The Fabrice Guerrier Show
By Fabrice Guerrier
The Fabrice Guerrier ShowMar 25, 2021
# 26 Thinking About The Future — Part 1: The Role Of Imagination In Society
Part 1 of The ‘Thinking About The Future’ series brings together co-hosts— Jodie Geddes, Daniel Friesen and Martin Roeck— three respected leaders from Fabrice’s community for lively discussions on The Role of Imagination In Society. Each co-hosts bring a diverse background in education, tech, activism, linguistics, gaming, restorative justice and intergovernmental experiences, resulting in an enthralling exploration of forward-looking perspectives and the shifting dynamics of our societies.
About Jodie: https://jodiegeddes.com/about/
About Martin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-roeck-88075285/
#25 Dr. Judith Goldstein & Caroline James: A Conversation On Power, History & Creating Possible Futures
Dr. Judith S. Goldstein received a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1962 with a concentration on European and American history. As a Woodrow Wilson Scholar at Columbia University, she received a Masters degree in European history and wrote her thesis on the “Mouvement Republicain Populaire and the Franco Vietnamese War, 1946-1954.” In 1972, Judith completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University after writing her dissertation on “The Politics of Ethnic Pressure: The American Jewish Committee Fight Against Immigration Restriction: 1906-1917.” This book was republished by Routledge in 2020 and was the beginning of a sustained concentration on immigration and diversity in America and Europe. She worked at Columbia University for 10 years focused on an oral history project on Ethnic Groups and American Foreign Policy. In the late 1980s, she started a book about the integration of Jewish immigrants in Maine. In 1992, William Morrow published Crossing Lines: Histories of Jews and Gentiles in Three Communities. In 2006, Rutgers University Press published Inventing Great Neck: Jewish Identity and American Dreams.
Judith worked as the Executive Director of Thanks To Scandinavia, started by the Danish pianist Victor Borge to acknowledge Scandinavians who resisted Nazism and protected Jews during the Second World War. In 1997, Judith founded Humanity in Action and has served as its Executive Director ever since. Programs have included fellowships and internships in Europe and the United States, annual publications, photography exhibitions, films, and conferences. Over 26 years the organization has engaged over 2,750 college and university students in its programs and raised over $31 million. Judith serves on the Board of the The Frances Perkins Foundation and the Somes Pond Center, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She sustains an abiding interest in conservation and landscape design and history, especially as it relates to Maine and Mt. Desert Island
Caroline James is the founder of WE The Sojourners, which offers multi-media content about human rights, social justice, and decolonization. Drawing on research and various creative methods, Caroline explores how issues of social justice and human rights shape our everyday lives. Her expertise is grounded in improving education at the institutional and systemic levels, especially concerning issues of inequality. Under “Resetting the Table,” a leading organization in the political bridge-building field, Caroline is formally trained to facilitate discussions of political and social issues.
In 2014, for her unique take on educating for social justice and activism within the classroom, she was named a national winner of the" Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award." In 2021, She became one of 16 feminists globally recognized by The National Association of Women's Studies. Additionally, in 2021 as a Senior “Humanity in Action Fellow,” she was also named an HIA Racial Equity Grant Awardee. Although primarily versed in the North American context, through several fellowships, Caroline has studied inequality in India, Nepal, France, and Poland. An internationally recognized “Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge" fellow, Caroline holds a Master’s in Education Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (England).
#24 Alicia Garza: How do we preserve, protect and promote dignity at all cost?
Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve -- to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An author, political strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and is a co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. Alicia has become a powerful voice in the media and frequently contributes thoughtful opinion pieces and expert commentary on politics, race and more to outlets such as MSNBC and The New York Times. She has received numerous accolades and recognitions, including being on the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World issue and being named to Bloomberg's 50 and Politico's 50 lists. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (One World Penguin Random House), and she warns you: hashtags don’t start movements, people do.
Instagram: @ChasingGarza |Twitter: @AliciaGarza | Facebook: Chasing Garza
#23 Friedrich Nietzsche And The Will Of Future
Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the greatest minds that ever lived. In this latest Episode 23 of The Fabrice Guerrier Show, your host Fabrice explores some of his main ideas as it relates to the future of humanity from: Eternal occurrence & Amor Fati, Will to Power, His novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra Book, The Apollonian and the Dionysian struggle and more.
