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2015 Asheville Bioneers Conference

Lenoir-Rhyne University is proud to present the 2015 Asheville Bioneers Conference, A Resilient Communities Network Event on three evenings in November. As we have done during past Bioneers conferences, the event will weave in "beamed in" speeches from the National 2015 Bioneers Conference and feature discussions with local panels. 


Friday, November 6th, 5:30-10:00pm

Wednesday, November 11th, 5:30-7:30pm

Friday, November 13th, 5:30-10:00

All dates are FREE and open to the public.


Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville Campus
36 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC


Spirituality and Healing - Friday, November 6th, 5:30-10:00pm

National speaker Sister Simone Campbell - Community: Healing for the 21st Century
Sister Campbell is a poet, social justice attorney, and one of the nation's most influential faith-based progressive activists. She led the famous 2012 "Nuns on the Bus" tour to challenge Congressional budget proposals that radically slashed programs for the poor. She shares her vision of how we can heal our divisions and differences, create a renewed sense of community, and build a far more just, peaceful, verdant and compassionate world. 


Local Spirituality and Healing Panel

National Speaker Andy Lipkis - Navigating Adaptation and Resilience as Un-Sustainability Hits the Tipping Point
As founder and President of L.A.'s legendary TreePeople, Any Lipkis has brought visionary solutions to the once-poster child of municipal environmental madness. Inventing the citizen forestry movement and engaging Hundreds of thousands of Angelenos, over the past decade he has systematically demonstrated how to repair and restore an urban watershed by integrating ecology, economy, and justice.


Local Adaptation and Resilience Panel


Poem by Laura Hope-Gill, Director, Thoams Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne Univeristy and Coordinator, LR Master of Arts in Writing Program

Also, Gypsy Queen food truck will be with us all night on November 6th! 


Food, Race, and Justice - Wednesday, November 11th, 5:30-7:30pm

National Speaker Malik Kenyatta Yakini
Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, explores how the  current industrial food system that supplies most of our food creates inequities, based in part on the social construct we call "race." He shares thoughts on addressing racism, thinking beyond the logic of capitalism and how we might create a more just, sustainable food system.

Local Food, Race, and Justice Panel


Climate Change - Friday, November 13th, 5:30-10:00

National Speaker Paul Hawken - Project Drawdown
One of the most important thought leaders, activist, and entrepreneurs of our era illuminates the groundbreaking Project Drawdown: the first systematic attempt to do the math on the most effective solutions and technologies that already exist, and the impact they would have if they scaled in a rigorous manner over the  next 30 years. This coalition of NGOs, academics, scholars, scientists, businesses, and government agencies has come together to measure the impact of 100 substantive solutions to mitigating carbon emissions to determine if, when, and how we can achieve a year-to-year drawdown in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. Spoiler alert - the news is good! 

Local Climate Change Panel


Local Speaker Dayna Reggero, Climate Listening Project
Climate Listening Project is a visual and social storytelling project connecting conversations about climate disruption and reilience in Western North Carolina. The project explores the connections between climate change, food, faith, environment, business, and community: and weaves together the latest climate science and resilience thinking with inspiring stories from across America and around the globe. 


Climate Reality Project (24 Hours Live Earth)
We will virtually join former US Vice President Al Gore, artists and influencers, and millions across the planet for a global day of action and music to celebrate progress across continents and send a clear message to world leaders: Take climate action now. 

Music and ideas throughout the night by River Guerguerian

Asheville Bioneers is a local, self-organized Bioneers Resilient Communities Network Event. To learn more about Bioneers, visit

This event is sponsored in-part by the Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources

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