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KRISTEN SHEERAN
Scaling Solutions for Social Change
Introduction by Alisa Gravitz, Green America
In this age of unprecedented global challenges—and innovations—the world can’t wait for solutions to emerge piecemeal over time. We need to get better, faster and more innovative in scaling up existing solutions. Economist Kristen Sheeran illuminates groundbreaking collaborative efforts to create new approaches to social innovation, harnessing cutting-edge digital technologies for the rapid sharing, processing and managing of knowledge. She’s VP of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, the Pacific Northwest's groundbreaking think tank and green economy incubator.

PANELS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS

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.

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.

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.

Democracy, Corporate Power and Climate Change
The Supreme Court's Citizens United and related rulings have not only unleashed a flood of dark money into elections, they are also being used to block initiatives to transition to a just and sustainable economy. Join local, state and national organizers to learn about efforts to push back against these rules and to find out how you can help restore democracy and challenge the misuse of corporate power. With: Sarah Stranahan, Strategic Development Director at Free Speech For People; Derek Cressman, long-time fair election activist/current candidate for California Secretary of State; Arielle Klagsbrun of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment/2013 Brower Youth Award recipient. 

Feminomics: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life
By integrating a gender lens with nature’s principles, indigenous models, and valuing the wellbeing of people and planet, women (and men) are creating new visions for finance, business, economics and culture to turn the tide toward a life-affirming and equitable economy. Hosted by Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director, Green America. With: Katherine Collins, founder and CEO, Honeybee Capital, author of The Nature of Investing; Donna Morton, Managing Partner, Business Strategies, Principium Investments; Nikki Silvestri, CEO, Green for All; Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics.

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.

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.

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.

Indigenous Forum. Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy
This session challenges the paucity of funding for indigenous-led initiatives of preservation, conservation and revitalization in Indian Country and globally (.5% of foundation funding), illustrating how Native-led organizations are innovating with inter-tribal re-granting. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Anishinaabe), founder, Mino-Niibi Fund for Indigenous Cultures of The Cultural Conservancy. With: Tia Oros Peters (Zuni Pueblo), Seventh Generation Fund; China Ching (Hawaiian), Christensen Fund; Oren Lyons (Onandaga), indigenous rights leader; Evelyn Arce (Chibcha), International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

Toward a Nontoxic Industry and Economy
What would a nontoxic industrial economy look like, and how do we get there? From green chemistry and biomimicry to mobilizing women and challenging corporate power, innovators are connecting the clean technology space with social movements. With: John Warner, co-founder of Green Chemistry; Erin Switalski, Executive Director, Women’s Voices for the Earth; Jeanne Rizzo, President/CEO, Breast Cancer Fund, founder Cancer-Free Economy project.

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.

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.

Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps
GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington State lost narrowly because a powerful alliance of Big Ag and Big Food spent millions to confuse the public. Find out how you can join the national campaign for your “Right to Know.” Hosted by Arty Mangan, Bioneers Food and Farming Director. With: John Roulac, founder/CEO, Nutiva; Stacy Malkan, a leader of the California and Washington GMO labeling campaigns; Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Planning Committee Member.

FEMINOMICS INTENSIVE

Groundbreaking women in leadership (and some men) in finance, business, policy, and culture are creating Feminomics: new economic models and visions that take into account the biosphere, health and justice to help shift us toward a life-affirming, just economy and world. These new economic models apply a gender lens, whole systems thinking, nature's models, indigenous traditions and place a value on the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Intended for practitioners, professionals and anyone interested in re-imagining economics, this one-day intensive features leading-edge innovators and practitioners in investment, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, justice, and policy. They will highlight some of the most promising practices, models and visions. After brief presentations from diverse leaders, we will engage in networking sessions and round-table “collaboratories” to work together on principles and models, connecting our disparate communities to accelerate learning, cross-pollination, connection and mutual support.

Hosted by Alisa Gravitz, Annie Lim, founder of Women in Business World Summit and L.I.F.E. Children Foundation.

With: Katherine Collins, Founder/CEO of Honeybee Capital, author of The Nature of Investing; Neva Morrison, formerly of First Peoples Worldwide; Adam Werbach, founder of Yerdle; Nikki Silvestri, CEO of Green for All; Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics; Joy Anderson, CEO of Criterion Institute, Morgan Simon, Partner at Pi Investments, founder/Chair of Transform Finance

Price: $195.00 includes lunch, at the Embassy Suites Hotel

 

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