1:00pm-2:30pm Sat Lunchtime

1:00 PM

Trashion Show!

Truckee High’s Envirolution Club steals the show every year turning trash into high fashion with a serious environmental message.

1:15pm-2:30pm Sun Lunchtime

1:15 PM

Native Youth Talking Circle

Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi); Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota), Executive Director of Indigenous Environmental Network; Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (Aztec).

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

1:15 PM

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.

In this citizen science ecology walk, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the seasons and collect data on seasonal phenomena with Nature’s Notebook, a nationwide climate change monitoring program designed by the USA National Phenology Network. Throughout the walk, which will go at a casual pace around the conference center, there will be stops for discussion on science, education, and the process of designing and implementing citizen science programs.

Whether you’re a scientist looking to recruit the public into your research program, an educator or program director interested in participatory and inquiry-based activities that generate real and useful data, or a community leader or activist wanting to monitor your local environment, you’ll gain practical knowledge about achieving your goals while also having fun observing nature. You’re also likely to pick up some new botanical and ecological knowledge along the way!

The citizen science ecology walk is led by Brian Haggerty, a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara who helped design and implement the USA National Phenology Network and the California Phenology Project. Brian has coordinated the development of environmental monitoring and education programs across California’s National Parks, the University of California Natural Reserve System, and botanic gardens, nature preserves, and K-12 and university campuses across the state.

Location: Meet at the World Cafe

2.45pm-4.15pm, FriBreakouts, Panels, Workshops

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

Explore the medicinal and edible landscape with herbalist Kami McBride.
(Interactive, experiential)

Location: Meet at Sun Stage
 

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Café | Igniting Possibilities through Intergenerational Partnerships

Join a participant-driven conversation around themes emerging at the conference. How can we collaborate, connect diverse perspectives, share talents, and shape the future? With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, and Global Leadership Lab.

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

Design Thinking for Bioneers

Learn and apply a creative, research-based method to help catalyze your visionary ideas, reframe challenges collaboratively to generate new solution possibilities, and use design thinking to find inspiring new pathways to transformative action. With: Marilyn Cornelius and Zanette Johnson, d.cipher facilitators.
(Interactive)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Council | It Takes a Village to Raise an Elder: Intergenerations Honoring the Wisdom of the Elders in our Communities, Families & Glocal World

For most of human history, people have lived in small village clusters. From indigenous to intentional to family systems to global community, the face of our social structures are changing. We are about to have the oldest population in US history; soon, 1 in 4 Americans will be in their golden years. Can honoring their wisdom encourage innovative and timely solutions to our global and personal concerns? In this intergenerational Council, we will explore the role of elders in our world and what youngers, and middlers, have to do with it. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger and Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend.
(Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

2:45 PM

Youth | Stepping Up to Leadership—Strategies and Advice for Young Activists

Award-winning young environmental leaders share stories, challenges and successful strategies for environmental justice. Learn practical tips: how to initiate community environmental campaigns, rally support and resources, and make real change for a more sustainable future. With 2014 Brower Youth Award winners.

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health

Indigenous Forum

Indigenous women examine health threats to women, families and communities, and provide breakthrough case studies and models for protecting and supporting Native women’s health in urban and rural contexts. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Erin Konsmo, (Metis/Cree), Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Esther Lucero, MPP (Navajo), California Consortium of Urban Indian Health Centers; April McGill (Pomo/Yuki), Native American Health Center, San Francisco; and Katsi Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk), traditional midwife and health advocate.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

2:45 PM

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action

Many communities of spirituality and faith have adopted formal resolutions proclaiming protecting the Earth and promoting environmental justice as cornerstone moral responsibilities. How can faith congregations build vibrant networks and partnerships to build resilience locally and regionally? Moderated by Shilpa Jain, Executive Director, YES!  Connecting, Inspiring & Collaborating with change makers. With: Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project, Interfaith Power and Light; Owsley Brown, Chairman, Festival of Faiths; Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith; Krithika Harish, Associate Director of Global Programs and Network Development, United Religions Initiative.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

Education for Sustainability

Connect with kindred educators in an emerging community of practice in this participatory session offering frameworks and tools for designing an effective Education for Sustainability (EfS) initiative in your community and/or school. Hosted by Kirk Bergstrom, filmmaker, educator, social entrepreneur, founder and Executive Director of WorldLink. With: Jaimie Cloud, President, Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education; Linda Booth Sweeney, award-winning author and systems educator.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

Greening Businesses of All Sizes

Key leaders illustrate promising initiatives and the main challenges in the “greening” of capitalism. Hosted by Amanda Joy Ravenhill, professor of Sustainable Management, Presidio Graduate School. With: David Levine, co-founder/CEO, American Sustainable Business Council; Oren Lyons, global indigenous leader, co-founder, Plantagon vertical greenhouses for urban farming; Danna Pfahl, VP of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

Re-Localizing the Food System

Three leading innovators show how to transform the food system to expand local economies and nurture vibrant community cultures. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director, Bioneers Restorative Food Systems program. With: Michael H. Shuman, expert on community economics, author of Local Dollars, Local SenseSeverine v T Fleming, farmer, activist, filmmaker, founder of Greenhorns; Karen Brown, Creative Director of Center for Ecoliteracy.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

The Choir and Beyond: Media and Social Change

How are media innovators propelling social change by reaching out to diverse constituencies and across political divides? Hosted by Jeremy Kagan, award-winning filmmaker, USC professor and founder of Change Making Media Lab. With: Bryan Welch, Publisher and Editorial Director, Ogden Publications (Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader); Arisha Michelle Hatch, Managing Director of Campaigns, ColorOfChange.org; and Joshua Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Archetypes in Every Woman

How might our culturally inherited myths and symbols be limiting—or expanding—our stories, options and realities? Explore this dynamic terrain through a multi-cultural lens. Hosted by Anneke Campbell, author, activist, filmmaker. With: Jean Shinoda Bolen, author, Jungian therapist, activist; Luisah Teish, teacher/storyteller/priestess in the Ifa Orisha tradition; Sri Swamini Svatmavidyananda, teacher of Vedanta and Sanskrit, resident Acharya of the Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam.

Location: Epiphany Theater

2:45 PM

Solutions from the Underground: Mushrooms as Planetary Healers

Visionary mycologist Paul Stamets, founder, Fungi Perfecti, author of landmark books including Mycelium Running, explores the leading edges of his research and current applications using fungi for restoring the biosphere and human health.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Karolo Aparicio

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Karolo Aparicio is the ED of Eco Viva building a green rural economy in Central America while protecting the environment. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with speaker to be announced

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

2.45pm-4.15pm, SatBreakouts, Panels, Workshops

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters

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.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation

Inaccurate and offensive depictions of Native American culture abound. This forum examines representations of Native peoples, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program Director. With: Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara-Lakota); Ginger Dunnill (Hawaiian) and Dylan McLaughlin (Navajo), who create art and film revealing misconceptions and literally destroying painful pop culture stereotypes; Q&A hosted by Andrew Jolivette (Apelousa-Atakapa-Ishak), Chair of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State. 

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

2:45 PM

Youth Leadership | Map Your Future

How is your community vulnerable to climate disruption? Learn how to assess local vulnerabilities and assets and develop a career building community resilience. Learn how to use a Community Climate Assessment Tool, work with planners, and take concrete steps to build resilience in your community. Led by Bay Localize: Colin Miller, Program Manager; Corrine L. Van Hook, Communications/Outreach Manager.

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) Alumnae Reunion & Sampler

Experience a taste of the personal deep dive into purposeful engaged action and leadership from the inside out that CWL offers. Connect with great women from past trainings while cross-pollinating and engaging with the field we co-create. With CWL founders and faculty: Nina Simons, Toby Herzlich, Rachel Bagby, Sarah Crowell. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out

Restoring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in our lives and communities is necessary to restore harmony with ourselves and with everything else in existence, and it begins in each of us. As the elders have said, nothing is created outside until it is created inside first. Leading from the “inside out” asks us to first embody the change we seek in the world, then what we do will become self-evident. Together, fellow Bioneers will explore the emerging paradigm of balancing the masculine and feminine, why it is important to our existence as human beings, and where it can lead us. How do we work together across the genders to restore a healthy balance between the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? How do we apply this to our everyday leadership? With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Double session.) (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle
 

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Open Space Technology

How can we leverage our collective intelligence, share our visions and move towards wise action? Participants make the agenda on topics, co-creating an empowering learning environment of self-managed conversation groups. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

HerbWalk with herbalist Autumn Summers.

Location: Meet at Sun Stage

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

Science Fiction Envisions the World We Want

Bioneers Associate Producer J.P. Harpignies interviews Kim Stanley Robinson, among our most celebrated, award-winning science-fiction writers and the most ecologically conscious. The author of many classic works including the seminal Mars and Three Californias trilogies explores such topics as: how "eco-futurist fiction" seeks to identify today's most important trends; the power of dystopian and utopian memes; and how science fiction can contribute to helping us shape a desirable tomorrow.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

The Frontlines of Greening Educational Systems: Achieving Environmental Literacy for All

Schools, colleges, and universities can become community models for sustainability, inspiring innovation and teaching environmental literacy for the next generation. Learn from leaders and practitioners how to achieve political, financial, and student success. Hosted by Deborah Moore, founder, Green Schools Initiative. With: David Orr, renowned eco-educator and author, Senior Adviser to the President of Oberlin College; Jennifer Seydel, Executive Director, Green Schools National Network; Nik Kaestner, Sustainability Coordinator, and Elishama Goldfarb, Environmental Literacy Specialist, San Francisco Unified School District.

Location: Epiphany Theater

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location:
Vista Caballo Horse Arena
 

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Marilyn Cornelius

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Marilyn Cornelius specializes in behavior change and design thinking in the fields of climate change and wellness. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Shannon Biggs

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Shannon Biggs, Director of the Community Rights Program at Global Exchange, is co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots and The Rights of Nature. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

2.45pm-4.15pm, SunBreakouts, Panels, Workshops

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Epiphany Hall

2:45 PM

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe

How do we move from disconnected, fearful individuals to connected, collective agents of change? What are the relationships among concentrated corporate power, lack of government oversight, and fractured social movements? How can each of us step up to build justice and cool the globe? Hosted by Connie Cagampang Heller, co-founder, Linked Fate Fund for Justice. With: John A. Powell, Director, UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Lindsey Allen, Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network; Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Christina Livingston, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

Women in the Economy: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life

By integrating a gender lens with nature’s principles, indigenous models, and valuing the wellbeing of people and planet, women (and men) are creating new visions for finance, business, economics and culture to turn the tide toward a life-affirming and equitable economy. Hosted by Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director, Green America. With: Katherine Collins, founder and CEO, Honeybee Capital, author of The Nature of Investing; Donna Morton, Managing Partner, Business Strategies, Principium Investments; Nikki Silvestri, CEO, Green for All; Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington State lost narrowly because a powerful alliance of Big Ag and Big Food spent millions to confuse the public. Find out how you can join the national campaign for your “Right to Know.” Hosted by Arty Mangan, Bioneers Food and Farming Director. With: John Roulac, founder/CEO, Nutiva; Stacy Malkan, a leader of the California and Washington GMO labeling campaigns; Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Planning Committee Member.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change

How might new and ancient understandings about gender from diverse cultural and generational perspectives inform our cultural reinvention? How is sexual health key to the vitality and resilience of our societies and all people? Hosted by Lana Holmes, co-founder, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. With: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Dine (Navajo) artist/activist; Jhos Singer, a transgender Maggid (Jewish preacher) serving Jewish community centers in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay; Erin Konsmo, Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; and Sonj Basha, an Oakland-based activist working to ensure the inclusion of gender non-conforming and transgender identities in institutions of higher education.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Your Brain On Water

Hosted by marine biologist Wallace "J." Nichols, research associate, California Academy of Sciences; co-founder, OceanRevolution.org; author of Blue Mind. New ways of understanding our relationship with the world's oceans and the ability of healthy waters to provide health, happiness and creativity will be considered by a panel of athletes, scientists, artists, and adventurers. With: Kevin Weiner, Post-doctoral fellow, Stanford University and Director of public communication, Institute for Applied Neuroscience; Nik Sawe, Doctoral Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University; and Andi Wong, Teaching Artist, Rooftop Alternative K-8 School.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (I)

(Double session). This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.

Indigenous Forum

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent
 

2:45 PM

Walking Your Talk in the World: Exploring Embodied Transformation

Come discover the patterns that “walk us,” harvest your natural knowing, and embody your goals for global renewal. With Suki Munsell. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Meet at Sun Stage

2:45 PM

Youth Leadership: Community of Mentors Peer-to-Peer Council

Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth. Join your peers to explore your Bioneers experience.

Youth Leadership

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Ruthless Compassion, Penetrating Honesty, Fierce Ally-Ship

Join J. Miakoda Taylor, Founding Director of Fierce Allies, in an emotionally and socially strategic transcendence of obstacles to power-sharing across difference. Embody a safe learning environment that supports a life-long journey for having difficult conversations that work.

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Council. The World We Want & How We Get There: Cultivating Presence—When the Heart Speaks, The World Listens

There is widespread understanding and despair that humanity is overexploiting the Earth’s natural systems, and an increasing recognition that we are only beginning to experience the consequences. It has been said that no amount of logic and reason will be able to guide us through the unprecedented times ahead, that only our hearts will prove adequate. The inner life, guidance, deep listening and “the quiet, still voice within” may prove some of our most resilient assets as we seek answers. Join with fellow Bioneers to share your knowledge, wisdom and life experience as we explore these assets, share vision and our aspirations for the world we want, and how we might get there. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Café: Creating Tomorrow Together, Gathering Collective Wisdom to Turn Vision into Action

The Café provides hospitable space for group dialogues, integration of and reflection on what emerges at the conference, and building personal and professional partnerships. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Luisah Teish

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Luisah Teish, an initiated elder (Iyanifa) and chieftain in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora, is an artist-activist, performer, teacher, spiritual guidance counselor, and author. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4.30pm-6pm, FriBreakouts, Panels, Workshops

4:30 PM

City of Joy: Turning Pain to Planting and Power

How can farming and gardening help empower and heal one of the world’s most challenged populations? City of Joy Founder Eve Ensler and permaculturist Brock Dolman of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center are developing a farm cooperative in City of Joy, the world-renowned haven for women rape survivors in the Congo.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30 PM

Networking | Educators’ Meet-up

Networking: Educators’ Meet-up hosted by the Green Schools Initiative and Green Schools National Network.

