Thursday, November 11th all times PST

November 11th | 10:30 am to 10:36 am

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Manny Lieras
Title VI Indian Education Coordinator
American Indian Child Resource Center

November 11th | 10:43 am to 10:53 am

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Kenny Ausubel
CEO and Founder
Bioneers
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers

Architect Deanna Van Buren will illustrate her lifelong commitment to ending mass incarceration by building infrastructure that addresses its root causes. She will share how her studio works to counter the traditional adversarial and punitive architecture that characterizes our legal system by creating spaces and buildings that enable Restorative Justice, community building, and housing for people coming out of incarceration. She is co-founder, Executive Director and Design Director of the Oakland-based architecture and real estate development non-profit Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS).

November 11th | 10:53 am to 11:10 am

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Deanna Van Buren
Executive Director
Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

November 11th | 11:10 am to 11:15 am

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MaMuse
Musical Duo

For millennia Indigenous communities have been guardians of their environments, protecting flora and fauna, using their traditional knowledge and wisdom passed down over generations to live in balance within their ecosystems. Today Indigenous peoples safeguard 80% of the biodiversity left in the world, and protecting those lands and waters is crucial to mitigating the climate crisis, because those biodiverse areas are among the planet’s major carbon sinks. Indigenous peoples are the ancestral owners of nearly half of the intact forest left across the entire Amazon Basin. Nemonte Nenquimo, a leader from the Waorani community in Ecuador and a founding member of Indigenous-led nonprofit organization Ceibo Alliance and its partner, Amazon Frontlines, will discuss why respecting Indigenous people’s internationally recognized rights to decide the future of their territories, cultures and lives is critically urgent for the protection of our world’s most important rainforest, our climate, and life on our planet.

November 11th | 11:15 am to 11:32 am

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Nemonte Nenquimo
Co-Founder
Ceibo Alliance and Amazon Frontlines

Building on their highly influential “Dirt Trilogy” (Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations; The Hidden Half of Nature; and Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life), geologist David Montgomery and biologist Anne Biklé will preview their forthcoming book, You Are What Your Food Ate. They’ll share the growing body of scientific evidence underlying how soil health dramatically affects the health of crops and animals, and ultimately human bodies. The intimate connections between the life of the soil and the nutritional quality of food points to the profound importance of farming practices that can imbue the human diet with the nutrients and compounds that underpin health, or rob us of them. They will discuss how a growing vanguard of farmers pioneering regenerative practices is proving that farming practices that are good for the land are good for us too.

November 11th | 11:42 am to 11:59 am

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David R. Montgomery
Professor of Geomorphology
University of Washington
Anne Biklé
Biologist, Avid Gardener and Author

A coproduction of WECAN and Bioneers Everywoman’s Leadership program

As the IPCC reports, climate destabilization is happening far faster than even the most pessimistic scientists had anticipated. The chaotic results are now visible to everyone around the globe. The situation is urgent, and failure to take immediate large-scale action would be catastrophic, but extractive industries and corrupt governments are barreling ahead with business as usual, wreaking havoc on our planet’s water, air, lands and living creatures, including people. Women, BIPOC and youth leaders are taking many of the strongest stands and implementing innovative tactics in this, the most important, crucial, existential struggle in history. Join three visionary climate justice leaders as they share their strategic insights. With: Eriel Deranger, Indigenous Climate Action; Leila Salazar-Lopez, Amazon Watch; Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). Hosted by Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Eriel Tchekwie Deranger
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Indigenous Climate Action
Leila Salazar-López
Executive Director
Amazon Watch
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers

To achieve the profound socio-economic, environmental and political changes we so desperately need, many of our societal systems will require intensive re-visioning. Key professions such as medicine, architecture/design, and the law (among many others) will need to embrace far more socially engaged worldviews and on-the-ground practices. In this dynamic dialogue, two leading figures who have been cutting-edge, exemplary models of how passion for social justice can inform professional life will share their thoughts on what it will take to radically transform professional paradigms. With: Rupa Marya, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, one of the nation’s leading figures working at the intersection of medicine and social justice, and co-author of the brand new: Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice; and Deanna Van Buren, M.Arch, groundbreaking activist architect, a major thought leader in advocating a complete rethinking of the criminal justice and incarceration system, and Executive Director of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces. Hosted by: Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, founder of Our Bodhi Project.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Founder
Our Bodhi Project
Rupa Marya
Faculty Director
Do No Harm Coalition
Deanna Van Buren
Executive Director
Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

