Putting Grasslands toWork

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London • Aug 1 & 2

We invite you to join us for the Savory Institute's Annual International Conference in London on August 1st and 2nd

This location will allow our partners and collaborators from around the globe to join us and contribute to this special event. We will spotlight grasslands for all their under-appreciated beauty and value. We will also foster conversations around the unifying language of the land that bridges all cultures. Our movement is about real people with dirt under their fingernails and families to feed, people unified by a love of the land, a desire to understand nature's rhythms and cycles and the magical beauty of abundant life in the soil. These people want security for their children, prosperous landscapes, and a life filled by a deep personal connection with nature.

The age of Holistic Management is upon us. There is an undeniable need for humans to honor the complexity of the natural world. We've seen a new awakening among people to embrace living in harmony with their environment.The movement has reached critical mass and is exploding all around the globe.

Conference Venue

The conference will be hosted at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel and Conference Center in Central London. A 5-star venue situated close to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in the heart of historic London, the conference center provides all the modern amenities to host our world-gathering.

Conference Food

Your ticket includes many amenities including daily coffee and tea with light breakfast items, a 3-course lunch, and snacks will be provided, as well as a complementary mixer on Friday night with one free drink voucher for beer or wine per person.

Lodging

For the most convenient option we recommend you stay at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel the conference center (45 Prescot Street, London, E1 8GP). Be sure to select the Tower Bridge option from the drop-down menu. Other options include City Hotel, Premier Inn, the Travel Lodge—Tower Bridge, or the Travel Lodge—Aldgate East.

Gala Fundraiser Dinner at Hurlingham Club London

We invite you to join us for our Gala fundraiser dinner on July 31st.

This will be held at the gorgeous Hurlingham Club. It’s one of the most well-known venues for special gatherings in the world. With a 42 acre estate in the heart of London, there is nothing else like it.

Many of the conference speakers will be joining us at the dinner, so you'll get the opportunity to share a meal with these industry leaders who are driving the paradigm shift towards a more positive future. This is a great opportunity for you to help support our cause of regenerating grasslands and improving the lives of pastoralists the world over. (Watch venue video.)

Optional Tour of Scandinavian Hub: Scandinavian Mountain Graze

August 4th–9th, 2014 directly following the Savory Institute conference in London

The Savory Institute Scandinavian Hub supports a mountain community that is both innovative and beautiful. With a colorful history of grazing, Fjallbete has a desire to foster interaction and lasting relationships with fellow Hubs and interested people from around the world dedicated to the advancement of Holistic Management. We invite you on an all-inclusive trip to come visit!

Speaker Bios

We’ve put together a stellar line-up of presenters. Our goal has been to build an arrangement of dynamic speakers who are experts in the fields of soil science, climate change, permaculture, range science, the local food movement, human health, conservation biology, and alternative finance. Holistic Management will be the central piece tying it all together. In addition to these presenters, you can also be sure to expect updates from our returning 2013 Hub Leaders as well as introducing new 2014 Hub Leaders. There will also be presentations from the Savory Institute Executive Team, and the Grasslands LLC Executive Team as well as working land managers and ranchers from around the globe.

Program

In addition to other keynotes, you can also be sure to expect our founder Allan Savory, updates from our returning 2013 Hub Leaders as well as introducing new 2014 Hub Leaders, the Savory Institute Executive Team, and the Grasslands LLC Executive Team. Keep in mind that we have many big surprises planned.

  • Fri, Aug 1
    8:00 - 8:30 am

    Coffee, Tea, Pastries

    8:30 - 9:00 am

    Introduction: Putting Grasslands to Work...Let our Conversation Begin

    Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO, Savory Institute

    9:00 - 10:00 am

    Keynote Address: Putting Grasslands to Work: Uniting Team Humanity

    Allan Savory, President, Savory Institute

    10:00 - 10:20 am

    Break

    10:20 - 12:00 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: A Conversation About the Power of Regenerative Agriculture

    • Darren Doherty, Creator of Regrarians, Ltd.
    • Patrick Holden, Founding Director, The Sustainable Food Trust
    Panel of Producers:
    • Ricardo Fenton, Estancia Monte Dinero
    • Mimi Hillenbrand, 777 Buffalo Ranch
    • Jim Howell, CEO, Grasslands, LLC
    • Brittany Cole Bush, Sheperdess, Star Creek Land Stewards
    • Moderator: Chris Kerston, Dir. Communications and Marketing, Savory Institute
    12:00 - 1:00 pm

