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Speaker lineup & registration for ivoh’s 2014 summit

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We call it Restorative Narrative

It’s the kind of story that emerges after a disruption of some sort. It tells the tough story but also reveals opportunities and signs of recovery and resilience. We’re interested in stories like these in all mediums — journalism, film, gaming, advertising and more.

From June 26-29, we’ll come together for our annual Mindful Media Summit in the Catskills, beginning with a retreat. During the summit, we’ll look at some of the best restorative narratives we can find, celebrate with awards, and continue our inquiry into the ways the media works as a force for good. You can find a full schedule of events here.

The summit will be held at Peace Village, a retreat center in Haines Falls, New York. Summit attendees can stay at Peace Village free of charge, though most people make $100 donations for each night that they stay — to cover the cost of lodging, meals and snacks. You can register for the summit by clicking this link or filling out the form below. All single rooms at Peace Village are booked, and overall lodging is almost full, so it’s possible some people who register after May 23 will need to stay off-site.

Featured speakers and performers include:


Andrea Elliott SO3396 Naum Kazhdan/The New York TimesAndrea Elliott wrote The New York Times’ award-winning “Invisible Child” story on child homelessness, which she’ll talk about at the summit. While at the Times, she’s written extensively about Islam in a post-9/11 America. In 2007, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her series “An Imam in America” about an immigrant Muslim leader in Brooklyn. Elliott previously covered immigration, Latin American politics and crime for The Miami Herald.




RuthFremson2Ruth Fremson of The New York Times photographed the “Invisible Child” story. Shortly after the story ran, Fremson wrote about the experience of photographing extreme poverty in the U.S. and abroad. Fremson, whose work will be on display at the summit, was part of a team that won a Pulitzer in 2002 for its breaking news photography of the Sept. 11 attacks. Fremson was also part of the Associated Press team that won a 1999 Pulitzer for its work on the Clinton impeachment.



KevinFaganmugKevin Fagan is a veteran reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. Prior to the Chronicle, he worked at several organizations including BBC Radio in London and the Oakland Tribune. He specializes in enterprise news-feature writing and breaking news, taking particular pleasure in ferreting out stories others might not find. While covering homelessness full-time from 2003 to 2006, Fagan produced more than 200 high-impact dailies and packages that helped drive city and national policy, comparing housing and counseling programs in the Bay Area and throughout the nation.



YorubaRichen2Yoruba Richen is director, producer and writer of “The New Black,” a documentary film about how the African American community is grappling with LGBT civil rights issues. Yoruba has produced and directed films around the world, including “Promised Land” and “Sisters of the Good Death.” Previously, she was an associate producer for ABC News’ investigative unit and a producer for Democracy Now. Yoruba, a Guggenheim Fellow, teaches documentary film at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.



DavidBornstein2David Bornstein is co-founder of The Solutions Journalism Network and co-author of The New York Times’ “Fixes” column, where he explores and analyzes solutions to social problems. He writes regularly about social innovation and is the author of “How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas”; “The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank”; and “Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.” Prior to creating the Solutions Journalism Network, Bornstein created the website


GayatriNaraineGayatri Naraine will lead the retreat on the first day of the summit, June 26. She has been at the core of ivoh since its inception and was among the main organizers of the first ivoh Conversation in New York City in 1999. Since then, she has facilitated conversations in Africa, Malaysia and various locations in the United States. Gayatri is a spiritual educator, writer and speaker. Since 1980 she has been the Brahma Kumaris’ (BK) representative to the United Nations in New York City. There, her role is to identify UN policies that have practical relevance for individuals’ lives; to explore and develop values-based and spiritual dimensions within these; and to create programs and publications to expand awareness through the BK’s network in 120 countries. Gayatri was pivotal in the development of the Living Values Education program, working closely with UNICEF and UNESCO in its implementation. She has also contributed to the International Labor Organization’s Agenda on Decent Work in their consultation with NGOs. Gayatri has spent the last ten years exploring the transformational depth of silent reflection and the impact it has on actions for world benefit.


AnhDomugAnh Do writes about multicultural communities at the Los Angeles Times. A second-generation journalist, she started her career at the Dallas Morning News, the Seattle Times and the Orange County Register, where she wrote a column on Asian affairs, before working as vice president of Nguoi Viet Daily News, the nation’s largest Vietnamese-language publication, founded by her late father. Her reporting has taken her to England, Guatemala, Peru, India, Vietnam, Cuba and Mexico. In one of her recent stories, she transformed reports of a brutal attack against a young woman into a compelling story about compassion, care and love.


