Wallace J. Nichols

Wallace J. Nichols

Wallace "J." Nichols, an award-winning scientist, eco activist and author, is a research associate at California Academy of Sciences, and co-founder of: OceanRevolution.org, an international network of young ocean advocates; SEEtheWILD.org, a conservation travel network; GrupoTortuguero.org, an international sea turtle conservation network; and LiVBLUE.org, a global oceans campaign. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 scientific papers as well as several books including Blue Mind.

www.wallacejnichols.org

Session(s):

Wallace "J." Nichols | I Wish You Water - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Your Brain On Water - Sunday, October 19, 2014
 

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist, international social justice activist, board member of 350.org, and best-selling author of such seminal classics as No Logo and The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Her most recent project is a groundbreaking new book about climate change and an accompanying film, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, that she is working on with her husband, filmmaker Avi Lewis.

www.naomiklein.org

Session(s):

Naomi Klein | This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Movement Building I: Convergence - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller is an Ottawa-based Indigenous rights activist and a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation. He is an organizer for the Defenders of the Land & Idle No More, and Co-Director of the Indigenous Tar Sands (ITS) Campaign of the Polaris Institute. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 in hundreds of Indigenous communities to organize against the encroachments of the fossil fuel industry and the banks that finance them.

www.idlenomore.com

Session(s):

Clayton Thomas-Muller | The Rise of the Canadian Native Rights-Based Movement to Protect Our Commons - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Movement Building I: Convergence - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (II) – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.), founder of Fungi Perfecti and Host Defense Organic Mushrooms, a dedicated, award-winning mycologist and mycological researcher for 30+ years, conservationist and explorer, has discovered new species of mushrooms, written six seminal books and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible, functional, and medicinal mushroom cultivation. His latest book is Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.

www.fungi.com

Session(s):

Paul Stamets | How Mushrooms Can Help Us Survive “Extinction 6x” – Friday, October 17, 2014

Solutions from the Underground: Mushrooms as Planetary Healers – Friday, October 17, 2014

Plant Sacraments and the Mind of Nature - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are a spoken word duo, award-winning multimedia theater artists, and committed organizers and educators who have toured (in a bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil) to hundreds of cities nationally and internationally presenting alongside powerhouses such as Vandana Shiva, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, and Alice Walker. They have led workshops in institutions from Harvard to Riker's Island Prison.

www.climbingpoetree.com

Session(s):

Caroline Casey with Climbing Poetree | Performance Democratic Animism Now! Assuming Cultural Narrative Lead - Friday, October 17, 2014

Climbing Poetree: Alixa Garcia & Naima Penniman - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Performance by Alixa Garcia of Climbing PoeTree - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kanyon Sayers-Roods

Kanyon Sayers-Roods

Kanyon Sayers-Roods (aka Hahashkani-"Coyote Woman” in Chumash), of Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash ancestry, is an artist, poet, author, activist, student and teacher. Daughter of renowned Ohlone elder, Ann-Marie Sayers, Kanyon was raised on the trust lands of Indian Canyon, near Hollister, California. Her art has been widely exhibited, including in such prestigious venues as the De Young Museum and The Somarts Gallery.

www.indiancanyonlife.org

Session(s):

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods and Joanne Campbell – Friday, October 17, 2014

Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues (translated into 48+ languages, performed in 140+ countries), and the founder of V-Day, the vast global movement to end violence against women and girls. Eve also co-founded, in 2011, The City of Joy, a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo.

www.vday.org

Session(s):

Eve Ensler | Eve's Revolution – Friday, October 17, 2014

City of Joy: Turning Pain to Planting and Power - Friday, October 17, 2014
 

Severine v T Fleming

Severine v T Fleming

Severine v T Fleming is: Director of The Greenhorns, producing media and events for new farmers; co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition and of Farm Hack, an open-source platform for farmer-to-farmer appropriate technology exchange; a board member of the Schumacher Center for New Economics; and recent co-founder of Agrarian Trust, focusing on land access for beginning farmers.

www.agrariantrust.org | www.thegreenhorns.net | www.farmhack.net | www.ourland.tv

Session(s):

Severine v t Fleming | Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed – Friday, October 17, 2014

Re-Localizing the Food System  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Citizen Science: DIY Knowledge To and From the People - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 13-year old Boulder, Colorado-based Indigenous environmental activist (since age 6!) and rapper, is the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a non-profit organization committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and has traveled widely internationally to speak about environmental and Indigenous issues.

www.earthguardians.org

Session(s):

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Itzcuauhtl Roske-Martinez | Youth Activist Rap Duo – Friday, October 17, 2014

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Youth Leadership Our Generation Was Born To Change The World – Friday, October 17, 2014

Native Youth Talking Circle - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cecil Williams

Cecil Williams

Cecil Williams has, for 45+ years, expanded the limits of spirituality, compassion and diversity as founder and Minister of Liberation of the world-renowned Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. As minister, author, social activist, lecturer, community leader and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized, Reverend Williams is recognized as a national leader on the forefront of change in the struggle for civil and human rights.

www.glide.org

Session(s):

Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani | Who Will Take Care of My People? – Friday, October 17, 2014

Janice Mirikitani

Janice Mirikitani

Janice Mirikitani, the Founding President of renowned Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, is a visionary community activist, leader, editor, and award-winning poet (the second Poet Laureate of San Francisco). During 43 years at Glide she has helped build 87 comprehensive programs to provide education, recovery support, primary and mental health care, job-training, housing and human services to the most disenfranchised communities in the city.

www.glide.org

Session(s):

Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani | Who Will Take Care of My People? – Friday, October 17, 2014

Tim Merry

Tim Merry

Tim Merry, aka “Slam Poet Harvester,” has been listening to life and finding poetry to harvest in it for as long as he can remember. He has been performing his unique spoken-word skills in a wide range of contexts for nearly a decade, reviving the ancient sacred Bardic art of poetically distilling the essence of events as they occur.

www.timmerry.com

Session(s):

Tim Merry | Morning Highlights – Friday, October 17, 2014

Tim Merry | Morning Highlights – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tim Merry | Morning Highlights - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chloe Maxmin

Chloe Maxmin

Chloe Maxmin, a senior at Harvard College, became an activist when she was 12 and started a Climate Action Club in her high school, galvanizing a movement in her school and community. She then founded “First Here, Then Everywhere” to empower youth environmentalists, and then co-founded Divest Harvard, receiving national and international recognition for her activism.

www.firstheretheneverywhere.org | www.divestharvard.com

Session(s):

Youth Leadership | Fossil Fuel Divestment - Friday, October 17, 2014

Chloe Maxmin | Youth Leadership Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement - Saturday, October 18, 2014

John Warner

John Warner

John C. Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry and co-founder of The Beyond Benign Foundation, is one of the key founders and drivers of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, with Paul Anastas. He has published over 200 patents, papers and books and has won countless prestigious awards, including the 2014 Perkin Medal.

www.warnerbabcock.com

Session(s):

John Warner | Green Chemistry: Biomimicry and Molecular Psychology - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Toward a Nontoxic Industry and Economy - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Destiny Arts

Destiny Arts

The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC), a program of Destiny Arts Center, an Oakland-based violence prevention/arts education nonprofit, is a multicultural group of teens that creates original performance art combining hip-hop, dance, theater, martial arts, song, and rap. The company has performed locally and nationally since 1993 and has been the subject of two documentary films. DAYPC’s artistic directors are Sarah Crowell & Rashidi Omari.

www.destinyarts.org

Session(s):

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson

Melissa K. Nelson, Ph.D. (Anishinaabe/Métis/Norwegian [Turtle Mountain Chippewa]), Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State and President of the Cultural Conservancy, a Native American nonprofit dedicated to the revitalization of indigenous cultures, is: co-founder/co-producer of the Indigenous Forum at Bioneers, editor of the Bioneers anthology, Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings For A Sustainable Future, and producer of the award-winning documentary film, The Salt Song Trail.

www.earthdiver.org

www.nativeland.org

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health – Friday, October 17, 2014

Intelligence in Nature: The Vegetable Mind - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Robin Kimmerer

Robin Kimmerer

Robin Kimmerer (an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation) is a professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) where she teaches courses on Land and Culture, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Ethnobotany, the Ecology of Mosses, Disturbance Ecology, and General Botany. She is also the Director of the newly established Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY-ESF.

Session(s):

Robin Kimmerer | Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Intelligence in Nature: The Vegetable Mind - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Jeffrey Bronfman

Jeffrey Bronfman

Jeffrey Bronfman, an educator, philanthropist, and environmentalist, became the first Mestre (teacher/guide) of the União do Vegetal (UDV) religion outside of Brazil in 1994. Subsequently he served as the lead plaintiff in the UDV’s decade-long case against the U.S. government, which, in 2010, secured legal acceptance of the UDV’s religious practice, including its use of the Amazonian plant decoction “hoasca” as a sacrament.

Session(s):

Jeffrey Bronfman | The Botanical Dimension of Our Human Evolutionary Next Steps - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Plant Sacraments and the Mind of Nature - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rachel Bagby

Rachel Bagby

Rachel Bagby, who has a Stanford law degree in Social Change and was a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's "Voicestra," works with leaders from organizations such as Google and the Sierra Club to unleash the force of nature inside them, to get that next, big, Earth-serving thing done. Author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices, Rachel practices what she preaches.

www.rachelbagby.com

Session(s):

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) Alumnae Reunion & Sampler - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Opening by Rachel Bagby – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kristen Sheeran

Kristen Sheeran

Kristen Sheeran, Ph.D., Vice President of Knowledge Systems at Eco-Trust, is an economist focused on conservation, economic development, and social equity who has published numerous articles and books, many dealing with climate change, and is a co-founder and the Director of the Economics for Equity and Environment Network (E3), a national network of leading-edge applied economists developing new and better arguments for protecting people and the planet.

www.ecotrust.org

Session(s):

Kristen Sheeran | Scaling Solutions for Social Change - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Eco-Regional Design: Place Is the Space - Sunday, October 19, 2014

John A. Powell

John A. Powell

John A. Powell, an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, race, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy, is a professor of Law, African American Studies, and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and serves as the Director of its Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. He has founded several institutes, taught at numerous law schools, including Harvard and Columbia, and has authored several books, including, most recently: Racing to Justice.

www.diversity.berkeley.edu/haas-institute

Session(s):

John A. Powell | Beloved Community: Interbeing, Race, Class and Person ‘Hood - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Manuel Pastor

Manuel Pastor

Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, also directs USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and co-directs its Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Pastor is one of the nation’s leading researchers on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities, and the social movements seeking to change those realities.

www.usc.edu

Session(s):

Manuel Pastor | Transactions, Transformations, Translations: Movement-Building for the Next America - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Arielle Klagsbrun

Arielle Klagsbrun

Arielle Klagsbrun is an organizer with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, based out of St. Louis, MO. She is also on the collective of Rising Tide North America. Arielle is the 2013 recipient of the Brower Youth Award for a campaign to confront Peabody Coal, the world's largest private-sector coal corporation headquartered in St. Louis.

www.organizemo.org

Session(s):

