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The Future Shapers Collaborative
Advocating Healthier Paradigms of Thought for a Better World
The Future Shapers Collaborative is a private consortium that has been organized to challenge widely-accepted assumptions which underlie common human belief systems preventing global society from advancing toward a future of environmental sustainability, social justice and global harmony. The Fellows voluntarily collaborate on various projects which forward healthier paradigms of thought to help humanity shape a more desirable future. They are dedicated to transcending rather than succumbing to predictable outcomes based on current trends.
The fellowship body represents different nationalities, faiths, genders, ages and disciplines. Any expansion of the Collaborative will be based on nominations from the existing body so the diversity among the Fellows is maintained.
The Collaborative is legally incorporated in the U.S. as a not-for-profit tax exempt organization and operates for the benefit of the public interest – in this case, the best long-term interests of humankind.
History: The Collaborative is the formalization and an expansion of a community of transformational thinkers representing different disciplines who have been working together in smaller groups informally, some as far back as 1987, co-presenting at conferences and workshops, collaborating on articles, projects and books, discussing new ideas and advancing new thinking on matters involving organizational and/or social transformation. The common interest of the Fellows is the transformation of human systems leading to a sustainable, just and harmonious global future. Formation of the Collaborative formalizes this international community of interest and provides a structure for voluntary collaborations for the betterment of the world and its institutions.
Scope of inquiry: Potential areas for the Collaborative include:
Critical thinking/thought processes
Media and Communications
Vision of Our Human Nature & Potential
Regional representation: To date, sixty-six people from thirty-four countries have accepted invitations to be Fellows, listed below alphabetically by last name (LATEST IN BLUE):
The Collaborative presently has Fellows from the following continents: North America: 14, South America: 5, Africa: 9, Europe: 16, Asia: 18 and Oceania: 4. Invitations are presently outstanding to prospective Fellows in several African and Arab countries.
More about the Fellows: The Fellows are men and women who represent a diversity of nationalities, races, cultures, ages, faiths and disciplines; they include artists, futurists, economists, educators, business executives, professionals, philosophers, scientists, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and politicians. Each of them is a transformation-oriented visionary who offers a unique perspective to shaping a better global future.
Muna Abu-Sulayman (Saudi Arabia) is Executive Director of the Kingdom Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Company. She is a leading Saudi media personality in the Middle East. She is the first women in Saudi Arabia to be appointed by the United Nations Development Program as a Goodwill Ambassador. She has addressed audiences at Davos and World Economic Forums, Brookings Institute and other venues.
Hosneara (Baby) Ahmed (Bangladesh) is the founder of Social Advancement Through Unity, a nongovernmental non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the socioeconomic status of poor women and children in rural areas of Bangladesh. SATU has organized more than 45,000 women members into some 2,500 groups that educate them about rights, domestic violence, public health and environmental issues, and socioeconomic opportunities.
Her Royal Highness Sheikha Sabeeka bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa (Bahrain) is Head of the Supreme Council for Women, an official body tasked with regulating women’s issues in Bahrain. She seeks to find ways to cooperate with other civil institutions in the work of women and the family. As first lady of Bahrain, she takes an active role in various initiatives to improve the lives of Bahrain families, particularly the poor and needy.
Rosa Alegria (Brazil) co-chairs the Brazilian Node of the Millennium Project of the World Federation of United Nations Associations, is Research Director of the Futures Group at the Sao Paulo Catholic University, represents Latin America in the IFG International Foresight Group based in Germany and is Latin American research associate of the Kairos Institute based in Sweden.
Mike Anson (Switzerland) is an entrepreneur, owner and CEO of Leading Technologies Group, a consulting company specialized in the knowledge economy, founder and CEO of not-for-profit Life Quality Enhancement Organization, CEO of the Global Life Foundation. In 2006 he was responsible for a collaboration agreement between CBA Business School, Croatia and IMD in Lausanne Switzerland. He is now a visiting professor at CBA.