Location: World Café

4:30 PM

Council | Cultivating 21st Century Earth Stewardship in a Power-Imbalanced World: Global Citizens, First Peoples & Spaceship Earth

We are pushing Earth’s life support systems to the edge, enacting of a paradigm of “ infinite growth” and taking. Common sense and indigenous wisdom traditions affirm that a life lived with balance leads to a more harmonious coexistence. Coupled with a need for reconciliation across gender, race and other social divides, 21st Century Earth and community stewardship require partnerships beyond boundaries. Join with fellow Bioneers to engage an ethos for stewardship fit for the 21st Century. Rooted in the wisdom traditions and best practices of First Peoples, and the planetary perspective of Global Citizens, we will explore models and practices of living reciprocity as if our lives depended on it—because they do. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger and Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

4:30 PM

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)

Location: Santa Rosa Room

4:30 PM

Youth Leadership | Fossil Fuel Divestment

Students across the U.S. are mobilizing against climate disruption, demanding their institutions divest from fossil fuels and invest in sustainability. Learn resources, strategies and opportunities for young activists to engage with the fossil fuel divestment campaign. With: Chloe Maxmin and Arielle Klagsbrun, Brower Youth Award-winning leading climate activists.

Location: Youth Unity Center

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | ALOHA (Applied Hawaiian Philosophy)

Indigenous Forum

Native Hawaiian visionary Pua Nani Mahoe and TEK educator Kaimana Barcarse share Hawaii’s unique collective cultural wisdom and traditional philosophies of land, water, spirit and “Aloha” teachings. Learn about malama aina—how to take care of the land, water, community, spirit and self, as they take care of you; and how to weave the Aloha Spirit into your life. The dialogue will address the need for deep collaboration for protecting our natural resources that sustain life on Papahanamoku (Mother Earth).

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

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.

Location: Larkspur Room

4:30 PM

Leveraging Donor Activism: Philanthropy’s Leading Edges

How are donors leveraging effective change beyond traditional pathways and norms? From shareholder activism to investment strategies and disinvestment campaigns, explore how foundations can be reshaped to be far more effective. Hosted by Jen Sokolove, Program Director, Compton Foundation. With: Lauren Embrey, President/CEO, Embrey Family Foundation; Tom Van Dyck, Senior Vice President and Financial Consultant, SRI Wealth Management Group at RBC Wealth Management; Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, Senior Director of Membership & Communications, Women Donors Network; Kristin Hull, CEO, Nia Global Solutions.

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community

Very diverse women of color and indigenous women in Bay Area urban communities are drawing from their connection to Earth in highly creative ways to move toward personal and community healing and empowerment. Hosted by J. Phoenix Smith, Director, Back to Earth Outdoors, Orisha priestess. With: Catherine Herrera, Ohlone artist, filmmaker; Mira Manickam, environmental educator, multimedia artist, author; Brandi Mack, youth worker, gardener.

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

4:30 PM

Eco-Governance

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

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

Change the Story: New Strategies for Shifting Culture

Storytelling is an ancient, powerful human expression. Today advertisers and public relations flacks exploit the power of story to deceive and desensitize. How can we reclaim the power of story and design more effective “story-based strategies” for a better world? Join the Center for Story-Based Strategy (formerly smartMeme) in an interactive session on applying a “narrative power analysis” and transformational stories from grassroots movements. With: Patrick Reinsborough and Christine Cordero. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Epiphany Theater

4:30 PM

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

4:30 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

 

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Krithika Harish

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Krithika Harish, an Indian-American social justice activist, is bridging religious and cultural differences through an interfaith global network that cultivates peace and justice. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with David Shaw

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Permaculturist David Shaw is the co-founder of The Common Ground Center at UC Santa Cruz, an inter-generational partnership for education for a just and sustainable world. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

4.30pm-6pm, SatBreakouts, Panels, Workshops

4:30 PM

Wiser Together Open Space Technology

How can we leverage our collective intelligence, share our visions and move towards wise action? Participants make the agenda on topics, co-creating an empowering learning environment of self-managed conversation groups. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)

Location: World Café

4:30 PM

Plant Sacraments and the Mind of Nature

Can entheogenic plants help people access the intelligence in nature—the “mind of nature”—that we must learn to understand in order to supersede our ecologically destructive habits? Hosted by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer. With: Jeffrey Bronfman, founding member of the União do Vegetal church of the United States; Paul Stamets, master mycologist; Katsi Cook, renowned Mohawk midwife and environmental activist.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30 PM

Movement Building I: Convergence

Can the global convergence of disparate movements gain the traction necessary to overcome the concentration of wealth and power driving the destruction of civilization and nature? How? Hosted by Carleen Pickard, Executive Director, Global Exchange. With: Naomi Klein, author, filmmaker, activist; Clayton Thomas-Müller, indigenous rights leader and movement builder; Joel Solomon, President, Renewal Partners and Chairman, Renewal Funds, founding member of Social Venture Network and Tides Foundation of Canada.

Location: Showcase Theater

4:30 PM

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise

Explore with a multicultural circle of women the upsides and downsides of the deep, ancient association of women and “the feminine” with nature, and how a re-integration of the feminine principle into our culture may best serve us today. Hosted by Starhawk, renowned author, educator, activist, Permaculturist. With: Rachel Bagby, singer, author, farmer, facilitator; Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Diné (Navajo) artist/activist; Sasha Houston Brown (Dakota/Santee Sioux Tribe, Nebraska), Director of Education at Little Earth of United Tribes; Brandi Mack, who uses permaculture and holistic health approaches in her work with African American girls suffering from trauma; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.

Location: Epiphany Theater

4:30 PM

Restorative Justice, Healing Justice

A new form of justice seeks to heal and cares more about broken lives than broken laws. It’s capable of pushing back the "New Jim Crow" of mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Hosted by J. Miakoda Taylor, founder, Fierce Allies. With: Fania Davis, founder/Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth; Ericka Huggins, professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Laney and Merritt Colleges.

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

Democracy, Corporate Power and Climate Change

The Supreme Court's Citizens United and related rulings have not only unleashed a flood of dark money into elections, they are also being used to block initiatives to transition to a just and sustainable economy. Join local, state and national organizers to learn about efforts to push back against these rules and to find out how you can help restore democracy and challenge the misuse of corporate power. With: Sarah Stranahan, Strategic Development Director at Free Speech For People; Derek Cressman, long-time fair election activist/forner candidate for California Secretary of State; Arielle Klagsbrun of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment/2013 Brower Youth Award recipient. 

4:30 PM

Is Earth Full? Holistic Population 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, Gender and Philanthropic Consultant; William Ryerson, founder/President, Population Media Center.

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy

This session challenges the paucity of funding for indigenous-led initiatives of preservation, conservation and revitalization in Indian Country and globally (.5% of foundation funding), illustrating how Native-led organizations are innovating with inter-tribal re-granting. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Anishinaabe), founder, Mino-Niibi Fund for Indigenous Cultures of The Cultural Conservancy. With: Pearl Gottschalk, Charitable Givings Ambassador, LUSH Charity Pot; China Ching (Hawaiian), Christensen Fund; Oren Lyons (Onandaga), indigenous rights leader; Evelyn Arce (Chibcha), International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

Youth Poetry Slam

Young poets perform original work and compete for prizes determined by the audience. Hosted by Aaron Ableman, producer of Pacha’s Pajamas, an ecological musical for children.

Location: Youth Unity Center

4:30 PM

Duality Is Reciprocal: Integrating the Feminine-Masculine Powers Within

Until we heal the separation between the feminine and masculine, the world will not come into balance. We explore this duality, and ask ourselves if we’ve been asking the wrong questions and holding incorrect images, attitudes and beliefs about the feminine-masculine polarity. With: Pele Rouge Chadima, Lana Holmes and Firehawk Hulin, co-founders, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

4:30 PM

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out

Restoring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in our lives and communities is necessary to restore harmony with ourselves and with everything else in existence, and it begins in each of us. As the elders have said, nothing is created outside until it is created inside first. Leading from the “inside out” asks us to first embody the change we seek in the world, then what we do will become self-evident. Together, fellow Bioneers will explore the emerging paradigm of balancing the masculine and feminine, why it is important to our existence as human beings, and where it can lead us. How do we work together across the genders to restore a healthy balance between the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? How do we apply this to our everyday leadership? With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Double session.) (Interactive, experiential)


Location: Council Circle

4:30 PM

Food Literacy as a Catalyst for Social Change

Breakthrough food literacy initiatives are transforming communities, bringing people together in meaningful conversations. Learn how to design an effective food literacy program for your community, organization or school. With: Kirk Bergstrom, Executive Director, Nourish Initiative; Alyson Wylie, Health Education Specialist, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, California State University, Chico; Jered Lawson, co-founder and Co-Director, Pie Ranch.

Location: Larkspur Room

4:30 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Erin Switalski

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Erin Switalski, the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth, is featured in the brand new Link TV special, UNSAFE: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Nik Kaestner

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Nik Kaestner, is the first Director of Sustainability for the San Francisco Unified School District. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

4.30pm-6pm, SunBreakouts, Panels, Workshops

4:30 PM

People’s Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature’s Rights

What if ecosystems could sue for violating the rights of nature in places like Alberta's tar sands or Fukushima? What if communities could write new laws that place their rights and local ecosystems above corporate interests? Come find out about the first international Rights of Nature Tribunal and local California Community Bills of Rights, and how you can participate. Hosted by Shannon Biggs, Community Rights director, Global Exchange. With: Vandana Shiva, founder/Director, Navdanya; Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More/Gathering Tribes; Robin Milam, Administrative Director, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network; Prajna Marcus, Bay Area Rights of Nature; Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Center. 

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (II)

(See 2:45 pm).

Hosted by Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota) of the Indigenous Environmental Network. With indigenous women from the North: Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) of Idle No More, on current threats from Pipelines from the Canadian Tar Sands; Faith Gemmill (Gwich'in), of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands), on the history of oil and gas development in Alaska and expansion plans for offshore drilling; and witnesses Clayton Thomas-Müller (Mathais Colomb Cree Nation) and Eriel Deranger (Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nation) with Idle No More.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

Bioneers Resilient Communities Network (BRCN) Reception

Learn about the Bioneers RCN program and connect with the organizers to see if you want to bring it to your community.

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

Mixer and Networking Reception

Location: Epiphany Hall

4:30 PM

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, Environmental Forum of Marin.

Location: Larkspur Room

9am-1pm, FriKeynotes / Plenaries on Friday morning

8:45 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:00 AM

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods and Joanne Campbell

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Ohlone/Chumash) and Joanne Campbell (Coast Miwok/Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria).

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15 AM

9:30 AM

Paul Stamets | 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. 

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00 AM

Eve Ensler | Eve’s Revolution

Introduction by Nina Simons

Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, illuminates her most recent campaign, One Billion Rising for Justice. It’s a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community in public places worldwide to end violence against women, break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song and words.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:30 AM

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Itzcuauhtl Roske-Martinez | Youth Activist Rap Duo

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Itzcuauhtl Roske-Martinez

Earth Guardians write and perform original message-driven eco hiphop music to inspire and educate their peers and adults into positive, creative action to protect the Earth and their Future. They have performed at universities, schools, the United Nations, conferences and high profiles events throughout the US and in other countries world wide. HBO will be releasing their new music video "Be the Change" on December 15, 2014. 

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

10:45 AM

Severine v t Fleming | Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed

Introduction by Travis Forgues, dairy farmer/board member, VP of Farmer Affairs, Organic Valley

In the next 20 years, farmland ownership will shift on a continental scale—400 million acres, yet 70% of American farmland is owned by people 65 and older. How can we help young, motivated agrarians survive daunting structural obstacles and become successful farmers to whom retiring organic farmers can transmit their wisdom? How can we invest in the democratization of our land base? These questions drive Agrarian Trust, started by by Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most dynamic leaders in the young farmers’ movement.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:15 AM

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Youth Leadership Our Generation Was Born To Change The World

Fourteen-year-old indigenous environmental activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director of Earth Guardians, has organized rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and spoken globally. His generation is rising up to defend our future.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:45 AM

Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani | Who Will Take Care of My People?

Introduction by Owsley Brown, Chair, Festival of Faiths

For 45 years, Reverend Cecil Williams, founder and Minister of Liberation of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, and its founding President Janice Mirikitani have created 87 groundbreaking programs to provide human services to some of the Bay Area's most disenfranchised communities. These renowned faith-based pathfinders share their visions and strategies to address the pollution, economic injustice, neglect and apathy that confront poor communities.  

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:30 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry the Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9am-1pm, SatKeynotes / Plenaries on Saturday morning

8:55 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location:
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

9:05 AM

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:10 AM

A World of Solutions

Short film by acclaimed film artist Louie Schwartzberg.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15 AM

Naomi Klein | This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

Naomi Klein, the award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an "issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:45 AM

Clayton Thomas-Muller | The Rise of the Canadian Native Rights-Based Movement to Protect Our Commons

Introduction by Nina Simons
Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, and a Co-Director of Polaris Institute’s Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, portrays Canada's rising Native-led rights-based movement, supported by labor, civil society, students and grassroots groups. It's challenging the neo-liberal free market agenda that has turned Canada into a petro-state. It may be our last best effort to save our lands and the health of our people from the extractive industries and the banks that finance them.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:15 AM

Climbing Poetree: Alixa Garcia & Naima Penniman

Climbing Poetree, the award-winning, boundary-breaking spoken word duo rocks the house.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:30 AM

John Warner | 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 illustrates how we can create a new generation of biomimetic and green molecular building blocks to help us reach the “world we want.” A founder of Green Chemistry, he has published over 200 patents, papers and books. He’s founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and co-founder of Beyond Benign, a nonprofit for sustainability and green chemistry education.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00 AM

Chloe Maxmin | Youth Leadership Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement

An activist since age 12, Chloe Maxmin co-founded Divest Harvard to pressure her college to disinvest from fossil fuel holdings, gaining international recognition for her effective activism.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:30 AM

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:45 AM

Robin Kimmerer | 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”?

