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NewMo Catalyst and Team Profiles

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The New Modality is about experiments in culture — and the people who do those experiments. NewMo Catalysts are people who do things we admire. They also help us stay accountable to our values. To learn more about Catalysts (or nominate someone to be one), check out the Catalyst FAQ.

Our advisors, team, and contributors are also really great :)

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Catalyst: William Bryant Miles

williambryantmiles is a theatre innovator, co-creator of the production company Show:UP!, and a native of Brooklyn....

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Catalyst: Helena Puig Larrauri

Helena Puig Larrauri is an expert in digital peacebuilding, currently experimenting with ways to depolarize conversations on social media....

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Catalyst: Whitney Beltrán

Whitney Beltrán, a.k.a. “Strix,” is an award-winning narrative designer and co-creator of feminine horror game 'Bluebeard's Bride.'...

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Catalyst: Ajit George

Ajit George is both director of operations for an educational non-profit in India, and a writer of speculative fiction games....

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Catalyst: Shanna McIntyre

Shanna McIntyre is founder and chief data officer at Delos Insurance, an insurance tech startup that's using satellite data, AI, and climate modeling to make disaster predictions more accurate....

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Book Review: The Metamodernist Movement

A review of the "metamodernist” school of "Hanzi Freinacht" — an optimistic worldview that hopes to address sustainability, inequality, and alienation....

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Catalyst: Louis Evans

Louis Evans is a science fiction writer in New York City. His work has been published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Interzone, Escape Pod, and other markets....

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Catalyst: Ann Ravel

Ann Ravel is former chair of the Federal Election Commission and an expert in online disinformation and digital political advertising....

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Catalyst: Midori

Midori is both a multidisciplinary artist and a globetrotting educator delivering sexuality, BDSM, and personal empowerment workshops....

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Catalyst: Dan Gerbang

Dan Gerbang is a performing artist. Audiences have said: "Amazing! So fun! What’s wrong with you?"...

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Production: Michael J. Seidlinger

Michael J. Seidlinger is a writer, editor, founder of the small press Civil Coping Mechanisms, and co-founder of literary arts partnership The Accomplices. He also helps NewMo with production....

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Events & Marketing: Brooke Daily

Brooke Daily is an event producer and artist working with organizations like DanceSafe and Organ House. She also helps NewMo with events and marketing....

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Catalyst: Terry Johnson

Terry D. Johnson teaches bioengineering and says, "By teaching, I hope to give students the tools that they will need to repair me as I get older."...

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Catalyst: Jericha Senyak

Jericha Senyak is an interdisciplinary artist, an accountant, and an arts accountant working to make financial literacy easy for artists....

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Catalyst: Jane Hu

Jane Hu is a fine art, performance, and travel photographer who has also done lots of work in digital media strategy....

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Catalyst: Rose Broome

Rose Broome is an entrepreneur and political organizer who founded HandUp, a direct donation system for people experiencing homelessness. She's also an alumna of the NewMo core team....

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Catalyst: Hakan Seyalioglu

Hakan Seyalioglu is a cryptographer and game designer whose most recent game is about Nicaraguan sign language....

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Catalyst: Tom Stahl

Tom Stahl is an award-winning travel, landscape, and architecture photographer who believes we must radically alter our relationship to nature....

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Catalyst: Jessica Outlaw

Jessica Outlaw, M.S., is a culture and behavior researcher in immersive tech and spatial computing and founder of the Outlaw Center of Immersive Behavioral Science....

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Catalyst: John Law

John Law is a legendary culture-jamming artist: co-founder of the Cacophony Society, member of the Suicide Club, and co-founder of Burning Man....

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Catalyst: Dorothy Santos

Dorothy R. Santos is a Filipina American writer and artist whose academic interests include digital art, computational media, games, and biotechnology....

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Advisor: Jonathan Stray

Jonathan Stray is a computational journalist who has worked at ProPublica, the Associated Press, and more. He's also a researcher at the Partnership on AI....

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Catalyst: Zarinah Agnew

Zarinah Agnew is a neuroscientist and radical activist who devotes lots of time to supporting co-living spaces and advocating for prison justice....

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Advisor: Nick Pinkston

Nick Pinkston is an entrepreneur with a history in hardware and the Maker Movement, plus he's a political organizer....

