Sunday, June 1, 2008

Roster of Participants



Bob Banner – San Luis Obispo, California
Michael Brownlee – Boulder, Colorado
Carol Dunne – San Francisco, California – organizer
Chuck Feil – Bisbee, Arizona
Andrea Fernandez-Salvador – Guayaquil, Ecuador
Jim & Sherry Husfelt – Seattle, Washington
Virginia Igonda – Lafayette, California
Miroslav Kolar – Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Keith Lampe – Vilcabamba, Ecuador
Sergio Lub – Walnut Creek & Napa Valley, California – networker
DeAnna MartinSeattle, Washington – facilitator, organizer
Meredith MillerVilcabamba, Ecuador – illustrator
Kathy Moore - Rossland, British Columbia, Canada
Richard Moore – Wexford, Ireland – organizer
Dr. Brian O'Leary - Vilcabamba, Ecuador
Osvaldo Osornio - Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Shrikumar Poddar - Okemos, Michigan
K S Sripada Raju - Okemos, Michigan
Jean RoughPort Townsend, Washington – facilitator
Chris Shaw – British Columbia, Canada
Tania Duran Tuttle – Ruta del Sol, Ecuador
Leonardo Wild – Quito, Ecuador


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Bob Banner - San Luis Obispo, California

Bob Banner has been the publisher and editor of HopeDance: Radical Solutions Inspiring Hope (www.hopedance.org) for 11 years (as well as creating other publications for 35+ years). HopeDance has studied numerous problems (peak oil, transportation, over consumption, dumbing down, Food, 911, Globalization, et al) and has been exploring solutions with or without government involvement, to empower individuals and organizations... to promote organizations that focus on social justice, sustainability and sacredness. He has pooled freelancers and writers to contribute material to this evocative bimonthly publication in the hopes that certain messages of sustained and genuine hope enter into the psyche of the mainstream, rather than nihilism or sentimental hope. He is also instrumental in using FILM (and facilitated discussions after the films) as a way to educate people about various issues, both in discovering the challenges facing us as well as the solutions. He has written a booklet entitled "Becoming The Media: How to Screen Films in Your Local Community" to instruct others as to HOW they can do the same. Hes been screening films in many cities on a regular basis. He started a rental library system of 500+ progressive documentaries for the community as well as the nation... and recently edited the 438 page anthology of the best of HopeDance titled SUSTAINABILITY: Radical Solutions Inspiring Hope. The website is receiving 200,000 hits a month. He is currently working on a collection of personal essays tentatively titled ENJOYING OURSELVES WHILE CHANGING THE WORLD. He is keenly interested in Sacred Activism and how vital group solutions can emerge through a truly democratic facilitated process. He is also keenly interested in the Relocalization movement as a major player in moving toward a more sustainable future. He is also very open to what new steps may be necessary to liberate people as well as designing new social structures for that liberation to be birthed more rapidly.



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Michael Brownlee – Boulder, Colorado
Michael is co-founder of Boulder Valley Relocalization (www.boulderrelocalization.org), a citizens group committed to increasing public awareness of the challenges and opportunities of 'The Long Emergency' (converging global crises of peak oil, global warming and economic chaos), and catalyst for Boulder County Going Local, Inc., a social venture conducting a county-wide campaign (www.bouldergoinglocal.com) to rebuild community and strengthen the local economy, beginning a ten-year transition to an energy-constrained future. He is a writer and independent journalist whose research into the evolution/transformation of human consciousness was interrupted by dawning awareness of converging crises that jeopardize the future of human freedom, unexpectedly compelling him to an urgent level of advocacy and activism. He sees the regeneration of community as essential to the survival of the human species.


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Carol Dunne – San Francisco California – organizer

Film Maker: Skid Row Documentary - English & Drama
      Teacher - From Dublin, Ireland - Solutions to Homelesness in Los Angeles.
      Carol first came up with the idea of arranging a conference, and that idea evolved into our Phoenix Gathering. Thank you Carol!


