[altroots] FW: [ARTNEWS] Session Descriptions & National Speakers: OCT 20-22 BIONEERS Southeast Leadership FORUM

Below is information about Bioneers....in order to create a presence for the
USSF?I am asking you to review the descriptions of workshops and see if you
can add something to the discussion re: solutions and global connections.
They are also interested in artists being a part of each discussion.

Speakers attend for free.  I went last year and it was great?the food was
wonderful!

If we have speakers, we can get a free table for distribution of USSF
information... We would  need people to help man/woman the table.

Need a swift response....can send more information on  sessions if you need.

Alice 


FRI, SAT & SUN, OCTOBER 20, 21 & 22 2006
  
BIONEERS Southeast Leadership FORUM
  
EVANS DINING HALL AT AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE  - DECATUR, GA, 30030
  
1/2 price for Working Artists, Activists, Students and Seniors!
  
FREE FOR VOLUNTEERS - EXTRA DISCOUNTS IS YOU REGISTER THIS WEEK
 
  
REGISTRATION INCLUDES ORGANIC MEALS EACH DAY!
  
SEATING IS LIMITED - REGISTER TODAY
  
www.inspiringfutures.org/bioneers
 
REGIONAL SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
  
9:15 ­ 11:30 AM  FRIDAY OCTOBER 20
  
A1:  Cautionary Tales and Surprizing SuccessStories: The Challenges and
Opportunities Facing Green Entrepreneurs inSouthern Markets
(final description pending)
  
B1:  Sharing the Sustainability Story: Connecting to Modern Culture
Listen closely to the next generation of environmental activists and you¹ll
often hear a very different tone than has been common almost since ³Silent
Spring.²  Even as crises such as Peak Oil, Climate Change and Special
Extinction are becoming more apparent, more and more advocates are finding
that the most effective approach for catalyzing change is to promote the
community benefits of sustainable living, rather than issue ever more
alarmist warnings of impending disaster.  Is it becoming possible for
citizens, entrepreneurs and spokes-persons across the current political
spectrum to realize they may have more in common than ever since our choices
as a species and as a society have reached such a critical stage?  Will the
very human need to connect with one another physically and in real time
enable us to see beyond the validation of material wealth and the ³security²
of gated communities?  What are some of the unifying myths and ideals that
can help bridge our perceived differences and get beyond the politicized
arguments that have so far kept decision-makers and communities from making
healthier choices for themselves and for future generations of living
things.
  
C1:  For-Profit for a Purpose: Opportunities for Local Living Economies
        hosted by Inspiring Futures
  
D1:  Beyond Organics: Permaculture, Biodynamics and Local Growers
Now that Wal-Mart, Kroger and Publix have  large sections of retail space
devoted to selling Organics, supply is stressed to the point of importing
nearly 50% of the organic ingredients necessary to fulfill the demand.
Major food manufacturers from Kraft Foods to Kellogg¹s and even
AnheuserBusch are tapping into the organic marketplace and potentially
weakening the standards many worked hard to create with some integrity.
Learn about ways local farmers and activists are moving beyond organics to
create honest food and distribution chains that create real value for all
involved from farmers to retailers to consumers.
  
E1:  Indigenous Cooperation: A Special Interactive Session About Energy
Alternatives:  hosted by Interfaith Power & Light and VegEnergy, Inc.
(copy being drafted by Jennifer Downs and Rob DelBueno)
  
F1:  Can¹t We All Just Move Along? Tackling Tommorrow¹s Urban Transportation
Challenge Today
Our modern economy relies on a worldwide transportation system to move
people, food and products all over the world.  The system demands large
amounts of energy and resources, and could be an Achilles heel in a
potentially scarce future.  Find out what United Parcel Service is doing to
move towards real sustainability for its own business, but also how its
leadership is forcing others in its industry to follow or lose in the
marketplace, and how other industries are looking to UPS for wisdom.  Also,
learn about the world of Shared Cars, and the programs that Flex Car is
bringing to the Atlanta market, and making it truly possible to live in
southern cities without a car.  Finally, learn how land use, energy, and
future alternative fuels may drive transportation choices, investments, and
local economies
 
  
9:15 ­ 11:30 AM  SATURDAY OCTOBER 21
  
A2:  Healthy Body, Healthy Land: A Dialogue with Holistic Healers
Since the beginning of time, Mother Earth  and The Great Spirit have
nourished all living beings with healing energy through plants, minerals,
and animal products. Pharmaceutical companies isolate and separate specific
properties from herbs and other natural remedies without accounting for the
mystery of how such gifts really work in harmony with the Whole Earth. Learn
from native healers how to improve and balance our health without harming
the planet.        
  
