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Rebecca Adamson

Rebecca Adamson, a Cherokee, started First Nations Development Institute in 1980 and First Peoples Worldwide in 1997. Co-author of The Color of Wealth, Rebecca pioneered asset-based development strategies among American Indians. Her work established the first reservation-based microenterprise loan fund in the United States, the first tribal investment model, a national movement for reservation land reform, and legislation that established new standards of accountability regarding federal trust responsibility for Native Americans. Rebecca serves on the board of The Bay and Paul Foundations and the Calvert Social Investment Fund (the largest socially responsible mutual fund). She has received numerous awards for her work. She holds a Master of Science in Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University (formerly New Hampshire College) in Manchester, NH, where she has also taught a graduate course on Indigenous Economics within the Community Economic Development Program. View Guest page

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Frank Alcock

Dr. Frank Alcock serves as Director of a Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL, and recently completed a report for the Century Commission on “Potential Impacts of Oil & Gas Exploration in the Gulf.” Frank is an Associate Professor of Political Science at New College of Florida where he teaches courses on world politics, international law, marine policy, and sustainable development and also heads the Environmental Studies program. He is also a Fellow with the Collins Center for Public Policy. Frank holds a PhD in Political Science from Duke University, MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and BA in Economics from Binghamton University. His research covers issues of sustainable development, trade and global environmental politics with a focus on climate, and energy and marine policies. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Frank spent five years as an international policy analyst/economist at the U.S. Department of Energy. View Guest page

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Erika Allen

Erika Allen is Projects Manager for Growing Power, supporting limited-resource producers to create healthy and diverse food options. Integrating creative techniques with food security and community development, she has established four urban agriculture and food system projects in Chicago, IL. Her recent work includes development of the Chicago Food Policy Council; serving as co-chair for Chicago Organic initiative’s Education, Training and Schools sub-committee; and serving on the Illinois Food, Farms and Jobs Act Task Force. As the daughter of urban farmer Will Allen, she spent her formative years involved in all aspects of agriculture. Erika’s awards include Chicago Tribune’s Good Eating Award (2006), Family Focus (2007) for her work in community food systems, and the Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) Mother of the Environment for Minneapolis/St. Paul (2009). She holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. View Guest page

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Jason Bender

Jason Bender is a policy analyst at Global Commons Trust, a nonprofit that provides consultative services for social charters and commons trusts. A global commons advocate for many years, he previously worked in international negotiations at the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development. View Guest page

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Kevin Blackwell

Kevin Blackwell has a mission to deliver uplifting and transformative spiritual messages to the world. A spiritual leader schooled in the traditions of spiritual masters, Kevin focuses on helping humanity fulfill its promise by teaching spiritual principles and facilitating societal change. With a combination of insight, media savvy, and business experience, he communicates positive ideas through books, workshops, seminars, media, and individual counseling. He has over 25 years of experience in variety of areas and utilizes traditional and nontraditional therapeutic techniques in conjunction with tested coaching methods to help people connect to their deeper selves. Starting college at age 15 at Columbia University, he received a BA in Religion from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He studied filmmaking at Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts and acting at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He holds an MBA from Duke University. View Guest page

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Margot Borden

Margot Borden developed IPM™, which combines perception at the familiar outer levels of consciousness with inner, subtle levels that reveal underlying truths of human experience, leading to the deeper, broader congruence of the Integral Perspective. In addition to consulting successes at multinational and Fortune 100 corporations, Margot maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Paris, France; teaches at Antioch McGregor University in Ohio; and presents seminars and public lectures in Europe, India, and the United States. Margot earned her master’s in Humanistic Counseling from Durham University, UK, and her bachelor’s in International Business from American University in Paris. Her orientation is in the schools of Transpersonal and Integral Psychology. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques that address the entire range and potential of human experience and is dedicated to exploring consciousness through psychological, experiential, and spiritual traditions. View Guest page

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Kevin James Bowman

Dr. Kevin James Bowman is Assistant Professor of Economics at Augsburg College in Minneapolis where he teaches Macroeconomics, International Economics, and Economic Growth. He conducts research primarily in Economic Growth and Development and Integral Studies and has dynamically extended Ken Wilber's philosophical model of overall development correcting for a bias pointed out by top researchers. He is widely published in such journals as Economics of Innovation and New Technology and The Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. He has applied integral theory to political economy and has a unique explanation for the Financial Crisis of 2008-09. His recent paper augments the Solow Growth Model with the integral approach for the first mathematical model in integral theory, allowing for a broader understanding of human, social, and cultural capital accumulation for economic development. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. View Guest page

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Jeb Brugmann

Jeb Brugmann is an internationally recognized urbanist. As a practitioner and thinker on strategy and innovation, Jeb devises solutions to help local communities access the benefits of globalization and helps global organizations to engage in local communities and markets. Jeb is author of the 2009 book Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World, and a contributor to four books on urban sustainability. He has published in Harvard Business Review, winning the 2007 McKinsey Award for best article. He has worked on the ground in scores of cities and rural regions in 28 countries as founder and chief executive of major international organizations. Jeb is a faculty member of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and has lectured at other universities across the world. Jeb has played a pioneering role in three areas of next practice: global civil society organization, urban sustainability, and bottom of the pyramid business development. View Guest page

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Terah Kathryn Collins

Best-selling author Terah Kathryn Collins is originator of Essential Feng Shui®, which focuses on the many practical benefits Feng Shui brings to our Western culture. Her inspirational books including The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room by Room and The Western Guide to Feng Shui for Romance: the Dance of Heart and Home have sold over a million copies of worldwide. Her newest book, The Three Sisters of the Tao: Essential Conversations with Chinese Medicine, I Ching, and Feng Shui, provides wise counsel on how to sustain—or regain—a deeply fulfilling, heart-centered lifestyle. Terah is also the founder of the Western School of Feng Shui, offering her signature course, the Essential Feng Shui Practitioner Immersion Training, online classes, Consultants Directory, and much more. View Guest page

