Golden Gate Meeting Hopes to 'Turn the Tide'

A gathering of environmentalists, Nobel Laureates, chief executive officers, philanthropists, venture capitalists, scientists, social entrepreneurs, youth activists, and other leaders in their fields will come together at the gateway to the Pacific Rim April 2-3. Their focus is to "turn the tide" toward environmental action by working with other high-impact individuals to develop creative solutions to today's most immediate environmental problems, according to a Feb. 26 press release.

Turning the Tide marks the first signature program of the Institute at the Golden Gate. The institute is a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the National Park Service, dedicated to advancing environmental preservation and global sustainability. Although the institute has been hosting, co-sponsoring, and assisting with lectures, conferences, and other environmental events since it began operation in mid-2008, Turning the Tide is the first program that fully expresses its fundamental mission to "Connect, Collaborate, Inspire and Act" on behalf of the environment.

Turning the Tide will include panels, interviews, lectures, and roundtable discussions focused on sustainability, business, technology, philanthropy, media, education, diversity, and the arts. To date, confirmed participants include Goldman Prize Winner Julia Bonds; Executive Director Larry Brilliant; writer and adventurer Jon Bowermaster; Sun Microsystems Co-founder Bill Joy; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy; Fortune Magazine Senior Editor David Kirkpatrick; and Nobel Laureate Climate Scientist Stephen Schneider.

The program is organized around the concept of "guilds"—groups of people from different backgrounds and disciplines with a shared interest in a common environmental topic and outcome. Participants will brainstorm the possibilities inherent in the question "What can we do together that none of us can do alone?" The six environmental guilds launched at the event will each consist of 10- to-15 invited members and 40 pre-registered participants from the general public.

"The guilds take advantage of the rich talent pool of the Bay Area that will continue their work following the event," commented Moore. "Program participants and speakers are known for their track record of environmental action, and Turning the Tide will help leverage their important work by connecting them with their peers in a cross-sector setting."

Turning the Tide is being held at Cavallo Point—the Lodge at the Golden Gate at Fort Baker, the National Park Service's newest national park lodge.

For ticketing and scheduling information, visit or call 415.561.3560.

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