Speakers in 2018
Keynote – Kristin Payestewa

Keynote – Kristin Payestewa

My name is Kristin Jeanne Payestewa and I am half Hopi and Navajo. I am majoring inCommunity Health, where I am able to apply my knowledge to Native communities through healthcare coordination and clarifying policies to create a stronger understanding environment. I understand that our Native people have high statistics with poor health conditions and healthcare comprehension. This concern has inspired my awareness to verify and include that our people are not forgotten in the modern age of medicine. I hope to one day integrate modern medicine with traditional ways. As I progress into my academic path and succeed my goals, I am also gaining wisdom and strength through each life experience. I am becoming familiarized with my culture every year and the more I learn about my ancestry the more I am able to contribute to Native Health.

Chase Bowman

Chase Bowman

Chase is a musician, augmented reality designer, and cinematographer. As a drummer, he’s been in touring and recording bands since he was a teenager. As a cinematographer he’s shot twenty feature films and worked with directors such as Joss Whedon and musical acts such as The Roots, Common, and Taylor Swift. Chase is a pioneer in bringing augmented reality controllers to stage performance and cinematography.

Kevin Keleher

Kevin Keleher

Kevin is passionate about improving our communities through healing the relationships we have with the earth and with each other. He has two degrees from ASU, a B.S. in the Economics of Human Sustainability and B.S. in Supply Chain Management, with distinction from the Barrett Honors College at ASU. He turned his thesis project into the nonprofit GreenLight Solutions Foundation of which he is now Executive Director and co-founder. In 2013 Kevin was chosen as Student Entrepreneur of the Year at ASU (out of 70,000+ students) for his work co-creating GreenLight.

Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig is a cooperative culture pioneer, intentional communities advocate and anti-oppression activist. She serves on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community and as a chapter coach for SURJ. Her book, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, was awarded the Communal Studies Association 2017 Book of the Year Award. She is the climate and community podcast host on Solidarity House, and a founding member of the Solidarity Collective.

Wren LaFeet

Wren LaFeet

Wren is a somatic permissionary teaching partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. Wren guides people into right relationship through movement, listening and responding in service to the highest good for all life. He is a celebrated TEDx speaker, featured author in “ReInhabiting the Village” and ardent proponent of pioneering a new renaissance through authentic connection and consensual touch.

Olivia Peterson

Olivia Peterson

Olivia Peterson is passionate about igniting the creative potential within all beings. She comes from a background of performing arts, obtaining her BFA in Performing Arts from AMDA in Los Angeles CA. Singing, acting, dancing, & baton all have been pivotal outlets for her creativity to pour through. She also has her 200 hour Yoga/Ayurvedic counselor training from Hale Pule on Kauai, HI. Guiding others to find the fusion between spirituality & creative expression is her gift to extend to others.

Keynote – Cassandra Ferrera

Keynote – Cassandra Ferrera

Cassandra is devoted to the transformation of private property into cooperative stewardship, and has pioneered the field of cooperative real estate. With a deep dedication to the land, Cassandra serves as catalyst consultant for groups as they form and find their place. A board member of the Fellowship for Intentional Community and a cofounder of CommonSpace Community Land Trust, Cassandra is a rising voice for a socially just, ecologically sane, and emotionally mature human presence on Earth.

Keynote – Robert Gilman

Keynote – Robert Gilman

Astrophysicist, co-founder of the Global Ecovillage Network, founder of Context Institute and In Context, a Quarterly of Humane, Sustainable Culture, local elected official, sustainable architecture movement cataylst and cultural-change thought leader – Dr. Robert Gilman is currently the organizer of the worldwide Bright Future Network.

Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson

Rob Jackson is the current Workshop Coordinator for the Cosanti Foundation. In his role, he helps conduct the 5-Week workshop program, and also establishes joint educational opportunities at Arcosanti with institutions from around the globe. Prior to joining the Cosanti Foundation in March of this year, Rob worked as a business and project manager, as well as teacher and coach for over 10 years.

Rob Jameson

Rob Jameson

Rob Jameson is an inventor and entrepreneur with 15+ years in key creative and executive roles. He has overseen development and adoption of planet focused technologies, cooperatives, and open source projects. Rob is co-founder and CEO of AnyShare Society, a toolset that solves group sharing issues. He’s also the Technology Manager of the urban research center of Arcosanti. Recently, Rob co-launched a new model for a 100% inclusive business in the USA called the “complete cooperative.”

Megan Ingber

Megan Ingber

Guided by a sense of justice, integrity, and beauty, Megan has been co-creating community spaces for the past several years all across the globe. As a nomadic creator, she lives with an undeniable thirst and enthusiasm for life that she deeply enjoys sharing with all who cross paths with her – especially on the dancefloor. This year she is co-creating Our Community Qwitchen: A Queer Witch Kitchen at this year’s Arcosanti Convergence. It is our community kitchen space, weaving together food as medicine, holistic herbalism, and queer magic. It is where we explore the ways in which we relate with food – through our bodies, our relationships, our communities, the land, and our ancestors. What does it mean to decolonize our bodies? How are my identity and what I eat related? These questions and more will be explored in this space! Plus, we’ll be cooking a number of delicious community meals together. Check the board that will be posted in front of the space to see our daily gatherings and offerings!

May we continue to weave this sacred story that celebrates ecological resilience, elevates the voices of marginalized communities, and the natural exuberance and joy of all beings. In respect and reverence, each breath in prayer.

We remember what abundance feels like when we come together, share, and make offerings. We are enough and we have enough! Do you have an abundance of fruits on your tree? Veggies growing in your garden? A recipe you’d like to share? Our Community Qwitchen is officially welcoming any and all collaborations as well as donations of food, spices, pantry items, seeds, and more!

Cynthia Fishman AIA

Cynthia Fishman AIA

Cynthia Fishman, AIA is the founder and Director of The Biomimicry Collaborative, a research and architecture consulting group consisting of designers and scientists from the Denver Colorado area. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, TX and was part of the first matriculating class at Arizona State University to earn a Master of Science in Biomimicry, which is the only accredited program in the world. Cynthia has also earned the title of Biomimicry Specialist (BSpec) by attending additional workshops on top of her Masters studies.

Cynthia has taken every opportunity to educate the public about biomimicry’s possibilities in the human design world. In 2017, she was a speaker at the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Rocky Mountain Green Conference in Denver, CO, at the Rocky Mountain Natural Building Conference in Golden, CO, and as the keynote speaker at the USGBC Arizona State Conference in Tempe, AZ. And in 2018 she spoke about biomimicry at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market’s Trend + Design Center. Also in 2017, she was interviewed for the Art of Construction podcast to discuss biomimicry and her work with the interdisciplinary networking group that she co-founded and is President of, Denver Does Design. Continuing her love of teaching, Cynthia is an Adjunct Professor lecturing about biomimicry at the University of Colorado Denver’s Architecture and Planning School as well at the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, AZ. She was the recipient of the AIA Colorado Leadership Award in 2015 and was a winner of the Engineering News Record (ENR) Mountain States Top Young Professionals competition in 2018.

Kate Bemesderfer – MC

Kate Bemesderfer – MC

Kate joined Arcoop in 2017 during the first Convergence festival, and 5 years to the day after taking her Arcosanti workshop. A nonprofit development professional, her experience spans 20 years and 5 states, and ranges from expanding audiences for a progressive community theater, to establishing a school for young adults with autism, to managing public relations and events for Cosanti Foundation (including the first 3 years of FORM). She is currently the Director of Membership for 1000 Friends of Oregon, a land-use nonprofit focused on the need for balanced use of urban, rural, and wild places, as well as on the intersecting issues of social and environmental justice. She holds a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from New York University, has advanced training in Applied Behavior Analysis, loves speculative fiction, and dabbles in the fiber arts.

