Innovators, optimists, storytellers, & more
Daniel Cape is a creativity scholar and trainer who operates his business Experience to Creativity out of Asheville, North Carolina. His approach to creativity is providing people with fun learning experiences and simplifying creativity so they can understand it and apply it to all aspects of their work and lives. He derives his creativity from unique life experiences that include serving as a combat engineer officer in the Army National Guard, working as the Director of an English language summer camp in Ukraine, over 15 years of experience drawing caricatures, a career as an experiential educator, and other international work. Daniel is the author of From Experience to Creativity: The experiential educator’s incomplete guide to creativity and the creator of EPIC Cards that teach and promote creativity.
Many people believe that creativity is an ability that people are born with or reserved for only a gifted few. The fact is that everyone is creative. By understanding a vocabulary for creativity, people can identify and foster creativity in themselves and others. This talk will expel false assumptions about creativity and provide participants with several important terms that can be used to solve everyday and complex problems.
Tracey Greene-Washington is the President of Indigo Innovation Group, a consulting firm dedicated to serving as a strategic thought-partner, advisor and consultant to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations committed to accelerating change through system-level approaches, equity, and strategic collaboration. In addition to this role she is the Founder of CoThinkk, a social change philanthropy committed to shifting the economic mobility, health, education, and leadership narrative of communities of color in Western NC through strategic investments, network-building, and civic discourse. With a nineteen-year career track record of tackling complex social issues, she’s gained a reputation as a passionate, innovative leader that is committed to partnering with organizations/communities to be more impactful by targeting systemic change, taking risk, and accelerating efforts at the intersection of community economic development, health and education. In addition, she is a board member of the NC Early Childhood Foundation, Education NC and NC Center for Public Policy Research and holds an MSW from USC.
The CoThinkk model challenges the traditional idea and vision of what a philanthropist is by leaning into the proposition that African-American-American & Latinx leaders, working together through a shared leadership platform that is grounded in authentic relationships and trust, can be philanthropist and be game-changers in shifting the field of philanthropy. By shifting these mental models-deeply held beliefs, biases, and assumptions-African-American & Latinx grassroots leaders are effectively address complex social change from a different posture through a unique puzzle.
Daniele Martin is a yoga teacher, storyteller, racial equity activist, animal lover and healer dedicated to transforming individual and collective racial trauma through strategic partnerships. Specifically, Daniele specializes in working with health and wellness organizations, conferences, and festivals committed to decolonizing their spaces. Passionate about equity, spirituality, and true expressions of love, Daniele infuses her work with more than 30 years of alternative medicine and metaphysical wisdom. Having been described as a spiritual doula, Daniele is someone who sees what we are capable of birthing, while simultaneously being deeply skilled at navigating the unavoidable labor pains required to bring a new way of being into the world.
Daniele is especially skilled at traversing organizational developmental gaps and growth opportunities when it comes to unpacking how whiteness may be inhibiting organizations from coming into full alignment with their expressed values. She is gifted at guiding and supporting the investigative process for how values are showing up in relational and operational practices, working to unearth and understand what might be lingering in the shadows, and integrating a racialized lens to trauma-informed practices. The mountains of Asheville have taught her more about herself and what she is capable of accomplishing than any other state she has lived.
Daniele Martin's talk will explore the connection between reparations, reciprocity, wellness, spirituality and accountability. We need to start considering viable and sustainable ways to deal with reparations in a more mindful manner. We should embrace practicality, compassion and reverence when speaking on this subject. It is after all about repair, right?
Astra Coyle, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, is a teacher, speaker, and healer, devoted to ending trauma’s grip on the body and mind. She challenges us to rethink the way we go about transforming our personal lives and communities. Astra assists students in developing self-awareness along with practical new options for living their values. Astra views the individual’s agency as necessary in reducing the exploitative effects of culture and developing resilient communities. She has created many popular classes and workshops focusing on the body as the means of change. Astra maintains a private practice in Celo, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and three sons.
Why do some people remain stuck in psychological, addictive, or emotional patterns, even when they want change? How do others break free? We know our minds can change our bodies, but life experience and current research in Neuroscience have proven that our bodies can re-wire our brains. From devastating personal loss to inter-generational trauma, the common denominator in all personal growth is the body. Your body has the means to access positive change and is readily available to each of you right there, beneath your skin, your cells...humming along just as surely as your own breath and blood.
Jen Aly is a bridge between the financial & business world and artists & creatives. For the past 20 years, it has been her passion to help people learn and leverage the creative process to succeed. Today that translates into supporting creatives to succeed in the business world by helping them apply business skills in a way that leverages their genius. A creative herself, she bootstrapped an Asheville-based jewelry design business that has grown every year since it’s start in 2013. A coach since 2003, Jen is committed to empowering creatives to thrive in expression, money and business via coaching, workshops, and community programs. Learn more at JenAlyCoaching.com.
Jen shares her journey as a creative entrepreneur and the mindset shift it took for her to thrive in business. As a former student and teacher, she addresses how traditional education was created to train employees instead of entrepreneurs. The programing in school such as conformity, obedience, punishment for mistakes, focusing on testing, etc. blocks creativity and reduces student’s capacity to take risks, be innovative, and to express themselves fully. If you’re seeking a creative life, unlearning this programming & reclaiming the power of your creativity is key. Shifting the mindset empowers creative entrepreneurs to leverage their creativity to thrive in business. By leading with the creative process, creative entrepreneurs feel emboldened to stretch & grow into challenging areas of business that they may find less comfortable such as finance and marketing.
