Introduction by Alisa Gravitz, Green America
In this age of unprecedented global challenges—and innovations—the world can’t wait for solutions to emerge piecemeal over time. We need to get better, faster and more innovative in scaling up existing solutions. Economist Kristen Sheeran illuminates groundbreaking collaborative efforts to create new approaches to social innovation, harnessing cutting-edge digital technologies for the rapid sharing, processing and managing of knowledge. She’s VP of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, the Pacific Northwest's groundbreaking think tank and green economy incubator.
Introduction by Connie Cagampang Heller, Linked Fate Fund for Justice
As humanity faces global environmental and social collapse, our fear of the “Other” can be magnified by unstable contracting economies, radically shifting demographics, and new social norms. Can humanity overcome these divisions and come together to protect our common home? John A. Powell, a nationally respected voice on race and ethnicity, leads UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, serves on the UC Berkeley School of Law faculty, and is author of Racing to Justice.
Introduction by Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor of Environmental Health, UC Berkeley
Facing rapidly changing demographics, growing inequality and increased political polarization in the U.S., movement builders are grappling with creating new cross-generational ties and a new understanding of the relationship between equity and economic growth. How do we build movements based on vision and values, not interests and transactions? Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, and founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC, Santa Cruz. He directs the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.
Arielle Klagsbrun – Youth Leadership | Why People Need to Get Arrested: The climate crisis requires bold action
Arielle Klagsbrun a leader of the “Take Back Saint Louis” campaign to remove tax incentives to corporations profiting from climate change explores how to defeat the fossil fuel extraction industry.
Introduction by Nina Simons
What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation’s most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer" who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.
Introduction by Kenny Ausubel
The cognitive and emotional benefits of healthy oceans and waterways have been celebrated through art, song, romance and poetry throughout human history. Marine biologist, activist, community organizer, and author Wallace J. Nichols will dive deeper and explore our blue minds through the dual lenses of evolutionary biology and cognitive science, reminding us that we are water.
How do we align political governance with ecological realities rooted in watersheds, foodsheds, culturesheds and regional economies? Hosted by: Kirsten Schwind, Bay Localize. With: Kristen Sheeran, Ecotrust, co-founder/Director, Economics for Equity and Environment Network; David Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College; Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research; Greg Watson, Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture.
How do we move from disconnected, fearful individuals to connected, collective agents of change? What are the relationships among concentrated corporate power, lack of government oversight, and fractured social movements? How can each of us step up to build justice and cool the globe? Hosted by Connie Cagampang Heller, co-founder, Linked Fate Fund for Justice. With: John A. Powell, Director, UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Lindsey Allen, Acting Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network; Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Christina Livingston, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.
Resilient Landscapes, Climate-Smart Conservation: The Art and Science of Restoring the World We Want
Learn how insights from avian, aquatic and terrestrial science can help us recreate resilient land and seascapes. Hosted by Mary Ellen Hannibal, award-winning author of The Spine of the Continent: The Race to Save America’s Last, Best Wilderness. With: Ellie Cohen, President/CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science, focused on nature-based, climate-smart conservation solutions; Robin Grossinger, historical ecologist who directs the “Resilient Landscapes” project at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, guiding adaptive landscape-level restoration strategies in California.
By integrating a gender lens with nature’s principles, indigenous models, and valuing the wellbeing of people and planet, women (and men) are creating new visions for finance, business, economics and culture to turn the tide toward a life-affirming and equitable economy. Hosted by Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director, Green America. With: Katherine Collins, founder and CEO, Honeybee Capital, author of The Nature of Investing; Neva Morrison, formerly of First Peoples Worldwide; Nikki Silvestri, CEO, Green for All; Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics.
GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington State lost narrowly because a powerful alliance of Big Ag and Big Food spent millions to confuse the public. Find out how you can join the national campaign for your “Right to Know.” Hosted by Arty Mangan, Bioneers Food and Farming Director. With: John Roulac, founder/CEO, Nutiva; Stacy Malkan, a leader of the California and Washington GMO labeling campaigns; Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Planning Committee Member.
How might new and ancient understandings about gender from diverse cultural and generational perspectives inform our cultural reinvention? How is sexual health key to the vitality and resilience of our societies and all people? Hosted by Lana Holmes, co-founder, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. With: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Dine (Navajo) artist/activist; Jhos Singer, a transgender Maggid (Jewish preacher) serving Jewish community centers in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay; Jessica Danforth, founder and Executive Director, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; and Sonj Basha, an Oakland-based activist working to ensure the inclusion of gender non-conforming and transgender identities in institutions of higher education.
Hosted by marine biologist Wallace "J." Nichols, research associate, California Academy of Sciences; co-founder, OceanRevolution.org; author of Blue Mind. New ways of understanding our relationship with the world's oceans and the ability of healthy waters to provide health, happiness and creativity will be considered by a panel of athletes, scientists, artists, and adventurers. Participants to be announced.
(Double session). This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.
Come discover the patterns that “walk us,” harvest your natural knowing, and embody your goals for global renewal. With Suki Munsell.
Join J. Miakoda Taylor, founding Director of Fierce Allies, a training program that fosters meaningful partnerships across divides of power and privilege, to engage in difficult but powerfully productive conversations to learn how to transcend obstacles to power sharing across differences.
Council. The World We Want & How We Get There: Cultivating Presence—When the Heart Speaks, The World Listens
Join fellow Bioneers to explore the power of the inner life and share our visions and aspirations for the world we want and how we might get there. With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward.
Wiser Together Café: Creating Tomorrow Together, Gathering Collective Wisdom to Turn Vision into Action
The Café provides hospitable space for group dialogues, integration of and reflection on what emerges at the conference, and building personal and professional partnerships. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.
Activist youth seeking guidance have the daily opportunity to be in small-group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters.
People’s Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature’s Rights
What if ecosystems could sue for violating the rights of nature in places like Alberta's tar sands or Fukushima? What if communities could write new laws that place their rights and local ecosystems above corporate interests? Come find out about the first international Rights of Nature Tribunal and local California Community Bills of Rights, and how you can participate. Hosted by Shannon Biggs, Community Rights director, Global Exchange. With: Vandana Shiva, founder/Director, Navdanya; Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More/Gathering Tribes; Robin Milam, Administrative Director, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature; Osprey Orielle Lake, founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Caucus; Prajna Marcus, Bay Area Rights of Nature; Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Center.
(See 2:45 pm). Hosted by Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota) of the Indigenous Environmental Network. With indigenous women from the North: Casey Camp (Ponca), elder indigenous rights activist and actress, on historical impacts of oil development in Oklahoma and current threats from pipelines from the Canadian Tar Sands; Faith Gemmill (Gwich'in), of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands), on the history of oil and gas development in Alaska and expansion plans for offshore drilling; and witnesses Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) and Eriel Deranger (Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nation) with Idle No More.
Learn about the Bioneers RCN program and connect with the organizers to see if you want to bring it to your community.
Fifty years ago, Marin County residents led the nation in creating a bold vision, resulting in 80% of the land being protected. Today we¹re ready for the next new vision to meet the challenges of a radically changed world. Join leading Marin visionary change-makers for a dynamic discussion of Marin's extraordinary, cutting-edge accomplishments in environmental and agricultural sustainability, and how to meet current challenges and exciting future opportunities. Hosted by MarinLink, the Environmental Forum of Marin, and the County of Marin.