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News from Bioneers | April 17, 2012

In this Issue!
Sneak Peek II: Bioneers 2012 Conference Plenaries
Beaming Bioneers Satellite Conference Program: Look Who's Signing On!
New Bioneers Short Film Advances Navajo Nation Clean Energy's Climate Impacts Day 5/5/2012
What People Are Saying About Bioneers

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Ecological Literacy Education

  • Changing the Mindscape: Public Education & Media Outreach
  • Education for Action: Formal Education

 Place-based Restoration

  • Resilience from the Ground Up: Localization
  • Wisdom at the End of a Hoe: Restorative Food Systems
  • Indigeneity: Becoming Native to Place

Communities of Leadership

  • Moonrise: Women's Leadership
  • Bioneers Community of Mentors: Intergenerational Leadership
  • Resilient Communities Network
Micro Docs


23rd Annual Bioneers Conference

Friday - Sunday

October 19-21, 2012

Marin Center

San Rafael, California


BALLE 2012

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Annual Conference


How is Main Street reclaiming real prosperity around the nation? Join the 10th annual BALLE Business Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet and mingle with local leaders, founders and visionaries. Witness how community capital techniques are changing the local economy landscape. Be inspired by local, community-supported everything: food, finance, manufacturing, energy, retail, and more. Discounts and scholarships are available. Hashtag #BALLE2012   

Earth Day Marin


The Earth Day Marin Festival on Saturday, April 21st from 11am to 6pm at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon Park in San Rafael galvanizes a greater level of community action on environmental issues. The event includes speakers, workshops, a teen-led TeenSpot and stage, a kid zone, bilingual activities, organizations, businesses, agencies, artisans/craftspeople, and farmers/food producers. Musical guests include Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver, Bonnie Raitt Band and more.



Spring Venture Fair

Investors' Circle

Spring 2012 Venture Fair


April 22-24 at Hotel Monaco

501 Geary Street, San Francisco


Investors' Circle is a network for 150 angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices that are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy.  


At this event, hundreds of compelling enterprises nationwide will present to investors in hopes of raising capital for their social and/or environmental business. The best 15-20 are selected by a team of seasoned investors assisted by 40 MBAs from top schools. Use discount code S12VF50 to receive $50 off registration.  

We Still Live Here


At the Bioneers Moving Image Festival 2012 we are proud to be presenting the multi-award winning documentary We Still Live Here, which tells a story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts. In 1994 a social worker discovered a language no one had used for more than a century. This revelation reached members of the Aquinnah and Mashpee Wampanaog communities on an odyssey that would uncover hundreds of documents written in their language, which brought a language alive again in an American Indian community after many generations. Check out other great titles from Makepeace Productions.   


A Unique Exploration of Art and Sustainability


A Nine-Day Guided Tour in Northern New Mexico:


Art, agriculture, architecture
and dreams of a healthier future in the Land of Enchantment


Offered by Seven Directions, Cultural & Sustainable Tours

July 20-28, 2012


Explore Northern New Mexico's unique culture and striking landscape. Discover the region's extraordinary blend of creativity and sustainability. Meet artists, farmers and chefs dedicated to creating ecological and social transformation.


The nine-day trip features a Bioneers Dreaming New Mexico tour of a highly diverse biodynamic Pueblo farm with a focus on healthy food systems and indigenous culture. Other tour highlights include a Native Cultural Feast; a river trip; Star Axis, an architectonic sculpture in the desert; and other world-acclaimed art and artists.


Stay at historic hotels, taste the distinctive food of regional and native cuisine, and participate in a phenomenal cooking experience. Each day a new world of innovative ecological and social ideas and artistic creations.

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Join the Virtual Food Revolution Summit!

April 28 - May 6, 2012


Bestselling author John Robbins is personally interviewing 21 people who are leaders in movements for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food. From April 28 to May 6, there will be three interviews broadcast daily, and you can listen in -- for free. You'll get cutting edge disease-beating, health-activating, age-reversing information. These tools can help you and your family to thrive and make a difference in the world. Get info on the summit speakers and register today!   


