The Founding Contributors
Frieda Werden is the Producer of WINGS: Womens Investigative News Gathering Service. “WINGS is at different times horrifying, exciting, funny, eye-opening and definitely inspirational.” –Nikki Reece, programme producer, Plains FM, Christchurch, New Zealand
WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service is an all-woman independent radio production company that produces and distributes news and current affairs programs by and about women around the world. WINGS programs are used by non-commercial radio stations, women’s studies, and individuals. Programs can be heard on local radio stations, on shortwave, on the internet, and on cassettes. The WINGS Mailing List provides updates on stories and new information about women’s media.
“Though I have been involved in women’s issues for years, I was still struck by the contrast of your broadcast to the news we are usually hearing — news reflecting male interests in a basically male world. Women’s affairs are a hidden current in the flow of world events.”– Kristin Reilly, listener, Buffalo, New York
Dr, Dale Taylor, PhD.
Dale B. Taylor, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Music Therapist, former Chair and current Secretary of the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care, member of the AMTA Music & Memory Work Group, a recent Visiting Professor at Augsburg College and Alverno College, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Allied Health Professions at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and founding Director of the Music Therapy Program, past Editor of the International Journal of Arts Medicine, Secretary-Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the International Arts Medicine Association, member of the International Relations Committee and former member of the Assembly of Delegates of the American Music Therapy Association and the National Association for Music Therapy, past Chair of the NAMT Certification-Registration and International Activities Committees and National Coordinator of Student Affairs, and past member of the Wisconsin Public Health Leadership Institute. He has also served as President and Vice-President of the Great Lakes Region of NAMT, chaired the founding meetings of the Wisconsin Chapter for Music Therapy, served on the boards of Music Education for the Handicapped and the International Association of Music for the Handicapped, and is a member of the Music Therapy Neurology Network.
Dr. Taylor’s presentations of his Biomedical Theory of Music Therapy have been made at conferences and academic institutions throughout the United States as well as in Canada, South Africa, Argentina, Colombia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Estonia, Japan, Korea, and Australia. His papers on this and other topics appear in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, International Journal of Arts Medicine, and he has authored numerous chapters appearing in books edited by colleagues.
Arlene Engelhardt and Mary Glenny, WMNF FM, Tampa, Florida
Arlene Engelhardt, co-host, “From a Woman’s Point of View.” She was president of the Board of Directors at WMNF during the station’s capital campaign and construction of the current building. Arlene was the Executive Director of the Pacifica Radio network. She has a B.A. from the University of Illinois. She, too, has been an activist most of her life, focusing on the environment, politics, social justice and equality for women and minorities.
Mary Glenney, co-host and principle interviewer, “From a Woman’s Point of View.” She began doing a segment called “Life Choices” on the Women’s Show more than 20 years ago and within two years became the co-host. She spent much of her professional life doing research and writing about genetics. Mary has an M.D. degree from the University of Illinois. She has been an activist most of her life, focusing on the environment, politics, social justice and equality for women and minorities.
Mickey Huff, Project Censored, Media Freedom Foundation, KPFA, Pacifica Radio
Mickey Huff is the current director of Project Censored, founded in 1976, and president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation. To date, he has edited or coedited ten volumes of Censored (published by Seven Stories Press in NY) and contributed numerous chapters to these works dating back to 2008. His most recent book, edited with Andy Lee Roth, is Censored 2019: Fighting the Fake News Invasion. Additionally, he has coauthored several chapters on media and propaganda for many other scholarly publications. He is currently professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is co-chair of the history department. He is also a lecturer in communications at California State University, East Bay, and has taught sociology of media at Sonoma State University. Huff is cohost with former Project Censored director Peter Phillips of The Project Censored Show, the weekly syndicated public affairs program they founded in 2010, which originates from the historic studios of KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley CA, and airs on over 40 stations around the US and is also a podcast online.