Kat is a psychologist who developed a deep understanding of human relationships through 15 years of working with over 900 families with autism. She now applies her experience in building relationships from the ground up to healing the rift between people, planet and profit.
She founded and continues to run a for-profit company (ilumivu) that provides software to psychology and behavioral health researchers. She founded and runs a nonprofit (Community Roots) focused on accelerating the equitable transition to renewable energy and the rights of nature. And she works with a nonprofit (Rites of Passage Council) as an eco-therapist applying the healing power of nature for personal and cultural transformation.
Peak into the dominant cultural consciousness that holds humans separate and above the rest of the natural world.
Explore worldviews from diverse cultures and western science that help us question our beliefs about our place in the natural world.
Discover the legal revolution giving rights to nature and changing our relationship to the beyond-human world.
Sara Delaney is the Founder and Executive Director of Asheville-based nonprofit organization Africa Healing Exchange (AHE) and the owner of 3 Mountains, a social enterprise with product lines Silverback Carbonated Tea & Tîma Tea. Sara is a passionate global activist and social entrepreneur and has been working with the people of Rwanda for over a decade. She has degrees from Simmons College, Grande Ecole Du Commerce, and SIT Graduate Institute, in the fields of Business Management and Nonprofit Development. She recently completed an International Executive Fellowship with Mama Hope Foundation and was named as Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching”. Sara is originally from Vermont and lives in Asheville with her husband and their two sons.
After having studied resiliency and experienced how people can overcome anything in the country of Rwanda, Sara presents her own story of transformation, and inspires you to find your tribe. When we have a sense of connection to the community in which we live, we can deepen our relationship with ourselves and find unconditional support when we need it most. Isolation and loneliness are often the result of untreated trauma, and leads to addiction and suicide for a growing percentage of our nation’s population. Today we can do almost anything without even leaving our homes. Is this convenient or is this killing us? By building relationships through personal connections, and by investing in groups where we feel at home, with chosen family, we become accountable and others begin to rely upon our presence. We find a greater sense of meaning and purpose and have a network of support to pursue the life of our dreams.
Sarah Poet, M.Ed boldly advocates for us all to reclaim the lost parts of ourselves in her writing and her practice, Embodied Breath. She is a mother, soul searcher, creator, entrepreneur, and has been a career educator. Sarah has been consciously dancing with the archetypes and healing her own inner feminine & masculine for the last eight years. She can’t help but to notice the nuances of how we commonly relate to one another, and imagine ways to heal rifts in connection. To that end, she develops unique modalities to offer to individuals, couples, and groups, modeling authentic storytelling along the way. She can be found on the web at www.yourembodiedbreath.com & www.sarahpoet.com.
We all have masculine and feminine inside of us, regardless of gender, and when we intentionally reclaim the beauty and possibility in both, we find great potential. The systemic suppression of what true femininity and masculinity look and feel like has created disconnection and defensiveness in our world, for far too long. Reconciliation between the feminine & masculine within each person is the pathway to the heart, to authentic human connection, and to healing thousands of years of misunderstanding. This talk will show through story how the active reclamation of both archetypes inside each human has massive capacity to lead us toward connection, wholeness, and heartfelt union both within and among us.
Evan was born and raised in sunny South Florida, and received his B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Central Florida. After completing his undergraduate degree, he served two terms with AmeriCorps Project Conserve doing water quality work in Hendersonville, NC. Within just a few months of living in western North Carolina, Evan developed a strong connection to the region, and decided to make it his home. Evan is currently the Executive Assistant at Conserving Carolina, a land trust in Hendersonville, NC. In addition, Evan recently completed his M.S. in Sustainability Studies from Lenoir-Rhyne University. His master’s thesis explored the intersections between veganism and sustainability. His primary goal in life is to cultivate a sustainable society, from the local to the international level. In addition to being concerned about environmental issues, he is passionate about social justice and animal rights, viewing these as essential pieces of the sustainability puzzle.
Humanity is facing a critical moment in our history. Severe environmental issues such as climate change, land use change, and biodiversity loss threaten to disrupt human civilization at the global level. To address these issues, humans must cultivate a sustainable world. In this talk, Evan Parker will offer a surprising yet impressive sustainability solution: veganism. Join us and discover how veganism is both a necessary social justice philosophy and a powerful strategy for sustainability.
Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox isnow 20 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.
Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth. His latest record The View From the Edge (2018) is a collection of powerful new songs, many of which he has been performing at live shows for the past several years. It’s an album that reflects four years of thinking, writing, crafting, playing and life. In recognition of this new release, David Wilcox was named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 USA Songwriting Contest.
Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit. In live performance, David loves making up a spontaneous song for an audience member in need. Anyone who has seen Wilcox perform more than once or twice has seen him concoct one of his “Musical Medicine” songs on the spot, full of lyrical artistry and musical inventiveness, like some kind of uncanny parlor trick.
David Wilcox finds inspiration wherever he looks. The songs in turn provide inspiration to longtime listeners as well as those finding him for the first time. It’s in the song and the craftsmanship; it’s medicine for the soul; it’s story; it’s a restless spirituality.
Whatever it is, it serves many purposes, even for the songwriter himself. “All these songs are the blazes on the trail, the stuff I need to hear in order to remember on a daily basis,” he says, acknowledging his own path. “It would have been easier if I could have heard these songs 20 years ago, but that isn’t how it works. I had to live it to be able to sing it.”
“David Wilcox’s ongoing musical journey is compelling and richly deserving of a listen.” Rolling Stone