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Kenny Ausubel
Kenny Ausubel is the founder and co-executive director of Bioneers (, a national nonprofit educational organization devoted to promoting practical solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and people. He is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He was invited by Leonardo DiCaprio and the filmmakers to help represent The 11th Hour at the premieres at the Cannes Film Festival and in Los Angeles.

Entries by Kenny Ausubel

Epic Change-Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 5:28 PM

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and death for women worldwide between the ages of 15 and 44, a third of all women. As the authors of the remarkable book "Sex and World Peace" document, "The physical security of women is strongly associated with the peacefulness of the...

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Epic Change -- Part 1

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 12:59 AM

We're living in a time of epic change. We're living in a time of great awakening. The tipping point has come, the shoe has dropped, the worm has turned, and the shift has hit the fan. And we're just getting going.

Everything is up for grabs and everything is at...

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Global Mash-up: The Next Enlightenment Part II

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 10:09 AM

As author Richard Tarnas says, "Worldviews create worlds." The Big Wheels of Western Civilization's story are turning. It's the portal to our surviving and thriving. Today's Western worldview originated centuries ago with the first Age of Enlightenment. It marked the birth of the modern mind, as we know it.

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Global Mash-up: The Next Enlightenment, Part I

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 10:56 AM

"How do you teach 7 billion people to respect their relationship with the Earth -- soon -- now?" Chief Oren Lyons of the Iroquois Six Nations posed that question at the 2012 Bioneers conference. Why? "Because we're facing a crisis," he said.

He went on to tell this story,...

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The Carbon Big Gulp: Global Warming Makes You Fat

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:53 PM

We're downing the Big Gulp. A supersize jolt of 400 parts per million of CO2 is carbonating the atmosphere and fizzing toward climate chaos.

In the face of climate policy inertiatives that fail to meet the magnitude and urgency of the crisis, the climate movement is agonizing over the...

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The Sting: Social Biomimicry and The Role of Fraud in Nature

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 5:20 PM

Biomimicry, the design science of "innovation inspired by nature," is unearthing untold treasures from nature's playbook that we can mimic for our technological and industrial recipe book. But naturally, as human beings we're meaning-making creatures who are suckers for a good story or metaphor. It's seductive to search the biomimicry...

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The Revolution Has Begun - "The Shift Hits the Fan"

(5) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 10:56 AM

The Revolution Has Begun - "The Shift Hits the Fan"
By Kenny Ausubel
Co-CEO and Founder, Bioneers
Opening the Bioneers Conference, October 15th, 2010, San Rafael, California

The Bottleneck. The Great Disruption. Peak Everything. The Great Turning.

Whatever you call it, it's the big enchilada.

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Value Change For Survival: 2020 or Bust

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2009 | 12:52 PM

Opening Speech, Bioneers Conference
San Rafael, California
October 16, 2009

When the world's national governments come together in December in Copenhagen to fashion a global climate treaty, the most ambitious goal even mentioned is to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Even if the governments agree...

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Dreaming the Future Can Create the Future

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 9:19 AM

Dreaming the future can create the future. We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: To re-imagine how to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations. It's a revolution from the heart of nature -- and...

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This Is Your President on Drugs

(8) Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 2:15 PM

In a recent column titled "Soft Shoe in Hard Times," byline Washington DC, Maureen Dowd observed, "Everyone here is flummoxed about why the president is in such a fine mood... Boy George crashed the family station wagon into the globe and now the global economy." Yet he seems "goofily happy."

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Honey, We Shrunk the Planet

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2007 | 12:30 PM

This piece was the opening talk by the founder of Bioneers at the 2007 Bioneers conference on October 19th.

The nature of nature is change. Sometimes it hurtles into fast forward, tripping radical shifts. Think of it as nature's regime change. For the first time, people are causing it on...

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The 11th Hour: The Climate Is Changing...

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2007 | 1:54 PM

When The New York Times graces the environmentally themed documentary The 11th Hour with what amounts to a rave review, you know the climate is changing, in more ways than one. (Don't get me wrong, I love the Times' Manohla Dargis' tough, smart movie reviews). The Times has historically slighted...

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Family Values: Why Is It a Crime?

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2006 | 3:37 PM

I wanna talk to you about family values.

Family values are under assault. This deplorable situation presents a grave threat to the very fabric of our society. Family values have sustained society since civilization began. People who hold family values have deep convictions. The problem is - more and more...

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Mighty Corporate

(17) Comments | Posted November 4, 2005 | 10:54 AM

We are a nation of hustlers. So says historian Walter A. McDougall, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Freedom Just Around the Corner.” Of course, being hustlers has a positive side – a nation of “builders, doers, go-getters, dreamers, hard workers, inventors, organizers, engineers and a people supremely generous.” But, McDougall...

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The Law of the Land

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2005 | 1:54 PM

A friend of mine in Texas had a hobby of doing grave rubbings. She favored old, out-of-the-way cemeteries, the final resting places of the notably not rich and famous. She would place a large piece of thin paper over the tombstone and rub it with charcoal to take an impression....

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Brenda Quant Communique

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2005 | 1:29 PM

We Survived Katrina! Thank you for your prayers and kindness

These are a series of communiqués that Brenda Quant sent to worried family and friends around the country in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; one of her closet friends is Bioneers board member, Belvie Rooks. Belvie has taken the liberty—at...

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The Real Yoda:The Pentagon Feels the Heat

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2005 | 1:46 PM

You have to figure the Force is with you when Yoda gets on board. In this case, Yoda is the Pentagon’s term of endearment for Andrew Marshall, a revered military oracle who heads up an elite military think tank that envisions future threats to national security. After reading a 2002...

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