The 14th International IONS Conference, Noetic 2.0: Tools and Technologies for a World Transforming, will take place on July 20th – 24th, 2011 at Westin Market Street, San Francisco. From IONS website:

Our goal at this event is to create one of the most memorable and rejuvenating experiences of your life—complete with insightful presentations, music, celebration, and community as we discover and apply the best practices for transforming our world.

We have gathered a unique collection of inspiring, thoughtful, and visionary people to address this unique moment in our collective unfolding including: Deepak Chopra, Joanna Macy, PhD, Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Edgar Mitchell, PhD, Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, Brian Swimme, PhD, Jean Watson, PhD, RN, and Rupert Sheldrake, PhD.

We welcome back those of you who have pioneered with us in the past, as well as those who will be joining us for the first time. We will collectively bring fresh perspective to bear on the world we love and serve. Come join us!
•Explore cutting-edge tools and technologies evolving from science and diverse wisdom traditions.
•Gain insights from visionaries in science, health, education, the environment, and the media.
•Share your stories of transformation and healing in community with others.

A new destiny awaits us. A positive shift in human evolution is underway and beginning to reshape our future. And while humanity faces numerous unprecedented challenges, it has the tools at hand to find resolution, renewal, and truly rejoice! We experience the spirit of interconnectedness everyday through global travel and communications—computers, phones, and mobile technology. Connectedness is no longer the exception to the rule. New technologies have created new expectations about how we engage one another, how we work, how we learn, and even how we play.
We have gathered a stellar collection of inspiring, thoughtful, and visionary people to address this unique moment in our collective unfolding. Together we will explore how to skillfully navigate personal, societal, and global changes while examining tools and technologies emerging from cutting-edge science and the depth perspectives of our wisdom traditions that apply to our daily lives and our work.
Our goal is to create one of the most memorable and rejuvenating experiences of your life—complete with insightful presentations, music, celebration, and a supportive community—as we discover and apply the best practices for transforming our world.

Speakers’ bios
Carolyn Aldwin, PhD, is a professor of the Human Development and Family Sciences department at Oregon State University. She is the author of three books including Stress, Coping, and Development, 2nd ed. (Guilford Press); Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging (Sage); and the Handbook of Health Psychology and Aging (Guilford Press); as well as over 90 journal articles and book chapters.

Chris M. Bache, PhD, has been a professor of religious studies for three decades. He is an adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies and former director of transformative learning at IONS. An award-winning teacher, Bache is the author of The Living Classroom; Dark Night, Early Dawn; and Lifecycles. His work explores nonordinary and psychedelic states, and, more recently, the dynamics of collective consciousness in the classroom.

Ed Bastian, PhD, is president of the Spiritual Paths Institute, offering programs in InterSpiritual Wisdom and Contemplative Practice. A former director of Smithsonian’s Biodiversity programs with a PhD in Buddhist studies, he is the award-winning author of Living Fully Dying Well and InterSpiritual Meditation, and producer of a series on Asian religion for the BBC and PBS.

Daryl Bem, PhD, obtained his BA in physics from Reed College and his PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan. He has taught at Carnegie-Mellon, Stanford, Harvard, and Cornell, retiring in 2007. Bem has published articles on psi (ESP), selfperception, attitude change, and sexual orientation.

Fariba Bogzaran, PhD, is a visionary, professor, and artist. She is founder of the Dream Studies Program at JFK University, and co-founder of the Lucid Art Foundation. She is the author of Images of the Lucid Mind; co-author of Extraordinary Dreams; Surreralism: Dreams on Canvas; and Five Keys to the Secret World of Remedios Varo.

Robert Thomas Browning is program director for HeartMath Health Care. He has lead heart-based education developments at Duke University, UCLA, the Mayo Clinic, and Stanford University Hospital. Browning’s presentations on the power of the heart in collaboration with Jean Watson, PhD, draw out the essence of heart-centered care. He graduated from UCLA, magna cum laude.

Sandra de Castro Buffington is a catalyst for conscious entertainment, evolutionary leadership, and social transformation. Focusing on “what’s working” in Hollywood and the world, she leverages the power of conscious storytelling to transform lives. As director of Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, Buffington provides Hollywood’s master scriptwriters and producers with free access to experts to inspire and enhance the social value of their storylines for television, film, and new media.

