Solutions Inspired by Nature

Bioneers – Inspired by Nature

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago (GLBC) is a recent project of Eco-Justice Collaborative, and a local self-organized group affiliated with National Bioneers.  Founded in 2011, GLBC hosted two events to create a leading-edge forum where participants can see tomorrow today … a future environment of hope.

In 2012 and 2013, we brought together social and scientific innovators who focus on breakthrough solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity. These visionaries already are creating the healthy, diverse, equitable and beautiful world we want to live in – our legacy for future generations and the web of life on which our lives depend.

EJC recently relocated its offices to Champaign, Illinois, and is hoping to rekindle Bioneers in the central part of the state, while others, part of the leadership team, are working to find ways to keep the Bioneers tradition in Chicago moving forward.

What is Bioneers?

… The leading edge of the world we want to create”.  
-David Orr, National Bioneers and Oberlin Project

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Our Mission

GLBC’s mission was to promote sustainable community that fosters life-giving relationships, nurtures connections, and celebrates solutions for restoring and healing Earth’s communities.
We do this through a variety of strategies including:

  • Educating the community on innovative solutions.
  • Offering a systemic framework, i.e. a way of “connecting the dots” that is holistic, systemic, and multi-disciplinary.
  • Linking individuals and networks in order to foster connection, cross-pollination, and collaboration of people and ideas, all focused on positive change.
  • Advocating for opportunities to heal and restore our damaged and depleted community.
  • Being an oasis of hope that sparks mass creativity and engagement.

2013 and 2012 Events

The two events held in Chicago featured plenary speakers from both coasts as well as innovators in the Chicago metropolitan area.  Our 2013 programming included six 2 1/2-hour, interactive workshops designed to promote action in the areas of food, water, waste, shelter, energy and community resiliency.

Click these links below to learn about these two events. You’ll find sample videos from each, which we encourage you to watch:

2013 Event
2012 Event

Join Us!

If you are interested in working to bring a Bioneers event to the central part of Illinois, contact Pam Richart. .

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