Advisors

In today’s organic, cross-sectoral, networked universe, collaboration and information sharing among kindred spirits is one of the keys to success and sustainability.  At c3, we have had the good fortune of receiving generous and sage advice, guidance and insights from a number of truly talented colleagues and strategic partners from many fascinating walks of life, professions and disciplines.  Since our inception, they have connected us with brilliant people, ideas, and resources which have enabled us to build our organization.  As members of our Advisory Committee, they represent a team of gifted contributors and co-creators to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.  We invite you to meet these truly extraordinary members of our Advisory Committee, listed below.

Glen Hiemstra

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 in Advisory board

Glen Hiemstra is the Founder and CEO of Futurist.com, a website visited by people from 120 nations each month. An internationally known futurist, author, speaker and consultant, Glen has been consistently looking ahead. Before the Internet was even a public network Glen studied how it would change human and organizational communication. In the mid-1980`s he was describing the coming economic growth of the Pacific Rim countries. Glen told audiences about global warming and climate change…in 1987. He previewed nanotechnology…in 1989, and described genomic science and biotechnology even earlier. Glen wrote about the age wave and the end of classic retirement…in 1995. By 2001 Glen described the coming energy transformation as the greatest economic opportunity of the next half-century. As early as 2006 Glen told people why the debt bubble would burst, as it did more than a year later. Before the Internet was popular Glen had the foresight to register Futurist.com. To deal with breakthrough trends like these Glen helps large and small companies, educational institutions, government agencies and communities re-think their future vision. This is why audience members for Glen`s keynote speeches and clients for his long-range planning say things like, “Once you hear Glen Hiemstra speak, the future will never look the same.” A writer as well as a speaker and consultant, Glen is the author of Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future (Wiley & Sons 2006). Previously he co-authored Strategic Leadership: Achieving Your Preferred Future. Glen has served as a technical advisor for television shows and pilots set in the distant future. This work has included NYPD 2069, a pilot with Stephen Bochco producing, Century City, a Universal-CBS series, and a pilot attempting to revive Lost in Space. Glen has also appeared in various documentary programs and series. Glen is a Consulting Producer for the new transmedia property Visions from the Edge, set to launch in partnership with Bridge Arts Media, LLC in the Fall of 2012. Glen has worked with leading companies, government agencies and organizations across a wide variety of domains. These include Microsoft, The Home Depot, Adobe, Ernst & Young, PaineWebber, ShareBuilder, Ambrosetti (Italy), Club of Amsterdam, SONAE (Portugal), Northern Telecom, REI, Weyerhaeuser, Hewlett Packard, Novo Nordisk, U.S./Mexico JWC, APAX Partners, Atlanta 2060, Tulsa 2025, City of Longmont, Idaho Transportation 2030, Michigan DOT 2030, FHWA Advanced Research, Eddie Bauer, Procter & Gamble, ACE Hardware, IHOP, John Deere, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lexis Nexus, Land O Lakes, Mass Mutual, Mutual of Enumclaw, ING, Colorado League of Cities, and others. As a recognized expert in preferred future planning, Glen is a popular keynote speaker who can zero in on emerging trends in a variety of fields. Glen goes beyond simple trend analysis to discuss the opportunities that we all have to shape the preferred future. Each day visitors come to Futurist.com and Glen’s blog for provocative snapshots of emerging ideas, trends, and technologies. Glen recently founded, and curates a new site on visions of the future, DoTheFuture.com. Glen can be followed at twitter.com/glenhiemstra. In a first career, Glen was an award-winning educator; he has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington, which worked on virtual and augmented reality technology. Glen was educated at Whitworth University,...

