An Online Event to Explore Methods for Working with Unresolved and Hidden Trauma in Individuals, Communities, and Society
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The 2020 Summit Featured:
Expert Talks, Poetry Readings, Guided Meditations, and Group Panels to Address Collective Trauma in our World Today
During the 10-day event we explored:
- Discussions on the most pressing issues of our time such as racism, environment and climate change, global health care/pandemic crisis, war and conflict legacies, intergenerational trauma, and more…
- How collective trauma surfaces in times of crisis and how it can be transformed for collective healing
- The role of the arts and poetry as a pathway to understanding and healing through interviews and readings
- The leading edge of working with collective trauma for practitioners and professionals
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Collective Trauma Summit 2020
The Power of Collective Healing
Learn from expert speakers how to effectively identify and respond to collective trauma in individuals, communities and society.
Dr. Gabor Maté
International Bestselling Author, World-Renowned Speaker, Physician
Trauma, Healing and the Myth of NormalRead Bio
Dr. Gabor Maté
Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness.
His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection; Scattered: How ADD Originates and What You Can Do About It; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. Learn more at https://drgabormate.com.
Seasoned Civil Rights Activist and Celebrated Prophetic Voice at the Forefront of Progressive Change
Revolutionary Love in Times of TraumaRead Bio
Valarie Kaur is a seasoned civil rights activist and celebrated prophetic voice “at the forefront of progressive change” (Center for American Progress). Valarie burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 30+ million views worldwide. Her question “Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?” reframed the political moment and became a mantra for people fighting for change. Valarie now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America. As a lawyer, filmmaker, and innovator, she has won policy change on multiple fronts – hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, Internet freedom, and more. She founded Groundswell Movement, Faithful Internet, and the Yale Visual Law Project to inspire and equip new generations of advocates. Valarie has been a regular TV commentator on MSNBC and contributor to CNN, NPR, PBS, the Hill, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. A daughter of Sikh farmers in California’s heartland, Valarie earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School. She was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. Valarie’s new book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love expands on her “blockbuster” TED Talk and is available now wherever you buy books.
Learn more at valariekaur.com.
Richard Schwartz, PhD
Developer of the Internal Family Systems Model of Psychotherapy
Opening Space for the Self with Internal Family SystemsRead Bio
Richard Schwartz, PhD
Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called “parts.” These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationships that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.
IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms. In 2013 Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Learn more at www.selfleadership.org.
Dr. Angel Acosta
Principal Consultant at Acosta Consulting
The Rise of Restorative and Healing-Centered EducationRead Bio
Dr. Angel Acosta
For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. With a doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching is from Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Acosta has supported educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development.
After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Dr. Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience–a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He’s a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School. Learn more at www.drangelacosta.com
Join his upcoming Virtual Retreat for a contemplative walk through 400 years of our collective history provides a community-based healing practice integrating interactive dialogue, mindful listening and contemplative practices: garr.in/400YearsAngelAcosta
Meditation Teacher, Co-Founder of the Insight Meditation Society, Best-selling Author
Caring for Those Who Care for OthersRead Bio
Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer and industry leader, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times best-seller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World, coming in September of 2020 from Flatiron Books.
Sharon’s secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings is sought after at schools, conferences and retreat centers around the world. Sharon is the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour, featuring 100+ interviews with the top leaders and voices in the meditation and mindfulness movement, and her writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post. Learn more at www.sharonsalzberg.com.
Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Distinguished University Scientist, Traumatic Stress Research Consortium Founding Director, Professor of Psychiatry
Understanding Trauma Through the Lens of Polyvagal TheoryRead Bio
Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Dr. Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines and holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences.
He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe (Norton, 2017), and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by more than 1,500 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement. Learn more at www.stephenporges.com.
Two-Time Emmy Award-Winning & Twice BAFTA-Nominated Documentary Film Director; Founder of Fuuse
Befriending the ‘Other’: Seeing Beyond ExtremistsRead Bio
Deeyah Khan is a two-time Emmy Award-winning and twice BAFTA-nominated documentary film director; she is the founder of Fuuse, a media and arts company that puts women, people from minorities, and third-culture kids at the heart of telling their own stories. Deeyah is considered one of Norway’s most successful filmmakers having won 25 major awards and received an additional 12 nominations for her work as a filmmaker. She has made four documentaries to date, all have been shown on ITV in the UK as part of its Exposure series.
In 2016, she became the first UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity. She is also the recipient of a prestigious Peabody Award, a Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary film director, a Women in Film and TV Award and the Special Jury Prize at the Monte Carlo TV Festival. Her films have also been nominated for a Grierson Award, two Creative Diversity Network Awards and two BAFTA awards. In 2018 she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Emerson College in Boston for her achievements as a filmmaker, and she won the 2018 Rory Peck Award for freelance film-makers. Fortune named Deeyah as one of their most powerful women in 2016 and she has twice been included in London’s most influential list compiled by the Evening Standard. Learn more at deeyah.com
Daniel J. Siegel, MD
Executive Director, The Mindsight Institute, and New York Times Best-selling Author
Understanding the Differences between Collective Trauma and Cross-Generational TraumaRead Bio
Daniel J. Siegel, MD
Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.
Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, and The Mindful Therapist. He has also written The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which currently contains over seventy textbooks.
Founder of Mindful of Race Institute
At the Intersection of Racism, Trauma, Mindfulness, and LeadershipRead Bio
Ruth King is the Founder of Mindful of Race Institute, LLC, and is a celebrated author, educator, life coach, and meditation teacher. Formally an organizational development consultant to Intel and Levi Strauss corporations, King currently teaches the Mindful of Race Training Program to leaders, teams, and organizations, weaving mindfulness-based principles with an exploration of our racial conditioning, its impact, and our potential.
King is on the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and teaches mindfulness meditation retreats worldwide. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA, and is the author of several publications including her most recent, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out. World travel has influenced King’s intuitive and ceremonial style as well as Western and Buddhist psychology, cultural diversity, indigenous wisdom, and human experience. King, Elder, Heart Activist, African American, and native Californian, currently resides in Charlotte, NC, with wife, Dr. Barbara Riley, and doggie Bodhi. Both provocative and compassionate, King speaks to the heart of her audiences with audacity, authenticity and joy. Learn more at www.ruthking.net.
