Gerald Celente is a pioneer trend strategist who founded the Trends Research Institute in 1980. Celente has built his reputation as a fearless teller of the truth, an accurate forecaster and an analyst whose expertise crosses many arenas, from economics to politics, from health to science, and more. Most important, Celente is a pure political atheist. Unencumbered by political dogma, rigid ideology or conventional wisdom, Celente -- whose motto is "think for yourself" -- observes and analyzes current events forming future trends by seeing them for what they are -- and not as what he'd like them to be. A best-selling author, Celente is the publisher of the quarterly Trends Journal and Trendsresearch.com. As with a doctor who gives his diagnosis after gathering the facts, whether or not you like the prognosis doesn’t alter the outcome, it’s simply what is. And while Celente holds a US passport, he considers himself a citizen of the world.
Prof. John Mutter holds two professorships at Columbia University in NYC. One in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and another in the department of International and Public Affairs, where he is the Associate Director of the doctoral program in Sustainable Development. His scientific research has focused on ocean geography and marine seismology, and more recently on science based sustainable solutions for developing countries. He is a former deputy director of the Earth Institute and works with the International Council on Human Rights Policy which deals with the challenges of climate change and human rights. Prof. Mutter has also been awarded a fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received degrees from the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, and a doctorate in Marine Geophysics from Columbia University. He has authored over 70 scientific articles and many popular essays. His most recent book is “The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Poorer” and his website is JohnCMutter.wordpress.com
Prof. James Kilgore is an author, community activist and a popular adjunct professor and a research scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois. Last year Prof Kilgore was expelled from the university, under the weight of right wing media attacks. Following a campus-wide campaign by faculty, students and supporters, his teaching position was reinstated. James writes extensively on mass incarceration in the US; his articles appear regularly in Counterpunch and Truth Out. He has published three novels, all written during his six and half years in prison for political offenses committed in the 1970s. Earlier he lived as a fugitive in South Africa from 1991-2002. James recently released a comprehensive exploration of the US’ mass incarceration apparatus -- “Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Right Struggle of Our Time.” His website is FreedomNeverRests.com
Prof. Joanna Bourke is a historian, social feminist and scholar from New Zealand and currently a professor of history in the Department of History, Classics and Archeology at Birkbeck University of London in the UK. Raised in New Zealand, Zambia, and Haiti, she has focused her research on the culture and history of war and fear, the history of rape and gender struggle, and the sociology of violence. She is the director of the Birkbeck Trauma Project, which attempts to understand the deeper contexts of traumatic events and how they are constructed and manifest over time. Joanna holds degrees from Auckland University and a doctorate from Australian National University. Last year she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, which recognizes the highest distinction of scholarship in the humanities. Joanna has authored ten book on war and violence, her latest is “Deep Violence: Military Violence, War Play and the Social Life of Weapons.”
Stuart Wexler has been regarded as one of the nation’s top researchers and investigators into domestic terrorism in America and radical religious activities. His groundbreaking research on these subjects, and historical terrorist crimes including the unsolved murder of Martin Luther King has been featured on NBC News, USA Today, the Boston Globe and other media sources. He has also been a presenter at numerous JFK assassination conventions. Stuart holds an MA in political science from Rutgers University and is continuing in its graduate program, and is the recipient of the James Madison Teacher’s Fellowship. He has authored three books on religious terrorism and racial warfare in the US. His latest is “America’s Secret Jihad: The Hidden History of Religious Terrorism in the United States.”
Prof. Laurence Shoup is a historian who has been researching the background and agendas of the Council on Foreign Relations for 40 years. He has taught history, social science and international relations at the University of Illinois, San Francisco State University and other institutions. For five decades Dr. Shoup has been active in human rights struggles, protesting the Vietnam War, marching with Martin Luther King and participating in the union movement. He holds degrees from California State University and a doctorate from Northwestern. He ran as a Green Party candidate in the city of Oakland and California state and consulted for many nonprofit organizations. Laurence has written five books, his most recent being “Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics 1976-2014” His website is www.LaurenceShoup.com
Sam Husseini is the communications director for The Institute for Public Accuracy, a non profit organization founded by Norman Solomon that supports progressive and grassroots organizations and movements by giving them a public voice. He is also the founder of VotePact.org, a collaborative venture to unite disenchanted Democrats and Republicans to unite to create a third party. Sam's articles on politics, foreign affairs and the media have appeared in Counterpunch, Consortium News, the Washington Post, The Nation, and many others. Prior to joining the Institute, he was the media director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and started Washington Stakeout, which brings the difficult questions to politicos outside the Sunday talk shows. The Institute of Public Accuracy's website is Accuracy.org
Prof Robert (Bob) Weber is an assistant professor in the psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School specializing in the psychology and spirituality of aging. A former Jesuit, he received the 2014 Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award from the American Society on Aging, an organization he has served on its leadership council. Bob has degrees from Princeton and Harvard universities and has founded and directed clinical psychology programs for a variety of psychotherapy associations. Together with gerontologist Dr. Jae Thibault, he started the Contemplative Aging site and more recently is the editor and chief blogger of SpiritualityOfAging.com. Robert is the co-author of a recent book, “The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older.”
