Ivo Banac is Bradford Durfee Professor of History at Yale University and is a member of the Croatian Parliament. He is a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and is the president of the advisory council of the Vlado Gotovac Institute in Zagreb. He was the mininster of environmental protection and urban planning in the government of Croatia in 2003. Banac is the author of The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics, which was awarded the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. He was the editor of East European Politics and Societies, served as co-chair of the Open Society Institute in Croatia, and was a member of the presidency of the Croatian Helsinski Committee for Human Rights. He has M.A. and Ph.D degrees from Stanford University.
Stephen Ducat isprofessor of psychology in the School of Humanities at New College ofCalifornia, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, and acandidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. He isthe author, most recently, of The Wimp Factor: Gender Gaps, Holy Wars, and The Politics of Anxious Masculinity.He has made numerous appearances on radio and television to discuss hiswritings and research in the area of political psychology.
Riane Eisler, is renown for her best-selling book, The Chalice and the Blade, which Ashley Montagu cited as "the most important book since Darwin's Origin of the Species." She has also written other seminal books on culture: Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrow's Children, The Power of Partnership, and her latest, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics (April 2007 pub.date). Eisler has degrees in sociology and law from U.C.L.A., where she was also a professor. She is the founder and president of the Center for Partnership Studies in Pacific Grove, CA.
Johan Galtung is seen as the pioneer of peace and conflict research. He co-founded the European University Center for Peace Studies in Austria and has been a professor of sociology and peace studies at the University of Oslo, Norway, Princeton University, Columbia University, and the University of Hawaii. He founded and directed the International Peace Research Institute (Oslo 1959-1969) and is the Director of Transcend, an international peace network. He has received the Norwegian Humanist Prize, the Bajaj International Award for promoting Gandhian values, and was the recipient of the Right livelihood Award (1987). Galtung is the author of numerous articles and books, including Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means.
Thom Hartmann, popular Air America talk show host and author of several books, including Unequal Protection, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, and his latest, Screwed: The Undeclared War against the Middle Class.An expert on history, culutre, and communication, Thom has helped setup hospitals, famine relief programs, and schools in third world countries. He has also been a reporter, news anchor, and program director for commerical radio stations. Hartmann worked with the international Salem Program in Germany to set up famine relief and has worked with similar programs in Africa, South America, and Asia.
Tom Hayden was an 18-year member of the California State Legislature, a co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and is now a leading voice for ending the war in Iraq. A lifelong activist --- both inside and outside the system --- Hayden has been called "the conscience of the senate," and credited with "creating the blueprint for the Great Society programs." He is the author of 13 books, including The Lost Gospel of the Earth, Rebel, Irish on the Inside, and Street Wars. He was the key author of the Port Huron Statement that launched SDS. He writes for The Nation magazine, where he also servs on the editorial board. Hayden has taught at Harvard's Institute of Politics and currently teaches at Pitzer College and Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Hazel Henderson, evolutionary economist, futurist, and the author of Beyond Globalization, the Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators: a New Tool for Assessing National Trends,and six other books. Her editorials have appeared in over 400 newspapers and journals, including the Harvard Business Review, NewYork Times, Christian Science Monitor, and the World Economic Herald.She is a fellow of the World Business Academy and has lectured at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and many other universities. She is a TVproducer and the series creator of Ethical Markets Media.
Georgia Kelly is the founder and director of Praxis Peace Institute. She has produced 4 international conferences and directs the events and workshop programs at Praxis. She recently co-produced a roundtable on species extinction with the Threshold Foundation and is actively involved in creating educational events that inspire civic participation. Kelly teaches conflict resolution and has organized cross-cultrual dialogues. Before founding Praxis, she was a professional musician for many years (harpist, composer, and recording artist).
David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (inspired our conference title). He co-founded the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES Magazine, and was a major contributor to Alternatives to Economic Globalization, a report on sustainable alternatives published by the International Forum on Globalization. He holds M.B.A. and Ph.D degrees from Stanford University Graduate Schools of Business, has taught at Harvard, and served as a regional advisor for USAID. His work in third world countries opened his eyes to the consequences of economic globalization. In his new book, Korten outlines alternatives for sustainable and respectful living on planet Earth.
Frances Moore Lappe is the author of 15 books, including the best-seller, Diet for a Small Planet. Democracy's Edge, which focuses on how to transform a "thin democracy" into a vibrant, effective and participatory democracy, and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad. She and her daughter, Anna Lappe, founded the Small Planet Institute, a non-profit network for research and education. Lappe is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and is a founding councilor of the World Future Council (www.worldfuturecouncil.org).
Mikel Lezamiz, Director of Dissemination at the offices of the Mondragon Cooperatives in Bilbao, Spain. Mondragon has developed a way of making companies more humane and participatory. Mondragon's approach places more value on workers themselves as the principal asset and source of competitve advantage in modern business. This system fits well with the latest and most advanced management models while offering a radical alternative to business as usual.
James O'Dea is the President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Previously, he spendten years as the Director of the Washington, D. C. office of AmnestyInternational, where he testified before Congress and representedAmnesty International to the State Department, the White House, and theWorld Conference on Human Rights. James also spent five years as theExecutive Director of Seva, a non-profit organization dedicated tointernational health and development issues. A native of Ireland, Jameshas worked and lived in many parts of the world.
Aftab Omer is President and core faculty at the Institute of Imaginal Studies inPetaluma, CA. Formerly a faculty member in the Psychology Department atSonoma State University, he research has focused on the emergence ofhuman capacities within transformative learning communities. Born andraised in South Asia, he was educated at M.I.T. and received a Ph.D.from Brandeis University. He is current president of the Council forHumanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies. His publications include Between Columbine and the Twin Towers: Fundamentalist culture as a Failure of Imagination.
Swami Beyondananda (aka Steve Bhaerman), internationally-known cosmic comic, author of Duck Soup for the Soul and Swami for Precedent: A Seven Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction. He writes a progressive blog and newsletter (www.wakeuplaughing.com). Steve has also taught history and political science. In addition to performing as a comic, we will also enlist the serious side of Steve Bhaerman as co-emcee of the 2007 Dubrovnik conference.
Osprey Orielle Lake - Artist, sculptor, teacher of cultural diversity and the universal language of art.
She initiated the International Chemah Monument Project and has installed 18-ft. sculptures in Germany, Spain and the United States.
Loren Swift is a certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, and she holds an M.S. in Counseling. She teaches nonviolent communication and offers mediation and consulting services utilizing NVC in Nevada county, CA.
Frans Verhagen - Directs sustainability research and education at Earth and Peace Education Associates International and teaches at Pace University, New York.
Anita Wenden is an Applied Linguist, founder and review editor of the Journal of Peace Education, and associate of Transcend Peace University.