Elders, Mentors, Inspirations

I have been blessed with an abundance of wonderful teachers, and mentors and elders who have taught me so much of what I have integrated into my work.

Prof. Seaton Baxter
Seaton was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1939. He has academic qualifications in building technology and philosophy. He worked for 20 years in agricultural research mainly concerned with the design of buildings and equipment for animal welfare, before joining the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 1983 as Head of the School of Construction Management, Property and Surveying. At the Robert Gordon University he acted as Assistant Principal, Dean and Reader where he established the Centre for Environmental Studies (c1994) and the first ever MSc in Ecological Design. He is currently an Honorary Professor at Dundee University where he heads the Centre for the Study of Natural Design. Seaton has worked with several Scottish environmental NGO’s-Scottish Environment Link, Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, Deeside Forest Advisory Group and was formerly a broad member of Scottish Natural Heritage. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his services to Scotland’s Natural Heritage in 1998.

Prof. John Todd
Dr. Todd is one of the pioneers in the emerging field of ecological design and engineering and the founder and senior partner of John Todd Ecological Design.
Beyond his numerous awards and citations including the 2008 Buckminster Fuller Award, Dr. Todd has degrees in agriculture, parasitology & tropical medicine from McGill University and a doctorate in fisheries and ethology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Todd is currently a tenured research professor at the School of Natural Resources and both a Distinguished Lecturer and Fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. He is also the founder and president of Ocean Arks International, a non- profit research and education organization established in 1981.
Source: http://toddecological.com/company/dr_john_todd.php

Prof. David W. Orr
David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics the Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College, and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. Orr is the recipient of five honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award and the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe. Orr has also served as a Trustee to 10 foundations including the Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org) and the Aldo Leopold Foundation (www.aldoleopold.org).
His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design and climate change. He is the author of six books and co-editor of three others. Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992), described as a “true classic” by Garrett Hardin, is widely read and used in hundreds of colleges and universities. A second book, Earth in Mind (1994/2004) is praised by people as diverse as biologist E. O. Wilson and writer, poet, and farmer, Wendell Berry.
In 1989 Orr organized the first ever conference on the effects of impending climate change on the banking industry. Co-sponsored by then Governor Bill Clinton, the conference featured prominent bankers throughout the mid-South and leading climate scientists including Stephen Schneider and George Woodwell. Recent projects include a two-year $2.2 million collaborative project to define a “100 Days Climate Action Plan” for the Obama administration (www.climateactionproject.com).
Source: http://www.builtgreenconference.com/28/keynote-speaker-bio.html

Prof. Brian Goodwin
Brian studied biology at McGill University and emigrated to Britain under a Rhodes scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford. He obtained his PhD at the University of Edinburgh where he carried out research in embryology under the biologist Conrad Waddington. He taught mathematics at Oxford University and later at Sussex University until 1983, when he became a professor of biology at the Open University.
In 1994, he published his most popular book, How the Leopard Changed Its Spots: the Evolution of Complexity. Brian’s work was in the tradition of Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, whose 1917 book On Growth and Form inspired a new “structuralist” biology to explore the notion that organisms are irreducible wholes that give rise to structures that cannot be understood on the basis of genes alone. After teaching on a course at Schumacher College in 1995, Brian worked with the College to develop its pioneering MSc in Holistic Science, and remained on staff there until shortly before his death in July 2009.
Source: www.schumachercollege.org.uk/teachers/about

Satish Kumar
A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. Inspired in his early 20s by the example of the British peace activist Bertrand Russell, Satish embarked on an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage. Carrying no money and depending on the kindness and hospitality of strangers, he walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to deliver a humble packet of ‘peace tea’ to the then leaders of the world’s four nuclear powers. In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally-respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College in South Devon where he is still a Visiting Fellow. In his 50th year, Satish undertook another pilgrimage – again carrying no money. This time, he walked 2,000 miles to the holy places of Britain, a venture he describes as a celebration of his love of life and nature. In July 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Plymouth. In July 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of Lancaster. And in the November of that same year, he was presented with the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Abroad.
His autobiography, No Destination, first published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies. He is also the author of You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence and The Buddha and the Terrorist. In 2005, Satish was Sue Lawley’s guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. In 2008, as part of BBC2’s Natural World series, he presented a 50-minute documentary from Dartmoor, Earth Pilgrim, which was watched by over 3.6 million people. He also appears regularly in the media, on a range of programmes including Thought for the Day and Midweek. Satish is on the Advisory Board of Our Future Planet, a unique online community sharing ideas for real change and in recognition of his commitment to animal welfare and compassionate living, he was recently elected vice-president with the RSPCA. He continues to teach and run workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity and is a much sought-after speaker both in the UK and abroad.
Source: www.resurgence.org/satish-kumar

Joanna Macy
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 1985); Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988; New Society/ New Catalyst, 2007); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991); Rilke’s Book of Hours (1996, 2005) and In Praise of Mortality (2004) (with Anita Barrows, Riverhead); Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown, New Society Publishers, 1998); Joanna’s memoir entitled Widening Circles (New Society, 2000); World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax Press, 2007), A Year With Rilke, (with Anita Barrows, Harper One, 2009); and Pass It On: Five Stories That Can Change the World (with Norbert Gahbler, Parallax Press, 2010).

Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.

