Bioneers 2023 Day 1: ‘It’s not a great resignation. It’s a great revolution.’

Bioneers 2023 kicked off with incredible inspiration and energy. We’re overjoyed by the in-person attendance in Berkeley, where we’ve welcomed 1,000+ new faces into the Bioneers community. To our friends who aren’t able to join us this year: We look forward to sharing takeaways, transcripts, and recordings with you in short order.

Today, we learned from leaders in animal intelligence, workers’ rights, economics, indigenous activism, and more. Keep reading for select highlights and action items from a motivational Conference day.


Inspiration from Bioneers Speakers

  • “We’re standing at a pivotal threshold in the human experiment. There are abundant opportunities for co-creativity and reimagining in every single field of human endeavor.” -Nina Simons, Bioneers
  • “It’s not a great resignation. It’s a great revolution.” -Saru Jayaraman, One Fair Wage
  • “Think about your own community media wealth. What’s the media that tells the story that gives you inspiration and hope? That gives you some sense of your place in this community, on this planet, and some sense of your power? Support that media.” -Laura Flanders, The Laura Flanders Show
  • “A lot of people in our ecosystems are healing from trauma. Just like our trauma can be remembered and stored in our bodies, so can our joy. This is why it’s critical to celebrate and acknowledge even the baby steps that take us toward the world we deserve.” -Jade Begay, NDN Collective
  • “The packaging industry has done away with the reduce and reuse part and has just sold us this idea that recycling can fix everything from hair loss to erectile dysfunction.” -Martin Bourque, Ecology Center
  • “Sperm whales really know who they are because of who they’re with. We also know who we are because of our relationship to other individuals. It’s so universal. It changed my view of us and what it means to be an individual.” -Carl Safina, The Safina Center


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  • Support the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women-led land trust based in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people. (Mentioned by Corrina Gould)
  • Learn more about the need for locally motivated conservation to ensure that marine mammals born today can raise the next generation in a healthy ocean. (Mentioned by Shane Gero)
  • Take action to support fair wages across industries in the United States with One Fair Wage. (Mentioned by Saru Jayaraman)
  • Support the Democracy Collaborative to advance transformational solutions grounded in community, shared wealth and power, antiracism and reparative justice, and protection of the planet. (Mentioned by Laura Flanders)
  • Get involved with Third Act, which is building a community of experienced Americans over the age of 60 determined to change the world for the better. (Mentioned by Akaya Windwood)
  • Support the NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change. (Mentioned by Jade Begay)
  • Join Youth vs. Apocalypse in San Francisco on Earth Day to march for community protection from catastrophes caused by systemic injustice. (Mentioned by Aniya Butler)

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