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    Meet the Bioneers

    Ever heard of the "declaration of inter-dependence?" How about the age of "eco-logical enlightenment?" For biological pioneers or "Bioneers" these are the philosophies they've patterned their life and work around. By studying nature's interconnections, they're rethinking how we approach food, health, business and education and they're finding eco-friendlier, socially just ways to create positive change.

    Bioneers are scientists, hip-hop artists, food educators, farmers, activists and regular people looking for a better way.

    Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we meet Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, the people who've been bringing Bioneers together for 16 years.

    This Week's Guests:

    Kenny Ausubel — Co–Executive Director, Bioneers

    Ausubel is an award-winning journalist, author, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur specializing in health and the environment. His work has consistently been on the forefront of social change movements that today are going mainstream. Among other projects, he produced the award-winning feature documentary film Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime, co-founded the company Seeds of Change, founded the Bioneers conference and non-profit Bioneers organization, and founded and directs Inner Tan Productions, a visionary feature film development company. Ausubel co-founded Seeds of Change in 1989, which became the leading national company marketing organic, biodiverse heirloom seeds. He served as CEO receiving several honors for his work prior to leaving the company in 1994 shortly before its acquisition by M&M Mars.

    Nina Simons — Co–Executive Director, Bioneers

    Simons is a social entrepreneur, communicator and producer who has co-produced the Bioneers Conference since 1990. Previously, she was director of regional marketing for Odwalla, Inc., where she designed and managed a community-based and mission-driven marketing plan for its national expansion. Between 1989 and 1994, she served as marketing director and later as president of Seeds of Change, the organic biodiverse garden seed company. Simons was named an Utne Reader "Visionary" in 1996 for her innovative work in communication, community building and ethical commerce. Since 1987, with partner Ausubel, Simons has developed numerous strategic communication initiatives to increase public awareness about key social and environmental innovations, educating people through the media about pressing issues and promising model solutions. In 2002, she produced a retreat for diverse women leaders called "UnReasonable Women for the Earth"

    More information:

  • Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure
  • The Bioneers: Declarations of Interdependence
  • Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves

  • Kenny Ausubel – Journalism

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  • Bioneers
  • Seeds of Change
  • Code Pink

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