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Plenary: Regenerative Systems Panel

October 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

In this panel, speakers will be discussing some new economic and political answers that have been emerging to meet the needs and challenges of our time. What kinds of changes are possible in our current system? What new systems show potential for building a thriving economy based on nature and human rights?  How do we actually divest from the fossil fuel economy? What is the 7th generation new deal? These and other provocative questions will be discussed.

This workshop is being offered as part of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit. Please click here to learn more and register using our pay-what-you-can donation-based system to participate.



Lyla June Johnston is an Indigenous musician, scholar, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective, and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives, and solutions. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree, focusing on Indigenous food systems revitalization.

Emily Kawano is the founder of the US Solidarity Economy Network. She served on the RIPESS (the Intercontinental Social Solidarity Economy Network) board for eight years and co-directs Wellspring Cooperative. She has a Ph.D. in economics from UMass, Amherst where she joined the Center for Popular Economics and served as director for nine years.

Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He is the author of fourteen books, including seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis. Richard has authored hundreds of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, Literary Review, Yes!, and The Sun; and on websites such as Resilience.org, CommonDreams.org, Alternet.org, ProjectCensored.com, and Counterpunch.com. His monthly MuseLetter has been in publication since 1992 and has been included in Utne Magazine’s annual list of Best Alternative Newsletters.


Vicki Robin has helped launch many sustainability initiatives including The New Road Map Foundation, The Simplicity Forum, The Turning Tide Coalition, Sustainable Seattle, The Center for a New American Dream, Transition Whidbey, the 10-Day Local Food Challenge and more. In the 1990’s she served on the President’s Council on Sustainable Development’s Task Force on Population and Consumption.”




October 2, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
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