Huff sits on the advisory board for the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University in CT, and serves on the editorial board for the journal Secrecy and Society. For the past several years, Huff has worked with the national outreach committee of Banned Books Week, working with the American Library Association and the National Coalition Against Censorship, of which Project Censored is a member. He is a co-founding member of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project (www.gcml.org) and he also represents Project Censored as one of the cosponsoring organizations for the National Whistleblowers Summit held annually in Washington DC. More recently, he became the critical media literacy consultant for a new educational Internet start up, Tribeworthy.com, which is a crowd contested media interactive online platform that allows users to rate news articles and sources for trustworthiness using critical media literacy skills. He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets around the world regarding critical media literacy, propaganda, and censorship issues as well as contemporary historiography in the US. He is a longtime musician and composer and lives with his family in Northern California.
Allan Savory, The Savory Institute
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.
Michael Caporale is a filmmaker of 45 years. With Fine Art degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Illinois, he began his career as an Advertising photographer and moved quickly into film production. With reps in New York, Chicago, London, Dallas and St. Louis, his client list grew to become a Who’s Who of top American businesses.
In 2001, he transitioned from commercial production to independent filmmaking. His credits include: producer, writer, director, director of photography, editor, digital imaging technician and location sound mixer.
But his creative interests extend far beyond filmmaking. Creative writing is another serious passion. Storytelling and communication are the central elements of his work. For many years he was a featured columnist in “Film Festival Reporter.” He has authored fourteen screenplays and five books—two biographies, a cookbook, a book on indie filmmaking and one on the first 100 days of the Trump presidency… spoiler alert, it’s very unflattering. Today, Michael is a regular contributor to Mobilized editorials, continuing his biting commentaries on the state of our current political climate.
Over the many years, Michael has accumulated a vast collection of books on the JFK assassination, including an original 27 volume set of the complete Warren Commission report, with a volume signed by the last living witness, Jean Hill. The events of the sixties—the assassinations, Kent State, Viet Nam, Woodstock, the politics of music and dissent, the descent into the corruption of Nixon and the Watergate, all have shaped his world view, reinforced by almost every administration since, with the corruption money brings to power. He believes in the lessons of history and is concerned about the short attention span of current generations and the fading memories of the tired resistance of generations past.
Daniel Franco balances his life as an activist, with his life in the Special Events world; usually pretty well. He works as a Lighting Designer, Journeyman IA Electrician, and Logistics Consultant for festivals and large public functions. In his vast free time, he also works on issues relating to National (US) politics, Tenants Rights, Labor Rights, and that pesky Climate problem. If he’s not hollering at the members of City Council for some misdeed, one might find him out on the picket line; or training up the next generation of cranky lighting board operators.
Bob Ezrin, Producer
Chuck Wooley (not the Game show host)
Chuck’s professional grassroots organizing and advocacy successes on global health issues led to his elected position on the respected Action Board of the American Public Health Association (membership of 120,000 US Health Professionals). Later he was then elected by his peers to Chair the United Nation’s Association Council of Organizations (over 110 US based NGOs representing a collective membership of over 25 million Americans). His focus has been connecting local and global issues to US national security interests and using non-partisan fundamental principles to advance public thinking and US policy on vital systems and structures essential to forming a more perfect union and sustainable environment.
Chuck credits much of his successes to his mother’s love, father’s violence, the study of Biology and wrestling (having qualified for the 1972 Olympic Trials only to find out he was seriously not qualified – but was honored to make it that far after a childhood of obesity and sloth.) “We are all”, he says “always wrestling with issues and concerns our entire life. Or we should be — given the persistent changes in our bodies and the world.” “Loving persistence” and “ruthless compassion” are two qualities his mentors offered him. Admittedly to his detriment he usually offers people what they need to know instead of what they want to hear. Chuck is an avid quote collector… one of his many favorites — “Science is my passion, politics my duty.” Thomas Jefferson
Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in which he taught the immensely popular nonviolence course that was webcast in its entirety as well as PACS 90, “Meditation” and a sophomore seminar called “Why Are We Here? Great Writing on the Meaning of Life” for 15 years.
