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Connecting for change OCTOBER 23 & 24, 2015 PRESENTED BY THE MARION INSTITUTE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Youth & Family Programming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 FRIDAY - Keynotes & Performances . . . . . . . . . . . 8 FRIDAY - Workshops & Activities. . . . . . . . . . . . 14 SATURDAY - Keynotes & Performances. . . . . . . . 20 SATURDAY - Workshops & Activities . . . . . . . . . 24 Satellite Plenaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Exhibitors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

REUSE ME. SHARE ME. Help us conserve trees by reusing your program for two days and sharing it with other attendees. When you are ready to discard, please look for our recycle and compost bins at the Zeiterion Theatre, Exhibitor and Lunch Tent. Help us make the 2015 Connecting for Change conference as Earth-friendly as possible.

A Special Thank You To The Following: The Marion Institute Board of Directors:

Michael & Margie Baldwin • Temistocles Blessed D. Ferreira Eric Kostegan • Patricia Sullivan • Joan Tiffany Ryan Wagner • Orson Watson The Marion Institute Associate Board:

Christina Bascom • Joanie Brady • Nonie Brady • John Burt Johnnie Chace • Vickie Cunningham • Peter Dean • Mark Finser Sally Hunsdorfer • Robert Inches • Krystyna Jurzykowski Bokara Legendre • Carola Lott • Ellen McFarland • Elaine Seiler The Marion Institute Advisory Board:

Paul Hawken • Satish Kumar • Van Jones Jeremy Narby • Claude Pepin

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CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING

the politics and practice of sustainable living

Proud Sponsor

Connecting For Change 2015 Keynote Speakers

TRADD COTTER A microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twentytwo years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects. October 24th, 10:00AM - 10:30AM, Zeiterion Theatre Mycotopia: Fungal Solutions to Global Starvation, Pollution, and Pandemic Diseases

Workshop Presenters TRADD COTTER

PETER BURKE

JEFF AND MELANIE CARPENTER

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JOSH TROUGHT

RIKI OTT

All Books Available at the Conference Bookstore www.chelseagreen.com | 800.639.4099


on behalf of the marion institute (mi) and our incredible partners and sponsors, we are honored to welcome you to our 11th Annual connecting for change (cfc), a bioneers resilient communities network Event!

Welcome to Connecting for Change! For twenty years, the Marion Institute has focused on identifying emerging quality of life issues locally and globally, discovering thought leaders with ideas worth cultivating, and providing a venue for sharing those ideas. While the issues are often complex and interconnected, the solutions are available and doable. Connecting for Change brings participants to the intersection of idea and action and points you on the path to hope and resilience. We’ve been looking for ways to continue the excitement of Connection for Change throughout the year. You may have noticed our “soft launch” of our new Connector Series – lectures, seminars and workshops that will be held periodically during the year in our region and elsewhere. On November 7th we’ll have our Living in the Real World event in Marion – while this event is sold out, here are the speakers we anticipate hosting in 2016: • Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, best-selling author, autism activist and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior.

• Krista Tippett, American journalist, author and host of the public radio program and podcast On Being. We want to know your suggestions for this series. Look for a special announcement during the conference about how to register your ideas. Please enjoy the conference – go listen, talk, mingle, stir things up – then go home and do great things! With your passion, we can work for progress. With gratitude,

Janet Milkman & Brooke Baptiste Executive Director of the Marion Institute & Connecting for Change Conference Manager

• Gabor Mate, Hungarian-born Canadian physician who specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and Attention Deficit Disorder and known for his firmly held belief in the connection between mind and body health.

get your 2015 t-shirt At thE mArion institutE storE in thE ZEitErion thEAtrE Soft, organic t-shirts printed sustainably with low-impact, water-based inks by TS Designs. All proceeds from t-shirt sales go towards the Connecting for Change Scholarship Fund.

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SCHEDULE OVERVIEW FRIDAY, October 23

Connecting for change

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EVENT

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8:00am – 8:50am

Registration, Breakfast Snacks, Coffee, and Connecting

Exhibitor Tent

9:00am-12:15am

Keynote Plenaries

Zeiterion Theatre

10:00am – 5:00pm

Farmers Market

12:00pm-2:00pm

Free Massages by BCC’s Therapeutic Massage Program

Youth & Family Tent and at BCC, 800 Purchase St., 2nd Floor Wellness Clinic

12:15pm-1:45pm

Lunch

First Unitarian Church, 71 Eighth St. St.

12:30pm-1:30pm

Underground Railroad Walking Tour

Meet at corner of Spring St. & Pleasant St. (Outside Zeiterion Theatre)

12:30pm – 6:00pm

Pre-Recorded Bioneers Plenaries

National Park Visitors Center Corson Building, 3rd Floor

2:00pm-3:30pm

Building Resilient Communities: How do you start?

Whaling Museum

Building a Deeply-Rooted Food System: Linking Farmers Markets & Farm to School Programs

National Park Visitors Center, Corson Theater

Moving Ideas into Action & Creating a GameChanging Climate Action at Your School

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-409

Year-round Indoor Salad Gardening: Seed to Salad in 7 Days

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-213

Mindfulness Education—the Basics

Buzzards Bay Center

Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods through Creative Placemaking

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-313

Beginning the Conversation: An Introduction to Racial Justice

YWCA, 20 South Sixth St.

Powerful Conversations: Transforming the Energy Economy

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-216/219

Community Supported Industry

UMass CVPA Star Store

UMass Dartmouth Kekeli West African Drum

Youth & Family Tent

3:30pm-4:15pm

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FRIDAY SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

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4:00pm-5:30pm

Growing Organic Medicinal Herbs for Home & Market

BCC, 800 Purchase St. RM NH-409

Internal Climate Change

BCC, 800 Purchase St. RM NH-213

Herbal Medicine as a Community Empowerment Tool

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-216/219

Law for Black Lives

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-403

Enlightened Entrepreneurship

UMass CVPA Star Store

Crispy at the Edges: Burnout Prevention

BCC, 800 Purchase St. NH-313

Mindfulness & Literacy in Middle/High School Classrooms: Activating & Understanding Social Justice

Buzzards Bay Center

Gastrointestinal Pathology & the Use of the Dairy Free Specific Carbohydrate Diet in Autism & ADHD

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-314

Entrepreneurship for All Pitch Contest

Zeiterion Theatre

5:00pm-8:00pm

Stand Out! Large Format Printing Digital Variable Printing Offset Printing Specialty Packaging Mailing & Fulfillment

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FRIDAY Keynotes & Performances FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23rd 9:00AM-12:15PM

All keynotes and morning performances will take place in the Zeiterion Theatre

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JACKSON KOEPPEL

REVEREND DR. WILLIAM BARBER, II

Jackson is committed to exploring alternatives to the extractive economy. While on a summer program in Highland Park, MI, Koeppel found a cause he could get behind. In 2011, most of the city’s streetlights were decommissioned to ameliorate a $4 million municipal debt. In response, Koeppel co-founded Soulardarity – a community organization that’s coordinating the installation of 200 solar streetlights and organizing a cooperative to maintain the streetlights with annual membership dues. In 2014, Jackson was awarded the Brower Youth Award for his innovative ideas and solar streetlight proposal.

