Bioneers 2023 Day 3: ‘We are actually winning’


As Bioneers 2023 winds to a close, it’s difficult to find the words to describe how invigorating this year’s Conference has been. From an on-the-ground perspective, being in Berkeley felt like a dream come true. We were welcomed with open arms to a new location by thousands of new friends. We felt at home, and we truly can’t wait to come back.

The talks, panels, performances, screenings, and conversations that took place at this year’s event brought new ideas to a community that refuses to give up or accept the status quo. We look forward to joining you in taking action and reimagining our future in the months ahead.

Recordings of all keynote sessions will be available to our entire Bioneers community before long (but scroll down to get a sneak peek!). 

Thank you to our community of Bioneers, near and far, for another phenomenal annual Conference.


Inspiration from Bioneers Speakers

  • “When I think of what makes me tick, what makes me glad, I think of: our earth is alive, and we know it.” -Joanna Macy
  • “It’s become clear: We’re gonna be a solar powered civilization. The reason it’s won the race is simply cost. It’s the cheapest way to create energy in the history of the world, and the more we do it, the cheaper it gets.” -Danny Kennedy, New Energy Nexus
  • “We need a new story. We need a more complex story. We need a story about the future that honors the past. We need a story about belonging. We don’t have a self unless we have a story.” -john a. powell, Othering & Belonging Institute
  • “Words are not enough. But our shared breath carries the right action in its womb. Action for belonging. Action for our Mother Earth. Because we all belong to Mother Earth.” -Yuria Celidwen, Othering & Belonging Institute
  • “We don’t start by having conversations about climate change or the environment. When farmers begin to understand how carbon is linked to water, that’s an easier conversation to have. We need to meet them where they are. Bottom dollar. Economics. Water. Livelihood. Longevity. Legacy.” -Cynthia Daley, Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at California State University Chico
  • “My approach is recognizing what I know and recognizing what I don’t know. There’s only so much we can do in this space. We’re not here to liberate people. We’re just trying to set up this closed circular economy, and then we leave, and it’s a self-sustaining, abundant model. We move at the pace of trust.” -Bryan Vega, New Energy Nexus


The power of the ideas shared at Bioneers can be even greater with your help getting the word out. Download the graphic below and share it on social media, via email … everywhere and anywhere! On social, don’t forget to include the #Bioneers2023 hashtag.


  • Support the Othering & Belonging Institute to help bring together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society. (Mentioned by john a. powell)
  • Check out jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities with WECAN, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International: a solutions-based organization established to engage women worldwide in policy advocacy, on-the-ground projects, trainings, and movement building for global climate justice.
  • Support New Energy Nexus, the world’s leading ecosystem of funds and accelerators supporting diverse clean energy entrepreneurs, from emerging tech through to clean energy deployment and adoption. (Mentioned by Danny Kennedy)
  • Get involved with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, which strives to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life. (Mentioned by Christine Cordero)
  • Donate to the Birthland Wellness Fund, a fiscally sponsored project created to support the re-integration of BIPOC-centered community midwifery care as a foundational aspect of reproductive healthcare, and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Birthland Wellness Center in the territory of Huchiun on Lisjan Ohlone land in the city known as Oakland and the East Bay Area.

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