    Lunch

    1:00 - 2:00 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: A Conversation About Savory Hubs, a Movement to Influence the World's Grasslands

    Panel of Hub Leaders:
    • Jorgen Anderssen, Nordic Hub, Sweden
    • Huggins Matanga, ACHM Hub, Zimbabwe
    • José Manuel Gartazar, Chile Hub, Chile
    • Ivan Aguirre, Sonoran Hub, Mexico
    • Moderator: Tré Cates, COO/CFO, Savory Institute
    2:00 - 2:40 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: Conversation Tracks

    CT #1: The Untapped Potential of Soil (runs until 3:30 pm)
    • Elaine Ingham, Founder, Soil Foodweb, Inc.
    • Courtney White, Quivira Coalition
    • Seth Itzkan, Planet Tech
    • Judith Schwartz, Author, Cows Save the Planet
    • John D. Liu, Filmmaker and Director, Environmental Education Media Project
    • Moderator: Peter Byck, Producer of Carbon Nation
    CT #2: Ballet in the Pasture (runs until 3:30 pm)
    • Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm
    CT #3: What is a Savory Hub?
    • Tré Cates, COO/CFO, Savory Institute
    • Rolf Pretorius, South Africa Hub
    CT #4: Biomimicry in Markets
    • Katherine Collins, Founder and CEO, Honeybee Capital
    • Victoria Keziah, Brand and Business strategist, NETgenerative
    • Chris Kerston, Director Communications and Marketing, Savory Institute
    CT #5: Language of the Land
    • Darren Doherty, Creator of Regrarians, Ltd.
    • Owen Hablutzel, Specialist, Permaculture and Holistic Management
    • Tony Malmberg, Co-Founder of the Savory Institute
    CT #6: Life, Community Mobilization, and Holistic Management in the African Savannas
    • Jody Butterfield, Director of South Africa Programs, Savory Institute
    • Huggins Matanga, Executive Director, ACHM Hub, Zimbabwe
    CT #7: Investing in Biological Gigaton Solutions for Climate
    • David Addison, Manager, Virgin Earth Challenge
    • Mark Stevenson, Author, Optimist's Tour of the Future, UK
    • Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO, Savory Institute
    CT #8: Connection Between Soil Health and Human Health
    • Martien Lankester, Executive Director, Avalon Netherlands
    • Andrea Malmberg, Director Research and Knowledge Management, Savory Institute
    2:50 - 3:30 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: Conversation Tracks - Round 2

    CT #1: The Untapped Potential of Soil (Cont.)
    CT #2: Ballet in the Pasture (Cont.)
    CT #3: The Art and Science of Holistic Planned Grazing
    • Byron Shelton, Program Director, Savory Institute
    CT #4: Marketing Holistically Managed Products to Consumers
    • Taylor Collins, Co-founder, Epic Bar
    • Cameron Smith, Investor
    • Chris Kerston, Director Communications and Marketing, Savory Institute
    CT #5: Science Power
    • Richard Teague, Texas AandM
    • Hannah Gosnell, Oregon State University
    • Andrea Malmberg, Dir. Research and Knowledge Management, Savory Institute
    CT #6: The True Cost of Food
    • Patrick Holden, Founding Director, The Sustainable Food Trust
    • Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO, Savory Institute
    CT #7: Scaling Regenerative Agriculture Through Market-Based Solutions
    • Charles de Liedekerke, Soil Capital
    • Jim Howell, CEO, Grasslands, LLC
    • Tony Lovell, CEO, SLM
    CT #8: Technology Tools for Farmers
    • Tré Cates, COO, Savory Institute
    3:30 - 4:00 pm

    Break (Afternoon Tea in Foyer)

    4:00 - 4:30 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: A Conversation About Soil

    Elaine Ingham, Founder, Soil Foodweb Inc.