#22 Eastern Asian Philosophy, Bruce Lee, Gong Fu, The Toa, Zen and The Future (Eastern Futures Part II)
In this part two of Eastern Futures on The Fabrice Guerrier Show, we explore the complexity of eastern asian philosophy as a unique framework that can help us understand and shape our future. The host Fabrice speaks on the thoughts of Bruce Lee and explores a myriad of ideas from Gong Fu, The Toa, Zen, Ying and Ying, Satori, Buddhism and more.
#21 Kerry Brown: China's Future And How To Live In A Multipolar World (Eastern Futures Part I)
Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London. He is an Associate of the Asia Pacific Programme at Chatham House, London, an adjunct of the Australia New Zealand School of Government in Melbourne, and the co-editor of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, run from the German Institute for Global Affairs in Hamburg. He is President of the Kent Archaeological Society and an Affiliate of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at Cambridge University. From 2012 to 2015 he was Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to this he worked at Chatham House from 2006 to 2012, as Senior Fellow and then Head of the Asia Programme.
From 1998 to 2005 he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing, and then as Head of the Indonesia, Philippine and East Timor Section. He lived in the Inner Mongolia region of China from 1994 to 1996. He has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mandarin Chinese (Distinction) from Thames Valley University, London, and a Ph D in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University. Professor Brown directed the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) giving policy advice to the European External Action Service between 2011 and 2014.
He is the author of almost 20 books on modern Chinese politics, and has written for every major international news outlet, and been interviewed by every major news channel on issues relating to contemporary China.
#20 Saving The Future From Nihilism
How do we save the future from Nihilism? I believe it's one of the biggest threat there is which prevents humanity from creating the future we desire both in our individual lives, our communities and in the world. Join me in this Season 3 premiere of The Fabrice Guerrier Show as I explore through a monologue key ideas to living an empowered life and bringing forth the future that is waiting to be born through you.
#19 Edwidge Danticat: The artist and his time, haitian futurism and the shifting of the world
Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian American novelist, short story writer and essayist. She is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Create Dangerously, Claire of the Sea Light, and Everything Inside. She is also the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, Best American Essays 2011, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2. She has written seven books for children and young adults, Anacaona, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama's Nightingale, Untwine, My Mommy Medicine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance. Her memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur fellow, a 2018 Ford Foundation “The Art of Change” fellow, and the winner of the 2018 Neustadt International Prize and the 2019 St. Louis Literary Award.
#18 Dr. Moriba Jah: Spaceflight, space debris, astrodynamics and space policy
Dr. Moriba Jah is an associate professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin where he is the holder of the Mrs. Pearlie Dashiell Henderson Centennial Fellowship in Engineering. He is the director for Computational Astronautical Sciences and Technologies (CAST), a group within the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences as well as the Lead for the Space Security and Safety Program at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law.
Moriba came to UT Austin by way of the Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to that, where he was a Spacecraft Navigator on a handful of Mars missions. Moriba is a Fellow of multiple organizations: TED, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Astronautical Society (AAS), International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
He has served on the US delegation to the United Nations Committee On Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS), is an elected Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and has testified to congress on his work as related to Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management. He’s an Co-Editor of the IAA and Elsevier Acta Astronautica journal, and serves on multiple committees: IAA Space Traffic Management, IAA Space Debris, AIAA Astrodynamics, IAF Astrodynamics, and IAF Space Security.
Twitter of Dr. Moriba Jah: @moribajah
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#17 Prateeksha Singh: Strategic foresight, systems change, and designing participatory futures
Prateeksha Singh is a multidisciplinary practitioner whose practice sits at the confluence of systems + foresight + design research. She collaboratively explores how applying a living system lens can provide additional tools and perspectives for working with complex yet adaptive challenges. She is driven to working with diverse voices and harnessing inclusive and plural images of the future, and her work in the past has focused on gender, equity, and nature.
She is currently based in Bangkok as the Head of Experimentation with the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Innovation Centre, where she supports the building of institutional innovation capabilities within regional UNDP offices, and external partners. These capabilities range from foresight, to reflecting on cohesion of current portfolios, systems change theory, and public policy innovation.
