Aaron Fernando

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/263934.jpg[/image_frame] Aaron Fernando works with Bay Bucks, a local currency and business community in the Bay Area of California. He is now passionate about money reform and believes that local currencies address a wide range of problems including inequality, environmental degradation, and the erosion of social capital. He formerly worked in the nonprofit sector in Washington DC, spent some time traveling in Southeast Asia, and ultimately moved to the Bay Area specifically to work with Bay Bucks and promote local currencies. Aaron sees the Bay Bucks currency as a well-designed tool to build trust between members and increase community resilience. He is an advocate for new economic…

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Aaron Lehmer-Chang

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Aaron_Headshot_2015.jpg[/image_frame] Aaron Lehmer-Chang, who comes out of the San Francisco Bay Area's social and environmental justice movement, is a veteran of fair trade fights. He participated in the "Battle of Seattle" in 1999 where union members, environmentalists, and global justice activists shut down the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting, and organized against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement with a student, labor, and community alliance. Aaron co-founded a regional eco-justice organization, Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize), which works to build equitable, resilient communities. He holds a Master's in Globalization and the Environment from Humboldt State University. Aaron's background includes working for Van Jones'…

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Alejandra Liora Adler

Alejandra Liora Adler, CEO, is a visionary social actionist facilitator, psychologist, holistic nutritionist, event organizer, photographer and dancer. Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s she explored intentional and traditional communities as a means to create a basis for a culture that provided both for physical needs and the basic human need to belong. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Ecovillage Network, its representative to the UN, and as a co-founder of a women's sewing cooperative and two ecovillage projects in Latin America,Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage in Mexico and Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz por la Paz she has shared her experience and knowledge in 30 countries. With Andrew Langford…

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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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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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Andrew Baskin

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Serving as Student Representative on SAEA’s Steering Council and the External Advisory Board of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, Andrew K. Baskin pioneered original research as a McNair Scholar with departmental honors while earning his B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. The UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Circle along with USDA-NIFA have awarded Baskin funding to speak at conferences nationwide (UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Harvard, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, etc.) Painfully aware that our institutions of higher education perpetuate systemic oppression, Baskin gratefully acknowledges his privilege to access these networks and work to bridge this divide.…

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Asa Schaeffer

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Asa Schaeffer is an innovative medical cannabis entrepreneur and industry expert. He meticulously follows all aspects of his medication, from genetics to end user product, with the attention to detail and expertise that only an expert with 10+ years of experience can provide.   Asa is the CEO of Sonoma County Collective, a not for profit medical cannabis collective based in Santa Rosa, CA since its 2010 inception. His meticulous plan- ning and preparation has helped SCC leave an industry wide mark, characterized by their innovative delivery service model and commitment to outstanding customer service. His longstanding industry connections have allowed him to easily and sucessfully…

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Brennan Blazer Bird

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan.jpg[/image_frame] Brennan Blazer Bird is an ecological educator, natural builder, and solutioncrafter who has led a diverse array of artistic and ecological projects around the world. For the past 5 years Brennan has taught youth and community members to transform plastic waste into an artistic community-gathering place (www.earthbench.org). Brennan is also starting a fossil-fuel-free ecological kitchen classroom called SolutionCraft (www.solutioncraft.org). Currently Brennan lives at an ecological collective in Oakland, CA and is a full-time Garden and Sustainability Educator at Alta Vista School in San Francisco. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Appropriate Cooking Technology - The Fossil-Fuel-Free Meal!

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Bryan Arturo

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Bryan-Arturo.jpg[/image_frame] Bryan Arturo is a permaculture land steward working at East End Eden in Ojai, CA. After studying Business Management & Entrepreneurship in Chicago, he worked at regenerative projects and facilitated socially impactful gatherings throughout Latin America. Bryan supported NuMundo‘s global impact center database since it’s inception and is organizing The Sustainable Living Tour occurring October 2016. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Regenerative Enterprise & the 8 Forms of Capital

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Cannabis Cultivation: Sustainability Practices for the Future

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Adrian_Carroll_PermacultureAndCannabis.png[/image_frame] Cannabis farming has not embraced sustainable practices, but with the evolving regulations, sustainable farming is becoming more common place. In the past, cannabis farmers have not been considered to be sustainable, let alone farmers. Due to legal and enforcement issues, Cannabis farmers have struggled in the past to plan and develop beyond 12 to 18 months. As the State passing new legislation and develops licensing requirements and local jurisdictions do the same, the farming environment for the cannabis cultivator begins to stabilize. Sustainable and regenerative practices are being embraced by the farmer. The investment horizon for the cannabis farmer is beginning to extend to multiple years.…