Trauma has perhaps never been more widely prevalent than it is now, nor more varied in its causes: personal stress, familial history, racial discrimination, poverty, oppression, climate disaster, etc. These times are really stretching our capacity to endure, so they require ever more effective healing and self-care modalities that include the taking of our personal inventory and adjusting our beliefs and lifestyles. Join two master Somatics practitioners and teachers as they share insights and explain their methods. With: Dr. Ruby Gibson (Lakota, Ojibwe, Mediterranean), author, educator and healer, co-founder and Executive Director of Freedom Lodge; and Staci K. Haines, educator, advocate, healer, co-founder of Generative Somatics and author of The Politics of Trauma.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Staci K. Haines
Co-Founder
Generative Somatics
Ruby Gibson
Executive Director
Freedom Lodge

They say “laughter is the best medicine,” but the most powerful medicine of all might just be American Indian comedy. Native peoples on this continent developed rich and complex humor traditions in response to centuries of oppression and the intergenerational trauma of ongoing settler colonization. Jokes were and are used to reflect on life’s ironies, impart wisdom, build relationships, and help heal from pain. Comedy can be one of the most effective tools in the arsenal of Indigenous strategies of deep cultural resilience, and as we emerge from this global pandemic and continue to struggle with dire threats to our people and the planet, we need the healing medicine of laughter more than ever. Share some laughter and learning with two leading comedic stars: Oakland-based (Yerington Paiute/Washoe) stand-up comedian, writer, actor and producer Jackie Keliiaa; and Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota/Dine), artist, poet, activist (with the Indigenous Environmental Network), Dakota culture/language teacher, and co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group, The 1491s. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program and renowned artist/photographer.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Cara Romero
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers
Dallas Goldtooth
Keep It in the Ground Campaign Organizer
Indigenous Environmental Network
Jackie Keliiaa
Comedian, Writer and Producer

Permaculture, based on the ethos of “earth care, people care and fair share,” has provided millions of people the principles and tools to live and work in right relationship to the earth and to produce and harvest abundance without degrading the environment. At a time when the world is desperate for a new approach to living on the planet, can permaculture scale-up to create the global ecological and social changes that are needed for human survival? With Permaculture co-founder David HolmgrenMaddy Harland, co-founder and editor of permaculture magazine and author/ regenerative farmer Mark Shepard. Hosted by Permaculturalist Penny Livingston.  

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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David Holmgren
Leading Ecological Thinker, Teacher, Writer and Speaker
Maddy Harland
Co-Founder
Permaculture Magazine
Mark Shepard
CEO, Author and Regenerative Farmer
Restoration Agriculture Development Inc
Penny Livingston
Prominent Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Speaker

The conditions that make life possible are rapidly changing. Reckoning with this reality on the cusp of another dry season that may very well ravage his community, 30-year old filmmaker Emmett Brennan embarks on a remarkable journey to find stories of hope and healing. Emmett sets out to walk 200 miles next to the iconic but aging Los Angeles aqueduct, where he encounters ecological iconoclasts, Indigenous voices, and permaculture designers who are challenging the status quo on how we use Earth’s most precious resource. The film delves into a profound and far reaching look at our relationship with water and offers a vision for how to radically redesign our lives around it.

Reflection: a walk with water takes a refreshing approach to confronting our current environmental and systematic troubles, showing how Los Angeles and other parts of California are bellwethers for change. The film features original music from multiple Grammy winner, Jacob Collier, who is Executive Music Producer of the film. With voices and stories that speak to today’s younger generations, Reflection is both a personal meditation on water as well as a practical road map for positive change.

November 11th | 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

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Friday, November 12th all times PST

November 12th | 10:34 am to 10:39 am

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Kenny Ausubel
CEO and Founder
Bioneers
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers

November 12th | 10:39 am to 10:49 am

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Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers

The way in which we diagnose problems in our bodies, in society and in our ecosystems is hampered by legacies of overly reductionist thinking, racist world-views and misguided desires to subdue nature, all conceived in a time of colonial conquest. These continue to persist, to our great detriment. What results is an inability to see how “whole systems” interact and how to effectively address the challenges we face, from pandemics to climate change, which are systems-level derangements. Physician, musician, activist and writer Rupa Marya will describe what “Deep Medicine” is and how the new level of diagnosis it offers can address the suffering of our planet, our societies and our own bodies. Drawing from insights in science, medicine, ecology, and story detailed in the book she co-authored with Raj Patel—Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice—Dr. Marya will outline why it is time for us all to join the Care Revolution.

