Speakers & Workshop Leaders
Come create with visionary thinkers, culture makers, and change agents. We’ll be collaborating together to design and support existing initiatives for systemic global change.
Founder, Leading Through Connection
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.
Leading Through Connection: Saturday @ 9:15am
Founder, WOMBLab, Associate Professor of Marketing, St. John’s
Joan Ball is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Founder of the WOMB Service Design Lab, a participatory action research and service design consultancy for small business owners and social entrepreneurs based in New York. Joan’s research, teaching and consulting work has a strong focus on service design, consumer behavior and how best to create service systems and processes that result in social impact and human wellbeing. She has a particular interest in how micro-businesses and individuals in transition might benefit from access to service design strategies, tools and techniques. Her research has been published in a variety of international peer reviewed journals including: The Journal of Service Marketing, The Journal of Service Theory and Practice, Touchpoint, Advances in Consumer Research, Journal of Creating Value, The International Journal of Bank Marketing and Global Economics and Management Review. Joan earned her PhD in international business management, an M.S. in Organizational Leadership and a B.A. in Economics. She has extensive professional experience in public relations and marketing communications working directly with and consulting for professional services firms including: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Standard and Poors, Zurich North America and others.
Future of Work: Sunday @ time TBC
Navigating Flux: Sunday @ time TBC
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.
SUPER: Eliminating Single-Use Plastic: Saturday @ time TBD
Environmental engineer and software designer, Hello World Labs
I help entrepreneurs, city innovators, sustainability managers, and activists implement powerful data, game design and behavior change techniques that create epic and measurable change.
My approach is designed to sharply tap into your audience’s motivational core. I can help you use these principles to unleash your greatest innovations, inspiration and creativity, so you can experience the joy of implementing a project that really does change the world.
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.
Five Qualities for Building Regenerative Relationships: Saturday, 9:30am
Kunlun Labs, Reality Factory
Aaron Ableman is an outstanding musician, Hollywood and theatrical actor and author. His dedication to serving children and the planet has seen his work heralded in publications such as HBO, LA Times, CNN, NY Times, and MTV. He has won multiple music awards and has an Amazon #1 bestseller – Pacha’s Pajamas.
Aaron has studied with indigenous elders and notable spiritual leaders, including the 14th Dalai Lama. Aaron loves to collaborate and has worked with over 100 artists and luminaries from around the globe. You might know his song “Kid Warrior”, composed for HBO’s hit short film for the Climate Reality Project, (founded by Al Gore).
He’s been in a number of films and his theatrical productions have included comedy, drama, puppetry, dance and multimedia performance. Beyond his arts focus, Aaron consults with organizations and people who yearn to deepen their connection or engagement with youth, families and diverse communities. This has led to working with impact-oriented corporations, business’, environmental campaigns, influencers and artists.
Founder, Collective Creativity
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.
Facilitator, Pollination Labs: Collaborating Across Organizations
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.
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.
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”.
Master of Ceremonies @ Pollination
Anthony Sirios West
Anthony Sirios West “Asirios” is an artist, creator and entrepreneur whose works mirror the journey of the decolonizing self. Anthony draws on his Native American and European ancestry to communicate his personal mythology through a variety of mediums. He believes deeply in the value of myth in building and maintaining culture. From his home in the foothills of Northern California, Anthony creates work that represents the natural ebb and flow of our collective experience.
Tech Animism and Decolonizing Emerging Technology: Saturday, 11:40am-12:30pm
Regenerative Potentialities and Current Limits of VR: Saturday, 3:00pm-3:50pm
Armando Davila, is a movement, musical and performing artist, educator, organizer and facilitator who is highly concerned and engaged to adress our climate emergency. He is professional and personal life is committed to the progressive sectors vision to build justice, sustainability and radical reform and hospice of outmoded systems. He also loves to learn, play, and create and is available for hire.
Climate Emergency Declaration Reportback: Saturday, 12:00am-12:30pm
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.
On the Yin Frontier: Time TBD
Amanda Joy Ravenhill
Executive Director, Buckminster Fuller Institute
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.
Reportbacks from BFI’s Ocean Health Research + Cooperating Manual for Spaceship Earth: time TBD
Jarred is a Futurist-Philosopher, Risk Strategist, Plushologist and passionate supporter of Art.
After completing majors in Philosophy, Politics and International Relations at the University of Sydney in 2003, he continued a career working with mainly large Australian and international corporations. Initially focussing on project management in the insurance, banking and technology sector, he later moved into third-party supplier, vendor and enterprise risk management. As a passionate risk management professional, he is keen to share experience for all sectors on risk thinking, planning, strategy and remediation.
His current focus is global existential risk analysis (including climate change risks) and developing content for a future book based around the significant current and future risks for the continued survival of humans. As a regular sceptic and critic of existing power structures, Jarred brings an often ironic humour to the consideration of the human state, our future and pathways for considering “what next”? Through his online blog and social media channel peppersnort.com, musings, analysis and warnings are shared freely including commentary around cryptocurrencies.
Since 2012, he has also been deeply involved with the Burning Man movement globally in various capacities facilitating art, cacophony and irreverence.
One of the most significant ongoing projects is working closely with partner-artist Hannah Mitchell (http://www.hannahmitchell.art
An offbeat offshoot has been the development of “plushology” as a serious framework for adult play and connectedness with plush creatures. The Plush Project seeks to help people form meaningful connections with inanimate objects to build better human relationships and enable a transition from domestic live animals
Bloom Global Heat Risk Map: Saturday, 3:00pm
YBR Promotions, Culture Vulture Agency, The Waking Hour
Brittany Tilleman is the Founder and CEO of three companies:
YBR Promotions, Culture Vulture Agency, and The Waking Hour.
Brittany started YBR Promotions, an entertainment and brand
marketing firm, in San Francisco in 1999. Her 20+ year career
began in the music industry working with clients like Live Nation
and Coachella, and quickly expanded to include many brand
clients such as Cirque Du Soleil, SF Giants, HP, San Jose
Sharks, and Uber to name a few. YBR Promotions has evolved
from a street marketing company to become a full service agency
dedicated to cross media marketing and providing street, digital,
brand, B2B, B2C, partnership, and content marketing, in addition
to event production and experiential marketing provided in
partnership with its sister company, Culture Vulture.
Most recently, Brittany has been focused on her newest project,
The Waking Hour, producing health and wellness-inspired festival
events and community workshops, returning to her roots, having
graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in Integrated Wellness
at SFSU. The Waking Hour is a wellness-focused company,
producing events, workshops, and retreats led by a team of local
Bay-Area women. Our workshops are focused on team building
and wellness education. The Waking Hour Experience is an event
series that incorporates music, dancing, yoga, art, vendors, and
various healing modalities within a community environment. The
Waking Hour is a production of Culture Vulture, a creative
The Waking Hour: Saturday 11:45am – 12:30pm
Tony Damico is an educator, community organizer, and organizational leader. He co-directs Long Beach Fresh, a non-profit local food system accelerator program, and is a founder of Long Beach Time Exchange, a network that promotes the sharing of skills and services between local residents. He also teaches at Long Beach City College in the Communication Studies department. His passion for community gardening comes from his belief that good food is a human right, and ought to be supported by the systems we live in – whether it’s in regard to land use for urban agriculture, healthy markets, or community learning opportunities.
Community Health Panel: time TBD
Vice President and Research Director, Co-Intelligence Institute
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.
Wise Democracy Pattern Language: Time TBD
Collective Wisdom Workshops: Time TBD
Recording Artist, Songwriter, Actor, Model
Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, Viváswan is a highly versatile multi-modal artist and creator. A current citizen of India, he was relocated to Boston at 3 years of age. A shot at industry music came through UMG, which honed his raw talent alongside pros like Timbaland and Teddy Riley. Since then, Viva has collaborated with producers like Dr. Luke, Vassal Benford, Dj Tiesto, Mad Decent, Elliot Wolfe, Elijah Storm Daniels/Robin Thicke, Jack Eye Jones, and many others. His style is distinguished but not limited by his androgynous, ethereal, and versatile vocals.
He’s travelled the sates to participate in theatre productions and share the classical dance arts he trained for over 8 years to perform. Some dance styles had never before seen in the West like Yakshagana & Kola (his father was the first ever to introduce them to North America), and the more popular forms like Bollywood and Bharatanayam.
When Viváswan met super producer Jay Singh, they combined their sounds with the mindset and mutual love of their homeland culture, whilst being raised in the urban communities of the western world formed a special bond. A perfect marriage of Viváswan’s vocals and writing, and jay’s musical production set the stage to spearhead the global movement that has come to be known as “Indian Trap.” Through this matrimony, the two hope to unite not only Indians (and their global diaspora that is a major part of African, Canadian, English, and Caribbean culture) but any and all who love and appreciate Indian culture together, and mobilize them through their artistic integrity.
The Role of Artists in Regenerative Culture Work: Sunday, 4:30pm
BS mathematics, MS statistics, PhD economics
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.
The Layered Architecture of Resilience: time TBD
Passionate entrepreneur and yogini, Janine Jordan’s main yogic focus has been that of action, or karma yoga. Dedicated to living in service, Janine started Green Wave in 2006 to raise awareness about applied holistic living (environmental / social awareness issues and action).
The Role of Artists in Regenerative Culture Work: Sunday, 4:30pm
Artist, Dream Stream Art
Jessica Perlstein is the artist behind the art featured on the Bloom Network website! Her biggest inspirations include music, nature, medicinal plants and healing. Jessica explored these interests while spending time in jungles of Peru, learning from a native shaman/artist and plant ‘teachers’. Jessica blends her passion for art with music and featured frequently as a live artist – painting in real time at music events throughout the West Coast, Hawaii, and internationally. In 2010 Jessica took on an apprenticeship with digital artist Android Jones, where she learned to paint digitally. This expanded her creativity and skills beyond all limits she knew. In 2011 she joined Android and other digital artists on the ‘Seeing Is Believing Tour’. Live digital painting was the focus of this tour, both for experienced artists, and giving event goers an opportunity to try the tech. Jessica is still bringing artwork to events, and is in a constant state of unfurling creativity. She lives her life with the message “Listen to your gut instincts and intuitions, and follow your heart, and any dream can be achieved”.
Featured Artist at Pollination 2019. Prints of her artwork will be available at registration.
This event is limited to 250 participants total. Register today to secure your place at Pollination 2019.