Community of Mentors

Activist youth seeking guidance have the daily opportunity to be in small-group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters.

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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.

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HerbWalk

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

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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.

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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)

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Council | It Takes a Village to Raise an Elder: Intergenerations Honoring the Wisdom of the Elders in our Communities, Families & Glocal World

Can honoring the wisdom and knowledge of elders encourage innovative and timely solutions to our global and personal concerns? With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer, community steward.  
(Interactive, experiential)

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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.

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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: Jessica Danforth (Mohawk), 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.

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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.

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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.

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