The 8th Annual Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference  presented by the Marion Institute is an annual three-day, solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities. This internationally acclaimed event summons environmental, industry and social justice innovators to bring focus on food and farming, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, spirituality and sustainability, all working to catalyze a movement to heal our world.
In 2011, over 2,500 people gathered in New Bedford and were privileged to hear from stellar keynote speakers including Satish Kumar, Amy Goodman, John Francis and Jodie Evans. In all, over 100 presenters and 50 workshops and tours ignited the conscience of the attendees. This year we will roll up our sleeves and harvest tangible, practical solutions to the specific challenges we face here in the Northeast and the world at-large.
Bioneers and the Marion Institute are planning a remarkable three days of live keynote presentations, afternoon workshops, a inclusive family program, an extensive Youth Initiative program, a downlink of the 22nd Annual Bioneers Conference in California , an exhibition hall featuring sustainable businesses and organizations, a community action center, films, music, art installations, a farmers’ market and local & organic food.Chelsea Green is a long time sponsor of Bioneers, and several of our authors will be speaking at Bioneers by the Bay this year. If you’re in the Boston area, please join us! For details on getting to the conference, visit the Connecting for Change website, here . Below is a list of our authors and their talks. Keynotes: Judy Wicks, Founder of BALLE, and author of the forthcoming book Good Morning, Beautiful Business:  Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home : 10 AM on October 26: Local Living Economies Sandor Katz, New York Times bestselling author The Art of Fermentation  and Wild Fermentation : 11:50 AM on October 27 Workshops: David Buchanan , 2PM on October 26, Local Food is Biodiversity Susan Clark , 4PM on October 26, Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community and Bringing Decision Making Back Home Sandor Katz , 4PM on October 26, Introduction to Fermentation Philip Ackerman-Leist , 2PM, October 27, Playfully Practical: A Homesteader’s Perspective Kiko Denzer , 4:00 PM, October 27, The Matter and Spirit of Creativity Kenny Ausubel , 4:00 PM, October 27, Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature: Building Community Resilience for the “Great Disruption” Greg Marley , 2:00 PM, October 28, Wild Mushrooms: Food, Medicine, Folklore and Fantasy Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton , 2:00 PM, October 28, High-Performance Natural Building for a Changing World The full BBB schedule can be found here: http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events .