Youth Leadership | Fossil Fuel Divestment - Friday, October 17, 2014

Democracy, Corporate Power and Climate Change – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Arielle Klagsbrun – Youth Leadership | Why People Need to Get Arrested: The climate crisis requires bold action - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams, one of our nation’s most beloved writers, is a naturalist, conservationist, and passionate free speech advocate. She has testified before Congress about women’s health, camped in remote wildernesses, worked as "a barefoot artist" in Rwanda, and been arrested in anti-war civil disobedience actions. Currently a scholar at the University of Utah, her many great classics include: Refuge and Finding Beauty in a Broken World.

www.coyoteclan.com

Session(s):

Terry Tempest Williams | A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Patricia Gualinga

Patricia Gualinga

Patricia Gualinga, a Kichwa from Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon, is a leader in the struggle to prevent oil drilling on tribal land. She has become an iconic figure in the movement of Amazonian Indigenous resistance to the ravages of extractive industries in the rainforest, and was a key protagonist in the recent historic indigenous rights victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

www.amazonwatch.org

Session(s):

Patricia Gualinga | Message from the Amazon - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (I) - Sunday, October 19, 2014

 

Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel, Co-CEO and founder (in 1990) of Bioneers, is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, author and filmmaker. Co-founder and first CEO of the organic seed company, Seeds of Change, his film (and companion book) Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime helped influence national alternative medicine policy. He has edited several books and written four, including, most recently, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature.

www.bioneers.org

Session(s):

Opening Talks by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders – Friday, October 17, 2014

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Welcome by Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Closing with Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nina Simons

Nina Simons

Nina Simons, President/co-founder of Bioneers, is an award-winning social entrepreneur who previously served as President of Seeds of Change and Director of Strategic Marketing for Odwalla. Nina directs Bioneers' Everywoman’s Leadership program, a whole systems approach to women's leadership that includes "Cultivating Women's Leadership" intensive retreats. She is co-editor of the anthology, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart.

www.bioneers.org/programs/womens-leadership

Session(s):

Opening Talks by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders – Friday, October 17, 2014

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) Alumnae Reunion & Sampler - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Welcome by Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Closing with Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Alisa Gravitz

Alisa Gravitz

Alisa Gravitz, MBA, has helped lead the national agenda to create a socially and environmentally responsible economy for nearly 30 years. As President/CEO of Green America (formerly Co-op America), she has pioneered effective techniques for addressing issues of sustainable consumption and production with American consumers and businesses.

www.greenamerica.org

Session(s):

Feminomics: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lindsey Allen

Lindsey Allen

Lindsey Allen, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network, is a veteran environmental and social justice activist who has spent her career preventing commodity expansion into globally critical forest areas and has played a central role in achieving some of the most significant corporate policy commitments to protect forests over the past decade.

www.ran.org

Session(s):

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe - Sunday, October 19, 2014
 

Caroline Casey

Caroline Casey

Caroline W. Casey, creator/weaver-of-context of "The Visionary Activist Show" on Pacifica Radio stations KPFA (Bay Area) and KPFK (Los Angeles) (also web and podcast), is the author of Making the Gods Work For You and founder/Chief Trickster of Coyote Network News, a mythological news service providing astrological meta-stories describing collective global culture. Caroline has brought astrology's guiding story to venues from Nightline to the Washington Post.

www.visionaryactivism.com | www.coyotenetworknews.com

Session(s):

Caroline Casey with Climbing Poetree | Performance Democratic Animism Now! Assuming Cultural Narrative Lead - Friday, October 17, 2014
 

David Levine

David Levine

David Levine is co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, a growing coalition of business organizations and companies, which together represent over 200,000 businesses and more than 325,000 business leaders, working to advance market shifts and policies for a sustainable economy that will generate prosperity while benefitting our communities and our environment.

www.asbcouncil.org

Session(s):

Greening Businesses of All Sizes – Friday, October 17, 2014

 

Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff (Aleut) has over 35 years' experience serving his people and other indigenous peoples internationally. The first Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, he chaired the Indigenous Knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, and co-founded several organizations including the Indigenous Peoples' Council for Marine Mammals. He has received many prestigious awards for his activism and co-authored Aleut Wisdom: Stories of an Aleut.

www.gcill.org

Session(s):

Council | It Takes a Village to Raise an Elder: Intergenerations Honoring the Wisdom of the Elders in our Communities, Families & Glocal World – Friday, October 17, 2014

Council | Cultivating 21st Century Earth Stewardship in a Power-Imbalanced World: Global Citizens, First Peoples & Spaceship Earth - Friday, October 17, 2014

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Council. The World We Want & How We Get There: Cultivating Presence—When the Heart Speaks, The World Listens - Sunday, October 19, 2014

David Orr

David Orr

David W. Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Adviser to the President at Oberlin College, is an award-winning scholar and leader in the sustainability movement, renowned for his pioneering work on environmental literacy and ecological design. He is the author of: Down to the Wire; The Last Refuge; The Nature of Design; Earth in Mind; and Ecological Literacy; and co-editor of Hope is an Imperative.

www.oberlin.edu/envs/

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Frontlines of Greening Educational Systems: Achieving Environmental Literacy for All - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Eco-Regional Design: Place Is the Space - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sharon Shay Sloan

Sharon Shay Sloan

Sharon Shay Sloan is Director of the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program for The WILD Foundation; a certified council trainer with the Center for Council (Ojai Foundation); and co-editor of Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands. She has been involved with Bioneers since 2001, currently supporting the Community of Mentors and Youth Programs, and coordinating and convening the Council tent.

www.wild.org

Session(s):

Council | It Takes a Village to Raise an Elder: Intergenerations Honoring the Wisdom of the Elders in our Communities, Families & Glocal World – Friday, October 17, 2014

Council | Cultivating 21st Century Earth Stewardship in a Power-Imbalanced World: Global Citizens, First Peoples & Spaceship Earth - Friday, October 17, 2014

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Council. The World We Want & How We Get There: Cultivating Presence—When the Heart Speaks, The World Listens - Sunday, October 19, 2014

J. Miakoda Taylor

J. Miakoda Taylor

J. Miakoda Taylor is Director of Fierce Allies, a training program informed by work in restorative justice, emotional/social intelligence, conflict transformation, somatic trauma healing, and other disciplines. Fierce Allies seeks to foster meaningful partnerships across divides of power and privilege, and relationship-based strategies for change. Its clients include incarcerated populations and diverse leaders, organizations, and coalitions.

www.fierceallies.com

Session(s):

Restorative Justice, Healing Justice - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ruthless Compassion, Penetrating Honesty, Fierce Ally-Ship - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Joshua Sheridan Fouts

Joshua Sheridan Fouts

Joshua Sheridan Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director, is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work facilitating meaningful understanding between cultures. With a background in anthropology, Joshua has worked with peoples of Malaysia, Africa, and the Amazon, governments and universities in over 20 countries, and innovators and engaged citizens worldwide.

Bioneers.org

Session(s):

The Choir and Beyond: Media and Social Change  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Wallace "J." Nichols | I Wish You Water - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sissel Waage

Sissel Waage

Sissel Waage, Ph.D. is BSR’s Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. She has over twenty years of experience working on sustainability and environmental issues in North America, Europe, and Africa. Previously, she worked for Forest Trends in various leadership positions, including as Director of the International Katoomba Group. Prior to this work, Sissel launched and led the R&D Program at The Natural Step, an international advisory services and research organization focused on sustainable business. She also served as core staff with The Natural Step’s Services Group, advising Fortune100 companies on integration of sustainability into strategy, operations, reporting, and philanthropy. Earlier in her career, Sissel worked with Sustainable Northwest and the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) East and Southern Africa Program. Sissel’s work has been published in journals including: The Economist, The Guardian, GreenBiz,  the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Corporate Environmental Strategy, Environmental Finance, Society & Natural Resources, Political Geography, and the Journal of Cleaner Production. She has edited two books entitled, Ants, Galileo, and Gandhi: Designing the Future of Business through Nature, Genius, and Compassion (Greenleaf Publications, 2003) and Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement (Island Press, 2007). She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, her M.S. (in forestry) also at UC Berkeley, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College. She has also studied at the University of Oslo’s Institute of Human Rights, in Norway, as a Fulbright Scholar, and at the National University of Singapore.

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pearl Gottschalk

Pearl Gottschalk

Pearl Gottschalk currently works in Vancouver for the socially responsible company, LUSH Cosmetics, as its Charitable Giving Ambassador, helping fund many grassroots organizations working on indigenous rights, animal welfare, the environment, and humanitarian issues. Pearl has previously worked as a Refugee Advisor, World Bank Disability Consultant, and researcher for the UN. She has studied and lived with a number of indigenous nations across the planet.

www.lush.ca/charitypot

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Connie Cagampang Heller

Connie Cagampang Heller

Connie Cagampang Heller, co-founder of the Linked Fate Fund for Justice and consultant to the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, creates spaces for people to deepen their understanding of racialization and its implications for their work. She is also an artist whose textile collages are featured in World Trust’s new film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality.

Session(s):

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rachel Morello-Frosch

Rachel Morello-Frosch

Rachel Morello-Frosch, an environmental health scientist and professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and its Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, researches race and class determinants of environmental health among diverse communities in the U.S. She is co-author of the book, Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science, and Health Social Movements.

www.berkeley.edu

Aaron Ableman

Aaron Ableman

Aaron Ableman (aka A-Natural), co-founder of Balance Edutainment and author of the book series, Pacha’s Pajamas, is an entertainer, author, and ecologist who has worked with many collaborators, including Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cypress Hill, Raffi, and Joan Baez. He has produced educational entertainment programs for at-risk children and youth in the U.S. and internationally, including in Haiti and India.

www.pachaspajamas.com

Session(s):

Youth Poetry Slam - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Joy Anderson

Joy Anderson

Joy Anderson, an innovator and thought leader in the field of impact investing and social change for over a decade, is the founder and President of Criterion Institute, whose current programs are (re)Value Gender, working to advance an understanding of how gender expertise can inform financial analysis, and 1K Churches, seeking to engage a thousand churches in building God’s Economy.

www.criterioninstitute.org

Karolo Aparicio

Karolo Aparicio

Karolo Aparicio, MBA, is the Executive Director of EcoViva, an organization working with community-led organizations in Central America to promote environmental sustainability and social justice, build a green rural economy, protect mangrove forests, address the effects of climate change, and empower young people.

www.eco-viva.org

Session(s):

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Karolo Aparicio – Friday, October 17, 2014

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

 

Lisa Arie

Lisa Arie

Lisa Arie created and directs Vista Caballo, a completely unique retreat center that uses both cutting-edge, science-based biofeedback techniques and human-horse interactions to create transformational experiences for a new breed of leaders.

www.vistacaballo.com

Session(s):

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You - Friday, October 17, 2014

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kirk Bergstrom

Kirk Bergstrom

Kirk Bergstrom, founder and President of WorldLink, has led that organization’s media and education programs for 25 years, has produced award-winning TV, interactive multimedia, museum exhibits, and educational curricula (including the PBS specials: Nourish: Food + Community, and: Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability), is the Senior Designer of Interactive Earth, an innovative geospatial software tool, and serves on the board for the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

www.goworldlink.org

Session(s):

Education for Sustainability – Friday, October 17, 2014

Food Literacy as a Catalyst for Social Change - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Shannon Biggs

Shannon Biggs

Shannon Biggs, Director of the Community Rights Program at Global Exchange, is co-author of: Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots and The Rights of Nature. She currently assists California communities confronted by corporate harms (including fracking) to enact binding laws that place the rights of communities and nature above corporate interests. She is also a leading international activist for the “Rights of Nature” movement.

www.globalexchange.org

Session(s):

Is Earth Full? Holistic Population Solutions in a Growing World - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Shannon Biggs – Saturday, October 18, 2014

People's Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature's Rights – Sunday, October 19, 2014
 

Rev. Sally Bingham

Rev. Sally Bingham

The Reverend Canon Sally Grover Bingham, an Episcopal priest, founder and President of the highly influential, groundbreaking Regeneration Project and its Interfaith Power & Light campaign, which currently has 15,000 congregation members in forty states, was one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize climate change as a moral issue.

www.theregenerationproject.org

Session(s):

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action – Friday, October 17, 2014

Jean Shinoda Bolen

Jean Shinoda Bolen

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., a psychiatrist, internationally known Jungian analyst, and activist, is the author of many groundbreaking books, including the bestselling classic, Goddesses in Everywoman, and most recently: Like A Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet and Moving Toward the Millionth Circle. She is a major advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW).

www.jeanshinodabolen.com

Session(s):

Archetypes in Every Woman  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Owsley Brown

Owsley Brown

Owsley Brown III, a social entrepreneur and philanthropist, has spent much of his life’s work dividing his time between sustainable winemaking and documentary filmmaking. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, where he is a champion of the arts, environmental and interfaith communities, Owsley lives in San Francisco with his wife and their 3 children.

