Planet Humboldt Ideas Exchange

10am-6pm inside the convention hall at Sequoia Center, Eureka CA

A local to world-wide Ideas Exchange: Expert speakers and panel discussions. Video links to people working for human-nature harmnony around the globe.

Topics: Communities of Spirit, Hands-on Tools for Action, Von Humboldt’s “Invention of Nature” and his legacy today, more.

The Exchange Schedule will allow for networking with Resiliency Fair vendors and influencers.

“Acts of Nature” performances will feature creative artists who resonate to the eternal forces inherent in the natural world.

 

EVENT GUIDE

Planet Humboldt Ideas Summit     10-6pm

Our speakers are guided by our theme from Alexander Von Humboldt:
“All living systems are interconnected and mutually dependent.”

The Ideas Summit strives to share this living principle from the viewpoint of many disciplines, backgrounds, and localities, with the goal of recognizing and strengthening the connections that will guarantee resilient communities and an ever more vital earth. 

10am to 11.45am   Community of Spirit :   Moderator: Ellen Barnett:  “What’s Important to You?”

            Jim Mathys: The Spirit of the Healing Earth

            David Simpson and Jane Lapiner: The Essence of “Back to the Land”

            Susan Hendershot: Faith, Work, and Hope

12pm to 1.45pm.    Energy, Commerce, and Media  Moderator:  Jane Wells  

            Johnny Weiss: “The International Solar Revolution” Perception and Reality

            Supervisor Mike Wilson ( TBA) How Can Government Actually Work?

            Gary Rynearson:  Regulations, Sustainability, and Commerce.

            Richard Gienger.  A Forest For the Trees: The Limits to Sustainability

            Jay Peltz  :   Local Solar and Big Energy:  The Next Generation

2pm to 3.45pm    Humboldt Legacy  Moderator:  Dr. Lillianet Brintrup

            Dr. Lilianet Brintrup: Humboldt’s Travels in the World

            William O Reilly: (TBA)  The Powers That Be: Empire, Nature, and Humboldt’s Vision

            Dr. Oliver Lubrich: (Interview) In His Own Words: Humboldt’s Language of Nature

            Jerry Bernstein: The Nature Deficit Disorder: A “Humboldt”  for Today

            Andy Barnett:   A Humboldt County look at Adrea Wulf’s “Invention of Nature.”

4pm to 5.45pm.      Hands On ;     Moderator: Nadine Chapdelaine

            Nadine Chapdelaine : Permaculture: The Local-Global Connection on the Edge

            Salvador Rico: The Rotary 4-Way Test for Sustainable Progress

            Yana Valecovic: Lessons from Paradise: Fire and the Human-Nature Interface

            Phoenix Trent:  A Legacy Forest, an Enduring Spirit

            Michael Furniss:  From Research to Resurgence: The Knowledge-Action Bond

Resiliency Fair Participants  10-6pm

Northcoast Environmental Center                     HSU   Campus Center for Appropriate Technology

Redwood Coast Energy Authority                     Everflux Technolgy

Northtown Books                                                 Friends of the eel River

Six Rivers Solar                                                   Comfortable Efficiency

350 Humboldt                                                     Abundant Earth Foundation

                                                                             Humboldt Coffee Company

Fire of Life Awards Reception     7.30pm

A Benefit for Humboldt Fire Safe Councils and The Redwood Region Disaster Relief Fund

We honor Humboldt County heroes who through their live and work, have exemplified the words of
Alexander Von Humboldt who wrote,  “All living systems are interconnected and mutually dependent.”
The Reception blends, history, tributes, music, and words to celebrate these great folks.

David Simpson

Social and environmental activist to the core, from the Haight to the front lines of forest protection today. Writer, actor, living example of how conviction and respect can be actualized in a long and vibrant life serving community and the world.

Jane Lapiner

Teacher, dancer, crusader for justice for the earth and her community of Petrolia and all of Planet Humboldt. Jane and David attended many international climate conferences, carrying the voice of Humboldt to the crusade for confronting the challenges of climate mega-disruption ahead.