Speakers will include Dean Ornish, MD (Preventive Medicine Research Institute) and T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D (The China Study); NY Times best-selling authors Marianne Williamson (Spiritual Principles for Weight Loss) and Kathy Freston (Quantum Wellness); culture-changers and icons such as Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) and Rory Freedman (Skinny Bitch); natural health pioneers such as Joseph Mercola and David Wolfe (Radiant Health Now); food system innovators such as Vandana Shiva (How to Stop Big Ag) and Ronnie Cummins (Organic Consumers Association), and many more inspiring visionaries.
The Summit offers training, inspiration and practical know-how from modern day heroes of health and sustainability. Participants are promised answers to burning questions, tools for dealing with family and peers, and practically useful insights, ideas, motivation and tips, all from the comfort and convenience of your phone and computer.

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Sneak Peek II: Bioneers 2012 Conference Plenaries

Since we began to roll out the 2012 plenaries in the March Bioneers e-letter, we've had five more confirmations. As always, we cover the waterfront with a richly diverse kaleidoscope spanning many worlds. The overarching theme of "Emergence" is visible in these action-oriented leaders who are birthing a future environment of hope on the ground in both practical and visionary ways. We have a strong theme of local community resilience this year too.


Next month we'll announce the rest of the lineup, as well as several other especially electrifying features and programs at Bioneers 2012. Registration will open formally on May 15th. We'll be sure to send you an announcement when the two-week special early-bird registration window opens that day at the lowest rates.


Nikki Henderson is executive director of the groundbreaking Oakland, California-based People's Grocery, among the West Coast's most significant on-the-ground food justice organizations. People's Grocery helps West Oakland residents with community gardens, access to fresh organic food, education on diet-related disease and food justice, small business incubation, and leadership trainings. Nikki is currently collaborating with Michael Pollan and Alice Waters on an Edible Education course at UC Berkeley, co-teaching with Pollan on the rise and future of the food movement with guest lecturers Eric Schlosser, Alice Waters, and Carlo Petrini. She has worked closely with Van Jones and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins at Green for All for a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. In 2009, Nikki co-founded Live Real, a national collaborative of food movement organizations committed to strengthening and expanding the youth food movement in the U.S. She has a Master's degree in African American Studies from UCLA.


Fletcher Harper is an Episcopal priest and executive director of GreenFaith, a dynamic action-oriented interfaith environmental coalition. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally recognized preacher on the environment, he has developed a range of innovative programs to make GreenFaith a leader in the fast-growing religious-environmental movement. Founded in 1992, GreenFaith inspires, educates and mobilizes people of diverse religious backgrounds as environmental leaders. Through religious-environmental education programs, greening the operations of religious institutions and the homes of its members, and legislative advocacy and values-based environmental activism, GreenFaith helps religious institutions and people of all faiths put their belief into action for the Earth. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, Fletcher served as a parish priest for ten years and in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church prior to joining GreenFaith.


Ai-jen Poo, co-director of  Caring Across Generations, is one of the most dynamic young leaders working to include new constituencies in the labor movement and to build broad coalitions and alliances. Caring Across Generations is a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working together for a dignified quality of life for all Americans. Ai-jen is also director of the  National Domestic Workers Alliance, a national alliance of domestic workers in 19 cities and 11 states, working to gain respect, recognition, and protections for America's 2.5 million domestic workers, among the most disenfranchised groups in the nation. 


Carol Jenkins is a leading advocate for women's rights around the world, and an award-winning writer, producer and media analyst. As an Emmy-winning former television journalist and now head of her own production company, Carol Jenkins Media, she was founding president of the groundbreaking non-profit the Women's Media Center, co-founded by Gloria Steinem. The Center was created to increase coverage and participation of women in the media in the U.S. and worldwide. Her current service focus is on the health of girls and women globally, and she chairs the board of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF USA). She takes an active role on several boards and advisory councils, including with Humane Farm Animal Care, the national certification organization; Out of the Blue Films, a non-profit nurturing documentaries on important topics; The Alliance of Women Film Journalists; and The Center for Partnership Studies.


Greg Sarris is among the most dynamic leaders working to reestablish the rights of California's Native American tribes and revitalize their cultures and economies. He is a member and current Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in Northern California, a college professor, author and screenwriter. With his leadership, the Graton Rancheria Nation have helped create innovative, large-scale multi-stakeholder land conservation successes in Northern California. He was chosen in 2005 to fill the Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at Sonoma State University. He was formerly the Fletcher Jones Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a full professor at UCLA for ten years. 


