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

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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

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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.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

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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

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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)

Location: World Café

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Location: Manzanita Room

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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. 

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