Deepak Chopra, MD, is a world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, a best-selling author, and the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Heralded by Time magazine as the “poet-prophet of alternative medicine,” he is also the host of the popular weekly Wellness Radio program on Sirius/XM Stars. His website is

Thomas Norman DeWolf is an author and public speaker. After learning his connection to America’s largest slave-trading family, he joined nine cousins to retrace the Triangle Trade from New England to Ghana and Cuba to make the Emmy-nominated film Traces of the Trade. His book Inheriting the Trade documents their journey.

Mickael Drouard is a seminar facilitator, participative management trainer, and a pioneer in developing collective intelligence in organizations. After working in human resources and management consulting in Europe and China, he co-founded Awareness Consulting, a consultancy firm in Brussels dedicated to managing change toward a meaningful and sustainable future.

Saleem Ebrahim is a certified NVC (nonviolent communication) trainer from Paris. He has worked in corporate settings for over 20 years, facilitating executive seminars using NVC, Aïkido, and IFS (Internal Family Systems). Ebrahim is also president of the board of the Institute of Non-Violent Communication India, which he co-founded in 2008.

Lawrence Ellis is a complexity-science organizational consultant (one who applies insights from the study of complex systems in nature, science, and society to human organizations) and a spiritual activist. Ellis received early training in both fields at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. His websites are and

Matthew Gilbert is editorial director at IONS, former editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine, Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness, and co-founder of Noetic Books. He is also the author of two books and has written extensively on the media, the environment, business, and spirituality.

Diane Musho Hamilton is a gifted mediator, facilitator, and teacher of Zen and Integral Spirituality. She has studied and practiced Buddhadharma for over 25 years, receiving transmission from Zen master Genpo Roshi in 2006, and has worked with the Integral Institute and Ken Wilber. Hamilton is a founder of iEvolve and co-founder of the Boulder Mountain Zendo. With skill, depth, and humor, she guides audiences beyond limited ideas of who we are to discover our own unique expression of love, wisdom, and compassion. Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, he teaches at universities and meditation centers in Europe, Australia, and North America. His work has been featured on the BBC and in Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and other major magazines. Hanson’s most recent book is Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.

Pam Kramer is a senior ITP teacher and president of ITP International. A student of George Leonard and Michael Murphy, she presents ITP workshops at Esalen Institute and other venues in the United States and abroad. She is a performance consultant, career advisor, and executive coach specializing in helping people realize their potential.

Dana Klisanin, PhD, is founder and executive director of the Evolutionary Guidance Media Research & Design Group. A pioneer in conscious media research, Klisanin, who earned her PhD in psychology from Saybrook University, is currently investigating digital altruism and the emergence of a new archetype: the cyberhero. She is the author of numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at conferences throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.

Ed Lantz is CEO and co-founder of Vortex Immersion Media, Inc., an entertainment technology company developing large-scale immersive and interactive experiences. He is also an interfaith minister who believes that music, art, and storytelling are powerful transformative modalities that have the potential to awaken and guide our evolution of consciousness.

Rick Levenson, PhD, is an associate professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University. He received his PhD in personality and social psychology from the University of California, Irvine. His recent work has been devoted to a long-standing interest in higher levels of adult development. Levenson has spent the last 40 years studying and practicing contemplative psychologies with a personal commitment to Sufism and Buddhism, and the last 10 years heading a wisdom research project at UC Davis and Oregon State University. His most recent research focuses on adult development among contemplative nuns, both Christian and Buddhist. He has more than 50 publications.

David Lukoff, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a licensed psychologist in California. He is the author of 80 articles and chapters on spiritual issues and mental health, and co-author of the DSM-IV category, “Religious or Spiritual Problem.” Joanna Macy, PhD, scholar of Buddhism and Living Systems Theory, is known worldwide for her workshops for environmental and political activists. Known as “The Work that Reconnects,” her theory and methods function at the interface between social change and spiritual breakthrough. Her books include Pass It On; Coming Back to Life; World as Lover, World as Self; Widening Circles: A Memoir; and translations of Rilke’s poetry.

