During the final month of my travel internship I had the privilege of attending the both the Bioneers conference and The Global Summit II in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons founded the Bioneers conference in 1990 and Kenny coined the term “Bioneer “, stating that “Bioneers are social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic nature’s operating instructions to serve human ends without harming the web of life. ”
At the 2010 Bioneers conference I heard some incredible speakers including: Jane Goodall , John Warner and Anthony Cortese.The speaker that I found the most personally moving was Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey, Ph. D., the first female National Geographic Fellow. She spoke about her work in Micronesia and being mentored for over a decade by master navigator Pius “Mau” Piailug who is considered the greatest wayfinder in the world. She eloquently reminded us of the innumerable ways of knowing that exist on the planet and the importance of preserving culture and the stories of our ancestors.
It was my observation that the leaders and visionaries who have accomplished the most in the world are, for the most part, “ordinary” people who became passionate about a specific issue. Most of these people are not geniuses with special abilities; they worked with other people and developed the skill set and the connections to bring about change.
A theme that was echoed throughout the conference was the inextricable link between social justice and environmental issues. In short, people are environment. Another emergent theme was that of women’s leadership and a call for what was referred to as “feminine principles” in leadership and decision making such as creativity, intuition, and inclusiveness.
These themes reappeared right off the bat at The Global Summit during an opening speech by Barbara Marx-Hubbard, world renowned futurist, author and evolutionary, as she shared an inspirational message and forecast of humanity’s current journey to a sustainable future- “Mother Birthing a New Paradigm”.
Global Summit II
The Global Summit II was an ambitious conference following a non-traditional format in which everyone was a participant involved with the conference. Speakers and workshops were formatted around the 7 stages of sustainability, with each series of workshops covering one of the 7 stages. I had the privilege of talking about my travel internship during the stage 5 : Identify, exchange & invest in critical information and appropriate technologies.
Here is the visual component of my presentation, which tells the story of my internship and travels:
Thank you for following my journey!