Otto Scharmer, PhD
Senior Lecturer, MIT, and Founding Chair, Presencing Institute
Facing the Shadows of the Collective Past for Embodied ChangeRead Bio
Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al). He co-founded MITx u.lab, a platform which has activated a global eco-system of transformational change involving more than 160,000 users. In March 2020, Otto and his colleagues launched GAIA (Global Activation of Intention and Action), a free, online, learning journey, geared toward profound civilizational renewal.
Otto earned his diploma and PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He received the Jamieson Prize for Teaching Excellence at MIT, the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award and is a member of the World Future Council. The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General appointed him to the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda.
Member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation in Northern Ontario and Founder of the Turtle Island Institute
Integrating Indigenous Knowledge for Systems ChangeRead Bio
Melanie Goodchild, moose clan, is a member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is the founder of the Turtle Island Institute, an Indigenous social innovation think & do tank (a teaching lodge). In her work, she weaves together her unique perspectives of Anishinaabe gikendaasowin (knowledge) with systems thinking/complexity theory and social innovation to address our society’s most intractable problems. Melanie believes in the teaching methods of her ancestors, in “coming to know” on the land, and so she supports initiatives that seek to connect people to ceremony, story, art, language and the land.
Melanie has an HBA and MA in Sociology and is currently completing her PhD in Social & Ecological Sustainability in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. She is a Research Fellow at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation & Resilience (WISIR). Learn more here.
Poetry & Music for Collective Healing
Readings, conversations, and performances by acclaimed writers and musicians
United States Poet Laureate, Musician, Playwright, and Author
Poetry Reading and Interview: On Listening, Allowing, and CreationRead Bio
Joy Harjo has written nine books of poetry, as well as the memoir entitled, Crazy Brave which won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She co-edited two anthologies of contemporary Native women’s writing.
She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.
Also a renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music. In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To learn more visit www.joyharjo.com
Poet, Author, Speaker, and Organizational Thinker
The Influence of Creativity and Imagination to Support HealingRead Bio
The author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology, honorary degrees from Neumann College and Royal Roads University, and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya.
His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership. An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies.
In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change, particularly through his unique perspectives on Conversational Leadership. Learn more at davidwhyte.com
Acclaimed Poet & Teacher, NY State Poet Laureate 2012-2014
Panel: Poetry as a Gateway to Collective HealingRead Bio
Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry, Magdalene: Poems; The Kingdom of Ordinary Time; The Good Thief; and What the Living Do, and she is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others.
She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, and Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. In 2015, she received the Academy of American Poets Poetry Fellowship which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State. Learn more here.
Pádraig Ó Tuama
Distinguished Irish Poet, Theologian & Mediator
Panel: Poetry as a Gateway to Collective HealingRead Bio
Pádraig Ó Tuama
Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict, and religion. He is the author of four books of poetry and prose. For Ó Tuama, religion, conflict, power and poetry all circle around language, that original sacrament. Working fluently on the page and in public, Ó Tuama is a compelling poet, teacher, and group worker, and a profoundly engaging public speaker. He has worked with groups to explore story, conflict, their relationship with religion and argument, and violence. Using poetry, group discussion and lectures, his work is marked both by lyricism and pragmatism, and includes a practice of evoking stories and participation from attendees at his always-popular lectures, retreats, and events.
He presents the podcast Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios, where he also has responsibilities in bringing art and theology into public and civic life. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. He is based in Ireland. Learn more at http://www.padraigotuama.com and blueflowerarts.com/artist/padraig-o-tuama
Award-winning Poet, NBCCA Finalist in Criticism
Poetry Reading and Interview: The Ethic of Precise and Imaginative AttentionRead Bio
Camille T. Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W. W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019.
Dungy’s poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, 100 Best African American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica, and Poets.org. Other honors include two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the NEA in both poetry and prose. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. She lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and child. Learn more at camilledungy.com
Poetry Reading and Interview: To Witness the InvisibleRead Bio
Li-Young Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese parents. His father had been a personal physician to Mao Zedong while in China, and relocated the family to Indonesia. In 1959, the Lee family fled the country to escape anti-Chinese sentiment and after a five-year trek through Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan, they settled in the United States in 1964.
Li-Young Lee is the author of five books of poetry and a memoir entitled The Winged Seed: A Remembrance, which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Lee’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has taught at several universities, including Northwestern and the University of Iowa. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife and their two sons. Learn more here.
Naomi Shihab Nye
Young People's Poet Laureate, Award-winning Palestinian-American Poet, Writer, Anthologist & Educator
Poetry Reading and Interview: Love Means You Breathe in Two CountriesRead Bio
Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.
Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes, including books for adults and children. She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. She has received dozens of awards, most recently the 2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. In 2020 she was awarded the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement by the National Book Critics Circle. Nye is Professor of Creative Writing and Poetry at Texas State University. Learn more here.
Poet, Spoken Work Artist, Teacher, Founder of the S.H.E. (Safe House Education Fund)
Poetry Readings at Live EventsRead Bio
Kim Rosen, M.F.A.has awakened listeners around the world to the power of poetry to heal and transform individuals and communities. She is a poet, spoken word artist, ritualist, teacher and the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words. Co-creator of four CDs of poetry and music, her writing has been published in The Sun Magazine, O Magazine, and Spirituality and Health among others. In 2007 she spoke a poem to a group of Maasai girls in Kenya who had fled FGM and Early Childhood Marriage, and that moment became the seed of the Safe House Education (S.H.E.) Fund. To learn more visit www.kimrosen.net
Poet, Professor, National Book Critics Circle Awardee, and New York Times Best-selling Author
Poetry Reading and Interview: Witnessing, Tenderness, and the Gravity of JoyRead Bio
Ross GayRoss Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, will be released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.Ross is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens, in addition to being co-author, with Rosechard Wehrenberg, of the chapbook, River. He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin’, in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University. To learn more visit www.rossgay.net
Essayist, Translator, Award-winning Poet, and Author of Nine Collections
Poetry Reading and Interview: Addressing Grief, Changing CultureRead Bio
Jane Hirshfield’s most recent, ninth poetry collection is Ledger (Knopf, 2020), a book centered on the crises of the biosphere and social justice. The founder of #PoetsForScience and a lay-ordained practitioner of Soto Zen, Hirshfield is also the author of two now-classic books of essays, Nine Gates and Ten Windows, and four books collecting and co-translating the work of world poets from the deep past.
