WOMEN INVENTORS AND INNOVATORS
the History & Future of Women Changing the World
Daniel Esbensen is the President of Touch Technologies, Inc. a high-tech company that he co-founded in 1982. He is an inventor and well-known for his highly scalable software solutions to complex problems. Some of the technologies used by the FBI, CIA, and NSA for national and international security are based on his patents. Daniel is also a co-founder of the California Health Medical Reserve Corps., and is involved in many projects using technology for social good.
Bonnie DeVarco is a transdisciplinary researcher, writer and curator of both virtual and physical environments. With an academic background in cultural anthropology, dance ethnology and archives management, she writes and lectures on Design Science, virtual worlds, next generation GIS, visualization technologies and the culture of cyberspace. Bonnie has served as an education technology consultant to non-profit, corporate and educational organizations for over 25 years where she has helped develop multi-institutional programs for distance and media enhanced learning. Bonnie has also served on the boards of a variety of international organizations and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. She was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar with the Media X Research Network at Stanford University 2009-2012, and was chief archivist for the Buckminster Fuller Collection at Stanford University. She continues her research and writing as a Fuller scholar.
Claudia Welss is executive director of the nonprofit organization NextNow Collaboratory, providing thought leadership and nonprofit status for the Inventors and Innovators Mural project. Claudia is a philanthropic visionary who conducts and supports research projects at the intersection of consciousness and sustainability, and has guided many initiatives focused on co-evolution of culture and technology. She serves on many boards and advisory bodies including for the Institute for Noetic Sciences. She spent many years as the director of the Center for Executive Development at the Haas School of Business. Claudia is the leader of a global community of researchers and activists using technology to facilitate connective intelligence. Claudia is based in Berkeley, California.
Eileen Clegg is a visual journalist, author, and leadership consultant working with international nonprofit, business and government leaders on transformational change using real-time visual documentation. She has written numerous books and articles on women's issues, learning, and technology. Eileen is known for her unique form of visual research using large-scale history murals, inspired by her collaboration with computer pioneer Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart. She was a daily news journalist and think tank researcher before she founded her company Visual Insight. She also is co-founder of Future of Talent. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Berkeley, and M.A. in Depth Psychology, with an emphasis on Jungian symbology, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. The Women Inventors and Innovators mural is the culmination of her life's work and passion for using art and technology to facilitate cultural change. Eileen is based on the North Coast of California.
We are grateful to Vinton G. Cerf, creator (with Bob Kahn) of the protocols enabling our Internet today, TCP/IP. Dr. Cerf helped us name women in technology on the mural, and gave us critical early-phase support in all the ways we needed to make this project happen. Dr. Cerf brought the Internet to life, and now he works tirelessly, generously, and cheerfully to bring its value into the individual lives of human beings throughout the world.
We acknowledge with gratitude the insights of Valerie Landau, who was lead writer and collaborator for our book with Dr. Doug Engelbart, The Engelbart Hypothesis, and co-developer of the Co-Evolution of Human and Tool System mural showing a 100+ year history of culture and technology.
Many thanks also to Sequoia Etcheverry, an innovator in her own right who is supporting children and adults to reconnect with Nature as a way to bring balance and health to the world. Sequoia was an original team member on the first mural, creating and implementing systems for the Debategraph database and helping design our icons and mural background. She continues as an advisor on the project.
Blanca Cervantes-Alonso is project organizer, translator, and artist-in-training at Visual Insight. She contributed art and design to the original U.S.-centric Women Inventors and Innovators mural. She is beginning work on our second mural that will focus on Latin America. Blanca has a deep interest in design, bringing beauty and functionality to physical spaces and technology. She is a volunteer in education as the mother of a 4-year-old son. Blanca is based in Northern California.
David Price is the co-founder of Debategraph, the interactive database behind the Women Inventors and Innovators mural that also is a global dynamic knowledge repository used by government leaders including the White House and EU, international media, universities, organizations, and nonprofits. Debategraph enables us to take a whole systems approach, turning information into insight. Prior to founding DebateGraph with Peter Baldwin, David was a consultant and public policy advisor, and has worked with various public and private sector organizations including: the BBC, the European Commission, CNN, the UK Prime Minister’s Office, HM Treasury, Ofcom and Virgin TV. David holds a Ph.D. in organisational learning and environmental policy from University of Cambridge and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from University of Bath. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. David is based in Somerset, England.
Ellen Lovelidge is a visual journalist who has worked with Visual Insight since 2010. She has worked with many leadership groups, and has a special interest in collaboration among different organizations, creating alignment of aspirations and strategy. Ellen has held positions with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Federal Health Futures Group, coordinating federal agencies. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Penn State, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Ellen's pivotal involvement in the Women Inventors and Innovators mural project reflects her commitment to a safer and healthier world, where women are fully represented. Ellen is based in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Richard Hertz is an entrepreneur and teacher. His consultancy Hertz Research specializes in public opinion polling, market research, software and database development. Clients include large market television entities such as ABC-TV Network-Owned stations, newspapers including the Sacramento Bee, and many private entities, government bodies, and NGO’s. His current research specialties are developing voter engagement programs targeting millennials, and making campaign finance data more transparent to the media and public. Past career lives include a 13-season stint in professional baseball where he developed groundbreaking digital video and in-game, predictive statistical applications for major league players. Richard is also a longtime Lecturer in Political Science at Sonoma State University and Sonoma County coastal resident.
Eileen Clegg, Vint Cerf and Valerie Landau
Bill Daul is well known in Silicon Valley for his acumen in building and sustaining networks of people. These connections are wide and deep, creating meaningful and productive relationships across broad geographic and subject matter areas. He is the nexus of the NextNow Network, creating partnerships, collaborations, and building collective intelligence one relationship at a time. He has been involved with Visual Insight for 15 years and has been implementing and socializing Dr. Engelbart's ideas for almost 40 years. Bill is supporting the vital function of the Women Inventors and Innovators' mural as a community hub, connecting different organizations and research streams on the gender gap, so we can build on one another's knowledge to solve this urgent and complex problem. Bill is based in Palo Alto, California.