Meet the Tipping Point System
Team & Advisors
The Generative Mavericks* Committed
to a Thriving World for All
A Unique Global Family of Generative Mavericks
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~ Dr Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist
The Tipping Point System is for the Generative Mavericks*, who:
- Work constructively (not destructively) toward generative transformational change;
- Think interdependently and transcontextually, challenging personal & institutional constraints, structural limitations, systemic barriers, unconscious biases & shadow agendas - with heart and in a compassionate manner;
- Sense the possible future and attract our future into being, by building bridge foundations on the far side of the river and spanning backwards to meet the present;
- Catalyze transformation from the foundations of incremental change;
- Act at the scale and pace dictated by science, wisdom, and ethics;
- Think, create, and act at systems levels, making nano/micro/meso/macro/cosmo links;
- Work collaboratively in ne(x)tworks/connectives, dispelling the illusion of separation;
- Maintain persistence even in the face of widespread resistance to a transformative agenda & active hope in the face of potential societal collapse.
* The name, Generative Mavericks, and some descriptions were adapted from r3.0.
Dr. Anneloes Smitsman, Founder & CEO, EARTHwise Centre: Tipping Point System architecture, strategic leadership, and capacity development. Dr. Smitsman is a leading thrivability scientist, futurist, and evolutionary system designer, internationally acknowledged for her cutting edge role in systemic transformational change. In addition to her groundbreaking online courses for developing the global transition team, she has also provided training, executive coaching, consultancy, and project development for the Mauritius Government, the Shift Network, UNESCO, the Mauritius Institute of Directors, LUX* Resorts & Hotels, St Regis Hotel, the Mauritius Commercial Bank, and the Indian Ocean Commission. She developed the Education for Sustainability program for the Mauritius Catholic School’s Network, which served as national input for the curriculum innovation of education for sustainability, among others. Her multi-stakeholder dialogue process was adopted in 2012-2014 in 9 different countries for the UN Rio+20 civil society inputs, and she trained the SIDS (Small Island Developing States) youth leaders under UNESCO for the 2014 UN SIDS Youth inputs for the UN SDG formulations.
Dr. Kurt Barnes, Founder & Chairman, EARTHwise Centre: executive advisory, psycho-social analysis, strategic intervention. Dr. Barnes has a well known track record of suicide prevention, crisis intervention and social-psychological diplomacy. He has successfully prevented revolts on his professional missions and has acted as senior advisor and executive psycoach to numerous executives, government agencies, and other high officials in Mauritius, and internationally. His expertise is foresight and intervention for potential escalation tipping points, and strengthening life-affirming tipping-points. His clients include, amongst others, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Shell, J Kalachand, Mauritius Union Assurance, Swan insurance, Group Mikado, Neetoo Industries, Pallagames, White Sand Tours, Mauritours, UNICEF, and CITCO.
Michael Haupt, Executive Director, Project 2030, EARTHwise Centre: executive project management, technology advisory, strategic leadership. Michael is a past career technologist who has a track record of delivering highly complex, large scale, multinational, multi-stakeholder projects in 16 cities on six continents. Clients included Barclays, HSBC, Hutchison 3G, Western Union, Unisys, O2, BT, Vodafone, Telenor, TeliaSonera, Telefonica, Vibo Telecom, Virgin Media and Bank of America. His full corporate career can be found here. An out-of-body experience on a beach in Thailand in 2004 forever changed the trajectory of Michael's life and he is now committed to birthing new forms of civilizations, informed by the vision received in 2004.
Prof Sabine Brunswicker, Tipping Point Community Platform design & digital development, TPS transition research. Prof Brunswicker is a Full Professor for Digital Innovation at Purdue University, and the Founder and Director of its Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI). She is a computational social scientist with a particular focus on open digital innovation who engages with an interdisciplinary group of researchers to predict individual and collective outcomes in open digital innovation. She is an internationally recognized authority in the field of Open Innovation, and chaired the World Economic Forum workshop for "Open innovation as a driver of business and economic transformation" in 2014. She is also known for pioneering Purdue IronHacks, an iterative hacking initiative.