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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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Chaz Peling

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ChazHead.jpg[/image_frame] Chaz’s passion and knowledge comes from working in the solar energy field for over seven years, as well as having been a pioneer in the alternative energy for off-grid living segment in the 1980’s. He is a life-long entrepreneur, starting and advising three successful business. Chaz also spent time in the telecom/Internet field as a business development manager and sales executive. His experience as a builder and electrician help him administer complex designs in solar equipment. Chaz has completed an AA in electronics technology, while continuing his education with business and solar/electrical courses. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Solar & LEDs for New Closed Loop Agriculture

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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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Christian Stalberg

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Christian-Stalberg.jpg[/image_frame] Christian Stalberg currently manages Enersim, Ltd., a building energy performance simulation and training company. His interest in sustainability, i.e. ecovillages, comes from having grown up off the grid and a 10+ year career in disaster recovery and hazard mitigation where he worked with both the private and public sectors in recovering from anthropocentric and natural disasters. Before energy modeling and disaster work, Christian had another career in telecomputing beginning in the early 1980s working with personal computers and what eventually became known as the internet. An 'early adopter', Christian was a member of California Certified Organic Farmers and subscribed to Communities magazine in the 1970s. Having…

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Cogarden: The NeighborFood Network

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] The Cogarden platform enables a 'Do It Together' food gardening experience. Connecting food growers that share fence, or are miles from each other. Cogardeners help in creating a Community to Consumer food supply chain, that makes neighborhoods resilient, and culturally diverse. Sunil, Founder, Cogarden will introduce the Cogardening framework, its socio-cultural impact, and eco-commerce potential. Join us. Let's Cogarden. Presented by: Sunil R Nair and Rob Bennaton Sunday September 18th | 3:30 – 4:30 PM | Bioregional Hub

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Collaborative Economy

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What are the ways in which we can cooperate and collaborate to make a stronger, more resilient economy? How can we ensure that we are integrating economics within the greater context of life and what is important? Koreen is a businesswoman and farm owner who has collaborated with investors, activists, seekers, suburbanites and many others to create cooperative economics that at its core, focuses on caring for the earth, people, and our future and will share some of the most successful actions she is aware of, and how this can be expanded. The workshop will focus on building bridges between people with money, and people without…

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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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Crystal Huang

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Crystal_Huang-e1471722945585.jpeg[/image_frame] Crystal employs strategy and implements operations for organizations working on building regenerative systems. She has worked in variety of sectors, including public, private, and development sectors, driving strategy decisions for startups, non-profits and C-suite. Her experience in sustainability consists of resource recovery, energy management, and clean technology. She was also the Associate Producer for Charles Ferguson’s new film, Time to Choose, on climate solutions. She worked extensively with Ferguson on the renewable energy sector in both China and the U.S. Her passion is to inspire and empower individuals to create a regenerative world together. This is why she is also building a digital platform to help…

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Daisy Ozim

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/1.jpg[/image_frame] Daisy Ozim, is the Director of Resilient Wellness, a holistic health education and services program. In addition she is a co-founder of Earth Healing Collective. She has been involved in community based outreach and advocacy and civic youth engagement, since her late teens. As a seasoned health advocate, based in San Francisco bay area, she's a fierce proponent of health and wellness as well as decolonizing all aspects of the public health sector. As Vice President of the San Francisco Legalization Taskforce, she is a champion for communities impacted by failed policies produced by the war on drugs and strong environmental justice regulations. As an environmentalist,…

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David Casey

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/davidcasey-768x509.jpeg[/image_frame] David Casey is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, with concentrations in Global Poverty & Practice and Energy & Resources. David has lived and worked in seven countries in Latin America, where he has built an extensive network of connections to individuals and organizations. His work has focused on marketing, social networks, experience design, and event production. He is the co-founder and CEO of NuMundo, a platform that connects people and impact centers, encouraging resource sharing on the web and on the ground to catalyze planetary regeneration and individual transformation. NuMundo has recently been accepted into Startup Chile, a prestigious business…

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