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"Nature is a totally efficient, self-regenerating system. If we discover the laws that govern this system and live synergistically within them, sustainability will follow and humankind will be a success." ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey serves as Senior Counsel for the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER), an organization committed to globally advancing environmental rights. He is the co-founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), and is widely recognized as the founder of the contemporary “community rights” movement which has resulted in the adoption of several hundred municipal laws across the United States. He also sits on the Board of Advisors of the New Earth Foundation.

Linzey is a cum laude graduate of Widener Law School and a three-time recipient of the law school’s public interest law award. He has been a finalist for the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award, and is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union’s Golden Triangle Legislative Award. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and he is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Third, Fourth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.

He is a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School – which has been taught in twenty-four states across the country and which has graduated over 5,000 lawyers, activists, and municipal officials – which assists groups to create new community campaigns which elevate the rights of those communities over rights claimed by corporations. Linzey is the author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community (Gibbs-Smith 2009), the author of On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability (PM Press 2016), the co-author of We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States (PM Press 2016), has served as a co-host of Democracy Matters, a public affairs radio show broadcast from KYRS in Spokane, Washington and syndicated on ten other stations, was featured in Leonardo DiCaprio and Tree Media’s film 11th Hour and We the People 2.0 (Official Selection of the Seattle International Film Festival), assisted the Ecuadorian constitutional assembly in 2008 to adopt the world’s first constitution recognizing the independently enforceable rights of ecosystems, and is a frequent lecturer at conferences across the country.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the Nation magazine, he was named, in 2007, as one of Forbes’ magazines’ “Top Ten Revolutionaries,” and, in 2018, Linzey was named as one of the top 400 environmentalists of the last 200 years in the two volume encyclopedia, American Environmental Leaders (3rd Ed. Grey House Publishing 2018). He is currently working on a new book, “Modern American Democracy (and other fairy tales)” (forthcoming Spring, 2021). Linzey currently resides in Spokane, Washington.

Chuck O’Neal

Chuck O’Neal graduated in 1977 from Duke University with two majors – Mathematics and Public Policy. Since graduating from college he has started and managed numerous small businesses, from real estate appraising to local television production. Since 1997, Chuck has been the president of a residential investment company that recycles older homes and rents them out to people with pets.

Chuck has a lifelong attachment to Florida’s natural resources and beauty. His participation in the League of Women Voters has given him an opportunity to put that interest to good use.  He served as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and as First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Florida. His varied background has helped him draw media and community attention to Florida’s water and land conservation crisis. In 2013, he helped organize Speak Up Wekiva, an event that drew 1200 people to Wekiwa Springs State Park, educating the public about factors that affect our water quality and quantity. Later that year he co-founded an organization named after the event to protect the flora and fauna within the Wekiva basin.

Chuck wrote one of the early drafts of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act. He has worked closely with State Senator David Simmons (R), former Governor Bob Graham (D), former State Senator Lee Constantine (R) and former State Senator Darren Soto (D) on various legislative efforts for the benefit of Florida’s citizens, environment and wildlife. In 2015, he authored the Florida Black Bear Habitat Restoration Act which was sponsored in the House by Minority Leader Mark Pafford and in the Senate by now-Congressman Darren Soto.

Later in 2015, Chuck won the Cox Conserves Hero award as a leading conservation advocate in Central Florida. That award was voted upon by the viewership of WFTV covering eight counties. The League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund was awarded $10,000 in his honor from the Cox Foundation and the Trust for Public Land.

In addition to leading the League’s participation in Florida’s Water and Land Legacy constitutional amendment (Amendment 1) campaign, Chuck has fought to protect Florida’s springs and aquifers from all sources of pollution. He has worked with hydrologist Todd Kincaid and Springs Ecologist Bob Knight on ways to improve the water quality in Florida’s springs and aquifers. He has also worked with Barry Law School’s Environmental and Earth Law Clinic to protect our water supply from exposure to fracking fluids used in oil and gas exploration.

Through his organization, Speak Up Wekiva, Inc., Chuck brought legal action to stop the ill-conceived hunting of the Florida Black Bear; this following his administrative complaint to block the use of silencers in hunting Florida wildlife. Additionally, he pulled together neighbors of properties abutting state parks and wildlife refuges and was able to help stop the Florida Department of Environmental Protection from selling 169 conservation parcels around the state that were going to be auctioned off to developers.

