Great Turning Navigator Advisors
Puanani is a community building facilitator, trainer and consultant. Based in Hawai'i, her work takes her all over the U.S. and the Pacific. She is also a poet, cultural translator and has been a lecturer with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of Hawai'i. She serves on the board of the Positive Futures Network and the People-Centered Development Forum. She is noted for her experience in community, family and values-based economic development, mediation and storytelling processes as part of conflict transformation, and in developing community-based organizations.
Bill is a writer, a musician, and the founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community. Bill's 30 year history, producing arts programs in educational, community, and social institutions also includes his leadership of the Walker Art Center's Education and Community Programs Department, California's Arts-In-Corrections Program, and the California State Summer School for the Arts. Bill's books, Art in Other Places and Making Exact Change are regarded as seminal works in the burgeoning field of arts-based community development. In 1991 Mr. Cleveland joined with a group of creative leaders from business, government and the arts to establish the Center for the Study of Art & Community. Created in response to the increasing marginalization of the arts in America, the organization specializes in the development and assessment of arts-based community partnerships and management support and training for artists and their community and institutional partners.
After more than 25 years as a business leader in a corporate setting, Kat dove into the study and practice of whole systems design and organizational/community development. For the past 10 years, she has focused her energies on community building and sustainability initiatives, political activism and advocacy for civil rights, social equity, environmental responsibility and peace. In her passion for community organizing, inspired by and grounded in the principles of the Earth Charter and in the faith that we, at our core, have the capacity to create Earth Community, Kat enjoys working collaboratively to design and facilitate participative processes, build informal networks and strengthen relationships to bring about systemic change. She co-founded the Bainbridge Island (WA) Bill of Rights Defense Committee, co-organized Earth Charter Community Summits, served as the Director of the Community Housing Coalition, is a board member of Sustainable Bainbridge, coordinates community Earth Day events, serves on an advisory council for Conversation Café and hosts a regular Café on Bainbridge Island. She is Director of Communications and Outreach for the Living Economies Forum.
Michael is a "planetary citizen," having lived in ten countries and speaking a number of languages. A career in international business and involvement in a several third world development programs and the "human potential" movement, have given him an appreciation of the challenges people around the world face and led to his interest in encouraging positive change on a global basis. As a Unitarian Universalist (UU), he believes strongly in that denomination¹s principles, particularly the "goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all." He has built a network of representatives in UU congregations around the U.S. with interest in reducing the power of corporations to negatively impact society and the environment. The Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community, of which he has been a board member, hosted David Korten at two annual General Assemblies and with UUJEC support, he led the organizing team for the "Navigating the Great Turning Conference" in Columbus, Ohio, a seed event of the growing "Turn to Earth Community."
Dot is an educator and peacebuilder whose keynote is inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good. She is President/CEO of Peace Partnership International, and her work in education, politics, and grassroots community organizing is focused on applied peacebuilding and the global call for ministries and departments of peace. Dot served as Executive Director of The Peace Alliance and Campaign for a US Department of Peace and was the National Campaign Manager for Kucinich for President 2004. She is a co-founding member of the Vermont Peace Academy and a founding board member of the Center for Cooperative Principles and is an innovative educator with a teaching background in Health, Physical Education, Psychology and Philosophy at both the high school and university levels. Dot is active in community coalition building with her youth/adult partnership model based on shared responsibility and shared leadership.
"It has been my privilege to be a part of the core team contributing what I can to the dialogue and ideas present in this amazing group. It is my hope that the future we seek is filled with Living Buildings and Living Communities - generating all of their own energy from renewable resources, capturing and treating their water and waste on-site without the use of chemicals and producing designs that inspire, heal and bring us together as citizens of this planet."
Jason serves as the CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council, the Pacific Northwest’s leading organization in the field of green building and sustainable development. He is the author of the Living Building Challenge, an international green building program, and co-creator of Pharos, the most advanced building material rating system in North America. Jason is known as an international thought leader in the green architecture movement and has lectured on sustainability across the US and Canada.
Harry Pickens, Community Visioning
Harry Pickens is a pianist, composer, teacher, organizational consultant and engaged citizen. Although internationally renowned as an outstanding jazz pianist, Harry's musical passions and interests far exceed the jazz domain. Harry has performed internationally with many of the finest artists in the jazz field including Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, and others. Harry blends an active performance career which has taken him to 17 countries on 4 continents with a deep passion for making a difference as a teacher, consultant, and professional speaker. Currently, in addition to an active performance schedule, Harry Pickens devotes his time, talents, and energy to using the power of music to help individuals, organizations, and communities get in tune with their greatest possibilities.
I am the grandfather of twelve, concerned with what kind of future we are creating for their generation and those that follow. Inspired by David Korten's book, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, I am committed to engaging faith communities in working together toward personal and social transformation. It is our job to engineer the shift from human relations organized according to dominator principles to one organized according to partnership principles. Our religious and spiritual communities have an important role to play in this great work: We must become instruments of personal transformation and the development of higher consciousness.
Neva Welton, Communications
After several years of working with youth and adults through community mental health programs, private practice and nonprofit organizations (MA, Counseling Psychology, Antioch Seattle, 1995), Neva turned her attention to community organizing and movement building. To that end, she has co-authored two books (Global Uprising, Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21St Century: Stories from a New Generation of Activists, and Speaking and Listening from the Heart: A Facilitator's Handbook); co-founded Kitsap Citizen Action Network and Sustainable Bainbridge, and was Executive Producer for The Conscientious Projector Film Festival (2001-2005). She also had leadership roles in local politics and election campaigns. Neva recently served as Director of Communications for The People-Centered Development Forum's Great Turning Initiative and is co-founder of a new organization, SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound).
Sandy Wiggins, Living Habitats and Community Visioning
In 2004, Sandy founded Consilience, LLC, a consulting and development company with a mission to build environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities by bringing together the principles of Green Building with other emerging development strategies that facilitate regeneration of the natural environment, improved health and increased social equity. Sandy is a Board Member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Past Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, founding Chair of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, and former Director of the Energy Coordinating Agency, Earth Force of Delaware Valley, and the Pennsylvania Resources Council. He is an accomplished Green Building advocate and a frequent lecturer and speaker on Green Building and Sustainable Development. During his three decade career in the real estate development and construction industries, he has worked with project teams through the development, design and construction of projects totaling over one billion dollars.