Past Santa Barbara Event: VOL 17

Thumb pknsb v17.115

Run, Run but You Cannot Hide

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 18, 2016

Christopher Lortie summarizes the science associated with the benefits of regular running. A few case studies are also presented as a mechanism to emphasize critical analysis of scientific findings and the sometimes spurious nature of findings. Then, meta-analyses and systematic reviews will be used to summarize the research to date on running and key decisions that are made with respect to running will be answered (using these findings). A framework of the additional benefits of running that are more challenging to measure will be proposed. Running may not be for everyone but is certainly useful for many of us based on the evidence to date.
Chris is an integrative scientist with expertise in community theory, sociology, and quantitative methods. Collaboration and networks are central to his research both conceptually and internationally. As such, his empirical research involves biogeographical comparisons of many forms of community dynamics (plants, animals, & people). A significant component of his current environmental science research includes restoration & management. Chris actively pursues new challenges and creative opportunities in science. He has published over 200 scholarly products to date including 120 peer-reviewed publications, 51 datasets, 38 non-refereed conference proceedings, 6 book chapters, and numerous open-science products such as slide decks, figures, videos, and blog commentaries. Chris has also been a distinguished visiting professor in Japan, France, Spain, and South America. Publicly, he has spoken at GLIMPSES and other conferences associated with open science, synthesis, big data, and the value of putting ecology (and humanity) into the work we do in other human pursuits outside science. He is an Associate Professor at York University in Canada and a Research Associate at NCEAS. He is the Editor in Chief for Oikos for all formal synthesis papers, and an editor for PLOSONE, PeerJ, Gigascience, and Nature Scientific Data.

Thumb pknsb v17.006

A Hero's Journey in less than 24-hours

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 18, 2016

Learn how to enjoy the benefits of travel at the lowest cost using just a bicycle, a bedroll, and a tin or two of sardines. The bicycle camping revolution is growing. It's easier than you think to take part.
Don Lubach, Ph.D. is an Associate Dean and Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Don leads classes for new students around the topics of student success and leadership. Don has supported students in communication efforts including the UCSB Chapter of Toastmasters International and TEDxUCSB. Don has led more than 25 courses for Santa Barbara City College, most of them focused on older adults and positive aging. Don created and led the first job fairs in California focused on job and internship seekers older than 50. Dr. Lubach is married to Lori Cooper and has two daughters, Jane and Camille.

Thumb pknsb v17.033

Impact Hub – Change the Way You Work

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 18, 2016

Diana Pereira shares about a curated, vibrant community that combines the diversity of a collaborative working space where peers cross-fertilize and develop their ventures, with a source of meaningful content through thought-provoking events, innovation labs, incubation and facilitated conversations that matter. All within an inspiring space that offers a flexible and highly functional infrastructure to work, meet, learn and connect with the power of a global entrepreneurial community. Impact Hub Santa Barbara Inspires. Engages. Educates. Connects people to build businesses and organizations that create sustainable impact in our community.

Diana is a co-founder of the Impact Hub Santa Barbara and over the past 20 years has been involved in numerous startups and growing companies. She is the Founder of Balance Financial Management (a full service back-office consulting firm,, the Chief Compliance Officer of Morton Capital Management (a $1.4B investment advisor, and serves as Board Treasurer of Wilderness Youth Project ( Diana has a strong passion toward building social enterprises dedicated to realizing positive impact within our communities and abroad and is super excited about the launch of the Impact Hub in SB!

Thumb pknsb v17.057

What IS Socialism?

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 18, 2016

Amidst a dramatic and surprising election season, the word "socialism" has found a place at the table, thanks, in part, to the democratic-socialist Bernie Sanders. Indeed, "socialism" was the most looked-up term on Merriam-Webster's website in 2015. However, the word seems to refer to anything from Scandinavian-style, egalitarian social programs, to tyrannical state ideologies, to utopian, post-capitalist worlds. What do socialists actually believe, and why is it relevant today?

Per Hoel is a professional multimedia producer, filmmaker, and political organizer. He develops videos and content mostly for educational and non-profit purposes, serving humankind by bringing strong storytelling and creative vision to timely, important causes. He's originally from Norway and lived in Washington, D.C. before moving to Santa Barbara two years ago. He's collaborated with local climate justice activism and is also engaged in projects around energy democracy and renter's rights. He also founded the Santa Barbara chapter of the Jacobin Magazine reading group, an open-invitation group that meets monthly to debate and discuss short readings through a socialist lens.

Christopher Lortie
ecologist in Santa Barbara
Per Hoel
Video storyteller, editor, animator, filmmaker, Self in Santa Barbara
Diana Pereira
in Santa Barbara
Vince Chafin
Rocket Launcher of Personal Transformation, Inspirational Speaker, Coach, Mentor, Facilitator of Global Change, Self, Spirit, The Mankind Project, in Santa Barbara