15.


Workshop Speakers
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Annette Bernhardt

Annette Bernhardt, Ph.D, a Senior Researcher at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment/Labor Center, is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and was recently a visiting professor in Berkeley’s sociology department. A leading scholar of low-wage work, she has helped develop innovative policy responses to economic restructuring in the U.S. and previously served as Policy Co-Director of the National Employment... Read More →
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Laphonza Butler

Laphonza Butler, an SEIU International Vice President, President of SEIU California State Council, and co-convener of Raise the Wag, which successfully campaigned for a $15/hour minimum wage in Los Angeles, is Provisional President of the SEIU’s Local 2015, representing 283,000 nursing home and home-care providers throughout California. Butler has long occupied major leadership positions within the SEIU, helping further the rights of... Read More →
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Andrea Dehlendorf

Andrea Dehlendorf, Co-Director of Organization United for Respect, an innovative national organization of Walmart workers fighting to change the way low-wage workers connect and take action, has worked for 20+ years with low-wage service and retail workers to win improved pay and working conditions using creative organizing strategies, storytelling, and direct action.
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Saru Jayaraman

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 displaced World Trade Center workers. It now has 14,000 worker members, 150+ employer partners, and several thousand consumer-members in 32 cities nationwide.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Manzanita Room

4:30pm

Gender, Race, Class and Violence: What’s Intersectionality Got to Do with it?

Join an intimate, far-ranging, impassioned conversation to explore the broad range of systemic oppressions that still bedevil our social order and how they translate into perpetuating gender violence. How do overlapping/intersecting identities relate to structures of domination and discrimination? What are the most effective interventions? With: Eve Ensler, world-renowned feminist activist and playwright; Kimberlé Crenshaw, leading scholar and influential founder of intersectional theory, co-founder/Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum.


Workshop Speakers
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Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia, co-founder/Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum, and founder/Executive Director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, is a leading authority on Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, Critical Race Theory, and race, racism and the law. Her groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has been highly... Read More →
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Eve Ensler

V-Day
Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of many plays, including, most famously, The Vagina Monologues, which has been performed in over 140 countries. She is the founder of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, which has raised over $100 million and generated slews of highly effective anti-violence programs around the world. V-Day’s most recent global campaign was the... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30pm

Spirituality & Social Justice: Cross-Cultural Protocols for Engaging Ritual & Ceremony | Council

As social, family and cultural structures change and mingle, tradition bearers are carrying responsibility for multiple lineages. Simultaneously more and more people have access to ceremonies and profound spiritual teachings and experiences with little or no understanding of their full meaning or cultural or socio-political context. As we experience, adopt or inherit spiritual beliefs and practices, when do we assume political or social responsibility for the people(s) who have gifted them? Do we know what lineages we carry? When are we culturally appropriating? When are we not? What is the relationship between spirituality and social justice? With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. (Interactive/Experiential)


Workshop Speakers
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff (Aleut) has over 35 years' experience serving his people and other indigenous peoples internationally. The first Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, he chaired the Indigenous Knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, and co-founded several organizations including the Indigenous Peoples' Council for Marine Mammals. He has received... Read More →
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Sharon Shay Sloan

Sharon Shay Sloan is Director of the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program for The WILD Foundation; a certified council trainer with the Center for Council (Ojai Foundation); and co-editor of Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands. She has been involved with Bioneers since 2001, currently supporting the Community of Mentors and Youth Programs, and coordinating and convening the Council tent.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Council Circle

4:30pm

Engaging Leadership: From Insight to Impact

Leadership is a practice that must begin with insight before it can become impact. Participants will explore their own leadership capacity, engaging in the question: What insight do I need to have in order to create the impact I desire? By examining the personal and social forces that most commonly create obstacles, such as gender, group dynamics, authenticity, and organizational culture, we can begin to raise our leadership capacity for greater impact. With: Lorri Sulpizio, Ph.D., Director of the Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego/founder, USD’s Center for Women’s Leadership.  


Workshop Speakers
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Lorri Sulpizio

Lorri Sulpizio, Ph.D., Director of the Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego and founder of USD's Center for Women's Leadership, is also the principal consultant of Lotus Leadership Institute. A former women's college basketball coach, Lorri's areas of expertise include gender and group/team dynamics in relationship to leadership.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Re-Inventing Leadership Tent

4:30pm

Community of Mentors
Youth meet with Bioneers presenters in a small interactive group to get guidance from experienced leaders. With Malik Diamond, Education Coordinator for the Oakland-based non-profit HipHopForChange, who has worked with youth for 20+ years and is also a prolific independent artist. Facilitated by Dave Hage and Lauren Dalberth Hage of Weaving Earth.

Workshop Speakers
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Malik Diamond

Malik Diamond, Education Coordinator for the Oakland-based non-profit HipHopForChange, is the descendant of enslaved Africans, conquered Natives, and rural Scots-Irish laborers. He has worked with youth for 20+ years, and is also a prolific independent artist, having self-published several books and released over a dozen hip-hop albums.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Community of Mentors

6:15pm

Networking | Bioregional Networking
Facilitated by NuMundo Team
The question, “Where do you come from?” becomes far richer when viewed through a bioregional lens. In this session we have the opportunity to network with inhabitants of our home community, town or city to map our bioregion’s assets, strategize for the future, and generate positive connections. “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.” – Gary Synder

Workshop Speakers
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David Casey

DAVID CASEY, a co-founder of NuMundo with a background in Political Economy, has been organizing cultural events, retreats and ecovillage design courses in Central America and working with an Indigenous artisan cooperative in Guatemala for the past 5 years.
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Nick Joyce

NICK JOYCE, with a background in management, permaculture, eco-village design, and sustainable development, has had extensive experience living and working abroad, including in Africa. He is a co-founder of Activate Asheville.
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Erika Logie

ERIKA LOGIE, a web designer specializing in user interface, has worked with many media companies, including Disney, ABC and NBC. She also played a pivotal role running a newly founded eco-village in Nicaragua.
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Ryan Rising

RYAN RISING, a Bay Area-based community organizer and permaculture educator, co-founded the Permaculture Action Network and has worked at venues such as Lightning in a Bottle and Rising Appalachia to mobilize festival attendees to install permaculture systems and create community spaces.  
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Marissa Weitzman

MARISSA WEITZMAN is an eco-educator, curriculum developer, and environmental project designer who has worked with food systems, natural building, permaculture gardens, etc., and has also organized service learning programs around the Bay Area.

Friday October 21, 2016 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Exhibit Hall

7:00pm

Aina: That Which Feeds Us | Film

Aina elegantly highlights how non-Native locals and Native Hawaiians are using ancient-modern innovative approaches to agriculture and food systems to address environmental and health crises facing the island of Kauai. The inspiring lessons from their work have big implications for the rest of island Earth. Filmmaker Josh Thome will introduce the film. (23 minutes)


Workshop Speakers
Friday October 21, 2016 7:00pm - TBA
Showcase Theater

7:00pm

SEED: The Untold Story | Film

SEED, from the creators of The Real Dirt on Farmer John and Queen of the Sun, produced by Marisa Tomei's Seneca Falls Picture House, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine), and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams), examines issues surrounding the loss of seed diversity, climate change, pesticides, GMO labeling, and the patenting and corporate takeover of seeds and food. The film's award-winning directors, Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, will introduce the film. (58 minutes)


Workshop Speakers
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Jon Betz

Jon Betz, Co-Director/Co-Producer of the film Seed: The Untold Story, being shown at Bioneers this year, is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning, independent documentary filmmaker, whose earlier films include Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? and Memorize You Saw It (about child soldiers in Africa). He is a Director of Collective Eye Films, a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon.
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Taggart Siegel

Taggart Siegel, Co-Director/Co-Producer of the film Seed: The Untold Story, being shown at Bioneers this year, is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning, independent documentary filmmaker, whose earlier films include: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?; The Real Dirt on Farmer John; many PBS films; and the National Geographic documentary Disenchanted Forest. He is founder/Executive Director of Collective Eye Films, a non-profit media... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2016 7:00pm - TBA
Showcase Theater

7:00pm

Two short films featuring mural artist Louis Masai | Film

This is Now. We follow the London-based muralist Louis Masai as he painted a series of mind-blowing eco-themed murals across London, drawing powerful responses and raising consciousness of biodiversity loss. Produced by Synchronicity Earth’s Jo Crow and Laura Miller, directed by Toby Madden, music by Cosmo Sheldrake. (7 minutes)

A film about coral reefs. Set against the backdrop of city life, this short explores the loss of reefs via Masai’s extraordinarily evocative and provocative work across hyper-urban London. Narrated by renowned soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause, with a score featuring a choir of coral creatures. (7 minutes). 

Louis Masai will introduce the two films.


Workshop Speakers
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Louis Masai

Louis Masai is a renowned young Sydenham/London, UK-based visual artist, especially known for his extraordinary street murals that highlight the biodiversity crisis and the loss of animal and plant species.

Friday October 21, 2016 7:00pm - TBA
Showcase Theater

7:00pm

We the People 2.0 | Film

Featuring Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil, this incredibly timely and powerful film chronicles the radical and highly practical strategies to “occupy the law” to resist corporations that sludge, mine, frack and ravage communities. Try revoking corporate rights and instituting rights for nature, for starters, building from the grassroots to eventually change the US Constitution. Narrated by Walton Goggins, produced by Mathew Schmid, directed by Leila Conners. Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil will introduce the film. (93 minutes)


Workshop Speakers
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Thomas Linzey

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Thomas Linzey, award-winning Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has provided free legal services to 500+ local governments and organizations, co-founded the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, which has graduated 6,000+ lawyers, activists, and municipal officials, and is the author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community. He is a leading figure in the movements to limit corporate rights... Read More →
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Mari Margil

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization's global Rights of Nature work. In 2008, she assisted Ecuador's Constituent Assembly to draft Rights of Nature constitutional provisions, and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia, Cameroon, and other countries to advance the Rights of Nature. She has been a contributing author for several books including The Public Health or the Bottom... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2016 7:00pm - TBA
Showcase Theater

9:10pm

Caroline Casey presents: Flora Fauna 2016: The Only News to Trust is the Mythic News
Beloved host-creator of The Visionary Activist Show on KPFA/KPFK and the Coyote News Network, Caroline Casey will unleash her astro-mytho-politico storytelling. This time we’ll take a wild journey into the trickster as the keeper of democracy, electing Flora Fauna, and Voting for Reality.

Workshop Speakers
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Caroline Casey

Caroline W Casey, renowned radio personality, "creator/weaver-of-context" for The Visionary Activist Show on Pacifica Radio KPFA/KPFK, is the author of many books, including Making the Gods Work for You and Visionary Activist Astrology. She is also, in her words: "Chief Trickster at Coyote Network News, a mythological news service for the Trickster Redeemer within us all; dedicated to reuniting activism with animism, political savvy with... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2016 9:10pm - 10:00pm
Exhibit Hall
 
Saturday, October 22
 

TBA

Media Center with Synergia Learning Ventures and Marin Community Media Center

Media Center with Synergia Learning Ventures and Marin Community Media Center. Youth produce video and audio interviews on site. Open all day.


Saturday October 22, 2016 TBA
Youth Unity Center

TBA

Singing Tree Interactive Mural Project
Singing Tree Interactive Mural Project with Laurie Marshall and youth artists. Open all day.

Workshop Speakers
Saturday October 22, 2016 TBA
Exhibit Hall

9:00am

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree


Performers
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Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum Mobile, a portable drum-arts learning laboratory that makes accessible the power of African drumming and Permaculture to communities of color internationally.
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Deb Lane

Deb Lane has been playing the drums for most of her life. Formerly a member of the Santa Cruz World Beat Band, Pele Juju, she performs with artists throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her musical endeavors, Deb is a leader in water-use efficiency and works as a Water Resources Analyst.


Saturday October 22, 2016 9:00am - TBA
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:10am

Welcome by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons

Welcome by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers founders


Keynotes
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Kenny Ausubel

Co-CEO and Founder, 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 national alternative medicine policy. He has edited several books and written four, including, most recently, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Co-Founder and President, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder and President 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 social entrepreneur, Nina previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla before co-founding... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 9:10am - 9:21am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:34am

The Ultimate Symbiosis: Biomimicry as a Cooperative Inquiry

Introduction by Paul Hawken, author, activist, entrepreneur

Our species is finally turning toward other species for their embodied wisdom, borrowing these insights to solve challenges such as delivering nutrition in a way that nourishes both planet and people. Biomimicry author and visionary Janine Benyus will show how nature-inspired breakthroughs in agriculture are evolving from plant-focused “silver bullets” to system-savvy healing. She’ll give us a sneak preview of the amazing entries in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge in food systems. She’ll explore how the “democratization of invention” is growing more biomimetic—as teams turn to nature together, in massive parallel, to discover a multitude of wild ideas that work together as a system. Cooperation, naturally enough, is the best way to learn from Life’s genius!


Workshop Speakers
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Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and... Read More →

Keynotes
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Janine Benyus

The Biomimicry Institute
Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including the seminal Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since the book's 1997 release, Janine, founder of The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit promoting education, and Biomimicry 3.8, the world's leading biomimicry innovation consultancy, has personally introduced millions to the biomimicry meme.


Saturday October 22, 2016 9:34am - 9:59am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:03am

Biomimcry Global Design Challenge Award

The 2016 National Bioneers Conference will host the first-ever awards ceremony for the world’s premiere biomimicry design prize, the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize. The prize will be awarded to one of seven finalist teams in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, a worldwide design competition that crowdsources nature-inspired solutions to climate change issues, like food systems, water management, and alternative energy.