Yanik redefines how business is played in the 21st century at the intersection of more profits, more fun, and more impact. He is the author of several best-selling books including Evolved Enterprise. He is also the founder of Maverick1000, a private, invitation-only global network of top entrepreneurs and industry leaders. This group periodically assembles for breakthrough retreats, rejuvenating experiences, and impact opportunities (to-date raising over $3M+) Yanik was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 50 Favorite Online-Marketing Influencers.
James (Gien) Wong, Co-Founder Stop, Reset, Go: festivals, science & research, database development. Gien currently works at the convergence between open source, circular economy, inequality, terror management, futures studies, anthropology, clean production, anthropocene studies, collective action and citizen-driven whole system change. He collaborates with others on collective action that emerges from a global platform and protocol cooperativism that can shift the current socio- economic paradigm from the MEconomy to the WEconomy. During an earlier corporate career Gien worked on projects with the Canadian Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Thomas J. Lipton (Unilever), NASA, Canadian Pacific Railroad, Clean Energy, Schlumberger, GE Power and Government of Canada.
Tom Harper, Co-Founder Stop, Reset, Go: festivals, music events, circular economies & currencies. Tom is an entertainment industry professional, who has completed a Masters in the Circular Economy (CE) MBA program, receiving a distinction for his dissertation which explored what a whole-system transition to a circular economy for the entertainment industry would look like. Tom is the Director and CE lead at Unusual Rigging Ltd (URL). One of his inter-organisational projects (transitioning the business model to a circular economy) saw URL became selected as a finalist in 'TheCirculars2017', an international award scheme run by the World Economic Forum. Clients include the Olympic Games, Cameron MacIntosh, British Science Museum, V&A, Imperial War Museum, Natural History Museum, Ministry of Defence, Westminster City Council, London Mayor's Office and the Jordanian Royal family. Tom spent 10 years as an actor. This experience gave him the ability to stimulate creative thinking as well as refining professional presentation, exploring new narratives and enhancing his communication skills.
Sheri Herndon Sheri is an evolutionary leader, social innovator and embodied mystic. She shares a passion for cultivating regenerative culture, community and movement building, with a focus on coherence in social systems, scaling collective intelligence, and anchoring both in the heart’s wisdom. This through hosting powerful conversations and containers for building the 21st century capacities for a thriving civilization. She serves the healing of the earth and the healing of all people through enabling connection, social synergy and the beauty way. As a long-time social innovator with numerous successes that have had a profound impact in human culture, she directs her energy toward conscious leaders, projects and initiatives that are moving us toward a thriving future. For the last 25 years, she has worked in the fields of media, technology and consciousness studies all toward developing new forms for civilization to be fully actualized. She is an exceptional navigator at the edge of cultural innovation and tracking trends and ‘trim tabs’ for the greatest social impact.
Ralph Thurm, Managing Director, R3.0: Ralph Thurm is a leading professional in sustainable innovation and strategy, operational sustainability, sustainability change management, sustainability reporting, and ThriveAbility. With about 30 years of experience working for major corporates, industry federations, governments, NGOs and advisory services globally, Ralph adds value as an advisor, trainer, facilitator, moderator and writer on a huge variety of sustainability topics. He is the Founder & Managing Director of A|HEAD|ahead, a management advisory focused on sustainable transformation and strategic positioning. In 2012 Ralph co-founded the Reporting 3.0, a non-profit that instigates change towards a decision-useful new reporting impetus for a green, inclusive & open economy. In 2019 this platform changed its name to just r3.0 for redesign, resilience and regeneration. He was also appointed the first Managing Director of OnCommons gGmbH, the not-for profit home of r3.0. Earlier, Ralph accepted roles as Director Engagement at GISR (2014-2017) and as senior advisor at various organizations and networks, including UNIDO, the Dutch Transparency Benchmark, Turntoo and Katerva.
We are deeply grateful for the wise and caring individuals who jointly make up the TPS Advisory Council. These individuals help guide TPS toward its stated mission of a thriving world for all.
