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Robert D. Austin is Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick and Professor of Management of Innovation and Creativity at Copenhagen Business School. In the past, he's been a professor at Harvard Business School, where he chaired an executive program for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) there for more than a decade. He has also been a manager at the Ford Motor Company, the chief operations executive for a startup subsidiary of a major tech company, and the CEO of the largest executive education foundation in northern Europe (CBS-SIMI Executive). He is an author of more than 100 articles and cases, which have appeared in top academic and practice-oriented publications, and several books. The Soul of Design, coauthored with Lee Devin, and published by Stanford University Press in 2012, explores the uncanny power of some products and services to grab and hold attention, and create (often irrational) desire. Harder Than I Thought, coauthored with Richard L. Nolan and Shannon O'Donnell, published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2012, is a "novelized" business book about the new challenges facing leaders in this new century, and is a sequel to The Adventures of an IT Leader, which won accolades for its own “novel” approach. 




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Nancy Evelyn Andrews lives on the coast of Maine, where she makes films, drawings, props and objects. She works in hybrid forms combining storytelling, documentary, animation, puppetry,and research. Her characters and narratives are synthesized from various sources, includinghistory, movies, popular educational materials and autobiography.

She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships including: the John Simon GuggenheimFoundation, LEF New England Moving Image Fund, Illinois State Arts Council, The FranklinFurnace Fund for Performance Art (supported by the Jerome Foundation and New York StateCouncil on the Arts), and National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been presented by the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Ann ArborFilm Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Jerusalem Film Festival, Flaherty Seminar, NovaCinema Bioscoop, Brussels, Belgium, and Taiwan International Animation Festival, among others.
Six of her films are in the film collection of the Museum of Modern Art and one is in the Schoolof the Art Institute of Chicago Film Collection
She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Fine Arts in1995, and her undergraduate studies were at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA, 1983.Nancy is currently on faculty at the College of the Atlantic where she teaches video making,animation, time-based arts and film studies.



Michele C. Balas is currently an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. She is a former John A. Hartford FoundationBuilding Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Predoctoral Scholar and Clair M. Fagin Postdoctoral Fellow. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Wilkes University, Dr. Balas’ area of research is focused on improving the physical, functional, and quality of life outcomes of critically ill older adults.  She was a Co-PI on a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative grant focused on the evaluation, implementation, and dissemination of the ABCDE bundle. Dr. Balas’ has extensive clinical experience, practicing mainly in the surgical intensive care unit setting.


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Mark V. Pauly is Bendheim Professor in the Department of Health Care Management,Professor of Health Care Management and Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School and Professor of Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. A former commissioner on the Physician Payment ReviewCommission, Dr. Pauly has served on the advisory committee to the Agency for Health CareResearch and Quality, and on the Medicare Technical Advisory Panel. He currently serves on the national advisory committees for the NIH National Center for Research Resources, the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee to Study the Veterinary Workforce, and the National Vaccine Advisory Commission, and is an active member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Pauly is a co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics andan associate editor of the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. He is the co-director (with Mary Naylor from Penn’s School of Nursing) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, “Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative.”



Samata Sharma, M.D., M.P.H. is a clinical fellow in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA and a member of the Music in Medicine Research Group at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her residency training at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training program after receiving her Doctor of Medicine and Master's of Public Health degrees from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She trained in classical voice performance and holds a merit certification from La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France. She has a particular interest in studying the effect of music on biological and cognitive markers in post-surgical/ICU patients as well as in deepening her understanding, through a neurobiological framework, of how and why art remains such an integral part of the human experience.


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As Director of Policy and Programs at the Maine Arts Commission, Donna McNeil is responsible for overseeing the cultural well being of the State of Maine through support for artists and arts organizations via advocacy, grants, and professional development. She joined the Maine Arts Commission in 2003 as Contemporary Art and Public Art Associate, became Assistant Director and Executive Director before assuming her current post. She serves as State Captain for the Americans for the Arts and on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Governance Committee. She has served as a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts, Baker Artist Awards, St Botolph Awards, MacArthur Foundation, Piscataquis Artist Advancement Grant and worked extensively with Creative Capital Foundation and USArtists. She is an active lobbyist for the arts in Maine and Washington DC. She holds a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University, an MLA in Art History from Harvard University, a certificate from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for executives in state and local government and an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art. Donna has devoted a lifetime to the arts in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, holding directorial and curatorial positions in galleries, museums and the performing arts.





