What is Bioneers?

Bioneers is a salon of ideas and exchange that highlight the world we wish to see.  - David Orr, PhD, Board Member, National Bioneers

The Living City, Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago, 2012. Photo by Liz Nerat

The Living City, Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago, 2012. Photo by Liz Nerat


What is Bioneers? 

Bioneers comes from the root words "Biological" and "Pioneers". Bioneers look at solutions to today's social, economic and environmental from the lens of nature, asking the question "how would nature solve this problem"?  Solutions created in this way are holistic, interconnected, and low-impact, and avoid the pitfalls of false solutions that typically lead us from one problem to another.

National Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel coined the term Bioneers in 1990 to describe an emerging culture:

Bioneers are social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic "nature's operating instructions" to serve human ends without harming the web of life. Nature's principles—kinship, cooperation, diversity, symbiosis and cycles of continuous creation absent of waste—can also serve as metaphoric guideposts for organizing an equitable, compassionate and democratic society.

 

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago

In 2012 and 2013, Eco-Justice Collaborative brought together social and scientific innovators in two events to highlight and engage attendees in  breakthrough solutions to today's environmental and socio-economic challenges that are inspired by nature and human ingenuity.  We did this under the auspices of Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago (GLBC), which we founded in 2011 along with other volunteers.  Our board included representation from Beyond TodayTai Chi Center of Chicago, Transition Rogers Park, and Global Citizenship Experience Lab School in addition to Eco-Justice Collaborative.  Our events were planned and implemented by the Board and other volunteers bringing expertise in the areas of food, water, education, biomimicry, music and arts and more.  

GLBC was a a local self-organized group affiliated with National Bioneers, a national organization that has been hosting annual leading-edge forums for over 25 years.

Take some time to explore the event guides and videos for The Living City and Celebrating Community Resilience to see how 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 is hoping to bring Bioneers to Champaign, IL, where we now are located.  If interested in being part of this exciting endeavor, be sure to contact us!

Consilience, Concinnity, and The Way

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