Culture of Repair Series

Building Sustainability is about bridging the gaps in definitions, understanding and trust. While innovating with empathy in order to have a sustainable future for current and future generations.

Culture of Repair dives into the past, present, and future while learning together with heart!

Culture of Repair Series 
Presented By

Culture of Repair Sponsor

Anahi Abe-Brower

Designer by trade and world traveler by heart, Anahi’s journey to  create a low waste and sustainable lifestyle started with a single  bamboo straw when she discovered bamboo straws in Indonesia  back in 2016. Nevertheless, she felt in love with Bamboo years  before as an exchange student while completing her BA in  International Studies in Japan from Pepperdine University.  

With over 12 years of graphic design experience in branding, she  is obsessed with designing high quality, beautiful and eco-friendly  products to inspire sustainable changes. She believes natural  materials like organic cotton and bamboo teach us that we don’t  have to depend on disposable plastics so much. She believes  choosing natural products help us slow down, stay connected  to nature, while choosing products WORTHY of us and our  environment. 

Anahi loves to connect with and inspire her customers and  her community with talks about sustainability and her curated  collection of eco-friendly products, specializing in bamboo and  organic cotton via WORTHY PICKS. She believes big change starts  small, and we all play a part. 

Get to know Our

Guest Speakers

Episode 1 - Culture of Repair
Colby Brown

Founder of the Giving Lens

Colby Brown is a professional photographer, photo educator, author and entrepreneur from Denver, Colorado. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, he has been fortunate to have worked all over the world, in pursuit of capturing the beauty of life on this planet and helping to make a difference in the world for others.

In 2010 he co-founded Lespwa Haiti, an organization that provided support services on the ground to small local NGOs doing phenomenal work in that island nation of Haiti. Colby’s passion for photography and teaching helps propel him to hold photography workshops, digital editing classes, and webinars throughout the year, in various countries around the globe. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens.


An organization with the vision to see three things come together for a greater good: love of travel, passion for photography, and deep desire to give back to those in need. Described most beautifully as a travel photography workshop with a meaningful twist.
Building trips that devote a few days to taking your hand and placing it in the hand of a worthy Non-Profit doing incredible work.

Epsiode 2 - Culture of Repair Dr. Clinton Schultz

Founder Marumali Consultations / Sobah

Dr. Clinton Schultz is a Gamilaroi man, descending from the people of Gunnedah/Manilla NSW.  A registered psychologist, Clinton founded Marumali Consultations in 2010 after identifying a clear gap in access to culturally appropriate mental health services in South East Queensland.  Previously he has acted as a Vice Chair for the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) and he currently sits on several state and national advisory groups.  He specialises in providing Employee Psychological Services (EPS) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services for Aboriginal workers, men’s well-being, cultural competence auditing and training, cross-cultural psychological and business management services, and Aboriginal focused mentoring and supervision.  
 
Dr. Schultz is a Registered Psychologist and Organizational Consultant. He focused his research towards holistic well-being for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. His research interests extend to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Well-being, men’s well-being, institutional discrimination, and cultural and interdisciplinary education in tertiary settings. In 2018, Clinton was the overall Winner for Griffith University’s Most Outstanding First Nations  Alumnus Award. 
Episode 3 - Culture of Repair
Brandie Macdonald
Museum of Us

Brandie Macdonald (she/her) is the Director of Decolonizing Initiatives at the Museum of Us which resides on the unceded ancestral homeland of Kumeyaay peoples located in San Diego, California. She is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and has ancestral ties to the Choctaw Nation and the Scottish highlands. Brandie’s work focuses on the implementation of anti-colonial/decolonial theory and practice in museums which centers truth-telling, accountability, and actionable change to redress colonial impact, structural racism, and inequity. Brandie is also a Ph.D. student in Education Studies at University of California, San Diego. Her research aligns with her work where she focuses on the tangible and sustainable application of decolonial practices that enables transformative change. She’s a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, American Alliance of Museums’ Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellent recipient, a Smithsonian Affiliate Fellow at the National Museum of the American Indian, and she currently sits on the board of the Western Museums Association.   

He has published two books, Stolen Generations Education and Respectful Design both these works address Indigenous Knowledge, Aboriginal community cultural development and Social and Emotional Well Being Education. His expertise is based on identifying and activating existing strengths within Indigenous communities as a basis for relevant education and development initiatives. He also led the development of Indigenous Knowledge programs at Southern Cross University until December 2019.  Currently Professor Sheehan is supervising PhD research at the University of Queensland working with Elders and Academics to build a new generation of activists.

Episode 4 - Art of Respect
Audie J. de Castro

Honorary Consul of the Republic of the Philippines

Audie J. de Castro, is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of the Philippines, the first ever to be appointed in San Diego County.  Although his appointed position is unpaid, he is the official Philippine government representative for all of San Diego County, where over 200,000 Filipino-Americans reside. 

In 2010 he co-founded Lespwa Haiti, an organization that provided support services on the ground to small local NGOs doing phenomenal work in that island nation of Haiti. Colby’s passion for photography and teaching helps propel him to hold photography workshops, digital editing classes, and webinars throughout the year, in various countries around the globe. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens.

An organization with the vision to see three things come together for a greater good: love of travel, passion for photography, and deep desire to give back to those in need. Described most beautifully as a travel photography workshop with a meaningful twist. Building trips that devote a few days to taking your hand and placing it in the hand of a worthy Non-Profit doing incredible work.

Epsiode 5 - Art of Respect
Mark J. Spalding

The Ocean Foundation

Mark J. Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation is a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (USA). He is serving on the Sargasso Sea Commission. 

Mark is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. And, he is an Advisor to the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. In addition, he serves as the advisor to the Rockefeller Ocean Strategy (an unprecedented ocean-centric investment fund) and is a member of the Pool of Experts for the UN World Ocean Assessment. He designed the first-ever blue carbon offset program, SeaGrass Grow. Mark is an expert on international environmental policy and law, ocean policy and law, and coastal and marine philanthropy.    

Episode 6 - Art of Respect
Kathy Liu

Joey's Wings

Kathy Liu is Founder & President of Joey’s Wings Foundation and teacher.

 

Kathy started Joey’s Wings in 2014, a non-profit to continue Joey’s fight by raising awareness about childhood cancer and by funding research into kidney cancer that affects children and young adults, and to provide support and mentorship programs to parents. 

While Joey’s fight against the rare and aggressive pediatric renal cell carcinoma, for which no standard treatment protocol exists, ended in November 2014, the organization formed in his memory was able to fund  $300,000 research project to study childhood renal cell cancers. 

Additionally, Kathy advocates tirelessly for children with cancer. She helps to increase federal childhood cancer research funding by advocating for legislation that will impact the childhood cancer community.

Episode 7 - Art of Respect
Chris Cantore

Yew Media

Chris Cantore is a surf and skate-loving, live music enthusiast with over 25 years of radio and media experience including stints at 91X, KPRi, FM949, KFMB, The San Diego Union Tribune, NBC’s sounddiego and the founder of Yew! Media and Bridges Studio.  Helping others with their branding and podcast production and launches.  

 

In addition to years of hosting radio shows, is currently  the host of his own podcasts including The Cantore Show and Monday M.A.S.S. as well as hosts events and fundraisers throughout San Diego all year long.   With some new and exciting series coming soon through  Yew! Media, be sure to be on the look-out!

Special Edition

Art of Respect Sonam Tashi Lama

Red Panda Network

Sonam Tashi Lama has been with Red Panda Network since the beginning.  He started by creating a library in his village in Taplejung on the edge of red panda habitat and is now supporting the conservation of red panda throughout its whole range in Nepal.