B2: The Politics of Imagination hosted by Eyedrum
"Art keeps itself alive through its social force of resistance."
Theodor  Adorno
These are the worst of times and the best of times for artists and creatives
and the environment they have to work in.  There are more tools and more
resources potentially available than ever before. At the same time a sense
of desperation is setting in for many artists that seems out of proportion
to the material advances we have suffered. A strange feeling of devastation
and desolation in the midst of plenty is beginning to form.  Are creatives
destined to always be merely the handmaidens of powerbrokers and the new
Medicis -- as it apparently has always been? Are artists and creatives even
allowed to have a 'politics of the imagination'? If the imagination is a
boundless expanse of possibility and potential, what effect can that have
when it meets a political era of shrinkage, of exhaustion, distraction, and
confusing archipelagoes of conflicting claims, when everyday life itself
becomes a spectacle which is packaged and sold back to us, when money
functions as an inescapable fifth element, when the 'political' becomes
indistinguishable from 'business' and when art and creativity become simply
another commodity in an already crowded supermarket of gadgets, ideas, and
desires. Are we entering a new era when 'art' is to be absorbed into the
workings of the media and commodities?  Or does it signal the disappearance
of art as it has been long known? What can the artist offer? More
importantly: how can the artist live in the new political and social
realities?

What could the 'politics of the imagination' possibly mean in an era when
every nervous twitch has it's blog site and twenty four hour coverage by
CNN? Perhaps we can take heed, if not heart, from Adorno's phrase that
"among the dangers faced by new art, the worse is the absence of danger."
 panelists:
Cinque Hicks
Kevin Haller  KVTV17
Evan Levy
Hormuz Minina
Chea Prince
Karen Tauches  
  
C2:  New Rituals for Changed Minds:  Re-Connecting with the Rhythms of Place
and Community      
Our material wealth as a society had tripled in the past fifty years, but
our description of how happy we are has stayed the same.  We have fewer
close friends than ever.  Millions live to shop and absorb media and wonder
why they feel so unfulfilled.  Yet, for millions more, enough is, well, more
than enough. Meet a fascinating group of individuals and family members
who¹ve gotten out of the rat race and re-built people-based communities from
the ground up.  Meet members of intentional communities and progressive
salons from Atlanta, Athens, Asheville and other southern cities.  Listen as
they share their stories of what it feels like to share meals and chores and
make decisions together while maintaining fulfilling modern lives.  Is their
experience a preview of what a much greater portion of America will look
like a generation from now?
  
D2: Innovations Inspired by Nature: How Biomimicry and Serious Games are
Changing Our Relationship to Innovation
Biomimicry is the science of designing products, systems and processes based
on ideas found in the natural world. The most ingenious examples improve on
current products making them more efficient, more durable and, often, less
expensive to produce or replace. In the virtual world, game designers are
creating parallel communities, ecosystems and Earth-like planets where
gamers can practice incredibly lifelike models of sustainable principles,
community building and conflict resolution.  Both of these exciting
industrial trends are growing exponentially and changing the way we look at
commerce and the physical world?and each other.
  
E2:  Celebration as ³Positive Dissent²: Reclaiming the Commons with a Sense
of Humor 
The debate between the forces of growth and profit and ideas based on
sustainability and fairness can get pretty heated.  With so much at stake,
it often seems that anger and threats are the only valid response.  Yet,
when it comes to getting a message across or winning an argument in the
court of public opinion, maybe a little humor can go a long way. Learning to
leverage media for the greater good often means figuring out how to get the
press attention on a budget.  Today¹s smart advocates are making points by
making jokes.  From The Daily Show to YouTube and The Yes Men, comedy may be
the best tool available for today¹s progressive communicators.   Put on your
Groucho glasses and get a kick out of our some of the best satire coming out
of the silly South.  And find out how your company or organization can get
ahead by lightening up.
  
