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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Who You'll Meet 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
President
One Fair Wage

Keynote Speakers - Friday, April 7th

Ilana Cohen
Lead Organizer
Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
Chair
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

Keynote Speakers - Saturday, April 8th

john a. powell
Director
Othering and Belonging Institute
Danny Kennedy
CEO
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.

Jada Imani
Hip-Hop R&B Artist and Organizer
John Warner
Co-Founder
Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
Kritee Kanko
Climate Scientist, Buddhist Zen Priest and Grief Ritual Facilitator
Marilyn Cornelius
Founder
Alchemus Prime
Nwamaka Agbo
CEO
Kataly Foundation
Nikola Alexandre
Co-Creator & Stewardship Lead
Shelterwood Collective
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
Azita Ardakani
Founder
LoveSocial
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
Founder
Our Bodhi Project
Howard Besser
Founder
UC Berkeley’s Program for Anti-Authoritarianism and Social Movements
Adam Boisvert
Deputy Director
Urban Tilth
Martin Bourque
Executive Director
Ecology Center
Cynthia Brix
Co-Founder
Gender Equity and Reconciliation International
Taylor Brorby
Fellow in Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice
Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah
Aniya Butler
Lead Circle Member
Youth vs Apocalypse
Caroline Casey
Visionary Activist Astrologer
Coyote Network News
Erin Matariki Carr
Project Lead
RIVER
Shilpi Chhotray
Co-Founder and Executive Director
People over Plastic
Connie Cho
Associate Attorney
Communities for a Better Environment
Dr. Cynthia Daley
Founder and Director
Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at California State University Chico
Brock Dolman
OAEC's WATER Institute
Co-Director
Tenesha Duncan
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Orchid Capital
Lupe Romero Elicea
Co-Director
Climate Justice Alliance’s Just Transition Revolving Loan Fund & Incubator
Humaira Ghilzai
Co-Founder
Afghan Friends Network
Jan Hania
Principal of Strategy Development
Biome Trust
Lara Hania
Educator and Facilitator
Julia Hillengas
Executive Director
PowerCorpsPHL
Taj James
Co-Founder and Curator
Full Spectrum Labs
William Keepin
Co-Founder
Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI)
Brett KenCairn
Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Resilience
City of Boulder
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Tim LaSalle
Co-Founder
Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at California State University Chico
Alexia Leclercq
Co-Founder
Start:Empowerment
Indra Lusero
Founder
Elephant Circle
Samira Malone
Director
The Cleveland Tree Coalition
Arty Mangan
Restorative Food Systems Director
Bioneers
Ginny McGinn
Executive Director
Center for Whole Communities
Minoo Moallem
Gender & Women's Studies Professor and Director of Media Studies
UC Berkeley
KT Morelli
Campaign Organizer
Breathe Free Detroit
Rachel Morello-Frosch
Professor
UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health
Ladybird Morgan
Co-Founder and Program Director
The Humane Prison Hospice Project
Mateo Nube
Co-Founder
Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
Madeline Ostrander
Climate Journalist and Author
Peter Pham
2021 Brower Youth Award Winner
John Christian Phifer
CEO
Larkspur Conservation
David Phillips
Director of the International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute
Jorge Rico
Trainer
Gender Equity and Reconciliation International
Chelsea Robinson
Chief Operating Officer
Open Lunar Foundation
Doria Robinson
Founder
Urban Tilth
Lawrence Rosenthal
Chair
Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies
Heidi Honegger Rogers
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing
Kristin Rothballer
Senior Fellow
Center for Whole Communities
Leila Salazar-López
Executive Director
Amazon Watch
Zainab Salbi
Co-Founder
Daughters for Earth
De-Ann Sheppard
Assistant Professor of Nursing
St. Francis Xavier University
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers
James Skeet
Co-Founder
Covenant Pathways
Najari Smith
Director
Rich City Rides
David Solnit
Organizer and Author
Climate Justice Arts Project
Katrina Spade
Founder and CEO
Recompose
Pambana Uishi
Co-Founder
Kheprw Institute
Alexandria Villaseñor
Founder
Earth Uprising International
Leseliey Welch
Co-Founder
Birth Detroit and Birth Center Equity
Loren White, Jr.
Community Development Coordinator
Indigenous Environmental Network
Akaya Windwood
Lead Advisor
Third Act
Justin Winters
One Earth
Co-Founder and Executive Director

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’s Earth Alliance
Bark Media
e2K
The Downtown Berkeley Association
Visit Berkeley
Bioneers 2023 Conference - Revolution from the Heart of Nature
Bioneers 2023 Conference - Revolution from the Heart of Nature