Rachel Bagby, J.D.
Rachel Bagby, founder of ChoralEarth.com, and Bagby, Davidson & Associates, is a Stanford Law School graduate, author, poet, composer, vocalist and renowned performance artist, formerly with Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra. Using her voice as an instrument of change, Rachel is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from “Spirit in Action: The Heart and Soul of the Advocate” for lawyers, to “Voice Blessings,” part of Women, Love and Power with Oprah Winfrey. In 2008 she received the Artist of the Year Award from the Arts and Healing Network. For 30 years, Rachel has provided training and mentoring to social innovators, helping leading-edge organizations realize their visions and catalyze social healing. A graduate of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and former Wall Street Journal reporter, Rachel’s writings about clean energy and resilient community have been featured in Dirt Rich, Natural Home, Time, Ms. Magazine and The Huffington Post. She is the author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices (1999). With Kevin W. Kelley, author of the New York Times bestseller The Home Planet, she recently co-founded Metanoiaa, a social enterprise production and design company that creates art, technology and processes through which humanity can easily visualize and apprehend where we are within our journey through time, space and evolution.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D
Joan Borysenko received her doctorate in medical sciences from the Harvard Medical School and is a former Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is a licensed psychologist. Also a licensed psychologist, Dr. Borysenko was cofounder and former director of the Mind-Body clinical programs at two Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals, now merged as the Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is author or coauthor of 13 books, including The Power of the Mind to Heal and Inner Peace for Busy People, and numerous audio and video programs, including the Public Television special “Inner Peace for Busy People”. She has become one of the nation’s leading voices in the development of mind-body medicine and holistic spirituality. Dr. Borysenko also writes a monthly column, Staying Centered, which appears in Prevention Magazine. Co-founder of the Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Inquiry, she directs the Interspiritual Mentor Training Program (IMTP), a two-year certificate course in spiritual direction.
Linda Buzzell, M.A., M.F.T.
Linda Buzzell, M.A., M.F.T. is a psychotherapist and career counselor in Santa Barbara, California. She is the editor, with Craig Chalquist, of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (Sierra Club Books 2009), an anthology of “new stories” by people like Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Theodore Roszak and Richard Louv about healing the relationship between nature and the human psyche. Linda founded the International Association for Ecotherapy in 2002 and is the editor of Ecotherapy News, its quarterly journal. She is on the board of Opus Archives, which holds the papers of pioneers like Joseph Campbell, James Hillman and Marion Woodman, and is Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she supervises first-year student “Community and Ecological Fieldwork and Research” in the Depth Psychology Ph.D. program. Linda also holds a Masters in Journalism in Documentary Film from UCLA and worked for many years in the entertainment industry, most recently as a Vice President of Story Development at Lorimar and Columbia TV. She is the founder of the International Documentary Association, the professional association for documentary filmmakers. Linda is a graduate of the Permaculture Design Course and member of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Guild. She and her husband tend a small permaculture food forest in their backyard.
Gordon Dveirin, Ed.D.
Gordon Dveirin, Ed.D., is the president of Dveirin & Associates, a consulting firm in organization and human development. His public and private sector clients have ranged from the Smithsonian Institution to the Women’s Vision Foundation, for which he’s currently developing a program on “Fully Human Leadership.” In 2004, Gordon co-founded the Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Inquiry and its Interspiritual Mentoring Program (IMTP), based on a lifelong interest in mindful inquiry and approaches to Presence. He is coauthor (with his wife, Joan Borysenko) of Saying Yes to Change and Your Soul’s Compass.
Duane Elgin, M.B.A., M.A.
Duane has committed his life to ecological, social, and spiritual transformation. He is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and social visionary. His books include Voluntary Simplicity, The Living Universe, and Awakening Earth. He co-authored Changing Images of Man with Joseph Campbell and other scholars. In the early 1970s, Duane worked as a senior staff member of a joint Presidential-Congressional Commission on the American Future and later as a senior social scientist with SRI International where he coauthored numerous long-range, futures studies. His website, Awakening Earth, is a resource for making the shift toward green lifestyles, supported by a mature democracy, and guided by the collective wisdom of science and spirituality.
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Jim Fournier is founder and President of the Biochar Engineering Corporation, a Colorado based company commercializing biochar production, a revolutionary new “carbon negative” technology that can remove CO2 from the air by generating sustainable energy and a high-carbon fertilizer from biomass. Jim is cofounder of Planetwork, a San Francisco based network of people using information technology to address the pressing ecological and social issues of our time. Planetwork produced the first international conference on global ecology and information technology in May 2000, and several major conferences since then. Jim’s many presentations on Nature and Metanature situate energy technology within the context of biological evolution and show how and why our moment in history represents a shift point at the dawn of a new phase of climax technology leading toward a plateau of long-term stability. Jim serves on the boards of Planetwork and Channel G, and the advisory boards of numerous organizations including Highfield Foundation, Meru Foundation, Parapsychology Research Group, Buckminster Fuller Institute, Many One, Peoples World and SF Green Maps.