Joanna travels widely giving lectures, workshops, and trainings in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California, near her children and grandchildren.
Source: http://www.joannamacy.net/aboutjoannamacy.html

Stephan Harding
Stephan oversees the MSc in Holistic Science, teaching on the core modules and as part of several of the short courses at the College. Stephan was born in Venezuela in 1953. He came to England at the age of six with his father and housekeeper, with whom he spoke Spanish (his mother tongue) at home. Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world, and his scientific cast of mind lead him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University.
Before Durham, Stephan spent a gap year helping to carry out ecological research in the remote Sengwa Research Station in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), where he worked on warthog ecology, and as a Durham undergraduate he led a two-man expedition to the Manu National Park in Peru. After completing his first degree he returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. It was here that he learnt to play the 4- stringed Venezuelan guitar known as the ‘cuatro’.
After Oxford Stephan was appointed Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica, where he lived for two years before becoming a founder member of Schumacher College in 1990. The College’s first teacher was James Lovelock, with whom Stephan has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration that culminated in their joint appointment as chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Stephan lives on the College campus with his wife Julia Ponsonby and their son Oscar, and is the author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia published in 2006 by Green Books in the UK and Chelsea Green in the USA.
Source: http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/staff/stephan-harding

Peter Harper
Life long environmentalist, Peter Harper, was the driving force behind the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) – Britain’s leading centre for eco-education, eco-research and eco-communication
Peter read biology at university, but he always felt that he wanted to do something more than simply ‘study’ nature. His eureka moment came during the energy crisis of the 1970s, when miners’ disputes led to three-day week and a coal shortage that sent the price of oil sky high. Peter came to believe that we should explore how we could live on energy that we could generate ourselves, without resorting to fossil fuels that were (and are) expensive to the environment and to individuals.
It was with these sentiments that the Centre of Alternative Technology began life in 1974. The centre started out as a loosely associated group of like-minded individuals who wanted to bring about environmental change. The centre’s mainstay activity was, and still is, to research key environmental technologies. In fact, the term, alternative technology, was coined by Peter.
Since the 1970s CAT has become a leading Green think tank for the UK. It is an active focus for anyone with environmental concerns and queries, has a busy visitors centre and runs all manner of courses, from practical weekend woodwork all the way up to a masters level degree in environmental design.
Source: http://www.channel4.com/lifestyle/green/green-people/harper.html

Gigi Coyle
Gigi began with a series of three-day retreats at a convent school when she was twelve. In her early twenties, the seeds of that experience led her to travel–alone in the wilderness, and in other cultures–seeking pathways to spirit, integral healing, and the partnership possible between all beings. She still travels that road. For thirty years, she has worked with individuals and groups in different communities and cultures, helping to build bridges “between the worlds.” She has organized and co-led journeys to the rainforest, to the oceans, to the desert; journeys dedicated to witnessing and learning through the great suffering and abundant grace found on this planet. Today, she offers council and the desert fast as two of the simplest, oldest, tried-and-true forms for initiation, healing, confirmation and celebration of work, life, and vision. She is co-author of The Way of Council and The Box; Remembering The Gift. In 2008 she created and is now leading an eleven-month intergenerational, global pilgrimage, Beyond Boundaries.
Source: http://schooloflostborders.org/content/virginia-gigi-coyle

Henri Bortoft
Henri Bortoft (born 1938) is an independent researcher and teacher, lecturer and writer on physics and the philosophy of science. He is best known for his work The Wholeness of Nature, considered a relevant and original recent interpretation of Goethean science.[1][2] Bortoft completed his studies at the University of Hull,[3] and then performed postgraduate research on the foundations of quantum physics at Birkbeck College, where theoretical physicist David Bohm introduced him to the problem of wholeness in quantum theory. Subsequently, Bortoft worked with John G. Bennett on the topic of perception of wholeness. Bortoft teaches physics and philosophy of science at Schumacher College in the framework of the program in Holistic Science. He has held numerous lectures and seminars in Great Britain and the United States on the scientific work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and on the development of modern science.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Bortoft

Tony Hodgson
Tony is the founder of Decision Integrity Limited, a company pioneering ways to facilitate better decisions through application of holistic thinking, systems mapping, integrative group processes and sustainable values. His current focus on decision integrity is based on investigating, mapping and modelling complex situations using a range of systems sciences. In parallel he is introducing hexintegrationTM as way to facilitate the improvement of policies and decisions requiring interdisciplinary integration.
He invented, back in the 70′s, the now well-known hexagon mapping method. Tony has worked over several decades in the fields of strategic management, scenario planning, organisation learning, strategic modelling, innovation and improvement of decision support methods. The foundation of this innovation is his five year period in the 60s as Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for the Comparative Study of History, Philosophy and the Sciences, researching in qualitative systems thinking and learning methods.
His research with Decision Integrity includes projects with the UK Government Office of Science and Innovation Foresight Programme, the NHS, The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems, The Jerwood Foundation, The Carnegie UK Trust, Shell and Statoil. He is also World Modelling Research Coordinator with The International Futures Forum, and a founder member.
His consulting experience as Managing Director of Metabridge, include 3M, Agilent Technologies, BP , BT, Boots, The Co-operative Group, Fujitsu, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, ICI, Jardine Pacific, The London Business School, the National Health Service, the Police Service, Rank Hovis, Royal Nederlands PTT, the Shell Group, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, The Scottish Executive, Statoil, Unilever, University of Dundee, Graduate Business School University of Strathclyde.
He has taught on the Executive MBA at The London Business School on Visual Thinking and Team Learning and on an elective programme, “The Art and Science of the Long View”. He helped facilitate the foundation of SOL (the Society for Organisational Learning) International and the foundation of the International Futures Forum of which he is a member. Tony has published papers on various aspects of educational technology, systems thinking and facilitation and co-authored two books on Scenario Thinking and has contributed to a book on Cybernetics and Management. He is currently researching new ways of thinking about the future and acting in the present at the Centre for Systems Studies in the University of Hull.
Source: http://www.decisionintegrity.co.uk/page19.html

