Bioneers Day 1: Grief, Love, and the Power of Independent Media
2019 Bioneers Conference
Turn Inspiration Into Real Change
Today, the first day of the 2019 Bioneers Conference, was immediately transformative. The morning's powerful, emotional keynote addresses carried us into an afternoon filled with ideas and solutions that can guide us into the coming year.
"We are eroding together. We are evolving together," said author Terry Tempest Williams in her keynote address. "This is the place we create from. With love, with courage, in grief, and with anger."
Following are some of the ideas and takeaways Bioneers introduced today.
The Bioneers Team
Lessons and Takeaways:
Allow your grief to teach you: Nina Simons told us the story of her mother's passing, saying, "The impermanence of life is much realer to me now. Death’s nearness makes living shinier, more crystalline, full moons are fuller, foxes more breathtaking, laughter and wildness and freedom more precious. Read the full text of Nina's speech here.
Acknowledge your sacredness and the sacredness of those around you: "Remember anyone you deal with has a lineage," said co-founder and director of the Sacred Circles Center Jerry Tello. "We must call to our lineage, recognize that when you hurt, I hurt, and when you heal, I heal. We must take the opportunity to bless each other."
Write an apology letter to yourself, from your abusers: Writer Eve Ensler described the relief she felt in writing The Apology (read an excerpt here), which was an imagined letter to her from her abusive father. "I don’t believe that the mandate is ever on the victim to forgive," she said. "But I do believe there is an alchemy that is achieved with a true apology. That your hate and your anger release when somebody truly apologizes."
If you have a platform that can benefit somebody else, give it away: The incredible panelists in the "Grief, Sacred Rage, Reckoning & Revolutionary Love" afternoon session discussed the importance of uplifting others as a tool to combat rage and hopelessness.
Tell stories focused on actual human need: In the Green New Deal afternoon roundtable, Paul Hawken shared how stories about existential threats, such as climate change, don't mobilize people; stories about concrete needs and actions do. (More on that here.)
Support initiatives and candidates trying to get big money out of politics: Several speakers point to this step as one of the biggest moves we can make to carry out several important initiatives.
Mission: "We produce stories, tools, curricula, conferences, films, TV moments, and mass mobilizations that equip and inspire people to practice the ethic of love. Our current projects focus on racism, nationalism, and hate against Sikh, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian American communities."
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