Red Lightning 2017 Presenters
Red Lightning continues to be amazed and honored by the depth and breadth of knowledge and talent that shows up when we put out the call.
Through his leadership in creating GameChangers, Andrew has become a sought-after expert on what differentiates high performing purpose-driven companies. He is on a mission to redefine success in business through GameChangers; a platform to accelerate the transition to a for-benefit economy: an economy that grows love, promotes unity, and cares about the one planet we call home. He has created a system to assess, showcase, improve the world’s top for-benefit businesses that looks beyond revenue as the “point system” and instead ranks organizations based on the depth and scale of their positive impact. www.GameChangers.co
Chase Iron Eyes is Dakotas counsel for the Lakota People's Law Project and the 2016 Democratic candidate for Congress from North Dakota. One of over 500 hundred water protectors facing charges for protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, Chase could spend 5 years in prison for "inciting a riot and trespassing.” The trial begins in February of 2018—the Lakota People's Law Project is now preparing that defense. Chase is a tribal member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a regular on outlets like CNN, NPR, and Democracy Now. Learn more at https://www.lakotalaw.org/BURNING-MAN
Born from Black Rock Solar to help create thousands of world-changing organizations by creating a platform for burners to share and develop ideas, facilitate interested teams to coalesce and emerge, and network within the Burning Man community. We supports artists to build their ideas for regenerative existence. Many wonderful ideas occur at Burning Man and are brought and tested in Black Rock City. We want to help you build, experiment, and grow regenerative ideas for energy, habitat, water, food, creative reuse, infrastructure, transportation, communications, ecology, etc. - if it adds to the betterment of life in BRC and is scalable to the world. Plant the seed of thought here to align a crew and make it happen. And make it beautiful. Blackrocklabs.org
Bodhi is a seven-year Burner and lifelong student, teacher and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. Over 30 years traveling and leading trips throughout the Buddhist Himalayas; studying and practicing under the Venerable Geshe Phurba, Tenzin Chotrag Rinpoche and John Casey, PhD; and teaching classes in Tibetan Buddhism at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and UC-Irvine.
500h Yoga Teacher, Cheyenne is Monaco based and certified in Prana flow by Shiva Rea. She is currently finishing her Smart flow certification with Annie Carpenter. She has been teaching 6 days a week for more than 2 years and teaches Smart flow, hot vinyasa, yin yoga and chair yoga.
Daniel Sheehan is among the most storied nonprofit attorneys in the US. Current president and chief counsel of the Lakota People’s Law Project and the Romero Institute, he co-founded the Christic Institute in the late 1970s. The Christic Institute prosecuted the Karen Silkwood case - a Supreme court lawsuit that shut down new construction of nuclear power plants in the U.S. for over 30 years. The Institute also pursued the Iran-Contra Scandal case - which exposed Oliver North and 25 others for conspiring to illegally fund paramilitary activities in Nicaragua while selling weapons to Iran in violation of international treaties. For the past 15 years, Daniel has protected Native families and tribes in North and South Dakota from foster care and adoption abuse, and he leads the legal team now defending water protectors Chase Iron Eyes and Holy Elk. Learn more at https://www.lakotalaw.org/BURNING-MAN
David Casey is an avid student of political economy and the founder and co-producer of Cosmic Convergence, an annual gathering of art, music, tribal technology, education for conscious living and Maya culture on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. David has lived and worked in seven countries in Latin America, where he has built an extensive network of connections. He bridges the worlds of technology startups, permaculture, international development, and retreat and festival production. www.numundo.org/ & www.cosmicconvergencefestival.org/
David discovered the world of documentaries when he edited the widely debated "TWA Flight 800," and decided to focus his career on meaningful documentaries that aim to change how people view their lives and environments. He is particularly interested in serious, investigative journalism and in creating movies about science and technology. "What Is Reality?" is a film about a fascinating new physics theory being worked on by the research scientists at www.QuantumGravityResearch.org
Dream is creator/founder of Lucent Dossier Experience and co-founder of The Do LaB and Lightning in a Bottle festival. In her early years, she developed and founded Lunatic Fringe in NYC. She has been described as a "Visionary Social Engineer” for her work pioneering a new style of interactive event experiences that include conscious and educational material paired with music, dance and celebration. Her influence can be seen woven through threads of West Coast festival life, music and fashion. She is passionate about reforming the human experience with powerfully curated interactive events.
Ed is the Founder of PureHemp Technology - the only company in the world producing fiber, pulp, lignin and sugars from organically grown hemp. The company is a global provider of hemp refining technologies and hemp-based products. He serves on the Board for the National Hemp Association. www.purehemptech.com/
Emily is a yogi with an MBA. She has achieved a track record as a serial entrepreneur with a focus on socially conscious business featuring a triple bottom line - people, planet and profit. She runs several cannabis companies: CHAKRAS (www.chakras.life), Greenly (www.greenly.me) and Higher Self Yoga (www.higherself-yoga.com). Also founded C Squared (www.conscious-cannabis.org) to infuse socially conscious business practices into the cannabis industry. She is also a competitive sailboat racer, yoga instructor, reiki master and ordained minister.