A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, long-listed for the National Book Award, and winner of the Poetry Center, Donald Hall/Jane Kenyon, and California Book Awards, Hirshfield’s other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, and ten appearances in The Best American Poetry. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Orion, Tricycle, et al, and has been translated into over a dozen languages. A former chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, she was inducted in 2019 into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Learn more here.
Musician: Composer, Electric Cellist, Vocalist
Musical PerformanceRead Bio
Jami SieberElectric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush, and powerfully evocative. Her style of performance has been recognized internationally. An innovative musician, Jami’s music moves beyond the surface, inspiring listeners with her musical prowess and humanity. Her life-long commitment to the environment, social justice, and the healing arts is at the heart of her music, reflecting a deep dedication to the arts as a medium of exploration and awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings.Jami is a performer that makes transformation appear simple, taking a traditionally classical instrument and morphing it into the source of a multi-dimensional range of expressive works. From the deepest stillness to moving melodies and rhythms, her music lights the soul on fire. Jami’s musical path moved from classical to folk, to rock/pop to world and improvisation. Since launching her solo career Sieber has entered into dynamic collaborations with an extraordinary spectrum of dancers, actors, poets, visual artists, improvisers, vocalists, and instrumentalists that span the globe. Her compositions have been used for film, (Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, Queen of the Sun, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton), dance, theatre. Learn more at jamisieber.com
Folk Music Group Led by Multi-Instrumentalist Sisters Leah Song & Chloe Smith
Streaming Musical PerformanceRead Bio
Leah Song and Chloe Smith, founding sisters of Rising Appalachia, have long witnessed themselves – both by choice and coincidence – carrying harmony into settings of upheaval and discord. Soon after their eponymous release in 2006, the siblings moved to New Orleans to assist in rebuilding efforts following Katrina.
There they gained not only a deeper sense of connection to the roots of American music, but also an abiding sense of purpose as musicians. The band has settled into its stride and purpose through creating original music with a mission rooted in the traditions of folk songs, storytelling, and grassroots activism. The band manages to meld traditions and genres the same way Leah and Chloe blend their voices; its casual, beguiling, and effortlessly singular. The band routinely provides a platform for the causes local to the cities they play, and frequently incite their fans to gather with them in converting vacant or under used lots into verdant urban orchards and gardens.
Both onstage and off, Rising Appalachia exudes a sense of rootedness, playful exploration, and inspired action. Their sound and message, such as revealed in the single “Resilient”, suggest that voices and traditions, brought together through song, may be one of the saving graces to a world in distress. In a time when the fabric of community and culture often appear to be unraveling, their interweaving of music and mission, old traditions with new interpretations, creates an atmosphere of contagious hope and integrity. Learn more at www.risingappalachia.com
Musician: Kirtan Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Musical PerformanceRead Bio
For more than 25 years, Krishna Das—known to his friends and fans as simply KD—has traveled the world sharing his signature style of kirtan fusing the chanting traditions of the east with western harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities. With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, KD has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time. To date, KD has released 16 well-received albums, including Live Ananda that was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category. Learn more at krishnadas.com
Singer, I Ching Coach, Entrepreneur, Healing Bodyworker & Facilitator of Sacred Space
Musical PerformanceRead Bio
Adam Bauer travels the globe (and now, Zoom!) sharing the heart-expanding beauty of sacred chant, healing touch, and transformational conversation. In person and online, Adam enchants and inspires listeners with his deep, soulful voice and presence wherever he goes. His two critically-acclaimed albums, 2014’s Shyam Lila and 2017’s Wonderville, were both released on Mantralogy Records. His new album Return to the Sacred will be released October 2, 2020. Adam sings and offers workshops, programs and healing sessions worldwide and online. Learn more at www.iamadambauer.com
Katharine Wilkinson, PhD
Author, Teacher, Co-Founder of the All We Can Save Project, and Editor-in-Chief at Project Drawdown
Harnessing Truth, Courage and Solutions to Lead Humanity ForwardRead Bio
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and teacher, working to heal the planet we call home. Her writings include The Drawdown Review, the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, and Between God & Green. With Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson she co-edited All We Can Save, an anthology of writings by women climate leaders, and co-founded The All We Can Save Project.
As the principle writer and editor-in-chief at Project Drawdown, Dr. Wilkinson leads the organization’s work to share climate solutions with audiences around the world. She co-hosts the forthcoming podcast A Matter of Degrees and speaks widely, including at National Geographic, Skoll World Forum, and the United Nations. Her TED Talk on climate and gender equality has more than 1.8 million views, and she collaborates with Mary Robinson and others to advance the feminist climate renaissance.
A homegrown Atlantan, Dr. Wilkinson holds a doctorate in geography and environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in religion from Sewanee, where she is now a visiting professor. In 2019 Time magazine named Dr. Wilkinson one of 15 “women who will save the world.” She is happiest on a mountain or a horse. Learn more at www.kkwilkinson.com.
Dr. Srini Pillay
Author, Psychiatrist, Coach, Brain Researcher, Musician, Provocateur/Poet
Responding to Disaster Trauma and Toward Global Mental HealthRead Bio
Dr. Srini Pillay
Dr. Srini Pillay is a world-renowned keynote speaker, lecturer, author, consultant and Harvard trained psychiatrist. Currently, Srini is a member of the by-invitation-only “Group for Advancement of Psychiatry”, an American professional organization of psychiatrists dedicated to shaping psychiatric thinking, public programs and clinical practice in mental health.
