Ali Akalin is an instructor in the Ubiquity University Undergraduate School. He was born in Turkey and grew up in Thailand and the Netherlands. Ali is a specialist and faculty at Core Integral, who offer courses in Integral Theory. For the last six years, he has devoted himself to working closely with Ken Wilber and Clint Fuhs in developing up-to-date teachings in Integral Philosophy. Currently, Ali is also serving as an independent theory expert and mentor for various projects and publications related to the field. Ali holds an M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, and is adjunct faculty at Fielding Graduate University where he teaches advanced Integral Theory. Ali Akalin teaches on the Ubiquity undergraduate Integral Theory and Practice core course.
Measuring Progress and Impact 2 (co-teaching)
Azadeh Ardakani is a sustainability advocate, consultant and member of think-tank called Kaleidoscope Futures. Azadeh specialises in corporate social responsibility, project management and creative strategy. She has over five years of experience within corporate, consulting and NGO cultures.
Azadeh spent the early years of her career as a researcher, booker and associate producer for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. She also has extensive experience as a project manager for commercial clients such as Tishman Speyer.
In 2008, Azadeh was the campaign manager for a high profile environmental initiative which launched in Times Square, involving multiple stakeholders including NASDAQ, political leaders, CEOs of the largest brands, and directors of global NGOs.
Azadeh is the founder and director of B4C: Artists with a Cause; a small charity with an international community of artists pioneering for a sustainable future. She is co-authoring the “This Is Tomorrow” book on the topic with Dr Wayne Visser (to be published in 2014).
Azadeh has a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts from the New School University of New York and a Masters of Science in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University Business School. Her dissertation focused on corporate engagement practices of Canadian mining multinationals with Indigenous Peoples. Azadeh has also been a lecturer at Nottingham Trent International College for the social science and business divisions.
Evolution of Economic Thought
Dr. Arnsperger teaches the undergraduate course on the Evolution of Economic Thought. He is an economist by training. After a solid mainstream education in neoclassical economics at one of Europe's top departments (in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, which hosts the research center CORE as well as a prestigious economics faculty), he opted for a Ph.D. on economic and social justice. His main supervisor was Prof. Philippe Van Parijs, who in 1991 offered him the post of second founding member of the internationally renowned Hoover Chair for Economic and Social Ethics, where he has been doing research ever since. He has been interested in a great variety of topics, all linked to political economy and the ethics and philosophy of economics. This has led him to investigate several fields such as phenomenology, behavioral psychology, political theory, and cultural anthropology. He has come out of this rich experience as a staunch believer in interdisciplinarity. For the next decade, his objective is to combine theoretical reflection with policy-building and decision-making, in particular in the areas of
Lisa Celentano is co-founder and core faculty member for the Foundation for Integral Religion and Spirituality, core faculty at Ubiquity University, co-organizer for the Integral Theory Conference, and employed at both John F. Kennedy University and MetaIntegral Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Science in Management from University of Phoenix and is concurrently earning a Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary. Her current areas of interest include Integral theory and practice, Integral counseling psychology, transformational festivals, ecstatic dance, and Integral post-metaphysical spirituality and trans-lineage practice. Lisa is dedicated to designing, initiating, and managing Integral theory projects and applications and is currently a practitioner in the Embodied Practitioner Certification program offered through MetaIntegral Academy. She is a long-time devotee of the Hindu guru Amma.
Deep Engagement and Community-building
(co-teaching with Tim Merry and Tuesday Ryan-Hart)
Chris Corrigan is an experienced facilitator of participatory processes and a practitioner of the Art of Hosting. He has taught facilitation and participatory leadership in North America, Europe, Oceania and South Africa both in workshop settings and at universities including The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Beloit College.
Since 1999 he has worked as a consultant with his partner Caitlin Frost through Harvest Moon Consultants. Harvest Moon has worked deeply in the systemic shifts and complexity of indigenous communities, government, health and educations, social innovation, faith communities and other social institutions facing unprecedented complexity and change.
Chris writes and offers resources about his work.
Techno-culture: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
Erik Davis is an author, award-winning journalist, speaker and teacher based in San Francisco. He is the author, most recently, of Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica. He also wrote The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape, and TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, which has been translated into five languages. His essays on music, media, technoculture, and spirituality have appeared in dozens of books, including Sound Unbound, AfterBurn: Reflections on Burning Μan, Zig Zag Zen, and Rave Culture and Religion. Davis has contributed to scores of publications, including Bookforum, Wired, Salon, Slate, Artforum, the LA Weekly, and the Village Voice. He has been interviewed by CNN, the BBC, public radio, and the New York Times, and explores the “cultures of consciousness” on his weekly podcast Expanding Mind. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, and is currently earning his PhD in religious studies at Rice University.
Sustainable Environmental Economics
Jonathan Dawson teaches the undergraduate course on Sustainable Environmental Economics.
Jonathan is a sustainability educator, currently working as Head of Economics at Schumacher College in Devon. Until recently a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, he has around 20 years experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia.
Jonathan is the principal author of the Gaia Education sustainable economy curriculum www.gaiaeducation.org, drawn from best practice within ecovillages worldwide, that has been endorsed by UNITAR and adopted by UNESCO as a valuable contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. He teaches this curriculum at universities, ecovillages and community centres in Brazil, Spain and Scotland. He has also adopted the curriculum to virtual format and teaches it through the Open University of Catalunya in Barcelona.
