Omega Center for Sustainable Living | Online Workshop

Seeds of Change

An Omega Center for Sustainable Living Online Event

On Demand Until: Dec 17 2018 Online

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 ...

Schedule

SESSION 1
SEEDS OF CHANGE
Music with spiritchild
Conference Welcome with Laura Weiland & Robert "Skip" Backus
Keynote: Vandana Shiva
 SESSION 2

WATER OF LIFE 
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 

SESSION 3

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
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  

SESSION 4
LIVING IN A TIME OF TRANSITION
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 
 

SESSION 5

FOOD JUSTICE FROM SEED TO MARKET
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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