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Daniel Pinchbeck

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

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 with her husband 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

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.

Ashley Taylor

Ashley is an ethnographer interested in local, specific experiences of activism as models for social change. Specifically, she's interested in new forms of direct democracy, and the potential of block chain technology to decentralize current economic and political systems. She studied Cultural Anthropology and Visual and Media Studies at Duke, where she focused on the relationship to religion and spirituality of students in the university setting. Her professors Michael Hardt and Anne-Marie Makhulu inspired her to research the theoretical foundations underlying activism in the 21st century. Volunteering abroad and traveling also helped to shape her perspectives. While visiting the ashram and community at Auroville, India, living on an eco-friendly elephant farm in Thailand, and working in the slums of Argentina, she discovered a passion for working with local communities to create more equitable and just societies.

She grew up in the Piedmont foothills of NC, an environment that catalyzed her interest in building partnerships within traditionally conservative environments. She previously worked as the studio manager and resident ethnographer at The Office for Creative Research, a group of data and media artists who are creating new forms of active online protests using media and technology. She hopes to situate new media technologies within a context of activism that would allow for meaningful developments in our current system of values.

Ashley is also a yoga therapy and scoliosis teacher at Green Fitness Studio when she is not coordinating Planetary Culture activities.

Mark Chasan

Mark Chasan is a whole-systems integrator and futurist with deep experience in business, finance, technology, law, operations, business development and wellness.

Mark is currently the CEO of AWE Global, Inc. (“AWE”) and Transformative, Inc. (“Transformative”). AWE’s mission is to create an abundant, well & enlightened world by fostering social and economic change through regenerative community development, corporate social responsibility, organizational transformation, optimal wellness, and ongoing innovation. Transformative provides socially & ecologically conscious entrepreneurs and businesses the resources (e.g., capital, human, technological, market and property) needed to fulfill their goals.

Mark has a track record as 1) an Internet entrepreneur & innovator with a public exit (Founder & CEO of Emusic); 2) a Fortune 25 executive (Leader of IBM’s Digital Media Consulting Practice); 3) a lawyer ( Special Counsel to Hobson, Bernardino + Davis); and 4) a merchant banker, strategic & finance advisor who has participated in over $100 million of financial transactions.

Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen

Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen is a Danish artist, curator, activist, performer and initiator of Intentional Art. He grew up in Sweden, went to school at Academy of Art University in San Francisco and International Center of Photography in New York. In New York he was the Artist in Resident for several years at the Gershwin Hotel, where he also was the Gallery Director and coordinator of events. In 1999 he produced the Danish Cultural Festival “Danish Newave” bringing Danish Art, Film, Design and Music to New York, supported by The Danish Cultural Institute. When September 11th 2001 happened, his mind changed forever. He first moved to New Orleans to meditate 911 out of his mind, while being part of the local art and activist scene that put him on a “No Fly List”. After a vision in New Orleans, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark had just entered the Iraq war with USA, and was in the middle of the Muhammed Cartoon Crisis. As a reaction to this, and after participating in The Istanbul Art Biennial 2005 along with living in Istanbul 2006, he started the cultural exchange, activist and collaboration platform “The Triangle Project” between Copenhagen, New York and Istanbul. In 2008 he got a commission by The Danish Cultural Institute to produce an art project that dealt with the climate issue, in connection to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen 2009. With inspiration from both Daniel Pinchbeck’s book “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl” where he became inspired by the climate and awareness message and the Croatian futurist Nikola Tesla, he started CO2 Green Drive (initially called CO2 E – Race). Since 2009 it has been performed 37 times in 27 cities on 6 continents.

Realizing that there was not really a definition for what kind of Art he was doing, he felt a need to find a new definition and artist platform for the Post 911 World, and thereby Intentional Art came about.

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