Andy Lipkis

Andy Lipkis - Navigating Adaptation and Resilience

As founder and President of L.A.’s legendary TreePeople, Andy Lipkis has brought visionary solutions to the once-poster child of municipal environmental dysfunction. Inventing the citizen forestry movement and engaging hundreds of thousands of Angeleños over decades he has systematically demonstrated how to repair and restore an urban watershed by integrating ecology, economy and justice. As L. A.’s eco-governance model starts to spread globally, he will report from the frontlines of the City of Angels and Australia, which has engaged the entire citizenry as watershed managers. Introduction by Laurie Benenson, TreePeople Board Member.

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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.

  • 2018-06-20T19:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-06-21T00:00:00-07:00
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Jeremy Narby: Beyond The Anthropo-Scene

The renowned “anthropologist under Amazonian influence” and indigenous rights activist Jeremy Narby, author of such classics as "The Cosmic Serpent" and "Intelligence in Nature," considers the intelligence of living beings and wrestles with his own culture’s anthropocentric concepts. In his view, constantly affirming the centrality of humans gets in the way of respectful living in the biosphere.

Cory Doctorow: The Fight for a Free, Fair and Open Internet 

According to journalist, blogger, “creative commons” advocate, Electronic Frontier Foundation Fellow, and award-winning science fiction author Cory Doctorow, the fight for a free, fair and open Internet isn’t the most important fight on the planet, but you can t win any of the other major battles without it.

  • 2018-06-23T05:30:00-07:00
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Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC), a program of Destiny Arts Center, an Oakland-based violence prevention/arts education nonprofit, is a multicultural group of teens that creates original performance art combining hip-hop, dance, theater, martial arts, song, and rap. The company has performed locally and nationally since 1993 and has been the subject of two documentary films. DAYPC’ s artistic directors are Sarah Crowell & Rashidi Omari.

  • 2018-06-25T19:45:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-06-27T19:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-06-28T00:00:00-07:00
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Saru Jayaraman: We the People: Workers Rising for Fair Wages

Before the election, workers were already rising up all over the country and have continued to do so even more now, joining the campaign for “One Fair Wage,” demanding higher wages and the elimination of lower wages for tipped workers. The movement helped torpedo Trump’s first Secretary of Labor nominee and is ramping up the fight for a $15/hour national minimum wage. Innovative, award-winning labor leader Saru Jayaraman says that, if we join together, we can end economic inequality in America.

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.

  • 2018-07-04T19:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-07-05T00:00:00-07:00
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Kandi Mossett: Strengthen Our Communities and Defend the Earth 

Kandi Mossett (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), Native Energy and Climate Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), has emerged as a leading voice in the fight against environmental racism at Standing Rock and beyond. Kandi will share the powerful story of how her community drew on its cultural resilience to resist fracking in North Dakota, and how the re-assertion of tribal sovereignty, revitalization of language and restoration of traditional foodways can point the way to a just transition to a clean energy future for all of us.

John A. Powell: Co-Creating Alternative Spaces to Heal

Racialized violence injures all of us — not just those who are being “othered” but also those who perpetuate that “othering.” These painful injuries happen on many levels, including on the individual, structural, and societal spheres, so healing must also happen on many levels, but we can’t truly heal these deep wounds while the injuries are still being perpetuated. Professor John A.

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.

  • 2018-07-11T19:00:00-07:00
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Terry Tempest Williams - A Love That Is Wild

What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation’s most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer” who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.

  • 2018-07-12T00:00:00-07:00
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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.

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".

  • 2018-07-18T19:00:00-07:00
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Manuel Pastor - How Do We Build Movements Based On Vision and Values?

Facing rapidly changing demographics, growing inequality and increased political polarization in the U.S., movement builders are grappling with creating new cross-generational ties and a new understanding of the relationship between equity and economic growth. How do we build movements based on vision and values, not interests and transactions? Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, and founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC Santa Cruz.

  • 2018-07-19T00:00:00-07:00
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