Srini is also in multiple collaborations on health-related projects. With Harvard Health, he is developing a model on mindset shifts for burnout. He is also in current collaborations with programmers from Google and MIT to develop technologies that reduce anxiety. In addition to his work in psychiatry, Srini has also consulted regularly for the past 10 years to companies that invest in biotechnology to assess medications in various illnesses including cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
He received the “Books for a Better Life” award for his book, Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010). This award was conceived with the purpose of recognizing authors across a wide range of disciplines who have had significant influence on human development over the past 75 years. (Prior recipients include Brene Brown and Jill Bolte Taylor.) Learn more about Srini and his work at https://drsrinipillay.com.
Best-selling Author of 10 Books, President of The Berkana Institute
Becoming a Warrior for the Human SpiritRead Bio
Margaret Wheatley began caring about the world’s peoples in 1966, as a Peace Corps volunteer in post-war Korea. In many different roles– speaker, teacher, consultant, advisor, formal leader–her work has deepened into an unshakable conviction that leaders must learn how to invoke people’s inherent generosity, creativity and need for community. As this world tears us apart, sane leadership on behalf of the human spirit is the only way forward. She is co-founder and president of The Berkana Institute, an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, and a prolific writer. She has authored nine books, from the classic Leadership and the New Science in 1992 to Who Do We Choose To Be: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity (2017). Her new work is a CD, The Warrior’s Songline, a journey into warriorship guided by voice and sound.
For the past five years, she has been training leaders and activists from 35 countries as Warriors for the Human Spirit, an in-depth training program and path of service supported by a robust global community. Learn more at www.margaretwheatley.com
Writer & Speaker
How to Solve “Impossible” Problems: Political Polarization to Global WarmingRead Bio
Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible, and his newest book, Climate: A New Story.
His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Learn more about Charles and his work at charleseisenstein.org
Professor of Law, University of San Francisco, Internationally-Recognized Thought and Practice Leader, Prolific Author
Inner Work: Healing, Transformation, and MindfulnessRead Bio
Rhonda V. Magee is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. A prolific author, she draws on law and legal history to weave storytelling, poetry, analysis and practices into inspiration for changing how we think, act and live better together in a rapidly changing world.
Rhonda has dedicated her life to healing and teaching in ways that support others in a journey to wholeness and justice. A student of a variety of Buddhist and other wisdom teachers, including Norman Fischer, Joan Halifax and Jon Kabat Zinn, she trained as a mindfulness teacher through the Oasis Teacher Training Institute of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness-based interventions, awareness, and compassion practices from a range of traditions. A former President of the board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Professor Magee is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, where she recently completed a two-year term on its steering council. She is a member of the board of advisors of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and the board of directors for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.
Learn more at www.rhondavmagee.com
Arthur Brooks, PhD
Harvard Kennedy School and Business School Professor, Atlantic Columnist, Best-selling Author
Leadership and Happiness: Managing Yourself and OthersRead Bio
Arthur C. Brooks is a Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks.
Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestsellers Love Your Enemies (2019), The Conservative Heart (2015), and The Road to Freedom (2012). He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook Social Entrepreneurship (2008). He is a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks, and subject of the 2019 documentary film The Pursuit, which Variety named as one of the “Best Documentaries on Netflix” in August 2019. He gives more than 100 speeches per year around the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Brooks holds a PhD and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College. Learn more at arthurbrooks.com
Former Judge, Professor of Neuroscience and Law, Speaker of Essential Justice
Transforming Traumatic History of the Modern World by Reconnecting with the Law of LifeRead Bio
Flavia Valgiusti is a Lawyer, researcher, social psychologist, advisor in childhood issues, an expert in juvenile criminology, a university professor in neuroscience and law in Argentina. Speaker and trainer in the judicial system. Former Juvenile Criminal Courts Judge and founder of the Children’s Advocate of the Bar Association of San Isidro currently heads the Institute of the Child and the Family. Author of several publications in journals and books. She completed postgraduate studies in Transpersonal Psychology in Aluminé Foundation and with Dr. Carlos Martinez Bouquet investigated the application of psychodrama in cases involving children.
She also explored the technique of family constellations in the social field, organized workshops for professionals, NGOs, and community. She completed her training in collectives traumas with Thomas Huebl in Israel. Currently leading the chapter of Collective Traumas in Argentina. She is a coordinator with Ana María Llamazares the training in Holistic Epistemology and New Paradigms. In recent years she has developed a theoretical line integrating law and spirituality from a sacred and transcendent vision of Justice.
Learn more at https://flaviavalgiusti.com/.
Author, Speaker, and Founder of The Relational Life Institute
How Collective Trauma Impacts Our Personal RelationshipsRead Bio
Terry Real is a nationally recognized family therapist and author. Particularly known for his groundbreaking work on men, and his work on gender and couples. In 1997 he published the national bestseller, entitled I Don’t Want To Talk About It, the first book ever written on the topic of male depression. Terry has appeared often as the relationship expert for Good Morning America and ABC News. His work has been featured in numerous academic articles as well as media venues such as Oprah, 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and many others. He has been in private practice for thirty years and he is the Founder of The Relational Life Institute, where he teaches therapist trainings and workshops for couples.
Learn more at terryreal.com.
Director of the Family Constellation Institute
Breaking the Cycle of Inherited Family TraumaRead Bio
Mark Wolynn is the director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco, and is a leading expert in the field of inherited family trauma. He is a sought-after lecturer, and teaches at hospitals, clinics, conferences, universities and teaching centers around the world, including the University of Pittsburgh, the Western Psychiatric Institute, Kripálu, The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, 1440 Multiversity, JFK University, and The California Institute of Integral Studies. Mark specializes in working with a variety of significant challenges, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, fears, panic disorders, self-injury, chronic pain and persistent symptoms and conditions. His book IT DIDN’T START WITH YOU: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle is the winner of the 2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award in psychology, and has been translated into 19 languages.
His articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Mind Body Green, MariaShriver.com, Elephant Journal and Psych Central, and his poetry has been published in The New Yorker. Learn more at www.markwolynn.com.