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John V. Davis

John V. Davis’ primary interest is full human maturity and self-realization, with a special focus on the intersection of spirituality, psychology, and the natural world. He has been an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach, a spiritual view and path, since 1983 (www.ridhwan.org). John’s book, The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of A. H. Almaas (Shambhala Publications, www.shambhala.com), is the first introductory overview of this canon of work. John teaches the Diamond Approach and trains teachers in Colorado and Vancouver. John is also a professor at Naropa University (www.naropa.edu), where he directs the low-residency M.A. programs in transpersonal psychology and ecopsychology, and teaches courses on ecopsychology, transpersonal psychology, wilderness therapy, and the Diamond Approach. John is also on the staff of the School of Lost Borders (www.schooloflostborders.com), where he trains guides in wilderness rites-of-passage. John has earned a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Colorado. View Guest page

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Ken Deffeyes

Following in the path of his father, J. A. “Dee” Deffeyes, a pioneer of petroleum engineering, Ken Deffeyes collaborated with the best minds at Shell Oil. There, he met and befriended geophysicist M. King Hubbert, creator of the Hubbert’s peak theory. Ken’s career has included breakthrough work in geology, sedimentology, early computer programming, topographic mapping, and creation of Deffeyes’ diagram of natural water chemical equilibrium. He holds a BS in petroleum geology from the Colorado School of Mines and a PhD in geology from Princeton University, where he is now professor emeritus. He is author of four books including Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage (2001), Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak (2005), and When Oil Peaked (2010). View Guest page

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Chip Duncan

Chip Duncan is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, author, and president of The Duncan Group, Inc., a documentary and feature film production company formed in 1984. Chip’s new book, Enough To Go Around: Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Darfur, is an engaging account of humanitarian efforts in the world's most challenging and deadly trouble spots, and about finding hope in the face of international crises. Chip has received more than 100 national and international awards. His most recent production, LANDSLIDE—The Presidency of Herbert Hoover, begins airing on public television in 2009. The Cost of Freedom—Civil Liberties, Security and the USA PATRIOT Act aired in 2004. Chip serves as a board member for not-for-profit group Relief International. He guides an annual trip on Peru's Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. An avid skier, he spends time in the Alaskan wilderness. In 2006 Duncan climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with friends from the United Arab Emirates. View Guest page

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Sean Esbjörn-Hargens

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D., is an associate professor and founding Chair of the Integral Theory Program at John F. Kennedy University and founding Director of the Integral Research Center. Sean is a leading scholar-practitioner in Integral Theory. He has worked closely with Ken Wilber for a decade operationalizing the integral (AQAL) model in multiple contexts. He is a founding member of Integral Institute and currently serves as its Vice President of Applications and Research. Sean is the most published author applying integral theory to a variety of topics, from sustainable development, education, ecology, research, science and religion, and consciousness studies. Sean has just completed a new book with environmental philosopher Michael Zimmerman titled Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World. View Guest page

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Geoff Fitch

A coach, consultant, and change agent, Geoff Fitch is founder of Pacific Integral and creator of Generating Transformative Change, the highly acclaimed graduate certificate program in integral leadership and change. The programnow serving its ninth cohortis an incubator for new forms of leadership, consciousness, and action designed to meet complex, emerging needs for a more compassionate, ethical, and sustainable human society. Geoff works with visionary individuals and organizations worldwide and brings deep insight and innovative approaches to catalyze higher-order capacities needed for these complex and chaotic times, so that we can fulfill our greatest ideals and possibilities. View Guest page

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Foster Gamble

Foster Gamble is a direct descendant of the late James Gamble, soap-maker and Founder of the U.S. consumer goods corporation, Proctor and Gamble. Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Foster lived a childhood of position, privilege, and power, including attendance at elite private schools and a collegiate career at Princeton University. Groomed to be a leader in the establishment, Foster chose a different path—ultimately leading to creation of the documentary film Thrive. His inquisitive personality engaged him initially in pursuit of a world scenario of universal, free energy—and eventually combined this exploration with discontent about the current structure of power in the world and massive amount of global suffering that accompanies it. Foster set to make a documentary that unveiled the true reality of human existence in the 21st century—with his efforts culminating with Thrive the film, and Thrive the movement. View Guest page

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Jim Garrison

Jim Garrison is Chairman/President of the State of the World Forum, a San Francisco-based non-profit developing a global network of leaders dedicated to a sustainable civilization. With President Gorbachev as Convening Chairman, the Forum hosts conferences, creates strategic initiatives, and has catalyzed the creation of independent organizations. Jim also founded Radiation and Health Information Service in 1978, East West Reach in 1980, and the International Foreign Policy Institute (with Eduard Shevardnadze) in 1991. He was Executive Director of the Esalen Institute Soviet American Exchange Program, 1985–1990. He founded and served as President of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA in 1992, which set the stage for launching the State of the World Forum in 1995. In 2005, he also became President and Chairman of Wisdom University, an international graduate school specializing in world wisdom traditions. Jim holds a PhD in Philosophical Theology from Cambridge University. View Guest page

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William Gladstone

William Gladstone has dedicated his writing, film production, and agent efforts to creating works which directly enhance the quality of life for others. Most recently, he co-authored the new book Tapping the Source with Richard Greninger and John Selby, and is also author of the international bestselling novel The Twelve. In 1982, Bill founded the literary agency Waterside Productions and today personally represents such authors as spiritual teachers Eckhart Tolle and Neale Donald Walsch, radio talk show host Tom Hartmann, international peace advocate Dr. Ervin Laszlo, philanthropist Shari Arison, novelist Victor Villasenor, environmental activist Hunter Lovins, Chicken Soup for the Soul book series creator Mark Victor Hansen, and many others. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard University, he has traveled the world as a cultural anthropologist and researcher for such films as In Search of Ancient Mysteries. He lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. View Guest page

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Oliver Greenfield

Oliver Greenfield leads the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) in the work of Sustainable Business and Economics. Specifically, he leads efforts on One Planet Vision, One Planet Economy, One Planet Finance, and One Planet Business. He also leads the change projects for a variety of business partnerships in these areas. Before joining WWF, Oliver gained ten years’ experience of managing change in industry and the public sector, as an associate for Booz Allen & Hamilton and as the senior strategy advisor for the BBC World Service. He has worked internationally in many industry sectors, and achieved objectives including corporate value, social development, and environmental protection. Oliver’s most recent publication is “One Planet Business – Creating Value within Planetary Limits.” View Guest page

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Don Hall

Don Hall is founder of Transition Sarasota, an innovative nonprofit based in Sarasota, Florida, dedicated to rebuilding local community resilience and self-reliance in the face of peak oil, climate change, and economic crisis. He formerly served as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado, the first official Transition Initiative in North America and a statewide hub for the international Transition movement. There, he organized Transition Colorado's Great Reskilling program, a series of classes and workshops on sustainable living skills. He also designed and taught Deepening Community Leadership, a 16-week course featuring cutting-edge methodologies such as Theory U, Open Space Technology, Spiral Dynamics, and Community Resilience Planning. Don is a certified Permaculture Designer and Consultant and holds a master's in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and a certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa's Marpa Center for Business and Economics. View Guest page

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Richard David Hames

Dr. Richard David Hames is a strategic futurist, corporate philosopher, and whole system knowledge designer. Working at the interface between organizations and society, he is widely considered to be among the world's most innovative intellectuals. Richard works as an adviser and leadership strategist to governments, institutions and multinational corporations. He is also personal mentor to presidents, heads of state, and some of the world's most innovative CEOs. Richard is currently Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Asian Foresight Institute at Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok. He is also President of the Hames Group (a distributed think-tank and design laboratory comprising thought leaders from all fields of human endeavor) and lead strategist to the State of the World Forum. View Guest page

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Marilyn Hamilton

Marilyn Hamilton, PhD, CGA, is founder of Integral City and TDG Global Learning Connections and author of Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. Facilitating urban change, she promotes local well-being by creating conditions for global intelligences to emerge in leaders, teams, organizations, and communities. She uses the integral framework to design change to allow a city to be ecologically informed and operationally integrated. She is founding member of Integral Institute and Integral-Ecology; Canadian Leader and International Training Board Member of Spiral Dynamics Integral Constellation; and faculty member at Royal Roads University, UFV, SFU, Banff Centre, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Adizes Graduate School. A graduate of the University of Toronto and a Certified General Accountant, Marilyn completed her PhD (Administration and Management) in 1999, researching learning and leadership in self-organizing online community systems. View Guest page

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Kevin Hansen

Kevin Hansen—environmentalist, filmmaker, speaker, inventor—has worked for nearly 30 years on environmental and resource development projects. He is producer of more than 70 short documentaries, many shown on PierreTerre.com®, where he is CEO and integrates media, science, environment and human development, summarized by the tagline “The Most Good for the Most Life.” Kevin is widely traveled in India, Mexico and other nations where the pressures of human needs, environmental degradation and resource depletion are starkly evident. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a registered Professional Geologist who holds BS and MS degrees emphasizing environmental geophysics and hydrogeology. View Guest page

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Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. Senior Fellow-in-Residence at Post Carbon Institute, Richard is best known as a leading educator on Peak Oil—the point at which we reach maximum global oil production—and the resulting devastating impact it will have on our economic, food, and transportation systems. He is the author of nine books in which his wry, unflinching approach exposes the tenuousness of our current way of life and offers a vision for a truly sustainable future. His latest book, Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis, brings critical information to the debate about coal’s role as a continuing energy source in the face of climate change. As a sought-after speaker, Richard has presented throughout the world and has been featured on radio and television and in documentaries including End of Suburbia and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The 11th Hour. View Guest page

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Hazel Henderson

Hazel Henderson is founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC and creator of its TV series. A world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, consultant on sustainable development, she wrote the award-winning Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy and eight other books. She co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives. Her syndicated editorials appear in 27 languages and 200 newspapers. She sits on editorial boards including Futures Research Quarterly, The State of the Future Report, and E/The Environmental Magazine. Now a full-time TV producer, Hazel has stepped down from many boards but remains on the International Council of the Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social, Sao Paulo, Brazil; a Patron of the New Economics Foundation; and a Fellow of the World Business Academy. She shared the 1996 Global Citizen Award with Nobelist A. Perez Esquivel, and in 2007 was elected a Fellow to Britain’s Royal Society of Arts. View Guest page

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Jeffrey Hollender

Jeffrey Hollender is Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Seventh Generation Inc., and had led the company from its humble beginnings to its current position as the nation's leading brand of non-toxic and environmentally safe household and personal care products. Jeffrey frequently addresses social and environmental responsibility at regional, national and international venues, and is often asked by other companies to consult on sustainability. Hollender is a member and former Director of the Social Venture Network, co-founded Community Capital Bank, served as President of The Rainforest Foundation USA, and currently serves on the boards of Greenpeace USA, Healthy Child Healthy World, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and Alloy Inc. Jeffrey is the coauthor of several books, including What Matters Most and Naturally Clean. View Guest page

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Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins originated the Transition Towns concept, which promotes community-driven responses to peak oil that focus on cooperative effort to meet basic needs locally and sustainably. Realizing that the era of cheap oil is coming to an end, Rob proposes the Transition response, in which we prepare ourselves for life with expensive and potentially scarce levels of oil, sacrificing luxuries to build systems and communities that are independent of fossil fuels. In just a few years, his work has inspired an international movement of people and communities pursuing Transition initiatives. A teacher of permaculture and natural building techniques, Rob is co-founder of the Transition Network and author of The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience (2008). He is a fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, a trustee of the Soil Association (UK), the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, and a fellow of Ashoka International. View Guest page

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Eric Janszen

Eric Janszen is a visionary, economic analyst, author and speaker, former CEO, and capitalist. Frequently interviewed and quoted on CNBC, NPR, WSJ, Barron’s, New York Times and many other media, Eric is president of iTulip, Inc. and founder of iTulip.com. He has a track record of timely and accurate economic predictions starting with the forecast of a ten-year bear market in technology stocks after the tech bubble peak he noted in March 2000. In 2002, he warned of the housing bubble and noted its peak in mid 2006, predicting “The US will enter a severe recession within a year” as housing collapsed, and in 2007 forecasting “US stock markets will decline 40 percent in 2008 in a Debt Deflation Bear Market." Eric is author of America’s Bubble Economy (2006), and his new book, The Post-Catastrophe Economy (2010), explains what’s wrong with the economy and how we can fix it. He earned a B.S. in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. View Guest page

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James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler wrote The Geography of Nowhere to voice feelings about the tragic American landscape of strip-malls and ravaged cities. Home from Nowhere continued the discussion, focusing on remedies, and The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, took a wider look at cities here and abroad to see what makes them great (or miserable) and ask what we will do with our mutilated cities. Finally, The Long Emergency considers the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other “converging catastrophes of the 21st century.” James also has penned nine novels including The Halloween Ball and An Embarrassment of Riches. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, writing about environmental and economic issues. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia, and many others and has appeared before such organizations as AIA, APA, and National Trust for Historic Preservation. View Guest page

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Janet Larsen

Janet Larsen is the Director of Research and one of the incorporators of the Earth Policy Institute, an independent environmental research organization based in Washington, DC. She is a co-author of The Earth Policy Reader and has written on topics ranging from natural resource availability to population growth and climate change. Her research has been translated into various languages and featured in a number of print, online, and radio publications. Prior to the creation of Earth Policy Institute in 2001, Janet worked at Worldwatch Institute, providing research support for State of the World and contributing to Vital Signs. Janet holds a degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University. She has conducted ecology fieldwork on the Chilean coast and in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and continues to enjoy spending time outdoors. View Guest page

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Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. With a focus on law and technology, especially copyright law, his current work addresses “institutional corruption”: relationships which are legal, even currently ethical, but which weaken public trust in an institution. The author of several books including Remix (2008), Free Culture (2004), and The Future of Ideas (2001), he has won numerous awards and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries. He serves on several boards including Creative Commons, MAPLight, and Change Congress. Prior to returning to Harvard, he taught at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court and earned an MA in philosophy from Cambridge and a JD from Yale. View Guest page

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Bill Liao

Bill Liao, Australian entrepreneur, philanthropist, diplomat and author, is co-founder of the social network XING and CEO of Finaxis AG, a privately-held financial services company. Bill is a special diplomatic envoy for St. Kitts and Nevis, with focus on sustainable development and the environment. He is founder and coordinator of Neo.org, a global citizenship initiative, and WeForest.com, which will reforest twenty million square kilometres of stripped land. He is dedicated to the vision that business and enterprise, conducted fairly and with respect for the environment, can and will improve work, life, and the world that we all share. This vision is captured in his book: Stone Soup: The Secret Recipe for Making Something from Nothing. Bill is a mentor to budding entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and a regular at conferences and seminars internationally, speaking about social media and networking, entrepreneurship, making something from nothing, sustainability and development. View Guest page

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Walter Link

Walter Link chairs the Global Academy and the Global Leadership Network, which innovate individual and collective leadership practice and theory in support of a more humane, peaceful, and sustainable world. Walter integrates his longtime inner work practice and teaching with expertise in leadership development, consulting, and coaching to benefit leaders and their organizations in civil society, business, and the public sector. Formerly a partner in B. Grimm, a Eurasian industrial group, Walter helped to pioneer movements that helped strengthen social entrepreneurship and reinvent business practice in support of social and environmental sustainability. He chaired the Social Venture Network in Europe and co-founded EMPRESA, a network supporting CSR organizations throughout Latin America. He has helped found and run numerous civil society and educational institutions including the first fully-accredited MBA in Sustainable Management in the United States. View Guest page

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Jonathan (Jon) Love

Jonathan (Jon) Love is an internationally known consultant in the areas of organizational and social transformation. After 20 years of helping the leaders of large commercial enterprises reinvent their organizations, Jon is now utilizing the same methods for the purpose of social change. As one of the architects of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Leadership Development Program for Transforming the Response to HIV, Jon delivered this program in over 20 countries, mostly in Africa. After contributing to the development of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, he is now directing the Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Initiative. View Guest page

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Mandy Schmitt Mahoney

Mandy Schmitt Mahoney is Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta. This initiative is aimed at improving the city’s green programs and policies such as water and energy conservation, reducing solid waste, reducing emissions, and improving the rates of recycling. Mandy graduated from Duke University with a master’s degree in environmental management, and has a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Emory University. View Guest page

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Chris Martenson

Chris Martenson is a scientist and former corporate executive that that has obsessively devoted himself to advancing understanding about the three Es and implications for the future. His main body of work, The Crash Course, is a dynamic web-based video presentation that brings together the threads of the "three E's" and explains why and how the next 20 years will be completely unlike the last 20 years. Chris runs a popular website, www.chrismartenson.com, where he showcases up-to-date information about the three Es—with particular focus on the economy and financial system. Chris’s extensive scientific training guides how he thinks—he gathers data, develops hypotheses, and continually seeks to accept or reject them based on the evidence at hand. He lets the data tell much of the story. He also recognizes how inner beliefs influence the paths that we take. Chris has completed a PhD and post doctoral program in neuro-toxicology at Duke University. View Guest page

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David E. Martin

David E. Martin, Ph.D., is the Executive Chairman of M•CAM, Inc., the international leader in innovation finance and trade, and intellectual property-based financial risk management. M•CAM has established a global standard in intangible asset-backed finance, innovation finance arbitrage for the public and private sector, technology proliferation and counter-proliferation tracking, and patent quality and commercial validity assessment and management. Dr. Martin is the author of the international legal framework for the Heritable Knowledge Trust and Heritable Innovation Trust programs. His work on ethical engagement and stewardship of community and commons-based value interests is at the forefront of global financial innovation. Dr. Martin is also a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. View Guest page

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Cynthia McEwen

As a key leader at Avastone Consulting, Cynthia oversees the firm’s business-focused Sustainability & Leadership practice. She is a consultant, speaker and thought leader and leads teams that design and implement leadership and organization capacity-building initiatives for top corporations and other organizations to generate sustainable performance and organizational vitality. Sample clients include Alcoa, Bunge, Chick-fil-A, Georgia River Network, Interface, and Merial. Cynthia was chief architect of Avastone’s study on corporate sustainability and co-authored the report titled “Leadership and the Corporate Sustainability Challenge: Mindsets in Action.” Cynthia has an MSc degree in Responsibility and Business Practice and an MBA from Georgia State University. She is a member of the International Steering Committee for the State of the World Forum and is a steadfast practitioner in ongoing personal consciousness development work. Her home is in Sarasota, Florida, USA. View Guest page

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John McGuire

John McGuire, Senior Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, specializes in advancing leadership cultures. He has worked for two decades across industries and believes that most organizations need to transform their leadership today to face daunting challenges tomorrow. The leadership culture project’s overarching research goal has been to discern how leadership differs between organizations that attempt and sustain significant and meaningful change from those who attempt, but do not sustain, such change. As the real-world foundation of all research and development, John’s Organizational Leadership practice work has spanned industries with clients such as Abrasive Technology Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Postal Service, Lenoir Memorial Hospital, KONE Elevators, Eli Lilly, The California Endowment, and Bridgeway Capital. John is author of several books including Transforming Your Leadership Culture and holds Master’s degrees from Harvard and Brandeis University. View Guest page

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Asher Miller

Asher Miller, Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute, has worked in nonprofits since 1996. He founded Climate Changers, which inspires people to reduce their climate impact through simple actions, and served as Partnership Director at Plugged In, helping people connect and contribute using technology; International Production Coordinator at Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, which created the world’s largest video archive of 52,000 interviews from 56 countries; Youth Manager at Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, engaging over 800 teens a year in service and education; and consultant to Just Think and Okizu Foundation. He ghostwrote the autobiography of a Polish Holocaust survivor who fought as a partisan in Belarus. Asher is on the boards of Transition United States and Listening for a Change, and was part of Senator John Edwards’ Cleantech/Green Business Advisory Committee. Born in the Netherlands, Asher now lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his wife and son. View Guest page

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Terri O’Fallon

Learning and change in human systems has been a life long pursuit for Terri O’Fallon, Ph.D. Terri has taught, consulted and led in this field for nearly 46 years. She is presently a principal at Pacific Integral, where she focuses on bringing together people willing to experiment with new integral structures for realizing transformative change in leadership and evolutionary systems. Terri’s previous experience includes the initiation, launching and leading of a non-profit corporation, administration in three public schools, teaching at seven colleges and universities, and consulting in various inner-city schools across the United States as a catalyst for school transformation. Terri has a Bachelors degree in Education, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Integral Studies. She is also a certified Spiritual Director. Terri’s primary interests lie in the living experiments of evolutionary systems design, adult levels of development and maturity, and the joys of ordinary living. View Guest page

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Bert Parlee

Bert Parlee, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, executive and personal life coach, leadership trainer, organization development consultant, and mediator. Bert recently served as chief of staff and lead trainer for many extended seminars at the Integral Institute. Managing “creative conflict,” he serves as senior advisor at Stagen Leadership Institute. He also independently conducts executive team alignment and high performance teamwork projects in organizations. Bert honored in Political Science at the University of New Brunswick, holds a MA in contemplative psychology from Naropa University, and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. View Guest page

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Manuel Pastor

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and as Co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Manuel holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations and grants from the Irvine Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and many others. Manuel speaks frequently on issues of demographic change, income inequality, community empowerment, and social conditions facing low-income urban communities in the United States. His most recent book, co-authored with Chris Benner and Martha Matsuoka, is This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity Are Reshaping Metropolitan America. View Guest page

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John Perkins

As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies. His books on economics and geo-politics have spent more than 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists and are published in over 30 languages. He is founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a sustainable, just, and peaceful world; and has lectured at universities on four continents. His books include Hoodwinked, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, The Secret History of the American Empire, Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation, Spirit of the Shuar, and The Stress-Free Habit. View Guest page

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John Petersen

John Petersen is one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises—wild cards—and the process of surprise anticipation. He conceived and developed the first national surprise anticipation system in the world for the government of Singapore. An award-winning writer, Petersen's first book, The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future was awarded Outstanding Academic Book of 1995. His second book, Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Big Future Surprises, was also a World Futures Society best-seller. John's government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. Current involvements include development of tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, and helping leadership design new approaches to deal with the future. View Guest page

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Paul W. Pinegar

Dr. Paul W. Pinegar has been serving the business and professional community for over 30 years as a clinical and consulting psychologist. His career focus has been working dynamically in the tension between individual and organizational assessment and evaluation of outcomes, and the emphasis of his process has evolved into an integral approach to organizational effectiveness. Clients include leaders in a full range of business, public, and nonprofit organizations. Paul’s approach encompasses a vigorous search for all relevant factors in moving organizations dynamically forward. He helps to identify key performers and develop deep understanding of the organizational dynamics and complexities encasing these performers, ultimately helping individuals and organizations reinvigorate their excitement in order to work from the “heart of the matter.” His Ph.D. is in psychology with a minor in organizational development (Kent State University). View Guest page

