Ecological Design: Nature’s Operating Instructions

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How Mushrooms Can Help Us Survive “Extinction 6x”

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel
In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.

Green Chemistry: Biomimicry and Molecular Psychology

Introduction by Paul Hawken, Author and Social Entrepreneur
It’s time to create the green molecular building blocks that make green technology truly clean, from raw materials and production to social justice. World-renowned green chemist John Warner discusses how we can create a new generation of biomimetic and green molecular building blocks that will help us reach the “world we want.” One of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, he has published over 200 patents, papers and books. He is founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and of Beyond Benign, a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education.

Mishkos Kenomagwen:
The Teachings of Grass
Introduction by Melissa Nelson, The Cultural Conservancy

Indigenous peoples worldwide honor plants, not only as our sustainers, but as our oldest teachers who share teachings of generosity, creativity, sustainability and joy. By their living examples, plants spur our imaginations of how we might live. By braiding indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with modern tools of botanical science, Robin Kimmerer, professor of Environmental Science and Forestry of Potawatomi ancestry, explores the question: “If plants are our teachers, what are their lessons, and how might we become better students?”


Solutions from the Underground: Mushrooms as Planetary Healers
Visionary mycologist Paul Stamets, Founder of Fungi Perfecti and author of books including Mycelium Running, explores the leading edges of his research and current applications using fungi for restoring the biosphere and human health.

Toward a Nontoxic Industry and Economy
What would a nontoxic industrial economy look like, and how do we get there? From green chemistry and biomimicry to mobilizing women and challenging corporate power, innovators are connecting the clean technology space with social movements. With: John Warner, co-founder of Green Chemistry; Erin Switalski, Executive Director, Women’s Voices for the Earth; Jeanne Rizzo, President/CEO, Breast Cancer Fund, founder Cancer-Free Economy project.

Intelligence in Nature: The Vegetable Mind
Contemporary science is validating traditional knowledge about the vast pervasive intelligence in nature, and in plants in particular. What is intelligence? How do we learn nature’s languages? Hosted by Melissa K. Nelson, President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Robin Kimmerer, Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY-ESF; Monica Gagliano, renowned Australian marine biologist and evolutionary ecologist whose research Michael Pollan reported in the New Yorker.

Designing a World for the 100%, by the 100%
Leading women designers gathered by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) explore the principles of participatory design—inclusion, cooperation, community, regeneration—and how we can design a human world that meets everyone's needs without harming the biosphere. Hosted by Elizabeth Thompson, BFI Executive Director. With: Erin Meezan, VP of Sustainability, Interface, Inc.; Jane Harrison, co-founder, PITCHAfrica/Waterbank Schools; Dawn Danby, Senior Sustainable Design Program Manager, Autodesk, Inc.

Citizen Science: DIY Knowledge To and From the People
Activists, scientists and grassroots groups are leveraging new technology and collaborative networks to accurately monitor the quality of the environment, expose governmental and corporate abuses, and enable large-scale ecological research to understand the web of life in the age of climate disruption. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Bioneers Director of Strategic Network Initiatives. With: Severine v T Fleming, Farm Hack; Shannon Dosemagen, founder/President, New Orleans-based Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science; Brian Haggerty, co-designer, USA National Phenology Network, a multisectoral climate change research program using citizen scientists to monitor seasonal behavior of U.S. flora and fauna.

Citizen science ecology walk
Participate in national climate change research by observing the seasons and tracking nature's pulse. With Brian Haggerty, California Phenology Project, USA National Phenology Network.

What does governance look like when it aligns with the ground truths of nature? How does culture change? What models exist? Hosted by Kirsten Schwind, co-founder/Director of Bay Localize. With: Jessie Lerner, Executive Director, Sustain Dane in Madison, Wisconsin, a state with eco-municipalities based on Sweden’s model; Trathen Heckman, Board President, Transition U.S., founder of Daily Acts.

Public Power To Counteract Climate Challenges and Corporate Control
Bold strategies by publicly owned utilities in communities such as Austin, Santa Fe and Marin County are challenging private energy monopolies and transitioning off fossil-fuel dependence. Hosted by Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director/President, New Energy Economy. With: Karl Rábago, former VP of Distributed Energy Services for the City of Austin’s community-owned electric utility; Dawn Weisz, Executive Officer, Marin Clean Energy, which launched California’s first Community Choice Aggregation program.

