Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, trained in economic and social history and then in epidemiology. Over more than 30 years Richard has played a formative role in research and public awareness of health inequalities and the social determinants of health.
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. For over 35 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.
Although Mark Bittman never formally trained as a chef, his pursuits as a curious and tenacious foodie have made him a casual culinary master. After a decade as the “Minimalist,” Bittman has emerged a respected spokesperson on all things edible: He’s concerned about the ecological and health impacts of our modern diet, which he characterizes as overwhelmingly meat-centered and hooked on fast food.
Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech. He researches theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, gravitation, and quantum mechanics, with a particular interest in learning about fundamental physics by studying the structure and evolution of the universe. He is especially interested in inflation, the arrow of time, and how quantum mechanics intersects with cosmology.
Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says.
Bill Drayton is a social entrepreneur and currently the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. He is also chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working! After studying at Harvard, Yale, and Oxford, he worked for McKinsey and the EPA, and then founded Ashoka. He has received many awards for his achievements.
Anthony Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School. A former Dean of Yale Law School, Professor Kronman teaches in the areas of contracts, bankruptcy, jurisprudence, social theory, and professional responsibility. He is the author of the book, “Education’s End”.
Barry Schwartz is Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Action at Swarthmore College, and author of the books: The Costs of Living: How Market Freedom Erodes the Best Things in Life; The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less; The Battle for Human Nature: Science, Morality, and Modern Life.
Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. He has been teaching political philosophy at Harvard for more than 30 years. He is the author of the books, Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?, and, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.
Thomas L. Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and author of the books: “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind In The World It Invented and How We Can Come Back” and “Hot, Flat, and Crowded; Why We Need A Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America”.
Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, and is the author of thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.