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Theme: Modern Campfires

This event occurred on
January 15, 2019
San Francisco, California
United States

Since the beginning of civilization, the campfire has been a place for people to come together - a place to tell stories, learn from each other, and gain a sense of belonging and community.

We welcome you to our modern campfire, where we’ll share new ideas that will shape our future together. We’ll be having conversations about masculinity, religion, mindfulness in policing, the hierarchy of language, facts vs. truth, and more. Check out our speaker lineup below.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, California, 94103
United States
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_ fnnch

Street Artist
fnnch believes art is for everyone. Only about 5% of residents and visitors tour their city’s modern art museum. Street art and murals are art for the other 95%, acting to inspire and engage them with the arts. When fnnch moved to San Francisco, he became obsessed with street art but felt there were not enough people pushing the art form forward. Deciding to be the change he wanted to see in the world, he hit the streets with multi-layered stencils and spray paint. Since then he has built a strong social media presence with over 62,000 followers on Instagram. He has been featured on the cover of the SF Chronicle and by brands like J.Crew, TOMS Shoes, and Benefit Cosmetics, and has had gallery shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. His art can be found in San Francisco, LA, New York, Miami, Chicago, St. Louis and Tel Aviv.

Bill Swing

President & Founding Trustee
Bishop William Swing is the President and Founding Trustee of United Religions Initiative (URI). The idea for URI came to Bishop Swing in 1993 after an invitation by the United Nations to host a large interfaith service in San Francisco, marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Charter. URI now has over 955 Cooperation Circles in 108 countries. Bishop Swing served as the Episcopal Bishop of California from 1980 until his retirement in 2006. In that capacity, he led the international Anglican response to the AIDS crisis, co-founded Episcopal Community Services to address San Francisco’s homeless problem, and co-founded Community Bank of the Bay. Swing is the author and co-author of several books, including The Sacred and the Silly: A Bishop’s Playful and Eventful Life; A Bishop’s Quest: Founding a United Religions; The Coming United Religions; co-author, Building Wisdom’s House, and contributor to Andrei Sakharov, The Conscience of Humanity.

Juliana Delgado

Writer and Historian
Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer and historian. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, she’s the author of Quiéreme and ¡Cuéntamelo!, an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants that won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. She's received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The SF Grotto, and an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Midnight Breakfast, Foglifter, Four Way Review, Broadly, and TimeOut Mag. She’s the creative director of RADAR Productions, a queer literary non-profit. Follow her @julianadlopera.

Mazin Jamal

Professional Coach, Musician and Community Organizer
Mazin Jamal is a professional coach, musician and community organizer. He supports visionary leaders, change-makers and teams to live from their values and cultivate a joyous resilience. He is the founder of Holistic Underground, a leadership and community development non profit. Upon receiving feedback from from lovers and friends that he was not always holding his power and privilege with integrity in his early twenties, Mazin experienced a humbling reminder that the journey never ends. This inspired a renewed dedication to personal growth, with a focus on masculinity and manhood. Though he often wears the hat of teacher, coach or leader, in this domain he identifies as a student guided by these questions: how can I lead a life of integrity and service, even having made these mistakes? How can I support other men to join me in this journey?

Sylvia Moir

Chief of Police
A California native, Sylvia serves as the Chief of Police in Tempe, Arizona. She has over 30 years of municipal police experience, eight of those as a police chief. Sylvia gained operational, investigative, managerial, and strategic experience in Northern California - practice that shaped how she leads now. She appreciates the rewards and challenges of modern policing in complex environments and in diverse communities. She uses mindfulness and meditation to expand her humanity in service of people and contributes on specific executive boards to strengthen her profession. Sylvia is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, and the Naval Postgraduate School- Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

TWObigsteps Collective

Contemporary Dance Collective
TWObigsteps is a contemporary dance collective driven to expanding art and communities through a collaborative, creative process. Composed of emerging artists from diverse backgrounds and regions, TWObigsteps strives to convene multidisciplinary creations, allowing concepts to be translated into various mediums. Immersed in the dance community in a variety of ways, TWObigsteps has performed works in San Francisco and Vancouver including Dance in Vancouver, West Wave Dance Festival, and SPLIT/ BILL, a co-produced a evening of shared works. In addition to performance, TWObigsteps has been active in community engagement workshops, including the facilitation of a workshop for young dance artists, ‘Sessions’, and participation in the Youth Engagement Program presented by the Dance Centre.

Yoni Alkan

Sexual Educator
Yoni Alkan is a sexual educator and consultant with a master’s degree in conflict resolution and mediation, and a doctorate degree in human sexuality. He is a professional cuddler with as well as a Certified Cuddle Party Facilitator. Yoni is a global speaker on human sexuality with expertise in alternative relationships, dating, and safe touch and consent advocacy. He is the creator of, a playful, geeky, and educational site about the elements that contribute to our sexuality. He is also the author of The Book of Cuddles, an instructional book for cuddling.

Organizing team


San Francisco, CA, United States


San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Andrew Adams
  • Halim Madi
  • Taylor Schaude