Presenters

New Culture Spring Camp 2018 Presenters

2019 Presenters Coming Soon!

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.orgwww.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.

 

Ken is a software developer and contact improviser. He enjoys software development because it involves inventing, building on what you invent, and learning to keep things simple so things don’t get unmanageable as the building layers increase. He enjoys contact improvisation as a cooperative antidote to the static of daily life.
In software development Ken has been part of the open source movement for as long as he’s been working (and before it was called open source). Among other projects he coauthored Mailman, an open source mailing list management system used around the world, and helped to grow the programming language Python (in which Mailman is written), helping to found and initially run https://python.org. The artistic and collaborative aspects of programming, particularly open source programming, are not entirely different than those of improvisational dance.
In contact improvisation, Ken has been part of and increasingly been the central coordinator for the DC contact improv jam (http://dccontactimprov.net) and for several years he has helped organize the Spring East Coast regional jam (http://eastcoastjam.com). As his involvement with the practice has grown to include coordinating gatherings as well as coordinating with others in dances, he has increasingly come to see that the ability to be attentive to oneself while also being attentive to others, without one precluding the other, is crucial to any kind of peer collaboration, not just improvised dance. Ken writes about discoveries in these practices, including for instance Respecting Boundaries, https://myriadicity.net/contact-improvisation/respecting-boundaries.

 

Debby Sugarman seeks the marriage of activism with heart, vision with practicality. While working on environmental issues in her twenties, Debby realized that the issues she cared about were won or lost based on the strength or failure of human relationships and the effectiveness of interpersonal communication. Hoping to be a catalyst for more effective and creative endeavors, Debby became skilled in many modalities of group and interpersonal communication.

Debby is a skilled meeting facilitator, mediator and transformational coach. She is passionate about training others to skillfully manage difficult emotions, communicate with clarity, and navigate difficulties in personal and professional relationships. Fluent in a wide range of group connection processes, and meeting modalities, Debby helps groups work together to not only get things done efficiently but to nurture creativity and healthy relationships.

 

 

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.

 

Dawson Driver is a fountain of love. Their passion is to create spaces for anyone and everyone to feel seen, heard, and loved. And they strive for this as an organizer and presenter for Center for New Culture (http://cfnc.us/) while living and spreading New Culture wherever they go.  To realize their larger dream they are pursuing a degree in psychology for counseling and seeking out new learning opportunities in facilitation, personal growth, and intimacy all the time.

 

 

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).