Kate McCallum is the founder of c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, a research, education, and creative collective dedicated to emerging and future trends in arts, media, consciousness, and creativity. She is also founder and CEO of Bridge Arts Media, LLC, and chair of the Global Arts and Media Node for The Millennium Project, a global futurist think tank. Richard Miller, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and contemporary spiritual teacher in the tradition of Nondual Yoga, founder and executive director of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, a board member of the Baumann Institute, and author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga.

Edgar Mitchell, ScD, is the founder of IONS and a former Apollo astronaut. His many credentials and degrees include four honorary doctorates and a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Dr. Mitchell is a luminescent lecturer, and has authored several books, including Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science and The Way of the Explorer. Ron Pilato, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and core faculty and associate director of clinical training at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He currently maintains a private practice in San Francisco as a member of the supervising and research faculty of Stillpoint Center for Depth Psychotherapy, working with adults of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Belvie Rooks weaves together the worlds of spirituality, ecology, and social and environmental justice in her work. She was a writer and producer of the inspirational TV show Courage and currently serves on the board of IONS. Belvie has a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. She is one of the featured writers in Moonrise: The Power of Women’s Leadership—Leading from the Heart, edited by Nina Simons.

Jill Purce is an acclaimed international pioneer of the sound healing movement who discovered ancient vocal techniques and the spiritual potential for the voice to be a magical instrument for healing and meditation. Author of The Mystic Spiral and Overtone Chanting Meditations, she guides people in pursuit of their lost voice. She lives in London. Her website is:

Dean Radin, PhD, is Senior Scientist at IONS and author of the bestselling books The Conscious Universe and, most recently, Entangled Minds. He has conducted research on exceptional human capacities at Princeton University, the University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He has a PhD in psychology and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

Barry Robbins is a leading ITP teacher and vice-president of ITP International. A student of George Leonard and Michael Murphy, he is co-founder of the first and longest-running ITP group. A nationally-ranked athlete with a 30-year background in yoga, Barry is a frequent workshop presenter at Esalen Institute and at other venues around the country.

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, a pioneer of holistic medicine, is a clinician, medical educator, bestselling author, and master storyteller. She is clinical professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and co-founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Her course, “The Healer’s Art,” is now taught in 70 medical schools nationwide, and her bestselling books, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings, have been published in 18 languages and won numerous awards.

Shelley Scammell, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Marin. She has been an adjunct professor of psychology at the American College for Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sonoma State University, and California Institute of Integral Studies. She is co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and has published articles on transformation for those with fibromyalgia.

Jonathan Schooler, PhD, is a professor of psychology at UCSB where he pursues research on consciousness and memory. He is the author of over 130 scholarly articles, many of which have been featured in news outlets such as the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Discover magazine.

Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, is president and CEO of IONS. As a scientist and anthropologist, she has pioneered clinical, laboratory, and field-based research in the areas of consciousness, human transformation, and healing. A researcher, speaker, change consultant, and writer, her books include: Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (coauthored with Cassandra Vieten and Tina Amorok) and Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine (co-authored with Tina Amorok and Mark Micozzi).

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 80 technical papers and 10 books, including Morphic Resonance (2009). He was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, a research fellow of the Royal Society and, until 2010, director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Brian Swimme, PhD (gravitation dynamics), is on the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies where he teaches courses on evolutionary cosmology. He is the author of many books including The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos, and is creator of the DVD series “Canticle to the Cosmos,” “The Earth’s Imagination,” and “The Powers of the Universe.” His work has been featured at numerous conferences including those at the United Nations and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Wendy Tokuda of CBS 5 has been a news anchor and reporter in the Bay Area and Los Angeles for over 25 years. She co-founded Students Rising Above with Javier Valencia, which began as a scholarship program supporting outstanding students who are typically the first in their families to go to college and lack the financial resources and family support to fulfill their educational dreams. Tokuda has won numerous awards for reporting and community service.

Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, associate scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, director of research at IONS, co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, co-author of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2008), and author of Mindful Motherhood (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2009).

Jean Watson, PhD, RN is distinguished professor of Nursing at the University of Colorado, founder of the original Center for Human Caring, and founder/director of Watson Caring Science Institute. She is a widely published author and has received numerous awards and honors. The Watson Theory of Caring is studied and taught in nursing education throughout the world.

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