global expertise in support of locally productive cities
Media, Technology & Business Executive
Chris is an executive, Board Director, Advisor, digital strategist, speaker, lecturer and author. His career has included his working with and for some of the best known companies in the world, and a wide variety of start-ups, charitable endeavours and brands. As Chief Vision Officer, Chris worked with eBay founder Jeff Skoll to build and run Participant Media, and develop its first slate of movies which included An Inconvenient Truth, Syriana, North Country, Good Night, And Good Luck, Charlie Wilson’s War and more. Prior to that, he headed up Entertainment Business Development for Amazon, and was also sought by Facebook, Amazon, Comcast Cable and Interactive, Glam, Lycos and most recently National Storage, Sensis/Found Digital, Seven West Media, Arrive Wealth Management and a range of start-ups.
Founder & Director, P2P Foundation
As P2P Foundation Director, Michel works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. Michel is also research director of CommonsTransition.org, a platform for policy development aimed toward a society of the Commons and a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group. He has co published various books and reports in English, Dutch and French. Michel now works mostly on realising value and technology sovereignty, and on institutional design for public-commons partnerships to commonify provisioning systems for territories, so they can function within the carrying capacity of the bioregion and the planet.
Design-for-Sustainability Researcher, Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture
Cindy Kohtala is a Design-for-Sustainability researcher in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland. Her research focuses on grassroots communities who explore digital fabrication technologies and processes in devoted spaces – Fab Labs – and how these communities address sustainability issues in their ideologies and practices. She also lectures and writes about sustainable Product-Service-System design, open design, distributed economies and design activism, and she has been involved in several urban activism initiatives in Helsinki.
Architect & Ecological Cities Theorist & Practitioner
Paul is a prize-winning architect, writer, international speaker, green building and ecocity pioneer and early advocate for action on climate change. He is a senior consultant on ecocity design for government and private Chinese organisations has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. Paul has taught subjects including urban ecology, ecological architecture, urbanism and design at universities and educational institutions in Wales, Jordan, Australia, the US and China. Paul is a Stewardship Council Member of the International Ecocity Framework and Standards Advisory Committee, and his projects include keynote green buildings for Adelaide Zoo and the Australian National University, and the internationally awarded Christie Walk community-driven development, a piece of ecological city in the heart of Adelaide. Founder of Urban Ecology Australia in 1991, his vision of ecological cities is supported by years of working with communities. In 1989 Paul founded Australia’s first community organisation focused on climate change and he was a State finalist for the 2008 Australian of the Year Awards. With a doctorate in environmental studies and over 30 years teaching architecture, Paul is acknowledged as a world leader in ecocity theory. His seminal work Ecopolis: Architecture and cities for a changing climate was published in 2009.
Economist, Attorney, Author & Entrepreneur
Michael H. Shuman is a leading visionary on community economics. He’s Director of Local Economy Programs for Telesis Corporation, a nonprofit affordable housing company, and currently an adjunct instructor at Bard Business School in New York City and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He’s also a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and at the Post-Carbon Institute, and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He is credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act and dozens of state laws overhauling securities regulation of crowdfunding. He has authored, coauthored, or edited nine books. His two most recent books are The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity and Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street. One of his previous books, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition, received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years in nearly every U.S. state and more than a dozen countries.