Creative Circle

These leaders guide Sansori with the kind of creativity and innovation they have so successfully modeled in their own work. They help us keep things fresh, and give us the process-based guidance necessary to create a new paradigm for education.

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    Ayelet Baron

    Futurist, Simplifying Work

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    Caroline Carberry

    Founder, Whole Life Learning Center

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    Michael Carberry

    Founder, Director, and Mentor at Whole Life Learning Center

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  • Ayelet BaronFuturist, Simplifying Work

    Ayelet Baron is a futurist, thought leader who focuses on questions of: Why are we using 20th century practices in a 21st century work world? Why is rocket science easy in comparison to creating people-centric organizations? Are you a leader who lets it happen, makes it happen or wonder what happened? Who and what will disrupt your business? Do you know how to create new markets? Her clients include large for profit organizations, start-ups and non-profit organizations. Prior to Simplifying Work, Ayelet was the Chief Strategist at Cisco Canada and helped position Canada as the second largest revenue generating country for Cisco at $1.9B.

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  • Caroline CarberryFounder, Whole Life Learning Center

    Caroline Riley Carberry is the Founder of the Whole Life Learning Center (WLLC) and directs the permaculture program for people of all ages in Austin, Texas. Caroline founded One World Permaculture in 2010 with the mission to connect and serve people worldwide through the study and practice of permaculture design ethics and principles. With a passion for experiential learning and creative design, Caroline instructs Permaculture Design Courses through Austin Community College and the Austin Permaculture Guild.
    When not at WLLC, Caroline can be found searching out cool waters for swimming and enjoying the retreat of her South Austin home with her family.

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  • Michael CarberryFounder, Director, and Mentor at Whole Life Learning Center

    Michael Carberry is the Founder, Director, and Mentor at Whole Life Learning Center (WLLC), an innovative school in Austin he and his wife, Caroline, co-founded in 2011 to connect with students at a deeper level, get in touch with their inspirations, help them to find their unique and authentic path in life, and support their all-around development. Prior to WLLC, Michael taught at the Austin Waldorf School, the Greenwood School, and worked with Austin’s homeschooling community and several alternative schools. He also started Explorations, an after school enrichment program at the Amala Foundation and he enjoys leading Amala’s Camp Indigo and Global Youth Peace Summit.

    Michael graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a BA in Philosophy and an MS in Library and Information Science. Michael is currently pursuing an MA in Self Design: Post-Modern Schools and Integral Learning, with the SelfDesign Graduate Institute.

    Michael and Caroline enjoy gardening and creating permaculture projects at their urban homestead, where they live with their son, chickens, ducks, bees, fish, and cats. He loves to travel, write songs on the ukulele, and float on his back in Barton Springs.

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    Jonathan Doochin

    CEO, Soligent Holdings

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    Jonathan Ellerby

    PhD

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    PETER KYLE

    Co-director, Sansori Young Creatives

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  • Jonathan DoochinCEO, Soligent Holdings

    Founder & Chairman, The Leadership Institute at Harvard College

    Jonathan Doochin is a serial social entrepreneur. While studying psychology and economics at Harvard College, Jonathan started and ran a motivational speaking program centered around children with learning disabilities, an international Ferrari brokerage, an office supply and recycling company that focused on fundraising for not-for-profits, and worked to help found the Leadership Institute at Harvard College. After college, Jonathan spent two years at McKinsey & Company consulting businesses on strategy. He joined Clark Realty Capital where he ran a financial services company and co-founded and ran a venture capital group as well as an energy services company focused on renewable generation and energy efficiency. Jonathan also served as a Senior Advisor to the US Department of Energy. In his spare time, he taught Positive Psychology at Harvard to 80 students. Jonathan graduated from Harvard Business School where he co-founded the Sales Club, worked with USAID to help change renewable energy policy in Morocco, and worked as a financial and energy consultant. Jonathan is currently an Assistant Dean at Harvard College and is focused on building his current company. He enjoys rock climbing, running, skiing, spelunking, and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Leadership Institute at Harvard College.

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  • Jonathan EllerbyPhD

    An expert on corporate leadership and innovation, with unique insights and applications from the worlds of cross-cultural spirituality, transformative healing and holistic health, Jonathan offers a rare perspective and a diverse background in his work. Jonathan was the founding CEO of TAO Inspired Living in the Riviera Maya, Mexico; the former Spiritual Program Director for the Canyon Ranch Health Resorts; and the first Senior Director of Organizational Development for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Canada, overseeing a project that impacted 30,000 staff and over 125 sites of care. He is also a Hay House author.

    Jonathan has appeared in diverse TV, radio and print settings including: Larry King, the Yoga Journal, Ladies Home Journal, NewYork Times, Woman’s Day, WholeLiving Magazine, CNN, Montel Williams Radio, Martha Stewart radio and several documentary films. Author of numerous books and publications, Jonathan has been recognized for his two international best-selling books “Inspiration Deficit Disorder” and “Return to the Sacred: Ancient Pathways to Awakening.”