Session(s):

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action – Friday, October 17, 2014

Anneke Campbell

Anneke Campbell

Anneke Campbell, born in The Netherlands, has worked as a midwife, nurse, yoga teacher, and writer in many genres. She is the co-author (with Thomas Linzey) of Be The Change: How To Get What You Want in Your Community and co-editor (with Nina Simons) of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. She also writes and co-produces advocacy videos for non-profits.

Session(s):

Archetypes in Every Woman  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Rucha Chitnis

Rucha Chitnis

Rucha Chitnis specializes in using a gender and rights-based lens to seed and strengthen environmental and climate action in communities and organizations. The former Director of Grantmaking at Women's Earth Alliance (WEA), where she helped to build and launch WEA's grant-making efforts in South Asia and Mexico, she serves as an advisor to One World Children's Fund and to Global Greengrants Fund.

Session(s):

Is Earth Full? Holistic Population Solutions in a Growing World - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pele Rouge Chadima

Pele Rouge Chadima

Pele Rouge Chadima is the co-founder of Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc., an earth wisdom teacher and guide, a leader of women's circles, and the author of Never Shout at a Bear.

www.timelessearthwisdom.com

Session(s):

Duality Is Reciprocal: Integrating the Feminine-Masculine Powers Within - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jaimie Cloud

Jaimie Cloud

Jaimie P. Cloud, the founder/President of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City, is a pioneer in the field of Education for Sustainability (EfS). She writes and publishes extensively, consults, coaches and teaches in school districts around the country and the world, and develops exemplary curriculum units, full courses of study, and widely used EfS standards and performance indicators.

www.cloudinstitute.org

Session(s):

Education for Sustainability – Friday, October 17, 2014

Ellie Cohen

Ellie Cohen

Ellie Cohen, CEO of Point Blue Conservation Science, is a leader in catalyzing collaborative, nature-based solutions to climate change. Point Blue’s 140+ scientists work to reduce environmental harms and promote climate-smart conservation for wildlife and people. Ellie chairs the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, is a co-founder of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium, and is a member of the National Wildlife Federation’s Climate-Smart Conservation Team.

www.pointblue.org

Session(s):

Watering Down: Water Management Strategies for Climate Change - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Resilient Landscapes, Climate-Smart Conservation: The Art and Science of Restoring the World We Want - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins, founder/CEO of Honeybee Capital and author of The Nature of Investing, has over twenty years’ professional investment experience as a portfolio manager and a head of research at Fidelity Management. She has also recently earned an MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School and studied biomimicry.

www.honeybeecapital.com

Session(s):

Feminomics: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Marilyn Cornelius

Marilyn Cornelius

Marilyn Cornelius, Ph.D., co-founder of and Principal Consultant at d.cipher, specializes in behavior change and design thinking in the fields of climate change and wellness. She is also a co-founder of the Research as Design (RAD) project, and was formerly an Environment Associate for the United Nations Development Program, managing projects in ten Pacific island nations.

www.dcipherpathways.com

Session(s):

Design Thinking for Bioneers – Friday, October 17, 2014

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Marilyn Cornelius – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Christine Cordero

Christine Cordero

Christine Cordero, an organizer, trainer, and public speaker with 15+ years’ experience in social movements for economic and ecological justice, is Program Director at the Center for Story-based Strategy, offering training and strategic support to social justice networks and organizations to use the power of narrative to change the story on the issues that matter most.

www.storybasedstrategy.org

Session(s):

Change the Story: New Strategies for Shifting Culture - Friday, October 17, 2014

Sarah Crowell

Sarah Crowell

Sarah Crowell, the award-winning Artistic Director at Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center (where she has worked since 1990, including as Executive Director for 5 years), leads the acclaimed Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, and has taught dance, theater and violence prevention to youth and teachers for over 20 years. Her work with the youth company has been the subject of two documentary films.

www.destinyarts.org

Session(s):

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) Alumnae Reunion & Sampler - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Dawn Danby

Dawn Danby

Dawn Danby, creator of the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, which teaches young engineers, designers and architects the principles and practice of sustainable design, co-authored the bestselling book Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century, has given dozens of talks around the world, and was recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

www.autodesk.com

Session(s):

Designing a World for the 100%, by the 100% – Friday, October 17, 2014

Gopal Dayaneni

Gopal Dayaneni

Gopal Dayaneni, a collective member of Movement Generation, has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental and racial justice since the late 1980s. He is an active trainer with and serves on the boards of The Ruckus Society and the Center for Story-based Strategy (formerly smartMeme), and serves on the advisory boards of the International Accountability Project, Catalyst Project, and The Working World.

www.movementgeneration.org

Session(s):

Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shannon Dosemagen

Shannon Dosemagen

Shannon Dosemagen co-founded and is President of the multiple award-winning, New Orleans-based Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, which coalesced in response to the BP oil spill and is now a groundbreaking platform and resource for citizen science environmental activism nationally and internationally. With 14 years’ experience in community organizing and education, Shannon is active on many councils and advisory boards of leading activist NGOs.

www.publiclab.org

Session(s):

Citizen Science: DIY Knowledge To and From the People - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman

Brock Dolman, Director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s WATER Institute and its Permaculture program, a renowned innovator in watershed management and Permaculture design, has: advised many educational centers and projects in a dozen countries on land-use planning; certified over 2,000 students in Permaculture design; and provided countless presentations on a range of ecological issues to government agencies, organizations, universities, and conferences.

www.oaec.org

Session(s):

City of Joy: Turning Pain to Planting and Power - Friday, October 17, 2014

Lauren Embrey

Lauren Embrey

Lauren Embrey, a leading, award-winning philanthropist especially focused on theater, film and human rights, is President/CEO of The Embrey Family Foundation, and serves on numerous boards in Dallas, Washington DC, and NYC, including The MS Foundation and The Women’s Media Center. She is also a member of The Women Donors Network, Women Moving Millions, the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy Center and The Threshold Foundation.

www.embreyfdn.org

Sesion(s):

Leveraging Donor Activism: Philanthropy’s Leading Edges - Friday, October 17, 2014

 

Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a renowned author, speaker, and social philosopher. His most recent books are Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible.

www.pananthea.com

Session(s):

Feminomics: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monica Gagliano

Monica Gagliano

Monica Gagliano is radically transforming our perception of plants and more generally, Nature. She has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics and has extended the concept of cognition to plants, re-igniting the discourse on plant subjectivity and ethical standing. She is currently a Research Fellow of the Australian Research Council based at the University of Western Australia.

www.ceb.uwa.edu.au

Session(s):

Intelligence in Nature: The Vegetable Mind - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Robin Grossinger

Robin Grossinger

Robin Grossinger directs the Resilient Landscapes Program at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, which guides adaptive landscape-level restoration strategies throughout California. He has been named an environmental hero by Bay Nature magazine and received the 2014 Carla Bard Bay Award in recognition of his work advancing knowledge of the SF Bay-Delta Estuary system.

www.sfei.org

Session(s):

Resilient Landscapes, Climate-Smart Conservation: The Art and Science of Restoring the World We Want - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Elishama Goldfarb

Elishama Goldfarb

Elishama Goldfarb, an Environmental Literacy Content Specialist at the San Francisco Unified School District and a fully certified Montessori teacher, has taught in the classroom, managed and trained staff in curriculum development and implementation, and worked for and partnered with a number of environmental education organizations to design field trips and programs that support student learning.

www.sfusd.edu

Session(s):

The Frontlines of Greening Educational Systems: Achieving Environmental Literacy for All - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Lauren Dalberth Hage

Lauren Dalberth Hage

Lauren Dalberth Hage is co-founder and CEO of the Sonoma County, California-based Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, which weaves holistic mentoring, Permaculture design, a deep connection to nature, and community-building into experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults. Weaving Earth is dedicated to supporting a human network competent in designing, tending to and regenerating healthy relationships with all aspects of life.

www.weavingearth.com

Session(s):

Youth Leadership: Community of Mentors Peer-to-Peer Council - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dave Hage

Dave Hage

Dave Hage is a co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education, where he helps facilitate experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults focused on holistic mentoring, Permaculture, and “deep nature connection.” Weaving Earth seeks to foster reciprocal relationships and cultivates the healthy development of whole people, communities and ecosystems through nature-based programs and services.

www.weavingearth.com

Session(s):

Youth Leadership: Community of Mentors Peer-to-Peer Council - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mary Ellen Hannibal

Mary Ellen Hannibal

Mary Ellen Hannibal is the author of four books, most recently The Spine of the Continent, which Publisher's Weekly called: "what science writing should be: fascinating and true.” In 2012 she was a winner of both the National Association of Science Writers' Science and Society Award and Stanford's Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism.

www.maryellenhannibal.com

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Resilient Landscapes, Climate-Smart Conservation: The Art and Science of Restoring the World We Want - Sunday, October 19, 2014

 

Rev. Fletcher Harper

Rev. Fletcher Harper

The Rev. Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest, is Executive Director of GreenFaith, a national interfaith environmental coalition. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he has led GreenFaith’s work to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds as environmental leaders.

www.greenfaith.org

Session(s):

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action – Friday, October 17, 2014

J.P. Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Conference Associate Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a NYC-based consultant, conference producer, copy-editor and writer. A former Program Director at the New York Open Center and a senior review team member for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge the last 4 years, he has authored or edited several books, including Political Ecosystems, Delusions of Normality, Visionary Plant Consciousness, and, most recently, Animal Encounters.