“Ray Anderson believed wholeheartedly in nature as a model and a mentor, so it is incredibly fitting that this prize, which is intended to accelerate marketable solutions, be given in his honor,” said John A. Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

The National Bioneers Conference, to be held this year from October 21-23, 2016, is a yearly gathering of dynamic changemakers dedicated to solving our world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. This year, in addition to the Ray of Hope Prize award event, the conference will feature biomimicry pioneer and visionary Janine Benyus as a keynote speaker. There will also be biomimicry workshops and panels throughout the 3-day conference that will explore how nature-inspired design approaches can profoundly shift how we restore and rebuild our world.

"With climate disruption upon us, and a swelling population, transforming our food and water systems is paramount,” said Kenny Ausubel, co-founder and CEO of Bioneers. “But success will require more than just technical solutions. It necessitates a shift in our worldview, and a change of heart. We are so deeply honored to host this landmark event, and to continue our long partnership to make biomimicry the default position for design, industry, economy, and culture by 2020.”

"Bioneers is one of the only conferences where an 18-year-old activist will be sitting next to a 67-year-old one, both wanting exactly the same thing,” said Biomimicry Institute Executive Director Beth Rattner. “Attendees completely resonate with biomimicry, and their cheers will give the Design Challenge teams the encouragement they need to take their inventions to the next level.”

For the 2015-16 cycle, the Biomimicry Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge asked participants to tackle any aspect of the food system that could be improved by looking to nature for design guidance. Submissions cover a wide range of related issues, like waste, packaging, agricultural pest management, food distribution, energy use, and other solutions.

The finalist teams vying for the Ray of Hope Prize were chosen to enter the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator program in October 2015. They are spending this year testing and prototyping their design concepts with the help of biomimicry experts and business mentors in order to create viable, market-ready solutions. The winner must have not only a functioning prototype, but a tested business model and in-the-field proof points. A full list of the finalists’ submissions can be found here.

A new round of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is currently open, which is another opportunity for teams to join and compete for the $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize. Individuals and teams can learn more about the Challenge at challenge.biomimicry.org.


Keynotes
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Janine Benyus

The Biomimicry Institute
Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including the seminal Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since the book's 1997 release, Janine, founder of The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit promoting education, and Biomimicry 3.8, the world's leading biomimicry innovation consultancy, has personally introduced millions to the biomimicry meme.


Saturday October 22, 2016 10:03am - 10:18am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:18am

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)

10:30am

Youth of Color Caucus

What is the role of youth of color in the environmental movement? Explore the connection between social justice and the environmental crisis. Facilitated by Brandi Mack. Saturday at 10:30am. Location: Youth Unity Center


Workshop Speakers
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Brandi Mack

Brandi Mack, an Oakland, CA-based holistic health educator, massage therapist, and Permaculture designer, has worked in holistic health and ecological sustainability with youth and adults for 15+ years. She is currently National Director of The Butterfly Movement and serves on the boards of: Northern America Permaculture Magazine, Northern California Resilience Network, and Northern California Women in Permaculture.

Saturday October 22, 2016 10:30am - TBA
Youth Unity Center

11:08am

Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree will perform two selections from their newly released record INTRINSIC


Keynotes
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Climbing PoeTree

Multimedia Theater Artists
Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are a spoken word duo, award-winning multimedia theater artists, and committed organizers and educators who have toured (in a bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil) to hundreds of cities nationally and internationally presenting alongside powerhouses such as Vandana Shiva, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, and Alice Walker. They have presented & led workshops from the United Nations... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 11:08am - 11:21am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:36am

What Are We Fighting For?

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

“Revolution is on the horizon, and youth are rising with the oceans to lead the movements that will shape our future,” says Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16-year old Indigenous rapper and environmental activist (since age 6). He’s the award-winning youth director of Earth Guardians, a rapidly growing international organization of young activists, artists and musicians committed to protecting water, air, land and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events. He travels globally to speak about environmental and Indigenous issues, including at the United Nations with Robert Redford. He’ll bring alive the unparalleled intergenerational movement emerging to save our planet, as youth globally join hearts and hands against some of the world’s most powerful industries to take a stand for the future and build resilient communities.   


Keynotes
avatar for Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel

Co-CEO and Founder, 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 national alternative medicine policy. He has edited several books and written four, including, most recently, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age... Read More →
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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 15-year old Boulder, Colorado-based Indigenous environmental activist (since age 6!) and rapper, is the award-winning Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a rapidly growing organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and has traveled widely internationally to speak... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 11:36am - 12:01pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:01pm

Youth Leadership

Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) Fellow, Kian Martin, an Iranian-American non-binary trans femme from San José, sees climate activism as one piece of a much larger need for the liberation from and abolition of all oppressive systems.


Keynotes
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Kian Martin

Alliance for Climate Education
Kian Martin, an Iranian-American non-binary trans femme from San José, CA, a freshman at UC Berkeley this year, and an Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) Fellow, is a young organizer around issues of racial justice, trans liberation, and climate justice who sees climate as one piece of a much larger need for the liberation from and abolition of oppressive systems.


Saturday October 22, 2016 12:01pm - 12:07pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:11pm

What Winning the Climate Change Battle Looks Like

Introduction by Clayton Thomas-Muller, 350.org

The most influential climate activist of our era, Bill McKibben, a founder of the extraordinarily effective 350.org grassroots campaign, will describe the immense groundswell of global citizen engagement rising to challenge the “dirty” energy industry. Find out where we are scientifically and politically in the transformation to end our reliance on fossil fuels, while lighting the pathways toward a clean-energy future.

Keynotes
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Bill McKibben

Middlebury College
Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont, is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize (aka the 'alternative Nobel') and the author of a dozen books about the environment, including his first, the seminal The End of Nature, published 25 years ago, and his most recent, Oil and Honey. (350.org)

Workshop Speakers
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Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller, a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous rights activist, the Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with 350.org and an organizer for Defenders of the Land and Idle No More. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 in hundreds of Indigenous communities to organize against the encroachments of the fossil fuel industry and the banks that finance them.


Saturday October 22, 2016 12:11pm - 12:36pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

1:00pm

Trashion Show
Truckee High School’s Envirolution Club graces the fashion runway with designs made from recycled materials to highlight the waste of a throw-away culture. Saturday lunchtime.

Saturday October 22, 2016 1:00pm - TBA
Sun Stage

1:15pm

Networking | Educators for the Future
Facilitated by NuMundo Team
As the “old story” of our world collapses and a generation is raised with the reality of climate change, the job of educators is evermore challenging and important. Come meet up with fellow teachers, trainers and coaches to explore the rapidly evolving field of education and how to equip coming generations with the tools they will need to address our global crises.

Workshop Speakers
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David Casey

DAVID CASEY, a co-founder of NuMundo with a background in Political Economy, has been organizing cultural events, retreats and ecovillage design courses in Central America and working with an Indigenous artisan cooperative in Guatemala for the past 5 years.
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Nick Joyce

NICK JOYCE, with a background in management, permaculture, eco-village design, and sustainable development, has had extensive experience living and working abroad, including in Africa. He is a co-founder of Activate Asheville.
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Erika Logie

ERIKA LOGIE, a web designer specializing in user interface, has worked with many media companies, including Disney, ABC and NBC. She also played a pivotal role running a newly founded eco-village in Nicaragua.
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Ryan Rising

RYAN RISING, a Bay Area-based community organizer and permaculture educator, co-founded the Permaculture Action Network and has worked at venues such as Lightning in a Bottle and Rising Appalachia to mobilize festival attendees to install permaculture systems and create community spaces.  
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Marissa Weitzman

MARISSA WEITZMAN is an eco-educator, curriculum developer, and environmental project designer who has worked with food systems, natural building, permaculture gardens, etc., and has also organized service learning programs around the Bay Area.


Saturday October 22, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

2:00pm

Thrive Choir-Oakland based Community Choir
The Thrive East Bay Choir is a new and vibrant 11-person choir that sings soulful music about the pain and beauty of our times in service to the great turning. We were born to serve the Sunday gatherings of “Thrive East Bay” , a purpose-driven community for people of all ages and backgrounds who are committed to transforming our lives, the places we live, and the world. In Oakland, as well as in festivals, conferences and direct actions around California, our role as a choir is to uplift the community in song, and facilitate an emotional and intuitive response to balance out otherwise intellectual spaces. We sing a variety of gospel and soul tunes, as well as original music and non-denominational churhc-style community songs to get an audience on their feat, shakin’! We are directed by Bay Area musicians Austin Willacy & Kyle Lemle.

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Sun Stage

2:45pm

Nature/Biomimicry Walk

Join the Coastal Redwood Biomimicry Network on a nature walk around the South Fork Gallinas Creek and wetlands area and the Civic Center Lagoon. Explore the amazing flora and fauna during a smartphone-powered iNaturalist bioblitz to catalogue every living species we can find. Bring your camera and/or smartphone and tons of enthusiasm. Learn how nature inspires design to meet our human challenges and how we can mimic nature's perfect elegance using "Life's Principles.” With: A.J. Wacaser, ecologist, entrepreneur, founder, PlanDone.com; Colleen Mahoney, architect, biomimicry specialist.

For our walk, please note that we highly recommend downloading the app iNaturalist and testing it ahead of time on a smart phone!  We will use this for our BioBlitz.

(Meet at Family Fair)


Workshop Speakers
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Colleen Mahoney

Colleen Mahoney, an award-winning “green” architect, biomimicry specialist and environmental educator, is the co-founder of the Coastal Redwood Biomimicry Network where she collaborates with biomimicry specialist AJ Wacaser in leading Bioblitz’s around the San Francisco Bay Area.
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AJ Wacaser

AJ Wacaser, a Certified Biomimicry Specialist through Biomimicry 3.8 and a collaborator with the Biomimicry Institute who serves on the advisory board of that institute’s AskNature.org project, is the co-founder of the Coastal Redwood Biomimicry Network and founder/CEO of plandone.com, a groundbreaking on-demand, biomimicry collaboration software application. AJ has served as an ecologist, global managing engineer, strategic advisor, and... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Family Fair

2:45pm

Reshaping Our Relationship to the Ocean

We are increasingly discovering how crucial our oceans and their creatures are in making life possible. Oceans generate much of the world's oxygen and rainfall, sequester a lot of its excess carbon, regulate global climate, and provide food for billions. Fortunately there are visionary leaders who are helping us rethink and reshape our dangerously broken relationship to the seas. Time to get with the program, and here’s how. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Bioneers Director of Strategic Initiatives. With: Bren Smith, of Greenwave, a pioneer of “restorative 3D ocean farming;" Steve Gaines, Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara; Madhavi Colton, Coral Reef Alliance.


Workshop Speakers
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Madhavi Colton

Madhavi Colton, Ph.D., a marine biologist with extensive experience linking science, resource management, conservation, and policy, is Associate Programs Director at the Coral Reef Alliance, where she manages a diverse portfolio of projects aimed at improving our ability to manage coral reefs, working with researchers from around the world to develop new approaches to promoting coral adaptation to a changing climate via natural processes.
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Steve Gaines

Steven Gaines, Ph.D, Dean and Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on sustainable fisheries, marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. He is also a principal investigator for the Sustainable Fisheries Group, seeking scalable solutions for the world's fisheries through partnerships among researchers, industry, NGOs, and... Read More →
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Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Bioneers, previously worked on a range of projects from federal range management to state-level assessments of long-range planning to applied research on topics including climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and ecological networks. A Doris Duke Conservation Fellow during graduate school, Teo holds an MS in Environmental Science & Management from UC-Santa Barbara.
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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 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Showcase Theater

2:45pm

What Would a Biomimetic Food System Look Like?

Carbon farming, regenerative agriculture, permaculture – these are practices that follow nature's design strategies for keeping nutrients in the soil. With food systems responsible for one-third of humanity's global carbon and emissions footprint, redesigning the way we eat is crucial. We'll examine existing practices and solutions that can support our growing population without damaging our planet, and what we need to do to replicate and scale up their successes. Hosted by Beth Rattner, Executive Director of the Biomimicry Institute. With: Tim Crews Director of Research at the Land Institute; Jeff Creque, co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and a Director at the Carbon Cycle Institute; Miguel Altieri, professor at U.C. Berkeley, one of the world’s leading experts in agroecology.


Workshop Speakers
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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 of a biodiverse, productive and resilient agriculture.
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Jeff Creque

Jeff Creque, Ph.D., co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and a Director at the Carbon Cycle Institute, focusing on "carbon farming" and land management, has 30 years' experience in agricultural, rangeland, and natural resource ecology, management and conservation. His many organizational affiliations include: founding board member, Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture (Marin); Agricultural Director, Apple Tree International; and... Read More →
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Tim Crews

Tim Crews, Ph.D., is Director of Research and an ecologist at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, where he studies how to develop cropping arrangements that function like native ecosystems to replace the harmful practices of conventional agriculture. His previous positions have included teaching at Prescott College in Arizona where he developed a program in Agroecology.
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Beth Rattner

Beth Rattner is the Executive Director of the Biomimicry Institute. Previously, Beth worked with William McDonough and Michael Braungart on The Upcycle, the sequel to Cradle to Cradle, before she helped co-found the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute as its first Executive Director. 

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Manzanita Room

2:45pm

The Day After Tomorrow: A Post-Paris/Pre-Election Climate Summit

Some of America's and the world's most influential activists brainstorm about the best strategies going forward to build our movements and press political leaders here at home and globally to address climate change with urgency and resolve. Hosted by Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA. With: Bill McKibben, 350.org; Clayton Thomas-Muller, 350.org; Vien Truong, Green for All; Michael Brune, Sierra Club.


