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Author/environmentalist Hawken to keynote TechConKona (Aug. 2)


The organizers of TechConKona have announced Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism, will be one of our keynote speakers.

Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment.

His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Hawken has founded several companies including some of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods. He presently heads OneSun, Inc., an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry.

Hawken is founder of the Natural Capital Institute (, a research organization located in Sausalito, Calif.

The Natural Capital Institute created Wiser Earth (, an open source networking platform that links NGOs, foundations, business, government, social entrepreneurs, students, organizers, academics, activists, scientists, and citizens concerned about the environment and social justice.

“When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world,” Hawken said.

TechConKona is a powerful business | technology | solutions conference focusing on four crucial tracts: renewable energy + marketing + green jobs + computer technology.

At TechConKona, attendees will master how to use technology to boost the bottom line with immediate results. TechConKona is an eye-opening and exciting networking, educational and synergistic event for current and future business owners.

The conference is 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa.

For more information contact Julie Ziemelis by, or at (808) 854-6769.

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