Oscar Chavez

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbsAAAAJDVkZTk1ODljLTYyNDgtNGE5My04NmJhLTE0MmY4ZTY1OTMyZA.jpg[/image_frame] Oscar works for the Sonoma County Department of Human Services. Prior to joining the County, Oscar served as the Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, one of the largest community benefit organizations in Northern California. Oscar has dedicated himself to establishing strong and positive ties between the county's low wealth neighborhoods, public entities and the business community in order to raise awareness about the growing education, health and income disparities that exist in our communities. He is equally committed to finding solutions that get at the root cause of poverty. Friday Oct 6| 7:30pm| Main Stage Cultivating Unity in a Divided World…

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Our 200 Year Plan: Designing our Future Together

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What is our 200 year plan---for our planet? For our permaculture and communities movements? What are our best strategies? How do we achieve these? Liora Adler, co-founder of Gaia U, will facilitate a panel of permaculture and community leaders to inspire group discussion by attendees. What is YOUR 200 year plan? Presented By: Liora Adler Sunday September 18th | 2 – 3 PM | Mediterranean Garden

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Permaculture Action Network: How We’re Organizing and How To Get Involved

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/1441593989096.jpeg[/image_frame] Ryan Rising of the Permaculture Action Network gives a how-to on getting involved with the organization's movement of mobilizing concert-goers and festival-audiences to Permaculture Action Days - one day events where people build the viable alternatives of the just & regenerative paradigm in their own communities. In 2014, the group carried out the first "Permaculture Action Tour," mobilizing hundreds of concert-goers at a time in 32 cities throughout the United States to come take action the next day - building urban farms, planting community food forests, installing rainwater catchment systems, natural buildings, and more. Hear a short report back on this past year of developing a…

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Permaculture and Art

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] How can "art" be used to communicate permaculture and ecological principles? How can "art" incite curiosity and delight that opens people to new ideas and optional new behaviors? This will be a quick survey of artworks that either demonstrate and embody permaculture solutions or point to issues and suggest possible approaches. Artworks will include those of the presenter and of artists from the greater eco-art "world". Presented by: Christina Bertea Thursday September 15th | 4:15 PM – 4:35 PM | Solar Panel: La Luna

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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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Region Lewis

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Region is the co-founder and co director of Full Harvest Farms, a half acre permaculture farm in East Oakland. The farm has animal husbandry, community workshops focused on the impact of our changing climate, permaculture education, and rein-visioning our dependency on traditional systems. He also works as the Peer Mentor and permaculture instructor to formerly incarcerated men and women as part of Pathways to Resilience, a program which he apprenticed and graduated from in Summer 2014. He most recently was awarded a most coveted Farmers Fellowship as part of Ecofarm 2015. Before he started farming he was an organizer, who worked on campaigns in New Orleans…

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ReInhabiting the Village: Interactive Workshop

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What is the Culture of the Modern Village and how are we creating a Global Village? As we become increasingly aware of our interconnection on this one shared home called Earth, there is a compelling call to find our common threads and become the stewards for our collective future. By sharing principals that include Thinking Global, Acting Local practices, regional resilience, appropriate technology, cultural literacy, holistic health, living economy and more, the call is to empower engagement and participation in direct action at personal, interpersonal, and local community levels while considering our place in the greater web of life. Whether on a Land Stewardship project, or…

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Robin Liepman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Robin_Liepman_BloomingBiodiversity-2.jpeg[/image_frame] Robin Liepman (Bloom) is a co-founder and co-organizer of the Blooming Biodiversity Permaculture Tour (www.BloomingBiodiversity.org). He is a world traveller, here to re-weave the dream of the modern world into a vibrant balanced existence. Bloom was born from the warm coastal womb of central California in San Luis Obispo, educated by the fairies and tree people at the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science, (and a special focus on life, the universe and everything,) and initiated into the intergalactic tribe of awakening beings during his six months of travel through Central America, becoming initiated into the modern day mystery…

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Rogér Knoren

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Roger Knoren, Outreach and US Engagement for Pachamama Allicane Roger focuses on expanding the reach and impact of the Pachamama Alliance Up to Us engagement pathway. He is also responsible for supporting Awakening the Dreamer Facilitators and community development program. Roger’s previous activities include his work as a scenic director for some of the world’s leading music festivals. He conceptualized, designed and constructed outdoor stages and special events all across Europe. He studied architecture and photography and started his career as a video jockey. In 2013 Roger moved from The Netherlands to the US and started re-aligning his career with his values. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Co-Active…

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Ryan Rising

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/RyanRisingTeaching.jpg[/image_frame] Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. After organizing Pushing Through the Pavement: a Permaculture Action Tour with The Polish Ambassador in the Fall of 2014, Ryan co-founded the Permaculture Action Network and has worked with festivals and artists like Lightning in a Bottle and Rising Appalachia to mobilize concert-goers and festival attendees to install permaculture systems and create community spaces that move us further on the transition to a just and regenerative world. Permaculture Action Days have brought out hundreds of people at a time after concerts and before music festivals to plant public food…

