If you’re anything like us, you need an occasional break from the steady grind of political news to focus on solutions and to find inspiration. As Bioneers, we’re fortunate to be able to connect with a nearly endless list of innovators and thought leaders — people who have identified major world challenges and heeded the call to do something about them.
Year after year, we bring a sampling of these amazing changemakers to the Bioneers stage, where they share their ideas with people like you who are seeking answers and ideas. And we always discover that, while the challenges we face are significant, the power we have as a collective is stronger.
Below, we’ve collected five of the Bioneers presentations that have resonated most strongly with our network. These are the videos our audience returns to time and time again. Watch them this weekend, and share the ones that move you with others who seek inspiration.
1. Paul Stamets – Mushroom Magic
Paul Stamets, visionary mycologist extraordinaire, has discovered several new species of mushrooms and pioneers countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation. He has achieved remarkable results cleaning up dangerous toxins using “fungal bioremediation” and radically improving soil fertility with mushrooms.
2. Dr. Gabor Maté – Toxic Culture
The Canadian physician and best-selling author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts is a brilliantly original thinker on addiction, trauma, parenting and the social context of human diseases and imbalances. Contrary to the assumptions of mainstream medicine, he asserts that most human ailments are not individual problems, but reflections of a person’s relationship with the physical, emotional and social environment, from conception to death. Mind and body are not separate in real life, and thus health and illness in a person reflect social and economic realities more than personal predispositions. In other words, personal responsibility cannot be separated from societal responsibility and changing the world.
3. Severn Cullis-Suzuki – Remember the Future
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, daughter of David Suzuki, graduated from Yale with a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology, and is on track to outpace her father as an activist. She founded a children’s environmental group at age 9, addressed the Rio Summit at age 12, and hasn’t stopped since, starting several groups and projects and becoming a dynamic, luminous light in a new generation of eco-leaders. Severn discusses our responsibilities toward future generation; how to heal our disconnect from nature and each other; and how to draw from the best of ancient traditions and modern innovation to build a sustainable future.
4. Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything
The award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an “issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is 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.
5. Jeremy Narby – Intelligence In Nature
In this mesmerizing talk, Jeremy Narby shares the findings from his groundbreaking book Intelligence in Nature. He describes his quest around the globe to chronicle how leading-edge scientists are studying intelligence in nature and how nature learns. He uncovers a universal thread of highly intelligent behavior within the natural world, and asks the question: What can humanity learn from nature’s economy and knowingness? Weaving together issues of animal cognition, evolutionary biology and psychology, he challenges contemporary scientific concepts and reveals a much deeper view of the nature of intelligence and of our kinship with all life.