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Chuck Feil – Bisbee, Arizona
Publisher, Photographer, Author, Gallery Owner.
      Charles Feil is an international photographer whose professional career began in 1966. He counts among his many credits work on the Jane Goodall World of Wildlife television series. His work has been sought after by major network TV, numerous magazines, corporations and private collectors of fine photography.
      In 1992 an entirely new aspect of his art opened up when he began flying. The gyroplane Feil built in 1997 allowed him to capture photographs from even more appealing perspectives. In the year 2000, Chuck became the first Gyroplane pilot to touchdown in all 48 States without ground support. During his stops rallies were held by the State hosts to encourage young people to follow their dreams. To learn more about this historic event log onto www.say2000.org


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Andrea Fernandez-Salvador – Guayaquil, Ecuador
I was born in Quito, Ecuador, August 3rd, 1955. My father, Andres Fernandez Savador Zaldumbide, is Ecuadorian and my mother Maryan,is American. As a child , I was exposed to the magic of this country and it's people. I lived through my father's search for Atahualpa's treasure, hearing stories of our Inca civilization, their wisdom, and courage. I developed such respect for our indigenous people and their environment, I suffered when I saw injustice commited against them.
      At age 10, in 1965, I moved to New York City, to live with my mother and attended Marymount School in Manhattan. There, I saw the other side of the coin.
      I returned when I finished my schooling, at age 17. My adventurous streak was on a roll, and Ecuador was just the right place for it. Later on, in 1993, I felt the Amazon was one of the most fascinating regions of Ecuador. I acquired land in the Upper Amazon Basin, to protect it, and the 65 Quichua families that lived on it.
      The environmental problems were enminent , as the oil companies were destroying the indigenous people's land and confusing them with their greed. I worked closely with the women and children, reminding them of the importance to maintain their ways.
      In 2006, I travelled to New York with a group of Hoaoranis, and attended the 6th Permamnent Forum for Indigenous People at the United Nations.Our proposition to the world was that Ecuador is willing to sacrifice the oil of the Yasuni, save that lung provider of oxigen,and ask the world to help Ecuador in the return of half the money that would have been made if that oil was extracted. We owe this unique proposal to our president Correa.
      I am presently living in Guayaquil, still assisting my father in what may be some of his last expeditions into the LLanganatis in search of the Inca treasure. It's all about the search.
      I have 4 children, Nicolas 32, Ignacio, 22, Corina 19, and Sofia 15.

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Jim & Sherry Husfelt - Seattle, Washington
Since 1981 JC and Sherry, married for over 40 years, have journeyed the world seeking the foundational healing and spiritual knowledge of indigenous cultures. They have been honored by initiation and the transference of spiritual lineages. One of these came through the providence of Vince and Mom Stogan of the Coast Salish of Vancouver, B.C. Vince was a modern day John the Baptist who along with his wife, Mom Stogan, passed on their traditions to JC and Sherry.
      JC and Sherry, along with their two adult children, Jamie and Jess, bring the message of Divine Humanity to the peoples of the earth. It is a ‘green’ religion—an ecological religion and a religion of egalitarianism.
      We believe that a religion that represents all people needs to embody social and economic concerns. To this end we offer new social and economic paradigms in the form of Intrinsic Egalitarianism and True Democracy as alternatives to Capitalism and Capocracy (Capitalistic Democracy).
      JC, a heretic and revolutionary at heart, is the author of I Am A Sun Of God And So Are You and The Return of the Feathered Serpent. He is presently completing his latest book The Greatest Lie Ever Told—A Manifesto for a New Consciousness.
      JC, philosopher, visionary, calligrapher and martial artist for over forty years, was at one time a teacher and wellness consultant for various corporations and governmental agencies such as L.L. Bean, NCR, United States Senate and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport.
      Sherry is a counselor, empath, spiritual life coach and co-director of the Morning Star Institute. Her passion is helping and witnessing others to heal their woundings and to find their core truth and direction in life. She believes all we need to know to be happy and healthy is reflected and taught to us by the natural world.



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Virginia Igonda – Lafayette, California
Virgina Apolonia Igonda was born in 1935 in Mendoza, Argentina in a family of scholars where she often heard over a dozen languages being spoken at home on the same day.  
      After living in Caracas, Venezuela and in New York City, in the 1970's Virginia chose to settle in Del Mar, California where she raised her two children: architect Alejandra Cisneros - now living in Bali, Indonesia - and lawyer Gabriel Cisneros - now living in Barcelona, Spain.  
      In 1975 Virginia founded Ocean Song Gallery Musica Del Mar, where she hosted lectures by local and international authors, poets, philosophers, religious scholars, scientists, movie stars and shamans.  Her gallery often doubled as an informal place for artists to perform, from classic piano to Indian sitar players, from Russian violinists to Argentinean tango dancers.
      Virginia is a gifted networker that befriended and connected renowned personalities such as Jonas Salk, J. Bronowski, James Hubbell, John Lilly and countless others. Her gallery became so popular that in 1983 the mayor of San Diego named her Woman of the Year in spite of being located many miles outside the city limits. In 2002 - after 27 years of cultural events - the Mayor of Del Mar honored Virginia with a special dedication for her contribution to the culture of the town of Del Mar.
      Since her retirement in 2002 Virginia has been acting as a cultural ambassador, dividing her time between Italy, California and Buenos Aires.  She is very interested in all matters concerning the environment and to work with a group of like minded people fostering its preservation.


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Miroslav Kolar – Nanaimo, BC, Canada
PHP Programmer; Webmaster: world-wide-democracy.net.






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Keith Lampe – Vilcabamba, Ecuador
American organizer in exile.









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Sergio Lub – Walnut Creek & Napa Valley, California – networker
Sergio Lub is a true renaissance man…an architect, inventor, jewelry designer (www.SergioLub.com), and — above all — social networker par excellence. He's always had a passion for interconnecting visionary people, and in 1995, more than a decade before Web 2.0, he helped design the community building freeware Friendly Favors (www.Favors.org/FF) and the Living Directory Network (www.LivingDirectory.net), which in early 2008 is being used collaboratively by over 100 organizations and is interconnecting 50,000+ people in 150+ countries.
      Besides virtual social networking Sergio also organizes physical gatherings several times a month, mostly around the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1997 he has hosted over 500 events, and at Favors.org -> Events you can see who attended, access their current profile, and connect via blind email.
      Another passion of Sergio's is developing alternatives to one of our most powerful social inventions: Money. He has been working closely on this subject since 1995, along with Thomas Greco, Bernard Lietaer, and others. Friendly Favors has since 1999 a community currency component called Thankyou's, which has saved and recorded the equivalent of over US$1 million in discounts and favors to its participants in a mutual credit frame making it the first LETS on the web.
      Favors.org most promising feature is perhaps its social reputation rating fed by the confirmed identity of its participants, its chain of trust and its referral system. Having their social reputation online is already allowing visionaries and people of goodwill to be recognized and supported worldwide.


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DeAnna MartinSeattle, Washington – facilitator, organizer
DeAnna is the Executive Director of the Center for Wise Democracy. She is a highly experienced facilitator and works closely with Jim Rough in promoting Wisdom Councils and democratic awakening.




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Meredith MillerVilcabamba, Ecuador - illustrator - www.meredithmillerart.com
Meredith Miller paints dreams. Her heart emanates an energy unlike any other, and this energy is made visual and felt through her paintings. One of the great visionary artists, Meredith brings a beautiful message in a troubled world. One of peace, sustainability…and hope.
      Raised in the mountain wilderness of Oregon with no neighbors or electricity, the primary forest became her playground. As a young child, Meredith embarked on her own private journey, putting to color the wonderment of her very own enchanted world. With paper, paints and bits of nature, she began creating images full of texture and light at an early age.
      Meredith has made her living as a full-time artist for more than forty years. She has won several awards such as first prize in the Coconut Grove Art Show in Florida. Her paintings hang in thousands of places throughout the world. She has done covers for and illustrated several books, including her husband Brian O’Leary’s Miracle in the Void, featuring her masterpiece The Last Supper of Gaia, depicting in great detail the anguish and hope for the Earth. For the past three years Meredith's main canvas has been three-dimensional: the co-creation with her husband Brian of the Montesueños retreat center and botanical gardens.


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Kathy Moore - Rossland, British Columbia, Canada
Kathy Moore of Rossland, BC Canada is a community activist in her small mountain town. As a founding member of the Citizens for Responsible Development (www.rosslandbc.org) she advocates for sustainable and sensible development as Rossland meets the challenges of rapid growth. In her role as the Rossland lead coordinator for Greener Footprints (www.greenerfootprints.com) she works to reduce waste, one bag at a time. She is proud of the success of the Greener Footprints campaign to eliminate plastic bags in Rossland and is working towards a province wide reduction of plastic waste. She actively participated in Visions to Action, a year long community planning process, which has created the town’s Strategic Sustainability Plan. This experience has enticed her to run for city council in the fall; the implementation process for the SSP is critical to the health and wellbeing of this community and its inhabitants (all species included). As a dual citizen she is interested and active in politics on both sides of the border. Always eager to hear new ideas, she is looking forward to participating in Waking thePhoenix.


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Richard Moore – Wexford, Ireland – organizer
Richard Moore graduated from Stanford University in mathematics and then spent 30 years working in the software R&D industry in Silicon Valley. He left the industry in 1994 and moved to Ireland to pursue independent research and writing. Since then he has published numerous articles and a book, Escaping the Matrix. He also publishes a regular commentary on the Internet and moderates several online discussion Forums.
      For the past five years Moore’s research has focused on empowerment processes – forms of dialog that can enable communities and groups to overcome their differences, discover their common purpose, tap into their collective wisdom, and find ways to work together creatively to achieve their shared objectives. See his latest blog, How We the People can change the world.
      Moore has been working with our facilitators, DeAnna and Jean, in setting up the process for the Gathering, with the aim of making the event as productive as possible. The gathering will be intense and focused, it will bring together a microcosm of humanity’s wisdom and knowledge, and it will be empowered by effective dialog processes. Altogether, these elements add up to a critical mass of creative potential, and Moore anticipates some breakthrough outcomes to be achieved.


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Dr. Brian O'Leary - Vilcabamba, Ecuador - www.brianoleary.com
Over the past twenty years, Dr. O'Leary has researched, lectured and written extensively about new paradigms of science and global transformation. His most recent book Re-Inheriting the Earth describes how we can lift ourselves out of our current path of global destruction. Much of his work is based on extensive international travels to some of the best and brightest researchers of new science, new medicine and "free" energy.
      Dr. O'Leary has published internationally ten trade books on the frontiers of science, space, energy and culture, with sales averaging over 10,000 copies per book. He was a NASA scientist-astronaut, assistant professor of astronomy at Cornell University alongside Carl Sagan, and has also taught Physics for Poets and Princeton University and technology assessment at the University of California Berkeley School of Law and Hampshire College. He has published over 100 technical papers in the peer reviewed scientific literature and another 100 popular magazine and Op-Ed pieces worldwide. He has appeared frequently on American national television and radio, including the Today Show, Larry King Live, the Donahue Show, Fox Television and the Art Bell Show.
      A passionate environmentalist open to innovative solutions, Dr. O'Leary was special consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, wrote speeches and was senior advisor to environmental presidential candidate Morris Udall. He also helped presidential candidates George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Jesse Jackson on economic policies to convert from polluting and military activities to green initiatives. With his wife Meredith, Brian created Montesueños, a retreat center in the Ecuadorian Andes dedicated to peace, sustainability, the arts and new science.


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Osvaldo Osornio - Puerto Escondido, Mexico
I'm a 26 years old Mexican citizen. Since I was very young I have been involved with subjects related with raising human consciousness. I feel a very deep connection with my essence. I live in a continuous process of knowing myself and breaking paradigms that prevent me from experiencing oneness.  
      I work in insurance, one of the biggest businesses in our materialistic world.  I decided to work on this because my family has been in this industry since the 50s and I know how quickly somebody can have success on it if you do the right steps. I like to serve and to provide the best protection for my clients. I really like to meet different kind of people and to help them.
      The idea of quickly becoming a successful business man is because I always felt I had something big to do with my life. In some way I knew that my real mission was going to be based on truth and it was going to be revealed to me after I learned to master the Western way of living. After having that experience I could use my resources for breaking away and to change the things in my society I do not agree with, for example to stop buying unnecessary stuff.
      After 6 years being an insurer, I can say I am ready now to start to do my real mission. I may not be yet the most successful insurance agent in Mexico but I am the youngest one.
      As a bird knows when to migrate when the winter comes, suddenly I felt the deep need to make big changes on my life. Before now it was important to become rich, now I am concerned about finding a natural way of living, focusing in my interior being and in growing in community with conscious people.  I want to help make an ecovillage, and to make it quickly since "winter" is coming.
      In different ways life said to me that I have to find a natural way of living focus on my interior well being. So I decided, without having experience nor knowing examples, to jump head on into building an ecovillage.
      So this is my intention.  I believe that the universe probably planed this even before I was born.  I know this is the right moment to do it and to grow as humanity. 
      I also have taken numerological studies and I'm planning to continue preparing myself on this field.  I also believe that the worldwide insurance business is going to fail soon. This is going to happen because they are invested in the old paradigm and are projecting that our present way of life will continue as is when it is increasingly clear that is unsustainable.
      I shared above a deep part of me as a way to start a sincere dialog in our encounter.


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Shrikumar PoddarOkemos, Michigan
Shrikumar Poddar was born in Calcutta, India on September 11, 1940 and studied at one of the early Theosophist school in Rajghat, Varanasi. After completing two years of Intermediate Science College he migrated to United States to complete his education.
       From Michigan State University in East Lansing he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1964, another bachelor’s degree in economics, political science and philosophy in 1966 and received MBA degree in marketing in 1968.
       He joined Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s Presidential Campaign in March 1968 to stop the US war in Vietnam. He was direct mail fundraising advisor of McGovern for President Campaign in 1971 to April 1972.
       Sen. Eugene McCarthy named him his National Finance Chair for his Independent Candidacy for the President of the United States in 1976.
       This campaign successfully challenged the election laws of 30 states of the US as unconstitutional in denying the indepents the right to run for President of the USA.However half of the decisions came after the November 1976 election.
       He formed Americans for Peace for an innovative campaign to use Radio Spots announcements to oppose the war in Vietnam during 1969 to 1970. This campaign gave one fact at time against the Vietnam war and asked the listeners to send $ 1 or more to help sustain the effort.
       Emergency Relief Fund for providing the ten million citizens of East Pakistan now Bangladesh was launched in 1971 by him and his anti-war friends.
       Business Executives Move For Peace in Vietnam asked him to make their free newsletter a subscription newsletter to continue the work of stopping the war. He became the publisher of Washington Watch in 1971 and served until 1979 in this capacity.
       When Mrs. Indira Gandhi declared a state of National Emergency in June 1975 in India, he formed Indians for Democracy remove her from power with the help of a newly launched Total Revolution Movement launched by students under the leadership of Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan a Gandhian. Mrs. Gandhi impounded his Indian Passport in July 1976 for this opposition.
       On January 2, 1992 78 participants from nine countries meeting at the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust in India formed Self Transformation Network For A Just World and he went around the world to promote this network.
       By 1997 the concept of self-reliance was added to this network and a new network was launched New Global Freedom Movement also known as Nayi Azadi Abhiyan. The main mantra of this movement is “From Self Transformation to Global Transformation”.
       He resides in Okemos, Michigan and He is actively associated with the Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment, International Service society, and Seva International – a publishing house based on Gandhian Trusteeship principles.


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K S Sripada RajuOkemos, Michigan
Dr. Raju was born in India in 1929 and got his MA degree in Economics from University of Mysore in 1955. Later he worked for Govt of India Census Department as an Economic Investigator.
       He worked at the Indian Institute of Economics, Hyderabad as a research fellow in the early 60’s.
       During the 1960s he attended Michigan State University in East Lansing and received his doctorate degree in communication.. After graduation he worked as research associate at the Institute of Social Research at Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
       In the 70s he joined the  East-West Center, Honolulu as a Senior Fellow. Upon returning to Michigan in early 80s he joined Educational Subscription Service to help in its efforts to transform the profit making company in to a Gandhian Trusteeship firm.
       In 1980s he joined as a trustee of the International Service Society, a humanitarian organization responding to natural and man-made disasters as well as developing new strategies of social reorganization.
       These efforts led him to attending a 17 day Global meeting held in India to create a  Self Transformation Network For A Just World  by 78 participants from nine countries on January 2, 1992.
       Later he joined a new network called The New Global Freedom Movement known as Nayi Azadi Abhiyan in India which added the concept of Self Reliance and placed a greater emphasis on Spirituality than the earlier network.
       The main mantra of this movement is “From Self Transformation to Global Transformation”.
       At the present time he resides in Okemos, Michigan and conducts classes for adults and young people based on Vedantic teachings and other Hindu scriptures such as Bhagwad Gita.
       He is popularly known as the Guru of Greater Lansing Area in Michigan.
       He was actively associated in the formation of several organizations such as India Development Society, Indians for Democracy (in opposition to the state of emergency in India from 1975-77), Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment, Ganga Kaveri Bhaghirathi Trust (for efficient water management in India).
       His interests are in Spirituality, Gandhi-Vinoba-Jayaprakash Narayan’s thoughts and activism to support global sustainable development as well as Peace and Justice in the world.