Helena Norberg – Hodge
Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement. Through writing and public lectures on three continents, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is a widely respected analyst of the impact of the global economy on communities, local economies, and personal identity, and is a leading proponent of ‘localization’, or decentralization, as a means of countering those impacts.
Helena’s book, Ancient Futures, has been described as “an inspirational classic”. Together with the film of the same title, it has been translated into more than 40 languages, and sold about half a million copies. She is also the producer and co-director of the award-winning film, The Economics of Happiness, and the co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture.
The Earth Journal counted Helena among the world’s ‘ten most interesting environmentalists’, while in Carl McDaniel’s book Wisdom for a Liveable Planet, she was profiled as one of ‘eight visionaries changing the world’.
Helena has lectured in seven languages and appeared in broadcast, print and online media worldwide, including MSNBC, The London Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian. She has written numerous articles and essays, and her work has been the subject of more than 300 articles worldwide.
Educated in Sweden, Germany, Austria, England and the United States, Helena specialized in linguistics, including studies at the University of London and at MIT. Since 1975, she has worked with the people of Ladakh, or “Little Tibet”, to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. For these efforts she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.
Helena is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). Based in the US and UK, with subsidiaries in Germany and Australia, ISEC examines the root causes of our current social and environmental crises, while promoting more sustainable and equitable patterns of living in both North and South. Helena is also a founding member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, and a co-founder of both the International Forum on Globalization and the Global Ecovillage Network.
Source: http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/helena-norberg-hodge-full-bio

May East
May East is a leading sustainability educator heading two ground-breaking organisations: Gaia Education and CIFAL Scotland, the UNITAR Associated Training Centre for Northern Europe. She facilitates the international think-tank the Club of Budapest World Wisdom Council and is nominated as one of top 100 global sustainability leaders for 2011. May is a Brazilian social change activist who has spent the last 30 years working internationally with music, indigenous people, women, antinuclear, environmental and sustainable human settlements movements. Since 1992 she has lived at the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland where she is the Ecovillage Education Coordinator, the Director of International Relations between the Foundation, the Global Ecovillage Network and the United Nations.
Source: http://www.ecovillagefindhorn.com/team/team.php

Kenny Ausubel
Kenny Ausubel, Co-CEO & Founder of Bioneers, is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. Bioneers is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to disseminating practical and visionary solutions for restoring Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities. Kenny launched the annual Bioneers Conference in 1990 with his producing partner and wife, Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder.
The Bioneers Conference attracts more than 3,000 people each year to the national conference in San Rafael, California, and is beamed by satellite simulcast to close to 20 localized Bioneers conferences across the US and Canada to another 10,000 attendees. 

Kenny serves as executive producer of the Bioneers plenary series airing on Free Speech TV and Link TV. He acted as a central advisor to Leonardo DiCaprio’s feature documentary The 11th Hour, and appears in the film.
Kenny co-founded the national company Seeds of Change in 1989 and served as CEO until 1994 to restore “backyard biodiversity” into the food web through marketing organic, biodiverse heirloom seeds to gardeners. 

Previously he produced several documentary films about alternative medicine including the award-winning feature documentary film Hoxsey: How Healing Becomes a Crime about the medical politics surrounding the suppression of promising unconventional cancer therapies. Kenny founded and operates Inner Tan Productions, a feature film development company, and has written two screenplays. He attended Yale and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 1972. He lives in the mountains outside Santa Fe, New Mexico with Nina and their two dogs.
Source: http://www.bioneers.org/about/founders/kenny-ausubel

Nina Simmons
Nina Simons is a social entrepreneur and Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Bioneers. Bioneers is a national nonprofit that helps highlight, gather and disseminate breakthrough solutions to the our most pressing environmental and social challenges. Nina’s life and work are informed by her passion for the natural world, women’s leadership, systems thinking, and the arts’ capacity to shape culture and consciousness. 

Throughout her career, Nina has pioneered innovative social marketing strategies for successful ventures that have worked to advance social and environmental change. Previously, she served as president of Seeds of Change and as director of strategic marketing for Odwalla. In each case, she was instrumental in the companies achieving rapid national prominence. 

During her 20-year tenure as co-founder of Bioneers, Simons has developed successful programming, outreach and media strategies for disseminating the breakthrough solutions and stories of the Bioneers network of scientific and social innovators working for the common good. Since beginning Bioneers in 1990, she and partner and husband Kenny Ausubel have collaborated to grow the organization and its influence, which now reaches many millions through its annual conferences, satellite conference partners, award-winning radio series, broadcast and print media, interactive website and book series. 

Nina also has an enduring interest in the leadership of women and restoring the “feminine” to a balanced place in our culture. In 2006, she began offering Cultivating Women’s Leadership, a five-day intensive for diverse women with the passion and capacity to effect change in their communities. The intensive offers tools and practices to strengthen women’s effectiveness. Working from the inside out, it focuses on bringing to awareness the stories women tell ourselves, and developing practices for strengthening vision and self-esteem and shedding self-limiting patterns. The intensive emphasizes skillful collaboration across differences, and the creation of relationships and networks to cultivate leadership, build alliances and encourage mutual support. The experiential training recognizes the unique capacities women may bring to leadership at this pivotal time.
Source: http://www.bioneers.org/about/founders/nina-simons

Marcello Palazzi
Palazzi is a public-minded entrepreneur operating as a developer of ventures, projects and initiatives that coalesce private and public interests for the benefit of the common good.
In pursuit of this goal, Palazzi works in and across business, finance, civil society, philanthropy and government.
Palazzi studied economics at the University of Buckingham, public and foreign policy and business administration at London School of Economics (LSE), London Business School (LBS), MIT and the Rotterdam School of Management. At LSE, in 1984, he graduated with a far-sighted thesis on “The Role of Small & Medium Enterprises in the European Community”. At LBS, in 1987, he won “The Economist” Prize for best project on “Entrepreneurship and Management in the Non-profit Sector”, overviewed and inspired by Professor Charles Handy. Schooling in northern Italy, Switzerland and the UK. Married to a Dutch citizen, father to 3 children. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK, member of The Clinton Global Initiative (2009-2010) in New York City, The HUB in Amsterdam. Palazzi has also taught economics (History of Economic Thought) at the University of Buckingham in the early 80s and been a guest lecturer in CSR and Sustaiable Corporate Strategies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management in the 90s. At the University of Buckingham, he was elected President of the Student Government.
At age 23, at thes start of his career in 1981, he co-founded his first business in the UK and Italy with his father, manufacturing and marketing diagnostic laboratories and kits for environmental monitoring. Having achieved sales in 30 countries and considerable market recognition, he and his family sold the business in 1992. Since 1993 he has focused on Progressio Foundation from the Netherlands, which he had co-founded with Paul Kloppenborg in 1989.
He is also active on several advisory boards: Avalon Foundation (www.avalon.nl), Encounter of World Views Foundation (www.encounterofworldviews.org), TBLI (www.tbli.org), Business in Development Challenge Foundation (www.bidnetwork.org), the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (www.nftenederland.nl), The Value Agency (www.thevalueagency.com), SNS Reaal CSR Brainstorm Group, the Netherlands; FSG Social Impact (www.fsg-impact.org), Switzerland; Tällberg Foundation (www.tallbergfoundation.org), REWORK (www.reworktheworld.org), Sweden; Dalberg (www.dalberg.com), Denmark; Ethical Markets (www.ethicalmarkets.com), Business as an Agent for World Benefit Global Forum (www.bawbglobalforum.org), NetImpact (www.netimpact.org), the USA; The Lisbon Council (www.lisboncouncil.net), Brussels; the World Future Council (www.worldfuturecouncil.org) and Shift 2050 (www.shift2050.com) Germany. His past roles also include co-founder and Director of Social Venture Network Europe (www.svneurope.org), Head of Development for The New Academy of Business, founded by Anita Roddick, director/board member/advisor of a number of SMEs, investment funds and non-profit organisations, such as the Andromeda Fund BV, the Robeco-Rabobank Sustainable Fund of Funds and ResponsAbility. In his spare time, Palazzi is an amateur architect and gardener and has dabbled in residential property development, a bug inherited from his father and maternal grandfather, both civil engineers.
Source: http://www.progressiofoundation.org/about/key-people.html

Paul Stamets
Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist for over thirty years. Over this time, he has discovered and coauthored four new species of mushrooms, and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation. He received the 1998 “Bioneers Award” from The Collective Heritage Institute, and the 1999 “Founder of a New Northwest Award” from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. In 2008, Paul received the National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Green-Novator and the Argosy Foundation’s E-chievement Awards. He was also named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in their November–December 2008 issue. In February 2010, Paul received the President’s Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration: Northwest Chapter, in recognition of his contributions to Ecological Restoration.
Source: http://www.fungi.com/front/stamets/index.html

John P. Milton
John’s vision quest and shamanic work began in the mid-1940′s, after experiencing his first vision quest at the age of seven. Since the 1950′s, John has guided thousands of people into the wilderness, always sharing with them a profound connection with Nature, and a deep commitment to the realization of Source Awareness. Over the years, many have sought his profound teachings on the Clear Light of Source and on spiritual cultivation and meditation in Nature. His has also been widely sought for his powerful yet gentle Qigong teachings, T’ai Chi Ch’uan training, and Sacred Passage programs. He has pioneered for western civilization a unique, vital way of spiritual cultivation in Nature that ripens in a deep ecological experience of Communion with all species and with Mother Earth herself. John received his M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Conservation from the University of Michigan in 1962 and 1963; he was also a student at Mexico City College, and the OAS Inter-American Graduate School of Tropical Science in Costa Rica. A leader in his field, John focused attention on the environmental impacts of bilateral and multilateral organizations involved globally in economic development projects. During these years, he played an instrumental role in the birth of the environmental movement from the early 1960′s, as well as the Tropical Forest and Alaska wilderness protection movements of the 1970′s and 1980′s. Following a landmark study conference that John designed by the same name, his 1966 book, “Future Environments of North America,” was a first in opening the use of the word, “Environment” to describe our culture’s paradigm shift into a responsibly ecological view of our oneness with Earth. With David Brower, John also was a founder of Friends of the Earth, both the United States-based organization, as well as many of the Friends of the Earth Organizations in other countries. … Between 1963 and 1972 he directed the International Programs Division of the Conservation Foundation, now a part of the World Wildlife Fund – WWF), in both New York and Washington, D.C. Between 1966 and 1973, he lead two major programs to transform cultural awareness of the ecological impacts of development. His first program was a project to commission fifty scientists to prepare several hundred comprehensive case studies on the then relatively little-recognized ecological impacts of economic development projects world-wide. This culminated in a major conference and his 1070 page book “The Careless Technology: Ecology and International Development.” His other program was to distill the central ecological principles from all the case studies. This work was published in his 1973 book, “Ecological Principles for Economic Development.” Taken together, these two programs and books played a major international role in shifting global awareness towards ecological and environmental sustainability. In the early 1970′s, John was the first ecologist on staff at the White House, working with the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. He went on to be awarded a position as a Woodrow Wilson Resident Scholar for a year at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars located in the original “Castle Building of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Between 1979 and 1981 he was visiting professor of Environmental Studies at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois, and Director of its Center for Urban and Regional Studies. During this period, he developed a number of design projects to model how ecological sustainability can work at household, neighborhood, small town, city, farm, and entire watershed levels. His work on distilling core ecological principles for application to economic and community development were the unique element in this work to create models of sustainability for human cultures. He has also served on a variety of committees at the National Academy of Sciences.
Source: http://www.sacredpassage.com/guides/wonTeacher.php