Sheri Herndon, M.A., is a social architect/artist who has been pioneering for the last 20 years at the nexus of social networks, conscious evolution, media & technology, and creativity. A practical futurist, she believes in collective wisdom, cultural resilience and the power of creativity to open minds and hearts to co-create a world that works for all. Sheri is an educator, visionary, social media strategist, and social process facilitator who loves transformational change. Currently she is Director of Social Impact and Community Partnerships with Thrive Commons Initiative, an online community and network dedicated to the advancement of human development and global innovation. She has a wealth of experience as a journalist/producer/documenter and is a consummate intuitive networker, connector, and whole systems designer with a grasp of the principles of emergence. In 1999, she cofounded the Indymedia network and spent four years birthing a global grassroots media network and citizen journalism movement that now includes over 250 media centers worldwide. By leveraging her relationships and diverse networks, she weaves and connects different fields of human potential in a synergistic convergence essential for the next stage of social transformation & evolution. She nurtures new cultural synapses and social systems that can ultimately draw forth new ‘social DNA’ that is at the heart of a cultural renaissance.
Barbara Marx Hubbard
Barbara’s life work has been dedicated to the conscious evolution of humanity. Her rich career as author, speaker, social innovator, and futurist spans over 40 years. She was a co-founder of The World Future Society, the Center for Soviet American Dialogue and the Association for Global New Thought. She is president and founder of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. In 1984, her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency on the Democratic ticket proposing a “Peace Room” as sophisticated as a war room to scan for, map, connect, and communicate what is working in the world. She has initiated a guided educational program supported by Internet systems called Gateway to Conscious Evolution, offering a new developmental path toward the next stage of human evolution. She is now co-designing a major evolutionary educational program with Rivers Edge, the Sisters of St. Joseph, entitled The Sacred Way of Conscious Evolution: A Critical Developmental Path toward Co-creation, as well as serving as a co-founder and member of The Evolutionary Leaders Council, working together toward an Evolutionary Leaders Virtual University. Among the books she has written are Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential, Emergence: the Shift from Ego to Essence, and Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium. She has created Humanity Ascending and Visions of a Universal Humanity, the first two films of a documentary series on the evolution of consciousness in the human species, now translated into many languages.
Rick Ingrasci, M.D., M.P.H.
Rick has a rich background is in psychiatry, holistic medicine, community development, and social entrepreneuring. He currently practices life coaching, mainly with leaders of non-profit organizations. He also has an informal online news service with a “bigmind” perspective. Rick co-founded Interface (Boston’s largest holistic education center), the American Holistic Medical Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Hollyhock, where he has been convening an annual Hollyhock Summer Gathering since 1986. He co-authored the bestselling “Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life.”
David Johnston, founder and President of What’s Working, Inc. and creator of Green Building.com is one of the pioneers of the sustainability movement in the US. His innovative theories about how to catalyze the transformation of the building industry became the blueprints for the Denver Built Green and California Build It Green programs. Particularly adept at generating green building guidelines, David’s work has guided master planned communities in Denver, Boulder, Sacramento, San Diego, Phoenix, and Durango, CO. In addition, he has developed programs throughout Colorado, The San Francisco Bay Area, Minneapolis, Boston, and for the City of Los Angeles, and has consulted with cities across the country and Canada to create market-based green building programs. An authoritative source for green building education, David has trained thousands of builders and industry professionals and has written four books: Building Green in a Black and White World (2000), Green Remodeling, Changing the World One Room at a Time (2004), Green From the Ground Up (2008) and Zero Energy Homes (2010).
Gail’s work is dedicated to helping people mine the deep well of their life experience and self-expression to become powerful public speakers. She is the founder of Real Speaking and author of Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell A Better Story. A former executive Vice President of the National Speakers Association, Gail’s liberating approach to public speaking is based on the principle, “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” She states, “It is the gift of authenticity – yours and mine – that affirms my trust in life’s journey and our collective capacity to create the world to which we want to belong.”
