I believe it is imminently possible for our economic system to provide for all aspects of the individual and society. Not only through financial stability, but also by engendering purpose in people's lives, promoting healthy lifestyles, and enabling individuals to pursue lives that are fully expressed. Business, finance, and philanthropy can, and should, work together to create opportunities for those who need it most.
My current project is A Whole Person Economy, which explores economics from the lens of values, ethics, and spirituality. I recently completed an MBA at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School where I focused on market-based solutions to global challenges. Previously, I worked at several leading social enterprise and impact investing organizations in the Bay Area, including The Impact Hub and Social Capital Markets (SOCAP). My time there focused on supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and mission-driven companies to better achieve their goals. My experience is in taking burgeoning ideas and developing them into successful projects or companies. I thrive on collaboration and enjoy working with teams that are dynamic and outcome-driven.
Other life experiences include living for eight months as a volunteer at a yoga and health center in the Berkshires, co-creating a Burning Man theme camp, starting a 16 person community house in Berkeley, leading environmental education trips throughout the United States, and traveling to 30+ countries.
Konda Mason is the Co-Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, a beautiful inspiring co-working space supporting and connecting socially engaged changemakers and social entrepreneurs in creating community and bringing their projects to life as they create a better world. Her love for the city of Oakland is the driver for the work she brings to that community.
Konda is a facilitator trainer for The Pachamama Alliance, and from 2013-2014 was the host for their online Thought Leader Speaker Series. She is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, teaching primarily at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, where she is in a 3-year Community Dharma Leadership program, with Jack Kornfield and Sylvia Boorstein as her personal mentors. She has been a panelist, keynote, or moderator at SOCAP, Social Venture Network, Permaculture Convergence, Bioneers, SVI, SF Greenfest, the Shift Network, Wisdom 2.0 and more.
Konda uses permaculture design principles, sustainable business practices, yoga, storytelling, Buddhist theory and Integral theory…through a lens of social justice, to inform her work. A human equity advocate, Certified Permaculture Designer, and social entrepreneur, Konda’s work is driven by the vision of realizing in her lifetime a genuinely just and sustainable world.
Jeff Leifer is a strategist, social entrepreneur and leading reformer with over 30 years experience at the intersection of technology, media and ﬁnance.
Jeff recently launched Circadian Media Lab (CML), a values-driven strategic consultancy and interactive media company that frames scalable, transformational stories across the digital landscape.
Prior to launching CML, Jeff thrived in the world of ﬁnance, pioneering issuer reforms to safeguard taxpayers before establishing his own investment banking ﬁrm. Jeff spent the next decade working with local governments to increase transparency and fortify public finance accountability before his ﬁrm was acquired by a large commercial bank.
Jeffʼs passions have drawn him all over the world in connection with global initiatives, working alongside internationally recognized dissidents such as Andrei Sakharov, negotiating nuclear non-proliferation accords as a State Department liaison, and helping to develop new international markets. The latter, as a visiting teacher to Brazilʼs leading business school (Fundação Getúlio Vargas), grew out of his work with indigenous peoples in an ongoing effort to preserve the Amazon rainforest.
Advancing his belief that young leaders play a pivotal role in determining the direction and impact of emerging technologies, Jeff created International Student Pugwash (ISP) while still an undergraduate in college.
More recently, Jeff created the Interchange Leadership Initiative on Technology and Sustainability, and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford Business School, Yale School of Management and University of California, among others. He has continued to serve on the boards of non-proﬁts committed to the environment, arts and meaningful change in the culture. Previously, Jeff served on the board of Harvard Divinity Schoolʼs Business Leadership Program on Public Values working alongside storied iconoclasts from Norman Lear to Cornel West and co-founded the Southern California branch of Business for Social Responsibility.
Amanda Joy Ravenhill is the Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
She is an active member of the international community focused on addressing imminent global challenges. She previously held the role of Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming. She also serves as advisor to the Center for Carbon Removal and is a member of the steering committee for the Nexus Global Climate Change Working Group. Other positions she has held include lecturer at Presidio Graduate School, teaching the Principles of Sustainable Management course; co-founder of The Hero Hatchery, a climate activist fellowship program; Business Partnership Coordinator at 350.org; and Americorp Sustainable Communities and Education Fellow. Ravenhill is driven by her experience living and working internationally as well as her enthusiasm to integrate art and science. She lectures and speaks publicly on such wide-ranging topics as biochar, regenerative design, carbon drawdown strategies, mindfulness, and systems thinking.
