National and Local Presenters

National Plenaries

As a Bioneers Resilient Communities Network event, the Front Range Bioneers network event broadcasts the presentations of the national 2014 Bioneers event.  The national presenters are not physically at the Boulder, Colorado event. 

2014 National Presenters

Keynotes - Friday, Saturday and Sunday:


Kenny Ausubel, Co-CEO and founder (in 1990) of Bioneers, is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, author and filmmaker. Co-founder and first CEO of the organic seed company, Seeds of Change, his film (and companion book) Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime helped influence national alternative medicine policy. He has edited several books and written four, including, most recently, Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature. (

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.



This award-winning, boundary-breaking spoken word duo rocks the house.

Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) are a spoken word duo, award-winning multimedia theater artists, and committed organizers and educators who have toured (in a bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil) to hundreds of cities nationally and internationally presenting alongside powerhouses such as Vandana Shiva, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, and Alice Walker. They have led workshops in institutions from Harvard to Riker's Island Prison.



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

Chloe Maxmin, a senior at Harvard College, became an activist when she was 12 and started a Climate Action Club in her high school, galvanizing a movement in her school and community. She then founded “First Here, Then Everywhere” to empower youth environmentalists, and then co-founded Divest Harvard, receiving national and international recognition for her 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

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.



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.

2014 National Presenters:

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2014 Local Presenters: 

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Summary Listing of Front Range Bioneers Presenters:

Doug Beall- Simple Shelter, Ltd.

Alisha Black-Mallon- Natural Genius

Marie Zanowick Bourgeois- US EPA Region 8

Adam Brock- The GrowHaus, Denver Permaculture Guild

Sarah Byrden- Free Motion Dance Center

Jeanine M. Canty- Naropa University

Robert Chanate- Woodbine Ecology Center

David Christopher- The Holy Universe

Brian Coppom- Boulder County Farmers' Markets

Kim Coupounas- Director of B Lab Colorado

Hana Dansky- Boulder Food Rescue

Thomas Denkenberger- Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Teri Dillon- Waking Heart Therapy, LLC

Jamirah DuHamel– Dancer,  Earth Guardians

Jimmy Dula- Colorado Soil Systems

Robin Eden-  Regenerative Lifestyles, Earth Guardians

Laura Ekua-Chrysalis Cooperative

Avery Ellis- Colorado Greywater, Backyard Revolutions, Integrated Aquaponics

Sherry Ellms- Work that Reconnects/Radical Joy for Hard Times

Vanessa Espionza- Youth Uprising

Lisa Fasullo- Free Motion Dance Center

Edgar Flores (Edi Flowerz)-Producer, Deejay

Shannon Francis- Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Brian Fuentes- fuentesdesign

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish- University of Colorado Environmental Center

Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish- Naropa University

P.D. Gantert- Fossil Free CU Boulder

Jason Gerhardt- Permaculture Institute USA/Real Earth Design/Naropa University

Beverly Grant- Mo’ Betta Green

Belinda Griswold- Work That Reconnects

Mark Guttridge- Ollin Farms

Saira Hamidi- Mirror Image Arts

Kevin Hammond-Thorne Nature Experience

Sopa Harmann- Divestment at Naropa

Michael Heim- Boulder High County Mushrooms

Ryan Henry- Backyard Revolution

Christopher Hormel- Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship Project

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

Kyle Huelsman- Boulder Food Rescue

Javier Izquierdo- Natural City Builders

Tara Rae Kent- Ecologist, Rockies Edge Permaculture Design

Eric ‘Gurmukh’ Klema- Eternal Sun Yoga

Kendra Krueger- Vesica Pi Labs, LLC

Ashley Kulik- Food for Thought, Inc.

Neambe Leadon- Museum of Nature and Science

Amy Mandlowitz- Access to Achieve

Jordan Mann- Make Boulder Home

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez- Earth Guardians

Russell Mendell- Earth Guardians

Katherine Millers- Regenerative Lifestyles, Earth Guardians

Judith Mohling- Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

LeRoy Moore- Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Michael M. Moore- tres birds

Heather Morton-Burtness- Morton’s Organic Orchards

Martin Ogle- Entrepreneurial Earth, LLC

Candice Orlando- UrbiCulture Community Farms

Jon Orlando- UrbiCulture Community Farms

Beth Osnes- University of Colorado Boulder

Micah Parkin- 350 Colorado

Jared Peters- The Science of Street Dance

Tim Quinn- Bonavida Growers

Andrea Sanchez- Herbal Theater

Isabel Sanchez- GrowHaus

Ian Sanderson- Mohawk

Kasey Schelling- The Living Classroom

Amanda Scott- 63rd Street Farm

Susan Secord- Citizens' Climate Lobby

Kayann Short- Stonebridge Farm

Sabrina Sideris- INVST Community Leadership Program

Ian Smith- Lopez Smolens Associates

Suzi Q. Smith- Spoken Word Artist

Jon Sousa- Traditional Irish Musician

Jonathon Stalls- Walk2Connect

Pavlos Stavropoulos- Woodbine Ecology Center

Seana Lowe Steffen- Restorative Leadership Institute

Christi Strickland- Radical Joy for Hard Times

Gwen Tenney- Thorne Nature Experience

Melissa Terry- Making Neuroscience Fun

Damien Thompson- Regis University

Davis Turner- Broomfield Academy Middle School

John M. Wagner- Waking Heart Therapy, LLC

Ben Waldman- Urban Mud

Maren Waldman- Postcards to the Earth

Candace Walworth- Naropa University

Alana Wilson- Fossil Free CU

Mike Wird- Regenerative Lifestyles/Denver Earthship/Youth On Record

Nels Wroe- Garage Grocer

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