Prateeksha holds a M.Des in Strategic Foresight & Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto, sat on the board of the Association of Professional Futurists from Jan 2018 - Aug 2021, chairs the annual virtual APF Futures Festival, and is the 2019 Next Generation Foresight Practitioner global award recipient for her work on equity based plural futures.
You can find her on twitter @mpathyDesigns
#16 Seth Godin: How to create the future with what you do and what you got
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 20 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It's Your Turn (And It's Always Your Turn). His book, This is Marketing, was an instant bestseller in countries around the world. The latest book is The Practice, and creatives everywhere have made it a bestseller. Seth is founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have transformed the work of thousands of people around the world.
Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!).By focusing on everything from effective marketing and leadership, to the spread of ideas and changing everything, Seth has been able to motivate and inspire countless people around the world.
In 2013, Seth was one of just three professionals inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame. In an astonishing turn of events, in May 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame as well. He might be the only person in both.
#15 Joy Sanchez-Taylor: Representation of writers of color and science fiction's ability to make the impossible possible
Joy Sanchez-Taylor is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) whose research specialty is intersections between science fiction, fantasy, and critical race theory. She is the author of Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color. The book examines the contributions of late-twentieth- and twenty-first-century US and Canadian science fiction authors of color. By looking at the intersections among science fiction authors of multiple races and ethnicities, Joy Sanchez-Taylor seeks to explain how these authors of color are juxtaposing tropes of science fiction with specific cultural references to comment on issues of inclusiveness in Eurowestern cultures. The central argument of this work is that these authors are challenging science fiction’s history of Eurocentric representation through the depiction of communities of color in fantastic or futuristic settings, specifically by using cognitive estrangement and the inclusion of non-Eurowestern cultural beliefs and practices to comment on the alienation of racially dominated groups. By exploring science fiction tropes—such as first contact, genetic modification, post-apocalyptic landscapes, and advanced technologies in the works of Octavia E. Butler, Ted Chiang, Sabrina Vourvoulias, and many others—Sanchez-Taylor demonstrates how authors of various races and ethnicities write science fiction that pays homage to the genre while also creating a more diverse and inclusive portrait of the future.
Diverse Futures: https://ohiostatepress.org/books/titles/9780814214732.html
#14 Wadia Ait Hamza: How to build intergenerational allyship and adapt to a fast changing world
Wadia Ait Hamza is Head of the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum. Previously, he worked at the Rabat School of Governance and Economics, at Toyota and at the European Institute for the Mediterranean in Barcelona. Wadia is 2012 United Nations Alliances of Civilizations fellow, 2012 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader, 2013 cohort of the Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and 2019 hope Tizi award. Wadia was also selected among the 15 below 40 who make "The International Geneva" by the Swiss magazine Le Temps. He is trustee of Al Akhawayn Alumni Association.
#13 Joshua Mesnik & Michael Rekola: Finding fulfillment in the creative arts, mastering your craft and the future of entertainment
Joshua Mesnik is an American actor. He grew up in Naples, Florida and graduated from Florida State University, where he was a longtime member of the campus favorite "30in60" Sketch Comedy Troupe. While working in New York City as a public educator with The QUESTion Project, he began his acting training at the TGW Acting Studio NYC. Soon thereafter he relocated to Los Angeles to begin his work as an actor for film and voice.
Michael Rekola is a producer and storyteller with a focus on helping independent filmmakers craft their films! His specialty ranges from the development of script through to distribution. The first chapter of Mike's story began on Capitol Hill in the early 2010s where he cut his teeth as a communications director in Congressional Leadership as a producer and director of digital media.
Then it was onto FWD.us, a non-profit founded by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, where Mike was their inaugural communications director who built an entire office and operations. After producing hundreds of successful media packages, Mike decided to make the leap to full entrepreneurship in 2017. Since then Mike has produced, invested, or supported films that have played at Berlinale Film Fest, been sold to American distributors, and is currently developing his next feature film -- Burying Doris.
Outside of producing, Michael uses his talents to host the NATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, as its Executive Director and Founder. This Film Festival focuses on champion local and national emerging filmmaking talent. “A rising tide lifts all ships,” is a common phrase you’ll hear Michael repeating. He splits his time between Washington, D.C., and his Great Grandfather’s Farm in Brooklyn, CT with his wife Kaitlin, toddler, Emmi, and undomesticated and devoted canine of eleven years - Monty.