Among other awards, he received the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for “Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India” in 2007, joining other distinguished contributors to nonviolence as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and peace scholar and activist Johan Galtung in receiving this honor.
He is the author of The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide to Practical Action (2014) as well as The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into Korean, Arabic, Italian and other languages; Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence (2005); The Upanishads (with Sri Eknath Easwaran, 1987), and other books as well as many articles on peace and spirituality.
He has spoken for campus, religious and other groups on peace and nonviolence for many years, especially since September 11, 2001. He has consulted for the U.S. Institute of Peace and many other organizations and is the founder and President of the board of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education. Michael has worked on nonviolent intervention since the 1970s and served on the Interim Steering Committee of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.
Michael is a student of Sri Eknath Easwaran, Founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, and has lived at the Center’s ashram in Marin County since 1970.
Steven Jay, Founder and Creative Director
Steven Jay is a passionate creative force and creative alchemist who has spent his life seeking solutions for human potential based on the natural world. As the Founder and Creative Director of Mobilized, he invests him time and energy in discovering passionate people who are dedicated to empowering a healthier planet and population in balance with the natural world. He spends a majority of his time deeply and passionately focused in creating and co-creating projects, partnerships and aligning with like-minded socially-aware individuals and organizations who are committed to collaboration without compromise.
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.”
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.
Stuart Scott, Facing Future
Msafiri Msedi is a Tanzanian who was born and raised in Mwanza, in the Northern part of Tanzania near Lake Victoria. As a person with disabilities (PWD) he proudly idenfies himself as an advocate and activist working with people with disabilities towards human rights issues.
He is currently promoting and protecting human rights as a human rights officer who has Promoting and Protecting Human Rights as a Human Right Officer who has worked as a volunteer with various organizations that offer services to people with disability, the Elderly and Children. He is a founder of the NGO called “Tusaidiane Disabilities Resources and Charity Organization of Tanzania” (TDRCT), which is registered to work in mainland Tanzania. The Swahili word “Tusaidiane” means “Let’s help each other.” He is the organizations Executive Secretary.
His academic background is in sociology with an advanced degree in community change and an MSC in Disability Design and Innovation. Heacknowledges that people with disability are discriminated because of stigma, lack of knowledge, and misperception about the abilities of people with disabilities, as a result they remain largely disempowered. Msafiri believe that, people with disability are among important members of the community who deserve to be valued, not just because they are economically or otherwise useful, but because of their inherent self-worth.Additionally, PWD possess unique potentials and elements of genius. When people realize their true potential, PWD are able to fully contribute to the needs of community innovation, health and well-being.
“There is richness in diversity.” he says. He adds: “Disabilities should not be used as an excuse to hold someone back. Therefore, there is a need for the world to promote awareness on respecting the inherent dignity of people with disability as individual and as a group.”
His passion it to see People with Disabilities have an equal chance in various sectors in order to overcome misunderstandings and enable enriched and fulfilled lives (instead of being treated as an object of charity.” This creates the possibility to widen their engagement in social-economic issues by overcoming the challenges of perception in relationship to People with Disabilities towards contributing to the mission of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which has taken “Leaving no one behind” as an overarching objective.
John Coombs, Global Health Clinics, Auckland, New Zealand
John has spent many years researching and working with well being, yoga and quantum sciences, including metaphysics. His interest has been the subtle energy systems and mental faculties which influence our health, productivity and creativity. This research has focused on consciousness, mind body medicine, epigenetics, energy medicine and energy psychology, subtle streams of yoga and morphogenetics or 100th monkey outcomes.
John has a deep interest in how consciousness and wise decisions affect performance, including vitality, general and mental health, immunity as well as how well-being leads to much more profound personal contributions to society and civilisation.
Medical biologist Dr Bruce Lipton’s award winning science book, Biology of Belief, describes epigenetics, including the influence of the mind in health and how the environment affects cellular biology much more profoundly than does genetics. Dr Bruce Lipton’s practical research on cell biology and the science of epigenetics influences John’s work at Global Health Clinics and many of the health and wellness programs at the clinic.
