Big Good News from Bioneers!


THE BIONEERS PULSE: Big Good News From Bioneers!

Greetings from Kenny and Nina! We hope you’re having a beautiful winter solstice and holiday season. As we prepare for the exciting year ahead — Bioneers’ 25th Birthday, we have so much to be grateful for, including you – our community of kin and supporters.

And we’re so elated about some Big Good News at Bioneers that we just had to email you!
 
The Big Good News!
As key members of our community, we want you to be among the first to know. We’re re-opening a San Francisco office, and we have two new spectacular additions to the Bioneers leadership team who will be based there, along with other staff.
 
We’re honored and elated to announce the arrival of Joshua S. Fouts as our Executive Director, and John DeCock as our Chief Operating & Outreach Officer. Both of these accomplished visionary leaders bring decades of creative, compassionate breadth and depth in leadership and innovation. They’re already helping us reach “full wing” in our 25th year in incredibly transformative ways.
 
Their addition to our great team is lifting Bioneers into the slipstream of spreading and scaling the visionary and practical solutions for restoring people and planet that we’ve been advancing for over two decades.
 
Although we live in Santa Fe, New Mexico and have had our primary office here, the Bay Area has been the “home” of Bioneers since we moved the conference there in 1993. So we are thrilled to deepen our year-round presence and be more closely connected with so many of our friends, allies and supporters. John is leading the search for our new San Francisco office, and we’ll maintain our office in Santa Fe, New Mexico where many of our program people are based.
 
This passage is a huge milestone for Bioneers and for us personally. It climaxes a restructuring of the organization that we began almost exactly three years ago. After creating a new Strategic Vision for Bioneers, we set out to build the organization that could meet our ambitious vision. First we strengthened the leadership of our amazing Program directors and core staff, who are the heartbeat of the work. Now we’ve added world-class executive leadership.

Joshua S. Fouts is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work paving new inroads for meaningful understanding between cultures.
 
A digital anthropologist, Joshua studied art and documentary film production in college. He began his career as a documentary film producer, first in Boston and later in Washington, DC, where in the 1990s, he worked at the US State Department and began to experiment with new ways to use radio, television and Internet technology for cultural collaboration. He went on to launch two first-of-their-kind think tanks focused on digital media innovation and cultural collaboration at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles where he founded the first-ever blog about digital journalism and later created a new master’s degree in public diplomacy.
 
During his 20-plus years career in international and cultural relations, Joshua has personally worked with the peoples of Malaysia, Africa, and indigenous tribes of the Amazon. He has led or directed projects in over 20 countries on the planet.
 
Thanks to a connection Joshua made at Bioneers after a plenary speech he gave in 2011, he led an expedition to the Brazilian Amazon to better understand the impact of climate disruption on the Ashaninka People of the Amazon. An Invoking the Pause grant from social entrepreneur and longtime Bioneers supporter Maggie Kaplan made Joshua’s project possible.
 
 “My personal commitment,” Joshua told us, “is to help strengthen peace and collaboration among the unique peoples and countries of the world, always with a deep respect and sensitivity for the diverse cultural modalities of this planet. My dream is to create ways to value and respect humanity’s diverse traditions and heritage in new ways, using new media tools to record these stories for the children of the future to better understand the roots of humanity.
 
“Bioneers is the great messenger toward this future: A grand humanitarian channel transmitting at the speed of light, rescuing and preserving ancestral stories and sending them directly to the future. The world today is an immense collective unconscious that has become nearly telepathic thanks to the power of digital networks, which provide real-time communication worldwide. And 2014, Bioneers 25th anniversary, will be the year of communication.”
 
In an incredible and happy synchronicity, Joshua recently discovered the autobiography of his great-great grandfather who was one of the early founders of San Francisco at the start of the 20th Century. The autobiography of this figure, who acquired near mythological status in his family, told the story of a successful entrepreneur who launched some of the earliest hydroelectric companies in the Bay Area. What struck Josh about the story was his forefather’s commitment to human rights, often at the expense of personal profit.
 
The book also contains a chapter dedicated to his relative’s fascination and delight in synchronicities he experienced in his life in San Francisco. Though our personal journey includes inevitable highs and lows, one can always find people who have the courage to envision a better future; messengers of love, affection and respect, always trying to communicate with the unique and different. Learn more about Joshua’s career on his LinkedIn page.

John Decock brings decades of deep leadership and strategic experience from a distinguished 28-year career at the Sierra Club, including nine years as Executive Director of the Sierra Club Foundation. He subsequently served as President and CEO of the Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund. A resident of San Francisco for the past 40 years, John is deeply rooted in the community and skillful in connecting communities.
 
John’s deep connection to nature goes back to his earliest childhood memories.  He grew up playing in the lush forests and swamps of Missouri and in the farm fields of Iowa.  His interest in social justice was also sparked when he was a boy as he became aware of the civil rights movement.  
 
John began working at the Sierra Club in 1981 and eventually served as Director of Outings, Deputy Conservation Director and Executive Director of The Sierra Club Foundation. As a volunteer, he led expeditions in Nepal, India, Kenya, Mexico, Guatemala and the United States.  
 
In 2010, John was appointed President and CEO of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund. He was among a group of environmental leaders who advised President Obama’s transition team on environmental matters. John and his family make their home in San Francisco and are avid outdoor enthusiasts with a special love for the ocean.  
 
“I have a great feeling about being a part of Bioneers. It feels as my life and career experiences have been building my heart and mind to do this work,” Johns says. “It’s a privilege to spend my days joining with the Bioneers to help build a better world.” John likes to fill his world with family, music, books and light.
 
