Speakers: Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth

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(in alphabetical order)

Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan/Canada)
Educator, artist, activist. Writer and researcher on traditional indigenous economics, practice and culture. Teacher at the En’owkin Center. She was born and grew up on the Penticton Indian reserve in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Author, Whispering in Shadows; Neekna and Chemai; and Slash.

Debbie Barker
Intl. Director, Center for Food Safety; Former Exec. Director, Intl. Forum on Globalization. Co-Author, Invisible Government—The World Trade Organization; and Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture. Board member: Committee on the Future of Food and Agriculture, Tuscany (gov’t), Italy.

Shannon Biggs
Director of the Community Rights program at Global Exchange. Co-author, Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots; and The Rights of Nature.

Chet Bowers, PhD
Author, The Cultural Dimensions of Educational Computing: Understanding the Non-Neutrality of Technology; Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability; and The False Promises of the Digital Revolution.

Tom Butler
Editorial Projects Director, Foundation for Deep Ecology and President, Northeast Wilderness Trust. Author, Wildlands Philanthropy; Co-editor, ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth; Plundering Appalachia: The Tragedy of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining; and Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth.

Helen Caldicott, MD (Australia)
Physician, International anti-nuclear advocate. Author, Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer; If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Save the Earth; The New Nuclear Danger; and War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space.

Eileen Crist, PhD
Assoc. Prof, Dept of Science and Technology, Virginia Tech. Co-editor, Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis; also co-editor, Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth.

David Ehrenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Biology, Rutgers University. Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Recipient, Annual Award of Society of Conservation Biology. Author, The Arrogance of Humanism; Beginning Again; and Becoming Good Ancestors: How We Balance Nature, Community, and Technology.

Aiden Enns
Founder, Editor, Geez Magazine (Canada), now featuring “Life Off-line.” Former Managing Editor, Adbusters Magazine. Originator, “Buy Nothing Christmas.”

Joshua Farley, PhD
Ecological economist and Associate Professor in Community Development & Applied Economics and Public Administration at the University of Vermont. Co-author, Ecological Economics, Principles and Applications, 2nd ed.

Bruce Gagnon
Founder, Director, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Bruce is a Vietnam-era veteran and is a member of Veterans for Peace. Articles appear in: Earth Island Journal, CounterPunch, Z Magazine, Space News, National Catholic Reporter, Asia Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, et. al.

Claire Greensfelder
Director, INOCHI (Japanese/US NGO); Policy & Organizational Consultant: climate change, indigenous rights and women’s leadership. Co-Author, Safe Energy Handbook; Co-Editor, The Critical Question: Nuclear Power.

John Michael Greer
Historian of ideas and contemporary Druid. Author of the widely cited blog “The Archdruid Report” and of more than thirty books, including The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered; Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America, and the forthcoming After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age.

Susan Griffin
Susan Griffin is the author of over 20 books, including Woman and Nature, which inspired the eco-feminist movement. Her book on nuclear weapons, A Chorus of Stones, the Private Life of War, was a NY Times Notable Book, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She was named by Utne Reader as one of a hundred visionaries for the new millennium.

Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa/Ecuador)
A Kichwa from Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Patricia Gualinga is a leader in the struggle to prevent oil drilling and other development on tribal lands. She has become an iconic figure in the movement of Amazonian Indigenous resistance to the ravages of extractive industries, dams, and other intrusions in the rainforest.

Clive Hamilton (Australia)
Prof. of Public Ethics, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Leading public intellectual. Author, Growth Fetish; Requiem for a Species; and Earthmasters—Playing God with the Climate.

Randy Hayes
Founder, Rainforest Action Network; Director/Founder, Foundation Earth. “An environmental pit bull.” (Wall Street Journal)

Richard Heinberg, PhD
Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute. Author, The Party’s Over; Power Down; Peak Everything; and The End of Growth, et. al.

Craig Holdrege, PhD
Co-founder and Director, The Nature Institute. Author, Thinking Like a Plant: A Living Science for Life; Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering; and Genetics and the Manipulation of Life: The Forgotten Factor of Context.