November 12th | 10:49 am to 11:06 am

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Rupa Marya
Faculty Director
Do No Harm Coalition

November 12th | 11:06 am to 11:11 am

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Rupa Marya
Faculty Director
Do No Harm Coalition

The perspectives and experiences of Indigenous peoples are especially critical in the fight against climate change and environmental devastation. First, it is estimated that 80% of the planet’s remaining biodiversity is found in the lands of Indigenous communities, who have historically proven to be the best protectors of their ecosystems. These lands are also often some of the Earth’s most important carbon sinks, so the health of those regions is crucial to our collective survival, and supporting these frontlines groups in defending their rights and territories has to be central to any credible global climate strategy. On top of that, the rest of humanity has a great deal to learn about how to live in balance with the natural world from the traditional ecological wisdom of many Indigenous peoples. Finally, no one has more experience surviving apocalypses and providing models of resilience in the face of dire crises. Julian Brave NoiseCat, an activist and one of this era’s most brilliant emerging progressive journalists and thinkers, will lay out the case for the moral imperative to assure that Indigenous voices have a central role in humanity’s struggle to address the existential climate crisis.

November 12th | 11:11 am to 11:28 am

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Julian Brave NoiseCat
Director of Green New Deal Strategy
Data for Progress

November 12th | 11:28 am to 11:38 am

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Alixa Garcia
Poet, Musician, Visual-Artist, Filmmaker, Educator and Activist

Young people have been key players in nearly every successful social change movement, and at the moment they are at the forefront of the struggle to force authentic global action on climate and injustice—they are currently humanity’s conscience, and it’s crucial that we listen to them and that we nurture as many of these new leaders as possible. Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) are working to train the next generation of activists, and Alex Gordon, one of these young activists, a winner of this year’s prestigious Brower Youth Award for her organizing prowess on the “Break Free from Plastic Pledge,” voter registration drives and other student power initiatives, shares her experiences as a young person working to create a world that can work for everyone. 

November 12th | 11:33 am to 11:38 am

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Alexandria Gordon
Student Organizer
Florida PIRG Students

Alongside Indigenous and frontline communities, young people have been at the forefront of the global climate fight. In this talk, Bill McKibben will explain why older activists not only need to have their backs, but how we can harness the power of the fastest-growing population on earth—people over the age of 60—and move them towards progressive political involvement, foster intergenerational collaboration, and deepen the fight for a fairer, more stable planet.

November 12th | 11:38 am to 11:53 am

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Bill McKibben
Founder
350.org

Clayton Thomas-Muller and Julian Brave NoiseCat are nationally and internationally acclaimed Indigenous leaders in the fights against climate change and the accelerating, human-induced destruction of our ecosystems. When they aren’t on the front lines organizing movements to protect the planet, Clayton and Julian work as accomplished writers penning penetrating analyses of the connections between settler colonial capitalism, broken social and political systems, trauma, and environmental disaster. They also happen to have a deep friendship. Join us for an intimate conversation with these two exemplary leaders, as they share the story behind the story about how their lives intersect with their activism and discuss their new projects and their hopes for the future.  Moderated by Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yupik), Co-Director of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program.

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Julian Brave NoiseCat
Director of Green New Deal Strategy
Data for Progress
Clayton Thomas-Muller
'Stop It At The Source' Campaigner
350.org
Alexis Bunten
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers

The psychedelic community owes enormous debts to the Indigenous cultures that, over millennia, developed the use of consciousness-modifying substances, which laid the basis for the now ever-expanding interest in and use of these medicines. Indigenous peoples are also very often the best protectors of what’s left of global biodiversity, so finding effective, concrete ways to help support these groups’ struggles to defend their lands and rights is of utmost importance to all of humanity. So far, though, while the psychedelic world is replete with romanticized language about Indigenous worldviews, it has done very little to offer genuine, large-scale tangible support that actually reaches frontline communities, and as enormous amounts of venture capital are now pouring into the psychedelic domain, this is the time to act. The Chacruna Institute’s Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative (IRI) was created to fill that void. Come hear about this exciting new project from Joseph Mays, the IRI’s Program Director; Bia Labate, Chacruna Institute co-founder and Executive Director; and cultural anthropologist Daniela Peluso, who has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities in Peru and Bolivia. The session will also feature several videos of statements by Indigenous leaders from frontline communities throughout the Americas who are partnering with the IRI.

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Bia Labate
Executive Director
Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines
Joseph Mays
Program Director
Chacruna Institute’s Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative
Daniela Peluso
Emeritus Fellow in Social Anthropology
University of Kent

As ecological destruction, climate destabilization, the global pandemic, and all forms of historical and current injustice are converging to initiate a near-death experience for our species, join a group of wise women to discuss why the combination of honoring, respecting and learning from nature, being motivated by a deep quest for justice, and cultivating the leadership of women can provide a potent, three-pronged strategic path for getting us to a world we want. With: Osprey Orielle Lake, founder/Executive Director, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, author of Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature; Amisha Ghadiali, a UK-based intuitive therapist, meditation and yoga teacher, host and founder of the podcast and community, The Future Is Beautiful, and author of Intuition; Naelyn Pike, renowned young Chiricahua Apache activist. Hosted by: Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers.

