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BRUCE BLOCK: Bruce is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he has taught graduate level classes in visual structure for the past 30 years. His book, The Visual Story (2007), now in its second edition, is used worldwide by students and professionals working in motion pictures, television, advertising, and video game design. Bruce also teaches visual structure at the American Film Institute and UCLA, and his seminars on visual structure have been presented to various organizations and companies including PIXAR Studios, The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon Studios, Hasbro Interactive, Hewlett Packard, Blue Sky Studios, DirecTV and The Binger Film Institute. His credits include production and creative consulting on numerous film projects including As Good As It Gets, What Women Want, Spanglish, The Holiday, Alfie, Stuart Little, The Great Outdoors, Pretty in Pink, The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride I & II, and Baby Boom. You can learn more about Bruce at: www.bruceblock.com/.

SEAN ESBJÖRN-HARGENS PH.D.: Sean is a leading scholar-practitioner in Integral Theory and has worked closely with Ken Wilber for a decade operationalizing the integral (AQAL) model in multiple contexts. He is the founder and Executive Director of Meta-Integral Foundation and Acadamy, the founding Executive Editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, co-founder of the biennial Integral Theory Conference, editor of the SUNY Series in Integral Theory at SUNY Press, and a founding member of Integral Institute. He is one of the most published authors applying the integral model to a variety of topics, including: Research, education, consciousness studies, intersubjectivity, sustainable development, ecology, science and religion, and play. Sean's articles have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, World Futures, and ReVision. He co-edited Ken Wilber’s book The Simple Feeling of Being, (2004) and is the co-author of Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World (2009), co-editor of Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning (2010), and the editor of Integral Theory in Action (2010). You can learn more about Sean at: http://www.enactintegral.com/sean

JAMES FADIMAN PH.D.: James is a celebrated author, psychological researcher, corporate consultant, and an adjunct professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, which he co-founded. He is also one of the founders of the transpersonal movement, one of the first lecturers at Esalen Institute, and one of the early pioneers in psychedelics research, along with Ram Dass and Timothy Leary. He is the co-author of Personality and Personal Growth (2005) and Essential Sufism (1999), and the author of Unlimit Your Life (1989) and The Other Side of Haight (2004). James’s areas of specialization are transformative fiction, Sufi storytelling, altered states of consciousness, creativity, human potential, personal and organizational problem solving, and transpersonal theory. You can learn more about James at: www.jamesfadiman.com.

MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, PH.D.: Michael has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is a Professor in the Department of Art at Augusta University, where he teaches a sequence of transdisciplinary-based academic classes to students in studio art. He is co-founding executive officer of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, an international professional organization with both a peer-reviewed journal and book series. Michael has curated and commented on over 50 online integral art galleries at Integral Life as well as published in the areas of art history, art criticism, art education, continental philosophy, comparative spirituality, critical social theory, integral theory, critical realism, comparative metatheory – including co-editing and co-authoring the first professional academic volume on integral as philosophy (forthcoming). He is curator and catalog author of the international art exhibition In the Spirit of Wholeness: Integral Art and its Enchantment Aesthetic. His paper, “Prolegomena to Art’s Transdisciplinarity,” won a Best Meta-Theory Paper Award at the Fourth International Integral Theory Conference (2015). For more on Michael see: https://augusta.academia.edu/MichaelSchwartz

KEN WILBER: Ken is one of the most widely read and influential American philosophers of our time. He is the founding theorist of AQAL Integral Theory and is considered one of the major theorists in transpersonal psychology. His books include Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality (1995), A Brief History of Everything (1996), A Theory of Everything (2000), Integral Psychology (2000), and Integral Spirituality (2006). You can learn more about Ken at: www.kenwilber.com.

 

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