Organizers and Presenters
Core Organizers & Presenters:
One of the founders of School for Designing a Society and the Performers Workshop Ensemble. She has a doctorate in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of two influential position papers on health care design, a book of plays, a book of poetry, and a report of her project desiging a feminist composition curriculum has been published in Perspectives of New Music.
One of the founders of the School for Designing a Society and the Performers Workshop Ensemble. His doctoral dissertation is Teaching Composition Facing the Power of the Respondent. His article "Listening and Unentitled" was published in Cybernetics and Human Knowing.
She has taught and organized SDaS Summer Schools since 2010. A core member of Free University NYC, she also hosts Julie & Elizabeth’s Anti-Capitalist Concert Series, and co-leads Songlines, a collaborative mapping of neighborhoods in song. A doctoral candidate at CUNY, her compositions are regularly performed by significant experimental ensembles; she currently co-stars in Susan Parenti’s play, Unrequited.
Full-time Clown, Organizer
A full time clown and regular organizer of Summer School for Designing a Society and humanitarian clown trips with the Gesundheit Institute. He has studied clowning, physical theater and storytelling in Italy, UK, Denmark, Brazil and Argentina. He performs "A Look of Love - through the eyes of Vulnerability" in public spaces and festivals. He is currently based in Denmark.
Studied non-profit organization and philosophy at The Evergreen State College. She received the 2009 Von Foerster Award from the American Society for Cybernetics along with her co-author Kate Slaymaker for their paper "Negative Dialectics and Cybernetics."
Michael Gaiuranos (Snow Leopard)
Writer, Composer, Scholar
He has written ten novels, numerous plays, poems, & critical monographs on prison justice, utopian literature, and social forms of nonconformism, as well as many musical works ranging from piano music to opera. An enthusiastic conversation partner, Michael brings challenging notions, insights, and arcane references to the table.
Regular Guest Presenters:
Patch Adams, MD
Founder, Activist, Doctor
Health care activist who founded the Gesundheit Institute, a project to change health care and contributing to a more caring society by creating a free hospital based on fun and friendship and leading humanitarian clown missions to hospitals, orphanages, jails, nursing homes and refuge camps around the world.
Chancellor of Indiana University East and former president of the American Society for Cybernetics, he participated in initial discussions that led to the founding of the School for Designing a Society. He has written many articles on planning, design, cybernetics and conversation and time.
A Social change artist, Danielle studied at New College Sarasota and the New School in New York, and was on the Urbana City Council for 7 years. Co-founder of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and organizer of grassroots campaigns for LGBTQ rights, youth empowerment, and against racial and economic inequality. A passionate advocate for romancing the public. She is currently the organizing director for the Center for Media Justice and a single mom by choice.