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 David Shaw

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. Permaculturist David Shaw is the co-founder of The Common Ground Center at UC Santa Cruz, an inter-generational partnership for education for a just and sustainable world. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

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People’s Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature’s Rights

What if ecosystems could sue for violating the rights of nature in places like Alberta's tar sands or Fukushima? What if communities could write new laws that place their rights and local ecosystems above corporate interests? Come find out about the first international Rights of Nature Tribunal and local California Community Bills of Rights, and how you can participate. Hosted by Shannon Biggs, Community Rights director, Global Exchange. With: Vandana Shiva, founder/Director, Navdanya; Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More/Gathering Tribes; Robin Milam, Administrative Director, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network; Prajna Marcus, Bay Area Rights of Nature; Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Center. 

Location: Sausalito Room

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A New Vision for Marin County: Our Successes, Challenges and Opportunities

Co-sponsored by MarinLink, the Environmental Forum of Marin, and the
County of Marin.  Fifty years ago, Marin County residents led the nation in creating a bold
vision, resulting in 80% of the land being protected. Today we¹re ready for
the next new vision to meet the challenges of a radically changed world. Join leading Marin visionary change-makers for a dynamic discussion of
Marin's extraordinary, cutting-edge accomplishments in environmental and
agricultural sustainability, and how to meet current challenges and exciting
future opportunities. For the first time Bioneers joins with with Marin County leadership to present a panel discussion moderated by Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey. Panelists include Congressman Jared Huffman; Dana King, American Broadcast Journalist and Candidate for Oakland City Council; Jamison Watts, Executive Director, MALT; and Nona Dennis, Environmental Forum of Marin.

Location: Larkspur Room

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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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Community of Mentors Office Hours with Krithika Harish

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. Krithika Harish, an Indian-American social justice activist, is bridging religious and cultural differences through an interfaith global network that cultivates peace and justice. 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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Mixer and Networking Reception

Location: Epiphany Hall

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Bioneers Resilient Communities Network (BRCN) Reception

Learn about the Bioneers RCN program and connect with the organizers to see if you want to bring it to your community.

Location: Manzanita Room

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Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (II)

(See 2:45 pm).

Hosted by Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota) of the Indigenous Environmental Network. With indigenous women from the North: Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) of Idle No More, on current threats from Pipelines from the Canadian Tar Sands; Faith Gemmill (Gwich'in), of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands), on the history of oil and gas development in Alaska and expansion plans for offshore drilling; and witnesses Clayton Thomas-Müller (Mathais Colomb Cree Nation) and Eriel Deranger (Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nation) with Idle No More.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

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