Rob "Biko" Baker is the executive director of the League of Young Voters and works closely with the Black Youth Project. He is a former political correspondent for The Source, a board member of the New Organizing Institute, and a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA.
Walden Bello is executive director of the Bangkok-based research, analysis, and advocacy organization Focus on the Global South. He is the author and co-author of books on Asian economic and political development, including Dragons In Distress, Asia's Miracle Economies in Crisis, and A Siamese Tragedy: Development and Degradation in Modern Thailand. He is the recipient of the 2003 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize.
Adrienne Maree Brown is a writer, activist, doula-in-training, and singer/artist living in Detroit. She was executive director of The Ruckus Society from 2006-2010, and now sits on its board. She is also on the boards of Allied Media Projects, Third Wave Foundation, and Common Fire. She is a facilitator for the Detroit Food Justice Task Force and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. She was a national co-coordinator for the 2010 US Social Forum. Adrienne is obsessed with learning and developing models for action, community strength, movement building, and transformation.
Pamela O'Malley Chang was an editorial fellow at YES! from September 2001-July 2002. After a career in Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Sustainable Design, she obtained an M.S. in traditional Chinese medicine and is now a founding partner of Sarana Community Acupuncture in Albany, Calif.
Mark Engler is a writer based in Philadelphia and a senior analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus, covering topics ranging from globalization activism, Latin American social movements, and immigration to debt relief, trade, and liberation theology. He is author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (Nation Books). Mark writes a monthly column on American politics for the Oxford, UK-based New Internationalist magazine and serves on the editorial board of Dissent. His articles have been translated into more than 15 languages. An archive of his work is available at DemocracyUprising.com.
Lisa Gale Garrigues is an award-winning writer and educator whose articles, essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in English and Spanish in a variety of media outlets, including YES!, Pacific News Service, Alternet, Indian Country Today, elatico.com, Pimienta Negra and Campo Grupal. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. She is interested in cross-cultural communication and building global communities. lisagarrigues.blogspot.com.
Winona LaDuke writes extensively on native and environmental issues and is the author of Recovering the Sacred (2005), All Our Relations (1999), and Last Standing Woman (1997). She is the executive director of Honor the Earth and the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. In 1998, Ms. Magazine named her “Woman of the Year,” and in 1994, she was nominated by Time magazine as one of America's 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations. She is the mother of three children.
Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of fifteen books including the 1971 3-million-copy bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet. With her daughter Anna Lappé, Frances leads the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education to bring democracy to life. In 1990, Lappé co-founded the Center for Living Democracy, a 10-year initiative to help accelerate the spread of democratic innovations. Lappé served as founding editor of the Center’s American News Service. Lappé has received 17 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions. In 1987 in Sweden, Lappé became the fourth American to receive the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the Alternative Nobel, for her “vision and work healing our planet and uplifting humanity”.
Annie Leonard is the director of The Story of Stuff Project. In December 2007, Leonard released The Story of Stuff, a hit 20-minute webfilm that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the often hidden costs of our consumer-driven culture. The film has generated over 13 million views in more than 200 countries and territories since its launch, making it one of the most successful environmental-themed viral films of all time. She has also authored a book by the same name (published by Free Press in 2010). Prior to Story of Stuff, Annie spent two decades working on international sustainability and environmental and health issues. She traveled to 40 countries, working for various environmental organizations, including Greenpeace International and GAIA, and visiting the factories where our stuff is made and the dumps where it is discarded.
Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books on environmental topics, beginning with The End of Nature, which is often described as the first book on climate change for a general audience. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he is the founder of 350.org, a global grassroots campaign to combat climate change that organized what CNN called “the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history.”
Madhu Suri Prakash is a professor of education at Pennsylvania State University and the author of Grassroots Postmodernism: Remaking the Soil of Cultures and Escaping Education: Living as Learning Within Grassroots Cultures. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of education from Syracuse University, as well as an M.B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Delhi. She has been widely recognized for her work on indigenous cultures, grassroots movements, cultural diversity, and environmental education.
Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned writer, activist, and commentator on the environment, feminism, and international issues. She won the 1993 Right Livelihood Award. She’s the author of numerous books, including Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis (2008) and Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace (2005). She holds a Ph.D. in particle physics and is the founder of Navdanya, an organization that promotes biodiversity and organic farming. The Guardian has called her “one of the world's most prominent radical scientists.”
Jay Walljasper is a veteran journalist who writes on issues such as sustainability, culture, and the commons. He is editor of OnTheCommons.org and author of All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons (2011), The Great Neighborhood Book (2007), and Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life (2001). He is also cities columnist for Shareable.net, an associate with the Citistates Group, and a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and Ode.