SATSaturday Sessions

9:10 AM

Humanity’s Great Transition

Short film by acclaimed film artist Louie Schwartzberg.

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.

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.

10:15 AM

Climbing Poetree: Alixa Garcia & Naima Penniman

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

10:30 AM

John Warner | Green Chemistry: Biomimicry and Molecular Psychology

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

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.

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.

11:30 AM

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”?

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.

12:45 PM

Tim Merry

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

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.

2:45 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; Elaina Ortiz, US Navy Food Literacy Program; other speaker to be announced.

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.

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.

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)

2:45 PM

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

Together in this double-session council, fellow bioneers explore the emerging paradigms of both women’s and men’s leadership and the application of sacred “masculine” and sacred “feminine” principles. With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward.
(Interactive, experiential)
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)
 

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)

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

HerbWalk with herbalist Autumn Summers.

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) and Ginger Dunnill (Hawaiian), who create art and film revealing misconceptions and literally destroying painful pop culture stereotypes; Andrew Jolivette (Apelousa-Atakapa-Ishak), Chair of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State.

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.

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.

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, COO/CFO, Green Schools National Network; Nik Kaestner, Sustainability Coordinator, and Elishama Goldfarb, Environmental Literacy Specialist, San Francisco Unified School District.

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.

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

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.

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.

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; Clare Dakin, Executive Director, Tree Sisters; 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; Lisa Anderson, Director of Women's Multifaith Education, Auburn Theological Seminary.

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.

4:30 PM

Banking CRI$I$—Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Nothing much has been done to correct the systemic causes of the 2008 banking bankruptcy “crisis.” Too big to fail has meant too big to jail, but next time it may be too big to bail out. Learn about initiatives to break up the big banks and deconstruct their concentration of wealth and political power. Hosted by Susan Estep, recovering Wall St. trader, portfolio manager; Bartlett Naylor, Financial Policy Advocate, Public Citizen; other speaker to be determined.

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, India Program Director, Women’s Earth Alliance; William Ryerson, founder/President, Population Media Center.

4:30 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. 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.

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: 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.

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.

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)

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)

4:30 PM

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

Together in this double-session council, fellow bioneers explore the emerging paradigms of both women’s and men’s leadership and the application of sacred “masculine” and sacred “feminine” principles. With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward.
(Interactive, experiential)
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)
 

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.

6:30 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.

6:30 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!

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)

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 Leykha Singh.

9:30 PM

Dance Party with DJ Dragonfly

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