David Meerman Scott
David Meerman Scott is a marketing strategist, keynote speaker, seminar leader, and author of World Wide Rave. His previous book, The New Rules of Marketing & PR is an award-winning BusinessWeek bestseller. He worked as VP of marketing for two publicly traded technology companies and was also Asia marketing director for Knight-Ridder.
Debbie Robins is an executive, career and life coach with deep roots in the entertainment industry. For over twenty years Debbie was a Hollywood film and television producer, now she’s been named one of the top 600 executive coaches in the country by Marshall Goldsmith and Brian Underhill. She’s also the author of Shovel It: Kick-Ass Advice to Turn Life’s Crap into the Peace and Happiness You Deserve and a recent blog post on the Huffington Post, CEOs: Here’s One 4-Letter Word You Need to Start Using.
Emigrating from the Soviet Union at 12, Dmitry Orlov became an eye witness to the collapse of the Soviet Union. These lessons have informed his observations and writing about the collapse of the U.S economy and our preparedness to handle the fallout.
In 2005, Dmitry wrote Closing the Collapse Gap, about how Russia was much better prepared for the collapse after the fall of communism that America is after the fall of consumerism. `He has also written other articles on culture change include The New Age of Sail , The Despotism of the Image, and That Bastion of American Socialism and Thriving in an Age of Collapse
In 2008, Orlov’s book Reinventing Collapse was published. It has received numerous awards including the 2009 independentPublisher Silver Medal. His website is cluborlov.blogspot.com.
Doug Gurian-Sherman is a senior scientist in the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) where he focuses on agricultural biotechnology and sustainable agriculture. He is the author of numerous papers and reports, including No Sure Fix: Prospects for Reducing Nitrogen Fertilizer Pollution through Genetic Engineering, Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops, and CAFOs Uncovered: The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations.
From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Gurian-Sherman was senior scientist at the Center for Food Safety in Washington, DC. Previously, he was founding co-director and science director for the biotechnology project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He also worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he was responsible for assessing human health and environmental risks from transgenic plants and microorganisms and developing biotechnology policy. Before joining the EPA, he worked in the Biotechnology Group at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Gurian-Sherman served on the Food and Drug Administration’s inaugural advisory food biotechnology subcommittee.
Dr. Gurian-Sherman holds a doctorate degree in plant pathology from the University of California at Berkeley. He conducted post-doctoral research on rice and wheat molecular biology at the U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Albany, California.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is a leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
UCS began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Their achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.
Doug Schenkelberg, Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy at Heartland Alliance; Campaign Coordinator, From Poverty to Opportunity
The “From Poverty to Opportunity Campaign: Realizing Human Rights in Illinois” is a grassroots, human rights campaign to develop the political will and substantive plans to end poverty in our state. The Campaign was established to create a comprehensive vision and a workable plan grounded in human rights standards that will halve extreme poverty in Illinois by the year 2015. The Campaign contextualizes poverty within the human rights framework, facilitates conversations across parties and interests in order to build shared understanding and urgency, uses our collective knowledge to identify solutions, and leverages our collective commitment to human rights to press for real change.
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Erbin worked for over ten years with Equal Exchange, a worker-owned co-operative marketing fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate from small farmer co-ops. He is currently working on a pilot program for Domestic Fair Trade. He has served in a number of elected roles with Equal Exchange, including chair of the board and worker-owner coordinator. Erbin brings to Cooperative Fund of New England a commitment to workplace democracy, community-based economics and sustainable agriculture. He holds a BA in anthropology and the visual arts from Brown University, and is currently working toward a Masters in Management (Co-operatives and Credit Unions) from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Cooperative Fund of New England is a non-profit organization supporting cooperative development in the Northeast area of the United States. The Fund provides alternative financial services and related technical assistance to cooperative organizations at favorable rates and terms. Its policies generally accord eligibility on the basis of community service, need and merit.
Operating on a small budget, the Fund has been successfully assisting a wide variety of cooperatives, non-profits, worker owned businesses, and community groups since 1975. Funds for program lending are provided by “social investment loans” from individuals, religious groups, cooperatives and other organizations. Social investment loans are furnished on a long-term basis at low to moderate rates of interest. This investment option may be of interest to persons with discretionary financial resources who have strong social concerns about the use of their funds. Support may also be provided through tax-deductible contributions.
