Hopefully the Bioneers conference is always special, but we wanted to do something super-special this year in honor of 25 years of gathering this extraordinary community.
We also wanted to make a real contribution as we hover at the precipice of this tipping point in human civilization and the state of nature.
The theme is “Growing the Movement: The World We Want & How to Get There.” We’re seeking to harvest the formidable wisdom, expertise, strategic thinking and heart of our whole network of networks, including you!
So here’s a sneak peek now of the keynotes. The whole program will go live in June on our website.
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Keynotes on Growing the Movement
NAOMI KLEIN—This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate. The award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) says climate change is more than an "issue.” It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. It’s 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.
CLAYTON THOMAS-MULLER—The Rise of the Canadian Native Rights-Based Movement to Protect Our Commons. 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 other grassroots groups. This powerful movement is challenging the neo-liberal free market agenda that has turned Canada into a petro-state.
EVE ENSLER—One Billion Rising for Justice: The Future’s in the Body. 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.
SEVERINE v T FLEMING—Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed. 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 Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most dynamic leaders in the young farmers’ movement.
PATRICIA GUALINGA—Message from the Amazon. The courageous Kichwa leader 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.
john a. powell—Beloved Community: Interbeing, Race, Class and Person ‘Hood. 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 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, serves on the UC Berkeley School of Law faculty, and is the author of Racing to Justice.
MANUEL PASTOR—Transactions, Transformations, Translations: Movement-Building for the Next America. 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? 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, among other positions.
Keynotes on Deep Nature & Restoration
PAUL STAMETS—How Mushrooms Can Help Us Survive “Extinction 6x." Visionary mycological researcher and 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.
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS—A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century. 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.
JOHN WARNER—Green Chemistry: Biomimicry and Molecular Psychology. 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.
ROBIN KIMMERER—Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass. 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 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?"
WALLACE J. NICHOLS—I Wish You Water. The cognitive and emotional benefits of healthy oceans and waterways have been celebrated through art, song, romance and poetry throughout human history. Marine biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols will explore our blue minds through the dual lenses of evolutionary biology and cognitive science, reminding us that we are water. "J." is a scientist, activist, community organizer and author who is a research associate at California Academy of Sciences and co-founder of Ocean Revolution.
JEFFREY BRONFMAN—The Botanical Dimension of Our Human Evolutionary Next Steps. 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.
KRISTEN SHEERAN—Scaling Solutions for Social Change. 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.
CECIL WILLIAMS & JANICE MIRIKITANI—Who Will Take Care of My People? 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.
Celebrate 25 Years of Bioneers this October
Hey, there’s so much more, so stay tuned! And sign up now so you'll be notified for Early Bird registration, and beat the crush.
We really look forward to being together in October for a heck of a birthday party to advance the Revolution from the Heart of Nature together.
With Love & Gratitude,
Kenny Ausubel & Nina Simons, Founders