- Dr. Kevin Danaher, Green Festival, Global Citizens Center – Kevin Danaher is a co-founder of Global Exchange (1988), founder and Executive Co-Producer of the Green Festivals (2001), and Executive Director of the Global Citizen Center (2004). He was the founding Board Chair of TransFairUSA, the fair trade certifying agency for the United States, and he was a co-founder of the 50 Years Is Enough Network, focused on educating the public about the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Kevin has overseen the development of organizations with budgets up to 8 million dollars per year and staffs numbering up to 50 people. He has managed dozens of foundations grants with distinction. Kevin received his PhD in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his BA in sociology from Sonoma State University. He is the author and/or editor of 11 books, including his latest, due out in fall 2007 from PoliPoint Press, Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots. He has lectured at universities and to community organizations throughout the United States. He has appeared on television and radio shows around the country. He has published articles in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many others.
- Rick Lukens, United Earth Networks, Live Aid, US Festival – Starting in the late 1970s, Richard Lukens produced local Community Consciousness Carnivals in Santa Cruz, California. These early LOHAS style events were the beginning of a long and winding road leading to the international stage. As demand for his services, grew, so did the scope and reach of his projects. By the 1980s, he served as International Director for Live Aid, organizing the international video experience with video feeds from around the globe. Earlier, he was the creator and producer of the first U.S.-Soviet “space-bridge,” at the US Festival, the largest outdoor music concert ever held. Festival-goers were able to interact in real time via satellite video with people in Moscow, a breakthrough event during Cold War tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Richard‘s credits as head producer include The Imperial Bells of China, a 35 city North American tour, the Los Angeles International Dragon Boat Festival cultural exchange, Children Under Siege concert to benefit the children of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the 1989 White House Conference on Global Climate Change, and many more. Today, many of his efforts are centered on Asia. Established and registered in Japan, UEN Japan is actively expanding its scope of talent management, special event planning, and project management for business-to-business projects. Richard is also planning an annual concert series for Shanghai. It’s the countdown to China’s first worlds fair, the 2010 World Expo. Three concerts in May of 2007, 2008, and 2009 will be themed around cultural diversity, with Richard bringing many of the world’s top entertainers on stage. He says, “China is the most important emerging nation. This concert series is the fulfillment of a long-term dream to bring China and the rest of the world closer together through the magic of music and culture.”
- Julia Butterfly Hill, Circle of Life, We the Planet – Julia brought international attention to the plight of the world’s last remaining ancient forests when she climbed 180 feet up a 1000 year-old Redwood tree and refused to come down. Her historic 738-day protest of the environmental destruction caused by clear-cutting ancient redwoods culminated with a negotiated agreement that provided permanent protection for the tree (“Luna”) and a nearly 3 acre buffer-zone. Julia is a writer, poet and activist. She is author of the national best seller The Legacy of Luna and co-author of One Makes The Difference, both published by Harper SanFrancisco. The Legacy of Luna, based on Julia’s personal account of the Luna tree-sit, will soon be made into a major motion picture. Julia and the film’s producers, Baldwin Entertainment, have publicly stated their commitment to setting a “green set” standard for the film industry with this project. Julia speaks regularly at universities, has addressed the UN, lobbied congress, and continues to stand on the front lines of environmental and social justice issues worldwide. Her message of hope, empowerment, love and respect for all life has inspired millions of people worldwide.
- Sue Devine, Senior Director Film & TV Music, ASCAP – Sue Devine works in Artist Development with both emerging and more established artists both in ASCAP’s Film/TV Department (composers including East Coast Angelo Badalamenti, Carter Burwell, Howard Shore, etc.) and in the Membership Department (songwriters and bands including Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Dan Mackenzie, Joss Stone, etc). Sue provides career development support and also produces seminars, showcases, workshops and other events for ASCAP songwriters and film composers. Sue brought colleague Courtney Hard and a young John Mayer to producer John Alagia who launched Mayer’s career with the production of Room For Squares; She brought Dan Mackenzie to Joss Stone, Mackenzie just wrote and produced Stone’s new Christmas single; and she works closely with 6 ASCAP Sammy Cahn Lyricist Award winners. She also brings music to film, to underfunded city schools, and to environmental organizations. Prior to ASCAP, Sue worked with Lauren Hutton during the production of Lauren Hutton and… and Central Park West, and with Mercury Records recording artist Hamell on Trial. She managed the operations of Arlo Guthrie’s indie record label, Rising Son Records, where she produced a live concert video of Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, the audio recording of which was released as the live CD More Together Again in Concert. She also worked with filmmakers as the Program Manager at the Independent Feature Project.