Michael Furniss

Researcher, lecturer, HSU instructor, dedicated scientist. Michael has carried the message of fact-based analysis and planning to every audience he addresses. His wide ranging and integrated approach to atural and human systems has made him a touchstone for practical and achievable actions to mitigate the rapid systemic changes we face.

Dr,. Lilianet Brintrup

HSU professor in International Studies and Language, Dr. Brintrup has been instrumental in organizing ten annual International Humboldt conferences highlighting the areas where Von Humboldt traveled, and how his writings and vision shaped travel writings from his day to the present. Herr vivaciousness and vision have carried the essence of Humboldt County, and the HSU mission, around the world. 

Richard Gienger

Foundational activist for forest protection, Richard has lived in the coastal Redwood region for decades, raising a family, and working tirelessly for watersheds, forests, and community sustainability. More than perhaps any other Humboldt resident, Richard has relentlessly lobbied Sacramento offices and lawmakers to pass and adhere to common sense approaches to forest management. His knowledge on conservation and habitat is encyclopedic. His passion is steady, unflappable, and a force to be reckoned with.

Welcome by Hannah Apricot from the Abundant Earth Foundation

Performers

Galen Latsko as Alexander Von Humboldt

Poets/spoken word:  Margo Genger, Jeff Demark, Vince Peloso, Richard “Doc” Stull

Musicians: Steve and Lorna Brown,  Carlos Munoz Kampff, Jeff Demark

 

Buffet by Cafe Nooner.   Von Humboldt 250th Birthday Cake by Cherry Blossom Bakery

Planet Humboldt Ideas Summit Guide to Speakers and Topics

Our speakers are guided by our theme from Alexander Von Humboldt:
“All living systems are interconnected and mutually dependent.”

The Ideas Summit strives to share this living principle from the viewpoint of many disciplines, backgrounds, and localities, with the goal of recognizing and strengthening the connections that will guarantee resilient communities and an ever more vital earth.

10am to 11.45am Community of Spirit : Moderator: Ellen Barnett: “What’s Important to You?”

Jim Mathys: The Spirit of the Healing Earth
David Simpson and Jane Lapiner: The Essence of “Back to the Land”
Susan Hendershot: Faith, Work, and Hope

Ellen Barnett, Phd, MD

Ellen Barnett, Phd, MD

Ellen Barnett, MD, PhD. Ellen is co-director of the Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa. She is a Family Physician, supporting personal and family health by identifying and meeting health goals with special interest in women’s health, bio-identical hormones and health coaching. She starts treatment by asking clients the question, “What’s important to you?” She will pose this question to Planet Humboldt as a touchstone for individuals and organization ito clarify their relationship to the natural systems that support all life, including the health of the earth itself.

Jim Mathys

Jim Mathys

Jim Mathys, Chico, California. Jim is an agricultural consultant and irrigation technician in the Feather River area. A dedicated member of the faith community, he has first hand experience in the redeeming power of the individual spirit and the Greater Spirit of creation. He managed a community farm, where at risk youth and other marginalized  groups were brought in for vocational and rehabilitation experiences. Here he saw the transformative power of simply getting the hands in the dirt. Jim’s practical viewpoint and Christian faith links the challenges of what needs to be done with inspiration from the heart of the earth.

David Simpson  Jane Lapiner

David Simpson Jane Lapiner

David Simpson and Jane Lapiner, Petrolia, California. Together since the Haight-Ashbury where they were part of the cultural tsunami of the 60s, Jane and David were Diggers, feeding the hippies in Golden Gate Park. They were early members of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, pioneering political street theater. Since arriving in Humboldt County as part of  the “back to the land” movement, they have never stopped living – and working -  the dream of creative, hands-on activism. They have attended many International Climate Conferences.

