Last year, our Bioneers communities’ continued generosity was on full display with our Pay-It-Forward ticket program and we are thrilled to offer it again this year. The 3-day ticket costs $795, about double what some of our early-bird discounts costs for the same pass. Why on earth would you pay more, you ask? It’s simple: to make sure everyone who is an active and engaged member of our community is not left out for lack of ability to pay. $795 is closer to the actual amount it costs us per attendee to put on the conference each year. By choosing this ticket, you are helping us cover costs and enabling us to make lower-cost tickets available to an entire class of engaged and active citizens whose voices and perspectives are crucially important.
Bioneers is fundamentally a populist enterprise. Our vision is one of equity and respect for all. Bioneers began 28 years ago as a grassroots idea, little more than a room full of brilliant folks from numerous fields who we believed should know more about each other’s work and projects. That inclusive spirit remains as true today as it was two decades ago. We strive to make sure that the right people are in the room each and every year, regardless of ability to pay.
When you choose Pay-It-Forward, you allow us to shift resources to our large youth scholarship program (400+ annually), our work/trade program and our deeply subsidized Student, Educator and Low-Income Senior scholarship rates, not to mention the 200+ speakers to whom we provide no cost registration each year.
In keeping with the egalitarian and generous spirit that runs throughout our event, we are straightforwardly asking those who have the means to pay a higher rate and ensure the Bioneers community continues to grow.
When we launched this ticket category as an experiment in 2015, we had no idea what would happen. We were overjoyed to see how many people opted to Pay-It-Forward — foundations and businesses with event and professional development budgets sending employees, donors maintaining their support and many whom we met for the first time last year who simply saw the opportunity to engage at a level that they were comfortable with. We remain incredibly grateful for your support.
We hope that if you are willing and able, you’ll consider joining us to Pay-It-Forward in 2017