My research and project work focus on the value of scientifically validated communications for business and society, particularly addressing serious issues underlying the debate over global sustainability and centering the innovative new discipline of communication ethics, ‘a philosophy for the information age. Recently, I produced an innovative online text, Citizen Science, employing a digital logic I developed in 2001. This text is supported by online learning tools to deliver digital self-education programmes for world citizens in order to move themselves towards an updated and sustainable social contract grounded in science.
As a founding member of the Institute of Communication Ethics (2001-2008), I undertook the role of coordinating its positioning as a world-leading academic network and centre for a new social science discipline. The group of leading professors and media academics behind the Institute recognised the important multidisciplinary implications of this relatively recent field of human inquiry and have since updated the agenda for communication studies within and between hundreds of University departments.
My Ph.D. research at Radboud University (NED) was completed in 2013. It reported a study of dialogue methods employed by seventy-three multinational corporations and the research concluded with an evaluation of dialogue and participation as the underpinning practice required by democratic systems. The findings resulted in a number of important innovations, forming a coherent programme subsequently channelled into education initiatives such as the UN ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ programme.
In addition he is an editor-at-large of occupywallstreet.net, wrote The FLO Consensus, and is finishing a forthcoming essay about how cryptocurrency and online games will unleash tremendous wealth over the next 10 years.
Bob Adelmann is a graduate of Cornell University with two degrees, including a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in economics and finance. Bob’s career path took him from insurance into estate planning, and then into investment and tax planning. After the stock market crash in October of 1987, Bob started his own investment management company that grew to over $15 million in less than 10 years. He then sold the company to his son in 1996 and now concentrates on writing for The New American.
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor and was First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge Universities and has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. Regularly interviewed by CNN, NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera, he has appeared several times on Oprah, and has also been a guest of The Daily Show and Nickelodeon. For the fall term 2012, Ambassador Ahmed was the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor at Cambridge University and Visiting Fellow of Jesus College.
Jon Denn is founder of aGREATER.US an online focus group and virtual National Initiative for Democracy effort to aggregate and rate greater ideas for the US. A convener of conversations. www.aGREATER.US. @jmdenn
Luis von Ahn is a young computer scientist working at the intersection of cryptography, artificial intelligence, and natural intelligence to address problems of profound theoretical and practical importance. Focusing on the 9 billion hours a year that people play solitaire, he has conceptualized means of harnessing that “cognitive surplus” to accomplish important micro-tasks, such as labeling images.
Siglo Veintiuno, a leading newspaper in Guatemala, chose him as the person of the year in 2009. In 2011, Foreign Policy Magazine in Spanish named him the most influential intellectual of Latin America and Spain.
Multidisciplinary freelance design artist and moonlight cultural theoristician Rogue Valley, Jefferson State USA.
Studying and implementing sustainably abundant economic systems and enterprise
Organizing local participatory democracy and ‘Gov2.0’ awareness/action
Practicing collaborative frameworks and group process facilitation
Developing a curation platform for engaging eco-social ‘good news’
Improvising interactive multimedia presentations for live events
Creating unique aesthetic natural built environments and landscapes
Appreciating a rich, safe, healthy, comfortable town/ecosystem that outdoes itself as Home
Seeking inspiration and partnership for constructive endeavors abroad and online
John Bunzl is the Founder, Trustee and Coordinator of the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO). John initiated the Simpol concept in 1998 and since founded the ISPO to campaign for the adoption of Simpol around the world. He is author of The Simultaneous Policy – An Insider’s Guide to Saving Humanity and the Planet, has given lectures and workshops on Simpol to many conferences, including to the World Trade Organisation, the World Social Forum and the Schumacher Society. Apart from being an activist, he is also a company director of a business specialising in raw materials and speciality papers. He was born in 1957 in London.
The Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign allows citizens around the world to use their votes in their national elections to solve global problems like global warming, financial market regulation, environmental destruction, war, and social injustice. Learn more….