    Jonathan has consulted for some of the world’s most influential companies including: Nissan, Pepsico, the U.S. Navy, the Canadian Correctional System, Honda, Baxter Pharmaceutical, the Young President’s Organization, the CEO Group and many more.

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  • PETER KYLECo-director, Sansori Young Creatives

    Peter Kyle is a co-director of Sansori Young Creatives and Artistic Director of Peter Kyle Dance in New York City. An accomplished choreographer, teacher, filmmaker, and critically acclaimed performer (Murray Louis & Nikolais Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group and Erick Hawkins Dance Company, among others), he co-leads Slow Tempo workshop in Bearnstow, Maine. Peter is a highly regarded teacher of dance and movement for actors. He teaches currently at Sarah Lawrence College, Marymount Manhattan College and Bard College, and frequently conducts master classes, residencies and workshops throughout the United States and internationally. Peter holds an MFA in Dance from University of Washington and a BA in Dance and German Area Studies from Kenyon College.

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    Demian Lichtenstein

    Director, Producer, Writer

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    Tim McDonald

    Purveyor of Purpose, BTC Revolutions

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    Ted Ning

    Innovators International, CEO

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  • Demian LichtensteinDirector, Producer, Writer

    Demian Lichtenstein, best known for directing 3000 Miles to Graceland, has been mentored by James Cameron on Avatar, and has been trained in 3-D techniques by James Mainard and Phil McNally of Dreamworks.

    Demian has over twenty motion picture projects, five television shows, multiple music acts, and a new video gaming division in active development, in addition to running a full service production and post-production company. For the past 14 years, he has served as senior head coach for the Self-Expression and Leadership Program for Landmark Education, an internationally recognized seminar conglomerate specializing in transformational leadership. Demian is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, The Writer’s Guild of America and the Screen Actor’s Guild. As a founding member of the Senior Leadership Council of the Director’s Guild of America, along with Steven Spielberg and Taylor Hackford, Demian works closely with award-winning directors to protect the rights of filmmakers worldwide by having a direct influence on domestic and global politics in the entertainment world. Demian co-created the acclaimed documentary Discover the Gift with his sister Shajen Joy Aziz.

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  • Tim McDonaldPurveyor of Purpose, BTC Revolutions

    Tim McDonald is the Purveyor of Purpose at Be The Change Revolutions and leads the overall vision, strategy and execution of key client accounts. He is also the co-founder of Creating Is. Previously he was the Director of Community for The Huffington Post, where he set strategy and oversaw a team of moderators, support and standards for the leading online news site with over 300 million comments and 70,000 bloggers.

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  • Ted NingInnovators International, CEO

    Ted is the CEO of Innovators International. He was the Executive Director of the LOHAS organization which enabled tens of thousands of leaders to address the fast growing $300 Billion+ market of healthy and sustainable individuals. He has been an entrepreneur in high tech, executive collaboration, and several other realms. Ted has a passion for righting the world and has been a top tier competitive skier and ski coach from Japan to the US. Ted is on the Sansori Board.

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    Paco de Onis

    Documentary Film Producer

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    Tim O’shea

    CEO, Cleanfish

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    Melina Claire Ponak

    Co-director, Sansori Young Creatives

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  • Paco de OnisDocumentary Film Producer

    Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual. He produced the film Granito (world premiere at Sundance 2011), a documentary detective story focused on the role of film and archival documentation in the prosecution of a genocide case against Guatemalan generals, and Granito: Every Memory Matters, a companion trans-media project. He recentlyproduced The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (world premiere Sundance 2009), accompanied by IJCentral, an interactive audience engagement initiative promoting global rule of law, developed at the BAVC Producer’s Institute in 2008. Prior to that, he produced State of Fear, a Skylight Pictures film about Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    Paco is a partner at Skylight Pictures, and previously produced documentaries for PBS (“On Our Own Terms” with Bill Moyers), National Geographic (“Secrets from the Grave”), and a range of other programs. Before producing television documentaries, he created music festivals in South America & the Caribbean, renovated and operated an arts/performance theater in Miami Beach, (The Cameo Theater) and owned and operated a Spanish-style tapas tavern in a 500-year old colonial house in Cartagena, Colombia.

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  • Tim O’sheaCEO, Cleanfish

    Tim O’Shea has spearheaded traveling theater companies as well as major environmental consulting initiatives. Combining his love for storytelling with his passion for environmental sustainability, he co-founded CleanFish, a San Fransisco-based company that “champions responsible artisan producers who are committed to sustainable practices while, at the same time, producing seafood of the highest quality.”

    For Tim O’Shea, CleanFish represents the culmination of a life-long dream. He saw his first aquaculture operation in 1974. That operation was designed as a means of feeding people in a responsible manner with quality protein as part of other energy and food systems. It left an unforgettable impression.

    Much of Tim’s personal and professional life has focused on how best to use market forces to achieve a better world. CleanFish is the result of decades of hard work, countless hours of study and on-going interactions with some of the brightest minds in business, politics, education, research, spirituality and the sustainable and environmental movements.

    Formed largely in response to a 2004 salmon farming crisis, CleanFish is, as Tim says, “a company, an aspiration, and a movement.”

