Presenters

Well-known industry thought leaders and emerging visionaries.

  • Founder, co-CEO at Thrive Market

    Gunnar Lovelace

    Founder, co-CEO at Thrive Market

    Gunnar Lovelace is a serial entrepreneur in nonprofits, technology, fashion and real estate. Most recently he is the founder and co-CEO of Thrive Market, an online wholesale buying club on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for every American family. Thrive Market currently offers the 4,000 most popular natural and organic products in the world at 25-50% off retail, shipped anywhere in the U.S. for free. For every paid member on the site the company also sponsors a free membership for a low-income family. Previously he co-founded Love Heals – a conscious jewelry company that has funded the planting of over 1,500,000 trees and sponsored of over 50,000 malnourished children. Prior to Love Heals, Gunnar started two technology companies in Los Angeles in software education and natural language processing, both of which were sold. In addition to his for-profit companies, Gunnar has started two non-profits in education and environmental training.

  • Co-founder of The Collective Intelligence Research Institute (CIRI)

    Ferananda Ibarra

    Co-founder of The Collective Intelligence Research Institute (CIRI)

    Ferananda Ibarra pioneers the field of Collective Intelligence and New Paradigm Economics. She has implemented complementary currencies and currently focuses on Deep Wealth Design for communities and organizations. She co-founded VillageLab, an organization focused of Regenerative Whole Systems Design and The Metacurrency Project which is developing tools and platforms for open sourcing the next economy.

  • Founder, at IMI and IGE

    Brock Pierce

    Founder, at IMI and IGE

    Brock Pierce is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. His level of domain knowledge and deep connections in gaming, Blockchain technology and the digital currency space are unparalleled. Mr. Pierce pioneered the market for digital currency in games and has raised more than $200 million for companies he founded. He is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital. Blockchain Capital is the first sector-focused venture fund that invests solely in Blockchain technology companies and the Bitcoin ecosystem. The firm is also the first venture fund in the world to do an ICO. Blockchain Capital has made more than 70 investments in the sector. The firm was recently named the most active FinTech Venture Fund by Pitchbook. Mr. Pierce is the founder of IMI Exchange, the world’s leading digital currency marketplace for games, with annual sales exceeding $1 billion and investors such as Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners, which was sold in 2016 for more than $100 million. He founded ZAM, one of the world’s largest media properties for gamers, which was acquired by Tencent in 2012. Mr. Pierce founded IGE, the pioneer of digital currency in online games, achieving revenues exceeding $100 million in 2006 and sold in 2007. Mr. Pierce is an early investor in Bitcoin and one of the largest investors in the Ethereum crowd sale. He's also a founding board member of the Omni Foundation, which launched the first ICO in the summer of 2013, D10e, Tether, GoCoin, Xfire 2.0, Playsino, Five Delta (sold NASDAQ: SRAX), Evertune, GamesTV, and Digital Entertainment Network. Mr. Pierce is faculty at the Singularity University and is a sought-after speaker who has spoken at the Milken Global Conference, Mobile World Congress, Wired, INK, Stanford, USC, and UCLA. He attended the University of Southern California.

  • CEO of New Leaf

    Jeff Mendelsohn

    CEO of New Leaf

    Mendelsohn founds, advises and invests in social enterprises and land based communities. Most recently, he co-founded Green Valley Farm + Mill in Sonoma County (regenerative farming, residential & extended community, social enterprise). He created a democratized ownership structure, enabling farming families with limited assets to be equal partners in the land and own their homes in this high land value market. Mendelsohn advises and invests in game changing companies including Solar Mosaic and Thrive Market. His first social enterprise, New Leaf Paper, led a major shift toward sustainability in the paper industry. As CEO of New Leaf, Jeff was an early advocate for the B Corporation movement and New Leaf became a Founding B Corp. Mendelsohn’s mission is to create and build institutions that bring out the best in human nature – institutions that better support humanity living in harmony with each other and with natural systems. He works to evolve our governance and ownership institutions, which are at the heart of the challenges and harm we inflict on the Earth and ourselves. Forbes recognized Mendelsohn as one of the top 30 social entrepreneurs, and he is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

