Riane Eisler is an internationally known scholar, futurist, and activist, best known as author of the international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future. She is the President of the Center for Partnership Studies, co-founder of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), and The Alliance for a Caring Economy (ACE).
A retrospective of our journey this past year offering a picture of what is being born during this time of global transformation.
Penny Livingston is a permaculture expert and founder of the Permaculture Institute of Northern California and the Regenerative Design Institute. She lives and works at the Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, California.
Nelsa Libertad Curbelo Cora is proponent of non-violence who has fought for Indigenous people's rights and worked as a mediator in conflicts throughout South America. She founded Ser Paz (Being Peace) to work with youth gangs in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Through her work, many of Guayaquil's most dangerous gangs have disarmed, agreed to abandon violence and are now working together to rebuild the community.
Anshu Gupta is an Ashoka Fellow and the executive director of Goonj, a volunteer run organization based in New Delhi that provides clothes and other basic amenities to millions across India by turning one person's waste into a resource for another. In 1998 Anshu left his job as a manager of corporate communications in a large Indian company to found Goonj and travel India in order to understand the needs of the people of his country.
Jayesh Patel is the co-founder and director of Manav Sadhna, an NGO based in the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. Formed in 1990 with the mission to serve the underprivileged, Manav Sadhna now provides health and hygiene, education, and employment services to over 4500 women and children through over 38 projects.
Anjali Desai is a volunteer at Manav Sadhna, a NGO based at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, whose mission is to serve the underprivileged. Seva Cafe is one of its many projects in Ahmedabad.
Stephan Fayon is an agriculture and organic farming expert who directs Kokopelli India, an international seed savers association based in Auroville, South India. A resident of Auroville for the past twelve years, he directs several reforestation programs and runs a tree farm. He has planted 250,000 trees over the past ten years.
Bob Randall, is an Yankunytjatjara Elder and a traditional owner of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Bob is one of the stolen generation of the Aboriginal people, taken from his family at the age of seven. Bob has worked as teacher and leader for Aboriginal land rights, education, community development and cultural awareness. He is the author of Songman and Tracker Tjginji and is the subject of the documentary film Kanyini.
Don Alverto Taxo is a master Iachak of the Atis people from the Cotopaxi region of Ecuador. During a gathering of Andean Elders in 1989, he was given the responsibility of sharing the ancient Andean wisdom with the US and Europe. He has traveled to the US and Europe several times where he has taught and lectured. We met with Don Alberto in the village of Membrilla in the high Andes where he lives with his wife and children.