Circle for Original Thinking Steering Committee
Our steering committee is charged with the task of keeping us going in the right direction, always.
Victoria Hanchin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, visionary activist and Wholistic Psychotherapist for over 30 years, and the mother of two amazing sons. Also a transformational author, her writings serve as a bridge to connect ancient wisdom and modern science. Victoria’s work with several Indigenous Elders led to the surprising confirmation that the three converging rivers in the modern city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she lives and works, are connected to an ancient Mayan prophecy. This prophecy tells of humanity’s promised return to a state of unity and Oneness.
Since that surprising discovery, Victoria’s life has become an ongoing spiritual adventure into the realms of indigenous and shamanic wisdom, the significance of the ancient sacred site of the Serpent Mound in Ohio, and direct revelations from Nature teaching us Oneness. The power of these experiences compelled her to write a book, “The Seer and The Sayer: Revelations of the New Earth” (available on Amazon.com). Victoria continues in service as a Mouthpiece for Mother Earth. And the adventure continues as well. Victoria hopes you will join her.
Mark Burrows is professor for religion and literature at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany. A writer and scholar with wide-ranging interests, his research focuses on mysticism and poetics with a special interest in theological literature of the western Middle Ages. His recent publications include two volumes of German poetry in translation: Rainer Maria Rilke’s Prayers of a Young Poet (2013) and the German-Iranian poet SAID’s 99 Psalms (2013), both published by Paraclete Press. He recently received a translation fellowship from the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, and was elected as writer-in-residence at the Santa Fe Arts Institute in New Mexico. Since 2009 he has served as poetry editor for the journal Spiritus and, since 2014, as associate editor for poetry for the journal ARTS. In January, 2016, a new collection of his poems will be published, The Chance of Home. Forthcoming academic publications include his co-editing of a volume of scholarly essays, Breaking the Silence: Poetry and the Kenotic Word (Peter Lang, 2015), and he is editor-in-chief of another forthcoming volume, Poetic Revelations. Word Made Flesh Made Word (Ashgate, 2016). He is known internationally for his work in spirituality and poetics, and is much sought after as a retreat leader and speaker in such areas.
Carole is an award-winning television and film producer/writer. She began her career working with her partner and husband, Bruce Hart, as one of the original writers of Sesame Street, for which she won her first Emmy. She also produced in partnership with Marlo Thomas the now classic children’s album, Free To Be…You and Me, which they then turned into a book and a Peabody-winning television special.
Her credits also include a number of movies made for television. Among her favorites are Sooner or Later, a movie musical that generated a top ten song and a Gold soundtrack album and Leap of Faith, a groundbreaking true story of a woman who brought her cancer into remission through alternative means. She also created and produced an innovative Emmy-winning NBC series for adolescents, Hot Hero Sandwich, and again with Ms. Thomas, a multi-award winning mixed-media documentary for the Lifetime Channel, Our Heroes, Ourselves.
Recently, she produced and directed an award-winning feature documentary, For the Next 7 Generations, about the formation and journey of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a group of Medicine Women and Shamans from around the world who have come forward to help us to heal the planet.
Kennedy Hassett Braden is a founding board member of the Circle for Original Thinking, and the founder and creator of The Evolutionary Heart, a licensed coach and associate of HeartMath Institute, an Emissary of The Resonance Project Foundation and Academy, Peace Ambassador consulting with peace projects including Nobel Peace nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish and involved from inception with the Global Coherence Initiative. She is also a master teacher of Dr. Robert Masters’ Psychophysical Re-education and Psychospiritual Integration model, Dr Jean Houston’s methodology and key lead at Kinship Institute, a template for multilevel healing and innovative research and training. Kennedy was named as a Female Visionary Author for Brave Heart Women global network and consults with companies in leadership from the heart and creating coherency in the culture.
She has presented internationally on the technologies of the heart and Cosmology/Biology Resonance and has been recognized as a Somatic Visionary for her work FlightWave and integrative movement. She is an award winning artist poet, dancer and author of the forthcoming books: It’s All Dots, All We (for children) and HeartWaves, a volume of ecstatic poetry. Kennedy believes we are all visionaries and an integral link in the Continuum of the Cosmos.
Glenn Aparicio Parry
Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD, also given the name Kizhe Naabe (Ojibwe for “Kind-Hearted Man),” is a writer, educational consultant, international speaker, entrepreneur, and visionary whose life-long passion is to reform thinking and education into a coherent, cohesive whole. The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the president of the think tank: The Circle for Original Thinking. He earned his BA in Psychology from Allegheny College and then went on to earn both his MA in East-West Psychology and his PhD in Humanities with a concentration in Transformative Learning from the California Institute of Integral Studies.