She is deeply inspired by the life of Buckminster Fuller and his goal to "make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage to anyone".
Specialties: climate change, sustainable business, biochar, graphic recording, biomimcry, impact investing, financing for SMEs in emerging markets, community organizing, GIS, meeting facilitation, design thinking, full-cost accounting, ecological economics, microfranchising, base of the pyramid, micro-gasification, cookstoves, and systems thinking.
I bring people together to co-create and accelerate the world-changing initiatives necessary to address the profound challenges of the 21st century.
Specialties: Mapping systems, weaving ecosystems, building meaningful relationships, expanding perspectives, convening profound conversations, sparking creativity, catalyzing co-creation.
Bobbi Dunphy is an Australian social entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor living in San Francisco who has worked at the nexus of water, food & climate security for the past 15 years. As a Founding Member & Strategic Director of the Global Peace Index published by The Economist annually since 2009, Bobbi worked closely with Heads of State, Nobel Peace Laureates, CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, renowned humanitarians & celebrities. These deepening relationships continue to play a role in her on-going work of finding practical, sustainable solutions to some of the most intractable issues facing humanity today. She recently compiled a comprehensive report on Post Harvest Food Loss in Emerging Economies and its relationship to Food Security & was named one of 50 Global Achievers by the Australian Government for her outstanding work in the water security sector.
Being a connector of people and dots, Bobbi helps bring resources & knowhow to mission-driven companies solving big global challenges via her brand new umbrella group, The Do Tank Group. She is deeply involved in both the impact investment and philanthropic sectors in the US and internationally & sits on a number of Boards/Advisory Boards including High Water Women’s summit, Communitere International, LifeGivingForce Foundation, WaterTrust, Elk Coast Institute & Ethic. She is an advisor to the Nexus Global & lead the Nexus delegation to Burning Man where as part of the overall program, she co-convened the first ever Impact Investment/New Economy workshop held there.
Bobbi also advises Ingressive, a company based in SF & Nigeria that guides global capital and experience-driven mentorship to Africa's top entrepreneurs. Through her work at Ingressive, she maintains her commitment to empowering African entrepreneurs by connecting them with capital & resources, while also providing credible, scalable business opportunities to impact investors from around the world.
Katie is a managing partner at Etho Capital, handling strategic development. She has a decade of experience building companies and projects that are focused on environmental and social impact, including her advisory firm Resco, LLC. Katie has worked on sustainable investment policies with the University of California, CalPERS and CalSTRS. She was selected as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the California Clean Energy Fund, and serves as a founding member of the International Divest-Invest Network. Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley with degrees in History and Environmental Science.
Julian L. Wong is a father, lawyer, writer and social change advocate working on issues at the nexus of our ecological, economic and educational systems.
Until recently, Julian was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier technology law firm in the Silicon Valley, where he advised technology and sustainability startup companies on corporate law matters. Julian was previously a senior policy analyst for climate and energy issues at the Center for American Progress, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, and a policy advisor on U.S.-China energy relations at the U.S. Department of Energy. He also co-founded the Beijing Energy Network, a grassroots network for clean energy and environmental professionals in Beijing, and was its inaugural Chairperson and Executive Director.
Shana Rappaport has worked actively for over a decade as a community organizer and cross-industry convener to advance sustainability solutions.
Through her current work with GreenBiz Group as Director of Engagement for VERGE, Shana is scaling the leading global event series focused on accelerating the clean economy. VERGE convenes the world’s largest companies, public sector leaders, utilities and technology innovators, fostering a diverse ecosystem of influencers to advance opportunities for business, the environment and society.
Shana is on the Board of Advisors for the Restorative Leadership Institute, is a Senior Advisor to the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Global Challenge, and is a trained leader of the Climate Reality Project. She is also currently working as Associate Editor on a book for Emerald Press and the International Leadership Association about fulfilling the visions articulated by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement.
Some of Shana's many and varied passions include climate change mitigation and adaptation; urban resilience and smart city solutions; civic innovation and community revitalization; the decarbonization of our atmosphere and recarbonization of our soil; facilitating cross-sector collaboration, leveraging trim tabs and proliferating systems thinking.
Ian is a Lecturer for the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University, as well as the founding President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Etho Capital, the founding CEO of Oroeco, and a few other hats. His primary purpose for existence is helping scale solutions to climate change. He believes the combination of sustainability science, information technology, "climate-efficiency" finance and public engagement has tremendous potential to reengineer our global economy for sustainability.