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Amisha Ghadiali
Podcast Host
The Future Is Beautiful
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Naelyn Pike
Activist and Fighter for Indigenous Rights
Apache Stronghold
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers

Many boys and men of color have to grapple with very potent intergenerational traumas deeply linked to the racism, oppression and systemic inequities their communities have had to endure for so long. The Covid Pandemic has unfortunately exacerbated many of these underlying dynamics, resulting in increased levels of domestic and community violence in many neighborhoods. This session, facilitated by internationally-recognized author, community leader and healing practitioner Jerry Tello, will offer an intergenerational conversation among young men, elders, and middle-aged men of color. They will explore the deep traumas they and their communities suffer from, and how to develop strategies of responsibility and accountability that face the truth, but also create conditions for deep healing and prevent these wounds from undermining our families, communities and selves. With: Jason Seals, professor of African American Studies at Merritt College, with a long career in youth development; David Bouttavong, a Fresno, CA-based first generation queer Lao American activist with extensive experience working on issues affecting young men and boys of color. 

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Jerry Tello
Co-Founder
Healing Generations Institute and the National Compadres Network
Jason Seals
Professor of African American Studies and Chair of Ethnic Studies
Merritt College
David Bouttavong
Outreach Specialist
Poverello House

Presented in Partnership with Sierra magazine

The drumbeats demanding that the fossil fuel giants be held accountable for sparking the climate crisis are getting louder. Here in the U.S., more cities, states, and counties keep filing lawsuits seeking compensation from the oil giants for climate-related damages and to fund adaptation projects. Last spring, a Dutch court found multinational Shell Oil guilty of violating human rights and ordered the company to slash its emissions, and many other international lawsuits against fossil fuel corporations are pending. Join author and investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz, Greenpeace International attorney Michelle Jonker-Argueta, and Carroll Muffett of the Center for International Environmental Laws to learn about the latest twists and turns in the global effort to hold the oil companies accountable for their deception and delay. Moderated by Jason Mark, editor in chief of Sierra magazine. 

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Antonia Juhasz
Author, Investigative Journalist, Analyst
Carroll Muffett
President
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Michelle Jonker-Argueta
Attorney
Greenpeace International
Jason Mark
Editor in Chief
Sierra Magazine

Life is made up of an elegant web of interdependent relationships and ecosystems. While we may have been taught that “competition” is the way of the wild, in fact most relationships in the natural world are dedicated to cooperation and mutual benefit. How does nature create and sustain these enduring partnerships? What is life’s secret code for collaboration? This session will reveal deep patterns from the natural world that can teach us about co-evolving for mutual benefit and offer us opportunities to apply nature’s “Four Key Criteria for Enduring Partnerships” to our own collaborative ventures. Come ready to workshop nature’s insights in order to improve partnerships in your own life or work, and to cultivate an attitude of mutuality that can help us achieve a healthy, just, regenerative world. With Toby Herzlich, Biomimicry for Social Innovation, and Brandi Mack, BSI Faculty, as dialogue partner.

November 12th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Toby Herzlich
Founder and Director
Biomimicry for Social Innovation
Brandi Mack
Director of Community Engagement
Designing Justice+Designing Spaces

Bioneers brings together a very diverse, discerning, engaged and reflective community, and the curated conversations around crucial topics we have been hosting recently (“Community Conversations”) have proven highly popular and stimulating. Each session begins with a very brief presentation by a noted thought leader as a “conversation starter” to frame the topic, followed by structured group discussion. At the end, a talented spoken word artist “harvests” the essence of what was said in a poetic synthesis and performs it for the group.  

In this session, Anita Sanchez will start us off by drawing from her award-winning book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, to explain how unity, healing, hope-in-action, and the ability to forgive the unforgivable are the key life-tools (the “four sacred gifts”) we must cultivate if we are to achieve our full potential as a collective life-giving force in the “One Hoop of Life.” We will then engage in facilitated conversation, as we seek to bring our most creative thinking forward, and weave our hearts, minds, and voices into a collective braid.           

