Oregon Considers Offering Free Tuition. You Can Pay Them Back Later.

One more step towards investment in people….

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Back in the summer, the Oregon State Legislature agreed to a plan that would allow students to attend public universities and community colleges for free. In return, the student agrees to pay a small percent of his or her income after graduation.

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The Wild World

Progress just is.  But is it progress when we keep repeating the same mistakes past societies have made that have led to their eradication?  Consider Rapa Nui or Easter Island.  It is said that progress destroyed that civilization, competition destroyed their natural resources and lives.  In Patagonia, there is a struggle to save their way of life from the dams.  Perhaps “progress” isn’t progress when we are running off the edge of a cliff… using up resources that aren’t reproducible on demand.  Perhaps we need to turn 180 degrees and step forward – that’s right forward – towards a future that preserves the resources of the wild natural world.  If you’ve ever dreamed of climbing a mountain in Peru, Patagonia, Tanzania, Japan  or Washington state you should consider that “progress”” may soon make that choice nonexistent for you – progress as defined by businesses and consumers who consume wantonly without regard for need or even enjoyment are erecting dams, using up resources and stressing the Earth to the point of desolation, ruination and elimination.  There will be no more Amazon (which, more likely than not, contains the answer to cure a multitude of illnesses in the world), there will be no more mountains to climb, waves to surf if the vegetation, waters and lands are consumer for “power” to satisfy the whim — not the needs — of societies half a world away.  Ecuador is trying to sell off the Amazon so as to join the 1st nation countries, pay their debt and otherwise become self-sufficient.  We as a global society are called to preserve the natural resources, support the countries around the world, and give a hand up to improve the lives of all living on this Earth.  We must be a part of the solution, propose an alternative that aids our brothers and sisters in other countries so that we may all enjoy the beauties of this natural wild world.  If the pharmaceutical companies of the world would invest their billions of dollars of profits in preserving the Amazon to learn from the indigenous people about the healing natures of the plants, perhaps we could save the lungs of the earth instead of allowing unbridled oil excavation and drilling.

Listen … think … when you simplify your life — eliminate that which you think might make you happy but in fact just keeps you distracted from connections with other people, the planet — then maybe that individual choice will lead to a new path of progress – turn 180 degrees and step forward into a new reality that values the limited resources of people, planet, and profit from the relationships with nature and mankind by choosing to stop purchasing, stop trying to satisfy your spirit with quantity and choose quality.

Business is a means to an end – providing humanity with necessities for life – it is not the end goal – responsible progress, growth and development with respect for the planet and people is the goal not unbridled short term profits that destroy the very planet we seek to improve for our children and grandchildren.

Check out http://www.conservacionpatagonica.org; and http://www.ElephantswithoutBorders.org with studies funded by Paul Allen; and http://www.nature.org (preserving Washington’s natural resources; and http://www.savethewhales.org; and http://www.islandheritage.org (Easter Island) among other organizations seeking to preserve this wild wonderful world.

How sexy is “Accountability “

Just returned from a Banker’s conference which was a first for me and quite enjoyable.  One of the panels was a group of three men and a woman (and this was at a Women in Banking conference – all women!), so it appeared that there was some squirming on behalf of the men when called to “answer” for the undeniable discriminate ratios of women in executive positions in banking and other industries.  I had attempted to ask the men (who were all leaders of their field how they would expect someone to respond to the question “Why are you leaving X Company?  A question inevitably asked of senior executives who are leaving their company to join another.  But if the reason they are leaving is because the company they are working for doesn’t promote women (or men with integrity) to executive positions, what is that individual to say?  I would have loved to hear their answer on (1) do you expect the interviewee to gloss over the real issue or address it succinctly but truthfully and (2) if you heard the truth “could you handle it” or would you question whether that person just doesn’t “fit” in regardless of their qualifications?  Which brings me to the final speaker who was Linda Galindo (http://www.lindagalindo.com/) speaking on accountability.

Mind-blowing speaker!  Accountability is not sexy, hell, its not even welcome in most industries, politics, and even feared in most corporations because (1) it requires each person to actually act, think and take control and responsibility for themselves and (2) when one person acts with accountability all bets are off on maintaining that illusion of “all are equal.”

