SATSaturday Sessions

8:55 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location:
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

9:05 AM

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:10 AM

A World of Solutions

Short film by acclaimed film artist Louie Schwartzberg.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15 AM

Naomi Klein | This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

Naomi Klein, the award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an "issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:45 AM

Clayton Thomas-Muller | The Rise of the Canadian Native Rights-Based Movement to Protect Our Commons

Introduction by Nina Simons
Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, and a Co-Director of Polaris Institute’s Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, portrays Canada's rising Native-led rights-based movement, supported by labor, civil society, students and grassroots groups. It's challenging the neo-liberal free market agenda that has turned Canada into a petro-state. It may be our last best effort to save our lands and the health of our people from the extractive industries and the banks that finance them.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:15 AM

Climbing Poetree: Alixa Garcia & Naima Penniman

Climbing Poetree, the award-winning, boundary-breaking spoken word duo rocks the house.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:30 AM

John Warner | Green Chemistry: Biomimicry and Molecular Psychology

Introduction by Paul Hawken, Author and Social Entrepreneur

It’s time to create the green molecular building blocks that make green technology truly clean, from raw materials and production to social justice. World-renowned green chemist John Warner illustrates how we can create a new generation of biomimetic and green molecular building blocks to help us reach the “world we want.” A founder of Green Chemistry, he has published over 200 patents, papers and books. He’s founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and co-founder of Beyond Benign, a nonprofit for sustainability and green chemistry education.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00 AM

Chloe Maxmin | Youth Leadership Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement

An activist since age 12, Chloe Maxmin co-founded Divest Harvard to pressure her college to disinvest from fossil fuel holdings, gaining international recognition for her effective activism.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:30 AM

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:45 AM

Robin Kimmerer | Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass

Introduction by Melissa Nelson, The Cultural Conservancy

Indigenous peoples worldwide honor plants, not only as our sustainers, but as our oldest teachers who share teachings of generosity, creativity, sustainability and joy. By their living examples, plants spur our imaginations of how we might live. By braiding indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with modern tools of botanical science, Robin Kimmerer, professor of Environmental Science and Forestry of Potawatomi ancestry, explores the question: “If plants are our teachers, what are their lessons, and how might we become better students”?

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:15 PM

Jeffrey Bronfman | The Botanical Dimension of Our Human Evolutionary Next Steps

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

The use of plants as food, medicine and construction material for human habitat is apparent to all, but the essential role certain plants play in human spiritual evolution is not well understood. Jeffrey Bronfman, an environmentalist, educator and founding member of Bioneers, has encountered the use of plants within numerous spiritual, ceremonial and religious contexts throughout the Western Hemisphere. He explores the vital role certain plants have in the development of human awareness at this critical moment in the state of the biosphere and our evolution as human beings.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:45 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

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters

A movement of rural communities in El Salvador called La Coordinadora has led the way in community-based disaster preparedness, building a grassroots democracy movement, and influencing national policy. It’s featured in the new film and book The Message by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. Hosted by Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director/President, New Energy Economy. With: Estela Hernández, El Salvadoran Congresswoman; Karolo Aparicio, Executive Director, EcoViva, La Coordinadora’s U.S. sister organization; Avi Lewis, filmmaker, director of This Changes Everything.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Youth Leadership | Map Your Future

How is your community vulnerable to climate disruption? Learn how to assess local vulnerabilities and assets and develop a career building community resilience. Learn how to use a Community Climate Assessment Tool, work with planners, and take concrete steps to build resilience in your community. Led by Bay Localize: Colin Miller, Program Manager; Corrine L. Van Hook, Communications/Outreach Manager.

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) Alumnae Reunion & Sampler

Experience a taste of the personal deep dive into purposeful engaged action and leadership from the inside out that CWL offers. Connect with great women from past trainings while cross-pollinating and engaging with the field we co-create. With CWL founders and faculty: Nina Simons, Toby Herzlich, Rachel Bagby, Sarah Crowell. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out

Restoring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in our lives and communities is necessary to restore harmony with ourselves and with everything else in existence, and it begins in each of us. As the elders have said, nothing is created outside until it is created inside first. Leading from the “inside out” asks us to first embody the change we seek in the world, then what we do will become self-evident. Together, fellow Bioneers will explore the emerging paradigm of balancing the masculine and feminine, why it is important to our existence as human beings, and where it can lead us. How do we work together across the genders to restore a healthy balance between the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? How do we apply this to our everyday leadership? With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Double session.) (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle
 

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Open Space Technology

How can we leverage our collective intelligence, share our visions and move towards wise action? Participants make the agenda on topics, co-creating an empowering learning environment of self-managed conversation groups. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

HerbWalk with herbalist Autumn Summers.