Willow Dea is Department Coordinator of Transformative Education in the Ubiquity University Undergraduate School. She is passionate about unleashing the creative potential in organizations, allowing for sustained peak performance. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational therapy, the science of human performance. A relentless learner, she also holds 7 additional post masters certifications in coaching, consulting, and integrative modalities. After 16 years in private practice, she turned to facilitating seminars for educators, and is the Editor of Igniting Brilliance: Integral Education in the 21st Century. Willow is currently the Director for Integral Education at MetaIntegral, a group that provides consulting, coaching and training for conscious change leaders. She is also a consultant with Being First, a transformational consulting group based in Colorado. After work, she can be found running, meditating, dancing Argentine Tango, or writing. Willow Dea teaches the 101 on Transformative Education and Non-verbal Communication.
Ecology, Systems, and Sustainability
Theories of Systems, Complexity, and Chaos
Perspectives of Interconnectedness
Dr. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens is an instructor in the Ubiquity University Undergraduate School and Department Coordinator for Ecology, Systems and Sustainability. He is the founder of MetaIntegral which is an interorganizational ecosystem comprised of three companies (a training academy, a consulting firm, and a grant giving foundation) all dedicated to the professional application of integral principles. He is one of the world’s leading experts on Integral Theory and its application. Building on the vision of American Philosopher Ken Wilber, he has played a significant role in creating the field of Integral Theory. Sean is a leading scholar-practitioner in integral studies and has published many articles on applying the integral model to a wide range of topics, including education, ecology, sustainable development, the science and religion debate, and consciousness studies.
His articles have appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of Consciousness Studies, World Futures, ReVision, and Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Sean co-edited Ken Wilber’s book The Simple Feeling of Being and co-authored a 800-page book with environmental philosopher Michael Zimmerman: Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World. Recently, he co-edited an anthology on Integral Education (SUNY, 2010) and edited an anthology on Integral Theory (SUNY, 2010). He is currently working on editing four anthologies to be published with SUNY and Routledge.
In addition, he is the founding Executive Editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. Also, he co-founded and co-organizes the biennial Integral Theory Conference, which began in 2008. Sean has over twenty years of leadership experience always serving in multiple major roles simultaneously. His passion as a leader comes from his love of being alive, his commitment of looking directly at reality without blinking, and his desire to increase people’s experience of intimacy with Being. He lives in Sebastopol, California with his wife and two daughters.
As Wilber observes: "I think next to me, Sean Esbjörn-Hargens has done more for Integral Theory on this planet than anybody I can think of." This sentiment is echoed by integral theorist Clint Fuhs when he says, "Sean is an integral institution unto himself. In fact, his beautiful spirit and unremitting drive could be easily indicated along with Ken as having done the most to serve the emergence of the integral vision."
Dr. Esbjörn-Hargens teaches the 101 introductory course on Ecology, Systems and Sustainability.
Integral Theory and Practice
Clint Fuhs is an instructor in Ubiquity University’s Undergraduate School. He is a leading authority in the field of Integral Theory and application and has been a senior student of its progenitor, Ken Wilber, for the past 10 years. He is the co-founder of Core Integral, Inc., which he created with Ken in early 2009 as a platform to expand the accessibility and ensure the integrity of a comprehensive understanding of the Integral approach. He is also the Executive Director of Integral Institute, Inc., which he has served in numerous capacities from operations to curriculum development since 2003. He holds adjunct faculty positions at both JFK University and Fielding Graduate University, and he works as an Analyst at Lectica, Inc. (formerly Developmental Testing Service), where he assist with the development of formative and diagnostic developmental assessments for adults.
Clint completed his MA in Organizational Management and Development at Fielding Graduate University and he’s currently completing a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems also at Fielding. His research focuses on the nature of human perspective-taking, its role in decision making and human development, along with the creation of methods to scaffold that growth toward higher levels of complexity. He was awarded best paper in Integral Theory at the first annual Integral Theory Conference hosted by JFK University and Integral Institute. In 2010, this paper was published as a chapter in Integral Theory in Action: Applied, Theoretical, and Constructive Perspectives on the AQAL model.
Clint also works as a workshop facilitator, consultant, and mentor focusing on the comprehension and application of an Integral approach in a diverse range of disciplines. He currently resides in Longmont, CO.
Clint Fuhs teaches on the Integral Theory and Practice core course.
Personal Leadership and Social Innovation
Tatiana Glad is an instructor in the Ubiquity University Undergraduate School and is Department Coordinator for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She has been an entrepreneur all her life - from setting up a lemonade stall aged 8, to establishing the NGO Waterlution in Canada, to founding The Hub in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and playing a key role in the development of Hubs worldwide. In July 2001 as part of her Masters of Science in Sustainability & Responsibility she wrote a thesis on the experience of change agents in multi-national organisations, and received the Celanese Canada Internationalist Fellowship from the Canadian Bureau for International Education. In her Bachelor of Commerce Degree, she managed a double specialisation in Entrepreneurship & International Business, and was awarded the Scarlet Key Award for leadership and community contribution.
As a social entrepreneur herself, she works across sectors and cultures to develop life-affirming and resilient leadership for whole systems innovation. Fusing process and content, Tatiana’s work includes hosting change agent communities in companies, designing programmes for collaborative leadership for social change, facilitating multi-stakeholder interventions and designing learning journeys on social-environmental issues. Tatiana Glad teaches the core course on Personal Leadership and Social Innovation.
