FRIFriday sessions

8:45 am

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

09:00 AM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

09:30 AM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

Jason McLennan | Living Buildings and a Regenerative World

By: Jason McLennan

Introduction by: Paul Hawken

The visionary founder of the Living Building Challenge illuminates the game-changing impacts of the world’s most advanced and provocative green building certification program. He chronicles its core principles, its global influence on designers, builders, communities and educational systems, and its manifest progress transforming the interface between human habitats and the natural world into a virtuous cycle.

10:00 AM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

Nalini Nadkarni | Between Earth and Sky: Trees as Silent Teachers

By: Nalini Nadkarni

Introduction by: Nina Simons

The “Queen of the Forest Canopy” has conducted unique scientific studies of trees for three decades on four continents, revealing what the complex, diverse biology of rainforests can teach us about human connections and dynamics. She believes we can learn from arboreal example to begin to hear and heal across our differences, and in turn conserve these invaluable planetary ecosystems and their life-giving functions. Nalini Nadkarni, Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Utah, is a passionate communicator about nature and science to people in all walks of life.

10:20 AM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

10:45 AM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

11:15 AM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

David McConville | Cosmomimicry: Why the Universe Matters

By: David McConville

Heeding Buckminster Fulller’s counsel to “Start with the Universe,” the visionary Board President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute explores the surprisingly practical ways that patterns and structures in the universe can inform design strategies for addressing today’s “wicked” problems. We are not alone… McConville is the Co-Founder and Director of Noospheric Research of The Elumenati (www.elumenati.com), a full-service design and engineering firm specializing in the development and deployment of immersive visualization environments and experiences inspired by Fuller's Geoscope, whose clients include NASA, NOAA, Disney, NVIDIA, JPL, Burning Man, Cirque du Soleil, and 350.org. He collaborates with numerous community initiatives to develop systems-oriented solutions to energy, environmental, and educational challenges.

11:45 AM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

12:15 PM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

JAY HARMAN – The Nature of Innovation

As a boy in Australia, Jay Harman noticed that nature’s favorite form is the spiral. From the shape of galaxies and hurricanes to how blood flows through your veins to how water goes down a drain, this ancient sacred form – the Golden Mean - has preoccupied a lineage from indigenous peoples to Plato, Pythagoras, Descartes and Da Vinci. Harman had the genius to apply nature’s favorite form to industrial design. Through starting numerous biomimicry firms and research conducted for his acclaimed new book, The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature Is Inspiring Innovation, he has illustrated key ways that biomimetic business differs from business as usual. He’ll share inspiring examples of companies and governments that are adopting biomimicry, including radical approaches to mitigating the harms of fracking and climate change. He will illustrate ways we can all be biomimics in our homes and businesses. Modern biomimicry does more than gratify human industrial ambition; it teaches us how to live in harmony with nature and opens breakthrough opportunities for a new business model of partnership with nature.

12:45 PM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

Performance by “Slam Poet Harvester” TIM MERRY: Holding Up a Mirror to the Moment

Performance by "Slam Poet Harvester" TIM MERRY: Holding Up a Mirror to the Moment. This gifted spoken-word improviser revives the ancient art of sacred bards and jesters as he generates instant poetic commentary on and analysis of what he sees and hears, on the spot, helping us live more consciously in the moment.

2:45 PM

Larkspur Room

Entrepreneurship: Mission-Driven Companies

Hosted by Christy Foley, founder of The Foley Connection. With: Matthew Engelhart, co-founder of Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre, co-author of Sacred Commerce; John Roulac, founder and CEO of Nutiva; Mary Waldner and Dale Rodrigues, founders of Mary’s Gone Crackers.