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Sandra Postel

Author and advocate Sandra Postel founded and directs the Global Water Policy Project and lectures, writes, and consults on international water issues. She has written several acclaimed books, including Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, published in eight languages and the basis for a 1997 PBS documentary, and Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last?, used in courses at more than 130 colleges and universities. She has authored over 100 articles for such publications as Science, Natural History, Foreign Policy, Ecological Applications, Scientific American, and The New York Times. From 2000 to 2008, she served as visiting senior lecturer at Mount Holyoke College and later in the term as director of the college’s Center for the Environment. Sandra is a fellow at Post Carbon Institute and advisor to American Rivers. She was the 1995 Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, was named to the “Scientific American 50” in 2002, and holds two honorary Doctor of Science degrees. View Guest page

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Louie Psihoyos

Louie Psihoyos (rhymes with Sequoias) is director of The Cove, nominated for a 2010 Academy Award for documentary feature. Louie is widely regarded as one of the world’s top photographers. Hired out of college to shoot for National Geographic, he created images for the magazine for 18 years. His ability to bring humanity and wit to complicated science stories carries over to his filmmaking. An ardent diver and dive photographer, he is compelled to show the decline of our planet’s crucial resource, water. With Jim Clark, he created the nonprofit Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) in 2005 to showcase the beauty as well as the destruction of the oceans, while motivating change. Louie also has worked for Fortune Magazine and shot hundreds of covers for magazines including Smithsonian, Discover, GEO, TIME, Newsweek, and more. His work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television, and the History Channel, and is sought by collectors and museums worldwide. View Guest page

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James Quilligan

James Quilligan has been a policy advisor, analyst, and writer for many international politicians and leaders, including Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterrand, Edward Heath, Julius Nyerere, Lopez Portillo, Olof Palme, Willy Brandt, Jimmy Carter and HRH Prince El Hassan. He has served as economic consultant for government agencies in 26 countries, including the United States; and as an advisor for several UN programs and international development organizations. Quilligan’s articles, under his own name, or as a ghostwriter for others, have appeared in many international publications including the Economist, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, and Newsweek. His most recent article, "The Commons and Integral Capital," published in the spring/summer 2009 issue of KOSMOS Journal, offers breakthrough thinking on economic and financial systems transformation. View Guest page

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Joshua Cooper Ramo

Joshua Cooper Ramo is Managing Director at Kissinger Associates, a strategic advisory firm, and author of the geo-strategy book The Age of the Unthinkable. Trained as an economist, Joshua was the youngest Senior Editor / Foreign Editor in the history of TIME magazine. Among his many cover stories were the 1997 Man of the Year profile of Andy Grove and an award-winning profile of Kofi Annan. A Mandarin speaker, he divides his time between Beijing and New York and has been called “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars.” He has been a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, co-founder of the US-China Young Leaders Forum, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Asia21 Leaders Program, and World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow. He spent two sabbaticals working at AIDS hospices in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. An avid pilot, Joshua wrote No Visible Horizon about competitive aerobatic flying. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and New York University. View Guest page

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Paul H. Ray

Paul H. Ray, PhD, is co-author of The Cultural Creatives and Director of the Institute for the Emerging Wisdom Culture at Wisdom University in San Francisco, CA, which expands on his historic work into “cultural creatives,” a group emerging some fifty years ago and now over 70 million strong in the United States alone. These are people committed to technology and economic prosperity but not at the cost of environment or community. Paul is also Research Director of State of the World Forum and past Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, Chief of Policy Research on Energy Conservation and Solar in the Canadian Government, and Vice President of American LIVES, Inc. He has headed research for over 100 major projects, currently delving into such areas as "the New Political Compass," design of a wisdom civilization, and working with NGOs, governments, and green businesses. He received his BA from Yale University and his PhD from the University of Michigan. View Guest page

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James Ritchie-Dunham

Jim is a life-long student of the agreements that guide human interaction, which he explores through consulting, research, and teaching. As president of the Institute for Strategic Clarity and an adjunct faculty member at Monterrey Tech and Harvard, Jim has bridged practice and academia. As a managing partner in a consultancy, he has supported leaders in organizations across business, government, civil society, and global networks to bring greater strategic clarity. In academia, he has explored and documented foundations of strategy, large-scale social change, and ecosynomics plus taught graduate classes on strategic design and modeling. Jim has a PhD in Decision and Systems Sciences from the University of Texas (Austin), an MBA from ESADE Business School (Barcelona), an MIM from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa. Additionally, Jim has served on the boards of THOR-LO, Mabry Oil and Gas Systems, and others. View Guest page

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Brian Robertson

Brian Robertson is an experienced entrepreneur, CEO, and organizational pioneer. He is most well known for his work developing Holacracy™, an organizational operating system that concretely embodies the new capacities called for by many organizational thought-leaders today. Brian’s initial work with Holacracy™ took place at an award-winning fast-growth software company he founded and led for seven years. The system he initially developed there has continued to evolve and spread in the years since then under the stewardship of HolacracyOne, an organization Brian cofounded to further develop the method and bring it to the world. He currently works with HolacracyOne to help consultants and change agents bring its evolutionary approach to organizations across the globe. View Guest page

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Nancy B. Roof

Nancy B. Roof, Ph.D., is founder and editor-in-chief of the integral global journal Kosmos, nominated for excellence by Utne Independent Press Awards. Kosmos brings leading edge ideas to the United Nations, NGOs and the global community. Its mission is to create a sustainable, compassionate and emerging global civilization through individual, cultural, and systems transformation at all levels of body, mind, and spirit. Kosmos is a founding partner of Creating the New Civilization, a global initiative launched in 2005 by Goi Peace Foundation with five other global partners. Nancy has consulted for ECOSOC at the UN since 1988 and lobbied for global values, lifelong learning and spirituality in UN Conferences that set global standards. She co-founded the Values Caucus in 1994 and the Spiritual Caucus in 2000 to bring contemplation into UN discussions. She was a key speaker to 184 governments at the World Summit for Social Development in 1995 on the importance of values in global policy. View Guest page

