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Daria Dorosh - Rain Dove - Marie Eisele - John Kiehl 

Daria Dorosh, Ph.D. is an artist, educator, activist and researcher working in the intersection of art, fashion, and technology with an interest in how these fields are converging on the body. In 1972, she co-founded A.I.R. Gallery, the first artist-run, not-for-profit arts organization to show work by women artists in the United States. Her exhibitions and public events examine emergent issues in a hybrid networked culture. She recently co-organized and moderated The Future is History: Feminist Legacies in Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, NY. An interview by Paddy Johnson, Concerns from The Second Economy: Daria Dorosh on the Baby Boomer’s Relationship to Technology and Art, is posted on Art F City. In While You Were Texting she is showing large scale digital prints from her ‘fashion monster’ series, which are richly patterned iconic images of female beauty that reveal another, somewhat menacing side. In the Story Rug series, she fuses layers of clothing into a map of cultural and personal events.

Before life became digital, the world operated on scarcity, competition, greed, and hoarding. By the 1990s, the desktop computer’s replication technology introduced traumatic over-abundance to all. But as we move toward abundance, the social norm of competition, greed, and hoarding still waits to be replaced by collaboration and generosity.

Rain Dove is a “Gender Capitalist,” an androgynous model, an actor working in both male and female roles, and a firefighter. Dove sees this journey as a form of activism. Dove is fulfilled by volunteer work and has also created Roxbury Studios, which houses low income artists who need a chance to pursue their art.

As long as we have the pronouns HE and SHE, we will always have a world divided in half right out the gate. Creating gender-neutral identifies could help resolve social, political and economic inequities. Should the future be Gender non-specific?

Marie Eisele | Marie Eisele is an energetic advocate and reformer in the healthcare industry and President of Conscious Care Systems (CCS), a company founded to improve care delivery and bring real culture change to long-term care (LTC) and retirement communities, as well as the Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS).

How can we transform the western paradigm of aging and care delivery to improve the lives of those who are frail or challenged, provide services to them, and improve the communities in which they live and work? I will give an honest assessment of Long-term Care and what we need to do to change it.

John Kiehl | Mathematician, technologist, and music producer.

There’s something working against us that we don’t see or sense. That something is size. But it’s not the size of quantity, or length, or time. It’s the size of complexity and dimensionality. Complex systems cannot be controlled by Archimedes’ lever — no matter how cleverly placed the fulcrum. And, navigating the 100 dimensions of our banking system cannot be done by tuning into a few beacons like GDP or Prime Interest Rate. We are fish just now awakening to the water we are swimming in.
Jose Marinez - Amelia Marzec - Karen Morris - Gayil Nalls 

Jose Marinez has many years of experience combining technical expertise, a passion for innovation and business savviness. He’s contributed to great successes at large corporations – including among many Computer Associates, Microsoft, DoubleClick(Google),Nokia and Ericsson - startups, and supporting non-profit/community based organizations. His contributions have varied with every organization, but his most valued efforts are aligned with enhancing the lives of “everyday people.” From initiating open Wi-Fi networks in Sri Lanka, to 3D printing and physical computing at MIT’s FabLab and Internet security, José consistently pushes the envelope of innovation, but always with the end-user in mind. Currently, José spends his time hacking, designing, teaching and looking for ways to stay healthy to live to 600.

Never in the history of mankind, have people been endowed with so much power within reasonable reach. It's too bad most continue to be oblivious of the fact.

Amelia Marzec is a Brooklyn-based artist focused on enabling activist communities through innovative uses of technology. Her work has been exhibited at ISEA, SIGGRAPH, MIT, DUMBO Arts Festival, Flux Factory, New York Hall of Science, Governor's Island, and is part of the Rhizome ArtBase. She has been a resident at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, the A.I.R. Gallery Emma Bee Bernstein Fellow, a Fellow at the Tow Center at Columbia University, and a nominee for the World Technology Awards for Art. Her work has been featured in Wired, Make, Hyperallergic, Neural Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, NPR, and the front page of Reddit. She holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design, and a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has written for the Huffington Post, taught at Hunter College and Queens College, and has given talks at RISD, Barnard College, and the Queens Museum of Art.

How will we communicate in the event of disaster? The New American Sweatshop is an installation that models a functioning manufacturing plant. It relies on volunteer labor to hand-build semi-functioning prototypes of what our technology could look like in the future, using post-consumer waste as a natural resource. The Weather Center for the Apocalypse creates an alternative to media-driven forecasts. It uses homebrew environmental sensors and information from sources both practical and fantastical in order to create community-driven forecasts.

Karen Morris | LP, NCPsyAis, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and Honesdale, PA. She is an Ambassador of Hope for Shared Hope International whose mission it is to educate, prevent and eradicate the sex trafficking of minors. Her recent book of poems titled CATACLYSM and Other Arrangements (Three Stones Press, 2014), explores these issues and received the 2015 Gradiva Award (NAAP) for poetry. She facilitates workshops and study groups on the Social Dreaming Matrix and Creativity and is co-founder of Two Rivers Zen Center in Honesdale, PA.

There are said to be 27 million people enslaved on the planet today, 80% of them women and children who are sold into commercial sex markets, including child sex tourism (Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, 3/9/2016). Many "legitimate" markets are involved in supporting the illegal and nefarious enterprises of human trafficking. The success of the commercial sex industry is dependent upon capitalist values of consumer demand, which drives markets, such as (human) product availability and the creation of new markets and merchandise, all co-created by a mass consumer population with traffickers within a collective societal atmosphere of normalization, ambivalence and tolerance.