Workshop Speakers
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Michael Brune

Michael Brune became Executive Director of the Sierra Club in 2010. Under his leadership, the Club has grown to more than two million supporters and is at the forefront of the drive to move beyond fossil fuels to clean energy. He is the author of a detailed vision for a true clean-energy future: Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal.
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Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard, a lifelong environmentalist, currently Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, has over two decades’ experience investigating, organizing, and communicating about the environmental and social impacts of all our material goods. Her 2007 online film, The Story of Stuff, viewed 50 million times, is the most watched online environmental film ever. She also authored an eponymous book that takes a deeper dive into the issues raised... Read More →
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Bill McKibben

Middlebury College
Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont, is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize (aka the 'alternative Nobel') and the author of a dozen books about the environment, including his first, the seminal The End of Nature, published 25 years ago, and his most recent, Oil and Honey. (350.org)
avatar for Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller, a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous rights activist, the Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with 350.org and an organizer for Defenders of the Land and Idle No More. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 in hundreds of Indigenous communities to organize against the encroachments of the fossil fuel industry and the banks that finance them.
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Vien Truong

Green For All
Vien Truong, Director of Green For All, a longstanding, highly effective environmental and social justice activist, helped lead a coalition to pass California's landmark SB 535 (de Leon) law, which reinvests hundreds of millions dollars in disadvantaged communities and offers a national model for making polluters pay. Vien has received many prestigious state, regional and local awards for her work advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

RDI Permaculture: An Experiential Permaculture Practicum with Penny Livingston-Stark
Come join one of the nation's most renowned Permaculture practitioners and teachers, Penny Livingston-Stark, as she first offers us an overview of the principles and ethics of Permaculture design, and then shares a range of techniques to help us tune into the land, understand the patterns of a landscape, and develop a true sense of place, so that all our interactions with a given piece of land are harmonious and ideally suited to its specific requirements.

Workshop Speakers
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Penny Livingston-Stark

Penny Livingston-Stark, MSc, an internationally renowned permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker with 25 years' experience, currently co-manages the Commonweal Garden, an organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California. Among her many achievements, Penny co-created the Ecological Design Program at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, the Permaculture Program at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, the West Marin... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Hands On Workshop Space

2:45pm

Digging In and Shouting Out: Journalism in the 21st Century

How can journalism, especially investigative journalism, continue to educate and inform the public given the tectonic shifts upending media in general and the news business specifically? These highly seasoned, multi-generational, entrepreneurial journalists will explore how to practice effective activist journalism in the 21st Century and how to get critically needed information to current audiences in ways relevant to them. Hosted by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director. With: Anthony Lappé, Co-Executive Producer, VICE; Francesca Fiorentini, Host/Producer, AJ+.


Workshop Speakers
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Francesca Fiorentini

Francesca Fiorentini is a journalist, stand-up comic and host with AJ+, the online channel of Al Jazeera Media Network. She has worked in alternative media since 2004 as an editor with the War Resisters League and Left Turn magazine.
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Joshua Fouts

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, Africa, and the Amazon, governments and universities in over 20 countries, and innovators and engaged citizens worldwide.
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Anthony Lappé

Anthony Lappé, a highly experienced writer/director/producer who specializes in global human rights programming, is currently a show-runner at Viceland, helming two series (Black Market and The Vice Guide to Contraband). He has written for The NY Times, produced shows for MTV and the award-winning Iraq war documentary, Battleground, was Executive Editor of the Guerrilla News Network for 9 years, and is the author of True Lies and... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:45pm

The Art of Intergenerational Native Activism | Indigenous Forum
Father and son activist-celebrities Tom B.K. Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Dallas Goldtooth of the 1491’s comedy troupe will explore our responsibility to our environment and peoples, our mandate by the elders to rise up and act, and how we can support Native youth in becoming activists. They will also discuss their wildly different activist styles, their impact on each other, and what they’ve tried to accomplish in Indian Country and beyond. Hosted by Jade Begay (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo), social impact filmmaker and multimedia artist.

Workshop Speakers
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Jade Begay

Jade Begay (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo), a social impact filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Santa Fe, NM, deeply committed to amplifying Indigenous and marginalized voices, works to help bring forth real solutions from within these communities to achieve ecological balance. Jade's most recent work has been done in partnership with the Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, Resource Media, and several other organizations.
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Dallas Goldtooth

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 event MC, Dallas has traveled widely across Turtle Island (aka North America) sharing stories, entertainment and knowledge.
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Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, is a social change activist for over 35 years, become internationally recognized as an environmental and climate justice leader, working with many Indigenous Peoples and organizations around the world. Tom has launched a campaign advocating for Indigenous communities to reclaim their future, build power for just transition and applying... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum

2:45pm

Dancing in the Ashes: Radical Grieving for Hard Times | Council

We face the extreme loss of species, cultures, and languages, an increased gap between social classes, and continue to push Mother Earth’s life-support systems to the brink. We experience unprecedented grief and loss in our everyday lives. Simultaneously, we are being called to act now. What is the relationship between grief and action? How do we grieve, alone and together? What is lost when we do not? What is gained when we do? When is enough enough? With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward.


Workshop Speakers
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff (Aleut) has over 35 years' experience serving his people and other indigenous peoples internationally. The first Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, he chaired the Indigenous Knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, and co-founded several organizations including the Indigenous Peoples' Council for Marine Mammals. He has received... Read More →
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Sharon Shay Sloan

Sharon Shay Sloan is Director of the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program for The WILD Foundation; a certified council trainer with the Center for Council (Ojai Foundation); and co-editor of Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands. She has been involved with Bioneers since 2001, currently supporting the Community of Mentors and Youth Programs, and coordinating and convening the Council tent.

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Council Circle

2:45pm

The Perils and Promise of Edge Technologies

Dramatic advances in several cutting-edge technologies, such as genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence and communications media, could radically alter life on Earth. There is indeed great potential for increasing the common good in some of these spheres, but they each pose great risks as well as present complex conundrums regarding their regulation. The example of nuclear power and Fukushima reminds us of the very real perils of technological hubris, and the dramatic capacity of new technologies such as synthetic biology and CRISPR gene editing to potentially re-shape our very DNA raise enormously consequential ethical conundrums. Hosted by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Conference Associate Producer. With: Marcy Darnovsky, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society; Mayumi Oda, world-renowned artist, longtime anti-nuclear activist; Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley reporter for the Washington Post.

Workshop Speakers
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Marcy Darnovsky

Marcy Darnovsky, Ph.D., Executive Director at the Center for Genetics and Society, a Berkeley, California-based public affairs organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of reproductive and human genetic technologies, speaks and writes widely on human biotechnologies, focusing on their social justice, human rights, health equity, and public interest implications, and has been interviewed for hundreds of... Read More →
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Elizabeth Dwoskin

Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley Correspondent for the Washington Post, reports on how the tech world influences the broader culture, commerce, attitudes, and policy. Dwoskin was previously a Wall Street Journal technology reporter focusing on artificial intelligence, algorithms, and big data, and, before that, a staff writer with Bloomberg Businessweek covering politics.
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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 →
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Mayumi Oda

Mayumi Oda, a renowned artist often called "the Matisse of Japan" whose work is part of the permanent collections of several of the world's leading museums, has exhibited over 50 one-woman shows internationally. Founder of Plutonium Free Future in 1992, Mayumi has long been a deeply committed international anti-nuclear activist, and is also the founder of Ginger Hill, a farm and a retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room

2:45pm

Multicultural Women Explore Social and Ecological Healing

The very diverse contributors to the new anthology, Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices, explore how being situated between ecological and social justice movements has opened them up to new understandings and new ways of teaching and leading. Using an alternative, contemplative format, they will share “re-storying” narratives that cross boundaries of place, history, trauma and worldview to trigger compassion and healing. With: Jeanine Canty, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Naropa University; Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder, founding Director of Everywoman's Leadership program; Belvie Rooks, co-founder, Growing a Global Heart; Anita Sanchez, Transformational Leadership Council; Melissa K. Nelson, Executive Director, The Cultural Conservancy; Nícola Wagenberg, Vice President, Cultural Conservancy; Susan Griffin, renowned feminist author.


Workshop Speakers
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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 Healing: Multicultural Women’s Perspectives.
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Susan Griffin

Susan Griffin is the author of 21 books, including the ecofeminist classic, Woman and Nature and A Chorus of Stones, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Along with an Emmy for her play Voices, she has received many honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Northern California Book Reviewers Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. She has recently completed a novel about climate change, The Ice Dancer’s Tale.
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Melissa K. Nelson

Melissa K. Nelson (Anishinaabe/Métis/Norwegian/enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band, Chippewa), a Native ecologist, writer, media-maker, and indigenous scholar-activist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State and President of The Cultural Conservancy, an indigenous rights organization. She is the editor of the anthology, Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings For a Sustainable Future, and... Read More →
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Belvie Rooks

Belvie Rooks, MA, co-founder of Growing a Global Heart, as well as a writer, educator and producer, weaves together the worlds of spirituality, feminism, ecology and social justice in her work. Her published works have appeared in a number of books and journals and she has served on the boards of many transformative organizations.
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Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., has 35+ years’ experience providing diversity, inclusion, leadership development, etc. coaching and training to executives in dozens of Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and major NGOs. A member of the Transformational Leadership Council, she also serves on the boards of Bioneers and the Pachamama Alliance, and contributed to or co-authored several books, including Discovering Your Positive Core; and... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Co-Founder and President, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder and President 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 social entrepreneur, Nina previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla before co-founding... Read More →
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Nicola Wagenberg

Nícola Wagenberg, Ph.D., a Berkeley-based clinical and cultural psychologist, educator and media maker, is Vice President of The Cultural Conservancy, where her work includes directing media projects, developing eco-cultural health programs, and helping with operations and development. She is also Director of Native Youth Guardians of the Waters project, and sees individuals, couples and groups in her private psychotherapy practice.

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Larkspur Room

2:45pm

Women and Social Permaculture

Women in the Permaculture movement are in the forefront of developing “Social Permaculture”—the application of ecological principles and systems thinking to social dynamics—to structure healthy groups, create meaningful diversity, resolve conflicts and design empowering environments. This interactive session will use exercises and discussions to give us a taste of how these visionary women are highlighting “people care” in regenerative design.  With: Starhawk, Earth Activist Training; Pandora Thomas, Earthseed Consulting, Black Permaculture Network; Wanda Stewart, Program Director for the Victory Garden Foundation; Delia Carroll, founding member of the 13 Moon CoLab.


Workshop Speakers
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Starhawk

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, teaching Permaculture design grounded in spirit, organizing and activism. Starhawk travels internationally, lecturing and teaching on earth-based spirituality.
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Delia Carroll

Delia Carroll, a “hardy pioneer species deeply rooted in the soil of Bay Area counterculture,” is a leading figure in that metropolis’ Permaculture community. A devoted “plant mistress” and gifted organizer, she is a founding member of the 13 Moon CoLab, working to awaken people to their own agency in the creation of a world based on the Permaculture Ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share.
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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, and live cooperatively are essential to collective survival, she specializes in garden-centered wellness programs and in raising awareness about race and the... Read More →
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Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas, a widely traveled, writer, designer, speaker, and teacher of Permaculture and sustainability-based design to highly varied audiences, among other achievements co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, and the Black Permaculture Network, and directed Pathways to Resilience, a Permaculture and social entrepreneurship training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration.

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Re-Inventing Leadership Tent

2:45pm

Community of Mentors
Youth meet with Bioneers presenters in a small interactive group to get guidance from experienced leaders. With Chivy Sok, a long-time human rights educator, researcher, and trainer, Executive Director of the Tikva Grasssroots Empowerment Fund, where she works on environmental justice, community-centered conservation, human rights, corporate accountability, and sustainable agriculture. Facilitated by Dave Hage and Lauren Dalberth Hage of Weaving Earth.

Workshop Speakers
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Chivy Sok

Chivy Sok, a long time human rights educator, researcher, and trainer, is Executive Director of the Tikva Grasssroots Empowerment Fund, where she works on environmental justice, community-centered conservation, human rights, corporate accountability, and sustainable agriculture. Chivy also co-founded the Devata Giving Circle, the first Cambodian-American women’s philanthropic circle in the U.S.

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Community of Mentors

2:45pm

Liberation in Action: Radical Practices in Dissolving Domination, Disconnection, and Apathy
This experiential workshop led by Barbara Jefferson draws from deep culture, eco-psychology, anti-oppression, and mindfulness training to build a liberating space of unfiltered truth-telling, brave belonging, and real, meaningful, connection.

Workshop Speakers
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Barbara Jefferson

Barbara Jefferson is a Seattle-based queer black “experience designer” and facilitator specializing in leadership, collective healing, and community development. A lead trainer with Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects and with the group Generation Waking Up, Barbara is also a full-time business student and the co-host of Black Folk's Dinner Seattle, a monthly potluck dinner party.

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Unity Center

2:45pm

Save the Bees Art-Making Workshop with Louis Masai
The extraordinary London artist and muralist Louis Masai, renowned for his portrayals of both the natural world and the urban landscape, has been on a cross-country mural painting tour to raise awareness about the loss of species. He will lead us in a hands-on art-making workshop to highlight the enormous importance of bees (especially wild bees), the great threats to their survival, and how we can come to the aid of this crucial ally. Come get your hands muddy as we create "bee hotels" and wild seed balls. All are welcome.

Workshop Speakers
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Louis Masai

Louis Masai is a renowned young Sydenham/London, UK-based visual artist, especially known for his extraordinary street murals that highlight the biodiversity crisis and the loss of animal and plant species.

