A Deeper Focus


Introducing our keynote speaker Mary Ellen Hannibal

Telling Tales: Your Global Change Superpower is the topic of the Central Coast Bioneers morning keynote speaker, noted author and journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal.  Mary Ellen’s talk will answer the questions: How can we make global change more personal, more relevant to every individual? How can we help create a groundswell of intention and action to save this beautiful Earth?

According to Mary Ellen, each of us has a global change super-power and it resides in the word “I.” She will review some neuroscience research into the central power of storytelling in human life and talk about common global change narratives, including the apocalypse, and discern what is useful in them from what is not helpful at all. She will also explore some of the many ways each of us can find to testify both on behalf of nature and to find personal agency to help confront – and transform – the story we are all living today.

Mary Ellen Hannibal is an award-winning journalist and author from the Bay Area. Her most recent book, Citizen Scientist:  Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, was named one of the best titles of 2016 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her previous books include The Spine of the Continent, about which Publisher’s Weekly said, “This is what science writing should be: fascinating and true.”  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Nautilus, and many other publications.  Mary Ellen is currently working on a book about butterflies.

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