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:15 PM

Jeffrey Bronfman | The Botanical Dimension of Our Human Evolutionary Next Steps

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

The use of plants as food, medicine and construction material for human habitat is apparent to all, but the essential role certain plants play in human spiritual evolution is not well understood. Jeffrey Bronfman, an environmentalist, educator and founding member of Bioneers, has encountered the use of plants within numerous spiritual, ceremonial and religious contexts throughout the Western Hemisphere. He explores the vital role certain plants have in the development of human awareness at this critical moment in the state of the biosphere and our evolution as human beings.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:45 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry, the Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9am-1pm, SunKeynotes / Plenaries on Sunday morning

8:55 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:05 AM

Welcome by Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel

Welcome by Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:10 AM

Opening by Rachel Bagby

Opening by Rachel Bagby.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

9:20 AM

Kristen Sheeran | Scaling Solutions for Social Change

Introduction by Alisa Gravitz, Green America

In this age of unprecedented global challenges—and innovations—the world can’t wait for solutions to emerge piecemeal over time. We need to get better, faster and more innovative in scaling up existing solutions. Economist Kristen Sheeran illuminates groundbreaking collaborative efforts to create new approaches to social innovation, harnessing cutting-edge digital technologies for the rapid sharing, processing and managing of knowledge. She’s VP of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, the Pacific Northwest's groundbreaking think tank and green economy incubator.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:40 AM

Patricia Gualinga | Message from the Amazon

The courageous Kichwa leader, Patricia Gualinga, from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the front lines of protecting the lungs of the planet where women’s leadership is rising.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00 AM

John A. Powell | Beloved Community: Interbeing, Race, Class and Person ‘Hood

Introduction by Connie Cagampang Heller, Linked Fate Fund for Justice

As humanity faces global environmental and social collapse, our fear of the “Other” can be magnified by unstable contracting economies, radically shifting demographics, and new social norms. Can humanity overcome these divisions and come together to protect our common home? John A. Powell, a nationally respected voice on race and ethnicity, leads UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, serves on the UC Berkeley School of Law faculty, and is author of Racing to Justice.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:45 AM

Performance by Alixa Garcia of Climbing PoeTree

Performance by Alixa Garcia of Climbing PoeTree.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00 AM

Manuel Pastor | Transactions, Transformations, Translations: Movement-Building for the Next America

Introduction by Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor of Environmental Health, UC Berkeley

Facing rapidly changing demographics, growing inequality and increased political polarization in the U.S., movement builders are grappling with creating new cross-generational ties and a new understanding of the relationship between equity and economic growth. How do we build movements based on vision and values, not interests and transactions? Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, and founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC, Santa Cruz. He directs the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:30 AM

Arielle Klagsbrun – Youth Leadership | Why People Need to Get Arrested: The climate crisis requires bold action

Arielle Klagsbrun a leader of the “Take Back Saint Louis” campaign to remove tax incentives to corporations profiting from climate change explores how to defeat the fossil fuel extraction industry.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:00 PM

Terry Tempest Williams | A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century

Introduction by Nina Simons

What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation’s most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer" who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:30 PM

Wallace “J.” Nichols | I Wish You Water

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers

The cognitive and emotional benefits of healthy oceans and waterways have been celebrated through art, song, romance and poetry throughout human history. Marine biologist, activist, community organizer, and author Wallace J. Nichols will dive deeper and explore our blue minds through the dual lenses of evolutionary biology and cognitive science, reminding us that we are water.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:45 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry the Slam Poet Harvester wraps it all up in bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:55 PM

Closing with Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons

Closing with Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons

Location:
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

1:00 PM

Closing Preformance

TBA

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

BREAKOUTS - EARLY AFTERNOON

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

Explore the medicinal and edible landscape with herbalist Kami McBride.
(Interactive, experiential)

Location: Meet at Sun Stage
 

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Café | Igniting Possibilities through Intergenerational Partnerships

Join a participant-driven conversation around themes emerging at the conference. How can we collaborate, connect diverse perspectives, share talents, and shape the future? With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, and Global Leadership Lab.

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

Design Thinking for Bioneers

Learn and apply a creative, research-based method to help catalyze your visionary ideas, reframe challenges collaboratively to generate new solution possibilities, and use design thinking to find inspiring new pathways to transformative action. With: Marilyn Cornelius and Zanette Johnson, d.cipher facilitators.
(Interactive)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Council | It Takes a Village to Raise an Elder: Intergenerations Honoring the Wisdom of the Elders in our Communities, Families & Glocal World

For most of human history, people have lived in small village clusters. From indigenous to intentional to family systems to global community, the face of our social structures are changing. We are about to have the oldest population in US history; soon, 1 in 4 Americans will be in their golden years. Can honoring their wisdom encourage innovative and timely solutions to our global and personal concerns? In this intergenerational Council, we will explore the role of elders in our world and what youngers, and middlers, have to do with it. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger and Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend.
(Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

2:45 PM

Youth | Stepping Up to Leadership—Strategies and Advice for Young Activists

Award-winning young environmental leaders share stories, challenges and successful strategies for environmental justice. Learn practical tips: how to initiate community environmental campaigns, rally support and resources, and make real change for a more sustainable future. With 2014 Brower Youth Award winners.

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health

Indigenous Forum

Indigenous women examine health threats to women, families and communities, and provide breakthrough case studies and models for protecting and supporting Native women’s health in urban and rural contexts. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Erin Konsmo, (Metis/Cree), Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Esther Lucero, MPP (Navajo), California Consortium of Urban Indian Health Centers; April McGill (Pomo/Yuki), Native American Health Center, San Francisco; and Katsi Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk), traditional midwife and health advocate.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

2:45 PM

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action

Many communities of spirituality and faith have adopted formal resolutions proclaiming protecting the Earth and promoting environmental justice as cornerstone moral responsibilities. How can faith congregations build vibrant networks and partnerships to build resilience locally and regionally? Moderated by Shilpa Jain, Executive Director, YES!  Connecting, Inspiring & Collaborating with change makers. With: Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project, Interfaith Power and Light; Owsley Brown, Chairman, Festival of Faiths; Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith; Krithika Harish, Associate Director of Global Programs and Network Development, United Religions Initiative.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

Education for Sustainability

Connect with kindred educators in an emerging community of practice in this participatory session offering frameworks and tools for designing an effective Education for Sustainability (EfS) initiative in your community and/or school. Hosted by Kirk Bergstrom, filmmaker, educator, social entrepreneur, founder and Executive Director of WorldLink. With: Jaimie Cloud, President, Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education; Linda Booth Sweeney, award-winning author and systems educator.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

Greening Businesses of All Sizes

Key leaders illustrate promising initiatives and the main challenges in the “greening” of capitalism. Hosted by Amanda Joy Ravenhill, professor of Sustainable Management, Presidio Graduate School. With: David Levine, co-founder/CEO, American Sustainable Business Council; Oren Lyons, global indigenous leader, co-founder, Plantagon vertical greenhouses for urban farming; Danna Pfahl, VP of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

Re-Localizing the Food System

Three leading innovators show how to transform the food system to expand local economies and nurture vibrant community cultures. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director, Bioneers Restorative Food Systems program. With: Michael H. Shuman, expert on community economics, author of Local Dollars, Local SenseSeverine v T Fleming, farmer, activist, filmmaker, founder of Greenhorns; Karen Brown, Creative Director of Center for Ecoliteracy.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

The Choir and Beyond: Media and Social Change

How are media innovators propelling social change by reaching out to diverse constituencies and across political divides? Hosted by Jeremy Kagan, award-winning filmmaker, USC professor and founder of Change Making Media Lab. With: Bryan Welch, Publisher and Editorial Director, Ogden Publications (Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader); Arisha Michelle Hatch, Managing Director of Campaigns, ColorOfChange.org; and Joshua Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Archetypes in Every Woman

How might our culturally inherited myths and symbols be limiting—or expanding—our stories, options and realities? Explore this dynamic terrain through a multi-cultural lens. Hosted by Anneke Campbell, author, activist, filmmaker. With: Jean Shinoda Bolen, author, Jungian therapist, activist; Luisah Teish, teacher/storyteller/priestess in the Ifa Orisha tradition; Sri Swamini Svatmavidyananda, teacher of Vedanta and Sanskrit, resident Acharya of the Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam.

Location: Epiphany Theater

2:45 PM

Solutions from the Underground: Mushrooms as Planetary Healers

Visionary mycologist Paul Stamets, founder, Fungi Perfecti, author of landmark books including Mycelium Running, explores the leading edges of his research and current applications using fungi for restoring the biosphere and human health.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Karolo Aparicio

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Karolo Aparicio is the ED of Eco Viva building a green rural economy in Central America while protecting the environment. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with speaker to be announced

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

4:30 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

 

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters

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.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Youth Leadership | Map Your Future

How is your community vulnerable to climate disruption? Learn how to assess local vulnerabilities and assets and develop a career building community resilience. Learn how to use a Community Climate Assessment Tool, work with planners, and take concrete steps to build resilience in your community. Led by Bay Localize: Colin Miller, Program Manager; Corrine L. Van Hook, Communications/Outreach Manager.

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) Alumnae Reunion & Sampler

Experience a taste of the personal deep dive into purposeful engaged action and leadership from the inside out that CWL offers. Connect with great women from past trainings while cross-pollinating and engaging with the field we co-create. With CWL founders and faculty: Nina Simons, Toby Herzlich, Rachel Bagby, Sarah Crowell. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Open Space Technology

How can we leverage our collective intelligence, share our visions and move towards wise action? Participants make the agenda on topics, co-creating an empowering learning environment of self-managed conversation groups. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

HerbWalk with herbalist Autumn Summers.

Location: Meet at Sun Stage

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation

Inaccurate and offensive depictions of Native American culture abound. This forum examines representations of Native peoples, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program Director. With: Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara-Lakota); Ginger Dunnill (Hawaiian) and Dylan McLaughlin (Navajo), who create art and film revealing misconceptions and literally destroying painful pop culture stereotypes; Q&A hosted by Andrew Jolivette (Apelousa-Atakapa-Ishak), Chair of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State. 

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

2:45 PM

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out

Restoring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in our lives and communities is necessary to restore harmony with ourselves and with everything else in existence, and it begins in each of us. As the elders have said, nothing is created outside until it is created inside first. Leading from the “inside out” asks us to first embody the change we seek in the world, then what we do will become self-evident. Together, fellow Bioneers will explore the emerging paradigm of balancing the masculine and feminine, why it is important to our existence as human beings, and where it can lead us. How do we work together across the genders to restore a healthy balance between the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? How do we apply this to our everyday leadership? With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Double session.) (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle
 

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

Science Fiction Envisions the World We Want

Bioneers Associate Producer J.P. Harpignies interviews Kim Stanley Robinson, among our most celebrated, award-winning science-fiction writers and the most ecologically conscious. The author of many classic works including the seminal Mars and Three Californias trilogies explores such topics as: how "eco-futurist fiction" seeks to identify today's most important trends; the power of dystopian and utopian memes; and how science fiction can contribute to helping us shape a desirable tomorrow.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

The Frontlines of Greening Educational Systems: Achieving Environmental Literacy for All

Schools, colleges, and universities can become community models for sustainability, inspiring innovation and teaching environmental literacy for the next generation. Learn from leaders and practitioners how to achieve political, financial, and student success. Hosted by Deborah Moore, founder, Green Schools Initiative. With: David Orr, renowned eco-educator and author, Senior Adviser to the President of Oberlin College; Jennifer Seydel, Executive Director, Green Schools National Network; Nik Kaestner, Sustainability Coordinator, and Elishama Goldfarb, Environmental Literacy Specialist, San Francisco Unified School District.

Location: Epiphany Theater

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location:
Vista Caballo Horse Arena
 

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Marilyn Cornelius

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Marilyn Cornelius specializes in behavior change and design thinking in the fields of climate change and wellness. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Shannon Biggs

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Shannon Biggs, Director of the Community Rights Program at Global Exchange, is co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots and The Rights of Nature. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

4:30 PM

Food Literacy as a Catalyst for Social Change

Breakthrough food literacy initiatives are transforming communities, bringing people together in meaningful conversations. Learn how to design an effective food literacy program for your community, organization or school. With: Kirk Bergstrom, Executive Director, Nourish Initiative; Alyson Wylie, Health Education Specialist, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, California State University, Chico; Jered Lawson, co-founder and Co-Director, Pie Ranch.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Epiphany Hall

2:45 PM

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe

How do we move from disconnected, fearful individuals to connected, collective agents of change? What are the relationships among concentrated corporate power, lack of government oversight, and fractured social movements? How can each of us step up to build justice and cool the globe? Hosted by Connie Cagampang Heller, co-founder, Linked Fate Fund for Justice. With: John A. Powell, Director, UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Lindsey Allen, Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network; Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Christina Livingston, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

Women in the Economy: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life

By integrating a gender lens with nature’s principles, indigenous models, and valuing the wellbeing of people and planet, women (and men) are creating new visions for finance, business, economics and culture to turn the tide toward a life-affirming and equitable economy. Hosted by Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director, Green America. With: Katherine Collins, founder and CEO, Honeybee Capital, author of The Nature of Investing; Donna Morton, Managing Partner, Business Strategies, Principium Investments; Nikki Silvestri, CEO, Green for All; Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington State lost narrowly because a powerful alliance of Big Ag and Big Food spent millions to confuse the public. Find out how you can join the national campaign for your “Right to Know.” Hosted by Arty Mangan, Bioneers Food and Farming Director. With: John Roulac, founder/CEO, Nutiva; Stacy Malkan, a leader of the California and Washington GMO labeling campaigns; Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Planning Committee Member.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change

How might new and ancient understandings about gender from diverse cultural and generational perspectives inform our cultural reinvention? How is sexual health key to the vitality and resilience of our societies and all people? Hosted by Lana Holmes, co-founder, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. With: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Dine (Navajo) artist/activist; Jhos Singer, a transgender Maggid (Jewish preacher) serving Jewish community centers in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay; Erin Konsmo, Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; and Sonj Basha, an Oakland-based activist working to ensure the inclusion of gender non-conforming and transgender identities in institutions of higher education.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Your Brain On Water

Hosted by marine biologist Wallace "J." Nichols, research associate, California Academy of Sciences; co-founder, OceanRevolution.org; author of Blue Mind. New ways of understanding our relationship with the world's oceans and the ability of healthy waters to provide health, happiness and creativity will be considered by a panel of athletes, scientists, artists, and adventurers. With: Kevin Weiner, Post-doctoral fellow, Stanford University and Director of public communication, Institute for Applied Neuroscience; Nik Sawe, Doctoral Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University; and Andi Wong, Teaching Artist, Rooftop Alternative K-8 School.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (I)

(Double session). This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.