 

Susan Hendershot

Susan Hendershot

Rev. Susan Hendershot. Rev. Susan Hendershot is President of . The Regeneration Project and Interfaith Power & Light, a national nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and mobilize people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with an M. Div. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, a B.A. from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. Prior to Iowa IPL, Rev. Hendershot served as a pastor in both Disciples of Christ and United Methodist congregations, focusing on social justice ministries. She believes that climate change is a moral issue, disproportionately impacting those who are most vulnerable in our world. She gets her motivation and inspiration from her two sons

 

12pm to 1.45pm. Energy, Commerce, and Media Moderator: Jane Wells

Johnny Weiss: “The International Solar Revolution” Perception and Reality
Gary Rynearson: Regulations, Sustainability, and Commerce.
Richard Geinger. The Forest For the Trees: The Limits to Sustainability
Jay Peltz: Local Solar: The Next Generation.

Jane Wells

Jane Wells

Jane Wells.  A national media network reporter, Jane Wells cut her journalistic teeth in the demanding LA market. She was the Fox anchor on the O.J. Simpson trial. She has been a long time financial reporter for CNBC, covering everything form agriculture in the mid-west to the emerging national cannabis industry. She is a sought after moderator on panels on many topics including the future of government, and the media’s role in shaping economic trends.

 

Johnny Weiss

Johnny Weiss

Johnny Weiss. Co-Founder of Solar Energy International (SEI). As Executive Director, he led SEI for over 20 years, helping establish SEI as a leader in solar education that trained over 55,000 students.  His recent work concentrates on helping establish renewable energy education centers, training solar trainers, working with Native American programs, and managing solar projects in the developing world. Recognized by numerous national and state organizations for his work in renewable energy, Johnny brings to Planet Humboldt his extensive experience in the interface between technology and humans striving for right livlihood and sustainable community.

 

Gary Rynearson

Gary Rynearson

Gary Rynearson  Green Diamond Timber Company California Operations Manager. Gary has been in the timber game for decades, including a stint on the California Board of Forestry. Green Diamond is one of the largest landowners and timber operators in the US. His company operates under Forest Stewardship Council guidelines, always negotiating the cross currents of state policy, commercial goals, market changes, and environmental concerns, both local and global. 

 

Richard Gienger

Richard Gienger

Richard Geinger, Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. Richard has been working for as long as anyone in the timber game on the North Coast can remember. From old-growth activism to sustained lobbying for innovations in harvesting practices, he has been a leader in various habitat preservation efforts in Southern Humboldt, focusing especially on forestry practices, watersheds, and land rehabilitation. A tireless worker “within the system,” Richard’s efforts contributed significantly to developing world-wide sustainable forestry protocols. 

 

Jay Peltz

Jay Peltz

Jay Peltz has been working in the renewable energy fields of solar, micro-hydro and wind in Southern Humboldt for 25 years.  As a solar technology instructor and business owner he has been part of the solar revolution on homesteads, farms, and in countries around the world.   He has lived off-grid in Southern Humboldt for 15 years.  In the last few yearts, Jay has aken a great interest in how renewable energy plays a role in our environment, economy and social networks. 

 

2pm to 3.45pm    Humboldt Legacy  Moderator:  Lillianet Brintrup

                        Lilianet Brintrup: Humboldt’s Travels in the World

                        William O Reilly: The Powers That Be: Empire, Nature, and Humboldt’s Vision

                        Dr. Oliver Lubrich: (Interview) In His Own Words: Humboldt’s Language of Nature

                        Jerry Bernstein: The Nature Deficit Disorder: The Quest of a Modern-day “Humboldt.”

                        Andy Barnett : The Humboldt County view on Adrea Wulf’s “Invention of Nature.”

Dr. Lilianet Brintrup

Dr. Lilianet Brintrup

Dr. Lilianet Brintrup was born in Chile, and teaches Spanish Language and Hispanic American Culture and Literature at Humboldt State University. She obtained her Ph.D at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on Travel Literature. A published poet, she has been organizer, president and member of the scientific committee of international Alexander von Humboldt Conferences in several countries for the past ten years.

 Dr. Oliver Lubrich

Dr. Oliver Lubrich

Dr. Oliver Lubrich. World authority on Humboldt’s writing, Dr Lubrich is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago; California State University, Long Beach and Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. He has edited or co-edited many modern editions of Von Humboldt’s work including Kosmos  (2004), the Chimborazo Diary (2006), and the Graphical Works (2014). He is the director of a ten-volume edition of Humboldt’s essays, funded by the Swiss National Foundation (2019). In cooperation with evolutionary biologists and ethnologists he investigated “The Researcher’s Affects.”