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters
For 15 years, a movement of rural communities in El Salvador called La Coordinadora has led the way in community-based disaster preparedness, building a grassroots democracy movement, and influencing national policy. It’s featured in the new film and book The Message by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. Hosted by Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director/President, New Energy Economy. With: Estela Hernández, El Salvadoran Congresswoman; Karolo Aparicio, Executive Director, EcoViva, La Coordinadora’s U.S. sister organization; Avi Lewis, filmmaker, director of This Changes Everything.

Is the Earth Full? Holistic Solutions in a Growing World
By 2050, there will be 9 billion people. The good news is there are empowering population initiatives around the world improving lives and protecting the environment. Hosted by Suzanne York, Program Director/Senior Writer, Institute for Population Studies. With: Shannon Biggs, Director of Community Rights, Global Exchange; Rucha Chitnis, India Program Director, Women’s Earth Alliance; William Ryerson, founder/President, Population Media Center.

Watering Down: Water Management Strategies for Climate Change
Proven climate change mitigation strategies sequester CO2 in soils and plants, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and build ecological and economic resilience in local landscapes. From rangeland to metropolis, these brilliant innovators are watering down. Moderated by Ellie Cohen, President/CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science. With: Andy Lipkis, founder/President, TreePeople, biomimicking forest watersheds for climate-resilient cities and water supplies; Courtney White, co-founder, Quivira Coalition, building bridges among ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and citizens for economic and ecological resilience on working landscapes; Sarah Newkirk, Coastal Project Director, Nature Conservancy, developing natural infrastructure solutions for coastal resilience.

Eco-Regional Design: Place Is the Space
How do we align political governance with ecological realities rooted in watersheds, foodsheds, culturesheds and regional economies? Hosted by: Kirsten Schwind, Bay Localize. With: Kristen Sheeran, Ecotrust, co-founder/Director, Economics for Equity and Environment Network; David Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College; Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research; Greg Watson, Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture.

Resilient Landscapes, Climate-Smart Conservation: The Art and Science of Restoring the World We Want
Learn how insights from avian, aquatic and terrestrial science can help us recreate resilient land and seascapes. Hosted by Mary Ellen Hannibal, award-winning author of The Spine of the Continent: The Race to Save America’s Last, Best Wilderness. With: Ellie Cohen, President/CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science, focused on nature-based, climate-smart conservation solutions; Robin Grossinger, historical ecologist who directs the “Resilient Landscapes” project at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, guiding adaptive landscape-level restoration strategies in California.

A New Vision for Marin County: Our Successes, Challenges and Opportunities
Co-sponsored by MarinLink, the Environmental Forum of Marin, and the
County of Marin.  Fifty years ago, Marin County residents led the nation in creating a bold
vision, resulting in 80% of the land being protected. Today we¹re ready for
the next new vision to meet the challenges of a radically changed world. Join leading Marin visionary change-makers for a dynamic discussion of
Marin's extraordinary, cutting-edge accomplishments in environmental and
agricultural sustainability, and how to meet current challenges and exciting
future opportunities. For the first time Bioneers joins with with Marin County leadership to present a panel discussion moderated by Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey. Panelists include Congressman Jared Huffman; Dana King, American Broadcast Journalist and Candidate for Oakland City Council; Jamison Watts, Executive Director, MALT; and Nona Dennis, Founder of the Marin Environmental Forum.

Design Thinking for Bioneers
Come learn and apply a creative, research-based method to help catalyze your visionary ideas, reframe challenges collaboratively to generate a new spectrum of solution possibilities, and use design thinking to find inspiring new pathways to transformative action. With: Marilyn Cornelius, Ph.D. and Zanette Johnson, Ph.D., d. cipher facilitators. (Interactive)

Leadership Lessons from the Living Earth
Join this experiential session to meet mentors from the natural world and discover biomimicry-based leadership practices grown from life's operating principles. With: Toby Herzlich, founder, Biomimicry for Social Innovation. (Interactive, experiential)


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