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Friday Afternoon Workshop:

Visionaries Reimagining Living Systems

Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. He serves on the faculty of the Amana-Key executive education program in São Paulo, Brazil. He is a Fellow of Schumacher College (UK) and serves on the Council of Earth Charter International. Capra is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Web of Life (1996), and The Hidden Connections (2002). He is coauthor, with Pier Luigi Luisi, of the multidisciplinary textbook, The Systems View of Life (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Capra’s new online course ( is based on his textbook. 

Fritjof Capra


Writer, researcher and consultant, Isabelle Delannoy is a theoretician of the symbiotic economy, 1st integrative theory of new economic and productive sustainable logics. She works with universities, businesses, institutions and networks of transition. She has been a member of several government commissions and has authored academic articles on ecological thought and symbiotic economics.

Isabelle Delannoy

Calais, France 

Joshua Sheridan Fouts is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work paving new inroads for meaningful understanding between cultures.

An anthropologist, Joshua studied art and documentary film production.

Executive Director - Bioneers

Josh Fouts - San Francisco 

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Jared Blumenfeld was the regional administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency from 2009-2016 (appointed by President Obama). He also served as the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, chaired the first United Nations World Environment Day held in the US, and founded the Business Council on Climate Change and Green Cities California. He worked for non-profits including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) where he helped protect millions of acres for wildlife and held corporations accountable. He thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He is a trusted source for environmental stories and appears frequently in the New York Times, BBC, Economist, Los Angeles Times, NPR and other media outlets. 

Former EPA administrator

Host - Podship Earth

Jared Blumenfeld

San Francisco

Moderator - Climate

Journalism Panel


Mark Schapiro is an award-winning journalist who explores the interplay between environmental science and society. He writes books and teaches. His most recent and just-published book, Seeds of Resistance: The Fight for our Food, investigates the battle over our global seed resources in the face of climate disruption and corporate consolidation (Skyhorse/Hotbooks, 2018).

 His previous books include CARBON SHOCK: A Tale of Risk & Calculus on the Frontlines of the Disrupted Global Economy, an investigation into the hidden costs and consequences of climate change

Journalist and Author

Mark Schapiro



Janaki Jagannath is second-year law student at UC Davis School of Law and an Environmental Law Fellow with the State Bar. Previously she directed Community Alliance for Agroecology, a coalition of rural community-based organizations in the San Joaquin Valley of California who work to advance agricultural and environmental policy towards justice for communities bearing the burden of California’s food system.

Environmental Justice Advocate

Janaki Jagannath

UC Davis Law School

Aaron became interested in environmental issues at an early age. Aaron’s passion eventually led him to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, where he served as the prestigious institution’s sustainability programs manager from 2008 to 2015.  Aaron works to leverage the science of human decision-making and build a world in which behavior is in harmony, rather than in conflict with, the processes that allow all life to thrive. 

Environmental Behaviorist

Aaron Pope 

San Francisco

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Josh Whiton is an eco-tech entrepeneur devoted to planetary interventions that address the root causes of of our biggest challenges today.  His latest intervention is, a global movement and on-line platform that works at the social, psychological, and biological level to repair our relationship with the planet through the simple yet profound act of making soil together.  Josh was named a 'Champion of Change' by the Obama White House, for the sustainable  transportation company he previously founded.


Josh Whiton

Portland, Oregon

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