Location: Meet at Sun Stage

2:45 PM

Watering Down: Water Management Strategies for Climate Change

Proven climate change mitigation strategies sequester CO2 in soils and plants, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and build ecological and economic resilience in local landscapes. From rangeland to metropolis, these brilliant innovators are watering down. Moderated by Ellie Cohen, President/CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science. With: Andy Lipkis, founder/President, TreePeople, biomimicking forest watersheds for climate-resilient cities and water supplies; Courtney White, co-founder, Quivira Coalition, building bridges among ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and citizens for economic and ecological resilience on working landscapes; Sarah Newkirk, Coastal Project Director, Nature Conservancy, developing natural infrastructure solutions for coastal resilience.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation

Inaccurate and offensive depictions of Native American culture abound. This forum examines representations of Native peoples, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program Director. With: Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara-Lakota); Ginger Dunnill (Hawaiian) and Dylan McLaughlin (Navajo), who create art and film revealing misconceptions and literally destroying painful pop culture stereotypes; Q&A hosted by Andrew Jolivette (Apelousa-Atakapa-Ishak), Chair of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State. 

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

2:45 PM

Citizen Science: DIY Knowledge To and From the People

Activists, scientists and grassroots groups are leveraging new technology and collaborative networks to accurately monitor the quality of the environment, expose governmental and corporate abuses, and enable large-scale ecological research to understand the web of life in the age of climate disruption. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Bioneers Director of Strategic Network Initiatives. With: Severine v T Fleming, Farm Hack; Shannon Dosemagen, founder/President, New Orleans-based Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science; Brian Haggerty, co-designer, USA National Phenology Network, a multisectoral climate change research program using citizen scientists to monitor seasonal behavior of U.S. flora and fauna.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

Science Fiction Envisions the World We Want

Bioneers Associate Producer J.P. Harpignies interviews Kim Stanley Robinson, among our most celebrated, award-winning science-fiction writers and the most ecologically conscious. The author of many classic works including the seminal Mars and Three Californias trilogies explores such topics as: how "eco-futurist fiction" seeks to identify today's most important trends; the power of dystopian and utopian memes; and how science fiction can contribute to helping us shape a desirable tomorrow.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

The Frontlines of Greening Educational Systems: Achieving Environmental Literacy for All

Schools, colleges, and universities can become community models for sustainability, inspiring innovation and teaching environmental literacy for the next generation. Learn from leaders and practitioners how to achieve political, financial, and student success. Hosted by Deborah Moore, founder, Green Schools Initiative. With: David Orr, renowned eco-educator and author, Senior Adviser to the President of Oberlin College; Jennifer Seydel, Executive Director, Green Schools National Network; Nik Kaestner, Sustainability Coordinator, and Elishama Goldfarb, Environmental Literacy Specialist, San Francisco Unified School District.

Location: Epiphany Theater

2:45 PM

Intelligence in Nature: The Vegetable Mind

Contemporary science is validating traditional knowledge about the vast pervasive intelligence in nature, and in plants in particular. What is intelligence? How do we learn nature’s languages? Hosted by Melissa K. Nelson, President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Robin Kimmerer, Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY-ESF; Monica Gagliano, renowned Australian marine biologist and evolutionary ecologist whose research Michael Pollan reported in the New Yorker.

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 Marilyn Cornelius

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. Marilyn Cornelius specializes in behavior change and design thinking in the fields of climate change and wellness. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Shannon Biggs

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. Shannon Biggs, Director of the Community Rights Program at Global Exchange, is co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots and The Rights of Nature. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

4:30 PM

Food Literacy as a Catalyst for Social Change

Breakthrough food literacy initiatives are transforming communities, bringing people together in meaningful conversations. Learn how to design an effective food literacy program for your community, organization or school. With: Kirk Bergstrom, Executive Director, Nourish Initiative; Alyson Wylie, Health Education Specialist, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, California State University, Chico; Jered Lawson, co-founder and Co-Director, Pie Ranch.

Location: Larkspur Room

4:30 PM

Plant Sacraments and the Mind of Nature

Can entheogenic plants help people access the intelligence in nature—the “mind of nature”—that we must learn to understand in order to supersede our ecologically destructive habits? Hosted by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer. With: Jeffrey Bronfman, founding member of the União do Vegetal church of the United States; Paul Stamets, master mycologist; Katsi Cook, renowned Mohawk midwife and environmental activist.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30 PM

Movement Building I: Convergence

Can the global convergence of disparate movements gain the traction necessary to overcome the concentration of wealth and power driving the destruction of civilization and nature? How? Hosted by Carleen Pickard, Executive Director, Global Exchange. With: Naomi Klein, author, filmmaker, activist; Clayton Thomas-Müller, indigenous rights leader and movement builder; Joel Solomon, President, Renewal Partners and Chairman, Renewal Funds, founding member of Social Venture Network and Tides Foundation of Canada.