"I am keen to serve on the Advisory Council for Tipping Point Systems because of its core recognition of the unique opportunity to avert negative tipping points of ecological and social degeneration by triggering positive tipping points of human consciousness to activate the evolution of regenerative culture.” ~ Bill Baue, Senior Director R3.0.
Anita, Aztec and Mexican-American, is a published author, consultant, trainer and executive coach who has worked for four decades of providing training and coaching to tens of thousands of global leaders and their teams in diversity and inclusion, leadership, culture and positive change. She specializes in indigenous wisdom, diversity and inclusion, leadership, culture and promoting positive change in our world. She is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and the author of the international bestseller, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times.
Chief Phil Lane Jr.
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations and is an internationally recognized leader in human, community, and economic development. During the past 50 years, Brother Phil has worked with Indigenous Peoples from the Americas, Micronesia, South East Asia, China, India, Bhutan, Hawaii, and Africa. He served 16 years as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (1980-1996).
Puna Kalama Dawson
Keikilaniwahinealiiopuna (Puna) Kalama Dawson lives on Kauai, Hawaii. As record keeper of the Hawaiian culture and history, she is an internationally honored elder of the Hawaiian islands. Her family-roots take her far back in time. Her direct ancestors are found in the royal family of the time of the Hawaiian kingdom, as well as in the lineages of the hula masters (kahula), the lua masters (kalua) and the seers (kahuna). Puna travels in the footprints of her ancestors (amongst other destinations) to Europe to strengthen the cultural bridges and to support world peace.
Susan focuses on conscious leadership for the positive evolution of all life. She has spent 20 years in the areas of leadership consulting, emotional intelligence, resonant technology and better understanding human dynamics to successfully transition through these global changes.
Susan currently works to bring ethics, integrity and global team cohesion to the field of new energy technology. Susan has worked with the Resonance Project Foundation as a Director. She was involved in key organizational initiatives where science and consciousness could healthily integrate, led communication strategies and talent selection.
Lori is an extremely in-demand creative strategist, speaker and trainer whose agency has been creating award-winning, sales-generating direct mail, online promotions, space advertising, and design for more than 20 years. Her clients have included such prestigious names as Hyatt Hotels, Kay Jewelers, Forbes, The Motley Fool, Oprah Winfrey’s O’s Big Book of Happiness, The Agora Companies and National Geographic. Lori is a member of AWAI’s Program Advisory Board, and the author of their Ultimate Guide to Building a Highly Profitable Graphic Design Business. International design is one of her specialties, and in addition to the U.S. and Canada, she has worked with and trained clients in Singapore, Bonn, China, Germany, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, London and Colombia.
Janice is President, Natural Network International -- a business development, marketing and trends forecasting company, specializing in natural health, organic, environment and sustainability policy, issues and products. Her mission is to work with people and projects of integrity that stimulate conscious, inclusive economics which foster the move from competition to collaboration. Expertise in demographics and psychographics fuels her passion to target and precipitate tipping point movements that foster a healthy, socially just, regenerative and thriving world.
Chloë Goodchild is author of The Naked Voice – Transform Your Life through the Power of Sound (2015). She is director of The Naked Voice (1990) and its Charitable Foundation (2004), an international community, dedicated to the practice and evolution of compassionate communication. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloë’s discovery of inner sound and silence, and has led to a lifetime’s research of the human voice as one of humanity’s most untapped resources for personal and global health and well-being.
Lawrence is a global catalyst, environmentalist, businessman, and visionary thinker. He is the Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, a UN Inter Governmental Organisation which assists and enables in the implementation of the SDGs on behalf of those Countries with which it has Treaties. Lawrence is a trustee of the Dakia Global Foundation, and sits as director on a number of subsidiary Boards managing the Hotel Joint Venture with the Universal Music Group (UMG).
David L. Deutsch
David is a world-renowned direct response copywriter, marketing strategist, author, and copywriting coach. He is the author of Million Dollar Marketing Secrets as well as Think Inside the Box!, an acclaimed book on generating ideas. He has also written a memory course and co-authored a guidebook to Bermuda. David started at the renowned advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather on Madison Avenue, working with clients such as Merrill Lynch, General Foods, and American Express. He then switched to direct response, where he has generated almost a billion dollars in direct sales for leading direct response marketers, entrepreneurs and publishers. David supervises, coaches, and trains writers and copy teams in the U.S. and around the world – including Germany, China, Singapore, England, Columbia, and Romania.