Fritjof Capra
Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. The Center advances schooling for sustainability; its most recent book on this growing movement in K-12 schools is Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability (2009). Dr. Capra is on the faculty of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program of the University of California, Berkeley. He also teaches at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in England, and frequently gives management seminars for top executives.
Dr. Capra is the author of five international bestsellers, The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), Uncommon Wisdom (1988), The Web of Life (1996), and The Hidden Connections (2002). He coauthored Green Politics (1984), Belonging to the Universe (1991), and EcoManagement (1993), and coedited Steering Business Toward Sustainability (1995). His most recent book, The Science of Leonardo, was published in hardcover in 2007 and in paperback in 2008. Please see the bibliography for full details about publications.
Source: http://www.fritjofcapra.net/

Prof. Richard Tarnas
Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is professor of philosophy and psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and founding director of its graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He is also adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, where he teaches in the clinical and depth psychology programs. Formerly director of programs and education at Esalen Institute, he is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view that has become both a bestseller and a widely used text in universities. He is also the author of Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, published by Viking Press in 2006.
Source: http://www.ciis.edu/academics/faculty/richard_tarnas_bio.html

Prof. Brian Swimme
Brian Swimme is Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe and a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1978 for work in gravitational dynamics. He brings the context of story to our understanding of the 13.7 billion year trajectory of the universe. Such a story, he feels, will assist in the emergence of a flourishing Earth community.
Swimme is the author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos and The Universe is a Green Dragon. He is co-author of The Universe Story, which is the result of a ten year collaboration with cultural historian, Thomas Berry. Swimme is also the creator of three educational video series: Canticle to the Cosmos, The Earth’s Imagination, and The Powers of the Universe. Most recently he co-wrote and hosted the 60 minute film Journey of the Universe, broadcast on PBS television stations nationwide.
He lectures widely and has presented at conferences sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The World Bank, UNESCO, The United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, and the American Museum of Natural History.
Source: http://www.storyoftheuniverse.org/about/

Prof. Alan Combs
Allan Combs started college as a physics major in the 1960s at the Ohio State University, where his interests turned to Jungian psychology and then to humanistic psychology. He traveled to the University of Florida where he studies with Sidney Jourard, and later to the University of Georgia to pursue a growing interest in the relationship of mind and consciousness to the brain. Today Allan is a consciousness researcher, neuropsychologist, and systems theorist. He holds appointments at the Saybrook Graduate School, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Assisi Conferences. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and past Director of the Integral Studies program leading to an MA in Conscious Evolution at the Graduate Institute of Connecticut. Allan is author of over fifty articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain, including The Radiance of Being (2ed): Understanding the Grand Integral Vision; Living the Integral Live, winner of the best-book award of the Scientific and Medical Network of the UK, with a foreword by Ken Wilber; Changing Visions: Human Cognitive Maps Past, Present, and Future, with Ervin Laszlo, Vilmos Csanyi, and Robert Artigiani; Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, edited with Robin Robertson; Nonlinear Dynamics in Human Behavior, edited with William Sulis; Synchronicity: Through the Eyes of Science, Myth, and the Trickster with Mark Holland; and Mind in Time: The Dynamics of Thought, Reality, and Consciousness, with Mark Germine and Ben Geortzel. Professor Combs is a Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the Integral University, co-founder of the Integral Foundation and The Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, a member of The General Evolution Research Group, the Integral Institute, the Forge Guild and the one-hundred member Club of Budapest. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Conscious Evolution, Associate Editor of Dynamical Psychology, and serves on the Editorial Board of Science & Consciousness Review.
Allan was the winner of the 2002-2003 National Teaching Award of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, and in the same year the held the UNCA Honorary Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship.
Source: http://www.ciis.edu/Academics/Faculty/Allan_Combs_Bio_.html

Max Lindegger
Max O. Lindegger is a designer of ecological communities and sustainable systems of international repute (www.ecologicalsolutions.com.au). He is a respected and sought-after teacher in the disciplines of sustainable systems. His reputation is born of 20 years of hands-on experience and leadership in the design and implementation of practical solutions to the challenges of sustainability. As the creator and Director of the Oceania/Asia secretariat of the Global Ecovillage Network, Max participates in and contributes to the international flow of current thinking and best practice in the fields of sustainable systems design and education. Max was a primary partner in the design and development of the Habitat Award winning Crystal Waters Permaculture Village, where he lives. This is a robust ecovillage situated in south-east Queensland, Australia, and is the site of the award winning EcoCentre learning facility the venue for many of his courses. He has designed and consulted on numerous community developments including the Spiers Project (S. Africa), Gqnubie Green (S. Africa), Living & Learning Centre (Sri Lanka), Vatukarasa Village (Fiji), Garopaba Project (Brazil), and China Walls (Australia). Max was awarded the (Australian) Prime Minister‚s Centenary Medal in 2003 for “distinguished achievement in the field of developing sustainable communities”.
Source: http://www.gaiaeducation.net/index.php/en/people.html

Prof. Declan Kennedy
Declan Kennedy, (www.declan.de) Irish Architect, Urban Planer, Mediator, and Permaculture Designer, teaching and practicing urban design and landscape, renewable energy and agricultural planning, coupled with holistic strategies in Germany since 1972 and in intensive seminars – organized in many countries; from 1972 to 1990 Prof. at the Architectural Department of the Technical University of Berlin; 1981 brought the concept of Permaculture from Australia to Germany and in the following10 years through PDC courses to another 16 countries; 1985 co-founder of eco-village (www.Lebensgarten.de) Steyerberg, Germany; since 1988 spiritual healer through quantum method; 1995 Founding Chairman: Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) (www.ecovillage.org) – his preoccupation with world change, positive energies and eco-village design has led to his engagement in the Gaia University 2005, a university without walls, based on action-learning (www.gaiauniversity.org) , 2008 instigator, designer and co-ordinator for the 5.2 hectare Permaculture Park ( called PaLS) near Lebensgarten.
Source: http://www.gaiaeducation.net/index.php/en/people.html

