Friday, October 18th
We’re seeing the emergence of new generations of highly innovative urban farmers. They’re idealistic but savvy, hard working and very ethnically diverse. They often embed social justice and spirituality into a back-to-the-land ethos that includes reconnecting with nature to develop a healthy harmonious way of life. But remarkably they’re doing it in urban and suburban environments where most people now live. Hear from exemplary pathfinders of this extraordinary movement. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program. With: Chanowk and Judith Yisrael of Sacramento’s Yisreal Family Farm; Karen Washington of New York City’s Rise and Root Farm; Shawn Harrison of Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova, CA.
October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Larkspur Room
The greatest opportunity for a future in which human health and ecosystems flourish may rest on our plates. We will need to nourish 9 billion people by 2050: what humans eat and how it’s produced will be one key determinant of the future of life on Earth. The food systems currently in place are totally unsustainable (as recent fires in the Amazon so clearly highlight), but this grand challenge is also one of the greatest opportunities in human history to take an evolutionary leap in reshaping our relationship to food. Researcher, entrepreneur, and activist Christiana Musk, founder of Flourish.ink, a platform for catalyzing conversations on the future of food, and former Executive Director of Food Choice Taskforce, will draw from the wisdom of the audience and her own insights to explore with us how we can transcend the battleground of competing food worldviews to accelerate solutions for a flourishing future.
October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Women's Tent
How can philanthropy and impact investing break free from traditional models that simply replicate existing systems of hierarchy and the vicious circle of concentration of wealth? What’s the emerging potential of genuinely new ways of doing business? With: Joel Solomon, author of The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism, Chairman of Renewal Funds; Taij Kumarie Moteelal, founder of Standing in Our Power, former Executive Director of Resource Generation; Matthew Monahan, co-founder of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship and of the Namaste Foundation .
October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Santa Rosa Room
Saturday, October 19th
Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder
The visionary goal of Project Drawdown, founded by Paul Hawken, is to actually reverse global warming by drawing carbon out of the atmosphere back down to pre-industrial levels. All the practices and technologies documented in Paul’s best-selling Drawdown book are already commonly available, economically viable, and scientifically valid. The true power of Drawdown is its holistic nature. Doing what’s right for the climate means doing the right thing across the board and will also create abundant, meaningful jobs and a vibrant green economy. For over 30 years, Paul has been at the forefront of transformative solutions for people and planet, including his highly influential books The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest.
October 19th | 11:45 am to 12:20 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
The climate justice movement is changing the conversation with many creative new strategies, including Fridays for the Future, the Green New Deal, and constant pressure for our institutions and municipalities to divest from fossil fuels. In July 2019, faculty across the UC system voted in favor of divesting from 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies. While waiting for the UC Regents’ decision, activists of all ages continue to mobilize for divestment and climate justice. With: Bill McKibben, Right Livelihood Award laureate and co-founder of 350.org; Clair Brown, UC Berkeley Professor of Economics; Laurel Levin, student organizer with #FossilFreeUC; Kristy Drutman, host of Brown Girl Green. Hosted by: Chris Benner, Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz; David Shaw, Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | World Cafe
Paul Hawken and guests will lead a collaborative workshop in which we will explore the dynamics of reversing global warming as laid out by the groundbreaking initiative Paul founded, Project Drawdown. We will also discuss the social pathways for implementing these solutions and the math behind the plan. Participants are free to bring their own plans, ideas and experience.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
The world faces a confluence of crises—climate disruption, resource depletion, loss of biodiversity, food insecurity, seed industry consolidation, dying oceans. Fixing the global food system would make one of the most significant contributions to mitigating many of those calamities. A truly stellar, eclectic group of food systems thought leaders/activists/innovators will share creative responses to transforming the food system so that it genuinely serves people and the planet. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program. With: Gary Nabhan, author, researcher, professor, farmer, genius, one of our era’s greatest agricultural ecologists and ethnobotanists; Karen Washington, co-owner of NYC’s Rise and Root Farm, one of the nation’s legendary pioneers of urban farming; Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Director of Greenhorns, founding Board President of the Agrarian Trust, one of the nation’s leading advocates and activists for young farmers; Naomi Starkman, founder and the editor-in-chief of Civil Eats.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Sausalito Room
Nothing less than a fundamental transformation of our civilization and our worldviews will truly address the climate cataclysm: the reinvention of everything. This spontaneous free-range jam will spin the dial to surface the diverse forces that can unite humanity to change the story and world. Hosted by Greg Watson, Schumacher Center for a New Economy. With: Bill McKibben, 350.org; john a. powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the world’s leading visionary science fiction authors; Osprey Orielle Lake, founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network.