Features of the Mind Body influence on the cost and effectiveness of wellness
The new sciences Epigenetics and Morphogenetics contribute important developments for new cost effective and long term Wellness solutions, especially involving features like intentional placebo. This science also applies in reducing the “nocebo” effect or what was often called pointing the bone, where a diagnosis can trigger a profound deteriorating cascade of disease or hopelessness and vulnerability.
Independent scientific research shows that people regularly heal using placebo even when they are conscious they are taking a placebo. John helps encourage or teaches clients to use mindfulness creatively for optimal health.
Placebo has been an effective health solution at virtually no cost for more than 30% of people in research programs. At Global Health Clinics we aim to help a bigger percentage of our clients to benefit from this type of positive mind body influence.
Conversely Nocebo or believing you will be unwell has the opposite effect on well-being and is a big factor in the degradation of many people’s health or hope. At Global Health Clinics we try to consciously reduce the nocebo effect with numerous good results over recent years.
Medical funds can then be allocated to lifestyle benefits, a wider spectrum of well-being education and for broader environmental benefits, both personally and socially.
Global Health Clinics procedures integrate the ancient quantum sciences behind Yoga – Ayurveda, Taoist – Chinese Medicine and various forms of early Western medicine practiced by great spiritual teachers and practical healers with contemporary developments in quantum biology and physics. Mind body and energy medicine has enabled big leaps forward to help you with cost effective practical health care.
The modern field of psycho-neuro-immunology which involves consciously engaging our mind and positive attitudes to improve health outcomes will play a major role in future health programs. It is a modern term for practices which schools of yoga have taught over many years. Research demonstrates this has improved both longevity and quality of life for numerous people throughout history.
Stress is recognized in medical circles as contributing to up to 80% of disease. If we can manage our lives by reducing extreme stressors and managing our daily stress more constructively we natural improve our quality of life, our happiness, our relationships and our productivity.
John works with the team at Global Health Clinics to coach and facilitate these qualities of health outcomes using combinations of modern evidential science and proven ancient healing systems.
Serena Dossenko, Starfield Organics
Serena Dossenko grew up in Miami, Florida. Her entire career has been in business. She began as a cashier, and then moved into sales at Jordan Marsh Department Store. When Nieman Marcus opened its store in Bal Harbor, Serena was fortunate to get a full time sales position in the Women’s Sportswear. In three years she was promoted to Assistant Manager of the department, and offered the opportunity to receive Executive Training in the main store in Dallas, Texas. Serena did not fit into the conservative corporate Texan culture. An outspoken young woman, she broke protocol asking the store’s director for a promotion. As a result, she was let go after a total of 5 years with no explanation.
By then she had met her first husband, Montana musician Rick Wilson. Neither Wilson liked Dallas, so Rick’s Missoula, Montana band asked him to return. They jumped at the chance. One of Rick’s friends introduced Serena to Yoga and vegetarianism. Thus her new life began, focusing on metaphysics and natural healing. When her marriage ended, in 1979, she spent a year on the road going to Healing and Rainbow Gatherings, studying with different teachers such as Paul Pitchford, Viktoras Kulvinskas , and Reshad Field. Serena met wonderful, spiritual people, whose contact information she collected and catalogued.
In Tucson, Arizona she became involved in a Wheat Grass business, delivering trays of Wheat Grass to clients, and juice to local health food stores, her start as a businesswoman in the natural products and healing industry.
Her interest in metaphysics led her to the Esalen Institute. She was attracted by the opportunity to take classes like Gestalt, Becoming a Psychic, and especially Stanislov Groff’s Holotropic Breath Work. The timing was right. Serena heard that Stanislov Groff was giving a month long workshop on his practice, including top metaphysicians and other teachers such as Joseph Campbell, Adjit Mookerjee and Angeles Airian.
