New Culture New Year’s 2019-20 Presenters
Dawson Robert (They/Them) is an activist for love and light in the world. Their passion is to create spaces for anyone and everyone to feel seen, heard, and loved. Their dream is to help create a widespread culture that works for all humans; based in authenticity, personal empowerment, radical acceptance and compassion, informed consent, and touch positivity. And they strive for these goals as facilities manager and presenter for Center for New Culture (cfnc.us) while living and spreading those values wherever they go. Their current, largest project is building intentional community in the DC area and Mt. Storm, WV (Allegheny Crest Intentional Village).
Emma Daley (They/She) is a body psychotherapist, consent educator, and occasional math tutor. They began developing the desire-based, trauma-informed, embodied model of consent now known as Consent Beyond Yes with Fuzzy Konner while completing their Master’s degree in somatic counseling at Naropa University. They have presented this model and led workshops at universities, national conferences, and Center for a New Culture events. Emma has a background in PreK-12 and post-secondary education and is an Our Whole Lives sexuality education facilitator. When they’re not talking about sex, they might be found dancing, journaling, or climbing trees.
Fuzzy Adam Konner is a semi-nomadic educator of consent, contact improvisation, co-ops, and alternative economic and monetary systems. They are a founding member of Consent Beyond Yes, a consent education worker co-op with an orientation toward desire and pleasure. They also work as a freelance web and software developer, a worker co-op consultant with Collective Seeds Consulting Co-op, and the Executive Director of Common Good Washtenaw, a democratic community currency. They currently live in a New Culture community in Arlington, Virginia.
Harper Quante is an environmental scientist by day and hedge witch by night who is passionate about helping people discover and connect with the natural world. From their perspective, science and spirituality are not conflicting viewpoints, but beautifully complementary lenses we can use to explore ourselves and the entire universe. Harper’s nature-based energy work weaves together many perspectives they’ve studied over the last 10 years, including druidry, ecology and biology, ritual and breathwork, European folk traditions, chaos magic, and Western herbalism.
Indigo Dawn is an impact-oriented love activist, whose vision is to create a sustainable society for all its stakeholders (cuddlist.com/indigodawn). After working to combat educational inequality with Teach for America, they left the corps to pursue societal change via individual transformation and community co-creation. In 2016, they embarked on the mission to live and spread “New Culture” (http://cfnc.us/newculture.html) as a key organizer and presenter for Center for New Culture (http://cfnc.us/). As a changemaker, Indigo seeks to improve the lives of others by spreading authenticity, awareness, and self-expression.
Matthew Bradley (They/Them) contains multitudes—a senior software engineer; a musician and composer of songs; a problem solver; an often anxious, sometimes depressive individual; a practitioner of anarchist relating; an “optimistic nihilist”; with contradictions and cognitive dissonance—like many they have spent some sizable portion of their life suffering; whether from growing up with a speech impediment, to strict dogmatic religious indoctrination, to experiencing externally (and internally) generated abuse, to just the natural ebbs and flows of life. However, they suffer less and less as time goes on. A large portion of their growth has come from finding a community that can truly hold them; with a culture where they can show up exactly as they are; the beautiful and the grotesque; the virtuous and the vile; with their scars—and their gifts—on full display. They’ve found a voice, and now seek to be the best version of themselves; to be loved for who they truly are.
As a co-founder of New Culture Michigan, they wish to spread more of the culture that helped awaken them ♥.
Michael Rios is an entrepreneur and practical visionary with a creative genius for freedom and empowerment; as some have said, “Michael doesn’t have a box to think outside of.” In 1964, he founded a commune based on service, spirituality, and sensuality that lasted 30 years and (among other projects) provided emergency shelter and support services for homeless people and troubled young adults. In addition, he started one of the first domestic violence hotlines in the US in 1971, and one of the first computer business in the US in 1976.
Michael co-founded and lives at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA, whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, he has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.nfnc.org, www.cfnc.us) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment.
In 2011, Michael became the director of Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center in the mountains of West Virginia. His current passion is creating an “intentional village” there and in the nearby town – a place where people live consciously with and near one another, building a life based on personal enterprise and freedom, economic independence, and a web of social interconnectedness (http://aciv.cfnc.us).
Ryan Taylor has a profound passion for self-growth, psychology, and spirituality. Deeply inspired by the potential these fields have to transform the world, he seeks to bring positive and radical change into every interaction, project, and situation that arises in his life. Ryan has explored a number of different self-development practices including Vipassana meditation, circling, the study of integral theory, and re-evaluation co-counseling. Ryan is also a music teacher and author. He published his book The Theory and Creation of Music in 2018 and holds a degree from Berklee College of Music. He loves to explore the deep intellectual study of music as well as the creative process of developing original music through composition and improvisation. Ryan is currently working on a new book about his own system of self-growth: Adoga.
Sarah Taub, Ph.D., is a cultural activist whose passion is creating events where people transform. She teaches the skills of peaceful, sustainable community – self-awareness, honesty, clear boundaries – and facilitates group processes of many sorts, including consensus decision-making, business meetings and retreats, ZEGG Forum (www.zegg-forum.org/), and conflict resolution sessions.
Sarah co-founded the first cohousing community in Washington, DC, and for the past 10 years has lived at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, she has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.nfnc.org, www.cfnc.us) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. Since 2011, she has been the financial and programs manager for Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center and community in the mountains of West Virginia.
Sarah’s current koan: only when you let go of urgency can you be truly effective.