October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
How can we transform our economic system into one that doesn’t result in massive inequality and catastrophic environmental degradation? Leading figures in developing more humane, sustainable and resilient ownership structures, including cooperatives, value-driven trusts, and hybrid models, will discuss new and old ideas, share their experiences about what’s working and what isn’t, and explore how to accelerate the changes our economies and ecosystems so desperately need. Hosted by Theresa Marquez, former Chief Marketing Executive, Organic Valley Cooperative. With: Hilary Abell, Project Equity; Camille Canon, Purpose; Keith Taylor, UC Davis Cooperative Extension; Frank Mason, Arizmendi San Rafael Cooperative.
October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Sausalito Room
Sunday, October 20th
Introduction by David Cobb, Cooperation Humboldt
Given the existential threats of climate change, economic inequality and ever escalating political instability, we need concrete, integrated solutions to our shared problems. An inspiring model of what such an integrated approach could look like is Jackson, Mississippi’s Cooperation Jackson, an emerging network of worker cooperatives and solidarity economy institutions working to institute a Just Transition Plan to develop a regenerative economy and participatory democracy in that city. brandon king, Founding Member of Cooperation Jackson, shares his experiences helping conceive and build these extraordinarily promising strategies and social structures that reveal that we can put our shoulders to the wheel and build a truly just and sustainable future.
October 20th | 9:50 am to 10:15 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Universities and their students, staff, faculty, and visitors spend large amounts of money in countless businesses, as do hospitals. Imagine if most of these businesses were in the university or hospital’s community and were cooperatively owned by their workers. This would provide an enormous boost to local prosperity and social justice. Join us to learn more about the concept of “anchor institutions,” as well as a current initiative organized by UC graduate students to launch worker-owned cooperatives around UC campuses. With: Ted Howard, Democracy Collaborative; Marcus Renner, UC Community Economies Collaborative. Hosted by: Melissa Fant, John Valenzuela, David Shaw from Santa Cruz Permaculture.
October 20th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | World Cafe
What’s the shape of an economy that puts nature, equity, dignified labor, and distributed ownership at its center? How does greater localization build a resilient, regenerative economy from the bottom up? How can AI and robots not lead to mass dis-employment? How do we get from here to somewhere over the rainbow? Hosted by Greg Watson of the Shumacher Center for New Economics. With: Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson, MS; Ted Howard, the Democracy Collaborative; Christine Nobiss, Seeding Sovereignty.
October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
The global transition to clean energy has to occur—the only questions are whether we can get there in time to avoid the most catastrophic scenarios and how equitable the new economy will be. It’s essential that those at risk of being left behind can be brought along so they too can prosper in a new clean and green economy. Some key players in this field lay out a practical vision for how the right job training and workforce development programs can achieve that goal. Hosted by: Vien Truong, one of the country’s leading experts on building an equitable green economy. With: Sarah White, Deputy Director of Equity, Climate and Jobs at the California Workforce Development Board; Larry Williams Jr., Labor and Coal Coordinator for the Sierra Club Labor Program; Demond Drummer, Executive Director of New Consensus.
October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Sausalito Room
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