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and Disruptors

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Scott Mann

Lt. Col, (ret), Green Beret, Warrior Storyteller, Strategic Connection Coach

It’s time to bridge trust and restore social capital. Overcoming distrust and disengagement.

Scott believes if we're going to hand this country off to our children better than we found it, we will have to overcome the distrust and disengagement in this country by bridging beyond our groups. We’re going to have to get back to a level of connection that transcends race, gender, and politics. We’ll investigate and unpack the mission he is on.

Scott Mann is a master at building relationships in high-stakes, competitive environments. As a Green Beret in the United States Army, he forged bonds and solved problems using values and leadership skills that moved people worldwide to stand up for themselves. His secret? He was able to restore trust and create human connections in places where that didn’t seem possible. Scott Mann spent 23 years in the United States Army, 18 of that as a Green Beret, where he specialized in unconventional, high-impact missions worldwide, including Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Dr. Keith Witt

Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer, Writer, Teacher

Are we at the beginning of something extraordinary? The power of post-partisan discussions.

Dr. Keith has a unique point of view of our culture. He believes that our collective worldview is fraying at the edges, and the process of change we are all experiencing is existentially scary and dangerous. Specifically, he will discuss three ways to look at our culture: Integration, Disintegration, and Reintegration.

Dr. Keith Witt is a Licensed Psychologist, teacher, and author who has lived and worked in Santa Barbara since 1973. He has conducted over 65,000 therapy sessions and published eight books, including Loving Completely, Shadow Light, and Integral Mindfulness. In presentations and classes around the U.S. and internationally, Keith has explored love, intra and interpersonal relationships, and development, from multiple perspectives, weaving neuroscience, Integral theory, wisdom traditions, and numerous forms of psychotherapy into a coherent cosmology of love and healing.


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*Scott Mann 11/4
It’s time to bridge trust and restore social capital

Keith Witt 11/7
Are we at the beginning of something extraordinary?

Andreas Forsland 11/11
Connecting Intentions to Outcomes:
Reinventing Interpersonal Communications

* Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH 11/18
School of Public Health, Boston University

* Cooper Bates 11/25
Black When I Was A Boy

* Dr. Reggie Smith III 12/2

A World Where Distance Learning is the New Normal

Jan Campbell 12/9
Finding a Vaccine for Violence

* OP Almarez 12/16
Cleaning up after COVID

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Jackson Gillies
Kenny Loggins
Hana Loggins
Zach Gil
Glenn Philips
John Irving and the Renaissance Dancers

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This year, as we continue producing a series of weekly virtual talks, we focus on ideas that are influencing us, locally and globally. These short conversations are not news-focused. Instead, we are highlighting discussions of hope and optimism while showcasing actionable solutions.

The topics we explore are focused on the Pandemic and Social Justice. We look at them individually and, at times, see how one has influenced the other. We look through various lenses and hear from different voices as we explore these inquiries. One of our guests introduced us to the word Syndemics, which is the collision of different epidemics. This syndemic and the chaos, complexity, and intricate complications it has brought to all of our lives is what Making Waves is all about. All while finding the silver thread of hope from our guests.

We navigate through opinions to help us all understand these challenging times by focusing on positive disruption. We’ve heard that normal will never be normal again. This year we’re Making Waves.

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