Robert D. Austin is Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick and Professor of Management of Innovation and Creativity at Copenhagen Business School. In the past, he's been a professor at Harvard Business School, where he chaired an executive program for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) there for more than a decade. He has also been a manager at the Ford Motor Company, the chief operations executive for a startup subsidiary of a major tech company, and the CEO of the largest executive education foundation in northern Europe (CBS-SIMI Executive). He·is an author of more than 100 articles and cases, which have appeared in top academic and practice-oriented publications, and several books. The·Soul of Design, coauthored with Lee Devin, and published by Stanford University Press in 2012, explores the uncanny power of some products and services to grab and hold attention, and create (often irrational) desire. Harder Than I Thought, coauthored with Richard L. Nolan and Shannon O'Donnell, published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2012, is a "novelized" business book about the new challenges facing leaders in this new century, and is a sequel to·The Adventures of an IT Leader, which won accolades for its own “novel” approach.·



Born in the Matanzas province of Cuba in 1959, the same year that Castro took power, Campos-Pons is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Post-Revolutionary Cuba. The artist has gained increasing notoriety and international acclaim since her initial training at the Escuela Nacional de Arte and the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and her graduate studies at Massachusetts College of Art, and by 2007 had earned a full-scale retrospective of her work at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Living in Boston since 1991 where she teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Campos-Pons builds upon her diverse range of media including photography, performance, multimedia installation, painting and sculpture.

Campos-Pons  work is collected by major institutions at US and abroad;her work had been celebrated with numerous awards; and included in top international venues such 49 Th Venice Biennial , the Inaugural  Liverpool Biennial, and  Havana Biennial among others. Critical reviews of her work can be found in Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, Art Nexus , NKA and many others. She is Co- Founder of GASP Arts and serves as an Overseer at the DeCordova Museum. Campos-Pons will be representing Cuba in the 55th Venice Biennial.



Leonard is a sound artist/composer/saxophonist. His work includes jazz performance; composition for orchestra with computer generated video/sound; sound/music for dance, theater, installation and film. He collaborates with musicians/composers in North America, Latin America, Europe, China and Russia. Leonard's collaborative work with visual artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons was featured by the 49th Venice Biennial, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), purchased by the Guangzhou Contemporary Art Museum (China), National Gallery of Canada and presented by the U.S. State Department at Dakar Biennial (Senegal). Leonard composed the music for Relatives, by Tony Oursler and Constance DeJong that was featured by the Whitney Biennial, NYC.  His compositions/performances were featured by Carnegie Hall, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Havana Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, International Computer Music Convention (Montreal), Tel Aviv Biennial for New Music, Moscow Autumn, Auditorium Parco della Music (Rome), Museo Riena Sofia (Madrid). Leonard's "Dreaming of an Island", (for orchestra, electronics and live-video) was premiered by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Leonard performed and recorded with Afrocuba, Guillermo Barretto, Boston Ballet, Bruce Barth, Juan Blanco, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Kevin Eubanks, Robin Eubanks, Bill Frisell, Leroy Jenkins, Vijay Iyer, Orlando 'Cachaito' Lopez, Rudresh Mahanthappa, John Medeski, Butch Morris, Phill Niblock, Emiliano Salvador, Miguel Villafruela, Evan Ziporyn. Leonard is the Artistic Director of Berklee's Interdisciplinary Arts Institute and Professor of Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music.



Todd Lester is the Executive Director of Global Arts Corps, an organization that creates theatre to advance reconciliation in societies emerging from violent conflict. Previously, he founded freeDimensional, an organization that helps activists-in-distress by providing safe haven in artist residencies. Todd has worked in advocacy and strategic communications positions with Reporters sans frontiers and Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation. He has dedicated periods of his career to work on microfinance in Cameroon, refugee rights in Egypt, post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda, Track II diplomacy in the Southern Caucasus, at-risk youth engagement in Brazil, and the North-South Peace Accord in Sudan working with organizations such as CARE, International Rescue Committee, Carter Center, Peace Corps, Population Services International, Dutch Refugee Council, and the United Nations. Todd holds a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University and· diplomas from the Summer School in Forced Migration at Oxford University and Film & Media Studies at the New School. Todd received the Peace Corps Fund Award for founding freeDimensional; was named Architect of the Future by the Waldzell Institute; and serves as a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute. His new project, Lanchonete is a 5-year experimentation of artistic witnessing focused on a neighborhood in the center of São Paulo –·


