Ivan Sawyer

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Event producer, Environmental and social entrepreneur. Ivan is also facilitator of Art of Hosting and collective intelligence work; Dragon Dreaming (collaborative project design) and Nonviolent Communication. He is certified as Sustainable Human Settlements Designer by Gaia Education. Among other things Ivan has been participating in the development of different cultural exchange and indigenous knowledge preservation initiatives in different parts of North and South America for almost a decade. He currently serves as an independent consultant for various organizations such as the Innovation Factory Mexico, Four Worlds International Institute, NuMundo.org and the Council of Sustainable Settlements Latin American or C.A.S.A. He is founder and director of Dragon…

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Jaclyn Saorsail

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jacki Saorsail is the Membership Coordinator and Building Manager at The Integral Center, a 14,000 square foot transformational community center in Boulder, Colorado. She has been through Aletheia, Authentic Relating Comprehensive, and Authentic Leadership and Facilitation Training at The Integral Center and is working on a Masters Degree from Gaia University studying Regenerative Enterprise Design. Through her business consultancy, Regenerative Dynamics, she guides people through building their own community centers, cooperatives, and intentional communities. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Building Community with Authentic Relating Games

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Jamaica Stevens – ReInhabiting the Village

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jamaica Stevens is the Author and Project Manager for “ReInhabiting the Village: CoCreating our Future” in partnership with Keyframe Entertainment. As an Organizational Design Consultant, Jamaica works with Whole Systems principles empowering people, projects and organizations to THRIVE! She is also an experienced event producer, workshop leader, group facilitator, community organizer, project manager, writer and life coach. She is a core consultant with Village Lab, creator of Tribal Convergence Gatherings, executive producer of Awaken Visionary Leadership Summit, co-founder of Tribal Convergence Network, producer and Program Coordinator with Lucidity Festival. With a focus on urban and rural community village based projects, Jamaica is devoted to promoting a…

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Jasmine Vassar

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jasmine Vassar, California native, is wellness educator, and facilitator driven by her mission for spiritual activism and deep social transformation. Her love for food and community, brought her to food justice work in Bayview Hunter’s point. There, she worked alongside residents to address the lack of access to health affordable foods. Wanting to further develop healing practices for larger populations, she then went on to get her Master’s in public health with an emphasis on social justice. She believes in the healing powers of community voice for social transformation. When she’s not sitting with her ancestors in the mountains of Peru, she enjoys home life within…

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Jason Bayless

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jason Bayless, US Community Development Specialist for Pachamama Alliance Jason handles a broad range of functions, ranging from communicating with our volunteers to supporting the community development. He is a diverse activist with a wide range of experience. Jason worked at PETA in a number of positions including Senior Youth Outreach Specialist, Circus Monitor, and Senior Projects Specialist. He has traveled the country documenting and reporting animal abuse and neglect within the entertainment industry, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the NYC horse drawn carriage industry. Jason currently sits on the Advisory Board of Food Empowerment Project, a vegan food justice organization. He…

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Jesse Sachs

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/1.png[/image_frame] Jesse's objective is to build and contribute to the development of innovative projects in the arts. To combine his skills of leadership, project management and creative direction with his experience and education in music and the music industry. Use his natural and acquired faculties to materialize ideas and possibilities arising from creative collaboration. For five years, Jesse has worked in the Special Projects Department at SXSW where he interfaced with multiple entities across music, media, tech, art, and entertainment regarding their interests in participating with SXSW. He co-founded an alternative Art and Music micro-festival in Oakland, CA called Feels. The event has become "One of the…

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Jingtian Yu

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/headshot.jpg[/image_frame] JT grew up in China and has spent as many years in the US as in China. He has been living in a few different intentional communities for the past 10 years. He is a musician, permaculture enthusiast, a scientist, and an engineer. His life goal is to create a network of intentional communities. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Intentional Communities Advanced Workshop Series

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Josefina Dueñas

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Josefina was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico during the 60’s. She became deaf during her first year of age, and maybe because of that she became an eager learner, a hard worker, and a worst fighter against injustice. Josefina was raised to be both a lover for books, and a gardener lover. As early as 5 years old, while learning the basics in education, she was also practicing her gardening skills. She would lie down among my plants to daydream while leaving the air to comb her hair, the sun to kiss her skin, and her thoughts to fly high over to touch the sky.…

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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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Kat Steele

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/156katsteele.png[/image_frame] Kat Steele is a permaculture activist, designer, educator and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland, CA. She facilitates workshops on ecological design, sustainability, facilitation, permaculture and holistic healing. Kat speaks publicly about eco-social design, city repair, social permaculture and the power of placemaking. She has played a leadership role in developing women's permaculture gatherings and support circles. Trained in Ecovillage Design with the Findhorn Foundation of Scotland, Natural Building with Kleiwerks International, and Permaculture Design with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, she also holds an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She is the former Sustainable Development Manager for the…