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Stéphan Choinière

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 in Advisory board

Stéphan Choinière is a world-class acrobatic dancer and aerial artist, also accomplished as a gymnast, circus act choreographer, stunt man, and model. He created and performed the featured duo “body2body” in over 1000 shows for Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas production, Zumanity. As a 10 year veteran and principal performer with Anti-Gravity, Stephan appeared in such esteemed venues as: The Metropolitan Opera House, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall for MTV’s Video Music Awards, as well as performing nightly at the award ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He is proud to have been a featured entertainer at special events for George Lucas, Richard Branson, George Soros, and Paul Newman. On the creation side of productions, in 2010 Stephan resided in Singapore as the aerial straps act designer, associate circus choreographer, trainer and post-launch resident director for the 90 minute show “Voyage de la Vie”, a multi-million dollar theatrical rock circus spectacular, created by The Generating Company, UK. As well in 2012, an equally enterprising circus, martial arts and dance attraction in China hired Stephan as the aerial silk act designer & assistant circus choreographer for the creation team assembled by Mirage Entertainment, USA. Cirque du Soleil also acquired Stephan as a coach to the ensemble cast during the creation of Criss Angel’s Las Vegas show, Believe. Stephan received his degree in fine arts (painting & drawing) from Tyler School of Art while competing as an elite, scholarship gymnast for Temple University in Philadelphia. He went on to develop as a dancer, studying ballet, modern and hip hop styles. With the addition of varied circus skills and martial arts, he naturally began to fuse an artistic amalgam. His creative recipe for the stage has included awe-inspiring skills with fluid phrasing and emotive story telling. As the subject for artworks, Stephan collaborates with high-profile fine artists in photography and sculpture. His first hardcover monograph is slated for publication in 2013. Together with a coterie of extraordinary colleagues, this book of fine art images catalogues Stephan’s original acrobatic-dance partnering in poses or caught in action. When not in front of the lens, he choreographs specialty acts and teaches creative workshops for dancers and variety artists. His unconventional choreography and exploration techniques have been enthusiastically received in coaching and workshops internationally. The development of an acrobatic-dance partnering language, merged with a life-long study of consciousness-science, has lead Stephan to configuring himself a creator of evocative performances that foster growth and evolution. His vision melds a passion for both the fine arts and the performing arts, while nurturing an affinity for symbolism and transformational narratives. Stephan is a core member of, c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, a research and educational 501c3 organization dedicated to creating a better future through arts and media. He is an Artistic Director for c3: CreateLAB — a platform for the development of experimental works in the performing and expressive arts driven by innovation and emerging...

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Duane Elgin

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 in Advisory board

DUANE ELGIN is an internationally recognized, speaker, author, educator, and media activist. His books include: The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, Voluntary Simplicity, and Awakening Earth. With Joseph Campbell and other scholars, he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man. Duane has worked as a senior staff member of a Presidential Commission on the American Future looking ahead from 1970 to 2000, and as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous studies of the long-range future; for example, Anticipating Future Global Problems (for the President’s Science Advisor). He is also a passionate media activist and, over the past twenty twenty-five years, he has co-founded three non-profit and non-partisan organizations working for media accountability and citizen empowerment. Duane received an MBA from the Wharton Business School, and an MA in economic-history from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006, he received the international Goi Peace Award in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His website is:...

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Dr. Howard Esbin

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 in Advisory board

Dr. Howard B. Esbin is the creator of Prelude, a 21st C. learning game. Prelude is used in schools, community agencies, and workplace training internationally. Its design is informed by his research on social learning, imagination, and positive psychology. He founded Heliotrope, a social enterprise to promote Prelude and related research. Howard also has two decades of senior management experience in the private sector, international development, and philanthropy. His work has been published by the International Labour Organization, Education Canada, and...

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Dr. Jose Ramos

Posted on May 28, 2012 in Advisory board, Uncategorized

Dr. José M. Ramos holds a Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology in Global Studies and Strategic Foresight. He has taught and lectured at Swinburne University of Technology on Strategic Foresight and Sustainability Strategies, and currently teaches Futures Practice through the University of the Sunshine Coast and the National University of Singapore. He is Senior Consulting Editor for the Journal of Futures Studies, and is on the editorial board of the journal Futures. He has extensive journal publications in the area of futures / foresight, focused on linking foresight with action and innovation. Through Action Foresight he has over a decade of experience facilitating workshops, applied research, multi-media production, the art of strategic conversation and dialogue, presenting and designing educational curricula. He is originally from California from Mexican American and Indigenous ancestry, now residing in Melbourne Australia with his wife De Chantal and son...

