National and Local Presenters

National Plenaries

As a Beaming Bioneers site, the Front Range Bioneers network event broadcasts the presentations of the national 2013 Bioneers event.  The national presenters are not physically at the Boulder, Colorado event. 

2014 National Presenters

Friday keynotes:


How Mushrooms Can Help Us Survive “Extinction 6x”

In this 6thAge 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. 



One Billion Rising for Justice: The Future’s in the Body

Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, illuminates her most recent campaign, One Billion Rising for Justice. It’s a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community in public places worldwide to end violence against women, break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song and words.



Millions of Acres: Young Agrarians Needed

In the next 20 years, farmland ownership will shift on a continental scale—400 million acres, yet 70% of American farmland is owned by people 65 and older. 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 by Greenhorns founder Severine v T Fleming, one of the most dynamic leaders in the young farmers’ movement.



Our Generation Was Born To Change The World 

Fourteen-year-old indigenous environmental activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director of Earth Guardians, has organized rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and spoken globally. His generation is rising up to defend our future.


Who Will Take Care of My People?                                                                              

For 45 years, Reverend Cecil Williams, founder and Minister of Liberation of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, and its founding President Janice Mirikitani have created 87 groundbreaking programs to provide human services to some of the Bay Area's most disenfranchised communities. These renowned faith-based pathfinders share their visions and strategies to address the pollution, economic injustice, neglect and apathy that confront poor communities.  


Saturday keynotes:


This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate

The award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) 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. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.



The Rise of the Canadian Native Rights-Based Movement to Protect Our Commons

Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, and a Co-Director of Polaris Institute’s Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, portrays Canada's rising Native-led rights-based movement, supported by labor, civil society, students and other grassroots groups. This powerful movement is challenging the neo-liberal free market agenda that has turned Canada into a petro-state. It may be our last best effort save our lands and the health of our people from the extractive industries and the banks that finance them.


CLIMBING POETREE: ALIXA GARCIA & NAIMA PENNIMAN. This award-winning, boundary-breaking spoken word duo rocks the house.



Green Chemistry: Biomimicry and Molecular Psychology

It’s time to create the green molecular building blocks that make green technology truly clean, from raw materials and production to social justice. World-renowned green chemist John Warner illustrates how we can create a new generation of biomimetic and green molecular building blocks to help us reach the “world we want.” A founder of Green Chemistry, he has published over 200 patents, papers and books. He’s founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and co-founder of Beyond Benign, a nonprofit for sustainability and green chemistry education.


CHLOE MAXMIN- Youth Leadership

Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement

An activist since age 12, Chloe co-founded Divest Harvard to pressure her college to disinvest from fossil fuel holdings, gaining international recognition for her effective activism.



Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass

Indigenous peoples worldwide honor plants, not only as our sustainers, but as our oldest teachers who share teachings of generosity, creativity, sustainability and joy. By their living examples, plants spur our imaginations of how we might live. By braiding indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with modern tools of botanical science, Robin Kimmerer, professor of Environmental Science and Forestry of Potawatomi ancestry, explores the question: “If plants are our teachers, what are their lessons, and how might we become better students”?



The Botanical Dimension of Our Human Evolutionary Next Steps

The use of plants as food, medicine and construction material for human habitat is apparent to all, but the essential role certain plants play in human spiritual evolution is not well understood. Jeffrey Bronfman, an environmentalist, educator and founding member of Bioneers, has encountered the use of plants within numerous spiritual, ceremonial and religious contexts throughout the Western Hemisphere. He explores the vital role certain plants have in the development of human awareness at this critical moment in the state of the biosphere and our evolution as human beings.

Sunday Keynotes:



Scaling Solutions for Social Change                                                                            

In this age of unprecedented global challenges—and innovations—the world can’t wait for solutions to emerge piecemeal over time. We need to get better, faster and more innovative in scaling up existing solutions. Economist Kristen Sheeran illuminates groundbreaking collaborative efforts to create new approaches to social innovation, harnessing cutting-edge digital technologies for the rapid sharing, processing and managing of knowledge. She’s VP of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, the Pacific Northwest's groundbreaking think tank and green economy incubator.