Rev. Barber is President of the North Carolina NAACP and convener and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, a multi-racial, multi-generational movement created to champion a 14 point anti-racism, anti-poverty, anti-war agenda. Rev. Barber is the author of two books, Preaching Through Unexpected Pain and Forward Together: A Moral Message to the Nation. He lives in Goldsboro, where for 22 years he has pastored at Greenleaf Christian Church. In 1995, his moderate size congregation invested $1.5 million into community development, leveraging 12 million resources which resulted in 60 homes for low to moderate income families, a 41 unit senior citizens’ home, and a 90 student pre-school academy.

Whenever we use electricity, we interact with a national and global infrastructure of the extraction, transportation, and combustion of non-renewable natural resources. There is a great deal of public outcry on the impacts we feel from pollution and climate change, but relatively little about the communities impoverished by energy providers that prioritize shareholder profit to human well-being. It is these impacted communities where there is the greatest potential to transform the energy system from one dominated by big dirty energy to one that is distributed, clean, and democratically controlled by people. In this talk, Jackson Koeppel will share about Soulardarity’s work on community-owned solar street lighting in Highland Park, MI, the history of the monopoly energy system in the US, and why a transition to clean energy means more than just changing where we get our power - it means changing who has it.

Fusion Politics and the Third Reconstruction leads us to discuss the moral intersectionality of issues, like fighting for Voting Rights, Living Wages, Health Care, addressing Poverty, Labor Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration Rights, Women’s Rights and LGBT Rights. Fusion Politics looks at how America’s two prior reconstructions and Fusion Politics inform us how we can redeem the vision of our democracies.

ABOUT THE MAIN STAGE Using found wood, metal, fiber, wax, kombucha culture, and dried plant life, local artist Dena Haden sets out to create a relationship between parts. These pieces are an investigation of how physical properties function and react together, and at the same time, the work resembles the inert physical reactions inside our bodies, the way they heal

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themselves and what that healing might produce in terms of visual evidence. Believing that everything is a parcel of energy, Dena views making art as a practice to connect; surfacing rhythmic energies and searching through sound, movement, material, and her own state of awareness. hadendena.com


FRIDAY Keynotes & Performances

MATTHEW STINCHCOMB

DOUG RAUCH

Matt is the Executive Director of Etsy.org, a 501(c)3 dedicated to helping people develop the skills, connections, and wisdom needed to use commerce as a tool to regenerate the self, the community, and the Earth. Previously, he oversaw the stewardship of the company’s mission, and worked to give all employees the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work has on people and the planet. In 2013, Matt was named a GOOD ‘Figure of Progress’. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, and a reformed, professional musician. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Benedikta, and their sons, Francis and Lewie.

Doug spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, the last 14 years as a President, helping grow the business from a small chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story. He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, wrote and executed the Business Plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally. Doug is now the founder/President of Daily Table, an innovative retail store designed to bring affordable nutrition to the food insecure in our cities, and provide both ready-to-eat meals and basic groceries at prices that compete with junk food. Doug is also CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

Business is a tool powerful enough to regenerate communities. However, it will only happen if we reimagine business education so that all entrepreneurs are able to develop the skills, wisdom and connections to build and run businesses in ways that regenerate their communities. B-Mor7

We’re wasting too much food, while almost 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure. As the richest nation in the history of the world in food production, this is unacceptable. And the numbers aren’t changing dramatically each year. We need to rethink, and reinvent solutions to these two challenges….and do it in a manner that both engenders dignity for all involved, and is economically sustainable.

B-Mor7 (Blessed Movement & Original Rhymes Divine) is an artist, activist, educator, and mentor, dedicated to Hip Hop Culture and social justice issues. For over 20 years, she has offered a diverse mix of styles from spoken word, Hip Hop, R&B, and Reggae, to address issues of gender, race, class, and beyond. NIKKI SILVESTRI 0ver the last ten years, Nikki has been a thought leader in creating social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. She had the honor of being named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2014. Her past engagements have included Bioneers, the Environmental Grantmakers Association Annual Conference, and the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies Conference. She has a master’s degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles. She currently lives in Oakland with her husband.

Book Signings Exhibitor Tent

There is a strong connection between healthy soil, climate solutions, and building strong communities. How can you ensure a healthy community ecosystem in a world with so many urgent crises demanding your attention? What tools are available to create a healthy relationship with others and the Earth? Nikki will discuss these connections and give enlightening examples.

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Following the keynote sessions, book signings will take place at the VisionWorks booth in the Exhibitor Tent. Check the book signing schedule at the booth so you do not miss a presenter!

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ZEITERION PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DOWNTOWN NEW BEDFORD

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NOVEMBER 6 SPECIAL EARLY BIRD PRICING offered during Connecting for Change! Visit the Z Box Office between 8:00-5:00

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Youth & Family Programming Funded with Generous Support from the New Bedford Cultural Council

Free and open to the public, CFC’s Youth & Family Program offers young people a safe, educational space to learn and connect through hands-on activities designed for ultimate fun! Create recycled art, listen and participate in live music, engage in meaningful conversation about climate change and how to reduce your carbon footprint, and much more! All activities will take place in or outside the Youth & Family Tent. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, LOCATED IN THE FAMILY PROGRAM TENT ON THE CORNER OF UNION AND PURCHASE STREETS.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 Youth & Family Tent Activities 8:00AM-5:00PM

Issue Mapping Community Art Project with Alliance for Climate Education

8:00AM-5:00PM

Feminist Crafts with the Mass Attack Roller Derby

8:00AM-5:00PM

Service Opportunities Through the Massachusetts Service Alliance

8:00AM-5:00PM

Reel Serious

10:00AM-1:00PM

Music by My Mother’s Mustache

12:00PM-2:00PM

Massages by BCC Therapeutic Massage Program

12:30PM-1:30PM

Walking tours of New Bedford Meeting at Pleasant St. & Spring St.

