Bioneers 2023 - Revolution from the Heart of Nature

As Bioneers rolls into our 34th annual gathering, the big wheels of massive change are turning.

Climate disruption bears down daily, and there’s a widely felt morning-after awakening that it’s going to crash the economy and bring civilization to its knees. Although the regime shift to renewables is now an accelerating inevitability, it’s going to take relentless political action. To beat the clock, we also need to override the doom loop of delay and propaganda the desperate fossil fuel industry will keep pushing.  

Meanwhile, the unprecedented movements of the past decade for liberation, justice and multicultural democracy are swelling to challenge the right-wing populist and neo-fascist forces underwritten by cynical plutocratic elites. “Make feudalism great again” is proving to be a marketing challenge. Something’s gotta give.

At the core is a crisis of democracy: a radical disconnect between the world people want and the world corporations and their client governments have hijacked. The climate crisis and the inequality crisis are the same crisis. Our separation from nature and our separation from each other are the same dis-integration. The choice is clear: nihilism or regeneration. Shattering or wholeness.

For over three decades, the Bioneers Conference has served as a trellis on which this visionary movement of movements has grown and grown together around authentic “solve-the-whole problem” solutions.

Especially in these darkest of times, we come together to regenerate and celebrate. We invite you to join forces with the Bioneers community of leadership in this time when we’re all called upon to be leaders.

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Speakers at Bioneers 2023

Keynote Speakers - Thursday, April 6th

Jade Begay
Director of Policy and Advocacy
NDN Collective
Laura Flanders
Host and Executive Producer
The Laura Flanders Show
Shane Gero
National Geographic Explorer and Founder
The Dominica Sperm Whale Project
Amara Ifeji
Director of Policy
Maine Environmental Education Association
Saru Jayaraman
One Fair Wage

Keynote Speakers - Friday, April 7th

Ilana Cohen
Lead Organizer
Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Kim Stanley Robinson
Science Fiction Author
Leah Stokes
Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bryant Terry
Chef, Educator & Author
John Warner
Green Chemistry

Keynote Speakers - Saturday, April 8th

john a. powell
Othering and Belonging Institute
Danny Kennedy
New Energy Nexus
Yuria Celidwen
Senior Fellow
Other & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley
Rebecca Solnit
Author & Journalist

Panel and Interactive Speakers. 100+ More to Come. Stay tuned

Nikola Alexandre
Co-Creator & Stewardship Lead
Shelterwood Collective
Emnet Almedom
Other & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley
Noor Almusahwi
Immigrant Advocate
Michael Amster
Director of the Pain Management Department
Santa Cruz Community Health
Alfredo Angulo
Environmental Justice Organizer
Rising Appalachia
World-Traveling Ensemble
Alondra Aragon
Program Associate and Co-Lead of Communications and Social Media Teams
I Am Why
Azita Ardakani
Philanthropist / Impact Investor
Yvette Arellano
Founder and Director
Fenceline Watch
Alka Arora
Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Our Bodhi Project
Jason Bayani
Artistic Director
Kearny Street Workshop
Howard Besser
UC Berkeley’s Program for Anti-Authoritarianism and Social Movements
Bette Billiot
Community Organizer
Adam Boisvert
Deputy Director
Urban Tilth
Martin Bourque
Executive Director
Ecology Center
Cynthia Brix
Gender Equity and Reconciliation International
Callie Broaddus
Reserva: The Youth Land Trust
Taylor Brorby
Fellow in Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice
Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah
Nazshonnii Brown-Almaweri
Intercultural Conversations Program Manager
Alexis Bunten
Co-Director, Indigeneity Program
Aniya Butler
Lead Circle Member
Youth vs Apocalypse
Orion Camero
Action Lead Program Manager
Narrative Initiative
Anneke Campbell
Writer and Community Activist
Amy Cannon
Executive Director
Beyond Benign
Erin Matariki Carr
Project Lead
Caroline Casey
Visionary Activist Astrologer
Coyote Network News
Shilpi Chhotray
Co-Founder and Executive Director
People over Plastic
Connie Cho
Associate Attorney
Communities for a Better Environment
Christine Cordero
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Marilyn Cornelius
Alchemus Prime
Cynthia Daley
Founder and Director
Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at California State University Chico
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger
Executive Director
Indigenous Climate Action
Amber Deylon
Grieve and Breathe
Amira Diamond
Co-Founder and Co-Director
Women's Earth Alliance (WEA)
Brock Dolman
OAEC's WATER Institute
PennElys Droz
Program Officer
NDN Collective
Tenesha Duncan
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Orchid Capital
Amikaeyla Gaston
Founder and Executive Director
International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI)
Ana Paula Vargas
Brazil Program Director
Amazon Watch
Andri Snær Magnason
Writer and Filmmaker
Christie Lacoban

United Houma Nation
Eric Terena
Midia India
Kawenniiosta Jock
Waterfall Unity Alliance
Keenan Norris
Novelist, Essayist and Scholar
Kiki Jordan
Midwife and Founder
Laleh Khadivi
Writer and Filmmaker
Manny Lieras
Title VI Indian Education Coordinator
Oakland Unified School District
Mia Andler
Founder and Executive Director
Michelle Lute
Carnivore Conservation Director
Project Coyote
Priscila Tapajowara
Indigenous Rights and Climate Activist
Rajasvini Bhansali
Executive Director
Solidaire Network
Randy Fernando
Center for Humane Technology
Sam Martinez
Community Organizer
Chad Dyer
Future Allies Foundation
Ashara Ekundayo
Founder and Director
Artist As First Responder
Lupe Romero Elicea
Climate Justice Alliance’s Just Transition Revolving Loan Fund & Incubator
Benjamin Fahrer
Director of Agroecology and Land Stewardship
Deep Medicine Circle
Kiana Frank
Assistant Professor in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center
University of Hawaii, Mānoa
Ellen Gabriel

