Stephen Dolle

CEO and Speaker, Dolle Communications
Newport Beach, CA, United States

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I am founder and CEO of Dolle Communications. I provide drum circle facilitation, music therapy, and neuroscience services, albeit in large part because of a 1992 brain injury and CNS shunt. I just underwent my 10th surgery (Feb. 2012). Because of my experiences, training, and intuitive skill, I am qualified to speak on drumming (music) and the brain, science & innovation, and human perseverence. I've authored papers on neuro-technology, AI, and petitions to the Food & Drug Administration. As a facilitator, I conduct drumming sessions where participants often drift into "trance states," which can alter perception and behavior. Five years after my brain injury and with much uncertainty with today's CNS shunt devices, I designed & patented an AI neuromonitoring system, the DiaCeph Test, and formed a start-up company. But could never get funding. Post brain injury, I've become an expert in law, AI, music and the brain, and am elevating my spiritual-intuitive skills. I'd love to speak for TED.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Fundraising, MUSIC THERAPY, Entertainment, Public Speaking, Artificial Intelligence, Drums/Percussion, Community Outreach, Neurological Development, product development

An idea worth spreading

To elevate our understanding of health care and consumer technology, we must first learn to disseminate KNOWLEDGE, to walk in the shoes of the tech user, and the patient. After my 1992 brain injury, I got more into tech, and the more I did, the more frustrated I got. I cite health care & tech together here because they both suffer from poor adoption, poor user interfaces, and a lack of information. Do you find this interesting? It is as though these folks designed services for themselves, not users, or patients. So, these two industries (which will become very intertwined), need to change the way to teach customers to use their products. They need to revolution the "USER INTERFACE." It's almost scarry to think of what we might be able to accomplish in educating and gaining adoption by the masses!

I'm passionate about

Innovative ways to connect/impact others in my neighborhood, schools, businesses, and government - and share knowledge.

Talk to me about

New brain training methods & research that boosts productivity, skill-sets, and human potential, and how this can be used to create change in people, organizations, and in communities.

People don't know I'm good at

Dance. I play amazing Afro Cuban drum rhythms and move similarly. People just don't expect a white middle-aged man to move the way I do.

My TED story

My story dates back to my 1992 brain injury and pioneering of methods in brain training and neurodiagnostics (DiaCeph Test) which I used to direct my own brain surgeries since 1998. In 2004, I became very involved in drum circles and the rhythms of the brain, and have since pioneered some very important research in the areas of drumming and trance states, cognition & learning, movement disorders, and team-building. Some of the instruments I play, I played as an expert the very first time I touched them. It's as though I was meant to do this work, or had done it before. I am finding that my intuitive experiences from my youth in the 1960s & 1970s are more relevant than ever today in mind-body work and in healing. I speak and perform as a drum circle facilitator & neuroscientist, and share my personal story and insights into the brain and learning, now having undergone 10 brain surgeries and 20 years of research.

