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 www.bioneers.org.

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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.

  • 2017-05-27T05:30:00-07:00
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Kim Stanley Robinson - Rethinking Our Relationship to the Biosphere

One of the great visionary science fiction writers of our era draws from his decades of work on our relationship to the Biosphere. He sketches a utopian but deeply informed and cogent scenario of a new economy for the coming century. To avoid endangering the integrity of the biosphere and risking the end of human civilization, Kim Stanley Robinson say it means reforming our economic system, which uses a market and trade system that systemically under-prices and degrades both people and the natural world. Robinson asks: How can we change that, and what would it look like if we did?

  • 2017-05-31T19:00:00-07:00
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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.

Danny Glover: The Long View for The Short Now-Reimagining Citizenship, Democracy and Nature

The actor and activist shares the long view of how change happens, to reclaim our rights and responsibilities as citizens. From South Africa to Detroit and Birmingham, Glover scans the arc of justice and the convergence of the movements to restore nature, human dignity and a life lived artistically.

  • 2017-06-07T19:00:00-07:00
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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.

Nalini Nadkarni: Between Earth and Sky - Trees as Silent Teachers in Strident Times

The “Queen of the forest canopy” epitomizes innovative scientists uncovering previously unexplored wonders in the forest canopy. Her imaginative passion inspires and enlists people from all walks of life, transforming the truth of trees into environmental and social healing.

  • 2017-06-14T21:30:00-07:00
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Bren Smith: The Least Deadly Catch - Ocean Farming in the Climate Change Era

Bren Smith, founder of GreenWave and winner of the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge award, tells his personal story of ecological redemption. He dropped out of high school and became a commercial fisherman at age 14, but witnessed the destruction of the ocean firsthand. In a quest for a better way, he pioneered a revolutionary new model of harvesting bounty from the seas. He describes his innovative, practical design and future vision for "restorative 3-D ocean farming".

Joanna Macy: Choosing Life

Deep Ecology extends an inalienable right to life to all beings. A systems theorist, author and lifelong activist, Joanna Macy describes how healing the world and healing your heart and soul go hand in hand.

  • 2017-06-21T19:00:00-07:00
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Eve Ensler - Coconut: A New Performance Piece of a Mystical Journey into a Woman's Body

Globally renowned playwright and activist Eve Ensler performs one act from her new "Fruit Trilogy." Coconut is mesmerizing and provocative edge-walking that explores a woman's mystical journey into her body. Eve is the creator of "The Vagina Monologues," perhaps the most performed play in history, as well as the founder of the immensely impactful V-Day movement, which seeks to end violence against women and girls globally. As an author-artist-activist, she has fearlessly explored women's oppression, empowerment and emancipation with unparalleled intensity and influence.