s guided by a philosophy that the responses to our city’s most significant environmental, social, and economic challenges must be in harmony with the wisdom and proven design of natural systems.
• Keynotes and Flash Talks by leaders in the environmental and social justice movements.
• Empowering, interactive panels and workshops
• Inspiring art, music, poetry, drama, and dance
• Youth-related workshops and activities
• Exhibit Hall showcasing Chicago’s change makers
• Facilitated discussions designed to move the dialogue beyond the event
Learn how to turn today’s most pressing challenges into just solutions that restore and heal our planet.
• Richard Heinberg - Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute
• Dr. Vandana Shiva - Author, internationally renowned scientist and food justice activist
• Nina Simons - Co-Founder, National Bioneers
• John Edel - Eco-preneur and founder of The Plant, Chicago’s first vertical farm and food business incubator
• Starhawk - Author/voice of earth-based spirituality, activist, and ecofeminist
• Dr. Gerould Wilhelm - World-class botanist and Director of the Conservation Research Institute
• Mark Lakeman - Urban placemaker, Communitecture
Over 40 interactive workshops will engage attendees in creating solutions that respect nature’s principles of kinship, cooperation, diversity, symbiosis, and cycles of continuous creation absent of waste.
• Group Problem Solving - Co-creative solutions
• Biomimicry - Positive change guided by nature’s principles
• Architecture/Infrastructure - Green buildings and infrastructure that support our food, energy, water, and waste cycling needs
• Food - Chicago’s buildings and vacant lots as places for high-yield food production
• Civic Engagement - Tools for successful engagement and opportunities to get involved
• Community Resiliency - Strategies to withstand, respond to, and overcome adverse situations
• Cooperatives - Alternative models for providing food, housing, and employment
• Permaculture - Healthy communities through urban agriculture and permaculture design
• Ecological Restoration - How to heal and restore our damaged ecosystems
• Climate Change - Responding to a changing climate
• Education - Positive practices and student engagement
• Do-It-Yourself - Back-yard chickens, electricity from your bike, and more!
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
Our gathering will be filled with art, music, dance, and poetry representing Chicago’s diversity.
• Unidos do Quilombo, Brazilian percussionists
• René Cardoza and his Aztec ceremonial dancers
• Bill Buchholtz, native flutist
• Louder than a Bomb, Chicago youth poets
• Joe Reilly, environmental songwriter and performer
• She-Boom, women’s African drumming group
• Shanta Nurullah, African American musician and story-teller
• Gingarte Capoeira, Brazilian group that integrates martial arts, dance and music
Take advantage of Early-bird Registration by 9/28 or Volunteer for free admission.
For more information, see www.chicagobioneers.org