Beaming Bioneers Satellite Conference Program


Beaming locations 

Who knew? When we started the Beaming Bioneers community conference program in 2001, we took a big flyer. An avid Bioneers attendee from Toronto had called us up soon after the conference to tell us that, as much as she loved the California event, what she really wanted was to bring it to her home community.
It sounded like a great idea. This could spread the seeds of breakthrough solutions at the local level. It could provide a big-picture focal point and identity around which local organizers could create their own custom events that supplemented the plenary broadcasts with live local speakers and issues. We could help build community and social capital. This could engage the creativity, vision and organizing skills of passionate change-makers right in their own backyards.
Beaming Bioneers represented our first foray into place-based restoration. At the time, it was an innovation and no one else was doing anything like it. In that first year, we began with five pilot community sites. The program was a smash success in its debut.


Last year, a record 23 communities hosted local, self-organized Bioneers gatherings.


Events took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; Boulder, Durango and Telluride, Colorado; Crystal Lake and Galesburg, Illinois; Detroit and Traverse City, Michigan; East Troy and Madison, Wisconsin; Houston, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Logan and Salt Lake City, Utah; Louisville, Kentucky; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Montpelier, Vermont; New Bedford, Massachusetts; San Luis Obispo and Turlock, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Whidbey Island, Washington.


We have seven sites committed for this year already, and many more on the way (we'll let you know as they sign on):


Chicago, Illinois - NEW SITE (November 2-5, 2012)

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago 

presented by Eco-Justice Collaborative

A special welcome to our newest registered partner at the Eco-Justice Collaborative in Chicago, whose 2012 theme is The Living City, using the body as a metaphor for the critical systems that will be needed to keep Chicago alive and healthy. Famed scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva will give a live keynote.


Crystal Lake, Illinois (dates TBA)

presented by McHenry County College

McHenry County College hosts its annual Bioneers screening in tandem with a Green Living Expo, where participants can watch video from the national Bioneers Conference, learn about more than 60 local green businesses and organizations, and listen to dynamic

local speakers like Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Midwest Permaculture.    


Detroit, Michigan (October 19-21, 2012)

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD)

co-presented by GLBD & Marygrove College

Now entering their 8th year with Beaming Bioneers, our partners in Detroit are dedicated community organizers who work year-round to facilitate networking and promote collaboration on sustainability and eco-justice issues.


Madison, Wisconsin (December 12-13, 2012)

Badger Bioneers

presented by Sustain Dane

Badger Bioneers highlights the work of Madisonians who are busy creating a sustainable future, whether by greening their businesses, imparting Earth knowledge in the classroom, or nurturing the people and places of their communities.


San Luis Obispo, California (October 19-21, 2012)

Central Coast Bioneers

presented by Ecologistics

Inspired by Bioneers' Dreaming New Mexico project, Ecologistics has seeded Dreaming the Salinas, an innovative and collaborative region-based restoration and conservation initiative that works to reconcile nature and cultures along the 174-mile Salinas River corridor and the 4,200 square mile watershed it serves.   


Telluride, Colorado (October 19-21, 2012)
presented by Wilkinson Public Library

Entering its 3rd year simulcasting the Bioneers Conference, Wilkinson Public Library has helped to inspire a college course called Bioneers Into Action, offered at the University Centers of the San Miguel, where "equitable access to a higher education is a matter of social and economic justice."


Traverse City, Michigan (October 19-21, 2012)

Great Lakes Bioneers Traverse City

co-presented by the Neahtawanta Research and Education Center and SEEDS

Our long-time partners in Traverse City, Michigan celebrated their 10th anniversary as Bioneers organizers in 2011. You can check out video of their outstanding live local speakers on their website.

We encourage you to learn more about the Beaming Bioneers events near you or to consider hosting one yourself. In these times, we are all called upon to be leaders.   


Simply put, Beaming Bioneers is a support network for registered partners that provides organizing resources combined with a license to host a public Bioneers convening utilizing live or delayed video from the San Rafael Bioneers Conference.


For more information, contact us at with any questions or exciting ideas about bringing Bioneers home to your classroom or community. The program easily customizes to your specific ideal circumstance. Our goal is to support you in gathering the leaders within your community to share solutions and strategies for inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations.


Thank you, donor-investors, for making all this possible. And to all our Beaming partners, old and new, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


New Bioneers Short Film Advances Navajo Nation Clean Energy


Check out the new short film that Bioneers/Dreaming New Mexico helped create --
Walk in Beauty: Clean Energy for a Changeable World
 -- that makes the case for clean energy on Navajo Nation. It's designed as an educational and organizing tool, and it's being well received in the tribal communities.


