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Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature | Bioneers Radio Series

The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is an award-winning series featuring breakthrough solutions for people and planet. The greatest social and scientific innovators of our time celebrate the genius of nature and human ingenuity. The kaleidoscopic scope covers biomimicry, ecological design, social and racial justice, women’s leadership, ecological medicine, indigenous knowledge, spirituality and psychology. It’s leading-edge, hopeful, charismatic, provocative, timely and timeless – like nothing you’ve heard before.

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Inner Resilience: Back to Our True Nature - Dr. Gabor Mate | Bioneers 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits Series (2014)

Our physical health is intimately tied to environmental health, and to our emotional and spiritual ecology. Visionary physician Dr. Gabor Maté explores the deepest psychological, emotional and social forces leading to our society’s poor health and unhappiness. He says we have the capacity to heal the planet and ourselves by reconnecting with our true nature as empathic, nurturing social beings.

28mins

19 Jan 2015

Rank #1

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The Path Home: Restoring Native Lands and Traditional Ecological Knowledge - Eriel Deranger, Valentin Lopez and Cara Romero | Bioneers Radio Series XVI (2016)

Although colonial systems of oppression have radically damaged relationships between tribal communities and their traditional lands, a new generation of First Nations activists is working to restore those connections and safeguard Indigenous identity for future generations. They’re protecting traditional territories and sacred sites from harm, and renewing Indigenous land stewardship. With: Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, and Cara Romero, from the Mohave-based Chemehuevi Tribe.

27mins

24 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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Backlash Moment: Converging at the Crossroads of Identity and Justice - Kimberlé Crenshaw | Bioneers Radio Series 17 (2017)

When Donald Trump rode a wave of white anxiety into the White House, it was part of a backlash to the Obama presidency, one that revealed an increasingly explicit white nationalism and revived an overtly exclusionary agenda: roll back rights and protections for people of color, immigrants, Muslims, women, and gay and transgender people. Then came the backlash to the backlash: a rapidly spreading awakening that all these peoples, movements and struggles are actually connected in one story. Visionary law professor and change-maker Kimberlé Crenshaw shows that it’s only at the crossroads of our many identities that will we will find a story big enough to embrace the diversity and complexity of our globalized 21st century world.

28mins

13 Nov 2017

Rank #3

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Earth Justice: Corporate Rights vs. The Rights of Nature - Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil | Bioneers 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits Series (2014)

Why does “corporate personhood” consistently override the legal rights of citizens? And what about the rights of nature? Join innovative environmental attorneys Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil for breakthroughs on the ground of democracy.

29mins

22 Dec 2014

Rank #4

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Indigenous Peace Technologies: The Ancient Art of Getting Along - Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Evan Pritchard, Kxao=Oma and Megan Biesele | Bioneers Radio Series VII (2007)

From North America to the Kalahari, Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Evan Pritchard, Kxao=Oma and Megan Biesele share powerful stories of how indigenous social technologies have succeeded in resolving conflict, and still are.

29mins

5 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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Restorative Justice: From Harm to Healing - Fania Davis and Cameron Simmons | Bioneers Radio Series XVI (2016)

Oakland, California, has had the reputation of being one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Then the Restorative Justice movement started boldly showing how quickly that reputation can be turned around by arresting the cycle of youth violence and incarceration early: in schools and juvenile justice policies. With: Restorative Justice leaders Fania Davis and Cameron Simmons.

27mins

31 Aug 2016

Rank #6

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Radical Patriotism: Growing Growers and Seeding Leaders for a Real Food Future - Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Tyler Webb,Sarita Role Schaffer, Nikki Henderson and Anim Steel | Bioneers Radio Series XII (2012))

Growing Growers and Seeding Leaders for a Real Food Future What happens when green turns to grey? Fewer than 5 percent of 2 million American farmers are under 45 years old. Bucking that trend is the next generation of unstoppable young farmers Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Tyler Webb, and Sarita Role Schaffer, along with renowned urban food innovator Nikki Henderson and real food advocate Amin Steele. With dirt under their nails and laptops at their fingertips, theyre reinventing a radical patriotism founded in a return to local agriculture and community. It runs on clean energy and knows how to move markets. It seeks greater self-sufficiency, self-determination and food justice, and the checkout line is the pulpit.

28mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Mending the Earth: One Team and Everybody Wins - Tom Goldtooth, Anishnabe Winona LaDuke, Ilarion Merculief and The White Buffalo Souldier | Bioneers Radio Series XIV (2014)

The way we see the world creates the world. If a new way of seeing is needed, what might that look like? Indigenous leaders Dakota-Dine Tom Goldtooth, Anishnabe Winona LaDuke, Aleut Ilarion Merculief and The White Buffalo Souldiers conjure a new paradigm that begins with a change of heart.

27mins

23 Nov 2016

Rank #8

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Mending the Earth: One Team and Everybody Wins - Tom Goldtooth, Anishnabe Winona LaDuke, Ilarion Merculief and The White Buffalo Souldier | Bioneers Radio Series XIV (2014)

The way we see the world creates the world. If a new way of seeing is needed, what might that look like? Indigenous leaders Dakota-Dine Tom Goldtooth, Anishnabe Winona LaDuke, Aleut Ilarion Merculief and The White Buffalo Souldiers conjure a new paradigm that begins with a change of heart.

28mins

22 Feb 2016

Rank #9

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Art As Social Change: Birthing the Dawn Of A New Day - Climbing PoeTree and John Densmore | Bioneers Radio Series XIV (2014)

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” - Bertolt Brecht John Densmore, legendary drummer of the Doors, joins visionary spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree in an exploration of creativity and social change. This episode of Bioneers Radio features exclusive interviews with the artists and a special Bioneers performance of Jim Morrison's poem, "American Prayer".

28mins

12 Oct 2016

Rank #10

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Under The Skin, We're All Kin: Reading the Minds of Animals - Carl Safina | Bioneers Radio Series XVIII (2018)

Calling someone an “animal” means they’re less than human – not worthy of respect, rights, or even of life itself. But in truth -- and in biological fact -- human beings ARE animals. Scientists continue to find that intelligence and what we call “consciousness” appear to saturate all of nature. Clearly it’s high time to think differently about just what it means to be an animal. Can we know what it’s like to be other-than-human? How can we see into the minds of animals? Visionary naturalist, author and conservationist Carl Safina says that the first step is paying attention and observing. And, he suggests, if we had humility, we’d have everything.

29mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Indigenous Peace Technologies: The Ancient Art of Getting Along - Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Evan Pritchard, Kxao=Oma and Megan Biesele | Bioneers Radio Series 7

From North America to the Kalahari, Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Evan Pritchard, Kxao=Oma and Megan Biesele share powerful stories of how indigenous social technologies have succeeded in resolving conflict, and still are.

29mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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How Close Does It Have to Get? The Open Space of Democracy - Terry Tempest Williams | Bioneers Radio Series VI (2006)

Celebrated author Terry Tempest Williams elegantly blends language with landscape and regales the audience with deeply personal stories of transformation, both personal and political. She challenges us to bypass political rhetoric and opt for a deeper conversation about democracy. For her, the test of true patriotism is not what we are willing to die for, but what we are willing to give our lives to.

28mins

2 Nov 2016

Rank #13

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From Slavery to Stardust: What Would Healing Look Like? - Thomas DeWolf, Belvie Rooks, and Dedan Gills | Bioneers 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits Series (2014)

What might happen when the descendants of a white slave trader and of slaves meet? That is the brave and wrenching journey of Thomas DeWolf , whose white ancestors were once the nation’s biggest slave traders, and Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills , descendants of enslaved African people.