Session(s):

Science Fiction Envisions the World We Want - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Plant Sacraments and the Mind of Nature - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman

Trathen Heckman, the Petaluma River watershed-based founding Director of Daily Acts Organization, Board Chair of Transition U.S., and a front yard farmer, collaborates with citizens and leaders to harness the wisdom of nature to devise community-powered solutions to restore the vitality of communities and ecosystems.

www.dailyacts.org | www.transitionus.org

Session(s):

Eco-Governance - Friday, October 17, 2014

Estela Hernandez

Estela Hernandez

Estela Hernandez is a community organizer and a key leader of “La Coordinadora” and its affiliate NGO, the Mangrove Association, local organizations representing over 100 coastal communities in El Salvador, fostering model grassroots leadership. In 2012, she was elected to represent the movement in the Salvadoran Congress, and now sits on the Environment and Climate Change Commission and the Agriculture Commission of that Legislature.

www.manglebajolempa.org

Session(s):

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Catherine Herrera

Catherine Herrera

Catherine Herrera, of Ohlone ancestry, a San Francisco-based artist whose work reflects on home, identity and the universal life journey, started in photojournalism and news/documentary filmmaking, working in Mexico for a decade before returning to S.F, where she has created a body of art, films and installations as part of a broader Ohlone cultural revitalization.

Session(s):

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community - Friday, October 17, 2014
 

Toby Herzlich

Toby Herzlich

Toby Herzlich co-founded and leads (with Nina Simons) the “Cultivating Women’s Leadership” retreats, is the founder of Biomimicry for Social Innovation, and a Senior Trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Her many clients in 20+ years of organizational consulting include the Sierra Club, Ford Foundation, and Navajo Nation. Toby serves as a collaborative partner for leaders interested in turning to nature and the feminine in their organizational strategies.

www.bio-sis.net

Session(s):

Leadership Lessons from the Living Earth - Friday, October 17, 2014

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) Alumnae Reunion & Sampler - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ericka Huggins

Ericka Huggins

Ericka Huggins, currently a Professor of Sociology (with a focus on gender) and African American Studies at Laney and Merritt colleges, is an educator, former Black Panther Party member and political prisoner, human rights activist, and poet who has lectured in the U.S. and internationally on human rights, Restorative Justice, and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change for 30 years.

Session(s):

Restorative Justice, Healing Justice - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Lana Holmes

Lana Holmes

Lana Holmes, a co-founder of Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc., has many years’ expertise helping establish and launch companies that embody EarthWise™ values—the belief that organizations should mirror the inherent wisdom, beauty, and collaborative systems found in nature in order to help create a thriving, life-promoting world.

www.timelessearthwisdom.com

Session(s):

Duality Is Reciprocal: Integrating the Feminine-Masculine Powers Within - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change - Sunday, October 19, 2014

FireHawk Hulin

FireHawk Hulin

FireHawk Hulin is a co-founder of Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc., an EarthWise business ecology founded on ancient “Medicine Wheel” teachings. He has a long history of co-creating ceremonies, rites of passage, vision quests and wisdom councils in the U.S. and Europe.

www.timelessearthwisdom.com

Session(s):

Duality Is Reciprocal: Integrating the Feminine-Masculine Powers Within - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kristin Hull

Kristin Hull

Kristin Hull, Ph.D., co-founder and President of the Impact Investing firm, Nia Global Solutions, is an educator, activist, entrepreneur, and conscious investor. A former bilingual educator and co-founder of the North Oakland Community Charter School, she serves on the boards of several non-profits, including the Mosaic Project and Nicholson Foundation. She helped align 100% of her family’s foundation’s assets to mission-related investments.

www.niaglobalsolutions.com

Sesion(s):

Leveraging Donor Activism: Philanthropy’s Leading Edges - Friday, October 17, 2014

Nik Kaestner

Nik Kaestner

Nik Kaestner, a former science teacher and Activities Director at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA, is the first Director of Sustainability for the San Francisco Unified School District, where he collaborates with teachers, staff and students to develop a nationally recognized sustainable schools program. He formerly worked in similar capacities at Stanford’s Student Housing division and for the Palo Alto Unified School District.

www.sfusd.edu

Session(s):

The Frontlines of Greening Educational Systems: Achieving Environmental Literacy for All - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Nik Kaestner – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Zanette Johnson

Zanette Johnson

Zanette Johnson, Ph.D., a co-founder and Principal Consultant at d.cipher, is a researcher and teacher whose transdisciplinary expertise spans the fields of neuroscience, cultural epistemology, indigenous knowledge, comparative religion, learning science and technology design, and education. Zanette also formerly co-founded an indigenous community-based K-12 school and directed an indigenous teacher education program.

www.dcipherpathways.com

Session(s):

Design Thinking for Bioneers – Friday, October 17, 2014

Jeremy Kagan

Jeremy Kagan

Jeremy Kagan, an award-winning (including Emmy and Cable ACE awards) director/writer/producer of feature films and television, and a film professor at USC where he runs the Change Making Media Lab, has recently made advocacy videos for The Democracy School, The Doe Fund, and Bioneers. Jeremy served as Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute and is the author of: Directors Close Up and My Death: A Personal Guidebook.

www.cmml.usc.edu

Session(s):

The Choir and Beyond: Media and Social Change  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Jessie Lerner

Jessie Lerner

Jessie Lerner, the Executive Director of Sustain Dane, a nonprofit seeking to make Wisconsin’s Greater Madison Region a national model of sustainability, previously developed the nationally recognized MPower Champion Program in Madison, and worked as an educator at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and at the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. Jessie holds degrees in zoology and psychology.

www.sustaindane.org

Session(s):

Eco-Governance - Friday, October 17, 2014

 

Andy Lipkis

Andy Lipkis

Andy Lipkis, founder (at age 18 in 1973) and President of TreePeople, which has mobilized volunteers to plant and care for over two million trees in the Los Angeles region, is a highly influential, award-winning activist and social entrepreneur, renowned for developing urban watershed management solutions to protect cities against droughts and floods, prevent water and air pollution, and mitigate and adapt to climate change.

www.treepeople.org

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Watering Down: Water Management Strategies for Climate Change - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Avi Lewis

Avi Lewis

Avi Lewis is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television journalist. His first feature length film, The Take (2004), followed Argentina’s new movement of worker-run businesses and was released theatrically, winning several awards. In 2010 and 2009 Avi hosted Al Jazeera English Television’s Fault Lines. Most recently, he directed the feature documentary This Changes Everything about the (r)evolutionary power of climate change.

www.thetake.org

Session(s):

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

 

Brandi Mack

Brandi Mack

Brandi Mack, a holistic health educator, therapeutic massage therapist, and permaculture designer, holds a bachelor's degree in Human Service Management, and a certification from Starhawk's Earth Activist Training. Brandi currently directs Girls 2000, a program of the Hunter's Point Family, in San Francisco.

Session(s):

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community - Friday, October 17, 2014

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Stacy Malkan

Stacy Malkan

Stacy Malkan has for over a decade led campaigns for safer products and healthy food. Author of the award-winning book, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry and co-founder of the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Stacy was Media Director for California’s historic ballot initiative to label GMOs in 2012, and she produces "GMOs: What You Need to Know" online.

www.movethemarket.org

Session(s):

Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mira Manickam

Mira Manickam

Mira Manickam, a hip-hop artist, author, and filmmaker, with a masters’ in Environmental Science and 8 years’ professional experience in youth development and Environmental Education, founded the Green Guard youth hip-hop eco-arts collective in Oakland, started the Trees 4 Life program, and works with Brown Girl Surf to build a more diverse women's surf community through her music and surf outreach.

Session(s):

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community - Friday, October 17, 2014
 

Arty Mangan

Arty Mangan

Arty Mangan, Bioneers' Restorative Food Systems Director, joined Bioneers in 1998 as Project Manager for the Restorative Development Initiative. A former board president of the Ecological Farming Association and member of the Santa Cruz GE Subcommittee, Arty has worked with farmers and agriculture since 1978, first as a partner in Live Juice and later with Odwalla, where he was in charge of fruit sourcing.

www.bioneers.org

Session(s):

Re-Localizing the Food System  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kami McBride

Kami McBride

Kami McBride, author of The Herbal Kitchen, has taught experiential herbal programs focused on sustainable wellness practices and revitalizing our relationship with the plant world for over 25 years. Her popular course, Cultivating the Herbal Medicine Woman Within, empowers people to use herbal medicine in their daily lives for home wellness care.

www.livingawareness.com

Session(s):

Herbwalk – Friday, October 17, 2014

Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)

Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)

Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe), is a Dine tribal member living in Taos, NM. A mother, activist, artist, and writer, she speaks widely, including on such topics as the “Science of Right Relations,” and “The Feminine Design and Sustainability.”

Session(s):

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Erin Meezan

Erin Meezan

Erin Meezan, JD, is Vice President of Sustainability at Interface Inc., the world-renowned, groundbreaking ecologically and socially conscious modular carpet-making firm. Leading a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels, Erin is also a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, a range of conferences and forums, universities. and the growing green consumer sector.

www.interfaceglobal.com

Session(s):

Designing a World for the 100%, by the 100% – Friday, October 17, 2014
 

Deborah Moore

Deborah Moore

Deborah Moore, Executive Director of the Green Schools Initiative, promoting sustainable schools and environmental literacy, has trained more than 2,000 educators from 400 schools and districts, catalyzing measurable reductions in school environmental footprints. She contributed to the U.S. Department of Education’s “Green Ribbon Schools” award and serves on California Department of Education’s Schools of the Future and Environmental Literacy Task Forces.

www.greenschools.net

Session(s):

The Frontlines of Greening Educational Systems: Achieving Environmental Literacy for All - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Suki Munsell

Suki Munsell

Suki Munsell, Ph.D., a disciple of Anna Halprin, has 40 years’ experience teaching dance, performing arts, fitness, and biomechanics in schools, colleges, industry and privately. Her writings include the book, Hanging Out: the upside down guide to Gravity Inversion, and the chapter Six Weeks to Dynamic Walking (in Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking). She runs Dynamic Health & Fitness in Marin County, CA.

www.dynamicvitality.com

Session(s):

Walking Your Talk in the World: Exploring Embodied Transformation - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mariel Nanasi

Mariel Nanasi

Mariel Nanasi, formerly a civil rights and criminal defense attorney, is the Executive Director/President of New Energy Economy, a highly successful Santa Fe, New Mexico-based nonprofit that works to end fossil-fuel dependence and create green economic opportunities in New Mexico through climate litigation, grassroots organizing, and renewable energy projects.

www.newenergyeconomy.org

Session(s):

Public Power To Counteract Climate Challenges and Corporate Control - Friday, October 17, 2014

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman, dedicated to designing and facilitating conversations and participatory processes to unearth deeper wisdom at the individual and collective levels, co-authored the free guidebook: The Lotus: A practice guide for Authentic Leadership towards Sustainability, and is a co-founder of the Global Leadership Lab.

www.blurb.com/b/2513859-the-lotus

Session(s):

Wiser Together Café | Igniting Possibilities through Intergenerational Partnerships – Friday, October 17, 2014

Wiser Together Open Space Technology - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wiser Together Café: Creating Tomorrow Together, Gathering Collective Wisdom to Turn Vision into Action - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Carleen Pickard

Carleen Pickard

Carleen Pickard, the Managing Director of the Bay Area-based human rights group, Global Exchange, has previously worked in social justice organizations in London; Chiapas, Mexico; San Francisco; Vancouver; and Ottawa, prior to returning to San Francisco in 2010.

www.globalexchange.org

Session(s):

Movement Building I: Convergence - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Danna Pfahl

