Keynote

Frank White is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he earned a Master of Philosophy degree in politics. He is a leading thinker and advocate on the topic of space exploration and its impact on human thought and society. He first published The Overview Effect in 1987 and has since authored, co-authored, or edited nine other books, including Think About Space and The March of the Millennia (with Isaac Asimov), The SETI Factor, and The New Camelot. The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution is now in its third edition, and Frank is currently working on the fourth edition. He is co-founder of the Overview Institute, created in 2008 to communicate the nature and psychosocial impact of the space experience to the space community and the general public. 


Speakers

Annahita Nezami is a psychological therapist with over thirteen years with specialisations in The Overview Effect, attachment psychology, postnatal depression, personality disorders and positive technologies for mental health. She is passionate about promoting wellbeing in society on micro and macro levels. She feels strongly that we all need to broaden our knowledge on mental health issues early on, as well as develop the appropriate coping skills to face the challenges of life.  Her aim is to encourage psychologists to candidly consider ‘bigger questions’ surrounding social injustice, exclusion, and mental health awareness. She stresses that the role of psychologists should not merely focus on individual well-being but the well-being of entire societies. She recently completed her doctoral research in Counselling Psychology at City University London on the topic of ‘astronaut experiences of Earth gazing’. Annahita found that Earth gazing is a deeply meaningful experience that elicits powerful emotions such as awe, wonder, gratitude, reverence and humility. She suggests Earth gazing can trigger transformative emotions, motivate positive attitudinal and behavioral change and can help us reconsider societal values. In view of this, she discusses the importance of harnessing this experience via virtual reality and other positive technologies to use within a therapeutic context and to promote social good. 

Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called “the voice for conscious evolution of our time,” by Deepak Chopra. A prolific author of 9 books, visionary social innovator and educator she is co-founder and co-chair of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and president of Evolutionary Adademy. During 2017 to 2018 she is producing a year long global intensive: “Awaken the Species” with Humanity’s Team and Steve Farrell (AwakenNewSpecies.com). She is Co-Chair of the Center of Integral Wisdom and is writing three books with the Center President Marc Gafni to Evolve the Source Code of our Culture. She co-produced with Shift Network  “Birth 2012: Co-Creating A Planetary Shift in Time.”  In 1984  her name was placed in nomination for the Vice Presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket, proposing a “Peace Room as Sophisticated as a War Room:  -- an Office for the Future to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in the world. She also co-chaired a number of Soviet-American Citizen Summits and 25 conferences in the U.S. introducing a new conferencing process called SYNCON for synergistic convergence. She is a co-founder of The Association for New Thought (AGNT), the World Future Society, and a member of the Club of Budapest.

Lars Moratis is a professor of sustainable business at Antwerp Management School and the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. His teaching and research activities focus on sustainability strategy and implementation, new business models, the credibility of corporate sustainability claims, and the psychology of sustainability, and ‘sustainability intelligence’. Lars is an active propagator of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education. One of his main goals is to help educate new generations of business leaders. He holds a PhD in management sciences and has written and (co-)edited several books, academic articles, practitioner-oriented articles and op-eds in Dutch newspapers about topics regarding sustainable business. Having an entrepreneurial attitude, Lars is also the founder of ImpactAcademy, through which he aims to stimulate cross-disciplinary thinking with sustainability practitioners, and TGTHR, a magazine and online platform for sustainability practitioners. He currently lives in France, together with his wife and three children.

Richard Whitehurst is an Ericksonian psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, author, Earth-poet, and founder and director of The Overview Institute of Australia. He has been steadily immersed in contemplating imagery of the Earth from space since it first became available in the 1960’s and 70’s. His eventual exposure to two books: Frank White’s The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution – and Kevin W. Kelly’s The Home Planet - catalysed his impulse to create something tangible in the southern hemisphere to deepen awareness of the realities of our contextual circumstance ... as one human family bound together within, and as part of, the fragile film of the Earth’s biosphere. He has over 40 years experience in teaching awareness-enhancing processes, over 25 years in the use of modern mytho-poetic/hypnotic language patterns and altered-state work, and decades in presenting visionary topics through public speaking events. He is excited, grateful, and honoured to be involved in the transformational team-work, goals and visions of The Overview Institute of Australia in conjunction with the rest of the global overview community. www.overviewinstituteaustralia.org

Felix Hoch studied biology, studies of religion, Japanese studies and philosophy in Munich and Tokio. He wrote his doctoral thesis on methodological integration in interdisciplinary meditation research. Training as integral-systemic personal and business coach and in Design Thinking. He had his first "initiation" to the power of the planetary perspective watching the documentary ‘Blue Planet’ in an IMAX theatre, being deeply touched by the immersive images. In 2010, he came across Frank White`s book ‘The Overview Effect’. Working as coach and facilitator in change and innovation projects he became interested in the question of 'How to apply the planetary perspective for transformation?'. He started to develop a conceptual framework and to explore the question in workshop and event formats. His most recent engagement is to support and connect the emerging scene of individuals and organisations interested in bringing the planetary perspective and Overview Effect down to Earth. He enjoys being in nature, with friends, practicing Zen meditation, and shifting perspectives. 

