The word “bioneers” was coined in 1990 to describe the emerging culture of social and scientific innovators who wished to mimic natural operating systems and solve the world’s problems in sustainable ways. Through its various media networks and annual National Bioneers Conference
, the collective aims to inspire positive change at a local level. This year’s Bioneers Conference features many keynote speakers, such as bestselling author Paul Hawken and Henk Ovink from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure. Music, interactive workshops, films and more are all part of the conference, which runs Friday to Sunday, Oct. 16–18, at the Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags,
San Rafael. $175 and up. conference.bioneers.org.