With: Anita L Sanchez, Ph.D., (Aztec/Mexican American), deeply experienced trainer/coach, author, member of the Transformational Leadership Council, and Bioneers and Pachamama Alliance board member. Facilitated by: Amy Lenzo, weDialogue and the World Café Community Foundation; David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture and UCSC Right Livelihood College. “Harvester:” Jason Bayani, author, theater performer, Artistic Director, Kearny Street Workshop.

November 12th | 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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Jason Bayani
Artistic Director
Kearny Street Workshop
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture and UCSC Right Livelihood College
Amy Lenzo

weDialogue and the World Café Community Foundation

As we continue to face global uncertainty and move into the darker months of the year, divine darkness itself offers an invitation to our collective. While the receptive yin, the elementally dark aspect of nature, is not celebrated as much as the active, forceful yang principle, receptivity invites life into unity. From a place of receptivity, we can listen deeply to life and to each other. We can bring the complex and even contradictory aspects of our human experience into a unified field, welcoming diverse opinions, perspectives and needs beyond polarization and binary perception. Receptivity is the path of shared power rather than power over.  Consider Mother Earth herself, the very archetype of receptivity: an all-powerful magnetic force with a north and south pole, holding together the atmosphere, the oceans, and all expressions of life under the unified field of Gaia consciousness. Join Deborah Eden Tull as she draws from the wisdom of Engaged Buddhism, Relational Intelligence and the natural world to offer us a profound experiential teaching on the power of receptivity.

November 12th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Deborah Eden Tull
Author
Relational Mindfulness

Unlike many traditional psychological approaches, somatic practices focus on embodied sensations as much as on the mind. They have proven especially effective in helping address many types of traumas, from purely personal ones to those rooted in collective histories of oppression. In this session, two gifted practitioners, Donaji Lona, a somatics teacher and community social justice activist/organizer who works especially with immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Nazbah Tom (Diné), a Toronto-based somatic practitioner and writer who works with a combination of techniques, including drama therapy, conversation, gestural practices, breath, and bodywork, will share their insights into how we can start working through our traumas with some of the powerful embodied transformation processes that Somatics offers us.

November 12th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Donaji Lona
Teacher
Generative Somatics
Nazbah Tom
Somatic Practitioner and Writer

Weaving Earth’s educational pedagogy critically engages inherited stories of separation and domination, while also responsibly recollecting a deeper human inheritance: stories of interrelationship, belonging, dignity and respect. In this interactive/experiential session, three leading Weaving Earth facilitators will engage in practices and dialogue that nurtures a felt sense of interrelationship with the living planet. With an emphasis on the language of the birds, pattern awareness and practices that nurture the regeneration of intuition, this session seeks to instigate a “community of practice” centered in enchantment, “attention liberation” (adrienne maree brown), and eco-social repair.  With tayla shanaye; brontë velez; and Lauren D. Hage.

November 12th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Lauren D. Hage
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
tayla shanaye
co-director and educator
Weaving Earth
brontë velez
educator
Weaving Earth

InhabitantsAn Indigenous Perspective tells a story of America’s troubled past and hopeful future as it follows five Native American peoples (Hopi, Blackfeet, Menominee, Karuk, Hawaiian) living in very different ecosystems as they each seek, after centuries of colonization’s disruptions, to restore their ancient relationships with the land to forge ahead with effective climate-change adaptation strategies. (Inhabitants, a collaborative project of the INHABIT Films Production Company, a Tribal Advisory Board, the Kalliopeia Foundation, the Namaste Foundation, and the Social Good Fund, was directed by Costa Boutsikaris and Anna Palmer; with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, executive producer; and Roderick Spencer and Tom Sargent, co-producers).

November 12th | 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

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Saturday, November 13th all times PST

November 13th | 10:34 am to 10:39 am

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Keynote


Kenny Ausubel
CEO and Founder
Bioneers
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers

November 13th | 10:39 am to 10:49 am

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Kenny Ausubel
CEO and Founder
Bioneers

In a world wracked by income inequality, social divisions, and ecological destruction, can we build an alternative economics based on mutual cooperation and respect for our environmental commons? Among the nation’s most influential progressive thought leaders, activists and scholars, Manuel Pastor taps his new book, written with his long-time colleague Chris Benner, to propose that drawing on our instincts for connection and community can actually help create a more robust, sustainable, and equitable economy. But while most of us would benefit from centering mutuality and equity, some people do benefit from the current stark inequalities. As a result, seizing this moment for change will require brave conversations about racism and social fragmentation, a deep commitment to intersectional social movements, and a clear strategic vision for building people power.