 

Hannah Apricot

Hannah Apricot

Hannah Apricot Eckberg is co-founder of the Abundant Earth Foundation and WeaverNetwork.org     She travels the world visiting permaculture farms and events, and is a contributing editor to Permaculture magazine. Her family lives in Humboldt Country. Since reading "The Invention of Nature," she has become obsessed with Alexander von Humboldt and his important legacy he left on environmentalism. 

 

Jerry Bernstein

Jerry Bernstein

Gerald Bernstein is editor of CaliforniaSolar.org, a website devoted to news and developments that affect the solar industry in the Golden State. His career has been a steady transition from research, including almost two decades at SRI International, formerly Stanford Research Institute, to the last 10 years instructing and supporting the development of solar programs at California’s Community Colleges. He challenges students to spend more time in nature, emphasizing the benefits received from these activities. He brings this same message to Planet Humboldt.

 

4pm to 5.45pm.      Hands On ;     Moderator: Nadine Chapdelaine

Nadine Chapdelaine : Permaculture: The Local-Global Connection on ‘The Edge’ “

Salvador Rico: The Rotary 4-Way Test for Sustainable Progress

Yana Valecovic: Lessons from Paradise

Phoenix Trent:  A Legacy Forest, an Enduring Spirit

Michael Furniss:  Research and Resurgence: Watersheds, Forests, and Climate Change

Nadine Chapdelaine

Nadine Chapdelaine

Nadine Chapdelaine is a horticulturist, natural health educator, and Permaculture designer.
She has been implementing sustainable systems of agriculture, aquaculture and alternative architecture in Humboldt since 1985. As director of Island Mountain Institute for Sustainable Agriculture since 1992, she has been instrumental in bringing Permaculture courses, practices and currently she is raising organic beef using holistic management practices in the Chemise Creek watershed.

 

Salvador Rico

Salvador Rico

Salvador Rico, South Ukiah Rotary. World river cleanup advocate and project leader. Sal was a founding member of the Environmental and Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG), and was instrumental in Rotary International incorporating sustainable principles in Rotary’s world wide missions. He started by hauling trash out of Mendocino’s Russian River. His work and dedication helped inspire the Planet Humboldt project. He will be streaming in from Memphis where he will be participating in a national conference of mayors meeting to address issues on the Mississippi.

Yana Valachovic

Yana Valachovic

Yana Valachovic. University of California Extension Lead Forest Advisor, A nationally recognized expert on fire management for forest lands and built environments in the human-nature interface, Yana and her colleagues literally wrote the book on fire hardening homes. Her extensive research and experience rides on a background of growing up in the deep woods of the Lost Coast, and a deep love of all things Humboldt.

Phoenix Trent

Phoenix Trent

Phoenix Trent is Development Officer for the Mendocino Woodlands, a non-profit that manages the California State owned Mendocino Woodlands. A vibrant wildlife refuge and preserve owned by the State of California, the Woodlands is a retreat facility built in a legacy cathedral Redwood Forest along the Lost River. With rustic Camp Buildings built by the WPA during the Depression, the Woodlands is a sister camp to Camp David. The Woodlands hosts environmental education programs, music, and dance camps throughout the year. The historic mission of the Woodlands is a living example of community unity where nature, creativity, and the enduring spirit of the ancient Redwoods infuses all.

Michael Furniss

Michael Furniss

Michael Furniss is broadly educated and experienced in a variety of subjects, including soil science, watershed management, forest ecology, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. He worked for the research and development branch of the US Forest Service for 33 years. He will teach the upper-division/graduate “Climate Change and Land Use” course at HSU in the Fall of 2019. Michael recently led a team of 36 earth scientists and fish biologists in writing and publishing: “Water, Climate Change, and Forests”, a high-profile national publication on the intersection of these issues and resources. He will speak on the “Redwood Region: an Age Old Climate Refuge.”