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Doris Sommer, Harvard's Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and African and African American Studies, is Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative. See for ways the Initiative promotes social development through arts and humanities. Among the activities are courses, publications, initiatives in Arts and Leadership, and Pre-Texts, a multi-arts high-order literacy program that amounts to civic development in school and out of school settings. Sommer's publications are internationally used as texts for scholars of 19th-Century novels that helped to consolidate Latin American republics, and of the aesthetics of minority literature, including multilingual virtuosity. She is now focused on art's constructive work in expanding rights and resources. Among her books are Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991); Proceed with Caution When Engaging Minority Literature (1999) Abrazos y rechazos: Cómo leer en clave menor, 2006; Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (2004); Bilingual Games: Some Literary Investigations, edited, 2004); Cultural Agency in the Americas edited (2006); and The Work of Art in the World: On Humanistic Education and Civic Agency (forthcoming). Professor Sommer has enjoyed and is dedicated to developing good public school education; she has a B.A. from New Jersey's Douglass College for Women, M.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and her Ph.D. from Rutgers The State University.



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Jessica Garz is currently a Program Officer at the Surdna Foundation in the Thriving Cultures program. Prior to moving to New York, Jess pursued a graduate degree in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a focus on Housing, Community and Economic Development (HCED), motivated primarily by her experiences in post-Katrina New Orleans working with artists and community-based organizations. In those years, Jess was a member of Transforma, a collective that supported cultural practices that impacted the social and physical environment in New Orleans from 2005 – 2010, and conducted research for the Urban Institute, a policy think-tank in Washington DC on how arts and cultural activity influence the health of communities throughout the country. Jess often works with artists in contexts beyond the traditional cultural sector, and, is generally interested in the intersection and tension between pragmatism and poetry.


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Gavin Kroeber is a cultural producer working across the visual arts, performing arts, and urban fields to conceptualize and realize new art and cultural projects. His work focuses on the transformation of institutional and disciplinary forms and emphasizes performative, event-based, social, and community-oriented practices. He is currently in the process of opening a New York-based cultural production studio and a collaborative research group of artists, cultural producers, planners and architects dedicated to issues at the convergence of artistic and urban practice. Texts in development address ‘event’ as an ascendant modality of cultural production, attendance as a site and material for artistic and social intervention, and the reciprocities and antagonisms between visual and theatrical performance traditions.

Kroeber is co-founder, with Rebecca Uchill, of the cultural event platform Experience Economies, which has presented projects by Mary Walling Blackburn, Tania Bruguera, David Levine and Theaster Gates,  among others. From 2005 until 2010, Kroeber was Producer at Creative Time, where he was instrumental in the realization of several major programs, including Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), David Byrne’s Playing the Building (2008), Sharon Hayes’ Revolutionary Love (2008), Jeremy Deller’s It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq (2009), and Paul Ramírez Jonas’ Key to the City (2010). He was likewise a founding member of the Oakland-based event collaborative Idiot Machine (2000 – 2004) and Portland, OR’s award-winning Constant Theater (1998 – 2000). He holds a BA in Literature-Theater from Reed College and a Masters of Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


Elizabeth MacWillie is a designer completing concurrent degrees - Master of Design Studies with a concentration in Art and the Public Domain, and Master of Architecture in Urban Design - at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Elizabeth’s individual research investigates the relationships between city design, development and cultural production. Her thesis work focused on contemporary art practices which use urban infrastructure to provide social services such as healthcare and education. In practice, Elizabeth's focus on the intersection of art and urban design is manifest in her ongoing work with Chicago based artist and urban planner Theaster Gates and his non-profit organization Rebuild Foundation, as well as recent work with the Newark Department of Urban Design. Additionally, Elizabeth co-organizes the collaborative ICE-POPS, an on and-offline research initiative on Privately Owned Public Space which was recently included in the US Pavilion’s exhibit “Spontaneous Interventions” at The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Before coming to the GSD, Elizabeth held professional positions in architecture and urban design at Over, Under in Boston and was an Associate at Scalar Architecture in New York.




Sara Hendren is an artist, researcher, writer and part of the Harvard GSD MDes program on Art and the Public Domain and a fellow at the metaLAB (at) Harvard. She makes material and digital art works and writes about adaptive technologies, the medicalized and biopolitical body, and the cultural ways we comprehend and represent disability and health, broadly defined. Her work operates from the posture of the “public amateur,” “citizen scientist,” or other modes of informal, un-professionalized critical learning. She works as a collaborator between and among the expert cultures of techno-science and medicine, both to understand and extend the contours of acceptable questions in research paradigms. Project investigations at various stages include: adaptive architecture and prosthetics; personal genomics; and tools for invisible conditions such as PTSD. She runs the Abler web site. 