Located in arguably the best solar terrain in the country, Navajo Nation has long suffered from the ravages of energy development and production, including massive coal and uranium mines and two of the nation's top 50 worst coal plants. Because dirty energy from Navajo Nation supplies many of the Western states, a shift to clean energy there will have game-changing implications.


With a grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation, we partnered with our esteemed colleagues from New Energy Economy, a New Mexico-based NGO, and with advocates from Navajo Nation and filmmaker Doug Crawford. The film was shot in and around the Four Corners region and features many Navajo clean energy advocates and other experts.


The film features Google Earth visualizations, an important part of the grant that included a hands-on training for Navajo youth in this remarkable visualization technology to help envision a healthy and ecologically restorative future. Long-time bioneers Rebecca Moore and her Google Earth Outreach team played a key role, and we offer our deepest thanks for their commitment, passion and support. We offer big props to our Dreaming New Mexico program manager Nikki Spangenburg who led the effort on our end. The New Mexico Community Foundation also supported the project.


Navajo Nation has a historic opportunity to act as a national and global leader in the transition to clean energy. We honor the exceptional work of New Energy Economy and Navajo clean energy leaders. We hope this project will help continue to create the foundation for a more robust tribal economy and green jobs, major public health improvements, and the retention of young people in Navajo communities. The benefits will accrue to New Mexico, the Western states, the country and world.'s Climate Impacts Day 5/5/2012


As climate chaos starts to kick in, including the hottest-ever March on record and some of the weirdest weather extremes anyone can remember, Bioneers is proud to encourage participation in's upcoming worldwide Climate Impacts Day on May 5, 2012. We have the highest possible regard for founder Bill McKibben and his colleagues and their work.


Bill will be giving a plenary at this year's Bioneers Conference.


So we're happy to pass along this message from May Boeve on behalf of the whole Team:


Dear Friends, 


"What can we do to create the public outcry that we need?" 
That's the big question President Mohammed Nasheed of the Maldives asked me when he was in New York City last week. His country, just 1.5 meters above sea level, is in imminent danger of disappearing beneath the Indian Ocean. Nasheed is an inspiration and a true climate champion, and his question has stayed with me as we prepare for Climate Impacts Day on May 5th.

5/5 is the next big global day of action where together we will try to answer President Nasheed's question. Already hundreds of local communities are on the map for Climate Impacts Day on 5/5, all of them busily planning actions that will help wake the world up to our new shared reality.

Visit to join in, and register your local event or search the map to find one in your community. 
All sorts of local events are in the works -- from presentations to protests, on themes ranging from climate solutions to community rebuilding. In Jammu, India, a local group of 350 activists will spend 5/5 rebuilding homes destroyed in record-breaking storms. In New Mexico, a group of firefighters who are fed up with drought are switching to solar energy, and will put up big "climate dots" on their fire station where they'll be installing solar panels. The list of incredible events just goes on and on -- and it's growing every day.

Each event will feature a huge "climate dot" representing the local impacts being felt around the world -- and together we will connect those dots to make something truly unignorable.

We'll start by connecting the dots. All of us, all together, all around the world.

Please join us on May 5 and help Connect the Dots.

May Boeve for the whole Team   


What People Are Saying About Bioneers



"Bioneers Radio lands softly on my brain's overwrought thinking wires... with smart, forward-thinking and caring people who lay out workable plans for addressing Earth's most challenging problems."


Listener from KUNM, 89.9 FM, New Mexico   



"I love using Bioneers media in the classroom. The plenary videos breathe life into the written word and work that the inspiring speakers do... Hearing and seeing Brock Dolman passionately describe his connection to place and the importance of our water systems in maintaining a healthy ecosystem brings the points into a new kind of clarity... It's always an inspiring day in class when I get to bring in Bioneers media."     


Doug Streblow, Environmental Science teacher, Sunnyvale, CA  



"At CWL (Cultivating Women's Leadership), I learned to claim the truth of my own experience, and to speak from the authority of that experience. The repeated gentle reminders to speak from "I" were the start of a transformation that I am integrating into all my interactions - personal, professional and political."      


Shailja Patel, internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwright, activist



"(The Bioneers Conference) was a great opportunity for me to join hands with the larger community that wants to do the same work my Tribal people have been doing for eons, work that must be done if we are to continue."    


Greg Sarris, Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria