Our Speakers Write

On the page called “Our Speakers Speak, you can hear several of our speakers on TV, radio, a TED talk, and more. Our speakers also write, and below is a sample of things they have published. For biographical details, click the links on their names.

Bruce Alexander, Ph.D. is a  a Canadian psychologist coming to us from Vancouver, who has devoted the last four decades to the study of addiction. His books on addiction are Peaceful Measures: Canada's Way Out of the War on Drugs(University of Toronto Press, 1990) and The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit (Oxford University Press, 2010). In 2014, he released A History of Psychology in Western Civilization. Among his most recent writing is “Recovery from Addiction: The Role of Spirituality and the Planet Earth” which relates the work of William James, psychologist and philosopher, Mary Pipher, contemporary writer and psychologist, and Gregory Wilson, therapist, minister, and “producer” of the Healing Our World and Ourselves Conferences. Bruce is known world-wide for his Rat Park experiment. Stuart McMillen's online comic book Rat Park offers a terrific introduction to Bruce's groundbreaking research.

Aaron Hoopes, founder of Zen Yoga, comes to us from Vermont. Aaron is the author of a number of books, including Zen Yoga: A Path to Enlightenment through Breathing, Movement and Meditation; Breathe Smart: The Secret to Happiness, Health and Long Life; Perfecting Ourselves: Coordinating Body, Mind and Spirit; The Zen Anti-Diet: Mindful Eating for Health, Vitality and Weight Loss; Catch the Cat (Children's book); Tales of Ancient Wisdom; Update: Japan - A Guide to Living and Working in Japan. He also created a DVD, The Zen Yoga Daily Warm-Up, and a CD, Inner Sunrise Deep Relaxation.

Richard Baker, Ph.D. and Juanita Baker, Ph.D. live in Sebastian, Florida, and are active in the Pelican Island Audubon Club. Their book Reflections of Blue Cypress, is a stunningly beautiful portrait of Blue Cypress Lake, west of Vero Beach. The Second Edition has just been published, and copies will be available at the Conference. Juanita and Richard both had fascinating careers as professors and innovators in their fields.




Will Allen, Ph.D., also of Vermont, is an organic farming visionary. A true activist, entrepreneur, and expert, he understands the complexities of farming firsthand and the impact that commercialization has had. He is the author of The War on Bugs, which reveals how advertisers, editors, scientists, large scale farmers, government agencies, and even Dr. Seuss, colluded to convince farmers to use deadly chemicals, hormones, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in an effort to pad their wallets and control the American farm enterprise. Ronnie Cummins, National Director of the Organic Consumers Association, writes “The War on Bugs is must reading for organic consumers and every concerned citizen. Will Allen tells us the incredible story, in clear but rousing language, of how corporations, out-of-control scientists, and indentured government have carried out a literal 100 Year War against organic and sustainable agriculture and family farms, and provides inspiration for the organic food and farming revolution which is already underway.” Dr. Vandana Shiva says this: “In 1984, when the gas leak from Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal killed thousands, I asked myself why agriculture had become like war. In The War on Bugs, Will Allen tells us why. Whether you care about the bugs, or the food you grow or eat, this is a book you must read. It will help us all move from violent agriculture to a non-violent agriculture which protects all life and our health.”

Seija Floderus, who has a gallery and studio in Finland and the US, wrote Weaving Through Life, filled with images such as leaves, grass, water, seascapes, clouds and human shapes in the artwork. Seija says of her work, “All the work on these pages is the result of double-weaving: I weave copper wire, hand-spooled silk and sea glass, making a second pattern of pockets to hold the glass...My work now typically employs linen, silk, cotton, wool, copper and beach glass.”

Bruce Knotts, the Executive Director of the UU United Nations Office, wrote a paper explaining “How the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) Works to Make Our Voices Heard at the United Nations.” Here you can learn about the influence of the UU-UNO office, and how the office works with a variety of committees and groups works to make UU voices heard within the UN.