FRIFriday sessions

8:45 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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).

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15 AM

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. 

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00 AM

Eve Ensler | Eve’s Revolution

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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:45 AM

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

Introduction by Owsley Brown, Chair, 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.  

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:30 PM

Tim Merry

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

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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.

Location: World Cafe

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.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

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

Location: Meet at Sun Stage
 

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)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

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

For most of human history, people have lived in small village clusters. From indigenous to intentional to family systems to global community, the face of our social structures are changing. We are about to have the oldest population in US history; soon, 1 in 4 Americans will be in their golden years. Can honoring their wisdom encourage innovative and timely solutions to our global and personal concerns? In this intergenerational Council, we will explore the role of elders in our world and what youngers, and middlers, have to do with it. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger and Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend.
(Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

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.

Location: Youth Unity Center

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: Erin Konsmo, (Metis/Cree), Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, 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.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

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? Moderated by Shilpa Jain, Executive Director, YES!  Connecting, Inspiring & Collaborating with change makers. 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.

Location: Manzanita Room

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.

Location: Sausalito Room

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 SenseSeverine v T Fleming, farmer, activist, filmmaker, founder of Greenhorns.

Location: Showcase Theater

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); Arisha Michelle Hatch, Managing Director of Campaigns, ColorOfChange.org; and John S. Bracken, Director of Media Innovation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

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.

Location: Epiphany Theater

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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Karolo Aparicio

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Karolo Aparicio is the ED of Eco Viva building a green rural economy in Central America while protecting the environment. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with speaker to be announced

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

4:30 PM

Networking | Educators’ Meet-up

Networking: Educators’ Meet-up hosted by the Green Schools Initiative and Green Schools National Network.

Location: World Café

4:30 PM

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

We are pushing Earth’s life support systems to the edge, enacting of a paradigm of “ infinite growth” and taking. Common sense and indigenous wisdom traditions affirm that a life lived with balance leads to a more harmonious coexistence. Coupled with a need for reconciliation across gender, race and other social divides, 21st Century Earth and community stewardship require partnerships beyond boundaries. Join with fellow Bioneers to engage an ethos for stewardship fit for the 21st Century. Rooted in the wisdom traditions and best practices of First Peoples, and the planetary perspective of Global Citizens, we will explore models and practices of living reciprocity as if our lives depended on it—because they do. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger and Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

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.

Location: Youth Unity Center

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)

Location: Santa Rosa Room

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | ALOHA (Applied Hawaiian Philosophy)

Indigenous Forum

Native Hawaiian visionary Pua Nani Mahoe and TEK educator Kaimana Barcarse 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).

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

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.

Location: Larkspur Room

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.

Location: Sausalito Room

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.

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

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.

Location: Manzanita Room

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)

Location: Epiphany Theater

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

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 permaculturist Brock Dolman 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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

 

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Krithika Harish

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Krithika Harish, an Indian-American social justice activist, is bridging religious and cultural differences through an interfaith global network that cultivates peace and justice. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with David Shaw

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Permaculturist David Shaw is the co-founder of The Common Ground Center at UC Santa Cruz, an inter-generational partnership for education for a just and sustainable world. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

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)

Location: Showcase Theater

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)

Location: Showcase Theater

9:03 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

Location: Epiphany Theater

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)

Location: Showcase Theater