November 13th | 10:49 am to 11:06 am

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Manuel Pastor
Director
Equity Research Institute, USC

November 13th | 11:06 am to 11:20 am

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Naima Penniman
Artist, Activist, Healer, Grower and Educator

Suzanne Simard is one of the planet’s most influential, groundbreaking researchers on plant communication and intelligence. As Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and the author of the bestselling book, Finding the Mother Tree, she has revealed the highly complex ways trees interact and communicate, including using below-ground fungal networks that contribute to forests’ resiliency, adaptability and recovery. Her research has far-reaching implications for how to manage and heal forests from human impacts, including climate change. In this dynamic presentation, she will discuss the dire global consequences of logging old-growth rainforests, and nature-based solutions that combine Western science and Indigenous knowledge for preserving and caring for these invaluable forest ecosystems for future generations.

November 13th | 11:11 am to 11:28 am

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Suzanne Simard
Professor of Forest Ecology
University of British Columbia

November 13th | 11:28 am to 11:33 am

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Rising Appalachia
Renowned Musical Ensemble

For the Climate Justice Movement to arrive at results that are truly “just,” it must be radically inclusive, which means that its struggles must of course intersect with those of social, racial and gender justice movements, but it also means that other historically disenfranchised groups can’t be excluded, so, for example, the Disability Justice Movement must have a seat at the table. One of this year’s Brower Youth Award winners, Alexia Leclercq, an environmental justice organizer based in Austin TX and NYC, shares her passion about these rarely discussed aspects of intersectionality.

November 13th | 11:33 am to 11:38 am

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Alexia Leclercq
Co-Founder
Start: Empowerment

Nalleli Cobo, now 20, has acted as an extraordinarily effective Environmental Justice activist since she was 9 (years before Greta Thunberg began her school strike). She lived in South Los Angeles across the street from an oil drilling site. Her mother and many neighbors suffered from a range of illnesses, and Cobo herself had heart palpitations, headaches and nosebleeds so severe that she had to sleep sitting up lest she choke on her own blood. Nalleli became one of the leading voices demanding the site be shuttered, and she has become an internationally renowned, award-winning Environmental Justice activist. She will share the story of her trajectory and challenges, the importance of the ongoing struggles in which she’s engaged, the very high price she and many people in disenfranchised communities continue to pay, and how local struggles relate to the larger global fight for Climate Justice.   

November 13th | 11:45 am to 12:02 pm

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Nalleli Cobo
Co-Founder
South Los Angeles Youth Leadership Coalition


For all the ink and pixels spilled over the past year on political infighting about what qualifies as “infrastructure,” one of the most notable omissions has been any real mention of the natural world. The biosphere we all inhabit is, fundamentally, the infrastructure for life itself. As we know all too well, humanity has, for the most part, neglected, destroyed and actively pillaged many of the natural systems that support our continued existence by cooking the climate, unleashing a looming micro-plastic apocalypse, triggering a tragic global decline in all biodiversity benchmarks and more. What will it take to turn our attention towards the rebuilding of our natural infrastructure, for the benefit of all life and human society? How can built infrastructure elegantly and respectfully engage with and support nature? The answers are not easy, and our understanding of these systems is only just scratching the surface of the evolutionary timescales that nature functions on. However, we know enough to get started – and, unsurprisingly, it often begins with letting nature lead. Join experts and leaders as we dive into what a more enlightened, effective, biophilic and biomimetic infrastructure conversation needs to look like.

With: award-winning environmental journalist and author of Eager: The Surprising Secret Lives of Beavers and Why They Matter, Ben Goldfarb; Pyrogeographer and Assistant Professor in the Management of Complex Systems Department at UC-Merced, Dr. Crystal Kolden; and Ariel Whitson, Director of Education and Community at TreePeople.  Moderated by Teo Grossman, Bioneers’ Senior Director of Programs & Research.

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Ben Goldfarb
Journalist and Author
Ariel Whitson
Director of Education and Community
TreePeople
Crystal Kolden
Assistant Professor of Fire Science
Management of Complex Systems Department at UC-Merced
Teo Grossman
Senior Director of Programs and Research
Bioneers

Indigenous Peoples already do “green jobs”—they integrate cultural values into business activities and protect 80% of the world’s biodiversity. In order to transform our economies through Indigenous-led solutions, we need to uplift movements and stories inspired by Indigenous resistance. To do this, we must change the culture of philanthropy and impact investing, which still largely circulates in privileged circles. In this panel, we will explore how to transition from colonial-capitalism using Indigenous-led strategies that offer us pathways towards an equitable and regenerative future. With: Sikowis (Plains Cree/Saulteaux), founder, Great Plains Action Society, speaker/writer/artist; Nick Estes, Ph.D. (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe), historian, author, Professor at the University of New Mexico, co-founder, The Red Nation. Hosted by Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yupik), Co-Director of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program.