Julia Balandina-Jaquier (Switzerland) is Vice President at AIG Investments based in Zurich. She heads the Sustainable Investment Group, a private equity direct investment program focused on profitable and sustainable investment opportunities in the areas of clean technologies, carbon finance and healthy nutrition. She specializes in origination, structuring, managing and exiting direct investments in private companies in Europe.
Simran Bhargava (India) hosts her own weekly television show called “One Life to Love” which airs on India’s leading news channel, NDTV. She has been a writer and editor with the India Today group for several years. She was the first editor of Cosmopolitan in India and has been a frequent and highly-rated resource at events organized by the Young Presidents’ Organization, World Presidents’ Organization and Chief Executives Organization.
Charity Binka (Ghana) is a journalist devoted to women’s issues. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of WOMEC (Women, Media and Change), an organization committed to giving women public voice and visibility through the effective use of interactive and collaborative technologies and mass media. She has held positions such as Chief Editor and head of the Women’s Desk of the Radio New Division of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
Charles Brass (Australia) is the Chair of The Futures Foundation which is both the professional association for practicing futurists in Australia and a home for all Australians with an interest in the future. He is a regular commentator on the future in print, radio and TV and speaks on creating the future; on life-work balance, leadership and people management.
Humayon Dar (Pakistan/U.K.) is amongst the foremost Islamic banking and finance technicians in the world today. He is CEO of BMB Islamic, developed Dar Al Istithmar (a majority-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bank), is one of the world’s key liaison figures in bringing leading Western financial institutions exposure to the world’s most distinguished Sharia scholars, and serves as a catalyst in bridging the gap between Islamic and conventional finance.
Belva Davis (U.S.) was the first female African American television reporter on the West Coast. She hosted and helped create one of the country's first primetime public affairs programs, focusing on ethnic communities. She has been a familiar anchor news person at the CBS and PBS affiliate stations in San Francisco and has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field of journalism.
André Delbecq (U.S.) is the J. Thomas and Kathleen L. McCarthy University Professor at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He served as Dean in the University’s Leavey School of Business from 1979-1989. He presently directs the Institute for Spirituality and Organizational Leadership at Santa Clara.
Drew Dillinger (U.S.) is a spoken word poet, teacher, and activist. He is founder of Poets for Global Justice, and author of the collection of poems, love letter to the milky way. Dellinger has studied cosmology and ecological thought with Thomas Berry since 1990, and has taught at Prescott College, Naropa University-Oakland and Esalen Institute.
Moshe Dror (Israel) is President of the World Network of Religious Futurists and futures consultant at The National Jewish Studies Center for Teachers In-Service Training of the Ministry of Education. He is recognized throughout Israel and the Jewish Diaspora as a leading futurist. His special areas of research are religion and spirituality for Cyberia - learning systems for cyberspace.
Leif Edvinsson (Sweden) is the world's leading expert on Intellectual Capital. He has been Vice President and the world's first Corporate Director of Intellectual Capital at Skandia and has held the world´s first professorship on Intellectual Capital at Lund University. Edvinsson formerly was senior vice president for training and development of S-E Bank, and president and chairman of Consultus AB, a Stockholm-based consulting company.
Riane Eisler (U.S.), anthropologist, cultural historian and evolutionary theorist, author, The Chalice and the Blade, international keynote speaker, founder, The Center for Partnership Studies, honored in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians as the only woman among twenty great thinkers including Hegel, Spengler, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee.
Betty Sue Flowers (U.S.) is Director of the LBJ Library and Museum in Texas, poet, editor, business consultant, with publications ranging from poetry therapy to the economic myth, television tie-in books in collaboration with Bill Moyers, consultant for NASA, member of the Envisioning Network for General Motors, Visiting Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, and editor of Global Scenarios for Shell International in London and the World Business Council in Geneva.
Julie Gilbert (U.S.) is a Senior Vice President at Best Buy Co., Inc., a large retail merchandiser and co-founded their Women's Leadership Forum (aka “WOLF”) to empower women and shift the corporate culture to one more gender balanced. Her initiatives have earned her a reputation as one of the fastest-rising leaders in corporate America.
