Advisors

Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D.

Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D., is Founder and President of Syntony Quest, the 57th President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), and the former Director of the Doctoral Program in Management at the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership (ITESM), Mexico.  As Professor of Systems Science and Evolutionary Development, he currently teaches at a variety of MBA and Doctoral programs internationally and is Core Faculty in the Organization Systems Renewal program at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.  He has worked for UNESCO, the Italian Electric Power Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education, has held visiting appointments with the London School of Economics and the European University Institute, and has been named a Level I Member of the National Research Academy of Mexico (SNI).  He is on the Editorial Boards of four internationally arbitered research journals, recipient of the Gertrude Albert Heller Award, the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, and the Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award, author of over sixty journal, book, and encyclopedia publications, and a 5th Degree Black Belt of traditional Korean Karate.

 

Brad DeGraf  

Based in Seattle, Brad has been an innovator in computer animation in the entertainment industry since 1982, particularly in the areas of realtime characters, ride films, and the Web. He founded and/or managed several ground-breaking animation studios including Protozoa, Colossal Pictures Digital Media, deGraf/Wahrman, and Digital Productions. In 2000, Wired called Brad “an icon in the world of 3D animation.”

Since 2000, he has concentrated on work at the intersection of media, technology, finance, and social change. In addition to his current role as co-founder and CTO of the Interra Project, that work has included a variety of consultancy roles focused on next-generation digital media technology, particularly lately in international development work with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and the US Agency for International Development.

Other recent roles include executive producer of Youthgive, executive director of the Internet Bookmobile project , co-director for Moving Images at the Internet Archive, and senior analyst for Jon Peddie Research. He is developing several web-based social applications, including Smartocracy, a meritocratic social network for collective decision-making.

 

David McConville

David McConville is a media artist and theorist whose work addresses the influence of sensory perception on the construction of worldviews, primarily through visualizing invisible phenomena that enhance awareness of humanity’s impact on ecological systems. He is co-founder The Elumenati, a design and engineering firm that integrates visual immersion, social interaction, storytelling, real-time visualizations, and scientific data to create custom display environments for clients ranging from art festivals to space agencies. He is currently developing historical and cognitive frameworks for his work as a PhD candidate in the Planetary Collegium. He is also the President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute board of directors, collaborating with a global network of design scientists developing solutions that comprehensively address the world’s most pressing challenges.

He’s a former student of Robert Moog as a UNC Asheville undergrad in audio engineering and created the first radio station webstream onto the Internet. David has called Asheville, North Carolina home for close to 20 years, and is currently located in Oakland, California.

 

Elizabeth Thompson

Since 2004 Elizabeth has developed BFI’s leading educational programs including its acclaimed website, high profile public lectures, exhibitions and events, and the Design Science Lab. She has been played an instrumental leadership role in the creation and implementation of BFI’s flagship program, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Prior to joining BFI, Elizabeth was the founding director of Planetwork, served as director of John Gibson Gallery, New York, and a founding member of the award winning performance group, Cucaracha Theatre, New York.

 

 

 

Jeff Vander Clute

Jeff is a sherpa of conscious transformation who has gone “all in” to support the emergence of compassionate, thriving communities and cultures of peace. His overarching work in the world is to assist humanity in awakening to its oneness and sacred relationship with Earth and the cosmos. He creates tools, practices, and technologies for individual and collective enlivenment, emphasizing the integration of intuitive and analytical capacities that come online in the superfluid state of undivided consciousness.

Jeff co-founded Sourcing the Way to empower high-purpose organizations that seek to be conscious and beneficial presences on the planet. He serves on Charter for Compassion International’s Global Compassion Council and on the board of directors of DreamRider Productions and New Stories.

Previously, as a software engineer and Internet entrepreneur, Jeff co-created an online publishing platform that gave a voice to over 30 million people as well as software for revealing the “wisdom of communities” and “connecting the global heart.”

 

Jon Ramer

 Jon Eliot Ramer is an expert in ICT resources for collaboration. He is co-founder of several technology companies and non-profits, including the Ideal Network, a group-buying social enterprise that donates a percentage of every purchase to a non-profit or school, and the Compassion Games, linking hundreds of cities worldwide through a web-enabled collaborative game.

 

 

 

 

Marshall Lefferts

Marshall Lefferts is the founder and director of the Cosmometry Project, a research initiative to define and coalesce the emerging field of cosmic geometry and its application within all domains of scientific, artistic and spiritual experience. He is a lifelong student of cosmic knowledge and active participant in the great shift occurring for humanity and Earth at this time. In recent years he has served as Associate Producer for the groundbreaking documentary film, THRIVE (released worldwide on 11/11/11); President of the Board for the Resonance Project Foundation; Co-Founder of the Gene Keys, US; Co-Director of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution; Consulting Producer for the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and Producer of many projects in interactive media. Marshall is also a musician who co-wrote and co-produced an album of original music called Mystery of Souls, and is a photographer, graphic designer, free diver, ki energy practitioner, and joy-body lover. He resides on both the east and west coasts of the US, and Hawaii, as spirit calls.