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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Friday Youth Program
12:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Congress Lounge

Friday afternoon youth program features Ameena Matthews, Cure Violence; Peter Hoy, Let’s Go Chicago;  Zarakyah Ahmadiel, Soul Vegan;  Adam Gottlieb, Louder than a Bomb; and Robbie Q, The Encyclopedia Show.

Students with ID get in for $5.  High school students must be accompanied by parent or teacher chaperone.  Register for Friday with promotional code HS2013.
GLBC Youth Flier 2013
DRAFT Schedule
12:30-12:40 Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Robbie Q, The Encyclopedia Show
12:40-1:10 Ameena Matthews, Cure Violence and The Interrupters
1:10-1:20 Q&A with Ameena
1:20-1:30 Performance by Adam Gottlieb, Louder than a Bomb
1:30-1:50 Peter Hoy, Let’s Go Chicago!
1:50-2:00 Q&A with Peter Hoy
2:00-2:05 Introduction of Zarakyah Ahmadiel
2:05-2:25 Zarakyah Ahmadiel, Soul Vegan
2:25-2:35 Q&A with Zarakyah Ahmadiel
2:35-2:45 Closing by Master of Ceremonies Robbie Q

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Presentations and Bios
In addition to talking with Ameena Matthews, here’s what happening …

Adam Gottlieb
Adam Gottlieb
Chicago Young Authors

Session Title: Poetry Reading
Adam Gottlieb is a poet/teaching-artist from Chicago. He got into spoken word at age 14 via the Young Chicago Authors teen poetry slam festival Louder Than a Bomb, and was featured in the documentary film by the same name. He recently graduated from Hampshire College, where he studied poetry and critical pedagogy. He seeks to promote the use of poetry as a medium for dialogue, self-expression, and positive social change.

Peter Hoy 

Session Title: YOUth in the Green Economy
What is the green economy? Why does it matter to YOUth? The world we’re inheriting is broken–no jobs, ecological collapse, thriving oppressive systems–but there are solutions! Hear updates from Power Shift, the 10,000 strong youth climate conference in Pittsburgh this October, and learn about opportunities to grow the youth-led green economy right here in Chicago! #WeAreTheGreenEconomy

Biography Peter Hoy grew up in the Chicago area and escaped to Portland, Oregon for a short stint before returning to take on the challenges of creating environmental change in the nation’s 3rd largest city. He has been organizing community based responses to climate change since 2010 and currently serves on the leadership team for LETS GO Chicago. His most recent project is working with a small team of young people to develop a worker owned green enterprise on the north side of the city.

Anthony Betori 

Session Title: YOUth in the Green Economy
Biography Anthony Betori grew up in Toledo, Ohio, schooled early in rust-belt broken economies. He came to Chicago for college, getting out of there as fast as possible after graduation to start building an economy that makes sense instead of trying to join an economy that doesn’t. He is currently working on building a yard sharing network of gardens in Rogers Park with LETS GO Chicago to decrease energy independence in food production and increase urban #swagriculture.

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Zarakyah Ben Ahmadiel
Spokesman and Community Service Liaison
Soul Vegan

Session Title: Rebel Without a Pause: Radical Change for Community Recovery
In this presentation, Zarakyah will address the need for cultural discontinuity—a break from the status quo of unhealthy habits—in order to transform resilience into the radical recovery required in this time of social and environmental crisis.

Biography Zarakyah Ben Ahmadiel is President of RU Green, Roosevelt University’s student environmental awareness organization, Spokesman and Community Service Liason for Soul Vegan, as well as the founder of the upstart think tank, The Gahn Institute for Sustainable Solutions. The Gahn Initiative is a research, analysis, and action initiative (in development towards 501 (c)3 status) intending to introduce a new consciousness into issues relating to social engineering, environmental sustainability, and community wellness. The Gahn Initiative incorporates a rationale driven approach to the challenges of our time, utilizing clarity and consciousness to find answers to plaguing questions, and provide policy for effective action.

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