Indigenous Forum

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent
 

2:45 PM

Walking Your Talk in the World: Exploring Embodied Transformation

Come discover the patterns that “walk us,” harvest your natural knowing, and embody your goals for global renewal. With Suki Munsell. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Meet at Sun Stage

2:45 PM

Youth Leadership: Community of Mentors Peer-to-Peer Council

Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth. Join your peers to explore your Bioneers experience.

Youth Leadership

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Ruthless Compassion, Penetrating Honesty, Fierce Ally-Ship

Join J. Miakoda Taylor, Founding Director of Fierce Allies, in an emotionally and socially strategic transcendence of obstacles to power-sharing across difference. Embody a safe learning environment that supports a life-long journey for having difficult conversations that work.

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Council. The World We Want & How We Get There: Cultivating Presence—When the Heart Speaks, The World Listens

There is widespread understanding and despair that humanity is overexploiting the Earth’s natural systems, and an increasing recognition that we are only beginning to experience the consequences. It has been said that no amount of logic and reason will be able to guide us through the unprecedented times ahead, that only our hearts will prove adequate. The inner life, guidance, deep listening and “the quiet, still voice within” may prove some of our most resilient assets as we seek answers. Join with fellow Bioneers to share your knowledge, wisdom and life experience as we explore these assets, share vision and our aspirations for the world we want, and how we might get there. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Café: Creating Tomorrow Together, Gathering Collective Wisdom to Turn Vision into Action

The Café provides hospitable space for group dialogues, integration of and reflection on what emerges at the conference, and building personal and professional partnerships. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Luisah Teish

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Luisah Teish, an initiated elder (Iyanifa) and chieftain in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora, is an artist-activist, performer, teacher, spiritual guidance counselor, and author. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

BREAKOUTS - LATE AFTERNOON

4:30 PM

Youth Leadership | Fossil Fuel Divestment

Students across the U.S. are mobilizing against climate disruption, demanding their institutions divest from fossil fuels and invest in sustainability. Learn resources, strategies and opportunities for young activists to engage with the fossil fuel divestment campaign. With: Chloe Maxmin and Arielle Klagsbrun, Brower Youth Award-winning leading climate activists.

Location: Youth Unity Center

4:30 PM

Networking | Educators’ Meet-up

Networking: Educators’ Meet-up hosted by the Green Schools Initiative and Green Schools National Network.

Location: World Café

4:30 PM

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)

Location: Santa Rosa Room

4:30 PM

Council | Cultivating 21st Century Earth Stewardship in a Power-Imbalanced World: Global Citizens, First Peoples & Spaceship Earth

We are pushing Earth’s life support systems to the edge, enacting of a paradigm of “ infinite growth” and taking. Common sense and indigenous wisdom traditions affirm that a life lived with balance leads to a more harmonious coexistence. Coupled with a need for reconciliation across gender, race and other social divides, 21st Century Earth and community stewardship require partnerships beyond boundaries. Join with fellow Bioneers to engage an ethos for stewardship fit for the 21st Century. Rooted in the wisdom traditions and best practices of First Peoples, and the planetary perspective of Global Citizens, we will explore models and practices of living reciprocity as if our lives depended on it—because they do. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger and Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | ALOHA (Applied Hawaiian Philosophy)

Indigenous Forum

Native Hawaiian visionary Pua Nani Mahoe and TEK educator Kaimana Barcarse share Hawaii’s unique collective cultural wisdom and traditional philosophies of land, water, spirit and “Aloha” teachings. Learn about malama aina—how to take care of the land, water, community, spirit and self, as they take care of you; and how to weave the Aloha Spirit into your life. The dialogue will address the need for deep collaboration for protecting our natural resources that sustain life on Papahanamoku (Mother Earth).

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

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.

Location: Larkspur Room

4:30 PM

Leveraging Donor Activism: Philanthropy’s Leading Edges

How are donors leveraging effective change beyond traditional pathways and norms? From shareholder activism to investment strategies and disinvestment campaigns, explore how foundations can be reshaped to be far more effective. Hosted by Jen Sokolove, Program Director, Compton Foundation. With: Lauren Embrey, President/CEO, Embrey Family Foundation; Tom Van Dyck, Senior Vice President and Financial Consultant, SRI Wealth Management Group at RBC Wealth Management; Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, Senior Director of Membership & Communications, Women Donors Network; Kristin Hull, CEO, Nia Global Solutions.

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community

Very diverse women of color and indigenous women in Bay Area urban communities are drawing from their connection to Earth in highly creative ways to move toward personal and community healing and empowerment. Hosted by J. Phoenix Smith, Director, Back to Earth Outdoors, Orisha priestess. With: Catherine Herrera, Ohlone artist, filmmaker; Mira Manickam, environmental educator, multimedia artist, author; Brandi Mack, youth worker, gardener.

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

4:30 PM

Eco-Governance

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

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

Change the Story: New Strategies for Shifting Culture

Storytelling is an ancient, powerful human expression. Today advertisers and public relations flacks exploit the power of story to deceive and desensitize. How can we reclaim the power of story and design more effective “story-based strategies” for a better world? Join the Center for Story-Based Strategy (formerly smartMeme) in an interactive session on applying a “narrative power analysis” and transformational stories from grassroots movements. With: Patrick Reinsborough and Christine Cordero. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Epiphany Theater

4:30 PM

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

4:30 PM

City of Joy: Turning Pain to Planting and Power

How can farming and gardening help empower and heal one of the world’s most challenged populations? City of Joy Founder Eve Ensler and permaculturist Brock Dolman of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center are developing a farm cooperative in City of Joy, the world-renowned haven for women rape survivors in the Congo.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Krithika Harish

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Krithika Harish, an Indian-American social justice activist, is bridging religious and cultural differences through an interfaith global network that cultivates peace and justice. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with David Shaw

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Permaculturist David Shaw is the co-founder of The Common Ground Center at UC Santa Cruz, an inter-generational partnership for education for a just and sustainable world. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Larkspur Room

4:30 PM

Wiser Together Open Space Technology

How can we leverage our collective intelligence, share our visions and move towards wise action? Participants make the agenda on topics, co-creating an empowering learning environment of self-managed conversation groups. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)

Location: World Café

4:30 PM

Plant Sacraments and the Mind of Nature

Can entheogenic plants help people access the intelligence in nature—the “mind of nature”—that we must learn to understand in order to supersede our ecologically destructive habits? Hosted by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer. With: Jeffrey Bronfman, founding member of the União do Vegetal church of the United States; Paul Stamets, master mycologist; Katsi Cook, renowned Mohawk midwife and environmental activist.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30 PM

Movement Building I: Convergence

Can the global convergence of disparate movements gain the traction necessary to overcome the concentration of wealth and power driving the destruction of civilization and nature? How? Hosted by Carleen Pickard, Executive Director, Global Exchange. With: Naomi Klein, author, filmmaker, activist; Clayton Thomas-Müller, indigenous rights leader and movement builder; Joel Solomon, President, Renewal Partners and Chairman, Renewal Funds, founding member of Social Venture Network and Tides Foundation of Canada.

Location: Showcase Theater

4:30 PM

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise

Explore with a multicultural circle of women the upsides and downsides of the deep, ancient association of women and “the feminine” with nature, and how a re-integration of the feminine principle into our culture may best serve us today. Hosted by Starhawk, renowned author, educator, activist, Permaculturist. With: Rachel Bagby, singer, author, farmer, facilitator; Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Diné (Navajo) artist/activist; Sasha Houston Brown (Dakota/Santee Sioux Tribe, Nebraska), Director of Education at Little Earth of United Tribes; Brandi Mack, who uses permaculture and holistic health approaches in her work with African American girls suffering from trauma; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.

Location: Epiphany Theater

4:30 PM

Restorative Justice, Healing Justice

A new form of justice seeks to heal and cares more about broken lives than broken laws. It’s capable of pushing back the "New Jim Crow" of mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Hosted by J. Miakoda Taylor, founder, Fierce Allies. With: Fania Davis, founder/Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth; Ericka Huggins, professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Laney and Merritt Colleges.

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

Democracy, Corporate Power and Climate Change

The Supreme Court's Citizens United and related rulings have not only unleashed a flood of dark money into elections, they are also being used to block initiatives to transition to a just and sustainable economy. Join local, state and national organizers to learn about efforts to push back against these rules and to find out how you can help restore democracy and challenge the misuse of corporate power. With: Sarah Stranahan, Strategic Development Director at Free Speech For People; Derek Cressman, long-time fair election activist/forner candidate for California Secretary of State; Arielle Klagsbrun of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment/2013 Brower Youth Award recipient. 

4:30 PM

Is Earth Full? Holistic Population 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, Gender and Philanthropic Consultant; William Ryerson, founder/President, Population Media Center.

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy

This session challenges the paucity of funding for indigenous-led initiatives of preservation, conservation and revitalization in Indian Country and globally (.5% of foundation funding), illustrating how Native-led organizations are innovating with inter-tribal re-granting. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Anishinaabe), founder, Mino-Niibi Fund for Indigenous Cultures of The Cultural Conservancy. With: Pearl Gottschalk, Charitable Givings Ambassador, LUSH Charity Pot; China Ching (Hawaiian), Christensen Fund; Oren Lyons (Onandaga), indigenous rights leader; Evelyn Arce (Chibcha), International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

Youth Poetry Slam

Young poets perform original work and compete for prizes determined by the audience. Hosted by Aaron Ableman, producer of Pacha’s Pajamas, an ecological musical for children.

Location: Youth Unity Center

4:30 PM

Duality Is Reciprocal: Integrating the Feminine-Masculine Powers Within

Until we heal the separation between the feminine and masculine, the world will not come into balance. We explore this duality, and ask ourselves if we’ve been asking the wrong questions and holding incorrect images, attitudes and beliefs about the feminine-masculine polarity. With: Pele Rouge Chadima, Lana Holmes and Firehawk Hulin, co-founders, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

4:30 PM

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out

Restoring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in our lives and communities is necessary to restore harmony with ourselves and with everything else in existence, and it begins in each of us. As the elders have said, nothing is created outside until it is created inside first. Leading from the “inside out” asks us to first embody the change we seek in the world, then what we do will become self-evident. Together, fellow Bioneers will explore the emerging paradigm of balancing the masculine and feminine, why it is important to our existence as human beings, and where it can lead us. How do we work together across the genders to restore a healthy balance between the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? How do we apply this to our everyday leadership? With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Double session.) (Interactive, experiential)


Location: Council Circle

4:30 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Erin Switalski

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Erin Switalski, the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth, is featured in the brand new Link TV special, UNSAFE: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Nik Kaestner

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Nik Kaestner, is the first Director of Sustainability for the San Francisco Unified School District. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

4:30 PM

People’s Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature’s Rights

What if ecosystems could sue for violating the rights of nature in places like Alberta's tar sands or Fukushima? What if communities could write new laws that place their rights and local ecosystems above corporate interests? Come find out about the first international Rights of Nature Tribunal and local California Community Bills of Rights, and how you can participate. Hosted by Shannon Biggs, Community Rights director, Global Exchange. With: Vandana Shiva, founder/Director, Navdanya; Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More/Gathering Tribes; Robin Milam, Administrative Director, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network; Prajna Marcus, Bay Area Rights of Nature; Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Center. 

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (II)

(See 2:45 pm).

Hosted by Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota) of the Indigenous Environmental Network. With indigenous women from the North: Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) of Idle No More, on current threats from Pipelines from the Canadian Tar Sands; Faith Gemmill (Gwich'in), of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands), on the history of oil and gas development in Alaska and expansion plans for offshore drilling; and witnesses Clayton Thomas-Müller (Mathais Colomb Cree Nation) and Eriel Deranger (Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nation) with Idle No More.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

Bioneers Resilient Communities Network (BRCN) Reception

Learn about the Bioneers RCN program and connect with the organizers to see if you want to bring it to your community.

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

Mixer and Networking Reception

Location: Epiphany Hall

4:30 PM

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, Environmental Forum of Marin.

Location: Larkspur Room

FRIFriday sessions

8:45 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:00 AM

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods and Joanne Campbell

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Ohlone/Chumash) and Joanne Campbell (Coast Miwok/Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria).

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15 AM

9:30 AM

Paul Stamets | 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. 

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00 AM

Eve Ensler | Eve’s Revolution

Introduction by Nina Simons

Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, illuminates her most recent campaign, One Billion Rising for Justice. It’s a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community in public places worldwide to end violence against women, break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song and words.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:30 AM

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Itzcuauhtl Roske-Martinez | Youth Activist Rap Duo

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Itzcuauhtl Roske-Martinez

Earth Guardians write and perform original message-driven eco hiphop music to inspire and educate their peers and adults into positive, creative action to protect the Earth and their Future. They have performed at universities, schools, the United Nations, conferences and high profiles events throughout the US and in other countries world wide. HBO will be releasing their new music video "Be the Change" on December 15, 2014. 

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

10:45 AM

Severine v t Fleming | Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed

Introduction by Travis Forgues, dairy farmer/board member, VP of Farmer Affairs, Organic Valley

In the next 20 years, farmland ownership will shift on a continental scale—400 million acres, yet 70% of American farmland is owned by people 65 and older. How can we help young, motivated agrarians survive daunting structural obstacles and become successful farmers to whom retiring organic farmers can transmit their wisdom? How can we invest in the democratization of our land base? These questions drive Agrarian Trust, started by by Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most dynamic leaders in the young farmers’ movement.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:15 AM

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Youth Leadership Our Generation Was Born To Change The World

Fourteen-year-old indigenous environmental activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director of Earth Guardians, has organized rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and spoken globally. His generation is rising up to defend our future.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:45 AM

Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani | Who Will Take Care of My People?

Introduction by Owsley Brown, Chair, Festival of Faiths

For 45 years, Reverend Cecil Williams, founder and Minister of Liberation of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, and its founding President Janice Mirikitani have created 87 groundbreaking programs to provide human services to some of the Bay Area's most disenfranchised communities. These renowned faith-based pathfinders share their visions and strategies to address the pollution, economic injustice, neglect and apathy that confront poor communities.  

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:30 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry the Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Café | Igniting Possibilities through Intergenerational Partnerships

Join a participant-driven conversation around themes emerging at the conference. How can we collaborate, connect diverse perspectives, share talents, and shape the future? With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, and Global Leadership Lab.