Danna Pfahl

Danna Pfahl, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement at Future 500, has a background in environmental policy and coalition building, having worked with Oxfam America, Global Exchange, Amnesty International and many other groups on environmental and social issues. She currently works directly with some of the largest utilities and consumer brands in the country to advance market-based approaches to environmental problems.

www.future500.org

Session(s):

Greening Businesses of All Sizes – Friday, October 17, 2014

Karl Rabago

Karl Rabago

Karl R. Rábago, with 25 years’ experience in electricity policy and regulation, energy markets, and energy technology development, operates Rábago Energy LLC, which provides strategic, policy, regulatory, and market development consulting in the clean and innovative energy sectors. Karl also serves as board chair of the Center for Resource Solutions, and sits on the board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

www.rabagoenergy.com

Session(s):

Public Power To Counteract Climate Challenges and Corporate Control - Friday, October 17, 2014

Amanda Ravenhill

Amanda Ravenhill

Amanda Joy Ravenhill, Professor of Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School, where she teaches sustainability, systems thinking and environmental and social justice to MBA and MPA candidates, is Executive Director at Project Drawdown, which is producing the book, Drawdown, the most comprehensive set of climate change mitigation policies yet compiled. She also co-founded The Hero Hatchery, a fellowship for climate activists.

www.presidiomba.org

Session(s):

Greening Businesses of All Sizes – Friday, October 17, 2014

Patrick Reinsborough

Patrick Reinsborough

Patrick Reinsborough, a strategist and campaigner with 25+ years’ experience in social movements, is co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Story-based Strategy, a movement support organization that seeks to harness the power of narrative for fundamental social change. He is the co-author of Re:Imagining Change–How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements and Change the World.

www.storybasedstrategy.org

Session(s):

Change the Story: New Strategies for Shifting Culture - Friday, October 17, 2014

Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of America’s leading science fiction writers, author of many works, including: Shaman, 2312, Galileo's Dream, The Years of Rice and Salt, the renowned Mars trilogy, and other novels. He lives in Davis, California.

www.kimstanleyrobinson.info

Session(s):

Science Fiction Envisions the World We Want - Saturday, October 18, 2014

John Roulac

John Roulac

John W. Roulac, founder/CEO of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm superfoods, founded Nutiva in 1999 with a mission to nourish people and planet. He has authored a book on composting and three more on hemp, has successfully sued the US DEA to keep hemp foods legal, and has founded four nonprofit ecological groups, including GMOInside.org.

www.nutiva.com

Session(s):

Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bill Ryerson

Bill Ryerson

William N. Ryerson, President of Population Media Center (PMC), an organization that strives to improve global health and wellbeing through the use of entertainment-education strategies, also serves as Chair and CEO of the Population Institute in Washington, DC.

www.populationmedia.org | www.populationinstitute.org

Session(s):

Is Earth Full? Holistic Population Solutions in a Growing World - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kirsten Schwind

Kirsten Schwind

Kirsten Schwind, co-founder (in 2006) and Director of Bay Localize, authored the Community Resilience Toolkit and Toolkit 2.0, used in 46 states and 30 countries. Kirsten has trained more than 1000 community leaders in resilience; coordinates the Resilient Communities Initiative, a collaborative of social justice organizations; served as chair of the Berkeley Energy Commission; and consults widely on climate adaptation.

www.baylocalize.org

Session(s):

Eco-Governance - Friday, October 17, 2014

Eco-Regional Design: Place Is the Space - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jennifer Seydel

Jennifer Seydel

Jennifer Seydel, Ph.D., has 35+ years’ experience as an educator. CEO of the Green Schools National Network, she is also a School Designer for Expeditionary Learning, an education reform nonprofit. Jennifer has provided coaching, leadership development, and curriculum design support to schools throughout the country and is the lead author of the groundbreaking science curriculum module, Water is Life: The Earth’s Hydrosphere and its Influence on Life.

www.greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org

Session(s):

The Frontlines of Greening Educational Systems: Achieving Environmental Literacy for All - Saturday, October 18, 2014

David Shaw

David Shaw

David Shaw, 32, a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator, co-founded the Common Ground Center at UC Santa Cruz, an inter-generational partnership focused on education for a just and sustainable world, which seeks to support communities locally and globally to transform their shared future through dialogue and collective action.

kresge.ucsc.edu/commonground

Session(s):

Wiser Together Café | Igniting Possibilities through Intergenerational Partnerships – Friday, October 17, 2014

Community of Mentors Office Hours with David Shaw – Friday, October 17, 2014

Wiser Together Open Space Technology - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wiser Together Café: Creating Tomorrow Together, Gathering Collective Wisdom to Turn Vision into Action - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Michael Shuman

Michael Shuman

Michael H. Shuman, an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, is Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets, a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute, and was a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He has authored, co-authored, or edited eight books, including, most recently: Local Dollars, Local Sense, and has lectured in 47 states and eight countries.

www.michaelhshuman.com

Session(s):

Re-Localizing the Food System  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Nikki Silvestri

Nikki Silvestri

Nikki Silvestri is the Executive Director of Green for All, an organization working to build a more inclusive, healthy, and sustainable economy. Prior to joining Green For All, she served as Executive Director of People’s Grocery in Oakland, where she led efforts to cultivate economic and environmental justice within the food sector.

www.greenforall.org

Session(s):

Feminomics: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jennifer Sokolove

Jennifer Sokolove

Jennifer Sokolove, Ph.D., is Program Director at the Compton Foundation, one of the initial signatories to the Divest/Invest Philanthropy commitment to stop financing fossil fuels. Her portfolio includes: climate change; fresh water and rural conservation in the western U.S.; art for social change; sustainable food systems; and leadership and storytelling. Jennifer also chairs the board of the Switzer Foundation, and serves on several advisory boards.

www.comptonfoundation.org

J. Phoenix Smith

J. Phoenix Smith

J. Phoenix Smith is the founder of EcoSoul, which provides “Ecotherapy” through coaching, trainings, writing, and ceremonies designed to awaken, restore and heal our connections to the natural world. She has a masters’ degree in Social Work and 20 years’ experience in public health, is an elder in the Lucumi Orisha tradition, and leads monthly ceremonies at local waters in the Bay Area for healing and restoration.

www.ecosoulwisdom.org

Session(s):

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community - Friday, October 17, 2014

Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon, board chair of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest social venture capital firm, which invests in organic food, green products, and environmental innovations, spent 18 years using integrated capital for social change through an activist family office. Joel is also a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance, a founding member of the Social Venture Network and Tides Canada, and the board chair of Hollyhock.

www.renewalfunds.com

Session(s):

Movement Building I: Convergence - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Summers

Autumn Summers

Autumn Summers, who has intensely studied herbalism and ethnobotany for over 20 years with a special kinship for the plants of Northern California, teaches edible and medicinal plant classes at the California School of Herbal Studies, consults for the pioneering herbal company, Herb Pharm, and teaches in their intern program in Southern Oregon.

www.cshs.com

Session(s):

Herbwalk – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sri Swaminiji Svatmavidyananda Saraswati

Sri Swaminiji Svatmavidyananda Saraswati

Sri Swaminiji Svatmavidyananda Saraswati, the leading disciple of Pujya Swamiji Dayananda Saraswati, teaches Vedanta and Sanskrit in Atlanta, GA, Saylorsburg, PA, Eugene, OR, and Washington D.C. She is the resident Acharya of the Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam community, is active in interfaith conferences and has participated in several national and international forums representing the Vedic tradition.

www.arshavm.org

Session(s):

Archetypes in Every Woman  - Friday, October 17, 2014
 

Erin Switalski

Erin Switalski

Erin Switalski, the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth, has worked as a social justice and environmental health advocate for over 15 years, is a 2010 winner of the “40 Under 40” Leadership Award in Advocacy from the New Leaders Council, and is featured in the brand new Link TV special, UNSAFE: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals.

www.womensvoices.org

Session(s):

Toward a Nontoxic Industry and Economy - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Erin Switalski – Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Luisah Teish

Luisah Teish

Luisah Teish, an initiated elder (Iyanifa) and chieftain in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora, is an artist-activist, performer, teacher, spiritual guidance counselor, and renowned author of such classics as Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. Her most recent work is On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Land, co-authored with Hawaiian Kahuna, Leilani Birely.

www.luishteish.com | www.ileorunmilaoshun.com

Session(s):

Archetypes in Every Woman – Friday, October 17, 2014

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Luisah Teish – Sunday, October 19, 2014
 

Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed, is a Jamaica-born, Bay Area-based, internationally acclaimed master percussionist and performer, workshop leader, and leadership trainer. She is the founder and Director of Spirit Drumz, an international organization that seeks to activate empowerment and healing among women and youth of all cultures using African Diasporic drumming, dancing, and storytelling. Her first solo CD is Soul Affirmationz.

www.spiritdrumz.org

Session(s):

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree – Friday, October 17, 2014

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dawn Weisz

Dawn Weisz

Dawn Weisz, Executive Officer for Marin Clean Energy, coordinated efforts to launch the MCE (Marin Clean Energy) program, the first Community Choice Aggregation program in California. She has 19 award-winning years’ experience developing cutting-edge renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for leading public agencies, including as Executive Director for Sustainable North Bay.

www.marincleanenergy.com

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Public Power To Counteract Climate Challenges and Corporate Control - Friday, October 17, 2014
 

Greg Watson

Greg Watson

Greg Watson, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture, was formerly Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology within the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and has had a long career of exemplary public service, including as: Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative; Director of Educational Programs for Second Nature; Executive Director of the New Alchemy Institute; and Director of The Nature Conservancy's Eastern Regional Office.

www.mass.gov

Session(s):

Eco-Regional Design: Place Is the Space - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bryan Welch

Bryan Welch

Bryan Welch, a long-time newspaper man, in 1996 became the founding Publisher/Editorial Director of Topeka, KS-based Ogden Publications, now the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities, and which includes Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, and others in its family of media outlets.

www.ogdenpubs.com

Session(s):

The Choir and Beyond: Media and Social Change  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Courtney White

Courtney White

Courtney White, a former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, is a co-founder of the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and others to improve land health. He is the author and editor of several books, including Revolution on the Range, and his writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Farming, Acres Magazine, Rangelands, and Solutions.

www.quiviracoalition.org

Session(s):

Watering Down: Water Management Strategies for Climate Change - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Evan Wiig

Evan Wiig

Evan Wiig founder and lead organizer of The Farmers Guild, a growing network of social and professional hubs bringing together new farmers to share resources and information, has spent the last few years immersed in the local food and farming movement, from a Brooklyn community garden to a California cattle ranch, doing everything from raising chickens to convening fellow farmers around vital issues.

www.farmersguild.org

Suzanne York

Suzanne York

Suzanne York is Senior Writer with the Institute for Population Studies in Berkeley, CA. Her work is focused on the interconnectedness of population growth with women’s empowerment, human rights, consumption, alternative economies, and the environment. Suzanne’s writing appears on the blog “6 Degrees of Population,” and she has penned several reports, including: Peoples' Rights, Planet's Rights: Holistic Approaches to a Sustainable Population.

www.howmany.org

Session(s):

Is Earth Full? Holistic Population Solutions in a Growing World - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Puanani Mahoe

Puanani Mahoe (Hawaiian), a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother known affectionately as Auntie Pua, is a deeply respected Hawaiian spiritual master in theKahuna tradition and a much sought-after speaker on Hawaiian history and culture. She is the author of Pele's Wish.

