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Theme: Leading Out

This event occurred on
April 13, 2013
10:00am - 4:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Monterey, CA
United States

In an emerging world defined by accelerating change, interdependence, complexity, uncertainty, and interconnection, we are on a quest. The familiar boundaries that once defined place, space, thought, and discipline have been lifted from the map. What if we inspired a renaissance in curiosity, imagination, and community leading us out of our status quo and into new realms of knowledge, opportunity, and possibility?

Irvine Auditorium
499 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA, 93940
United States
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Brian Bajari

Brian works as a crisis minister and spiritual director in Monterey with homeless/outdoor­living populations and internationally in refugee camps & war-­torn regions with former child soldiers and sex slaves. Compassion and presence form the universal language of renewal & transformation. (Care Corps Intl., Gathering by the Bay, Pass the Word).

Kevin Brookhouser

Kevin has been teaching English and history for over fifteen years beginning as a graduate fellow teaching world literature and creative writing at Lynchburg College. After earning his M.Ed., Kevin moved to Crested Butte, Colorado to instruct snowboarding in the mornings and English and history in the afternoons at a ski academy for aspiring Olympians. From there, Kevin moved to San Francisco to float on the dot-com bubble, working in the marketing department of an online auction company until the call back to teach rang too loudly, at which time he moved to Squaw Valley to teach in the classroom and on the snow once again. In 2002 Kevin and his new bride, Beth, moved to her hometown, Monterey County, to pursue his teaching career at York and her career at the SPCA. Kevin currently teaches the sophomore English class, which is a blend of a traditional English class with a significant portion of new media studies. Shakespeare is definitely on the agenda, but so is podcasting, filmmaking, and audience building. Kevin uses technology as a central component in all of his classes, and he has recently been named a Google Certified Teacher. Kevin is the founder of, a resource for writing teachers and students, which highlights the most common writing errors. The site contains videos on how to identify and fix the errors. Students can then quiz themselves, and once they have completed the quizzes successfully, they earn a badge.

Larry Crowder

Larry Crowder is the science director at the Center for Ocean Solutions (COS). He is also a professor of biology at Hopkins Marine Station and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, both part of Stanford University. Previously, he was the Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology at Duke University. Dr. Crowder's research centers on predation and food web interactions, mechanisms underlying recruitment variation in fishes, population and food web modeling in conservation biology, and interdisciplinary approaches to marine conservation. He has studied food web processes in both freshwater and marine ecosystems, and has used observational, experimental, and modeling approaches to understand these interactions in an effort to improve management. He was principal investigator for a number of large interdisciplinary research projects including the South Atlantic Bight Recruitment Experiment (SABRE), OBIS SEAMAP (Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Animal Populations), and Project GLOBAL (Global Bycatch Assessment of Long-Lived Species). He has also directed and participated in a number of research, analysis, and synthesis groups at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and for the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board. His recent research has focused on marine conservation, including research on bycatch, spatial ecological analysis, nutrients and low oxygen, sustainable seafood, ecosystem-based management, marine spatial planning, and governance. He is a AAAS Fellow and was awarded Duke University’s Scholar/Teacher of the year award in 2008-2009.

Dornith Doherty

A 2012-2013 Guggenheim Fellow, Dornith Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. from Rice University in Houston and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake and is a Professor of Photography at the University of North Texas and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education. She has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the United States Department of the Interior, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Society for Contemporary Photography. Doherty’s work has been featured in exhibitions in the Museum Belvédère, the Netherlands, (2012), the New Mexico Museum of Art, (2011), the Bluecoat, Liverpool, England (2011), Atlánticas Colectivas, Centro de Fotografía Isla de Tenerife, Spain (2011), the Encuentros Abiertos Photography Biennial in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2010), the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado (2008), the Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, Virginia (2008), FotoFest 2006 in Houston, Texas, the Houston Center for Photography in Houston, Texas (2006), and the Yuma Art Center Museum in Yuma, Arizona (2005). Her work is in numerous permanent collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, the Museum of Fine Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minnesota, the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut, the Museet Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark, Goldman-Sachs in New York, Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans, Sprint Corporation in Kansas, the City of Denton, Texas, W Hotel in Dallas, and the Federal Reserve Bank in Houston.