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

Education for Sustainability

Connect with kindred educators in an emerging community of practice in this participatory session offering frameworks and tools for designing an effective Education for Sustainability (EfS) initiative in your community and/or school. Hosted by Kirk Bergstrom, filmmaker, educator, social entrepreneur, founder and Executive Director of WorldLink. With: Jaimie Cloud, President, Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education; Linda Booth Sweeney, award-winning author and systems educator.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

Explore the medicinal and edible landscape with herbalist Kami McBride.
(Interactive, experiential)

Location: Meet at Sun Stage
 

2:45 PM

Design Thinking for Bioneers

Learn and apply a creative, research-based method to help catalyze your visionary ideas, reframe challenges collaboratively to generate new solution possibilities, and use design thinking to find inspiring new pathways to transformative action. With: Marilyn Cornelius and Zanette Johnson, d.cipher facilitators.
(Interactive)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Council | It Takes a Village to Raise an Elder: Intergenerations Honoring the Wisdom of the Elders in our Communities, Families & Glocal World

For most of human history, people have lived in small village clusters. From indigenous to intentional to family systems to global community, the face of our social structures are changing. We are about to have the oldest population in US history; soon, 1 in 4 Americans will be in their golden years. Can honoring their wisdom encourage innovative and timely solutions to our global and personal concerns? In this intergenerational Council, we will explore the role of elders in our world and what youngers, and middlers, have to do with it. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger and Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend.
(Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

2:45 PM

Youth | Stepping Up to Leadership—Strategies and Advice for Young Activists

Award-winning young environmental leaders share stories, challenges and successful strategies for environmental justice. Learn practical tips: how to initiate community environmental campaigns, rally support and resources, and make real change for a more sustainable future. With 2014 Brower Youth Award winners.

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health

Indigenous Forum

Indigenous women examine health threats to women, families and communities, and provide breakthrough case studies and models for protecting and supporting Native women’s health in urban and rural contexts. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Erin Konsmo, (Metis/Cree), Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Esther Lucero, MPP (Navajo), California Consortium of Urban Indian Health Centers; April McGill (Pomo/Yuki), Native American Health Center, San Francisco; and Katsi Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk), traditional midwife and health advocate.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

2:45 PM

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action

Many communities of spirituality and faith have adopted formal resolutions proclaiming protecting the Earth and promoting environmental justice as cornerstone moral responsibilities. How can faith congregations build vibrant networks and partnerships to build resilience locally and regionally? Moderated by Shilpa Jain, Executive Director, YES!  Connecting, Inspiring & Collaborating with change makers. With: Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project, Interfaith Power and Light; Owsley Brown, Chairman, Festival of Faiths; Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith; Krithika Harish, Associate Director of Global Programs and Network Development, United Religions Initiative.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

Greening Businesses of All Sizes

Key leaders illustrate promising initiatives and the main challenges in the “greening” of capitalism. Hosted by Amanda Joy Ravenhill, professor of Sustainable Management, Presidio Graduate School. With: David Levine, co-founder/CEO, American Sustainable Business Council; Oren Lyons, global indigenous leader, co-founder, Plantagon vertical greenhouses for urban farming; Danna Pfahl, VP of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

Re-Localizing the Food System

Three leading innovators show how to transform the food system to expand local economies and nurture vibrant community cultures. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director, Bioneers Restorative Food Systems program. With: Michael H. Shuman, expert on community economics, author of Local Dollars, Local SenseSeverine v T Fleming, farmer, activist, filmmaker, founder of Greenhorns; Karen Brown, Creative Director of Center for Ecoliteracy.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

The Choir and Beyond: Media and Social Change

How are media innovators propelling social change by reaching out to diverse constituencies and across political divides? Hosted by Jeremy Kagan, award-winning filmmaker, USC professor and founder of Change Making Media Lab. With: Bryan Welch, Publisher and Editorial Director, Ogden Publications (Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader); Arisha Michelle Hatch, Managing Director of Campaigns, ColorOfChange.org; and Joshua Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Archetypes in Every Woman

How might our culturally inherited myths and symbols be limiting—or expanding—our stories, options and realities? Explore this dynamic terrain through a multi-cultural lens. Hosted by Anneke Campbell, author, activist, filmmaker. With: Jean Shinoda Bolen, author, Jungian therapist, activist; Luisah Teish, teacher/storyteller/priestess in the Ifa Orisha tradition; Sri Swamini Svatmavidyananda, teacher of Vedanta and Sanskrit, resident Acharya of the Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam.

Location: Epiphany Theater

2:45 PM

Solutions from the Underground: Mushrooms as Planetary Healers

Visionary mycologist Paul Stamets, founder, Fungi Perfecti, author of landmark books including Mycelium Running, explores the leading edges of his research and current applications using fungi for restoring the biosphere and human health.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Karolo Aparicio

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Karolo Aparicio is the ED of Eco Viva building a green rural economy in Central America while protecting the environment. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with speaker to be announced

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

4:30 PM

Networking | Educators’ Meet-up

Networking: Educators’ Meet-up hosted by the Green Schools Initiative and Green Schools National Network.

Location: World Café

4:30 PM

Council | Cultivating 21st Century Earth Stewardship in a Power-Imbalanced World: Global Citizens, First Peoples & Spaceship Earth

We are pushing Earth’s life support systems to the edge, enacting of a paradigm of “ infinite growth” and taking. Common sense and indigenous wisdom traditions affirm that a life lived with balance leads to a more harmonious coexistence. Coupled with a need for reconciliation across gender, race and other social divides, 21st Century Earth and community stewardship require partnerships beyond boundaries. Join with fellow Bioneers to engage an ethos for stewardship fit for the 21st Century. Rooted in the wisdom traditions and best practices of First Peoples, and the planetary perspective of Global Citizens, we will explore models and practices of living reciprocity as if our lives depended on it—because they do. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger and Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

4:30 PM

Youth Leadership | Fossil Fuel Divestment

Students across the U.S. are mobilizing against climate disruption, demanding their institutions divest from fossil fuels and invest in sustainability. Learn resources, strategies and opportunities for young activists to engage with the fossil fuel divestment campaign. With: Chloe Maxmin and Arielle Klagsbrun, Brower Youth Award-winning leading climate activists.

Location: Youth Unity Center

4:30 PM

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)

Location: Santa Rosa Room

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | ALOHA (Applied Hawaiian Philosophy)

Indigenous Forum

Native Hawaiian visionary Pua Nani Mahoe and TEK educator Kaimana Barcarse share Hawaii’s unique collective cultural wisdom and traditional philosophies of land, water, spirit and “Aloha” teachings. Learn about malama aina—how to take care of the land, water, community, spirit and self, as they take care of you; and how to weave the Aloha Spirit into your life. The dialogue will address the need for deep collaboration for protecting our natural resources that sustain life on Papahanamoku (Mother Earth).

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

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.

Location: Larkspur Room

4:30 PM

Leveraging Donor Activism: Philanthropy’s Leading Edges

How are donors leveraging effective change beyond traditional pathways and norms? From shareholder activism to investment strategies and disinvestment campaigns, explore how foundations can be reshaped to be far more effective. Hosted by Jen Sokolove, Program Director, Compton Foundation. With: Lauren Embrey, President/CEO, Embrey Family Foundation; Tom Van Dyck, Senior Vice President and Financial Consultant, SRI Wealth Management Group at RBC Wealth Management; Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, Senior Director of Membership & Communications, Women Donors Network; Kristin Hull, CEO, Nia Global Solutions.

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community

Very diverse women of color and indigenous women in Bay Area urban communities are drawing from their connection to Earth in highly creative ways to move toward personal and community healing and empowerment. Hosted by J. Phoenix Smith, Director, Back to Earth Outdoors, Orisha priestess. With: Catherine Herrera, Ohlone artist, filmmaker; Mira Manickam, environmental educator, multimedia artist, author; Brandi Mack, youth worker, gardener.

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

4:30 PM

Eco-Governance

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

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

Change the Story: New Strategies for Shifting Culture

Storytelling is an ancient, powerful human expression. Today advertisers and public relations flacks exploit the power of story to deceive and desensitize. How can we reclaim the power of story and design more effective “story-based strategies” for a better world? Join the Center for Story-Based Strategy (formerly smartMeme) in an interactive session on applying a “narrative power analysis” and transformational stories from grassroots movements. With: Patrick Reinsborough and Christine Cordero. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Epiphany Theater

4:30 PM

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

4:30 PM

City of Joy: Turning Pain to Planting and Power

How can farming and gardening help empower and heal one of the world’s most challenged populations? City of Joy Founder Eve Ensler and permaculturist Brock Dolman of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center are developing a farm cooperative in City of Joy, the world-renowned haven for women rape survivors in the Congo.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

 

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Krithika Harish

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Krithika Harish, an Indian-American social justice activist, is bridging religious and cultural differences through an interfaith global network that cultivates peace and justice. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with David Shaw

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Permaculturist David Shaw is the co-founder of The Common Ground Center at UC Santa Cruz, an inter-generational partnership for education for a just and sustainable world. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

7:00 PM

The Hadza: Last of the First

This acclaimed film by Bill and Laurie Benenson (Dirt! The Movie) looks at human origins in Africa's Rift Valley, where one of the world's last remaining hunter-gatherer groups, the Hadza, have lived sustainably for 50,000 years. It presents intriguing theories about Homo sapiens’ evolution and origin, and the delicate balance of human aggression and cooperation at our core. With: the Hadza, Jane Goodall, Richard Wrangham (author of Catching Fire) and Wangari Maathai. (70 mins)

Location: Showcase Theater

8:30 PM

Amazon Gold

This disturbing account of a clandestine journey bears witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in pursuit of illegally mined gold and its impact on indigenous peoples in the Amazon. Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock. Directed by Reuben Aaronson. (53 mins)

Location: Showcase Theater

9:03 PM

Caroline Casey with Climbing Poetree | Performance Democratic Animism Now! Assuming Cultural Narrative Lead

In cahoots with flora and fauna, let us cultivate, animate, magnetize and spiral forth into the memosphere the irresistible invitational guiding narrative. Mytho-politico astrologer trickster Caroline Casey cavorts with fellow wordsmiths/musicians Climbing PoeTree’s Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman

Location: Epiphany Theater

10:00 PM

The Summer of Gods

A troubled girl unites with her Afro-Brazilian religious ancestry on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. This mystical adventure through a nearby forest initiates her into her grandmother's spiritual traditions. Directed by Eliciana Nascimento. (20 mins)

Location: Showcase Theater

Friday Evening ActivitiesBreakouts, Panels, Workshops

7:00 PM

The Hadza: Last of the First

This acclaimed film by Bill and Laurie Benenson (Dirt! The Movie) looks at human origins in Africa's Rift Valley, where one of the world's last remaining hunter-gatherer groups, the Hadza, have lived sustainably for 50,000 years. It presents intriguing theories about Homo sapiens’ evolution and origin, and the delicate balance of human aggression and cooperation at our core. With: the Hadza, Jane Goodall, Richard Wrangham (author of Catching Fire) and Wangari Maathai. (70 mins)

Location: Showcase Theater

8:30 PM

Amazon Gold

This disturbing account of a clandestine journey bears witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in pursuit of illegally mined gold and its impact on indigenous peoples in the Amazon. Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock. Directed by Reuben Aaronson. (53 mins)

Location: Showcase Theater

9:03 PM

Caroline Casey with Climbing Poetree | Performance Democratic Animism Now! Assuming Cultural Narrative Lead

In cahoots with flora and fauna, let us cultivate, animate, magnetize and spiral forth into the memosphere the irresistible invitational guiding narrative. Mytho-politico astrologer trickster Caroline Casey cavorts with fellow wordsmiths/musicians Climbing PoeTree’s Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman

Location: Epiphany Theater

10:00 PM

The Summer of Gods

A troubled girl unites with her Afro-Brazilian religious ancestry on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. This mystical adventure through a nearby forest initiates her into her grandmother's spiritual traditions. Directed by Eliciana Nascimento. (20 mins)

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health

Indigenous Forum

Indigenous women examine health threats to women, families and communities, and provide breakthrough case studies and models for protecting and supporting Native women’s health in urban and rural contexts. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Erin Konsmo, (Metis/Cree), Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Esther Lucero, MPP (Navajo), California Consortium of Urban Indian Health Centers; April McGill (Pomo/Yuki), Native American Health Center, San Francisco; and Katsi Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk), traditional midwife and health advocate.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | ALOHA (Applied Hawaiian Philosophy)

Indigenous Forum

Native Hawaiian visionary Pua Nani Mahoe and TEK educator Kaimana Barcarse share Hawaii’s unique collective cultural wisdom and traditional philosophies of land, water, spirit and “Aloha” teachings. Learn about malama aina—how to take care of the land, water, community, spirit and self, as they take care of you; and how to weave the Aloha Spirit into your life. The dialogue will address the need for deep collaboration for protecting our natural resources that sustain life on Papahanamoku (Mother Earth).

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation

Inaccurate and offensive depictions of Native American culture abound. This forum examines representations of Native peoples, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program Director. With: Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara-Lakota); Ginger Dunnill (Hawaiian) and Dylan McLaughlin (Navajo), who create art and film revealing misconceptions and literally destroying painful pop culture stereotypes; Q&A hosted by Andrew Jolivette (Apelousa-Atakapa-Ishak), Chair of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State. 

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy

This session challenges the paucity of funding for indigenous-led initiatives of preservation, conservation and revitalization in Indian Country and globally (.5% of foundation funding), illustrating how Native-led organizations are innovating with inter-tribal re-granting. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Anishinaabe), founder, Mino-Niibi Fund for Indigenous Cultures of The Cultural Conservancy. With: Pearl Gottschalk, Charitable Givings Ambassador, LUSH Charity Pot; China Ching (Hawaiian), Christensen Fund; Oren Lyons (Onandaga), indigenous rights leader; Evelyn Arce (Chibcha), International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (I)

(Double session). This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.

Indigenous Forum

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent
 

PLENARY / KEYNOTE

8:45 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:00 AM

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods and Joanne Campbell

Opening by Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Ohlone/Chumash) and Joanne Campbell (Coast Miwok/Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria).

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15 AM

9:30 AM

Paul Stamets | 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. 

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00 AM

Eve Ensler | Eve’s Revolution

Introduction by Nina Simons

Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, illuminates her most recent campaign, One Billion Rising for Justice. It’s a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community in public places worldwide to end violence against women, break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song and words.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:30 AM

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Itzcuauhtl Roske-Martinez | Youth Activist Rap Duo

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Itzcuauhtl Roske-Martinez

Earth Guardians write and perform original message-driven eco hiphop music to inspire and educate their peers and adults into positive, creative action to protect the Earth and their Future. They have performed at universities, schools, the United Nations, conferences and high profiles events throughout the US and in other countries world wide. HBO will be releasing their new music video "Be the Change" on December 15, 2014. 

