Anders Sorman-Nilsson is a futurist and innovation strategist who helps executives and business leaders decode trends, answer disruptive questions and strategize for foreseeable and unpredictable futures. As a strategist at Thinque he has helped executives of Fortune 500s convert provocative questions into proactive, future strategies across four continents since 2005. His latest book Digilogue: how to win the digital minds and the analogue hearts of tomorrow’s customer - is hot off the press, and is featuring in business media including BRW, The Financial Review, Sky News Business, Qantas Magazine and ABC National Radio.
He has completed the Global Executive MBA program at the University of Sydney Business School, and when he is not hanging out with clients like Eli Lilly, Fuji Xerox, HP, Pernod Ricard, or People’s Choice Credit Union - globally and locally - he likes to get his hands dirty together with his mum, Birgitta, in the turn-around strategy for her 96-year-old bricks and mortar menswear store in Stockholm, Sweden in a world of Digital Disruption.
Gretchen is a leader, weaver and catalyst for change, working with individuals, organizations and communities to explore the narratives they are living in and envisioning, then manifesting, the stories they want to live into.
A seasoned and sought-after leadership development and transformational coach, she has spent the last fifteen years guiding entrepreneurs, creatives and social change agents to thriving lives and prosperous outcomes, through increasing personal awareness and ability to be adaptive and resilient in the face of the constantly emerging issues that change provides.
Since 2005, Gretchen has been building capacity in San Juan County community leaders, as Chair and Faculty of Leadership San Juan Islands. She is the Director of NewStories’ Thriving Salish Sea Project, convening diverse stakeholders across the bioregion to build alliances and address the challenges and opportunities of our exquisite bioregion. Her most recent project is collaborating on “Imagine Orcas Island, a three-day music/art/learning festival at Doe Bay Resort.
A self-proclaimed “hearthtender”, Gretchen delights in weaving colleagues, clients and community together at Heartwood Inspired Living, the home she shares with her husband, Paul, on beautiful Orcas Island with the invitation to “ Be Inspired…Become Inspiring”.
Dr. Dorothy Echodu is the CEO of Pilgrim Africa, a 501(c)3 engaged in malaria control, advocacy and education in Uganda, a beautiful country with the unenviable distinction of the world’s highest rates of malaria transmission. In the decade she's worked with Pilgrim Africa, she has led and overseen the organization's engagement with malaria. Especially deadly for newborns and pregnant mothers, malaria exposes young children to neurocognitive damage, burdens schoolchildren with anemia, and casts a gloomy economic shadow, costing Uganda nearly a billion USD a year. Both nationally and internationally, malaria is a “disease of the poor”.
Pilgrim Africa works in very high transmission communities and engages in innovative and occasionally disruptive operational research into effective malaria control. Dorothy loves to pose the question: What would we do here in the US, if a preventable, treatable illness were killing hundreds of thousands, and sickening millions?
Dorothy got her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the UW and is currently a long-distance MPH candidate at Johns Hopkins. She’s married to Calvin, who’s Ugandan himself, has two especially brilliant and wonderful children, and travels to Africa several times a year.
Alicia Malone is a film reporter, critic, TV host, writer, and all around movie geek. She developed her taste for film at a young age in her native Australia, spending many a heady Friday night pajama-clad at the video store, picking out 7 films for 7 days for $7. Years later, she could be seen hosting movie-centric shows and reviewing films on network TV channels across Australia.
In 2011 Alicia said goodbye to her family, packed two suitcases and moved to LA. Since then she has appeared on Access Hollywood, E!, MTV, AMC Theaters, Fandango, Afterbuzz TV, BiteSize TV, IGN, Reelz, EPIX, Australia’s Today Show, Studio 10, Movie Juice, Foxtel Movie Show, Event Cinemas, and New Zealand’s Breakfast on TVNZ One.
Alicia travels the world to cover film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, SXSW and Comic-Con, and has interviewed nearly every movie star you could name, even hugging all the hot male ones, and Oprah. Hey, she’s only human. She also wrote this bio, but knew it would sound way less egotistical if written in third person.
For over 25 years Phil Borges has been visiting and documenting indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. His award winning books have been published in four languages. In 2003 Phil was honored with the Lucie Humanitarian Award at the Annual International Photography Awards in Los Angeles as well as the Purpose Prize in 2007.
