Neil Bertrando

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Based in Reno, NV, Neil Bertrando manages a 1.3 acre homestead with his wife Katie and the help of many in the community. His passion is enriching bioregions by building community and broadening the local genetic resources of practical plants and animals to relocalize resource supply networks. He strives for collaboration in his work and runs RT Permaculture, a Permaculture consulting, design, and education business. In his teaching and design he applies Keyline Design, Permaculture and Holistic Management as interconnected systems approaches to managing the complexities of ecosystems. While he lives in a temperate arid climate, over the past 12 years, he has gained experience working…

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Loren Luyendyk

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Loren Luyendyk is a Certified Teacher of Permaculture, with over 15 years of practical experience in Permaculture Design, ecological farming, sustainability, and horticulture. He has a degree in Botany from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Arborist and Master Gardener. He has experience with Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Natural Building, Biodynamic Farming, and The Soil Foodweb. His teaching has taken him across the globe, where he has spent extensive amounts of time sharing and learning with local cultures. Loren has taught permaculture in the USA, Central America, New Zealand, and Australia. He is the owner of Santa Barbara Organics, a permaculture design and land management…

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Community Drought Solutions – Building Resilience and Abundance Through a Wholistic Design Approach

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] With many years experience in water harvesting and permaculture design, Loren, Neil and Jeremiah will share case studies of water harvesting designs and installations from small residential active system to broad/farm scale techniques. Join us in exploring proven techniques to achieve water and food security through holistic water, soil and perennial plant design. Presented by: Jeremiah Kidd, Loren Luyendyk, Neil Bertrando Saturday September 17th | 11 AM – 12 PM | Zocalo

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Jeremiah Kidd

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jeremiah is a certified Permaculture Designer and is an accredited and certified Rainwater Catchment Professional through ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association). He has taught and consulted on several projects in the USA, Africa, Central America and Asia. Prior to establishing San Isidro Permaculture, Jeremiah was a partner at Living Structures, Inc., a permaculture-based design/installation green building firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Established in 2000, San Isidro Permaculture is a design and installation company focused on water catchment, grey water systems, native and edible plant landscapes, erosion control, and land restoration. San Isidro Permaculture has served Santa Fe and the surrounding area working for the…

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Water Panel

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Presented by: Brock Dohlman, Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, Christina Bertea, Trethan Heckman Thursday September 15th | 10 AM – 11 AM | Main Stage

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Courageous Conversations: A Dojo for Embodying Resilience

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] This three hour workshop has been designed as an opportunity to dive deep and face off with our own need and longing for alliance with one another across the lines of privilege and power. Join us for the brave work of deconstructing the social obstacles that block our ability to work with one another, and re-creating a world where we all can live with dignity.  This  experiential workshop will include small and large group dialogues, somatic exercises for deepening our capacity to work with challenging material and stay centered, and the opportunity to explore embodied strategies for building strong and flexible bridges between us. Presented by:…

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Chris Tittle

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Director of Organizational Resilience Chris co-leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Housing, Commons Governance, and Money & Finance Programs, and coordinates SELC’s grant writing, grassroots fundraising, and internal governance. He is particularly focused on participatory and polycentric governance structures for more just and resilient economies. He practices Aikido, is committed to racial justice, and once traveled from Japan to West Africa by land and sea. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Land Access- Bring Back the Commons    

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Carmen Gonzales

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Carmen is a Permaculture Designer and Environmental Scientist who has been  dedicated to protecting water, land and people through her work for the past 16 years. Carmen has always walked in two worlds. Carmen grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona and in the urban jungle of Southern California.  Her work has focused on water and air quality programs for Tribal nations in Northern Nevada and California. Always an “edge walker,” she has been working to find the balance between good science, traditional knowledge, personal healing and cultural evolution. As a water quality scientist, she has been working to shift the community consciousness about…

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Will Wiltschko

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Will Wiltschko is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science. At UCLA, Will worked as a student organizer for civil rights and studied the theory and philosophy behind nonviolence. He was a legal intern with the ACLU in Southern California, where he planned community outreach strategy within the state of California, fighting school districts in response to D.J. v. State of California on issues of equitable access to English Learner programs. Will was also recently a staffer on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential campaign, where he was the lead field organizer in Southwest Virginia. He ran operations out of the Southwest…

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Gift Economy: Nature’s Economy

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] This talk is an invitation to take a deeper look at nature’s economy, also known as the gift economy. We will be using the tree as an analogy for understanding how humanity can embody a more natural way of life, one in where we are all here to give of our gifts in service to one another. By combining vision with real life experience, Blackhorse Shasta will be sharing his insights on how gifting culture is the key to building resilient and sustainable communities, and for reaching greater spiritual heights on an individual and collective level. Blackhorse has been living on the gift economy for the…

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Bob Randall

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Bob Randall, Ph.D. was the founding Executive Director of Urban Harvest, Inc. in Houston, TX. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). His Southeast Texas food gardening book is in its 12 edition. He has been teaching about growing fruits for 30 years and has chaired an annual fruit tree sale that raised $160,000 in five hours. 2016 Convergence Panel: The Revolution Must Be Funded! Finding Resources for Your Organization & Projects    