Fairy Maura is an Integrative Master Coach, has been Certified in THE WORK, and completed Advanced Meditation Certification with the Self Awareness Institute. She has followed a Divine path that has included management at Procter & Gamble, Sales Person of the year at INFINITI Cars, consulting on yacht charters, producing events/movies, and MCing many festivals. She is a proud loving Fairy Mama and a Mystical Seeker on the Path of Enlightenment with Amma, beautiful Swamis, and Sacred Sites around the World. 12 year Burner!
Gopi is the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google. He works with Google's sales teams and customers and helps grow customer brands through digital marketing. Previously, he led marketing for AdWords, worked at two Silicon Valley startups, and was a consultant for McKinsey. He holds master’s degrees in business administration from the Indian Institute of Management and The Wharton School. An avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, global traveler, and Burning Man devotee, Gopi has spoken at TEDx, The World Happiness Summit, Yoga Journal LIVE!, and Wisdom 2.0. He teaches brand marketing at the Stanford and serves on the board of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. Gopi is the author of TheInternet to the Inner-ne nd has released two music albums (Kirtan Lounge). www.kallayil.com/
Harlan received a degree in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design. He has produced a wide variety of art and design projects, culminating in the large-scale interactive Portal installations created for Burning Man since 2004. Through the use of sacred geometry, colors and sound vibrations, these portals are intended to facilitate an evolution of consciousness. These installations have now traveled to many other events in the US and the world. www.harlanemil.com/
Jade is multi-dimensional artist and healer - working in drawing, painting, sculpture, song and movement. Her vision is to inspire people to access new territory in their imagination when interacting with her creation and music, and feel their connection to the Divine current flowing through all. She is the creator of the musical Aquarian Shrine, positioned at the Man Pavilion this year.
Jamie is an expert on peak performance and leadership, specializing in the neuroscience and application of Flow states. He has advised the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, the athletes of RedBull, and the owners of NFL, NBA, MLB and Premier League teams as well as executives of Google and Deloitte. He studied historical anthropology, specializing in utopian social movements. www.flowgenomeproject.com
ay Kay brings scientific insight to the Playa as a classically-trained biochemist from UCLA, where he completed his PhD.
Jessie is a warrior for love. She is relentless in the pursuit of evolution and fun. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification at Shaktiyoga at Bend & Bloom in Brooklyn, where she resides in Park Slope with her two black cats, Martin Luther Cat & Rumi. She is also trained to teach Femme!, a fusion of sensual movement, dance, meditation, creative visualization and celebration of the feminine form. She sprinkles fairy dust and truth.
The Circle of Men will be led by Jim Rennie / Curious Being, Steve Basil / Two Crows, and John Thomas / Cobra, with support from YOU. All of us are long time new warriors and experienced burners. We want to share the gifts we have gotten from our ManKind Project work with our Burning Man community. http://mankindproject.org
Josie started on her path when she first went to Burning Man, met a Tantric priest, Amma, and a Tantric Dance teacher all in the same year. She became a student of all three, until she became a lineage holder when her teacher retired. A natural seeker, she left her native Australia 20+ years ago. She has been a photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer, yogini, 5 Rhythms dancer, urban shaman, intuitive astrologer and painter. www.TantricAlchemy.com
Dr. David Shearer is co-founder and CEO of Full Circle Biochar, a clean technology company developing biochar products for global agricultural and carbon sequestration applications. Prior to launching Full Circle Biochar, Dr. Shearer was Chief Scientist at California Environmental Associates and Principal Environmental Scientist at AeroVironment Inc. where he worked in the next generation transportation, energy, carbon mitigation, and information technology space with Toyota’s Advanced Technology Group and Google.Org. In addition to his private sector activities, Dr. Shearer has directed groundbreaking work in both public policy and philanthropic investment for climate change mitigation. He was co-founder and Board Chair of Black Rock Solar, co-founder and Board Director of Black Rock Labs, and Board Chair of SkyTruth. He is a frequent collaborator with Brian Goggin, a creator of large scale public art. Dr. Shearer has a Ph.D. in Environmental Epidemiology and a M.S. in Environmental Microbiology from the University of California, and B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon.
As founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, Keith has spent over a decade addressing the behaviors that block global organizations from reaching strategic goals and transforming them into new habits that increase shareholder value. He authored the NY Times bestsellers Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone. His writing has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., and Fast Company. www.keithferrazzi.com
Laurel is a Sky Dancer, Visionary, Blood Wisdom Educator, Doula (labor & birth support), Ceremonialist, Body Alchemy Facilitator and Artist. She has been a key player in the Ceremonial Menstruation Movement, as well as an original Founder of Red Lightning and the Tipi Moon Lodge Project.
Leah studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC as well as with many masters of story in theater, film, and the ancient art form of storytelling. Her storytelling has been found on Current TV, National Geographic News Watch, and Fast Company. Her stories hold the resonance of connection with the earth, animals and spirit. www.leahlamb.com
Luke is a Singapore based spiritual practitioner. He was born into a family of holistic healers and spiritual practitioners dating back four generations. Together with both of his parents, Luke runs and operates the popular holistic center "Heaven on Earth," which is conveniently located in downtown Singapore. They frequently travel around the world to exhibit and present at various spiritual fairs and holistic festivals. Luke has been extensively featured in the press and media. www.facebook.com/lukelijahspirit
Mike is the Founder of Rootist Yoga. He is known for his high energy and love expanding yoga sessions, especially amongst the Las Vegas public. He has led yoga workshops in Las Vegas, California, Burning Man and beyond.