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Zday 2011 Speakers

Jesse Gravenor

Portland Zeitgeist Chapter Coordinator

Jesse Gravenor

Jesse has worked in the technology and construction industries for 15 years, becoming aware of the needs and the barriers to propogation of sustainable practices in our consumptive industrialized sociaty. After being introduced to the ideas of the Venus Project, Jesse has been compelled to work with the Portland Chapter of the Zeitgeist Movement to share these ideas with the public and help build the activist culture of this fledgling local movement.

Mark Lakeman

Communitecture, Inc.
City Repair

Mark Lakeman

Mark is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed or facilitated designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Through his leadership in Communitecture, Inc., and it’s 501©3 affiliate The City Repair Project, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory design projects and organizations across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.

Randy White

Bright Neighbor

Randy White

Randy has been a leader in software innovation since he was a teen growing up in Alaska. He has headed up Internet technology divisions of startups and crafted the Internet business architecture at one of the world’s largest media companies. In addition to running a software company, Randy enjoys life as a public speaker, sustainability consultant, peak oil and energy analyst, urban farmer, musician, stand up comedian, film producer and advertising director.

Sebastian Chedal

Fountain City

Sebastian Chedal

Sebastian Chedal, born in Boston, raised between Europe and the U.S. is as eclectic as he is inspiring. Inventor, artist, project manager, environmentalist, forward thinker, writer, musician, software developer and teacher. He is an advocate for various social models including Gift Economics, Permaculture and the Venus Project while running Fountain City Productions.

Joel Garbon

New Energy Movement
President, Board of Directors

Joel Grabon

Joel serves as President of the nonprofit The New Energy Movement which educates about breakthrough energy technologies and their implications for human society and our imperiled planet, while also serving as an advocate organization for inventors of these technologies. He is a founding member of New Energy Congress (, which maintains a publicly viewable database of the most promising breakthrough energy technologies.

Joel is co-author with investigative journalist Jeane Manning of the award-winning book BREAKTHROUGH POWER: How Quantum-Leap New Energy Inventions Can Transform Our World which chronicles the challenges, opportunities, and progress in the new energy technology field. The authors make the appeal for a “tidal wave of wisdom” and the concurrent evolution of energy technology and human consciousness as foundations for a new era on planet Earth.

John Sorenson

Neighborhood Natrural Energy - N2e

John Sorenson

A native Oregonian, John spent 20 years in Alaska, gaining experience in construction management and small business ownership.  Returning to Oregon, he identified district energy as an effective model of energy efficiency, infrastructure investment, and community transformation.  An advocate for district energy from renewable sources, he is developing models at multiple scales using a variety of innovative, locally available energy resources. John is helping to define the regional strategies to address climate change and energy independence.

John Monroe

PROUT Institute

John is currently an intern at Dharmalaya and is focusing on the economic and political aspects of new paradigms for social policies. He graduated from University of Montana with a BA in Philosophy in 2008. He will be presenting on Prout's neo-humanism value base, acknowledging that all life-forms have intrinsic value and dignity; and its theory of delocalized economics, presenting design and organizational tools that can help in the worldwide efforts to regain local sovereignty over economic decisions.

Alan Rosenblith


Alan Rosenblith

Alan has a diverse background as both an artist and a change maker. He began his career as Boston-based electronic musician, “Blue Meniscus”. After working for two years on an organic farm in New Mexico, Alan ultimately pursued a career in filmmaking.

His first film "Dreams of Green" detailed green building and was broadcast on New Mexico public television. His second film, “The Money Fix” explored our society’s relationship with money and was broadcast on PBS stations across the country. Alan is passionately committed to catalyzing a deep shift in our economy. He co-founded “The MetaCurrency Project” which seeks to create open digital infrastructure for the next economy.


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