Somatic Educator, Therapist, Abolitionist, Cultural Anthropologist, and Re-Imaginer of What It Means to be Human
Trauma Healing: From Overwhelm to FreedomRead Bio
Karine Bell is a Somatic Experiencing practitioner-in-training (Advanced), a certified mindfulness instructor and cultural anthropologist fascinated by the intersection of our bodies/minds/experience with our personal and collective histories, and the evolution of ideas that shape the cultures we grow up within and the cultural narratives the impact how we come to know ourselves. She is also a lineage healer, doing the work in her own life to transform inherited and early life trauma so that she doesn’t pass that pain onto her children, the next generation.
She takes a unique biopsychosocial approach to guiding women and mothers ready to access again wisdom, strength and vitality to make positive changes. She created the Embodied Trauma Conference as a means of engaging more deeply with how trauma from different levels of experience impacts how we’ve come to live in our bodies. This focus continues and deepens in the ongoing community, Rooted – A Global Village, which invites others into a community engagement with concepts and embodied practices that have the focus of liberation at heart.
Author, A New Republic of the Heart and Integral Life Practice
Building Your Capacity to Be and to Fully Accept RealityRead Bio
Terry Patten helped introduce Thomas Hübl to the English-speaking world and helps guide Inner Science. He currently leads a social experiment in heart-guided intentional cultural evolution, which recently published the results of its first year’s learnings.
He is a philosopher, spiritual activist, and community organizer who hosts the groundbreaking podcast, State of Emergence, is the author of the groundbreaking book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, as well as Integral Life Practice, which he co-wrote with Ken Wilber and colleagues at the Integral Institute.
He has taught Integral Life Practice to over ten thousand people, founded the consciousness technology company Tools for Exploration, led the team at the HeartMath Institute that developed their first heart-rate variability monitor, and now advises businesses addressing restorative forestry, fossil-fuel alternatives, collective trauma, and the reclaiming of personal data and power. Learn more at terrypatten.com.
Lissa Rankin, MD
Author and Founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute
Healing Trauma as Medicine for the BodyRead Bio
Lissa Rankin, MD, a retired physician, is the New York Times bestselling author of 7 books, including Mind Over Medicine, which is published in 28 languages. As a healthcare revolutionary, she founded the Whole Health Medicine Institute in 2013, where she and a team of luminary faculty offer healing work for traumatized doctors, many of them suffering from “moral injury,” while training them about mind body medicine, healing trauma as medicine for the body, and what Lissa calls “Sacred Medicine.”
Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials. Her TEDx talks have been viewed over 4 million times, and she leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen, 1440, Omega, and Kripalu. Her latest project Heal At Last, which is currently on hold because of the pandemic, is a social justice non-profit committed to bringing Sacred Medicine and cutting edge trauma healing treatments to people in recovery from illness, injury or trauma in group healing settings similar to what 12 Step is for people in recovery from addiction. While healing that works is largely limited to people of privilege in the modern world, Heal At Last’s mission is to bring community healing to anyone who is emotionally and spiritually ready for it, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, religion, or gender identity.
Learn more at https://lissarankin.com.
Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Trauma-Informed and Community-Oriented Responses to Gender Violence and Inequality (with Jessica Lenahan)Read Bio
Caroline Bettinger-López is a Professor of Law and Director/Founder of the Human Rights Clinic at University of Miami School of Law. She is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2015-2017, she served in the Obama-Biden Administration as White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, senior advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, and member of the White House Council on Women and Girls. She practices in international legal fora, including the Inter-American, European, and United Nations human rights systems. Caroline taught at University of Chicago School of Law and Columbia Law School; and was a Skadden Fellow at the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and federal law clerk. She is a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Gender-Based Violence. Recently, she received a Roddenberry Fellowship (COURAGE in Policing Project, to address gender bias in law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assault) and a TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund grant (Voces Unidas Project, to support low-wage immigrant women workers). Learn more at https://www.law.miami.edu/faculty/caroline-bettinger-lópez.
Rick Hanson, PhD
Psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times Best-selling Author
Transforming Trauma: Let Be. Let Go. Let In.Read Bio
Rick Hanson, PhD
Rick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free weekly newsletter has 180,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails. Learn more at rickhanson.net.
Co-Founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group
Toward Healing Collective Trauma: How We Can Embody Anti-Racism (with Jennifer Cohen)Read Bio
Gina LaRoche is co-founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group and a leading organizational consultant, executive coach, speaker, author and artist. She is noted for executive programs that challenge leaders, teams and entrepreneurs to accelerate results and develop mindfulness and presence for themselves and their organizations. A popular keynote speaker, Gina is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders Program and a board member of Insight Meditation Society. She holds a BSBA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Learn more at https://www.sevenstonesleadership.com
Activist and Artist, Earth Guardians Youth Director
Inspiring Future Generations of Earth GuardiansRead Bio
Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful voice of a global youth-led environmental movement. At the age of six Xiuhtezcatl began speaking globally, from the United Nations Summit in Rio, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in NY.
He educates his generation worldwide about the state of the planet they are inheriting and inspires them to take action to create a better world. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stones, Upworthy, Vogue, Bill Maher, Daily Show, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, and VICE. Learn more at xiuhtezcatl.com and earthguardians.org
Community Developer, Tribal member, Activist and Founder of Multi-cultural Healing Modality
Te Hà Roa (The Sustaining Breath): A Pathway to Healing TraumaRead Bio
Thalea is a Māori Mentor, who was part of a dedicated team of inaugural Trustees who carried the mantle forward (from their predecessors) to continue to advance their Treaty Settlement under the Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Act, for their tribe – Te Roroa. As the Inquiry Facilitator for Te Paparahi o te Raki (Auckland/Northland) – she coordinated tribal claimants and collectives, historians and lawyers, sub-tribes, tribes and key stakeholders to build the capacity in the collectives in preparation for their respective hearings with the Waitangi Tribunal. Thalea studied Kaitiakitanga (taking your place in the world to care for; the people, the land and the future generations) through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (University of New Zealand) – a New Zealand-recognised Indigenous Māori Tertiary Institution.
Not only has this qualification enabled Thalea to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in a discipline that she lives and breathes – she has created a Māori healing model integrating core values and practices of her ancestors along with inspiration from her volunteer work in South East Asia (especially breath work and gentle somatic movement). Journeying with her own ‘real life’ traumatic experiences – Thalea aims to support others on their journey to end inter-generational trauma and the recurring cycle of collective trauma and it’s continuing impacts in our society.