Linda Galindo provided the following list (paraphrased here the original is on her website and more in her book) as a standard for each and every individual, department and organization to hold themselves up to (can you imagine the response in HR departments across the country when someone complains that Mrs. X told me that I have to do my job because she’s not going to pick up after me anymore?):

1.  Talk to the person, not about the person.  Take the problem to the person whom the problem is with.

2.  Don’t have meetings after the meeting – ask the questions, clarify and get comfortable with the issue at the meeting (others are probably asking the same questions or may have not seen the risks or issues you see).  If you’re at the meeting they must want you there for a reason.

3.  Get clear on meeting agendas, on tasks and projects before beginning, on clear decision making processes, on setting clear roles and authority, and priorities.

4.  Communicate clearly and timely

5.  Do NOT rescue, fix and save, blame, find fault, feel guilty or make excuses

Accountability is like child-rearing.  It may be easier to do it yourself, but it doesn’t benefit the person, the family or the world to raise a lazy self-centered adult.

I’ve spoken on the issue of cyclical business strategy instead of linear before, but it bears repeating in this example:  if your business is truly about sustainable growth for the people, planet, and profits (including your employees as well as your customers and stockholders), then you have to develop a culture of accountability and freedom to make and learn from mistakes.

You do not fire someone because they made a mistake, you give them the opportunity to (1) take responsibility to own the project, (2) empower themselves to take action and risk in order to achieve the goals, and (3) answer for the outcome WITHOUT blame, fault or guilt.

Recognition, promotions and bonuses should be based upon achievements and failures “owned” by individuals – rewarding someone who had to have their work “re-done,” who is only as good as their assistant, who never owns their work or the results is not a person who should be held up as an example to follow or emulate or rewarded.

As Linda said, If one person downloads porn on the work computer – you should not punish the whole company by turning off the internet.  You hold that person personally accountable by (1) talking directly to them and (2) setting & enforcing clear goals – if you do this again you will be fired.

Unfortunately, accountability is not “sexy,”  People are elected, hired, and promoted based upon their relationship and perceived “profitability” instead of on their true abilities and commitment to personal integrity.

Accountability is necessary for a truly effective, efficient, and sustainable company.

10 Authors who are “Good People”

I have had the pleasure of meeting a few authors in my lifetime.  Some are (or were) well known and I am often reminded that who they are and what they write are two different stories.  Much like the saying “do as I say, not as I do,” so authors who write volumes on how to be a better person, create a sustainable world, etc., can be self-centered, narcissistic, and concerned only with making money.  Thankfully, I came across this story which claims to have found 10 authors who are in fact “Good People” and while no one is recommending “sainthood” to them, it appears that they are attempting to walk their talk.  How many can you name, in addition to these 10 (presented in no particular order of “goodness”):

1. Mark Twain:  Regarding American imperialism in the Philippines, he notes, “I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem.”  Not only in words but in deeds he supported his beliefs.

2. Judy Blume:  Prolific writer of girl issues, she is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation and she also recently joined a fight against a school’s attempted ban on Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” She ended up helping to save the book from being banned.

3. John Green:  He used to volunteer as a student chaplain in a children’s hospital, where he interacted with children who had terminal illnesses and that helped him when he was writing “The Fault in our Stars.”  He is constantly making YouTube videos for his fans, who, since there are so many of them, have now been given a name: Nerdfighters. In 2007, he also created the Project for Awesome, where YouTube users uploaded videos promoting charities and non-profits. He ended up raising $483,446 for charity.

4. Leo Tolstoy:  Yes, rumor has it he was not a great husband, but he was known for singing the praises of the peasants in Russia and for writing about their plights. He worked with them in the fields, and spent a lot of time around them. In 1848, Tolstoy opened schools for the children of his serfs. 

5. Stephen King:  King created the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation initially to help artists who were unable to work because of health problems. In 2011, King’s radio stations attempted to raise $70,000 through donations to help pay for heating during the cold months for Maine residents in need. King also wrote an op-ed for The Daily Beast, called “Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!” where he rails against the superrich and tries to bring attention to America’s income inequality.  And he admits,  “My wife and I give away roughly $4 million a year to libraries, local fire departments that need updated lifesaving equipment (Jaws of Life tools are always a popular request), schools, and a scattering of organizations that underwrite the arts… All fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough.”

6. James Patterson:  A major advocate of literacy. He launched the website ReadKiddoRead.com so adults could easily locate the best books for kids. Last month, Patterson announced that over the next year he’ll be donating one million dollars to independent bookstores, with the one stipulation that they have children’s sections. As if that weren’t evidence enough, in 2012, he teamed up with Operation Gratitude, Books for Heroes, the Peerless Bookstore and Feed the Children to donate 200,000 of his books to military members stationed in the U.S. and Afghanistan.