José Luis Escorihuela
José Luis Escorihuela, ‘Ulises’, is a professional facilitator, sustainability educator, and founder of Selba Vida Sostenible, a Spanish non-for-profit association aimed at the dissemination, education and consultancy about sustainable lifestyles. He has been a representative at GEN-Europe for many years. He has a background in Mathematics, History of Science, Philosophy, and Conflict Resolution. He is the Academic Coordinator of the Gaia Education Design for Sustainability programme, GEDS. Ulises lives in Artosilla, a little hamlet in the Central Pyrenees. He recently published his first book: ‘A Path Made by Walking: From the Modern Individual to the Sustainable Community’.
Source: http://www.gaiaeducation.net/index.php/en/people.html

Gill Emslie
Gill Emslie, is a Process Work facilitator, trainer and coach working with organizational development, leadership, peace building and conflict facilitation. She teaches internationally in diverse settings ranging from the NGO and social and environmental justice sector, to business and local government, in Europe, Latin America and SE Asia, facilitating in-depth training programmes and working directly with leadership teams. Gill has also spent several years living and working with indigenous people in remote areas of the Earth and this has awoken in her a particular love for bio-cultural diversity and concern about its current predicament. When she is not travelling Gill lives in the Findhorn Foundation ecovillage which is an NGO providing training on issues of global concern related to sustainability, environment, peace, shelter and the creation of a sustainable world.
Source: http://www.gillemslie.net/en/aboutus/bio/

Bob Horn,
Robert E. Horn is a political scientist with a special interest in policy communication, social learning, and knowledge management (especially in biotechnology and national security affairs). For the past 7 years, he has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Language and Information. His career has been widely interdisciplinary, leading a team (in the 1960s) that developed an information system covering 400 federal programs on education and training, editing a standard reference work that evaluated over 1,500 educational simulations in 35 academic disciplines (in the 1970s), and creating, while he was a research associate at Columbia University, a widely used methodology for the analysis of any complex subject matter. He turned this research into an international consulting company, specializing in knowledge management, called Information Mapping, Inc., (in the 1980s) which he founded and was CEO of for 15 years. He has taught at Harvard, Columbia, and Sheffield (U.K.) universities
His recent development of visual argumentation mapping has resulted in the publication of the Mapping Great Debates series, which, in the past year and a half, has received a full-page review in Nature, as well as being hung in a national museum in The Hague as part of an exhibit on information design as a fine art.
Horn is also Vice President of the Meridian International Institute on Governance, Leadership Learning and the Future, which is a policy think tank. For the past several years, he has been leading a project exploring the possibilities for using highly visual cognitive maps to aid the policy making process (especially science and security matters). His most recently published book is Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century (www.macrovu.com). At Stanford he continues his research work in knowledge management and information design. His consulting clients have included Boeing, Lucent Technologies, Principal Financial, AT&T, HP, and other Global 1000 companies.
This year he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for the work on the Information Mapping method from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a member of its nominations committee. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a recipient of the Outstanding Research Award from the National Society for Performance and Instruction (NSPI).
Source: http://www.stanford.edu/%7erhorn/a/site/HornBriefBio.html

Jonathan Dawson
Jonathan Dawson is a sustainability educator and a socio-economist with wide experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager. He was until recently a member of the Findhorn ecovillage community in Scotland and the President of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), the umbrella organisation for sustainable community initiatives worldwide.
Jonathan is the principal author of the Gaia Education sustainable economy curriculum, drawn from best practice within ecovillages worldwide, that has been endorsed by UNITAR and adopted by UNESCO as a valuable contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. He teaches this curriculum at universities, ecovillages and community centres in Brazil, Spain and Scotland. He has also adopted the curriculum to virtual format and teaches it through the Open University of Catalunya in Barcelona.
Jonathan has over twenty years experience as a consultant in community economic development, rural transport and organisational development, with a particular focus on the design and operationalisation of monitoring and evaluation systems. His clients include the World Bank, the International Labour Office, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Community Energy Scotland, the Cairngorm National Park Authority, the Intermediate Technology Development Group and a number of other NGOs.
Source: http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/staff/details

Graham Leister
Graham Leicester is Director of the International Futures Forum. Graham previously ran Scotland’s leading think tank, the Scottish Council Foundation, founded in 1997. From 1984-1995 he served as a diplomat in HM Diplomatic Service, specialising in China (he speaks Mandarin Chinese) and the EU. Between 1995 and 1997 he was senior research fellow with the Constitution Unit at University College London. He has also worked as a freelance professional cellist, including with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has a strong interest in governance, innovation and education, is a senior adviser to the British Council on those issues, and has previously worked with OECD, the World Bank Institute and other agencies on the themes of governance in a knowledge society and the governance of the long term.
Source: http://designingthefuturemalmo.socialcapitalmarkets.net/speaker/graham-leicester/

Andrew Lyons
Andrew is the principle link in the ‘Glasgow Centre for Population Health’s collaboration with the International Futures Forum, an organisation of which he is founder member. Andrew’s primary role within GCPH is the facilitation of the Seminar Series, though he also contributes to all Centre programmes, most recently the development of the short film Miniature Glasgow and Understanding Glasgow website.
Source: http://www.gcph.co.uk/people/36_andrew_lyon

Rupert Sheldrake
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society,he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University.While at Cambridge, together with Philip Rubery, he discovered the mechanism of polar auxin transport, the process by which the plant hormone auxin is carried from the shoots towards the roots. 

From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he studied rain forest plants. From 1974 to 1985 he was Principal Plant Physiologist and Consultant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he helped develop new cropping systems now widely used by farmers. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life.