Introduction to Psychology
Conscious Communication and Media 101
Dr. Dana Klisanin is Department Coordinator of Conscious Communication and Media in the Ubiquity University Undergraduate School. She is a leading expert on the application of Integral Theory to media. Her articles have appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Media Psychology Review, and the Journal of Futures Studies. She has presented at conferences throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Founder and CEO of Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D, Inc. and Executive Director of the MindLAB at the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, Dana is passionate about, the use of arts and media to promote planetary consciousness and global ethics. In 2012, she received the Early Career Award for Scientific Contribution to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association, Division of Media Psychology. Through designing new frameworks for media and communications based on integral theories, Dr. Klisanin is helping to define a culture of thought that uses media as an instrument of spiritual awakening and world transformation. A Dzogchen practitioner, she enjoys creative writing and celebrating the natural world. Dr. Klisanin teaches the 101 introductory course on Conscious Communication and Media.
Science and the Mind
Andrew Kornfeld is an instructor in the Ubiquity University Undergraduate School. He holds respective B.A. and B.S. degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While at School, Andrew served as co-founder and president of a prominent student led and initiated organization called the Brain, Mind and Consciousness (BMC) Society. The BMC's mission is that of gaining an integral and comprehensive understanding of human behavior, neuroscience and psychology through creative student facilitation. Under his leadership, the organization has engaged thousands of students, through educational events, student directed classes and a conference. He recently co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology with James Fadiman Ph.D. (in press by publisher Wiley) regarding neurological mechanisms underlying psychedelic compounds. His primary areas of interest reside in understanding how our external environment shapes the brain and thus also shapes behavior. Andrew Kornfeld teaches the undergraduate core course on Science and the Mind.
Money: Its workings, its problems, its solutions
Bernard Lietaer teaches the undergraduate course on Money - its workings, its problems, its solutions.
Bernard Lietaer has a BA and a MA in electrical engineering from the University of Louvain, in his native Belgium; an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and a honorary PhD for "significant contributions to the common good" from the University of the Common Good. Bernard is a globally recognized expert on monetary systems and innovations. He is author or co-author of 17 books and numerous articles written in five languages. Among the books we can mention The Future of Money (2000); Mysterium Geld (1999); Monnaies Regionales (2008); Money and Sustainability (2012); Rethinking Money (2013).
In 2012, he received the Swedish Utstickarpriset for "challenging us to rethink money - so that money encourages earth stewardship, and inspires the rest of us about how to create a society that is good for people and a productive economy that works within the planet's boundaries."
Bernard has been active in monetary systems for a period of 35 years in an unusual variety of functions. While at the Central Bank in Belgium he co-designed and implemented the convergence mechanism (ECU) to the single European currency system, and served as President of Belgium’s Electronic Payment System. He was co-founder, General Manager and currency trader for the Gaia Hedge Funds, when Business Week identified him as the world’s top currency trader in 1990.
He was Visiting Professor of International Finance at the University of Louvain, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources at the University of California at Berkeley; a member of the Club of Rome EU chapter; a Fellow at the World Academy of Arts and Sciences; and of the World Business Academy. More information about Bernard's work is available on www.lietaer.com.
Drs. Jeroen Maes has a Master’s Degree in Economics (International Management), and an one year degree (propedeuse) in Psychology, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He also studied one semester at NTU university in Singapore. In 2006, Jeroen Co-Founded business consultancy company Realize!. Realize! specializes in the application of Conscious Business in the fields of organizational and leadership development. He worked with a broad range of companies from Multinationals like IBM and Microsoft to many fast growing small & medium sized businesses. www.realize.nl
Jeroen Co-Founded Waking Up The Workplace, an online teaching academy about the most innovative tools in business. www.wakinguptheworkplace.com Working together with people like David Allen, Otto Scharmer, Fred Kofman and Brian Robertson. Internationally, Jeroen worked in the Netherlands, Germany, England, Mexico, Guatemala, South Africa and the United States. In Guatemala he helped Fred Kofman (MIT teacher of the year, Executive Coach and author of the book “Conscious Business”) in the Business Start Up of the Conscious Business Center. Jeroen is passionate about exploring life, personal development, traveling countries, innovative technologies and studying ancient traditions. Finally, he is an avid practitioner of Martial Arts (Kung FU, Tai Chi), Chi Kung and Meditation
Deep Engagement and Community-Building (co-teaching)
Tim Merry has over 14 years of experience locally and internationally supporting diverse stakeholders coming together to launch, sustain and grow innovative projects and initiatives. His work is rooted in the belief that if we create the right conditions people will organize together and solve their own challenges with surprising ease and effectiveness. Tim has extensive experience ranging from major international businesses and government agencies to local communities and regional collaboratives. He presents, designs and delivers participatory processes where stakeholder voice is key to creating the systems, structures and services that meet their needs.
Tim is one of the co-founders of the Art of Hosting, has been a supporter and board member of the Berkana Institute and is a co-founder of the Hub South Shore. He founded the Split Rock Learning Centre, a youth drop in centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, was one of the founders of Engage InterAct in the Netherlands. He is currently part of an entrepreneurial collaborative, called Involve, working with large-scale civic engagement to create citizen led change.
Personal Leadership and Social Innovation (co-teaching)
Dylan Newcomb leads the Self-Development track in Ubiquity University’s Undergraduate School. He has more than 20 years of experience in researching, playing, and working with thousands of people around the world, exploring how the interplay of mind and body shape both mood and behavior. He is passionate about developing tools, and techniques to empower people from all walks of life to skillfully use their mind and body together to creatively thrive in any situation or area of life.
Having trained in the Juilliard School in both dance and music composition, been an multi-award winning choreographer/composer in the Netherlands for over a decade, and having had a laboratory dedicated to sound and movement research, Dylan brings a wealth of unique, practical knowledge and skill to his mind-body centered approach to personal growth and human potential. Dylan Newcomb teaches on the Personal Leadership and Social Innovation core course.