7. Margaret Atwood:  She is known for being a feminist (many of her female protagonists are strong women who are oppressed by the patriarchy). Atwood is also an environmental activist, and her book, “The Year of the Flood,” promotes environmental awareness.

8. Neil Gaiman:  He actually engages with his fans at events and on Twitter (not just posts or has people who post for him). It was just announced that he’ll be rereleasing some of his rarer comic book work, and that for every download (the work will initially be free), 50 cents will be donated to the charity Malaria No More. Also, the fees Gaiman charges for speaking events, he donates to good causes “When I get money like this, I put it back out again. In this case, 25% of what I get goes to a social/abuse charity, and the other 75% goes to an author/literature/library related charity program.”

9. George Orwell:  Outspoken against anti-Semitism. In his 1945 essay, “Antisemitism in Britain,” he wrote that it would be helpful to discover why anti-Semites “swallow such absurdities on one particular subject while remaining sane on others.” Orwell covers anti-Semitism in his classic, “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” as well.  Orwell was also known for having impeccably good manners. Fellow novelist Jack Common noted after meeting him that, “Right away manners… showed through.”

10. George RR Martin:  You may well hold it against Martin that he kills off popular characters in his famous “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, but the man is very generous with his fans and charities. He attends countless science fiction conventions to give talks about his characters and the series.  He has auctioned off numerous “Game of Thrones” memorabilia items for charity.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/09/nice-famous-authors-_n_4038737.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News;

For more about these authors, check out the following websites:   http://www.cmgww.com/historic/twain/; http://www.judyblume.com/; http://johngreenbooks.com/; http://www.online-literature.com/tolstoy/; http://www.stephenking.com/index.html; http://www.jamespatterson.com/; http://www.margaretatwood.ca/; http://www.neilgaiman.com/; http://www.georgerrmartin.com/.

Creating business opportunities in coastal towns & South of the Equator

If you are like most people, you’ve probably dreamed about packing it all in and retiring or moving to a coastal town somewhere near or south of the equator to spend your days enjoying life with or without working for the rest of your life.  For those lucky few who not only have the strength of character but the will to embark on this journey, may I suggest the following opportunities:

Cancun Mexico:  “Anyone casting an eye on the area for business, needs to know that there are  really two main areas that have enduring potential: Tourism/Entertainment and  Real Estate and its ancillary services. Once this is clear, then there are many  attractive opportunities at hand, and fortunes to be made. While there are products being shipped into Cancun daily there is little being shipped out from any substantial industrial or manufacturing business.  However, since Cancun is a  city of nearly a million people, there are business opportunities in everything from retail commerce to providing any combination of goods and  services to the local population as well as the tourists who flock there. In addition, Cancun has a good communication infrastructure and is a powerful brand recognized throughout the world. While learning to do  business in Mexico can be challenging, there are also many rewards to be reaped  for those with intelligence and perseverance and foresight to plan it out and consider the preservation and resources there, employ people, and still make a profitable living or retirement.  (Taken in part from http://EzineArticles.com/4278861).

Belize:  A culturally diverse nation linking the Caribbean and Central American regional markets.  Belize is a member of the Caribbean Community Single Market and Economy (CSME) as well as the Central American Integration System (SICA).  Its lead foreign exchange earners are tourism, agriculture (including but not limited to the traditional “big three” of citrus, bananas, and sugar cane), and petroleum.  Belize features a year-round sub-tropical climate suitable for year-round tourism, and is conducive to cultivating quality agricultural crops year-round.   On the one hand, you have the gorgeous turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and swaying palm trees of the islands, or cayes.  On the other hand, you have the rainforest, rivers and ruins of the Cayo area in the west. If you like the water but don’t want to live on an island, you’ve got coastal towns like Corozal, Placencia or Hopkins, or you can live in the middle of nowhere in Orange Walk, or off the Hummingbird Highway.  From one expat, we learned that because of the low cost of almost everything, the possibilities are endless. She started two businesses since arriving in Belize a property management business for leasing rental homes, caretaking and house-sitting for those absentee owners and an online venture offering relocation assistance for others interested in a new life down south,   She was able to create a new existence for herself providing services with almost zero impact on the environment, utilizing and preserving existing structures and employing locals in a beautiful environment.