From 2005-2010 he was the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College,Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, near San Francisco, and a Visiting Professor and Academic Director of the Holistic Thinking Program at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. 
He lives in London with his wife Jill Purce www.healingvoice.com and two sons. 

He has appeared in many TV programs in Britain and overseas, and was one of the participants (along with Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel Dennett, Oliver Sacks, Freeman Dyson and Stephen Toulmin) in a TV series called A Glorious Accident, shown on PBS channels throughout the US. He has often taken part in BBC and other radio programmes. He has written for newspapers such as the Guardian, where he had a regular monthly column, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement and Times Literary Supplement, and has contributed to a variety of magazines, including New Scientist, Resurgence, the Ecologist and the Spectator.
Source: http://www.sheldrake.org/About/biography/

Napier Collyns
Napier Collyns is a cofounder of Global Business Network. He is also a board member of the Arlington Institute and the Meridian International Institute, a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, and a member of Forum 21, International Futures Forum, and the editorial boards of Omnipedia—Thinking for Tomorrow and Geopolitics of Energy. Until recently he was a senior associate of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a public director of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), editor-at-large for Doubleday Currency, a board member of the Strategic Management Society and a participant in the ICIS Forum.
Before joining GBN, Napier spent more than 30 years in the international oil industry, mostly with companies of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group in Venezuela, Nigeria, New York, London, and The Hague. He was a senior member of the small team at Shell that developed scenario planning in the early 1970s under the leadership of Pierre Wack. From 1974 to 1979, Napier was head of planning for Shell companies in Europe. From 1979 to 1986, he was vice president of Scallop Corporation in New York, responsible for planning and public affairs. During this time he was also a director of the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce, the British American Chamber of Commerce, the Council of the Americas, the American Geographical Society, the Issues Management Association, and the International Center in New York. He was also a member of the Tarrytown 100.
From 1986 to 1988, Napier was director of public affairs for Atlantic Refining & Marketing in Philadelphia. Since 1988 he has been scenario consultant to the Californian Energy Commission and has helped the national oil companies of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Venezuela, as well as major international oil companies and electric utilities, to develop their own scenario planning processes.
Napier has master’s degrees in history from the University of Cambridge and Brown University. He was a consultant to the eight-part public television series, Oil, and to Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the oil industry, The Prize. Napier resides in New York City, Berkeley, and London. He is married with five sons and 11 grandchildren.
Source: http://www.gbn.com/people/peopledetail.php?id=1

Albert Bates
Albert Bates (born January 1, 1947) is an influential figure in the intentional community and ecovillage movements. A lawyer, author and teacher, he has been director of the Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee since 1994.
Bates has been a resident of The Farm since 1972. A former attorney, he argued environmental and civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and drafted a number of legislative Acts during a 26-year legal career. The holder of a number of design patents, Bates invented the concentrating photovoltaic arrays and solar-powered automobile displayed at the 1982 World’s Fair. He served on the steering committee of Plenty International for 18 years, focussing on relief and development work with indigenous peoples, human rights and the environment. An emergency medical technician (EMT), he was a founding member of The Farm Ambulance Service. He was also a licensed Amateur Radio operator.
Bates has played a major role in the ecovillage movement as one of the organizers of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), and served as GEN’s chairman of the board (from 2002 to 2003) and president (from 2003 to 2004). He was also the principal organizer of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas and served as its president (from 1996 to 2003). In 1994 he founded the Ecovillage Training Center, a “whole systems immersion experience of ecovillage living.”[1] He has taught courses in sustainable design, natural building, permaculture and technologies of the future to students from more than 50 nations. In 1980, Bates shared in the first Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) as part of the executive board of Plenty International.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Bates

Gunter Pauli
Gunter Pauli (1956) graduated as an economist with an MBA and then established ten companies of which two failed. He has never had a job and has always worked independently. Inspired by Aurelio Peccei, the founder of the Club of Rome, he set out to pioneer and be the change he wanted to see in the world. His endeavors cover business, culture, science and education. He co-authored a book with Fritjof Capra that was the first book ever presented on the Internet in broadband videocasting on April 6, 1995. He organized the first ever global broadband internet conference on December 5, 1995. In this conference he linked: Nelson Mandela from his home in Pretoria, Shimon Peres from his office in Jerusalem, Jimmy Carter from a hotel in Atlanta to a gathering of Nobel Laureates chaired by Elie Wiesel and Ted Koppel in Hiroshima. He travels extensively navigating with great ease between cultures and continents. Fluent in seven languages, he has resided in Sweden, France, Japan, Colombia, the USA and Belgium. He is a global citizen, or perhaps better a modern day nomad. After retiring from business in 1994 he has dedicated all his energy to the design and the implementation of pilot projects, which demonstrate that a new economic model is not only feasible but it is a normal way of progression in society to permit innovation and creativity to identify possible paths towards a better future. He has spent ten years in the design of innovative learning methods, which have been tested, used and improved with over 300,000 children and 8,000 teachers, in Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Japan, Germany and South Africa. His first fable “The Giving Tree” has been translated into over 100 languages. He has written dozens of books, including a series of children stories, which bring science and emotional intelligence to the young at early age. He is a visiting professor at the Politecnico di Torino and dreams about the creation of a new schooling system.
Source: http://www.worldacademy.org/files/Gunter%20Pauli%20bio.pdf