Tomas is the Founder of Ekskäret Foundation in Stockholm and Emerge. The mission of the foundation is to facilitate personal development and social change with the aim to help create a more conscious society. He is a member of the Club of Rome, a fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science and an ex-investment banker. He is the author of a number of books, including The Market Myth, The World We Create and The Nordic Secret, in which he explores the German concept of Bildung.
Alexander is a polycultural systems scientist, residing in Argentina. He was the 57th President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), known for his work on systems theories and "education ecosystems". He, furthermore, is the President of the Board of Directors of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS), based in Vienna, Austria. He also functions as the Director of Development at the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research (L-INPR), which is based in Lucca, Italy.
Michael is a filmmaker and entrepreneur who seeks to uncover new stories and technologies beyond the popular perception of what's considered possible. After studying film & TV at NYU, he became a creative executive in LA and later a development executive for a Hollywood literary agency. In 2013, he cofounded a quantum physics R&D company that develops apps and hardware that interact with the subconscious mind of the user non locally. His 2017 documentary Unacknowledged became a global #1 hit and remains a top trending Netflix film to this day.
As an internationally recognized expert on ThriveAbility, Sustainability Context, and Online Stakeholder Engagement, Bill designs systemic transformation at global, company, and community levels. A serial entrepreneur, he’s co-founder of a number of companies and initiatives: ThriveAbility Foundation, Sustainability Context Group, Convetit and Sea Change Radio. He works with organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, including AccountAbility, Audubon, Ceres, GE, Global Compact, Harvard, UNCTAD, UNEP, Walmart, and Worldwatch Institute.
Dr. Elisabet is an internationally known evolution biologist, futurist, author, business consultant and speaker. Citizen of the USA and Greece, she lives in Hawaii, where she is Professor in Residence at Chaminade University. Fellow of the World Business Academy and member of the World Wisdom Council, her post-doctoral fellowship tenure was at the American Museum of Natural History in New York; she taught at MIT and the University of Massachusetts, was a UN Consultant on indigenous peoples, a science writer for the Nova-Horizon series, taught in a sustainable business MBA program and organized the Hokkaido Foundations of Science Symposium in 2008 and another in Kuala Lumpur in 2009.
Rollin is executive vice president and director of research of HeartMath Institute. He is director of research and project coordinator of the Global Coherence Monitoring System. He is a psychophysiologist and a professor at Florida Atlantic University. His research interests include the physiology of emotion, with a focus on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior and health. He and his team regularly participate in studies with scientific, medical and educational institutions worldwide.
Dan coined the term ‘Carbon Neutral’. He has worked in sustainability within SME, music and film industries his entire career. Dan has enabled scores of well-known musical acts, movies and festivals to go ‘Carbon Neutral’ by planting trees and has created and maintained 300+ forests worldwide. These forest carbon projects are protecting 3.1 million hectares, benefiting over 840,000 local people and safeguarding 425 IUNC species.
For five decades, Gail Taylor has been practicing and facilitating group genius, instructional design and experiential learning. She uses a synergistic mutual learning approach to link diverse parties, dissolve blocks of unhealthy competition, and enable organizations and communities to tap into tacit group genius and entrepreneurial knowledge. Gail taught first in public and private schools. Gail’s work and philosophy in education expanded to the business and government communities when she and her husband, Matt Taylor, and they co-founded MG Taylor Corporation and knOwhere Inc.
Sabine van Baaren
Sabine is a professional singer, musician, composer and sound healer. Her career began at the age of eight, with Herman van Veen and Corry Brokken. She has composed many songs for well known artists and sung with Jon Lord, Pe Werner, Trio Rio, Charlie Mariano, Phil Carmen, Fury in the Slaughterhouse, Winnie Hsin, Peter Kraus, Purple Schulz, Sydney Youngblood, Mick Karn, and Miguel Rios.