Named to Wired Magazine’s 2009 Smart List, William Gurstelle is a writer, television producer, and speaker. His trend setting ideas on the creative use of technology plus his views on risk taking frequently put him in the media spotlight. In 2010, Popular Mechanics devoted a four-page article to Gurstelle’s work. His best selling books include Backyard Ballistics, Adventures from the Technology Underground, and his latest book, Absinthe and Flamethrowers.
In addition, William writes on culture and technology for several national magazines and blogs including; The Atlantic, Wired, Make, BoingBoing, and Popular Science. He is also one of the producers and on-air presenters on the 2010 Emmy Award nominated PBS series MAKE:TV.
Jonathan Foley is the director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of the Minnesota, where he is a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. He also leads the IonE’s Global Landscapes Initiative.
Foley’s work focuses on complex global environmental systems and their interactions with human societies. He and his students have contributed to our understanding of global-scale ecological processes, global patterns of land use, the behavior of the planet’s climate and water cycles, and the sustainability of our biosphere.
His work has led him to be a regular advisor to large corporations, NGOs and governments around the world, in addition to the numerous national awards and honors he has received.
Nate Garvis, President of Naked Civics, LLC, has been at the intersection of Fortune 100 business, government, politics, civics, media, health care, public safety, academia, philanthropy and non-governmental organizations for the past twenty years. His work can be described as weaving these players together with the goal of building healthy, vibrant and prosperous communities.
Prior to creating Naked Civics, LLC, Garvis served as V.P. of Government Affairs and Senior Public Affairs Officer for Target Corporation. He serves on a number of academic, think-tank, business and non-profit boards throughout the country, including Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Rational Energy, the Citizens League and the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota. He is a frequent lecturer and public speaker on the subject of cross-sector approaches to reengineering communities for better prosperity.