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Art Space

4:30pm

World Café. Permaculture Meetup: Cross Pollination, Collaboration and Integration
California has one of the world's most active permaculture communities. Come connect with permies and projects, continue the conversation from permaculture sessions at the conference and learn exciting news from the National and CA Permaculture Convergence last month. With: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Common Ground Center; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus; Amy Lenzo, weDialogue; & Special Guests: Frank Lake, Wanda Stewart, Pandora Thomas, Wesley Roe & Margie Bushman

Workshop Speakers
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Frank Lake

Frank Kanawha Lake, Ph.D., Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Orleans, California, and Chair of the TEK section of the Ecological Society of America, works on tribal and community forestry, fire and restoration ecology and on incorporating tribal traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into scientific climate change research. He Is of mixed American Indian, Mexican and Caucasian ancestry.
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Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo seeks to foster conscious online engagement in ways that connect us with ourselves, each other, and the natural world in her work with weDialogue and the World Cafe. She has served as Director of Learning Programs and Community Steward for the World Cafe Community Foundation since 2004.
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Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman seeks to design and facilitate action learning experiences that lead to transformation and social innovation in her work with The Lotus: Authentic Leadership Development and with the Mycelium School.
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David Shaw

David Shaw, a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, is the founder of Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UC Santa Cruz Common Ground Center. He has taught Agroecology at UCSC since 2004 and works with people worldwide to build healthy, resilient connections with themselves, each other, and the natural world.
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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, and live cooperatively are essential to collective survival, she specializes in garden-centered wellness programs and in raising awareness about race and the... Read More →
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Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas, a widely traveled, writer, designer, speaker, and teacher of Permaculture and sustainability-based design to highly varied audiences, among other achievements co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, and the Black Permaculture Network, and directed Pathways to Resilience, a Permaculture and social entrepreneurship training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration.


Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
World Café

4:30pm

Biomimicry Education

Engineering, the "E" in "STEM" education, is becoming a part of public school education for the first time, and teachers are scrambling to find appropriate, engaging ways to teach this important discipline. And what can better convey the complexity of principles such as aerodynamics, suspension, or fuel efficiency than, say, a dragonfly crossing the Gulf of Mexico on "one tank" of fuel? Biomimicry is increasingly being looked to as an important model for STEM. In this session, some leading educators from K-12 and higher education environments explore how biomimicry can inspire creativity, engage a high percentage of girls in STEM, and foster greater respect for the natural world. With: Tiffany Roberts, highly experienced multi-disciplinary teacher and biomimicry educator, currently at Rohnert Park’s groundbreaking Credo High School; Sayuri Yamanaka, co-founder of the sustainability consultancy, Punto Verde; Timothy Bingham & Emily Liebenberg, teachers in San Diego’s Kearny High’s School of Engineering, Innovation and Design; Hosted by Megan Schuknecht, Director of Design Challenges, Biomimicry Institute.


Workshop Speakers
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Timothy Bingham

Timothy Bingham, Program Manager for Strategic Energy Innovation's Education Team, was formerly the lead engineering and architecture pathway instructor at the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design in San Diego. A PLTW (Project Lead The Way) master teacher, training teachers from across the country in the PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture curriculum, he was named PLTW California Engineering Teacher of the Year in... Read More →
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Emily Liebenberg

Emily Liebenberg, a 9-year veteran English teacher at San Diego’s Kearny High’s School of Engineering, Innovation and Design, specializes in engaging students through inter-disciplinary “Linked Learning” project-based learning. Prior to teaching, Emily lived in Africa, where she worked in community-based tourism operations.
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Tiffany Roberts

Tiffany Roberts, co-founder of Credo High School (CHS), teaches Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Sculpture, and the country’s first high school Biomimicry course, “Engineering Inspired by Nature,” designed by The Center for Learning with Nature. She leads the development of CHS as the nation’s first “One Planet” School, adopting and teaching the world’s most rigorous sustainability standards.
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Megan Schuknecht

Megan Schuknecht, a Missoula, Montana-based biologist by training whose career has entwined ecology, education, sustainability, design, and environmental health, currently leads design challenges, an accelerator program, and university partnerships for the Biomimicry Institute.
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Sayuri Yamanaka

Sayuri Yamanaka, a co-founder of Punto Verde, a sustainability consultancy serving Spanish-speaking communities in North America, also designs educational and service-learning programs for youth and children and educates bilingual audiences about sustainability and systems thinking. With academic backgrounds in sustainability, ecology and international commerce, she previously worked for several Mexican and U.S. environmental organizations... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Larkspur Room

4:30pm

Aboriginal Truth and Reconciliation | Indigenous Forum
The landmark Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established to truthfully address the atrocities that Canadian Aboriginal Peoples endured during the residential school era as well as the ongoing unresolved traumas passed down generationally.This process brings hope and promise to revitalize the relationship between Aboriginal and First Nations peoples and settler descendants of Canada. We will look at what has worked and what hasn’t, and what we can do to begin such a process in the USA. With: Eriel Deranger (Chipeweyan First Nations), Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation), Clayton Thomas-Muller (Colomb Cree First Nation), Tara Houska (Anishinaabe-Couchiching First Nation), and Jeff Baker (Metis) and Joanne Barker (Lenape)

Workshop Speakers
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Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker, Ph.D., a Métis educator whose teaching and research seek to decolonize educational institutions through land-based learning and the respectful inclusion of Indigenous languages and ways of knowing, is the Chair of Aboriginal Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where he explores the intersection of Indigenous and Western scientific knowledge systems for catalyzing the emergence of more equitable and sustainable ways... Read More →
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Joanne Barker

Joanne Barker (Lenape), an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, is a professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State. She is the author of Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity and the editor of: Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; andSovereignty Matters; as well as many papers and articles.
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Eriel Deranger

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, a Dene Indigenous activist, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Alberta, Canada, is the ACFN's Communications Coordinator, whose work is focused on resisting the devastation of the Alberta Tar Sands and fighting for her people's rights. Eriel has also worked extensively on international Indigenous rights issues, and she currently serves on Bioneers' Board of Directors.
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Tara Houska

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal attorney, an advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, and a co-founder of Not Your Mascots. She is involved in advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues facing indigenous communities, with a focus on environmental justice, traditional knowledge, protection of sacred sites, and institutional racism.
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Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree from Alberta, Canada) has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for 15 years in Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and Canada focusing on resource extraction, media literacy and Indigenous rights. For the last 9 years Melina has worked against tar sands expansion as a Climate & Energy campaigner with Greenpeace and the Indigenous Environmental Network, and also serves as a board member for... Read More →
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Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller, a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous rights activist, the Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with 350.org and an organizer for Defenders of the Land and Idle No More. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 in hundreds of Indigenous communities to organize against the encroachments of the fossil fuel industry and the banks that finance them.

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum

4:30pm

Leveraging Business for Good
A select group of visionary business leaders discuss their collaborative approach to solving some of the key environmental and social challenges that their businesses collectively face. By working together, leveraging buying power and sharing solutions, these companies are transforming their own industries and beyond, reducing environmental harm and providing a model for the next wave of sustainable business and leadership. Hosted by Lara Jackle Dickinson, MBA, natural foods industry expert, Partner at Pluot Consulting. With: Ahmed Rahim, CEO/Master Tea Blender, Numi Organic Tea; Kate Tierney, President of Alter Eco Americas PBC; Frederick Schilling, founder of Dagoba Chocolate, co-founder Big Tree Farms in Bali.

Workshop Speakers
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Lara Jackle Dickinson

Lara Jackle Dickinson, MBA, has 20+ years’ at the highest levels of the natural foods industry. Currently Partner at Pluot Consulting, she works with some of the most mission-driven food companies in the world, and also co-founded and is Director of OSC2 (One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community), a group of founders and CEOs working together toward sustainable food solutions.
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Ahmed Rahim

Ahmed Rahim, co-founder/CEO of Numi Organic Tea, the largest organic, Fair Trade Certified tea company in North America, which builds partnerships with farming communities worldwide, also co-founded the Numi Foundation (whose initiatives include Together for H2OPE, providing safe drinking water to farming communities across the globe) and OSC2, One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community, a national community of sustainable natural... Read More →
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Frederick Schilling

Frederick Schilling, founder of the pioneering socially-responsible organic Dagoba Chocolate brand, after selling Dagoba went on to co-found Big Tree Farms in Bali, which has grown into SE Asia’s largest organic supply chain with close to 14,000 organic farmers, focused especially on coconut and cacao products. Frederick also co-founded AMMA Chocolate, Brazil’s leading premium chocolate manufacturer and is a founding member of the... Read More →
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Kate Tierney

Kate Tierney is President of Alter Eco Americas, PBC, the North American and Australia/New Zealand division of Alter Eco, an exemplary, mission-driven, fair trade, environmentally and socially responsible food importing company. Tierney has 24 years' experience in the natural products industry, including 15 years with  United Natural Foods Inc., the largest national distributor of organic and natural products in the U.S.

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Sausalito Room

4:30pm

Carbon, Climate, Food and Fiber

Come discover how Marin County ranchers and entrepreneurs are building vital local agricultural economies while regenerating ecosystems and sequestering carbon. Rebecca Burgess is developing a groundbreaking model of regional fiber production, the Fibershed Project, which incubates a community of farmers and artisans, uses cutting-edge solar, grey-water and recycling systems, and incorporates a Climate Beneficial Certification for her suppliers. Ariel Greenwood, part of the Holistic Ag team, an ecosystem services company that regenerates landscapes and restores water cycles by increasing biodiversity, holistically manages a herd of cattle on a 4,000-acre ecological preserve. Guido Frosini of True Grass Farms is a highly innovative land steward who balances soil and grass cycles with the natural movement of farm animals to develop a truly sustainable food production system. Hosted by John Roulac, founder/CEO of Nutiva.


Workshop Speakers
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Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed and board chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute, has 10+ years’ experience at the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has: taught at Westminster College and Harvard; created workshops for many NGOs and corporations; authored the best-selling book Harvesting Color; and built an extensive network of farmers and artisans in Northern California into a community scale... Read More →
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Guido Frosini

Guido Frosini founded True Grass Farms (based on the motto of “Food, Ecology, Culture”) in Marin County 6 years ago on land that has been in his family since 1867. He seeks to be not just an exemplary, socially/ecologically conscious rancher but also to educate the public about sustainable farming by engaging directly with consumers through a meat share and at farmers’ markets.
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Ariel Greenwood

Ariel Greenwood calls herself a “feral agrarian”—one who works at the intersection of agriculture and the wild. Currently she is the resident grazier at a research preserve where she manages a herd of cattle to restore its grasslands as part of Holistic Ag. She is also orchard manager at the renowned Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and blogs at ArielGreenwood.com
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John Roulac

John W. Roulac, founder/CEO of the “superfoods” company Nutiva, is a longtime advocate for healthy people and ecosystems. With expertise ranging from home composting, natural healing, forestry and hemp agriculture, he has also founded four ecological nonprofits, including GMO Inside and the Nutiva Foundation and has written four books on environmental topics, including Backyard Composting and Hemp Horizons.

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater

4:30pm

Dynamic Vitality: Body/Mind Transformation Training

In this outdoor experiential session, we'll blend qigong, somatic exercises, and "dynamic walking" to achieve mindfulness in motion and learn how to harness our life energy for healing and to boost our creativity and vitality. Led by Russell and Suki Munsell, creators of the Dynamic Vitality Method who each have 40+ years' experience teaching a wide range of mind/body disciplines. (Meet at Sun Stage)


Workshop Speakers
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Russell Munsell

Russell Munsell, co-founder of the Dynamic Vitality method, has had a 40+ year career training human capacities in a wide range of disciplines, including teaching Mathematics at Humboldt State and creating a number of Stress Management, Accelerated Learning and Performance Optimization programs. He continues to coach medically referred clients in health promotion through taiji/qigong, and “dynamic” swimming and walking practices.
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Suki Munsell

Suki Munsell, Ph.D., co-founder of the Dynamic Vitality method, a blend of sports science, somatic awareness and Asian Arts, began her career in 1974 under the guidance of her mentor Anna Halprin (still going strong at 95), and has been teaching dance, fitness, biomechanics, and her unique Dynamic Walking program (detailed in Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking), to people of all ages for decades.

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Sun Stage

4:30pm

Revolutionary Medicine: Awaken the Healer

Because traditional healing practices survived centuries of attack but went underground, we inherited a costly divide between spirituality and healing. This is the moment to reintroduce our modern world to the nine sacred healing practices of ritual, initiation, alchemy, soul restoration, shadow and dream work, creativity, embodiment, regular personal practice and connection to the living earth web around us.

Come explore and experience essential practices to bring medicine and healing back into wholeness with acupuncturist/activist Gerri Ravyn Stanfield, LAc.


Workshop Speakers
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Gerri Ravyn Stanfield

Gerri Ravyn Stanfield, L.Ac, is an acupuncturist, writer and international educator who describes her mission as seeking to “liberate the sacred medicine within each of us.” She draws from the arts, earth-based spirituality and social justice in her work with Revolution of the Spirit and Acupuncturists Without Borders. She is the author of: Revolution of the Spirit: Awaken the Healer (2016).

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Re-Inventing Leadership Tent

4:30pm

Youth Leadership. Poetry Slam

Hosted by globally acclaimed eco-hip-hop artist/activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Young poets are invited to come share their original work.