    4:30 - 5:30 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: A Conversation About the Role of Science in Informing Management

    Panel
    • Richard Teague, Texas A&M
    • Jason RownTree, Michigan State University, USA
    • Chad Krueger, Washington State University, USA
    • Hannah Gosnell, Oregon State University
    • Moderator: Peter Byck, Producer of Carbon Nation

    Closing by Justin Adams “If You Want To Go Fast Go Alone, If You Want To Go Far, Go Together” — Justin Adams — TNC Managing Director of Global Lands

    5:30 - 6:30 pm

    Keynote Address: A Conversation About Inspiring a New Generation of Farmers Who Want to Feed the Future

    Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, Author, Fields of Farmers

    6:30 - 7:30 pm

    Cocktail Reception and Book Signing

    7:30 pm

    Evening Film TBD

  • Sat, Aug 2
    8:00 - 8:30 am

    Coffee, Tea, Pastries

    8:30 - 9:30 am

    A Celebration of Genius — Tribute to Bruce Ward

    • Allan Savory, President, Savory Institute
    • Suzie Ward, Co-Founder, Holistic Results
    • Tony Lovell, CEO, SLM
    9:30 - 10:30 am

    Putting Grasslands to Work: Investing in People and Land

    • Hunter Lovins, Founder and President, Natural Capital Solutions
    • Katherine Collins, Founder and CEO, Honeybee Capital
    10:30 - 11:00 am

    Break

    11:00 - 12:00 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: Connecting the Public with Regeneration

    • John D. Liu, Filmmaker and Director, Environmental Education Media Project
    • Slow Food International, Speaker TBD
    12:00 - 1:00 pm

    Lunch

    1:00 - 2:00 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: A Conversation About Innovation in Farming

    • Peter Byck, Producer, Carbon Nation
    • Graham Harvey, Pasture Promise TV
    • Tim May, farmer, Kingsclere Estate
    2:00 - 2:40 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: A Conversation About Agriculture's Role in Human Health

    • Daphne Miller, Author, Farmacology
    2:40 - 3:00 pm

    Break

    3:00- 3:45 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: Breakout Conversations

    CT#1: It's All About Soil Life
    • Elaine Ingham, Founder, Soil Foodweb Inc.
    • Byron Shelton, Program Director, Savory Institute
    CT#2: Doctor Turned Farmer: Understanding How Gut Flora Affects Overall Well-Being
    • Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, Neurologist and Author, Developer of the GAPS Diet
    • Judith Schwartz, author, Cows Save the Planet
    CT#3: What is a Savory Hub?
    • Tré Cates, COO/CFO, Savory Institute
    • Doug Warnock, USA PNW Hub
    CT#4 Putting Grasslands to Work: Large-Scale Shepherding on Public Lands in Urban Areas
    • Brittany Cole Bush, Modern Day Urban Shepherdess, Star Creek Co. Land Stewards
    • Beth Robinette, Director of Marketing, Lazy R Ranch Grassfed Beef
    CT#5: Nature Functions in Wholes
    • Owen Hablutzel, Specialist in Permaculture and Holistic Management
    • Jim Howell, CEO, Grasslands, LLC
    CT#6: Human Health: A Cooking Demonstration
    • Sarah Fragoso, Author, Everyday Paleo
    • Taylor Collins, Co-founder, Epic Bar
    CT #7: Using Livestock to Sequester Carbon
    • Courtney White, Author, Grass, Soil, Hope
    • Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO, Savory Institution
    CT #8: The Hard Science and Citizen Science View of Climate Change
    • Seth Itzkan, Planet Tech
    • Jason RownTree, Michigan State University
    3:45 - 4:00 pm

    Break

    4:00 - 5:00 pm

    Demonstration: Traditional Old-World Meat Cutting

    • Brandon Sheard, Farmstead Meatsmith
    5:00 - 5:30 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: The Next Generation of Savory Hubs

    Introduce Next 2014 Savory Hubs
    • Moderator: Tré Cates, COO/CFO, Savory Institute
    5:30 - 6:30 pm

    Putting Grasslands to Work: A Conversation About HOPE and OPTIMISM

    • Mark Stevenson, Author, Optimist's Tour of the Future, UK
    • Allan Savory, President and Co-Founder, Savory Institute
    6:30 - 7:00 pm

    Closing: Putting Grasslands to Work...the Conversations Must Continue

    • Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO, Savory Institute
    • Tré Cates, COO/CFO, Savory Institute

Conference Sponsors and Supporting Partners

A very heartfelt thanks to our sponsors and partners. Without you none of this would be possible.



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