Sneak Peek! The Second Weekend of the 2020 Conference

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Weekend Two of the Bioneers Conference is just a couple days away, and we’re profoundly grateful to be able to come together in community and shine a light on pathways forward.

We invite you to this virtual gathering, where innovative thought leaders will uplift solutions on embracing Indigenous allyships, finding balance between identity and activism, building political peace through conversation, and more.

If you’re not already signed up, click here to register now — or grab yourself 20% off by telling your friends first. Attendees will have on-demand access to recordings for their registered sessions throughout the month of December!

This week, we feature some of the exciting programming that Weekend Two of the Bioneers 2020 Conference will have to offer.


Seeding Solutions at Weekend Two

Join us at #Bioneers2020 this weekend for inspiring presentations and performances, shedding light on ways we can “weave the world anew” in the year to come.

If you can’t attend live, we’ve got you covered: Attendees will have on-demand access to recordings from the sessions for which they register throughout the month of December.

Register now!


Farming While Black with Leah Penniman

While farm management is among the whitest of professions, farm labor is predominantly brown and exploited, and people of color disproportionately live in “food apartheid” neighborhoods and suffer from diet-related illness. The system is built on stolen land and stolen labor and needs a redesign.

The book Farming While Black is the first comprehensive “how-to” guide for aspiring African-heritage growers to reclaim their dignity as agriculturists and for all farmers to understand the distinct contributions of African-heritage people to sustainable agriculture. At Soul Fire Farm, author Leah Penniman co-created the Black and Latinx Farmers Immersion (BLFI) program as a container for new farmers to share growing skills in a culturally relevant and supportive environment led by people of color.

Read more here.
Leah Penniman is delivering a keynote address and participating in a panel discussion at the Bioneers 2020 Conference this weekend. Register now with code LEAH20 to receive a FREE copy of her book “Farming While Black,” while supplies last!


Speaker Spotlight: Mark Plotkin

Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., a renowned ethnobotanist who has studied traditional Indigenous plant use with elder healers in Central and South America for 30+ years, is also an award-winning author and activist who’s worked with global conservation organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International. He is the co-founder and President of the Amazon Conservation Team, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the biological and cultural diversity of the Amazon.

Mark Plotkin is delivering a keynote address and participating in a panel discussion at the Bioneers 2020 Conference this Sunday, Dec. 13. Register now!


New Pathways for Old Wisdom: Mari Margil on the Rights of Nature

The inherent autonomy and agency of the natural world is an old wisdom being threatened by humanity’s disconnection from nature, as well as an extractive economy and the laws that protect it.

Mari Margil, Executive Director of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER), is leading the movement to gain legal recognition of the rights of nature. In this interview, Mari speaks on the challenges to her work and how anyone can get involved.

Read more here.

Mari is delivering a keynote address with her colleague Thomas Linzey and participating in two panel discussions on the rights of nature. Join her on Dec. 13 at the Bioneers 2020 Conference. Register now!


Conscious Music is the Soundtrack of the Movement: An Interview with Alfred Howard

Alfred Howard is a prolific spoken-word artist, writer, and co-founder of The Redwoods Music, a San Diego record label and collective. In his early 20s, he caravanned with musicians all across the county before finally setting roots in San Diego, where he has become a leading figure in the local musical community. He is the author of 2 books, including The Autobiography of No One; writes articles for several leading San Diego newspapers and magazines; and has written lyrics for over 30 released albums.

In this Q&A, Howard discusses his work, how he’s pivoted in the face of COVID-19, and the role of art in overcoming difficult times.

Read more here.

This Saturday, Dec. 12, join Howard for the panel discussion, “Come To Life: Inspiring the Regenerative Movement Through Arts and Activism” at the Bioneers 2020 Conference. Register now!


Reweaving Our Relationship with Women, Native Peoples and Nature

Living in the global urgency of a pandemic, climate change, and political corruption can make it hard for people to imagine a bright future. However, there are those who dare to envision more beyond our current state of affairs.

In this address from day two of the Bioneers 2020 Conference, Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons talks about the importance of women and Native leadership to illuminate a bold and ambitious vision we can share together.

Read more here.


The Power of Words: Indigenous Writers Workshop

In this Dec. 12 workshop, award-winning Indigenous writers will tackle topics about changing non-Native narratives and taking control of their representation, including: what makes writing “Indigenous;” how they honed their craft; and ways that they try to make their writing speak truth to power. For allies, there is no better time to learn about the Native literary explosion and how important it is to support Indigenous artists.

Register now to join!


“Folktivism” for the Earth: an Interview with Musician Luke Wallace

Luke Wallace embodies a new wave of politically charged folk music, writing the soundtrack for a movement of people rising up to meet the social and environmental challenges of our times. In this interview, Luke explores his music as a platform to amplify the voices of communities threatened by unjust resource extraction.

Read more here.

Luke will be joining the panel discussion, “Come To Life: Inspiring the Regenerative Movement Through Arts and Activism,” on Dec. 12 at the Bioneers 2020 Conference. Register now to join him and fellow engaged musicians in this session, produced in partnership with Guayakí Tea and their “Come to Life” music venture.


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