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Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago - Celebrating Community Resilience

The 2013 theme Celebrating Community Resilience, called us to recognize that we are capable of bouncing back, and provided Friday evening's keynote address:  The New Abolitionists of Illinois and their Fight Against Fracking.

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago 2013 Event Guide

2013 Program

Friday's program included six, 2 1/2-hour long workshops focused on shelter, waste, energy, food, water, and community resilience.  They designed to bring forward ideas for making Chicago a more resilient city.  Workshops were co-led by both plenary speakers and some of Chicago's most prominent innovators, educators, designers, organizers, and elected officials, and attended by the general public, business persons, educators, environmental activists, students and more.

Click here for the 2013 event guide, which includes bios for all workshop leaders, in addition to schedule and sponsors for the 2013 event.



Photographs were taken by Roark Johnson, Roark Johnson Photography, and Nancy Hill.  Navigate through all pictures or watch a full-screen slide show. Begin by clicking any photograph.

Radio Interviews ...

Listen to Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZ's Worldview, interview Keynote David Orr. Learn about the Bioneers movement and the Oberlin Project, a public / private partnership, designed to make the City of Oberlin climate positive by 2040.

Hear Mike Nowak, host of WCPT's The Mike Nowak Show, interview keynote Sandra Steingraber and plenary speaker Albert Bates a few weeks before the event:

Sandra Steingraber: The Fight to Ban Fracking in Illinois
Scientist, author, activist and parent Sandra Steingraber talks about her fight to prevent fracking in her home state of Illinois and her adopted state of New York.

Albert Bates; Ecovillage Response to the Crises of Our Planet
Author, lecturer and permaculturist with the Ecovillage Training Center, Bates talks about how appropriate, sustainable choices are the key to the future of America and the planet.

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Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago is a local affiliate of Bioneers that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and the planet. Our vision for the future is rooted in nature-inspired solutions to the world's most pressing social justice and environmental challenges. For more information on National Bioneers, visit:  www.bioneers.org.