Let’s Get to Work: These Initiatives Will Make You Inspired

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As we watch the machinations in D.C. — a new administration, compelling executive proposals, familiar bickering and gridlock — it’s important to remember that, while we are witnessing a new beginning, the real work that needs to be done will be built on the foundations created by so many of us in progressive circles, pushing for values, policies and frameworks that support a vibrant humanity living on a healthy planet. As we usher in a new year and a new administration, we also return to the old. Old challenges and old wisdom to push toward new innovations. A meeting ground in which our ability to forge a new path forward is tested.

This week, we’re highlighting some of the foremost challenges facing the nation and the world — and offering transformative solutions straight from the most recent Bioneers Conference.

We’ll hear from community leaders who are proving the power and impact of grassroots climate action at the community level. And, as the national political class debates economic stimulus packages, we learn what’s bubbling up in the New Economy right under our noses. Read on for bold, collaborative visions of a truly democratic future.

The New Deals We Need Now: Green, Red and Blue

Although the New Deal of the 1930s rescued many from poverty and laid the foundation for a social safety net, it was also deeply flawed in that it excluded Black Americans and people of color from many of its programs. As the vision for a Green New Deal to tackle the climate emergency and restructure our economy has evolved, it is imperative we avoid the errors of the past. The rising calls for a Red New Deal inclusive of Native America and a Blue New Deal for our threatened oceans and coastal communities.

In this truly original and dynamic conversation, we will learn about these emergent, interweaving movements with some of their thought leaders.

Watch and read more here.

The Power of Community: How Citizens Can Be the Change They Want to See in the World

The climate change ship has left the harbor, and what confronts us is the urgent need to accomplish multiple goals simultaneously: reducing greenhouse gas pollution, returning carbon to the soil, uplifting environmental justice in communities of color, and building resilience throughout society to face these crises.

Luckily, there are people and projects all over the world providing effective pathways forward for integrated climate action, using “whole problem” approaches. Hear from just a few of them in this conversation, who are outlining revolutionary blueprints for the next wave of essential work we need to do.

Read more here.

2020 Bioneers Conference Media Hub: Watch & Share Now!

For our 31st – and first ever virtual – conference, “Beyond the Great Unraveling: Weaving the World Anew,” Bioneers showcased many of the most visionary and practical solutions afoot today, and many of our greatest visionary innovators, including the greatest people you’ve never heard of.

Now we’re sharing this collection of media from the 2020 Bioneers Conference with the world! Visit our Conference Media Hub to watch videos of our amazing keynotes, read transcripts of our talks, and more.

Browse the collection now.

P.S. We’ll release all 2020 Conference performance recordings later this week! Check back frequently and follow us on social media to be one of the first to watch.

The Emerging Transformation: Practical Strategies for Systemic Local, Regional and National Change

Many Americans sense that fundamental change is occurring in our country. In communities nationwide, there has been an explosive growth of practical, new, transformative and reparative economic, ecological and institution-building initiatives. This outline of a “next political-economic system” is quietly building just below the radar of everyday media awareness, just as the New Deal was built upon new thinking developed in state and local “laboratories of democracy” in the decades before Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency.

This conversation with four leaders of The Democracy Collaborative, a laboratory for the democratic economy, will present an overview report from the frontlines of this dynamic movement, which promises to usher in a new era of radical, system-altering change.

Watch and read more here.

Making Democracy a Habit

At a time when support for democracy is declining in the U.S., undemocratic institutions like the workplace can instill a fatalistic outlook that erodes democratic sentiments and leaves us open to manipulation by demagogues.

Will Flagle, senior research associate at Democracy Collaborative, explores solutions that communities are using to “flex their democratic muscles,” such as cohousing and minipublics.

Read more here.

Sacred Plants in the Americas II: Global Psychedelic Summit

You’re invited to Chacruna’s upcoming conference, Sacred Plants in the Americas II, on April 23-25, 2021!

This global virtual summit will bring together Indigenous leaders from throughout the Americas, as well as researchers, practitioners, community leaders and other experts from around the world, as they discuss the potential benefits and harms of the globalization of psychedelic plant medicines. Together, we’ll explore how to engage in reciprocity and honor the Indigenous cultures and traditions that these medicines come from.

Learn more and register now!

The Latest from Bioneers.org:

  • From Democracy Now!: “Joe Biden Canceled Keystone XL. Indigenous Leaders Demand the Same for the Dakota Access Pipeline” | After President Joe Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, pressure is growing from Indigenous leaders and environmental groups for the new administration to do the same with the Dakota Access pipeline, the controversial project that sparked the historic Standing Rock uprising in 2016.
  • From Barron’s: “Why U.S. Workers Need a $25 per Hour Minimum Wage” | Democrats want to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. But the Center for Economic and Policy Research calculated that if the federal minimum wage increased at the same rate as productivity since 1968, it would be over $24 an hour today.
  • From Grist: “Biden just put the US back in the Paris Agreement. Now the pressure is on.” | The United States is rejoining the Paris climate agreement, fulfilling one of President Joe Biden’s earliest campaign promises and generating sighs of relief around the world as governments struggle to keep the planet’s temperature from surging to even more dangerous levels. But now the real work to curb greenhouse gas emissions begins.
  • From Civil Eats: “Biden’s Climate Plan Relies on Farmers Who Are Often Climate Skeptics” | The administration says the USDA will be a linchpin of its climate strategy, and farmers are waiting to see what support they will get to help meet new goals.
  • From Emergence Magazine: “The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance” | As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to reimagine currencies of exchange?

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