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Broadcast National Plenary [clear filter]
Friday, February 9

9:00am MST

Opening Remarks by Kenny Ausubel
Open Remarks


Kenny Ausubel

Kenny Ausubel, CEO and founder (in 1990) of Bioneers, is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, author and filmmaker. Co-founder and first CEO of the organic seed company, Seeds of Change, his film (and companion book) Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime helped influence... Read More →

Friday February 9, 2018 9:00am - 9:15am MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

9:15am MST

Traction: The Clean Energy Revolution
The exponential market growth of clean energy and the concurrent decline of fossil fuels foretell a radically different energy future. It's much closer than most people realize. Thomas Van Dyck, acclaimed socially responsible investment pathfinder and activist co-founder of the Divest-Invest movement, shows how the clean energy transformation is gaining inexorable momentum with big business and governments worldwide. While technological advances have already made clean energy cost-competitive, Thomas shows how we can accelerate the transition and overcome the desperate last stand of the fossil fuel political-industrial complex.


Thomas Van Dyck

Thomas Van Dyck, CIMA®, a Managing Director/Financial Advisor with the SRI Wealth Management Group at RBC Wealth Management, has been a leader in socially responsible investing for 30+ years. He consults on $1.8 billion in institutional and individual client assets, incorporating... Read More →

Friday February 9, 2018 9:15am - 9:40am MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

9:40am MST

Radical Inclusions: Cities, Technology and the Power of Inclusive Thinking
Due to a neuro-muscular condition, Victor Pineda stopped walking when he was five. By high school, he needed a machine to help him breathe. This life experience shaped his work and passions, and he became a leading global human rights advocate, scholar and expert on inclusive urban development. He'll share the groundbreaking work cities, technology companies and universities are doing to re-imagine urban spaces and unlock our collective potential. 


Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda, Ph.D., is an urban planner, social entrepreneur, speaker, and globally recognized disability rights advocate. He is the President of World Enabled and of The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the leading international organization... Read More →

Friday February 9, 2018 9:40am - 9:57am MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

9:58am MST

Truth to Power: Taking on Coal & Nuclear Domination
How can we take on the most powerful pillar of the status quo—the fossil fuel industry? And how can we, despite these challenging times, find and maintain the necessary courage, steadfastness, and stamina to see our way through to victory? How do we organize and build effective coalitions? Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director of the courageous New Mexico non-profit, New Energy Economy, shares insights drawn from her longtime leading role in confronting the electric utility monopoly, the most powerful corporation in her state. Mariel is an inspiring dynamo who lives by the motto: "Activism is the antidote to despair.”


Mariel Nanasi

Mariel Nanasi, a renowned, highly experienced civil rights and criminal defense attorney and a zealous organizer, is the Executive Director and President of the New Mexico-based non-profit, New Energy Economy, which works to protect communities from the social, economic, health, and... Read More →

Friday February 9, 2018 9:58am - 10:25am MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

5:30pm MST

Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America
The award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of that pillar of progressive media Democracy Now!, is without doubt the most indispensable voice reporting with urgent immediacy on the front lines of the most critical struggles facing our nation and world. She will speak about the increased threats to freedom of the press and the crucial importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. In more than 20 years of reporting, Democracy Now! has covered the social movements long ignored by the corporate media, and that are now forming the groundswell of opposition to the Trump administration.


Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman, host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!, an award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public TV and radio stations worldwide, has won countless prestigious awards, including an I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award and the... Read More →

Friday February 9, 2018 5:30pm - 6:00pm MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

6:00pm MST

A New "We The People" For a Sustainable Future
Heather McGhee, President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy, will depict how deep democracy is the only solution to the crises of inequality and climate change, and how the changing demos -- people -- of America can rise to meet this moment. A thought leader on the national stage, Heather, among her many accomplishments, helped shape key provisions of the now threatened Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.


Heather McGee

Heather C. McGhee, President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy, is an award-winning thought leader on the national stage whose writing and research appear in numerous outlets... Read More →

Friday February 9, 2018 6:00pm - 6:25pm MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

6:25pm MST

The Fight for a Free, Fair and Open Internet
According to journalist, blogger, “creative commons” advocate, Electronic Frontier Foundation Fellow, and award-winning science fiction author Cory Doctorow, the fight for a free, fair and open Internet isn’t the most important fight on the planet, but you can’t win any of the other major battles without it.Although the Net is the nervous system of the 21st century, so far we have misunderstood and mismanaged it and made it susceptible to capture by the powerful and corrupt. Cory will share his strategies to reclaim the global lifeline that should belong to all of us.


Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow, a science fiction writer, leading open Internet activist, journalist and blogger (co-editor of boingboing.net) as well as an author of other works, including several YA and adult novels and a nonfiction business book (Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free), works for... Read More →

Friday February 9, 2018 6:25pm - 6:50pm MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive
Saturday, February 10

9:00am MST

Opening Remarks by Nina Simons
Opening Remarks


Nina Simons

Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and founding Director of its Everywoman's Leadership program (which includes "Cultivating Women's Leadership” intensives and CoMadres retreats), co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. An award-winning... Read More →

Saturday February 10, 2018 9:00am - 9:18am MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

9:19am MST

Carbon Farming
Sequestering carbon from the atmosphere back into the soil is emerging as among the top biological strategies to radically mitigate climate disruption on large scales. It’s also a rapidly growing movement among farmers across the country, including in conservative communities – because it IS conservative… of the land and soil. John and Calla Rose are visionary leaders of the Marin Carbon Project, a gold standard of carbon farming research demonstrations. John is co-owner (with his wife Peggy Rathmann) of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch. Calla Rose, former Fellow with the Rocky Mountain Institute, has led policy and climate action programs with Aspen, CO and San Francisco, CA, and is a leading advocate for and expert on agricultural carbon sequestration.


Calla Rose Ostrander

Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor/consultant/activist, works with leaders in California and the western U.S. to help re-balance the planet’s carbon cycle. Prior to her work with the California Carbon Campaign, she worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities... Read More →

John Wick

John Wick, co-owner with his wife, Peggy Rathmann, of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch, an exemplary eco-conscious enterprise, is co-founder of and tireless spokesperson for the cutting-edge Marin Carbon Project, which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural... Read More →

Saturday February 10, 2018 9:19am - 9:39am MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

9:40am MST

Beyond the Anthropo-Scene
The renowned "anthropologist under Amazonian influence" and indigenous rights activist Jeremy Narby, author of such classics as The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature, considers the intelligence of living beings and wrestles with his own culture's anthropocentric concepts. In his view, constantly affirming the centrality of humans gets in the way of respectful living in the biosphere. Rethinking human-centered concepts such as "nature" and "anthropocene" can cast light on our relationship with the living world. Because the words we use influence how we think, we gain from examining them with care.


Jeremy Narby

Jeremy Narby, Ph.D., an anthropologist who has been working as Amazonian Projects Coordinator for the Swiss NGO “Nouvelle Planète” since 1990, backing initiatives of Amazonian indigenous organizations in land titling, bilingual and intercultural education, environmental monitoring... Read More →

Saturday February 10, 2018 9:40am - 10:01am MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

10:02am MST

Cultural Resiliences to Strengthen Our Communities and Defend the Earth
Kandi Mossett (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), Native Energy and Climate Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), has emerged as a leading voice in the fight against environmental racism at Standing Rock and beyond. Kandi will share the powerful story of how her community drew on its cultural resilience to resist fracking in North Dakota, and how the re-assertion of tribal sovereignty, revitalization of language and restoration of traditional foodways can point the way to a just transition to a clean energy future for all of us.


Kandi Mossett

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)’s Lead Organizer on its Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign, has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts climate change and environmental injustice have... Read More →

Saturday February 10, 2018 10:02am - 10:23am MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

3:00pm MST

Youth Leadership Keynote
This luminous 17-year-old Chiricahua Apache change-maker from San Carlos, AZ, co-leads the Apache Stronghold group to defend her people's sacred sites, tribal sovereignty, culture and language.


Naelyn Pike

Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache), 17, a high school senior from San Carlos, AZ, passionate about her culture, identity, and tribal sovereignty, has become an internationally renowned Indigenous Rights and environmental leader. She co-leads (with her grandfather Wedsler Nosie Sr. and... Read More →

Saturday February 10, 2018 3:00pm - 3:10pm MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

3:10pm MST

We the People: Workers Rising for Fair Wages
Before the election, workers were already rising up all over the country and have continued to do so even more now, joining the campaign for “One Fair Wage,” demanding higher wages and the elimination of lower wages for tipped workers. The movement helped torpedo Trump's first Secretary of Labor nominee and is ramping up the fight for a $15/hour national minimum wage. Innovative, award-winning labor leader Saru Jayaraman says that, if we join together, we can end economic inequality in America. Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley, Saru co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, which has more than 25,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and thousands of consumer members in a dozen states nationwide.


Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman, the award-winning Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC, Berkeley, and author of Behind the Kitchen Door and Forked: A New Standard for American Dining, co-founded ROC after 9/11 with... Read More →

Saturday February 10, 2018 3:10pm - 3:40pm MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive

3:40pm MST

Co-Creating Alternative Spaces to Heal
Racialized violence injures all of us-not just those who are being "othered" but also those who perpetuate that "othering." These painful injuries happen on many levels, including on the individual, structural, and societal spheres, so healing must also happen on many levels, but we can't truly heal these deep wounds while the injuries are still being perpetuated. Professor john a. powell, one of the world's most important thinkers and scholars on civil and human rights, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at U.C. Berkeley, explores how we can better understand the spaces we currently inhabit and strategize to co-create alternative spaces where real healing can truly begin.


john a. powell

john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, previously Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State, has taught at numerous universities and law schools including at Harvard and Columbia... Read More →

Saturday February 10, 2018 3:40pm - 4:07pm MST
SEEC Auditorium 4001 Discovery Drive