Daniel Pinchbeck is the bestselling author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. He is the executive director of Center for Planetary Culture, a think tank that advances new ideas and approaches to contemporary problems. He co-founded the company Evolver.net, which produces the web magazine Reality Sandwich and Evolver Learning Labs. His work and ideas were featured in the 2010 documentary, 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. He has written for many magazines including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Wired, and Dazed & Confused. He hosted the recent talk show Mind Show, for GaiamTV. He is an adviser for the open-source social network, Minds.com.
Learn more about Daniel and his work at www.pinchbeck.io.
Alexi Tasanaprasert is a strategist, culture consultant, and performer. She’s worked with leading brands such as Toyota, Microsoft, Verizon, and Hasbro.
Her career in media and entertainment started at the age of six as a model, actress, and television host for Chic Channel in Thailand. Recognized as one of The American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Students, Alexi started working as a strategist for Interpublic Group. Through research and cultural analysis, she delivered insights to inform strategic and creative direction for clients as well as internal innovation teams. She later joined Havas Worldwide as a planner and contributed to pitches, processes, and insights enabling such wins as TD Ameritrade, Edible Arrangements, and Wedding Wire.
Driven by her passion to connect people, Alexi helped to build the philanthropic arm of the Women’s Leadership Network at IPG and co-created Havas MELT (Multicultural Employees Learning Together) at Havas Worldwide. She is also the founder of the Global Heart Awakening, a community for artists and activists.
Alexi is a certified yoga instructor. When she's not working, she's often hanging in Bushwick with her big black standard poodle, Luna.
Micah is a cross-disciplinary designer with a background in fine arts, digital technology, service design, and luxury design strategy. His facility with the application of design thinking to business problems has brought him clients as diverse as Louis Vuitton, MTV, Memorial Sloane Kettering, Facebook, and Microsoft. Micah began his career as a travel/adventure photographer shooting for tourism boards and resorts; a short time later, he joined the crowdsourced invention company, Quirky, as their first design and research intern. In 2010, Micah started Playtime Collective, as a means of collaborating with other independent young designers on large projects. Playtime’s work has been featured in Forbes Magazine and attracted the notice of editors at Fast Company who engaged Micah to be a contributing writer and design expert in their Creative BrainTrust. In 2013 Micah led the conceptual design and build-out on two interior design/architectural projects for NYC-based creative firms. When he’s not building something future-oriented for a progressive brand or helping other young designers, he experiments with brain–computer interfaces (BCI), painting, glass blowing, and other fine arts. Micah studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons, and The New School and works out of SoHo.