Gayil Nalls, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary artist creating at the forefront of science-art practices and theoretical discourse. She is internationally known for her olfactory social sculpture World Sensorium, and in the past year her art has been featured in museums in Belgium, Germany and Poland. Of her 2016 publications, her essay “POISON: Coming to Our Senses” is included in the book Paradise Paradoxe. Nalls is an associate adjunct professor at University College Dublin; is a contributing editor for Nautilus magazine; and is author of the blog Sensoria for Psychology Today and the Twitter feed @themassinglab documenting collective behavior. Along with her installation Mechanisms of Biophilia, her video interview series Exceptional Voices is featured in the While You Were Texting exhibition.

Contamination and accumulation of intentionally produced toxic synthetic chemicals is damaging life and the natural world. Reproductive, endocrine, developmental, immunological and behavioral health is being impaired in humans and all life, causing damage that can compromise future generations. The first step in resolving this crisis is to increase awareness in how can we reduce our exposure, as we pursue actions to restrict and eliminate some of these chemicals and increase effective evaluation for new ones.
Sandra Oxford - Carlos Pérez García-Pando - Diana Reiss - Susan Silver - Rachel Sussman - Maria Paola Sutto

Sandra Oxford is an activist, community organizer, educator, trainer and union representative, working on living wage issues and other problems affecting Mexican immigrants in upstate New York. She is currently the President of the Sullivan County Branch of the NAACP instated January 2015. Sandra’s appointment to various governmental boards and her volunteer service on numerous not-for-profit boards dedicated to health, legal representation for the indigent, youth services and immigrant advocacy spans two decades. She currently serves as a board member of the Hudson River Health Care-Health Centers, Worker Justice Center of New York, and is a member of WJFF Radio’s Community Advisory Board.

Some people work in harsh, brutal and unfair conditions. In their daily efforts to make a living, they face economic inequity and systemic racism supported by laws still on the records. Labor movements committed to empowering workers make a difference in their lives, but how do we bring about lasting safety, security, and livelihood? In this talk I discuss how we can empower workers to make a difference in their lives, their workplace, and organize for lasting power.

Carlos Pérez García-Pando is an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. His research interests range from understanding the physical and chemical processes controlling atmospheric particles, to evaluating their effects upon climate, ocean biogeochemistry, air quality and health. He is also a climate model developer with extensive experience in supercomputers. In recent years, Dr. Pérez has been involved in a cross-disciplinary research effort to unravel the links between dust particles, climate and meningitis epidemics in Africa.

Anthropogenic emissions have strongly increased since the pre-industrial era leading to atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are unprecedented in the last 800,000 years. Together with other anthropogenic drivers, their effects have been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. Limiting climate change and its impact upon people and ecosystems requires dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions together with adaptation measures. Key challenges towards solving the climate conflict include innovative communication, economic security and a just labor transition.

Diana Reiss is a professor in the Psychology Department at Hunter College and in Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is one of the world’s leading experts on dolphin intelligence and communication and has been repeatedly involved in their rescue. As author of the book The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives, she makes a powerful case for dolphin conservation and global protection.

Dolphins and other cetaceans are extraordinarily social and intelligent beings, but many face a terrible fate in the notorious drive hunts that continue today in countries such as Japan, and the seas in which they live are acidifying due to climate change. However, it’s still possible that stronger conservation and environmental efforts, along with other actions, can secure the welfare of these magnificent minds in the sea.

Susan Silver is a Public Defender attorney with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. While at the Public Defender's Office, Susan was the Director of the Office of Inmate Advocacy and oversaw class-action litigation to address unconstitutional conditions of confinement. She was also the Program Administrator for the Public Defender's Life Skills Advocate Program, which assisted prisoners with re-entry to society. She worked in the Prisoner's Rights Clinic at Washington Square Legal Services in New York and at the Louisiana Coalition on Jails and Prisons where she lobbied the Louisiana legislature to establish a statewide halfway house system. Her clients who face difficulties in obtaining employment once they leave incarceration often contact Silver for help.

We live in a mass incarceration society. America houses 2.2 million people in our jails and prisons. Each year, more than 725,000 men and women leave state and federal prisons to return home. Just about all of them need a job. Ex-offenders face a long list of hardships, but at the top of the list is their difficulty in getting a job. Nearly all employers conduct criminal background checks, and when they discover that a person has a criminal record, the ex-offender’s chance for employment plummets. But numerous studies show that having a legitimate job is the best way to reduce recidivism. There’s a growing recognition that it’s in everyone’s interest that when individuals come home from prison, they need a chance to succeed. My presentation will present twelve recommendations on how to create meaningful job opportunities for ex-offenders.

Rachel Sussman's decade-long transdisciplinary project The Oldest Living Things in the World combines art, science, and philosophy into a traveling exhibition and New York Times bestselling book. A member of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corp, Sussman is also a Guggenheim, NYFA, and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and TED speaker. She has exhibited at the MoCP, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Lianzhou Photo Festival, Berlin Botanical Museum, Kunstverein Hannover, NYU, the University of Pennsylvania, and the George Eastman House. In 2014, she began new work exploring deep time and deep space with the support of the LACMA Lab, working with SpaceX, NASA, and CERN. She is a 2016-17 SETI Artist in Residence and has new work in two upcoming exhibitions at MASS MoCA.

I have documented the resilience of life by identifying and photographing continuous-living organisms and want to convey the benefits of discussing ecology and climate change within the conceptual framework of deep time.

Maria Paola Sutto is a biologist and journalist. Her research interests focus on environmental impacts at different scales, from molecular markers to the organized urban systems that allow human species to develop. Since 2008, she has been a core member of the Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, contributing to innovative and interdisciplinary research on the urban environment.

We must engage in new interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving to adapt New York City to the challenges of climate change. There are many ways we can go about creating coastal resiliency, climate change adaptation, and sustainable infrastructure.
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