  • Global Consultant & Regenerative Systems Designer

    Nicholas Joyce

    Global Consultant & Regenerative Systems Designer

    Nicholas is a regenerative systems designer - catalyzing people, places, and ideas towards a thriving future. He has visited 50+ impact centers across four continents and is centrally involved with several community networking organizations, such as NuMundo, Global Ecovillage Network, and Fellowship for Intentional Community. As a global consultant, he offers resiliency to communities, businesses, and non-profits. Having spent five years building Drums For Development, a social enterprise focused on sharing tribal arts and culture, he designed and funded InTerraTree, a cross-cultural and sustainability education center in Togo, West Africa. Nicholas is now focused on using an integral approach to reveal common ground and shared intention in multi-stakeholder urban environments and to catalyze regional resiliency through regenerative business and relations. His strength is in complex strategy, development, and alliance building. He regularly offers workshops, facilitation and coaching sessions, grounding the innovative ideas of consulting into practical social integration through facilitation. Nicholas travels frequently to speak and engage with many think-tanks, do-labs, and mastermind gatherings working on translocal regenerative systems innovation and prototyping. Learn more at NicholasJoyce.com

  • Main Moderator for the Ojai Summit

    Shiloh Boss

    Main Moderator for the Ojai Summit

    Evolutionary Strategist :: Organizational Development Professional :: Game Changer Shiloh Boss is dedicated to bringing holistic awareness to ground by evolving leaders, organizations and culture through her education, facilitation and consulting services. By bridging progressive practices with tried and true acumen in design, business, and communications she works with purpose-driven leaders to scale their movements and enterprises while they make meaningful impact in the world.

  • Whole-Systems Integrator, Visionary and Futurist

    Mark Chasan

    Whole-Systems Integrator, Visionary and Futurist

    Mark Chasan is a whole-systems integrator, visionary and futurist with deep experience in business, finance, technology, cleantech, law, operations, business development, media and healing arts. Mark is currently the CEO of AWE Global, Inc. and Transformative, Inc. AWE’s mission is to create an Abundant, Well & Enlightened world that fosters ecosystemic thriving through the development of regenerative communities, environments, companies and local economies. Transformative helps socially & ecologically conscious entrepreneurs and businesses get the resources they need to succeed (e.g., capital, human, technological, market and property). Mark has a track record as 1) an Internet entrepreneur & innovator with a public exit (Founder & CEO of Emusic); 2) a Fortune 25 executive (Leader of IBM’s Digital Media Consulting Practice); 3) a lawyer (Special Counsel to Hobson, Bernardino + Davis); 4) a renewable energy structured finance executive (VP of Business Development and General Counsel for Clean Fund); and 5) a merchant banker, strategic consultant & finance advisor who has participated in over $300 million of financial transactions.

  • Full-time Purpose Agent, Partner at encode.org

    Rashid Gilanpour

    Full-time Purpose Agent, Partner at encode.org

    Rashid is a partner at encode.org, where he fills many roles in service to the enterprise purpose of “Going beyond employment. Liberating purposeful work.” Along with his business partners, he is helping build the new legal, financial, and social templates of the For-Purpose Enterprise, in direct service to the emerging purpose-driven economy. Rashid recognizes that organizations have evolved to become the most powerful entities on the planet, where 3.5 billion of us spend most of our lives. This is what drives his pursuit of transforming and evolving the workplace. Rashid is known for his fresh perspectives and streams of consciousness that cohere into new insights. When he shows up, he helps make new connections visible, and gives an authentic voice to that which is not easily seen. Today Rashid’s purpose and passion are grounded in redefining the organization as a pathway to new forms of prosperity and deeper expressions of human potential, with built-in accessibility for many members of society.

  • ARC 38— Catalyst, activist archivist

    Eco Lake (Devin Kyle Irby)

    ARC 38— Catalyst, activist archivist

    Colorado native Devin has an endless curiosity from which arises many passions and projects. Mystic, intuitive, reporter & videographer Devin has dedicated himself toward fostering community in support of accelerated awakening. Also known as Eco Lake, his work in the wake of Occupy Wall Street has been to advance and declare the shift of the paradigm, a restorative agenda, liberation culture and a new age of radical cooperation. This has taken the form of ``We Will Outlive Money`` as a collection of new economic solutions founded on the 100 year anniversary of the Federal Reserve, a conference ``LibTech`` @ NYU in 2014 and through participation in generosity economy circles got the word ``post-capitalism`` in the Wall Street Journal. Now 5 years later, ARC 38, the Autonomous Resilient Community, is a 501c3 entity and188 acre land project with the aim to create a sustainable microcosm demonstration of best practices in service to the land itself and future generations.