2:45 PM

World Café Space

Wiser Together World Café: Intergenerational Dialogue and Mentoring

Join participant-driven conversations about how we can collaborate to shape the future by synergizing the unique gifts of all generations. The Cafe provides a hospitable space for integration and reflection on what is emerging at the conference and for building personal and professional partnerships. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UC Santa Cruz; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus: Authentic Leadership Development and the Global Leadership Lab; Tim Merry, Myrgan Inc, Art of Hosting; Giselle Chow, Graphic Facilitator and Recorder, Giselle Chow Consulting.

2:45 PM

Youth Unity Center

Youth Leadership: Recognizing The Rights of Nature

With: Debra Weistar, Finding the Good and Synergia Learning Ventures.

2:45 PM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

The Leading Edges of Design for a Sustainable World

Co-sponsored by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI). Hosted by Elizabeth Thompson, BFI Executive Director. With: David McConville, immersive media artist, BFI Board President; Jason McLennan, Living Building Challenge founder, winner of the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge; Jay Harman, inventor, entrepreneur, founder of PAX Scientific, author of The Shark's Paintbrush.

2:45 PM

Moonrise Experiential

Cultivating Women’s Leadership: Alumnae Reunion and Sampler

Hosted by Nina Simons and Toby Herzlich, Co-Founders of Cultivating Women’s Leadership trainings, with Sarah Crowell, Co-facilitator and Artistic Director of Destiny Arts, Rachel Bagby, Improvisational Vocal & Social Artist.

Interactive/Experiential

2:45 PM

Santa Rosa Room

Building Community Resilience from Detroit to Japan

With: Gloria Rivera, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Coordinator; Carolyne Stayton, Co-Executive Director, Transition U.S.; Kalia Lydgate, co-founder of P.O.W.E.R. (People Organizing for Wealth and Ecological Restoration), a Marion Institute program.; Bob Stilger, Co-President, New Stories.

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum

Council: Restoring and Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine

Facilitated by Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger, and Sharon Shay Sloan, Council trainer and community steward.

Interactive/Experiential (Double session)

2:45 PM

Sausalito Room

Tools for Transforming Education: Whole Child, Whole Person, Whole World

Hosted by Cleary Vaughan-Lee, Education Coordinator for the Global Oneness Project. With: Mark Collin and Chuck Fisher of Dovetail Learning.

Interactive/Experiential

2:45 PM

Manzanita Room

Women as Democracy Builders: Reclaiming Our Commons from Corporate Power

Hosted by author and activist Anna Lappé. With: Leila Salazar-Lopez, Program Director at Amazon Watch; Kelle Louaillier, Executive Director of Corporate Accountability International; Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance co-founder, Soul of Money Institute founder.

2:45 PM

Showcase Theater

Creativity and Improvisation in Leadership, Education and Sustainability

An emergent conversation hosted by author and activist Anneke Campbell. With: Nalini Nadkarni, “the Queen of the Forest Canopy;” Matthew Fox, priest and theologian, leading exponent of Creation Spirituality; Alfonso Montuori, Director of Masters program in Transformative Leadership, California Institute of Integral Studies; Rose von Thater Braan (Tuscorora/Cherokee), co-founder of the Native American Academy.

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum

From Conflict to Collaboration in Indigenous Territories: Tribal Strategies for Resistance and Restoration

Indigenous Forum

With: Darcie Houck (Mohawk and Ottawa), partner in Native American law firm of Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan LLP; Jihan Gearon (Diné/Navajo and African American), Executive Director, Black Mesa Water Coalition; Tony Skrelunas (Diné/Navajo), founder of Grand Canyon Trust Native America Program.; Octaviana Trujillo (Pascua Yaqui), founding Chair of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University.

To view the entire Indigenous Schedule click here

2:45 PM

Networking Hub in Expo Hall

Facilitated Dialogue at the Networking Center – Creating Resilient Food Systems

What have we learned about how to feed ourselves sustainably?  What needs to be amplified? What obstacles need to be overcome? Come connect, network, and share your insights. 