3:30PM-4:15PM

Kekeli African Drumming

Friday* Keynote Highlights (appropriate for youth) Jackson Koeppel – Brower Youth Award Winner Nikki Silvestri – National leader on green jobs and climate change Reverend Barber – Award winning civil rights and faith leader Matt Stinchcomb – Founder of Etsy

Friday** Youth Workshop Highlights Moving Ideas into Action & Creating a Game-Changing Climate Action at Your School Year-round Indoor Salad Gardening: Seed to Salad in 7 Days Beginning the Conversation: An Introduction to Racial Justice Powerful Conversations: Transforming the Energy Economy Law for Black Lives *See Pg.8 / **See Pg.14 for Times & Locations

10:45am-11:45am I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!!! How Labels, Words and Actions Promote Stereotypes and Prejudice Pam Pollock & The Mayor’s Youth Council UMass CVPA Star Store This Interactive workshop by the Mayor’s Youth Council is targeted to youth and will explore stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice allowing youth to actively engage in this issue and to stir their own thoughts and awareness about stereotypes that leads to bullying and other forms of hate. This workshop will inspire youth to “be the change”.

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My Workplace Rights: Pay, Hours, and Special Protections for Young Workers BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm. NH216 Can your employer force you to buy a uniform? Can your boss hold your paycheck if you make a mistake? Can you be forced to work through your meal time? When is it okay to be paid the $3 minimum wage? This workshop builds young people’s knowledge about your rights in the workplace and steps they can take to protect yourself. Topics include minimum wage, tips, overtime, meal breaks, sick leave, and limitations on the hours and the types of jobs in which young workers may be employed. The office of Maura Healy, MA’s Attorney General, will be leading the discussion.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH Saturday* Keynote Highlights (appropriate for youth) Leah Penniman – Food Justice and Racial Justice activist

12:15pm-1:15pm CAPE COD AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM

Empowering the Next Generation of Farmers & Food Justice Leaders

Cape Cod African Dance & Drum is a collective of dancers and drummers who practice traditional West African and Afro-Caribbean dance and drumming in the New England area. Their performance uplifts the hearts of the audiences, playing for the joy and healing inherent in the African tradition. Some of the audience will be able to participate in drumming with the instruments provided, and of course, dance!

Creative Opportunities to Resist Fossil Fuel Activities for Young and Old

1:30pm-2:00pm

Annawon Weeden – Native American activist

Saturday** Youth Workshop Highlights

Tools for Change: Creativity and Innovation

Edible Empowerment: A Youth Primer on Food

How Youth will Save the Commons: Turning Passion into a Career

Youth & Family Tent

Reclaim the Thunder: Songs for Social Change

This youth-oriented workshop is an interactive edibles course hosted by Doodles Arts and Crafts, a program of 3rd EyE Youth Empowerment. Youth will learn to make and decorate a variety of precooked items. Also, they will learn about kitchen tools, safety measures and precautions, measuring, timing, following directions, experimenting with their senses, patience, etc.

*See Pg.20 / **See Pg.24 for Times & Locations

11:00am-2:00pm DNB, INC. HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREATING EVENT Downtown New Bedford, Inc. is featuring the 4th annual Halloween Treats Event happening throughout downtown on Saturday, Oct. 24. Elementary students are encouraged to come in costume with a parent or adult supervisor and trick or treat at the downtown businesses and Connecting for Change!

11:00am-4:00pm Ongoing Hands-on Youth & Family Tent Activities

11:00am-4:00pm CARABINER’S ROCK CLIMBING WALL Carabiner’s portable climbing wall comes fully staffed with certified belayers and all the climbing gear for a fun and safe experience. Standing at 26’ tall with up to four rope stations, the wall is fun for all ages!

2:00pm-3:00pm

BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO’S ZOOMOBILE The Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Zoomobile program travels the SouthCoast with live animals, biofacts (bones, feathers, fur), fun activities, and interactive presentations. Fun for all ages, this program introduces participants to the wonderful world of animals and wildlife.

3:15pm-4:00pm

LLOYD CENTER OWL PRESENTATION The Lloyd Center serves individuals, agencies, and organizations in Southeastern New England focusing on educating the public about coastal and watershed issues, and conducting research on coastal ecosystems and endangered species. Come learn about owls in our area in this live demonstration!

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Friday Workshops & Activities FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23rd

TOPICS KEY Food & Farming Sustainability Social Justice

Women Leadership Spirituality & Indigenous Knowledge

8:00am – 8:50am Registration, Breakfast Snacks, Coffee, and Connecting Exhibitor Tent 4 Arrive early to the conference for onsite registration or to enjoy our great breakfast which is free to all registered attendees. In addition to the light breakfast items and conversation, the conference will feature coffee from our coffee sponsor. Bring your reusable mug for FREE coffee, if you don’t, coffee will be $1 per cup.

10:00am – 5:00pm Farmers Market The market features a wide variety of local products including fall vegetables, crisp local apples, tangy apple cider, delicious baked goods perfect for a quick snack, jams, jellies, chutneys relishes, honey, plants, flowers and more!

12:00pm-2:00pm Free Massages by BCC’s Therapeutic Massage Program Youth & Family Tent and at BCC, 800 Purchase St., 2nd Floor Wellness Clinic Did anyone ever say you have great hands? Come learn basic Swedish massage techniques you can use with family members or friends. Maybe you’ll find your calling! Complementary chair massages will also be provided to participants.

12:15pm-1:45pm Lunch First Unitarian Church 71 Eighth St. We serve local, seasonal, organic, sustainable and delicious vegetarian and vegan lunch prepared by Fine Catering by Russell Morin’s. If you did not purchase lunch, we encourage you to visit one of the many downtown New Bedford restaurants that are featuring locally-sourced, healthy meals. A list of these restaurants can be found at the Marion Institute table inside the Zeiterion Theatre.

12:30pm-1:30pm

Underground Railroad Walking Tour Meet at corner of Spring St. & Pleasant St. (Outside Zeiterion Theatre)

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Health & Healing VALUES-BASED BUSINESS Youth Empowerment

Stretch your legs between keynotes. The tour will highlight the history of the Underground Railroad in New Bedford, and New Bedford’s whaling history, including the economic, social & environmental impacts it created. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

12:30pm – 6:00pm Bioneers Plenaries National Park Visitors Center Corson Building, 3rd Floor Taped Plenary sessions from the 26th Annual Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA. See page 29 for more info.