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Katia Sol

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Katia_Sol.jpg[/image_frame] Katia Sol, Ph.D. is passionate about helping individuals cultivate the personal shifts that in turn enable them to transform their lives, their communities, and the world. Katia has spent the last 20 years facilitating educational, international development, and leadership programs in more than 30 countries and with several First Nations around the world. Her primary work is as the Co-Director for Ecology of Leadership programs at the Regenerative Design Institute. She also works with people one-on-one to support their individual transformation and healing, and leads customized retreats. Katia’s primary areas of expertise include transformative learning, group facilitation, Indigenous wisdom practices, experiential education, leadership development, and global…

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Learning from Our Indigenous Friends, Teachers & Allies

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/3.jpg[/image_frame] Let us reconnect with Mother Earth and one another through Love and honour. We can relate to ecosystems as designers (we can create change in a place); we can also relate to Mother Earth with humility (we can be changed by a place through our co-creation). Together, these approaches may strengthen our collective potential for transformation and healing. Bonita will share some of what she has learned as a non-Indigenous person from Indigenous friends (mostly Anishnaabek people from Turtle Island) while facilitating permaculture courses and convergences in Ontario. In the interactive portion of this workshop, explore your relationship with the places that you steward. Reconnect through…

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Love, Leadership and the Sacred

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Screen-Shot-2016-08-20-at-10.58.45-PM.png[/image_frame] In these turbulent times - with many of our hearts stretched and breaking - what is the most potent inner source for our leadership toward that more beautiful world our hearts know is possible? How do we find, cultivate and lead from that source, while composting the old stories, patterns, and structures that don’t serve life - within us and around us? What kind of leadership arises in deep contact with the living earth and in communion with a village of sacred and trusted allies? And how can we root our efforts and actions - in our own lives and on behalf of all life -…

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Marley Benshalom

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Marley.jpg[/image_frame] Marley Benshalom is originally from Israel and was brought to the U.S. at a very young age. Her early years were spent in an environment filled with emotional abuse and drug addiction that ultimately resulted in the loss of her brother and hospitalization of her mother. She returned to Israel at age nineteen to cultivate compassion, gratitude, and love despite her past. She is dedicated to a life of service and believes all beings should have access to food, shelter, and love. Marley Bensahlom is passionate about community healing and environmental restoration. Currently she is pursuing a degree in Natural Conservation & Research at UCB. She…

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Matthew Stephens

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Matthew Anthony Stephens was born in Beverly on Chicago’s South Side. While the Windy City has not typically been the first place one would think of with regards to permaculture and urban sustainability, up until now, anyway, Matthew is doing his part to change that. As founder of the Earth Reforestation Project, Permaculture America, and Permaculture Chicago, Matthew has done forums for students at his alma mater, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, and conducted after school mentoring programs about sustainability, design, and permaculture. Here he has been able to effectively put into practice his seven years of teambuilding, along with his study of urban food…

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Michael Wellman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Michael is a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in radical ecology and ecospirituality. His interests reside at the intersection of permaculture, rewilding, radical activism, and consciousness studies. 2016 Convergence Panel: Feeding the Revolution: Permaculture in a time of Resistence    

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Mud Hut

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Mud Hut has been a worker-owner at Three Stone Hearth, a cooperatively owned Community Supported Kitchen, since 2014, and has worked and volunteered there since 2007. He is working with the Northern California Community Resilience Network, and dreams of transforming the East Bay into a vast, interconnected urban farm, where he can retire and comb angora rabbits for a living. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Can't We All get What We Want? Governance, Authority, Holacracy and Freedom from Consensus in a Self-Managing Organization

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Myco-Food-Forestry

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Rye_Flint_Mycofoodforest.jpg[/image_frame] Come explore some of the mysterious realms of symbiotic fungi and how they live with their plant hosts. Stack some functions! Learn how to integrate mushrooms and fungi into your perennial food forest environment. Your host Rye N. Flint, co-owner of the oldest Truffle Farm in America, will walk you through your very own garden of eatin'. Presented By: Rye N. Flint

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Networking the Transformational Ecosystem

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Networking-the-Transformational-Ecosystem.jpg[/image_frame] Networking the Transformational Ecosystem consists of a number of social enterprises and non-profits (generally 15) giving 3-minute presentations in front of the participants, and then connecting with the participants directly at tables. The organizations present on who they are, what they do, what their needs are, and how you can get involved. Each round of presentations consists of 5 organizations, and rounds are broken up with "tabling/networking" rounds, where each of the presenting organizations tables for 10-15 minutes and receives interested participants who can connect directly with them about engagement opportunities with their organization. NuMundo has presented this interactive networking event at Bioneers (USA), Lucidity Festival…

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Organize for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] In September, 2015, the U.S. joined 192 other UN member nations in adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, composed of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), starting with the goal of ending poverty and hunger. The US government has done nothing to promote and implement this agenda and is undermining the ability of communities to attain these fundamental human rights, instead prioritizing unsafe fossil fuels over the health and welfare of our communities, nation and planet. NEJA (National Equal Justice Association) supports low-income and minority communities fighting for equal justice and environmental policies to stop the degradation and ruination of their lives, livelihoods and neighborhoods. We…

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