– Key Contributor Bios –
Saturday August 17, 9:00am – 10:30pm
Emcee at Pollination 2019
Maya is a Regenerative Entrepreneur, multiplatform expert, Culture Hacker and emerging technology aficionado who applies the power of narrative, technology, and regenerative design to world-changing ideas.
She holds a wealth of experience from different media and technology silos. Her early career spanned film, video games and multiplatform productions as a visual effects artist and producer. She worked on projects for leading gaming companies such as Ubisoft, EA, Vivendi and Activision. Maya worked in product development for clients such as the Chopra Center and Harpo Productions.
In her startup career, Maya has worked and consulted with over 30 startups in the past few years. Maya has run many meetups, large-scale events, and labs, including Transmedia SF, HardwareCon, The Future of Working, Empathetic Coding, Prototyping the Future, and Cleantech Open / Cleantech Week – a five-day week of events for the biggest cleantech accelerator in the world
Maya is co-chair of the IEEE Ethical Aligned Design Outreach Committee – which deals with ethics in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. She is co-leading a white paper on women in AI, an AI comic book and continuous outreach to diverse communities. In 2015 she was part of a collaborative book, “Re-Inhabiting the Village – Co-creating our future” – a social movement that features many projects, organizations, cultural and community leaders, aiming to represent the many “Voices of the Village”. Her other writings involve an examination of narrative forms such as the Collective Journey and the Regenerative Narrative. Maya is also the writer of Em’s Theory – A Sci-Fi book Trilogy, digital animation series, Game, VR and franchise Maya strives to create spaces of inquiry using whole-system and regenerative design and narrative toward solving the planet’s most wicked problems. The question that drives her is: “How May we create a world that works for all beings in the shortest amount of time”.
Keynote Speaker: Leading Through Connection
Saturday Morning Plenary
Uvinie Lubecki is a leadership development trainer, consultant, and author. She has worked with executives and teams at leading corporations and nonprofits including Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, Celgene, GoPro, Cooper Design, Pachamama Alliance and Google. Previously, she accumulated diverse leadership experiences for ten years in the corporate sector, from management consulting at Deloitte Consulting, to incubating startups at Aetna, and as part of the executive team for RelayHealth, a business unit within McKesson. While at McKesson, she discovered the need and personal calling to integrate mindfulness and compassion more practically and directly into leadership behaviors. She left to join Dalai Lama Fellows, where she translated secular values, such as compassion, and meditation practices from the Fourteenth Dalai Lama into a leadership curriculum. Recognizing the potential for these practices to transform leaders at all organizations, she founded Leading Through Connection in 2017.
In addition to her leadership experience, Uvinie is completing her teacher certification for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an emotional intelligence training created by Paul Ekman, Eve Ekman, and Alan Wallace in collaboration with the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. She is a meditation practitioner and has received training and teachings from both the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. She holds a BA in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.
Panelist, Community Health
Saturday Morning Plenary
Bio coming soon! Tony works with Long Beach Fresh which is dedicated to expanding Long Beach’s local food economy and infrastructure in ways that benefit the city’s diverse local communities. He is a former Evolver Sporeganizer, part of the network from which Bloom emerged.
Saturday, August 17, 4:30-5:30pm
Keynote Speaker: Grandmother Culture and the Wood Wide Web
Robin Gunkel is the Creator and Director of Mushroom City Art Festival, first conceived in 2012 and held in fall 2013. Through her work with Mushroom City, Robin was inspired to pursue a PhD in Sustainability Education with Prescott College, and she also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University. Robin currently works as an academic advisor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and she has been a community organizer in Baltimore since 2009 as a sporeganizer for Evolver and then for Bloom Baltimore. She is currently most passionate about how social networks can work beside forest networks to support both social and ecological justice. Robin has helped found Rhizae Renewal Collective, a collective who is currently working on the bioremediation of a lead contaminated lot in East Central Baltimore
Sunday, August 18, 4:30-5:30pm
Panelist, The Business of Art in Regenerative Culture Work
Sunday Closing Plenary
Bio coming soon! Janine is the lead organizer with Bloom Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, founder of Green Wave, a permaculture farm and education center, and founder of The Electronic Music Alliance.
