Charles Eisenstein
Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

Kinnection Campout is part of a vast shift, a transition in our Story of the World, the mythology of civlization. The Age of Separation, the age of artificial scarcity, debt, patriarchy, and the rest is reaching its extreme and giving birth to its opposite. This talk will dive deep into the dynamics of transition on both a collective and personal level: the old story, the new story, the space between stories. Despair and naivete, spirituality and activism, judgment and nonviolence, debt and gift. These are some of the topics we might explore.
Diana Leafe Christian
Diana Leafe Christian
Diana Leafe Christian is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, about forming successful communities and ecovillages. It has been translated into six languages, most recently Korean and German. She formerly published Ecovillages newsletter and formerly edited Communities magazine in the US for 14 years.

Diana speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops internationally. Her topics include the tools and processes to create successful new intentional communities, what helps existing communities thrive, and governance & decision-making methods, especially Sociocracy. She has taught Sociocracy for ecovillages and other kinds of intentional communities in North America, Latin America, and Europe.

She has been a keynote speaker for the annual conferences in 2013 of both the Swedish Ecovillage Network and UK Cohousing Network, and for the Japanese Ecovillage Conference in 2007. She was one of many presenters at GEN’s 20th Anniversary Conference at Findhorn Community this year. (GEN is the Global Ecovillage Network.)

An Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) trainer, Diana contributed chapters to the Gaia Education books Beyond You and Me and Gaian Economics, and to GEN’s 20th Anniversary book, Ecovillage: 2000 Ways to Heal the Planet. She is one of two representatives for the eastern US in GEN-US, and lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in the U.S. Her website is www.dianaleafechristian.org.

The seven main benefits of living in a rural, semi-rural, or urban ecovillage or other kind of intentional community, the typical challenges of this lifestyle, and how people handle these challenges. The talk will be illustrated with photos of communities either started by people under 30 or in their early 30s, or with many 18-30 year old residents, including Emerald Village, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and Los Angeles Ecovillage.
Tradd Cotter
Tradd Cotter
Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation projects. Tradd, Olga, and their daughter, Heidi, live in Liberty, South Carolina.
The earth is more fragile now than ever. How can we tap deeper into the power of fungi to create powerful new solutions to many of the challenges that we face over the next millennia? Dreaming of a world free from starvation, global pandemics, and warfare? Fortunately we have received a transmission from the future just in time, and humans have worshipped mushrooms many times before, but it will take a modern team of empathetic leaders, a new political party, wielding disruptive, mycelial technologies, or game changing ways that fungi can change our world forever. From primary education of basic mushroom identification to militant mycologists targeting wood chip piles, Cotter examines the levels and connections needed to see this movement materialize, and suggests blueprints for improving and integrating fungi on every level, creating a powerful coexistence that is sure to empower and enhance the lives of all organisms that call planet Earth their home.

 

Mark England
Mark England

Mark England has been presenting and coaching for ten years on how our words and stories shape our realities. He is the co-founder of Procabulary and holds a Masters Degree in international education.

What is the difference between living a passionate, exciting, fulfilled life, and wishing that you could? Most of the time, it’s just an idea; an outdated opinion. In this keynote, we will learn more about how our words & our stories drive our actions and our lives.