President and Co-Founder, Health Care Without Harm
Public Health Dimensions of Climate Crisis and TraumaRead Bio
Gary Cohen has been an advocate in the environmental health movement for 35 years. He is the President of Health Care Without Harm, an international NGO working to address the environmental footprint of the healthcare sector, support them to anchor the resilience of their communities, and inspire health professionals to become advocates for environmental health and justice. Cohen has been recognized by the White House for its leadership on climate change and public health, and received the MacArthur “genius” Award in 2015.
Learn more at noharm.org
International Artist, Professor at Bezalel Academy, Fine Art Department
Encounters in The Edge of KnowingRead Bio
Yehudit Sasportas is one of the most prominent and prolific Israeli artists working in the local and international art scene today. Her work is focused on site-specific installations, which include sculptures, drawings, video and sound works, and call for an intense and overwhelming sensory experience. Her installations have gone through a process of adapting and responding to the architecture of various museum spaces while forming into artworks that present a new way of reading architecture itself, as well as the wider cultural context it was created in.
Her sculptural installations deal with a fascinating correspondence taking place between subconscious materials, unspoken and unseen, and the way these layers of information activate conscious areas across the surface. Sasportas’ Active Consciousness films, which were made over a course of more than seven years, present relatively simple actions, yet such that provoke a deep and condense discussion about the manner in which we experience, understand and project our own personal stories on reality.
This series as well as others have brought Sasportas’ works to receive meaningful recognition as an artist with clear political relevance. Sasportas represented Israel in the 2007 Venice Biennial, and has presented more than ten international museum solo exhibitions during the last decade, in venues such as The Kunsthalle Basel, The Berkley Museum of Art, San Francisco, The Kunstverein Braunschweig, DA2 Domus Atrium, Salamanca, and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Sasportas is a senior professor at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem. She works in Tel Aviv and Berlin and is also a lecturer in the International Academy of Consciousness and Evolution (Germany and the US).
Rwandan Director General of the Justice, Reconciliation, Law and Order Sector
Lessons from Rwanda: Justice and Reconciliation (with Emily Gould)Read Bio
Anastase Nabahire is a Government of Rwanda employee, who currently serves as the Justice, Reconciliation, Law and Order Sector Secretariat Coordinator. He is a member of the High Council of the Judiciary and is in charge of overseeing the development of the Rwandan Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy Initiative. Anastase Nabahire has served the Rwandan Government, beginning in 2002, when he was appointed to join the then Public Prosecution Authority. Learn more at https://weinsteininternational.org/rwanda/anastase-nabahire/
Director of Employee Learning and Development at Harvard University
Cultivating Diversity, Inclusion, and Resilience in the WorkplaceRead Bio
Alexis Griffith-Waye is currently the Director of Employee Learning and Development, at the Center for Workplace Development for Harvard University. She is a dynamic learning and development executive with 20 plus years in the practice. Alexis is skilled in designing learning strategies that are aligned to business imperatives, support corporate and professional goals and boost performance levels. Alexis has delivered end-to-end learning services throughout North America and globally in the areas of management, leadership, sales, professional development, technology, diversity and compliance.
Creator of Therapeutic Coaching and Founder of The Optimum Health Clinic
The Critical Link Between Emotional Connection and Healing TraumaRead Bio
Alex Howard is Founder and CEO of The Optimum Health Clinic (OHC), one of the world’s leading integrative medicine clinics specialising in fatigue and related conditions. OHC’s team of 20 full-time practitioners have worked with thousands of patients in 40+ countries, and a randomised controlled trial is currently underway on it’s groundbreaking approach to treating fatigue.
Alex is host of the Fatigue Super Conference, and Trauma & Mind Body Super Conference. He is also creator of the 12-week RESET Program, and creator of the Therapeutic Coaching methodology. His first book, entitled WHY ME? was published in 2003. He has published theoretical papers in journals such as British Medical Journal Open and Psychology and Health. Alex’s latest book is due to be published in May 2021 with Hay House. Learn more at www.alexhoward.tv
Domestic Violence Advocate and Internationally-Recognized Human Rights Defender
Trauma-Informed and Community-Oriented Responses to Gender Violence and Inequality (with Caroline Bettinger-Lopez)Read Bio
Jessica Lenahan is a leading domestic violence advocate in the U.S. and an internationally-recognized human rights defender. Originally from Colorado, Ms. Lenahan was the first domestic violence survivor to bring an international human rights case against the United States government. In 1999, Ms. Lenahan’s three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Devastated, Ms. Lenahan filed a lawsuit against the Castle Rock Police Department, claiming they did not adequately enforce her restraining order – despite her repeated calls for help that night. Determined to make sure her daughters did not die in vain, Ms. Lenahan pursued her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the United Nations, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an international human rights tribunal, seeking to strengthen legal rights for domestic violence victims.
In August 2011, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a decision in Ms. Lenahan’s favor against the United States. Since then, Ms. Lenahan and her legal team have worked to implement that decision. The fruits of her labor are visible across the world, from Castle Rock, Colorado, to Washington, DC, to Mexico, Switzerland, and Kenya. Ms. Lenahan is the subject of the documentary, Home Truth, which reflects on her continued advocacy around violence against women. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Human Rights Fund’s “Human Rights Hero” Award and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s “Take a Stand” Award.
Information about the full documentary is online at www.hometruthfilm.com/
Dr. Andreas Weber
Biologist, Philosopher, and Author; Teacher at University of the Arts, Berlin
Re-evaluating Our Understanding of the Living WorldRead Bio
Dr. Andreas Weber
Dr. Andreas Weber is a biologist, philosopher and writer. Andreas holds degrees in Marine Biology (Msc) and Cultural Studies (PhD). He has worked with theoretical biologist Francisco Varela in Paris. Andreas’ philosophical and literary work is focusing on a re-evaluation of our understanding of the living wolrd. He views organisms as subjects and hence the biosphere as a meaning-creating and poetic reality. Accordingly, Andreas holds that an economy inspired by nature should not be designed as a mechanistic optimization machine (as it currently is), but rather as an ecosystem which transforms mutual sharing of matter and energy in a deepened meaning.
