Twenty-Five Years of the Bioneers

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The Bioneers, a group dedicated to solving our human challenges while working in harmony with the natural world, has been sharing innovation and creativity in the sciences for 25 years. Their yearly conference is the apex of their work, and though it has already passed for 2014, mark your calendars for October 16-18, 2015. In the meantime, their website is a great repository for interviews, talks, videos, and general inspiration on the power of healing our Earth.

To commemorate all of their fabulous work, they are releasing a yearbook, entitled Seeing Around the Corners which explains their work and their programs from the beginning. The chapters are being released slowly throughout the rest of 2014 and the first two are up on their website, and worth a look. Founders Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons headline the first chapter with two different accounts of how they started the Bioneers.

The eloquent Ausubel—filmmaker, writer, and co-founder of Seeds Of Change—explains how his passion for discovery and the power of the Earth drove the founding principles of the Bioneers:

During the ‘70s and ‘80s, I’d sought to learn about people who had discovered fundamental solutions to our most pressing environmental and social crises. A pattern emerged. They peered deep into the heart of nature and living systems in search of cues and clues. After all, nature has 3.8 billion years of R&D under her belt. What’s here is what works."

Nina Simons—filmmaker, former Odwalla marketing director and fomenter of Code Pink— walks us through her inspiring accomplishments of not only co-founding Bioneers, connecting with the indigenous people’s movement,and connecting the feminist movement to the environmental movement. Summarizing her experience, she writes:

Though Bioneers has been in a nonstop spiral of evolution and learning, we’ve remained true to our initial intent. We offer healing, inspiration, strategies, models and connections to strengthen the emergent movement of movements that Paul Hawken calls “Blessed Unrest” to help heal nature and people, and transform culture. I am so grateful for this opportunity to encourage and ignite greater leadership among so gifted and passionate a community of colleagues. With our hearts and nature to guide us, we can hardly go wrong."

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