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Fixing our Food System
Regen Ag Summit

Inspiring | Connecting | Empowering

Creating a space for global practitioners of food systems change to learn how to support their projects across all levels of food production––from stewardship, to production, to market creation and everything in between.

Through this space we seek to build bioregional and global community and knowledge around financial independence & markets, crop & soil management, education, communications and organization management.

October 20th*

Events

15:00 - 16:15 UTC

(your timezone)

Speakers: Bemeriki Bisimwa, Joshua Hughes

Facilitator: Benjamin Felser

Listen to Bemeriki and Joshua talk about our projects in small scale grassroots permaculture in refugee communities in Uganda and longterm agroforestry management in Costa Rica. 

Learn about: local and international markets, longterm stewardship, permaculture education, humanitarian support, community engagement and more

16:30 - 18:00 UTC

(your timezone)

Facilitator: Lauren Minis

Join Regeneration Pollination in a session to meet other people working in food systems change, funders and appreciators in a structured networking session.

Learn about: communication, bioregional collaboration, global networking, aligned projects/people and more

* click on event names to see in Google Calendar. All events can be accessed through this zoom link

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Keynote Speaker
Bemeriki Bisimwa Dusabe

Rwamwanja, Uganda

Program Director at the Rwamwanja Rural Foundation

2023 Lush Prize recipient Bemeriki Bisimwa is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo living in Uganda as a refugee since 2007. He focuses on regeneration through permaculture training within refugee communities as the founder and CEO of the Rwamwanja Rural Foundation ltd.

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Keynote Speaker
Joshua Hughes

Puriscal, Costa Rica

Founder of Verdenergia Pacifica and Blacksheep Regenerative Resource Management 

Joshua Hughes is a visionary in stewardship, regenerative markets and community-driven impact projects.Through Verdenergia and Blacksheep, he and his community planted millions of plants, protected hundreds of acres of land from palm oil, and seeded economies to reverse brain drain since 2004.. 

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Networking Host
Lauren Minis

Idaho, USA

Executive Director of Regeneration Pollination

Lauren Minis oversees operations, growth, and partnerships for Regeneration Pollination—a global nonprofit uniting leaders in the environmental and social impact sector. She connects through other aligned networks, helping stitch together the vast world of regenerative practitioners. 

Projects

October 21st*

Events

15:00 - 16:30 UTC

(your timezone)

Panelists: Joshua Hughes, Ñawi Flores, Robert Ocen, Jenny Brandt, Fabricio Muriano

Facilitator: Benjamin Felser

Listen to: 5 experts in land stewardship, communication, education, market creation and grassroots finance. Session will begin with 45 minutes of Q&A followed by more intimate sessions by speakers areas of expertise: communication, stewardship and financing

Learn about: Land stewardship vs management, local/international market creation, ethical grassroots fundraising, bioregional coalition building, permaculture education and more!

17:00 - 18:00 UTC

(your timezone)

Advisors: Erik VanLennep, Daniel Mattos

Practice: The famous, ever-important 5 minute elevator pitch to a professional in regenerative agriculture and your peers. Each project will receive a slot to share a prepared presentation, along with specific feedback and opportunities to practice with peers in community

Learn about: communication, marketing, organizational design, public speaking, slide deck creation

Note: This session is ONLY OPEN TO PITCH PARTICIPANTS and not the general public.

* click on event names to see in Google Calendar. All events can be accessed through this zoom link

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Merida, Mexico

Community Centric Fundraising Global Councilmember

Jenny Brandt is a bilingual (English-Spanish) professional committed to racial equity and climate justice.  She has experience working in DC on Congressional and Federal campaigns uplifting Latino voices for the conservation of public lands, as well as working in pueblos mágicos in Mexico for conservation of natural patrimony through ecotourism and PES.