Chuck has been fighting to protect the headwaters of the Little Wekiva River from plans to develop hundreds of acres of urban forests and wetlands. He brought his knowledge and contacts to the aid of local underserved residents who border the project and face flooding and noxious diesel fumes if the plan proceeds. Since 2013, he has advocated for Orange County and the City of Orlando to reduce the nitrate levels at their Water Conserv II project in the middle of the Wekiva springshed. Many million gallons of nitrate laden water are pumped into sand pits that filter down into the Upper Floridan aquifer and exit out through the Wekiva spring system, polluting the Wekiva River and causing extreme eutrophication of its waters.

In 2016, Chuck ran for Florida Senate District 11 in Northwest Orange County. He has jointly sued to protect the perpetual conservation easements in Split Oak Forest from being breached in favor of a highway through the forest that would destroy the habitat of relocated gopher tortoises. In 2020, Chuck was elected Director at large for the Florida Rights of Nature Network and thereafter was elected by the Board to be its Chairman.

Chuck proposed to the Orange County Charter Review Commission (CRC) in June of 2019 that the county charter be amended to recognize the natural rights of the Wekiva and Econlockhatchee Rivers. After seven months of hearings by a subcommittee comprised of a diverse group of three attorneys, a UCF Biology Professor and a retired NASA Engineer, the full CRC voted to approve the charter amendment (which became know as the Right to Clean Water) for the 2020 general election ballot.In May of 2020, Chuck became the Chairman of the Right to Clean Water Political Committee which campaigned for passage of the charter amendment among Orange County’s population of 1.4 million citizens. On November 3rd, 2020, the Right to Clean Water charter amendment passed with over 89% of the popular vote. This made Orange County, Florida, the largest municipality in the United States to pass a Rights of Nature intiative. It also demonstrated that in a time of increased antipathy between the political parties, there is one thing upon which we can agree – our waterways need the highest level of protection: a rights-based form of protection.

Allan Savory

Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal, BS in Zoology and Botany) pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe.

In the 1960s he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and, as a resource management consultant, worked with numerous managers on four continents to develop sustainable solutions.

He served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and became the leader of the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979 as a result of his opposition, he immigrated to the United States, where he continued to work with land managers through his consulting business. The growth of that business, a desire to assist many more people and the need for furthering his work led him to continue its development in the nonprofit world. In 1992 Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2009Savory, Butterfield, and a group of colleagues co-founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado to serve the world through an international network of entrepreneurial innovators and leaders committed to serving their regions with the highest standards of Holistic Management training and implementation support. The Africa Centre became the first of the Savory Institute’s locally led and managed “hubs.”

Savory’s book, Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision-Making (Island Press, 1999), describes his effort to find workable solutions ordinary people could implement to overcome many of the problems besetting communities and businesses today.

In 2003, Allan Savory received Australia’s International Banksia Award “for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale,” and in 2010 Savory (and the Africa Centre) received the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Challenge award for work that has “significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.” A TED talk Savory gave in 2013 has received over 3.4 million views and in 2014 was voted one of the 50 most intriguing TED talks of all time. The Savory Institute is one of 11 finalists in the Virgin Earth Challenge, a $25 million initiative for the successful commercialization of ways of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and keeping them out with no countervailing impacts

Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Food Web

Dr. Ingham uncovered the Soil Food Web nearly 4 decades ago and has been pioneering research about Soil Food Web ever since. Widely recognized as the world’s foremost soil biologist, she’s passionate about empowering ordinary people to bring the soils in their communities back to life.

Dr Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Approach has been used to successfully restore the ecological functions of soils on more than five million acres of farmland all over the world. The courses offered by Dr Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web School have been designed for people with, or without, a science background – making them accessible to individuals who wish to learn and to begin a meaningful and impactful career in an area that will help to secure the survival of humans and other species.

She is the Founder of Soil Food Web and possesses numerous degrees including: B.A., Biology and Chemistry, St. Olaf College,   M.S., Microbiology, Texas A&M University, Ph.D., Microbiology, Colorado State University,  Founder and President, Soil Food Web Inc. 

Jeffrey Wigand

A native New Yorker, Dr. Wigand was born in New York City but now calls Mt. Pleasant, Michigan home. Currently he spends his time and efforts on lectures around the world, as an expert witness and consultant on various tobacco issues, and on his non-profit organization, SMOKE-FREE KIDS, Inc., where he concentrates his energy on helping kids of all ages make better decisions and healthy choices regarding tobacco use.

Russell Crowe portrayed Dr. Wigand in the film “The Insider”, and they spent quite a bit of time together in order for Russell to learn Jeff’s mannerisms. (Regarding this, Dr. Wigand feels Russell “really nailed it”.)

 Background
Dr. Wigand earned academic degrees with distinction from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education (MAT) from the University of Louisville.

For four years Dr. Wigand taught Japanese and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physical Sciences) at duPont Manual High School, a national school of academic excellence, in Louisville, Kentucky. He received national recognition for his teaching skills when he was awarded the Sallie Mae FIRST CLASS TEACHER of the YEAR in 1996. He was one of 51 teachers recognized nationwide.

Dr. Wigand has always been a teacher, but not always in the classroom. He held senior management positions with a number of leading health care companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, and then served as Vice President for Research and Development for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation from December 1988 to March 1993. After his separation from Brown & Williamson, Dr. Wigand cooperated with governmental agencies investigating the tobacco industry. Dr. Kessler, the former Commissioner of the FDA, has acknowledged that Dr. Wigand’s assistance was central to the FDA’s investigation into the role and effect of nicotine in tobacco products.

In 1995 Dr. Wigand achieved national prominence when he became the tobacco industry’s highest ranking former executive to address public health and smoking issues. He made the truth known to the public about the industry’s disregard for health and safety during an interview with 60 MINUTES and during a deposition he was compelled to give in an action against the tobacco companies.

A lawsuit was filed against him by Brown & Williamson because of his public disclosures about the industry’s efforts to minimize the health and safety issue of tobacco use. (Louisville-based Brown & Williamson is owned by BAT Industries, Plc, the world’s second largest tobacco concern.) The lawsuit was dismissed as a condition of the June 20, 1997 historic $368 billion settlement between the Attorneys General of 40 States and the tobacco industry.

Dr. Wigand has received numerous awards and public recognition for his action in revealing tobacco company research and marketing practices and he continues his efforts to reduce teen tobacco use through the non-profit organization he formed, SMOKE-FREE KIDS, Inc.

 

Sarah Savory

Sarah Savory is the single mother of 2 young children, Luke and Mika. She is the youngest daughter of Allan Savory, world-renowned ecologist and developer of Holistic Management (a decision making process which successfully guides us through the complexity we manage by ensuring simultaneously socially, financially and ecologically sound decisions.)
Sarah is following closely in his footsteps and has become a very successful Holistic Management Consultant and Educator in her own right.
In an effort to simplify the framework, she has written illustrated, educational children’s books on Holistic Management and has also broken new ground by teaching HM as a subject in Zimbabwean schools, with demand for education and educational materials growing rapidly and is now writing the first school curriculum for Holistic Decision Making and Ecological Literacy to be taught as a subject in schools.
She is a part of Africa Centre For Holistic Management’s new training and education team and she is part of a new, global policy task force which is focusing on breaking through in government policy. Sarah and her father recently met with President Mnangagwa to begin talks about working with the Zimbabwean government to develop the first ever agricultural policy using the Holistic Management Framework.
Sarah spends the rest of her time writing articles, giving presentations and being interviewed both locally and internationally.
A personal note from Sarah to our youth – you are the key to the future:
Holistic Management involves introducing people to new scientific insights that will not only help them to better understand the incredibly complex social, economic and ecological connections in nature and how earth’s ecosystems function, but teach a new way of managing which makes sure our decisions flow with the unpredictable, ever-present and constantly changing variables of that complexity.
Managers learn how to make decisions or develop polices in a way that guarantees they never lose sight of the whole picture and the fact that our physical and financial security and stability are intricately connected and entirely dependent on the health of our environment – the only economy that can ultimately sustain any nation is one based on healthy soil and the plant’s ability to turn the sun’s energy into food because everything we use or consume comes from the land.
When it comes to making a change and adapting to new knowledge and thinking, history shows us that most adults and institutions are almost incapable of it. I truly believe the key to the future lies in educating our children, rather than pinning all our hopes on the possibility of “old dogs learning new tricks.”
Let’s give young people the solutions and show them how vital it is to look at the whole picture and to focus on and address root causes instead of symptoms.
If we can have school leavers going off into the world ecologically literate and capable of successfully managing and balancing the unavoidable social, financial and ecological dimensions of their decisions, rather than being stuck as we are now, on a hamster wheel reacting or adapting to the inevitable and increasing symptoms of our current management, they will be proactively making decisions in a new way that will bring about the physical and financial stability we all want, reversing the current problems and preventing any more knock-on symptoms further down the line. When we do that, it will change everything.

