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Joan Blades

Joan Blades | Talk is deep

In 1998, Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, co-founders of Berkeley Systems, a software company, drafted a one-sentence petition they hoped would end the public blood-letting and disruption of government that had resulted from President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. The President had been accused of the affair in January, and the country had already endured nine long months of acrimony when Blades and Boyd wrote: “Congress must immediately censure the […]

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Warren Brush

Warren Brush | The Permaculture solution

Warren Brush describes himself as a certified permaculture designer and teacher, a mentor and storyteller. He is co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm, a former cattle ranch located in California’s  Cuyama Valley—one of the remotest places within a three-hour drive of Los Angeles you can imagine—where his team demonstrates and teaches permaculture design principles and practices. Prior to creating Quail Springs, Brush and his wife, Cynthia Harvan, […]

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Dennis vanEngelsdorp | Why we need bees

Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Ph.D., is an apiarist (beekeeper) widely known as a result of a  2008 TED talk, “A Plea for Bees.” He is one of the leading researchers attempting to understand Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and other factors responsible for the dramatic decline in bee populations. “Imagine if one of every three cows died,” he says. “The National Guard would be out.” Dr. vanEngelsdorp’s research involves a multi-faceted approach to […]

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Dr. Toni Frohoff | Life among dolphins

Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., is a renowned wildlife author, science-based advocate, and marine mammal behavioral biologist who has been studying marine mammal behavior and communication for thirty years. She is the co-founder and research director at the international TerraMar Research and Learning Institute, a nonprofit cetacean research institute located in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Frohoff is also co-founder of Wild-Wisdom, a new nonprofit that not only provides educational and experiential opportunities […]

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