Hans Gubbels fascinated about the world around him went to study Mechanical Engineering. He started working in different companies and positions, also gaining degrees in technical computer science and marketing. Working for an amusement ride manufacturer and got first introduced to the power of storytelling and sensory experiences. Next, he started his own business developing concepts for the theme park industry, world exhibitions and visitor attractions. After 10 years at age of 40 he sold his business, after which he landed in Kerkrade to lead an existing technology museum. In the last 10 years he has dedicated his time and energy to grow this museum to a world unique ensemble of an experience, museum and discovery center covering the topics of earth, design and science and technology. These institutions, Columbus, Cube and Continuum are designed as open institutions for storytelling, engagement, debate and co-creation between visitors and knowledge about the world around us and the earth on which we live. The mission is empowerment of citizens, offering a platform for finding a sustainable future together. Through meetings with astronauts and his background in experience concepts he came up with the idea of realizing a world unique theater attempting to bring the Overview Effect to large crowds, the Columbus Earth Theater. Hans is an empathic, creative, and international orientated entrepreneur and eloquent speaker.  

Philippe Ailleris is a project controller for an Earth Observation Satellite at the European Space Agency (ESA). His childhood fascination with astronomy and space exploration brought him to his current employment in the space sector and, more recently, interest in Remote Sensing, Sustainable Development, Exobiology and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). In 2009 he founded the UAP Observations Reporting Scheme Project, which he initiated autonomously under the framework of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

Erik Schoppen is a speaker about brain, brand, behavior trust and leadership. He is a brand expert and behavioral/social neuroscientist, and co-author of the bestseller Strategic Brand Management (2015). As a PhD candidate/researcher, he is conducting research into sustainable trust-networks in the brain at the University of Groningen (Faculty of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology). His research aims to determine whether a sustainable pro-social strategy leads to durable behavior change (resulting in a higher trust in a sustainable future economy). He is initiator of WorldBrainWave.com - Social Neuroscience for a Sustainable Future, an online research platform. His mission is to promote future-oriented sustainable thinking, trust and leadership, as it motivates people and businesses to change their behavior and develop a more positive look towards the future. 

Govert Derix is a writer, philosopher, consultant and columnist. He published extensively on many subjects, including philosophy, the Amazon, architecture, new ways of management and sustainability. As a novellist he was praised for his novel ‘Sterrenmoord’ (‘Star Slaugther’) in which humanity is confronted with the disappearance of all the stars. His last novel is titled ‘Mensheid is een brief aan jou’ (‘Humanity is a letter to you’), a heartbreaking story about what might happen when our civilisations pass the point of no return, and on how society can become poetical again. His ‘anti-novel’ ‘De wereldomwandelaar’ (‘The man who walked the world around’, on the discovery of the Theory of Everything and the construction of a ‘Observatory of Self’ near Santiago de Compostela) was called a new Jules Verne.

Derix was nominated for the Socrates Prize for his pioneering study ‘Ayahuasca, een kritiek van de psychedelische rede’ (also available in German) in 2004. With governor Léon Frissen he wrote books on Europe (‘Eurosofie’) and the Rhenish Model and with major Petra Dassen a book on happiness in the social domain. Govert is a friend of the Beethoven Haus in Bonn. He feels at home in Maastricht, Brussels and Brazil. 


Artists

Caspar Noyons born 1988 in Amsterdam raised in France studied Architecture at the TU Delft and is now a practicing artist based in Amsterdam. Through drawing, installation, writing and performance Caspar Noyons main interest is to research the cultural value of science. How can art allow for scientific facts to acces our collective unconscious and become part of the global story of humanity? With "Songs to the Earth" (2014) Humanity, played by an actor was put next to the earth on a couch during a session of couple counseling, discussing the problems in their relationship. In 2016 "The Speed of Light Project" was shown during the Amsterdam Lightfestival, an immersive scale model of the solar system where the visitor accompanied with stories of science and mythology could walk the distance between the earth and the sun at the relative speed of light. Caspar's latest project "Earth Rise" (2017) is a sculpture of the earth and the moon, where the visitor can walk through space and experience the "Overview Effect". 

Daniela de Paulis is an interdisciplinary artist based in The Netherlands. Since October 2009 she is the first artist in residence at the Dwingeloo radio telescope and ASTRON (www.astron.nl) where she developed, together with the CAMRAS and the ASTRON team, a technology called Visual Moonbounce. She is currently a guest researcher at ASCA (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis), University of Amsterdam, developing her research on Interstellar Transmissions. Since 2010 she has been collaborating with the international collective Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), as the founder and director of the AstroArts programme. She is a member of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) committee, the only worldwide forum for SETI scientists, as the speaker for SETI and culture.


Moderator

Govert Derix is a writer, philosopher, consultant and columnist. He published extensively on many subjects, including philosophy, the Amazon, architecture, new ways of management and sustainability. As a novellist he was praised for his novel ‘Sterrenmoord’ (‘Star Slaugther’) in which humanity is confronted with the disappearance of all the stars. His last novel is titled ‘Mensheid is een brief aan jou’ (‘Humanity is a letter to you’), a heartbreaking story about what might happen when our civilisations pass the point of no return, and on how society can become poetical again. His ‘anti-novel’ ‘De wereldomwandelaar’ (‘The man who walked the world around’, on the discovery of the Theory of Everything and the construction of a ‘Observatory of Self’ near Santiago de Compostela) was called a new Jules Verne.

Derix was nominated for the Socrates Prize for his pioneering study ‘Ayahuasca, een kritiek van de psychedelische rede’ (also available in German) in 2004. With governor Léon Frissen he wrote books on Europe (‘Eurosofie’) and the Rhenish Model and with major Petra Dassen a book on happiness in the social domain. Govert is a friend of the Beethoven Haus in Bonn. He feels at home in Maastricht, Brussels and Brazil.