Dr. Michael Ozner, Preventative Cardiologist and Author of “The Miami Mediterranean Diet”

Dr. Michael Ozner is a board-certified cardiologist and Medical Director of Wellness and Prevention at Baptist Health South Florida. He has dedicated his career to the eradication of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, namely heart attacks and strokes.

In his new book, Heart Attacks Are Not Worth Dying For, Dr. Ozner shares his revolutionary approach to ending heart disease, an epidemic that kills nearly 18 million people every year worldwide. Dr. Ozner discusses a paradigm shift about how we can stabilize, regress and, in some cases, eradicate the buildup of fatty deposits in the artery walls, called atherosclerotic plaques. This can significantly lower the risk of heart attacks and other vascular catastrophes.

His latest book provides a straightforward pathway written for patients and their doctors to end the devastation of heart disease and live a longer life. As a primary course of action, Dr. Ozner advocates making lifestyle changes that include the Mediterranean diet, exercise, stress reduction, smoking cessation, and quality sleep.

But many people are not able to achieve optimal heart health just through these measures. For those individuals, Dr. Ozner explains how utilizing lifestyle interventions, advanced blood testing, vascular imaging, and highly effective medications (when needed) can safely reduce and potentially eliminate risk of vascular disease and coronary heart disease.

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Ozner talks about the root cause of heart disease-and the steps you can take to eliminate cardiovascular disease risk factors while achieving heart health and longevity. (Description Courtesy of LifeExtension).

Rob Moir, Ph.D., President and Executive Director

Dr. Moir is an educator, scientist, and activist with a proven history of institutional management and marine policy success. Dr. Moir has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as president of the advocacy organizations Salem Sound Harbor Monitors, Salem Sound 2000 and later Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.

When he was Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, he created the first bioregional management collaborative organization, Salem Sound Coastwatch in 1988. Dr. Moir established The James Baldwin Scholars Program at Hampshire College where he worked as a major gifts officer.  He was formerly Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he also served as president. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist contracted for multiple voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980 W45, W49, W50, W52, and W53, and served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston.

Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire. a B.A. from Hampshire College, and certificates of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and the USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island.

Paulo Rodriguez

Paolo is a geologist who is currently 60 years old. He holds a PhD degree in Germany (1991), scientific researcher and professor of a postgraduate program in a research center of the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology in the city of Belo Horizonte (state of Minas Gerais – southwest of Brazil), and member of several hydro-environmental defense groups. Involved in geospatial analysis for generation of specialized technical maps in hydrogeology.

 

Kristin Lawless

KRISTIN LAWLESS is the author of Formerly Known As Food: How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture, which won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature in 2019. Her journalism and columns have appeared in The New York TimesThe AtlanticNewsweek, and VICE. Lawless is also a Certified Nutrition Educator and lives with her husband and son in California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matheus Mendonca

Matheus Mendonca holds a Doctorate in Law Theory and Master in Public Law from PUC – Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais,  where he is a professor in the Law course and coordinates an extension project: The Fight for the Fundamental Rights of Quilombo Communities. He is also a lawyer for the Federation of Quilombola Communities of the State of Minas Gerais – N’Golo and is acting for the federation as a lawyer in the SERRO case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evelyn Zadjenwerg

Evelyn Post-graduated in Art Therapy at FASE (Paraná’s Vicentina University), Post-graduated in “Teaching and Research in the field of Art and Culture” at Guignard – UEMG ; Graduated in Artistic Education (major in Plastic Arts) at Guignard UEMG and works in socio-environmental and cultural projects. She has several books of her own besides working as an illustrator and audio-visual production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jinan Kodapully, EK Foundation, India

Jinan considers himself a victim of modernity, cognitively rewired to understand the written word instead of the real world. As a cognition activist, his basic concern has been to explore the cognitive crisis of modern humans who with their so-called education have become anthropocentric and turned against life itself. He considers cognitive rights as the most fundamental of existential rights which modern society brutally takes away right from childhood.

His exploration began with issues related to decolonization, especially of the aesthetic sense. His life with non-literate communities helped him to expand this exploration to include knowledge creation, “do nothing parenting”, and shifting the focus from sociological aspects to the biological roots of cognition and the formation of our sense of beauty.

His understanding further sharpened and clarified once he stopped reading — this helped him regain his biologically rooted cognitive system which is what all non-literate people have been using through eons. Another fundamental shift that brought in more clarity was shifting his enquiry from how to teach children to how do children learn. This question revealed the connection between our biological potential and what the context dictates — between the world and the word. This also revealed the falsity of using language as the primary cognitive source and the danger of solely engaging with ready made knowledge. This alienates humans from the living nature of the learning process and undermines children as creators of knowledge.

Currently, Jinan is involved in enabling people to explore and experientially recover their natural cognitive system damaged by schooling. The aim is to sensitize adults so they can provide the most conducive environment for their children to unfold naturally to their true potential.

Jinan has also been exploring ways to make the educated understand the matrix built by modernity in general and the damages caused by modern schooling in particular. He hopes to enable people to experientially understand the limits of language, reason, reading, etc and to empower them to address the maladaptive cognitive habits and attitudes.

Sara Vicari, Aroundtheworld.coop

Sara Vicari, PhD, is a socio-economic researcher, expert on qualitative and participatory methods, passionate about cooperatives and their role in sustainable human development. She has built her expertise working with primary cooperatives, apex organizations, international institutions and academia.

In 2019, together with Andrea Mancori, videomaker, they founded aroundtheworld.coop, and in partnership with the International Co-operative Alliance, they travelled across the five continents documenting and telling stories of innovative cooperatives. All the videos are available here:

Since 2019 Sara has also been a Postdoc Research fellow at the Department of Economics of Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy. 

Among her passions, Sara loves writing. “Tana Libera Tutte!” is her first novel that is about sisterhood, empathy and collective action (in Italian – edited by Doithuman). Sara fluently speaks Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Nickson Otieno, KinoGreen

Otieno Nickson Otieno is the Founder and President of the World Student Community for Sustainable Development.  He is professional who take the lead – as motivated and engaged students and scientists, as social entrepreneurs and as visionaries for a more sustainable future.

Our organization facilitates project collaboration and  information exchange, offers multi-disciplinary and  international opportunities and runs international projects  to foster student participation in sustainable development.

Our strength is our diversity and commitment to action. We are an umbrella organization for several student communities and a growing network of individual members with the ability to think and act both locally and globally, while sharing a vision to make a difference. We are supported by our networks of alumni and advisers.

 

 

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena is a widely respected analyst of the impact of the global economy and international development on local communities, local economies, and personal identity, and is a leading proponent of ‘localization’, or decentralization, as a means of countering those impacts.

Helena is the founder and director of Local Futures and The International Alliance for Localization (IAL). Based in the USA and UK, with subsidiaries in Germany and Australia, Local Futures examines the root causes of our current social and environmental crises, while promoting more sustainable and equitable patterns of living in both North and South. Helena is also a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Helena’s seminal book, Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, has been described as “an inspirational classic,” providing insightful solutions to the unintended impacts of development, based on her decades living and working in Ladakh, India. Together with the film of the same title, it has been translated into more than 40 languages, and sold about half a million copies.
Her most recent book, Local is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness, outlines how a systemic economic shift from global to local can address the world’s social, economic, ecological and spiritual crises. It has been described by author David Korten as “a must-read book for our time”. Helena is also the producer and co-director of the award-winning film The Economics of Happiness, and the co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture.

The Earth Journal counted Helena among the world’s ‘ten most interesting environmentalists’, while in Carl McDaniel’s book Wisdom for a Liveable Planet, she was profiled as one of ‘eight visionaries changing the world’.

Helena has lectured in seven languages and appeared in broadcast, print and online media worldwide, including MSNBC, The London Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian. She has written numerous articles and essays, and her work has been the subject of more than 300 articles worldwide.

Educated in Sweden, Germany, Austria, England and the United States, Helena specialized in linguistics, including studies at the University of London and at MIT. Since 1975, she has worked with the people of Ladakh, or “Little Tibet”, to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. For these efforts she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. She was awarded the prestigious Goi Peace Prize in 2012.

Howard Bloom

Howard Bloom has been called “next in a lineage of seminal thinkers that includes Newton, Darwin, Einstein,[and] Freud,” by Britain’s Channel4 TV , “the next Stephen Hawking” by Gear Magazine, and “The Buckminster Fuller and Arthur C. Clarke of the new millennium” by Buckminster Fuller’s archivist. Bloom is the author of The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History (“mesmerizing”—The Washington Post), Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century (“reassuring and sobering”—The New Yorker), The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism (“Impressive, stimulating, and tremendously enjoyable.” James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic), and The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates (“Bloom’s argument will rock your world.” Barbara Ehrenreich).

Bloom has been published in arxiv.org, the leading pre-print site in advanced theoretical physics and math. He was invited to tell an international conference of quantum physicists in Moscow in 2005 why everything they know about quantum physics is wrong. And his book Global Brain was the subject of an Office of the Secretary of Defense symposium in 2010, with participants from the State Department, the Energy Department, DARPA, IBM, and MIT.

Bloom has founded three international scientific groups: the Group Selection Squad (1995), which fought to gain acceptance for the concept of group selection in evolutionary biology; The International Paleopsychology Project (1997), which worked to create a new multi-disciplinary synthesis between cosmology, paleontology, evolutionary biology, and history; and The Space Development Steering Committee (2007), an organization that includes astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Edgar Mitchell and members from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense.

Bloom explains that his focus is “mass behavior, from the mass behavior of quarks to the mass behavior of human beings.” In 1968 Bloom turned down four fellowships in psychology and neurobiology and set off on a science project in a field he knew nothing about: popular culture. He was determined to tunnel into the forces of history by entering “the belly of the beast where new myths, new mass passions, and new mass movements are made.” Bloom used simple correlational techniques plus what he calls “tuned empathy” and “saturated intuition” to help build or sustain the careers of figures like Prince, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Billy Idol, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, John Mellencamp, Queen, Kiss, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Run DMC, and roughly 100 others. In the process, he generated $28 billion in revenues (more than the gross domestic product of Oman or Luxembourg) for companies like Sony, Disney, Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola, and Warner Brothers.

Bloom also helped launch Farm Aid and Amnesty International’s American presence. He worked with the United Negro College Fund,the National Black United Fund, and the NAACP, and he put together the first public service radio campaign for solar power (1981).

Bloom’s focus on group behavior extends to geopolitics. He has debated one-one-one with senior officials from Egypt’s Moslem Brotherhood and Gaza’s Hamas on Iran’s Arab-language international Alalam TV News Network. He has dissected headline issues on Saudi Arabia’s KSA1-TV and on Iran’s global English language Press-TV. And he has appeared fifty two times for up to five hours on 500 radio stations in North America.

Bloom is a former visiting scholar in the Graduate School of Psychology at NYU and a former core faculty member at the Graduate Institute in Meriden, Connecticut. In addition to arXiv.org, his scientific articles have appeared in PhysicaPlus, New Ideas in Psychology, and Across Species Comparisons and Psychopathology. Bloom has also written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Knight-Ridder Financial News Service, the Village Voice, and Cosmopolitan. Bloom’s 90-minute per episode YouTube series, Howard the Humongous, pulls in a minimum of 45,000 hits and a maximum of 161,000 per installment.

Topping it all off, Bloom’s computer houses a not-so-secret and not-at-all humble project, his 7,100-chapter-long Grand Unified Theory of Everything in the Universe Including the Human Soul. Pavel Kurakin of the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences says that

“Bloom has created a new Scientific Paradigm. He explains in vast and compelling terms why we should forget all we know in complicated modern math and should start from the very beginning. …Bloom’s Grand Unified Theory… opens a window into entire systems we don’t yet know and/or see, new…collectivities that live, love, battle, win and lose each day of our gray lives. I never imagined that a new system of thought could produce so much light.”

