FRIFriday sessions

9:00 AM

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods and Joanne Campbell

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Ohlone/Chumash) and Joanne Campbell (Coast Miwok/Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria).

9:30 AM

Paul Stamets | How Mushrooms Can Help Us Survive “Extinction 6x”

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world. 

10:00 AM

Eve Ensler | One Billion Rising for Justice: The Future’s in the Body

Introduction by Nina Simons

Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, illuminates her most recent campaign, One Billion Rising for Justice. It’s a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community in public places worldwide to end violence against women, break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song and words.

10:45 AM

Severine v t Fleming | Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed

Introduction by Travis Forgues, dairy farmer/board member, Organic Valley

In the next 20 years, farmland ownership will shift on a continental scale—400 million acres, yet 70% of American farmland is owned by people 65 and older. How can we help young, motivated agrarians survive daunting structural obstacles and become successful farmers to whom retiring organic farmers can transmit their wisdom? How can we invest in the democratization of our land base? These questions drive Agrarian Trust, started by by Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most dynamic leaders in the young farmers’ movement.

11:15 AM

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Youth Leadership Our Generation Was Born To Change The World

Fourteen-year-old indigenous environmental activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director of Earth Guardians, has organized rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and spoken globally. His generation is rising up to defend our future.

11:45 AM

Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani | Who Will Take Care of My People?

Introduction by Christy Brown, Festival of Faiths

For 45 years, Reverend Cecil Williams, founder and Minister of Liberation of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, and its founding President Janice Mirikitani have created 87 groundbreaking programs to provide human services to some of the Bay Area's most disenfranchised communities. These renowned faith-based pathfinders share their visions and strategies to address the pollution, economic injustice, neglect and apathy that confront poor communities.  

12:30 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry the Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Café | Igniting Possibilities through Intergenerational Partnerships

Join a participant-driven conversation around themes emerging at the conference. How can we collaborate, connect diverse perspectives, share talents, and shape the future? With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, and Global Leadership Lab.

2:45 PM

Education for Sustainability

Connect with kindred educators in an emerging community of practice in this participatory session offering frameworks and tools for designing an effective Education for Sustainability (EfS) initiative in your community and/or school. Hosted by Kirk Bergstrom, filmmaker, educator, social entrepreneur, founder and Executive Director of WorldLink. With: Jaimie Cloud, President, Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education; Linda Booth Sweeney, award-winning author and systems educator.

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

Explore the medicinal and edible landscape with herbalist Kami McBride.
(Interactive, experiential)

2:45 PM

Design Thinking for Bioneers

Learn and apply a creative, research-based method to help catalyze your visionary ideas, reframe challenges collaboratively to generate new solution possibilities, and use design thinking to find inspiring new pathways to transformative action. With: Marilyn Cornelius and Zanette Johnson, d.cipher facilitators.
(Interactive)

2:45 PM

Council | It Takes a Village to Raise an Elder: Intergenerations Honoring the Wisdom of the Elders in our Communities, Families & Glocal World

Can honoring the wisdom and knowledge of elders encourage innovative and timely solutions to our global and personal concerns? With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer, community steward.  
(Interactive, experiential)

2:45 PM

Youth | Stepping Up to Leadership—Strategies and Advice for Young Activists

Award-winning young environmental leaders share stories, challenges and successful strategies for environmental justice. Learn practical tips: how to initiate community environmental campaigns, rally support and resources, and make real change for a more sustainable future. With 2014 Brower Youth Award winners.

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health

Indigenous Forum

Indigenous women examine health threats to women, families and communities, and provide breakthrough case studies and models for protecting and supporting Native women’s health in urban and rural contexts. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Jessica Danforth (Mohawk), Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Esther Lucero, LSW (Yaqui), California Consortium of Urban Indian Health Centers; April McGill (Pomo/Yuki), Native American Health Center, San Francisco; and Katsi Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk), traditional midwife and health advocate.

2:45 PM

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action

Many communities of spirituality and faith have adopted formal resolutions proclaiming protecting the Earth and promoting environmental justice as cornerstone moral responsibilities. How can faith congregations build vibrant networks and partnerships to build resilience locally and regionally? With: Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project, Interfaith Power and Light; Owsley Brown, Chairman, Festival of Faiths; Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith; Krithika Harish, Associate Director of Global Programs and Network Development, United Religions Initiative.