  • Delphi Village Chief Executive Officer and Visionary

    Michael Sean Brown

    Delphi Village Chief Executive Officer and Visionary

    Sean is the visionary and organizational architect behind Delphi. His career in aviation began in 1984 and includes twelve years as an enlisted aircrew member and military pilot and more than twenty years as an airline captain and instructor pilot for United Airlines, with over a decade of international flying on the 747 and 777. In the 1990’s he was the Chief Operations Officer for an aviation training company in Denver after consulting with the company as a simulator instructor, and went on to become the Director of Publications and Information Technology during the start-up of Frontier Airlines. Sean has raised a family in Las Vegas since 2000, having founded the 1,200 member Awareness and Consciousness Group of Southern Nevada in 2008. He was a top producing real estate agent for a large national brokerage and was the Vice Committee Chairman of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtor’s Forms Committee. He began educating himself in developing sustainable intentional communities in 2011, having received training and experience through establishments such as Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Living Mandala’s Transition Town Training, and the Tribal Convergence Network. Sean intends to live on the property and in Cal-Nev-Ari during the construction of Delphi Village and to oversee the development of Kidwell Airport into a true Commercial Air Park.

  • President and vision keeper at The Ojai Foundation since 2008

    Laura Whitney

    President and vision keeper at The Ojai Foundation since 2008

    Laura has served The Ojai Foundation as its president since 2008, leading the board and staff as “ vision keeper” of the legacy of its founders and elders while stewarding the organization into work that is a potent response and relevant to our times. The Ojai Foundation is a nonprofit organization and educational sanctuary in the hills above Ojai and has served for over thirty years as a living laboratory for eco-design and sustainability as well as for a community/spirit/business paradigm. With a mission to “foster practices that awaken connection with self, others and the natural world,” The Ojai Foundation hosts rites of passage retreats for youth, trainings in the way of council, natural building workshops, seasonal ceremonies and teachers from many spiritual traditions and cultures. Since its inception in 1979, The Ojai Foundation has been a leader in circle-based community-building practices, collective governance and evolutionary leadership. In addition to her role as a servant leader at The Ojai Foundation, Laura is a carrier of council, a ceremonial guide, and an activist committed to collectively restoring our relationship with land and water both locally and globally.

  •  Coach, Community Weaver, Filmmaker

    Magalie Bonneau

    Coach, Community Weaver, Filmmaker

    Magalie Bonneau has been nourishing the soul of communities and change-makers across cultures through the power of arts, rituals and retreats. She is the founder of Shaping New Culture, an organization focused on healing relationships and building the village. Magalie’s wisdom is founded on her study of love, somatic and regenerative communities and her studies of indigenous ways. Her work has been shared on four continents.

  • Founder of three companies: ArtisTree, Avalon and Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

    Will Beilharz

    Founder of three companies: ArtisTree, Avalon and Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

    Will Beilharz is a serial entrepreneur and a founder of three companies with a mission to radically shift the way humans relate to Nature by mimicking Nature’s feedback loop in business, design, and development... Read More

  • Permaman

    Ray Cirino

    Permaman

    Natural Building with Ray Cirino is a hands on experience involving the building blocks of sustainability. Join Ray to create tangible living space from natural and durable elements. Ray fulfills his dream of making the world ecologically sustainable... Read More

  • Priya Deepika

    Priya D. Mohan

    Priya Deepika

    Priya Deepika Mohan is an attorney turned sound healer and coach. Her background as a human-rights focused immigration lawyer and mediator has trained her approach in helping others find their true Voice and Self-Expression. Through her music and profession she offers sonic pathways for emotional awareness, trauma-release and revitalizing compassion for greater human connection and creative inspiration... Read More

  • Arlene Hopkins & Associates

    Arlene Hopkins

    Arlene Hopkins & Associates

    Arlene Hopkins is an interdisciplinary practitioner working with emerging cultural and ecological systems models to re-envision, redesign and rebuild for the challenges ahead. An avid student of the humanities, the sciences and technical fields, she is developing creative and integrative ways of thinking and doing for new communities. She regularly attends academic and professional conferences, and she often presents on models and practices that can be applied to new community thinking. For example, she has made presentations or conducted workshops at the IUCN World Conservation Congress Hawaii 2016, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Ostrom Workshop WOW5 Conference, the American Library Association and the American Evaluation Association. She is a registered architect, holds an MA in Architecture, an MA in Education. She was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Virginia Tech and a Planning Commissioner in Santa Monica. She speaks Spanish and is a certified Shiatsu practitioner. She looks forward to the many amazing people and ideas at the Summit and tribalizing together.

  • Eco Action Cooperative, Inc.

    Rob Barnett

    Eco Action Cooperative, Inc.

