Visionary Thinkers

Vegetarian Lunch with Guayaki Yerba Mate

1215
Main Hall
Specially prepared by the SSU Dining staff featuring local ingredients, our vegetarian lunch is low impact, nutritious and delicious. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet. Served on china with Guayaki Yerba Mate this lunch is representative of One Planet living, living within the means of our one beautiful planet.
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Zero Waste Heroes and Sheroes: An Inspiring Journey to Health and Happiness

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0845
Main Hall
In this session we will explore examples and ideas how engage as a Zero Waste Hero or Shero in life, work and envisioning the world we want to see. If we truly are to Be the Change we wish to see...how are we stronger, more resilient and bold in our words, actions and influence.
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Sustainable Innovation Strategy Session

1520
Main Hall
In the Sustainable Innovation Strategy Session participants will gather insights and explore the nuts and bolts of innovating sustainably. We will examine 6 practical dimensions of Sustainability in Organizations by doing a short assessment to see where our best opportunities lie for the North Bay. This activity dives into each Dimension, with each of us able to both express our insights and questions, and hear the same from others. Join us to explore our priorities and directions for being practical and effective in our sustainability actions.
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Sustainable Enterprise Now for a Sustainable Future

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1:00 - 2:00 PM
Main Hall
Dean William Silver the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University is joined by his son, Benji Silver, a survivor of a rare form of Leukemia which is a type of blood cancer, in building urgency for addressing sustainability today.

SSU Student Presentations

1520
cowork
Join student sustainability leaders from SSU as they showcase their on-campus efforts.

The Making of a CropMobster: Building Momentum and the Rest of the Story

1000
meeting
Nick will go deeper into his tale of the journey of starting CropMobster. Learn from their start as wild-eyed innovators. You'll hear how, in one year CropMobster has established its footing, and this venture is starting to grow. CropMobster has been featured in TIME Magazine, at the Commonwealth Club, and has been honored with numerous awards. Nick will reveal some specific tips and reflections that bring sustainability theory down to earth and deliver daily economic, environmental and social value.
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Visual Thinking for Artful Visioning, Leadership and Culture Shift

1520
cowork
Our human ability to visualize has guided cultures, shaped beliefs, and sparked innovations throughout history. Christine Walker uses and teaches visual thinking and strategic visualization for leaders and teams. Visuals help people see thought, shape vision and focus action. Visuals are powerful tools for opening hearts, moving minds, "getting everyone on the same page," and revealing authentic communication. Visual language, thinking with the whole brain/whole body, and narrative techniques for deepening discovery facilitate transformative work with sustainable organizations, conscious business, and vital community.
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Carbon 101: Humans as Carbon Cycle Managers

1000
Boardroom
The Marin Carbon Project has established a specific land management practice which holds tremendous promise to remove significant amounts of atmospheric carbon to produce abundant food and durable fibers while restoring the very resource base upon which we depend. The Marin Carbon Project is a consortium of all of the agricultural agencies, organizations, and institutions in Marin, as well as several land management professionals, consultants, and land managers. Together, they are developing a suite of practices scientifically known to be climate beneficial, which each partner will distribute and promote through their individual organizations. Imagine eating delicious food and wearing beautiful clothing with the confidence that you are improving the planet with every informed choice you make.
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Village Building from Portland to Sebastopol

1000
cowork
With over 100 images in 10 minutes, Sebastian Collet will share how City Repair has been helping people beautify Portland, Oregon. Then he will describe how a small group of committed citizens are bringing it to Sebastopol! During the years he spent working with Portland¹s City Repair Project, Sebastian managed many community building projects for their Village Building Convergence.
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Reaching for Sustainability in Business: Try, Commit, Achieve

Sheryl O'Loughlin - Reaching for Sustainability - SEC 2014
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Main Hall
Sheryl O’Loughlin is currently on the faculty at Sonoma State University, where she teaches courses in Entrepreneurship. Sheryl spent ten years at Clif Bar and Company, three of them as CEO, leading a doubling in revenue to $200MM and driving the company's deep commitment to sustainability. In 2007, Sheryl co-founded Plum, Inc. a healthy food company nourishing kids from the high chair to the lunch box. As CEO, Sheryl led Plum to become an industry leader with national distribution, growing to about $100MM in annual sales. Sheryl will present what she learned from leading and creating companies that are committed to the core to sustainability. She will explore how we, together, continue to drive the sustainability movement forward so that it, one day, becomes the way business gets done.
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Conscious Capitalism & Working for Good: Foundations for Innovation & Sustainability

Through stories, conversation and active practice, Jeff brings the idea of Conscious Capitalism to life and illuminates its power to create more resilient, sustainable and healthy businesses, and to elevate humanity. Jeff will also engage participants with the practical skills of Working for Good, to expand their awareness and enhance their functioning at work. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the philosophy and framework of Conscious Capitalism, and its implications for themselves, their teams and their businesses, and with practical tools they can apply in their work, on Monday!
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The Future of Teaching Sustainability in Higher Education

The field of sustainable development is a rapidly evolving multidisciplinary set of ideas that provides context for re-framing all human activities, from community planning, to our interaction with the natural environment, to small scale and system level reform of financial markets, to the ways that businesses earn their social license to operate. Presidio Graduate School President and CEO, and its Interim Dean of the Faculty, will discuss the implications of this evolution, and the future opportunities, to reassess and transform the way that sustainable development is taught in institutions of higher education.