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Robert K. Ross

Robert K. Ross, MD, is president and CEO of The California Endowment, started in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. During his tenure, the foundation has focused on underserved Californians by championing health coverage for all children, strengthening community health centers, improving services for farm workers and ex-offenders, and increasing racial and ethnic diversity in health professions. In 2006, Bob was named by Capitol Weekly as one of California’s most influential civic leaders. With a broad background as a clinician and public health administrator, Bob has served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for San Diego County, Commissioner of Public Health for Philadelphia, and medical director of LINK School-Based Clinic Program in New Jersey. His numerous awards include the Council on Foundations’ 2008 Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year, Youth Advocacy Humanitarian of the Year, and Outstanding Community Service from Volunteers of America. View Guest page

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Tony Samara

Tony Samara, author of Shaman’s Wisdom, From the Heart, Different Yet the Same, and Deeper than Words, was born in England and grew up in Egypt and Norway, where he discovered the Zen Buddhist philosophy. At the Mount Baldy Zen Center in California, he learned the spiritual teachings of Kyozan Joshu Sasaki. He explored further the essence of spirituality and went to live and learn with shamanic communities around the globe, including a period with some highly influential shamans in the Amazon River region and the Andes Mountains. People from all over the world visit Tony for spiritual guidance. He is active mainly in Europe but through the Internet has a global audience with frequent online interviews and live satsangs (gatherings where minds unite to experience a higher state of consciousness). As a spiritual teacher, Tony encourages all to lead their lives actively in a noble way in order to realize the evolution of human consciousness. View Guest page

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Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah is CEO of the Carbon War Room, an initiative of entrepreneurs leading market-driven solutions to climate change. In 2003, Jigar launched SunEdison to simplify solar services and pioneered a model that allows customers to purchase solar energy under long-term, predictably priced contracts. He is an expert on energy project finance, changing energy policy, and working with stakeholders. Jigar collaborates with some of the world’s leading influencers and guides policymakers around the globe on key issues of renewable energy and sustainability, while challenging colleagues and the industry to move solar forward. Previously, Jigar managed mergers/acquisitions, corporate strategy, and sales for BP Solar and was a Department of Energy contractor for alternative vehicles. He is a board member of Ready Solar, Prometheus Institute, and Greenpeace USA and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Maryland. View Guest page

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Janet Smith

Attorney and author Janet Smith Warfield works with wisdom-seekers who want understanding and clarity so they can live peaceful, powerful, and prosperous lives. Through her unique combination of holistic, creative, right-brain transformational experiences and 22 years of rigorous left-brain law practice, she has learned how to sculpt words in atypical ways to shift her listeners into experiences beyond words, transforming turmoil into inner peace. Janet graduated from Swarthmore College and cum laude from Rutgers School of Law, Camden. Currently, she lives in Venice, Florida. View Guest page

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Robb Smith

Robb Smith is founder of Integral Life, the leader of the global deep lifestyle movement. As an integral entrepreneur and recovering venture capitalist, he cultivated an Integral Life Practice after an awakening induced by a radically-difficult business turnaround whose success he took far too seriously. In 2001, Robb co-founded with Stuart Feigin (founding engineer of Oracle) the Nevada Ventures Nanoscience Program at UN Reno, which spun out Nevada Nanotechnology Systems. Robb was honored in Nevada Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 and as Nevada’s 2002 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Now he slavishly pursues anything that provides more space and clarity for him and civilization. As CEO of Integral Life / Integral Institute, he guides design and execution of the Life-Institute ecosystem, including media, coaching, book publishing and the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, and events like Integral Spiritual Experience, State of the World Forum and Integral Theory Conference. View Guest page

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Hugo Spowers

British entrepreneur-engineer Hugo Spowers is the founder and driving force behind Riversimple LLP, a company whose purpose is “to build and operate cars for independent use while systematically pursuing elimination of the environmental damage cause by personal transport.” Riversimple is developing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for pilot trials in 2012, and production in 2013, which has energy efficiency equivalent to 300 mpg. Hugo designed racing cars for many years before moving into hydrogen fuel cell technology and realizing that a new architecture was necessary, built around the possibilities of fuel cell technology, rather than squeezing a fuel cell into a car designed for a petrol engine and then trying to persuade it to behave like one. An Oxford University trained engineer and entrepreneur, Hugo founded and ran a business for over 15 years, designing and building racing cars. He left motorsport due to environmental concerns and obtained an MBA from Cranfield University. View Guest page

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Woody Tasch

Woody Tasch is Founder and Chairman of Slow Money, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. Tasch is Chairman Emeritus of Investors' Circle, a nonprofit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $130 million to 200 sustainability minded, early stage companies and venture funds. For most of the 1990’s Woody was Treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where he pioneered mission related investing. He is an experienced venture-capital investor and entrepreneur, he has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, which supports venture investing in economically disadvantaged regions. His new book "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money" is available at Chelsea Green. View Guest page

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Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist is founder of two cutting-edge, San Francisco-based organizations: Soul of Money Institute and Pachamama Alliance. She is President of the Institute, which is based on her award-winning book The Soul of Money and audio course Unleashing the Soul of Money. Its mission is to educate, inspire, and empower people and organizations to align their financial resources with their values. Lynne is principal consultant to the Nobel Women’s Initiative and a world-renowned speaker, author, fundraiser, and activist. While in leadership roles spanning three decades, she has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. Corporate clients include Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Driscoll Farms, and Sauder Industries. She has also coached individuals and families of high net worth in the US and internationally regarding socially responsible giving and trained a number of certified financial planning firms and coaches in “soul of money” principles. View Guest page