F2: Balancing our Changing Needs for Land and Water: Macro and Micro
Approaches for States, Communities, Business Owners and Households
Part 1: Within a generation, the most fierce wars of the 21st century may be
fought over water.  Not just in the developing world, but quite possibly
right here in the U.S.  While the current ³Water Wars² in our own region are
currently fought on paper and in the courts, they showcase how real the
crisis over water resources has become.  Dive in as several business and
institutional experts discuss the latest practical options for conserving
the water we have and the most sensible ways to share it with our neighbors
around the state and across the south.  The answers impact not just human
consumers in rural, suburban and urban areas, but the animal and plant life
throughout the region and in the waters all around it.
Part 2: As metropolitan areas across the southeast continue to grow at a
record pace, more and more life-giving natural landscapes are devoured by
bulldozers. Yet, at the same time, these same communities are finding new
and creative ways to save more greenspace than ever before.  Learn how and
why a growing number of business leaders, entrepreneurs, foundations and
even commercial and residential developers are banding together to preserve
more woodlands and convert more developed landscapes into community gardens,
parks, forests and nature trails.
  
9:15 ­ 11:30 AM  SUNDAY OCTOBER 22
A3: Beyond Stewardship: In a Sustainable World, How Will Human Relate to the
Rest of the Community of Life?
(description being drafted by David Sutherland)

B3:  Downloading Democracy: The Latest E-Networking Tools for Citizens and
Communities      
Meetups. YahooGroups. MySpace. YouTube. SecondLife. Blogs. Podcasts.
Livestreaming. Citizens, businesses and communities across the nation and
around the world have never had so many ways to target commun-ications,
share information (or misinformation) and shape opinions, buying habits and
voting choices.  With the range of options changing almost weekly, even
veteran activists and change agents can feel over-whelmed or left behind.
How are the newest user-focused tools of the net enabling people to stay
abreast of issues and share ideas for new solutions?  How might the largest
corporations and political organizations working to leverage the same tools
for profit or electoral power at the expense of sustainability and
traditional democracy. Listen to some of the most savvy e-communicators in
our region share ideas and net-based innovations for speaking truth to power
and for building support for environmentally-friendly ideas, policies and
products.
  
C3:  Special Session on Responsible Business Leadership hosted by Worthwhile
Magazine
The Worthwhile panel on Social Responsibility will focus on how to build a
company with a soul, bringing profitability and purpose together.  The panel
will feature industry leaders from large and small companies, as well as
investors and observers.  The experts will focus not only on how to create a
dual-missioned organization, but how to meld social responsibility
seamlessly into your employee thinking and action.  Worthwhile co-founder
Kevin Salwen will host
  
D3:  Small Business Solutions for Developing World Ecosystems
For several decades, highly restrictive loans served as the only tool
industrialized nations offered developing nations in their fight to rise out
of poverty or preserve their often fragile ecosystems from rapid
overdevelop-ment.  Today, several non-profit organizations and foundations
are focusing on providing entrepreneurial advice and micro-loans to help
communities rebuild their local economies.  This session will showcase
inspiring examples of local communities working together o create
sustainable industries as options for working families making it possible
for them to choose not to clear cut rain forests, overplant single crops or
hunt endangered species.
  
E3:  A Climate for Change: Re-Connecting Suburban Neighborhoods in a Post
Oil World          
Earlier this Spring, the Brookings Institute released a study describing the
growing crisis facing America's oldest suburbs, often built around major
expressway exits.  In our region, this would include communities such as
Stone Mountain, Tucker, Norcross, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, etc.  These areas
very often lack transit, accessible greenspace, cultural amenities,
sidewalks, bikepaths, etc. They have a large percentage of dilapidated strip
malls, poor housing stock, etc.  And they are becoming more populated by
immigrants, minimum wage workers and retirees on fixed incomes.  In many
ways they resemble the classic slums of fifty years ago, but without even
the basic infrastructure associated with most inner cities.
 
What is being done to turn these oldest perimeter communities around?  How
are developers and planners re-designing expressway exits, strip malls, and
cookie-cutter subdivisions. What's being done to better integrate growing
populations of immigrants and retirees?  Who is thinking about how the
suburban workforce will get to jobs when gas is $10 and $15 a gallon? Or how
to provide more jobs closer to where they live or even in their homes via
the internet? What steps are being taken to alleviate the heat island effect
in suburbs full of streets, parking lots and flat roofs as temperatures rise
more steeply each year?  In what ways are communities becoming safer places
for kids to walk, run and ride their bikes?  This session will focus on the
best examples of suburban creative adaptive or re-development, either from a
design, development or policy standpoint from around Georgia and the
Southeast.
  
F3.  Saving Southern Shores: Hands-on Solutions to Coastal Challenges
(description pending more detail from panelists)
  

Edward McNally 
Above The Fold, Inc
www.abovethefold.info <http://www.abovethefold.info/>
404.371.8554 / cell: 404.281.6419
523 East Lake Drive
Decatur, GA 30030 
  
  

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