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The National Bioneers Conference: Turning Vision Into Action

The one and only original National Bioneers Conference is a pre-eminent leading-edge knowledge forum where brilliant social and scientific innovators illuminate breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. As a network of networks, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other in an inspiring celebration of the applied genius of nature and human ingenuity.

As a community of leadership, thousands of engaged global citizens connect for  to innovative action. Participants come from diverse walks of life, cultures, disciplines, and sectors, including civil society, education, science, the arts, technology, media, government and business. All kindred spirits wanting to build a rich legacy of social and ecological transformation. They are all called upon to take a stand, to be a leader, to step up in our lives, our work, our families, our communities, our world… turning vision into action. The National Bioneers Conference celebrates and illuminates that path.

“Occasionally a conference can, by the strength of its vision, create a whole new context within which to understand an issue. It can also build a network among people in related but separate fields of activity. The Bioneers Conference achieves all this, and more—being there changes the way one views the landscape of the environmental movement. Bioneers is central to the re-imagination of what it means to be human.”

Paul Hawken, author and social entrepreneur

Diverse Action-Oriented Programming

The National Bioneers Conference offers wildly diverse landmark programming brimming with deep knowledge and wisdom, as well as many opportunities to participate and connect with the Bioneers community of leadership turning vision into action.

Keynote speakers include actor-activist Danny Glover, biomimicry master Janine Benyus, permaculturist innovator Darren Doherty, Buddhist environmental leader Dekila Chungyalpa, and breathtaking Youth Leaders and Performers.

Panels and Workshops will cover topics in Ecological Design, Climate Solutions, Clean Energy, Social Justice, Women’s Leadership, Gender Reconciliation, Green Entrepreneurship, Indigenous Knowledge, Community Resilience, Restorative Food Systems, Ecological Medicine, New Economics, Ecological Literacy Education, Beloved Community, Independent Media, Wildlife Conservation, Art & Social Change, and lots more!

Arts and Performances include The Doors’ John Densmore, Climbing PoeTree, Indigenous Artists, Tim ‘Slam Poet’ Merry, and the Youth-led Collective Mural.

“The Bioneers Conference is one part global salon for an ongoing conversation between like-minded but otherwise isolated visionaries and practitioners at the forefront of civilizational change, and one part catalytic organization that takes the many conversations up to a higher level and down to Main Street.”

~David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont


Experience the rising tide of positive change cresting around the country and world, rooted in values of justice, equity, diversity, democracy and peace.

Explore the forefront of breakthrough ideas and practices in electrifying keynote talks, panels and workshops, often featuring “the greatest people you’ve never heard of.”

Connect with leading-edge innovators and projects across a rich arc of fields, cultures and walks of life, and share your thoughts and experience in Conversation Cafés, Councils, and participatory and experiential workshops.

Network with dynamic change-makers from across the country or from your neck of the woods, in themed networking sessions that lead to important professional and personal relationships.

Discover powerful opportunities and strategies for creating progressive change in your work, life and community.

Celebrate how great a difference one person can make, and how building community makes the difference. Grow your own new community!


As always, the conference has so much to offer. So what are you waiting for? Register now, book your travel and meet us there – we look forward to connecting with you!


The annual National Bioneers Conference is produced by Bioneers, a Santa Fe, NM based non-profit organization founded by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons in 1990.



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