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San Francisco Programming - A First Look

Frances Moore Lappé  

Author of the recently released EcoMind and 17 other books, including the bestselling Diet for a Small Planet. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the James Beard Foundation’s “Humanitarian of the Year” award.

goodmanA Tribute To Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

Awarded the Nobel Laureate for Peace in 2004, Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmentalist, a civil society and women's rights activist, and a former parliamentarian. World leaders will gather in San Francisco in tribute to "This Mighty Woman" as Kerry Kennedy, Founder of Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, coined in her work Speak Truth To Power which featured Maathai.

Amy Goodman  

Award-winning investigative journalist, syndicated columnist and the host of Democracy Now!, which is broadcast on over 800 public TV and radio stations worldwide. She is the author of four New York Times bestsellers.

Pachas Pajamas

Presented by Balance Edutainment, Pacha’s Pajamas is a story whose time has come. One night, the plants and animals on Pacha’s new pajamas come alive to share their own stories. Eventually, Nature takes the stage at a global music festival where the critters come together to bring balance to the planet.

John Perkins 

Former economic “hit man,” and is a founder and board member of Dream Change and the Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to creating stable, sustainable and peaceful worlds. He has lectured at universities on four continents.

rev-yearwoodRev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. 

Founder of The Hip Hop Caucus; has successfully bridged the gap between communities of color and environmental justice. He was named one of the 100 most powerful African Americans by Ebony Magazine, and one of the 10 game changers in the green movement by The Huffington Post.

John Robbins  

Author of The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less, plus five other bestsellers. He is dedicated to creating an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet. 

Laura Flanders

Host of “The Laura Flanders Show” coming to public television stations in this fall. She was the host and founder of “GRITtv with Laura Flanders,” a nationally syndicated daily program on Free Speech TV and the host of Radio-Nation on Air America Radio.

DIYMark Hertsgaard

Author of six books – including Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth – that have been translated into 16 languages. He has covered climate change, politics and the media for leading media outlets around the world.

DIY Demo Area

Ready to get your hands busy? Learn by doing at this workshop tent. How-to workshops on vertical gardens and living walls, small-scale renewable energy projects, water catchment and grey-water systems, natural building and more.


Global justice activist and organizer, is author of 12 books, including The Spiral Dance: a Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess and The Fifth Sacred Thing. She is one of the most respected voices in earth-based spirituality.

Evelie Delfino Såles Posch with the Spiral Dance Chorus and Band

The Spiral Dance Chorus & Band is comprised of children, teens and adults supporting the annual Spiral Dance, now in it's 32nd year, with Starhawk, the Reclaiming Community, and others from diverse spiritual paths. Encompassing many genres including traditional world, ethnic/indigenous, chant, folk-rock, rock, jazz, Balkan, they bring an awareness for social justice, peace, women's and environmental issues with passion and bliss.

food-courtJeffrey Smith

International bestselling author and the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms. He documents how the world’s most powerful agriculture biotech companies mislead the public, putting people’s health at risk.

Anuradha Mittal

Founder of the Oakland Institute, a policy think tank dedicated to increasing public participation and promoting debate on social, economic and environmental policies that impact our lives.

Leonard Adler

CEO of Green Jobs Network, a social enterprise that helps job seekers interested in environmental and social responsibility.

destiny-artsGraciela Tiscareño-Sato

Author of Latinnovating: Green Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them and helps enterprises with collaboration technologies.

The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

Multicultural group of teens that create original performance art pieces, in collaboration with professional artists, that combine hip-hop, modern, and aerial dance, theater, martial arts, song and rap. The productions are a dynamic, creative forum for the young people to express their fears, hopes and strategies for confronting challenging personal and social issues.

Joan Blades

Joan Blades is the co-founder of MoveOn.org and MomsRising.org. She is also co-author of The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line.

Jessica Tully

Lead field organizer for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

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