Cynthia Tina – MC

Cynthia Tina – MC

Cynthia Tina is a founder of GENNA Alliance, a collaborative platform for individuals and organizations serving the regenerative communities movement within North America. She has visited over one hundred intentional communities and ecovillages across four continents. Since 2015, she has served on the Boards of the Global Ecovillage Network and the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She is a co-founder of NextGENNA, a non-profit producing learning experiences for young changemakers. Cynthia is a freelance marketing consultant, group facilitator, and educator. She is dedicated to growing networks of people, projects, and communities working in collaboration to regenerate our planet. Connect with Cynthia at www.cynthiatina.com

Michael Garfield

Michael Garfield

Poet-philosopher, transmedia artist, and “Paleontologist-Futurist” Michael Garfield’s work helps “Rewild the Singularity” – restoring soul to futurism, and midwifing new myths that can cultivate the curiosity and play we’ll need to thrive in our accelerating age. Host of the Future Fossils Podcast, author of the forthcoming book How to Live in the Future, and touring artist-musician with hundreds of live paintings and dozens of albums to his name, Michael is devoted to a planetary renaissance that integrates art, science, and religion to suit our age of transformation.

David Casey

David Casey

David has spent much of the past five years in Central America organizing cultural events, retreats, and ecovillage design courses. He also spent considerable time managing volunteers at a farm and worked with an indigenous artisan cooperative in Guatemala. His experience and BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley are a pivotal foundation to the inspiration of NuMundo.

Harlan Emil Gruber

Harlan Emil Gruber

Harlan Emil Gruber, inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller and Paolo Soleri, received a degree in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design in 1985. He produces a wide variety of art and design projects, culminating in the large-scale interactive Portal installations featured at Burning Man since 2004. Through the use of sacred geometry, colors and sound vibrations, the Portals are intended to facilitate an evolution of consciousness. These installations have traveled to many other events in the US and around the world. He is now focused on “Conceiving Future Environments” that explores the sacred re-inhabitation of Gaia by building with the earth and all life in a conscious, sustainable way.

Adam Shimoni

Adam Shimoni

A Flagstaff resident since 2005, Adam Shimoni has been active in Flagstaff politics for several years. He founded and facilitated Flagstaff Speak Up!, a civic engagement program under Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, and was a board member of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future from May of 2013 to February of 2016. He has organized countless rallies and informational sessions to educate citizens about local issues and encourage citizens to be involved in local decision-making. In 2014, he received 2 Sustainable Leadership awards from NAU for his work at Speak UP & Friends of Flagstaff’s Future.

Major areas of focus for Shimoni’s campaign for City Councilor include increasing affordable housing, facilitating growth and wellbeing of local businesses, cultural respect and sensitivity, maintaining our Dark Skies, enhancing alternative transportation, water conservation, and preservation of surrounding natural habitats and open space.

Keynote – Jesse Hernreich

Keynote – Jesse Hernreich

Jesse Hernreich graduated from Prescott College with a degree in Environmental Studies emphasizing Ecological Design. She has earned a Masters from the New School in NYC, where she received an MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. In 2016, Jesse earned a Master Certificate in Water Resource Management and Climate Science from Columbia University in New York. She began teaching Permaculture at both Prescott College and The Ecosa Institute in 2009, after receiving her Permaculture Teacher Training Certificate from CRMPI (Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute) in Basalt, CO, 2008. A recipient of the Ecological Design Certificate from Ecosa in 2007, Jesse continued to work, teach and sit on the board of Ecosa prior to her taking over the leadership position as Executive Director in 2017. Jesse’s Professional profile includes founder, owner and operator at Oakhaven Permaculture 501c3 in Durango Colorado, research hydrologist for the EPA as an intern for Columbia University’s Water Center, hydrologist and regulatory consultant for Re-current hydroelectric development company in Vermont, student coordinator and administrator at the Ecosa Institute, owner and landscape designer at Oakhaven Landscaping LLC. Additionally, Jesse sits on the board for Performance Space 122 (PS122) located in NYC. As a natural scientist, she has acquired a diverse skill set including Climate science, hydrologic physics, herbalism, animal husbandry, farming, alternative construction and aboriginal living skills. Her passion for natural resource management is at the core of all her professional undertakings.

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