During this annual three-day event, visionaries and change-makers will propose, debate and initiate solutions to global bio-cultural and socio-ecological issues. The theme of this year’s conference is Turning Vision Into Action. It opens on Friday with Jason McLennan, visionary founder of the Living Building Challenge, chronicling the transformative influence of “green building” on designers, builders, communities and educational systems. Whole-systems thinking continues with presentations and panels covering Women as Democracy Builders, Recognizing the Rights of Nature, Building Community Resilience, Creating Peace Through Understanding, and more –including new interactive networking sessions for attendees and presenters.
Bioneers Founder and CEO, Kenny Ausubel explains the appeal of diversity in conference programming, “Most people are passionately interested in one or two topics or issues. These become points of entry because the beauty of the conference is that then you find out how they’re connected to everything else.” It is indeed an integrated whole-systems approach for Turning Vision Into Action.
Weekend programming begins with acclaimed biologist, innovation consultant, and author Janine Benyus presenting The Biomimicry Network Effect: What Will We Solve Together? Permaculture expert Darren Doherty will speak about Re-booting Agriculture for the Next 10,000 Years; and actor, activist and filmmaker Danny Glover will dive into social justice with his keynote talk on Reimagining Citizenship, Democracy and Nature.
The National Bioneers Conference is also the home of the acclaimed Bioneers Indigenous Forum, which features exciting workshops and discussions on major issues, struggles, and successes in Indian Country and in indigenous communities globally. Co-produced by Bioneers, The Cultural Conservancy and Indigenous Environmental Network this popular event provides a space for in-depth explorations of “Indigeneity”
TCC Executive Director, Melissa Nelson (Anishinaabe/
Now in its 24th year, BioCon offers business leaders, community leaders, civic leaders, educators, activists, students, and all global citizens access to inspiring keynotes, provocative panels and workshops, and networking sessions with others who are committed to progressive action in restoring people and planet.
The conference runs from October 18th through October 20th, 2013 at the Marin Center, San Rafael, CA. Attendees may register for 1, 2, 3 or Half-Day Passes. A limited number of Youth and Diversity attendance scholarships are available. For details, please visit http://conference.bioneers.org
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