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

10:45 AM

Severine v t Fleming | Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed

Introduction by Travis Forgues, dairy farmer/board member, VP of Farmer Affairs, Organic Valley

In the next 20 years, farmland ownership will shift on a continental scale—400 million acres, yet 70% of American farmland is owned by people 65 and older. How can we help young, motivated agrarians survive daunting structural obstacles and become successful farmers to whom retiring organic farmers can transmit their wisdom? How can we invest in the democratization of our land base? These questions drive Agrarian Trust, started by by Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most dynamic leaders in the young farmers’ movement.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:15 AM

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Youth Leadership Our Generation Was Born To Change The World

Fourteen-year-old indigenous environmental activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director of Earth Guardians, has organized rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and spoken globally. His generation is rising up to defend our future.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:45 AM

Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani | Who Will Take Care of My People?

Introduction by Owsley Brown, Chair, Festival of Faiths

For 45 years, Reverend Cecil Williams, founder and Minister of Liberation of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, and its founding President Janice Mirikitani have created 87 groundbreaking programs to provide human services to some of the Bay Area's most disenfranchised communities. These renowned faith-based pathfinders share their visions and strategies to address the pollution, economic injustice, neglect and apathy that confront poor communities.  

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:30 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry the Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

8:55 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location:
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

9:05 AM

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:10 AM

A World of Solutions

Short film by acclaimed film artist Louie Schwartzberg.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15 AM

Naomi Klein | This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

Naomi Klein, the award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an "issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:45 AM

Clayton Thomas-Muller | The Rise of the Canadian Native Rights-Based Movement to Protect Our Commons

Introduction by Nina Simons
Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, and a Co-Director of Polaris Institute’s Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, portrays Canada's rising Native-led rights-based movement, supported by labor, civil society, students and grassroots groups. It's challenging the neo-liberal free market agenda that has turned Canada into a petro-state. It may be our last best effort to save our lands and the health of our people from the extractive industries and the banks that finance them.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:15 AM

Climbing Poetree: Alixa Garcia & Naima Penniman

Climbing Poetree, the award-winning, boundary-breaking spoken word duo rocks the house.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:30 AM

John Warner | 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 illustrates how we can create a new generation of biomimetic and green molecular building blocks to help us reach the “world we want.” A founder of Green Chemistry, he has published over 200 patents, papers and books. He’s founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and co-founder of Beyond Benign, a nonprofit for sustainability and green chemistry education.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00 AM

Chloe Maxmin | Youth Leadership Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement

An activist since age 12, Chloe Maxmin co-founded Divest Harvard to pressure her college to disinvest from fossil fuel holdings, gaining international recognition for her effective activism.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:30 AM

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:45 AM

Robin Kimmerer | 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”?

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:15 PM

Jeffrey Bronfman | The Botanical Dimension of Our Human Evolutionary Next Steps

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

The use of plants as food, medicine and construction material for human habitat is apparent to all, but the essential role certain plants play in human spiritual evolution is not well understood. Jeffrey Bronfman, an environmentalist, educator and founding member of Bioneers, has encountered the use of plants within numerous spiritual, ceremonial and religious contexts throughout the Western Hemisphere. He explores the vital role certain plants have in the development of human awareness at this critical moment in the state of the biosphere and our evolution as human beings.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:45 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry, the Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

8:55 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:05 AM

Welcome by Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel

Welcome by Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:10 AM

Opening by Rachel Bagby

Opening by Rachel Bagby.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

9:20 AM

Kristen Sheeran | Scaling Solutions for Social Change

Introduction by Alisa Gravitz, Green America

In this age of unprecedented global challenges—and innovations—the world can’t wait for solutions to emerge piecemeal over time. We need to get better, faster and more innovative in scaling up existing solutions. Economist Kristen Sheeran illuminates groundbreaking collaborative efforts to create new approaches to social innovation, harnessing cutting-edge digital technologies for the rapid sharing, processing and managing of knowledge. She’s VP of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, the Pacific Northwest's groundbreaking think tank and green economy incubator.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:40 AM

Patricia Gualinga | Message from the Amazon

The courageous Kichwa leader, Patricia Gualinga, from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the front lines of protecting the lungs of the planet where women’s leadership is rising.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00 AM

John A. Powell | Beloved Community: Interbeing, Race, Class and Person ‘Hood

Introduction by Connie Cagampang Heller, Linked Fate Fund for Justice

As humanity faces global environmental and social collapse, our fear of the “Other” can be magnified by unstable contracting economies, radically shifting demographics, and new social norms. Can humanity overcome these divisions and come together to protect our common home? John A. Powell, a nationally respected voice on race and ethnicity, leads UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, serves on the UC Berkeley School of Law faculty, and is author of Racing to Justice.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:45 AM

Performance by Alixa Garcia of Climbing PoeTree

Performance by Alixa Garcia of Climbing PoeTree.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00 AM

Manuel Pastor | Transactions, Transformations, Translations: Movement-Building for the Next America

Introduction by Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor of Environmental Health, UC Berkeley

Facing rapidly changing demographics, growing inequality and increased political polarization in the U.S., movement builders are grappling with creating new cross-generational ties and a new understanding of the relationship between equity and economic growth. How do we build movements based on vision and values, not interests and transactions? Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, and founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC, Santa Cruz. He directs the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:30 AM

Arielle Klagsbrun – Youth Leadership | Why People Need to Get Arrested: The climate crisis requires bold action

Arielle Klagsbrun a leader of the “Take Back Saint Louis” campaign to remove tax incentives to corporations profiting from climate change explores how to defeat the fossil fuel extraction industry.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:00 PM

Terry Tempest Williams | A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century

Introduction by Nina Simons

What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation’s most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer" who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:30 PM

Wallace “J.” Nichols | I Wish You Water

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers

The cognitive and emotional benefits of healthy oceans and waterways have been celebrated through art, song, romance and poetry throughout human history. Marine biologist, activist, community organizer, and author Wallace J. Nichols will dive deeper and explore our blue minds through the dual lenses of evolutionary biology and cognitive science, reminding us that we are water.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:45 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry the Slam Poet Harvester wraps it all up in bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:55 PM

Closing with Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons

Closing with Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons

Location:
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

1:00 PM

Closing Preformance

TBA

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

PMAfternoon sessions

9:03 PM

Caroline Casey with Climbing Poetree | Performance Democratic Animism Now! Assuming Cultural Narrative Lead

In cahoots with flora and fauna, let us cultivate, animate, magnetize and spiral forth into the memosphere the irresistible invitational guiding narrative. Mytho-politico astrologer trickster Caroline Casey cavorts with fellow wordsmiths/musicians Climbing PoeTree’s Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman

Location: Epiphany Theater

POST-CONFERENCE INTENSIVE

09:00 AM

Food System Resilience from Homestead to Community and Beyond

In this sustainability tour and skill-building workshop led by Trathen Heckman of Daily Acts, Naomi Starkman of the award-winning Civil Eats, with new farmer and Farm Guild organizer Evan Wiig, we will learn Permaculture skills and tour successful, mature models of local sustainability, including: gray water systems, community gardens, edible landscapes, food forests, water harvesting earthworks, and rain gardens.

Discover strategies to: transform your backyard as the beginning of transforming your neighborhood, municipality, and region; build leadership and self-reliance in your community; promote family and community food security and a local food economy; organize your community; work with municipal government as an ally; and foster new farmer networks.

Trathen Heckman, founder of Daily Acts, helps transform water-thirsty lawns into productive edible gardens, supports the installation of home-scale gray water and rainwater harvesting systems, facilitates sustainability tours that have inspired over 600 garden installations, and educates Sonoma County residents to live a more ecologically sustainable lifestyle.

Naomi Starkman is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Civil Eats, named 2014 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. Naomi served as the Director of Communications & Policy at Slow Food Nation ’08 and has worked as a media consultant at The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ and WIRED magazines.  

Evan Wiig, from community garden in Brooklyn to Cattle Ranch in California, has spent the last few years immersed in the local food and farming movement, raising chickens and working to convene farmers around important issues as an organizer for the Farmers Guild, a network of new farmers, ranchers and chefs sharing ideas and skills.

Time: Monday, October 20, 2014 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Price: $175, including transportation from Embassy Suites hotel to the program site and cob oven pizza for lunch.

Register: Click Here

PRE-CONFERENCE INTENSIVE

9:00 AM

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership

ClimateCan California act as a global leverage point to shift the world on climate disruption?

A Bioneers Pre-Conference Intensive:  Oct. 16 from 9:00-5:30, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA

Register: Click Here

Schedule: Click Here (PDF)

Program: Click Here (PDF)

“Since Gov. Jerry Brown’s first term in 1974, California has been on a steady march to an alternative energy future. California is the likely catalyst in the spreading battle against climate change, which the state Energy Commission calls ‘the great unifier.’ Enter Brown as a modern Archimedes, the ancient Greek philosopher who searched for a leverage point from which to transform the world. California is that leverage point.”  -- Tom Hayden

Join us for a special one-day workshop with visionary policy, government, finance and civil society representatives on how the state of California under the leadership of Governor Jerry Brown is emerging as the potential game-changer for global climate leadership.

In plenary presentations, panels and participatory breakout groups, we’ll explore:

  • Key components of California’s practical and policy leadership on climate change;
  • Ways to accelerate California's clean energy achievements as leverage for addressing climate change globally;
  • How to re-imagine infrastructure that is clean, green, equitable and efficient, and creates a sustainable prosperity;
  • The roles of sub-national collaborations, government, market capitalism, and civic society in developing a new clean energy paradigm;
  • The paths forward: investment-divestment, state, regional, local and sub-national action and collaboration, civic engagement, media outreach, framing and more.

Featured speakers include:

Additional speakers still being confirmed

Register: Click Here

The Context:

California has a long history of providing national leadership on environmental issues.  An early adopter of leading-edge policies, California’s state-level efforts have played a catalytic role in the development of landmark national laws and standards, from air pollution to water quality, energy efficiency, fuel-efficiency standards and green building.

In the absence of federal climate leadership, California has been a crucial player in developing and implementing a broad suite of clean energy and low-carbon incentives and policies, while maintaining a fairly robust economy and green jobs creation. As the world’s 8th largest economy, California today is in the midst of spending $120 billion on clean energy in the next five years, more than any other state and most foreign countries. California is poised to achieve 33 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020, and may double its rate by 2030. The state's goals include 1.5 million zero-emission cars and one million solar rooftops in the coming decade.

Dispelling the myth of "jobs versus the environment," California now employs 199,000 workers in clean energy industries, showing how an advanced economy can set future goals of 100 percent renewables while shuttering its last nuclear plant. Consumers have saved an estimated $70 billion on energy efficiency programs. Silicon Valley leads the U.S. in green venture capital. A growing policy and regulatory focus on climate adaptation and resilience is underway because climate change is here now.          

Yet climate change is a global issue and requires collaboration. California’s clean energy diplomacy has led to low-carbon pacts with China, Germany, Mexico, Quebec, British Columbia, and multiple states in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest and New England.

Serious issues also loom, from fracking policy to environmental justice concerns. “We need to teach the electric car to speak Spanish,” said state Sen. Kevin de León. Globally, environmental justice may become the deal-breaker between rich and poor countries, and has cratered recent international summits. California is a green energy model the U.S. government can point to in climate summit meetings leading to Paris in 2015.

Is it enough? No, but it's a solid measure of far we've come and how rapidly change can happen. Is this the moment to double down and initiate a relentless push toward a 100% clean energy future? How can these models be scaled and replicated globally?

Join us: Click Here

09:00 AM

Three Sisters Farming: Indigenous Women, Plants, and Foodways

 

The shuttle for the event leaves the Embassy Suites at 8:30 am on October 16th.

Presented by The Cultural Conservancy and Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program

In this full-day, hands-on workshop/immersion in Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), we explore plants as teachers and the science and philosophy of diverse indigenous foodways and ethnobotanical traditions, including: “Three Sisters” Agriculture, Pueblo farming, organic gardening and California Indian land management practices. We will harvest, collect seeds, and eat together from our Three Sisters Garden as an embodiment of botanical and social polyculture.

This historic workshop features a world-class line-up:

Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomie): scientist, award-winning writer (Braiding Sweetgrass; Gathering Moss), Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at NY’s SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and founding Director of its Center for Native Peoples and the Environment for reconciling indigenous and Western science.

Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo): co-founder/President of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute at New Mexico’s Santa Clara Pueblo and globally renowned Santa Clara Pueblo ceramic sculptor.

Sage LaPena (Wintu): Water Resources Coordinator at California’s Hopland Pomo Tribal EPA, working on watershed management, riparian restoration, botany, habitat restoration, Traditional (Tribal) Ecological Knowledge, and public education.

Wendy Johnson: author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, renowned organic gardening elder-mentor, founder of the famed Organic Farm and Garden program at Green Gulch Zen Center in Marin County.

Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa)-Menu TBD

Maria, Mayan Elder-tamales

Hosted by Melissa Nelson, President of the Cultural Conservancy, Wendy Johnson, and Cara Romero, Director of the Bioneers’ Indigenous Knowledge Program.

Location: Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden, College of Marin, Novato, CA 

Price:  $195, includes transportation from Embassy Suites (101 McInnis Parkway San Rafael, CA) and lunch

Register: Click Here

SATSaturday Sessions

8:55 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location:
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

9:05 AM

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:10 AM

A World of Solutions

Short film by acclaimed film artist Louie Schwartzberg.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:15 AM

Naomi Klein | This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

Naomi Klein, the award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an "issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:45 AM

Clayton Thomas-Muller | The Rise of the Canadian Native Rights-Based Movement to Protect Our Commons

Introduction by Nina Simons
Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, and a Co-Director of Polaris Institute’s Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, portrays Canada's rising Native-led rights-based movement, supported by labor, civil society, students and grassroots groups. It's challenging the neo-liberal free market agenda that has turned Canada into a petro-state. It may be our last best effort to save our lands and the health of our people from the extractive industries and the banks that finance them.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:15 AM

Climbing Poetree: Alixa Garcia & Naima Penniman

Climbing Poetree, the award-winning, boundary-breaking spoken word duo rocks the house.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:30 AM

John Warner | 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 illustrates how we can create a new generation of biomimetic and green molecular building blocks to help us reach the “world we want.” A founder of Green Chemistry, he has published over 200 patents, papers and books. He’s founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and co-founder of Beyond Benign, a nonprofit for sustainability and green chemistry education.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00 AM

Chloe Maxmin | Youth Leadership Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement

An activist since age 12, Chloe Maxmin co-founded Divest Harvard to pressure her college to disinvest from fossil fuel holdings, gaining international recognition for her effective activism.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:30 AM

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:45 AM

Robin Kimmerer | 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”?