Workshop Speakers
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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 15-year old Boulder, Colorado-based Indigenous environmental activist (since age 6!) and rapper, is the award-winning Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a rapidly growing organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and has traveled widely internationally to speak... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Youth Unity Center

4:30pm

Act Now, Before It Is Too Late: Messages from Indigenous Elders | Council

As Traditional Messenger for the Unungan (Aleut) People, Ilarion Merculieff is tasked to share messages from Indigenous elders with the wider world, and to be a bridge from ancient into modern times. This session will focus on timely messages about what needs to be done now, as Mother Earth's life support systems are being pushed to the edge. Elders all over the world are calling us to act and to act now. This means everything we do is relevant, inside and out. How do we reconcile this with everyday life? What is relevant action, now? With: Ilarion Merculieff; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Note: This is not a standard council-style session.


Workshop Speakers
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff (Aleut) has over 35 years' experience serving his people and other indigenous peoples internationally. The first Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, he chaired the Indigenous Knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, and co-founded several organizations including the Indigenous Peoples' Council for Marine Mammals. He has received... Read More →
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Sharon Shay Sloan

Sharon Shay Sloan is Director of the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program for The WILD Foundation; a certified council trainer with the Center for Council (Ojai Foundation); and co-editor of Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands. She has been involved with Bioneers since 2001, currently supporting the Community of Mentors and Youth Programs, and coordinating and convening the Council tent.

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Council Circle

4:30pm

Breaking the Male Code: The Tyranny of Masculinity

To transform our culture from its focus on dominance and hierarchy to one of connection, empathy and collaboration, it’s vital that we re-envision the essential (or archetypal) masculine, which changes everything. Don't miss a lively discussion of this rarely tackled topic. Hosted by Eve Ensler. With: Tony Porter, co-founder, A Call To Men, author of Breaking Out of the Man Box, Ending Violence Against Women; Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous activist, member of the 1491’s Native American comedy troupe; Luke Harris, professor of American Politics and Constitutional Law at Vassar College and co-founder of the African American Policy Forum; George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies and Sociology, UC Santa Barbara, board president, African American Policy Forum.


Workshop Speakers
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Eve Ensler

V-Day
Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of many plays, including, most famously, The Vagina Monologues, which has been performed in over 140 countries. She is the founder of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, which has raised over $100 million and generated slews of highly effective anti-violence programs around the world. V-Day’s most recent global campaign was the... Read More →
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Dallas Goldtooth

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 event MC, Dallas has traveled widely across Turtle Island (aka North America) sharing stories, entertainment and knowledge.
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Luke Harris

Luke Charles Harris, Ph.D., is a professor of American Politics and Constitutional Law at Vassar College and co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, dedicated to promoting women's rights in the context of struggles for racial justice. A former Fulbright scholar and law clerk for the renowned judge Leon Higginbotham, Jr., he is a leading figure in the field of Critical Race Theory and has written extensively on racial and gender... Read More →
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George Lipsitz

| George Lipsitz, an award-winning scholar, is Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. His publications include: How Racism Takes Place, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, and A Life in the Struggle. Senior Editor of the journal Kalfou, he edits a number of scholarly publications, is board president of the African American Policy Forum, and sits on a number of boards and advisory councils.
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Tony Porter

Tony Porter, internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood, is an author, educator, social justice activist, and co-founder of A Call To Men, a national violence prevention organization. An adviser to the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball on domestic violence prevention and healthy manhood training, he is the author of Breaking Out of the Man Box.

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30pm

Flexing Our Power: Creating an Economy For Life

The Climate Justice Alliance seeks to address the root causes of climate disruption and eco-social devastation through creative solutions that both address the failure of the economy to care for people and planet and build a new kind of power rooted in deep democracy, cooperation, and clean energy. Led by front-line communities from Black Mesa, Arizona to Richmond, California, from Chile to the Arctic, this movement is leading Just Transition strategies and scaling up to radically transform the global economy. With: Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network; Angela Adrar, Executive Director, Our Power Campaign and the Climate Justice Alliance; Jihan Gearon, Black Mesa Water Coalition; Antonio Diaz, PODER, San Francisco.


Workshop Speakers
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Angela Adrar

Angela Adrar, the new 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: La Via Campesina North America, US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA), the Building Equity and Alignment for Impact Initiative (BEAI), the Rural Coalition... Read More →
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Antonio Diaz

Antonio Díaz is the Organizational Director for PODER (People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights), a San-Francisco-based grassroots environmental justice organization, which works on locally based, community led solutions with Latino immigrant families and youth to build a movement for environmental justice and transformative social change. PODER also works with San Francisco Rising, the California Environmental... Read More →
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Jihan Gearon

Jihan Gearon, of Diné (Navajo) and African American ancestry, is Executive Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, a board member of the Center for Story-based Strategy and on the Steering Committee of the Climate Justice Alliance. In these roles Jihan leads broad coalitions of communities and organizations in connecting the issues of energy development in Indigenous communities to larger social justice movements and common... Read More →
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Miya Yoshitani

Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), which works to empower low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee communities, has an extensive background in community organizing and in Environmental Justice. Miya has helped build a statewide Asian Pacific American Climate Coalition in California as well as many key local, state, and national alliances to find solutions to our... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room

4:30pm

Elevating the Standing of Women

How is it that the ERA never passed? Why are under 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs women? How do we get more women into office? Is it time for all of this to change?  Join us for a discussion of policy and legal initiatives that can elevate all women, improve our political and financial institutions, and increase human happiness. Let’s make a plan for how we become the world we aspire to be. Hosted by Joan Blades, co-founder of Move On, Moms Rising and Living Room Conversations. With: Jessica Neuwirth, founder and Director of the ERA Coalition and Donor Direct Action; Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum; Betsy McKinney, founder and CEO of It’s Time Network.


Workshop Speakers
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Joan Blades

Joan Blades, founding partner of Living Room Conversations and co-founder of MomsRising.org and MoveOn.org, trained as an attorney/mediator, spent 10 years as a software entrepreneur and is also an artist, mother, and true believer in the power of citizens. She is the co-author of The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where and How to Work and Boost the Bottom Line and The Motherhood Manifesto.
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Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia, co-founder/Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum, and founder/Executive Director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, is a leading authority on Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, Critical Race Theory, and race, racism and the law. Her groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has been highly... Read More →
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Betsy McKinney

Betsy McKinney, a philanthropist and social entrepreneur, manages Faraway Foundation, a 501c3 private foundation, and is founder/CEO of It’s Time Network, a community of people and organizations working to achieve gender equality, evolve democracy and build fair economies that regenerate the Earth. Betsy is also a Board Director of the Women Donors Network and an active member of Women Moving Millions and Alliance for Girls.
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Jessica Neuwirth

Jessica Neuwirth, J.D., an award-winning women's rights lawyer and activist, who has worked for Amnesty International and various UN bodies and international human rights tribunals, is a co-founder and Honorary President of Equality Now, an international women's rights organization, and founder/Director of Donor Direct Action (hosted by the Sisterhood is Global Institute), which supports women's rights organizations globally. She is currently... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Manzanita Room

4:30pm

Community of Mentors
Youth meet with Bioneers presenters in a small interactive group to get guidance from experienced leaders. With Anthony Lappé, highly experienced journalist/writer/director/producer specializing in global human rights programming, currently a show-runner at Viceland, helming two series (Black Market and The Vice Guide to Contraband). Facilitated by Dave Hage and Lauren Dalberth Hage of Weaving Earth.

Workshop Speakers
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Anthony Lappé

Anthony Lappé, a highly experienced writer/director/producer who specializes in global human rights programming, is currently a show-runner at Viceland, helming two series (Black Market and The Vice Guide to Contraband). He has written for The NY Times, produced shows for MTV and the award-winning Iraq war documentary, Battleground, was Executive Editor of the Guerrilla News Network for 9 years, and is the author of True Lies and... Read More →

Saturday October 22, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Community of Mentors

6:15pm

One Billion Rising Drum-Dance Activation Circle

Hosted by Eve Ensler and Afia Walking Tree

Let’s interrupt racial and gender violence and activate our solidarity in a high energy ritual!  Join playwright Eve Ensler, founder of V Day and One Billion Rising, the global movement to end violence against women everywhere, and maestra percussionist Afia Walking Tree and her community ensemble, Spirit Drumz. All welcome!


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler

V-Day
Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of many plays, including, most famously, The Vagina Monologues, which has been performed in over 140 countries. She is the founder of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, which has raised over $100 million and generated slews of highly effective anti-violence programs around the world. V-Day’s most recent global campaign was the... Read More →
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Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum Mobile, a portable drum-arts learning laboratory that makes accessible the power of African drumming and Permaculture to communities of color internationally.

Saturday October 22, 2016 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Sun Stage

6:15pm

Networking | Open Space Networking
Facilitated by NuMundo Team
Eager to join forces with like-minded change makers in your unique area of interest or collaborate between fields? This session is your chance to co-create a networking experience based on the desires of those present. We will guide your journey with light facilitation and innovative social tools from Open Space, Agile Learning and Collaborative Awareness.

Step into your pollinator potential!


Workshop Speakers
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David Casey

DAVID CASEY, a co-founder of NuMundo with a background in Political Economy, has been organizing cultural events, retreats and ecovillage design courses in Central America and working with an Indigenous artisan cooperative in Guatemala for the past 5 years.
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Nick Joyce

NICK JOYCE, with a background in management, permaculture, eco-village design, and sustainable development, has had extensive experience living and working abroad, including in Africa. He is a co-founder of Activate Asheville.
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Erika Logie

ERIKA LOGIE, a web designer specializing in user interface, has worked with many media companies, including Disney, ABC and NBC. She also played a pivotal role running a newly founded eco-village in Nicaragua.
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Ryan Rising

RYAN RISING, a Bay Area-based community organizer and permaculture educator, co-founded the Permaculture Action Network and has worked at venues such as Lightning in a Bottle and Rising Appalachia to mobilize festival attendees to install permaculture systems and create community spaces.  
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Marissa Weitzman

MARISSA WEITZMAN is an eco-educator, curriculum developer, and environmental project designer who has worked with food systems, natural building, permaculture gardens, etc., and has also organized service learning programs around the Bay Area.


Saturday October 22, 2016 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Exhibit Hall

6:30pm

Seed Exchange

Acquire open-pollinated seed varieties for your garden, swap your seeds, and learn from master seed savers. Hosted by Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, the Living Seed Company, Tesuque Tribal Farm, Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, and the Sustainable Seed Company.


Saturday October 22, 2016 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Exhibit Hall

7:00pm

Catching the Sun | Film

Catching the Sun follows the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China as they lead the race to a clean energy future. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: Will we actually be able to build a clean energy economy that works for everyone? Danny Kennedy, CEO of Sungevity, is one of the experts featured. Director/Producer Shalini Kantayya will introduce the film. (73 minutes)


Workshop Speakers
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Shalini Kantayya

Shalini Kantayya is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist. Her most recent film, Catching the Sun (about the movement to build a clean energy economy), produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, is being shown at Bioneers this year. Her previous film, A Drop of LIfe, dealt with water scarcity and related human rights issues. Shalini is a Sundance and TED Fellow and the recipient of many awards.

Saturday October 22, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Showcase Theater

7:00pm

The Creeping Garden | Film

This “real-life science-fiction story” about slime molds and the people who work with them is a deep and improbable dive into nature’s awe-inspiring intelligence. This wildly original and artful ode to nature’s exuberant creativity is simply not to be missed for true bioneers. Directed (masterfully) by UK film scholars Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp. (81 minutes)


Saturday October 22, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Showcase Theater

7:30pm

Bioneers Awards Dinner

Register early if you want to raise the roof at the super-popular Bioneers Awards Dinner! Join Kenny Ausubel, Nina Simons, Joshua Fouts and the Bioneers community of leadership for a mythic meal and rowdy celebration to honor several true Bioneers heroes and sheroes. The meal will be prepared by culinary nutritionist Adina Niemerow and Chef Scott Lacrosse, with all ingredients locally and sustainably sourced.  Separate admission: $75.


Saturday October 22, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Embassy Suites Hotel San Rafael, CA

8:30pm

Biomimicry | Film

This inspiring movie explores biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges to create a life-affirming, sustainable world. It features Janine Benyus, who put the concept and field of Biomimicry on the map. Presented by Leonardo DiCaprio and Oliver Stanton, directed by Leila Conners, produced by Mathew Schmid and Bryony Schwan, created by Tree Media with Roee Sharon Peled and George DiCaprio. (25 minutes)


Workshop Speakers
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Janine Benyus

The Biomimicry Institute
Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including the seminal Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since the book's 1997 release, Janine, founder of The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit promoting education, and Biomimicry 3.8, the world's leading biomimicry innovation consultancy, has personally introduced millions to the biomimicry meme.

Saturday October 22, 2016 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Showcase Theater

9:30pm

Dance Party

Don't miss the legendary, high-energy Bioneers Saturday night dance! (Line-up TBA soon.)


Saturday October 22, 2016 9:30pm - 11:59pm
Exhibit Hall

9:30pm

Saturday Night Dance Party
Don’t miss this high energy, massively popular annual event, with one of the festival circuit's hottest female DJs, J*labs, plus mural painting, circus performers, and much more..

Performers
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Jackie Peters

Jackie Peters, a California-based music producer and multi-instrumental musician, is also a widely traveled DJ who has played at many noteworthy festivals and venues, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Shambhala, Raindance, Lightning in a Bottle, Boogaloo and Burning Man.


Saturday October 22, 2016 9:30pm - 11:59pm
Exhibit Hall
 
Sunday, October 23
 

TBA

Media Center with Synergia Learning Ventures and Marin Community Media Center

Media Center with Synergia Learning Ventures and Marin Community Media Center. Youth produce video and audio interviews on site. Open all day.


