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Notable speeches and presentations that highlight breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers is a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges.

Learn about the annual conference each October where Bioneers connects people with breakthrough solutions and each other at bioneers.org.

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Ericka Huggins: The Role of Spiritual Practice In Social Justice Work

Ericka Huggins, the renowned former Black Panther, political prisoner, human rights activist — and educator, poet, and professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Merritt College in Oakland — has, for 35 years, advocated for "restorative justice" and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change. Grounded in her belief in the greatness of the human heart, Ericka says each one of us has the ability to look there for the answers to questions about the future of our world.

  • 2017-08-23T19:00:00-07:00
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Mark Plotkin: Maps, Magic and Medicine in the Rain

Mark Plotkin, groundbreaking ethnobotanist and author of seminal books including "Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice," works closely with Indigenous peoples and uncontacted tribes in the northwest Amazon. As co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) in 1995, he depicts ACT's work partnering with over 30 South American tribes, including the Kogi, to map, manage and protect over 70 million acres of ancestral forests.

  • 2017-08-27T00:00:00-07:00
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Severine V T Fleming - Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed

How can we help young, motivated agrarians survive daunting structural obstacles and become successful farmers to whom retiring organic farmers can transmit their wisdom? How can we invest in the democratization of our land base? These questions drive Agrarian Trust, started by Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most dynamic leaders in the young farmers’ movement.

  • 2017-08-30T19:00:00-07:00
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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: What Are We Fighting for?

Revolution is on the horizon, and youth are rising with the oceans to lead the movements that will shape our future, says Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16-year old Indigenous rapper, environmental activist (since age 6!). He's the award-winning Youth Director or Earth Guardians, a rapidly growing international organization of young activists, artists and musicians committed to protecting water, air, land and atmosphere. He organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events.

  • 2017-09-03T00:00:00-07:00
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Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything

The award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author of books including "The Shock Doctrine," and "No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies," depicts climate change as more than an “issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction.

  • 2017-09-06T19:00:00-07:00
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Vien Truong: Creating an Equitable Environmental Movement 

Vien Truong, director of Green For All, has worked tirelessly to bring equity, social justice and climate justice to the frontlines of the environmental movement and public policy. She has been a central force in putting environmental justice at the center of California's groundbreaking climate policy, legislation and cap-and-trade funding. Vien shares her wise perspectives on how to build a new clean-energy economy that brings prosperity and justice to low-income communities and communities of color.

  • 2017-09-10T00:00:00-07:00
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Paul Stamets - How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply

In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.

  • 2017-09-13T19:00:00-07:00
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Janine Benyus - Biomimicry as a Cooperative Inquiry

Our species is finally turning toward other species for their embodied wisdom, borrowing these insights to solve challenges such as delivering nutrition in a way that nourishes both planet and people. Biomimicry author and visionary Janine Benyus shows how nature-inspired breakthroughs in agriculture are evolving from plant-focused "silver bullets" to system-savvy healing. She gives us a sneak preview of the amazing entries in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge in food systems.

  • 2017-09-17T00:00:00-07:00
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Wallace J. Nichols - I Wish You Water

The cognitive and emotional benefits of healthy oceans and waterways have been celebrated through art, song, romance and poetry throughout human history. Marine biologist, activist, community organizer and author Wallace J. Nichols will dive deeper and explore our blue minds through the dual lenses of evolutionary biology and cognitive science, reminding us that we are water.

  • 2017-09-20T19:00:00-07:00
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