#12 Chris Williams CEO of Zelos: Startups, data, new economies and creating inclusive futures
Chris Williams, Founder and CEO at ZELOS. Zelos is a search engine and archival database for Track & Field meet results using artificial intelligence to provide free, accessible, and accurate information to our diverse and global community.
#11 Dr. Etta D. Jackson: How to live a more fulfilled life in the new age of aquarius and the role of spirituality in shaping the future
Etta D. Jackson worked in the field of education for twenty-five years as teacher, guidance counselor and district administrator in both New York and Wisconsin. Ms. Jackson holds a B.A. in Biology and two M.S. degrees: one in Psychoanalytic Counseling and Development and the other in Administrative Leadership and Supervision. She recently received her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University in “The Role of Geospatial Information and Effective Partnerships in the Implementation of the International Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Her passion for wanting to make a difference led her to the founding of The Institute for Conscious Global Change ICGC), a 501(c)(3) international non-for-profit NGO organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. She now serves as the CEO of the Institute. This New York based organization was founded in 2007 with the objective of providing a comprehensive response to: ‘Fundamentally Changing the Way Humanity Lives in and Creates Its Environment’!
The focus of our work is to provide visual but tangible development solutions to support the unfinished mandate of the Millennium Development Goals and now Sustainable Development Goals. With the aid of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), GeoDesign and related technologies, ICGC engages governments and citizens to develop integrated holistic and comprehensive development models for implementation in each country. ICGC believes this approach is essential for the eradication of extreme poverty, to create the ‘Future We Want’ and ensure no one is left behind. ICGC seeks to ‘Put Equality on the Map!
Ms. Jackson is also the author of four books: • Understanding Your Choice • Unveiling the Secrets of the Feminine Principle • The Role of Consciousness in Governance • The Idea That Is the United States of America-Its Occult Foundation. She is the mother of one daughter and has a grandson
#10 Dr. Neil Oculi: Worldbuilding, climate change, the gap between science and policy, mass mobilization and the richest 2%
Dr. Neil Oculi is an interdisciplinary political geographer. He received his Ph.D. in Geography and an MA in International Studies from the University of Connecticut. He also holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and studied farm management and rural development at the United World College in Venezuela. Neil has taught courses in Geography, Globalization, and Global Environmental Politics at the University of Connecticut. Neil is currently the Resident Lecture in Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values at the Center for Marine Resource Studies in the Turks and Caicos. Neil is also an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford, teaching Environmental Studies and Environmental Justice courses.
His research interests include the vulnerability of Small Island Development State (SIDS), foreign policy analysis, international climate change policy, modeling of sea-level rise within SIDS, and hydro and hydraulic modeling of flood events within SIDS. His research adventures have taken him to Venezuela, Mexico, Tanzania, and the Caribbean, his home region.
Born and raised in Saint Lucia, Neil’s passion for environmental justice and climate change sprouted during his time as the president of a local environmental club, the Mabouya Valley Environmental Club. Serving in that role, he managed local environmental projects such as river stabilization, watershed management, and education, youth Heritage Tourism initiatives, etc.
#9 Amy Drewry & Micheal Drewry: The rural decline of america, urbanization and family farming
Amy Drewry is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, recently completing her 4th PBS affiliate documentary, a historical and agricultural film The Virginia Peanut Story, with support from the Virginia Humanities & other organizations. This documentary has aired on over 100 PBS markets nationwide. Her previous documentaries include; Wired for Life, Early Childhood Education & Care; Surviving Abundance, Overweight Kids in Crisis; & Kingdom By The Sea, Fortress Monroe. Amy's work in film, theater, television, corporate and digital web-based platforms has allowed her to produce in multi-genres as both Director and Producer. She directed the theatrical production "Ruined" for one of the most respected historically black universities, Hampton University. Other theater directing credits include "Crimes of the Heart" "Smokey Joe's Cafe" "Dracula" "Steel Magnolias" and others. Amy's work in film, theater, television, corporate and digital web-based platforms has allowed her to produce in multi-genres as both Director and Producer. She directed the theatrical production "Ruined" for one of the most respected historically black universities, Hampton University. Other theater directing credits include "Crimes of the Heart" "Smokey Joe's Cafe" "Dracula" "Steel Magnolias" and others.
