David Brain started out to be an architect until an interest in urban issues drew him to a Ph.D. in sociology. He is a professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, and directs the Urban Studies program at New College of Florida.
David’s research and teaching interests focus on the connections between place-making, community-building, and civic engagement, and on sociological issues related to the planning and design of humane, equitable and sustainable cities. His work has led to practical involvements that include independent consulting and neighborhood-oriented action research that
engages students in collaboration with local community groups. He has been recognized internationally as an expert on contemporary efforts to transform the way cities are built, and as a frequent contributor to educational programs for citizens and professional practitioners.
He and his wife, Carmela Pedicini, are also musicians with the band Passerine. They live in Sarasota with their big white dog, Gryphon.
Dr. Dale Anderson practiced internal and emergency medicine for the first half of his professional year. He then transitioned to group practice management as the CEO of a 180-physician private medical group in Iowa. He was a senior hospital executive in charge of hospital-based medical practices for large health systems in both Albuquerque, New Mexico […]
Jane Best Grandbouche is originally from North Carolina and moved to Florida in 1987 where she managed a Native Plant Nursery for 5 years. She then led courses and programs for Landmark Education Worldwide for 25 years including their graduate course, the Wisdom Course, for 14 years. Her passions include her family, the environment, transformation […]
Sebastien Wegeng is a designer based in Sarasota with a focused interest in user experience, information architecture, brand identity & experience, and service design. Sebastien is an advocate for environmental and wildlife conservation, civil rights, and human rights. In addition to volunteering and programming on WSLR, he is involved with the Surfrider Foundation and the […]
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