Andreas has put forth his ideas in more than a dozen books (translated in a variety of languages). He contributes to major newspapers and magazines like the National Geographic, Die Zeit, and the Greenpeace Magazine and is regularly lecturing and giving workshops. He is teaching Ecophilosophy at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin. His latest work is Enlivenment: A Poetics for the Anthropocene from MIT Press, 2019. Learn more at biologyofwonder.org and autor-andreas-weber.de
Francisco de Roux
President of the Colombian Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition
Building Courage, Commitment and Devotion in the Face of LossRead Bio
Francisco de Roux
Father Francisco de Roux is the President of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition in Colombia that was the result of the 2016 Peace Agreement between the State and the FARC guerrilla. He is a highly respected Jesuit priest who has been working with the country’s war victims and communities for decades, building bridges wherever he could.
As a philosopher and economist, he previously worked as the founder and head of the Program for Development and Peace in the Magdalena Medio subregion in Colombia, also called Peace Laboratory – a pilot that has inspired many other regions to follow the example. He also is the former director of the Center for Research and Popular Education, (CINEP) aimed at building a more humane and equitable society. Learn more at comisiondelaverdad.co.
Policy Director, Inter Mediate
Panel: Mediating Conflicts In a Traumatized FieldRead Bio
Claire Hajaj is a specialist in conflict and post-conflict dynamics. For 17 years, she has contributed to humanitarian, political and security strategies to mitigate conflicts in some of the world’s most complex settings. Prior to joining Inter Mediate, she worked for the United Nations in Lebanon, Kosovo, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan. Her experience ranges from negotiating community-level access for vaccinators in extremist regions on the Afghan-Pakistan border to supporting the UN Special Representative in Iraq to mediate an end to the Iraqi-Kurdish dispute. More recently, she played a key role to negotiate and produce a landmark stabilization strategy for Lebanon to respond to the Syria crisis.
Sharing Palestinian and Jewish heritage, Claire’s writing on conflict has appeared in Newsweek, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Economist, Granta, and as the author of two novels. Her policy writing has appeared in Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Global Journal of Health Governance and the UN Centre for Policy Research, where she is an Inaugural Fellow. Learn more here.
Shaman and Traditional Healer from Greenland
Shamanic Healing: Melting the Ice in Our HeartRead Bio
Angaangaq is a shaman and traditional healer from Greenland. Since he was a child he was trained by his family- especially by his Grandmother Aanakasaa – for becoming a shaman. The spiritual task given by his mother is: “Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man”. His teachings are deeply rooted in the wisdom of the oral healing traditions of his people, which enabled people over thousands of years to survive in one of the harshest places on Earth.
He is also a Keynote-Speaker at international conferences about climate change, environmental, spiritual and indigenous issues. His work has taken him to over 70 countries around the world. Learn more at www.icewisdom.com
Argentine Journalist and Politician, Director of the Human Rights Observatory of the Senate, Award-Winning Author and Filmmaker
The Challenges of Forgiveness: Moving On in the Face of Collective TraumaRead Bio
Norma Morandini is an Argentine journalist, politician, and award-winning author and filmmaker. She was elected to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies in 2005, and in 2009, joined former Córdoba Mayor Luis Juez on a Civic Coalition ticket that resulted in the election of both to the Argentine Senate. She was appointed ranking member of the Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Growth during her tenure in the Senate, and in 2011 Santa Fe Governor and Socialist presidential candidate Hermes Binner nominated Morandini as his running mate for the 2011 campaign.
Morandini covered the Trial of the Juntas and subsequent trials against officers implicated in the Dirty War for the leading Rio de Janeiro daily O Globo until 1987. Her first book Catamarca (regarding abuses in Catamarca Province), was published in 1991. She hosted an interview program on the TN news network, Temas & Debates, from 1992, and earned a Martín Fierro Award for her work in the program in 1994. Her work as host of Tierra de Periodistas (Land of Journalists) earned her a second Martín Fierro in 2000, and in 2001, she produced the documentary Operación Aries (in reference to the military code name of the March 1976 coup) for the 25th anniversary of the event.
Co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, Leading Expert on Negotiation & Mediation
Panel: Mediating Conflicts In a Traumatized FieldRead Bio
William is the co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. William is co-author of Getting to Yes, a fifteen-million-copy bestseller translated into over thirty-five languages, and the author most recently of Getting to Yes with Yourself. Over the past four decades, William has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from the Cold War to Venezuela to the Middle East. Recently, William has served as a senior advisor to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in helping to bring an end to the last and longest-running war in the Americas.
William is also the founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to bring people together across cultures by opening a long-distance walking route across the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham and his family. He has a TED talk about the Abraham Path, entitled “The Walk from No to Yes.”
He is currently a Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project where he directs the Korea Negotiation Initiative (KNI), a collaborative inquiry into the obstacles to a negotiated resolution of the Korea nuclear crisis and how to overcome them. For the past two years, William has had the pleasure of teaching with Thomas Hübl an online course entitled Meditate and Mediate, an inquiry into how our intrapersonal, interpersonal and collective conflicts can be healed through the power of collective presencing. Learn more at https://www.williamury.com.
Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH
Professor of Child Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Building a Healing Ecosystem in U.S. PolicymakingRead Bio
Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH
Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, is a Professor of Child Health at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances a new integrated Science of Thriving to promote the early and lifelong health of children, families and communities. With roots in systems change, social epidemiology, and health policy, she led the design of a widely endorsed “Prioritizing Possibilities” national agenda to prevent and health the impacts of childhood trauma in research, policy and practice. Her research demonstrating the possibilities to flourish and heal through trauma has catalyzed a positive and relational “We Are the Medicine” approach to healing trauma in health, social and education sectors.
She is a founding Board member of the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice and testified at the first US Congressional Hearing on preventing and healing childhood trauma. She advises states, communities and national agencies on strategies to build an ecosystem to take healing to scale in our generation. To learn more about Christina Bethell and her work, visit the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative website at https://www.cahmi.org/healing-collective-trauma.