5 years spent working in the feature film industry included the following feature films and broadcast television shows: Historical Fiction - Gone to Texas starring Sam Elliott. Biography - The George McKenna Story starring Denzel Washington. Romance - Full Moon in Blue Water starring Gene Hackman, Burgess Meredith and Terry Garr. Medical - Buck James for Life starring Dennis Weaver. Foreign - Miller and Muller. Horror - The Lamp. Additional projects include web films for the Department of Energy, advocacy films for the National Parks Conservation Association, media campaigns for a variety of non-profits, tribute films including JoAnn Falletta, conductor and Frank Batten, creator of The Weather Channel. In the late 80’s and early 90’s Amy produced the largest environmental awareness series in the country for the oil and gas industry, which consisted of over 100 films and included teacher guides and instructions manuals.
Michael Drewry is an Attorney and has been the owner and operator of Drewry Farms in Surry County, Virginia since 1978. Michael's family has been farming in Virginia since 1600’s. Currently raising row crops, livestock, berries and produce using natural methods. He has implemented environmentally friendly agricultural techniques such as solar drying of crops. He graduated with his Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Biology minor, Summa Cum Laude from William & Mary.
#8 Dr. Stevens Bonhommes: Economic growth, innovation, haiti and the future of work
Dr. Stevens Bonhomme is currently working as a Client Success Manager at Microsoft, helping small and medium businesses reach their digital advertising goals through Microsoft Advertising. Dr. Bonhomme holds a Doctorate of Business Administration, a Masters in Applied Economics and a Bachelors in Business Economics. Dr. Bonhomme is originally from Haiti, in the Caribbean, and throughout his life has striven for academic excellence, always wishing to make the most of his education, as he believes education is an engine of growth.
Dr. Bonhomme’s focus is human capital accumulation for a longer and sustainable development. He wants to use his business acumen to better his surroundings and the world as a whole through every action.
#7 Najla Mangoush: Restorative justice, trauma healing and how to live more restoratively
Najla Mangoush is an adjunct professor at George Mason University and Northern Virginia community college. Currently teaching Restorative Justice and Trauma awareness in resilience community. She is a Doctoral candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
Master of Arts (MA) in Conflict Transformation, Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University. As both a practitioner and independent researcher with focus on war to peace transitions, advance skills in peace processes: Restorative justice, mediation, political negotiations, customary law, and restorative justice, gender. International experience: Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Somaliland. Recent publications "Customary Practice and Restorative Justice in Libya: Hybrid Approach," United States Institute of Peace (2015). "Speaking their peace," contributed as interviewer for war trauma victims (2015). Co-author Najla Mangoush, Cassandra Lawrence, Dr. Sara Singha, and Rev. Douglas Leonard (2018). Currently working on a chapter on mediation on Oman forward by William Zarman and will be published by Uppsala University (2019).
#6 Roland Kennedy: The future of philanthropy in the united states and funding black led projects
Roland’s philanthropic work is driven by his passion to ensure systems are conducive to Black wealth accumulation, voting rights and protections, and developing talent pipelines to ensure more Black decision makers in philanthropy.
Roland believes in trust-based philanthropy, an approach to minimize the power imbalance between grantmaker and grantseeker and takes the position that the grantseeker knows what is best for their community and projects.
Roland is New York City based and spends most of his personal time developing his craft as a musician.
#5 Cedric Nwafor: Agricultural farming as a future for africa
Cedric Nwafor is a founder of ROOTS Africa. A passion for agriculture and its people drives Cedric, a social entrepreneur and public speaker who has organized, facilitated and spoken at various events across Africa and the US. While earning his Bachelor’s degree, he visited farms in Idaho and Maryland as well as in Rwanda, Liberia, Cameroon, Ghana, and Uganda to learn different approaches to farm life and management. Along the way, Cedric became an agricultural evangelist, engaging African youth in civic affairs in both cities and rural communities. He believes that engaging the young generations in agriculture is vital to the future of the African continent and the socio-economic well-being of its people.