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | ALOHA (Applied Hawaiian Philosophy) - Friday, October 17, 2014

Cannupa Hanska Luger

Cannupa Hanska Luger

Cannupa Hanska Luger, of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian ancestry, born on North Dakota’s Standing Rock Reservation, is a sculptor whose socially engaged work is included in several museum collections internationally and has been featured in exhibitions worldwide. He is represented by Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

www.cannupahanska.com

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ginger Dunnill

Ginger Dunnill

Ginger Dunnill (Hana, Maui, Hawaii) works in audio composition, installation and performance based art, collaborating with artists from New Zealand to Brazil, creating music and installation work addressing social justice. She produces the Art Beat Conversations podcast featuring interviews with indigenous and other engaged artists. She also composes music scores, including most recently for the film, This Is A Stereotype.

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Andrew Jolivette

Andrew Jolivette

Dr. Andrew Jolivétte, Ph.D., a Creole of Opelousa, Choctaw, Atakapa-Ishak, French, African, and Spanish descent, is Chair of the American Indian Studies Department at San Francisco State. An accomplished educator, writer, speaker, and socio-cultural critic, he is the author of several books, including: Cultural Representation in Native America, and many journal articles and studies. He has served on a wide range of boards of activist and cultural NGOs as well as research and academic institutions.

www.sfsu.edu

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Bioneers.  Over his career, Teo has engaged in diverse efforts including federal range management, youth and educator development, state-level assessments of long-range planning, and applied research on topics including climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, biodiversity and ecological networks.  A Doris Duke Conservation Fellow, Teo has an MS in Environmental Science & Management from UCSB.

www.bioneers.org

Session(s):

Citizen Science: DIY Knowledge To and From the People - Saturday, October 18, 2014

China Ching

China Ching

China Ching (aka: Bessie Dvora China Leipakumakaniokalani Ching), Program Officer, Indigenous Rights and Representation and the Bay Area at The Christensen Fund, was formerly a founding member of Third World Majority, where she directed Circle of Voices, a Native-specific training program, and also spent four years at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center.

www.christensenfund.org

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Evelyn Arce

Evelyn Arce

Evelyn Arce, of Chibcha descent (Colombian-American), Executive Director of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) since 2002, was formerly a high-school teacher of Science, Horticulture, and Independent Living, a communications consultant for the renowned Iewirokwas Native American midwifery program, and coordinated the American Indian Millennium Conference held at Cornell in 2001.

www.internationalfunders.org

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Joanne Campbell

Joanne Campbell

Joanne Campbell, a Coast Miwok elder and tribal council member for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, is actively working on restoring the Coastal Miwok language and basketry traditions with her tribe. She is a retired nurse and advocate for education.

Session(s):

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods and Joanne Campbell – Friday, October 17, 2014

Sonj Basha

Sonj Basha

Sonj Basha, a gender-queer female from Bangladesh committed to sex-positivity and deconstructing the oppressive gender binary, works to ensure the inclusion of gender non-conforming and transgender identities in institutions of higher education. Sonj is a member of the Gender Identity and Expression Committee; studies Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and is completing an MBA at Mills College.

Session(s):

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tom Goldtooth

Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Bemidji, Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, a social change activist within the Native American community for over 30 years, has become an internationally renowned environmental and economic justice leader, working with many organizations around the world. Tom co-produced the award-winning documentary, Drumbeat For Mother Earth, which addresses the affects of bio-accumulative chemicals on indigenous people.

www.ienearth.org

Session(s):

Native Youth Talking Circle - Sunday, October 19, 2014

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

Faith Gemmill-Fredson

Faith Gemmill-Fredson

Faith Gemmill-Fredson (Neets’aii Gwich’in, Pit River and Wintu) of Arctic Village, Alaska, a long-time activist/community leader, is Executive Director of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands), a grassroots network created by Alaska Natives to address the impacts of fossil fuel, mining and climate change in Alaska. Faith is also a board member of the International Indian Treaty Council and Vice-President of the California Indian Environmental Alliance.

Session(s):

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

Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, Senior Director of Membership & Communications at the Women Donors Network, has wide experience in communications, strategy development, grassroots organizing, and multi-racial coalition building. Her previous positions include: Director of Strategic Communications at Citizen Engagement Laboratory (where she helped launch Presente.org and ColorOfChange.org); Legislative Aide in the California State Assembly; and news reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

www.womendonors.org

Sesion(s):

Leveraging Donor Activism: Philanthropy’s Leading Edges - Friday, October 17, 2014

Nicolas Ibarguen

Nicolas Ibarguen

Nicolás Ibargüen, former Editor/Publisher of Poder Magazine, is: an environmentalist and Director of the Planet Initiative of the Americas Business Council Foundation (an organization supporting innovative social and environmental impact projects); the Environmental Correspondent for Fusion/Univision in charge of developing their environmental desk; producer of the award-winning documentary Amazon Gold; and a board member of NRDC's Voces Verdes and of the Humane Society International.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson, a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor, one of the founders of the organic farming program at Green Gulch Zen Center, an organic agriculture and meditation teacher for decades, advised Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard Project, and is: a founding instructor of the College of Marin's innovative Organic Farm and Gardening Project; a gardening columnist; and the author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.

www.gardeningatthedragonsgate.com

Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake is: co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate, founder/Co-Director of the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative, Co-Chair of International Advocacy with the Global Alliance for the Rights Of Nature, an advisor to the International Eco-Cities Framework and Standards Initiative, developer of the Resilient Community Training Program, and author of the award-winning book, Uprisings For The Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.

www.iwecc.org

Session(s):

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise - Saturday, October 18, 2014

People's Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature's Rights – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena, a medical herbalist, ethnobotanist, teacher and gardener specializing in both Native American and Western herbal traditions, started her herbal education at age seven, working with local medicine people from her tribe, the Northern Wintu (California) and has been a life-long participant in their cultural activities. She has been teaching the ethnobotany of California native plants for 20+ years, leading plant walks throughout the state.

Jered Lawson

Jered Lawson is the co-founder/Co-Director of Pescadero, CA’s Pie Ranch, dedicated “to cultivating a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships.“ Before co-founding Pie Ranch in 2003 Jered worked with several California organizations working for healthy, local and just food systems.

www.pieranch.org

Session(s):

Food Literacy as a Catalyst for Social Change - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Annie Lim

Annie Lim

Dr. Annie Lim, Ph.D., a serial entrepreneur, author, mother, and renowned coach, mentor, trainer and consultant, is the founder of: WEWorld Network (Women Entrepreneurs World Network), a global online educational summit that supports women entrepreneurs; and L.I.F.E. Children Foundation, an organization that works to provide better educational opportunities for underprivileged children.

www.drannielim.com
www.wibws.com

 

Prajna Marcus

Prajna Marcus

Ami Prajna Marcus, founder of PlanetVision, works to assist communities in enacting binding laws that elevate the rights of communities and nature above the claimed legal rights of corporations. She is also a Conscious Leadership Coach with IMPAQ, a global consultancy that seeks to leverage the power of business to help individuals awaken to their authentic selves, work in alignment with purpose, and create positive change.

www.impaqcorp.com

Session(s):

People's Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature's Rights – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dylan McLaughlin

Dylan McLaughlin

Dylan McLaughlin, born on the Navajo Nation, is a digital media artist and filmmaker, primarily focusing on documentary, narrative video, and photography. His work ranges from co-organization of the Attention Span 30 Second Film Festival, documentary style artist and community video portraits, narrative short filmmaking, and more experimental interactive works and video installation.

www.invisiblelaboratory.com
vimeo.com/dylanmclaughlin

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Robin Milam

Robin Milam

Robin Milam, a global earth rights advocate, serves as Administrative Director for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to creating human communities that respect and defend the rights of Nature. Galvanizing a global movement, the Alliance hosted the 2014 International Rights of Nature Summit and founded the International Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal.

www.therightsofnature.org

Session(s):

People's Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature's Rights – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Eliciana Nascimento

Eliciana Nascimento

Eliciana Nascimento, MFA, is the writer/director of The Summer of Gods, recently showcased in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival and winning a Special Recognition Award in Directing at the BlackStar Film Festival. She previously directed several narrative and documentary film projects and currently works as a video producer at SurveyMonkey.

www.thesummerofgods.com
www.candacecine.com

Pennie Opal Plant

Pennie Opal Plant

Pennie Opal Plant, of Yaqui/Mexican/Choctaw/Cherokee/European descent, has been an activist on behalf of the rights of Mother Earth and indigenous peoples, as well as the environment, for 30+ years. She recently attended the International Summits on the Rights of Mother Earth in 2013 and 2014, and is currently involved with Idle No More SF Bay.

Session(s):

People's Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature's Rights – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning filmmaker providing breathtaking imagery for films that celebrate life. He uses time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques to try to inspire love for nature so people will protect it. His unique Moving Art™ content can be found practically everywhere, from 3D IMAX theaters to Netflix and the smart phone in your pocket.

www.movingart.com

Linda Sheehan

Linda Sheehan

Linda Sheehan, MPP, JD, is the Executive Director of Earth Law Center, which advances recognition in law of the inherent rights of the natural world to exist, thrive and evolve. Recognized as a “California Coastal Hero” for her work, Linda has taught “Earth Law” at both Vermont Law School and the California Institute of Integral Studies.

www.earthlaw.org

Session(s):

People's Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature's Rights – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading critics of globalization, most eloquent defenders of local, traditional farming, and passionate human and environmental rights advocate, founded Navdanya to protect the diversity of India’s native seeds and promote organic farming and fair trade, and is an award-winning academic, activist, advisor to governments, and author of many books, including such classics as The Violence of the Green Revolution and Monocultures of the Mind.

www.vandanashiva.com

Session(s):

People's Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature's Rights – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Morgan Simon

Morgan Simon

Morgan Simon, a pioneer in Impact Investment, is: a Partner at Pi Investments; founder/Chair of Transform Finance, bridging impact investment and social justice; Chair of the investment committee for The Working World, a fund for stakeholder-owned businesses in the US, Argentina and Nicaragua; on the board of ROC UNITE, supporting restaurant workers nationwide; founding CEO (2010-2013) of Toniic, a global network of early-stage social investors; and former Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition.

www.transformfinance.org

Roxanne Swentzell

Roxanne Swentzell

Roxanne Swentzell, a renowned clay sculptor from New Mexico’s Santa Clara Pueblo whose pieces are exhibited in many prestigious museums nationally, owns her own gallery in Pojoaque, MM, and also co-founded the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, which among many other projects has been saving native seeds for 30+ years and is now spearheading “The Pueblo Food Experience” to restore indigenous people’s health by returning to their traditional diets.

www.roxanneswentzell.net

Alyson Wylie

Alyson Wylie

Alyson Wylie is a Health Education Specialist with the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at California State University, Chico. Since January 2010 she has coordinated the implementation of numerous nutrition and physical activity programs for low income students in K – 12 settings throughout Northern California.

www.csuchico.edu/cnap

Session(s):

Food Literacy as a Catalyst for Social Change - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Shilpa Jain

Shilpa Jain

Shilpa Jain spent a decade working for an NGO in India then served as Education/Outreach Coordinator for the global social justice NGO, Other Worlds, was founding Coordinator of the Global Youth Leadership Collaborative and is currently Executive Director of the East Bay-based non-profit YES! that works with young changemakers. Shilpa is the author of numerous articles and books, including Reclaiming the Gift Culture and Paths of Unlearning.

www.yesworld.org

Session(s):

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action – Friday, October 17, 2014

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

www.paulhawken.com

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kaimana Barcarse

Kaimana Barcarse

Kaimana Barcarse (Kanaka Hawai'i), whose passion is using the wa'a (canoe) as a platform to strengthen Hawaiian language and culture, is the Coordinator of Hawaiian Language and Culture at the Kamehameha Schools ABED Department, a deep-sea voyager and instructor of Voyaging and Navigation and Ethno-zoology in many educational contexts, Program Director of a Hawaiian language show on KWXX-FM, and the current board co-chair of The Cultural Conservancy.

