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Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago 1st Annual Gathering

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UIC Office of Sustainability, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Pierce Family Foundation, Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago
Student Center East Conference Center, 750 S Halsted
Nov 2, 2012 - Nov 4, 2012   All Day
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On November 2-4, Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago will host its first annual conference at UIC Student Center East. For three exciting days, participants will have the opportunity to join international, national, and local visionaries in a program of presentations and interactive workshops interwoven with music, drama, dance, poetry and celebration. 

The theme, Chicago - the Living City, will bring together innovators from all walks of life to exchange ideas, build networks, and experience the power of vision

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!

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.

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