Exciting news to share about a gift from Leonardo DiCaprio!
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Dear Passionate Supporters of Bioneers!
Warmest greetings from Kenny & Nina and Team Bioneers!

On the eve of our 25th Anniversary Bioneers Summit conference, we have some really exciting news to share with you on three fronts! Money, honors and an electrifying program highlight including two new additions to the Friday Media & Social Change panel -- representatives from Lady Gaga’s new social media platform; and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s movement building platform. Remember, tomorrow, Wednesday at midnight is the last day to register online.  Otherwise you can get your tickets at check-in.
Here’s the news …
Leonard DiCaprio Doubles Down on Bioneers!
We received word Friday night from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s Executive Director Justin Winters that Leonardo is enthusiastically doubling down on Bioneers in honor of our 25th birthday and all the seeds Bioneers has planted, doubling their gift to $200,000. We give thanks!!!

Now they’re challenging you to double it! Please join the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and help us double this challenge grant by donating now. This is the moment to grow Bioneers into the next dimensions of influence.
Sending your financial juice through the wires -- big and small, any amount helps -- is what makes all this happen. The world needs Bioneers now more than ever. Let’s do this!

We really want to thank each and every one of you for your faithful support of Bioneers over all these years, and to all of you who also are doubling down on Bioneers.
We are so grateful Bioneers exists right now to meet the challenges of this epochal moment of transformation in the world -- just-in-time delivery as our archaic institutions crumble and fall and the climate gets way too nasty. Thank you thank you thank you.
Bioneers to Host High-Level State Visit from Iroquois Six Nations          

Honorary (and past) Board Member Chief Oren Lyons announced this week that he is bringing to Bioneers 25 an unprecedented delegation of four other chiefs -- including Tadadaho, Spiritual Leader of the Haudenosaunee of all Six Nations. We were dumbstruck when we learned of this nation-to-nation visit earlier this week. 
This is an amazing and profound honor, and we are deeply humbled. 
We will have a special ceremony on the main stage on Sunday, a mutual honoring. We will exchange traditional Pendleton blankets with indigenous Board Members Chief Oren Lyons, Melissa Nelson, Dune Lankard and Clayton Thomas-Muller, and with Cara Romero, our Indigenous Knowledge program director. 
Speaking very personally, for us this is the greatest honor Bioneers could possibly receive. Indigenous worldviews, ethics and practices were at the heart of the inspiration to create Bioneers in 1990, and have deeply shaped our own worldview and practices. We have been so honored to provide a communications platform for the voices and vision of First Nations, and to build a network-building hub for both Native People and non-native allies.
We are grateful beyond words to all of you for supporting our Indigenous Knowledge program.
Chief Oren Lyons to Unveil “Plantagon,” a Breakthrough Multinational Start-Up
We want to alert you to one incredibly important panel at Bioneers where Chief Oren Lyons will be unveiling Plantagon, which may be the most radically innovative and surely one of the breakthrough new companies in the world!
Along with the other Chiefs, who are on Plantagon’s Board, Oren will be bringing a group of Swedish executives who are helping launch the Iroquois Nation’s visionary new company, which has also been endorsed by the nation of Sweden.
Plantagon is a high-tech urban agricultural greenhouse solution to address climate disruption of food systems. It’s designed to produce super-high volumes of healthy food using ancient Iroquois vertical farming techniques, combined with advanced contemporary solar innovations. The company already has major contracts around the world.
What’s perhaps most exciting about this business is the revenue model. In keeping with Iroquois tradition, the company’s financial model is designed to “pay it forward,” sending profits forward to the next Seven Generations. Eat your quarterly report out, Wall Street (whose investment money they turned down).
Learn more on their site. 
Please make time to learn more about Plantagon at Oren’s panel on Friday afternoon, October 17th: Greening Businesses Large and Small.
Learn how Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga are Transforming Social Media
Jan D'Alessandro from the platform for building private social networks started by Lady Gaga (now used by the UN Foundation, Nelson Mandela Family, Nike and others), and Justin Winters, Executive Director from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation are coming to demonstrate their new approaches to movement-building with two new platforms that are alternatives to Facebook both in their approach to inclusivity and tolerance as well as social good. Come see them Friday at 2:45 in the Santa Rosa room.

We are thrilled to share this “Wind in the Sails” moment with you and we sure look forward to seeing you in just a few days!
If you can’t be with us for this 25th Summit, please know that you are in our hearts and minds. Together we’re moving the world from breakdown to breakthrough. We are overflowing with gratitude to be in this astonishing circle of kinship with you as together we make the road by walking.
With Abundant Love and Gratitude,
Kenny & Nina and Team Bioneers
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