Elisabet Sathouris
Elisabet Sahtouris is a Greek-American evolutionary biologist, futurist, business consultant, event organizer and UN consultant on indigenous peoples. She is a popular lecturer, television and radio personality, author of EarthDance, Biology Revisioned co-authored with Willis Harman and A Walk Through Time: From Stardust To Us.
She has been invited to China by the Chinese National Science Association, organized Earth Celebration 2000 in Athens, Greece, and has been a United Nations consultant on indigenous peoples. She was a participant in the Humanity 3000 dialogues of the Foundation for the Future and in the Synthesis Dialogues with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. She consults with corporations and government organizations in Australia, Brazil, and the United States.
Dr. Sahtouris completed her postdoctoral work at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught at the University of Massachusetts and MIT. She was a science writer for the Horizon/Nova television series. She has lived extensively in Greece and the Peruvian Andes. She promotes a vision she believes will result in the sustainable health and well-being of humanity within the larger living systems of Earth and the cosmos.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabet_Sahtouris

Martin Blake
Dr Martin Blake, recently named one of the Top 100 Global Sustainability Leaders for 2011, is an international sustainability expert, chairman, company director, visionary, strategist, speaker and mentor. He holds a working portfolio of board directorships and advisory roles encompassing Asia, Australia, the USA and Europe. He is the owner of Blake Advisory, the Founder and Chair of Carbon Zero Solutions, a Director of The Green Asia Group, a Non-Executive Director of IndustryRE, Sabien Technology, Ecologic Transportation, and Amida Recruitment, as well as a strategic advisor to CarbonSystems. Dr Blake chairs and advises a multitude of strategic groups, all focused on the development and deployment of energy efficient infrastructure. He is an Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Business Development at both Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland, and is also a Visiting Fellow at the Business School of the University of Hull in the UK. Dr Blake is internationally recognised as having designed and deployed one of the most successful energy conservation programmes in the world, saving millions of pounds annually and winning multiple National and International awards.
Source: http://martinblake.com/bio/

Paul Dickinson
Founded the Carbon Disclosure Project in 2000 having previously founded and developed Rufus Leonard Corporate Communications and, more recently, EyeNetwork, the largest videoconference service in Europe. Member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Author of various publications including ‘Beautiful Corporations’.
Source: https://www.cdproject.net/en-us/pages/staff.aspx

Maddy Harland
Maddy Harland is the editor of Permaculture Magazine, solutions for sustainable living and a co-founder with her partner, Tim, of Permanent Publications, a company dedicated to publishing solution-orientated practical books since 1990. Permanent Publications are co-publishers of Gaia Education’s Four Keys series. Maddy helped found the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, a former military base, now a budding community which hosts conferences, runs a varied non-residential and residential educational programme for adults and children, and has an award winning eco-hostel. The centre is also host to a woodland burial site, varied community volunteer programmes and Permanent Publications.
Source: http://gaiaeducation.net/index.php/en/people.html

Christopher Cook
Christopher Cooke is an international senior manager, consultant, coach, trainer, and qualified engineer with over twenty years experience in pioneering and supporting personal and organizational change. His curiosity about what is truly possible for individuals, teams, organizations, communities, and countries provides him with a passionate capacity to engage the real issues using elegantly simple approaches that are aligned with the natural systems that support the continued emergence of all life.
Cooke’s specialization in Natural Systems Thinking is highly appreciated by clients across a wide range of public, private, profit, and voluntary sectors. He has become widely recognized for his interest and ability to support innovation in thought, effective decision making, and the development of practical approaches to complex, large-scale organizational and societal change.
Through his links with the Spiral Dynamics Group, Cooke has access to large-scale initiatives and maintains a significant advisory role for a global network of Whole Systems Thinking and Change expertise. He was awarded the Clare W. Graves Award for Ethical and Innovative Leadership in May 2003.
Cooke holds a master’s degree in Managing Change awarded through Sheffield Hallam Business School and The Centre for the Study of Change. He also holds an HND in Mechanical and Production Engineering and a BA in Environmental Monitoring and Control through the Open University. Cooke is a member of the Institute of Water Officers, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, a member of Institute of Directors, and a member of the International NLP Trainers Association.
Source: http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/bios/christopher-cooke.asp and www.5deep.net

The list of gratitude continues. Here are some more people who I have been fortunate enough to spend time with and learn from:
Cornelius Pietzner, John Clausen, Pracha Huanwatr, Jordi Pigem, Hardin Tibbs, Jules Pretty, Karl-Hendrik Robert, Frances Moore Lappe, Amory Lovins, Paul Hawken, James Lovelock, Sean Kelly, Janine Benyus, Michael Braungart, Bill Dunster, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, Arthur Zajonc, Jim Garrison, Paul Ray, Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Will Keepin, Ross & Hildur Jackson, Chris Mare, Rob Hopkins, John Seed, Sulak Sivaraksa, Richard Douthwaite, Richard Heinberg, Lynn and Bill Twist, Liz Walker, Michael Shaw, Andy Lipkis, Melissa Nelson, Craig Holdregde, Margaret Colquahoun, Peter Reason, Janine Benyus, Bryony Schwan, Thomas Hübl, Robert McDermott, Bryce Tailor, Stephen Sterling, Terry Irwin, Anders Nyquist, Ervin Lazlo, David Suzuki, all my friends from the International Futures Forum, and many more that would deserve to be mentioned here.

Of course there are also many that have influence my work through their writing and their legacy without me having a chance to interact with them in person. To name just a few and those most dear to me: Patrick Geddes, Ian L. McHarg, John T. Lyle, Donella Meadows, Aldo Leopold, Arne Naess, Gregory Bateson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, Stuart Kaufmann, Peter Senge, Joseph Jarowski, Sim van der Ryn, Richard Register, Buckminster Fuller, Margaret Weathley, Otto Schamer, Günter Faltin, Herman Daly, Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, David Whyte, Bernard Lietaer, Margrit Kennedy, Michael Schumann, Janis Birkeland, David Brunckhorst, Richard Wilkinson, Hunter Lovins, Margared Mead, as well as timeless teachers like Lao Tzu, the Buddha, Jesus, Ibin Arabi, Hildegard von Bingen, Rumi, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and the wisdom of indigenous cultures everywhere.