Mark P. Fancher is a human rights attorney, writer, and activist. Over the course of his 36-year career he has fought: police misconduct, over-incarceration, employment discrimination, racially discriminatory school discipline, unannounced plant closings, racist violence, and political repression. Driven and sustained by his Christian faith, he has been an advocate for African liberation and the right to self-determination for underdeveloped countries and Indigenous communities. He has worked as staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project of the ACLU of Michigan; senior staff attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice; State Bar of Michigan Access to Justice special projects director.
Damon Centola is professor of communication, sociology, and engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is director of the Network Dynamics Group, and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. His interest in how social networks activate social change began during his childhood years, when he was surrounded by changemakers—activists and entrepreneurs working to spread awareness about new social issues. His research on social change has been published across a wide range of fields, including sociology, physics, and medicine. He is the author of Change: The Power in the Periphery to Make Big Things Happen.
Natasha Chassagne, Ph.D., is an Australian writer and researcher on sustainability, climate change, and well-being. She specializes in community-led impact, particularly Buen Vivir as a framework for social and environmental well-being. Natasha has also worked with corporations, governments, and nonprofits consulting on sustainability impacts, and has a master’s degree in international law. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. Interview excerpts were taken from her Ph.D. research and appear in her first book, Buen Vivir as an Alternative to Sustainable Development: Lessons from Ecuador, published in November by Routledge.
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