Indigenous Climate Action
Humaira Ghilzai
Afghan Friends Network
Hilary Giovale
Community Organizer
Michaelle Goerlitz
Percussionist and Drummer
Britt Gondolfi
Law Student and Community Organizer
Corrina Gould
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust
Stephanie Gripne
Founder and CEO
Impact Finance Center
Cynthia Gutierrez
Program Manager
UCSF's Hub of Positive Reproductive and Sexual Health (HIVE) and Team Lily programs
Dave Hage
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Lauren D. Hage
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Jan Hania
Principal of Strategy Development
Biome Trust
Lara Hania
Educator and Facilitator
J.P. Harpignies
Senior Producer
Julia Hillengas
Executive Director
Jada Imani
Hip-Hop and R&B Artist
Taj James
Co-Founder and Curator
Full Spectrum Labs
Claudia Jimenez
Richmond City Council
Kritee Kanko
Climate Scientist, Buddhist Zen Priest and Grief Ritual Facilitator
Birgitta Kastenbaum
Bridging Transitions
William Keepin
Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI)
Brett KenCairn
Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Resilience
City of Boulder
Jahan Khalighi
Director of Programs
Chapter 510
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Tim LaSalle
Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at California State University Chico
Alexia Leclercq
Amy Lenzo
Carlee Loft
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Kahnawake Collective Impact
Indra Lusero
Elephant Circle
Andrew MacDonald
Youth Chairman
Esselen Tribe
Brandi Mack
National Director
The Butterfly Movement
Adam Mahoney
National Climate and Environment Reporter
Capital B News
Samira Malone
The Cleveland Tree Coalition
Arty Mangan
Restorative Food Systems Director
Laurie Marshall
Unity Through Creativity Foundation and the Singing Tree Project
Ginny McGinn
Executive Director
Center for Whole Communities
Maureen Nandini Mitra
Earth Island Journal
Minoo Moallem
Gender & Women's Studies Professor and Director of Media Studies
UC Berkeley
Rachel Morello-Frosch
UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health
KT Morelli
Campaign Organizer
Breathe Free Detroit
Ladybird Morgan
Palliative Care Consultant
Mettle Health
Sheila Muxlow
Associate Director
Indigenous Climate Action
Tom Little Bear Nason
Tribal Chairman
Esselen Tribe of Monterey County
Jason Nious
Founder and Director
Loa Niumeitolu
Spirit Root Medicine People
Mateo Nube
Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
Madeline Ostrander
Climate Journalist and Author
Peter Pham
2021 Brower Youth Award Winner
John Christian Phifer
Larkspur Conservation
David Phillips
Director of the International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute
Christian Poirier
Program Director
Amazon Watch
Leslie Rein
Singing Tree Project
Jorge Rico
Gender Equity and Reconciliation International
Chelsea Robinson
Chief Operating Officer
Open Lunar Foundation
Doria Robinson
Urban Tilth
Heidi Honegger Rogers
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing
Cara Romero
Program Director of the Indigeneity Program
Lawrence Rosenthal
Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies
Kristin Rothballer
Senior Fellow
Center for Whole Communities
Carl Safina
Founding President
Safina Center
Leila Salazar-López
Executive Director
Amazon Watch
Zainab Salbi
Daughters for Earth
Anita Sanchez
Author, Consultant and Trainer
Elizabeth Sayre
Percussionist, Hand Drummer and Educator
David Shaw
Santa Cruz Permaculture and the UCSC Right Livelihood College
De-Ann Sheppard
Assistant Professor of Nursing
St. Francis Xavier University
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
James Skeet
Covenant Pathways
Samantha Skenandore
Quarles & Brady LLP
Minkah Smith
California Farmer Justice Collaborative
Najari Smith
Rich City Rides
David Solnit
Organizer and Author
Climate Justice Arts Project
Katrina Spade
Founder and CEO
Mar Stevens
Drummer and Teacher
Jerry Tello
Director of Training and Capacity Building
National Compadres Network
Craig Tucker
Founder and Principal
Suits and Signs Consulting
Pambana Uishi
Kheprw Institute
Alexandria Villaseñor
Earth Uprising International
Tamisha Torres-Walker
Executive Director
Safe Return Project
Alice Waters
Chef, Restaurateur and Author
Chez Panisse
Leseliey Welch
Birth Detroit and Birth Center Equity
Amos White
Founder and Chief Planting Officer
100K Trees for Humanity
Loren White, Jr.
Community Development Coordinator
Indigenous Environmental Network
Te Maia Wiki

Rogue Climate’s Youth Action Team
Akaya Windwood
Lead Advisor
Third Act
Justin Winters
One Earth
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Musical Ensemble

Thanks to Our Conference Partners

Amazon Watch
Bay Area Green Tours
Earth Island’s New Leaders Initiative
Ethnic Ties
The Berkeley Ecology Center
The David Brower Center
The Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley
Urban Tilth
Weaving Earth
Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
Women’s Earth Alliance
Bark Media
The Downtown Berkeley Association
Visit Berkeley
Bioneers 2023 Conference - Revolution from the Heart of Nature
Bioneers 2023 Conference - Revolution from the Heart of Nature