Veni Markovski | Internet pioneer & cybersecurity expert
Veni Markovski is a pioneer for Internet and information technology from Bulgaria. He is currently ICANN‘s Vice President for Stakeholder Engagement for Russia, The Commonwealth of Independent States, and Eastern Europe. He was a Director on ICANN’s Board from 2006 to 2007. He is also the Owner and CEO of Global Solutions and Consulting, and has provided his expertise to several Bulgarian Parliaments.
In 2003 he ran for mayor of Sofia.
Lauren Worley | Press Secretary, NASA
Lauren Worley is a communication expert known as an insightful, fearless and tireless champion of positive change. She transitioned from the world of political messaging to conveying the wonders of the universe as the Press Secretary at NASA. Lauren collaborates with space advocates, NASA leaders across ten centers, journalists, policy makers and other dreamers to share NASA’s vision for improving and benefiting human kind.
She moved to DC in September 2011, loves bacon, and running.
Tom Pipkin | Musician
THE PHILOSOPHY OF ONE CENTURY IS THE COMMON SENSE OF THE NEXT.
Rituals, traditions, policies, laws, best practices, how-to guides–every generation thinks they know it all. At every point in civilization, we try to instill or continue certain lessons and truths using vehicles such as education, science, governments, technology, religion, art, literature, music and media.
But how do we determine what to pass on, and how do we go about communicating it? Who chooses the message, who receives it, and at what point does the message become accepted? What happens when our understanding changes over time? Are there beliefs that are worth keeping around as “common sense,” and others we should consider letting go?
Eric is molecular biologist with a penchant for innovative communication, both visual and verbal. He is an expert on scientific communication, and embryonic stem cells. After completing his PhD in Los Angeles, Eric moved out to DC to take a position with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he is currently employed.
In his personal time, Eric serves as Chief Nerd, Creative Director, and emcee for the popular social experiment and creative agency for nerds and geeks alike, thirst DC, which has garnered national attention from the likes of TED, The Smithsonian Institution, NASA, The Kennedy Center, The Washington Post, and numerous blogs and magazines.
Corehaus DC owner James Kerns is a former restaurateur, bicycle messenger, commercial fisherman and co-editor of DC-based Mobile City Magazine who has ridden his bike to Mount Everest base camp and Tierra Del Fuego. James’ 3D sculptures celebrate the enduring utility of found objects and industrial tools as they evolve from essential articles to time-worn components of the urban landscape; his work reflects a reverence for well-made materials and the natural aesthetic of human invention.… Read more
Robb Duncan | Dolcezza Gelato
While living in Buenos Aires Robb Duncan and his wife Violeta became enamored with the tradition of old world gelato. Despite being trained in engineering and software, Robb was inspired to bring a better product than traditional American ice cream back to the States. Using his inexperience to his benefit, Robb embraced innovation and trial and error and opened Dolcezza in 2004. Since then he has “claimed a spot among the country’s top artisanal ice cream makers,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Rebecca Sheir | Metro Connection, WAMU
Rebecca Sheir is the host and producer of Metro Connection on WAMU 88.5. Her work has been broadcast on various national and international radio venues, including All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The Splendid Table and the BBC. She’s a member of the D.C.-based theater company dog & pony dc.
Allison Basile | HUBDC, DC Time Bank, Grassroots Business Fund
Allison works to create a more just and sustainable economy through cooperatives, impact investing, time banking, and open learning initiatives. She co-founded Hub DC and the DC Time Bank, and is a shared leadership team member of Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC.… Read more