Michael Meade is the author of the book, Awakening The Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World. Michael is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He is the author of The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn’t End, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul, and editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. Michael is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.
Peter Moore is one of the founding members of the Breitenbush Community. He is currently Business Director of the Breitenbush Co-op. He was born in Oregon City, graduated from San Francisco State University, and traveled throughout Europe and Asia as a musician and wanderer/seeker, from 1973 through 1977. He was co-founder and managing editor of the Oregon indy-zine, Alternatives Magazine. He co-founded the International Holistic Centers movement and currently serves on the boards of several non-profits.
Robert Gilman is an internationally renowned pioneer in cultural sustainability and someone who most definitely qualifies as a cultural “change-agent.” For over 35 years, his work as a writer, researcher, activist and consultant has helped thousands of people and hundreds of communities around the world understand cultural transitions and implement practical innovations towards creating a humane and sustainable future. The founder of Context Institute and its award-winning journal “In Context,” Robert’s passion for ensuring a sustainable world is passed on through the Bright Future Now program.
Christian Pankhurst is the author of the new book, Insights To Intimacy: Why Relationships Fail & How To Make Them Work. Christian is an authority on heart-centered communication and heart-intelligent relationships. He is the creator of the Heart IQ™ Method, a coaching framework that specializes in group dynamics and intimacy development. This methodology utilizes “circle work” to accelerate personal and group awakening. Christian is the founder of the Heart IQ Academy, an online and live event professional training organization that offers a one-of-a-kind education by combining professional coach training along with embodied application of the Heart IQ principles.
Do you envision a better version of humanity? You’re not alone. Despite media “evidence” to the contrary, we humans are evolving more rapidly than ever–from the inside out! A global shift is underway and the collective patterns are finally becoming clearly discernible. What we’re experiencing on the individual level is happening to people everywhere. Robin Rice is a visionary leader, author, teacher, and mentor to some of the top minds in the world today. She has spearheaded numerous impactful social change projects around the globe, serving as an instigator, communicator, and trailblazer in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Her 100 Visionaries Tour will be in Portland, OR on May 20, 2017.
Michael H. Shuman is the author of the new book, Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. Michael is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on community economics.
David Wolman is the author of the book, The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers–and the Coming Cashless Society. For ages, money has meant little metal disks and rectangular slips of paper. Yet the usefulness of physical money—to say nothing of its value—is coming under fire as never before. There is a distinct possibility that cash will soon disappear.
Vicki Robin is author of the new book, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Vicki is a prolific social innovator, writer and speaker. She is coauthor with Joe Dominguez of the international best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence. It was an instant NY Times best seller in 1992 and steadily appeared on the Business Week Best Seller list from 1992-1997. It is available now in eleven languages. She has received awards from Co-Op America and Sustainable Northwest and was profiled in Utne Magazine’s book Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. She lives on Whidbey Island in Washington.
Robert Beatty describes the Portland Insight Meditation Community. He brings 35 years of Buddhist practice to his teaching and therapy. He is a successor to Ruth Denison in the lineage of the Burmese master U Ba Khin. Robert is a member of the first wave of lay Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Buddhism to America from Asia.? His life’s work is an ongoing synthesis of Western psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology and meditation. He uses humor, poetry, music and drumming to present ancient Buddhist teachings in ways that can be readily assimilated by the Western mind. Robert teaches meditation for everyday life, bringing lovingkindness and wisdom to intimate relationships, parenting, work, and the cultivation of engaged and compassionate community.