Geoff Lawton is a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. Since 1995 he has specialized in permaculture education, design, implementation, system establishment, administration and community development. In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world.
Lawton's aim is to establish self-replicating educational demonstration sites. He has currently educated over 6,000 students in permaculture worldwide. Lawton's 'master plan' is to see aid projects being replicated as fast as possible to help ameliorate the growing food and water crisis.
Director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s WATER Institute and Permaculture Design Program, Brock co-directs its Wildlands Biodiversity Program, co-instructs Basins of Relations and permaculture-related courses, and co-manages the Center’s biodiversity collection, orchards and 70 acres of wildlands. Living up to his specialized generalist nature, and rekindling the dwindling art of the peripatetic natural historian, his experience ranges from the study of wildlife biology, native California botany and watershed ecology, to the practice of habitat restoration, education about regenerative human settlement design, ethno-ecology, and ecological literacy activism towards societal transformation.
Award-winning architect, writer, educator Jeff Stein AIA is president of Cosanti Foundation. His first construction workshop at Arcosanti was in 1975. Since then he has spent time on the Cosanti staff; taught architecture in the Career Discovery program of the Harvard GSD; headed the department of architecture at Wentworth Institute in Boston; and was Dean of the Boston Architectural College for the past seven years. He has taught at architecture schools in the US and at the Technicum Winterthur, Zurich, and Ecole d’Architecture Languedoc-Rousillon, in Montpellier, France. Mr. Stein has written for ARCHITECTURE BOSTON magazine and was for ten years architecture critic for the New England newspaper, BANKER+TRADESMAN. He lectures widely about Arcosanti, energy and urban design, including at the recent Tel Aviv-Yafo Centennial Conference on Urban Sustainability, this past fall in Montreal at the 9th World EcoCities Congress and this spring at the Santa Fe Institute.
Jeff Stein’s work is to set a tone for Arcosanti’s continued development. Parallel to that, the work is to move ahead with the continued discussion of the idea of Arcology - architecture and ecology - at the highest levels nationally and internationally. Jeff lives at Arcosanti, but travels about one week each month, speaking publicly, and pursuing friends and funding opportunities for Arcosanti. He is also establishing partnerships with institutions and governmental bodies to help foster Arcosanti’s growth as a resource for education and development.
Craig Scott is co-founder of IwamotoScott Architecture, committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, via a design process that proceeds from the belief that each project can achieve a unique design synthesis. The practice engages in projects across a wide range of scope and scale, including theoretical design proposals, museum installations and exhibitions, full-scale fabrications, competitions and commissioned building projects. Conceptual themes of the work focus on intensifying the experiential and performance based qualities of architecture. This design approach is informed by ideas of formal, spatial and material adaptation with respect to conditions of program, site and environment, and is pursued through in-depth exploration of the fluid and transformative potentials of new technologies.
Tom is Executive Director of The Unity Shoppe - a central distribution facility for over 300 other non-profit agencies, churches, schools and hospitals. Low-income children, families, seniors and the disabled are referred by other charities for food, clothing, school supplies, household needs-and basic necessities. This collaboration among the charities allows the Unity Shoppe to eliminate duplicate giving to the same families so more people can be helped with better and more consistent services.
The chords of ‘dome physics’ and ‘bio-mimicry’ resonate
well with Dante and it may be that these approaches are both illustrative of the
‘simple but not too simple’.
Dante’s participation with the Dragon Speed Design Group ‘think tank’ is a
work in progress having evolved over the last dozen years commencing with
Mark and Valerie Sigler’s ‘Dome of a Home’ Hurricane Ivan post trauma.
Dante and Mark have been collaborating friends since 1965 and with the
addition of Robert Bissett and Marc Sigler, both active participants in the
development of the Dome of a Home prototype with Architect Jonathan
Zimmerman (deceased), are actively engaged in the effort to evolve air-form
and factory produced ‘dome’ technology for integration into the panoply of
global environmental solutions that meet the criteria associated with the
notion of ‘sustainability’.
