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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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.

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HerbWalk

HerbWalk with herbalist Autumn Summers.

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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)

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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)
 

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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)

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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