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Bioneers Hosts Leading Voices Addressing Nature-Inspired Solutions For Social, Cultural, and Environmental Change
Actor and activist Danny Glover, biomimicry guru Janine Benyus, indigenous justice leader Tom Goldtooth, and consumer consciousness advocate Annie Leonard join a plethora of other innovators and global citizens at the 24th Annual National Bioneers Conference.
San Francisco, CA – The National Bioneers Conference, established in 1990, is the original whole-systems forum of innovation and collaboration for social, cultural and environmental resilience. Serving the sustainability, environmentalism and social justice communities, BioCon speakers and presenters have included Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Philippe Cousteau, Michael Pollan, Eve Ensler, and Paul Hawken, among many other luminaries. The conference also prides itself on introducing audiences to some of the most innovative voices yet to be discovered.
During this annual three-day event, visionaries and change-makers will propose, debate and initiate solutions to global bio-cultural and socio-ecological issues. The theme of this year’s conference is Turning Vision Into Action. It opens on Friday with Jason McLennan, visionary founder of the Living Building Challenge, chronicling the transformative influence of “green building” on designers, builders, communities and educational systems. Whole-systems thinking continues with presentations and panels covering Women as Democracy Builders, Recognizing the Rights of Nature, Building Community Resilience, Creating Peace Through Understanding, and more –including new interactive networking sessions for attendees and presenters.
Bioneers Founder and CEO and award-winning author Kenny Ausubel explains the appeal of diversity in conference programming, “Most people are passionately interested in one or two topics or issues. These become points of entry because the beauty of the conference is that then you find out how they’re connected to everything else.” It is indeed an integrated whole-systems approach for Turning Vision Into Action.
Weekend programming begins with acclaimed biologist, innovation consultant, and author Janine Benyus presenting The Biomimicry Network Effect: What Will We Solve Together? Permaculture expert Darren Doherty will speak about Re-booting Agriculture for the Next 10,000 Years; and actor, activist and filmmaker Danny Glover will dive into social justice with his keynote talk on Reimagining Citizenship, Democracy and Nature.
The National Bioneers Conference is also the home of the acclaimed Bioneers Indigenous Forum, which features exciting workshops and discussions on major issues, struggles, and successes in Indian Country and in indigenous communities globally. Co-produced by Bioneers, The Cultural Conservancy and Indigenous Environmental Network this popular event provides a space for in-depth explorations of “Indigeneity” and “Re-Indigenization” in a format that encourages all of us to re-indigenize ourselves and examine the history of colonization within our own roots. The event focuses on educating the global community about key issues and the resiliency First Peoples are developing to address cultural survival, human rights, land and biodiversity preservation.
TCC Executive Director, Melissa Nelson (Anishinaabe/Métis), IEN Executive Director, Tom Goldtooth (Dakota/Diné), and Bioneers Indigeneity Program Director, Cara Romero, host this networking space and sanctuary for Indigenous participants.
Now in its 24th year, BioCon offers business leaders, community leaders, civic leaders, educators, activists, students, and all global citizens access to inspiring keynotes, provocative panels and workshops, and networking sessions with others who are committed to progressive action in restoring people and planet.
The conference runs from October 18th through October 20th, 2013 at the Marin Center, San Rafael, CA. Attendees may register for 1, 2, 3 or Half-Day Passes. A limited number of Youth and Diversity attendance scholarships are available. For details, please visit http://conference.bioneers.orgContact:
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About the National Bioneers Conference (BioCon)
The National Bioneers Conference, launched in 1990 by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, is the original whole-systems forum of innovation and collaboration for social, cultural and environmental resilience. Serving the sustainability, environmentalism and social justice communities, BioCon speakers and presenters have included Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Philippe Cousteau, Michael Pollan, Even Ensler, and Paul Hawken, among many other luminaries. The conference also prides itself on introducing audiences to some of the most innovative voices yet to be discovered.
Content from the National Bioneers Conference is also recorded and produced as award-winning multi-media, including: the Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature public radio series, the Bioneers Essentials series airing on Link TV and Free Speech TV, and the Bioneers Indigenous Forum and other acclaimed Bioneers Media products available for personal and formal education.