2:00pm-3:30pm Building Resilient Communities: How do you start? Beth Perdue, Steve Lohrenz, Bob Unger, Chad McGuire Whaling Museum This will be a dialogue about how to educate, advocate, and communicate in a way that leads to real action. It will be focused on climaterelated resiliency planning efforts south of Boston. The panel will consist of university leaders, policy and law professors, scientists, and media members. Building a Deeply-Rooted Food System: Linking Farmers Markets & Farm to School Programs Francie Randolph National Park Visitors Center, Corson Theater Sustainable CAPE focuses on innovative partnerships between Farmers’ Markets and the Outer Cape’s schools. The session will outline specific initiatives, successes and challenges, lessons learned, and share experience in creating a just food system for all. SNAP Doubling & nutrition incentive programs will be discussed. Engaging community partners for support & local funding will be outlined with specific steps to achieve a deeply-rooted food system and create a new generation that prioritizes the health of our bodies, community, and environment. Moving Ideas into Action & Creating a Game-Changing Climate Action at Your School Riki Ott & Nate Bellinger BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-409 Youth constantly hear about the many challenges our society faces– from fracking to police shootings to corporatization. They need to hear more about what they can do to make their world better. This


Friday Workshops & Activities workshop teaches elements of action plans and engages students in creating a climate action plan.

to plug into, new relationships, and strategies for making change in their communities.

Year-round Indoor Salad Gardening: Seed to Salad in 7 Days Peter Burke BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-213 This workshop will focus on growing a steady supply of greens from soil-sprouts. Ready to harvest in just 7 to 10 days, these greens are exceptionally fresh and nutrient dense. Whether you live in an apartment or have a big homestead kitchen, you will learn how to grow the bulk of your salad greens. Each person will plant a tray to take home with them.

Community Supported Industry Alice Maggio, Greg Watson & Matt Stinchcomb UMass CVPA Star Store How can business “do well and do good”, supporting both people and the planet? We will discuss principles of social enterprise, social business, Benefit Corporations, and Impact Investing. Matt represents Etsy, the first publicly-traded Benefit Corporation (B Corp). Together, they will discuss how corporations can operate with an embedded social mission, and what the emergence of certifications and filings like the Benefit Corporation can do for business and the world.

Mindfulness Education—the Basics Dr. Aminda O’Hare Buzzards Bay Center Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. Recently, there has been a push to integrate mindfulness practices into our school systems. This workshop will include a brief introduction to the practice of mindfulness and its application in education settings. Attendees will practice mindful workgroups to brainstorm on how mindfulness practices can be integrated into education. Sample age-appropriate activities will be provided. Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods through Creative Placemaking Corinn Williams, Andre Leroux, Brian Pastori BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-313 Transformation of urban neighborhoods calls for everyone- residents, businesses, organizations, and government to work together on a common vision and actions that inspire change. Come listen to the CEDC, the Mass Smart Growth Alliance, and the City of New Bedford demonstrate how to engage local stakeholders to re-imagine safe and sustainable neighborhoods. Beginning the Conversation: An Introduction to Racial Justice Pam Pollock YWCA, 20 South Sixth St. An interactive workshop that begins the journey to increased understanding about white privilege, institutional racism, and current events. Support policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. Powerful Conversations: Transforming the Energy Economy Jackson Koeppel & Tem Blessed BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-216/219 Join us to discuss where our power comes from, how it gets to us, and how to organize to make it more clean, affordable, democratic, and just. We will talk about how our current energy utilities came to be as powerful as they are, and talk about case studies around the country of how people are organizing to transform the fossil fuelbased energy economy. Participants will leave with new ways to analyze their local energy system, specific local and national projects

3:30pm-4:15pm UMass Dartmouth Kekeli West African Drum Youth & Family Tent The UMass Dartmouth Kekeli West African Drum and Dance Ensemble performs the traditional music, dance and songs of West Africa, including the traditions of the Asante, Ewe, Dagbamba, Dagara and Ga peoples.

4:00pm-5:30pm Growing Organic Medicinal Herbs for Home & Market Jeff & Melanie Carpenter BCC, 800 Purchase St. RM NH-409 The sale and use of herbal products in the US has grown incredibly, but most of the herbs used to produce these products are imported from overseas. Why is it that an agricultural economy like ours isn’t supplying its own raw materials for such a burgeoning industry? We will work to answer this question and more as we delve into small to mid-scale commercial organic medicinal herb production. Internal Climate Change Brendan Kelly BCC, 800 Purchase St. RM NH-213 Melting ice caps, dying forests, and devastating floods are symptoms of deeper issues, both within us as individuals and within our culture. Informed by Brendan’s experience as a practitioner of Chinese medicine, we’ll discuss how the current life-threatening severity of climate change speaks to the imbalance that exists in the people and institutions responsible for the crisis. Looking through the lens of Chinese medicine, we are better able to understand that the severity of climate destabilization speaks to deeper philosophical and spiritual issues and provides an opportunity to address our own personal and collective imbalances. We’ll also talk about hopeful, deep-reaching personal and societal remedies to treat the underlying causes of climate change.

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Friday Workshops & Activities Herbal Medicine as a Community Empowerment Tool Hannah Jacobson-Hardy BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-216/219 Learn how incorporating local plant medicines into your lifestyle can have a profound impact on our local communities. As a community herbalist, Hannah upholds the belief that everyone should have equal access to alternative healing approaches such as herbal medicine. There will be a hands-on demonstration of basic medicine making techniques that you can try at home. Law for Black Lives Carl Williams BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-403 This workshop will explore the state of the movement for Black liberation in the US today. Specifically, it will focus on how the law is and is not a tool for racial justice. Enlightened Entrepreneurship Clay Rockefeller and Dan Levinson UMass CVPA Star Store Clay Rockefeller, artist/entrepreneur and co-creator of The Steel Yard and the Dean Hotel, will be interviewed by “enlightened entrepreneur” Dan Levinson, a private equity investor turned Chairman of Schumacher Center for New Economics and Strategic Advisor to Social Enterprise Greenhouse. The discussion will cover the choice to do continue to do things of value, even after one experiences success. Crispy at the Edges: Burnout Prevention Warren Dahlin BCC, 800 Purchase St. NH-313 Through spirited discussion, enjoyable and challenging activities, case studies, and powerful research findings and techniques, participants will emerge with: the ability to identify types of professional burnout; ways to identify and combat stress; names of at least five types of cognitive distortions which can cause burnout; and methods to prevent and combat professional burnout. Participants will leave smiling. Mindfulness & Literacy in Middle/High School Classrooms: Activating & Understanding Social Justice Dr. Maureen Hall & Dr. Nicholas Santavicca Buzzards Bay Center Presenters will share examples of reading, writing, listening, and speaking exercises that bridge literacy practices with mindfulness for exploring social justice. Utilizing deep reading and embodied literacy in the classroom can help young people become empowered agents of change through a process that also addresses larger issues of social inequality. Both theory & practice will be shared for new ways of thinking and developing awareness of identity(s) in the classroom.

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Gastrointestinal Pathology & the Use of the Dairy Free Specific Carbohydrate Diet in Autism & ADHD Pamela Ferro & Jennifer Castelo BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-314 Many people with autism have underlying medical conditions that include immune dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, dietary sensitivities, and biochemical abnormalities. Treating the underlying medical problems, and, specifically, the gastrointestinal illness, plays a pivotal role in improving language, mood, behavior, eye contact, and bowel function.

