Jont is a poet who sings, a writer who drinks, an englishman who has spent a lot of his life in America. He felt lots of things beginning to change when he was about 27, so much so that he called the album he made the next year "28".
Dina Kaplan is the co-founder and COO of blip.tv. Dina oversees business operations for the company, including media partnerships, advertising and sponsorship deals, distribution deals, PR, marketing and investor relations. Before blip.tv Dina was an on-air local television news reporter, where she won an Emmy and numerous Associated Press awards for covering stories. Before reporting Dina worked as an associate producer for MTV News and prior to that as the director of research for the White House Counsel. Dina is a judge for the Webbies; a member of the Producers Guild of America; on the Board of the Socrates Program at the Aspen Institute; on the National Board of Wesleyan University; on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Media Center and of WeLoveBeauty.com; and the founder of the New York City Founders Club. Dina also believes the start-up community in New York City should rise up and take over the entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley whom she suspects have too much hubris.
Jonathan Harris is an artist working primarily on the Internet. His work involves the exploration and understanding of humans, on a global scale, through the artifacts they leave behind on the Web.
Painter, writer, filmmaker and performance artist, Anita swims passionately in a magical world of creative energy. Anita hails from the wild island of Tasmania and currently resides in London, England.
Seasoned wilderness adventurer/rescuer re-enters civilization, drawn into Aerospace industry. A mentor asks "Eco-Systems, Space Systems... What do you care?... Please come to work" . She took the bait, consequently confirming indeed, change "comes from within". Now concentrates on tech in government/industry, finding ways to exploit bureaucracy to do good...
As a not-so-closet nostalgist, Arwen O'Reilly has long been fascinated by the intersection of art and craft. Once archivist and art handler at the Dia Foundation for the Arts, now associate editor at Make Magazine, the first magazine devoted to digital hardware hacks and D.I.Y. inspiration – she is beginning to see technology added to the mix.
Ric is regarded as a pioneer of the broadband industry and was recently selected by Red Herring magazine as one of their top 10 Entrepreneurs. Co-founder of A123Systems, an MIT spin-off developing a new type of battery, Ric has extensive knowledge in software, semiconductors and communication businesses. Rick also co-founded five high-technology companies.
Born in Hiroshima in 1968, Tonka Sasaki is a Japanese Jazz Singer-Song Writer-Arranger-Producer who lives in Tokyo where she released 3 original albums and 2 compilation CDs between 1997-2004. With live performances from Japan to NYC, Tonka has recently been concentrating on recording a fourth original CD "Asian Woman ". Tonka's theme, both musically and in her personal life, is that "Love is Eternal Fire ".
Chun Yu is the author of LITTLE GREEN: Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, an award-winning memoir in free verse. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from Peking (Beijing) University, a Ph.D. in biomaterials from Rutgers. She began writing poetry during her postdoctoral fellowship in HST, a Harvard-MIT joint program. She is currently working on two books that continue the story of Little Green, a historical graphic novel about Mao, and a film project set in World War II in China. She also works as a consultant connecting biotech and medical device industries to China.
Mrs. Marville is a Museum Specialist and Project Developer with fifteen years of experience, developing international exhibitions, shows and public programs. Most recently Mrs Marville started her own business, Art and Science On My Mind. She believes in the power of the public museum as an agent of cultural transformation
How do we know that those who attend the Gathering have the power to change the world? Because many of them already have.
One weekend a year, some of the world’s brightest young inventors, artists, entertainers and entrepreneurs join together to stretch their minds and share big ideas. There is no pomp, and no pretense. Just incredibly accomplished, passionate people, talking earnestly about their passions. Every year, it is a weekend that changes lives.
This one of a kind event is called the GATHERING. It is invite only and it is truly unforgettable.