He has worked for more than 15 years implementing climate sustainability solutions in over two dozen countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He got started with MS and BS degrees in Earth Systems from Stanford, along with a minor in International Relations focused on development economics.
Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for wellbeing for all. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently board chair. She is relentless in her commitment to elevating leaders, groups and projects to next-level social change makers through her work with The Catalyst Collective, an innovative consultancy designed for mission-based individuals, groups, and organizations that want to be successful and make a difference in the world.
Recognized as one of Zagat’s 30 under 30 in 2013, Tim West is a Slow Food chef turned Social Entrepreneur. He is a Culinary Institute of America graduate and grandson of Arch West, the inventor of Doritos. Tim cut his teeth in the the kitchens at The St. Regis Hotel in New York and the Facebook headquarters in California before entering the world of entrepreneurship. Tim co-created The Food Hackathon + Forum as a business plan competition and alternative educational experience to encourage entrepreneurs to work on more meaningful problems and to expose corporate teams to a more collaborative and inspiring working methodology. Recently, Tim created True West Ventures, LLC as a consulting and experiential educational design agency specializing in facilitating conversations on the future of food, food systems, food hacking, food entrepreneurship and food culture.
Dani believes in creating sustainable solutions for real-world problems. She has a decade of experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in education, sustainable development, technology and intersecting those industries in interesting and innovative ways. She obtained her Masters in International Development and Education from the University of Pennsylvania where she focused on financial literacy, social innovation and gender equality. Most recently, she was a program specialist at UNESCO, where she worked with diverse entities to improve their sustainable impact in an economically and socially beneficial manner. She has extensive domestic and international professional experience, working all over the world, including, Canada, Latin America and Europe. Dani has experience in project design and management, scaling businesses, monitoring and evaluation, leadership training and grant writing.
Joshua Kagan is the Vice President of Business Development for CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital where he focuses on cultivating channel partnerships and structuring accretive transactions for commercial real estate owners. Prior to joining CleanFund, he ran the Carbon War Room’s global energy efficiency division which was focused on catalyzing private investment in scalable and replicable efficiency projects on three continents.
Jonathan Glencross is Manager of Strategic Growth at Purpose Capital & leads the firm’s office in Montreal. In 2015 Jonathan launched Nexus Canada, enabling Canada’s youth to join a global movement of 3000+ next generation wealth holders for social good, and is best known as the founder of an $8M fund for sustainability at McGill University.
Jonathan’s work revolves around driving investment and entrepreneurship to address once in a generation opportunities. He led a global business coalition to determine how technology can unlock access to education for all on behalf of former UK Prime minister Gordon Brown, and is now designing an initiative for 1 million millennials to build high-impact companies over the next decade. As Manager of Strategic Growth, Jonathan is responsible for anticipating the future of the impact investing.
In 2015 Jonathan launched Nexus Canada, enabling Canada’s youth to join a global movement of 3000+ next generation wealth holders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors from over 70 countries uniting to catalyze new leadership and accelerate solutions to global problems.
Jonathan is also a serial social entrepreneur and advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive change. Although he is best known as the founder of a $8M fund for sustainability at McGill University, his most recent venture, Equipmind, deploys behavior change strategies to reduce energy consumption form equipment in the workplace. He has received national and international awards for his achievements in the fields of food, sustainability, youth and education, and has been a regular public speaker since 2008.
Mike is a self-described culture hacker and true pioneer at the intersection of the sharing economy, innovation ecosystems and urban revitalization. Although Mike has been working with IFTF as an affiliate since 2014, he recently accepted a fellowship to help uncover and study new paradigms for restoring vulnerable places and spaces, such as post-disaster sites, informal refugee settlements, and decaying urban neighborhoods. With particular interests in sustainability and urban tactical development, Mike has experience in challenging communities to rethink, redeploy, and redistribute underutilized resources where they are needed most.
Everything Mikey does is focused on supporting deep human flourishing on a global scale. He believes our global struggles begin as inner struggles, and we can change the world from the inside out. In the words of the United Nations: "Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed" His focus is on supporting the development of totally new transformative tools and technologies that can revolutionize the way we relate to ourselves, each other, and the world. He seeks to democratize access to tools for healing and flourishing. He believes that every single human endeavor can be a catalyst for collective awakening, and that is the evolutionary direction for our species.