Design Thinking for Equitable Communities

Let’s talk about Design and Social Justice. We know that design has the power to elevate everything it touches—from products, to systems, to spaces. But when it comes to our greatest challenges around economic equity, access, and inclusion, what roles does design play in advancing equitable communities? Can design catalyze positive change and lasting impact when it comes to solving real problems and human needs? Join us for a discussion focused on how design can support social progress and a just future for all. They will observe, learn, and discuss the difference between Equality & Equity. They will explore their own agency, and how they can use data such as historical…

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Catherine Nkolo Lebongo

Catherine Nkolo Lebongo is a teacher, creative, and activist who is fascinated by how design and social enterprise have the power to elevate everything—from products, to systems, to spaces. As an international, multicultural, woman who studied system nuances and societal constructs, Nkolo teaches the principles of Design Thinking, and how to apply the human-centered design process with an equity mindset, to build the regenerative communities we hope to see in our lifetimes. Her personal mission is to live an abundant life saturated in bliss, gratitude, and learning while artfully weaving spiritual growth and conscious bionomics into the collective reality. Design Thinking for Equitable Communities

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Stalking the Wild Mind

Finding our wild mind and heart in a colonized world There is a growing conversation about "decolonizing", but in this discussion we will ask what this really means, especially from those still steeped in a 'white', western way of doing things. How do we better learn from our Indigenous relatives and live closer to our connection to the earth and to our own hearts? And how do we do this while yet utilizing the technologies and living in the structures that our colonized world has created. We are in a transitional and precarious time, but also exciting for those ready to build bridges of healing that are crucial for the survival…

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Jul Bystrova

Jul has been an activist, healing practitioner, teacher and community organizer. She has been active in the Transition movement, especially in regards to "Inner Resilience". She is currently working on her latest book about the "wild mind" and a nonprofit organization called Era of Care. Stalking the Wild Mind

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Indigenous Rising

This workshop will discuss how to best support Indigenous peoples rising to address issues of land and food sovereignty, natural resources, and cultural restoration.and how to engage others across the boundaries of culture, class, and community. This workshop is inspired by the rise of indigenous peoples for the protection of our sacred waters. Its facilitators have first hand experience in organizing and activating for standing rock and for the California waters where the salmon will run. They will share how best to show up in support of indigenous communities working to address issues of land and food sovereignty, natural resources, and cultural restoration. Learn the do’s and the dont’s of how…

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Desirae Harp

Desirae Harp is a member of the Mishewal Wappo tribe from the central coast of California, and she is a descendant of the Diné Nation from the Southwest. She is a singer/songwriter, cultural bearer/activist, and teacher. She sings with Audiopharmacy, an internationally acclaimed world music/ reggae/ and hip hop ensemble. She uses her music as a teaching tool to facilitate workshops on cultural survival, social justice, and environmental justice with youth across the country. She is the founder of the Mishewal Ona*staTis language revitalization program, and she works with the run4salmon campaign to restore the California water ways, salmon runs, and indigenous ways of life. Indigenous Rising  

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Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson is a movement artist, activist, educator, researcher, therapist, and entrepreneur. Particularly in love with the act of dancing, Matthew experiences movement as a way of aligning energy with form. Eternally curious, Matthew makes opportunities out of questions, and encourages others to do the same. He’s collected qualifications, including an MFA in Modern Dance and certifications in Laban Movement Analysis, Massage, and Pilates. Yet, Matthew likes to play between the lines of techniques and traditions, seeking solutions to the timely question of how humans can learn to live with resilience and in diversity, efficiently and easefully collaborating with each other from a base of compassion. He breathes embodiment as ground…

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From the margins to the center: Role of youth in the Next Economy

Reflection and conversation on the importance of intergenerational collaboration in order to create the world we all know is possible. In this workshop participants will hear of innovative businesses that are being developed and founded by youth. We will explore the value of intergenerational collaboration and how adults can be better allies to those that will inherit our planet and it's systems. Participants will engage in reflective & team building activities and explore the resiliency of our young people and how we can all learn and benefit from each other. The same mentality that has exploited the environment has benefited from the exploitation of people. Youth and children are the ones…

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aManda Greene

aManda was raised between the Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Her bi-cultural upbringing has had a strong influence in her believes, values and how those manifest through her work in the world. This led her to spend a decade between Santa Fé New Mexico, Oakland, Bahia Brazil and Southern India working on various arts and ecological development projects. It was during this time that she saw one can’t address long-term sustainable development without first addressing short-term economic development. In 2013 she received a gMBA in Social Enterprise driven by the belief that the current paradigm of ‘development’ can be transformed into one that is valued based on ecological regeneration…

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Megan O’Neil

Megan O’Neil is the Project Manager 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. She also coordinates the Shared Solar Collaborative, which seeks to advance the design, development, and building of community-owned and controlled shared solar energy projects. 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…

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How to Design New Social Architectures

  Understanding the principles new social architectures are based on, and then having a go at designing some of these new systems. We look at the process of designing/inventing social architectures like World Cafe, Nonviolent Communication, Timebanks, and Sociocracy. The underlying principles of new systems will be sketched. We will work together to brainstorm/tinker with social, economic, and governance structures for your projects and the world. This teaches people that they are not locked into the given ecosocial structures. And they can create new systems for their projects. Also for the world we need new social, economic and governance structures to be invented. Friday, Oct 6| 5pm| Bioregional Hub Presented by Alpha…

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Alpha Lo

Chinese Galactic Cosmonaut Alpha Lo is co-editor and co-author of the Open Collaboration Encyclopedia. He also helped to found the Gift Circle Network, and has created a number of social and economic architectures, amongst them Facilitator Improv, Empathic Dashboard, Sorry Circles, Coupon currencies, and the Participatory Commons.       Friday, Oct 6| 4:30| Bioregional Hub How to Design New Social Architectures  

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Allyship as Humane Symbiosis

An experiential workshop using meditation, Theater of the Oppressed, Nonviolent Communication, and Qi Gong to understand allyship as deepening our organic interconnectedness with the conscious intention to heal. This workshop is an exploration of the ways that allyship can be understood as deepening our organic interconnectedness with the conscious intention to heal. Jihan will facilitate meditation, somatic exercises, and interpersonal practices to build skill in deconditioning ourselves from manifesting oppressive patterns in our interpersonal relationships and interrupting oppressive patterns with discernment and compassion. Allies for Life workshops are experiential explorations of our internalized identities and how they shape our relationship to acting for a just and equitable shared reality. Our definition…

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Jihan McDonald

Jihan has received the Alpha Delta Leadership Award and a Changemaker Fellowship Award for their work in developing Allies for Life for people to learn pro-active interpersonal allyship. Jihan has worked with people ages 8-80 on learning skills, tools, and capacities for assertiveness, empathy, self-realization, spiritual grounding and social change in contexts ranging from the redwoods to seminaries and college campuses. Friday, Oct 6| 4:30| Mediteranean Allyship as Humane Symbiosis  

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