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Plenary: Crisis as Catalyst for Transformation

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

In this plenary, we gather with people on the frontlines of change who are working hard to respond to the challenges, crises, and disasters we are facing. These visionary changemakers are finding new and innovative ways to not only respond to crises but to open new opportunities and possibilities for our communities. “Crisis as Catalyst for Transformation” invites us to work with the energy of these uncertain times to transform our communities and our world to be more resilient, just, and regenerative.  

This plenary is being offered as part of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit. Please click here to learn more and register using our pay-what-you-can donation-based system to participate.


Speaker bios:

Rupa Marya is a physician, activist, artist, and writer who is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and the founder and executive director of the Deep Medicine Circle, a worker-directed nonprofit committed to healing the wounds of colonialism through food, medicine, story, learning, and restoration. In 2021, she published her first book with political ecologist, food system activist, and policy professor Raj Patel, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice.  This book advances a new level of diagnosis that incorporates history and lines of power into our understanding of the root causes of health disparities and the rise of inflammatory disease in industrialized places, offering compelling treatment options for what is ailing people and the planet. 

is a community organizer, consultant, and storyteller promoting people-powered solutions for the common good. He’s the strategic partnerships director for Shareable.net, executive producer and host of the award-winning documentary and podcast series “The Response,” a sought after presenter who has spoken at over 200 events on five continents, and the co-editor and author of several publications, including “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” (2018), “The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters” (2019), and “Lessons from the First Wave: Resilience in the Age of COVID-19” (2020). One of his favorite activities is to host community ‘Stone Soup’ events wherever he travels to help remind people how good sharing can taste! 

Elaine Miller-Karas is the Co-Founder and Director of Innovation of the Trauma Resource Institute and author of the book, Building Resiliency to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models (2015). She has worked internationally to bring healing to the world’s community. Her models to date have been brought to 39 countries in Asia, Africa, North America, the Mid-East, South America, and Europe. Ms. Miller-Karas is a recognized international speaker and author and has presented the Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® at the Skoll World Forum and the United Nations. Her book was recently selected by the United Nations curated online library as one of the innovations that can help meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Jul Bystrova: has been based on the north coast of California, land of the Pomo tribe. She is co-founder of the Inner Resilience Network and Director of the Eomega/Era of Care project. She has a history of community activism and Transition work and a thriving private practice in mind-body healing work. She is an Ordained Interfaith Minister and holds a Masters in Interdisciplinary research in Science and Spirituality as well as numerous trainings in mind-body healing and personal/collective trauma. She writes and organizes around cultural healing, climate justice, and psycho-spiritual issues. She also serves on the Transition US Collaborative Design Council. She is currently working on trainings for culture repair and wellness hubs in the face of change and challenge.  She is also a performance artist, poet, philosopher, outdoor adventurer, and (most important) a mom.


October 3
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
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