Deep Engagement and Community-Building (co-teaching)
Tuesday Ryan-Hart teaches the undergraduate course on Deep Engagement and Community-building together with Chris Corrigan and Tim Merry.
Tuesday Ryan-Hart is a social worker who walked out of the fields of traditional service provision and academics and walked on to become a new kind of community activist who partners with change-makers throughout Columbus, Ohio, and around the world. Tuesday has spent her work life improving systemic responses for all people in a community. Beginning as a psychotherapist, Tuesday transformed her passion for working in trauma and social justice into systems change work across sectors. She developed a number of cohort-based leadership programs in her community and has provided training, facilitation, and consultation on self-organizing and emergence to groups working to make change at scale.
Throughout her career, she has worked in social movements for equity, including anti-violence work, with a focus on exploring the intersections of multiple identities and oppressions in people’s lives. Tuesday is passionate about working with groups to enhance awareness, understanding, alliances, and action across differences.
Tuesday’s current efforts span all levels of transformational work – from individual coaching to large-scale systemic change processes. She is a core group member of the Our Optimal Health project in Columbus, Ohio, a complex and multi-layered effort aimed at co-creating a new healthcare system based on health and wellness for all people in the community. With a core group of community leaders, she is also part of a “community of practitioners” in Columbus, convening and hosting community conversations as a way to address the complex social issues that face many urban centers right now.
She is also a board member of The Berkana Institute and a steward of the Art of Hosting. Tuesday has a B.A. in Individual/Family Studies and a Master’s in Social Work.
Art and Creativity
Creativity for Complexity (MBA)
Dr. Michael Schwartz is also an instructor in Ubiquity University’s Undergraduate School and is Department Coordinator for Art and Creativity. He received his doctorate from Columbia University. He is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Art at Georgia Regents University (a new R1 institution in the University of Georgia System), teaching a ramified curriculum of study in integral art history and philosophy of art to undergraduate studio art students. He is the co-editor and co-author of five books (several about to be published) in philosophy, art, tantric spirituality, and integral studies. Co-founder and co-executive lead officer of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, which has an Annual Meeting (of this writing, most recently in Shanghai, China), peer-reviewed journal on Acumen Press, and new book series on Northwestern University Press, Michael is also the Aesthetics Editor for Integral Life as well as the Director of the Integral Art and Media Center at MetaIntegral Foundation. He has presented at the first three Integral Theory Conferences (2008, 2010, 2013), and was a conference-wide speaker at both Integral Spiritual Experience 3 (“What is Integral Art?) and at the What Next Integral conference (“The Call of Integral Virtues”). He is a long time Integral Life Practitioner. Dr. Schwartz teaches the 101 introductory course on Art and Creativity.
Measuring Progress and Impact 2 (co-teaching)
Scott Walker is a policy, public affairs, corporate sustainability and strategic communications specialist. He started his career as a consultant in London working at the world’s largest communications agency, Fleishman Hillard, serving a number of major international clients such as the BBC, Vodafone, Channel 4, BSkyB, News International, and Marks and Spencer, amongst several others. He then moved 'in-house' and managed government and regulatory affairs, policy on behalf of the UK music sector.
He has completed a BA (Hons) in Politics and Government and a Masters in International Relations, both from the University of Kent, UK. In addition, he holds a Law Degree from BBP Law School. He concluded the Executive Master's in Public Administration (MPA) at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) while working as a freelance policy consultant to businesses, NGO's and academia on various topics related to corporate social responsibility, ethics and compliance, and digital media. He set up and helped a Professor instruct a strategic corporate responsibility course for executive students at Columbia University for several years, which involved overseeing consulting projects with Time Warner, Merck, Colgate, Crown Worldwide, and Oracle, amongst several others. He has also been a counsellor for Social Risks, a New York City based consultancy that advised private, public and NGOs on processes for internal and external reporting and monitoring of social risks and strategies for engaging stakeholders. Returning to the UK in 2009, he set up a consultancy which provides advice to a range of clients - corporates, charities, and consultancies - across different sectors, both in the UK and overseas. He also acts as a training facilitator at a global consultancy, and works as a consultant at Kaleidoscope Futures.
The Future of the Internet
Alexandra Whittington teaches the undergraduate course on The Future of the Internet.
Alexandra Whittington, M.S. has taught Futures Studies courses as an adjunct at the University of Houston and the University of Houston–Downtown.
Since graduating with a Master of Science in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2003, Alex has had many opportunities to develop a versatile range of professional skills as a professional Futurist including research, publishing, and teaching.
Her research focuses on the future of social issues including education, families, communities, and gender roles. She has worked in a Futurist capacity for nonprofits, corporate clients, community organizations, and small futurist consulting groups.
Alex has published forecasts and foresight-related articles in The Futurist magazine, the journal Futures, and the young adult book series Tackling Tomorrow Today. She has also been a guest on Radio Saigon Houston (900 AM), KPFT Pacifica’s (90.1 FM) radio program “Growing Up In Houston”, and Houston Community College TV’s talk show “Dialogue Houston”.
Alex is a native Houstonian, and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Houston.
Personal Health and Vitality
Dr. Deb Zucker teaches the undergraduate course on Personal Health and Vitality.
Dr. Deborah Zucker serves as a guide for people ready to step into an awakened relationship to health. She’s the founder of Vital Medicine and offers a visionary new approach to individual and collective health. Through individual mentoring, dynamic group offerings, and unconventional wilderness explorations, she invites clients to deepen their innate vitality and awaken their inner healer.