 

Disney Conservation named him Disney Conservation Hero in 2015 for his work in red panda conservation in Nepal and was one of the nominees for the Future for Nature Award 2019.  He is the recipient of several prestigious scholarships and recently completed his Master’s in ecology and international nature conservation form both Lincoln University and the University of Gottingen, after conducting one of the most comprehensive camera trapping studies in the eastern Himalaya. He loves spending time writing and being with his family. During the camera trapping study Sonam and team from the Red Panda Network were able to record a marbled cat for the first time in Nepal.

Sonam’s research was inspired and motivated by an American named Brian Williams for his work in the conservation of the red panda in Nepal.  Brian is the founder of the Red Panda Network.  In 2007, Sonam became one of the founding staff members of Red Panda Network in Nepal. Sonam is responsible for implementing field activities of the Community-based Red Panda Conservation program of Red Panda Network in eastern Nepal.  He mentors and supervises more than a dozen field staff and seventy plus citizen scientists known as Forest Guardians.  He was one of the important members of the team who recently executed GPS-Collaring of ten wild red pandas in eastern Nepal to better understand their ecology.  

Episode 8 - Art of Respect
Lane Nishikawa

Actor & Filmmaker

Lane Nishikawa, a Japanese American actor, filmmaker, playwright, poet, and arts activist.   He was born in Wahiawa, Hawai’i, a Sansei (third-generation Japanese American), and grew up in San Francisco.  He is a graduate of San Francisco State with a degree in Asian American Theater.

 

Much of his work focuses on Asian American and Japanese American history and identity issues.  His one-man series include, Life in the Fast Lane, I’m On A Mission From Buddha, Mifune and Me and others, has toured in over 50 cities across the US, Canada and Europe.   “I’m On A Mission From Buddha” was a National PBS televised broadcast.  In 2005 he directed the independent film, Only the Brave, a fictional account of the rescue of the Lost Battalion, by the 100th Infantry Battalion/42nd Regimental Combat Team,  a segregated Japanese American fighting unit during World War II. Lane also starred as the lead role in the film.   He has written and directed two short films about World War II Veterans, Forgotten Valor and When We Were Warriors.  His most recent work, a documentary about the effects of war on the Japanese American Community called “Our Lost Years” just released February 2020.  A recollection of forced removal and mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II.  In addition, a soon upcoming film “League of Dreams” about the 90 year history of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).

Lane has a robust history in Asian-American History theater, as artistic director for the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco for 10 seasons and was co-artistic director of the Eureka Theatre and resident director at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.  Some awards include, Profiles of Excellence Award ABC, Harvard Foundation Honoree, Ruby Yoshino Schaar Playwright Award (National JACL), and NEA Solo Performance Fellowship. 

Episode 9 - Art of Respect
Bernard R. Mauricia

Oncology and Kids

Bernard R. Mauricia, CEO, Oncology And Kids (OAK), a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on providing quality of life support programs for children battling cancer and their siblings.  He helped co-found the group in 2020 with his colleagues Robby Medina and Brian Bonert. 

Prior to co-founding Oncology And Kids, he served as CEO of The Seany Foundation (TSF), where he oversaw all development activities for the foundation, while increasing its exposure and standing throughout the region.

His work before his focus on childhood cancer consisted of oversight of Corporate Partnerships and Volunteer Resources for the American Cancer Society in San Diego.  He was responsible for securing over $1,000,000 annually in contributions through sponsorship, cause marketing, team fundraising, employee and corporate giving.  

Bernard developed and maintained four Community Leadership Councils – San Diego, Imperial Valley, Inland Empire and Palm Desert.  He also served as the regional Building Volunteer Capacity subject expert – increasing overall volunteer base to 82,390 volunteers in the Border Sierra and Orange County regions.  Prior to this he was the statewide program director for the California Council on Economic Education, working with 1000+, K-12 school districts to implement teacher training in economic education.  

Bernard is extremely active in his community serving on the boards of Project New Village, San Diego Center for Economic Education, and San Diego Professionals Against Cancer. 

