This lavish daylong event includes three sessions of breathtaking speakers and performers (late morning, early afternoon, and late afternoon), interspersed with unique activities and experiences, delicious food and drinks all generously provided from partners like Plant Food & Wine, all kinds of cool stuff, and of course a wonderful audience.
After the main event a party will go late at the Rose Room.
Our venue is the former factory of legendary design couple Charles & Ray Eames, kindly donated by Microsoft.
It is located at 901 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, between Broadway and Brooks, close to the beach, inside the Snapchat lot on the north side of the street. Complimentary valet for cars, and extra love for cyclists.
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Friends for over a decade actor/director Josh Radnor and indie-troubadour Ben Lee have formed a new indie-pop duo by the name of Radnor & Lee. Combining their shared interest in spirituality and philosophy, the two sat down to write a song together, which subsequently turned into ten, and their musical partnership was born. Their debut album, out November 10, is a set of dynamically uplifting, spiritual folk-pop tunes that instill the feeling of pure joy in the listener’s core via the infectious melody, sweet violin, heavenly harmonies, and foot-stomping choruses. It's enlightening, charming and perfectly delightful.
Ben is a computer graphics researcher at Google, with a focus on image processing and machine intelligence. He is also the principal developer of the app Frax, a tool to bring the beauty of interactive fractal geometry to a worldwide audience. Ben is a former competitive freediver, with a 7-minute breath-hold, and has been a member of the US Freediving Team in multiple world championships. His career has included stints at Apple, Microsoft, and MetaCreations, where in the 90’s he was the co-developer of the Kai’s Power Tools suite of graphics apps. He currently lives happily on the Venice Canals.
Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965),better known by his stage name Moby, is an American DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter, musician, photographer and animal rights activist. He is well known for his electronic music, veganism, and support of animal rights. Moby has sold over 20 million records worldwide. AllMusic considers him "one of the most important dance music figures of the early 1990s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in the UK and in America".
Luis J. Rodriguez is an award-winning author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature, including the bestselling memoir, "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." He's also a Native American and Native Mexican spiritual practitioner, having been taught by elders among the Lakota, Dine (Navajo), Mexica (Mexico), Ki'che (Guatemala), Pibil (El Salvador), and Quechua (Peru). His mother has roots among the Raramuri people of Chihuahua, Mexico, also known as the Tarahumara. His wife Trini, spiritually adopted by a Dine elder and his wife some 20 years ago, is a women's healer and facilitator of the Hummingbird Sweat Lodge in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Trini and Luis founded Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore in this area, and they produce a podcast for iTunes and SoundCloud called "The Hummingbird Cricket Hour."
Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and the company birthed to continue its mission of identifying and celebrating great screenwriting. Over 325 Black List scripts have been produced as feature films earning 275 Academy Award nominations and 50 wins including four of the last nine Best Pictures and ten of the last twenty screenwriting Oscars. Franklin has worked in development at Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. He has been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto and Guanajuato Film Festivals and for the PEN Center Literary Awards. He was also a delegate and speaker at the White House’s 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, one of Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35, Black Enterprisemagazine’s “40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future,” The Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” and was awarded the 2015 African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)’s Special Achievement Award for career excellence. He is a member of the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities.
Brooks William Brown (born July 14, 1980) was a student at Columbine High School during the Massacre that took place on April 20th 1999 in Littleton, Colorado. Brooks Brown was friends with both Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two perpetrators of the Columbine Massacre. Brooks is known mostly as the student who was told to go home by Eric Harris, one of the shooters, just minutes prior to the shooting.
Agnès Varda (French: [aɲɛs vaʁda]; born 30 May 1928) is a film director who was born in Belgium, but has spent most of her working life in France. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with a distinct experimental style.
Film historians have cited Varda's work as central to the development of the French New Wave film movement; her uses of location shooting and non-professional actors were unconventional in the context of 1950s French cinema.