5:00pm-8:00pm Entrepreneurship for All Pitch Contest Zeiterion Theatre Aspiring entrepreneurs from this region have been invited to take part in EforAll’s first Pitch Contest in the South Coast. This is a golden opportunity to get a great start with an idea for a business or non-profit. There will be a networking and tabling session beginning at 5:00pm and another immediately following the contest.   Audience members will have as much fun as the entrepreneurs at the contest and will even have a chance to vote for “fan favorite”! Seven out of twenty entrepreneurs that are tabling during the networking event will present a 2.5 minute pitch on stage.  One extra person, who will be chosen from names in a hat, could be someone that was tabling or from the audience, will be chosen to pitch an idea.  This is a great chance to catch the enthusiasm and energy of passionate people looking to create a business or non-profit.


Support the

Marion InstituTe Over the last 11 years, The Marion Institute has awarded close to 9,000 partial and full scholarships to the Connecting for Change Conference. Recipients, largely youth, continue to utilize skills learned at CFC in their schools and communities: starting school & community gardens, developing recycling programs, changing majors, apprenticeships with past keynote speakers and more. In addition to CFC, the Marion Institute incubates other initiatives that generate positive, social change in the areas of fresh food, health, sustainability and spirituality. Our impact is both local and global, including programs in Southeastern Massachusetts, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, South Africa:

It takes a great deal of individual and financial resources to make events such as this one possible. To help us continue our work, we have set a Connecting for Change Weekend fundraising goal of $25,000. No donation is too small so please consider supporting and continuing to support important initiatives like this one.

•• Grow Education: bringing healthy food and nutrition education to New Bedford through community gardens in public schools;

Supporting us is easy. You can:

•• Biological Medicine Network: building awareness and education around practices to promoting preventive, whole body health care;

•• Make a credit card payment to one of our volunteers either at the Zeiterion Theater or at the Marion Institute Booth located in theatre lobby.

•• Fiscal sponsor (Serendipity) projects, including a school in the foothills of the Himalayas, a Sherpa cultural center in Nepal and others.

•• Make an online payment by going to connectingforchange.org and clicking the donate icon.

We are grateful for the foundations, corporate sponsors and individuals who have donated so generously to support the Marion Institute and its programs. Special thank you to the Stifler Foundation for supporting us with a match grant to ensure our youths participation again this year!

•• Fill out a pledge card and hand it to one of the volunteers at the Zeiterion theatre or at the Marion Institute booth located in theatre lobby.

Help us to continue to provide opportunities like Connecting for Change by supporting the Marion Institute.

We thank you deeply for your participation and support!

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SCHEDULE OVERVIEW SATURDAY, October 24

Connecting for change

TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

8:00am – 8:50am

Registration, Breakfast Snacks, Coffee, and Connecting

Exhibitor Tent

9:00am-12:15am

Keynote Plenaries

Zeiterion Theatre

8:00am-8:30am

Guided Chakra Meditation

Zeiterion Theatre VIP Lounge

10:00am – 5:00pm

Farmers Market

11:00am-3:00pm

Annual Community Volunteer and Resource Fair

11:00am-2:00pm

DNB, INC. HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREATING EVENT

11:00am-4:00pm

CARABINER’S ROCK CLIMBING WALL

Youth & Family Tent

12:15pm-1:15pm

CAPE COD AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM

Youth & Family Tent

12:15pm-1:45pm

Lunch

First Unitarian Church, 71 Eighth St.

12:30pm – 6:00pm

Bioneers Plenaries

National Park Visitors Center Corson Building, 3rd Floor

2:00pm-3:00pm

BUTTONWOOD PARK’S ZOOMOBILE

Youth & Family Tent

2:00pm-3:30pm

Social Enterprise

UMass CVPA Star Store

Tame the Tiger, Hack your Stress: How to Maximize your Potential without Burning Out

Whaling Museum

Empowering the Next Generation of Farmers & Food Justice Leaders

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm. NH-216/219

Get in a pickle! An Existential Introduction to Vegetable Fermentation

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm. NH-404

Calming Digestive Issues Through Diet

National Park Visitors Center, Corson Building Theater

Sound and Movement

Zeiterion Theatre

Impact Investing: Transforming Industries for Social Good

Buzzards Bay Center

Creative Opportunities to Resist Fossil Fuel Activities for Young and Old

BCC, 800 Purchase Rm. NH-314

Farming is the Answer: The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm. NH-213

Revitalizing the Livestock Industry in Southern New England

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm. NH-313

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Zeiterion Theatre VIP Lounge


SATURDAY SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

3:15pm-4:00pm

Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Live Owl Demonstration

Youth & Family Tent

4:00pm-5:30pm

Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone

National Park Visitors Center, Corson Building Theater

Tools for Change: Creativity and Innovation

BCC, 800 Purchase St, Rm. NH-313

Privileging the Outlier Identity: Using the Arts, Imagination, & Mindfulness to Connect & Transform Classrooms

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm. NH-311

Healing with Sound & Energy Medicine

Zeiterion Theatre

How Youth will Save the Commons: Turning Passion into a Career

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm. NH-213

Lyme Disease: Natural, Effective Approaches

UMass CVPA Star Store

Reclaim the Thunder: Songs for Social Change

BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-216/219

Grow Garden Tour

Meet at corner of Spring St. and Acushnet Ave. (behind Zeiterion Theatre)

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SATURDAY Keynotes & Performances SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th 9:00AM-12:15PM

All keynotes and morning performances will take place in the Zeiterion Theatre CAPE COD AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM Cape Cod African Dance & Drum will perform an Afro-Brazilian praise dance to the goddess of the ocean, Lemanja. This goddess and her rhythms and rituals originated from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa. With this dance, we venerate the ocean and all the waters of our planet -- may we always keep them pure and accessible to all. After this dance, the audience is encouraged to join us with more spirited drumming and dancing! MAX KENNER Max is the founder and Executive Director of the Bard Prison Initiative, which he created as a student volunteer organization at Bard College in 1999. After gaining the support of the College and cooperation of the New York State Department of Correctional Services, he has overseen the growth of the program into a credit-bearing and, subsequently, degree-granting program in 2001. In 2014 Kenner was appointed to serve on Governor Cuomo’s New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, Kenner received the 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Education.

For nearly fifteen years, the Bard Prison Initiative has provided rigorous, college education to incarcerated New Yorkers. The program -- “highly acclaimed” and “widely emulated” according to the New York Times -- is a national leader in rethinking American crises of justice and education. Founder and executive director Max Kenner will speak about BPI’s efforts to restore the place of education within American prison systems and to compel colleges to reimagine college access.