Scott Berzofsky is an artist currently living in New York City. In 2012, he completed a Master of Science at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT). From 2005-10, Scott lived and worked in Baltimore, where he co-organized several artistic and activist initiatives including campbaltimore, Participation Park, The City from Below and STEW. His writing has appeared in Third Text, Critical Planning and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.





Barbara Schaffer Bacon co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change.  Currently she is also serving as interim vice president for Americans for the Arts Local Arts Advancement programs. Barbara has written, edited, and contributed to many publications including Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating DemocracyCase Studies from Animating DemocracyAnimating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force for Civic Dialogue.  She has served as a primary instructor for the Fundamentals and Advanced Local Arts Managementseminars and was a contributor to Fundamentals of Local Arts Managementand The Cultural Planning Work Kit. A consultant in program design and evaluation, Barbara has served as an adviser for state and national arts agencies and private foundations. She has delivered presentations and workshops nationally and internationally in Canada, Australia, and England. Barbara previously served as executive director of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts. She is president of the Arts Extension Institute, Inc. Barbara served for 14 years on the Belchertown, MA school committee.  She was recently appointed by the Governor Deval Patrick to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.



Pam Korza co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change.  She co-wrote Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy, and theArts & Civic Engagement Tool Kit. She co-edited Critical Perspectives: Writings on Art & Civic Dialogue, as well as the five-book Case Studies from Animating Democracy.  She has consulted and offered workshops and presentations on the principles and practices of arts and civic engagement for artists, cultural organizations, funders, and at cross-sector gatherings across the country as well as at colleges and universities.  In 2008, Pam participated in a professional exchange with public art professionals in Beijing, Shanghai, and Harbin, China and as a keynote speaker about community arts at an international conference in Shanghai.  In 2010, she was one of three international keynote speakers at a conference on Local Regeneration and Community Arts in Seoul, South Korea.  Pam serves as a National Advisory Board member for Imagining America, a consortium of colleges and universities that supports public scholarship and practice to strengthen the public role and democratic purposes of the humanities, arts, and design through mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships. Pam previously worked with the Arts Extension Service (AES) at the University of Massachusetts, a national service organization that promotes community development through the arts. While at AES, she coordinated the National Public Art Policy Project in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts, which culminated in the publication Going Public: A field guide to developments in art in public places, a publication she co-wrote and edited. She also directed the New England Film & Video Festival.





Kelly Dobson is an artist working in the realms of digital media, machine design, public performanceand social systems. Her projects involve the parapraxis of machine design – what technological systemsdo and mean for people other than that for which they were consciously designed. She completed herdoctorate at MIT while a member of the Computing Culture Group in the Media Lab and the InterrogativeDesign Group in MIT’s Visual Studies Program. Kelly is Chair of the Digital + Media Department at RISD.She taught previously at Cornell University and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and worked as aresearcher at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies. She has received prestigious fellowships andawards for her work in art, technology and society including the Rockefeller New Media Artist Fellowship,Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Award, and VIDA Art and Artificial Life Honor. Her workis featured in many publications and exhibited internationally including at Witte de With in Rotterdam,Circulo De Bellas Artes in Madrid, the Millennium Museum in Beijing, Goldsmiths College in London, Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, and The Kitchen, Eyebeam and Exit Art in New York City.



Alice Flaherty is a writer, and an associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on brain systems that control human drives, whether to walk, to communicate, or to create. In addition to scientific papers, she is the author of The Midnight Disease (a general audience book on the brain’s role in writer’s block and creativity), The MGH Handbook of Neurology (a textbook), and The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster(a children’s picture book about picky eating). Each of her books has received national awards and had multiple translations. Two have been dramatized. Several of her works have inspired gallery shows or museum pieces; one inspired a definitely unauthorized horror movie. She appears in a painting by Warren Prosperi that now hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts. She is known as an advocate for the abilities of the mentally ill, and has had many television appearances, both nationally and internationally. Her current book project is on the art of illness, and its interaction with the science of behavior. Patients, caregivers, and observers can learn to respond more artfully to suffering, in ways that can improve real medical outcomes. It turns out that the same brain systems that can mislead us into hypochondriacal imaginary illness, or into the dangerous stoicism  of imagining real illness away, are also important for the creativity that allows some patients to transform their suffering into new discoveries or works of art.  For this work she has been awarded a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and it was the focus of a multidisciplinary David Rockefeller Winter Institute.