    Rob Barnett is an Air Force veteran, permaculture educator and facilitator based in Ventura County. He cooks freshly harvested meals and hosts workshops at community gardens, urban lots, residential yards, and resource centers in Ventura and Oxnard. His workshop topics on Permaculture include: Relational Urban Ecology, Collective Economics, Cooperative Development and Sociocratic Governance. Rob is a co-founder of entrepreneurial education company Aspire3.org and founding member of activist groups Ventura County Climate Hub and Showing Up for Racial Justice Ventura County Chapter, a volunteer for the Ventura Food Co-op, Food Forward, Restore Ventura, and he serves on the Boards of Directors for worker-owned Eco Action Cooperative and nonprofit bicycle community center, BikeVentura.org at the HUB (Helping Urban Bicyclists). Last year Rob launched the #CoopLegalClinic: Legal Frameworks for a Collaborative Regional Economy in Ventura and administrates the facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/1025883057488009/ Connect with Rob at www.robbarnett.me

  •  Co-Founder, Paca's Center, Entrepreneur

    Scott Vineberg

    Co-Founder, Paca's Center, Entrepreneur

    Scott Vineberg is a versatile social entrepreneur who has started and managed restaurant, hospitality, retail, e-commerce and real estate businesses, non-profit start-ups in youth mentoring and integrative health, and start-up social enterprises including an action sports retail chain that employed at-risk youth. He is a qigong practitioner since 1998, a lifelong mystic philosopher and Chassidic Jew. Scott has hosted and facilitated Ayahuasca & Huachuma ceremonies from 2007-2016. Married for 27 years with two grown daughters, Scott moved with his family from Montreal, Canada to Topanga, California in 2004. The essence of the above is currently integrated in his current work: to accelerate the implementation of force multipliers to realize a vastly better world, which includes starting an Esalen type center in LA as a model regenerative development for mass proliferation.

  • Relationship Fun And Games

    Gabrielle (Gaby) Sundra

    Relationship Fun And Games

    Gabrielle (Gaby) Sundra has been living in community on and off nearly all her life. From a huge family, to college days, to shared housing in adulthood and now a property with 6 separate apartments aligned around a large shared living and working space. For 15 years she’s studied everything from why communities fall apart to the various legal structures possible to permaculture.

  • Festival producer, Ceremonialist, Multi-dimensional Healer

    Aloka

    Festival producer, Ceremonialist, Multi-dimensional Healer

    Aloka has been service for over a decade as a community builder, festival producer, ceremonialist, multi-dimensional healer, coach and has been making the transition into fully offering his dharma as a Musician over the last 3 years. He is presently walking the balance of his music mission coupled with his role as a visionary entrepreneur & mentor. Aloka has been an advocate for indigenous wisdom & has apprenticed directly with wisdom keepers elders and lineage holders from multiple traditions, both North and South America & globally over the last 10 years. He shares a passion for bringing people together in these turbulent times to empower our collective mission of stewarding the earth together as a community. He is one of many leaders ushering in a new cultural narrative on the planet, one with value systems that deeply honor our connection with the Earth & how to do business with integrity.

  • Architect

    Clark Stevens

    Architect

    President, New West Land Company, Inc. www.newwestland.com Executive Officer, RCDSMM Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains www.rcdsmm.org

  • Executive Director of VillageLab, New Paradigm Economics, Ecovillage Design Associates VillageLab The Evergreen State College

    Jeff Clearwater

    Executive Director of VillageLab, New Paradigm Economics, Ecovillage Design Associates VillageLab The Evergreen State College

    I am now applying my full efforts and talents to the launch of VillageLab - a centrally (torroidally) coordinated distributed laboratory researching, developing and demonstrating leading-edge practices in New Paradigm Economics and sustainable and regenerative human systems design based in a wide variety of ``communities of intent`` including communities of purpose, practice and place: These include transformational learning communities, community empowerment projects, hybrid and new paradigm economic enterprises and projects, intentional communities and ecovillages, ecocity projects, community resilience projects, permaculture projects,etc. I am an inspired social change architect and visionary writer creating a bridge to a positive future through creating and planting powerful, culturally creative memes. An insightful facilitator and catalyst toward the design of sharing economies for intentional communities, ecovillages and beyond. I'm also an experienced teacher of whole systems and ecovillage design including ecovillage economic system design and renewable energy, water, and waste systems. I've served 35 years as renewable energy engineer, designer, installation contractor, advocate and entrepreneur. I've founded 5 renewable energy businesses. I've also served on 8 Boards in the not-for-profit sector including co-founder of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas, and numerous sustainability and energy related enterprises. I've installed over 750 KWs of renewable energy projects directly and consulted on over 3 MWs of solar, wind and microhydro installations all over the planet.

