Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is a former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has won many awards for his scientific research including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Marc has written more than 200 articles, numerous books, and has edited three encyclopedias. His books include the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall). In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. In 2009 he was presented with the St. Francis of Assisi Award by the New Zealand SPCA. Marc's work has been featured on48 Hours, inTime Magazine, Life Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, Orion, Scientific American, Ranger Rick, National Geographic Kids, on NPR, BBC, Fox, NaturGEO, in a National Geographic Society television special ("Play: The Nature of the Game"), Discovery TV's "Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry," Animal Planet's "The Power of Play," National Geographic Society's "Hunting in America," and more recently in "What Animals Think" and PBS Nature's "Why We Love Cats and Dogs" and"Animal Odd Couples." Marc has also appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and 20/20.
Howard B. Esbin is the creator of Prelude, a 21st C. learning game. Prelude is used in schools, community agencies, and workplace training internationally. Its design is informed by his research on social learning, imagination, and positive psychology. He founded Heliotrope, a social enterprise to promote Prelude and related research. Howard also has two decades of senior management experience in the private sector, international development, and philanthropy. His work has been published by the International Labour Organization, Education Canada, and UNESCO.
Neale S. Godfrey is an acknowledged expert on family and children’s finances who has been in the financial field for more than 30 years. Neale became one of the first female executives at The Chase Manhattan Bank. Later, she became the president of The First Women’s Bank and founder of The First Children’s Bank. In 1989, Neale formed her own company, Children’s Financial Network, Inc., whose mission is to educate children and their parents about money. Neale is the author of 27 books that deal with money, life skills, and value issues, and has been honored with a #1 New York Times Best Seller, Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children. Neale has been honored with awards such as “Woman of the Year”, “Banker of the Year”, “Child Advocate of the Year”, and the Femme Award from the United Nations. Neale was recognized as one of New Jersey’s “50 Best Women in Business”, was National Winner of w2wlink’s Ascendancy Awards for Business Women, and has been awarded Garden State Woman of the Year for 2011. She was the recipient of UNCF’s Outstanding Community Service Award in 2012 and received the 2013 Women of Influence Award from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. Neale represents North America on a YPO Global Taskforce called RISE, which is creating an international ecological movement, and serves on the Advisory Board for environmental sustainability, Applied Sustainability Center at the Sam M. Walton School of Business, University of Arkansas. She is also a faculty member of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). Neale has been honored with a recognition from the White House via her program, LIFE, Inc., sponsored by Deloitte Foundation.
Michael Highland is a game designer endeavoring to better understand his relationship with reality, and realize the full potential of video games to positively impact humanity. In 2013, he joined thatgamecompany, best known for it's highly acclaimed games Journey, Flower, and Flow. Prior to thatgamecompany, Michael lead Port127, A small Philadelphia based game studio which he founded after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Digital Media Design. He is also the co-founder of Futureproof, a software company exploring how to bring greater awareness, intention, and well being to our relationship with technology. In addition to creating and writing about games and technology, Michael is an award winning filmmaker and certified yoga instructor.
Ed Lantz is a media and entertainment engineer, inventor, scientist, artist and entrepreneur. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer and leading authority in large-format digital cinema and immersive experiences for mass audiences, and continues to nurture the development of the “fulldome” medium which has surpassed IMAX’s installed theater base by replacing film and analog star projectors with large-format interactive computer graphics projected onto domed screens. Ed is President and CTO of Vortex Immersion Media, an entertainment technology boutique focused on developing branded immersive and interactive entertainment venues and original programming. Mr. Lantz is founder of Harmony Channel, a broadband television network delivering mood-elevating digital media including MoodZones which has been described as “MTV for the Soul.” He also operates Visual Bandwidth, Inc., an immersive cinema and fulldome video advisory network, and is a partner in Spherical Media Group, an immersive cinema production and artist management group. Mr. Lantz has published and presented numerous papers on VR and entertainment technologies, and is a regular contributor to ACM SIGGRAPH papers, panels and courses. He founded the International Planetarium Society’s Fulldome Video Committee and the first Fulldome Standards Summit held in Valencia, Spain in 2004, co-organized the first Immersive Cinema Workshop in Espinho, Portugal in 2005, co-founded the IMERSA trade association in 2008, and moderated the NASA Explorer Institutes focus group on fulldome video held at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA. He received an MS in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University (1984), serves on the boards of the Center for Visual Music, IMERSA, and the Center for Conscious Creativity, and holds two US Patents on immersive video-based theater technology.