Phil teaches and lectures internationally and is co-founder of Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit organization that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.
Phil’s recent project, Crazywise, explores cultural differences with respect to consciousness, mental health and the relevance of Shamanic traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world.
For more than twenty years, journalist and author Amy Herdy has specialized in trauma reporting, particularly sexual assault.
Ms. Herdy began her career in television news before working as a crime reporter at The St. Petersburg Times. In 2002, she came to The Denver Post, and an investigative series she coauthored in 2003, “Betrayal in the Ranks,” spurred Congressional reforms after detailing how the military mishandles cases of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Ms. Herdy’s professional engagements include teaching workshops on investigative reporting and trauma journalism for the U.S. State Department in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan. Her awards include an Emmy; Society of Professional Journalists awards; a Radio, Television News Directors Association award; an Associated Press award; two American Society of Newspaper Editors awards and a Military Reporters & Editors award.
In 2011 Ms. Herdy published an award-winning memoir, Diary of a Predator, about her time at the Post covering the case of serial rapist Brent Brents. In 2015 she was the investigative producer for the documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” which is currently in theaters. She is now an investigative producer for Chain Camera Pictures and lives on San Juan Island in Washington state.
Tashi Litch & Kaj Litch
Two fast-fingered brothers, Tashi Litch (14 yrs) and Kaj Litch (11 yrs), born in Britain and raised on a family farm on Orcas Island have been performing together for 5 years as Brother For Sale. Their musical training began at the age of 5 after years of nurturing by their mother’s Irish band and the local Celtic sessions. Recognized for their technical stringmanship combined with brotherly harmonies, they will have you chuckling in disbelief. Can two ordinary farm kids really move a crowd with their music?
Their music is rooted in their family traditions from the British Isles, Scandinavia, and the eclectic Pacific Northwest. As singers and instrumentalists (fiddle, mandolin, guitar and voice), Tashi and Kaj play a lively mix of original and traditional music on a variety of string instruments ranging from Bluegrass to Blues, Celtic to Choro, and Folk to Swing. They delight audiences with their youthful interpretation of traditional melodies and song. You may know them from the locally popular family band, the Crow Valley String Band.
They have been embraced during these formative years by an expanding number of endearing musician mentors, both local and touring, that have engaged community life, and these two boys, on Orcas Island. On the road, they have shared the stage with some of their favorite artists such as Brandi Carlile, Liz Carroll, Clay Ross, and their dog Tazz.
Their first CD has been recorded and will be released this Autumn.
Ian Boyden is a multimedia artist working across painting, sculpture, artist’s books, photography, and land art. His work demonstrates ecological awareness, place-based thought, East Asian aesthetics, and intense interest in material relevance. His works are noted for being completed through a series of collaborations with natural elements such as time, weather, river erosion, and the appetites of various animals. Widely collected and exhibited, his books and paintings are in public collections including Reed College, Stanford University, the Portland Art Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
With degrees in the History of Art from Wesleyan University and Yale University, Boyden is also a speaker, writer, and curator. His curated exhibitions explore diverse subjects such as contemporary artists of the Northwest, Chinese calligraphy and scholars stones, genetic imaging, and climate change. For the past twenty years, Boyden has shared his time between the Northwest and China. As the Artist/Scholar-in-Residence at Suzhou University in 2011–12, he he conducted research on Chinese inks and had a solo exhibition of paintings, books, and video installation at the contemporary wing of the I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum in China. Boyden is currently the Executive Director of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, Washington.
Kent was born in Iowa and grew up in NJ. He studied clowning at Ringling Brothers’ Clown College and earned an MA in special education from Converse College. While pursuing his BA in theatre at the University of Iowa he also described performances to blind audience members and developed a multisensory method of presenting theatre to blind people. Additionally, he has performed in a deaf theatre company and as a baseball mascot. While studying human movement at the Laban Centre he began to realize that specific aspects of sound and movement correspond directly to each other. As a Peace Corps volunteer on the island of St. Lucia he taught the performing arts to disabled children. This provided a laboratory for developing his teaching methods and theories related to multisensory music. At present, he is a doctoral student at Washington State University. Creativity and exploration are central to his work.
Kent’s jobs have ranged from vegetable packer to artist’s model, to special education teacher. His favorite adventure was when he drove around the country living out of his truck for a month. Kent loves to cook. More than anything, Kent is happiest when he is surrounded by the solitude of nature.