Sunday October 23, 2016 TBA
Youth Unity Center

TBA

Singing Tree Interactive Mural Project
Singing Tree Interactive Mural Project with Laurie Marshall and youth artists. Open all day.

Workshop Speakers
Sunday October 23, 2016 TBA
Exhibit Hall

9:00am

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree


Performers
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Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum Mobile, a portable drum-arts learning laboratory that makes accessible the power of African drumming and Permaculture to communities of color internationally.
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Deb Lane

Deb Lane has been playing the drums for most of her life. Formerly a member of the Santa Cruz World Beat Band, Pele Juju, she performs with artists throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her musical endeavors, Deb is a leader in water-use efficiency and works as a Water Resources Analyst.


Sunday October 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:13am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15am

Welcome by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons
Welcome by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons

Keynotes
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Kenny Ausubel

Co-CEO and Founder, 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 national alternative medicine policy. He has edited several books and written four, including, most recently, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Co-Founder and President, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder and President 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 social entrepreneur, Nina previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla before co-founding... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 9:15am - 9:25am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:25am

Standing Rock Update
A Special Update on the Situation at Standing Rock in North Dakota, with Dallas Goldtooth and Kandi Mossett of Indigenous Environmental Network.

Workshop Speakers
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Dallas Goldtooth

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 event MC, Dallas has traveled widely across Turtle Island (aka North America) sharing stories, entertainment and knowledge.
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Kandi Mossett

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) a leading activist focused on climate change and environmental injustice impacts on Indigenous communities in North America, is the Lead Organizer of the IEN's (Indigenous Environmental Network) Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign, currently focused on stopping "fracking" on tribal lands. She is also engaged in international advocacy work, including at UN Forums and in lobbying/testifying at... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 9:25am - 9:55am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:35am

Transforming Patriarchy: From Gender Oppression to Beloved Community

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

The Gender Equity and Reconciliation process (GRI) seeks to heal the profound wounds around gender, sexuality, and relational intimacy. It brings together people of all sexual orientations and genders to jointly confront gender disharmony to reach healing and reconciliation. Will and Cynthia have developed the method over 24 years, introducing the practices in nine countries. Gender reconciliation’s startling successes in South Africa have played a role in transforming that country’s AIDS and HIV policies, and exciting new academic research on the program is underway at two South African universities.


Keynotes
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Kenny Ausubel

Co-CEO and Founder, 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 national alternative medicine policy. He has edited several books and written four, including, most recently, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age... Read More →
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Cynthia Brix

Satyana Institute
Rev. Cynthia Brix, Ph.D. (hon), an interfaith minister and Co-Director of Satyana Institute, is co-founder of the Gender Reconciliation International project and co-founder of the Women's Spiritual Mastery project. A former campus minister at the University of Colorado, Cynthia leads retreats on interfaith spirituality. She is a contributing author to Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men and co-author... Read More →
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Will Keepin

Satyana Institute
William Keepin, Ph.D., co-founder/Co-Director of Satyana Institute, is co-founder of the Gender Reconciliation International project. A mathematical physicist and expert on sustainable energy and global warming, he has also taught Holotropic Breathwork for 27 years and leads retreats on interspiritual practice. His books include: Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men, and Song of the Earth: The Emerging... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 9:35am - 10:00am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00am

Optimizing the Energy Transition

 Introduction by David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

The great energy transition is underway. Renewable electricity build-out is outpacing dirty projects. Global greenhouse gas emissions have flatlined, but the transition isn’t happening fast enough to significantly arrest climate change. Danny Kennedy, founder of Sungevity and Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund, will draw from lessons learned over decades as an activist and entrepreneur on the frontlines of the global energy transition. He’ll illustrate his vision of how to achieve clean energy accessible to people of all classes, cultures and countries in a distributed, decentralized and democratized system.

 


Keynotes
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Danny Kennedy

California Clean Energy Fund
Danny Kennedy runs the California Clean Energy Fund, a nonprofit connecting entrepreneurs to resources to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. Kennedy co-founded Sungevity, the US' largest privately owned solar company, and Powerhouse, solar's premier incubator and accelerator. The author of Rooftop Revolution, prior to 2007 he worked at Greenpeace and Project Underground on resource extraction and human rights issues.

Workshop Speakers
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David Hochschild

David Hochschild, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission, has had a long, award-winning career in public service, environmental advocacy and the solar energy field. Among other achievements, he helped launch a $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings in San Francisco, co-founded the Vote Solar Initiative, led a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers, and served on the San Francisco Public Utilities... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:25am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:25am

Youth Leadership

This extraordinary 16-year-old Chiricahua Apache activist 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), 16, a high school junior 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 mother Vanessa Nosie) the Apache Stronghold, which is fighting to stop a mining project that would desecrate Oak Flat, an Apache sacred site.


Sunday October 23, 2016 10:25am - 10:31am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:31am

Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

The beloved Oakland youth dance troupe rocks the house every year.


Performers
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Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC), a program of Destiny Arts Center, an Oakland-based violence prevention/arts education nonprofit, is a multicultural group of teens that creates original performance art combining hip-hop, dance, theater, martial arts, song, and rap. The company has performed locally and nationally since 1993 and has been the subject of two documentary films. DAYPC’s artistic directors are Sarah Crowell... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 10:31am - 10:43am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:09am

Creating An Equitable Environmental Movement

Introduction by Steve Phillips, Bestselling author of Brown is the New White, Chairman, PowerPac+ and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Vien Truong, director of Green For All, has worked tirelessly to bring equity, social justice   and climate justice to the frontlines of the environmental movement and public policy. She   has been a central force in putting environmental justice at the center of California’s   groundbreaking climate policy, legislation and cap-and-trade funding. Vien will share her   wise perspectives on how to build a new clean-energy economy that brings prosperity and   justice to low-income communities and communities of color.

Workshop Speakers
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Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and co-founder of PowerPAC.org, a highly effective social justice/voter mobilization organization, has been a prominent national political leader and civil rights lawyer for 30+ years. The youngest person ever elected to public office in San Francisco, he is the author of: Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority.

Keynotes
avatar for Vien Truong

Vien Truong

Green For All
Vien Truong, Director of Green For All, a longstanding, highly effective environmental and social justice activist, helped lead a coalition to pass California's landmark SB 535 (de Leon) law, which reinvests hundreds of millions dollars in disadvantaged communities and offers a national model for making polluters pay. Vien has received many prestigious state, regional and local awards for her work advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 11:09am - 11:34am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:30am

LGBTQ Alliance Talking Circle
Join a safe space to be with allies and share issues that pertain to your community in a facilitated, open discussion led by Kristin Rothballer and Kian Martin.

Workshop Speakers
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Kian Martin

Alliance for Climate Education
Kian Martin, an Iranian-American non-binary trans femme from San José, CA, a freshman at UC Berkeley this year, and an Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) Fellow, is a young organizer around issues of racial justice, trans liberation, and climate justice who sees climate as one piece of a much larger need for the liberation from and abolition of oppressive systems.
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Kristin Rothballer

Kristin Rothballer, a strategic partner to nonprofits, foundations and social enterprises, is currently a Senior Fellow with the Center for Whole Communities; on the teaching team of the Ecology of Awakening program; and "Strategic Miracles Director" for Firerock, a musical about climate change. Kristin's past positions have included: Managing Director of Green for All, Director of Programs at Bioneers, and co-creator of Bell Valley Retreat.

Sunday October 23, 2016 11:30am - TBA
Youth Unity Center

11:40am

Making Contact: New Approaches to Cracking the Communication of Whales and Dolphins

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director

James Nestor, an author and journalist with a passion for extreme adventure who has written for Scientific American, National Public Radio and The New York Times, draws from his mind-boggling, multiple award-winning new book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves.  He’ll describe how groups of athletes and scientists plumbed ocean depths, and researchers collaborating with engineers from Apple, Google and elsewhere worked to "crack" the cetacean language code and send back messages to these giant marine mammals – to make contact. Their weird and wondrous new discoveries might just redefine our understanding of the ocean, and of ourselves.  


Workshop Speakers
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Joshua Fouts

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, Africa, and the Amazon, governments and universities in over 20 countries, and innovators and engaged citizens worldwide.

Keynotes
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James Nestor

Author and Journalist
James Nestor, a San Francisco-based author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, Scientific American, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and many others, is the author of the multiple award-winning book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves.


Sunday October 23, 2016 11:40am - 12:04pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:04pm

Creativity — the Antidote to Destruction

Introduction by Nina Simons

Extraordinary award-winning poets, performance activists and cultural architects Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman of Climbing PoeTree explore the network of mutuality that binds our existence through the ricochet of oppression and the reciprocity of liberation. Their art is a tool for catalyzing action, cross-pollinating solutions, getting at the root of our most pressing social and ecological issues, and reminding us that we all belong to each other.


Keynotes
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Climbing PoeTree

Multimedia Theater Artists
Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are a spoken word duo, award-winning multimedia theater artists, and committed organizers and educators who have toured (in a bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil) to hundreds of cities nationally and internationally presenting alongside powerhouses such as Vandana Shiva, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, and Alice Walker. They have presented & led workshops from the United Nations... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Co-Founder and President, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder and President 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 social entrepreneur, Nina previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla before co-founding... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 12:04pm - 12:29pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:33pm

Closing Performance Jam

Closing Performance Jam with Climbing PoeTree, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Itzcuauhtli Roske-MartinezDeb Lane and Afia Walking Tree


Keynotes
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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 15-year old Boulder, Colorado-based Indigenous environmental activist (since age 6!) and rapper, is the award-winning Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a rapidly growing organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and has traveled widely internationally to speak... Read More →
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Climbing PoeTree

Multimedia Theater Artists
Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are a spoken word duo, award-winning multimedia theater artists, and committed organizers and educators who have toured (in a bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil) to hundreds of cities nationally and internationally presenting alongside powerhouses such as Vandana Shiva, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, and Alice Walker. They have presented & led workshops from the United Nations... Read More →
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Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez

Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez, a highly gifted 13-year old eco-themed lyricist and rapper and eco activist from Boulder, Colorado, of Aztec descent on his father’s side and steeped in environmental activism on his mother’s, began his precocious activism and eco-themed lyrical performances at age seven and hasn’t stopped since.

Performers
avatar for Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum Mobile, a portable drum-arts learning laboratory that makes accessible the power of African drumming and Permaculture to communities of color internationally.
avatar for Deb Lane

Deb Lane

Deb Lane has been playing the drums for most of her life. Formerly a member of the Santa Cruz World Beat Band, Pele Juju, she performs with artists throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her musical endeavors, Deb is a leader in water-use efficiency and works as a Water Resources Analyst.


Sunday October 23, 2016 12:33pm - 12:43pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

1:15pm

Crescent Moon Theater
Crescent Moon Theater– An enchanting fairytale brought to life through circus, theater, music and dance

Learn more at: www.crescentmoontheaterproductions.com


Sunday October 23, 2016 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Sun Stage

1:15pm

Networking | Ethical Business & Investing: People, Planet, Profit
Facilitated by Stuart Valentine of Centerpoint Investment Strategies

Impact investment, new philanthropy, conscious enterprise, B Corps, online currency, micro-loans “business as usual” is changing! Whether you are a social entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist or just interested in new paradigms in business, come explore cutting edge developments and share information with like-minded folks.

Workshop Speakers
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Stuart Valentine

STUART VALENTINE, MBA, Co-Director of the Sustainable Living Coalition (SLC), a non-profit dedicated to Sustainability Education and Enterprise Design, has long experience in philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and is a registered investment advisor with Financial West Group focused on the socially responsible and impact investment sectors.


Sunday October 23, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Manzanita Room

1:35pm

Deezbaa O’Hare, Wa Ama & the Lion Truth, and Patricia Juarez / Chicueyi-Coatl- Performance Artist inspired by Indigenous Teachings & Activism

Title of Piece: “Seeds of Our Ancestors”

As we stand in solidarity with indigenous, black lives matter, and migration movements- we gather, bringing a prayerformance moving from beauty, grief, pain, sorrow, healing to strength, upliftment for the wellness and thriving life of our communities. It is a time of prophecy that nations would come together and bring healing back to human-kind. Blooming with our connection with Mother Earth- We Stand In Love. We are the “Seeds of Our Ancestors.”

Through the devastating genocides, enslavement, forced loss of homelands and cultures, forced migrations and deportations, destruction and exploitation of Mother Earth, indigenous peoples stand together in the strength and grace of our ancestors. It is a time of prophecy that nations would come together and bring healing back to human-kind. To remember the sacred wisdom and instructions of being caretakers of Mother Earth and her children.

This piece weaves together song, drum, spoken word, contemporary and indigenous dance. We deeply appreciate this opportunity to share from our hearts, stories of our communities through this performance.


Sunday October 23, 2016 1:35pm - 1:50pm
Sun Stage

2:00pm

Lydia Violet
Lydia Violet – Violinist in the Romani tradition/engaged singer/songwriter creating music inspired by folks, blue and protest traditions

Lydia Violet is a Ramani-heritage violinist and passionate singer/songwriter, creating music inspired by folk, blues, and protest traditions. She also plays with singer/songwriter Ayla Nereo, gospel blues group Reverend Sekou and the Holy Ghost. She uses her stunning violin sounds and soulful voice to bring her listeners into deep communion with the beauty of our world. Lydia’s musical inspiration arises from her experience with ecological and social justice activism, participating in the great work of restoring peace and dignity to our world.

