Peter C. Whybrow, M.D.

is Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior (previously known as the Neuropsychiatric Institute) at the University of California in Los Angeles. He is also the Judson Braun Distinguished Professor and Executive Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Cecile Andrews

is the author of Slow Is Beautiful. A former community college administrator, Cecile has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and affiliated scholar at Seattle University. She is founder of the Phinney Ecovillage in Seattle. Her work has been featured in the PBS video "Escape from Affluenza" and the TBS video "Consumed by Consumption" (featuring Cecile, Ed Begley Jr., and Phyllis Diller), CBSNews "Eye on America", New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, and various PBS and NPR programs. Cecile received her doctorate in Education at Stanford University and gives workshops and presentations; she has written a column for the Seattle Times; and she has co-hosted a local NPR program.

Duane Elgin

is an author, speaker, educator, consultant, and media activist. For more than three decades, he has defined the cutting edge in consciousness research, in the ecology movement, and in future studies. He pioneered the “Voluntary Simplicity” movement with his now classic first book, titled by the same name, published in the 1980s.

Chris Jordan

is a photographer who has been trailing our trash in shipping ports, industrial yards, and waste processing facilities. His photographs, which are gathered in the exhibit “Intolerable Beauty — Portraits of American Mass Consumption,”capture what our consumer habits leave behind. To learn more about Jordan’s art and to see more of the images from his show, visit

Juliet B. Schor

Juliet's research over the last ten years has focused on issues pertaining to trends in work and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues and economic justice. Schor's latest book is Born To Buy. She is a Professor Of Sociology at Boston College.

Julian Darley

is a British environmental philosopher who researches and writes about non-market and non-technology-based responses to global environmental degradation. He is also engaged in piloting such responses. In order to further both dissemination of ideas and pilot projects, Julian runs an Internet broadcasting station ( and is currently writing a book on how and why we need ‘global relocalisation’ of the economy, society and culture.

James B. Twitchell

James B. Twitchell's academic career comes in two flavors. He is a professor of literature interested in romanticism, especially the Gothic and still teaches this subject. About ten years ago He became interested in commercial culture, especially marketing and advertising. He teaches a course called Advertising & Culture, which tries to interpret American culture in terms of commercialism.

Dr. Rod Gorney

A professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, Dr. Gorney has focused his clinical teaching on the fundamentals of mental examination and the combined dynamic psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy of adults. In 1997, in furtherance of these interests, Dr. Gorney founded The Ashley Montagu Institute (AMI) which focuses on illuminating the critical role of human mutual care-taking, and on applications of that understanding to improving our chances of survival and fulfillment.

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