Joining Prof. Weber is his co-author Dr. Carol Orsborn. During the past 2 decades Carol has authored over 25 books, including “Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn”, that deal with the quality of life for the Boomer generation and life’s stages of transition. She is the founder and chief editor of Fierce with Age, the Digest of Boomer Wisdom, and Inspiration and Spirituality. Her articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, PBS’ Next Avenue, and Beliefnet. Carol is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received her doctorate in the History and Critical Theory of Religion at Vanderbilt University. She has served on the faculty of Georgetown, Loyal Marymount, Vanderbilt and other universities. Her website is FierceWithAge.com
David Rieff is a policy analyst specializing in immigration, international military conflicts and humanitarian efforts. He is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. He has bee a board member for Human Rights Watch and for a project of the Open Society Institute. David is the only son of famous American author Susan Sontag; he is a graduate of Princeton University. His numerous articles have appeared in the NY Times, Washington Post, The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, Le Monde and many others. He is author of over dozen books, the latest being “The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the 21st Century” which analyzes in great depth the prospects for whether or not humanity’s capabilities will be able to end global poverty and hunger.
Dr. Lewis Mehl Madrona is a medical physican and associate professor of osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been a pioneer in the dialogue and integration of neuroscience and transformation processes for physical and psychological healing and health. Dr. Mehl-Madrona is also the founding executive direct of the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation, an educational project which brings his pioneering research and practices to a wider audience. He is author of several books, the most recent being “Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story” co-written with Barbara Mainguy
Mikey Weinstein is an attorney and the founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the nation’s foremost watchdog organization to assure members of the US Armed Forces are guaranteed their constitutional religious freedoms and to challenge Pcoercive activities and infiltration of Christian fundamentalist groups in the military. In the past Mikey served as a legal counsel in the Reagan White House. Before devoting himself full time to his foundation, he served as Ross Perot’s General Counsel and Perot Systems Corporation. Over the years he has filed lawsuits against military services and members of the Bush Administration for violating religious freedom in the armed forces and for proselytizing extreme Christian beliefs thereby creating a hostile environment. Mikey is an honor graduate from the US Air Force Academy and received his jurist doctorate through the Air Force law school program. He has received many awards including the 100 Most Influential People in the US Defense by Defense News. He is the author of several important books including “With God On Our Side: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military.” His foundation’s website is MilitaryReligiousFreedom.org
Ray McGovern served as an Army intelligence officer and a CIA analyst under 7 presidential administration, from the John F. Kennedy White House to that of George H. W. Bush. Among his duties was preparing the President’s Daily Brief, which was a one-on-one to President Ronald Reagan’s most senior national security advisers. He was responsible for the analysis of Soviet intelligence regarding Vietnam and at one time served as the Assistant National Intelligence Officer for Western Europe. Since retiring from government service, Ray has been a vocal peace activist and journalist and helped create Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose the way intelligence was falsified to “justify” war on Iraq. Ray’s opinion pieces appear in many leading newspapers here and abroad. He holds degrees in theology and philosophy from Fordham University, an MA in Russian History, is a graduate from Harvard Business School and has a certificate of theology from Georgetown University. His website is RayMcGovern.com and more of his writings can be found on ConsortiumNews.com
Gerald Celente is one of today’s pioneers in trend strategy. He founded the Trends Research Institute in Kingston NY and is the publisher of the Trends Journal that has been published since 1980. He has since become one of the nation’s most sought after diagnosticians and forecasters He is also the founder of Trends TV, which provides monthly videos and analysis of current events and their likely direction and outcome. His institute also hosts frequent peace, prosperity and trends conferences. Gerald’s insights have been sought for by major networks, PBS and BBC, Russian TV, and publications such as the Economist and major newspapers. Gerald also launched the Occupy Peace initiative in Kingston NY this September. His website is TrendsResearch.com
Dr. Mark Weisbrot is the co-director, with Dean Baker, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington DC, specializing in domestic and international economic policy and US economic relations with Latin America. He is a frequently contributor on economic policy issues for the Guardian, McClatchy, Brazil’s largest newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, and other major newspapers. Mark is also the President of Just Foreign Policy, an independent non profit organization dedicated to reforming US foreign policy based upon diplomacy, cooperation and international law. Mark has a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan and co-wrote the screenplay with Tariq Ali for Oliver Stone’s film “South of the Border” – about leftist governments in Latin America. He is author of a new book, just released this week – “Failed: What the Experts Got Wrong About the Global Economy.” His organization’s website where you can find his writings is CEPR.org