Lydia has also pioneered the workshop “Music As Medicine in our Time.” These multi-day immersions stem from her eight-year study with the scholar of deep ecology and Buddhism Joanna Macy, who explores how to foster greater internal resiliency and strength in the face of a world in crisis. Lydia’s workshops combine Macy’s “Work That Reconnects” with the power of music to bring healing and strength to the individual and to our larger communities.
https://soundcloud.com/lydia-violet-831692724
www.lydiafiddle.com


Sunday October 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Sun Stage

2:45pm

Ecological Design Principles: Build a Teeny Tiny House!
A Natural Building Hands-on Workshop led by Permaculturist Brennan Bird: A critical ecological design principle is to start small-scale and work up! Today you will have the opportunity to design and build your own house-a teeny tiny house-and learn natural building and ecological design principles along the way. We will briefly discuss different natural building techniques, passive solar design, living roofs, rainwater catchment, and more, all the while getting our hands dirty in this interactive workshop. Outdoor location TBA.

Workshop Speakers
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Brennan Bird

Brennan Blazer Bird, a Garden and Sustainability Educator at Alta Vista School in San Francisco, is an ecological educator and natural builder who has led a diverse array of artistic and ecological projects around the world. He founded the Peace On Earthbench Movement (POEM), which seeks to inspire youth to transform plastic waste into art, and is currently working on starting a mobile ecological learning kitchen classroom.

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Hands On Workshop Space

2:45pm

Scaling Up: Building a Green and Just Economy
To avoid the most nightmarish climate scenarios and usher in a new eco-conscious and humane civilization, we need to massively and rapidly scale up "green" technologies, infrastructure, businesses, investments and policies in many key economic spheres: energy, transportation, building and food production. How do we accomplish that, and how do we do it while avoiding large-scale social strife and guaranteeing living wages and good lives for all our citizens? With: Vien Truong, Director, Green For All; Danny Kennedy, California Clean Energy Fund, co-founder, Sungevity; Gil Friend, founder, Natural Logic, Chief Sustainability Officer of Palo Alto CA.

Workshop Speakers
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Gil Friend

Gil Friend, Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Palo Alto, CA, has had 45 years’ experience helping companies and communities design, implement and measure profitable sustainability strategies. Founder/Chairman of Natural Logic, Inc. and author of The Truth About Green Business and hundreds of articles, Gil is widely considered one of the founders of the sustainable business movement.
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Danny Kennedy

California Clean Energy Fund
Danny Kennedy runs the California Clean Energy Fund, a nonprofit connecting entrepreneurs to resources to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. Kennedy co-founded Sungevity, the US' largest privately owned solar company, and Powerhouse, solar's premier incubator and accelerator. The author of Rooftop Revolution, prior to 2007 he worked at Greenpeace and Project Underground on resource extraction and human rights issues.
avatar for Vien Truong

Vien Truong

Green For All
Vien Truong, Director of Green For All, a longstanding, highly effective environmental and social justice activist, helped lead a coalition to pass California's landmark SB 535 (de Leon) law, which reinvests hundreds of millions dollars in disadvantaged communities and offers a national model for making polluters pay. Vien has received many prestigious state, regional and local awards for her work advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable... Read More →

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Showcase Theater

2:45pm

Medicines and Wild Edibles: Herbwalk

Learn how to sustainably gather and use California poppy, cattail, grindelia and many other local plants, as we explore the landscape around the Marin Center.  We are surrounded by medicines and wild foods if we know what to look for. (Meet at Sun Stage)


Workshop Speakers
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Autumn Summers

Autumn Summers, who has intensely studied herbalism and ethnobotany for over 25 years with a special kinship for the plants of Northern California, teaches edible and medicinal plant classes at the California School of Herbal Studies, consults for the pioneering herbal company, Herb Pharm, and teaches in their intern program in Southern Oregon.


Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sun Stage

2:45pm

Health, Medicine, Race and Environmental Justice
The Flint debacle awakened a new awareness about our crumbling infrastructure and public health systems. The poorest among us suffer from substandard housing, nutrition and education; intense economic and social stressors; and the toxic air, water, food, and workplaces in our immediate environments—a perfect storm for childhood illnesses, stress-associated diseases, asthma, diabetes and cancers. Come hear about how groundbreaking partnerships between environmental justice communities and public health professionals are working to rebuild our public health infrastructure. Hosted by Vinai Decena, RN, BSN, PHN, DNPc. With: Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Professor, University of San Francisco;  Linda Rae Murray, M.D, MPH, F.A.C.P., a Chicago-based long-time leading public health specialist and activist, currently a professor at the  University of Illinois School of Public Health.

Workshop Speakers
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Vinai Decena

Vinai Decena, RN, born in a refugee camp in Thailand, is a certified public health nurse currently working in a skilled nursing facility as an MDS coordinator while pursuing a doctorate in nursing at USF. Vinai is a medical activist working to address health-care disparities in disenfranchised communities, especially among the Lao populations in California’s Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
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Linda Rae Murray

Linda Rae Murray M.D. MPH, F.A.C.P., Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois School of Public Health, has long been a leading figure fighting for the medically underserved in the Chicago area and beyond. She has led many public health organizations and serves on many local and national boards. Her many positions have included: Chief Medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health and President of the American Public... Read More →
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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, has worked with dozens of hospitals to reduce potentially toxic exposures, engage in environmentally friendly purchasing, reduce unnecessary waste, and address... Read More →

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:45pm

Generating New Visions through ARTivism

"Art is Our Weapon, Our Medicine, Our Voice, and Our Vision” is the motto of the luminous and wildly original poets, performers, educators, and human rights and eco-activists extraordinaire Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, aka Climbing PoeTree. They will share the tactics and strategies that have sustained them as cultural workers, illuminating how poetry, media-making, creative interventions, and collaborative public art can be used to strengthen our movements for social and environmental justice. Be prepared to get creative, imaginative and inspired!


Workshop Speakers
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Climbing PoeTree

Multimedia Theater Artists
Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are a spoken word duo, award-winning multimedia theater artists, and committed organizers and educators who have toured (in a bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil) to hundreds of cities nationally and internationally presenting alongside powerhouses such as Vandana Shiva, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, and Alice Walker. They have presented & led workshops from the United Nations... Read More →

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Exhibit Hall

2:45pm

Youth Leadership: Increase the Peace Conflict Resolution Workshop

Facilitated by Destiny Arts, this workshop is designed to deepen dialogue and awareness of challenges youth face at school or in their communities, utilizing team-building games in conjunction with movement disciplines and discussion circles.


Performers
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Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC), a program of Destiny Arts Center, an Oakland-based violence prevention/arts education nonprofit, is a multicultural group of teens that creates original performance art combining hip-hop, dance, theater, martial arts, song, and rap. The company has performed locally and nationally since 1993 and has been the subject of two documentary films. DAYPC’s artistic directors are Sarah Crowell... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Youth Unity Center

2:45pm

Working Toward Respectful Collaborations: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in Educational Institutions | Indigenous Forum
How do we develop the important emergent discourse at the intersection of Indigenous Knowledge and Western science? These leading Native American educators believe it’s imperative to find ways to integrate Indigenous knowledge into educational systems and communities in a culturally appropriate manner. It’s a crucial path if we are to teach the young effectively about climate change, environmental and climate justice, and raise new generations of thoughtful, visionary leaders. How? With: Suzanne Benally (Navajo/Santa Clara Pueblo); Jeff Baker (Metis); Melissa K. Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe); Kaimana Barcarse (Native Hawaiian); and Sage LaPena (Nompitom Wintu).

Workshop Speakers
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Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker, Ph.D., a Métis educator whose teaching and research seek to decolonize educational institutions through land-based learning and the respectful inclusion of Indigenous languages and ways of knowing, is the Chair of Aboriginal Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where he explores the intersection of Indigenous and Western scientific knowledge systems for catalyzing the emergence of more equitable and sustainable ways... Read More →
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Kaimana Barcarse

Kaimana Barcarse (Kanaka Hawai'i) directs the Hawaiian Culture Based Education Department of the Kamehameha Schools and is: Program Director of the Alalan I Kai Hikina Hawaiian Language Radio Show; Senior Producer of Indigenous Rights Radio; co board chair of The Cultural Conservancy; and a multi-media artist. A deep-sea voyager, Kaimana is famous for using the wa'a (voyaging canoe) to strengthen the Hawaiian language and cultural skills of... Read More →
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Suzanne Benally

Suzanne Benally (Navajo and Santa Clara Tewa), Executive Director of Cultural Survival, a Native-led international Indigenous rights advocacy organization, is an activist and educator with 40 years' experience in higher education and in social and environmental justice advocacy, including teaching at Naropa, directing an Institute on Ethnic Diversity, working at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and consulting for many... Read More →
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Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena, a medical herbalist, ethnobotanist, teacher and gardener specializing in both Native American and Western herbal traditions, started her herbal education at age seven, working with local medicine people from her tribe, the Northern Wintu (California) and has been a life-long participant in their cultural activities. She has been teaching the ethnobotany of California native plants for 20+ years, leading plant walks throughout the... Read More →
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Melissa K. Nelson

Melissa K. Nelson (Anishinaabe/Métis/Norwegian/enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band, Chippewa), a Native ecologist, writer, media-maker, and indigenous scholar-activist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State and President of The Cultural Conservancy, an indigenous rights organization. She is the editor of the anthology, Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings For a Sustainable Future, and... Read More →

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum

2:45pm

Climate Change: Practical and Accessable Strategies for Ecological and Community Resilience
Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change with Penny Livingston, internationally renowned permaculture teacher, designer,  co-manages the Commonweal Garden, an organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California

Workshop Speakers
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Penny Livingston-Stark

Penny Livingston-Stark, MSc, an internationally renowned permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker with 25 years' experience, currently co-manages the Commonweal Garden, an organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California. Among her many achievements, Penny co-created the Ecological Design Program at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, the Permaculture Program at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, the West Marin... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room

2:45pm

Animal Consciousness and Communication and Human Potential
Long stuck in a Cartesian view of animals as soulless machines, Western science is beginning to show what Indigenous peoples have long known: Other-than-human nature is alive with creative expression, profound intelligence and consciousness, and seeking to understand the languages of animals can teach us a lot about ourselves. Author, journalist and adventurer James Nestor shares his remarkable experiences with groundbreaking teams of researchers and extraordinary endurance divers exploring the intelligence of cetaceans in conversation with Bioneers Executive Director, Joshua Fouts.

Workshop Speakers
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Joshua Fouts

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, Africa, and the Amazon, governments and universities in over 20 countries, and innovators and engaged citizens worldwide.
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James Nestor

Author and Journalist
James Nestor, a San Francisco-based author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, Scientific American, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and many others, is the author of the multiple award-winning book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves.

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Larkspur Room

2:45pm

Life in the Balance – Restoring the Relationship between the Sacred Masculine & Sacred Feminine | Council

Restoring this balance in ourselves and in the world begins in each of us, and yet we cannot do it alone. How do we work together to restore the relationship of the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward; and guest presenters TBA. (Interactive/Experiential)


Workshop Speakers
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff (Aleut) has over 35 years' experience serving his people and other indigenous peoples internationally. The first Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, he chaired the Indigenous Knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, and co-founded several organizations including the Indigenous Peoples' Council for Marine Mammals. He has received... Read More →
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Sharon Shay Sloan

Sharon Shay Sloan is Director of the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program for The WILD Foundation; a certified council trainer with the Center for Council (Ojai Foundation); and co-editor of Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands. She has been involved with Bioneers since 2001, currently supporting the Community of Mentors and Youth Programs, and coordinating and convening the Council tent.

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Council Circle

2:45pm

Spiritual Responses to the Great Unraveling: Guidance for the Journey Onward from Earth's Faith Traditions

As the world seems to be falling apart around us, spiritual teachings and practices can make a difference in shaping our goals and in sustaining our courage as activists. Some of the leading figures in our culture who have combined deep spiritual commitment with engaged activism share their personal experiences of the strengths they have found in their own traditions. Hosted by Jakada Imani, Executive Director of the Ignite Institute at the Pacific School of Religion. With: Joanna Macy, activist, thinker, author, Buddhist scholar; Starhawk, pioneer in Earth-based spirituality, author, activist; Patricia St. Onge (Mohawk), founder of Seven Generations Consulting;
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
, filmmaker, founder of the Global Oneness Project and Naqshbandi Sufi.


Workshop Speakers
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Starhawk

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, teaching Permaculture design grounded in spirit, organizing and activism. Starhawk travels internationally, lecturing and teaching on earth-based spirituality.
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Jakada Imani

Jakada Imani is the Director of the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation at the Pacific School of Religion (PSR), which trains, supports, and inspires spiritually rooted change-makers. Prior to joining PSR, Jakada served for 6 years as Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. | @jakada_imani on Twitter
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Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy, a renowned Buddhist teacher, eco-philosopher, systems theorist, scholar, and longtime peace, justice and ecology activist, is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, a theoretical framework and workshop methodology for personal and social change. Joanna’s many seminal books include: Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age; Thinking Like a Mountain; World as Lover, World as Self; and Pass It On: Five Stories That Can... Read More →
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Patricia St. Onge

Patricia St. Onge (Mohawk/Québécoise), mother of six/grandmother of seven, founder of Seven Generations Consulting, has 20+ years' experience in community organizing, social justice advocacy, public service, and spiritual and personal coaching. A former director of several major NGOs, including Habitat for Humanity, she has served on the boards of many nonprofits and foundations, and is the lead writer of Embracing Cultural... Read More →
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Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS, and in The New York Times and New Yorker, has exhibited at The Smithsonian and screened at festivals worldwide. Founder of the Global Oneness Project, an online educational multimedia platform, he also directs the Spiritual Ecology Youth Fellowship, a program supporting emerging youth leaders working to bring spiritual values into... Read More →

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

Community Forum: Gender Equity and Reconciliation

Come discover a unique breakthrough for transforming gender oppression. Gender Equity and Reconciliation is an innovative experience developed over 24 years in nine countries. In this experiential session, we create a safe forum to engage in interactive exercises to address sensitive issues related to gender, sexuality and relational intimacy. We experience how to build trust and authentic communication so that we can speak truth to our pain without blame or shame, and reclaim mutual harmony and beloved community. With: Rev. Cynthia Brix and William Keepin, Gender Reconciliation International (GRI) co-founders/Directors.