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Jean RoughPort Townsend, Washington – facilitator
Jean Rough is a dynamic facilitator, trainer and psychotherapist. After earning an MA in psychology, she founded and directed Bergita House, a nonprofit organization facilitating children and parents to trust and respect themselves. Currently she is involved with Dynamic Facilitation and Wisdom Councils with her husband Jim Rough. She is a co-founder and board member of the nonprofit Center for Wise Democracy www.WiseDemocracy.org and a partner with Jim Rough & Assoc., Inc. www.DynamicFacilitation.com. Jean dynamically facilitates communities, organizations and families to elevate their quality of thinking, address important issues, and build trust and respect with one another.


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Chris Shaw – British Columbia, Canada
I am a professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia) and author and co-author of over 120 research papers and 4 edited books on various topics in the field. My research is primarily concerned with understanding the origins and timelines of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS. Most such diseases appear to arise from environmental toxins that interact in still known ways with various “susceptibility” genes. A recently completed book on these topics, Stealing the Mind: The Hidden History of Neurological Disease, awaits a publisher willing to accept controversy and my attempt to shift the dominant paradigms in the field.
       As a social activist, I have just completed a book about the modern Olympics, including Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Games (Five Ring Circus, New Society Press), which exposes the corporate culture behind the Games (real estate and privatization for local developers; television broadcast rights for the IOC). I am also the media liaison and policy advisor for the Work Less Party, a political grouping organized at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels to promote the notion of zero growth and the direct involvement of people in all levels of decision making. Our secret weapon is that our political advocacy is designed to free ourselves from the corporate-dominated political reality and create our own system of mutual aid based on community, creativity, and grassroots democracy; in this regard, we don’t really care if we “win” elections, rather our focus is on shifting the frame of the debate to help others escape the “matrix reality”.


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Tania Duran Tuttle – Ruta del Sol, Ecuador
Tania Duran is from Cuenca, Ecuador.
      She is a Journalist, an Environmentalist and an artist.
      As a free lance Journalist she has focus on environment, feminism and cultural issues.
      As a social communicator, Tania has worked with the Indian and rural communities, supporting their training in alternative communication and education.
      As an Environmentalist she participate in “Hanan Urin”, an environmentalist group that in the 80’s, created (Among other groups) “La Campaign Amazonia por la Vida” and support other environmentalist projects in the Ecuadorian Austro Region (Azuay, Canar , Loja)
      As an artist she was involve in the “Bienal International de Pintura” Cuenca. (1987 – 1990)
      Also, She has studied for 14 years with Ecuadorian Shamans: "The Bird People" from the Andes Mountains and the Ayahuasqueros and Tabaqueros" from the Amazon Rainforest.
      For the past 10 years she has been practicing Feng Shui with the teachings of Professor Lin Yun and the Black Sect Tantric Buddhism.
      At the present moment she lives in San Jose, Provincia de Santa Elena – Ecuador (Ruta del Sol), where along with her husband Ed and doughtier Josephine run Samai Center "SPA Hotel" a place located in the Cordillera Chongon Colonche, in which they offer a new concept of Healthy Traveling Services, alternative healing, SPA, Eco-tourism activities & cultural exchange. Samai = Spirit (Quichua)



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Leonardo Wild – Quito, Ecuador
Writer (9 published books in Spanish and German and over 200 articles), screenwriter, film director, sailor, founder and president of Biocentric Soluciones Sinergéticas, Leonardo Wild has traveled extensively and worked at many different jobs always searching for new ways "to do things." Member of the Fundación Educativa Pestalozzi, which for 28 years ran the Pestalozzi School near Quito. He's designed, engineered and built various of the foundation buildings using Buckminster Fuller concepts. Among many and varied projects, he is currently co-operating with the Fundación Educativa Pestalozzi's "eco-village" León Dormido, is developing a chaordic-fractal non-linear system of analysis, is writing various books, is in the midst of pre-production of a film based on his latest novel, Cotopaxi Alerta Roja, and is studying ways to bridge the gap to new ways of living. The company he founded (Biocentric) is talking with various oil companies in Ecuador (including PetroEcuador) to supply them with cutting-edge products to help solve their ecological and production problems, while preparing the ground to keep the government from being forced to exploit the ITT Yasuní ecological reserve's heavy crude oil. He's given over 150 conferences in various European countries, participated in paradigm-shift congresses in Mexico, Japan and Indonesia, the topics ranging from "new paradigms of science in education" to the "structural fallacies of market economy." He currently lives near Quito with his Scottish wife and three young children, who attend the CEPA (Center for Autonomous Activities) project of the Fundación Educativa Pestalozzi at the León Dormido.