  • Sunrise Ranch

    David Karchere

    Sunrise Ranch

    David Karchere is an author, speaker, poet, workshop leader and foremost thought leader on Primal Spirituality worldwide. David has created and led programs for spiritual awakening and personal transformation for people around the globe. He leads Healing Chant workshops, and he has developed The Creative Field Project, a global network of small groups that meet to further the work of Primal Spirituality. David describes Primal Spirituality as the spirituality that human beings experience at birth which, ideally, blossoms and grows as a person matures. David has just finished writing his first book, Becoming a Sun. The book is a guide to the human journey, individually and collectively. David believes that humanity is evolving to become a conscious expression of the creative power within us and that we have the power to radiate this to our world. David is the spiritual director at Sunrise Ranch, a teaching and demonstration site for Primal Spirituality, and the leader of Emissaries of Divine Light, a global spiritual movement. To sign up for his newsletter, please visit http://davidkarchere.com/

  • Sunrise Ranch

    Jamaica Stevens

    Sunrise Ranch

    The Author and Curator for the multi-media project “ReInhabiting the Village: CoCreating our Future”. As an Organizational Design Consultant and Steward with VillageLab Jamaica works with Regenerative frameworks and Whole Systems principles to empower people, projects and organizations to THRIVE! She is also an experienced event producer, workshop leader, group facilitator, educational program designer, community organizer, project manager, writer and life coach. She is currently the Educational Program Manager for the Lucid University and has been the Co-Founder of Protectors Alliance, Creator of Tribal Convergence Gatherings, Executive Producer of Awaken Visionary Leadership Summit, Co-Founder of Tribal Convergence Network, Educational Program Coordinator with the Novalis Project, as well as a Contributing Producer with Lucidity and other festivals. Passionate about personal evolution, village ethos and collaborative culture, Jamaica is in service to supporting the conditions for planetary flourishing. www.jamaicastevens.com www.villagelab.net www.reinhabitingthevillage.com

  • Time for Tribe

    Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan

    Time for Tribe

    Bill and Zoe met at Burning Man, found mature love grounded in decades of inner work and happily married in 2008. Ever since then, they have been working together, learning and teaching the theory, values and workable structure of “New Tribes” as part of the evolving Gift Culture. They are building intimate, bonded tribes of men and women, thus supporting a healing of the essential feminine and masculine. They authored the book We Need Each Other, and have delivered over 60 Gift Community seminars around the world.

  • Sunrise Ranch

    David Karchere

    Sunrise Ranch

    David Karchere is an author, speaker, poet, workshop leader and foremost thought leader on Primal Spirituality worldwide. David has created and led programs for spiritual awakening and personal transformation for people around the globe. He leads Healing Chant workshops, and he has developed The Creative Field Project, a global network of small groups that meet to further the work of Primal Spirituality. David describes Primal Spirituality as the spirituality that human beings experience at birth which, ideally, blossoms and grows as a person matures. David has just finished writing his first book, Becoming a Sun. The book is a guide to the human journey, individually and collectively. David believes that humanity is evolving to become a conscious expression of the creative power within us and that we have the power to radiate this to our world. David is the spiritual director at Sunrise Ranch, a teaching and demonstration site for Primal Spirituality, and the leader of Emissaries of Divine Light, a global spiritual movement. To sign up for his newsletter, please visit http://davidkarchere.com/

  • Sunrise Ranch

    Jamaica Stevens

    Sunrise Ranch

    The Author and Curator for the multi-media project “ReInhabiting the Village: CoCreating our Future”. As an Organizational Design Consultant and Steward with VillageLab Jamaica works with Regenerative frameworks and Whole Systems principles to empower people, projects and organizations to THRIVE! She is also an experienced event producer, workshop leader, group facilitator, educational program designer, community organizer, project manager, writer and life coach. She is currently the Educational Program Manager for the Lucid University and has been the Co-Founder of Protectors Alliance, Creator of Tribal Convergence Gatherings, Executive Producer of Awaken Visionary Leadership Summit, Co-Founder of Tribal Convergence Network, Educational Program Coordinator with the Novalis Project, as well as a Contributing Producer with Lucidity and other festivals. Passionate about personal evolution, village ethos and collaborative culture, Jamaica is in service to supporting the conditions for planetary flourishing. www.jamaicastevens.com www.villagelab.net www.reinhabitingthevillage.com