David Riordan has committed his life’s work to creating compelling and accessible stories in multiple mediums that help us become fully human. In his work as Vice President of Media Development for Integral Life, Inc., David is responsible for managing Integral Life’s media business development, creating compelling and accessible stories in multiple mediums—including online, DVD and motion picture formats. For example, his e-presentation, Sleeping With Your So-Called Enemy, teaches a practice in how to step beyond personal political views and into a compassionate, inclusive view of the “other”. His Integral Life online videos offer a rich, in-depth exploration of many topics, from Growing Up Gay to Integral Politics to The Future of Christianity: A Provocative View. Prior to joining Integral Life, David was Creative Director of Disney Interactive, creating ToyStory.com, was Vice President of Production of Time Warner Interactive, Creative Director of Interplay Entertainment and Senior Producer for Philips Media. He is also an award-winning music producer, game designer and interactive website, video and television producer, and is a lecturer at the UCLA Media Program and the USC Film School.
Stephan A. Schwartz
Stephan A. Schwartz is the Senior Samueli Fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing of the Samueli Institute, a Research Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research, and a BIAL Fellow of the BIAL Foundation. He is the columnist for the journal Explore, and editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net which covers trends that are affecting the future. Previously he was the founder and Research Director of the Mobius laboratory, and Director of Research of the Rhine Research Center. For 40 years he has been studying the nature of consciousness, particularly that aspect independent of space and time. Schwartz is part of the small group that founded modern Remote Viewing research, and is the principal researcher studying the use of Remote Viewing in archaeology. Using Remote Viewing he discovered Cleopatra’s Palace, Marc Antony’s Timonium, ruins of the Lighthouse of Pharos, and sunken ships along the California coast, and in the Bahamas. In addition to numerous technical papers and reports on this work he has written four books: The Secret Vaults of Time, The Alexandria Project, Mind Rover and his latest, Opening to the Infinite. His submarine experiment, Deep Quest, using Remote Viewing helped determine that nonlocal perception is not an electromagnetic phenomenon. Other areas of interest include research into creativity and Therapeutic Intent/Healing.
Charles has dedicated his life to nonprofit and philanthropic service. A graduate of Harvard Law School, his career includes being a corporate lawyer, poverty lawyer, law professor, founder and Director of The Door in NYC serving 5,000 inner city youth per year, Director of Philanthropy for the Rockefeller family, and consultant to numerous foundation boards, trusts and nonprofit organizations. He currently works with individuals and organizations engaged in positive sustainable change, including the Bravewell Collaborative, Partnership for Youth Empowerment, the Tipping Point Network, Goosefoot Community Fund, Enso House. He was a founding board member of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, which works to integrate contemplative awareness into contemporary life to help create a more just, compassionate, and sustainable society. Charles is currently President of Terry-MacGregor Associates, philanthropic and NGO advisors, and an Associate of Family Philanthropy Advisors. He and his wife travel to Africa twice a year to work with youth leaders and orphans.
Lila Sophia Tresemer
Lila is dedicated to building a global community, which honors the Feminine and celebrates the Sacred in all beings. She is a playwright, author, photographer, ceremonialist, and minister. Most recently, she has completed a book called One-Two-ONE, A Guide to Conscious Partnership and Ceremony, co-written with her partner, David. She is co-founder and facilitator of the Path of Ceremonial Arts begun at All Seasons Chalice Church in Boulder, Colorado, and of Women of Vision, and American-Israeli-Palestinian sisterhood for peace. With her husband, David Tresemer, she has written and produced a trilogy for the theater about the divine feminine, called ‘Remembrance’, and produced a series of DVD’s (http://www.davidandlilatresemer.com) on various psycho-spiritual topics. Lila is currently a resident of Flinders Island, Tasmania (Australia) where she is completing her first novel. She believes strongly in the New Story, and the novel will define a direction towards resolving the ruin caused by a dominator system, which can be resolved by a Communion paradigm with the true essence of Spirit and Nature.
Susan Virnig, MA, MFA
Susan has been working with organizations and communities for thirty-five years, helping them come together to tackle tough problems and to create new possibilities. In the mid-seventies she was Co-Founder and served as Staff Director of Northwest Regional Facilitators for more than 20 years. One of the early pioneers in the field of meeting facilitation and design, she helped people use a variety of participatory processes – dialogue pairs, world café, structured work groups, circle practices and more – to listen deeply to each other and begin to set aside old stereotypes and barriers to collective action. She’s worked with small groups overcoming conflicts around nonprofit low-income housing and large groups setting new directions for national forest policies – and everything in-between. In 2000 she was one of the founders of NewStories. She teaches poetry to elementary school students and intercultural communications to MBA students and has done extensive work in Japan, helping people learn how to design and host dialog. Susan is passionate about helping people learn how to listen well, find common purpose and move together into action!