Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Online Workshop

Seeds of Change

An Omega Center for Sustainable Living Online Event

On Demand Until: Dec 31 2018 Online
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An Omega Center for Sustainable Living Online Event

Over the past decade, presenters and participants at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living's conferences have added an important voice to the national conversation on our environmental, economic, and social challenges.

By bringing together thought leaders and activists working on diverse and interconnected issues central to a more regenerative future, a compelling and hopeful vision is emerging toward a socially just, inclusive, and ecologically sustainable society.

In October 2015, Omega continued the conversation with Seeds of Change: Cultivating the Commons. Vandana Shiva and Winona LaDuke are back, joined by renowned water advocate Maude Barlow, consumer activist and political commentator Ralph Nader, ecological visionary John Todd, and grassroots seed freedom and food justice advocates Ken Greene, Natasha Bowens, Jalal Sabur, and Will Allen.

Omega CEO Skip Backus says, “The lens of the commons instills an understanding and awareness of the value of both the natural and cultural resources that we all share. This individual change in awareness is crucial in helping bring about the sort of cultural shift we need, a shift away from consumption and depletion and toward regeneration.”

Whether you are already working closely with these issues, or are interested in learning more, we invite you to be part of a growing community coming together to protect and care for the commons, including the pivotal right to save and share seeds, the necessity of stewarding our water resources, as well as transparency in labeling and access to healthy food.

Saturday evening features a public forum with Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, Ralph Nader, and Maude Barlow.

Meet the Teachers

  • Vandana Shiva, PhD, is a world-renowned environmental leader, eco-feminis ...
  • Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orato ...
  • Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board o ...
  • Ralph Nader has been honored by Time magazi ...
  • Will Allen, farmer, founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., is recognized as a ...
  • Natasha Bowens is an author, beginning farmer and community activist who ...
  • Jalal Sabur is a farmer, organizer, and educator. He is the co-founder o ...
  • spiritchild, a freedom singer from the South Bronx by way of Brooklyn, uses t ...
  • Decora is a hip hop artist, DJ, emcee, producer, and performance poet based i ...
  • John Todd, PhD, is cofounder and president of Ocean Arks International, and f ...
  • Robert "Skip" Backus, is chief executive officer of Omega and the vision ...
  • Betye Arrastia-Nowak is in the ninth-grade and lives in upstate Ne ...


Music with spiritchild
Conference Welcome with Laura Weiland & Robert "Skip" Backus
Keynote: Vandana Shiva

Opening remarks with Robert "Skip" Backus
Keynote: Maude Barlow "Blue Future: Protecting Water for People & Planet Forever"

Music with spiritchild 
Presentation: John Todd "Healing the Waters: New Ecological & Economic Paradigms"
Conversation with Robert "Skip" Backus, Maude Barlow & John Todd 


Music with spiritchild 
Afternoon opening with Michael Craft
Keynote: Winona LaDuke "Creating a Multicultural Democracy: Culture, Religion & Identity in America"
Keynote: Ralph Nader "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State"
Conversation with Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke
Music with spiritchild  

Presentation by Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Recipient of Omega's 4th Annual OCSL Leadership in Sustainable Education Award
Public Event: A Conversation with Vandana Shiva, Ralph Nader, Winona LaDuke Maude Barlow, moderated by Robert "Skip" Backus
Music & Dancing with spiritchild 


Opening Remarks with Robert "Skip" Backus
Short Keynote: Natasha Bowens "The Color of Food"
Short KeynoteVandana Shiva "GMOs, Biopiracy & Food Justice" 
Short KeynoteKen Greene "The Art of Seed Stewardship"
Short KeynoteWinona LaDuke "Who Owns the Seeds of the World? Biopiracy, Genetic Engineering & Indigenous Peoples"

Food Justice Forum with Natasha BowensVandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke & Ken Greene
Spoken Word Performance with Decora "Flowers"
Presentation: Jalal Sabur "Freedom Food Alliance"
Keynote: Will Allen "Growing Power & the Good Food Revolution"
Conference Close with Robert "Skip" Backus

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

Generosity Rate - Free


$ 0.00

Suggested Rate - $15


$ 15.00

Patron Rate - $30


$ 30.00


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You will be sent a confirmation email after you register for your product. It contains a link to view the live event or on demand page. Please keep this email in an easy to find spot and check immediately to make sure the link is working. If you lose or delete this email, click here to have another sent to you.

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All online learning sales for live video streaming, on demand,  and online workshops are final. No credit or refund is available. Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. 

If I purchase a live stream or online workshop, can I share my link with a friend?

The email confirmation link that you will receive from Omega is non-transferable. It will only work for one dedicated IP address per household. If you have more than 1 computer or video-enabled device in your home, you will be able to watch the video stream simultaneously on each device, but you would not be able to share the link with a friend.

I purchased limited access and now I want to watch the entire live video streaming event. How can I upgrade? 

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Are Omega’s online products compatible with tablets and mobile devices?

Omega’s video event page is responsive and will work on any of your Wi-Fi enabled devices, including your computer, laptop, tablet, and/or smart phone. There may be unique cases when a live stream is only available on desktop and laptop computers. 

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Some live events will have archived videos available on demand for a specified number of days after the event, depending on the event. If a program is available on demand, an archive of the live event will typically be available immediately following the event. 

How do I watch an archived version of a live event?

We've created a video to walk you through the process: How to Watch a Video on Demand. 

The archived version of a live event is accessible through the link in your confirmation email. You will also be able to access the archived version if you have an account on Once you have accessed the on demand player page, you can watch any of the video segments by selecting them through the on demand dropdown menu. If you purchased limited access to a streaming event, you will only be able to watch those selected segments.

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If you leave a live and/or on demand video event early or accidentally close your browser, you can easily access where you left off in the broadcast by clicking and dragging the status button to move forward to where you were when your browser session ended.

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Why am I only able view the video, but not hear the speaker? 

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Why am I only able to hear the event? Why is the picture out of synch with the sound?

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How do I reach an administrator for other concerns?

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