Community Conversations: A New Monthly Offering from Bioneers

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.


THIS MONTH

Climate, Justice, Indigenous Actions & Trauma:
Healing One System for Thriving Life

With Eriel Deranger

July 8, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (PST)

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, Dënesųłiné woman (ts’ékui), member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, climate justice leader and Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, (and Bioneers’ Board Chair).

With:

Conversation Starter

Eriel Deranger

Dënesųłiné woman (ts’ékui), member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, climate justice leader and Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, (and Bioneers’ Board Chair).

Harvesters

Jahan Khalighi

Bay-area based spoken word poet, youth educator and community arts organizer

Jason Bayani

Author of Locus (Omnidawn Publishing 2019, Norcal Book Award finalist) and Kundiman fellow, works as the artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country.

Facilitation Team

Amy Lenzo

weDialogue and the World Cafe Community Foundation

David Shaw

Santa Cruz Permaculture & UCSC Right Livelihood College


Upcoming Community Conversations

August 12

Cultivating Intentional Workplace Communities with Karla McClaren

September 16

Theme and Conversation Starter TBA

October 14

Theme and Conversation Starter TBA

Past Community Conversations

June 10

We Wish You Water – Blue Mind: Reconnecting People with Water for Life with Wallace “J” Nichols

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