4:30 PM

Sausalito Room

Connecting Across Difference Through Indigenous Learning Practices

An emergent conversation hosted by Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), President of the Cultural Conservancy/professor at SFSU; with Rose von Thater Braan (Tuscorora/Cherokee), co-founder/Director of the Native American Academy; Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan), Executive Director of the En’Owkin Centre.

4:30 PM

World Café Space

4:30 PM

Council Circle

Council: Restoring and Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine

Interactive, experiential 

(Double session, continued from 2:45pm)

4:30 PM

Youth Unity Center

Youth Leadership: Poetry Slam | Hosted by poet Josh Healy

Youth Leadership: Poetry Slam. Hosted by poet Josh Healy.

4:30 PM

Lagoon Park

Walking Your Talk in the World: Exploring Embodied Transformation

Come to begin at the heart and soul of what matters; discover the patterns that ‘walk us,’ harvest your natural knowing, glide with effortless ease, connect vibrantly to your world, and embody your goals for global renewal. With author and educator Suki Munsell, Ph.D., Interactive/Experiential

Interactive/Experiential

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum

Mother Earth – Father Sky: Voices from the Spirit!

Indigenous Forum

Hosted by: Tom B.K. Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota), Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network. With: Eddie Benton-Benai, (Anishinabe Fish Clan), Grand Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge; Mona Polacca (Hopi, Havasupai and Tewa), indigenous elder stateswoman, International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

To view the entire Indigenous Schedule click here

4:30 PM

Santa Rosa Room

Resist, Restore, Re-imagine: Greening Detroit with Resilience

Hosted by Nikki Henderson, Executive Director, People’s Grocery. With: Gloria Rivera, Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Coordinator; Malik Yakini, Executive Director of The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network; Lottie Spady, Detroit activist.

4:30 PM

Manzanita Room

The Commons of Healthcare: Resilience as the Anchor for Health

Hosted by Molly Roberts, M.D., M.S., President of the American Holistic Medical Association. With: Jamie Harvie, Executive Director, Institute for a Sustainable Future, co-founder, Commons Health Care Network; Nancy Sudak, M.D. ABIHM, Executive Director American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine; David Zuckerman, Research Associate, The Democracy Collaborative.

4:30 PM

Showcase Theater

Narrative Medicine: Building Peace Through Understanding How Others Perceive Their Worlds

With path finding psychotherapist and Narrative Medicine facilitator Shari Foos, who creates workshops to heal organizations, businesses and at-risk youth.

Interactional/Experiential. Showcase Theater

4:30 PM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

The Art and Tradition of Fermentation: Community, Culture and Evolution

With: Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation and other cutting-edge books on cultured foods.

4:30 PM

Networking Hub in Expo Hall

Facilitated Dialogue at the Networking Center—Reimagining Education

How do we re-imagine and redesign systems of learning to respond to our escalating challenges and real needs? Come connect, network, and share your insights. 

4:30 PM

Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

The Role of “Heroic” Learning Communities in the Postmodern Era

Join author and educator Richard Tarnas and elder change-maker, Buddhist scholar and Deep Ecology progenitor Joanna Macy for this radical exploration of Heroic Learning Communities and their unique role at this critical moment in the evolution of human civilization and our relationship to nature, each other and ourselves.

7:00 pm

Showcase Theater

Symphony of Soil

Introduced by director Deborah Koons Garcia

Garcia's follow-up to The Future of Food examines the human relationship with soil, the use and abuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s potential to help address climate change. Filmed on four continents, Symphony of the Soil reveals that if we want healthy plants that result in healthy humans living on a healthy planet, we have to start at the roots, with healthy soil.

9:00 pm

Showcase Theater

Elemental

Directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri Roshan

Introduced by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Elemental tells the remarkable story of three individuals on three separate continents working in radically different contexts but united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. It highlights: water activist Rajendra Singh’s struggle to resuscitate the desperately polluted Ganges river; young Denè mother Eriel Deranger’s “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, Canada’s Tar Sands; and biomimicry inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman’s search for investors willing to risk millions to back his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems.