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Center for Planetary Culture staff

Daniel Pinchbeck

Executive Director Co-Founder

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). His essays and articles have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, The Village Voice, Wired, and many other publications. He was featured in the documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films.

In2007, he co-founded Evolver.net, which publishes the web magazine Reality Sandwich and Evolver Learning Labs, a webinar platform. He started The Evolver Network, a nonprofit initiative, supporting local communities of visionary activists. Pinchbeck oversaw a publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, in collaboration with North Atlantic Books. He edited books including Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein, Manifesto for the Noosphere by Jose Arguelles, and the anthologies, What Comes After Money and Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness.

He speaks at conferences and festivals around the world, including Boom in Portugal, Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, DazedFest in London, Distortion in Copenhagen, Bonus Creative Week in Mexico City, the World Psychedelic Forum in Basel, Nexus Global Youth Summit, Great Mysteries, and Summit Series in Utah. He has appeared on The Colbert Report, Coast to Coast AM, The History Channel, Whitley Streiber’s Unknown Country, BrandX with Russell Brand. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine, Purple, Ever Conscious Manifesto, among others. For GaiamTV, he hosts the talk show, Mind Shift, exploring the future of technology, art, business, spirituality, and more.

He lives in the East Village of New York City, where he is currently completing his fourth book, Metamorphosis: Towards an Operating System for a New Human Society.

Jana Astanov

Co-Founder Creative Director

Jana has over nine years of project management experience in Europe, Asia, the US, the UK, and the Middle East.

She has a degree in sociology from UMK (Poland), applied languages from Lille3 (France) and arts from UAL (UK). She has also completed a year in philosophy in Rennes1, two years of political science, simultaneously studying literature, film, anthropology and photography.

She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Polish with knowledge of Russian and Arabic; and ability to read and understand: Slovak, Czech, Ukrainian, Italian and Portuguese.

She has led teams of up to a dozen working 24/7 – around the world and across continents and time zones - managing the full production and delivery cycle of proposals, corporate capability brochures, and a varied assortment of marketing communications collateral for one of the world's largest engineering companies.

She has also hands-on experience in web development, market research and analysis, having worked as a project manager at Flavorwire, New York online magazine focused on culture.

Jana lives in New York City's East Village, where she is developing her photography practice and co-creating Intentional Art, a new movement.

Paula Santa Rosa

Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Paula Santa Rosa runs social media for Center for Planetary Culture. She also designed the Center’s first publication, ‘Toward Regenerative Society’. A native of Rio de Janiero, she is graduating with a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communication from ESPM University (Brazil). Previously, she studied Portuguese and English Language and Literature in the Fluminense Federal University in Niteroi, RJ, Brazil.

She has worked for ESPM Jr, marketing consultancy firm, Reitoria, event planning company, and Camisa 10, advertising agency. Currently, Paula also works in ESPM University’s research department, in the field of city branding.

Center for Planetary Culture interns

Esther Kim

Rachel Wong

Rachel is a mechanical engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently in the process of exploring her interests in renewable energy, smart grid technology, sustainability, and fashion. She initially felt drawn to environmentalism as a cause after living in Southern China for 8 years, from ages 6-14. Afterwards, her family relocated to Redmond, WA, where her high school environmental science teacher, Mike Town, reinforced her beliefs in this movement.

When not in school or doing summer internships, Rachel enjoys spending time with family, reading, or doing Blogilates.

David Morgan

Harper Cowan

Harper graduated from Hunter College in 2012 with a degree in Studio Art. In 2014, Harper co-founded Anima Rising Productions and is currently filming a documentary called "Ways Of Living" about alternative, sustainable communities in America.

Junel Chan

Researchers