As this year's conference quickly approaches, we have so much to share with you in the coming weeks. In addition to continuing our series of interviews with social, cultural and environmental change-makers, we are launching our video series of Bioneers presentations from years past. These videos feature this year's bevy of brilliant speakers and Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature radio series guests.
We'd like to share our thanks for the great response to our last interview with permaculture deisgn expert Darren Doherty. Please feel welcome to follow us on Good.is for more interviews, videos, and blogs.
As always we appreciate your continued support of Bioneers, and we look forward to seeing you in October.
-Your Friends at Bioneers
Plant the Seed of Diversity with Biomimicry Guru Janine Benyus
Veteran bioneer (root: "biological pioneer") Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant and author of six books. As a true biological pioneer, she co-founded the Biomimicry Guild and the Biomimicry Institute. At this year's National Bioneers Conference, Janine will deliver a Keynote that addresses how the biomimicry community can work together to solve a series of global challenges that simply cannot wait.
Click below to watch a portion of Janine's 2003 Bioneers Keynote talk and preview what you'll experience live at the 2013 National Bioneers Conference. Or view the video on YouTube here.
Calling All Artists & Musicians- Share your Creativity with Bioneers
Would you like to perform for an appreciative crowd of over 3000 people? Do you have artwork you would like to display on the grounds of the beautiful Marin Center? Bioneers is now accepting applications for musicians to entertain guests during lunch and dinner on our outdoor Sun Stage. We also invite visual artists of all kinds to display their artwork both inside our venue and outside on the grounds of the Marin Center. Applications can be found HERE.
Special Pricing Registration for Education and Youth Groups is Now Open
We believe a core component of our mission is to prepare the next generation of environmental and social change leaders, educators and activists. That's why we offer special conference discount pricing to education (educator and/or students) and youth groups of 6-10 attendees.
Educational Groups. We greatly value our relationships with our educational and institutional partners, which is why we've added an Outreach Coordinator to our team to ensure our partners have the best possible experience at Bioneers. For more details on group attendance, please visit our BioCon website or contact Outreach Coordinator Jordan Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Groups. For information on Youth (ages 16 – 24) Groups activities, programing and registration, please visit our BioCon website or contact our Youth Coordinator: email@example.com.
Become a Bioneers Partner
Show your support for Bioneers by becoming a conference sponsor. If you have a green or socially responsible business that you would like to promote while also helping us produce one of largest environmental and social change conferences in the country, please consider becoming one of our core partners. For more information on partner packages, click HERE.
Did you miss our interview with permaculture design expert Darren Doherty? Read it HERE.
An Indigenous Perspective on Energy Development Q & A with Darcie Houck
Darcie Houck is a descendent of Mohawk and Ottawa native tribes and an attorney specializing in environment, water resources, energy development and Native American land use.
Bioneers: Where are you from and how did you come to do the work you are doing?
Darcie: I’m from upstate New York, and am Ottawa and Mohawk on my mother’s side. I was very close to my Mohawk/Ottawa grandpa. He used to take me back to the reservation when I was a child, and told me that I needed to be a lawyer when I grew up to defend Native rights. And that’s what I did. I was originally a political science major, until I wrote a paper on tribal government. I got a horrible grade and when I asked the professor why, he said, “Because tribal governments are not real governments.” That moment changed my life. I went to the counseling center and was directed to the Native American studies program. I switched majors and ended up with an amazing education I wouldn’t have gotten if that incident hadn’t happened.
Bioneers: Are your tribal clients resisting energy development or embracing it?
Darcie: Both, and there’s a lot of work trying to combine the two. That wasn’t the case 10-20 years ago. Tribes are really dedicated to improving their economies and looking at their natural resources as one option for development. Tribes want to develop these resources responsibly. You can be a traditionalist, want to have a sustainable way of living that respects and honors Mother Earth and nature, while utilizing modern tools in doing so.
Bioneers: What are some of the other challenges for tribes whether it be supporting or opposing development?
Darcie: As more and more issues face society at large with climate change, society as a whole will have to develop response strategies. In many cases it’s the global Indigenous communities that are facing the most severe impacts in very defined, limited land bases- impacts that they had no hand in the creation of, and often opposed or tried to prevent. These conditions will persist, and likely get worse. We have to find a way to make sure that Indigenous voices are heard. Those who are facing the worst impacts should have an equal or even greater voice in what decisions are made, and we are not seeing that right now.
Bioneers: How do you make these Western laws mesh with the Indigenous thinking?
Darcie: That is so critical. These laws are made and developed by people who don’t have the same worldview. The ‘dominant society’ priority is how to use a resource. The end goal is to use it, not preserve it. It’s so counterintuitive to the worldview of Indigenous communities.
READ more about how the issues of cultural resource protection, energy development and climate change are currently affecting Indigenous tribes in the full interview with Darcie, HERE.
Darcie Houck will be joining Bioneers for the first time as part of the Indigenous Forum. She will be co-hosting a panel calledFrom Conflict to Collaboration in Indigenous Territories: Tribal Strategies for Resistance and Restoration.Along with panelists Jihan Gearon (Dine/African American), Tony Skrelunas (Dine) and Octaviana Trujillo (Pascua Yaqui), she will share realities, challenges and contradictions of indigenous resistance and restoration movements, as well as potential ways forward for indigenous peoples whose lands are presently the focus of economic interest.
Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature
Radio Series XIII has launched!
Each July Bioneers releases the new season of its award-winning 13-part series of half hour radio shows featuring the "bioneers"- social and scientific innovators with breakthrough solutions for people and planet. Cutting edge, charismatic, provocative and hopeful- these are the ardent voices of brilliant visionaries with both feet firmly on the ground. This year's guests include Paul Hawken, Marina Silva, Bill McKibben, Sandra Steingruber and many others.
With broadcasts on more than 450 stations globally, you can find a local station listing
here.If the series is not available to you locally, we share the programs on our Bioneers Media site one month after their original air date. So have alisten right now. Or download shows from iTunes or the popular Stitcher talk-radio app.
Reminder that Early Registration Pricing Ends September 8
If you haven't yet purchased your pass for this year's conference, we wanted to remind you that you have one more month to save with Early Registration Pricing. Late Registration rates go into effect September 9th. So why wait? Register today.