As Bioneers we are fortunate to be surrounded by a dynamic community – people who are discerning, engaged, committed and reflective. These new monthly Community Conversations hosted by Bioneers offer an opportunity to come together around topics that are deep, relevant, and engaging in order to discuss what has real meaning and value to us.
Each conversation is stimulated by a brief ‘keynote’ or ‘conversation starter’ from a thought leader/luminary, guided through discussions by a skillful team, and captured by a creative ’synthesis’ from talented spoken word and musical artists. These community conversations offer a place to connect with others, as well as engage with and explore ideas in creative ways.
Join us to connect, inspire and be inspired by the collaborative community of Bioneers.
Cultivating Intentional Communities
in our Workplaces
With Karla McLaren
August 12, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (PST)
All workers deserve to be treated as valued equals, and to work in safe, humane, and emotionally well-regulated workplaces. But the pandemic showed us that this wasn’t the reality, and we’re all viewing the workplace with new eyes now.
Are we cared for as workers? Or are we replaceable cogs in an uncaring hyper-capitalist machine? Is our workplace a compassionate intentional community? Or are we thrown together with no social or emotional support? Is our health and safety considered essential? Or do our employers have to be forced to care for us?
In this troubled time, we’re seeing the ruthlessness that lives inside the modern workplace, in capitalism, and in our world economies; this pandemic has daylighted what had been swept under the rug of our constant activity and productivity.
This conversation is a step toward cultivating a nourishing and intentional workplace where inclusivity, social and emotional well-being, equality, and justice are available to everyone.
Through the lens of the emotionally well-regulated social structure, we can plot a course to a healthy social and emotional ecosystem where people and projects can finally thrive.
M.Ed researcher, educator, workplace consultant, and author of The Power of Emotions at Work, The Language of Emotions, and the developer of the online learning site EmpathyAcademy.org
Bay-area based spoken word poet, youth educator and community arts organizer
weDialogue and the World Cafe Community Foundation
Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Right Livelihood College
Upcoming Community Conversations
Grandmother’s Teachings: Moving from Trauma to Sacredness
Conversation Starter: Jerry Tello
Harvester: Jason Bayani
Embracing Intuition, Embodiment & Grief for Navigating Through ‘Tween Times
Conversation Starter: Amisha Ghadiali
Harvester: Jason Bayani
Past Community Conversations
Climate, Justice, Indigenous Actions & Trauma: Healing One System for Thriving Life With Eriel Deranger
What a time. So many crises at once it’s hard to know where to put our attention.
How do we co-create the conditions to birth or reclaim systems for thriving life, from the mess we’ve been born into? How might we practice focusing our attention and energies on the opportunity we face now, each in our own ways, to halt the damage and transform the systems that created all this destruction?
How might trauma perhaps undergird all of it? How might we simultaneously tend to our own healing, while growing our compassion and learning about the intergenerational traumas experienced by our relatives who are Biracial, Indigenous and other People of Color? How might we recognize the universality of trauma in response to cultures based upon violence, disregard for human dignity, greed, commodification and broken promises?
Remembering the connective tissue among these seemingly disparate issues may help us find our ways toward effectively co-creating a future that can work for all life. Join Eriel Deranger, climate justice leader and executive director of Indigenous Climate Action, (and Bioneers’ Board Chair) to explore together the web of connection, healing from trauma, and Indigeneity to Climate and Water Protectors. Together, they may illuminate pathways toward our social and ecological reinvention, reclamation and healing.
We Wish You Water – Blue Mind: Reconnecting People with Water for Life with Wallace “J” Nichols
It’s been a year. You know we all need more time near, in, on or under the water we love, now. Let’s talk about it. Let’s explore #bluemind science and practice. When we undervalue anyone or anything, bad things happen. We have undervalued each other and our waters. Fixing these value equations is important. We’re not good at creatively and collaboratively solving problems in a state of red mind (anxiety and fear). It leads us into a gray mind state (burnout and breakdown). Wild, domestic, urban and virtual waters put us in a blue mind state, known for calmness, coherence, compassion, connection, contentment and curiosity.
What’s your water? When did you first fall in love with it? When we protect and restore the lakes, rivers and oceans of our blue planet the benefits are ecological, educational, economic AND emotional. A beautiful regenerative feedback loop occurs when we recognize, teach, share and activate the physical, social and emotional wellness benefits of healthy waters. Our physical, social and emotional health is the foundation of sustainability. Water time is medicine for our bodies, minds, hearts and souls. This is why we wish you water.