Dan Mapes is a digital artist and serial entrepreneur with an MBA in International Business and a strong background in high technology product development for internet and entertainment applications. His projects and clients have included the UN, Apple, Intel, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Electronic Arts and advisory work for the governments of China, Australia and Brazil. He is currently President and Co-founder of MagNet Solutions in Los Angeles. MagNet is a revolutionary social commerce platform that enables artists and brands to deliver music, videos, mobile content, merchandise and more directly to consumers worldwide. His background includes designing image-rich rock tours with Peter Gabriel, creating the first music composing software for the Macintosh, producing The First Summit in Cyberspace for the UN between Nelson Mandela and Shimon Peres using advanced internet videoconferencing technology, designing a nationwide e-learning system for the Saudi Arabian school system and performing on the Tonight Show with his visual music ensemble. He co-developed an advanced laser system for the digital capture of human form and movements and applied those to games as well as film and television.Dan was a Flood Fellow in the PhD program at the University of California at Berkeley focusing on Artificial Intelligence. He received an MBA, magna cum laude from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Over the years, he has lived and worked in Europe (England, France, Germany) and Asia (Japan, China) and has studied multiple languages. He currently resides in Los Angeles and has a 230 acre ranch in Santa Barbara that he is developing into a center for advanced ideas in sustainable ecological development.
Ian Roderick is the Director of the Schumacher Institute, he is a past president of the UK Systems Society. His early career was in Operational Research, MSc (1975) and he co-founded a successful software company in 1982. In 2002 he completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at Bath University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, co-founder of The Converging World and is on the advisory board of Low Carbon South West. He was President of the UK Systems Society (2005 - 2008). He sits on the board of Low Carbon South West. Ian is co-author with John Pontin of the Schumacher Briefing “Converging World.”
Kerri Schlottman-Bright is the Director of Institutional Development for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City where she works with foundation and government funders to support a variety of key initiatives that bring economic and cultural value to the museum. Previously, she was the Vice President of Business Development at E-Line Media, an education and entertainment publisher harnessing the power of games to help youth thrive in a globally connected and rapidly changing world. Additionally, she was the Associate Executive Director for the Scholastic Awards, which identifies and honors youth with exceptional creative skills across a variety of digital and traditional media. Kerri has been a presenter at the annual Games for Change Festival and has been interviewed extensively about her fundraising successes. She is also a published novelist and the founder of NYC Bark Club, a non-profit organization that renovates defunct dog parks in the NYC area.
Gary Tomchuk is a pioneer in the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) market, bringing together 30 years of experience in marketing, business development, sales, technology and management. At Ethical Markets Media he led the launch of the first national weekly television series reporting on issues of redefining success in terms of sustainability and social consciousness. Gary founded Awareness Marketing, a consulting firm specializing in integrated health, personal growth and natural products in 1995. He has helped launch several companies in this industry, serving in executive roles including CEO, COO and VP. Gary is Founder of AwareGuide and has served as Director of CSRwire, a corporate social responsibility newswire service and was cofounder of BroadcastHealth.com; a leader in producing video for web streaming and broadcast and was responsible for their production, content and business development. He served as COO of Passionate Living Media a television, print, radio and internet media company and worked with companies such as Healthy.com, Deepak Chopra’s MyPotential.com, Akesis Naturals, ConvergenceHealth, Bamboo EcoResort, Whole Life Expos and Media, and Peter Pan Entertainment (now Inspired Media). Gary brings to LOHAS the skills he earned in the computer industry, where he won industry recognition, including two PC magazine's Editors Choice Awards. His efforts contributed to the growth of Syncro Corporation to #173 on the Inc. 500. Working with several startups has given Gary a full-range of skills in starting, developing and running a company.
Ryan Whisnant is a strategy and communications professional specializing in sustainability and organization development. He has consulted with businesses and non-profits across a variety of sectors including software & technology, energy & utilities, food & agriculture, and environmental education. Ryan's experience includes leading sustainability efforts for SunGard, a $4.5 billion revenue global Fortune 500 technology company with over 17,000 employees in 30 countries, developing and managing programs for major product launches at Microsoft, and designing and delivering training for large-scale energy utilities including Duke Energy.
Ryan holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University and both an MS in Natural Resources & Environment and MBA from the University of Michigan, where he focused on sustainable systems and behavior. He has a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) from the New York Open Center, and has dedicated several years to training in nature systems, tracking, and mentoring through programs including Wilderness Awareness School. His publications include research on organizational culture & sustainability and articles exploring the intersection of positive psychology and sustainability.