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200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. The earth is more fragile now than ever. How can we tap deeper into the power of fungi to create powerful new solutions to many of the challenges that we face over the next millennia? Dreaming of a world free from starvation, global pandemics, and warfare? Fortunately we have received a transmission from the future just in time, and humans have worshipped mushrooms many times before, but it will take a modern team of empathetic leaders, a new political party, wielding disruptive, mycelial technologies, or game changing ways that fungi can change our world forever. From primary education of basic mushroom identification to militant mycologists targeting wood chip piles, Cotter examines the levels and connections needed to see this movement materialize, and suggests blueprints for improving and integrating fungi on every level, creating a powerful coexistence that is sure to empower and enhance the lives of all organisms that call planet Earth their home. PENN JOHNSON Penn is a folksinger and storyteller based in Marion, MA. In January, he recorded his debut album ‘For The Trees,’ inspired by living and fighting fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania with the Energy Justice: Shale Initiative. He has worked with Bill McKibben/350. org and been featured on UCONN’s WHUS Radio, Boston’s WEMF Radio, New Bedford Public Access Television, and performed at the March Against Monsanto, UNH’s Solarfest, and other venues from Vermont to Maryland. He’s a proud member of The Jellyfish Project, a coalition encouraging awareness among youth about the declining health of our world’s oceans and climate. ANNAWON WEEDEN

TRADD COTTER Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga. They explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintain over

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With Narragansett and Pequot lineage through his father and Wampanoag through his mother, Annawon began sharing the rich culture of his tribes during public programs and performances at a young age. Annawon’s passion for preserving the culture has been clear throughout decades spent working at Plimoth Plantation and in Boston. 


SATURDAY Keynotes & Performances

LEAH PENNIMAN Leah is an educator, farmer, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She is committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system, reconnecting marginalized communities to land, and upholding our responsibility to steward the land that nourishes us. Leah is also a core collective member of Ayiti Resurrect, and coordinates an ongoing reforestation and sustainability project with farmers in Haiti, her ancestral homeland. Leah’s work as a farmer and educator has been recognized nationally by the Fulbright, YES! Magazine, the Teaching Channel, New Technology Network, College Board, NSTA, Edutopia, Center for Whole Communities, and Rethinking Schools. If we want a society that values black life, we cannot ignore the role of food and land. Black farmers from NY are uniting to use food as a tool for racial justice. From our victory bus that takes families to see incarcerated loved ones to our restorative justice programs on the land for youth; we are reclaiming our right to dignity in the food system. “Revolution is based on land.” -Malcolm X. TAINA ASILI Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili carries on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is with la Banda Rebelde (the Rebel Band), a six-piece ensemble based in Albany, NY. Powerful vocals laid over an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock, the band’s eclectic style offers a sound that spans continents, with

heartfelt lyrics sung in multiple languages. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor of freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion. DR. AVIVA ROMM Dr. Aviva Romm is the women’s natural doctor. She has bridged her interests in traditional medicine with her knowledge of hard science for over 30 years. A Yale trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, she completed the Integrative Medicine Residency through the University of Arizona, and practiced Functional Medicine for two years at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox MA. She is an avid environmental health advocate, with a focus on the impact of pollutants on fertility, pregnancy, women’s hormones, chronic illness and children’s long-term health. Dr. Romm is recognized as an international authority in the field of botanical medicine, and is the author of 7 books.

Radical self-care is not self-indulgence. It is the heart and soul of having a full cup so that you can have plenty to give, give in good spirit, and go for the long haul. Living in SOS (survival overdrive syndrome) can lead to health problems that prevent us from being our best at the work with do and for and with the people we serve. This talk flips overwork on its back and returns the gift of permission to pause back, for a healthier life, and more productive service.

Book Signings Exhibitor Tent

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Following the keynote sessions, book signings will take place at the VisionWorks booth in the Exhibitor Tent. Check the book signing schedule at the booth so you do not miss a presenter!

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Our Farmers Thank You

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SATURDAY Workshops & Activities SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th

TOPICS KEY Food & Farming Sustainability Social Justice

Women Leadership Spirituality & Indigenous Knowledge

SATURDAY, October 24 8:00am – 8:50am Registration, Breakfast Snacks, Coffee, and Connecting Exhibitor Tent Arrive early to the conference for onsite registration or to enjoy our great breakfast which is free to all registered attendees. In addition to the light breakfast items and conversation, the conference will feature coffee from our coffee sponsor. Bring your reusable mug for FREE coffee, if you don’t, coffee will be $1 per cup.

8:00am-8:30am Guided Chakra Meditation Beth McLacklan Zeiterion Theatre VIP Lounge This class will take you on a journey through each one of your seven energy centers or chakras. Set the intention to get in touch with the colors and vibrational energies unique to your body’s chakra system, aligning, clearing and taking time to sit with one’s inner beauty.

10:00am – 5:00pm Farmers Market The market features a wide variety of local products including fall vegetables, crisp local apples, tangy apple cider, delicious baked goods perfect for a quick snack, jams, jellies, chutneys relishes, honey, plants, flowers and more!

11:00am-3:00pm Annual Community Volunteer and Resource Fair Zeiterion Theatre VIP Lounge October 24th is National Make a Difference Day and Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III has organized 25 local agencies looking to recruit volunteers. D.A. Quinn believes that prevention through making our communities better and safer places to live through volunteering help to curb crime. Come check out these great organizations aiming to improve our neighborhoods! 11:00am-2:00pm

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Health & Healing VALUES-BASED BUSINESS Youth Empowerment

DNB, INC. HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREATING EVENT Downtown New Bedford, Inc. is featuring the 4th annual Halloween Treats Event happening throughout downtown on Saturday, Oct. 24. Elementary students are encouraged to come in costume with a parent or adult supervisor and trick or treat at the downtown businesses and Connecting for Change.

11:00am-4:00pm CARABINER’S ROCK CLIMBING WALL Youth & Family Tent Carabiner’s portable climbing wall comes fully staffed with certified belayers and all the climbing gear for a fun and safe experience. Standing at 26’ tall with up to four rope stations, the wall is fun for all ages!

12:15pm-1:15pm CAPE COD AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM Youth & Family Tent Cape Cod African Dance & Drum is a collective of dancers and drummers who practice traditional West African and Afro-Caribbean dance and drumming in the New England area. Their performance uplifts the hearts of the audiences, playing for the joy and healing inherent in the African tradition. Some of the audience will be able to participate in drumming with the instruments provided, and of course, dance!

12:15pm-1:45pm Lunch First Unitarian Church, 71 Eighth St. St. We serve local, seasonal, organic, sustainable and delicious vegetarian and vegan lunch prepared by Fine Catering by Russell Morin’s. If you did not purchase lunch, we encourage you to visit one of the many downtown New Bedford restaurants that are featuring locally-sourced, healthy meals. A list of these restaurants can be found at the Marion Institute table inside the Zeiterion Theatre.