Dr. Deborah holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University where she has also served as adjunct faculty for the Naturopathic Medicine and Counseling and Health Psychology Departments. She’s also a former massage practitioner, certified Wilderness First Responder, and graduate and mentor of the Generating Transformative Change program in Integral Leadership at Pacific Integral. Her article, “An Inquiry Into Integral Medicine,” was published in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice.
Dr. Deborah’s own journey through chronic illness and personal transformation has left her passionate about guiding others through transitions and intimately acquainted with the topsy turvy nature of the healing path. She’s particularly committed to supporting other health practitioners as they step more fully into their role as true healers. Her understanding of Vital Medicine goes beyond individuals and includes the broader communities and contexts in which we grow and evolve -- as well as our responsibility to nourish ourselves in order to serve the greater good.
Her integrated and truly holistic approaches invite us all to experience a profound inner shift welcoming our whole selves with gentle, nourishing care. She invites people of all ages, professions, and walks of life to place embodiment at the center of their evolutionary journey.
To learn more go to Dr. Deborah’s website: www.vitalmedicine.com
Great Books of Wisdom Traditions
Dr. Jim Garrison received his Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology from Cambridge University, an M.T.S. degree in History of Religion and Christology from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Santa Clara.
Dr. Garrison is the founder of Ubiquity University and serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Academic Officer. He served as President and Chairman of Wisdom University from 2005 to 2012 which established Ubiquity. Previously, he founded and served as President of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA and the State of the World Forum, both San Francisco-based non-profit institutions created to establish a global network of leaders dedicated to creating a more sustainable global civilization. With President Gorbachev as its convening chairman, the Forum brought together leaders from around the world in a variety of disciplines to its annual and regional conferences and catalyzed the creation of several independent organizations.
Dr. Garrison published his first book in 1980, The Plutonium Culture (SCM). This was followed by The Darkness of God: Theology After Hiroshima (SCM/1982); The Russian Threat: Myths and Realities (Gateway Books/ 1983); The New Diplomats (Resurgence Press/1984); Civilization and the Transformation of Power (Paraview Press/2000); and America As Empire (Barrett Koehler/2004). His current book is on Climate Change and the Primordial Mind: Toward a Post Axial Spirituality (forthcoming).
Dr. Garrison teaches a range of courses at Ubiquity University on Greek philosophy, the history of religion, and global politics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including the core courses The Great Books and Wisdom and Civilization.
Ethics and Accountability
Managing Disruptive Change
Evolutionary Leadership and Strategy (co-teaching)
Business ethics, Accountability and Human Rights (MBA)
System Design and Change Dynamics (MBA co-teaching)
Fr. Wayne Visser received a Ph.D. in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University, an M.Sc. in Human Ecology from Edinburgh University, and a Bachelor of Business Science from Cape Town University, South Africa.
Before getting his doctorate, Dr. Visser was Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG and Strategy Analyst for Cap Gemini in South Africa. Dr. Wayne Visser is department coordinator for Transformational Business and Leadership at Ubiquity University’s undergraduate school. He is Founder and Director of the think tanks Kaleidoscope Futures and CSR International. In addition, Wayne is Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and Visiting Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Warwick Business School in the UK.
Wayne is the author of seventeen books, including The Quest for Sustainable Business (2012), The Age of Responsibility (2011) and The World Guide to CSR (2010). He has also published over 150 other works (chapters, articles, etc.) and has delivered more than 200 professional speeches all around the world, with his work taking him to more than 60 countries in the last 20 years. Wayne has been listed as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior (2013), Top 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders (2012 & 2011) and the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Europe & the Middle East (2011). He is also the recipient of the Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award (2013), the Emerald Literati Outstanding Author Contribution Award (2011) and the Outstanding Teacher Award of the Warwick MBA (2010/11 & 2011/12).
Living Universe: Systems Design and Change Dynamics (MBA co-teaching)
Dr. Duane Elgin has an an honorary Ph.D. for work in ecological and spiritual transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies, an MBA from the Wharton Business School, and an M.A. in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania.
His books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009); Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (2000), Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (2010, 1993 and 1981), and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993). With Joseph Campbell and other scholars, he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man (1982). In addition, Duane has contributed chapters to twenty-two books, and has published more than a hundred major articles and blogs.
In the 1970s, worked as a senior staff member of a Presidential Commission on the American Future, looking ahead from 1970 to 2000. He then worked as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous studies of the long-range future: Anticipating Future National and Global Problems (for the National Science Foundation), Alternative Futures for Environmental Policy (for EPA), The Future of the Automobile (for the Ford Motor Co.), and Limits to the Management of Large, Complex Systems (for the President’s Science Advisor).
Dr. Duane Elgin teaches the undergraduate core course on The Living Universe and the MBA core course Transition Strategies.
Fundamentals of Global Finance & Trade (ECON 102)
Dr. Martin received his PhD from the University of Virginia, his Masters of Science from Ball State University, and his BA from Goshen College. He is a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He has been named Chair of Economic Innovation for the UN–affiliated Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization and has served as an advisor to numerous Central Banks, global economic forums, the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, and national governments.
Dr. Martin is the Founder and Chairman of M·CAM Inc. specializing in innovation finance, trade, and intangible asset finance. Dr. Martin is the architect and founder of the Global Innovation Commons and is the author of the international legal framework for the Heritable Knowledge Trust and Heritable Innovation Trust programs. He has pioneered global programs to bring corporate and stock market transparency to multi–national extractive industries and has been instrumental in repatriating value to countries which have been subject to corporate and financial abuses. His work on ethical engagement and stewardship of community and commons–based value interests is at the forefront of global financial innovation. Dr. Martin has founded several for–profit and not–for–profit companies and organizations and serves on several boards. He was the founding CEO of Mosaic Technologies, Inc., a company that developed and commercialized technologies in advanced computational linguistics, dynamic data compression and encryption, electrical field transmission, medical diagnostics, and stealth/anechoic.
Dr. Martin has closely advised innovation–based finance and investment programs in India, Brazil, China, Denmark, the European Union, the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United States, Mongolia, Egypt, Ecuador, Singapore, Germany, Slovenia, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates. He has served as the Constitutional and Economic advisor to the Autonomy Committee of East New Britain and New Ireland, Papua New Guinea and has worked with ethical trade frameworks for the Kingdom of Tonga, the Independent State of Samoa, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea.
Dr. Martin has publications in law, medicine, engineering, finance, and education. He maintains active research in the fields of linguistic genomics, fractal financial-risk modeling, and cellular membrane ionic signaling.
Fundamentals of Mathematics
Thomas C. McGarrity is an instructor in Ubiquity University’s Undergraduate School. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois along with twenty five years experience in the investment management business, a Master of Arts degree in Education from Loyola University Chicago along with six years experience teaching college math courses, and a mastery of mathematics earned while attending Loyola University Chicago’s graduate school.
Tom McGarrity is known for his inspiring and activating teaching methods. His classes tend to be more discovery-oriented rather than traditional lecture format. His delivery and pace are known to be comforting to students who sometimes feel challenged or intimidated by mathematics. He supports his students’ efforts to rediscover math for the first time … building confidence in skills that perhaps seemed missing, but were there all along.
Outside the classroom, Tom McGarrity serves or has served on several charitable organizations’ boards, most notably, serving as a founding board member of the Organic School Project … changing the way students of the Chicago Public Schools and their families think about food and healthy lifestyle choices. He runs a weekly spiritual study group and visits the local senior citizens home weekly as well. He has competed in triathlons and masters’ swimming events. He and his wife enjoy trips to the Alaskan wilderness and have found themselves adopting retired Iditarod dogs.
Life-cylces of Innovation and Organization
Transformational Leadership, Strategy and Governance (co-teaching)
Personal Leadership and Social Innovation (co-teaching)
Peter Merry received an M.Sc. in Human Ecology from Edinburgh University, a B.A. Combined Honours in French and German from Exeter University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at Ubiquity University.
Peter serves as Ubiquity University’s Chief Innovation Officer. He is Chair of the Center for Human Emergence and a founding partner of Engage! in the Netherlands. His experience includes facilitating integral change processes in multinational corporations and government ministries, and in multistakeholder initiatives with global stakeholders. He has spent many years in the not-for-profit and life-long learning sectors. Peter is a recognized expert in the field of evolutionary systems dynamics and wrote a book on Evolutionary Leadership. He is an experienced designer of learning processes and host of collective inquiry and collaboration. He has a background in theatre and folk music and a diploma in systemic energy work with the Dutch-based Center for ECOtherapy.
Peter teaches in the Personal Leadership and Social Innovation core course and in the course Frontiers of Science and Technology.
Global Forces and Shaping the Future (BA and MBA Versions)
Dr. Paul H. Ray received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University. He was Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, Chief of Policy Research on Energy Conservation and Solar in the Canadian Government, and Vice President of American LIVES, Inc.
Dr. Ray is widely known for his groundbreaking research into the cultural phenomenon of what he calls the “cultural creatives.” This research began in 1986 and continues. He is the co-author of The Cultural Creatives, a book which summarizes his original research. His current research includes surveys on developments beyond left and right in politics, which he terms "The New Political Compass." Another current research project involves the design of a wisdom civilization, “The Practical Wisdom Paradigm,” and “The Emerging Wisdom Culture.” He works with NGOs, with new political groups and governments, and with green and socially responsible businesses.
Dr. Ray teaches the core course Global Forces Shaping the Future required for both undergraduates and the MBA.
An Introduction ot Indigenous Wisdom
Will Taegel received a Ph.D. from Wisdom University, a D. Min from the Graduate Theological Union, an M.Div. Summa Cum Laude from Emory University, and a B. A. Summa Cum Laude from McMurry University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Texas.
Dr. Taegel serves as Dean of the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Academic Council. He blends his Native American background and traditional training in shamanic circles with his 30 year practice of psychotherapy, including a stint as Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners in Psychotherapy. He balances his academic interest in evolution and trauma with the spiritual practice of rain water collection, solar and wind energy, and environmental restoration. Dr. Taegel is the author of 8 books and numerous professional articles. He was among the first researchers to connect clinical and cultural disturbance with human estrangement from the sacred core of Nature and, in that regard, to build a number of ongoing eco-spiritual communities. He is the co-founder, with Judith Yost, of an eco-spiritual, integral practice community called the Earthtribe.
Dr. Will Taegel teaches in the undergraduate Psychology concentration and teaches numerous courses in the WIsdom School of Graduate Studies.
Responsible Marketing and Communications (MBA)
Paul Taylor received an Honors B.B.A. degree in business and economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Paul Taylor is Ubiquity University’s Chief Marketing Officer and Board Member. He has a unique combination of global Fortune 100 social marketing, innovation, and sustainability experience gained while working for and consulting with The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Adidas, Kellogg's, RIM, and the UN Millennium Development Goals. Paul is the founder and CEO of Global Citizen, a cutting-edge Social Marketing and Innovation firm that helps business leaders and social innovators to strategically position their brands to optimize stakeholder wealth while making significant social impact. Global Citizen helps change-makers bring their critical social innovation into the world.
Prior to Ubiquity, Paul partnered with the founders at Evolving Wisdom to launch their highly successful online education company focused on personal growth and development. Prior to founding Global Citizen, Paul worked as a global executive at The Coca-Cola Company for 7 years where he led Global Innovation and Marketing for two multi-billion dollar business units as the Global Innovation Director-VP of Coke Classic & Diet Coke and the Global Marketing & Innovation Director-VP of Dasani and Powerade. Paul teaches in the Personal Leadership and Social Innovation core course, as well as the Responsible Business and Social Entrepreneurship undergraduate concentrations.
Osprey Orielle Lake received an M.A. from Holy Names University and a B.A. in Environmental Science at the University of California in Santa Cruz.
Osprey is the Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus and serves on the Legislative Assistance Working Group for Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. Osprey has traveled worldwide studying ancient and modern cultures while making presentations at international conferences and universities.
She is the Founder/Artist of the International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot bronze sculpture monuments for locations around the world, where people can ponder a better future for the earth and humanity. Her themes concern new cultural narratives and the way public imagery and stories either enhance or distance our relationship with the Earth. Osprey’s unique perspectives as a renowned international sculptor and public speaker on environmental issues have been featured on both national and European television. Awards include the National Women’s History Project Honoree, “Taking the Lead to Save our Planet,” and the Woman of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Federation of Business and Professional Women. Her book Uprisings for the Earth won a 2011 Nautilus Book Award.
Osprey teaches in the Ubiquity University undergraduate International Relations and Political Science concentration and at the graduate level. She is also leading the establishment of Ubiquity’s Earth Rights Law School.
True Cost Accounting: Ecologizing Capitalism
Randy Hayes has a BA degree from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University. His master’s thesis, the award-winning film The Four Corners, won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award for “Best Student Documentary” in 1983.
Randy has been described in the Wall Street Journal as “an environmental pit bull.” He is Executive Director of Foundation Earth, a new organization fostering the big rethink to help protect the planet’s life support systems. This requires a new human order, including economic models for deep long-term sustainability, earth jurisprudence, eco-technology policy, biospheric literacy, and environmental health. Hayes calls for a “True Cost Economy” that accounts for ecological externalities and honors carrying capacity limits. Hayes, a former filmmaker, is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples throughout the world. He served for five years as president of the City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment, and for two-and-a-half years as director of sustainability in the office of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown (now governor). Hayes founded Rainforest Action Network and is emeritus on the board of directors. He is an advocate of general systems theory and deep ecology. As a wilderness lover, Hayes has hiked and camped in the rainforests of the Amazon, Borneo, Central Africa, Southeast Asian and Australia, as well as the High Sierras, and the Canadian Rockies.
He contributed to Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible, published by San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., in 2004. Not satisfied with short-term thinking, his 500-year plan offers a vision of a sustainable society and how to get there. Randy Hayes was honored by his corporate campaign activists peers in 2008 with an Individual Achievement Award, given by the Business Ethics Network. In 2010 he was San Francisco State University’s Alumni of the Year and inducted in the Alumni Hall Fame.
Professor of the Ubiquity University MBA and BA Programs
Isa Williams is an Associate Professor emerita in Women’s Studies and founding director of the Atlanta Semester Program in Women, Leadership and Social Change at Agnes Scott College. She also served as Director of the Kemper Scholars Program with responsibility for program development and promotion; student advisement and selection; organizing and chairing the faculty selection committee in addition to all facets of the academic components. Isa completed her Ph.D. at Emory University in Women’s Studies and Sociology. Isa taught feminist research methods, leadership seminars and theory / practice courses specific to the Atlanta Semester Program. She also designed a specific course to investigate the roles of refugee women as leaders of social change titled: "Social Development, Leadership and Refugee Rights in Action: Discovering New Models of Women’s Leadership.” Her research has focused on women’s leadership and factors affecting the lives of refugee women and girls in the American urban south.
Dr. Williams’ Global Experience includes:
International consulting for the American Management Institute with responsibility for development and delivery of management, leadership and organization development programs for business, government and professional women from Africa and the Middle East.
Egypt, Israel and Rome: Member of Catholic delegation studying religious history and ethnic relations in the region
Korea (Seoul and Kyongju) and China (Beijing, Xian, Shanghai): Selected as a member of the President’s faculty delegation studying cultural and social/political issues affecting the lives of women in these countries. Meetings held with faculty and administrators in various universities with a focus on sharing our unique program offerings.
Jordan and Israel: Faculty leader/instructor for student Global Connections study trip with an emphasis on women in the Middle East.
Durban, South Africa: Delegate and panel presenter at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Xenophobia, and Other Forms of Intolerance. Cape Town, South Africa: study trip in conjunction with the conference.
Arusha, Dadoma, Dar es Salaam and, Zanzibar, Tanzania: Faculty leader for student Faithworks service-learning trip.
CIEE Faculty Development Seminar in South Africa: “Building a Multiracial, Multicultural Society in South Africa”. Returned to Tanzania to further investigate issues affecting women’s lives.
Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto: Summer Course on Forced Migration and Refugee Issues.
Kenya and Ghana: Invited attendee to Land Economics/Policy conference at which African women served as discussants on development issues.
Invited to teach a leadership program for the State Department’s Young African Leadership Initiative. Selected women from Sub Saharan Africa will spend a summer in human rights, civil rights, and leadership courses as proposed by Agnes Scott College
Dr. Pier Luigi Lattuada of the Integral Transpersonal Institute, Milan, Italy is a Medical Doctor. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is also a psychotherapist and founder of Biotransenergetics.