For more than two decades, Nicole has been an advocate for environmental and human health as her mission is to guide the next generation into meaningful action. Nicole is the Co-Founder of a non-profit that launched in Venice, Community Healing Gardens (CHG). The mission of CHG is fostering community through urban gardening while educating on planetary and human health and growing local food systems. CHG focuses on underserved and diverse communities as well as the next generation living in these areas of Los Angeles. Nicole is a recent graduate from the Sustainability Certificate Program at UCLA as well as a trained Climate Reality Leader under VP Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corp. Residing in Venice Beach with her fiancé, and two fur babies she loves yoga, stand up paddle, shopping at farmers markets, cooking, eating locally and watching movies.
Diane von Fürstenberg, formerly Princess Diane of Fürstenberg (German: Diane Prinzessin zu Fürstenberg; born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin; December 31, 1946) is a Belgian-American fashion designer best known for her iconic wrap dress. Her fashion company, Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) is a global luxury lifestyle brand available in over 70 countries and 45 free-standing shops worldwide, with the company's headquarters and flagship boutique located in Manhattan's Meatpacking District.
She is president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a position she has held since 2006; in 2014 was listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes; and in 2015 was included in the Time 100, as an Icon, by Time Magazine.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Ruben Rojas is an artist, social impact entrepreneur, and co-founder of Beautify Earth.
Beautify Earth (BE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of eliminating urban blight, by “painting the world in color,” and reimagining every bland wall into a canvas for inspiring urban creations. BE empowers artists, businesses, communities, and municipalities through action. The transformative power of art further inspires, motivates and instills pride in the community. Increased business revenue, massive community participation, and the “stop-and-look” effect of murals help to stimulate the local economy. BE continues to show that when art becomes the norm in place of urban blight, the world is a happier, more colorful, and peaceful place.
Ruben is influenced by media and the urban landscape surrounding him.
He has painted in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Mississippi and for many private clients.
Apart from his custom work he has been previously commissioned by Zappos, American Express, Heineken, Lululemon, Reebok, Westfield Malls, the city of Santa Monica and various other organizations.
Through his work he hopes to inspire the communities he paints in, reshape the conversations people have and beautify the typical boring bland walls into something unique and inspiring.
Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, author, and TV personality. He is the director of the upcoming film BREAD HEAD, the first-ever documentary about dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle, and is publishing his first book in early 2018 documenting his findings on how to optimize focus, productivity, mood, and long-term brain health with food. Lugavere is a regularly-appearing "core expert" on The Dr. Oz Show, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, in the Wall Street Journal, and has contributed as a health journalist to Medscape, Vice/Munchies, the Daily Beast, and others. He is a highly sought-after speaker and has been invited to keynote events such as the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm Sweden, and esteemed academic institutions like the New York Academy of Sciences.
Thomas R. lnsel, M.D., a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, is a co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health. His career in mental health has been long and non-linear. After training in psychiatry at UCSF in 1979, Insel did clinical research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD where he established the value of serotonergic antidepressants for OCD. In 1983, he shifted from clinical research to study the molecular and cellular basis of complex social behaviors, helping to create a new field of social neuroscience. First at NIMH and later at Emory University, he demonstrated the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in maternal and affiliative behaviors in non-human animals. In 2000, he founded an NSF Center for Behavioral Neuroscience across 8 colleges and universities in Atlanta, GA.
In 2002, Dr. Insel returned to Bethesda to serve as Director of the NIMH, the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders. His tenure across the Bush and Obama administrations focused the NIMH on serious mental illness. He promoted the study of mental disorders as brain disorders. And riding the revolution in genomics, he funded large scale efforts to identify genetic factors for mental disorders. From 2003 – 2015 he led the government’s coordinating committee for autism (IACC). From 2012-2015, he co-led (with Story Landis) President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative.
At the end of 2015, Insel finally returned to the Bay Area, coming full circle after 36 years of self-imposed (and foolish) exile. Until recently, he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) in South San Francisco, CA. Earlier this year he left Verily to co-found (with Paul Dagum and Rick Klausner) Mindstrong Health, a start-up pioneering the use of “digital phenotyping” to help people with serious mental illness. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.
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