Keep the Conversation Going
MORE RECONNECTING EVENTS!
Frequently at the end of the annual conference participants
say "You should do this more often". So, we have heard you
and have scheduled Five Re-connecting Events featuring the
plenary speakers we were not able to share at the conference
as well as a person or organization from our local community
doing similar work.
All events are FREE and will be from 5 to 6:30 PM. The first two
will be at Marygrove College. 2014 venues will be announced.
Save the dates.
Get All Reconnecting Events
GLBD is one of several sites of the Bioneers Network. The overarching mission of Bioneers is the advancement of holistic education pertaining to global, social, cultural and environmental issues. Bioneers identifies progressive yet nature-honoring solutions to rising challenges of instability, inequality, and unsustainable growth. It disseminates this knowledge via independent media, events, and community action networks.
In Detroit and Southeast Michigan, GLBD supports the national mission through our annual conference and our collaborative work during the year. We foster transformation, resilience, reinvention, co-creation and celebration as ways to resist
forces that destroy, demean and oppress the planet. National
Bioneers and Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit invite you to join us in this
community of leadership of breakthrough solutions for people
For the first time since the 'satellite' program began national Bioneers will not be live-streaming the plenary speakers. This is why we scheduled our Detroit conference on the last weekend in October.
We will miss the feeling of 'being with' others on the same weekend. Yet, this change brings other benefits:
. The presence of Kenny Ausubel, co-founder of Bioneers who will be
with us on Friday and Saturday.
. The flexibility to re-organize our conference schedule so we
intersperse local workshops, national plenary speakers with
reflection, celebration and networking.
. Three representatives from Detroit have been invited to present
at the national conference this year! They are: Gloria Rivera,
Lottie Spady and Malik Yakini.
. Lastly, and following your suggestions, we have scheduled
follow-up 'reconnecting' half-day sessions beginning in November
to assist us to put the vision into practice!
GLBD will continue to focus its energy and resources on the City of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Our collaborative and networking efforts are animated by our understanding of the connections we all have to each other, our environment, our resources and social justice. This is how we hope to continue our work and help grow resilient communities - turning vision into action.
Our GLBD strategies include:
. Living the reality that "...in the midst of a magnificent diversity
of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth
community with a common destiny".
. Remembering that the work of transformation is spiritual work.
. Recognizing the vision/gifts of the community for innovative
. Using Ideas and practices that help us to "connect the dots" within
a holistic, systemic, and multi-disciplinary framework.
. Linking individuals and networks in order to foster connection,
cross-pollination, and collaboration of people and ideas, all focused
on positive change.
. Advocating to restore our damaged and depleted earth and
. Being an oasis of hope that sparks mass creativity and engagement.
People from all areas and levels of interest in the environment and social justice come together to learn, grow, and be inspired at the conference. This self-organized Bioneers Network Event features: tours, local presenters, and DVDs of eight of the 13 plenary speakers
Comments on our Annual Conference
Exposed to exciting, provocative ideas.
Gained so much knowledge about positive things that are going on right here in the city.
Learnshop facilitators were engaging.
Food was EXCELLENT.
I had a wonderful time.
Learnshops really broadened my understanding of possibilities for sustainable communities.
Very refreshing in a cynical election year.
Unique conference that comes from the right heart and spirit.
Tours of Detroit were a great idea.