Maureen Fura

Maureen thought having a baby was going to be the happiest time in her life, but the day she discovered she was pregnant, she knew something was terribly wrong. For the first time, she was in the middle of a mental health crisis. Fighting to save her life and the life of her unborn son, Maureen visited 29 professionals before she got the help she needed. Desperate to put a name to what happened to her and find out why she went untreated for so long, Maureen and fellow pregnancy and postpartum mood disorder survivor, Jennifer Silliman, embark on a journey to uncover the unspoken story of mothers in the documentary film Dark Side of the Full Moon. Maureen Fura is a freelance video producer and storyteller. She lives in Miami with her husband, two beautiful boys and big black lab Sam. She enjoys daydreaming about the time she lived in Monterey Bay.

Jon Isham

Jon Isham has been a member of the Middlebury faculty since 1999. A professor of economics, he is currently the Director of the environmental studies program and the faculty director of the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Jon teaches classes about social entrepreneurship, 21st-century global challenges, climate change, environmental economics, environmental policy, and microeconomics. In 2005, he was chosen by Middlebury students as the first recipient of The Marjorie Lamberti Faculty Appreciation Award. Before coming to Middlebury, Jon served in the Peace Corps in Benin, lead a crew at the East Bay Conservation Corps in Oakland, taught at the Emerson School in Washington DC, and was a researcher and assistant project manager at the World Bank. He holds degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Maryland.

Nükhet Kardam

Nükhet, a professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, is interested in change in international organizations and researches how gender was mainstreamed in several international development organizations. She consults with development organizations leading evaluation initiatives of women’s human rights programs and projects and women’s political participation, gender and governance. More recently she has been exploring how global women’s rights norms are interpreted and implemented in local cultural contexts. She is passionate about working, living and exploring multiple cultures and multiple identities; and about the nature of self and of identity.

Fariba Nawa

Fariba Nawa, an award-winning Afghan-American journalist, covers a range of issues and specializes in immigrant and Muslim communities in the United States and abroad. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area but has traveled extensively to the Middle East and South Asia. She lived and reported from Afghanistan from 2002 to 2007, and witnessed the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and al Qaeda. She has also reported from Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, and Germany. She has a master’s in Middle Eastern studies and journalism. Her work has appeared in the Sunday Times of London, Foreign Affairs, Daily Beast, Newsday, Mother Jones, The Village Voice, The Christian Science Monitor and numerous other publications. She also reports for radio, including National Public Radio (NPR). She is the author of the groundbreaking report, Afghanistan, Inc., (CorpWatch, May 2006 ) and a contributing writer in the anthology Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands (Harvard University Press, May 2012). Her essays have also been published in two other books, March to War and Women for Afghan Women.

Marc Shargel

Marc Shargel began showing his underwater photographs professionally in 1988. He had learned to dive a decade before that, while he was a student of biology and psychology at Stanford University, in 1978. Shargel spent the summer of ’78 studying Marine Biology at Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, and he hasn’t stopped diving since. As a teenager, he learned to develop and enlarge his own photographs, but it was the images he encountered underwater that motivated him to return to photography. Shargel has dived the California Coast from Humboldt County to San Diego. His underwater photo expeditions have taken him to such far-flung destinations as British Columbia, México, Hawaii, Bali, the Caribbean, the Red Sea, and the Galápagos and Revillagigedos archipelagos. In his decades of time spent under the sea, Marc Shargel has noticed slow but relentless decreases in marine life. In 2000 he participated in founding the first of two marine conservation organizations along California’s central coast that he helped to lead. From 2004 to 2006 he served on a state panel charged with doing something that had never been done before: to protect a network of marine habitats along the central coast by mapping out a series of marine reserves—no take areas—to function as refuges and nurseries for everything living in our ocean. In 2007, those new marine reserves went into effect. The state’s process to make the network of marine reserves state-wide moved on to other regions, and so did Shargel. He began to create coffee table books, to communicate visually to decision makers and the public exactly what the proposed areas might protect. In 2008 his first book of photography, Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches, was published. He has since published two more volumes in the series, one on Far Northern California and one on Southern California. Ironically, the last portion of the state, on which he has yet to produce a book, is his native Central California.