Chacho Gonzalez (Bolivia) is Director for Bolivia in a Financial Fund for the Plata Basin Countries. Working with Belgian economist Bernard Lietaer (below), he has co-authored papers and developed various initiatives.
Hazel Henderson (U.S.) is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development and author of Beyond Globalization and seven other books. She co-edited the Report the Global Commission to Fund the United Nations. She is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, an Honorary Member of the Club of Rome and a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Society for the Arts.
Sohail Inayatullah (Australia) is a political scientist, Visiting Professor at Tamkang University, Taipei, Visiting Academic at Queensland University of Technology, Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Professor of Futures Studies with the IMCA (International Management Centres Association), Co-editor of the Journal of Futures Studies, Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and the World Academy of Art and Science.
Asclepias (Ami) Indriyanto (Indonesia) is Executive Director of The Foundation of Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics (IIEE)as well as an energy expert for the Board of Commissaries of the State Electricity Company. She serves as an Energy Economist and Policy Analyst for green energy policies and sees the issues of sustainable development and energy security as inter-related not separate issues.
Michael Jackson (England) is Chairman of Shaping Tomorrow, advocating the use of continuous intelligence in strategic foresight, planning and change practices and an advisory board member of European Futurists. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and strategic board member of the Customer Service Network, both in the UK. He has a background of senior executive positions in the financial services industry.
Willigis Jäger (Germany) is a mystic, Zen master and Benedictine monk influenced by both Christian and Eastern traditions. He is spiritual director of the Benediktushof in Holzkirchen, a centre for spiritual pathways, founder of the School of Contemplation and co-founder of the Sonnenhof Zen Centre in the Blackforest. In the courses and lectures he holds throughout the world, he directs people towards pathways of deep spiritual experience.
Dominique Jaurola (Australia) assists organizations in designing their futures. Her experience allows her to leverage the emergent in technology to business improvements as well as translate the 'human condition' to a pillar of business sustainability. Born in Finland, she and her husband now live in Sydney. She is co-author of Strategic Foresight: The Power of Standing in the Future and a contributor to Thinking about the Future and Future Histories.
Deborah (Debbie) Kaddu-Serwadda (Uganda) is the founding Chairperson of Empower Children and Communities against Abuse, an indigenous organization that facilitates the proactive participation of men, women and children in working together against all forms of gender-based violence. This organization has pioneered a community-based multi-sectored male and self-help focused gender-based violence prevention model in Uganda.
Bahar Kayserilioglu (Turkey) is the president-owner of the management consultant firm KARUNA, board member of Turkey Women Entrepreneurs Association, head of Entrepreneur Development Committee, graduate of Istanbul Technical University as an electronics engineer. She has a post graduate degree in business management from UCLA, held management roles in multinationals before starting her own business.
Debbe Kennedy (U.S.) is founder and president of the Leadership Solutions Companies and founder of the Global Dialogue Center, a virtual gathering place, using state-of-the-art technology to bring people together from around the world for conversation and debate, encouraging the exchange of ideas and mutual trust, respect and understanding.
Kazunori Kobayashi (Japan) is an ecological entrepreneur and President of EcoNetworks Co. and manager of Japan for Sustainability, an NGO promoting Japanese green initiatives. He pursued environmental studies and economics at State University of New York and University of California at Berkeley.
Ervin Laszlo (Italy) is a Hungarian philosopher of science, systems theorist, integral theorist and classical pianist. He has published more than 75 books and over 400 papers and is editor of World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. He founded the Club of Budapest to advance a shift in planetary consciousness and, recently, the WorldShift Network the Club‘s operational platform.
Jan Lee Martin (Australia) is founding chair of the Futures Foundation. Her early career was in corporate communication and she has a special interest in the changing relationships between organizations and their stakeholders. In addition to writing, speaking and consulting on the future, she co-chairs the Millennium Project in Australia and is on the advisory board of the Journal of Futures Studies.