12:30pm – 6:00pm Pre-Recorded Bioneers Plenaries National Park Visitors Center Corson Building, 3rd Floor Taped Plenary sessions from the 26th Annual Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA. See page 29 for more info.

2:00pm-3:00pm BUTTONWOOD PARK’S ZOOMOBILE Youth & Family Tent The Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Zoomobile program travels the SouthCoast with live animals, biofacts (bones, feathers, fur), fun activities, and interactive presentations. Fun for all ages, this program introduces participants to the wonderful world of animals and wildlife.

2:00pm-3:30pm Revitalizing the Livestock Industry in Southern New England Andy Burnes & Barry Gross BCC, 800 Purchase St, NH-313 This workshop will focus on the efforts of the Southern New England Livestock Association to rebuild the livestock industry in our area, through educational initiatives for farmers, beginning farmers, and students, and through the creation of a new, USDAinspected slaughterhouse and processing facility. A panel of local livestock farmers will discuss how they have built successful and environmentally sustainable livestock businesses in our area and their efforts to strengthen our local food system. Social Enterprise Kelly Ramirez, Andy Posner, Yelitsa Jean-Charles UMass CVPA Star Store A panel of social entrepreneurs will discuss what it means to do well and do good through business, including the future of business, and how social enterprise should be the final evolution of business. Tame the Tiger, Hack your Stress: How to Maximize your Potential without Burning Out Dr. Aviva Romm Whaling Museum Learn how to find your You Zone™, the mental and physiological sweet spot that support high-level performance and keeps you from tipping into burnout. Being in the YouZone™ also maximizes immunity, reduces inflammation, keeps you cognitively sharp for the long game, and prevents chronic disease. Empowering the Next Generation of Farmers & Food Justice Leaders Leah Penniman BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm. NH-216/219 Discover the “secret ingredient” along with curriculum & structure to creating spaces that reconnect youth to the intricate miracle that is this living planet and to their own power as agents of change in the community. Soul Fire Farm trains youth from poor neighborhoods to grow their own food and take leadership for food justice.

Get in a pickle! An Existential Introduction to Vegetable Fermentation Laura Killingbeck BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm. NH-404 Fermentation is an ancient technique for food transformation and preservation which increases foods’ nutritional value and co-creates our bodies with essential living microbes from the place in which we live. In this workshop, develop an understanding of the science and mystery of live-culture fermentation, and learn a simple skill that will transform you (literally). At least one lucky volunteer will get to be in a pickle. Calming Digestive Issues Through Diet Raman Prasad & Cathy Malone National Park Visitors Center, Corson Building Theater Clinical and patient perspectives on the use of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) for inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, and celiac disease will be discussed. Sound and Movement Lisa Murphy & Jeff Costa Zeiterion Theatre Experience the fusion of Sound and Yoga. Used together, the ancient methods create a highly effective synergy that releases blocked energy and promotes a state of deep relaxation and balance putting you in touch with your body’s inner wisdom and allowing the body to heal itself. Increase your vitality and life force bringing more joy and high vibration, and achieve higher states of consciousness and clarity of purpose. Impact Investing: Transforming Industries for Social Good Dana Pancrazi Buzzards Bay Center Investment with the intention of generating a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return has the potential to transform industries and promote social good. Creative Opportunities to Resist Fossil Fuel Activities for Young and Old Riki Ott & Nate Bellinger BCC, 800 Purchase NH-314 Two national grassroots leaders share platforms for action. Nate Bellinger discusses how Our Children’s Trust helps engage youth in game-changing legal efforts to compel governments to protect their constitutional rights to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate by adopting and implementing science-based climate recovery plans. Riki Ott explores how citizens can engage local governments in oil disaster prevention and response planning to minimize harm to people and the environment. Farming is the Answer: The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm Josh Trought BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-213 Learn practical, methodical, hands-on approaches to address the depressing picture of pollution, over-population, resource depletion, and climate change. Josh has traveled through South America with the mobile ecovillage known as La Caravana ArcoIris and also toured WWW.CONNECTINGFORCHANGE.ORG | 25


SATURDAY Workshops & Activities with the theatrical troupe, Bread and Puppet. Josh is proficient in alternative construction, animal husbandry, renewable energy, food systems, forestry, hospitality, and organizational management.

3:15pm-4:00pm Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Live Owl Demonstration Youth & Family Tent The Lloyd Center serves individuals, agencies, and organizations in Southeastern New England -focusing on educating the public about coastal and watershed issues, and conducting research on coastal ecosystems and endangered species. Come learn about owls in our area in this live demonstration!

4:00pm-5:30pm Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone Tradd Cotter National Park Visitors Center, Corson Building Theater Simple low-tech methods for the rapid production of high protein mushroom species that anyone can do just about anywhere in the world. Also covered will be Mushroom Rescue Modules designed for disaster relief in war zones and natural disaster sites, which provide a means of perpetual food harvest along with mycofiltration of water to remove deadly bacterial contaminants. Tools for Change: Creativity and Innovation Warren Dahlin BCC, 800 Purchase St, Rm NH-313 Through spirited discussion, enjoyable, challenging activities, examples of innovation from varied fields, and powerful research findings and techniques, participants will emerge with: At least 10 concrete, specific tools to enhance personal and institutional creativity; ways to identify and combat blocks to change; health in knowing we can laugh despite oppression, pain and loss; and methods to quell negative voices. Privileging the Outlier Identity: Using the Arts, Imagination, & Mindfulness to Connect & Transform Classrooms Dr. Nicholas Santavicca & Dr. Maureen Hall BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-311 This project focuses on creating dynamic modes for teachers to use storytelling and visual representation as a way to help students explore identity. Teachers will learn about new ways to utilize literacies as a way of deepening understanding of self and the world. Healing with Sound & Energy Medicine Lisa Murphy & Jeff Costa Zeiterion Theatre Sound and Energy Medicine can heal trauma, addiction, depression, cancer, and spectrum disorders such as: Autism, Asperger’s, and other imbalances. Lisa will discuss how the vibration of sound can amplify the energy healing process on a cellular level and how to 26 | WWW.CONNECTINGFORCHANGE.ORG

achieve a balanced state of Body/Mind/Spirit. Rebalance the brain states through the use of Sound Rhythm Therapy, Energy Medicine, breath work, and meditation. How Youth will Save the Commons: Turning Passion into a Career Joshua Boles BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-213 Despite the erosion of community and shared spaces, there is still opportunity. America’s most sacred and valuable shared-places need your help, and are willing to pay for it. Combine your interest in environmental justice and outdoor recreation with community service. The Chief of Interpretation and Education at the New Bedford National Historic Whaling Park will be sharing tools to fit you to an action opportunity with the National Park Service as it enters its 100th year of protecting and preserving America’s treasures.