Adam Summers was raised in New York City and the north woods of Canada. At Swarthmore College he earned degrees in mathematics and engineering, but was not interesting in pursuing either as a career. While teaching SCUBA in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef he met his first professional biologists. He returned home to get a masters degree in Biology at New York University and the University of Massachusetts for a Ph.D. From the beginning of his research career he attempted to capitalize on previous training as an engineer to understand the evolution of the mechanical systems of animals. At UC Berkeley he was a Miller Research Fellow working on the mechanics of salamander walking and the jaws of a particularly unusual group of limbless amphibians called caecilians. While at UCB he was approached by Pixar Studios to help them with the movie Finding Nemo. He spent three years advising on animal movements and biological aspects of the film and was delighted when the hard work of the Pixar folks was so well received at the box office. In 2001 he founded the Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of California and while there won the Bartholmew Prize for physiology research and the Academic Senate prize for undergraduate teaching. In 2009 he moved his laboratory north to the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories to be nearer the sea. He is a professor in the Biology Department and in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences. With students and collaborators he has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals on abstruse subjects including the heads of hammerhead sharks, the properties of skeletons and difficulties of eating hard prey. He also enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm for the field of biomechanics with a monthly column that appears in Natural History Magazine. The 60th column was published in 2008.
Adam continues to teach an intensive graduate course in the biomechanics of fishes at FHL and he is also prospecting for new classes of biomaterials from the sea.
Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, has been a national speaker for the past fourteen years. She was nominated in 2010 by Health Leaders Media as one of the top 20 people in the U. S. changing the culture of healthcare - specifically for calling attention to the dangerous impact on patient care of disruptive behavior by medical professionals, as well as the critical need for better physician-nurse communication.
Kathleen is the author of five books and is best known for her pioneering work, “Ending Nurse to Nurse Hostility” (2006), which offered the first comprehensive and compassionate look at the etiology and impact of horizontal violence on both patients and nurses. As a health care culture expert, Kathleen now speaks about patient safety, communication, leadership and power to hospital boards, the military, senior leadership, and front line staff.
Dr. Samuel Wasser
Dr. Samuel Wasser is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer of non-invasive wildlife monitoring methods, including the genetic, endocrine, toxicology and detection dog techniques used by the Center.
After obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1981, Dr. Wasser received consecutive Career Development Awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2001, Dr. Wasser was awarded the Endowed Chair in Conservation Biology by the University of Washington Board of Regents.
Dr. Wasser has participated in a number of conservation programs throughout Africa, South and North America, and SE Asia, in collaboration with state, federal, and international organizations.
His groundbreaking work in noninvasive environmental monitoring and wildlife forensics is internationally respected among scientists, environmental activists, and government and non-government wildlife managers alike. This places Dr. Wasser in a unique position to negotiate the kinds of conservation solutions needed in our rapidly changing world.
Dr. Stephen Robins
Stephen Robins, MD, came to San Juan Island to retire and boat. He successfully accomplished the latter but failed, though not miserably, at the former. Growing up in South Africa, he escaped the tightening grip of apartheid and completed his medical training in London while also writing for and editing a couple of medical journals along with acting in and directing stage productions.
After eight years specializing in both Internal and Family Medicine, he shifted gears to integrate his professional and avocational experiences into what he termed “medical communications” – employing high quality media to better communicate solid science and good medicine – while earning a living directing clinical research programs in the international pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
As his insight into the potential synergies among these various disciplines expanded, he moved on to co-founding and heading up a healthcare communications consultancy specializing in “accelerating the adoption of new technologies that enhance the delivery of healthcare”. Directing a team of physicians, writers, editors, video and pubic relations professionals, he and his group played key roles in the introduction of several innovative technologies that revolutionized several areas of healthcare delivery and outcomes — from pulse oximetry to electronic medical records to automated external defibrillators, among others.
Along the way, finding education alone to not be up to the task, he chaired several national and international multidisciplinary task forces and consortia that helped pioneer and build the standard of care movement that has come to dominate modern healthcare delivery. After ten exhilarating years at the cutting edge of medical innovation, he decided to rebalance his life once again by moving to San Juan Island.
Calling it his mental treadmill, he continues to explore the multidisciplinary interfaces among healthcare innovation, human behavior and societal need.