This year’s Bioneers Conference continues a 25-year tradition of dismantling disciplinary boundaries in the search for breakthrough solutions.
For all the global reach and the breadth of issues covered, one of the core themes running through virtually every presentation ever given at a Bioneers Conference can be summed up in one word: Community.
Community is as important an ecological concept as it is a human one. Communities are our fundamental building blocks. Understanding how to build, restore, keep and celebrate them is one of the most important tasks in front of us.
And while every speaker at this year’s conference will likely touch on some aspect of this work, we want to sample some relevant highlights to which you can look forward at the 2014 Bioneers Summit Conference.
New Economic Models & Eco-Regional Design
Given the pace of change in the world today, there’s major focus on building resilience across all systems, communities included.
You won’t want to miss the keynote from Kristen Sheeran, a visionary economist and VP for Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, who’s working systemically on all fronts to envision and implement new paradigm-shifting economic models, while supporting the development of elegant tools to spread these innovations far and wide.
Kristen Sheeran will also be featured in an afternoon panel on Eco-Regional Design, which will include representatives from some of the nation’s leading planning and design efforts. These visionary pathfinders include David W. Orr from the Oberlin Project, Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and Greg Watson, Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture. (David and Greg are also Bioneers Board members.)
Community Across Difference: Race, Class & Politics
Building community is about building relationships across differences, whether it’s class, race, politics or geography. We’re honored to feature groundbreaking work in this field with keynote presentations by the acclaimed elders Manuel Pastor and john a. powell.
Manuel Pastor is the founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community and a professor at University of Southern California. He will illuminate Movement Building for the Next America, exploring how to build movements based on vision and values, not interests and transactions.
john a. powell of the Haas Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, one of the great voices on race and ethnicity in the world today, will join us to explore Beloved Community: Interbeing, Race, Class and Person ‘Hood.
Through our work with the Bioneers Resilient Communities Network, we’re continually working to identify key systemic leverage points and projects that can rapidly increase community resilience.
The 2014 Bioneers Conference will be featuring authentically cutting-edge work related to developing ecologically oriented governance structures, as well as healthy local food, water and energy systems.
We’ll also be explicitly sharing the highly practical work of two very different communities working towards similar goals:
- We’re honored to host members of a growing movement of rural communities in El Salvador called La Coordinadora, who have been instrumental in coordinating community-based disaster preparedness efforts, and who are prominently chronicled in “The Messsage,” the new climate disruption film by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis.
- Representatives from Marin County will also be describing their vision for the next half century of environmental and agricultural sustainability in which Marin is already a national leader.
Join Us, October 17-19 in San Rafael, CA
Issues relevant to building resilient communities will arise in nearly every presentation and panel at this year’s Summit––this is just a little taste of the abundant meal.
I encourage you to explore the full conference program and join the larger Bioneers community of leadership in San Rafael, CA from October 17-19. The speakers, models, projects and ideas will be there. Will you?
Early Bird rates end Friday, August 15, so make your plans soon!