MESSAGE FROM THE AMAZON: PATRICIA GUALINGA. The courageous Kichwa leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the front lines of protecting the lungs of the planet where women’s leadership is rising.


john a. powell

Beloved Community: Interbeing, Race, Class and Person ‘Hood

As humanity faces global environmental and social collapse, our fear of the “Other” can be magnified by unstable contracting economies, radically shifting demographics, and new social norms. Can humanity overcome these divisions and come together to protect our common home? john a. powell, a nationally respected voice on race and ethnicity, leads UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, serves on the UC Berkeley School of Law faculty, and is author of Racing to Justice.


Transactions, Transformations, Translations: Movement-Building for the Next America

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. He directs the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.



Why People Need to Get Arrested: The climate crisis requires bold action. A leader of the “Take Back Saint Louis” campaign to remove tax incentives to corporations profiting from climate change explores how to defeat the fossil fuel extraction industry.

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.



A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century

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.

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2013 Local Presenter Bios

2013 Local Presenters Summary Listing:

Updated 10/9/13

Buck Adams, Veterans to Farms

Dave Asbury, Full Circle Farms

Madeline Bachner, The Cottonwood Institute

Doug Beall, Simple Shelter

Aidan Boyer, Growhaus

Michael Brownlee, Local Food Shift Group

Dr. Jeanine M. Canty, Naropa University

Ford Church, The Cottonwood Institute

Chef Ann Cooper, Food Family Farming Foundation

Jimmy Dula, Colorado Soil Systems

Becky Elder, Blue Planet Earthscapes

Sherry Ellms, Naropa University

Julia Erlbaum, Real Food Colorado

Amanda Fiorino, Empower Shakti International

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Woodbine Ecology Center

Jim Gibson, Woodbine Ecology Center

Cecelia Gilboy, Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Beverly Grant, Mo’ Betta Green Marketplace

Kelly Grebe, Awe-Struck Outdoors

Lynette Marie Hanthorn, Local Food Shift Group

Christopher Hormel, Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship Project

Kyle Huelsman, Boulder Food Rescue

Victoria Kindred Keziah, Net Generative LLC

Gurmukh Klema, Eternal Sun Yoga

Catherine Long, Long’s Iris Gardens

Brigitte Mars, American Herbalist Guild

Amanda Lopez Miller, Center for Spirituality at Work

Judith Mohling, Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

LeRoy Moore, Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Ben Mustin, MM Local

Gary Nabhan, University of Arizona Southwest Center

Martin Ogle, Entrepreneurial Earth LLC

Jerome Osentowski, Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

Ramon Parish, Naropa University

Anne Parker, Naropa University

Denise Perreault, Arts Parts

Lauren Richardson, Growing Gardens

Krista Roberts, Slow Food Denver

Ina Sahaja, HUB, Empower Shakti International

Ian Sanderson, Mohawk

Kelly Simmons, Front Range Permaculture Teachers’ Guild and CU Environmental Center

Erin Smith, Center for Integrative Botanical Studies

Seanne Lowe Steffen, Restorative Leadership Institute

Stephanie Syson, Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

Dr. Vie Thorgren, Center for Spirituality at Work

Alex Todorovic-Jones, CU Assembly for Sustainability and Equity

Jared Urcheck, Boulder High Country Mushrooms

Ietef Hotep Vita aka DJ Cavem Motivation, Going Green, Living Bling

Neambe Leadon Vita, Going Green, Living Bling

Taber Ward, Mountain Flower Urban Goat Dairy

Candace Walworth, Naropa University

Mikey Wird, Denver Earthship and YouthOnRecord

Turner Wyatt, CU Assembly for Sustainability and Equity

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