Zann Gill
Zann Gill, M.Arch. Harvard, applies her method to structure the process of gathering stakeholder creative contributions to achieve collaborative intelligence to solve cross-disciplinary problems, from research and development to program design and implementation. Individual meetings and think tank facilitation are used to guide collaborative innovation in planning and rapid prototyping. She's worked with NASA Ames Research Center, Veridien-MRJ Corporation, Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS); National Museum of Australia; Australia's National Center for ICT Excellence (NICTA); Cardno-ENTRIX. For recent projects, see the Links page, DESYN Lab, ECOdesyn Lab, and the Microbes Mind Forum. Earlier work is here.
Email: ZannGill @

Dennis Britton – Agile Coach

Dennis Britton has extensive experience improving the effectiveness of technology development projects. This includes servant leadership, agile project shepherding, product vision alignment, feature prioritization, feature deconstruction and prototype construction. After over a decade of witnessing the tragic waste of human brilliance typical of software development projects, large and small, he was eager to find more effective methods. He trained in agile and lean methodologies 7 years ago with Ken Schwaber and Mary and Tom Poppendieck. In 2006 he spent a year at HP as an agile coach, where he transitioned a 50 developer distributed team towards more agile and lean practices resulting in greater fidelity with marketing, closer collaboration, higher morale and an on-time, on-budget results. He has continued to work in lean-agile consulting roles in finance, government and eCommerce. He also has been active as an organizer in the agile community, recently founding a well-attended meetup for agile leaders in Silicon Valley. Shepherding emergence of enthusiastic, value-delivering teams makes him smile.
Email: DennisBritton @

Scott Clearwater   Scott Clearwater has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University and has worked as a staff member and consultant to industry, government labs, and academia for the past two decades in areas spanning artificial intelligence, automated decision support systems, artificial intelligence for accelerator control, data analysis, economic pricing models, energy efficient control systems, model building, optimization, pricing models for data centers, quantum computing, simulation, supercomputer queuing systems. While consulting for Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) he invented, developed, tested, and patented a market-based building energy control system that saved an additional 10% for a building which had the previous year won an award for energy savings. He holds a patent for a novel market-based method for saving energy in buildings. He also edited the first book on market-based control systems. He participated in the ECOdesyn Lab advisory panel on Smart Systems–Eco-cities for Australia's National Center of Excellence, NICTA. While at Hewlett-Packard Labs he developed more energy saving patents and also, while at HP Labs helped to develop a decision support system called BRAIN, which aggregates expert opinions to predict future performance outcomes. Dr. Clearwater co-authored the first two books devoted to quantum computing, a revolutionary computing paradigm. He worked on a project studying the effects of radiation on astronauts for a manned Mars mission, developed a computer program as part of an automated product recommendation system, and also developed a system for automatically aggregating the opinions of experts. He has worked on analysis of social media data and has extensive experience in analyzing financial data for risk and reward tradeoffs suitable for trading. Dr. Clearwater works with companies large and small, government labs, and universities on projects involving physics, computer science, economics, and management science. He is an author on more than sixty scientific papers and holds eight U.S. patents.
Email: ScottClearwater @

Seana McNamara


Seana McNamara has done a range of design projects through Moody Studio and for MetaVu Network, including the catalyZer logo/ banner on this site, banner/ web design for Microbes-Mind Forum, book cover design for Oxford University Press, Pomona College Career Development Office Infographics, and publication and outreach materials for Castilleja School. She started as a science major in college before shifting to art, and so is comfortable in both worlds.
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Andreas Asmus has done web design in Germany, Japan, and the U.S. in the Bauhaus tradition, specializing in digital design, deployment technology and user interactivity. He designed the first MetaVu website a decade ago, as well as the more recent websites for DESYN Lab, ESAC, and for the NASA University Astrobiology Program.

Recent work: Sony, JVC, VISA, Stanford, UC Berkeley




Dr. Richard G. Johnson   Dr. Richard Johnson
Former Acting Science Advisor to the President of the United States, Advisor to NASA, Chairman of the Board of BASIC (Basic and Applied Spatial Information Collaborative) Dr. Johnson received the 1986 Space Sciences Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for research "culminating in the discovery of large fluxes of energetic oxygen ions in the magnetosphere, thereby showing that the ionosphere is a major source of space plasmas." He was a member of the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Academy of Sciences (1988-1990) and Vice Chairman of the White House Committee on Earth Sciences (1987 - 1990), twice invited speaker at Nobel Symposia on Space Plasma Physics, and Editor/ Contributor to a book on the composition of energetic ions in the Earth's magnetosphere. He was employed as a Consultant by RIACS (Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science) at NASA Ames Research Center to provide strategic direction, which included formulating recommendations for a "Disaster Infosphere." Since Hurricane Katrina, he has focused how the state of California can lead in prototyping a rapid responder system for natural and human-produced environmental catastrophes. He has conducted studies on global environmental issues and related inter-institutional relationships and research through the Aspen Global Change Institute and stemming from his role as former Acting Science Advisor to the President (Reagan).

Dr. Christopher McKay, Senior Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center   Dr. Chris McKay received his Ph.D. in Astro-Geophysics from the University of Colorado. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center studying planetary atmospheres, astrobiology, and terraforming and terrestrial analogs as vehicles to understand ecosystem sustainability. McKay has done extensive research on planetary atmospheres, particularly the atmospheres of Titan and Mars, and on the origin and evolution of life. He is a co-investigator on the Huygens probe, the Mars Phoenix lander, and the Mars Science Laboratory. He has also performed field research on extremophiles, in such locations as Death Valley, the Atacama Desert, Axel Heiberg Island, and ice-covered lakes in Antarctica. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Planetary Society and also works with the Mars Society and has written and spoken extensively on space exploration and terraforming. Chris McKay’s current research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He’s also actively involved in planning for future Mars missions, including human settlements, and has conducted polar research since 1980, traveling to the Antarctic dry valleys and more recently to the Siberian and Canadian Arctic to conduct research in these Mars-like environments. He won a 2004 NASA Exceptional Leadership Medal, a 2004 NASA Group Achievement Award for the ARES project, a 2005 NASA Ames Honor Award, was named in 2005 a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of the Origin Life, and in 2006 named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. As a world authority on terraforming Mars, Chris views this thought–simulation experiment as an ideal intellectual challenge in the synthesis of complex systems — a chance to learn about the intricacy of our co-dependent Earth ecosystems via this Mars analog and to recognize that shipping Earth civilization off to space will be, well, . . . not so easy.

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