Recognized as an exceptional mentor and cultivator of young leaders and high-performance staffs, John’s exceptional savvy and wide-ranging experience running large organizations and systems dedicated to improving our world will help Bioneers move into our new era in a stable, dynamic and attentive way. He has a special affinity for two of our programs: the Beaming Bioneers local community network, which has many parallels to his work with Sierra Club chapters, and our new Community of Mentors youth program.
 
John is also a passionate musician, an accomplished mandolin and guitar player. Learn more about John’s career on his LinkedIn page. Learn more about John’s career on his LinkedIn page.

So we are unspeakably grateful and sincerely honored to now work in collaboration with this remarkable new Team Bioneers. Our Adaptive Action Plan focuses on three primary areas:

  • Public Education & Media Outreach, radically expanding Bioneers’ media and communications reach and accessibility.
  • Community Resilience, including building our Beaming Bioneers program into an action-oriented, interconnected living laboratory of communities of practice.
  • Leadership Development, with primary focus on supporting the leadership of Women, First Peoples, and Youth and Mentorship.

 Stay tuned for updates about our exciting Adaptive Action Plan and Programs in the New Year.

Celebrate these two new teammates with us!
We are investing in John and Joshua to help move us into the next 25 years of Bioneers to realize the shift to live on Earth in ways that honor nature, each other and future generations. We invite you to join with us with your year-end gift in supporting the co-creation of the world we want, the world the world wants.

Your generous gift will be doubled by a matching grant from heroic donors including the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, if you give by December 31!
 

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Help us open our San Francisco Office!
Both John and Joshua are focused on securing our San Francisco office to ground the dynamic Bioneers network of networks in the Bay Area year-round.  We invite your support to do it. Please consider making a gift in support of the launch of our new San Francisco office.

So yes, we offer big gratitude to the entire Bioneers Community of Leadership, to our own new leadership team, and to you. As in nature, there are amazing soloists, but at the end of the day it’s really all about the symphony.
 
When you invest in Bioneers, you are investing in an entire a symphony: a Community of Leadership. Here’s to the next 25….

We wish you a 2014 filled with love, light, and the joy of community and connection in realizing this sacred work we all share.
 
Love,
 
Kenny and Nina
 
P.S. Don’t forget if you donate by December 31, your gift will be doubled by a matching grant from donors including the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation! Donate here.

 

 

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National Bioneers Conference Highlights
 
We are still soaring from the epiphanies and connections from this year’s National Bioneers Conference. Here is an exclusive new release of one of our favorite 2013 keynote talks:
 
Joanna Macy on Choosing Life:
Congratulations to Kenny for his recent book award! His luminous, expansive collection of essays, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature, won the Grand Gold Nautilus Prize of “Better Books for a Better World” in the Ecology/Environment category. Other Grand Gold winners included Amory Lovins, Terry Tempest Williams, Barbara Kingsolver and Louise Erdrich.
 
And we’re elated that the diverse voices in Nina’s anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, communicate the feminine re-invention of leadership so powerfully that it’s being used in three different disciplines of college courses: Leadership, Diversity and Women’s Studies!
 
And congrats to Kenny and our radio team for three more national-international awards for our 2013 Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature Series XIII! Listen now!
 
And on Huffington Post, check out Kenny’s 2013 opening standing-ovation talk, Global Mash-up!
Other Important News

A Call to Action from the Pachamama Alliance

When Pachamama Alliance co-founder and Bioneers Board member Lynne Twist joined Amazon Watch’s Atossa Soltani on the Bioneers Conference main stage just two months ago, they introduced an Amazonian indigenous leader and described the escalating battle to save the Amazon Rainforest’s most crucial headwaters lands.

 
Then, just two weeks ago, the formerly friendly Ecuadorian government sent in the police to shut down their sister organization, Fundación Pachamama. This is a blow against critical support for the rainforest, the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, and the world.
 
We invite you to support our esteemed partner and ally the Pachamama Alliance today. This is not just another issue. This is about preserving the “lungs of the planet” and the ancient, wise cultures in their life-and-death struggle for the forest and their ways of life. You can learn more here.

Have you made your (clean energy) New Year’s Resolution yet?

We hope you caught the astonishing 2013 keynote by solar business innovator and youth leader Billy Parish. Watch it here. Billy laid out a business innovation that holds electrifying promise to propel distributed solar energy right into the mainstream immediately by democratizing investment for the 99%.
 
We invite you to join Bioneers in making a New Year’s Resolution to support clean energy by joining the “Put Solar On It” New Year’s resolution campaign of this bold new company, Mosaic. Mosaic is launching a campaign to help us all move into the clean energy movement in a serious way by committing to use solar power and really begin to democratize our energy future and our investment structures. This is real and radical. Check it out.

 
Join us in supporting the #PutSolarOnIt campaign

Breakthrough nutrition science news from Organic Valley!

News Flash: Healthy food comes from a healthy earth!
 
Our esteemed longtime partner and sponsor Organic Valley has made big news with the new study it funded that shows the nutritional superiority of organic whole milk compared against conventional industrially farmed milk. The New York Times called it “the most clear-cut instance of an organic food’s offering a nutritional advantage over its conventional counterpart.” Read the full article here.

The release of this breakthrough study that proves the benefits of organic is a landmark for the organic industry as a whole. The research was conducted with organic milk exclusively from Organic Valley farms. If you want to learn more about the findings and the implications for our health, visit Organic Valley’s information page here.

Congratulations, Organic Valley, for your vision, courage and dedication, and thank you for your longtime support of Bioneers and our shared missions!
 



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