California Legislation for Sustainable Energy and Environment

Our future economy and our national security depend on creating new clean energy jobs in California and throughout the country, and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Assemblymember Huffman is a champion for distributed renewable energy solutions, and believes community-based energy initiatives such as Marin Clean Energy and the community choice aggregation plan under consideration in Sonoma County are important strategies for accelerating the development of renewable energy sources and creating local clean energy jobs. You'll hear about the latest pending legislation to improve California's economy and protect our environment.

Ecological Sustainability and Economic Drivers

Maggie Winslow
In discussing the State of Sustainability, Maggie Winslow will focus on the relationship between the state of ecological sustainability and the economic drivers that can propel our global marketplace, and local businesses, either toward or away from sustainable business operations. She will challenge some of the traditional assumptions and models about economics that put us at risk of missing transformative opportunities in our businesses and day to day lives. And she will provide us with an interesting and provocative picture of the future of sustainability and where we can go from here.
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Sustainable Money: A Systems View of Sustainable Economies

A systems view of sustainable economies. The global integration of manufacturing, trade, and industrial finance requires the local and regional integration of everything else. We will look at tools for maintaining adequate local liquidity: community banking, local (complementary) currencies, and Time Banking. We will also introduce some options for systematic sustainable local investment. David Brancaccio's PBS video Fixing the Future is a major resource.

Get This: Overcoming the Three Key Barriers to Building a Sustainable Economy

Sustainable business strategies often hit a surprising roadblock -- the limiting (and false) assumption "green" will cost money, require sacrifice, and delay profits. The problem isn't that companies can't afford to operate sustainably; it's that too many businesses just can't count -- operating with accounting systems that miss real value and consistently leaving money on the table. To overcome this assumption, businesses -- and the economic systems within which we operate -- need to overcome three key barriers: getting the prices right, breaking the addiction to "stuff," and telling the truth about purpose.
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Surviving and Thriving in Your Sustainable Enterprise

This inspiring and engaging entrepreneur will share his experience and lessons learned in growing this successful sustainable enterprise. With the company mission "to apply nature's core design principles to engineer energy efficient products that enhance and sustain life on Earth" John has led Pax Streamline to pioneer some of the most viable bio-mimicry products in the marketplace. Mr. Webley will be covering such topics as: 1.) How he launched his business 2.) The most important things about building a great team 3.) What Pax Streamline is doing that makes them a sustainable enterprise and how they market that. Mr. Webley will also address what he sees are the emerging opportunities for sustainable enterprises in the current economy.
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Sustainability and Equity from a Scientific Vantage Point

This presentation will discuss sustainability and equity from a scientific vantage point, exploring how a physical, systemic perspective of energy flows informs ideas of resource allocation. What, specifically, are the constraints on “sustainable growth,” and what are the implications for how present and future civilizations share what we have? The best outcomes for any members of society, wealthy or poor, will be attainable only by way of a sober and realistic view of sustainability.

The Sustainable Adam Smith

We examine successful green leadership and environmental sustainability through the lens of Adam Smith's seminal work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), where he writes, "they are lead by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life...and thus without intending it, without knowing it, advance the interest of the society." Learn how modern leaders use the three forms of capital (natural, human and financial) as central tenets of a redefined "invisible hand" to lead successful sustainability initiatives in the workplace, change attitudes and enhance the effectiveness of green business models.

Sustainability and Regenerative Development: The Path to a Post-Sustainability Framework

The term “sustainable” and “green” have become common parlance, and virtually every business, product, city and consultant you can name is keen to convince you that they are and have always been green. This discussion will actively involve attendees in appreciative inquiry regarding what sustainable development really means within enterprises, and how it is different from “Green.” We will discuss what works and what doesn’t work to “integrate” sustainability into the operations of public and private enterprises, and conclude with a discussion of Regenerative Development, a concept going well beyond mere sustainable development and grounded on the notion that enterprises of all kinds need to acknowledge and measurably deliver on their obligations to return more to Society and Nature than they take. We will explore this Regenerative Development framework as the enterprise model of the future.

Building Local Sustainable Business Economies through B Corporation Private and Public Sector Partnerships

What is the value of the B Corporation model to individual companies, both as a tool for quantifying and communicating their social and environmental impact, and as a tool for building business partnerships? How can the public sector partner with the B Corporation model and community to create new incentives to grow their local sustainable business economy? http://www.bcorporation.net/
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