Graham Leicester (Scotland) is Director of the International Futures Forum which was established in 2001 with a generous grant from BP. IFF is a body that develops ideas and philosophy about how to make sense of today’ s complex world. He is also Director of the Scottish Policy Foundation.
Bill Liao (Ireland/Switzerland) is an active entrepreneur and CEO. He is also Director and Co-Founder of XING AG, a professional/social network of business contacts, a photographer and philanthropist. He is also active in Brains to Ventures Investor Circle, Institute of Directors London and The Hunger Project.
Bernard Lietaer (Belgium), author of The Future of Money, has been active in the domain of money systems for over 25 years. As head of the Organization and Computer Departments at the Central Bank in Belgium he designed and implemented the single European Currency Unit (ECU, which matured to the Euro).
Bruce Lloyd (England) is Professor of Strategic Management, London South Bank University, has served on the Executive Board of the Strategic Planning Society, a Council Member of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the latter's Advisory Board for a research project on Leadership: A Challenge for All and a past Chairman of the Association of MBA's.
Christine Loh (China) is Chief Executive Officer of Civic Ventures, an independent Hong Kong-based public policy think tank providing objective and balanced information to the public concerning economic, social and environmental issues. Her work focuses on environmental and climate change issues, urban planning, civil society and political transformation.
Augusto Lopez-Claros (Russia) is a former resident representative at the International Monetary Fund in Russia, a senior international economist at Lehman Brothers in London, and Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitveness Report 2006/2007 at the World Economic Forum. In late 2006, he founded EFD-Global Consulting Network, a consultancy advising governments and private corporations.
Wendy Luhabe (South Africa) is a social entrepreneur, chairs the Industrial Development Corporation and the International Marketing Council in a non-executive capacity and is a director of the JSE Securities Exchange. She was a founder member of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings which revolutionized the participation of women in the economy. In 2003 she launched South Africa’s first private equity fund for women owned enterprises.
Bremley Lyngdoh (India/England) is co-founder the Global Youth Action Network, founder and CEO of Worldview Impact - a social enterprise based in London working on mitigating climate change by creating sustainable livelihoods for the poor while reducing poverty to improve living conditions in the developing world. He holds a Master of International Affairs in Energy & Environmental Policy Studies from the School of International & Public Affairs in Columbia University.
Lady Fiona Montagu (England) is a Director of Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd, a philanthropist, International Advisor to Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams’ World Centres of Compassion for Children, a member of the Advisory Board for KidsRights, serves on The World Wisdom Council dedicated to improving Global Ethics especially in the media and is a Trustee of Vision-in-Action. She was appointed as first Global Ambassador to the Club of Budapest.
Awa N’Diaye (Senegal) is Micro-Finance Officer for the World Wildlife Fund WAMER. She has established two credit unions with 1,200 members specializing in micro-finance. Her vision is to build a future where people can earn livelihoods while living in harmony with nature. She serves as Minister of the Family, Women's Entrepreneurship and Microfinance and was instrumental in getting signatures for Say NO to Violence against Women, a global advocacy effort adopted by her government.
Ruben Nelson (Canada) is a futurist who served as a Governor of the Calgary Economic Development Authority and is a fellow of the World Business Academy, the World Academy of Art and Science and the Meridian International Institute for Leadership, Governance, Change and the Future and serves as a board member of The Enviros Wilderness School Association.
Miguel Nicolelis (Brazil) is Co-Director of Duke University Center for Neuroengineering, Professor of Neuroscience at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute for Neuroscience of Natal. He is a native of Sao Paulo and best known for his study of Brain Machine Interfaces for neuroprosthetics in human patients and non-human primates.
Olanike Olugboji (Nigeria) is committed to clean water and natural resource management. She is founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Management and Protection Network whose mission is to promote constructive environmental practices. She networks governmental and intergovernmental bodies, NGOs, CBOs and other individuals and corporate organizations to develop environmentally sustainable initiatives.