Michael Huesemann, PhD
Research Scientist, focus on environmental and ethical implications of science and technology. Co-author, Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us or the Environment.

Wes Jackson
Founder, President, The Land Institute. Member, World Future Council. Recipient, Right Livelihood Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. Author, Consulting the Genius of Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture; and Nature As Measure.

Andrew Kimbrell
Attorney and leading anti-biotech campaigner. Founder, the International Center for Technology Assessment; Executive Director, the Center for Food Safety; Co-founder, Foundation Earth. Author, Cold Evil: Technology and Modern Ethics.

Dr. David King (UK)
Former molecular biologist, director of Human Genetics Alert, co-ordinator of Luddites200, which has been celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings. Organiser of the Breaking the Frame gathering, May 2014.

Lisi Krall, PhD
Prof. of Economics, State Univ. of NY, Cortland. Focus on labor, political economy, ecology. Board Member, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). Articles, Cambridge Journal of Economics, The Journal of Economic Issues, and Ecological Economics. Author, Proving Up: Domesticating Land in U.S. History.

Winona La Duke (Anishinaabe, Ojibway)
Indigenous activist. Exec. Director, White Earth Land Recovery Project, and Honor the Earth. Founder, Indigenous Women’s Network. Former U.S. Vice Presidential candidate (Green Party). Author, The Militarization of Indian Country.

Neisen Laukon (Republic of the Marshall Islands)
Native of Rongelap Atoll, the largest inhabited atoll affected by U.S. nuclear weapons testing (1946-1958). Provides first-hand accounts of living on contaminated lands. Neisen reports on the forced removals of her people, the destruction of their cultures, current conditions, and the legacy of serious medical problems from the tests, as well as the effects on still polluted lands and current undersea life.

Jerry Mander
Founder, the Int’l. Forum on Globalization. Founder, Public Media Center. Former ad executive. Author, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television; In the Absence of the Sacred; and The Capitalism Papers—Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System.

Bill McKibben
Environmentalist, Founder, 350.org. Author, The Age of Missing Information; and The End of Nature. 2013 winner, the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize. “One of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers.” (Foreign Policy)

Victor Menotti
Executive Director, International Forum on Globalization. Victor has written and spoken extensively about the impact of globalization on ecosystems, and he has helped build international networks among the traditional farming, forest, fishing, and indigenous communities whose survival depends on them.

Stephanie Mills
Bioregionalist, Editor, Teacher. Fellow, Post Carbon Institute. Author, Epicurean Simplicity; Turning Away from Technology; and On Gandhi’s Path: Bob Swann’s Work for Peace and Community Economics.

Anuradha Mittal (India/U.S.)
Founder/Director, Oakland Institute; Board member, Int’l. Forum on Globalization. Intl. focus on climate change, land grabbing from indigenous peoples of Asia/Africa, globalization issues, and sustainable food systems. Author, The Great Land Grab.

Pat Mooney (Canada)
Co-founder, RAFI (Rural Advancement Fund International) and ETC. Group. Recipient, Right Livelihood Award (1985). Author, Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity.

Ralph Nader
America’s leading progressive activist. Former U.S. Pres. Candidate (Green Party). Founder, Center for The Study of Responsive Law; Founder, Public Citizen, and “Nader’s Raiders.” Author, Unsafe at Any Speed; The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future; and Unstoppable: the Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.

Helena Norberg-Hodge (Sweden/UK/Australia)
Founder, Local Futures (formerly ISEC) and The International Alliance for Localization (IAL). Founding member, IFG, The Global Ecovillage Network and Committee on the Future of Food. Recipient, Right Livelihood Award (1986) and Goi Peace Prize (2012). Producer/Co-director, The Economics of Happiness. Author, Ancient Futures. Co-author, Bringing the Food Economy Home; and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture.

