Friday, October 18th
Educators, who, in our eyes, have the world’s most noble and under-appreciated calling, are probably the most well represented profession among Bioneers attendees. Come share your thoughts about how best to equip tomorrow’s citizens and leaders with the tools they will need to radically re-shape our civilization. Facilitated by Yeshe Salz, Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN).
October 18th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | Exhibit Hall
Environmental literacy and social justice are inextricably linked, and recent changes in California’s curricula fully encourage pedagogical exploration of this linkage. Three new academic content frameworks (in Science, History-Social Science, and Health) promote challenge-based learning, in which student inquiry leads to student action in local communities. Students are also discovering nature-inspired design, i.e. Biomimicry, as part of this process. In this session, we will meet a school district representative, a teacher, and a student, who will share their perspectives about this intersection of environmental literacy and social justice. We will also experience a hands-on immersion into the Biomimicry design process with a focus on how we could apply these methods in our own schools and communities. With: Beth Rattner, Biomimicry Institute; Juanita Chan, Rialto Unified School District; Kavita Gupta, Freemont Union High School District. Moderated by Emily Schell, Executive Director, California Global Education Project; Caleb Jordan-McDaniels, Redwood High School.
October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Larkspur Room
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood Award (RLA), aka the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” and the 10th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood College (RLC), a partnership between the RLA and universities worldwide. Come celebrate with RLA laureates and faculty and students from RLC Santa Cruz, and give your input to our plan for the next 10 years of action-research for the common good. With: Stuart Muir Wilson, permaculture designer and grandson of RLA laureate Bill Mollison; and special guests TBA. Hosted by: Chris Benner, Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz; David Shaw, Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz.
October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | World Cafe
Saturday, October 19th
Join an engaging conversation on intergenerational solidarity and the reciprocal learning that occurs when people at different life stages work together. The discussion will revolve around youth-led movements, adult ally-ship and the magic of sharing wisdom across generations. With: Carolyn Norr of Youth vs. Apocalypse (350.org’s Bay Area youth-led climate justice initiative); others TBA.
October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Sausalito Room
Sunday, October 20th
A successful transition to a sustainable and just future will require masses of conscious citizens who feel genuinely connected to the Earth and to each other and are ready to act as authentic change-makers. Four of our nation’s most creative system-changers share innovative and effective approaches to education, for all age groups, that lead to cultural transformation. Join them for a lively discussion about creativity, power, and possibility. With: Vanessa LeBourdais, DreamRider Productions, creator of the Planet Protector Academy; Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman (aka Climbing PoeTree) award-winning multimedia artists, organizers, and educators; Brandi Mack, holistic health educator, Permaculture designer, National Director of The Butterfly Movement.
October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Larkspur Room
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