Katia Sol has spent the last 18 years facilitating leadership, community development, and transformative educational programs in more than 30 countries and with several First Nations around the world. An award-winning scholar and writer, she led the development of Ghost River Rediscovery's International Youth Leadership Program and is a current design partner for Emergent Performance Consulting. She has also facilitated numerous cross-cultural and intergenerational dialogue circles and events, including a gathering of diverse Bay Area leaders in the fall of 2012, together with Belvie Rooks and Penny Livingston-Stark.
Katia's PhD study on leading models of transformative education brought her into collaboration with the Ecology of Leadership program at the Regenerative Design Institute, an innovative leadership development program founded and directed by Christopher Kuntzsch and James Stark, which she now also co-facilitates. She is passionate about seeding new models of transformative leadership that are based upon principles of cooperation, regeneration, and remembering our inherent connections with ourselves, one another, and the natural world. Her newest project is working toward the launch of a Bay Area based Institute for Transformative Global Leadership.
Android Jones is at the forefront of the visionary art movement, a wave of artists who emphasize creativity as the foundation of consciousness and an agent of social change. As a digital alchemist, Android builds on the technical developments of past centuries in art history while pushing the boundaries of the imagination with new technologies and media forms. Moving beyond the traditional technologies of pencils, ink, and brushes, Android develops latent possibilities within software programs such as Painter, Photoshop, ZBrush, and Alchemy, discovering new combinations and uses for tools that exceed the original intentions of their programmers. In Android’s live art performances, including the acclaimed Phadroid dance performances with wife Phaedra Ana, he incorporates elements of chance and improvisation, inviting synchronicities that additionally exceed the individual artist’s intentions and allow for unscripted moments of beauty to shine through. As an experience designer, Android has contributed to films, games, and to building communities through www.conceptart.org and www.dreamcatcher.net, and his interactive installations have enchanted tens of thousands of participants at events like Boom and Burning Man. Viewing the digital domain as a medium of energy and light capable of expanding the nature of reality, Android’s art encourages others to explore the potential interfaces of mind and machine in this time of accelerating change and increasing novelty. To this end, Android’s art serves two related functions: it bears witness to realities accessible through heightened states of consciousness, and it also engenders heightened awareness through the processes of creation and audience interaction. Digital art becomes a tool for navigating reality and human awareness, and Android’s art invites others to join the advancing evolution of consciousness by speaking to the artist in everyone.
James Hanusa is CEO of Urban Innovation Exchange an innovation ecosystem development company. He is the former Green Economy Advisor to the Stakeholder Forum, organizer of the Rio+20 Earth Summit and a Fellow of Global Urban Development. His work on New Initiatives for the Burning Man Project is focused on the Economic Development and Civic Participation in San Francisco.
James’s background encompasses teaching social media at Ex’pression College and urban sustainability organizing for 350.org, Global Campaign for Climate Action and others. He founded Change SF in 2009, a San Francisco-based citizen sustainability initiative. His previous professional experience includes roles in business development and strategic alliances for information technology and social media companies including Intel, SAP, PeopleSoft, and Garrigan Lyman. He holds an M.B.A. in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University.
Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons has been quoted as saying, “The world needs more artists like MC Yogi.” MC Yogi pioneered a new sound when he blended together his love of yoga culture with hip hop, reggae, and electronic music. Both his albums, Elephant Power and Pilgrimage, are top sellers on the I Tunes world music charts, and their popularity have made him a household name in the global yoga community. Beyond the yoga world, MC Yogi helped make history when he released his video Vote for Hope in support of Barack Obama. Through an grassroots network, the video reached over a million people leading up to election day. Following the success of Vote for Hope, he was commissioned by Starbucks to co-create an anthem and video for their service initiative “Are You In?” The video also received over a million views on YouTube and was shown during the first commercial break of Obama’s inauguration and was aired during the Super Bowl. In 2011, he became an ambassador for Michelle Obama’s Lets Move initiative and later was invited to teach yoga on the White House lawn. MC Yogi has also been a key supporter of Yoga Aid, helping to raise over 2 million dollars for various charities. MC Yogi performs and teaches yoga all over the world lighting up stages at music festivals, nightclubs, yoga conferences and even art museums. When he is not on tour, he happily resides in Northern California with his wife and creative partner, Amanda, and his rescued pitbull, Mahatma.