OK. Maybe not everywhere but certainly beyond northern California.
‘Tis the season of green festivals and conferences, from family educational events to serious business conferences to gatherings of thoughtful visionaries. Is there a green event close to you? Grab a neighbor and a friend of a friend to share car space, and tell them all about natural living and sustainability.
> > CURRENTLY MISSING (unless you are more fortunate than I).
16th Annual Bioneers Conference
San Rafael, CA
October 14 – 16, 2OO5
See it on DVD.
The Bioneers Conference is a hub of practical solutions for restoring the Earth – and people. It’s a thriving network of visionary innovators working with nature to heal nature. The Bioneers draw from four billion years of evolutionary intelligence and apply the knowledge in practical ways to serve human ends harmlessly.
> > UPCOMING EVENTS. Make your plans now.
3rd Annual Co-op America Green Business Conference
San Francisco, CA
Prior to the Green Festival November 5-6
Starving for a green connection?
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to bite into the green business revolution at this hands-on conference. Learn from your peers in this value-packed three-day event as you discuss the many ways to build your business and a prosperous sustainable economy.
San Francisco, CA
November 5 & 6, 2005
Green Festivals is a movement building event. Our intent is to diffuse an economic model based on life affirming values, an economy built on human rights, equity, art and an understanding that all life is interconnected and interdependent.
The most important outcome of these events for us is to get more people involved in the green economy movement. These events are so ecologically expensive, no matter what efforts we take toward sustainability, that the only way we can offset our footprint is by helping facilitate opportunites, networks and connections that strengthen organizations, new businesses or inspire individuals to find more ways to make a difference.
This is an amazing time of transformation from a life destroying to a life affirming culture. We hope that as part of this transformation, Green Festivals is a catalyst helping to chart a course through the reorganization of our economy so that we can heal our biosphere and nurture all communities, all people, all species.
> > MISSED earlier this year.
10th Annual SolFest
Solar Living Center, Hopland, CA
August 20-21, 2005
Family event with music, speakers, and exhibits.
September 24-25, 2005
We are an interesting business in terms of structure. Green Festivals is fiscally sponsored by Global Exchange. Both Co-op America and Global Exchange provided seed money and both share in the responsibility of fundraising to foundations.
Most of the people working on this event are consultants to the project – each of us working from distinct locations. To see more details on who we are, click on the Green Festivals’ Team link.
We try our best to be as inclusive as possible in decision-making embracing a holonarchic organizational structure.
Fair Trade Futures Conference
September 30 – October 2, 2005
The focus of this conference is bringing together people and organizations committed to Living a Fair Trade Life and to achieving social justice and change through the market, to celebrate the best, learn from our experiences, to create strategies to work collaboratively to strengthen the Fair Trade movement in North America.
If Fair Trade is at the core of what is important to you and what you do in your community, your church, your workplace, or in your business, this conference is the place where you can share, learn and contribute to the Fair Trade movement.
Each individual who lives their choices and beliefs through activism, or whose life values and personal vision match those of Fair Trade is invited to collaborate to build and deepen the vision of the Fair Trade movement.
The Conference Planning Council especially welcomes companies that are just starting to engage in Fair Trade and want to bring these principles into the core of their activities. Come, listen, learn, ask your questions and get inspired to join us on the journey to living a Fair Trade Life.
If you have a green festival or conference to add to my list, let me know. If you were there, give me a report. I have not attended any of these gatherings. Maybe you can help me decide where to start.