THE BLINDSPOT Feature Documentary on Movements for Change
Peter M. Senge is the founding chairperson of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) and a senior lecturer at MIT who works with organizations around the world to enhance the capacity of all people to work productively to- ward common goals and realize their potentials. Dr. Senge was named by the Wall Street Journal among the top 20 most influential business thinkers. Website.
Riane Eisler and David Loye, Riane is the only woman among 20 great thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee selected for inclusion in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. David is a social psychologist, systems-theorist, futurist, initiator of The Darwin Project and co-founder together with Riane of the Center for Partnership Studies. Website.
Adam Kahane is a leading organizer, designer and facilitator of processes through which business, government, and civil society leaders can work together to address their toughest challenges. He has worked in more than fifty countries, in every part of the world, with executives and politicians, generals and guerrillas, civil servants and trade unionists, community activists and United Nations officials, clergy and artists. Website.
Miki Kashtan is a practical visionary pursuing a world that works for all, based on principles, tools, and systems that support true collaboration without compromising efficiency. Miki co-founded Bay Area Nonviolent Communication and the Center for Efficient Collaboration, and has taught and consulted with individuals and organizations on five continents. She is the author of Reweaving Our Human Fabric and blogs at The Fearless Heart.
William Ury is currently a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project and mediator in conflicts ranging from corporate mergers to wildcat strikes in a Kentucky coal mine to ethnic wars in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. He is the author of The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No & Still Get to Yes (2007) and co-author of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. Website.
Patrizia Nanz is co-founder of www.participedia.net and the European Institute for Public Participation and she leads the research area “Culture of Participation and Democracy” at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen.. Her latest project Demoenergie promotes participation processes amidst the german transformation of energy-systems.
Frederic Laloux has researched how certain pioneers have "cracked the code" and have invented a whole new way to run organizations, that is radically more soulful, fulfilling and productive. Relevant for our film-project is that these organizations stand out in their capacity to consider societal and ecologicaal needs while still excelling in business. His book "Reinventing Organization" is leading best-seller lists in more than one category. Website and book.
Brian Robertson, a seasoned entrepreneur, founded the first open-source operating-system for self-organization named Holacracy. Its OS stands out by its builtin capacity to constantly evolve itself to better serve the needs of its workforce and its overall purpose. Power from a few positions is distributed into the whole system giving each person the power to define there roles and co-design the organization. Website: Website
Daniel Schmachtenberger is founder of The Emergence Project with the goal to design and develop new systems of economics and governance that intrinsically incentivize life-enhancing behaviors at all levels of agency, supporting distributed and spontaneous problem solving and conscious participation in our global evolution. Website.
Monica Nissén and Toke Moeller have been pioneering in the fields of sustainable entrepreneurship, participatory leadership, and social responsibility since the early 1970s. They worked for the Danish educational system, international NGOs, public and governmental institutions as well as small and larger companies in the private sector, international networks in many countries across the planet.
Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. He co-founded the Global Wellbeing and GNH Lab and is Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Leadership. He introduced the concept of “presencing” — learning from the emerging futureand linking mindfulness and the transformation of business, society, and self. www.presencing.com
Tom Atlee is a renowned philosopher whose research and thought innovations span from the conscious evolution of social systems to collaborative dynamics. His books Tao of Democracy and Empowering Public Wisdom rethink the very concept of democracy and describe the conditions under which ordinary people can generate real public wisdom for handling our most troubling, complex, and urgent issues. His website.
Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, Juanita is the founder of Whole Systems Associates, an international consortium of professionals dedicated to strategic inquiry and the renewal of complex systems. Juanita and her husband David originated The World Café, a pioneering approach to strategic dialogue being used in multi-sector and multi-stakeholder settings around the globe. For more and for information on their award-winning book, The World Café: Their website.
Manfred Hellrigl and his team at the Office of Future Related Affairs, located in Bregenz Austria, have been pioneering self-organization, sustainable development and participatory democracy for 25 years. They have become a leading source of training, expertise and of inspiration for communities around the world. Their Website.
Jean and Jim Rough, Jim Rough is a professional facilitator, seminar leader, social innovator and author. He originated Dynamic Facilitation and Community Wisdom Councils as a way for communities, governments and citizen groups to empower large systems of people to make thoughtful choices. Jean and Jim train individuals, communities and officials in these processes. Website.
"Creating a new economy and a new human civilization calls us to be our most creative and innovative." Korten is co-founder and board chair of the Positive
Futures Network and founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. His books are visionary and bestsellers. Website
Sunny Schwartz is a nationally recognized expert in criminal justice reform with 30 years of frontline experience as a lawyer, advocate and consultant. She is the author of Dreams from the Monster Factory, which gives a comprehensive insider’s perspective on America’s failing prison system and recounts her own real-world implementation of a targeted strategy that both saves taxpayers’ money and dramatically reduces recidivism. Website
and James Gilligan, James was former director of mental health for the Massachusetts prison system. He was brought into the system because of the high suicide and murder rates within their prisons. When he left ten years later the rates of both had dropped to nearly zero. He is known best for his books on the cause of violence and how to prevent violence in the society. Website
Brian Griffith is an independent historian who's interested in cultural creativity and culture wars. His books reflect the dynmics between the environment, social systems and spirituality. In his latest book he explores the alternative traditions and religions of Chinese women, which offer the world a powerful vision for partnership, health, and spirituality. Website
Jeff Golden earned the first nomination ever from the state of Oregon for the JFK Profile in Courage Award, which partly sparked his newest book, UNAFRAID: A Novel of the Possible. The last last 25 years he has spent in politics, broadcasting and editorial journalism and organizational consulting. His passion today is the weekly public television and Internet series "Immense Possibilities" which aims to ignite realistic hope by showcasing people and projects that truely inspire. Website.