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Alexis Bunten
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers
Nick Estes
Assistant Professor of American Studies
University of New Mexico
Sikowis
Founder
Great Plains Action Society

We humans tend to look mostly around, sometimes up, and occasionally down, but even then, only at the surface of things. It turns out, however, that all of life on Earth actually depends on the extraordinarily dynamic life hidden beneath our feet, in the incredibly complex interrelationships of plants, bacteria, fungi, insects and minerals that make our continued existence above ground possible. In this session three of the world’s leading specialists on different aspects of those underground ecosystems will share their cutting-edge research. With: Suzanne Simard, Ph.D., Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, one of the planet’s leading experts on the synergies and complexities of forests, and a highly influential, world-renowned pathfinder on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence, and author of the current best-selling Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest; Anne Biklé and David R. Montgomery, a wife and husband team of scientific researchers whose groundbreaking work on the microbial life of soil has revealed its crucial importance to human wellbeing and survival. Dave, a professor of Geomorphology, is the author of the seminal Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and Anne, a biologist and science communicator, co-authored The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. Their latest collaboration, What Your Food Ate, to be published spring 2022, tells the sobering and inspiring story of how agriculture can help restore health to the land—and ourselves. Moderated by Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Director Arty Mangan

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Suzanne Simard
Professor of Forest Ecology
University of British Columbia
Anne Biklé
Biologist, Avid Gardener and Author
David R. Montgomery
Professor of Geomorphology
University of Washington
Arty Mangan
Restorative Food Systems Director
Bioneers

Co-Sponsored by the New Leaders Initiative/Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards, named after the late, legendary environmental giant, David Brower, are one of the most prestigious prizes for youth activists, and we at Bioneers are delighted to be able to highlight the work of this year’s cohort of winners, an exceptional array of young mobilizers, organizers and paradigm-shifting leaders, who will discuss their activist trajectories, the challenges they face, and their aspirations for the future. Hosted/moderated by: Mackenzie Feldman, founder/Executive Director, Herbicide Free Campus. With: Sonja Michaluk, 18-year old NJ-based young scientist and citizen science activist, founder of the Conservation Communities Initiative, which encourages people to monitor and protect their local aquatic habitats; Peter Pham, 22, San Jose, CA-based environmental and transit justice activist with Turnout4Transit; David Baldwin, 18, Fort Lauderdale-based invasive plant researcher and activist with Everglades Restoration Ambassadors; Artemisio Romero y Carver, an 18-year old, Santa-Fe, NM-based artist, poet and organizer, co-founder of Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA) (who was also Santa Fe’s 2020 Youth Poet Laureate!).

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Mackenzie Feldman
Founder and Executive Director
Herbicide-Free Campus
David Baldwin
Invasive Plant Researcher and Activist
Everglades Restoration Ambassadors
Sonja Michaluk
Founder
Conservation Communities Initiative
Peter Pham
Transit Justice Activist
Turnout4Transit
Artemisio Romero y Carver
Co-Founder
Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA)

Solidarity Economics is an economic frame that recognizes that people are not just individuals, but also members of broader social groups and communities, that people are motivated not just by self-interest, but also by caring for others and a desire for belonging, and that we can and should build our economy not on an embrace of individuality and competition, but rather on a sense of commons and our shared destiny.  In this session, Natalie Hernandez, Associate Director of Climate Planning and Resilience at Climate Resolve, and Nailah Pope Harden, Executive Director of ClimatePlan,  join Manuel Pastor, one of the nation’s most influential thinkers on poverty and social movements, and Chris Benner, a leading innovator in urban political ecology, to discuss how these concepts might apply in the realm of solidarity with people and the planet, and how we can make this real in terms of policy and power in this moment. 

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Manuel Pastor
Director
Equity Research Institute, USC
Natalie Hernandez
Associate Director of Climate Planning & Resilience
Climate Resolve
Chris Benner
Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology
UC Santa Cruz
Nailah Pope Harden
Executive Director
ClimatePlan

Bioneers brings together a very diverse, discerning, engaged and reflective community, and the curated conversations around crucial topics we’ve been hosting recently (“Community Conversations”) have proven highly popular and stimulating. Each session begins with a very brief presentation by a noted thought leader as a “conversation starter” to frame the topic, followed by structured group discussion. At the end, a talented spoken word artist “harvests” the essence of what was said in a poetic synthesis and performs it for the group.  

Global Warming Woman is a totem for our changing world—a fierce, protective warrior, deeply connected to Earth Mother, seeking balance on the Hoop of Life. Right now, she’s on fire, kindling the injustices of the past, demanding respect and blazing a passionate path for the future. Join us to look at the collective and generational history of suppression and misuse of power, and how it impacts our bodies, our health, our relations, and our Earth.