Location: Showcase Theater

4:30 PM

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise

Explore with a multicultural circle of women the upsides and downsides of the deep, ancient association of women and “the feminine” with nature, and how a re-integration of the feminine principle into our culture may best serve us today. Hosted by Starhawk, renowned author, educator, activist, Permaculturist. With: Rachel Bagby, singer, author, farmer, facilitator; Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Diné (Navajo) artist/activist; Sasha Houston Brown (Dakota/Santee Sioux Tribe, Nebraska), Director of Education at Little Earth of United Tribes; Brandi Mack, who uses permaculture and holistic health approaches in her work with African American girls suffering from trauma; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.

Location: Epiphany Theater

4:30 PM

Restorative Justice, Healing Justice

A new form of justice seeks to heal and cares more about broken lives than broken laws. It’s capable of pushing back the "New Jim Crow" of mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Hosted by J. Miakoda Taylor, founder, Fierce Allies. With: Fania Davis, founder/Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth; Ericka Huggins, professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Laney and Merritt Colleges.

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

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/forner candidate for California Secretary of State; Arielle Klagsbrun of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment/2013 Brower Youth Award recipient. 

4:30 PM

Is Earth Full? Holistic Population Solutions in a Growing World

By 2050, there will be 9 billion people. The good news is there are empowering population initiatives around the world improving lives and protecting the environment. Hosted by Suzanne York, Program Director/Senior Writer, Institute for Population Studies. With: Shannon Biggs, Director of Community Rights, Global Exchange; Rucha Chitnis, Gender and Philanthropic Consultant; William Ryerson, founder/President, Population Media Center.

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

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: Pearl Gottschalk, Charitable Givings Ambassador, LUSH Charity Pot; China Ching (Hawaiian), Christensen Fund; Oren Lyons (Onandaga), indigenous rights leader; Evelyn Arce (Chibcha), International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

Youth Poetry Slam

Young poets perform original work and compete for prizes determined by the audience. Hosted by Aaron Ableman, producer of Pacha’s Pajamas, an ecological musical for children.

Location: Youth Unity Center

4:30 PM

Duality Is Reciprocal: Integrating the Feminine-Masculine Powers Within

Until we heal the separation between the feminine and masculine, the world will not come into balance. We explore this duality, and ask ourselves if we’ve been asking the wrong questions and holding incorrect images, attitudes and beliefs about the feminine-masculine polarity. With: Pele Rouge Chadima, Lana Holmes and Firehawk Hulin, co-founders, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

4:30 PM

Wiser Together Open Space Technology

How can we leverage our collective intelligence, share our visions and move towards wise action? Participants make the agenda on topics, co-creating an empowering learning environment of self-managed conversation groups. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)

Location: World Café

4:30 PM

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out

Restoring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in our lives and communities is necessary to restore harmony with ourselves and with everything else in existence, and it begins in each of us. As the elders have said, nothing is created outside until it is created inside first. Leading from the “inside out” asks us to first embody the change we seek in the world, then what we do will become self-evident. Together, fellow Bioneers will explore the emerging paradigm of balancing the masculine and feminine, why it is important to our existence as human beings, and where it can lead us. How do we work together across the genders to restore a healthy balance between the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? How do we apply this to our everyday leadership? With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Double session.) (Interactive, experiential)


Location: Council Circle

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 Erin Switalski

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. Erin Switalski, the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth, is featured in the brand new Link TV special, UNSAFE: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Nik Kaestner

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. Nik Kaestner, is the first Director of Sustainability for the San Francisco Unified School District. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

6:30 PM

The Seed Exchange

Preserve biodiversity and learn from seed masters. Hosted by: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Tesuque Pueblo Farm, Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, Living Seed Company, Sustainable Seed Company.

Location:
Epiphany Hall

7:00 PM

Dying to Know

After two Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness in the ‘60s, Timothy Leary ended up in jail while Richard Alpert became Ram Dass, spiritual teacher. Directed by Bioneers Board member Gay Dillingham and narrated by Robert Redford, the film features rare interviews spanning 50 years in an intimate portrait of an epic friendship that shaped a generation. It invites us to ponder questions about life, drugs and the biggest mystery of all: death.
(95 minutes)

Location: Showcase Theater

7:15 PM

Bioneers 25th Birthday Dinner

Join Nina, Kenny and the bioneers for a celebration of Bioneers’ 25th birthday with an amazing organic, biodiverse gourmet meal by renowned Native American chef Lois Ellen Frank.

Separate Admission

Space is extremely limited. First come, first served. Pay it forward by buying an extra ticket for a worthy change-maker, young farmer or low-income attendee. Or sponsor a whole table!

Location: Embassy Suites Ballroom
 

8:40 pm

Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness

In the stillness after conflict, after the blood dries and the screams fade, the memory of violence transforms survivors into prisoners of their own pain. How do whole societies recover from devastating conflict? This life-changing, multi-award-winning documentary explores the intersections of justice and forgiveness. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode and Lekha Singh.

Location: Showcase Theater

9:30 PM

Dance Party with DJ Dragonfly

Dance Party with DJ Dragonfly. From 9:30 PM to Midnight.

Location: Epiphany Theater