27mins

19 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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3-D Ocean Farming: Making a Living on a Living Planet - Bren Smith | Bioneers Radio Series XVII (2017)

What if there are ways to sustainably harvest protein and nutritious vegetables from the seas in ways that restore coastlines, local economies, produces abundant food, and sequesters vast amounts of carbon dioxide? Pathfinding ocean farmer Bren Smith has cultivated a breakthrough method of near-shore aquaculture called 3-D Ocean Farming, which has the potential to transform our relationship with the ocean, make room again for the flourishing wild diversity of ocean animals, and launch a novel, delicious and authentically sustainable cuisine along with way.

28mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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A Karmic Moment: Why Men Must Step Up Now to End Rape Culture - Eve Ensler | Bioneers Radio Series

In October 2016, before Trump was elected, Eve Ensler gave a visionary call at the Bioneers conference for men to put ending rape culture front and center in their lives and work.Candidate Trump, said Eve, is a phenomenon – something larger than the person - because he’s channeling the unprocessed darkness in the environment and swirling it into ever-greater darkness. He’s carrying our collective karma, and we can change that.Since then, serial scandals have continued to escalate until the dam burst with the Weinstein wake-up-call and the cultural tsunami of the #metoo movement. It’s a watershed moment, but little will actually change, says Eve, unless and until men step up to dismantle the patriarchy, transforming themselves in the process of ending this vicious system that destroys men’s souls as well.The gender wound may be the deepest social wound of all. At this epic moment of seismic cultural change, what we do now will determine the future for decades to come. This is the moment to begin healing the gender wound once and for all. Please let us know what Eve’s words mean to you.- Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers Co-Founder

6mins

18 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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Not Fate But Choice: Reinventing Fire for the Clean Energy Era - Amory Lovins | Bioneers Radio Series XII (2012)

Reinventing Fire for the Clean Energy Era - The internationally acclaimed energy and design strategist Amory Lovins shows how by 2050 we can run our energy system with no oil, coal or nuclear power. He says we can achieve that vision with clean energy and energy conservation, led by business, without an act of Congress or any new inventions. By making this transition, we can save more than $5 trillion and double the size of the US economy.

28mins

2 Oct 2017

Rank #17

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The Path Home: Restoring Native Lands and Traditional Ecological Knowledge - Eriel Deranger, Valentin Lopez and Cara Romero | Bioneers Radio Series XVI (2016)

Although colonial systems of oppression have radically damaged relationships between tribal communities and their traditional lands, a new generation of First Nations activists is working to restore those connections and safeguard Indigenous identity for future generations. They’re protecting traditional territories and sacred sites from harm, and renewing Indigenous land stewardship. With: Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, and Cara Romero, from the Mohave-based Chemehuevi Tribe.

27mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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Power Struggle: The Unstoppable Rise of the Clean Energy Era - Danny Kennedy | Bioneers Radio Series XVII (2017)

Today in the fossil fuel-induced age of escalating climate disruption, the joker in the deck is the climate imperative to transition rapidly off fossil fuels worldwide. Clean energy has reached the proverbial tipping point - and the smart money is hot on the trail of the clean energy revolution. Entrepreneur and visionary change-maker Danny Kennedy says clean energy not only makes dollars, it makes sense, and this literal power struggle could take us from energy monopoly to energy democracy.

28mins

14 Aug 2017

Rank #19

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Planting Buildings: The Living Building Challenge - Jason McLennan | Bioneers Radio Series X (2010)

A living building is like a flower, planted and rooted to its place. It collects its energy from the sun. It harvests its water from the rain. This building does not pollute. It engages actively with the environmental around it. And its beautiful and inspiring. This is natures blueprint for building a better world, says visionary architect Jason McLennan. He designed the Living Building Challenge 2.0 to raise the bar on green building: meet or exceed what nature provides. While the standards seem impossibly high, it may be simpler than we imagined.

29mins

12 Jul 2010

Rank #20