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Arthur Deicke

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Arthur Deice is the owner of Environmental Pollution Solutions based in Sonoma County, provider of water quality services, pollution prevention services and other environmental services to industrial, commercial, construction and agriculture sectors including the cannabis industry. 2016 Convergence Panel: Cannabis Cultivation: Sustainability Practices for the Future    

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Permaculture and the Indigenous Contribution: A Courageous Conversation

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] How can permaculturalists best acknowledge that permaculture was not “invented” by Bill Mollison? That Indigenous People have practiced permaculture principles like Food Forests while observing nature for millenia? This workshop will bring together Indigenous voices to share stories about their cultures and discuss how we can best respect, recognize and honor the legacy of Indigenous cultures. Panelists include: Hank Herrera, Carmen Gonzales, Marcus Littlewolf, Ana Mariel Canizales; moderated by Bonita Ford. Saturday September 17th | 2 PM – 3 PM | Main Stage

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Hank Herrera

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Hank Herrera is President & CEO of the Center for Popular Research, Education & Policy (C-PREP), a non-profit community based organization. C-PREP serves vulnerable communities with participatory action research, training, technical assistance and policy. His work specifically focuses on food justice and building community resilience. He recently formed New Hope Farms, a network of small farms linked to a network of small corner stores selling only healthy food, using a cooperative model of ownership. The purpose of this project is to grow and sell healthy, affordable local food; to create sustainable, living wage jobs for community residents; and to develop the social, community and economic benefits…

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Ana-Marie Jones

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Ana-Marie Jones is the Executive Director of CARD - Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, a nonprofit located in Alameda County, California. Created by local community agencies after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, CARD trains and supports nonprofits and their special needs clients in disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities. In her tenure, she has re-written and redefined CARD’s services and curriculum to be based on community building, economic empowerment and leadership development philosophies. Before joining CARD in April 2000, for three years Ms. Jones worked for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Coastal Region on projects supporting community organizations and people with special needs. She…

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Nils Palsson

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Nils Palsson is Communications and Special Projects Coordinator at Transition US, and a founding member of Transition Lake County. He is a father, author, teacher, radio host, and former candidate for U.S. Congress, with a passion for building bridges from the world of Transition and Permaculture to our mainstream brothers and sisters, scaling up our movement and creating a world of thriving resilience -- with social, environmental, and economic justice for all. He lives in the North Bay Area, and is completing his Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Read more at www.nilspalsson.org 2016 Convergence Workshop: Community Resilience = Emergency Preparedness with…

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Larry Goldberg

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Larry Goldberg is a founder of Transition Humboldt and the executive director of Humboldt Plan it Green, an environmental education nonprofit that focuses on sustainability issues and building resilient community. He is a member of the NorCal Community Resilience Network. He recently worked as the North Coast Regional CivicSpark Climate Change program supervisor, and has an extensive background in energy management, business development, tribal relations, project financing and IT. He is married with one son and lives in the coastal community of Trinidad, CA. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Community Resilience = Emergency Preparedness with Nils Palsson    

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Community Resilience = Emergency Preparedness

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] How resilient is your community? How ready are you for the natural and man-made disasters and disruptions that inevitably accompany climate change? Did you know that our work in permaculture, homesteading, and building resilient community is also disaster preparedness work? Join this vibrant discussion about these overlapping fields, and explore ways of leveraging ‘crisis consciousness’ to enhance your efforts to build truly resilient community. Learn how to assemble your own “go bag,” receive great practical resilience and emergency-prep tips that could save lives, and share your wisdom and experience in this interactive workshop, hosted by Nils Palsson of Transition US and Larry Goldberg of Transition Humboldt.…

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Megan O’Neil

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Megan O’Neil is the Community Choice Outreach Coordinator at the Local Clean Energy Alliance, where she has helped build a county-wide coalition of over 50 organizations supporting a Community Choice program that brings real benefits to our communities. Megan joined the Local Clean Energy Alliance with over seven years of experience focusing on energy efficiency, environmental issues, sustainable development, and finance, primarily in Asia. After several years in Mongolia and Nepal, Megan is happy to be back in her hometown of Oakland, contributing to climate change solutions rooted in local empowerment and social, environmental, and climate justice. Megan holds a B.A. from Kenyon College in Economics…

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Community Choice Energy: A Pathway to Resilient, Energy-Secure Communities

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] As the social, economic, and environmental impacts of climate change become more pronounced, Community Choice energy can be a powerful vehicle for democratizing energy, spurring local sustainable economic development, and building more resilient communities. This workshop will consist of a 20 minute slide presentation followed by group discussion on the relationship between local renewable energy and community empowerment. Participants will learn about Community Choice energy and the role it can play toward a just transition to a new economy, and the vision for the Community Choice program under development in Alameda County. Presented by: Megan O'Neil and Colin Miller Sunday September 18th | 9:30 – 10:30 AM…

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