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:15 PM

Jeffrey Bronfman | The Botanical Dimension of Our Human Evolutionary Next Steps

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

The use of plants as food, medicine and construction material for human habitat is apparent to all, but the essential role certain plants play in human spiritual evolution is not well understood. Jeffrey Bronfman, an environmentalist, educator and founding member of Bioneers, has encountered the use of plants within numerous spiritual, ceremonial and religious contexts throughout the Western Hemisphere. He explores the vital role certain plants have in the development of human awareness at this critical moment in the state of the biosphere and our evolution as human beings.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:45 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry, the Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters

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.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Youth Leadership | Map Your Future

How is your community vulnerable to climate disruption? Learn how to assess local vulnerabilities and assets and develop a career building community resilience. Learn how to use a Community Climate Assessment Tool, work with planners, and take concrete steps to build resilience in your community. Led by Bay Localize: Colin Miller, Program Manager; Corrine L. Van Hook, Communications/Outreach Manager.

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Cultivating Women’s Leadership (CWL) Alumnae Reunion & Sampler

Experience a taste of the personal deep dive into purposeful engaged action and leadership from the inside out that CWL offers. Connect with great women from past trainings while cross-pollinating and engaging with the field we co-create. With CWL founders and faculty: Nina Simons, Toby Herzlich, Rachel Bagby, Sarah Crowell. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out

Restoring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in our lives and communities is necessary to restore harmony with ourselves and with everything else in existence, and it begins in each of us. As the elders have said, nothing is created outside until it is created inside first. Leading from the “inside out” asks us to first embody the change we seek in the world, then what we do will become self-evident. Together, fellow Bioneers will explore the emerging paradigm of balancing the masculine and feminine, why it is important to our existence as human beings, and where it can lead us. How do we work together across the genders to restore a healthy balance between the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? How do we apply this to our everyday leadership? With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Double session.) (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle
 

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Open Space Technology

How can we leverage our collective intelligence, share our visions and move towards wise action? Participants make the agenda on topics, co-creating an empowering learning environment of self-managed conversation groups. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

HerbWalk

HerbWalk with herbalist Autumn Summers.

Location: Meet at Sun Stage

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Native Cultural Appropriation

Inaccurate and offensive depictions of Native American culture abound. This forum examines representations of Native peoples, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program Director. With: Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara-Lakota); Ginger Dunnill (Hawaiian) and Dylan McLaughlin (Navajo), who create art and film revealing misconceptions and literally destroying painful pop culture stereotypes; Q&A hosted by Andrew Jolivette (Apelousa-Atakapa-Ishak), Chair of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State. 

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

Science Fiction Envisions the World We Want

Bioneers Associate Producer J.P. Harpignies interviews Kim Stanley Robinson, among our most celebrated, award-winning science-fiction writers and the most ecologically conscious. The author of many classic works including the seminal Mars and Three Californias trilogies explores such topics as: how "eco-futurist fiction" seeks to identify today's most important trends; the power of dystopian and utopian memes; and how science fiction can contribute to helping us shape a desirable tomorrow.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

The Frontlines of Greening Educational Systems: Achieving Environmental Literacy for All

Schools, colleges, and universities can become community models for sustainability, inspiring innovation and teaching environmental literacy for the next generation. Learn from leaders and practitioners how to achieve political, financial, and student success. Hosted by Deborah Moore, founder, Green Schools Initiative. With: David Orr, renowned eco-educator and author, Senior Adviser to the President of Oberlin College; Jennifer Seydel, Executive Director, Green Schools National Network; Nik Kaestner, Sustainability Coordinator, and Elishama Goldfarb, Environmental Literacy Specialist, San Francisco Unified School District.

Location: Epiphany Theater

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location:
Vista Caballo Horse Arena
 

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Marilyn Cornelius

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Marilyn Cornelius specializes in behavior change and design thinking in the fields of climate change and wellness. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Shannon Biggs

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Shannon Biggs, Director of the Community Rights Program at Global Exchange, is co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots and The Rights of Nature. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

4:30 PM

Food Literacy as a Catalyst for Social Change

Breakthrough food literacy initiatives are transforming communities, bringing people together in meaningful conversations. Learn how to design an effective food literacy program for your community, organization or school. With: Kirk Bergstrom, Executive Director, Nourish Initiative; Alyson Wylie, Health Education Specialist, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, California State University, Chico; Jered Lawson, co-founder and Co-Director, Pie Ranch.

Location: Larkspur Room

4:30 PM

Plant Sacraments and the Mind of Nature

Can entheogenic plants help people access the intelligence in nature—the “mind of nature”—that we must learn to understand in order to supersede our ecologically destructive habits? Hosted by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer. With: Jeffrey Bronfman, founding member of the União do Vegetal church of the United States; Paul Stamets, master mycologist; Katsi Cook, renowned Mohawk midwife and environmental activist.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

4:30 PM

Movement Building I: Convergence

Can the global convergence of disparate movements gain the traction necessary to overcome the concentration of wealth and power driving the destruction of civilization and nature? How? Hosted by Carleen Pickard, Executive Director, Global Exchange. With: Naomi Klein, author, filmmaker, activist; Clayton Thomas-Müller, indigenous rights leader and movement builder; Joel Solomon, President, Renewal Partners and Chairman, Renewal Funds, founding member of Social Venture Network and Tides Foundation of Canada.

Location: Showcase Theater

4:30 PM

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise

Explore with a multicultural circle of women the upsides and downsides of the deep, ancient association of women and “the feminine” with nature, and how a re-integration of the feminine principle into our culture may best serve us today. Hosted by Starhawk, renowned author, educator, activist, Permaculturist. With: Rachel Bagby, singer, author, farmer, facilitator; Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Diné (Navajo) artist/activist; Sasha Houston Brown (Dakota/Santee Sioux Tribe, Nebraska), Director of Education at Little Earth of United Tribes; Brandi Mack, who uses permaculture and holistic health approaches in her work with African American girls suffering from trauma; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.

Location: Epiphany Theater

4:30 PM

Restorative Justice, Healing Justice

A new form of justice seeks to heal and cares more about broken lives than broken laws. It’s capable of pushing back the "New Jim Crow" of mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Hosted by J. Miakoda Taylor, founder, Fierce Allies. With: Fania Davis, founder/Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth; Ericka Huggins, professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Laney and Merritt Colleges.

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

Democracy, Corporate Power and Climate Change

The Supreme Court's Citizens United and related rulings have not only unleashed a flood of dark money into elections, they are also being used to block initiatives to transition to a just and sustainable economy. Join local, state and national organizers to learn about efforts to push back against these rules and to find out how you can help restore democracy and challenge the misuse of corporate power. With: Sarah Stranahan, Strategic Development Director at Free Speech For People; Derek Cressman, long-time fair election activist/forner candidate for California Secretary of State; Arielle Klagsbrun of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment/2013 Brower Youth Award recipient. 

4:30 PM

Is Earth Full? Holistic Population 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, Gender and Philanthropic Consultant; William Ryerson, founder/President, Population Media Center.

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | Dollars and Sense in Indian Country and Beyond: Expanding Indigenous Philanthropy

This session challenges the paucity of funding for indigenous-led initiatives of preservation, conservation and revitalization in Indian Country and globally (.5% of foundation funding), illustrating how Native-led organizations are innovating with inter-tribal re-granting. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Anishinaabe), founder, Mino-Niibi Fund for Indigenous Cultures of The Cultural Conservancy. With: Pearl Gottschalk, Charitable Givings Ambassador, LUSH Charity Pot; China Ching (Hawaiian), Christensen Fund; Oren Lyons (Onandaga), indigenous rights leader; Evelyn Arce (Chibcha), International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

Youth Poetry Slam

Young poets perform original work and compete for prizes determined by the audience. Hosted by Aaron Ableman, producer of Pacha’s Pajamas, an ecological musical for children.

Location: Youth Unity Center

4:30 PM

Duality Is Reciprocal: Integrating the Feminine-Masculine Powers Within

Until we heal the separation between the feminine and masculine, the world will not come into balance. We explore this duality, and ask ourselves if we’ve been asking the wrong questions and holding incorrect images, attitudes and beliefs about the feminine-masculine polarity. With: Pele Rouge Chadima, Lana Holmes and Firehawk Hulin, co-founders, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

4:30 PM

Wiser Together Open Space Technology

How can we leverage our collective intelligence, share our visions and move towards wise action? Participants make the agenda on topics, co-creating an empowering learning environment of self-managed conversation groups. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.
(double session: 2:45pm-6pm)

Location: World Café

4:30 PM

Council | Honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine: Partnership in Women’s & Men’s Leadership, From the Inside Out

Restoring and honoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in our lives and communities is necessary to restore harmony with ourselves and with everything else in existence, and it begins in each of us. As the elders have said, nothing is created outside until it is created inside first. Leading from the “inside out” asks us to first embody the change we seek in the world, then what we do will become self-evident. Together, fellow Bioneers will explore the emerging paradigm of balancing the masculine and feminine, why it is important to our existence as human beings, and where it can lead us. How do we work together across the genders to restore a healthy balance between the masculine and feminine, the inner and outer dimensions of life? How do we apply this to our everyday leadership? With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Double session.) (Interactive, experiential)


Location: Council Circle

4:30 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Erin Switalski

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Erin Switalski, the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth, is featured in the brand new Link TV special, UNSAFE: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4:30 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Nik Kaestner

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Nik Kaestner, is the first Director of Sustainability for the San Francisco Unified School District. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Room 110, Embassy Suites

6:30 PM

The Seed Exchange

Preserve biodiversity and learn from seed masters. Hosted by: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Tesuque Pueblo Farm, Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, Living Seed Company, Sustainable Seed Company.

Location:
Epiphany Hall

7:00 PM

Dying to Know

After two Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness in the ‘60s, Timothy Leary ended up in jail while Richard Alpert became Ram Dass, spiritual teacher. Directed by Bioneers Board member Gay Dillingham and narrated by Robert Redford, the film features rare interviews spanning 50 years in an intimate portrait of an epic friendship that shaped a generation. It invites us to ponder questions about life, drugs and the biggest mystery of all: death.
(95 minutes)

Location: Showcase Theater

7:15 PM

Bioneers 25th Birthday Dinner

Join Nina, Kenny and the bioneers for a celebration of Bioneers’ 25th birthday with an amazing organic, biodiverse gourmet meal by renowned Native American chef Lois Ellen Frank.

Separate Admission

Space is extremely limited. First come, first served. Pay it forward by buying an extra ticket for a worthy change-maker, young farmer or low-income attendee. Or sponsor a whole table!

Location: Embassy Suites Ballroom
 

8:40 pm

Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness

In the stillness after conflict, after the blood dries and the screams fade, the memory of violence transforms survivors into prisoners of their own pain. How do whole societies recover from devastating conflict? This life-changing, multi-award-winning documentary explores the intersections of justice and forgiveness. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode and Lekha Singh.

Location: Showcase Theater

9:30 PM

Dance Party with DJ Dragonfly

Dance Party with DJ Dragonfly. From 9:30 PM to Midnight.

Location: Epiphany Theater

Saturday Evening Activities

6:30 PM

The Seed Exchange

Preserve biodiversity and learn from seed masters. Hosted by: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Tesuque Pueblo Farm, Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, Living Seed Company, Sustainable Seed Company.

Location:
Epiphany Hall

7:00 PM

Dying to Know

After two Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness in the ‘60s, Timothy Leary ended up in jail while Richard Alpert became Ram Dass, spiritual teacher. Directed by Bioneers Board member Gay Dillingham and narrated by Robert Redford, the film features rare interviews spanning 50 years in an intimate portrait of an epic friendship that shaped a generation. It invites us to ponder questions about life, drugs and the biggest mystery of all: death.
(95 minutes)

Location: Showcase Theater

7:15 PM

Bioneers 25th Birthday Dinner

Join Nina, Kenny and the bioneers for a celebration of Bioneers’ 25th birthday with an amazing organic, biodiverse gourmet meal by renowned Native American chef Lois Ellen Frank.

Separate Admission

Space is extremely limited. First come, first served. Pay it forward by buying an extra ticket for a worthy change-maker, young farmer or low-income attendee. Or sponsor a whole table!

Location: Embassy Suites Ballroom
 

8:40 pm

Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness

In the stillness after conflict, after the blood dries and the screams fade, the memory of violence transforms survivors into prisoners of their own pain. How do whole societies recover from devastating conflict? This life-changing, multi-award-winning documentary explores the intersections of justice and forgiveness. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode and Lekha Singh.

Location: Showcase Theater

9:30 PM

Dance Party with DJ Dragonfly

Dance Party with DJ Dragonfly. From 9:30 PM to Midnight.

Location: Epiphany Theater

Special Programing Features

2:45 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

4:30 PM

Leadership for the 21st Century: What You Don’t Know Will Surprise You

What if the assumptions you had about yourself were not only challenged, but dispelled? Experience a breakthrough in what you know about who you are by working with a horse and Lisa Arie, founder/CEO of Vista Caballo.

