If you don't already know there are some really wonderful speakers coming to Chicago the first weekend of November, including Vandana Shiva (of Seed Freedom) , Starhawk (of Earth Activist Training, a Permaculture Design Course), Mark Lakeman (of City Repair), and Richard Heinberg (of the Post Carbon Institute). There's much more too, including music, workshops (one of which I'm giving on Permaculture Principles), and plenty of networking to be done.
It's a three day event, you can come for one or more, and you can volunteer for a half day and get entrance for the other half for free. I really hope you can make it!
Check out their website and register at http://chicagobioneers.org
Here's their description:
November 2-4, 2012 - Chicago, The Living City becomes the largest Bioneers city in the nation!
Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago invites you to join local and international visionaries to create nature-inspired solutions to society’s most important challenges. Diverse programming for all ages, including speakers, interactive workshops, visual and performing arts, open space, and an exhibit hall. Keynotes by Vandana Shiva, Nina Simons, John Edel, Gerould Wilhelm, Mark Lakeman, Starhawk, and Richard Heinberg. Help us start a long-term, local movement that will create a vibrant, environmentally healthy, and socially just city through positive solutions that follow nature’s principles.