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Dr. Riane Eisler is a social systems scientist, cultural historian, and attorney whose research, writing, and speaking has transformed the lives of people worldwide. Her newest work, Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future, co-authored with anthropologist Douglas Fry (Oxford University Press, 2019), shows how to construct a more equitable, sustainable, and less violent world based on partnership rather than domination.

Dr. Eisler is president of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), dedicated to research and education, Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an online peer-reviewed journal at the University of Minnesota that was inspired by her work, keynotes conferences nationally and internationally, has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, and Congressional briefings, and has spoken at corporations and universities worldwide on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work.


Grove Harris M.Div., the Representative to the United Nations for the Temple of Understanding (one of the oldest interfaith organizations in the U.S., with ECOSOC status at the United Nations) who offers moral and ethical inputs to the UN's environmental work. 

Grove developed these justice initiatives in the context of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, which bring diverse grassroots perspectives to an international agenda. Ecological Justice, Food Sovereignty, Human Right to Water , Interfaith Education, Peacemaking, Women's Initiatives.

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Great Grandmother Mary Lyons,

Ojibwe Elder, Niish-Nibi-Ikwe “Second Water Woman”, Elder of Mitigwakk-Daywaygus-Giwstashskad “Water Drum Circle”, Sr. Member of the “Top Hat Medicine Dress/Long Skirt Society”, Spiritual Advisor, Storyteller, Wisdom Teacher. One of the four Indigenous Grandmothers that oversee the Women of Wellbriety, Int’l. and active United Nations Observer on Women/Indigenous Issues.

Great-Grandmother Mary carries an intense professional portfolio, her contribution to the wellness of women and families stands at the forefront of her commitments in the areas of “talking circles, ceremonies, Vision interpretations, one on one Spiritual Guidance.” Amidst her wellness journeys, she finds time to do presentations on cultural issues of displaced Native children that have been placed into foster care and adoption.

“Creation has provided us with a spirit wrapped in this blanket we call a body, so, we walk in this world with speaking of two, the “We” factor. Our love for the circle of life is taught to our children as we live our ancestors teachings daily. We are all leaders and when we come to the end of our earthly pathways of life, we turn around and see what we have taught our children…we will either smile or we will weep…our pathways, our imprints, our history will live through the ones we leave behind.”

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