Keep pointing at anomalies and failures in the old paradigm. Keep speaking loudly and with assurance from the new one. Insert people with the new paradigm in places of public visibility and power. Don't waste time with reactionaries; work with active change agents, and the vast middle group of open people.
- Donella Meadows
Bioneers returns to the Chinook land in fall of 2012 for a vibrant gathering of change makers to explore issues and solutions which shape the future of our planet. Now in its third year as a Beaming Bioneers site, the Whidbey Institute is excited to convene thinkers and doers on behalf of a thriving, just, and sustainable world, for a powerful weekend of networking, learning, growing, collaboration, and ideas exchange. Plenary talks by luminaries from all fields are broadcast and "beamed" live from the main conference site in San Rafael, California, complemented by an evening keynote and inspiring workshops which are held on-site and locally. During the season of harvest, Chef Christyn Johnson's sumptuous local and organic feasts round out an unforgettable experience.
The themes of Bioneers 2012 will be ecological design and resilient communities.
For a taste of what's cooking at the main Bioneers site in San Rafael, California, read and subscribe to the Bioneers newsletter, which contains information about plenary speakers and conference topics as they emerge on the schedule for the weekend. We are pleased to share that the local area keynote speaker for this year's conference is Meg Wheatley, prolific author and leading systems thinker, and co-founder and president emerita of the Berkana Institute. Her latest book, scheduled to be released in October, is entitled So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World, and focuses on what she calls the "invitation to warriorship," a way of pursuing and embodying any work with dedication, energy and joy, and finding our way "home" through dark and challenging times.
For more information regarding Meg's work, visit http://margaretwheatley.com/.
Registration is open, if you want to be there. If you're interested in coming to Whidbey Island Bioneers 2012, also visit the Event Facebook page for periodic updates as the Whidbey Institute plans its third annual Bioneers. We hope to see you in October!