Christopher Ryan, PhD, is the author of the new book, Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress. A featured speaker from TED to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Ryan has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films. The coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Sex at Dawn, Ryan puts out a weekly podcast, called Tangentially Speaking, featuring conversations with interesting people, ranging from famous comics to bank robbers to drug smugglers to porn stars to authors to plasma physicists.
Charles Jennings is the author of the new book, Artificial Intelligence: Rise of the Lightspeed Learners. He is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and speaker who has been starting and running growth organizations for over 40 years. He was founder or CEO of three successful Internet companies launched in the 1990s; a co-founder of TRUSTe; and has written several books on technology, including the seminal work, The Hundredth Window (2000), translated into five languages. From 2014-2017, Jennings served as CEO of an AI company set up to transfer technology from Caltech/JPL to the commercial market. He’s a recipient of the prestigious lifetime achievement award of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and was also the subject of a major feature story, on his work in emergency alerting software, in Wired magazine (December 2005 issue).
To many of us, Native America is an unknown world shrouded in myth and misconception, but there is something fundamental in the Native way of seeing and living that has much to teach us all.
Why do we continually engage in behavioral patterns that are destructive to ourselves, to society, and to the environment? How did we become such a society of mindless consumers? Peter C. Whybrow, MD, author of the book, The Well-Tuned Brain: The Remedy for a Manic Society attempts to answer these questions and more. He is a psychiatrist and endocrinologist, and director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Born and educated in England, he is the author of, among other books, A Mood Apart and the award-winning American Mania: When More Is Not Enough.
Joel Magnuson is author of the new book The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a livable post carbon economy. He is an internationally recognized economist specializing in non-orthodox approaches to political economy. He is currently a professor of economics at Portland State University and he is a visiting fellow at the Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England. Joel is an international advisor to the editorial board of Anglia’s journal Interconnections. He is an active member of an international research group based in Europe that is working toward new philosophical foundations for economic theory and practice.
Kevin Renner is author of the new book, In Search of Fatherhood: Stories from women around the world. A former journalist, Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in social sciences with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. He speaks widely, publishes a monthly column in The Oregonian newspaper, and blogs at Kevin-renner.com.