ScottFarwellScott Farwell, a senior general assignment reporter at The Dallas Morning News, describes himself as a “newshound and storyteller.” He recently wrote a compelling eight-part series, “Girl in the Closet,” about a girl who was abused and locked in a closet as a child and is now rebuilding her life years later. Farwell was a 2014 Pulitzer finalist in the feature writing category for his “Girl in the Closet” series.




DyannaTaylorDyanna Taylor has been in the film business since 1972. Her primary emphasis has been on directing and cinematography. She has shot feature narratives around the world including “Yellow Handkerchief,” “Stop Loss,” “North Country” and “The Missing.” Her feature documentary credits include “The Killer Within” by Macky Alson, “What I Want My Words To Do To You” by Eve Ensler and “Inspirations” by Michael Apted.




Ozioma Zebra main cropped2Ozioma Egwuonwu, the founder of BurnBright International LLC, is an internationally recognized speaker,  strategist, and certified motivational coach. Over the past decade, Ozioma has served as a Vice President in Strategic Planning for several internationally recognized marketing agencies. A leader in the emerging discipline of Transformational Strategy, Ozioma has solved complex strategic problems for a diverse array of clients across a number of product and service categories. Ozioma works with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, small business owners, and a variety of change agents seeking their desired transformation.


MichaelGeorgeMichael George is a freelance travel and portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. His images have appeared in publications such as Popular Mechanics, Runner’s World, and Hello Mr. magazine. He is also a “professional” adventurer. In 2010 he cycled 4,000 miles across the United States to raise money for affordable housing. In 2012/13 he walked over 1,000 miles through southwest France and northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient Christian pilgrimage. Michael’s documentary, “Portrait of a Pilgrim,” was recently selected for publication as a Photo Journal in National Geographic magazine. You can follow his journey on Instagram @migeophoto.


PaulaCrawfordPaula Crawford is a painter with a record of national and international exhibitions and citations. Her solo exhibition in Washington in 2011 recorded a personal passage from disease to recovery, where the paintings themselves revealed a disease and partook in its cure. Crawford is an associate professor of painting at George Mason University’s School of Art, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She co-authored with Kendall Buster “The Critique Handbook,” now in its second edition, and with a new Chinese translation.




JaredORoark2Jared O’Roark is the creator and director of “Project: Shattered Silence,” a documentary that follows the life stories of 46 teenagers in the Tampa Bay area. The project captures “the catharsis of a group of courageous teenagers who were willing to bare their souls, and share their intriguing, heart-wrenching stories of struggle and survival, rejection and acceptance, and ultimately, unwavering hope.”



Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 1.03.39 PMJeanguy Saintus is founder of Ayikodans. He has continuously pushed the limits of modern dance over the past decades. To expand the local pool for dance, Saintus founded Artcho Danse, a dance center and training program for children and adults in Port-au-Prince. He also provides a scholarship program called Dansepyenu (Dance Barefoot) for talented young dancers unable to afford tuition.Saintus organizes cultural exchanges by inviting guest artists from around the world to teach at Artcho Danse, and takes his unique technique globally by teaching master classes. In 2008, Saintus was a recipient of the prestigious Prince Klaus Award in The Netherlands for expanding the possibilities of the dance medium, fostering young talent, and inspiring pride in the strength, beauty and richness of Haitian identity.

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Wilber Blair is a painter and teacher showing regularly in New England. His work has been seen most recently in the Danforth Art Museum’s show “Art and Healing.” He believes wholeheartedly in art’s ability to create positive, meaningful change as it transforms and restores individuals. He hopes his painting speaks of wonderment and awe in ways that words can not.




Morley2Morley Kamen is a singer and songwriter whose music has brought her before policy makers and world leaders, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Ban Ki-moon, Mary Robinson, and Ela Gandhi. Her song “Women of Hope” has been featured in Nobel Women’s Initiative documentaries. Elle Magazine has credited Morley with creating “modern soul music – cerebral lyrics, sultry grooves and vocal sophistication.”




There is no cost to attend the summit, but we ask that participants contribute about $100 a day to help us cover the cost of food and lodging, which we provide. We hope you’ll join us for this year’s summit and invite others who you think might be interested.

When filling out the registration form below, please make sure you scroll all the way down until you see the “submit” button. You can email any questions you might have to ivoh Managing Director Mallary Tenore.