For those born and native to the southern countries, organizations and others are seeing a benefit in educating and encouraging economic growth from within.  Partnering with these organizations and individuals to export and support their efforts will also lead to opportunities for ex-pats.


Quinoa is an excellent alternative crop for farmers who live at the high altitudes of the Andes, the world’s second tallest mountain chain. The Incans believed that quinoa was sacred and referred to it as chisaya mama or mother grain because of its exceptional nutritional qualities. Incan postal runners are said to have eaten quinoa to enhance their ability to deliver mail over mountainous terrain. It’s a staple ingredient of traditional Andean soups and stews—and it fetches premium prices in international markets.  To increase incomes and provide an alternative to the narcoeconomy in Ecuador, ACDI/VOCA implements Programa de Desarrollo Económico Local (PRODEL), a USAID-funded local business and economic development program. PRODEL is working with 300 farmers to cultivate quinoa, with help from two firms, Cereales Andinos and INAGROFA. These companies are working closely with producers to ensure product quality, sufficient production and a stable market.  The Pijal community in northern Ecuador, elevation 3,000 meters (more than 9,800 feet) is home to the Otavalan people. At first they were hesitant to plant quinoa because there wasn’t a secure market. But working through PRODEL, the community has signed a formal production and supply agreement with Cereales Andinos.  Manuel Imbaquingo, a community leader and quinoa farmer, said, “Historically, local buyers have taken advantage of our efforts. We recognize the advantage of formalizing our commercial relationship with Cereales Andinos to ensure a more stable and profitable market for our products.”

Cocoa is a huge industry in Ecuador.  Tomás Gracia is a lean, agile 72-year-old man who has been farming his land for the past 40 years by applying his longtime, personal “6 to 6” rule: every day, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., Gracia is out working on his farm, resting only on Sundays.  Despite his dedication, Gracia was, until recently, unable to cultivate his cocoa trees to produce enough cocoa pods. His debts grew, and he had to take on an extra job to cover basic expenditures. Frustrated, Gracia began cutting down his cocoa trees.  Then Gracia met ACDI/VOCA facilitator Vicente Tenorio. Tenorio was looking for farmers to participate in a farmer field school (FFS) as part of ACDI/VOCA’s SUCCESS Alliance program in Ecuador. Recognizing the need to provide technical assistance to Ecuadorian cocoa producers, ACDI/VOCA implements a 3-year, $5 million USDA-funded Food for Progress project to promote increased cocoa production through farmer training, tree rehabilitation and the development and strengthening of farmer associations. ACDI/VOCA, USDA and the World Cocoa Foundation have partnered to form the SUCCESS Alliance project in Ecuador, part of a global network of ACDI/VOCA-supported SUCCESS Alliance projects.  At their meeting, Tenorio asked Gracia to recruit other cocoa growers to start an FFS to learn new techniques to increase cocoa production and quality, thereby earning more profits. Under the SUCCESS Alliance, ACDI/VOCA and its local partners implement FFS training for 21,000 Ecuadorian cocoa producers to enable them to better cultivate their cocoa through improved disease control, crop husbandry and post-harvest processing techniques. Gracia agreed to start recruiting for the FFS.  “As soon as the FFS started and Vicente explained to us different practices to manage cocoa, I’d go back to my farm and immediately start doing them on my own trees,” Gracia said. “Three or four months later, I started to see a change on those trees. They were blooming more and bore more healthy pods than before.”  Gracia has been applying his “6 to 6” rule all of his life, but now that he participates in the SUCCESS Alliance program, he does so with the new technical knowledge and skills learned from ACDI/VOCA. He tends carefully to the 120 cocoa trees on his small farm, which also has various fruit trees. Each morning Gracia takes his pruning shears and handsaw to check on his cocoa trees. He cuts off any infected pods and prunes shoots or branches to prevent diseases from spreading and to protect the trees’ health. Gracia also uses a sidegrafting technique learned from FFS, where he takes budwood from his best-producing trees and grafts it onto unproductive ones.  Under Gracia’s care, many of the cocoa trees now bear numerous, healthy pods, including several that have produced over 500 pods each in 10 months—an impressive yield. Incredibly, the trees have the potential to produce a harvest of over 2.5 tons of dry cocoa per hectare per year.  (Read more at http://www.acdivoca.org/site/id/home)

Tulum Mexico – historic Mayan site and blossoming sustainable leader

The ancient site of Tulum is known for the Mayan ruins, but is also becoming known for its sustainable practices and drawing crowds of the fashion elite as well as those seeking something more meaningful.  In anticipation of my trip to the area for the video shoot of a new travel series, I am providing past stories of these (r)Evolutionaries from the area.