- Roger S. Davis, Sustainable Living Institute Management Board – Roger Davis is a strategic knowledge consultant to the entertainment, media, telecom, software and production services companies. Davis is a pioneer in the Digital Cinema industry. He has founded three Post Production companies in San Francisco, CA. All of these companies served all the major Hollywood Studios and Northern California film producers, such as Saul Zaentz, Lucas Film Ltd. and Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, where he worked with business partners to update Coppola’s Electronic CinemaTM production system. His software company was one of the first professional media Apple developers in the mid 1980′s, where it worked with Apple’s Advanced Tech Center. Davis has researched and written numerous business analysis and technology forecasts for such clients as BBC, Asian media multi-nationals, Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, European Film Zentrum Babelsberg (Berlin, Germany). MCI/WorldCom Video Lab. These various technology market forecasts have consistently predicted technology trends with an emphasis on digital cinema trends, visual networks, and emerging business opportunities. He was the primary business consultant for the acquisition of Mass Illusion VFX Co. by Manex Entertainment, which later won three VFX Oscars for “What Dreams May Come,” and “The Matrix.” Davis is a former (NABET) union film cameraman, a member of Hollywood Editors Union IATSE-776. He attended University of Calif. at Davis, where he worked in all aspects of educational television production, and he received a Bachelors Degree in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute.
- Jim Dilettoso – Jim Dilettoso has over 100 projects and 20 years experience in CAD engineering and communications installation. He was one of the early pioneers in Computer Aided Design systems with experience in systems design and application engineering. He was a founder of the Arizona State University Computer Institute and served as it’s CAD and AI Director from 1984 to 1989. While in that post he also served as the NASA Industrial Application Center Technology Director. Jim is currently on the Board of the CAD Institute and the University of A.C.T. In the 1970′s and 80′s Mr. Dilettoso produced major events for music and sports. He has Designed or Produced over 1000 music concerts including major tours for the Moody Blues and Journey, including all phases of staging, electrical, rigging, lighting, sound, and special effects. He has experience in managing all levels of stage unions, box-office, and security. In 1983 he was the site planner for the US Festival in San Bernadino, Ca. which was attended by over 500,000 people. In addition, he has designed and built production centers for television and film production. Clients include American Film Technology where Mr. Dilettoso directed the technology development of B&W Movie Colorization as well as the design and implementation of the facilities in Arizona and California. Since 1990, Mr.Dilettoso has been a leading expert in the deployment of Digital Communications including ATM, and ISDN. He has designed systems that have been employed by TRW, Sprint , USWEST, CNN, PacificBell, and Cray Computers in both the computer room and networks. Feature Films such as Lost in Space and Titanic have used Mr.Dilettoso’s Animation and Rendering Technology to create realistic scenes and buildings. This Technology can be employed for realsitic walk-throughs and simulations of projects “to be built” by Bozarth CM. Jim currently hosts news segments on Discovery Channel, Fox Network, MTV and A&E from his Village Labs, a 21st century lab that investigates all things new under the Sun.
- Van Jones – founding director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Founded in 1996 and named for an unsung civil rights heroine, the Center seeks to replace the U.S. incarceration industry with youth opportunities and community-based solutions. In 2002, the Center’s “Books Not Bars Campaign” helped stop the construction of a costly and controversial “Super-Jail” for Oakland’s youth. Presently, the Center is working to close all of California’s scandal-plagued youth prisons and replace them with regional rehabilitation centers. Van is also a passionate advocate for the environment and for responsible business. He serves on numerous governing boards, including: Rainforest Action Network, WITNESS, Bioneers, the New Apollo Project and the Social Venture Network. Van’s efforts have earned him many honors, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award, the Ashoka Fellowship, and the Rockefeller Foundation “Next Generation Leadership” Fellowship. Born in rural west Tennessee, Van graduated in 1990 from the University of Tennessee at Martin and, in 1993, from the Yale Law School.
- David Traub – David has 20-years of experience as a digital media-oriented business development executive; executive producer of digital products; author, speaker and educator; and has been a venture catalyst, investor and/or board member/advisor to over 35 startups/private equity companies. He has co-raised and deployed nearly $30 million dollars in support of these ventures. His mission is the development and distribution of ‘disruptive’ mass media technologies infrastructure, bundled with best of breed content/programming, across a wide range of mobile/wireless devices, broadband/DTV, and other digital platforms that enable, augment and optimize our knowledge, effectiveness and potential for quality of life and excellence at work, home and play. As an co-founding executive, consultant or executive producer of digital products David has created products and projects media across a wide variety of clients such as EMI North America, MCA Records, Philips/Polydor, Microsoft/MSN, Apple Computer, Zoran.com and many others. He is also an author of nearly 50 articles and reports on the evolution of the digital domain for trade publications, professional books and institutional clients; is currently writing the book: “17 Questions: The Ride of Your Life,” introducing an career augmentation expert system for mobile phones and other consumer devices; and is a speaker who has given nearly 50 forward-looking keynote and other speeches throughout the world for clients such as the EU, the Swedish and Canadian Governments, TV Globo (Brazil), the National Institute of Film in Denmark, Viacom, US West, Mercedes/Siebold, The Broadband Content Development Forum and numerous other economic development agencies and universities. David earned a Masters in Education in 1990 from Harvard University, while conducting simultaneous class-work in interactive cinema and AI-based narrative at the MIT Media Lab. In 1984 he earned his undergraduate degrees in rhetoric and film with honors from the University of California at Berkeley, concluding with an honor thesis focusing on the use of film and television in education.