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Sara Smith-Rubio

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Sara-Smith-Rubio-head-shot.jpg[/image_frame] Sara Smith-Rubio is an urban homesteader and mother in Sacramento. She was blessed to be raised white in the heart of a black community in Berkeley California. Sara holds PDC's from both the Instituto de Permacultura e Ecovilas do Cerrado and the Regenerative Design Institute. She complete a B.S. in Health Education, and a minor in Holistic Health from San Francisco State University. She worked for 6 years at Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project before building community from the home out as a stay-at-home-mom. Mrs. Smith-Rubio would like to see an ecological garden in every home, and is interested in building bridges cross…

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Senator Mike McGuire

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Senator Mike McGuire is a third generation Northern Californian, whose family farmed prunes and grapes in the Alexander Valley for nearly a half century.  Raised by his mom and grandma, Mike worked his way through high school and college and enjoyed a career in the radio and television industries. Mike was first elected to the Healdsburg School Board when he was 19. As one of Northern California’s youngest school board presidents, he led successful efforts to rebuild local decaying schools. In 2004, Mike was elected to the Healdsburg City Council where he was the city’s youngest mayor and was instrumental in creating one of the most…

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Share Your Story: Public Speaking 101

We delve into the world of public speaking during this workshop, sharing tips and best practices while providing a safe space for participants to practice speaking about a topic of their choice. Are you one of those individuals whose greatest fear is public speaking? Want to share your inspirational story about permaculture but sure where to start? This workshop will share best practices in public speaking, and then you will get to try your hand at public speaking and sharing your story. HIGHLY recommended for individuals who are giving RED talks - come practice your talk here! Permaculture has a million inspirational stories but so few are told! This workshop hopes…

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Sharing Our Stories

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] From sitting around the campfire to going to a blockbuster movie, stories are all around us and critical to building our movement. This panel will feature a diverse intergenerational panel sharing their inspirational stories about variety of ways permaculture programs and projects have affected themselves, their communities and the planet. Workshop participants will then have a turn to tell their own stories and perspectives. Presented By: Marley Benshalom, Susan Silber, Penny Livingston Saturday September 17th | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Main Stage

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Sky Blue

Over the last 18 years, Sky Blue has been a member of Twin Oaks Community, a housing collective, a student housing cooperative, a cohousing community, and two small worker co-operative businesses. He current works as the Executive Director for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. He’s visited dozens of communities and cooperatives, in the US and in Europe. Living in community and furthering the larger cooperative movement has been a primary focus of his entire adult life. He's played a formal or informal role in a number of organizations, as well as forming or developing groups. At Twin Oaks he's had many jobs, including, manager of the Twin Oaks Communities Conference. He…

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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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Stephen Cataldo

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Stephen Cataldo is the author of Cognitive Politics. He leads workshops and is beginning to develop web applications that break down partisan divides and encourage healthier dialogue. 2016 RED Talk Presentation: Connecting Across Partisan Divides

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Supervisor James Gore

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] James Gore is a Sonoma County native who was born in Healdsburg and raised in the 4th District. The Gore family has deep roots in Sonoma County’s community and has been in the Bay Area for 6 generations. James’ father partnered in founding a successful vineyard management company, and his mother worked as dental assistant in Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. James won election in 2014 as County Supervisor for Northern Sonoma County's 4th District. He passionately represents more than 100,000 residents in this beautiful region where he was born and raised - and now raises his own family. His District includes the premium wine grape…

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Susan Park

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Susan Juniper Park is an Oakland-based activist and organizer engaged at the cross roads of ecological, economic and social justice efforts. She is also deeply engaged in healing work, urban farming and permaculture. She envisions a world of deep systemic change that will move us all towards living in balanced interconnection with the Earth and each other--a world that is based in justice, deep culture and bioregional resiliency. She has previously ran a grassroots economic development project for a food justice organization, managed a farmers' market, worked at a worker-owned cooperative, did fundraising for a grassroots non-profit and was part of a long-standing land defense direct…

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Susan Silber

Susan Silber: Susan was introduced to community resilience after learning about the Transition Movement and co-founded the Berkeley Transition Initiative five years ago. Susan was co-producer of the Building Resilience Communities Convergence in both 2013 and 2015, and Community Resilience Challenge for two years. She also worked as an environmental educator for the past 25 years, and is proud to have introduced thousands of youth to the joys of nature, working with the Green Schools Initiative, Hostelling International, the Peace Corps and other programs. Friday Oct 6| 9am|Bioregional Hub Bioregional Breakout Session Friday Oct 6| 11am| Bioregional Hub Bioregional Workshop Friday Oct 6| 2pm|TBA Network Workshop Friday Oct 6| 5:30pm| Bioregional Hub Bioregional Happy…

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