Solutions … Guided by Nature

Did You Know …
In just a few weeks, Bioneers is coming to Chicago!

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago
November 2 through 4 (Friday through Sunday)
UIC Student Center East
750 S. Halsted, Chicago


On November 2-4, Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago will host its first annual conference at UIC Student Center East.  For three exciting days, participants will have the opportunity to join international, national, and local visionaries in a program of presentations and interactive workshops interwoven with music, drama, dance, poetry and celebration.

Our theme, Chicago the Living City, will bring together innovators from all walks of life to exchange ideas, build networks, and experience the power of visions guided by a philosophy that the responses to our city’s most significant environmental, social, and economic challenges must be in harmony with the wisdom and proven design of natural systems.


  • Keynotes and Flash Talks by leaders in the environmental and social justice movements.
  • Empowering, interactive panels and workshops
  • Inspiring art, music, poetry, drama, and dance
  • Youth-related workshops and activities
  • Exhibit Hall showcasing Chicago’s change makers
  • Facilitated discussions designed to move the dialogue beyond the event

Learn how to turn today’s most pressing challenges into just solutions that restore and heal our planet.

  • Richard Heinberg – Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva – Author, internationally renowned scientist and food justice activist
  • Nina Simons – Co-founder, National Bioneers
  • John Edel – Eco-preneur and founder of The Plant, Chicago’s first vertical farm and food business incubator
  • Starhawk – Author/voice of earth-based spirituality, activist, and ecofeminist
  • Dr. Gerould Wilhelm – World-class botanist and Director of the Conservation Research Institute
  • Mark Lakeman – Urban placemaker, Communitecture

Our gathering will be filled with art, music, dance, and poetry representing Chicago’s diversity.

  • Unidos do Quilombo, Brazilian percussionists
  • Ho Etsu Taiko
  • René Cardoza and his Aztec ceremonial dancer
  • Bill Buchholtz, native flutist
  • Louder than a Bomb, Chicago youth poets
  • Joe Reilly, environmental songwriter and performer
  • She-Boom, women’s African drumming group
  • Shanta Nurullah, African American musician and story-teller
  • Gingarte Capoeira, Brazilian group that integrates martial arts, dance and music

To get a feel for the scope of what’s being proposed, and  click here for FridaySaturday and Sunday.  Registration is via Eventbrite, accessible from our website’s registration page.

Eco-Justice Collaborative, lead organizer, is offering a 20% discount for people who register between October 9 and October 16.  Visit the registration page and go to the bottom right hand corner of the registration form and enter the promotional code EJC.  That code will reduce the registration rates and you can make your selections accordingly.

We need volunteers – and lots of them – to make this happen.  Volunteer  receive even greater discounts. More information – including an opportunity to sign up to volunteer on line – can be found on our Volunteer During the Event page.

Thanks for all you do to make this world a better place for generations to come.


Pam and Lan
Eco-Justice Collaborative
Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago

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