Comments & conversations

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Stephen Dolle
Posted 5 months ago
Malte Spitz: Your phone company is watching
In addition to business & social uses of tech, there's a whole new world of applications today by people with cognitive (memory, neurological) disorders who are using a variety of apps to help manage their everyday lives. This personal and health information stored in their phones & apps is also at risk according to this and other reports. Yet, in cases of disability, such breaches should already be protected by the Americans with Disability Act. It would seem in all the excitement of the advances and corporate riches that industry & government have forgotten about the important of ADA and privacy protections. Isn't this what slavery was about? How the quest for wealth trumped people's rights.
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Stephen Dolle
Posted 5 months ago
Stefan Larsson: What doctors can learn from each other
Yes it is true sharing outcomes would improve. But, it is already supposed to be done via current reporting to FDA on problems with drug & devices, patient records which then can be reviewed by insurance, and in useful records for patients. But it widely is not done. And I think the motivation is one of self interest by physicians. Now as to digital record keeping, patient tools, and outcomes analysis, health care remains the last industry to adopt where digitation could allow a whole new world of benefits to patient care. For instance, imagine what a home mobile/PC app could add to patient to hip surgery outcomes? I earlier designed & patented an advanced software method (DiaCeph Test) for monitoring shunt malfunctions in the disorder hydrocephalus. And it still sits on a shelf while outcomes remain very problematic and CT scanning is widely overused! By comparison, look at how software tests like the Impact Test for concussion forever change outcomes & management of sports concussion! So here's my biggest proposal in medical software to date: a database of every known medical disorder, coupled with each containing correlating lab, x-ray, and clinical symptoms. Currently, we rely on the physician or PA's knowledge and memory when evaluating a patient. This is very subject to human error and efficacy in time spent with the patient. The Mayo Clinic currently has a Symptom Checker, which is a mini version of what is needed. Government/NIH should contract with one institution to build and manage this massive database, and then physicians, medical centers, and others could contract to access the database. I know there are limited versions of this currently available. But it needs to be expanded and made more accessible. I also think patient need access to this so they can do their due diligence become coming into the physicians office or hospital. Next, we need patient software record keeping tools & apps, including, my DiaCeph Test app for hydrocephalus. Worldwide!
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Stephen Dolle
Posted 10 months ago
Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?
Thanks for this update. Oddly, fluoridating the water supply was a concept from many years back that no doubt is in need of modernization. Not sure of how it's driven politically or economically today, and which interests would actively oppose the science of discovery and progress. I'll look for this in the news. The U.S. created a similar initiative of adding iodine to table salt to address widespread poor iodine intake which can lead to hypothyroidism (esp. in the central states). That program continues today. I'm not familiar with any widespread health risks. However, new studies on the widespread use & overuse of "x-ray procedures" is attracting attention, and I suspect we're going to hear a lot more on this over the next several years, and new warnings and guidelines may be created. Thanks again.
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Stephen Dolle
Posted 10 months ago
Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?
I do research and put on special drumming workshops for a variety of disorders. I believe that our weight and body types are very much tied to the mind-body connection and our daily movements, in that our rhythmic movements are a reflection of the relationship between the mind and youth/health. Body movement also determines in large part how we burn calories and maintain weight. When you make conscious decisions in support of health and youth, your body can move more youthfully, affirming to your brain of your youthfulness, and you'll reward it with more rhythmic movement. This biofeedback mechanism conditions the mind to instruct the body to sustain health. Research has also shown that rhythmic activities/exercise balance the brain waves between the brain stem and frontal lobe, thereby controlling stress. This cycle of rhythmic movement, brain health, and body reward becomes self-sustaining, and without it, aging, gain weight, and depression set it. It is also near impossible to maintain a depressed state during rhythmic movement. Interestingly most all mechanisms in the human body operate under rhythmic cycles, as does all planetary movements and aspects of the universe. Hence the mathematic model of the universe!
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Stephen Dolle
Posted about 2 years ago
Development or Destruction, where are we heading?
We must be able to separate the "science" of these challenges from the "politics" and "financial winfall" for those who stand to gain from policies. What I find most disturbing today is not so much in the tragedies of what are occurring, but rather the callousness and down right evil of the deception that is a means to an end. And how people in the know CAN make a difference, but are not willing to speak up. In the U.S., many people are more concerned with the news of individuals prosecuted for heineous isolated crimes, gay rights, chem trails in the sky that the gov't may be poinening us, whether Pres. Obama is a U.S. citizen or went to Harvard, and religious groups who believe the earth is only 7000 years old. Folks, we must retrain ourselves in how to THINK & WORK TOGETHER as families, communities, organizations, companies, and governments with a common goal. Until we get this right, we will remain in harms way. Stephen Southern California
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Stephen Dolle
Posted about 2 years ago
Use of Strategic Affirmations to Heal Illness, Change Behavior, Change the World
I'd like to share specifically how affirmations can be used in weight loss, and in combating illness. I wrote this for a friend yesterday on weight loss, and it caused me to describe how affirmations are used in illness. I've learned my nsg implanted a different shunt than what I requested last month, and my recovery and brain swelling is not resolving. From my 30+ years in mind-body work with health and disease, I know affirmations do work. In weight loss, affirmations are used in two ways: First, describe to yourself how you want to be and movet. Then, ask your higher self to give the necessary instructions to your brain & body thru movement and activity to burn the necessary calories and prepare your body for its new form. Meditation and visualization ofyour desired outcome helps to welcome in your new body. Fasting, as many of you likely know, is rooted in religious study and practice of the last several thousand years, and you can attain a higher brain and spiritual state thru fasting, in part to slowing down your metabolism, and the confidence and feedback you receive thru this biofeedback. People do this in holding their breath for very long periods as well as fasting. Today there is also supporting medical research in fasting, termed the Calorie Restriction Diet. You can actually have MORE energy by eating less, and I've experienced this many times over the last 4 years. In the case of illness, like I am dealing with in my brain swelling, you visualize what is going wrong and either ASK or COMMAND your higher self to correct it. Whether you ASK or COMMAND is based on the karma of your illness or injury. But you must be WORTHY of healing! If it is karma you need to work off & learn from, you ASK for blessing & intervention. But if it is the result of another's karma, you may COMMAND it to abate. Or, if it is your karma, and innocents are being harmed thru your convolesence, you can ASK it be waived & healed to help the others. I hope this helps. Stephen
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Stephen Dolle
Posted about 2 years ago
The current bandaid solutions for obesity
Mary, I wish my book were finished and available. I've been working on it for a year or two. I live in Orange County, California, and I showcase my methods in drumming and the brain on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Temple of Light Spiritual Center in Lake Forest, California. I maintain a variety of percussion instruments that I use to go on location and speak and put on drumming events, should you be in the Orange or Los Angeles county area. You can visit my web site at www.dollecommunications.com and "Like" my Facebook fan page as I post here on my brain related research and developments. I'd love to be a TED speaker and am regularly told I should be. Best, Stephen
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Stephen Dolle
Posted about 2 years ago
The current bandaid solutions for obesity
Well, combating obesity is not as simple as it seems. If you can separate obese individuals into three (3) causes: physical health & metabolic problems, mental health problems, and lazy/over-indulgers, it is the last group which this IDEA seems to be referring to. I am a drum circle facilitator and neuroscientist and will put on a workshop on rhythm, movement, aging and weight management in May 2012. My scientific premise is that body movements and rhythmic patterns tell our brains about how youthful we are, and the heavier we are, the more injured or slow we are, the less favorable and youthful image our brain's get of our bodies. Once a person is obese or injured (which restricts mobility) for an extended period of time, our brain's and subconscious mind then see us as older and unengaging, i.e. as in life is nearly over! The way you reverse this process is to MOVE! Any kind of movement is good, but rhythmic movements not just in rhythm & dance, but in walking, sports like basketball, or tennis, or swimming - the rhymic movements will not only help to burn calories, but it will provide favorable biofeedback to our brain's regarding our status and youfulness. But, the first step is BELIEVING. You must believe that this will work. The next step is DESIRING CHANGE. You must want to be thinner, more youthful. It can be life-changing! AND, it's also kind of scary cause if this works, you have taken RESPONSIBILITY for your health and appearance, and this is something no doubt you thought was beyond your control. Stephen Dolle Survivor, 10 Brain Shunt Surgeries Drum Circle Facilitator & Neuroscientist