Koohan Paik (Korea/Guam/U.S.)
Campaign Director, IFG Asia-Pacific program; Former fellow, Korea Policy Institute; Member, Women for Genuine Security. Co-author, The Superferry Chronicles: Hawaii’s Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism, and the Desecration of the Earth.

Douglas Rushkoff, PhD
Media theorist, documentarian, Prof. of Media Studies at CUNY, Queens. Author, ten books on media, technology, and culture, including: Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now; Life, Inc.: How the World Became A Corporation, and How to Take It Back; and Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Cyberspace. Recipient, Marshall McLuhan Award, Media Ecology Association (2002).

Linda Sheehan
Attorney. Exec. Director, Earth Law Center, focused on Rights of Nature. Former ED, Coastkeeper Alliance; Pacific Region Director, Ocean Conservancy. “2009 California Coastal Hero” (Sunset Magazine and California Coastal Commission.)

Vandana Shiva, PhD (India)
Physicist, international local food activist, editor. Founder, Navdanya. Chair, Committee on the Future of Food (Tuscany); Board Member, IFG, Third World Network. Recipient, Right Livelihood Award (1993). Author, The Violence of the Green Revolution; Staying Alive; and Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply.

Katie Singer
Katie Singer’s newest book, An Electronic Silent Spring, reports on the peer-reviewed studies that show how exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by mobile devices, cell towers, “smart” utility meters, digital appliances and other electronics affects wildlife and our health. In this most comprehensive book available on EMR, Singer also lays out our federal telecom laws–and realistic solutions for reducing your emissions and exposure.

Gar Smith
Editor emeritus, Earth Island Journal. Former editor, Common Ground Magazine, and Pesticide Action Network magazine. Co-founder and editor of Environmentalists Against War. Veteran: Free Speech Movement. Author, Nuclear Roulette: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth.

Atossa Soltani (Iran/U.S.)
Founder, Director, Amazon Watch. Global Campaigner for Indigenous rights in South America’s Amazon, confirming self determination, resource protection, and cultures against rampant oil development. Former Campaign Director, Rainforest Action Network; Chair, the Christensen Fund.

Charlene Spretnak
Author, Green Politics; The Resurgence of the Real; Relational Reality, and many ecosocial essays. Co-founder, U.S. Green Party. Was named by the British government’s Environment Dept. in 2006 as one of the “100 Eco-Heroes of All Time.” Her new book, published on Oct. 23, is about interrelatedness in an area of cultural history: The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art, 1800 to the Present.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Igorot, Philippines)
Development consultant and international indigenous activist. Founder and Director, Tebtebba Foundation. On 2 June 2014 on, she assumed responsibilities as the third UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Jim Thomas (Canada)
Program Director, ETC Group, Canada. Formerly with Greenpeace Intl. Focus has been on impacts of synthetic biology, biotechnology, nanotechnologies, geoengineering and other emerging technologies, as well as the future of converging technology.

Bruce Thompson
Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies, Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Dept. focused on Ecological Economics. Eco-activist, Treasurer Strong Foundation for Environmental Values. Recent articles on bioregional economics and the need for a radical new economics have appeared in Planet Drum Pulse and The Ecozoic.

Mary Reynolds Thompson
Founder, Live Your Wild Soul Story. Author, Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World; and Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness.

Doug Tompkins
Wilderness advocate, mountaineer, climber, organic farmer. Former owner, Esprit. Founder, Foundation for Deep Ecology, Conservation Land Trust, and Conservacion Patagonica (South America.)

Severine von Tscharner-Fleming
Farmer, activist, organizer. Board Member, Schumacher Center for New Economics; Founder and director, The Greenhorns, and Farmhack, open source communities for farm innovation.

Ralph White (Wales/U.S.)
Co-founder, New York Open Center, the city’s leading venue for holistic learning. A former program director of Omega Institute and editor of Lapis Magazine, he has organized scores of major conferences on transforming culture and consciousness.

Langdon Winner, PhD
Thomas Phelan Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Author, Autonomous Technology; and The Whale and the Reactor.

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