Location: Vista Caballo Horse Arena

 

SUNSunday Sessions

8:55 AM

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Drumming by Deb Lane and Afia Walking Tree

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:05 AM

Welcome by Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel

Welcome by Nina Simons and Kenny Ausubel.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:10 AM

Opening by Rachel Bagby

Opening by Rachel Bagby.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

9:20 AM

Kristen Sheeran | Scaling Solutions for Social Change

Introduction by Alisa Gravitz, Green America

In this age of unprecedented global challenges—and innovations—the world can’t wait for solutions to emerge piecemeal over time. We need to get better, faster and more innovative in scaling up existing solutions. Economist Kristen Sheeran illuminates groundbreaking collaborative efforts to create new approaches to social innovation, harnessing cutting-edge digital technologies for the rapid sharing, processing and managing of knowledge. She’s VP of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, the Pacific Northwest's groundbreaking think tank and green economy incubator.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:40 AM

Patricia Gualinga | Message from the Amazon

The courageous Kichwa leader, Patricia Gualinga, from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the front lines of protecting the lungs of the planet where women’s leadership is rising.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:00 AM

John A. Powell | Beloved Community: Interbeing, Race, Class and Person ‘Hood

Introduction by Connie Cagampang Heller, Linked Fate Fund for Justice

As humanity faces global environmental and social collapse, our fear of the “Other” can be magnified by unstable contracting economies, radically shifting demographics, and new social norms. Can humanity overcome these divisions and come together to protect our common home? John A. Powell, a nationally respected voice on race and ethnicity, leads UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, serves on the UC Berkeley School of Law faculty, and is author of Racing to Justice.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:45 AM

Performance by Alixa Garcia of Climbing PoeTree

Performance by Alixa Garcia of Climbing PoeTree.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:00 AM

Manuel Pastor | Transactions, Transformations, Translations: Movement-Building for the Next America

Introduction by Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor of Environmental Health, UC Berkeley

Facing rapidly changing demographics, growing inequality and increased political polarization in the U.S., movement builders are grappling with creating new cross-generational ties and a new understanding of the relationship between equity and economic growth. How do we build movements based on vision and values, not interests and transactions? Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, and founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC, Santa Cruz. He directs the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

11:30 AM

Arielle Klagsbrun – Youth Leadership | Why People Need to Get Arrested: The climate crisis requires bold action

Arielle Klagsbrun a leader of the “Take Back Saint Louis” campaign to remove tax incentives to corporations profiting from climate change explores how to defeat the fossil fuel extraction industry.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:00 PM

Terry Tempest Williams | A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century

Introduction by Nina Simons

What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation’s most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer" who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:30 PM

Wallace “J.” Nichols | I Wish You Water

Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers

The cognitive and emotional benefits of healthy oceans and waterways have been celebrated through art, song, romance and poetry throughout human history. Marine biologist, activist, community organizer, and author Wallace J. Nichols will dive deeper and explore our blue minds through the dual lenses of evolutionary biology and cognitive science, reminding us that we are water.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:45 PM

Tim Merry

Tim Merry the Slam Poet Harvester wraps it all up in bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:55 PM

Closing with Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons

Closing with Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons

Location:
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 

1:00 PM

Closing Preformance

TBA

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

1:15 PM

Native Youth Talking Circle

Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi); Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota), Executive Director of Indigenous Environmental Network; Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (Aztec).

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

1:15 PM

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.

In this citizen science ecology walk, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the seasons and collect data on seasonal phenomena with Nature’s Notebook, a nationwide climate change monitoring program designed by the USA National Phenology Network. Throughout the walk, which will go at a casual pace around the conference center, there will be stops for discussion on science, education, and the process of designing and implementing citizen science programs.

Whether you’re a scientist looking to recruit the public into your research program, an educator or program director interested in participatory and inquiry-based activities that generate real and useful data, or a community leader or activist wanting to monitor your local environment, you’ll gain practical knowledge about achieving your goals while also having fun observing nature. You’re also likely to pick up some new botanical and ecological knowledge along the way!

The citizen science ecology walk is led by Brian Haggerty, a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara who helped design and implement the USA National Phenology Network and the California Phenology Project. Brian has coordinated the development of environmental monitoring and education programs across California’s National Parks, the University of California Natural Reserve System, and botanic gardens, nature preserves, and K-12 and university campuses across the state.

Location: Meet at the World Cafe

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Epiphany Hall

2:45 PM

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe

How do we move from disconnected, fearful individuals to connected, collective agents of change? What are the relationships among concentrated corporate power, lack of government oversight, and fractured social movements? How can each of us step up to build justice and cool the globe? Hosted by Connie Cagampang Heller, co-founder, Linked Fate Fund for Justice. With: John A. Powell, Director, UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Lindsey Allen, Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network; Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Christina Livingston, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

Location: Manzanita Room

2:45 PM

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.

Location: Showcase Theater

2:45 PM

Women in the Economy: Reinventing Economics that Work for All of Life

By integrating a gender lens with nature’s principles, indigenous models, and valuing the wellbeing of people and planet, women (and men) are creating new visions for finance, business, economics and culture to turn the tide toward a life-affirming and equitable economy. Hosted by Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director, Green America. With: Katherine Collins, founder and CEO, Honeybee Capital, author of The Nature of Investing; Donna Morton, Managing Partner, Business Strategies, Principium Investments; Nikki Silvestri, CEO, Green for All; Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics.

Location: Larkspur Room

2:45 PM

Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington State lost narrowly because a powerful alliance of Big Ag and Big Food spent millions to confuse the public. Find out how you can join the national campaign for your “Right to Know.” Hosted by Arty Mangan, Bioneers Food and Farming Director. With: John Roulac, founder/CEO, Nutiva; Stacy Malkan, a leader of the California and Washington GMO labeling campaigns; Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Planning Committee Member.

Location: Sausalito Room

2:45 PM

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change

How might new and ancient understandings about gender from diverse cultural and generational perspectives inform our cultural reinvention? How is sexual health key to the vitality and resilience of our societies and all people? Hosted by Lana Holmes, co-founder, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. With: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Dine (Navajo) artist/activist; Jhos Singer, a transgender Maggid (Jewish preacher) serving Jewish community centers in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay; Erin Konsmo, Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; and Sonj Basha, an Oakland-based activist working to ensure the inclusion of gender non-conforming and transgender identities in institutions of higher education.

Location: Santa Rosa Room

2:45 PM

Your Brain On Water

Hosted by marine biologist Wallace "J." Nichols, research associate, California Academy of Sciences; co-founder, OceanRevolution.org; author of Blue Mind. New ways of understanding our relationship with the world's oceans and the ability of healthy waters to provide health, happiness and creativity will be considered by a panel of athletes, scientists, artists, and adventurers. With: Kevin Weiner, Post-doctoral fellow, Stanford University and Director of public communication, Institute for Applied Neuroscience; Nik Sawe, Doctoral Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University; and Andi Wong, Teaching Artist, Rooftop Alternative K-8 School.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45 PM

Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (I)

(Double session). This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.

Indigenous Forum

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent
 

2:45 PM

Walking Your Talk in the World: Exploring Embodied Transformation

Come discover the patterns that “walk us,” harvest your natural knowing, and embody your goals for global renewal. With Suki Munsell. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Meet at Sun Stage

2:45 PM

Youth Leadership: Community of Mentors Peer-to-Peer Council

Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth. Join your peers to explore your Bioneers experience.

Youth Leadership

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Ruthless Compassion, Penetrating Honesty, Fierce Ally-Ship

Join J. Miakoda Taylor, Founding Director of Fierce Allies, in an emotionally and socially strategic transcendence of obstacles to power-sharing across difference. Embody a safe learning environment that supports a life-long journey for having difficult conversations that work.

Location: Everyone’s Everywoman’s Leadership Tent

2:45 PM

Council. The World We Want & How We Get There: Cultivating Presence—When the Heart Speaks, The World Listens

There is widespread understanding and despair that humanity is overexploiting the Earth’s natural systems, and an increasing recognition that we are only beginning to experience the consequences. It has been said that no amount of logic and reason will be able to guide us through the unprecedented times ahead, that only our hearts will prove adequate. The inner life, guidance, deep listening and “the quiet, still voice within” may prove some of our most resilient assets as we seek answers. Join with fellow Bioneers to share your knowledge, wisdom and life experience as we explore these assets, share vision and our aspirations for the world we want, and how we might get there. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Interactive, experiential)

Location: Council Circle

2:45 PM

Wiser Together Café: Creating Tomorrow Together, Gathering Collective Wisdom to Turn Vision into Action

The Café provides hospitable space for group dialogues, integration of and reflection on what emerges at the conference, and building personal and professional partnerships. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.

Location: World Cafe

2:45 PM

Community of Mentors Office Hours with Luisah Teish

The Community of Mentors Program gives youth (ages 23 and under) the opportunity to meet in a small group interactive mentoring session with a Bioneers presenter who will share his life experience as an innovator providing insight to help youth overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work. Luisah Teish, an initiated elder (Iyanifa) and chieftain in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora, is an artist-activist, performer, teacher, spiritual guidance counselor, and author. Limited Space – pre-registration in Youth Unity Center recommended.

Location: Tiburon Room

4:30 PM

People’s Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature’s Rights

What if ecosystems could sue for violating the rights of nature in places like Alberta's tar sands or Fukushima? What if communities could write new laws that place their rights and local ecosystems above corporate interests? Come find out about the first international Rights of Nature Tribunal and local California Community Bills of Rights, and how you can participate. Hosted by Shannon Biggs, Community Rights director, Global Exchange. With: Vandana Shiva, founder/Director, Navdanya; Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More/Gathering Tribes; Robin Milam, Administrative Director, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network; Prajna Marcus, Bay Area Rights of Nature; Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Center. 

Location: Sausalito Room

4:30 PM

Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (II)

(See 2:45 pm).

Hosted by Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota) of the Indigenous Environmental Network. With indigenous women from the North: Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) of Idle No More, on current threats from Pipelines from the Canadian Tar Sands; Faith Gemmill (Gwich'in), of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands), on the history of oil and gas development in Alaska and expansion plans for offshore drilling; and witnesses Clayton Thomas-Müller (Mathais Colomb Cree Nation) and Eriel Deranger (Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nation) with Idle No More.

Location: Indigenous Forum Tent

4:30 PM

Bioneers Resilient Communities Network (BRCN) Reception

Learn about the Bioneers RCN program and connect with the organizers to see if you want to bring it to your community.

Location: Manzanita Room

4:30 PM

Mixer and Networking Reception

Location: Epiphany Hall

4:30 PM

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, Environmental Forum of Marin.

Location: Larkspur Room

THU

9:00 AM

California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership

ClimateCan California act as a global leverage point to shift the world on climate disruption?

A Bioneers Pre-Conference Intensive:  Oct. 16 from 9:00-5:30, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA

Register: Click Here

Schedule: Click Here (PDF)

Program: Click Here (PDF)

“Since Gov. Jerry Brown’s first term in 1974, California has been on a steady march to an alternative energy future. California is the likely catalyst in the spreading battle against climate change, which the state Energy Commission calls ‘the great unifier.’ Enter Brown as a modern Archimedes, the ancient Greek philosopher who searched for a leverage point from which to transform the world. California is that leverage point.”  -- Tom Hayden

Join us for a special one-day workshop with visionary policy, government, finance and civil society representatives on how the state of California under the leadership of Governor Jerry Brown is emerging as the potential game-changer for global climate leadership.

In plenary presentations, panels and participatory breakout groups, we’ll explore:

  • Key components of California’s practical and policy leadership on climate change;
  • Ways to accelerate California's clean energy achievements as leverage for addressing climate change globally;
  • How to re-imagine infrastructure that is clean, green, equitable and efficient, and creates a sustainable prosperity;
  • The roles of sub-national collaborations, government, market capitalism, and civic society in developing a new clean energy paradigm;
  • The paths forward: investment-divestment, state, regional, local and sub-national action and collaboration, civic engagement, media outreach, framing and more.

Featured speakers include:

Additional speakers still being confirmed

Register: Click Here

The Context:

California has a long history of providing national leadership on environmental issues.  An early adopter of leading-edge policies, California’s state-level efforts have played a catalytic role in the development of landmark national laws and standards, from air pollution to water quality, energy efficiency, fuel-efficiency standards and green building.

In the absence of federal climate leadership, California has been a crucial player in developing and implementing a broad suite of clean energy and low-carbon incentives and policies, while maintaining a fairly robust economy and green jobs creation. As the world’s 8th largest economy, California today is in the midst of spending $120 billion on clean energy in the next five years, more than any other state and most foreign countries. California is poised to achieve 33 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020, and may double its rate by 2030. The state's goals include 1.5 million zero-emission cars and one million solar rooftops in the coming decade.

Dispelling the myth of "jobs versus the environment," California now employs 199,000 workers in clean energy industries, showing how an advanced economy can set future goals of 100 percent renewables while shuttering its last nuclear plant. Consumers have saved an estimated $70 billion on energy efficiency programs. Silicon Valley leads the U.S. in green venture capital. A growing policy and regulatory focus on climate adaptation and resilience is underway because climate change is here now.          

Yet climate change is a global issue and requires collaboration. California’s clean energy diplomacy has led to low-carbon pacts with China, Germany, Mexico, Quebec, British Columbia, and multiple states in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest and New England.

Serious issues also loom, from fracking policy to environmental justice concerns. “We need to teach the electric car to speak Spanish,” said state Sen. Kevin de León. Globally, environmental justice may become the deal-breaker between rich and poor countries, and has cratered recent international summits. California is a green energy model the U.S. government can point to in climate summit meetings leading to Paris in 2015.

Is it enough? No, but it's a solid measure of far we've come and how rapidly change can happen. Is this the moment to double down and initiate a relentless push toward a 100% clean energy future? How can these models be scaled and replicated globally?

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5:00 PM

Youth Orientation

On Thursday night before the conference, meet other youth attending Bioneers and become a member of a small mentoring team to share, process and explore your Bioneers experience with your peers and an experienced mentor from Weaving Earth. Dinner will be served.

Youth

2:45 PM

Youth | Stepping Up to Leadership—Strategies and Advice for Young Activists

Award-winning young environmental leaders share stories, challenges and successful strategies for environmental justice. Learn practical tips: how to initiate community environmental campaigns, rally support and resources, and make real change for a more sustainable future. With 2014 Brower Youth Award winners.

Location: Youth Unity Center

4:30 PM

Youth Leadership | Fossil Fuel Divestment

Students across the U.S. are mobilizing against climate disruption, demanding their institutions divest from fossil fuels and invest in sustainability. Learn resources, strategies and opportunities for young activists to engage with the fossil fuel divestment campaign. With: Chloe Maxmin and Arielle Klagsbrun, Brower Youth Award-winning leading climate activists.

Location: Youth Unity Center

2:45 PM

Youth Leadership | Map Your Future

How is your community vulnerable to climate disruption? Learn how to assess local vulnerabilities and assets and develop a career building community resilience. Learn how to use a Community Climate Assessment Tool, work with planners, and take concrete steps to build resilience in your community. Led by Bay Localize: Colin Miller, Program Manager; Corrine L. Van Hook, Communications/Outreach Manager.

Location: Youth Unity Center

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