Albert Flynn DeSilver
Poet, Author, Artist, Publisher
Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, author, artist, publisher, speaker, and writing coach. He served as Marin County's very first poet laureate from 2008-2010. Albert has published several books and hundreds of individual poems in literary journals worldwide. His work has been included in a number of anthologies including "Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community," which Cornel West called "a courageous and visionary book." His visual work has appeared at The Armand Hammer Museum, and a recent visual poem was included as part of a large public sculpture commissioned by the Freeport Water Authority and EBMUD, designed by the artist Paul Kos, and built on the banks of the Sacramento River in 2010. Albert has taught writing and poetry workshops everywhere from Spirit Rock Meditation Center to San Quentin State Prison, to the British Institute in Paris—and for more than ten years as a California Poet in the Schools. His latest book is "Beamish Boy: A Memoir" about his extraordinary journey toward an open poetic identity.
Executive Director, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
As a child, Terry enjoyed family camping trips to Big Basin and Henry Cowell’s State Parks. These experiences developed in her a deep love of the natural lands of Santa Cruz County. After becoming a CPA, Terry spent most of her business career in corporate finance. Prior to her executive finance roles in technology start-ups, Terry was in charge of taxation, treasury and SEC reporting for Plantronics. She became Executive Director of the Land Trust in 2005. Since that time the Land Trust has protected 10,442 acres of high conservation value land in Santa Cruz County and raised $38 million toward land protection.
John Perry Barlow
John Perry Barlow has been a cattle rancher in Wyoming, has written songs for the Grateful Dead, co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and is currently working on a project to turn sewage into jetfuel. He likes open range, open doors, open season, open source, open standards, open government, open hearts, and open minds. He fears only fear and wants to be a good ancestor.
G Craig Vachon
an angel investor, futurist and entrepreneur
Craig thinks he is the luckiest person he has ever met. As an angel investor, futurist and entrepreneur, Craig has helped small companies devise business plans and raise ~$1.1B from VCs to enable their growth, [and the creation of many worthwhile jobs]. He and his tolerant wife have lived and worked for more than 10 years outside of the US, in such diverse locales as Tokyo [twice], Hong Kong, Taipei, Pune India, Vancouver BC and London UK. His most-current role [and investment] is at AnchorFree, the world's most-popular consumer VPN. AnchorFree provides its users with security, privacy [do-not-track] and unfettered access to the World Wide Web from anywhere [even in places with government/other censorship]. Craig hopes to someday invest in truth and teleportation machines. He is a poorly-talented stone sculptor, water-color painter and classic convertible collector. Craig lovingly makes and drinks his great-grandmother's limoncello.
Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Writer
Terri Schneider's lifetime involvement in extreme endurance sports reflects her curiosity, zeal and insatiable appetite to experience new cultures and landscapes while pushing her physical and mental limits. Her passion is to share those experiences with others as a coach, consultant, writer and speaker. As a world-class professional triathlete for ten years then an adventure racer and ultra runner, she has raced, climbed and explored in over 70 countries—the more remote and challenging the location, the more enticing. Terri has her M.A. in Sports Psychology and, her B.S. in Exercise Physiology. She is author of Triathlon Revolution: Training, Technique and Inspiration, co-author of Triathlete's Guide to Mental Training, has contributed to two additional books and is now working on her next book. In the Fall of 2011 she lead 4-person Expedition Bhutan on a never-been-done crossing of the country of Bhutan trekking and mountain biking, while they shot a documentary film of their journey (thehappiestplacefilm.com). Terri returned to Bhutan in 2012 to live and volunteer with the Bhutan Olympic Committee and her work supporting Youth and Olympic Sports in Bhutan continues today.
Choreographer, Curator, Educator
Cid Pearlman's choreography subtly disrupts traditional notions of desire, gender, and friendship. Her work has been presented by numerous venues, including Joyce SoHo, Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Estonia, the Getty Center, Theater Artaud, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. From 1991-99 Cid was the artistic director of San Francisco's Nesting Dolls. In 1999 she relocated to Los Angeles, establishing herself as an independent choreographer and curator. Recent collaborators include Joan Jeanrenaud, formerly of Kronos Quartet, and Jonathan Segel of Camper Van Beethoven. After receiving an MFA in Dance from UCLA (2006), Cid relocated to Santa Cruz, where she teaches at Cabrillo College and UCSC. During the 2009-10 academic year Cid was a Fulbright Scholar in Estonia, teaching and collaborating with Estonian dance artists. Her most recent work has been supported by CA$H, the U.S. Embassy/Estonia, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.
CEO, Girls for a Change
e: CEO, Girls for a Change Speaker Bio: Whitney Smith is the visionary Founder of Girls For A Change (GFC). Her inspiration for GFC springs from over 20 years of experience in the leadership of innovative and progressive programs for girls and women. Her experience working with girls in juvenile detention and group homes has shaped her vision for a different world for girls and women. Envisioned as a highly collaborative and community-based model, GFC has evolved over the last ten years from a local organization serving 100 girls to an international organization serving thousands of girls across the globe. Together with her team of seven staff and hundreds of volunteers she is training thousands of young urban women to be change agents and leaders. Under her leadership GFC has served over 10,000 young urban women in the last ten years around the US and internationally. GFC is in 15 US states and 5 other countries.
Allie Cooper began learning the fundamentals of aerial work in Santa Cruz, California in 2008. Her honest style has developed to utilize momentum and natural pathways and to embrace functionality. She has traveled extensively in Europe and has had the privilege to share and learn from the artists who inspire her most. Allie has performed and taught across the United States, Europe, Central America, and Asia. Most recently she performed at the Envision Festival in Costa Rica, Moisture Festival in Seattle, and Lucidity in Santa Barbara. She also taught workshops for La Petite Chouette In Santa Barbara, the Dia Mundial del Circo 2012 in Mexico City and was an Club Med Artist in Phuket, Thailand.
LoWGritt aka The Enthusiast is the musical alias of Logan Gritton, a dedicated electronic music producer based in Santa Cruz, Ca. His style is influenced by political trip-hop music, melodic dance-floor grooves, and experimental electronica. The outcome is a deep and juicy blend of Industrial Hip Hop that doesn’t settle to stay in one tempo range. It is suitable for dance floors as well as the ear-buds of more introverted listeners. He is Co-founder of electronic hip-hop group Vibrant Eyeris, a Central Coast 4 piece band consisting of Numerous/MC, LoWGritt/Producer, Rudeskool/DJ and Rhythm Fiend/Drums. The group has been active across California for the last 3 years performing at venues/festivals across the state, most notable would be Earth-dance 2010 and 2011, the group has opened for acts such as Beats Antique, Gaudi, RJD2, Vokab Kompany, ESKMO, Nappy Roots, love and light, Abstract Rude, Minnesota, and others.
3D Designer and Founder, MakersFactory
Chris graduated as an architect in 1978 before becoming a furniture designer/maker and running a successful studio for ten years in Scotland. Moving to the US he became a product designer in North Carolina and California before becoming ever more fascinated by the potential of 3D digital modeling, animation, and production. He is now a partner in MakersFactory, a Santa Cruz company that uses 3D printing and visualization to help innovators and artists produce their ideas. Chris also teaches animation at the School of Engineering in UC Santa Cruz using the open source program Blender.