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 ".
As Cirque du Soleil's Artistic Coordinator, Special Events, Jac is a mix of creative, organisational and artistic vision. A part of his life is dedicated to studying the third world and which actions within that context can move things forward. The other part of his life is dedicated to moving things forward using artistry and creation. The challenge is the same, to find the balance between being a positive element of change and making people dream in a world where money reigns...
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".
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.
J.C. HERZ is the author of Joystick Nation and Surfing on the Internet. She was the New York Times' first computer game critic and is now producing a PBS documentary on the history of videogames. J.C. serves on the National Research Council's committee on Creativity and Information Technology.
My T-Shirt says I'm a PhD student in robotics at MIT, though it's kind of snug on me, doesn't match my boa, and is, as my mom faithfully reminds me, getting too threadbare to wear out on a date.
Gary Mueller is Chairman of Internet Securities Incorporated (ISI), an on-line provider of financial and business information on the emerging markets. Gary founded ISI in 1994 and has led the company ever since. ISI currently has 220 employees in 19 countries and its subscription-based service covers 40 emerging markets, including Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, China, and India.
John Perry Barlow
John Perry Barlow is a poet, essayist, retired Wyoming cattle rancher, and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. He is co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and currently serves as vice-chairman of the EFF's board of directors. He is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
David Hornik has degrees in political science, computer music, criminology and law. Excellent training for pretty much nothing. So he became a Venture Capitalist in hopes of making enough money to retire and write full time.You can follow Dave's adventures at: Hornik.typepad.com
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...
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.