Scott Snibbe

Scott Snibbe is a media artist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. Whether on mobile devices or in public spaces, his work spurs people to participate socially, emotionally, and physically. His creations are strongly influenced by cinema: particularly animation and surrealist film; and often mix live and filmed performances with real-time interaction. Snibbe’s artwork is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). His large-scale interactive projects have been incorporated into concert tours, Olympics, science museums, airports, and other major public spaces and events, and he has collaborated on interactive projects with musicians and filmmakers including Björk and James Cameron. In the 1990s, Snibbe was one of the co-developers of the special effects software Adobe After Effects. Snibbe's work is produced through his two companies: Snibbe Interactive, creating interactive exhibits and events; and Snibbe Studio, producing apps for mobile devices.

Belle Yang

Belle, subject of the PBS documentary, “My Name is Belle,” is often asked whether she is primarily a writer or a painter. Answer: “When I’m writing, I’m a writer; when I’m painting, I’m a painter.” Born in Taiwan, Belle spent part of her childhood in Japan. At age seven she immigrated to the United States with her family. She attended Stirling University in Scotland, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in biology but went on to study art at Pasadena Art Center College of Design and the Beijing Institute of Traditional Chinese Painting. She worked and traveled in China for three years and returned to the United States late in 1989 after the Tiananmen Massacre. She returned with gratitude in her heart for the freedom of expression given her in America, certain she would firmly grasp this gift with both hands.

Qianxi Xiao

Qianxi Xiao is a second-year translation student at Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is also pursuing Master of Translation and Interpreting at Sun Yat-sen University in South China, graduating in June, 2013. He got his BA in English Teaching from Bijie University in Southwest China and was a visiting student at Shandong University of Science and Technology in Northeast China. Being a TED volunteer translator adds more passion to his two-year freelance translator experience (Chinese and English). He is also a backpacker who loves walking and appreciates the beauty of nature.

Mark Lukach

Mark is a freelance writer based out of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, where he finds the soothing snoring of his bulldog and the chill of the fog a perfect backdrop for getting work done. When he’s not typing away at his laptop, he loves to get outdoors and play in the ocean, ride his bike for way too long, or run barefoot on the beach. His greatest design accomplishment is in his ability to make the perfect milkshake.

Shawn Harris

Shawn Daniel Harris is a graduate candidate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He specializes in the field of Security and Development and conducts research in the areas of small arms control, anti-money laundering, economic development and program monitoring and evaluation. In the last six years he has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Ailis Dooner

Ailis is a sophomore at Carmel High School in Carmel, California. From the time she was a sea turtle-loving toddler, awestruck by the wonders of the Monterey Bay Aquarium or Zion National Park, she has interacted with the world around her through a lens of inquiry. Her insatiable curiosity took her to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as a freshman in high school, and she is currently investigating a new class of novel, algae-derived amino acids for potential application in the prevention and treatment of the world’s most fatal cancer, lung carcinoma, with promising results. Ailis is also passionate about marine conservation and environmental education, and is a Teen Conservation Leader at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, sipping iced chai with friends, and teaching and playing clarinet. She completed the 230 mile John Muir Trail as a 13 year old backpacker, and summitted the highest peak in the continental United States with her family. For Ailis, science is all about asking questions, being creative, and thinking about things in new ways.

Charley Ruegger

Charley Ruegger is currently an MBA student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Originally from New England with a BA from the University of Vermont in Russian and Japanese, Charley has spent two of the last 3 years living in Yaroslavl, Russia, pursuing small business interests and independent studies in Russian labor law. Charley also founded and ran a small import/export company for almost 4 years and worked for the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium. Currently researching clean energy technologies and international energy markets, Charley hopes to contribute to the global energy sector’s development through improved policy, infrastructure, strategy and innovations in technology. When not trying to save the world, Charley enjoys working on cars, writing music and cooking.

Kirk Lombard

Kirk is a locally renowned raconteur, fisherman, tubist, writer, tenor, home made instrument designer, puppet guy, eel master, former employee of {insert name of ambiguously titled semi federal agency of fish data collection here}. He runs a small intertidal sea foraging tour business in the Bay Area.

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La Crescenta, CA, United States


Monterey, CA, United States
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