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Roberto Blain

Posted on May 29, 2011 in Advisory board

Roberto serves as Director of Talent Management for the University of Southern California. He has been advising c3 on organizational development and talent management. He is also working on strategic relationships and has supported c3 with recruitment. Roberto began his career on Wall Street in 1979 as a Recruiter for one of the largest banks in the world. He spent the next 15 years in Human Resource leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies. In mid-1990 he began working for the Walt Disney Company as its first Manager of Employee Relations for cast and crew of films including Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, Dinosaur, Fantasia 2000 and Atlantis. After Disney, Roberto joined Metafilmics, where he served as Associate Producer on the first large-budget Hollywood film for internet release, The Quantum Project. After The Quantum Project wrapped, he left to direct international talent acquisition at Warner Bros., helping to launch and staff WB offices worldwide. Prior to joining USC, Roberto co-founded and led QuPeople, a provider of talent acquisition training, executive search, strategic planning and team building solutions. Some of Roberto’s professional interests include exploring the art of leadership in the context of maximizing people’s gifts and talents. He facilitates several weekend workshops that support individuals in finding their calling, including Midlife Awakening: Rities of Passage into the Second Half of Life, The Call: Realizing Your Vision, Grounding Your Mission, and Vocation: Right Livelihood in a Wrong Economy. At USC he currently leads a Talent Management team that is in the process of co-creating a state-of-the-art talent management model that integrates all aspects of leading and managing people at work. A graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business, Roberto is currently completing an Executive Masters in Leadership at the University of Southern California (USC). Upon completion in August of 2009, he will be pursuing a doctorate program in USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development in the Fall of 2009. Roberto is co-author, along with gay liberation pioneer and Jungian analyst Dr. Donald Kilhefner, of Edging Out , a monthly column on gay consciousness which appears in Frontiers Magazine Los Angeles. Roberto is a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the Heartmath Institute and the Hoffman Institute and has over 15 years experience in the field of...

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Levar Burton

Posted on May 29, 2011 in Advisory board

LeVar Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers for three decades, and continues to enjoy a longevity truly rare within the industry. His deftness in avoiding stereotype continues to be a hallmark of an incredibly diverse career. Whether acting, directing, producing or writing, LeVar has demonstrated, over time that he can do it all. As if following some implausible Hollywood scenario, LeVar’s first professional audition, while pursuing his undergraduate studies at USC, led to his being cast as Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed miniseries ROOTS.  The phenomenal success of ROOTS launched his career as an actor, and more importantly, earned his performance as KUNTA KINTE, lasting status as a worldwide icon representing the indomitability of the human spirit. What followed were starring roles in a string of television movies, including ONE IN A MILLION: THE RON LEFLORE STORY, DUMMY, GRAMBLING’S WHITE TIGER, THE GUYANA TRAGEDY and A ROOTS CHRISTMAS: KUNTA KINTE’S GIFT. Among his early feature film credits are LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR, with acclaimed writer/director, Richard Brooks and THE HUNTER, the final motion picture of the icon of cool, Steve McQueen. An avowed science-fiction buff as well as a devoted fan of the unique vision of Gene Rodenberry, LeVar considers his longtime association with the STAR TREK franchise nothing short of a dream come true. Having grown up in the 60’s and 70’s, a time he remembers as having been, “rare to encounter portrayals of people who looked like me, represented in the popular culture.”  Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future provided validation as well as assurance. “Seeing Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura in the original series said to me, ‘when the future comes…there’s a place for me!”  Having both appeared in and directed a plethora of TREK incarnations over the years, LeVar adamantly adheres to his optimistic point of view of the future saying, “I’m betting on our ultimate success at rising to our highest level of human expression.” After twenty-five seasons as the host and executive producer of the highly acclaimed PBS children’s television series READING RAINBOW, LeVar ended his long time commitment to the show in favor of exploring other avenues of creative expression.  While taking great pride in the series’ role in garnering him a total of 13 Emmy Awards, five NAACP Awards and numerous nominations, he continues to be most proud of Reading Rainbow’s ability to “use the medium of television to help create generations of Americans who are passionate readers”. LeVar  has directed numerous episodes of all four STAR TREK series: THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, VOYAGER and ENTERPRISE as well as various episodes of CHARMED and LAS VEGAS. His first dramatic television movie, THE TIGER WOODS STORY, which he directed for Showtime, received great critical acclaim as well as three Emmy nominations.  He also directed the enormously popular Disney Channel original film, SMART HOUSE. In 2006 LeVar received a Grammy Award for his narration of the book, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.  Included in the titles LeVar has recorded on tape are THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM, THE MILES DAVIS STORY, THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY as well as THE TENTH INSIGHT and THE CELESTINE VISION by James Redfield, author of the CELESTINE PROPHECY. Today, while primarily focusing his energy behind the...