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | ALOHA (Applied Hawaiian Philosophy) - Friday, October 17, 2014

Bill Benenson

Bill Benenson

Bill Benenson, a renowned film director/producer of award-winning documentaries (Dirt! The Movie, The Marginal Way, Diamond Rivers, and, most recently, The Hadza: Last of the First) and feature films (Boulevard Nights, The Lightship, A Walk on the Moon, Who Bombed Judi Bari? , etc.) is a passionate environmentalist, supporter of The Nature Conservancy, The NRDC, Conservation International, Bioneers, RAN, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Derek Cressman

Derek Cressman

Derek Cressman, a national leader in the fight for fair elections for two decades and former candidate for California Secretary of State, was until 2013 Vice President of California State Operations for Common Cause. Earlier in his career he directed the Democracy Program for the Public Interest Research Groups. He is the author of The Recall's Broken Promise-How Big Money Still Runs California Politics.

www.derekcressman.com

Session(s):

Democracy, Corporate Power and Climate Change – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wade Crowfoot

Wade Crowfoot

Wade Crowfoot is Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Senior Advisor to California Governor Jerry Brown. Wade's portfolio includes transportation, infrastructure, emergency management, military and veterans issues, and co-chairing the governor's Drought Taskforce. Wade's previous positions include: West Coast Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund, and Environmental Advisor and Director of Governmental Affairs for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

gov.ca.gov

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bernadette Del Chiaro

Bernadette Del Chiaro

Bernadette Del Chiaro, the Executive Director of the California Solar Energy Industry Associatio (CALSEIA), was formerly Director of Clean Energy and Global Warming Programs at Environment California. She was the lead advocate of the Million Solar Roofs campaign and has worked on numerous clean energy bills and initiatives throughout her seventeen-year career.

www.calseia.org

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gay Dillingham

Gay Dillingham

Gay Dillingham, an award-winning film producer/director, owner of CNS Communications, LLC, previously co-founded/co-managed two environmental technology companies and chaired New Mexico’s environmental management and consumer protection board for 8 years. Her most recent documentary film is Dying to Know. Gay is also currently Vice Chair of Bioneers’ board.

www.cnsc.com

Arisha Michelle Hatch

Arisha Michelle Hatch

Arisha Michelle Hatch, JD, Campaign Director of ColorOfChange, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Black America's political voice, left behind a legal career to organize for the Obama Campaign in 2008 and later worked to mobilize the LGBT community during the aftermath of Prop 8 as National Organizing Director at the Courage Campaign.

www.colorofchange.org

Session(s):

The Choir and Beyond: Media and Social Change  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden, one of the leading figures of the student, civil rights, anti-war and environmental movements of the 1960s, went on to serve 18 years in the California legislature, where he chaired labor, higher education and natural resources committees. Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, CA, he continues to be a leading voice for peace, erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics. Tom is the author and editor of 20 books and has taught at several universities, including UCLA, Pitzer, and Harvard.

tomhayden.com

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Erin Konsmo

Erin Marie Konsmo (Michif/Nehiyaw from Onoway/Lac St. Anne, Alberta) is the Youth Coordinator and Media Contact on the Walking With Our Sisters National Collective and the Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. A self-taught, community-engaged stencil and multi-media artist, she works to encourage Indigenous Youth to create their own artistic expressions around sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice.

www.nativeyouthsexualhealth.com

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health – Friday, October 17, 2014

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change - Sunday, October 19, 2014
 

Sarah Stranahan

Sarah Stranahan

Sarah Stranahan, Strategic Development Director at Free Speech For People, has 20+ years' experience in social change philanthropy, mission related investing and community organizing. Her former roles include: board member of the Needmor Fund, founding Coordinator of the New Economy Network, and Program Director at Bolder Giving. She also currently serves on the boards of the New Economy Coalition and the Stranahan Foundation.

www.freespeechforpeople.org

Session(s):

Democracy, Corporate Power and Climate Change – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vien Truong

Vien Truong

Vien Truong, Environmental Equity Director at the Greenlining Institute, works with the state legislature, California Public Utilities Commission, and in localities around the state to create solutions for poverty and pollution. She has created nationally recognized programs to support communities most vulnerable to climate change, and has received congressional, state, regional and local awards for her work on behalf of low-income communities and communities of color.

www.greenlining.org

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Donna Morton

Donna Morton

Donna Morton, a lifelong serial social entrepreneur and an artist, is co-founder of Principium, a group of purpose-led companies and individuals that directs capital into the sustainable economy, with a special focus on fossil-free portfolios and women and indigenous-led enterprises. She also co-founded SunDrum Youth Social Entrepreneurship, and First Power, a B Corporation working for clean energy, jobs and equity for Canada's first nations.

Session(s):

Feminomics: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mark Hertsgaard

Mark Hertsgaard

Mark Hertsgaard has long reported on climate change in California and around the world for outlets including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Businessweek, Harper’s, Scientific American, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where he is the environment correspondent.  He is the author of six books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including, HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fran Spivy-Weber

Frances Spivy-Weber of Redondo Beach was first appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board in 2007, reappointed and elected Vice-Chair of the Board in 2009, and reappointed by Governor Brown in 2013 to a four-year term. Before being appointed to the Board, she served as the executive director of the Mono Lake Committee since 1997.   From 1983 to 1992, Ms. Weber served as the director of international programs for the National Audubon Society.  Ms. Weber was a member of the Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee and co-chair of its Water Use Efficiency Committee. She also served as co-chair of the Southern California Water Dialogue and convener of the California Urban Water Conservation Council. She has served on many boards, including the Water Education Foundation, California Council of Land Trusts, and Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund.

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dan Jacobson

Dan Jacobson directs policy development, research, and legislative advocacy for Environment California. Based in Sacramento, he leads the organization's policy agenda and advocates before the state Legislature and Congress. He has been with the organization for 24 years.  Dan led efforts to pass the California Clean Energy Act, the strongest renewable energy law in the country and led the campaign to get the state Legislature and the Governor’s office to adopt the Green Chemistry Initiative.  

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

V. John White

V. John White has been a writer, commentator, advocate, and leader of the green energy movement in California for 35 years. He is executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) in Sacramento, Legislative Director for Clean Power Campaign (CPC), and principal of the environmental and energy lobbying practice, V. John White Associates, representing public interest environmental and local government organizations, and new energy technology companies.

www.ceert.org

 

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald is the Tribal Liaison for Southern California Edison, which provides electrical service to 13 Federally Recognized tribes. He is an enrolled member of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, and has served three terms as a member of the Chemehuevi Tribal Council. Brian maintains several board positions with tribal organizations such as TASIN (the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations), the Inter Tribal Council of California, and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce. He also holds a seat on the transportation planning committee for SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments, the largest regional planning organization in the country.)

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jeanne Merrill

Jeanne Merrill is the Policy Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), a coalition of sustainable agriculture organizations that advances policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and agriculture. She has 20 years of experience in agricultural, environmental and energy policy advocacy at the state and national levels. Ms. Merrill is a member of the Organizational Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee. She holds a B.A. in political science from U.C. San Diego and a M.S. in land resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

http://www.calclimateag.org

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kevin Weiner

Kevin Weiner

Kevin S. Weiner, Ph.D., a Stanford and Princeton-trained neuroscientist, is Director of Public Communication at the Palo Alto-based Institute for Applied Neuroscience. He specializes in mapping the visual cortex to understand how the brain organizes information into functional networks. He has authored or co-authored nearly 20 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and also writes for TheInertia.com about the neuroscience of surfing.

scienceforgood.org

Session(s):

Your Brain On Water - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Andi Wong

Andi Wong

Andi Wong, teaching artist and arts advocate, designs and implements concept-based, integrated arts curriculum at Rooftop Alternative K-8, a public school located in San Francisco. She integrates art, technology, science and environmental advocacy with The Blue Marble Project, and serves as project coordinator for ArtsEd4All, an informal collective of educators and students, artists, scientists, civic institutions and community organizations, who work together to create participatory arts experiences.

Session(s):

Your Brain On Water - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jamison Watts

Jamison Watts, Executive Director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), has worked in natural resources management, land conservation and business development for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining MALT, Jamison served as Executive Director of the Northern California Regional Land Trust and as a wildlife biologist and environmental consultant.

www.malt.org

Session(s):

A New Vision for Marin County: Our Successes, Challenges and Opportunities – Saturday, October 19, 2014

Karen Brown

Karen Brown

Karen Brown, Creative Director for the Center for Ecoliteracy, is an award-winning designer whose work has been included in the Smithsonian Institution and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and dozens of other popular and technical publications. She has lectured on design and environmental topics throughout the U.S., Japan, and Europe, and is a contributor at Etsy.

www.ecoliteracy.org

Session(s):

Re-Localizing the Food System  - Friday, October 17, 2014

Ann Edminster

Ann Edminster

Ann Edminster is a leading international expert on green homes, assisting professionals in developing their capacity to create better projects.  Her 2009 book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, is a comprehensive guide for designers and builders seeking to create zero net energy homes. She chairs the Green Building Task Force for the US, Canada, and Mexico’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and was a principal developer of LEED for Homes. She serves on the Board of the Net Zero Energy Coalition, chaired the Coalition’s inaugural Net Zero Leadership Summit in October 2013, and is the director of the second Net Zero Leadership Summit (Boston, March 3-5, 2015). She has developed curricula for design and construction of net-zero energy homes (new and existing), and has taught for utilities and non-profits throughout California and beyond. In 2013 she was named Affordable Comfort Inc.’s first Woman of the Year. 

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crystal Lameman

Crystal Lameman​ feels it is her obligation as a mother to protect her land, water and culture for her children and future generations.  Crystal comes from the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No.6, Alberta, Canada. Currently, Crystal is the Climate and Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Canada and is a fellow of the Indigenous Environmental Network. She utilizes her formal academia – Two University Degrees; but above all her Indigenous ways of knowing and being to articulate the impacts of the direct exploitation of the tar sands. Whilst addressing the environmental racism the Governments impose on First Nations people in the name of resource extraction and the industrialization of their homelands. 

“We have come to a point where we have no choice left but to lift up our inherent treaty rights – our birthrights. The Crown and this Government do not get to pick the pieces of their law it likes and which one’s it does not, they made their laws thus they have to abide by them. As First Nations people, we abide by natural law, and there is nothing natural about a people dying from cancer and suffering from respiratory illnesses”.