Daytime Sessions, More Panelists TBA
Topic Expert: Collective Wisdom
I evolved from being a progressive activist in the 1960s to addressing the systems – structures, processes, dynamics, narratives, etc. – through which our societies address ALL the issues, challenges, and possibilities we face (which are growing in scope, complexity, and significance – as in existential! – with every passing day!). My three decades of research indicate that it is possible to generate collective wisdom from informed generative conversations among a group of ordinary people and/or a broad spectrum of relevant stakeholders – if wisdom is defined as taking into account what needs to be taken into account for longterm broad benefit – and that that capacity, fully adopted and empowered, would constitute an unprecedented evolutionary leap. I have written four books on this topic and created a major database of interrelated design principles and methods for weaving all this into reality. I am an independent scholar, writer, networker, and visionary, not an academic or organizer. The watershed event in my life was the 400 person 9-month cross-country Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament in 1986 which, after its founding nonprofit went bankrupt 2 weeks into the March and left us with no formal leadership or resources, restarted itself in a leaderless/leaderful self-organized mode and arrived in Washington DC with 1200 people. The fact that hundreds of unrelated people could self-manage an enterprise of that length and complexity opened me up to many developments in all sectors that could enable such dynamics at all levels of society, ultimately informing and inspiring my vision of “wise democracy”. On a more personal level, I’ve lived in the same Oregon co-op household for 17 years and lived in other intentional living situations previously. I have a 42 year old daughter Jennifer Atlee – a green building professional and community resilience and climate justice activist – who taught me about deep ecology at the age of 12 and introduced me to the regenerative culture worldview several years ago. My only granddaughter is her 5 year old Iris.
Running 2 Sessions Each Day, 10:30am – 12:30pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Design Lead, Action Incubator
Mansi is a community weaver and systempreneur. She brings a rich background with cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary experience of over 10 yrs including 6 years of working in social impact with innovation labs all over the world including – China, Japan, Australia, Chile, Peru, Cyprus, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, USA, India, UAE, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan. Through her consulting practice, she has built capacity in organizations like Facebook, Salesforce, Wells Fargo, Accenture, Box, Microsoft, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente and also at the grassroots for refugees from South Sudan in rural Kenya and with silk weavers in cow sheds in rural Thailand. She currently has ongoing impact strategy projects with the MIT, UN Mandated UPEACE, USAID, Engineers without Borders, Buckminster Fuller Institute, Ashoka Changemakers and Fellows, Acumen, and also community organizations like BK Foundation, Impact Hub and Gooddler Foundation. Mansi is also an educator at Stanford University and leads curriculum design and delivery on social innovation for SPCS as well as for General Assembly where she trains professionals from all over Silicon Valley. She is also a judge for the annual
Evolutionary Future Challenge that identifies and incubates ideas that address complex, systemic issues in ways that involve intentional redesigning of worldviews, cultures, and institutions.
Mansi has in her toolbox – Experiential learning journey design and facilitation for mindset-shifts, Human Centered Design/Design Thinking, Behavioural Economics, Regenerative Design, Circular Design, and Systems Thinking.
Personal Site | Medium
Partner, Action Incubator
Amanda Ravenhill currently serves as the Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, an advisor to the Center for Carbon Removal, and a member of the steering committee for the Nexus Global Climate Change Working Group. Amanda was part of the initial executive team at Project Drawdown, a lecturer on Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School, and Business Partnership Coordinator at 350.org.
Advisor, Action Incubator
I am a teacher, writer, entrepreneur, coach, and consultant. Through my work I seek a quantum leap for a just, wise, life-nurturing, and ardent society.
I love helping other visionaries, innovators, and entrepreneurs make the world a better place -embracing a holistic definition of success that encompasses the entire web of life.
I started my first company in California in 1998 and I have a strong background as an entrepreneur and innovator, a serial NGO founder, and a transformative organizational consultant. I have helped numerous organizations launch, raise money, pivot, build strong value propositions, and find their own path to success.