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  • Melina Claire PonakCo-director, Sansori Young Creatives

    Melina Claire Ponak is a co-director of the Sansori Young Creatives. She is a storyteller and creative educator living outside Boston, Massachusetts. She taught at Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten, Nevei Kodesh, a Jewish Renewal Community, and the Sounds True Wake-Up Festival Children’s Program. Stories, songs and craft opportunities are what she enjoys offering to children. The amazing unknown is what she enjoys receiving from them!

    After her childhood in Chicago, Melina moved to Montreal, Quebec where she got a BA in the History of Ideas from McGill University, learned French and then completed a professional training in Medicinal Herbology in French. She then spent a few years in California studying Anthroposophy, storytelling, doing a farm internship, and being a home-school teacher. Now in Massachusetts she enjoys playing her resonator bells. singing with friends, nature-walks, dance classes and staying home with her son and husband.

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    Piruze Sabuncu

    McKinsey & Co.

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    Adrian Salas

    Deputy Director of Muuchxiimbal Maya..

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    Bryan Welch

    CEO, B The Change Media

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  • Piruze SabuncuMcKinsey & Co.

    Piruze is an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co., and is a co-founder of Challenge Project, a gaming platform that uses the combined powers of social networks and game dynamics to promote healthier lifestyles. She worked at Dell Inc., managing business partnerships, and as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Piruze completed her MBA at Harvard Business School, where she focused on entrepreneurship and healthcare. She also studied Business at the University of Texas at Austin and Middle East Technical University in Ankara. She enjoys hiking, skiing, and surfing.

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  • Adrian SalasDeputy Director of Muuchxiimbal Maya..

    At Muuchxiimbal Maya Ceremonial Center (meaning “walk together” in Mayan language) Adrian embodies the beautiful Mayan spirit, overseeing a self-sustaining community project preserving the local ecosystem and traditional customs of Mesoamerica.

    Raised by the Tlahuica Nation (“People of the Light”), Adrian has embraced from a young age their spiritual ceremonies, knowledge of herbology, holistic therapies, sacred maize cultivation and arts as a path towards personal and community healing and peace.

    Upon reaching adulthood, Adrian followed the initiation trails of Master Ce Acatl, emigrating to Mayab to live among the Mayan community, where he established his own paint shop and martial arts workshop.

    Through a lifetime of travels, Adrian has learned from spiritual leaders worldwide. He has had the opportunity to experience the powers of physical therapy and energy healing in Spain and Slovenia, sound healing in Nepal, and spiritual guidance in Tulum.

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  • Bryan WelchCEO, B The Change Media

    On any given day, it is not unlikely to find Bryan Welch spending his early morning hours tending to his cattle on his farm near Lawrence, KS, his lunchtime polishing an essay for Utne Reader at his Topeka office and his evening at a Hollywood cocktail reception for the launch of a green media initiative.

    When he’s not farming, Welch runs Ogden Publications, Inc., a diversified media, consulting and affinity marketing company. Ogden’s eight magazines focus on topics of self-sufficiency, sustainability, rural lifestyles and farm collectibles, including Mother Earth News and Utne Reader.

    Before starting Ogden Publications in 1996, Welch spent 19 years as a newspaper reporter, photographer, editor and publisher in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Connecticut. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied media policy and media management at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School.

    Welch currently serves as a member of the boards of directors for the MPA – Association of Magazine Media and the Social Ventures Network. He is a past chairman of the Independent Magazine Advisory Group within the MPA, and he currently blogs at Beautiful and Abundant.

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    Pamela Yates

    Documentary Film Director

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    Pang Ying

    CEO, He Cha Guan

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  • Pamela YatesDocumentary Film Director

    Pamela Yates is an American documentary filmmaker. She was born and raised in the Appalachian coal-mining region of Pennsylvania but ran away at the age of 16 to live in New York City. Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures (with Peter Kinoy), a company dedicated to creating films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change. Four of Yates’ films as a Director – When the Mountains Tremble; Poverty Outlaw; Takeover; and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court—were nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and When the Mountains Tremble won the Special Jury Award in 1984. Her film, State of Fear: The Truth about Terrorism, has been translated into 47 languages and broadcast in 154 countries. Her most recent directorial effort, The Reckoning: TheBattle for the International Criminal Court (ICC), is an epic tale aboutthe first six tumultuous years of the ICC, filmed across 4 continents in 6 languages over 4 years.

    She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of her current Sundance offering, Granito, a feature-length documentary that is part political thriller, part memoir, transporting audiencesthrough a riveting, haunting tale of genocide and justice spanning four decades. She also directed the development of Granito: Every Memory Matters, a trans-media project using mobile applications to restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide.

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  • Pang YingCEO, He Cha Guan

    Pang Ying’s love for tea and the highly artistic tea culture that has coursed through Chinese history led her from teaching to owning and operating unique and beautiful tea houses in the Hangzhou region. She is a well-known tea cultivation and tea ceremony expert who also designs tea sets and collects antiques.

    Ms. Pang teaches at the Zhejiang University, and is Sansori’s local program director in China.