Game-Changing Leaders and Ideas Coming to Bioneers 2021

As you surely know by now, the annual Bioneers Conference is right around the corner. In the curation of each year’s event we strive to find and feature leaders poised to make a big difference moving forward. Slouching toward sustainability will not turn the tide. Only immediate, bold and transformative action will enable us to leap over the abyss. The speakers we invite present projects, campaigns, and ideas that can change our future reality – with your help.

This week we’re excited to share stories and interviews from some of the brilliant leaders speaking at #Bioneers2021. We hope you’ll attend the conference if you aren’t already registered. Remember, the event will be available on-demand for three weeks after the fact.

If you can’t make it, please stay tuned to your inbox and follow us on social media next weekend as we share action items and campaigns that you can support.


Rupa Marya | As The World Burns

From a surge in mass uprisings in response to systemic racism, a rise in inflammatory illnesses like gastrointestinal disorders, and an increasing number of climate refugees –– our bodies, society, and the planet are inflamed. In this excerpt from their latest book, INFLAMED: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, Marya calls for a diagnosis of the inflammation of our planet and collective health.

Read more here.

See Rupa Marya at the 2021 Bioneers Conference, where she will present on “Deep Medicine and the Care Revolution,” perform with Rupa & the April Fishes, and take part in the panel “Designing Futures for Health and Justice.” Learn more here.


Indigeneity Programming at the 2021 Bioneers Conference

Bioneers has honored Indigenous knowledge and lifeways since its inception, and this year is no different. We are so honored to share with you the keynotes, panels, and interactives with Indigenous leaders across many fields and cultural traditions.

See the full list of Indigeneity programs here.


Manuel Pastor | Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter

Economists often argue that narrow self-interest is “human nature” to justify our current economy, incentivizing narrow self-interest over community. The pandemic has shown humanity capable of uniting and showing compassion for our neighbors. In this excerpt from his latest book, Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter, Manuel Pastor defines the possibility and urgency of solidarity economics guided by principles of mutuality and solidarity.

Read more here.

Join Manuel Pastor at the 2021 Bioneers Conference, where he will deliver the keynote address, “Solidarity Economics: Mutuality, Movements and Momentum”  and take part in a panel on “Solidarity Economics: Our Economy, Our Planet, Our Movements.” Learn more here.


Suzanne Simard | Finding the Mother Tree

In nature, trees are linked by a single tree that acts as a central hub. Suzanne Simard refers to this tree as “The Mother Tree.” In her new book, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, Suzanne explores the communal nature of trees and their shared network of interdependency. Check out this excerpt from the introduction to her book!

Read more here.

See Suzanne Simard at the 2021 Bioneers Conference, where she will deliver the keynote address, “Dispatches From the Mother Trees” and participate in the panel “Lessons from the Underground.” Learn more here.


Karla McLaren | Creating Intentional Communities in our Workplaces

All workers deserve to be treated as valued equals and work in safe, humane, and emotionally well-regulated workplaces. In this article, Karla McLaren provides a lens through which we can build an emotionally well-regulated social structure to lead to a healthy social and emotional workplace where people and projects can finally thrive. 

Read more here.

Join Karla McLaren at the 2021 Bioneers Conference for the interaction session, “The Power of Emotions at Work: Accessing their Genius for the Good of All” where Karla will guide us to understand how to collaborate with the power of emotions to create respectful and emotionally well-regulated environments where people and projects can thrive. Learn more here.


Ben Goldfarb | Beaver Believer: How Massive Rodents Could Restore Landscapes and Ecosystems At Scale

The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. In his book, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals how our idea of a healthy landscape is distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers.

Read more here.

Join Ben Goldfarb at the 2021 Bioneers Conference for the panel, “Biophilic Infrastructure: Letting Nature Lead the Way” with Teo Grossman, Ariel Whitson and Crystal Kolden! Learn more here.


David Montgomery & Anne Biklé | Hidden Half of Nature: Intelligent, Invisible Life In Us and On Us

The latest revelations about microorganisms show that we are not who we thought we were. Scientists are uncovering how microorganisms can help us address some of the world’s most pressing problems. In The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health, authors David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé explore humanity’s relationship with microbes across science and nature by recognizing the essential roles they play in our lives.

Read more here.

See David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé at the 2021 Bioneers Conference, where they will present the keynote address, “You Are What Your Food Ate,” and take part in the panel “Lesson From The Underground” with Suzanne Simard and Arty Mangan. Learn more about David & Anne


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