Amanda Rose is the founder of Connect the Dots Foundation; established in 2009 to incubate and craft fresh global campaigns and initiatives that use technology to connect people offline for a good cause. She is known as an entrepreneur, communicator, events manager, digital strategist, advisor, and is the global founder and architect of a movement called Twestival, an international volunteer effort to use social media like Twitter to raise money for important causes. Twestival has been able to build 55 wells with charity: water and recent efforts with Concern Worldwidewill give thousands of students the chance at an education. She is passionate about developing unique digital and creative strategies for brands and organizations looking to take the next step.
Branden Barber is a nonprofit development and management professional with an activist background who’s worked in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. He was responsible for driving project management, providing top-level client service and facilitating business development. Branden was a co-founder of Different Pty. Ltd., now Australia’s leading user-experience design firm. Once part of the international crew on the Rainbow Warrior and MV Greenpeace, he was called back to the US to rejoin the environmental movement at eco-juggernaut, Rainforest Action Network (RAN). He spent 5 years as development director at RAN, serving on the senior leadership team and presided over the doubling of the budget at the peak of the economic crisis in the United States with a specific focus on individual giving and overall responsibility for organizational fundraising. A respected member of the environmental community in the San Francisco Bay Area and sits on the boards of Amazon Watch and the International Accountability Project.
Chloe Sladden is Director of Media Partnerships and creator of Twitter TV. She works closely with Twitter’s broadcast, news and entertainment partners to integrate Twitter into their on-air and online content, news reporting and audience experiences in innovative ways. Before Twitter, Chloe was the VP of New Media Partnerships at Current TV, a pioneering Emmy Award-winning interactive television network and online news site. She was responsible for creating programming and partnerships that cracked the code on compelling, scalable interactive TV. She produced the Webby Award-winning Hack the Debate as well as Current Diggs the Election and Current Twitters the Inauguration. Press called it “perhaps the most radical attempt yet to merge television with the Internet.” Chloe is also the co-producer/director of “Headstrong,” a documentary currently being broadcast on public television nationwide. She holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as a Master’s in Cultural Anthropology, also from Stanford.
Chris Noble is the CEO of WhatGives!? parent company, Causemedia Group. He began his career running grassroots political campaigns at the state level across the US. He took his love for organizing teams into the tech world where he led successful teams to develop new products and bring them to market for over 14 years; from 5 guys in a garage to IPO and just about everything in between. Causemedia Group has run over 600 campaigns and raised more than $25 million for charity by bringing brands, celebrities, and nonprofits together with social media. His goal is to make it easier for non-profits to raise money.
Charles Baker has implemented hundreds of content distribution partnerships and social media campaigns with video platforms, technology companies, film distributors, television networks, ad agencies, consumer brands, record labels, non-profits and indie filmmakers. These efforts have collectively generated millions of branded social media interactions as well as hundreds of millions of views for a diverse range of video content. He brings together the rare combination of creative, production and business skills and experience. He is adept at understanding trends in the digital media space and then proactively building partnerships and content initiatives that can leverage these trends to create impact.
Erica Priggen is head of Free Range Studios’ video and entertainment department, Erica Priggen oversees the creative and strategic development of all of the company’s video campaigns. With a Master’s in Consciousness Studies, she brings a deep study of sustainability and systems thinking to her work, with a concentration on the importance of storytelling and mythology as tools for cultural transformation. She believes that film is one of the most effective ways to inspire people to action. Her years of experience in live-action and animation production (commercials, television and features), combined with her love of the creative process, allows her to work on meta level messaging with a groundedness in what it takes bring a piece of media to its most impactful manifestation. Erica is the producer of Free Range’s award-winning The Story of the Stuff, as well as other hits such as 350. org, The Good Life and the Alliance for Climate Education’s national high school assembly program. When she is not making Free Range films, you can find her outdoors and enjoying being an amateur beekeeper… completely awed by the wisdom and elegance of nature’s creations.
Gayatri Roshan started her career in London where she produced over 50 television and radio commercial campaigns for Sony BMG, Universal Music, Virgin Music and numerous top bands, including Outkast, Pink, Nelly Furtado and Red Hot Chili Peppers. She co-founded the Species Alliance, with whom she made a documentary, Call of Life, which explores the current mass extinction of species through the lens of human culture and psychology. In addition, she wrote and produced One Thousand Suns (PBS) and Peace Wanted Alive (Link TV), and executive produced Harmony, a feature-length documentary inspired by and in collaboration with the Prince of Wales that aired for NBC’s 2010 Green Week. Gayatri is currently directing the feature film, Elemental, which follows three characters on three continents, each of whom is pursuing unique and inspiring solutions to climate change.
