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Jean Gardner is Founder and Director of Earth Environmental Group, Inc. She is a teacher, public speaker, writer, and visionary on Design for a Living Earth. She is Professor Emerita of Earth History and Architecture, Parsons School of Design/The New School. She initiated and wrote the first book on the natural environment within New York City: Urban Wilderness: Nature in New York City. She was co-coordinator of the first Environmental Platform for New York City: Environment ’90. She helped develop the Bioregional Identity of the Lower Hudson River. She is now active in extending the Bioregional Movement to the Subcontinent. She has served on many design juries, including the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

 

Board of Advisors

Dorothy Dunn

Dorothy Dunn is a creative leader and catalyst, cultural producer and educator. Working with the Smithsonian Institution, The Getty Center, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Buckminster Fuller Institute, The Rubin Museum of Art, the Philip Johnson Glass House, and AIGA, among others, Dorothy is recognized for launching organizations, cross-disciplinary programs, community engagement, strategic partnerships, and products that promote positive engagement and stimulate creative leadership and action.

Michael O’Brien

Michael O’Brien brings more than 30 years of executive experience to the healthcare and information technology industries.  His current focus is in Huntington’s Disease, where he is managing a program to improve the care of patients suffering from this rare disease.  Michael has served as President, CEO and CFO of five life science companies.  Such companies include AMC Health, where Michael launched one of the first decentralized clinical trial platforms; Beardsworth, a full service CRO primarily focused in supportive care oncology and rare disease trials; as well as three other life science companies focused in the early advancement of cord blood stem cells, resorbable polymer implants and microbicides. His high-technology experience based him in the US, Paris, and London with Allerion.

Wendy Brawer

Wendy Brawer is an interpreter of progress toward sustainability. As founder and director of the nonprofit Green Map System, she has helped increase capacity for change in 65 countries. This locally-led participatory mapping movement shares a co-designed iconography, engagement and map making tools. Open source since 2018 to address the urgency of climate change, visit the Green Map website for resources and the OGM2 mapping platform. An everyday cyclist in NYC, Wendy is involved in placemaking, preparedness, media and public health projects.  She has spoken on mapping, community engagement, renewable energy and sustainable design at scores of conferences and universities. Honors include being a TED Resident, Designer in Residence at the Smithsonian National Design Museum and a LES Hero. Learn more, read about ‘Tracing Old Paths‘.

Steve Brosnahan

For four decades Steve Brosnahan has designed and produced media exhibits, media environments and media events for museums, cultural organizations, expositions and corporate clients.

Projects and clients include the Lower East Side Tenement Museum; the International Coalition of Museums of Conscience; Facing History and Ourselves; the Museum of American Finance, Smithsonian National Museums of Natural History and American History, the U.S.Army and Air Force, National Heritage Board of Singapore; Griffith Observatory; and multiple U.S. National Park Service sites

Work has covered a broad field of subjects including gender equality, civil rights, national history, military history, earth sciences, cultural forces, and the lives of historic figures. Currently, Steve is Owner, Director, Designer at RBH Multimedia, Inc.

Denyse Corelli

Denyse Corelli is Director of Communications at Earth Group Global. She is a marketing consultant specializing in digital marketing including website development, content creation and search engine marketing. Denyse served as Senior Marketing Director/Women’s Health Books at Rodale Press responsible for marketing all Prevention Magazine branded titles, including their first NY Times Bestseller. She is a certified yoga teacher and has studied mantra, meditation, and yogic philosophy with Parvathi Nanda Nath for more than 20 years. She was a founding board member and Treasurer at Immigrant Rights Action, a volunteer community organization – now recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as the only non-profit legal immigration services provider in Bucks County, PA USA.

Collaborator

Zain Mustafa

Zain Mustafa is an Architect and Educator based in Pakistan, his homeland. He is the founder of Cube Edutours – a unique heritage-architecture education and tourism initiative that takes learning about bioregional-shared history to heritage sites across Pakistan.

Zain also founded the Indus River Valley Institute. It is Pakistan’s first culture, heritage and identity think tank to reclaim the lost roots of our ancestors who passed through the Indus River Valley or settled there over millennia.

After having traveled the Earth, in 2010 Zain came home to roost in Pakistan. In addition to exploring and discovering Pakistan’s rich and diverse history through the Edutours he also expands his professional practice portfolio by designing prestige projects like NIC Karachi or stylish restaurants like Tao, and the unique revamp of a new animal-centric sensitive Karachi Zoo. He is president of the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights, on the advisory board for Pakistan Chowk Community Center and a trustee on the board for The Garage School.

Having lived, worked, and been educated across multiple countries throughout his life, as a global citizen, Zain’s experiences and world views are not only unique but also add value to global discussions, discourses, and issues, which need multiple scales of design perspective.

Consultants

  • Luis Berríos-Negrón: Puerto Rico

  • Jose Videon: Peru

  • Heejung Yoon: Korea

  • Kimberly Tate: Philippines

  • David Levine: Global

  • Montserrat Payro: Mexico

  • Laura Amazzone: California

  • Denyse Corelli: Delphi, Greece

  • Jack Dinning: Thermal Baths, Switzerland

  • Amyatari: Chile

  • Jose DeJesus Zamora: Italy

  • Diane Barbarash: Midbar Aravah, Israel

  • Jaimie Cloud: Global

Trail blazing is what we do when we find ourselves in the wilderness, with no path to guide us but our own intuitive understanding of nature and our destination. At times we must walk through the night, guided only by the stars. We know when to sit and rest, to shelter from storms, when to gather water, and what on the trail will sustain us and what will do us harm. We are courageous and cautious in equal measure, but we are driven forward, not only by our own desire to reach our destination, but also by the desire to leave a viable way for others who follow.

- Lucy H. Pearce

Author, Mother of Three, Wife, Dreamer

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