2:45 PM

Greening Businesses of All Sizes

Key leaders illustrate promising initiatives and the main challenges in the “greening” of capitalism. Hosted by Amanda Joy Ravenhill, professor of Sustainable Management, Presidio Graduate School. With: David Levine, co-founder/CEO, American Sustainable Business Council; Oren Lyons, global indigenous leader, co-founder, Plantagon vertical greenhouses for urban farming; Danna Pfahl, VP of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500.

2:45 PM

Re-Localizing the Food System

Three leading innovators show how to transform the food system to expand local economies and nurture vibrant community cultures. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director, Bioneers Restorative Food Systems program. With: Michael H. Shuman, expert on community economics, author of Local Dollars, Local Sense; Sibella Kraus, President, Sustainable Agriculture Education, supporting regional food systems and multifunctional agriculture; Severine v T Fleming, farmer, activist, filmmaker, founder of Greenhorns.

2:45 PM

The Choir and Beyond: Media and Social Change

How are media innovators propelling social change by reaching out to diverse constituencies and across political divides? Hosted by Jeremy Kagan, award-winning filmmaker, USC professor and founder of Change Making Media Lab. With: Bryan Welch, Publisher and Editorial Director, Ogden Publications (Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader); and John S. Bracken, Director of Media Innovation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

2:45 PM

Archetypes in Every Woman

How might our culturally inherited myths and symbols be limiting—or expanding—our stories, options and realities? Explore this dynamic terrain through a multi-cultural lens. Hosted by Anneke Campbell, author, activist, filmmaker. With: Jean Shinoda Bolen, author, Jungian therapist, activist; Luisah Teish, teacher/storyteller/priestess in the Ifa Orisha tradition; Sri Swamini Svatmavidyananda, teacher of Vedanta and Sanskrit, resident Acharya of the Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam.

2:45 PM

Solutions from the Underground: Mushrooms as Planetary Healers

Visionary mycologist Paul Stamets, founder, Fungi Perfecti, author of landmark books including Mycelium Running, explores the leading edges of his research and current applications using fungi for restoring the biosphere and human health.

2:45 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors

Activist youth seeking guidance have the daily opportunity to be in small-group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters.

4:30 PM

Networking | Educators’ Meet-up

Networking: Educators’ Meet-up by the lake.

4:30 PM

Council | Cultivating 21st Century Earth Stewardship in a Power-Imbalanced World: Global Citizens, First Peoples & Spaceship Earth

Rooted in the wisdom traditions and best practices of First Peoples and the planetary perspective of global citizens, we explore models and practices of living reciprocally as if our lives depended on it. With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward.
(Interactive, experiential)

4:30 PM

Youth Leadership | Fossil Fuel Divestment

Students across the U.S. are mobilizing against climate disruption, demanding their institutions divest from fossil fuels and invest in sustainability. Learn resources, strategies and opportunities for young activists to engage with the fossil fuel divestment campaign. With: Chloe Maxmin and Arielle Klagsbrun, Brower Youth Award-winning leading climate activists.

4:30 PM

Leadership Lessons from the Living Earth

Join this experiential session to meet mentors from the natural world and discover biomimicry-based leadership practices grown from life's operating principles. With: Toby Herzlich, founder, Biomimicry for Social Innovation.
(Interactive, experiential)

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | ALOHA (Applied Hawaiian Philosophy)

Indigenous Forum

Native Hawaiian visionaries Pua Nani Mahoe and Luana Palapala Busby-Neff share Hawaii’s unique collective cultural wisdom and traditional philosophies of land, water, spirit and “Aloha” teachings. Learn about malama aina—how to take care of the land, water, community, spirit and self, as they take care of you; and how to weave the Aloha Spirit into your life. The dialogue will address the need for deep collaboration for protecting our natural resources that sustain life on Papahanamoku (Mother Earth).

 

4:30 PM

Public Power To Counteract Climate Challenges and Corporate Control

Bold strategies by publicly owned utilities in communities such as Austin, Santa Fe and Marin County are challenging private energy monopolies and transitioning off fossil-fuel dependence. Hosted by Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director/President, New Energy Economy. With: Karl Rábago, former VP of Distributed Energy Services for the City of Austin’s community-owned electric utility; Dawn Weisz, Executive Officer, Marin Clean Energy, which launched California’s first Community Choice Aggregation program.

