The Economics of Empathy
Empathy as currency for building Community
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Our 2016 speakers:
Colin is one of the Co-Founders of Equity Directory
While investors are still putting money into startups, they are moving up the ladder, leaving early stage companies with reduced access to capital. Colin's group connects people with aligned visions and shared passion, based on an equity/work exchange so early stage startups can avoid this paradox and increase their chances of success.
Alexandra Ivanovitch has recently launched a social impact start-up to leverage the potential of disruptive technologies to tackle societal issues, and more precisely to develop virtual reality apps in the context of restorative justice and the fight against radicalism. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Université Paris-Sorbonne, where she also was a postdoctoral researcher in Digital Humanities.
Edward is the Johnson Professor of Law and Business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law, and is a former Chief of Staff of Congress’s nonpartisan tax resource, the Joint Committee on Taxation. Kleinbard’s scholarship focuses on political economy and business taxation. His book, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, analyzes contemporary U.S. fiscal policy through the prisms of public finance economics, technical tax and budget rules, and moral and political philosophy.
Lindsay serves as the Executive Director for the San Francisco team of Summer Search, a youth advocacy organization facilitating college access and readiness to talented low-income youth through its signature mentorship model.
A global explorer, former teacher and amateur tri-athlete, Lindsay earned her B.A. from Cornell University with a double major in English and International Development, and her M.A. from the School of International Service at American University.
After a 30-year career in banking, Jim is now an English teacher at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA. His love of education prompted him to serve as an elected school board trustee and to earn his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's College. Jim’s dissertation is associated with two semester-long studies he conducted with student veterans about the benefits of writing about military experience. For many years he wrote a human interest column for the Bay Area News Group, and continues to blog in his free time.
Jeanie is the Chair of Good News Bears which was founded in 1996 with the mission to provide teddy bears to hurt, traumatized, or abused children as well as adults. Jeanie’s non-profit distributes "stuffed love" - teddy bears and other stuffed critters to children and adults suffering illness, loss, trauma, or loneliness. They average over 14,000 giftings per year to shelters, emergency personnel, hospitals, hospice, and more. Their animals travel around the world to comfort those in need.
Jeff is director/writer of his personal story Save Me Mine. Jeff was born with Down Syndrome. He enrolled in the Livermore Film and Media Workshop, run by Futures Explored and Inclusion Films, to fulfill his greatest ambition, becoming a director. And with the support of his instructors, mentors and classmates he’s now able to live out that dream with this film. Jeff is truly an inspiration, through his warm personality, openness and through the perseverance of everything he’s overcome. He has also worked as a writer, grip, editor, sound mixer and in other crew jobs on a variety of films in the workshop and on paid projects for Futures Films.
Kris started her career in a start-up company prior to graduate school and subsequently worked for Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors and Hewlett Packard. In 1997, she left Hewlett Packard to start her own consulting firm. After six years of consulting, Kris took a sabbatical to pursue a long time passion she has had for the ocean and moved to Thailand to expand her training and teaching of scuba diving. This sabbatical launched her into a lifelong pursuit of ocean conservation and teaching around the world as a seasonal avocation. Broadening her global reach has fueled her love of economic development and cultural studies which has only enhanced her professional life.
Keven has 17 years of experience in the construction industry with multiple positions held from carpenter through Founder. Prior to founding True North Services, Inc. and becoming Co-Founder for the HOS Business Center, he was involved with several aspects of the construction and business process for hundreds of projects. Mr. Hempel has built trusting and long-standing relationships with his clients and is constantly researching mindfulness and the emotional connection with future product development, as well as what, and how, technology is to be used in our ever-changing world.
As co-founder of Quantellia, Dr. Lorien Pratt co-created the decision intelligence methodology and the company’s award-winning World Modeler™ software. She consults and speaks worldwide, and is known for her neural network research and the book Learning to Learn. A former college professor, Pratt is widely known as the former global director of telecommunications research for Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Rutgers University, Pratt holds three degrees in computer science. She received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, an innovation award from Microsoft, and is author of dozens of technical papers and articles.
Bay Area native Alexandra Kautz has worked with refugees in Jordan, Northern Africa, Switzerland and California. Striving to see the world through the eyes of those who have lost so much, she believes great things can come from empathizing with the hurts, needs, and dreams of others. Using her skills as a hairdresser she has built relationships with Sudanese refugees, training and equipping them with the goal of self- sufficiency. Throughout her travels, Alexandra has grown to learn that by loving others we can achieve great strides in making the world a better place.
Jennie is a graduate from Las Positas College and will be transferring to Chico State this fall to pursue communications in addition to continuing with speech. As a first-year speaker with the National Communications Association, Jennie has competed not only statewide, but internationally in Vienna, Austria, where she won international champion in prose interpretation speaking. When she is not talking up a storm, Jennie enjoys her days off by traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Founding CEO of Hacker Lab and Code For Hood, Gina is a Social Entrepreneur. She focuses on community, business, regional, and economic development at Hacker Lab. In addition to her entrepreneurial projects, Gina has worked as a consultant with economic development in rural Tuolumne County to assess the region’s innovative community and resources. She also works to solve community problems such as bringing affordable ultra high-speed broadband to the region, and contributes to workforce development efforts by working alongside local government and organizations. Her newest endeavor, Code For Hood, is a nonprofit aimed at educating disadvantaged youth by way of hackathons and STEM related workshops.
Isabella is a student activist and digital storyteller. She leads dialogues and efforts concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion both on her college campus and online. Isabella seeks her BA in English Literature and Women's Studies at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She serves as a class senator for her student government and interns for her campus Intercultural Affairs Office. Isabella is Bay Area-based - in high school, she interned for Oakland's Youth Radio, where she reported on issues pertinent to progressive-minded youth.
Stephan leads Livermore, California’s Community & Economic Development Department, responsible for land use planning, community building, and economic development within the city. His current endeavors include completing the implementation of a downtown revitalization, and development of a new 4,000 home, transit-oriented neighborhood plan. Stephan’s guiding principles include facilitating consensus building and promoting place making synergy. Stephan holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary’s College, with additional course work in land use planning, real estate finance and public private partnerships.
Snigdha is a social justice advocate, community leader, and aspiring physician. She is a Coca Cola Scholar and Elks Scholar. The non-profit she founded, Science For Future, has enabled high schoolers to teach science classes to 600 low-income elementary students throughout California. She has also led the construction of a Medical Mobile Unit for displaced and homeless individuals in San Diego. Snigdha plans to continue empowering others through education and improved health as a first year student in the combined BA/MD program at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine this fall.
Grupo Folklórico Tlapalli is a Mexican folk dance group. The group is dedicated to teaching Mexican dance and culture and is made up of two groups, one in Hayward, CA and the other in Livermore, CA. The dancers come in all shapes, sizes, cultures, and ages. This adventure is a family affair - Jose, the main instructor, has enlisted his parents, sister, aunts, uncles, wife and children to help with the practices and performances.
T.W.F is a power trio that plays original compositions and puts their own spin on classic and popular songs. The band line up is: Lucas Sanchez (Guitar, Vocals), Carlos Ventura (Drums, Vocals), and Britton Daniels (Bass Guitar). The three met in high school jazz band and ended up forming their own trio in the summer of 2013. Since then they have been playing all around the Bay Area hoping to spread and share their music everywhere.