2018 Central Coast Bioneers Conference


Saturday, November 3, 2018


Oak Glen Pavilion
SLO County Botanical Garden
3450 Dairy Creek Road, San Luis Obispo, CA

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Paul Engler

Resistance: How to Sustain the Movement to Win

Paul will provide us with an introduction to the diverse ways to make social change, strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, common problems between approaches, and ways to collaborate and work together.  Paul uses the metaphor of ecology to explain how many different organisms with sometimes competing interests can be in relationship with each other to maintain the health, diversity, and sustainability of the whole environment. We can create intentional and synergistic relationships between different approaches to social change to build a resilient movement ecology.


Climate Change is Changing the World—Now We Too Must Change

As Executive Director of 350.org, the groundbreaking grassroots international climate change campaign whose innovative organizing and mass mobilizations have uniquely helped generate a mass global sense of urgency and action, May Boeve will share her eagle’s-eye perspectives on the current state of the climate struggle. She’ll illustrate 350.org’s learnings and strategies moving forward, including ways of learning about and incorporating justice and equity. She’ll illuminate pathways our species must take to keep 80% of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground and radically accelerate the shift to 100% clean energy.

Earth’s Vital Signs: Using Big Data to Map Solutions

Google Earth Outreach founder and visionary engineer Rebecca Moore says the signs are all around us, telling us that our life-support systems are in critical condition, and only recently has it become possible to monitor the health of Earth’s life-sustaining resources in a manner both globally consistent and locally relevant. She’s showing how satellite data, cutting-edge science and powerful cloud computing technology such as Google Earth Engine allow us to achieve an unprecedented understanding of our changing environment and put this data into the hands of those who can take action. Combined with Google Earth’s new narrative storytelling tool, grassroots activists, communities and other environmental change-makers can now vividly show what’s at stake, and envision solutions in ways that can change hearts and minds, while guiding wiser decision-making to protect and restore our vast, fragile planet.

Why We Need A Next System

As ecological and economic justice movements hit the same hard limits of possibility, being realistic in our time in history means getting serious about what might have formerly been seen as impossible: actually replacing our broken corporate capitalist system. Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of its Next System Project, will show how we can begin to build together for the systemic change we need to save both democracy and the planet. As a political economist, author, former legislative director in the House and Senate, nonprofit innovator and scholar, Gar will share breakthrough models for community-based political-economic development and new institutions of community wealth ownership. He’ll highlight local, state and national policy approaches to community stability in the era of globalization that really work and can spread widely.

One Earth-Envisioning a Future where Humanity and Nature Coexist and Thrive

With contributions from scientists and partners around the world, One Earth, an initiative of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), has developed a bold, new plan to avert a climate crisis and protect our biosphere. Justin Winters, LDF’s Executive Director, explains the three goals humanity needs to achieve by 2050: Transform our energy systems to 100% clean, renewable energy; Protect, connect and restore 50% of our lands and seas; and Shift to regenerative, carbon-negative agriculture globally. At the heart of this effort is a new map of the world called the Global Safety Net, which shows what the world could look like if we achieve these three goals. This vision of a world where both nature and humanity coexist and thrive can only be achieved if activists and communities around the world are connected and strengthened with the resources and solutions to make this global transformation a reality. One Earth is accelerating this transformation through innovative science, radical tools for collaboration, and creative storytelling that will inspire and galvanize our society into action.

Reports from local activists:
Charles Varni, Coalition to Protect SLO County – A Report on Measure G
Sharon Rippner, Citizen’s Climate Lobby – The Environmental Voter Project

Denise Dudley
Our Mistress of Ceremonies

Since our founding in 2010, Denise Dudley has been “the voice of the conference” and a constant source of support and energy. She volunteers her time for us and keeps everything running smoothly throughout the event. Thank you, Denise, from the Ecologistics board of directors!

Closing by Roberto Monge

2018 Central Coast Bioneers Schedule


(separate ticket required)

Ecologistics is honored to present:

Peace Circles: An Invitation

By Dr. Evelyn Zellerer

This one-day workshop provides an opportunity to learn about and experience Peace Circles.

Peace Circles are an intentionally designed yet flexible methodology for communication and creating change. Circles are used in a variety of settings such as workplaces, justice systems, government, schools, families and communities.

They can serve many purposes, including: learning, decision-making, governance, conflict resolution, healing, as well as community and team building.

This experiential training is responsive to the interests of participants. Topics will include:

  • The Foundation and Invitation of Circles
  • Circle Process
  • Practical Applications

The Circle process draws upon ancient and contemporary wisdom in a way that opens up different and greater possibilities.

All Welcome!

No prerequisites or prior experience required

About our trainer:

Evelyn Zellerer,

Dr. Evelyn Zellerer is an acclaimed international facilitator, trainer, and speaker with 25 years experience. She is the Founder/Director, Peace of the Circle. Evelyn has taught and led projects around the world, including in the Arctic, Australia, Brazil, Caribbean, Iran, Kazakhstan, South Africa, UK, and USA. Evelyn earned her Ph.D. in Criminology (1996) and is also a professor teaching part-time. She is based in Vancouver Canada.

Visit www.peaceofthecircle.com


Location & Dates:

San Luis Obispo, California

Two dates to choose from:

Friday, November 2, 2018
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2201 Lawton Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Location: Copeland Pavilion, 1st Floor, French Hospital, 1911 Johnson Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA

Time: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Further details provided after registration.


Seats are limited.

You must register in advance.

Register Today


Breakfast and lunch at the conference must be pre-purchased and will be provided by SLO Natural Foods  Cost is $12.

Omnivore, vegetarian and vegan choices will be available. 

You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you prefer.

2018 Bioneers attendees will receive a complimentary SLO Natural Foods Co-op Partner Membership for one year if they register by October 15.*
* This is a non-equity membership that entitles you to receive monthly and quarterly discounts.

Lunchtime Entertainment: the Erin Inglish Trio

Performing at lunch will be the Erin Inglish Trio, featuring their unique “jazz-infused, groove-laden, existential trance blues-grass.”

Pre-conference and break time music will be performed by a local treasure – artist and world music master Timo Beckwith.

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