Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago
Presents a Bioneers Network Event
November 1-3, 2013 * Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

What is Bioneers?
"... The leading edge of the world we want to create".  
-David Orr, National Bioneers and Oberlin Project

Listen to keynote David Orr's November 1, 2013 interview with Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZ's Worldview. Learn about the Bioneers movement and the Oberlin Project, a public / private partnership, designed to make the City of Oberlin climate positive by 2040.


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Radio Interviews
Listen to Mike Nowak's recent interviews with Sandra Steingraber and Albert Bates.

Sandra Steingraber and the Fight to Ban Fracking in Illinois

Who Participated This Year? Take A Look!
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What People Are Saying about Our 2012 Event …

  • “The biggest love-fest to hit Chicago in the 21st century. It’s for people who choose to prove the cynics wrong, we can create a better Chicago and we’re doing it today.”
  • “I attend a lot of conferences as a speaker and have a fairly high bar, but it was exceeded at every turn. Many of the speakers were that perfect blend of inspirational and practical. The measures to minimize the ecological footprint of the conference were very thorough. The Bioneers walked their talk all weekend long.”  
  • “GLBC was a eye opener to the possibilities of a Living City. It was a one stop opportunity to see a positive future in a world sick with pessimism and worry.” 
  • “Hearing Vandana Shiva is inspiring, priceless and is mandatory for anyone who cares about the Earth and all life.”
  • “I loved the event, the speakers, the food, everything was great. It was especially inspiring and motivating to hear professionals address serious issues realistically and with great candour,- such as Blake Davis and Richard Heinberg. But what I liked most about the event was that for a couple of days I felt like I was surrounded by people who truly understood what was going on in the world. It felt good to be able to listen and talk about the complex issues we are facing with like-minded people, without being judged as a pessimistic radical. Thank you for putting this together. I look forward to next year.”
  • “The quality of the presentations was excellent, and mixing in arts–dance and music–lifted my spirits throughout.”
  • “The Bioneers conference opened my mind in unexpected ways. Sustainability is something more in the background than foreground of my mind and concerns, but this event helped move it more toward the front. I never knew what a “closed loop” was. Now it’s an important part of my vocabulary.”
  • “Overall, this was a fine conference, the choice of speakers, especially for Friday and Saturday morning was unbelievable. One of the best array of speakers possible.”
  • “Great variety of speakers with deep understanding of what it is going to take from all of us to create the world we want to live in.”
  • “Excellent speakers, presenters & exhibitors!!!”
  • “The quality of the presentations and the breadth of topics over a large spectrum of the Chicago community made for an informative and entertaining experience that I look forward to continuing at future events. Well done!!”
  • “Truly Inspirational! An educational, engaging & fun weekend!”
  • “This was my first one and I will attend again. It really helped me see more of the amazing work being done to help continue bringing awareness education to many of us who would not be able to get it elsewhere.”
  • “It  was very cool. All the speakers were wonderful. Great location.”
  • “This was one of the most incredible events I have ever attended. The collaborating and sharing that when on between like-minded people who had never met before will reverberate for years to come. It’s been a month and I still can’t stop talking about it!”
  • “People were graciously welcomed. Volunteers were well-informed and helped people find resources. I mainly came to hear Vandana Shiva.”
  • “I loved the variety of speakers. Very knowledgable.”
  • “This was an inspiring and informative conference! Everything from the workshops, plenaries, and speakers were excellent!”
  • “I am so glad that I went. I learned so much.”
  • “There was an attentive and caring energy in the seminars I attended and I would love to come back and help out next year!”
  • “A great gathering of like minded biological life forms on the path of re-engineering our lives towards a symbiotic harmony with the Natural World Order!”
  • “Got me excited and inspired and connected. Still talking about it. The event exceeded expectations, I think.”
  • “The variety of expressions of environmental concern and ideas about creating a new kind of community that I saw while I was there was inspiring. I hope Bioneers becomes a regular part of the Chicago year.”
  • “Everyone was very helpful and nice! I really enjoyed networking with everyone I met.”
  • “Great speakers and performances!”
  • “You were excellent with keeping everyone on time! Also loved how I was called about an hour before we went on to see how we were doing and if there were any last minute questions! so conscientious! Was a wonderful first conference! Everyone did a terrific job!” – From a presenter
  • “The Conference was obviously the product of a tremendous amount of work, commitment and energy. Congratulations!”
  • “This was my first one and I will attend again. It really helped me see more of the amazing work being done to help continue bringing awareness education to many of us who would not be able to get it elswhere.”
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