4:30 PM

Leveraging Donor Activism: Philanthropy’s Leading Edges

How are donors leveraging effective change beyond traditional pathways and norms? From shareholder activism to investment strategies and disinvestment campaigns, explore how foundations can be reshaped to be far more effective. Hosted by Jen Sokolove, Program Director, Compton Foundation. With: Lauren Embrey, President/CEO, Embrey Family Foundation; Tom Van Dyck, Senior Vice President and Financial Consultant, SRI Wealth Management Group at RBC Wealth Management; Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, Senior Director of Membership & Communications, Women Donors Network; Kristin Hull, CEO, Nia Global Solutions.

4:30 PM

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community

Very diverse women of color and indigenous women in Bay Area urban communities are drawing from their connection to Earth in highly creative ways to move toward personal and community healing and empowerment. Hosted by J. Phoenix Smith, Director, Back to Earth Outdoors, Orisha priestess. With: Catherine Herrera, Ohlone artist, filmmaker; Mira Manickam, environmental educator, multimedia artist, author; Brandi Mack, youth worker, gardener.

4:30 PM

Eco-Governance

Human-made political borders determine how we relate to ecosystems. What does governance look like when it aligns with the ground truths of nature? How does culture change? What models exist? Hosted by Kristen Schwind, co-founder/Director of Bay Localize. With: Jessie Lerner, Executive Director of Sustain Dane in Madison, Wisconsin, a state with eco-municipalities based on Sweden’s model; Trathen Heckman, Board President of Transition U.S. and founder of Daily Acts in Sonoma, CA.

4:30 PM

Change the Story: New Strategies for Shifting Culture

Storytelling is an ancient, powerful human expression. Today advertisers and public relations flacks exploit the power of story to deceive and desensitize. How can we reclaim the power of story and design more effective “story-based strategies” for a better world? Join the Center for Story-Based Strategy (formerly smartMeme) in an interactive session on applying a “narrative power analysis” and transformational stories from grassroots movements. With: Patrick Reinsborough and Christine Cordero.
(Interactive, experiential)

4:30 PM

Designing a World for the 100%, by the 100%

Leading women designers gathered by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) explore the principles of participatory design—inclusion, cooperation, community, regeneration—and how we can design a human world that meets everyone's needs without harming the biosphere. Hosted by Elizabeth Thompson, BFI Executive Director. With: Erin Meezan, VP of Sustainability, Interface, Inc.; Jane Harrison, co-founder, PITCHAfrica/Waterbank Schools; Dawn Danby, Senior Sustainable Design Program Manager, Autodesk, Inc.

4:30 PM

City of Joy: Turning Pain to Planting and Power

How can farming and gardening help empower and heal one of the world’s most challenged populations? City of Joy Founder Eve Ensler and permaculturists Brock Dolman and Dave Henson of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center are developing a farm cooperative in City of Joy, the world-renowned haven for women rape survivors in the Congo.

4:30 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors

Activist youth seeking guidance have the daily opportunity to be in small-group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters.

6:15 PM

Reception with the American Sustainable Business Council

Join founder David Levine to learn about ASBC’s large and growing national business network, which represents over 200,000 companies, building a business voice and power for a sustainable economy through market and policy efforts. 

7:00 PM

The Hadza: Last of the First

This acclaimed film by Bill and Laurie Benenson (Dirt! The Movie) looks at human origins in Africa's Rift Valley, where one of the world's last remaining hunter-gatherer groups, the Hadza, have lived sustainably for 50,000 years. It presents intriguing theories about Homo sapiens’ evolution and origin, and the delicate balance of human aggression and cooperation at our core. With: the Hadza, Jane Goodall, Richard Wrangham (author of Catching Fire) and Wangari Maathai. (70 mins)

7:00 PM

Caroline Casey with Climbing Poetree | Performance Democratic Animism Now! Assuming Cultural Narrative Lead

In cahoots with flora and fauna, let us cultivate, animate, magnetize and spiral forth into the memosphere the irresistible invitational guiding narrative. Mytho-politico astrologer trickster Caroline Casey cavorts with fellow wordsmiths/musicians Climbing PoeTree’s Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman

8:30 PM

Amazon Gold

This disturbing account of a clandestine journey bears witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in pursuit of illegally mined gold and its impact on indigenous peoples in the Amazon. Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock. Directed by Reuben Aaronson. (53 mins)

10:00 PM

The Summer of Gods

A troubled girl unites with her Afro-Brazilian religious ancestry on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. This mystical adventure through a nearby forest initiates her into her grandmother's spiritual traditions. Directed by Eliciana Nascimento. (20 mins)