Erin O'Neil

Opening Ceremony & Keynote by Jane Yolen

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference | ASL Interpretation Provided Multiple prize-winning author Jane Yolen, whose 400th book recently saw print, will talk with us about why she so often writes about nature and why that is important. She will also read selected passages from her books. The talk will be followed …

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Stories For A More Beautiful World

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference How can we use stories to help ourselves and others cross the imaginal bridge from life as we know it now, to life as it could be in the more beautiful, regenerative world our hearts know is possible? Learn how to tell stories that can make …

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Telling the Earth’s Tales

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference How can we best communicate the stress our planet is under and some of the best ways to right it? Join storyteller, Judith Black, and earth scientist, Adam Sacks as we dive into the meaning of biodiversity and learn to create original stories that can powerfully …

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Pipeline Blues

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Beth Horner performs “The Pipeline Blues”, a story of sewage, humor, grit, persuasiveness and a song that changed environmental policy. She then takes us on her wild journey from inspirational spark, research, and interviews to her step-by-step story crafting process, legal considerations, and the story’s impact …

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Youth Empowering Youth Through Storytelling

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Can a collaboration among cousins combat climate crisis by empowering young people to perform bird-friendly mini-makeovers on their homes, schools, and parks? Can a high school group in Illinois restore an endangered species and help to remove prescription drugs from our waterways? Can a college student …

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Green Fire Documentary Viewing & Discussion

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference GREEN FIRE explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac) and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country today. The film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and …

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March 2021 – Artem Mushin-Makedonskiy

March Story Lab: Values at Work: Practical Tips and Tricks Artem Mushin-Makedonskiy Artem Mushin – Makedonskiy spoke about how he harvests stories to help his corporate clients define and convey their values. Artem explored how 2 companies defined, strengthened, and transmitted their values among their employees. He also shared practical tips for eliciting value stories …

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February 2021 – Reverend Tawana Davis

February Story Lab: Stories Black Women Tell – A Stream of Culture Reverend Tawana Davis, co-founder of Soul 2 Soul Sisters Centuries before the heinous inception of this country through the enslavement of African peoples and Indigenous First Nation people, there were griots amid numerous countries in West Africa.  Griots are storytellers, leaders, mystics, historians, …

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Why Women Need a Festival

“We are women. Hear us tell.” Jessica Robinson of Better Said Than Done shares the inspiration behind the Women’s Storytelling Festival.

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