Brian McConnell - Co-founding Director
Brian has been a mindfulness practitioner with an affinity for the world's major 'wisdom' cultures since first introduced to Ken Wilber's, Eye to Eye in 1997. His background has been deeply informed by an astute appreciation for these various traditions including Judaic, Christian, Avaita Vedanta, Theravada, and Vipassana Buddhism.
Consequently, and having interfaced with a diverse set of subcultures over the last two and a half decades--learning, leadership, economics, and goverance comprise his central interests with respect to civic applications. As a researcher/practitioner and co-founding director of Roanoke Community Ecosystems, Brian works in small group settings to envision, innovate, and subsequently design, community-based value and learning systems interrelating with each other across "distributed networks".
Hunter Hartley - Co-founding Director
Currently studying at Howard University School of Law, Hunter's background in mindfulness and consciousness practices, community agriculture, resource allocation for small businesses, and nonprofit development inform his work.
With an appreciation for the effect of conscious awareness on the design and quality of local and regional systems, his interests are centered on the development of primary and secondary economic sectors, a sense of place, and the application of appropriate technologies.