Together, we’ll explore strategies and practices for cooling the fire within, for conflict resolution, for addressing addictions, for safe anger release, and for reconciliation. With conversation-starter Ruby Gibson, Th.D. (Lakota, Ojibway, Mestiza), co-founder and Executive Director of Freedom Lodge and author of My Body, My Earth: The Practice of Somatic Archaeology. Facilitated by: Amy Lenzo, weDialogue and the World Café Community Foundation; David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture and UCSC Right Livelihood College. Harvester: Jahan Khalighi, spoken word poet, youth educator and community arts organizer.

November 13th | 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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Ruby Gibson
Executive Director
Freedom Lodge
Jahan Khalighi
Programs & Volunteer Manager
Chapter 510
Amy Lenzo

weDialogue and the World Café Community Foundation
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture and UCSC Right Livelihood College

To understand how we steward the land appropriately in harmony with nature and natural forces, it is necessary to understand our relationship to the primal elements and their relationship to each other. Join a discussion that will bridge ecological science, permaculture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and how they are applied to land management in ways that nurture ecosystem resilience and regeneration. With Permaculturist Penny Livingston; water protector and permaculturist Carmen Gonzales (Diné); and Bill Tripp (Karuk Tribe), Deputy Director of Eco-Cultural Revitalization for the Karuk Tribe. Hosted by Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Director Arty Mangan

November 13th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Penny Livingston
Prominent Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Speaker
Carmen Gonzales
Permaculture Designer and Environmental Scientist
Bill Tripp
Deputy Director of Eco-Cultural Revitalization
Karuk Tribe
Arty Mangan
Restorative Food Systems Director
Bioneers

In this experiential, restorative session, Sarah Amsler, Associate Professor of Education, University of Nottingham (UK); and Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, founder, Our Bodhi Project, will help us expand our awareness about how making place for deep rest in our intensely capitalist society can be a powerful, vital practice for healing. Drawing metaphorically from Suzanne Simard’s world-renowned research into the nurturing and “teaching” role “mother trees” play in forest ecosystems, Sonali and Sarah will support us in exploring our own sources of wisdom through experiential, creative practices, opening up new possibilities to what rest and healing can look like in our lives, our communities and our activism. 

November 13th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Sarah Amsler
Associate Professor of Education
University of Nottingham
Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Founder
Our Bodhi Project

Although we’ve all been taught that “being professional” means suppressing our honest emotions while we’re at work, research shows that this actually leads to a loss in productivity, diminished creativity, and crushing job dissatisfaction. The workplace kicked out the emotions more than a century ago, and as a result has built unhealthy and dysfunctional environments ever since. Because of this, most of us have only worked in “unintentional communities” in which our social and emotional needs are not respected, as well as our needs for basic respect and self-determination. As we all grapple with our pandemic and post-pandemic reality, it’s high time to welcome the genius of the emotions back into the workplace so that we can create respectful, naturally motivating and emotionally well-regulated environments where people and projects can thrive. With: Karla McLaren, M.Ed., social science researcher, founder/CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC award-winning author of several books, including: The Power of Emotions at Work: Accessing the Vital Intelligence in Your Workplace.

November 13th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Karla McLaren
Founder and CEO
Emotion Dynamics LLC

Although there is far more awareness of and discussion about cultural appropriation, especially regarding Indigenous Peoples, than there was even just a few years ago, there is still a great deal of confusion about what it actually is and how to distinguish a productive interest and affection for another culture from exploitative poaching. In this interactive session, we will unpack the differences between appropriation and appreciation through real life examples, exercises and discussion. We’ll leave the session with the confidence to interact with Native Peoples as a good relative, the know-how to purchase and display Native arts responsibly, and the ability to help others avoid cultural appropriation. With: Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Director, and Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yup’ik), Co-Director, of Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program.

November 13th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Panelists


Alexis Bunten
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers
Cara Romero
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers

From the majestic peaks of the snow-capped Sierra to the parched valley of Payahuunadü, “the land of flowing water,” this stunning film poetically weaves together memories of intergenerational women. Native Americans, Japanese-American WWII incarcerees and environmentalists form an unexpected alliance to defend their land and water from Los Angeles. Featuring breathtaking photography and immersive soundscapes, the film recounts more than 150 years of history, showing how water lured outsiders in and continues to fuel the greed which sucked this once lush place dry. Ann Kaneko, director; Jin Yoo-Kim, producer; Tracy Rector, executive producer. 

November 13th | 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

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