Barry Dossenko

Barry Dossenko grew up on a family farm. His first farming experience was with horse drawn equipment. As a result, he understands the development of the industrialization of farming, beginning with community based, steam driven, steel wheeled machinery to today’s modern mega machines. In the mid 70”s he was sprayed with herbicides when a hose failed on the farm sprayer. From then on he stopped using chemicals. In the early 80’s, Mr. Dossenko and his wife Serena, created F.U.T.U.R.E. Organics Inc. Through this farm-based business he expanded the farm’s acreage employing organic practices. The Dossenko farm became the 3rd farm, to be certified through O.G.B.A. in the state. F.U.T.U.R.E. Organics played a key role in the development of organic agriculture in North Dakota. Mr. Dossenko trained over 200 farmers in how to transition to Certified Organic production standards. He designed and built a state of the art, certified grain processing plant, and introduced certified organic seed on the farm.

A key achievement was production of the first Kashi certified organic cereal blends. Mr. Dossenko’s interest in sustainability began in his childhood working on the farm, helping his mother do gardening, bee keeping, and orchard work. In the 50’s, part of the economic survival for our small farm was hunting, fishing, and trapping. At 7 years old, try sticking your hands in a muskrat run in the middle of winter at sunset, the winds howling out of the northwest. You have walked for hours through the snow drifts with your dad. The icy cold of the trap you’re setting has numbed your fingers to the bone. On this property purchased by his parents in 1934, when the great dust storms were ravaging the plains, was the Five Sioux Chief’s summer buffalo hunting camp. Imagine me as a little boy experiencing the teepee rings, the clumps of berry bushes that had self-seeded nearby from food preparing, and the tanning wallows for deer and buffalo processing that edged the small lakes that dotted that wild landscape. Mr. Dossenko experienced Mother Nature speaking to him through the elders.

In college during the late 60’s, Mr. Dossenko became interested in researching consciousness and psychology. He spent time at Esalen Institute, studying Radix therapy and training in Holographic Breath work with Dr. Stanalov Groff. Learning about the clinical use of LSD and other psychedelics he began to use psychoactives for inner journeys. On one of these experiences, at the farm, he was taken into a shamanic state where the native elders appeared to be marching across the sky. He had been out on the land cultivating fallow ground, and had stopped the machine as the experience unfolded. He saw the elders in ghostlike form. He realized his eyes were now an eagle’s that had been in the sky that day. He allowed the eagle to take his sense of sight, and flying, became aware of the total environment as a 3 D image. Mr. Dossenko was shown through the eagle’s eyes how in the ecosystem the creatures, that had existed in the past thousands of generations, were now the one’s being poisoned by chemical-based agriculture. They were weeping, because the environment was bathed in artificial death brought by us.

These life experiences have sustained Mr. Dossenko‘s passion for the development of sustainable paradigms. He has started a new enterprise: “Starfields Organic.” It begins with his and Mrs. Dossenko’s small-scale hemp farm on a mountain side in western North Carolina. Mr. Dossenko has extensive expertise in what he terms ‘eco-tech sustainable systems integration.’ He knows that waste recovery, hemp based bio remediation, sustainable food, fiber, and energy must become our globally shared future. He is looking forward to finding and sharing with other’s who understand that we have yet to achieve the best for all inhabitants of our mother planet, Earth who sustains us all every moment.

Steven Jay

Steven Jay is a well seasoned, veteran media producer and strategic logistics expert who has spent a lifetime in search of truth and justice starting with an ecologic festival he coordinated one year after the first Earth Day.  “Why should we celebrate the earth once a year when we live here all year round?” he told the Board of Education who granted him permission to produce the event in 1972.  He was thirteen years old at the time.

Sidetracked into music and media, he found his way back to his love of science and the earth as professionals from the Space program and the sciences started contacting him for assistance.

Steven leads a somewhat passionately reclusive life, and spends most of his time working towards enabling holistic systems that serve both people and the planet without harming either.

 

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