THE BIONEERS PULSE: My Aunt was a Chimpanzee Greetings,
On the eve of 2014, it is my pleasure to invite each of you, friends and Bioneers, to join us in this new phase of our intelligent and creative Bioneers community. Our mission, now more than ever, is to work together as a great “think and do tank” of practical ideas, and as a channel for visionaries to give voice to feelings and senses in harmony with nature, and to illuminate new ways for us to be new humans.
To reimagine being human and to reimagine the world is to create possibilities for a new reality. Indeed, it is not possible to create something that has not already been imagined by a visionary somewhere.
If you contribute to this vision before midnight on December 31, your support and contribution will be doubled by a generous grant from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation!
But first, let me introduce myself to you as Bioneers new Executive Director. I would like to share with you a bit more of my history.
I was born into a family of activist academic visionaries who dared to rethink our relationship with nature. My father and mother dedicated their lives to the defense of animals; and dedicated their career to protecting a family of chimpanzees from the possibility of becoming victims of biomedical research in the name of science. I will save the details of this story for another occasion. But mostly, I would like to share with you that my childhood spent in the company of our sibling species was filled with the echo of the screams of their souls.
My history with the Bioneers was cemented by a meeting with the Ashaninka people, a tribe of indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon, while conducting research to build an app about the impact of climate disruption. In Acre I could feel the voice of the forest calling out as though it were the voices of the ancestors of this people. This ancestral history emanates within the spirit and DNA of each surviving member of the modern world.
Today we are reimagining ways to integrate and learn from indigenous peoples, to create sustainable paths in harmony with the modern world and Nature. We can reimagine new architectural possibilities, new ways of living, new modes of dress, new ways of nourishing and healing ourselves.
Interestingly, all of this was boldly imagined by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, the founders of Bioneers, 25 years ago. And today there exist innovative practical applications of these concepts across many fields.We need your donation today as a first step toward this next phase of Bioneers, which begins shortly in 2014.
Looking for a unique way to give to Bioneers this year? We are now accepting donated items for our online auction. The auction will run from February 21, 2014 to March 7, 2014, with proceeds going to Bioneers in order to support our year-round programming: Indigeneity, Education for Action, Women’s Leadership, Restorative Food Systems, Resilient Communities Network.
In addition to supporting the work that we do, your donation is tax deductible and your product(s) will be featured on our E-Newsletter and Facebook page, both of which have an audience of over 40,000 conscious consumers.
While we are grateful for any donation, we are looking for items that are known to perform well in silent auctions. These items include:
Dining Gift Certificates, Resort and Hotel Accommodations, Tickets to Sporting Events, Health and Beauty Packages.
For more information or to donate an item, please email Rachel Fredell at rfredell@bioneers or call (505)986-0366 extension 122. Thank you!
Highlights from the 24th Annual National Bioneers Conference
Enjoy this collection of some of the best moments from the 2013 Bioneers Conference:
Climbing PoeTree spoken word performance:
The Best of Women’s Leadership:
White Buffalo Soldiers performance:
Danny Glover Reimagines Social Movements:
The Best of Ecological Design:
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!
Congratulations to Kenny and our radio team for three more national-international awards for our 2013 Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of NatureSeries XIII! Listen now!
On Huffington Post, check out Kenny’s 2013 opening standing-ovation talk, Global Mash-up!