David Korten, Chair and Co-founder
David Korten is president and founder of the Living Economies Forum, a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, and a member of the Club of Rome. He holds MBA and PhD degrees from the Stanford Graduate school of Business and is a former faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was previously a Ford Foundation project specialist in Manila and Asia Regional Advisor on Development Management for the US Agency for International Development. David has authored numerous books, including Change the Story, Change the Future, Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, When Corporations Rule the World, and The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism. He is a regular guest on talk radio and television and a popular speaker at conferences around the world.
Gideon Rosenblatt, Vice Chair
Gideon Rosenblatt writes about the impact of technology on people, organizations and society at The Vital Edge. He is a technologist with a background in business and social change. For nine years, Gideon ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Microsoft in various marketing, product development and management positions, where he developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. Gideon was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys.
Tanya Dawkins, Secretary
Tanya Dawkins founded the Global‐Local Links Project to engage one of the most pressing issues of our time ‐ what it means to build citizen and community power in an age of intensifying globalization(s). She is dedicated to developing a new generation of “globally minded, community‐centric” tools, policies, relationships and metrics that advance new models of "global-local" leadership, policy, law, citizen action, economic development and the social contract.
Tanya has an MBA from Barry University, a post-graduate certificate in international human rights law from Oxford University and is an experienced analyst, executive and consultant in the areas of leadership, policy, organizational development and innovation for the common good. Her work has helped a wide range of local, national and international partners map their strategic priorities, understand and interpret increasingly interconnected global and local phenomena and manage emergent issues and opportunities.
She has previously managed a $20+ million community investment portfolio and is active in a diverse network of campaigns and initiatives in the areas of human rights, governance, policy, economic development, philanthropy and social justice.
Tanya is the policy entrepreneur behind the development of the Global Community Rights Framework Initiative, a new law and policy innovations project focused on advancing new rights, remedies and avenues of opportunity for people and communities affected by mega trade, infrastructure and investment projects around the world.
Alisa Gravitz, Treasurer
For over 25 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America (formerly Co-op America), the national green economy organization. Green America develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with key focus on community investment, fair trade, corporate responsibility, climate change and solar energy. Green America's major events and publications include Green Festivals, the Green Business Conference, National Green Pages, and the Green American. Green America operates the nation’s largest green living and green business networks. Alisa Gravitz is also a nationally recognized leader in the social investment industry. She authored Green America's acclaimed Guide to Social Investing, with over a million copies in print. As vice president of the Social Investment Forum, she played a key role in the dramatic growth of the socially responsible investing industry to $3 trillion dollars from less than $40 million in 1985. Alisa Gravitz’s board service includes the Positive Futures Network, Ceres and Network for Good. She earned her MBA from Harvard University and her BA in economics and environmental sciences from Brandeis University.
Puanani BurgessPuanani Burgess is a community building facilitator, trainer, and consultant in Hawai'i, the U.S., and the Pacific. She is also a poet, cultural translator, and has been a lecturer with the Urban Studies and Regional Planning Department of the University of Hawai'i. She was a Weinberg Fellow and the Myles and Zilphia Horton Chairholder for the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. She is noted for her experience in community, family, and values-based economic development, mediation and storytelling processes as part of conflict transformation, and in developing community-based organizations.
DeVigal is the inaugural Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement and the first professor of practice in the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). The Agora Journalism Center is devoted to transformative advancements for better journalism and stronger democracy. The center energizes research, teaching and learning to foster a culture of constant innovation and diverse collaboration to serve the public good. DeVigal also served as the multimedia editor at The New York Times, where he helped guide the newspaper’s print-driven format into the multimedia era. He integrated new approaches to interactive storytelling with The Times’ long tradition of journalistic excellence to help shape the industry with techniques still in use today.
Danny Glover combines his acting career with a dedication to the common good. He is well-known for his film and television works, including the Lethal Weapon series, Beloved, To Sleep with Anger, and Freedom Song. He serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, works on behalf of AIDS victims in the U.S. and Africa, and helps a wide range of organizations advance the causes of civil right and economic justice.
Rick Ingrasci M.D., M.P.H.
Rick has a rich background is in psychiatry, holistic medicine, community development, and social entrepreneuring. Rick currently practices life coaching, mainly with leaders of non-profit organizations. He is the Director of the StoryDome Project which uses immersive dome experiences of the Universe Story to help people shift to a more ecological worldview. He is a board member of New Stories, a nonprofit organization that is the sponsor of the StoryDome (see www.newstories.org). Rick co-founded Interface (Boston’s largest holistic education center from 1974 to 1995), the American Holistic Medical Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Hollyhock Retreat Center, where he has been convening an annual leadership conference, the Hollyhock Summer Gathering, since 1986.
Sarah van Gelder, Co-founderSarah van Gelder is co-founder and editor at large of YES! She is currently writing a book based off of her . On the trip, she visited communities making grassroots change in order to find where real hope lies now.
Sarah writes articles and conducts interviews for YES! Magazine, and speaks on leading-edge innovations that show that another world is not only possible, it is being created. Topics include the new economy, climate solutions, alternatives to prisons, food, water, peacemaking, health care, happiness, and more.
As part of her community involvement, Sarah co-founded Suquamish Olalla Neighbors, which builds bridges between Native and non-Native residents of the Port Madison Reservation. She co-led a statewide effort to return the home of Chief Seattle to the Suquamish Tribe and is a member of the board of directors of the tribally-chartered Suquamish Foundation.
Sarah has traveled in Latin America, India, China, and Central America. She was a founding board member of Winslow Cohousing, and previously was a television and radio producer, a community organizer, founder of a cooperative of food co-ops that linked organic farmers to urban markets. She has two young adult children.