I hold a Master’s degree in Economics, and a Law Degree. I teach Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Berkeley, and at other international business schools, including some rated in the top 3 in the world. I am a certified Executive Coach, a member of Social Venture Network, a founding member of the Bay Area Wellbeing in Business Lab, and a mentor for The Venture, a global social business competition awarding 1 million dollars every year.
I am the Founder and CEO of KumuThrive, a San Francisco Bay Area capacity-building firm, and of its nonprofit arm, Kumu. In addition I am the founder of other NGO’s, including Plastic Pollution Coalition, Plastic Kills and Midway Journey.
I am also the author of the forthcoming book The Meaning Economy, about how meaning is transforming the economy, and our future.
Advisor, Action Incubator
Kristian is an award-winning designer and leader. As an executive leader at the design innovation firm IDEO, he led the creation of the digital design practice which helped fuel the growth of IDEO into the largest design-led innovation consultancy in the world. He has a Ph.D. in human-robot collaboration, an exploration of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and applied ethnography. At age 25, an international committee of scientists selected Kristian as one of a dozen NATO distinguished fellows in robotics. In the 1990’s because the money for AI and robotics was coming from the military, Kristian moved to IDEO in 2000. As a consultant, Kristian has worked with just about every type of organization, from Microsoft to the NIH, to P&G to The Institute for the Future to Greater Good Science Center along with several universities and startups. From this work, he holds several patents and design awards and his work has appeared in NYT, Business Week, Huffington Post, along with several best-selling business books on innovation. He is the founding chair of two innovative STEaM academic design programs and was part of the founding faculty team at Stanford’s d.School. His students are developing next-generation design leaders in the Silicon Valley and beyond with increasingly senior positions at Google, Facebook, IDEO, Apple, Amazon along with the next purpose-driven startups to impact our lives. In order to scale these valuable learnings he partnered with Don Norman to create an Introduction to Design on Udacity that had over 100,000 enrolled students. His quest for a spiritually integrated life has brought him to a cave ashram in the Himalayas, a forest monastery in Thailand and several other places one might not expect to find an Ivy-league robot technologist and designer. Recently he founded a new consultancy, Collective Creativity, dedicated to using technology and design-driven innovation to help amplify the effects of purpose-driven organizations who are working on pressing complex social challenges. He does this through systems-level transformation, regenerative mindset and by increasing the overlap of wisdom and technological innovation. Ultimately, he is committed to augmenting our collective human and social capacities to increase global creativity, justice, and democracy.
Topic Expert, Federated Electrical Grids
Born in Flushing, New York City; lived on Utopia Parkway.
BS mathematics, MS statistics, PhD economics.
Worked in electricity policy for 25 years.
From 1999 to the end of 2017 worked for the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) as a Principal for market design and infrastructure policy. After more than 18 years at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) as Principle for Market and Infrastructure Policy, I’m now an independent consultant on electricity system policy, structure and market design. My primary objective is to enable and accelerate the evolution of the electricity industry to a decentralized structure, comprised of resilient community-level sub-systems using diverse small-scale energy technologies, with complete reliance on renewable energy. Such a system will provide local benefits in the form of resilience to severe disruptive events and local economic activity, and long-term societal benefits by enabling more rapid decarbonization of energy-using activities, including transportation, buildings, businesses and agriculture.
I approach this work using the concepts and methods of complex adaptive systems and grid architecture, to consider the inter-relations between the physical wires and energy resources, the communication and control networks, markets and financial incentives, public and private institutions, and regulatory and legal frameworks. My work also involves engagement at several levels, from the community energy agency in the city where I live, to the California state policy arena, to national initiatives under the US Department of Energy, to international collaboration and consulting in Europe and Australia.
Prior to the CAISO I was an energy economist at the California Energy Commission, where I represented the Commission in state proceedings to develop the rules for retail direct access. Before that I lived and worked in Indonesia for nearly two years as a Fulbright Scholar, where I completed my economics PhD dissertation.
Keynote Speaker, Governance Hackathon
Date & Time TBA
Audrey Tang is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.
In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and K-12 curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. Audrey has joined the cabinet as the Digital Minister since October 2016.
In the private sector, Audrey works as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.
In the third sector, Audrey actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.