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Frank M Don

Posted on May 28, 2011 in Advisory board

Frank Don is a professional astrologer based in Monterey, California, with a worldwide clientele.   Don is the author of the books ‘Color Your World’ and ‘Earth Changes Ahead’, seminal works on the psychology of color and on geophysical and atmospheric changes respectively.  Featured in The New York Times Magazine and other periodicals, Don is credited with various accurate forecasts including the advent of terrorism on US shores, the dotcom implosion, the housing bubble bust and the increase in ferocity of storm systems with intensified localized fronts.     His website / blog address...

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Kathy Eldon

Posted on May 28, 2011 in Advisory board

Kathy Eldon was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Wellesley College and has since worked as an art teacher, television presenter, magazine editor, journalist, media consultant and a television and film producer in Kenya, England and the United States. She is the CEO and Co-Founder, with her daughter Amy Eldon, of Creative Visions Foundation. The Creative Visions Foundation supports people, especially the young, who use media, technology and the arts to create awareness of social, environmental or humanitarian issues and effect positive change in local and global communities. Kathy has written sixteen books including: The Journey Is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon(edited by Kathy Eldon) A compilation of the richly textured journal pages that Dan made and kept during his 22 years. The book includes photos, collages and images from his travels to more than 40 countries and year as a Reuters photographer in Somalia. Sold over 150,000 copies. (chronicle/1997) The Art of Life by Jennifer New (afterword by Kathy Eldon) A biography of Dan Eldon, Kathy’s son, illustrated from Dan’s awe-inspiring, famous journals. Authored by Jennifer New. Packaged by Kathy Eldon. (Chronicle/2001) Angel Catcher, A Journal of Loss and Remembrance(chronicle/1998) Love Catcher, A Journal to Help You Infuse more Love in Your Life (Chronicle/2001) Soul Catcher, A Journal to Help You Be Your True Self(Chronicle/1999) The “Catcher” series of self guided journals is co-authored by Amy Eldon, help people negotiate loss and grief, find their purpose and introduce more love in their lives. Soul Catcher has sold over 100,000 copies and Angel Catcher is used in hospices and hospitals all over the world. Kathy has executive produced and launched several projects for film and television including the PBS series, Global Tribe, produced and hosted by Amy Eldon. The Emmy nominated Turner Broadcasting two-hour documentary,”Dying to tell the Story,” about journalists who risk their lives to do their jobs, which was conceived of, and presented by Amy Eldon. In l999 Kathy exec-produced a one hour CNN documentary, “Soldiers of Peace : A Children’s Crusade”, about the Colombian children’s peace movement, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Both films were distributed internationally to over 220 countries. Kathy’s company also produced “Lost in Africa”, a family feature film distributed by Columbia Pictures internationally. Kathy is currently developing and producing a features film about her son, Dan Eldon. Kathy has also appeared in several publications since she began her career as an editor and journalist in Nairobi, Kenya in 1980 where she worked as a freelance editor with The Nation, Kenya’s largest daily newspaper. By the time she left Kenya for London in 1988, she had published eight books, including three cookbooks, a tourist guide to Nairobi, the eating out guide and best selling Safari Diary, as well as a book on music for children. Her articles have since appeared in TheWall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, Playgirl, The Sunday Telegraph, and the Daily Mail. Her articles have been syndicated in newspapers throughout the world. Additionally, Kathy has made several television appearances including The Oprah Show,Jane Pauley, CNN World, and National Geographic. You can find out more about Kathy...

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Joshua Elias

Posted on May 28, 2011 in Advisory board

Second generation Chicago born artist, Joshua Elias’ work is widely collected. Recent inclusions are at the Rand Corporation, Charles Weingarten Annenberg Foundation, as well as numerous private collections throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Recent works exhibited at the Liz Gordon Gallery in Los Angeles New paintings featured at the Kohler Home of the Future at the TED CONFERENCE in Long Beach California, as well as a special ECO exhibit at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 in Park City Utah Two seminal double-sided paintings were commissioned by designer Kelly Wearstler and remain at the famous VICEROY HOTEL in Santa Monica California Elias creates works that articulate a “new language” using color form and abstraction, as a specific method of telling story. Considered to be a distant cousin to the abstract expressionists the artist terms his own work “spiritual landscape abstractions” Elias works at his studio located at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles California....

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