Serena’s destiny was set. She enrolled in the workshop, and met Barry Dossenko the first night. He had travelled from North Dakota to take the same course. They spent every day together. In 2 weeks he proposed and Serena accepted. The result was that this sophisticated, city dwelling business woman was transplanted near a small town in North Dakota. In February!
There, Barry began teaching her about organic farming. Barry had stockpiled bins of Chemical Free Grain. Serena believed that her networking would give her the means to market it. She sold it all. When one of the buyers asked if she could find more she did, becoming one of only 2 woman in the United States to be a Organic Grain Broker. Due to demand, Barry built an organic grains processing plant. Working in partnership, Serena helped train farmers in making the transition from chemical farming to organics at conferences she and Barry set up around North Dakota. Serena was a board member for the Organic Growers and Buyers Certification Organization.
Sadly, as often happens, the Dossenkos were forced to leave the farm. Moving to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Serena began Serena’s Frozen Foods. Her first product was an Organic Frozen Whole Wheat Croissant. She was unable to find certified organic bakeries, and her business ended.
The Dossenkos were invited to join the Biodome, an intentional healing community in Waynesville NC, beginning the current phase of their lives. Serena was in charge of purchasing for the whole community. When the community ended, the Dossenkos decided to stay in Waynesville. They immediately built a home recording studio and began recording Ambient Electronica. Serena worked in merchandising throughout Western North Carolina. She started her own vintage collectable store, and now runs an Ebay store: Serena’s Stop and Shop.
In 2018, Serena became CEO of Starfields Organic, a woman-owned hemp farm. Barry is Operations Manager. The Dossenkos plan to bring to market multiple hemp products, including full spectrum CBD oil, tinctures, and specialized seeds.
Serena’s passion is to help create a local community where members work collectively to create a model for sustainable living for our troubled planet.
Barry Dossenko, Starfield Organics
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
Our ADVISORY BOARD consists of colleagues from different walks of life and with different expertise with whom we consult with on a weekly basis to discuss the direction of our projects. They are scientists and educators, producers and directors, writers and press agents, human rights workers and civil rights leaders, media executives and investigative journalists, whose impact is found in the DNA of this Project.
A very special thank you to all for being available to all of us for our Experts Advisory Board
- Les Paul
- Danny Schechter
- Edward Summer
- John Fallon, Producer, 3 Days in the Life
- Ray Thomas, Producer, 3 Days in the life
- Sir George Martin
Some of the many collaborators in creation include:
- Ben Ferencz, Attorney (Closing arguments at infamous Nurember war crimes trials)
- Jack Healey, Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Action Center
- Aki Aleong , Actor, Director, Producer
- John Perkins Author, “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” and “Hoodwinked”
- Douglas Trumbull Special Effects Director, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Bladerunner” “2001: A Space Odyssey”
- Michael Uslan, Executive Producer, Batman motion pictures
- Barry James Dyke Author “The Pirates of Manhattan”
- John Coombs, Global Health Clinics, Auckland, New Zealand
- Frieda Werden, Founder, WINGS: Womens Investigative News Gathering Service
- Dr. Bruce Lipton Quantum Biologist and Author of “The Biology of Belief”
- Stacey Musselman Health Educator
- George Dassinger, Marketing, Dassinger Creative
- Bob Ezrin, Producer “The Wall” (Pink Floyd,) Alice Cooper, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, more
- Dave Street, Former Punk Rock Comedian and Writer, Currently Eco-Educator
- Dennis D’Amico, Producer, Musician, Record Company Executive
- Les Garland, Co-Founder, MTV, VH1, The Box
- Peter Phillips, Project Censored, Media Freedom Foundation
- Jamie Masada, President, The world famous Laugh Factory
- Liz Gunn, NZTV
- Michael Butler, Producer, “Hair” the Musical
- Michael Masucci, EZTV
- Mike Appel, Producer, “Born to Run”
- Roger Corman. Lengendary Filmmaker
- Ron Frank, Filmmaker, Producer
- Russell Baker, Author
- Sarah Van Gelder, Yes! Magazine
- Tina Schull, CIVIC
- Walter Bellin, Educator