The 2014 Bioneers Summit Conference program is live! We hope you will join us in San Rafael for this milestone year for both Bioneers and a world sailing into a perfect storm of tipping points. The Revolution From the Heart of Nature has begun, and it will be out in full force at Bioneers for our 25th birthday party.
We sincerely feel it’s right up there with the best programs ever. It’s also going to be a time of gratitude and connection to celebrate together this powerful community of leadership that so many of us have co-created together over these 25 years. We’re so grateful the Bioneers community and networks exist at this once-in-a-civilization moment of transformation.
For your ease, we’ve sorted the program into 13 topic “tracks” to help you see the trees for the forest. In any given year, we can’t cover everything, and the priority focus shifts a bit, but we try hard to provide real substance across all these specific tracks.
In the broadest terms, the program breaks out into two meta-tracks: Growing the Movement and Deep Nature. Between now and the Summit, we’ll offer insights and perspectives on the tracks and other features and special events.
Growing the Movement Keynotes & Sessions
Growing the Movement reflects the mind-bending abundance of game-changing approaches to civilizational transformation from a wide spectrum of people working across diverse issue areas. It’s astonishing to see how far this movement of movements has come over 25 years, and how close we may be to the prospect of real change in many areas.
The overall “Growing the Movement” theme reflects our conviction that the force of converging movements will be the decisive factor (though not the only one) in causing a global shift at the scale and speed now necessary.
This large part of the 2014 program is detailed in the “Justice” track, and we broke it down further into sub-topics because it’s such a huge and inter-connected arena.
Restoring nature is inseparable from bringing about democracy, social and racial justice, gender justice and women’s leadership, and economic fairness and equity. At the same time, we’ve got to radically build resilience at local and regional levels to meet the onset of climate disruption and transition off the growth economy and fossil fuels.
The keynotes reflect some of the world’s most visionary political activists, such as Naomi Klein, Clayton Thomas-Mueller, Eve Ensler, john a. powell, Manuel Pastor, Kristen Sheeran of Ecostrust, and Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani of Glide Memorial Church. Together we’re going to surface a wealth of actionable intelligence.
The afternoon sessions go deep into the “how” of movement building and building resilience.
- The two-part Movement Building panels that look deeply into political game-changers such as rights-based frameworks that challenge both corporate control and retrograde national government juggernauts; and the imperative social and spiritual healing rising up to bring about environmental justice and racial healing.
- The Building Power From the Rubble session highlights the extraordinary efforts underway in El Salvador that are uniting formerly deadly enemies (revolutionaries and death squads) to build genuine resilience at the local-regional level while also penetrating national governance. This La Coordinadora movement is a key player in the forthcoming film from Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis called The Message: The (r)evolutionary power of climate change.
- The Public Power panel will go deep into one of the most important trends toward the local-regional reclaiming of local clean power generation and public ownership. The utility industry is quaking in its fossil boots as distributed energy tips and makes possible both a rapid horizontal transition to clean energy and to local democracy and distributed ownership.
- The Eco-Regional Design, Eco-Governance and New Vision for Marin County sessions tackle the crucial questions of how our governance models must change and are changing, decentralizing to work in concert with nature’s operating instructions and human wellbeing, from politics to design and social organization.
- The Spirituality and Faith/Resilience session illuminates the rapid emergence of faith communities as a key leverage point for large-scale global transformation at a time when a fundamental generational shift in faith communities is radically re-orienting away from divisive social issues to justice and climate action. Keep the faith…
Deep Nature Keynotes & Sessions
Deep Nature goes to the heart of Bioneers: the Revolution From the Heart of Nature that encompasses everything from biomimicry and ecological design to ecological governance models and the human-nature spiritual connection.
This arena was the original inspiration to found Bioneers, and it’s incredibly heartening to see how this work has grown and is infiltrating the mainstream.
- Paul Stamets will unveil the latest breakthroughs on how mushrooms can save the world.
- John Warner will show the immense progress in how nontoxic, cradle-to-cradle Green Chemistry is shifting the mainstream of science and design, and a related panel will envision what a nontoxic industry and economy will look like.
- Robin Kimmerer will paint the picture of how Traditional and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge is gaining traction as the essential complement to Western science, plus an amazing panel with Monica Gagliano, whose groundbreaking research on plant intelligence Michael Pollan profiled in the New Yorker.
- J. Nichols will portray the mind-boggling biological and cognitive neuroscience on “Blue Mind,” the profound physical, emotional and spiritual effects of our connection to the ocean and water. We can leverage this innate biophilia to halt the destruction of the oceans and our waters and renew our spirits.
- Terry Tempest Williams will bring it all back home to unite nature, culture and spirit and turn it into effective action.
- Jeffrey Bronfman will offer a deep exploration of the power of sacramental plants such as ayahuasca to strengthen our connection to the “mind of nature,” as well as support religious freedom. A world-class afternoon panel will team Jeffrey with master mycologist Paul Stamets and Iroquois health researcher and midwife Katsi Cook, who participates in the Native American peyote church.
- Trailblazers Andy Lipkis, Courtney White and Sarah Newkirk will look into the crucial on-the-ground strategies for redesigning our relationship with water in both urban and rural “working landscapes.” Water is already becoming far more valuable than oil, and these highly practical models of success give us the tools to use water wisely.
- The “Is Earth Full?” session will give a sophisticated and clear-eyed look at human population issues, and show what’s succeeding around the world.
I could go on and on, but enough for now!
Join Us this October to Celebrate Bioneers 25th Birthday
Over the next three months, we’ll be looking more deeply into the tracks and other special events at the 2014 Bioneers Summit.
Our stellar program directors and others will offer their perspectives on tracks including Ecological Food & Farming, Women’s Leadership, Indigenous Knowledge, and Resilient Communities.
We expect a strong turnout this year for Bioneers’ 25th birthday, so register early, plus you’ll get the Early Registration discount!