El Tábano, a solar- and wind-powered restaurant decorated with art and furniture created by its wait staff has no refrigerator for storing food, but it lacks no abundance of diners. In the open-air kitchen, two white-aproned abuelitas (little grandmothers) prepare a feast of honey-drizzled sliced pears with nuts and a chopped salad of local beans, cheese, and veggies with velvety marmoleado (marble) cake and hibiscus tea.  After dining you can tour El Tábano’s garden and elaborate composting station. Just about every single product—down to the cooking oil and garbage bags—is composted, recycled, or donated. “Living sustainably is perfectly possible. It’s not a dream,” says Israel Marmolejo, a waiter at El Tábano. “We make a living at it.”  Because there are no power lines in this part of Tulum, keeping it functionally off-limits to mega-structure developers, most accommodations have limited, if any, electricity—largely from solar panels and wind generators. Wind substitutes for air conditioning, candles for light bulbs, and face-to-face encounters for social media.

A short bike ride from there is the ancient shrine to the 138-foot-high Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula.  At Nohoch Mul you can walk through a forest of white, skinny cypresses and climb the 120 steps to the top of the temple and survey the uninterrupted view of lumpy, verdant jungle.  The view shows not hills as the Yucatán Peninsula is flat, but unexcavated temples as far as you can see.  In the temple’s doorway, beneath what may be the hieroglyph of Ah Muzen Cab, a crude figure also known as Descending God and Diving God. The ancient Maya worshipped the bee god for survival. Honey was important medicinally (believed to alleviate infection, asthma, cataracts, and more) and to the economy: It was a lucrative commodity that was traded from town to town.  Those honey caretakers live nearby at San Antonio Segundo. 80-year-old Don Porfírio Chimal Kanchoc and his 32-year-old son, Julián look like the same person with opposite hair color. Since the family speaks only Mayan, they smile and nod hello and neither man makes eye contact as they shake hands. After the introductions, Don Porfírio leads the way through a green tangle of trees, stopping to rip sweet orange leaves and demonstrate how to scrub our hands and arms before approaching the hives in order to repel other insects.  “There are some 40 species of stingless bees, and they produce the finest honey,” he explains through the translators. “But the Melipona is being put out of business by the more productive European and Africanized honeybees, which were introduced decades ago.” You can hear the buzzing 20 feet before you reach the apiary. Under a palapa—a thatched-roof hut—the hives are housed in logs set up in the shape of a pyramid. Julián grabs an iron bar and pries one open.  The interior of the hive looks like brown mushrooms covered with thousands of bees. One sails out, these small these insects are fly-size. Their enormous green eyes on the little bodies remind me of mod sunglasses.  According to Don Porfírio, some work on an abbreviated schedule.  “The European bee awakes at 5 a.m. And if there’s a full moon, the Africanized bee will work through the night,” he explains. “But the Melipona bee gets up around noon. Plus it is very selective. It will, it seems, only take nectar from the most beautiful flowers.”  Julián yanks out a hunk of honeycomb. He pinches off a bit of pasty orange pollen for to taste, along with a drizzle of the precious white honey. It has an earthy and slightly citrusy taste.  The local honey is being used at upscale spas. The key to Melipona’s survival is to create demand for its honey. It’s one thing to try to preserve a cultural tradition, quite another to help the local population thrive. But there is hope: Since 2006, the nonprofit, Mexico-based conservation and sustainable-development organization Razonatura has helped teach women in the little town of Chiquilá, near Cancún, the art of tending Melipona. At this point, the collective is producing less than 250 pounds of honey per year—but the value of the honey is four to five times that of honey yielded from European or Africanized bees. The collective is also learning how to make soaps and lotions from the precious honey, which will augment its income.

