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November 17th 2016:The Road to 2020

The Road to 2020 features global change-makers, and Grammy Award nominees, planning major events, initiatives and festivals worldwide during the next critical years of our planet’s history. Ben Bowler of 1 God.com, Doug King of Presence, and series host Dr. Kurt Johnson join Stephen Dinan, founder of the dynamic Shift Network, for an inspiring overview in light of Stephen’s recent bestseller Sacred America, Sacred World. Ben then engages famed international musicians Pato Banton, Antoinette Hall and Ras I Ray, sharing vision of the U DAY Festivals: multi-cultural events of music, art, dance,

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Pato Banton

Minister Pato Banton is also a grammy nominated reggae legend that has recorded & toured the world with The English Beat, Steel Pulse, UB40 & STING! (just to name a few) . During the year 2000, while in the midst of a global trek for Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD organization, that combined huge festivals with outreach to poor & underprivileged communities, Pato learned that two of his sons had been shot in a drive-by shooting. He immediately put his career on hold & turned his sorrow into the impetus for award-winning community & educational initiatives that would consume the next six years of his life & greatly reduce gun crime across his city of Birmingham, UK. Pato's four-decade public prese
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Ras I Ray

Legendary reggae musician, former bass player for the Easy Star All Stars and founder of the Until That Day movement". Renard Jude Shy, Sr., known by most as “Ras I Ray”, was born in New Orleans to a musical family. He rose to fame through the Easy Star All Stars who, in 2008, released an original EP entitled Until That Day, a song written by Ras I Ray. This song became an international hit, as well generating a viral international catch-phrase Until that Day. Soon after, Ras I Ray dedicated his work entirely to the Until That Day mission. It is a global vision to spread through music, public speaking and other educational and artistic arenas worldwide, to remind humanity that by simp
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Antoinette Hall

Antoinette "Rootsdawtah" Hall is a world renowned keyboardist in the Reggae Industry. She became involved in the Spiritual Community after working with Pato Banton and joining on his Mission of spreading the Good News that "we're all God's Children, brothers & sisters". Since then she has become very proactive in Global Outreach Ministry, which includes The Urantia Movement, U-Day Thailand, Parliament of the World's Religions, 1GOD.com, Harvard Divinity School & most recently, a presentation for the Convergence Gathering at the United Nations Chapel in New York. Antoinette's Facebook spiritual communities also include, MinisterPatoBanton, Urantia Aspirations, Ministers For Christ Michael
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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan is the President and CEO of The Shift Network and member of the Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders. The Shift Network was founded in 2010 and has served over 1.2 million people worldwide, with customers in 165 countries. It delivers virtual summits, courses, and trainings featuring over 75 core faculty and 1,000 thought leaders in domains as diverse as spirituality, peace, holistic health, psychology, parenting, enlightened business, shamanism, indigenous wisdom, and sustainability. He is also the author of Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All, and Radical Spirit.
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Ben Bowler

Ben Bowler is a serial entrepreneur with a background in sales and marketing. In 2006 he and his wife Jildou moved to Thailand to volunteer along the Thai-Burma border. In 2008 together they founded Blood Foundation, a NGO focusing on education projects. In 2008 Ben founded Monk for a Month in Chiang Mai offering men and women the opportunity to experience Thai temple life and temporary ordination. In 2010 Ben launched Muslim for a Month in Turkey offering guests first-hand experience of Turkish Islam and Sufism, underneath the spiritually inclusive banner of Rumi. In 2011 Ben launched World Weavers, offering spiritual immersion programs in Tibetan India, Nepal, Cambodia and Ethiopia. In
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Hana Bowers

Hana has always been a spiritual seeker, lover of yoga and all things mystical. She has traveled to and lived in many foreign countries and has always been looking to understand God more through these new contexts. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia working predominantly in the field of spiritual immersion tourism and developing her bhakti yoga practice.
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Yanni Maniates

Yanni Maniates is currently the North American Director of the India Mystic Express Journeys and the UDAY Interspiritual Music Festivals as well as the 1God.com Interspiritual Online Education Program. Also, he is Director of Eco-Ministry, Forum 21; event coordinator, The Interspiritual Network; and editor, “Steering Toward the Omega Point: Roundtables 2 and 3: Discussions of Altruism, Evolution, and Spirituality.” In the 80’s he was the Director of an organization that hosted many major international, interfaith, ecumenical conferences. Also, he was the Director of a medium sized publishing company in NYC. As well, he has been teaching Meditation, Intuitive Development and Hermetic and Pe
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Doug King

Doug King was born in Charleston W. Va. and grew up in NE Ohio. (Go Buckeyes!) He graduated with a dual degree in Theology and Biblical Languages in 1973. He worked with his father, author, scholar and speaker Max King, to eventually form Presence International. Doug has a background in business, being founder and CEO of a technology company in Atlanta, Ga. for 20 years. Since 2010, Doug has been the president of Presence, leading this growing network to engage emergent, integral, and interspiritual organizations and idea leaders in shared goals for the common good. Doug also serves on the Advisory Board for Forum 21, a United Nations NGO. Doug lives with his wife, Denée, in Dacula, Georgi
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