Graham Hill founded the eco-blog and vlog TreeHugger.com, to help, as he says, “push sustainability into the mainstream,” with a design-forward style and an international, wide-ranging team committed to transforming complex issues into everyday concepts. It’s been called “the Green CNN.” The TreeHugger team was asked to join the Discovery Communications network as a part of their Planet Green initiative, and Hill now makes appearances on the green-oriented cable channel. His other company, ExceptionLab, is devoted to creating sustainable prototypes — think lamps made from recycled blinds and ultra-mod planters that are also air filters.
Jay Golden has 12 years of experience in developing next generation interactive content. Most recently, Jay wrote and directed an interactive ebook for the iPad and iPhone for the upcoming Dreamworks Animation movie, Megamind. In his last role as Vice President of New Media for SustainLane Media, Jay created the green kids web series Gorilla in the Greenhouse which was distributed by National Geographic Kids. At Free Range Studios, Jay oversaw production for a dozen comedy web films educating on social causes for client such as Annie’s Organics, and the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment. Early in his career, Jay headed up business development and wrote for Learn2.com, Yahoo’s ‘Most Useful Site,’ winner, which used a snappy voice, comic illustrations and animation to educate a growing web audience. Jay also produced animated videos for webby-winning Shockwave.com, bringing bands such as Duran Duran, Phish, and Devlve into the online video world.
Joni Cooper is a passionate outdoor enthusiast who has extensive international experience in festival management and film production. She currently holds the position of programming director for the Banff Mountain Festival at The Banff Centre. She has previously held the position of executive director of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver, managed content and programming for the Banff World Media Festival, worked as an independent film producer, and has consulted with the California Film Institute, the Asia Factual Forum in Singapore, and Sithengi, Southern Africa’s Film and Television Market. She also co-founded In Balance International (IBI), an organization that is working toward a world where women and men share power collaboratively.
Nadine Weil is a Vice-President and Special Correspondent at ecofabulous.com. She is also the founder of Heart of Green, which supports modern sustainability projects and causes including forests, wildlife conservation, clean technology, regenerative design, and environmental media. Previously, Nadine worked for the portfolio companies of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms and served as the head of marketing for OpenTable.com. She has a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she won an award for her work on the EV1 Electric Vehicle at General Motors. Nadine enjoys hosting and greening events that promote eco-consciousness for entities such as Global Green USA, ForestEthics, Save The Redwoods, WildAid, Earth Island, the NRDC, and Participant Media. She has appeared on ABC7 as an eco-lifestyle expert and is the recipient of a California Clean Air Award in public awareness.
Sarah Girgis is an Emmy Award winning producer, writer and director of television, film, and video for the web. Equipped with a global consciousness, she has produced and directed projects in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and content for ABC News, A&E, History Channel, CBS News, Al-Jazeera, VH1, MTV, Radical Media and Fuse TV. In 2003, Girgis was part of the Emmy award winning team that produced the Legendary Nights series, which went on to win Outstanding Edited Sports Series for the HBO network. She served as executive producer for Current TV where she launched the first hourly online video news show. She recently completed a feature-length documentary on the life and death of Michael Jackson. Girgis received her Master’s degree in Media Studies from New School University in New York.
Steve Michelson is the Executive Producer for Specialty Studios and the Video Project, the nations oldest environmental educational distributor celebrating its 26th year in 2010. He has functioned as the Executive Producer on many award-winning films involving environmental and social justice issues including Climb Against the Odds (1998), Oil on Ice (2004), Crude Impact (2006), Burning the Future (2008) River of Renewal (2009) and Power Paths (2009). Two new films in production that he is Executive Producing during 2010 are This is Our Land, about the Tongass National Forest and Epidemic?, a study of the rise in autism and related disorders affecting nearly 30 million children. In 2001 he opened the Studio at Lobitos Creek Ranch that specializes in providing production and completion services for documentary producers. He has served four terms as a Governor with the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and is the recipient of the Gilbert Award from the San Francisco Bay Area film community for his contributions to the industry. Steve was the co-founder of One Pass Inc., San Francisco’s largest production service from 1975-1988. Steve is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he attended The Annenberg School of Communications and the Wharton School of Business.