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.
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.
Regenerative Real Estate
Cassandra has brought her passion for community into the practice of real estate for the last 12 years and pioneered the field of cooperative real estate. Inspired by dedicated, visionary clients and our shared dream for a regenerative future, Cassandra serves the communities movement in many ways. She works with a team of agents in Green Key Real Estate, serves on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Communities and is a founding member of the new CommonSpace Community Land Trust. She lives in a rural intentional community with her family and a bunch of other cultural creatives in west Sonoma County. Cassandra is available for consultation, agency, and as an educator.
David is the co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of NuMundo, a platform that connects people and impact centers (land-based projects for regenerative living), encouraging resource sharing on the web and on the ground to catalyze planetary regeneration and individual transformation.
Time for Tribe
Bill met his partner, Zoe Alowan, at Burning Man in 2005, married in 2008 and have been active teachers of the values and structure of committed, non-residential Communities they call ``Tribe``. They have delivered 65+ seminars around the world and co-authored the book We Need Each Other. Website: http://timefortribe.com/ Bill co-founded the ManKind Project in 1984 (now with 75,000 graduates around the world) and later the Inner King Training and Warrior Monk. He is the author of A Circle of Men, published by St. Martins Press. In his role as MKP “Visionary-at-large” Bill come to understand the state of the world and the profound need for small committed tribes. Zoe lived in community and been deeply engaged in sacred art for decades. As painter, dancer, singer and storyteller, her work in women’s circles reclaims beauty and wisdom of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine.
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.
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.
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
Geoship - Bioceramic Architecture
I’m a multi-faceted explorer and activist. I quit my job as a semiconductor engineer in 2003 and bought a oneway ticket to Bangkok. This became about 8 years of vagabonding and sailing around in the world, while probing into the transcendental experience. Then the information war climaxed which inspired me to become an activist. So I moved to Iceland and worked with the pirate poeticians to pioneer peer to peer democracies, transparency legislation, and integral currencies. For the last several years I have been founding a home and community building cooperative called Geoship. We all thrive when there is resonance between our inner and outer world. That's the idea, and the mission, behind everything we’re doing.
Healing of Love
Ian MacKenzie is an award-winning filmmaker & media activist based in Vancouver. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic TV, CBC Documentary, The Globe and Mail, Adbusters, and film festivals around the world. He co-produced Velcrow Ripper’s feature film Occupy Love (2013), and more recently released the short film Reactor (2013).Sacred Economics (2012) is one of his most popular web films, in collaboration with author Charles Eisenstein. Ian’s previous short The Revolution Is Love (2011) was named one of the top 10 Occupy films to watch 2011. His newest featured documentary Amplify Her, exploring the rising feminine in electronic music, will be released in 2016.
Healing of Love
Julia is a filmmaker, photographer, and community builder based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She empowers the awakening feminine movement across the globe through visual storytelling. She spent a decade co-producing films alongside Oscar nominated filmmakers and is now making her first feature film called UNION which questions foundational concepts about structures of in love relationships in our dominant culture while profiling alternative models. In 2016, Julia co-founded the Re/Culture Collective and is a producer on Healing of Love, a film about the revolutionary work of the Tamera Peace Research Village in Portugal. For many years, she has traveled the world making media for change. Her global culture shifting partners include groups and organizations like Burning Man, The Shift Network, The Global Ecovillage Network, Kiwi Connect, Bioneers, Tamera Healing Biotope I in Portugal, Walking Water, and more. Julia is also multi-lingual and a Master NLP Practitioner.
Healing of Love
John Wolfstone is a new paradigm filmmaker, rites of passage guide and cultural designer based in Northern California. Over the past 9 years, he has used filmmaking, the somatic arts, and community building as tools of conflict resolution and peacemaking in conflict zones from rural Guatemalan villages, to Middle Eastern refugee camps and inner cities in the U.S. In 2016, he co-founded the Re/Culture Collective which is dedicated to telling the stories of the regenerative culture, and producing their latest feature, Healing of Love, about the revolutionary work of the Tamera Peace Research Village in Portugal. In addition John has produced three “love schools” on the West Coast in collaboration with Tamera. John presents his work internationally, and continues the research through curating events at the intersection of myth, ritual, and village, and regular community practice in Northern California. John also mentors youth part-time in Wilderness Rites of Passage in Oakland, California.