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.
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.