Host, Teacher, Author, and Founder of the Academy of Inner Science
Collective Trauma Healing: Enhancing Our Capacity to Integrate and InnovateRead Bio
Thomas Hübl is a speaker, author and founder of the Academy of Inner Science. He has worked with more than 100,000 people worldwide through workshops, multi-year training programs and online courses. His teaching combines somatic awareness practices, advanced meditative practices, and transformational processes that address both individual and collective trauma, opening the potential for growth and healing. Thomas has guided large-scale healing events that have brought together thousands of Germans and Israelis to acknowledge, face and heal the cultural shadow left by the Holocaust. He is also the founder of the nonprofit Pocket Project, which aims to increase awareness and understanding of collective trauma and reduce its effects. Through his nonprofit organization, Thomas seeks to facilitate conscious cultural change with initiatives such as the popular Celebrate Life Festival, a multi-day immersive event which takes place annually in either Germany or the U.S. His forthcoming book on collective trauma will be published in 2020. Learn more at www.thomashubl.com
Director, South Asian Leadership Initiative, Inter Mediate
Panel: The Art of Peacemaking: Mediating Conflicts In a Traumatized FieldRead Bio
Ameya Kilara is an Indian lawyer based in London and has worked for the past decade towards building peace in situations of violent conflict, particularly Kashmir. She heads the South Asian Leadership Initiative at Inter Mediate, a programme focused on the role of leadership in conflict resolution in South Asia, working in partnership with leadership experts at the Harvard Kennedy School. Inter Mediate is an organisation advising leaders of government and political organisations on negotiating an end to violent conflict in different parts of the world.
Previously, at Conciliation Resources Ameya facilitated various dialogue initiatives across the Line of Control in Kashmir and an India-Pakistan track two process with former military and intelligence chiefs. She has provided technical support to the UN’s Office of the Special Envoy for Syria. As a solicitor at Linklaters, a leading international law firm, she helped to promote the mediation of commercial disputes. Ameya holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She has received multiple awards for her work including Temasek Foundation-NUS Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking Award 2008, the Gleitsman Leadership Fellowship at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and the Women of the Future Award 2019. Learn more here.
Adalberto de Paula Barreto
Founder of Integrative Community Therapy, Philosopher, Theologian, Professor, Ethno-Psychiatrist, Author
Accessing the Therapeutic Strength of Community in the Healing ProcessRead Bio
Adalberto de Paula Barreto
Prof. Barreto is the founder and president of the Brazilian Association of Social Psychiatry. As an ethno-psychiatrist, he spent 32 years developing an original experience of psycho-social intervention and community action in a favela of the city of Fortaleza in Brazil. This systemic and anthropological practice has resulted in the development of a successful intervention model called Integrated Community Therapy (ICT). In Brazil, Integrative Community Therapy is officially part of the National Health System. ICT is a systemic and integrative practice in community mental health, and social work. It offers a space for ‘listening, speaking and building links’ that functions according to precise rules, which safeguard from any possible projection and desire for influence. It allows the participants to take care of themselves and the others, through a relationship without enslavement.
Prof Barreto also holds a Doctorate in Psychiatry from the Rene Descartes University in Paris, and Doctor in Anthropology by Lyon University in France. Today Dr. Adalberto Barreto is professor Emeritus at the Federal University of Ceara, and dedicates his life to the implementation of ICT in 27 countries. His main preoccupation is the democratization of scientific knowledge. Learn more at www.adalbertobarretocursos.com
Emily J. Gould
Conflict Transformation and Leadership Development Consultant, Coach, and Trainer
Lessons from Rwanda: Justice and Reconciliation (with Anastase Nabahire)Read Bio
Emily Gould is a consultant, coach and trainer in conflict resolution and leadership development. A former criminal prosecutor and mediator in the United States, her clients are lawyers, judges and legal institutions. She is a law reform consultant to the Justice Sector of Rwanda in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including restorative justice and trauma -informed mediation. As an international consultant to the country she helped draft the ADR policy under consideration in Rwanda that calls for pre-filing mediation of all civil and administrative matters as well as restorative justice along the entire criminal justice chain. She co-founded African Peace Partners, a small US non-profit that has partnered with a local NGO to create the first trauma-informed mediation center in Rwanda. She lectures on restorative justice and policy development in Rwanda at Columbia Law School and Vermont Law School in the United States.
Learn more at www.emilyjgould.com.
Co-Founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group
Toward Healing Collective Trauma: How We Can Embody Anti-Racism (with Gina LaRoche)Read Bio
Jennifer Cohen is co-founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group and an engaging speaker and author, well known for coaching world-class leaders from institutions including Harvard Business School and Simmons. Quantum physics, ontology, neuroscience, somatics, and systems thinking inform her innovative and embodied approaches to curriculum design and facilitation. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the Antioch New England Graduate School and is certified as a Master Somatic Coach by The Strozzi Institute.
Learn more at https://www.sevenstonesleadership.com
Paul Wise, MD
Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society, Stanford University
Protecting Children: Mass Violence, International Action, and the Pragmatic Power of Collective ImaginationRead Bio
Paul Wise, MD
Dr. Wise is dedicated to bridging the fields of child health, public policy, and international security studies. He is the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society and Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy at Stanford University. He is also co-Director, Stanford Center for Prematurity Research and a Senior Fellow in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. Dr. Wise’s most recent work has focused on women’s and child health in violent and politically complex environments, including Guatemala, the Middle East, Central Africa, and children in detention on the US/Mexican border. Dr. Wise is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been working as the Special Expert to the U.S. Federal Court overseeing the treatment of migrant children in U.S. border detention facilities.
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The Link between Personal Trauma and Collective Trauma
How Neuroscience Can Inform Approaches to Trauma Healing
How to become Aware of Unresolved States and Heal Them
The Future of Collective Healing Processes and Methods
The Future of Collective Healing Processes and Methods
How Communities Can Transform Themselves
Practices for Engaging the Wisdom of the Body
Working with Inherited Family and Ancestral Trauma
Transforming Cycles of Violence and Cultural Trauma
Using Trauma as a Call to Service and Self-Transcendence
Using Trauma as a Call to Service and Self-Transcendence
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