Joyce Oneko (Kenya) is a lawyer and the founder of Mama na Dada (Swahili for "Mother and Sister") is a non-profit, non-governmental organization formed by and for African women to support the empowerment of African girl children. She believes that there can be no lasting improvement in the lives of women if girls are not given the opportunity to achieve their true potential.
Marcello Palazzi (Sweden) is a serial business and social entrepreneur operating as a generator, developer and engineer of new ventures with progressive partners in and across the domains of business, finance, civil society, philanthropy, government and leadership development. He is the founder of the Progressio Foundation, which has completed some 120 projects in 17 countries under his stewardship. He also serves on the Board of the Tällberg Foundation.
Jagdish Parikh (India) is Chairman of A.L. Movers Pvt. Ltd., Director of the Lemuir Group of Companies, DHL Danzas Lemuir, Technova Group of Companies and Noema Inc., Co-founder of the World Business Academy, Member, Board of Governors of the Asian Institute of Management, Founder President of the Centre for Executive Renewal and Managing Trustee of the Education Foundation of India.
Youngsook Park (Korea) is President of the World Future Society Korea Chapter, Director, Public Diplomacy, Australian Embassy Seoul and President/Founder of the Korean Foster Care Association. Her writings include much focus on the well-being of children and foster care. She is very active as a volunteer board member and advisor to numerous public service organizations throughout Korea.
Gunter Pauli (Japan) is a Belgium-born social entrepreneur and founder of Zero Waste and Emissions Research and Initiatives (ZERI) which has demonstrated around the world since 1994 how we can do so much more with what nature provides, applying a systems approach to solving problems. Projects include rainforest reforestation of 250,000 acres in Colombia and growing biomimicry companies into mainstream businesses in Japan.
Simone Ramounoulou (Brazil) is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Willis Harman House in Sao Paulo. In that role she serves as Brazilian Executive Director for the World Business Academy, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Club of Budapest and General Coordinator of The Natural Step. She also serves as coordinator of Society for Organizational Learning (SOL) and United Religions Initiative (URI) in Brazil and Executive Director of Education for Peace Globalnet Program – Building a Global Culture of Peace.
Michael Ray (U.S.) is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. His books include Creativity in Business (named as one of the nine "Greatest Business Books Ever Written" by Inc. magazine), The Path of the Everyday Hero and The Highest Goal. He is the founder and Chief Creative Officer for Insight/Out Collaborations, Inc. which offers courses for use in corporations based upon the Personal Creativity in Business course he taught at Stanford.
John Renesch (U.S.) is a maverick futurist with a business background and a global perspective, social innovator and thought leader. He’s become a pioneer in the field of organizational and social transformation and published a dozen books including Getting to the Better Future, New Traditions in Business and Learning Organizations.
Peter Russell (England/U.S.) is the author of The Global Brain, From Science to God, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up In Time and The Brain Book among others. In 1993 the environmental magazine Buzzworm voted him "Eco-Philosopher Extraordinaire." He is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the World Business Academy.
Elisabet Sahtouris (Spain/U.S.) is an evolution biologist and futurist, as well as author of several books including EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution and A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us. She has taught at MIT and the University of Massachusetts and has been a science writer for the TV program NOVA/HORIZON.
Maria Sipka (Spain) is the founder of the online social network World Business Women which has over 10,000 members globally. A young entrepreneur, she has become a specialist in social networks. In 2007 she founded Linqia - the world's first meta search engine listing all online communities and groups – and serves as Director of Community Building for XING, the largest social network in the world.
George Starcher (France) is President of the European Baha’i Business Forum, a community of people passionate about bringing ethical values, personal virtues and moral leadership into their workplaces, whose membership is diverse and crosses generations, borders, sectors and beliefs, with members is sixty countries. He is also a former Director of the international consultancy, McKinsey & Co. in both Paris and Milan.
Yehuda Stolov (Israel) founded the Interfaith Encounter Association which brings together Christian, Jewish and Muslim Israelis and Palestinians for dialogue sessions and weekend seminars about each other's religions. His work facilitates interaction between communities and encourages individuals to confront their own prejudices and fears of the other side. He deems what he calls the "human infrastructure" as the core of any successful peace process.
