Creating a Chicago Bioneers Great Lakes Chapter

Creating a Chicago Bioneers Great Lakes Chapter
… and 2011 Gathering

Organizing for a Chicago Great Lakes Chapter of Bioneers is off to a solid start!  We’re meeting again on Monday, December 13 to discuss vision, mission and guiding principles for a 2011 event. We’re considering a 2011 theme that is based on looking at Chicago as a living city – how is it growing; where it is failing and how it is healing or needs to heal.

Our next meeting takes place:

December 13, 2010
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Conference Room, Roots & Shoots
70 East Lake, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60626

What We’ve Accomplished


Our 12 month planning horizon is expected to be carried out in three stages.  We’re still in Stage I:

Stage I – Assemble planning committees, agree on a conference theme and identify an appropriate venue

Stage II – Plan and implement 2011 conference

Stage III – Conduct thorough evaluation of conference planning and implementation; determine feasibility and interest in hosting annual conference


We’re following a structure that includes a Core Planning Committee comprised of representatives from each of several organizing committees:

  • Logistics
  • Program / Arts
  • Fundraising
  • Outreach
  • Publicity / Marketing
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Food

Other committees will be added as the need for them is determined.


We’ve begun to identify organizations and individuals who might be helpful to the planning of this event as committee members and/or key resources.  This includes ensuring that our partners “at the table” reflect Chicago’s economic, racial and cultural diversity.


We now have a list serv for communications, a wiki to help us plan and organize and a structure for meeting minutes and agendas.  We have created a table identifying potential partners to contact for the core planning team, committees and possible workshops and keynote speakers.  And we have an organizing guide provided to us by our friends in Traverse City that will help us move forward efficiently in our work!

Where We’re Headed

By the end of 2010, we hope to assemble working committees, agree on a conference theme and identify an appropriate venue, completing Stage I.

Interested?  Contact Pam at

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