Honey has made its way into the villages as well.  In a pottery workshop led by Agustín Villalba which operates in a nearby town.  The studio is helping to preserve the indigenous art form, and the cooperative has helped 72 families feed themselves—part of the cycle of sustainability. “Over the past four years, the money made by selling pottery has helped save more than 2,000 acres of farmland from being sold,” Villalba says. It operates in the back of a T-shirt shop.The charismatic Argentine artist came to Mexico four years ago to learn the ancient Maya craft, only to discover that few knew the skill. His goal: to resurrect the art form by teaching it to the town’s future—its children.  “There’s no electricity here,” Villalba says. “The kids come to the studio because this is their TV and X-box.”  As the light fades, a group sits at a picnic table and thump and pound away at stiff, tawny clumps of clay just pulled from the lagoon where the crocodiles live. One table of local kids, ages three to eleven, are carving while they chatter away.  “Jorgito, give them a hand,” says Villalba in Mayan, waving over a dimpled, smiling child.  Jorgito is one of nine children. His parents support the family solely by harvesting honey, which Villalba sells at the studio in recycled water bottles.

Read more by  Melina Gerosa Bellows at http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/mexico-honey-traveler/

Pachamama Alliance – events to attend include Paul Hawken, Lynne Twist and more

An array of events are coming your way in October and November. Whether you live in the Bay Area or across the ocean, there is something for you to partake in.

Check out our local monthly gathering, online speaker event on women’s leadership and climate change solutions, groundbreaking collaboration with Paul Hawken and Reverend Deborah Johnson, and our annual Luncheons on both coasts.
In partnership, The Pachamama Alliance Team

October Monthly Gathering:
the Earth is the Birthright of All People

What public policy legislation is in concord with a conviction that the Earth is the birthright of all people? What are the social behaviors that follow an assertion that no one has a superior right to inhabit Earth over anyone else? Is it possible that social relations would be much improved by ridding society of private gain from community-generated land values? Explore these intriguing questions and more in an interactive talk about San Francisco real estate and conscience with David Giesen of the Henry George School of San Francisco.


October 9 Live Video Conversation:
Climate Change – What’s Gender Got To Do With It?

What Do Women Want? A thriving world with a sustainable climate, for starters! Konda Mason will moderate a conversation exploring the role of women’s leadership in the climate change movement. Joining Konda this month will be 4 powerful leaders who, along with 100 others from the Global North and South, were key in drafting the “Women’s Climate Action Agenda” at the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit in September. They include Founder of the summit and the Woman’s Earth Climate Caucus, Osprey Orielle Lake; Natalie Isaacs, co-founder of the 1 Million Women, an Australia-wide campaign of women taking action to reduce their household environmental footprints; Carmen Capriles, co-founder of Reaccion Climatica, a non profit formed to support Bolivian youth in finding solutions for climate change; and Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP.

A Community Engagement Oct. 11-12
with Paul Hawken and Rev. Deborah Johnson

Next steps in our blessed unrest: Inner Light Ministries will host a groundbreaking collaboration between Paul Hawken and Rev. Deborah L. Johnson as they team up for a weekend of cross-movement engagement to build synergies between the environmental and social justice movements. Through the sharing of their collective wisdom and individual expertise, Paul Hawken and Rev. Deborah L. Johnson will guide participants through a weekend of interactive skills building through personal and collective introspection. This is a two-day event, but day pass options are available. The event is partially sponsored by The Pachamama Alliance.

24th Annual National Bioneers Conference:
Turning Vision into Action

The National Bioneers Conference is a pre-eminent leading-edge knowledge forum where brilliant social and scientific innovators illuminate breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. The Conference will be hosting a dizzying array of accomplished speakers who are on the cutting edge of social, cultural, and environmental change. This year Lynne Twist, Co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance and President of the Soul of Money Institute, will be among them. There will also be art and music to round out this incredible annual event.

Save the Date for Our Annual SF Luncheon on November 14th!

Come learn about the new transformative educational programs we’ve developed, the latest on the XI Oil Round in Ecuador, and more!


Save the Date for Our December 5 NYC Luncheon!

If you fancy yourself more Eleanor Roosevelt than Greta Garbo, more Maple than Redwood, more fall colors than rolling hills – then perhaps the New York City Luncheon is the right place for you. Join us for an intimate Luncheon experience on the east coast on December 5th from 12-1:30 EST.

For you bi-coastals, and everyone in between, this will be a wonderful opportunity to share the inspiring commitment, vision and work of The Pachamama Alliance with your community on the Eastern Seaboard.

We promise to deliver an unforgettable experience – everything you have come to expect from the Luncheon – with a New York twist.

Contact alex@pachamama.org to learn more about this event.