Attending to a living Chicago ...

An interview with Stephanie Leite from Great Lakes Bioneers at Green Festival Chicago 2013.One of the national Green organizations that we stopped to chat with at last weekend’s Green Festival was the Bioneers, who have a very active local chapter, the Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago. Ed had been volunteering with them over the past several months to help out with their social media at various events, so was quite familiar with the group, and seemed to know a number of people at their booth.

Bioneers is a national movement that had its beginnings nearly 22 years ago. …

Bioneers are social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic “nature’s operating instructions” to serve human ends without harming the web of life.

Nature’s principles—kinship, cooperation, diversity, symbiosis and cycles of continuous creation absent of waste—can also serve as metaphoric guideposts for organizing an equitable, compassionate and democratic society.

We got a chance to catch Board Secretary Stephanie Leite for an interview:

For more specifics on their mission, I snagged this from their site:

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago’s mission is to promote sustainable community that fosters life-giving relationships, nurtures connections, and celebrates solutions for restoring and healing Earth’s communities.

We do this through a variety of strategies including:

  • Educating the community on innovative solutions.
  • Offering a systemic framework, i.e. a way of “connecting the dots” that is holistic, systemic, and multi-disciplinary.
  • Linking individuals and networks in order to foster connection, cross-pollination, and collaboration of people and ideas, all focused on positive change.
  • Advocating for opportunities to heal and restore our damaged and depleted community.
  • Being an oasis of hope that sparks mass creativity and engagement.

Aside from the material on the local chapter site, and the main group site (, which seems to be down at the moment), they also have a fairly active Facebook page that you might want to check out for info on that upcoming Chicago conference (November 1-3 at Roosevelt University).

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