Chris Corrigan has 20 years experience hosting conversations in indigenous communities, not for profits, faith based and philanthropic organizations across North America and in Europe, Oceana and South Africa. He specializes in Open Space Technology, and design for large scale initiatives to work in high levels of complexity. He is a poet and a traditional Irish musician. Recent work has included design and hosting for
- a transformational national initiative for the US based Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service on the subject of creating “extraordinary welcome” through community conversations hosted in World Cafes
- a year-long project to prototype new ways to address addictions related stigma in the health care system, initiated using Open Space
- the World Indigenous Housing Conference, including hosting three large scale World Cafes with over 600 people.
Teresa Posakony works with organizations and communities who are seeking to put to work the ineffable qualities of community to bring high levels of effective engagement, creative design and deep resilience to work. She was a long time member of the Berkana Institute, worked 13 years in high tech doing leadership and organizational development, and now12 years deeply engaged in hosting process in a breadth of non-profit organizations and community driven efforts. Recent work has included:
- The continuation of a long term strategic plan for the Quinault Nation tribal government in Washington state.
- Extensive work with faith community leaders working to engage change in their communities.
- Helping design and implement a critically important initiative to bring leading edge brain research to the public policy sphere so that early childhood educators can be resourced to address the deep causes of child and social trauma.
Carolyne Stayton, co-founder and Co-Director of Transition US, is a strong proponent of community empowerment and engagement. She has seen that when the creative brilliance within a community is focused and freed up it can solve complex problems with a distinct and endearing local flavor. Carolyne was Director of New College’s North Bay Campus for Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community and has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from USF.
Jeff Aitken has worked 25 years hosting and coaching adults in transformative programs in leadership and healing arts, mainly at CIIS in San Francisco. Trained in organization development, he has facilitated dozens of Open Space meetings in public and private sectors, and wrote a PhD dissertation about his work in Sonoma County.
Jeff has been influenced by teachers from many traditions and his own cultural roots. He was a coordinator of Sustainable Sonoma County, a trainer for the Social Movement Empowerment Project, and a conference coordinator for Indigenous/Western dialogues in New Mexico
Dana Pearlman designs and facilitates action learning experiences that embody the transformation that is needed in our world. Her academic background is in clinical psychology and strategic leadership towards sustainability. She uses participatory processes and powerful questions that enable deeper learning and unearth what is at the heart of the matter. Her sweet spot is at the intersection of authentic leadership, community building and manifesting a world this is just and abundant for all.
Dana’s recent projects include:
- The Global Leadership Lab (GLL), she is co-founding a start-up that is curating a global network of change-makers to accelerate the transformation that is needed in our world.
- The Hub Bay Area, she co-hosted theArt of Collaborative Leadership: Community Building for a New Economy; she hosts conversations that matter for The HUB community;
- Dana hosts workshops in Authentic Leadership that stems from her published, co-created research: The Lotus: A practice guide for Authentic Leadership towards Sustainability.
Dana focuses upon building her own capacity to navigate complexity in order to help others build their own capacity to do likewise. You can contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trathen Heckman is President of Transition US and the founding Executive Director of Daily Acts Organization, publisher of Ripples, an award-winning journal and a backyard farmer. He is the former Executive Director and a board member of Green Sangha Organization. Seeking to inspire the engagement of hearts, minds and senses, Trathen educates and works with community, business and municipal leaders to create programs, policy and models which harness the power of nature and inspired action to restore the health of our lives and communities. Trathen has given oodles of local, national and international presentations on sustainability, Permaculture, ecological design and the power of our daily actions to renew the world. He lives in the Petaluma River Watershed where he grows food, medicine and wonder. He is excited to put his shoulder into calling the Art of Participatory Leadership and thus building new partnerships and visions of what’s possible here.
Sam Ruark is the Sonoma County Energy Watch Program Manager where he facilitates clean energy projects for municipalities, NGOs, special districts, and small businesses throughout Sonoma County. He has worked in the field of sustainability for non-profits, small business and local governments for 16 years. He previously served as a Sustainability Planner for Marin County and is LEED Accredited and a certified Permaculture Designer. He serves on the Board of Daily Acts, volunteers for creek and river cleanups, tends honey bees, and is a fermentation enthusiast.