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Lisbon, Portugal

Founder and director of Ecotopias School for  Sustainability

Daniel is an educator, agroecologist, philosopher and artist, spending the lifetime trying to deeply live the paradoxes of values, beliefs, methods and tricks of our culturesights. In short, his work is to wormhole mindset bubbles. He is from Brazil, in 2019 moved to Portugal exiled from Brazilian fascism.

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Orba, Spain

Freelance communicator and advisor

Erik is a social innovator and entrepreneur, focused through eco design. For  35 years his focus has been on ecological regeneration and human rights. His work includes starting high impact not-for profits, creating educational events and training individuals and groups on team building, communication and story telling, project development and strategy design

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Brooklyn, New York

President and Co-Founder of K'allam'p

Ñawi K. Flores, of the Antis and Iñan Kichwa Nation, Chichubamba Clan is the leader of K'allam'p. He bridges indigenous philosophy with modern scientific systems, emphasizing the role of soil management, social ecology, resilience, equity, and inclusivity in diverse agricultural landscapes.

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São Paulo, Brasil

Founder of Asociado do Instituto Regenerativo

Fabricio Muriano is a professional in urban legislative and cultural change to create markets for agroecological products. He works in Sao Paolo, Belem in the Amazon and globally to promote our food revolution.

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Panelist
Joshua Hughes

Puriscal, Costa Rica

Founder of Asociado do Instituto Regenerativo

Joshua Hughes is a visionary in stewardship, regenerative markets and community-driven impact projects. Through Verdenergia and Blacksheep, he and his community planted millions of plants, protected hundreds of acres of land from palm oil, and seeded economies to reverse brain drain since 2004.. 

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Panelist
Robert Ocen

Anaka, Uganda

Co-Founder of the Regenshope Initiative

Robert Ocen is an Environmental Specialist, Regenerative Practitioner, and Trainer with 8 years of experience in designing and implementing nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and development. He co-founded the Regenshope Initiative to empower smallholder farmers through hands-on training in regenerative agriculture for a sustainable, equitable food system.

Projects

Black Soil

October 22nd*

Events

15:00 - 16:30 UTC

(your timezone)

Facilitators: Jyo Maan and Benjamin Felser

Participate in: a food systems change practitioner session to share joys, trials and questions about your experiences in changing our food system. There's a lot of pressure to put up a face. Let that go among peers working to fix our food system around the world alongside experiences facilitators. There will be a follow up session in one month!

Learn about others working in similar fields in your bioregion and around the world, ask difficult questions, share challenging truths and build connections with others expereincing similar struggles and joys

* click on event names to see in Google Calendar. All events can be accessed through this zoom link

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Facilitator
Jyo Maan

Des Moines, Iowa

GRC Activation Team

Jyo Maan fosters social learning, connections, and leadership through trauma-informed facilitation, innovation, and emotional intelligence. She relies on emotional, social and spiritual intelligence she weaves the hearts and minds of people and redesigns structures in freedom for exploration. She bridges old and new paradigms, nurturing belonging and inspiring future generations.

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Facilitator/Event Coordinator
Benjamin Felser

Tucson, Arizona

GRC Activation Team

Benjamin is a queer environmentalist currently working in invasive plant management and restoration ecology at Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. They spent the last year living in Nepal and coastal Ecuador working on permaculture and syntropic agroforestry systems and are also a member of the GRC Activation Team.

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Participants
All of you!

Global

Amazing projects in food systems change

All of you bring unique stories, experiences and perspectives to the table. You may work in food production, creating regenerative markets, organizational management or education, but you all are actively participating in fixing our broken world food system. We welcome you all!

Nourishing

We embrace an ideology of reciprocity. We are paying speakers 20 USD/hr* for their time, and ask that participants either donate funds, or invite peers to support the summit.

 

  1. Donate -- For those with the means, donate what you can. All funds will be divided evenly between our speakers' projects listed above

  2. Invite -- Personally invite 5+ members of your community who you believe would enjoy the summit

* this number is based on available Activation Team funds. Check out our Open Collective to learn more and reach out at info@grc.earth with any questions, comments or concerns.

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