Trathen Heckman – The Power of Small for Big Transformations

In a world on fire with multiple, epochal crises, how do we nurture hope, build power and contribute meaningfully? How do we catalyze and sustain the personal and collective transformations this immense planetary challenge calls for? Though the problems seem larger than life, our greatest power may in fact lie in our closest communities, in small daily acts of courage and conviction, in small groups of unstoppable world-changers, and small gardens that revitalize communities and reconnect us to nature’s operating instructions.

Trathen Heckman delivered this talk at the 2020 Bioneers Conference, introduced by Kenny Ausubel.


Trathen Heckman is the founder/Director of Daily Acts Organization, a non-profit dedicated to “transformative action that creates connected, equitable, climate resilient communities.” He also serves on the convening committee for Localizing California Waters and the advisory board of Norcal Resilience Network, and he has helped initiate and lead numerous coalitions and networks including Climate Action Petaluma. Trathen lives in the Petaluma River Watershed where he grows food, medicine and wonder while composting apathy and lack.

Community Resilience: When the Love in the Air Is Thicker than the Smoke

With climate-driven disasters becoming the new normal, building resilience is the grail. Communities around the world are developing models created out of practical necessity. In this Bioneers pocast, we hear on-the-ground stories from two different communities building resilience in the wake of serial disasters.

Daily Acts inspires individuals to reclaim the power of their every daily action to create a regenerative, resilient and just world. Visit to access DIY resources, webinars, and more.

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