Pier Luigi is the Director of Integral Transpersonal Institute of Milan and of the Transpersonal Psychotherapy School, which has been fully recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education since 2002. He is also Director of Transpersonal Counseling Training in Milan.
Pier Luigi is a board member of the Italian Psychotherapy Associations Federation, a member of Story of Sanitary Art Academy, Rome, past medical director of Life Gate Holistic Medicine of Milan, and Scientific Director of Integral Transpersonal Journal. He is co-Vice-President of EUROTAS
Pier Luigi has published thirteen books since 1985, more than 30 articles since 1980 and presented Biotransenergetics in more than 50 International Conferences in several countries: Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Moldova, Latvia, Switzerland, Bulgaria, USA, Brazil, Greece, since 1988.
Mari Carmen has 34 years of experience in education, human development, values and character education, and risk prevention (children and teenagers). She has 25 years of holding management positions in colleges and universities such as: UNAM Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, ITESO Jesuit University of Guadalajara, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, UC Santa Barbara.
She has a B.A. in Pedagogy from UNAM México City, and she has graduate studies on The Practice of Values in Educational Contexts, Universidad de Barcelona Virtual UBV, Spain. She has worked for many years in the design and supervision of curricular and extracurricular programs for schools and universities, She has worked extensively on teacher training programs. Seminars and courses: Personality Psychology, Child Development Psychology, Psychohistory, Children's philosophy, Psycho-community, Child Psychoanalysis Seminar, Value Clarification Seminar, Design and Financing of Cultural Projects, Educational Innovation, Jesuit Education Characteristics, The University for the 21st century, Complex Thinking in Education, among others.
Dr. Berman spent 5 years in the US Navy and 25 Years in the NOAA Corps, working as an oceanographer and fisheries biologist for the US Government. He received his Ph.D. in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary in 1983 while on active duty. During this time, he served on three ships, the last of which was the ALBATROSS IV, which he commanded, and as a project manager with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (of UNESCO) in Paris.
Dr. Berman’s on-line teaching activities include marine biology, general biology, meteorology, geology, environmental change, physical science, and computer science. He also serves as an in-class lecturer for biology, geology, polar history, and physics. In addition, he presented several talks on Polar Exploration to the Life Long Learning Program at the University of Texas. He lives in Austin, TX. His interests include RV travel, reading, cooking, music, photography, writing, and riding my "trike." The photograph was taken at a working marina in Chincoteague, Virginia.
Understanding Hypercomplexity in the work of Ervin Lazslo
Gyorgyi Szabo holds a Ph.D. in Sociology - Summa Cum Laude awarded by the Sorbonne, the University of Paris; a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Trinity St David, University of Wales; and a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Birkbeck College, University of London.
She is also a trained Reiki and Reconnective Healing practitioner. She has lived in America, England, Italy and Spain. She currently lives in Paris, France. Her holistic approach to metaphysics and interest in conscious evolution serves as foundation for her work in facilitating cooperative evolution toward a peaceful and sustainable world.
Gyorgyi was a Co-Founder and Academic Dean of the ‘Ervin Laszlo Center for Advanced Study’ (ELCAS). She served as Director of Research and Development of the Center’s Exploratoria Program. She was co-creator of the WorldShift International Foundation, and the WorldShift 2012 organizations, and currently serves as Member of the Advisory Board of the Memnosyne Foundation. She collaborated with Ervin Laszlo in preparing some of the meetings of the World Cultural Forum in China and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Club of Budapest France. In 2012, she founded and now serves as a president of ‘UniverSoul, a Hub for Conscious Evolution in Paris, in association with Barbara Marx Hubbard. She lectures worldwide and has published papers in The Scientific and Medical Network’s Review, The Shift Network, and World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research.
Tim is a serial entrepreneur and marketer. He is currently co-founder of Exemplars and Founder/CEO of LUMEN Education/BUSCA California, whose mission is to ensure that a quality and affordable college education is available to underrepresented populations. In addition he has been a Founder/CEO or Advisor to multiple startups including:
- UniversityNow (making higher education affordable for everyone) - PennFoster (career-focused online and hybrid education) - Plethora Labs (enabling the future of manufacturing) - CodeHS (the leading coding program for high school students) - Vistria Group (leading Private Equity firm) - Courseload (leading print to digital enabler in Higher Education) - Uversity - formerly Inigral (private social network for college students) - DevBootcamp (the original and leading web development bootcamp) - Angel MedFlight (leading air ambulance provider) - FameWizard (coaching independent musicians to get off the ground) - LawnProTires (USA's largest lawn tire seller online) - Survey Analytics (online research platform) - TalkToChef - formerly Cookstream (social cooking platform) - TireOne (USA's largest network of independent auto service & tire centers)
Before that worked in CMO/VP and other executive positions at Unisource, Siemens and Honeywell with a heavy focus on automation technology and sustainability topics.
Dan is a serial tech developer and entrepreneur. He is currently co-founder of Exemplars, and teaches at PDX Code Guild. Prior to that Dan was a Software Engineer at IBM and a true full-stack developer. He helps the non-tech person get the gist of coding and what it means. He competed in and was named one of 100 finalist (signifying he was one of the top 100 computer science undergraduates in the USA) in the first University Hacker Olympics Finals in San Francisco working directly with numerous start-up companies.
In addition, he has coded for companies including NASA, JPMorgan Chase, IBM, and Axia Audio. Dan personally builds full-stack web applications and uses the techniques taught right here at PDX Code Guild, and is eager to share his technical expertise.