Erik Gartze is Associate Profesor of Political Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara. His primary area of study involves the impact of information and institutions on war and peace. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Reivew, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Politics, World Politics, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book on how prosperity and free markets create the basis for amicable politics within (i.e. democracy) and between nations (interstate peace).
Frank Fiume is founder and CEO of i9 Sports Corporation. Noticing from his own experience that the amateur sports industry was poorly organized on the local level, Frank applied the marketing and business skills he acquired with medical device companies to create ABA Sports in 1995. Over time, it grew at an astonishing rate, becoming i9 Sports corporation, the nation‘s first complete amateur sports franchise business allowing individuals to organize leagues, tournaments, camps, clinics, train officials, and sell sporting goods and custom uniforms while working with the local amateur organizations and parks and recreation departments.
Gary Rivlin‘s latest book is BROKE, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business. He’s the author of three previous books: Fire on the Prairie (Winner of the Carl Sandburg Award); Drive By (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year); and The Plot to Get Bill Gates. A two-time Gerald Loeb Award winner, he has worked as a writer and reporter for The New York Times, The Industry Standard, East Bay Express, and the Chicago Reader, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Salon, Newsweek, and Wired, among other publications.
Georgia Kelly is the Founder and Director of Praxis Peace Institute. She recently helped to organize the Economics of Peace Conference in Sonoma, California. She has produced several conferences on peace-building themes in the U.S. and in Europe. She teaches Conflict Resolution, has been active in many political campaigns, and has published several articles on peace related themes. She is also a harpist, composer, and recording artist.
Hedy Ratner – Co-President and Founder of the Women’s Business Development Center
Hedy Ratner brings over 30 years of leadership in the women’s community including many national and local awards for her visionary approach to women’s economic development. In addition to serving s on the boards of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations, she is a presidential appointee to the National Women’s Business Council; a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Women’s Business Ownership Council and the newly formed Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Helene York Director, Bon Appetit Foundation
Helene York is director of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, an educational organization whose mission is to educate consumers, chefs, and food service managers about how their food choices affect the environment and the livelihoods of traditional food producers. The foundation was formed in 2005 to help identify sustainable food supply practices, opportunities and to help implement them.
Bon Appétit Management Company, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, provides on-site restaurant services at private colleges, universities, corporations and cultural venues in 28 states. In existence for 20 years, it is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Compass Group, the largest food service provider in the U.S. and worldwide with global headquarters in Great Britain. Bon Appétit is known for pioneering environmentally and socially responsible practices and then sharing operational know-how to sister companies within Compass Group and the food service industry at-large.
Holly Krig, Lead Organizer, Northside Action for Justice
Northside Action for Justice (NA4J) is a grassroots, member-controlled organization that builds power for low and moderate income people in order to advance the cause of economic and social justice on the north side of Chicago and across the globe. Holly explains some of the amazing successes that her organization has achieved without a lot of money but with a lot of community organizing.
For over 25 years, Dr. James Potter has been studying the impact of violence in the media. Jim is a Professor in the Communications Department of the University of California Santa Barbara. His seminal book, 11 Myths of Media Violence has been studied across the US He is a former editor of the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media as well as the editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Media Violence. He has published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and 13 other books. He is currently at work on a general of theory of the mass media in which he plans to integrate the theories and research findings about the mass media industries, their content, audiences, and effects into a unified system of explanation.
Author, Dear Hunting With Jesus
Joe’s been in the Navy, an anti-war hippie in communes, a Marxist and a “half-assed Buddhist.” He’s been writing about the American counterculture and third world issues since 1971. He’s lived on an Indian reservation in Idaho as well as in small Central American towns. His newest book is “Dear Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War“. He writes regularly at his blog, JoeBageant.com and at the Huffington Post.
Joe is an international workshop facilitator, author, creative social activist, and advocate for peace. In his book, Mastering Respectful Confrontation, Joe reshapes our relationship with Confrontation by saying that is nothing more than open-hearted engagement, and ultimately, the most effective way to avoid and resolve conflict.
Jonathan Safron Foer, Author
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His newest book about not eating meat is called Eating Animals. His work has received numerous awards and been translated into thirty-six languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.