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Advisor: Ben Aldern

Ben Aldern is an entrepreneur and data scientist who cares about how the biosphere will flourish over the next 100 years and beyond....

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Catalyst: Michael Middleton

Michael T. Middleton currently serves as the creative director for SeedBolt Studios, where he drives world building, character design, and creative development projects....

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Catalyst: William Winters

William Winters is an organizer and strategist in both the world of progressive politics, and the sex-positive community....

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Catalyst: Misha Bonaventura

Misha Bonaventura co-produces Bonobo Tribe, an adult sex-positive community, and works broadly towards consent culture....

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Catalyst: David Jay

David Jay is the founder of the world's largest asexual community, one of the first people to take advantage of California's law enabling third parent adoption, plus an amazing movement-builder...

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Catalyst: Jun Axup

Jun Axup is a biotechnologist, entrepreneur, investor, artist, musician, and community-builder....

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Catalyst: Abraham Burickson

Abraham Burickson is artistic director of Odyssey Works, an art collective whose work the New York Times calls “a beautiful inefficiency."...

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Catalyst: Alexandros Pagidas

Alexandros is a Greek philosopher and entrepreneur whose work is notable for its idealism and ambition. His interests include morality, spirituality, heroism, beauty, and how to live....

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Catalyst: Todd Masonis

Todd Masonis founded a tech startup and then Dandelion Chocolate, a highly transparent and values-oriented chocolate company....

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Catalyst: Elaine Wherry

Elaine Wherry grew up on a Missouri goat farm, became an experienced tech founder, and then co-created a chocolate factory....

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Catalyst: Anna Lewis

Anna Lewis is a biotech researcher and a fellow-in-residence between Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Center for Bioethics....

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Catalyst: Samo Burja

Samo Burja's research focuses on the institutions, and the social and material technologies, that provide the foundation for healthy human societies....

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Catalyst: Sarah Henry

Sarah Henry's freelance design projects range from digital governance platforms, to mobile apps for the classroom, to experimental artificial intelligence, to digital art....

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Catalyst: Benjamin Wachs

Benjamin Wachs is often described as a core member of Burning Man’s Philosophical Center and is the founder of the Institute of Magical Historicity....

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Catalyst: Jason Porath

Jason Porath created "Rejected Princesses" and "Tough Mothers," two book-series celebrating the lives of little-known women with illustrated histories of their lives....

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Catalyst: Alana Corbett

Alana Corbett is an experience designer and curator who works across technology, music, and art. She's also the head of programming for Today at Apple....

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Catalyst: Benja Juster

Benja Juster is an immersive artist and creative producer with a bottomless appetite for culture....

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Catalyst: Jim Pugh

Jim Pugh co-founded the Universal Income Project, a nonprofit devoted to the expansion of economic security and human dignity....

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Catalyst: Alexander Rose

Alexander Rose is an expert in combat robots, an industrial designer, and the executive director of The Long Now Foundation, which is building an all-mechanical 10,000 Year Clock....

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Catalyst: Jessica Carew Kraft

Jessica Carew Kraft is an independent journalist trained in cultural anthropology, a certified California Naturalist, and an advocate of rewilding....

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Catalyst: Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman is the editor and publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and a tireless advocate for writers....

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Catalyst: Michael Garfield

Michael Garfield is a "paleontologist-futurist" – a multimedia artist whose work grounds conversations about the future in a deep study of Big History....

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Catalyst: Valerie Beltran

Valerie Beltrán is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma (EMDR), polyamory, and adolescents, and also has an interest in how tech can expand consciousness....

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Designer: Jenna Van Hout

Jenna is a visual designer who has worked with non-profits, political campaigns, Fortune 500 companies, startups, financial institutions, and everything in between....

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Interviewer: Alicia Chen

Alicia Chen is an aspiring data scientist, mental health researcher, and NewMo interviewer....

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Editor: Michael Coren

Michael Coren is a technology and business journalist who has swum from Alcatraz to San Francisco and has a special interest in climate change....

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Catalyst: Cathy Reisenwitz

Cathy Reisenwitz is a widely-published writer whose personal newsletter is aptly titled Sex and the State....

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Editor: Katie MacBride

Katie MacBride is an Associate Editor at Anxy Magazine, and her writing has been published in Rolling Stone and many other fine places....