Lyme Disease: Natural, Effective Approaches Kenyon KeiIy UMass CVPA Star Store Lyme Disease is ever-changing, manifesting itself differently in each individual. Left untreated, it can become chronic and debilitating. Join Groton Wellness’ lead herbalist, Kenyon Keily, as he discusses how important it is to use herbs to minimize Lyme Disease’s spirochetes and the accompanying, varied symptoms in each individual. Reclaim the Thunder: Songs for Social Change Taina Asili BCC, 800 Purchase St. Rm NH-216/219 Join us in this interactive radical music jam to reinvent our world! Songs can reclaim power, break barriers, inspire, and unite. She will then guide participants in a hands-on songwriting exercise, first turning our ideas into lyrics, and later, bringing these words to the music. A band will be set up for Taina participants to experiment with their creations. This workshop is open to people of all ages and artistic levels, from beginner poets to experienced emcees and singers. Grow Garden Tour Zoe Hansen-DiBello Meet at corner of Spring St. and Acushnet Ave. (behind Zeiterion Theatre) Tour gardens located at public schools throughout the City of New Bedford. Learn more about the Marion Insititute’s Grow program’s innovative approach to increasing opportunities for healthy food accessibility, community building, and education. The tour will explore three of the eight school-based community gardens. Meet program leaders, teachers and community members involved in the building, maintaining and harvesting of the gardens.


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2015 Bioneers Satellite Plenaries WWW.BIONEERS.ORG

We are honored to be a part of the Bioneers Resilient Communities Network that spans across the United States. The Network builds “resilience from the ground up” at local and regional levels by serving as a hub for discovering, disseminating and implementing breakthrough environmental and social justice innovations, solutions, models and practices through vibrant network of partner organizations and communities. By linking internationally renowned speakers with local topics and experts on the ground, Bioneers Communities inspire a potent ‘global-local’ approach towards solving local and regional problems. During Connecting for Change, we will air the taped plenary sessions from the 26th Annual Bioneers Conference held in San Rafael, CA (Oct. 16-18). Taped Plenary Sessions will be screened each afternoon at the New Bedford Visitors Center, Corson Building, 3rd Floor* *A detailed program with full list of performers and presenters can be viewed on the Bioneers’ website. Due to our shortened event, this 3-day program will be shown over 2 days.

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Bioneers Satellite Plenaries FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16th Drumming by Deb Lane & Afia Walking Tree

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ & ITZCUAUHTLI ROSKEMARTINEZ, youth activist rap duo

Opening Ceremony by Dean Hoaglin (Coast Miwok), Suscol Intertribal Council

JENSINE LARSEN with SISTER ZEPH Crowdsourcing the Feminine Intelligence of the Planet Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers Co-Founder

OPENING TALKS by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers Founders

Youth Leadership: JUNIOR WALK

ANDY LIPKIS Navigating Adaptation and Resilience as Un-Sustainability Hits the Tipping Point Introduction by Laurie Benenson, TreePeople Board Member MALIK YAKINI Food, Race and Justice Introduction by Greg Watson, Schumacher Center

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH KEYNOTES AND PERFORMANCES 9AM-1PM DRUMMING by Deb Lane & Afia Walking Tree Welcome by Kenny and Nina, Bioneers Founders LOUIE SCHWARTZBERG – Short Film HENK OVINK Water by Design Introduction by Paul Vosbeek, founder of Real NewEnergy. SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL Community: Healing for the 21st Century Introduction by Reverend Canon Sally Grover Bingham, Interfaith Power & Light

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH

ERIEL DERANGER Reclaiming Our Indigeneity and Our Place in Modern Society Introduction by Clayton Thomas-Muller, Idle No More TOM HAYDEN Building Green Blocs and Justice: California’s Game-Changing Climate Leadership Model Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers Co-Founder

DESTINY ARTS YOUTH PERFORMANCE COMPANY The beloved Oakland youth dance troupe rocks the house every year. BEN KNIGHT Introduction by Matthew Monahan, Namaste Foundation Self-Organizing Community Democracy for the Internet Age Youth Leadership: LYNNEA SHUCK RINKU SEN Both/And/All: Environmentalism and Racial Justice Introduction by Nina Simons PAUL HAWKEN Project Drawdown Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

DRUMMING by Deb Lane & Afia Walking Tree

MICHAEL MEADE with JOHN DENSMORE How Your Unique Genius Can Help Heal Nature and Culture Introduction by Nina Simons

Welcome by Kenny and Nina

Youth Leadership: Jasmyn Mitchell

SHANNON DOSEMAGEN Open-Source Development of Tools for Community Science Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director

ADRIANNA QUINTERO Re-imagining the Environmentalist Introduction by Kenny Ausubel 

FANIA DAVIS Restorative Justice’s Promise: Helping Us Re-Invent What it Means to be Human Introduction by Cameron Simmons, Youth Advocate, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

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EXHIBITORS Ava Anderson Non Toxic

www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/rachelmedeiros

Bristol Community College & Seeds of Sustainability

www.bristolcc.edu

BCC Workforce and Community Education Center

Ben’s Bins

wehaveworms.com

Buzzard’s Bay Coalition

www.savebuzzardsbay.org

Cabot

https://www.cabotcheese.coop

Donnelly/Colt Progressive Resources

www.donnellycolt.com

Ebb and Flow Wellness

ebbandflowwellness.com

ecoRI

www.ecori.org

Entrepreneurship for All: EforAll

eforall.org

Expedition Education Institute

www.expeditioneducation.org

Great Cape Baking

Hana’s Honey

The Humane Society of the United States

www.humanesociety.org

Living Grace Family Chiropractic

www.livinggracechiro.com

Manomet

www.manomet.org

Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies

www.marlboro.edu

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

grassrootsfund.org

Next Step Living

nextstepliving.com

Norwex Independent Sales Consultant

www.jenniferduarte.norwex.biz

Office of the Attorney General

www.mass.gov/ago

Safaglass

www.safaglass.net

SEEAL

www.seeal.org

SIT Study Abroad

studyabroad.sit.edu

Social Enterprise Greenhouse

segreenhouse.org

SEMAP

www.semaponline.org

SolarCity

www.solarcity.com

Sowing Solutions, Permaculture Design & Education

www.permacultureseries.org

TedX

www.tedxnewbedford.com

Terra Curra

www.terracura.org

Umass Dartmouth

umassd.edu

Viridian Energy

www.viridian.com/lisajpergola

Vista Guate

www.vistguate.com

WIshes4Nature

www.wishes4nature.org

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