A. Harris Stone (U.S.), professor, researcher and educational entrepreneur, is Founder and Chancellor of Connecticut’s The Graduate Institute. He has dedicated his professional life to the design and implementation of educational programs that promote new thinking in epistemological, ontological, and organizational paradigms. He has created numerous innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and is the author of more than thirty five educational books and publications.
Bill Twist (Ecuador/U.S.) is cofounder of the Pachamama Alliance, a not-for-profit organization which works with indigenous Amazonian groups in Ecuador on issues such as land rights and sustainable development. He is currently working with the Ecuadorian government which is drafting what could be the first nation that explicitly acknowledges the “Rights of Nature.” With a background in financial services, Twist remains President of Champion Securities Company.
Lynne Twist (Ecuador/U.S.) is a global activist and founder of the Soul of Money Institute. She has devoted her life to service in support of global sustainability, human rights and economic integrity. Lynne has raised millions of dollars that serve in ending world hunger, empowering women, nurturing children and youth and preserving the natural heritage of our planet. A former funding executive for The Hunger Project, Lynne is co- founder of the Pachamama Alliance.
John Vasconcellos (U.S.) retired as the “Dean of the California Legislature” in 2004 and founded the Politics of Trust Network as part of his legacy project. As a Democrat, he represented the Silicon Valley area as a member of the California State Assembly for 30 years and then served as a California State Senator for 8 more years. He is the father of the self-esteem movement in California politics and now lives in Hawaii.
Zhihe Wang (China/U.S.) is a professor at the School of Philosophy and the Social Sciences Center for the Study of Science and Faith at Beijing Normal University; he has a background in philosophy and interdisciplinary studies, published numerous books and articles, helped establish several research institutes in China, is primary liaison between Chinese and foreign researchers for a project on how to overcome the conflict between science and spirituality.
Angela Wilkinson (England) is Director of Scenario Planning and Futures Research at the James Martin Institute and a member of the Global Business Environment team at Oxford University Strategic Studies Group. An advocate for future-mindedness, Angela has directed several ambitious public-private initiatives, aimed at using scenario-based processes to effectively frame and address global concerns, most recently AIDS in Africa and The Future of Water.
Elizabeth Yang (China) is a two-time Emmy award nominated producer and lives in Los Angeles and Beijing, two master degrees in Liberal Arts and Mass Communications from the States. She helps foreign and Chinese media entities to gain efficient market entrance in each other's markets. Her clients include LEADERS magazine, a New York-based publication aiming at 36,000 government and business leaders around the world. She is in charge of a special issue featuring "China, After WTO."
Eun Joo Yi (Russia) is a Corporate Sustainability Consultant and Contractor, manages the EPA Partner Project at the International Science and Technology Center in Moscow, promoting the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction through the use of economic mechanisms. Currently a PhD candidate at Rotterdam University, she is primarily interested in including social and environmental costs in evaluating goods and services.
Invitations for additional Fellows are still being extended and a permanent website is under construction using NING social network technology.
The Role of Secretariat
It is the responsibility of the Secretariat to serve as the communication hub for the Fellows and as the point person for third party communications. The responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to the following:
1. Serve as a founding director and ex-officio member of the executive committee;
2. Oversee administrative details (filings with governing authorities and regulators, serving as board meeting secretary, and maintaining the organization’s physical address);
3. Systematically poll Fellows on matters requiring consensus;
4. Serve as representative of the Collaborative to the world at large;
5. Oversee the Collaborative’s website and functioning so it serves the Fellows;
6. Organize and present “content threads” for Fellows response, as directed by individual Fellows;
7. Generate pertinent content possibilities from analysis of broad cultural sources;
8. Maintain the dialogue processes as needed for website;
9. Coordinate collaborations arising among the Fellows, at their request;
10. Provide regular written updates of activities and notable events to the Fellows as a body;
11. Invite new participants to membership in the Collaborative, at the direction of the Fellows body;
12. Seek funding from a generous source.