Episode 10 - Art of Respect
Gill Sotu

Gill Sotu

Gill Sotu is a navy veteran, a multi-faceted poet, playwright, musician, DJ, and performing artist.  He is a two time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, two time Raw Performing artist of the year, and a three time TEDx San Diego presenter.  

 

The beauty of Gill is “a forceful undercurrent of soulful, comedic, thought-provoking passion that engages and inspires his audiences.”

Currently, Gill is a teaching artist and commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre, a program director and teaching artist at Intrepid Theatre, as well as the Artist In Residence at Makers Church in San Diego.  He has just finished an Artist In Residency at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation where he was commissioned to write/direct two full length plays.  Gill wrote and performed all the poetic segments to Melissa Adao’s dance theatre showcase, “Hip-Hop CabHooray!” Which won an award for Outstanding Production at the 2015 Fringe Fest.  He has opened for Grammy-nominated legend Sheila E, as well as Talib Kweli. Partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony, has been commissioned to create plays for The Old Globe and CSUSM.  Wrote and performed numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego, San Diego’s Fashion Week, and performed the closing number for TEDx San Diego in 2013 & 2016, hosted in 2017 and was named musical director and featured performer in 2020.

In addition, Gill hosts events throughout the county and also conducts poetry workshops in schools across California and has facilitated poetry workshops within San Diego County’s juvenile detention center for over 2 years as well as currently conducting Shakespearean performance and reflection workshops at Centinela State Prison.  He finds the creativity and honesty expressed by these elementary through high school students to be an incredibly rewarding experience and reminder of the importance of speaking one’s own truth.

Gill Sotu is a paradigm shifter whose audience feels that he’s speaking to them individually, making a performance to hundreds seem more like an intimate dialogue between close friends. Charismatic and with an ability to adapt to any event, Gill quickly garners people’s attention and doesn’t let go until he says “Thank you”. 

Episode 11 - Art of Respect Andy Steinman

NXTGEN

Andy Steinman is the founder and CEO of NXTGEN, Inc., a Carlsbad, California company that designs and creates custom products used by various industries worldwide.

Through NXTGEN, Inc., Mr. Steinman also owns and operates NXTGEN Automotive and Next Generation Inflatables. NXTGEN Automotive designs, creates and manufactures custom accessories for European cars. Next Generation Inflatables is a custom designer, creator and service provider for large custom inflatable products including: giant custom helium parade balloons, advertising inflatables, trade show inflatables and special-use inflatable products.

Andy was born in Phoenix Arizona in 1985 and was a valley resident until the age of 22, when he fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to the San Diego area.
Upon graduation from Pinnacle High School in 2004, he studied motion picture and television production until moving to San Diego in 2007.

His first job in the San Diego area was as a seasonal camera operator and audiovisual visual technician for Busch Entertainment Corporation at SeaWorld San Diego. Fondly remembered as the most fun job he ever had, Andy decided to make a career in this line of work. Over the next 7 years, he worked for Swank Audiovisuals, PSAV, as well as Tonight in San Diego. During his audiovisual career, he had extensive training and expertise in audio, video, rigging, lighting, power distribution and computer networking. His various roles included audiovisual technician, regional camera operator, certified rigger and production manager.
He was also a founding member and the technical director for over 100 episodes of Tonight in San Diego, America’s Finest City’s own take on the classic late night talk show.

Andy always had the entrepreneurial bug and resigned from his audiovisual management position, founding his first Next Generation company in the fall of 2012. Over the next 9 years, what started as a simple DBA has grown into a multifaceted corporation, which has a diverse offering of unique custom designed and engineered products that are used in various industries globally. Upon launching his new automotive company in February 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic began its fast and furious global spread. By late March, the PPE situation became dire for frontline workers, at which time Andy focused his sole attention on the design and creation of the highly acclaimed NXTGEN EasyFlow Mask™.

In his spare time, Andy loves to spend time outdoors and is an avid auto enthusiast. He lives in North County San Diego with his wife Sari and their 3-year old rescue pup Cooper.