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Theodore Usatynski

Bringing exploration of instinctual intensity safely into our modern environment, Theodore Usatynski is founder and director of Instinctual Intelligence and author of Instinctual Intelligence: The Primal Wisdom of the Nervous System and the Evolution of Human Nature. As a student of biophysical anthropology, evolution, human development, and Tibetan Buddhist Tantric meditation practices, Ted offers clients something that is exceedingly rare today: an opportunity to explore primal intensity of instinctual energy in a safe and intelligent environment. Ted holds master’s degrees from Harvard University and Naropa University, has training in the Treatment of Trauma from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and is a longtime student of the Ridhwan Diamond Approach. Ted works from his consulting practice in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007. View Guest page

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Michael Vlahos

Dr. Michael Vlahos, on Senior Staff at the National Security Analysis Dept. of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), has expertise in history, anthropology, national security, and foreign policy. In the 1980s at the US State Dept. and APL, he pioneered new thinking about world change, developing scenarios that correctly prefigured the collapse of the Soviet Union. His recent work has led to an analytic model to examine war and culture, focusing on how military societies adapt both to broad cultural change and to new scenarios driven by an enemy. Michael has worked with anthropologists and Islamic studies specialists to develop a culture-area concept to aid understanding and operational response to the changing Muslim World. This concept is developed in his monographs, “Terror’s Mask: Insurgency within Islam” (2002), and “Culture’s Mask: War and Change after Iraq” (2004), and his paper “Two Enemies: Non-State Actors and Change in the Muslim World.” View Guest page

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Marc A. Weiss

Dr. Marc A. Weiss is Chairman and CEO of Global Urban Development (GUD), an international policy organization. He is also Chair of the Climate Prosperity Alliance and of Climate Prosperity Strategies LLC, and Executive Editor of Global Urban Development Magazine. He is a member of the Steering Committees of the United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership and the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign and Best Practices and Policies Program. Marc is author/co-author of many books, articles, and reports, including the widely acclaimed The Rise of the Community Builders and best-selling international textbook Real Estate Development Principles and Process. He has consulted on sustainable economic and community development in the United States and throughout the world, including South Africa, China, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and the Virgin Islands. He earned an M.C.P. and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. View Guest page

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J. E. Williams

J. E. Williams, author of five books including The Andean Codex and doctor of Oriental and naturopathic medicine, has studied health, longevity, and sustainable living for over 35 years. A leader in Integrative Medicine (which promotes the most appropriate, safe, and effective therapy for individual and public health), James strives to join science and natural healing. The eco-spiritual path he follows emphasizes balanced emotions, ethical discipline, wholesome conduct, and thoughtful discernment. He has lived with Siberian Eskimos and Q’ero Indians and studied with Yogis and Taoists to learn health concepts not taught in medical schools. The idea of Green Medicine—sensible and sustainable healthcare that includes the best of science and nature—was born when James presented the first paper on the concept at an international conference in 1998 in Havana, Cuba. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, but spends much of his time in the Peruvian upper Amazon and the Andes among indigenous shamans. View Guest page

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Tim Winton

Tim Winton works in applied Integral Sustainability as a practitioner, educator, designer, and consultant in Byron Bay, Australia. Tim has a professional background in restoration forestry, organic agriculture, permaculture design, post-carbon transition, and environmental education. He is founder and managing director of Permaforest Trust, a not-for-profit sustainability education organization in New South Wales, Australia. Tim is currently developing PatternDynamics as an Integral Sustainability pattern language. View Guest page

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Lynnette Young

Lynnette Young is the President and CEO of Damespointe, Inc., a management consulting firm assisting in strategic environmental sustainability programs and effective governmental relations strategies. Since 2007, Damespointe has served as the lead consulting firm for the launch of Sustainable Atlanta, which addressed all of city government’s operations and internal polices. Prior to taking on Sustainable Atlanta, Ms.Young spent 5 years as Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta. View Guest page

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ZOOM'D Leadership

January 21, 2013
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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ZOOM’D Leadership

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ZOOM’D takes you out to big picture issues of the day, in to up-close-and-personal capacities of leadership, and toward a desirable future of constant renewal. Whether focused on the economic crisis, energy, climate change, or sustainability at large, ZOOM’D looks at what is really going on. We’ll examine patterns at play, drivers behind them, perspectives of leadership, and the importance of changing the way we pursue the future. ZOOM’D uniquely interweaves emphasis on the objective and subjective—on tangible shifts needed in systems, institutions, governance, and behaviors; and on intangible values, cultures, and leader mindsets needed to see, shape, and orchestrate the shifts. ZOOM’D bridges the conceptual to the practical for all in business, government, and civil society to benefit from and to activate leadership around.

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John D. Schmidt

John D. Schmidt is the founder and CEO of Avastone Consulting, an international consultancy committed to the vitality and sustainability of client organizations and the larger global community. He serves as advisor to global corporations and nongovernmental enterprises, and is a thinker, designer, and practitioner in integral approaches to complex challenges and human development.

John’s expertise offers a rich foundation for ZOOM’D. He is a seasoned consultant with 30 years experience in getting to the heart of matters, discerning what is really going on, and framing appropriate actions. He focuses on deep understanding—listening for surface realities—and deeper truth. He makes sense of complexity, integrating the long view with the here-and-now.

John values the interiority of life and how the developmental nature of mindsets shapes the world we live in—across economic, social, and environmental arenas. He is dedicated to his own growth and contemplative practice, spending 25 days per year in retreat. He is creatively gifted in developing other leaders through deep immersion experiences.

John serves as guest faculty and contributor to learning institutes, universities, and community service organizations. He is a board member of the SHIFT Foundation (which develops young global leaders) and Kosmos Journal (a voice of global awakening). He passionately pursues active enjoyments of life—he is a road cyclist, skier, fly fisher—and lover of the ocean.

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