#4 Brianna McGowan & Sam Bonar: Envisioning a future that is delicious and desirable for us to build
Brianna McGowan is a developer, poet, data scientist, advocate, and dancer passionate about intersecting worlds and building Equitism. She encourages people to boldly envision a future that defies the status quo. She code's to move women and people of color into tech, and change the face of the industry. She is committed to projects that promote social responsibility and community vibrancy. She is the Cofounder & Chief Technology Officer of Delicious Democracy: DC's Creative Advocacy Lab. She is the Python Director for Women Who Code D.C. and a volunteer for Black Girls Code. She attends hackathons, writes poetry, teach modern dance, and advocate for D.C. Statehood and Ranked Choice Voting. She gave a TEDx talk on "Know Your Values in the Age of Automation."
Sam Bonar is a comedic strategist who helps politicians and leaders use improvisation, radical play, gaming, and joyful tech to move the needle in campaigns and advocacy. He is a systems tinkerer, bard activist DC Statehood and ranked choice voting advocate, and miscommunication consultant helping to build an ecosystem for a more Delicious Democracy. Sam is the Cofounder & Chief Strategy Officer of Delicious Democracy, a creative advocacy lab where they experiment against cultural apathy, fusing big structural change with personal transformation. In comedy, he is the headline performer at Washington Improv Theater. He teaches, coaches, and leads organizational workshops honing various skills: authenticity, agility, communication and active listening, team building and collaboration, and understanding the role of comedy within drama and how to more effectively use your political voice.
Site - https://www.deliciousdemocracy.com/
#3 Steven Feldstein: Emerging technologies, human rights and why democracies need to be renewed?
Steven Feldstein is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, where he focuses on issues of democracy, technology, human rights, U.S. foreign policy, conflict trends, and Africa. He is also an associate professor and the holder of the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University.
Feldstein most recently served as a deputy assistant secretary in the Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Bureau in the U.S. Department of State, where he had responsibility for Africa policy, international labor affairs, and international religious freedom. Previously he was the director of the office of policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and also served as counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where he oversaw U.S. foreign assistance programs, State Department management and operations, and international organizations.
Feldstein is currently writing a book on the intersection of advanced technology, global repression, and governance. His articles and commentary have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Journal of Democracy, Just Security, the National Interest, Salon, the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, Newsweek, World Politics Review, and the Conversation.
#2 Kahstoserakwathe Paulette Moore: How do we live indigenous ways of being and thinking into the future?
Kahstoserakwathe Paulette Moore is an independent filmmaker, lecturer, artist and educator. Moore is Kanyen'kehàka (Mohawk) and an enrolled member of Six Nations of the Grand River territory where she is based. She is a full-time Kanyen'kehàka (Mohawk) language immersion student. Moore spent two decades based in Washington DC working as a director, producer and writer with Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, ABC and other media outlets. In 2004 she began making independent, community-based films as Shenandoah University's filmmaker-in-residence in Winchester, Virginia. Her 2007 film "Wit, Will and Walls" documents the history of desegregation in the Shenandoah Valley and has been used extensively to facilitate dialogue about race. In 2009 Moore began work as an associate professor of media arts and peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. There, she collaborated with students to create "To Wisconsin with Love": a film about Ojibwe resistance and envisioning in response to what would have been the world's largest open-pit taconite mine. In 2016 Moore collaborated with Northland College (Ashland, WI) students to create "From Wisconsin with Love" which focuses on the spiritual, economic, physical, and legal aspects of the act of harvest from the perspective of Ojibwe prophecy and practice. Her work often features art pieces linked to her films including several incarnations of a collaborative community embroidery project.
#1 Jamal Grant: How can groups of people born into an unfair starting point in society thrive?
Jamal Grant is the Founder of the NET Mentoring Group, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization he founded to address the STEM academic achievement and opportunity gap in Greater Boston. The NET Mentoring Group serves underrepresented minorities and young girls in the Boston area through providing STEM programming, mentorship and access to resources in the city. Jamal is a former mechanical and aerospace systems engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and is currently a Dual MBA/MPP candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2022). Recently, he has taken his experiential learning to new heights in organizing a documentary film project trip to South Africa in March 2019 where he and a team of three other researchers explored wealth inequality in South Africa 25 years since the first democratically-elected government.