 


Workshop Speakers
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Cynthia Brix

Satyana Institute
Rev. Cynthia Brix, Ph.D. (hon), an interfaith minister and Co-Director of Satyana Institute, is co-founder of the Gender Reconciliation International project and co-founder of the Women's Spiritual Mastery project. A former campus minister at the University of Colorado, Cynthia leads retreats on interfaith spirituality. She is a contributing author to Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men and co-author... Read More →
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Will Keepin

Satyana Institute
William Keepin, Ph.D., co-founder/Co-Director of Satyana Institute, is co-founder of the Gender Reconciliation International project. A mathematical physicist and expert on sustainable energy and global warming, he has also taught Holotropic Breathwork for 27 years and leads retreats on interspiritual practice. His books include: Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men, and Song of the Earth: The Emerging... Read More →

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Re-Inventing Leadership Tent

2:45pm

Community of Mentors
Youth meet with Bioneers presenters in a small interactive group to get guidance from experienced leaders. With Barbara Jefferson, a queer black "experience designer" and facilitator specializing in leadership, collective healing, and community development, who is also a lead trainer with Joanna Macy's The Work That Reconnects and with the group Generation Waking Up. Facilitated by Dave Hage and Lauren Dalberth Hage of Weaving Earth.

Workshop Speakers
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Barbara Jefferson

Barbara Jefferson is a Seattle-based queer black “experience designer” and facilitator specializing in leadership, collective healing, and community development. A lead trainer with Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects and with the group Generation Waking Up, Barbara is also a full-time business student and the co-host of Black Folk's Dinner Seattle, a monthly potluck dinner party.

Sunday October 23, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Community of Mentors

4:30pm

World Café. Calling All Progressives for an Intergenerational Collaboration for Social Change
A new generation of voters responded to Bernie Sanders' call to create a grassroots progressive movement that extends beyond the campaign, stressing that his platform was never about getting one person into office. As election time nears and Bioneers ends, what does this rEvolution look like as we join together across generations to build on Bernie's vision & seed collective wise action for our shared future? With: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Common Ground Center; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus; Amy Lenzo, weDialogue; & Special Guests TBA.

Workshop Speakers
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Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo seeks to foster conscious online engagement in ways that connect us with ourselves, each other, and the natural world in her work with weDialogue and the World Cafe. She has served as Director of Learning Programs and Community Steward for the World Cafe Community Foundation since 2004.
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Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman seeks to design and facilitate action learning experiences that lead to transformation and social innovation in her work with The Lotus: Authentic Leadership Development and with the Mycelium School.
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David Shaw

David Shaw, a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, is the founder of Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UC Santa Cruz Common Ground Center. He has taught Agroecology at UCSC since 2004 and works with people worldwide to build healthy, resilient connections with themselves, each other, and the natural world.


Sunday October 23, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
World Café

4:30pm

Biomimicry for Social Innovation

The imperative of our time is to be more adaptive, resilient, cooperative and networked – practices that the natural world has masterfully evolved over the past 3.8 billion years. Discover how biomimicry is evolving from its roots as a design discipline into a leadership pathway for cultivating a collaborative, resilient, and regenerative society. Learn “Life’s Principles” as leadership practices to apply to your own organizational and social change challenges, including case studies from North America and Europe. With: Toby Herzlich, founder, Biomimicry for Social Innovation.


Workshop Speakers
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Toby Herzlich

Toby Herzlich, founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation, co-founder of Cultivating Women’s Leadership, Senior Trainer, Rockwood Leadership Institute, and on the faculty of the Center for Whole Communities, is also a Certified Biomimicry Specialist and co-trainer for the Biomimicry 3.8 BPro Certification program. Toby has 20+ years’ experience in organizational consulting with such clients as the: Sierra Club, Environmental... Read More →

Sunday October 23, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Manzanita Room

4:30pm

Contemporary Psychedelic Subcultures

Psychedelics, now being studied again by researchers for their promising healing potential, are still largely used within rapidly mutating subcultures, and they continue to have profound if hidden global socio-cultural impacts on eco-awareness, spirituality, creativity and sexuality. Hosted by Bioneers Associate Producer, J.P. Harpignies.

With: Erik Davis, Ph.D., author of TechGnosis, The Visionary State, and Nomad Codes, leading expert on spiritual subcultures, host of the Expanding Mind podcast; Yalila Espinoza, Ph.D., integrative health advisor, founder of Vancouver's O1 Center, expert in the sexual content of sacred plant experiences; Eve Bradford, writer, artist, filmmaker, Ceremonial Director for the Symbiosis gatherings, a leading figure in global festival culture; Isis Indriya, co-founder of The Village in Nevada City, a highly experienced facilitator of ceremonies, ritual theater and performances. 


Workshop Speakers
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Eve Bradford

Eve Bradford, MFA, Ceremonial Director for the Symbiosis Gatherings and co-founder of Living Village Culture, is a Nevada City, CA-based writer and interdisciplinary artist who has drawn from her extensive studies in art, language, performance, cultural theory, spiritual practice and permaculture to create events, performances, workshops and environments globally, including at: Glade Festival (UK), Shambhala Festival (BC), Burning Man (US... Read More →
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Erik Davis

Erik Davis, Ph.D., a scholar, journalist and leading expert on spiritual subcultures, author of several books, including: The Visionary State: A Journey through California's Spiritual Landscape; the cult classic TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Information Age; and most recently, Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica, lectures internationally, has contributed to dozens of books and journals, and hosts the weekly podcast... Read More →
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Yalila Espinoza

Yalila Espinoza, Ph.D., a Vancouver-based integrative health advisor and founder of the 01 Center, which offers trainings in Plant Spirit Shamanism and Sexual Initiation, was mentored by teachers such as Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, Gina Ogden, Sobonfu Some, and Martin Prechtel. Yalila offers private counseling and a range of workshops and speaks to diverse audiences internationally.
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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 →
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Isis Indriya

Isis Indriya, co-founder of Living Village Culture in Nevada City, CA, has been a producer/facilitator/curator of events, performances, gatherings, ceremonies, ritual theater, workshops and environments for over 18 years. She has a deep background in the study and practice of esoteric spiritual and healing disciplines from a number of different traditions.

Sunday October 23, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Larkspur Room

4:30pm

Changing the Story: Media, Technology and New Generational Waves of Storytelling
For generations, youth have been carving out their own niches for storytelling. How are tomorrow’s leaders telling their story today? Are these new stories and platforms for dissemination changing our society for the better? Find out how a generation of engaged digital natives with a cause is shifting our relationship with each other and our environment. Hosted by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director. With: Francesca Fiorentini, AJ+; Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Earth Guardians; Shadia Fayne Wood, founder/Director of the global media youth network, Project Survival Media.

Workshop Speakers
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Francesca Fiorentini

Francesca Fiorentini is a journalist, stand-up comic and host with AJ+, the online channel of Al Jazeera Media Network. She has worked in alternative media since 2004 as an editor with the War Resisters League and Left Turn magazine.
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Joshua Fouts

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, Africa, and the Amazon, governments and universities in over 20 countries, and innovators and engaged citizens worldwide.
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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 15-year old Boulder, Colorado-based Indigenous environmental activist (since age 6!) and rapper, is the award-winning Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a rapidly growing organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and has traveled widely internationally to speak... Read More →
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Shadia Fayne Wood

Shadia Fayne Wood is the founder and Executive Producer of Survival Media, an LLC/non-profit hybrid that produces visual media on social and climate justice. She became an advocate for Environmental Justice starting at age seven, and has won multiple prizes, including a Brower Youth Award. Right out of high school, she became the youngest Campaign Coordinator for EJCC and hasn't stopped since. 

Sunday October 23, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Sausalito Room

4:30pm

Traditional to Digital: Our Indigenous Youth | Indigenous Forum

How are Indigenous youth preserving and maintaining their culture? We’ll look at two radical and radically different approaches: kids using digital apps; and kids going totally off the grid. With: California Indian Museum and Cultural Center’s Tribal Youth Ambassadors, whose innovations include youth-led initiatives that incorporate digital technology such as mobile apps to preserve the Pomo/Miwok language; and invited Native youth ambassadors representing breakthrough projects from the Star School’s off-the-grid all-traditional Native school in Flagstaff, AZ. Hosted by Jade Begay (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo), social impact filmmaker and multimedia artist.


Workshop Speakers
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Jade Begay

Jade Begay (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo), a social impact filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Santa Fe, NM, deeply committed to amplifying Indigenous and marginalized voices, works to help bring forth real solutions from within these communities to achieve ecological balance. Jade's most recent work has been done in partnership with the Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, Resource Media, and several other organizations.


Sunday October 23, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum

4:30pm

Women, Earth and Culture Change: A Systems Inquiry

The deeply embodied bond between women and Mother Earth has long been implicitly, intuitively understood, but weaving the dynamic elements of cultural preservation and transformation into this relationship is a more recent innovation. Join an emergent conversation with leaders, activists and culture workers as they explore this vital nexus women are reweaving globally. Hosted by: Melinda Kramer, co-founder, Women’s Earth Alliance. With: Melissa Nelson, President, The Cultural Conservancy; Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network; Rucha Chitnis, founder/Director, Changing the Narrative: A Woman’s Lens; Afia Walking Tree, visionary percussionist, educator, earth steward, founder/Director of Spirit Drumz.


Workshop Speakers
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Rucha Chitnis

Rucha Chitnis, a photojournalist, writer and storytelling strategist for philanthropic groups and nonprofits working on ecological alternatives and promoting human rights, is the founder of Changing the Narrative, a storytelling project of women's, grassroots groups' and social movements' counter narratives in the face of the ecological and climate crises. Her photo essays and stories have been widely published, including in: Yes! Magazine... Read More →
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Melinda Kramer

Melinda Kramer, an environmental activist, founded WEA (Women's Earth Alliance) In 2004 to create a global resource to support the courageous efforts of grassroots women leaders around the world to protect the environment for future generations. Today WEA equips women on 4 continents with skills and tools to strengthen their communities on such issues as: clean water, food security, climate resilience, and land protection.
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Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake is: Co-Founder/ Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, Co-Chair of International Advocacy with the Global Alliance for the Rights Of Nature, and author of the award-winning book, Uprisings For The Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.
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Melissa K. Nelson

Melissa K. Nelson (Anishinaabe/Métis/Norwegian/enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band, Chippewa), a Native ecologist, writer, media-maker, and indigenous scholar-activist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State and President of The Cultural Conservancy, an indigenous rights organization. She is the editor of the anthology, Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings For a Sustainable Future, and... Read More →
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Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum Mobile, a portable drum-arts learning laboratory that makes accessible the power of African drumming and Permaculture to communities of color internationally.

Sunday October 23, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater
 
Monday, October 24
 

9:00am

Post-Conference Intensive - A Revolution of the Heart: Re-Creating Gender Relations Between Women and Men

$195 includes lunch

Non-profit professionals, students and activists encouraged to apply for discounted attendance. Click here to apply

“The future of humanity will be decided not by relations between nations, but by relations between women and men.”
– DH Lawrence

For 24 years, the Gender Equity and Reconciliation process has been developed and tested on six continents, and has transformed the lives of more than 2,000 people. Gender inequality and patriarchal institutions have long plagued every society, leading to the disastrous global reality of gender injustice.  To help transform these afflictions, we have introduced an unprecedented practical and innovative methodology, which creates safe forums for women and men to collaborate skillfully to reach a place of mutual resolution, healing and, often, forgiveness.

We invite people all sexual orientations and genders to join co-founders/co-directors, Will Keepin, Ph.D. and Rev Cynthia Brix, Ph.D. (hon) and other skilled certified professional facilitators to participate in a powerful day-long group process and experience the transformative power of gender reconciliation for yourself.  This workshop is especially relevant for professional facilitators, NGO leaders, social justice workers, spiritual or religious leaders, mental health professionals, activists, therapists, teachers, and social change agents.

Elements of this experiential introduction to Gender Equity and Reconciliation will include:

  • cultivating compassionate presence, safety, deep listening
  • cross-gender witnessing, interactive small groups
  • speaking truth to gender and sexuality experience
  • healing and reconciliation ceremony
  • interactive inquiry, plenary questions and responses

Keynotes
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Cynthia Brix

Satyana Institute
Rev. Cynthia Brix, Ph.D. (hon), an interfaith minister and Co-Director of Satyana Institute, is co-founder of the Gender Reconciliation International project and co-founder of the Women's Spiritual Mastery project. A former campus minister at the University of Colorado, Cynthia leads retreats on interfaith spirituality. She is a contributing author to Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men and co-author... Read More →
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Will Keepin

Satyana Institute
William Keepin, Ph.D., co-founder/Co-Director of Satyana Institute, is co-founder of the Gender Reconciliation International project. A mathematical physicist and expert on sustainable energy and global warming, he has also taught Holotropic Breathwork for 27 years and leads retreats on interspiritual practice. His books include: Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men, and Song of the Earth: The Emerging... Read More →



Monday October 24, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Embassy Suites Hotel San Rafael, CA