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GLBD's 12th Annual Conference was October 28-30, and it was fantastic. We hope you joined us in a wonderful weekend.
Please visit GLBD.org for our year round events. We hope to see you next year, as well, when we host our 13th Annual Conference October 27-29, 2017.
Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit
About our 12th Annual Conference:
Welcome to the 12th Annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference!
Bioneers (from biological pioneers) is an annual conference, a movement and a way of life!
National BIONEERS is in its 27th year and Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) in its 12th year! We are grateful for the ongoing growth of our relationships as Bioneers. We welcome you to this weekend together celebrating and affirming the transformative work of so many in Detroit and SE Michigan.
We are inspired by your commitment and deeply appreciate the support of all who make this conference possible.
For the past several months I have been pondering David Korten’s new book, Change the Story Change the Future. The book continues to provide opportunities for deep reflection. In a talk given at Seattle University (5/2015) Korten suggests, “We need to come up with a new story, a sacred story, that helps us understand our origin and our purpose, one that draws from all sources: religious teaching, indigenous wisdom, scientific understanding, daily experience, and discovery.” The concept of a ‘new story’ connects to the ongoing creation of a ‘new narrative’ for Detroit, one that supports equity, opportunity, democracy, jobs, fair development, environmental justice, recycling and water as a human right.
Parallel to my pondering Korten’s book, GLBD’s Local Program committee has been diligently preparing the program included in this brochure. They chose Co-Creating Earth Community – Now is the Time: We are the Ones as the unifying theme of our gathering this weekend.
The goal of these days is to provide a learning environment that invites all to explore and celebrate: VALUES that contribute to healthy and vibrant communities
VISION that compels us to recognize and live as one human family
ACTIONS that support and bring forth a sustainable Earth community.
These aspirations can lead us to continue the creation of a new story, a sacred story for our city, state and Earth. Our time together will help us release good and healthy ‘emissions’ that will build this conference community and spill over beyond this space and this time. Yes, now is the time and we are the ones!
The conference program holds many opportunities for us as individuals and community to explore local sites and initiatives via one of the five tours offered on Friday morning. Youth learnshops will introduce relevant topics: water, environmental art, food and agriculture inviting participants to bring these ideas back to their schools encouraging their peers to nurture ideas that will make a positive impact. Actions that witness to the truth – “We are one human family, one Earth community with a common destiny.”
Twenty-three adult learnshops will feed your soul, affirm your work, evoke your passion and call you to action. You may find yourself wishing the conference would extend beyond three days in order to take in as many learnshops as possible.
You will be invited to uproot racism and plant justice; learn about neighborhood organizing; deepen your understanding of water as a human right; explore transportation issues; understand how you can garden with children 0 to 5 yrs. old; create a green team in your congregation or neighborhood; apply biomimicry for social innovation; focus on urban farming, food security, healthy ‘fast food’ media; respond to childhood obesity; join the freedom schools initiative; own your environmental justice story and learn about ethical finance. . You will have the opportunity to nurture your heart and spirit via: awakening life energy in the present, ritual of oneness, yoga and meditation.
On Saturday, Monica Lewis-Patrick will engage us in Mapping Our Own Transformation. Throughout the weekend we will watch eight plenary speakers from the October 21-23 National Bioneers conference. They will address these topics: indigenous women networking; transforming patriarchy; energy transition; role of spiritual practice; equitable environmental movement; biomimicry as cooperative inquiry; community rights and rights of nature and climate change.
Exhibitors and vendors will welcome your visit to the exhibit area. On your own, you can create opportunities to meet old friends and make new ones and plan potential post-conference networking as you delight in a locally grown and prepared lunch. An art exhibit, local poets, a reflection space inviting you to creatively express your experience of the conference, and a closing ritual will complement your investment these days.
When people come together as a learning community to discover new sustainable ways of being and when they share transformative ideas for the sake of the Commons everyone benefits. When students and teachers attending the conference bring back what they learned to their schools, education can flourish. When everyone is welcomed and affirmed we move toward wholeness. Share your values, vision and actions to the new story that can indeed change our future. Thank you for being with us!
Gloria Rivera, IHM Paula Cathcart, IHM
GLBD Coordinator Conference, Local Program Coordinator
- REGULAR – a person who can afford full payment
- SENIOR (55 and over) STUDENT (enrolled for nine or more college credits.)
- ACTIVIST: (employed or volunteer for a nonprofit)
- TEACHER: (currently teaching at a public/private school)
- VOLUNTEER*: For more information contact Gloria Rivera firstname.lastname@example.org before or by October 20
- YOUTH: 7th through 12th grade – if you are coming with school group for Young Bioneers Day (Friday only) contact email@example.com. If you are coming on your own, register on line.
- SCHOLARSHIPS** – Service exchange (19 years and older)
- A limited number of service scholarships are available. If interested send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org before or by October 20 or call (313) 717-6151
- VENDOR or EXHIBITOR: Register on line or fill out and mail registration form www.glbd.org and pay by check or money order by September 30.
- MARYGROVE STUDENTS, FACULTY & STAFF may attend conference for free with Marygrove ID card. Help us plan and register PRIOR to the conference.
*Registration fees include organic/locally grown lunch/coffee/snacks.
Mailed registrations received after October 21st will not be confirmed by e-mail.
You can continue to register online through October 25 or on site at Madame Cadillac beginning at 8 AM any day of the conference.
CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:
Cancellations received until October 12 will be charged a 15% processing fee.
Cancellations received from October 13 through 20 will be charged a 20% processing fee.
Cancellations received after October 21st will not receive any refund.
Although all listed speakers are confirmed at the time of printing, the program is subject to change without notice. We cannot refund registrations because of program changes.