The work of scholar/artist Peggy Reynolds explores the nonlinear, networked topologies of social and physical systems at the intersection of art, technoscience and the humanities.  Her recently completed dissertation “Depth Technology: Remediating Orientation” examines how the on-going shift from a vision-centered to a body-centered mode of perception, as facilitated by digital technology, promotes non-Euclidian (non-linear, fractal, topological) modes of thought.  In a similar vein, her essay entitled “Reconfiguring the Space of Agency in the Digital Age,” published in The Saint Louis University Law Journal, examines how the computational revolution has opened up the possibility for a new ethico-aesthetic paradigm.  Her interactive sculptures have been shown in galleries in New York City, North Carolina and Ohio, and she has been an invited speaker/panelist at venues such as New York University, the Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York City, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Saint Louis University Law School and at the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts.  She has been a founding member of a number of organizations including the WOW theater collective in NYC, the LIVE/WORK COALITION for the preservation of artist’s housing in NYC and (along with artists Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil) the Living Culture Initiative for the promotion of transdiscplinary art practices.  She received her doctoral degree in the fall of 2012 in the field of Science and Technology Studies from The Ohio State University under the direction of mediologist/mathematician Brian Rotman.   



Cynthia Cohen is Director of the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University, where she leads action/reflection research projects, writes and teaches about work at the nexus of the arts, culture, justice and peace. She directed the Brandeis/Theatre Without Borders collaboration Acting Together on the World Stage, co-edited the Acting Together anthologies and co-created the documentary and toolkit. ( She directs ReCAST, Inc, a non-profit organization partnering with Brandeis and New Village Press on the dissemination of Acting Together resources. Dr. Cohen has written extensively on the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of peacebuilding, including chapters "Creative Approaches to Reconciliation" and "Engaging with the Arts to Promote Coexistence," and an on-line book "Working With Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions." Prior to the Acting Together project, she directed an international fellowship program "Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts," which produced an anthology by that name. (All are available at online Resource Library: In addition, Dr. Cohen has worked as a dialogue facilitator, with communities in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Central America and the United States. Prior to her tenure at Brandeis, she directed a community-based, anti-racist oral history center in the Boston area.





Joseph Krupczynski is an Associate Professor in the Architecture +Design Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a practicing architectural designer, artist and educator. Through research, art/design commissions, installations, activism and teaching his work promotes creative community partnerships, links social and aesthetic territories, and explores the spatial, social and cultural contexts of real and imagined communities.Professor Krupczynski is also a founding director of The Center for Design Engagement (C*DE), a 501(c)(3) design outreach center affiliated with the UMass Architecture + Design Program whose mission is to support critically engaged research and reflective practices in architecture, art and digital media for communities and community-based organizations in Massachusetts and beyond.


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Margot Malachowski, MLS is the Outreach Librarian for Baystate Health, an integrated health care system that includes a Level 1 Trauma Center, community hospitals, medical practices and outpatient programs.   She is located in Springfield, MA--the birthplace of Dr. Suess and basketball.  Margot manages the Consumer Health Library for Baystate Health, providing health education materials and internet access for patients and their families.  She collaborates with community partners to provide health information outreach.  Margot blogs occasionally at and tweets @margotmal.



Doris Madsen, artist and librarian, works in the library branches of the Springfield City Library system in Springfield Massachusetts, doing her best drawing Springfield patrons into the library. She has an undergraduate degree with a concentration in studio art at Smith College  and a masters in library science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She has worked her whole adult life in libraries. An artist member of Zea Mays Printmaking in Northampton, Doris is also a coordinating committee member of Easthampton City Arts + and devotes a lot of her free time working on behalf of the arts community in Easthampton.



Lisa DePiano is a certified permaculture designer, teacher and faculty member for theYestermorrow Design/Build School and the University of Massachusetts. She is co-founder of the Montview Neighborhood Farm, one of the first a human powered urban-farms and edible forest gardens in the country. She loves working with communities to create the world they want to live in and has taught all over the United States - from the Menominee Nation to Alaska and New York City. She currently runs the Mobile Design Lab which focuses on participatory design and education and is the lead instructor for Permaculture f.e.a.s.t .


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Tim Fisk is the Executive Director of Alliance to Develop Power, and has played a key role in the creation and development of ADP’s innovative “Community Economy” model. His background in economic development has contributed to the creation of an alternative economy currently valued at $80 million. Prior to his work in Community Economic Development, Tim worked for the critically acclaimed Foundry Theatre in New York City. In addition to commissioning, developing and premiering new works for the stage, The Foundry Theatre fosters community collaborations that bring artists together with stakeholders from other communities to unpack issues and ideas of contemporary social and political resonance.


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