"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." -- from bioneers.org
Bioneers, also known as the Collective Heritage Institute, is a non-profit organization that focuses on exploring solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social issues -- from large-scale ecosystem restoration to the health of the mind, body, and human communities.
Since 2011, we've hosted our very own Bioneers satellite conference -- one of around 20 across the country -- which is affiliated with the annual National Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. Our conference is open to the public for a very small fee, so be sure to join us next year! Details will be announced in fall 2013.
2012 Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference
Our most recent satellite conference -- held October 26-28, 2012 -- featured renowned speakers, interactive local workshops, nature walks, local food, and more. View some of the highlights:
Knox's new Creating Opportunities and Access in Science and Technology (COAST) initiative will offer academic and financial support to students planning on careers in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.
Capping off Earth Month, members of the Knox College and Galesburg community gather for a Day of Service and an Earth Day Festival featuring, music, art, and information focused on the environment.
Panelists share their experiences in the world of sustainable business, and they discuss the promise of 'green jobs' at a discussion hosted by the Bastian Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development.