Although the Beaver Lake Cree’s rights to hunt and fish for all time are enshrined in Treaty 6, their land is being usurped by the tar sands industry, which destroys the very habitat of the animals and fish they depend on and when those ecosystems are being affected, the inherent right to sustain themselves is affected, which means their Constitutionally protected rights are violated, giving Treaty title holders grounds to sue.  Which the Beaver Lake Cree did in 2008.  Alberta and Canada have far exceeded the land’s capacity for development.  They have recklessly authorized tar sands projects, military facilities and other development without any real regard for the rights of Beaver Lake and other Treaty Nations.  While any one of these projects by themselves might be tolerable taken together they threaten to destroy the First Nations people’s way of life and the land that has sustained them for centuries.  The case is currently being carried forward by the Beaver Lake Cree’s current leadership and Crystal uses this as one example of how First Nations people can assert their rights whilst offering a solution.

Session(s):

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

Esther Lucero

Esther Lucero

Esther Lucero, MPP, of Dine' and Latina descent, is: Director of Programs and Strategic Development for the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health; an Adjunct Professor in the American Indian Studies Department at SF State; and founder of the NAHC Media Center in Oakland. An expert in digital storytelling, her most recent film production is the documentary: Killing the 7th Generation: Reproductive Abuses Against Indigenous Women.

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health – Friday, October 17, 2014

Oren Lyons

Oren Lyons

Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Wolf Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs of the Haudnosaunee (Six Nations/Iroquois), helped establish the UN’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982 and has long been active defending indigenous rights around the world. Recently retired as a professor at SUNY Buffalo and as Director of its Native American Studies Program, he is also a widely exhibited artist, an author, including of Dog Story, and a legendary figure in world lacrosse.

Session(s):

Greening Businesses of All Sizes – Friday, October 17, 2014

Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Adam Werbach

Adam Werbach

Adam Werbach is the co-founder of yerdle, an online store and app where people give and get things for free. The mission: reduce the number of new things we have to buy by 25%. A longtime Bioneer attendee, Werbach was elected President of the Sierra Club when he was 23, and is the author of Strategy for Sustainability. He has three kids: Mila, Pearl and Simon.

www.yerdle.com

Corrine Van Hook

Corrine Van Hook

Corrine L. Van Hook, Communications & Outreach Manager at San Francisco-based NGO Bay Localize, helps coordinate its Communities for Resilience and Green Your City programs as well as work on program development and strategic planning. A former IDEAL Scholar, Corrine is passionate about investing in youth and disenfranchised communities. Her previous jobs include stints with the Rockwood Leadership Institute and Greater New Beginnings Youth Services.

www.baylocalize.org

Session(s):

Youth Leadership | Map Your Future - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director of The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) since 2004, has lead BFI through a re-birth, expanding its mission and boosting its educational programs. In 2007 she developed and launched The Buckminster Fuller Challenge, now recognized as socially responsible design's highest award. Elizabeth has served in a leadership capacity in a variety of cultural and educational initiatives throughout her 25+ year career.

www.bfi.org

Session(s):

Designing a World for the 100%, by the 100% – Friday, October 17, 2014

Tom Van Dyck

Tom Van Dyck

Thomas Van Dyck, founder, Chairman and Secretary of As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy foundation, is active with many environmental and human rights groups. A leader in the field of sustainable investing since 1983, he founded Progressive Asset Management in 1987, then co-founded SRI Wealth Management Group, (now at RBC Wealth Management), one of the largest sustainable wealth management practices in North America.

www.asyousow.org

Sesion(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Leveraging Donor Activism: Philanthropy’s Leading Edges - Friday, October 17, 2014

 

Jeanne Rizzo

Jeanne Rizzo

Jeanne Rizzo, the groundbreaking, award-winning President/CEO of the Breast Cancer Fund and a past Council Chair of the California Breast Cancer Research Program, is a steering-committee member of the program’s Prevention Initiative and a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee. Earlier in her trajectory, she was a nurse, then an award-winning music, theater and film producer.

www.breastcancerfund.org

Session(s):

Toward a Nontoxic Industry and Economy - Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Jhos Singer

Jhos Singer

Jhos Singer, a Berkeley, CA-based postmodern, transgender, “sideways” Maggid (Jewish preacher), has an MA in Jewish Studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union and serves the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco as well as the Coastside Jewish Community. He is a contributor to the anthologies: Balancing on the Mechitza and Torah Queeries.

www.3200stories.org/authors/jhos-singer

Session(s):

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Naomi Starkman

Naomi Starkman

Naomi Starkman, founder/Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning publication, Civil Eats, is a food policy consultant to Consumers Union and others, and a founding board member of the Food & Environment Reporting Network. Her former positions include: Director of Communications & Policy at Slow Food Nation ’08; media consultant at The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ and WIRED; and Director of Communications for the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

www.civileats.com

Linda Booth Sweeney

Linda Booth Sweeney

Linda Booth Sweeney, Ed.D., an educator dedicated to helping young people discover their own “systems intelligence” through innovative activities, books, articles, website content, puppet shows, and computer games/simulations, is working with WGBH/PBS developing a pilot systems literacy program for PBS Learning Media. She is the author of several books, including: The Systems Thinking Playbook, When a Butterfly Sneezes, and Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems.

Session(s):

Education for Sustainability – Friday, October 17, 2014

Christina Livingston

Christina Livingston, is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), a statewide grassroots non-profit focused on developing leaders from within low income communities and communities of color to fight for social justice and better conditions for their historically disenfranchised constituencies. ACCE has helped push through major city and state policies, including the Homeowners Bill of Rights and Proposition 30.

www.calorganize.org

Session(s):

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Colin Miller

Colin Miller

Colin Miller, Program Manager for the San Francisco-based NGO Bay Localize and the Local Clean Energy Alliance and coordinator of the Alliance’s fourth annual groundbreaking Clean Power/Healthy Communities Conference last year, previously worked with a number of Bay Area organizations, including: Greenlining Institute, Urban Habitat, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition. Colin is also a musician, capoeirista, and educator.

www.baylocalize.org

Session(s):

Youth Leadership | Map Your Future - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sarah Newkirk

Sarah Newkirk

Sarah Newkirk, Coastal Project Director at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in California, trained as a marine scientist and a lawyer and works at the intersection of science and policy to promote resilience to sea level rise and to abate land-based threats to marine ecosystems. She pioneered TNC’s Coastal Resilience approach and has applied it to community planning in New York and California.

www.coastalresilience.org

Session(s):

Watering Down: Water Management Strategies for Climate Change - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez

Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez, a highly gifted young eco-themed lyricist and rapper and eco activist from Boulder, Colorado, of Aztec descent on his father’s side and steeped in environmental activism on his mother’s, began his precocious activism and eco-themed lyrical performances at age seven and hasn’t stopped since.

Session(s):

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Itzcuauhtl Roske-Martinez | Youth Activist Rap Duo – Friday, October 17, 2014
 

Louise Bedsworth

Louise Bedsworth, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), was formerly a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California focusing on adaptation to climate change, transportation and air quality. She has also held positions at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Redefining Progress, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

www.opr.ca.gov

Session(s):

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eco-Regional Design: Place Is the Space - Sunday, October 19, 2014

April McGill

April McGill (Yuki, Wappo, Little Lake Pomo), Program Manager for the Community Wellness Department at the Native American Health Center in San Francisco, is a researcher, writer, youth advocate, basket-weaver, and activist who has worked on food sovereignty, Native American graves protection and repatriation, and substance abuse issues. She is very active in the Bay Area Native American community.

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health – Friday, October 17, 2014

Sasha Houston Brown

Sasha Houston Brown

Sasha Houston Brown, a member of the Santee Sioux tribe of Nebraska, has spent her life as an active member of the Minneapolis American Indian community and has been involved in numerous social justice initiatives both locally and nationally. A freelance writer and consultant on American Indian issues for several national media outlets and organizations, she has written extensively on the topic of cultural appropriation.

Session(s):

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Katsi Cook

Katsi Cook

Katsi Cook (Mohawk), a renowned, groundbreaking Indigenous midwife and award-winning environmental justice health researcher based in her home community of Akwesasne, NY, is a deeply respected elder and educator. She has written numerous published essays and spoken widely across the country and beyond.

Session(s):

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health – Friday, October 17, 2014

Plant Sacraments and the Mind of Nature - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fania Davis

Fania Davis

Fania Davis, J.D., Ph.D., co-founder and Executive Director of Restorative Justice For Oakland Youth, came of age in Alabama in the 1960s and was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, and anti-apartheid movements. A civil rights trial lawyer for 27 years, she has also taught Restorative Justice at San Francisco ‘s New College Law School and Indigenous Peacemaking at Eastern Mennonite University.

www.rjoyoakland.org

Session(s):

Restorative Justice, Healing Justice - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Brian Haggerty

Brian Haggerty

Brian Haggerty, an evolutionary ecologist and PhD student at UC Santa Barbara, develops coordinated environmental monitoring and education programs. He helped design and implement the USA National Phenology Network and the California Phenology Project – emerging partnerships among federal agencies, academic communities, NGOs, and the general public to monitor effects of environmental change on the seasonality of our nation’s flora and fauna.

Session(s):

Citizen Science: DIY Knowledge To and From the People - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Citizen Science Ecology Walk - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Krithika Harish

Krithika Harish

Krithika Harish, an Indian-American social justice activist passionate about building inclusive communities around the world, serves as the Associate Director of Global Programs and Network Development at the United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.

www.uri.org

Session(s):

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action – Friday, October 17, 2014

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Krithika Harish – Firday, October 17, 2014

Jane Harrison

Jane Harrison

Jane Harrison is founder/Director of ATOPIA Research, a Princeton based non-profit working internationally to use the tools of strategic planning, architecture, and design in some of the planet’s most challenging regions, including Sri Lanka, Sichuan, Haiti, and East Africa. ATOPIA’s projects include the Powerbank wind turbine/rainwater-harvesting/water filtration disaster relief unit, and the award-winning Waterbank Schools (named the “Greenest School on Earth” by the US Green Building Council).

www.pitch-africa.org

Session(s):

Designing a World for the 100%, by the 100% – Friday, October 17, 2014

Deb Lane

Deb Lane

Deb Lane has been playing the drums for most of her life. Formerly a member of the Santa Cruz World Beat Band, Pele Juju, she performs with artists throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her musical endeavors, Deb is a leader in water-use efficiency and works as a Water Resources Analyst.

Session(s):

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree – Friday, October 17, 2014

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Starhawk

Starhawk

Starhawk, author of The Fifth Sacred Thing and 11 other books, including the feminist spirituality classic The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, and her latest, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, is also a documentary film producer and directs Earth Activist Trainings in permaculture/ecological design with a grounding in spirit and an inner city youth and activism focus.

www.starhawk.org

Session(s):

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Travis Forgues

Travis Forgues

Travis Forgues, VP of Farmer Affairs, a family dairy farmer, co-started Organic Valley’s (OV) Vermont dairy pool in 1999, recruited scores of other New England farmer-owners for the cooperative and pioneered OV’s Generation Organic program, designed to cultivate the next generation of organic farmers. After serving on OV’s board for six years, Travis recently relocated to Wisconsin to lead its Pools Department, handling farm services, resources, and operations.

www.organicvalley.coop