Team

 

Michael Gosney

Managing Director, Techné Verde
Senior Consultant and Account Supervisor, Techné Verde Group

Techné Verde founder Michael Gosney is a pioneer in Information and Communications Technology, having produced groundbreaking desktop publishing and multimedia products in the 1980s, and a variety of digital media projects and events in partnership with firms such as Apple Computer, Kodak, Toshiba, Peter Norton, GTE, and Microsoft. He is an expert in new media design and marketing, online media delivery, interactive content development and user experience. In parallel to his work in technology, Gosney has produced many influential books and events on the shift to sustainability, and has served on the board of architect Paolo Soleri’s ecocity research project Arcosanti since 1995. In 2002, Gosney co-founded the Green Century Institute in San Francisco as an information clearinghouse on sustainable community solutions, which has provided consulting and advisory services, and produced a wide range of events and workgroups, including the San Francisco Green Cities Expo at UNEP World Environment Day in June 2005, Earth Day Digital Be-In events with Paul Hawken, Janine Benyus and other sustainable culture and green technology leaders, and many specialized salons and workshops.

Gosney produces the talk radio podcast Eco Evolution with leaders and visionaries on the frontier of eco-evolutionary change. His 2013 TEDx Talk, “Designing the Control Panel for Spaceship Earth” provides background on the shared vision of Information and Communications Technologies facilitating an evolutionary shift and the genesis of the Techné Verde project.

Thomas Moroz

Co-Director, Techné Verde
Senior Consultant, Techné Verde Group

Tom Moroz is Co-Director and Senior Consultant at Techné Verde. In these roles, he directs research and provides consulting and advisory services to non-profit and philanthropic clients, specializing in knowledge management, organizational development, and cross-organizational collaboration on social justice and sustainability issues.

From 2008-2013, he was Global Head of Knowledge Management for the Open Society Foundations, where he led a project to develop an open source collaboration platform called KARL. The platform is currently used by the 40 independent organizations that make up the global Open Society network of Foundations. As an open source collaboration solution, the platform is also currently being used by 15 other international organizations including Oxfam GB, UN Environmental Program, and the European Foundation Centre.

Prior to becoming head of the knowledge management initiative, he was Director of Special Projects for the entire global network of foundations. In this role, Tom was involved in various organizational re-structuring projects, starting up new initiatives and serving interim executive management roles in Albania and Kazakhstan.

Tom also has a strong background in financial management having been a consultant at Deloitte Consulting and the Controller of a major hotel operation in New York City. He also served in the Peace Corps in western Russia where he established a regional NGO development center and lectured on various topics related to the transformation to the free-market economy.

Catherine Douglas

Research Director, Techne Verde
Client Services Manager, Techné Verde Group

For many years, Catherine Douglas has been been working to create more peace, sustainability and happiness in the world. She currently works in social media marketing, promotion and online business development for socially conscious organizations. She has worked for a number of app-development companies at such trade shows as TechCrunch Disrupt, AppNation and MacWorld.  Catherine managed the entire social media campaign for a two-person startup based in New York, which had a successful acquisition in December of 2011 and was featured in TechCrunch, TIME, CNN, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post.  She is also involved in many activist organizations such as Be the Peace, The Gaiafield Alliance, Earthdance International, The Story of Stuff Project, The Pachamama Alliance and more.

Prior to that, Catherine taught the highly-acclaimed substance-abuse course, “Natural Highs: Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” at the majority of the high schools in Boulder, CO and as a guest teacher at conferences such as PeaceJam. She ran the online marketing, program outreach, private student social network, and the grant writing program for Natural Highs. Catherine has been highly involved in community organizing and helping to create a culture where young people can thrive. She serves as the lead research associate at Melissa Michaels’ Surfing the Creative: International Youth Leadership Program summer intensive.

Catherine graduated from Pitzer College with honors in Dance & Holistic Healing.  She is also a certified Wei-Tuo Qigong instructor, a Laughter Yoga Leader, a facilitator of the “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” Symposium, and continues to develop her own body of work and services, Peace Ripples, which she launched in 2004.

Claudia Welss
Co-Founder, Global Shift Mapping Project

Founder and executive director, NextNow Collaboratory (NNC), and co-founder of NextNowNetwork (NNN). Claudia has worked 10 years at the intersection of business + sustainability and another 10 at the intersection of sustainability + consciousness.

2000- present,  Sustainability + Consciousness:  Board member of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution developing the meme of evomimicry and platforms for social synergy; Steering Committee and Director of Strategic Partnerships of the Global Coherence Initiative; external research faculty member at the Institute of Noetic Sciences since 2004; founding director, Mobile Input Devices and Systems innovating a one–handed input device for mobile computing (originator of iPhone App, “TipTapSpeech”); Advisor, Plastic Pollution Coalition; Stewardship Council, Pachamama Alliance; and is a co-producer of 3 consciousness-raising films.  Launched the Digital Earth/Digital Mind initiative at the 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth, itself a project of NNC.
1990-2000, Business + Sustainability: Director of the Center for Executive Development at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley for 6 years developing and delivering programs on strategy for client corporations worldwide; received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for programmatic innovations.  Her personal goal was to establish the need for corporate social responsibility (CSR) through month-long programs exploring strategy at the nexus of business, economics, technology, politics, and the natural and socio-cultural environments using scenario planning.  She helped usher in a new paradigm of business as catalyst of positive social change and environmental restoration using scenario-planning and strategy development processes allowing for the suspension of disbelief and testing of assumptions about the business of “wealth-creation.” Claudia brought into the university environment emerging concepts such as the Cultural Creatives subculture, heart-brain intelligence, new global reference currencies, green economies, environmental dashboards and the Natural Step, and new quality-of-life indicators as signs of a changing landscape.  She was also part of a 5–year international inquiry committee sponsored by the Fetzer Institute for the United Nations reporting on the peace–building potential of global business. Prior to Berkeley she worked with Business for Social Responsibility in San Francisco.

 

David Woolfson
Co-Founder, Global Shift Mapping Project

David Woolfson is a community-based lawyer in private practice in Toronto, Ontario, Canada since 1983, and a ‘world futures actionist’ addressing the many unprecedented societal and ecological challenges and opportunities now before us. His focus is on new thinking and actions emphasizing ‘whole-system’ approaches and innovative solutions that blend social and technological innovation with the evolution of our collective consciousness. The objective is to help us together discover a path to a positive future at this crucial time in human history. Blogsite: www.worldfuturist.com

David has founded, co-initiated and played a major role in numerous global/local non-profit initiatives and social entrepreneurial businesses whose core mission is to work collaboratively with like-minded individuals, groups, organizations, and networks around the world toward the co-creation of a peaceful, sustainable world and future for all, including:

  • Co-Founder & Director, Sanara Tulum Hotel/Retreat (2013 to date)
  • Co-Founder & Director, Oxygen Beach Investments Inc. (2013 to date)
  • Founder, AERIEL Channel for a Better World (2012 to date)
  • Director, Fanetwork Inc. (2012 to date)
  • Co-Founder, Global Shift Mapping Project, Techné Verde/BFI (2011 to date)
  • Coordinator, Development Committee, The Club of Budapest North America (COBA) (2011)
  • Co-Initiator, Worldshift Initiative (2008 to date)
  • Founder & President, The Club of Budapest Canada (2006 to date)
  • Co-Conceiver & Co-Coordinator, World Wisdom Council (2004 to 2007)
  • Coordinator, Toronto 2000 / Toronto Foresight 2020 Forum (1992 – 2003)