Phoenix Phiesta XXXVII: “The After AG / RG”
Look for speakers names here as we fill out the 34 time slots between now and Thanksgiving. Click on a name in the list to view their profile and program description. This schedule is subject to change. The official times and room locations are the ones found in the Agenda to the right. Those in the Speaker Profiles may not have caught up to any last minute changes.
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Brexit: A Present-Day Crisis With Deep Roots in the Past
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Saturday, November 30th in Pinetop RmBrexit is part of the popular revolt against so-called "establishment" politicians across much of the world: an anti-globalization movement hostile to transnational organizations including the European Union. However, Brexit also draws from the peculiar history of British-European relations. Since 1945, the political plan for European unity has divided both major political parties in Britain. In response, British leaders held their parties together by marketing the EU as a flexible, beneficial economic enterprise involving little loss of sovereignty. Revelations about schemes of European integration therefore created crises in British politics; but it was only after the post 2008 recession and the 2015 Syrian refugee crisis, which undermined the single market and its free movement of people, that the fragile consensus on EU membership collapsed. The same misunderstanding means Britain cannot secure an acceptable Brexit deal and the prolonged crisis now threatens to revive older Scottish and Irish grievances within the UK.
Write the Memoir You're Afraid to Write
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Friday, November 29th in Prescott RmIn an encouraging and insightful presentation, Patricia L Brooks will help you capture your untold story that must be written and published. Through her presentation, she will share with you how to produce a memoir to your own satisfaction so you can conquer the story's emotional essence. With tips from writing her own daring memoirs, and those she has helped others write, Patricia will show you how to take the necessary steps to complete your own memoir. She will discuss why you should keep a writing journal and never apologize about your writing. She will stimulate your creative talents by showing you how to break through your silence to find your voice and give yourself permission to write your truth.
Animal Advocacy in Arizona
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Payson RmAnimal lover and advocate Ed Bufford will present an overview of current Arizona law on the care and treatment of stray animals, and how he, along with other advocates, continue to fight for humane and compassionate guidelines for animal shelters in the state. Ed has developed and spearheaded an animal task force that has improved conditions in county animal shelters. He is the administrator of Ed's Animal Advocate Friends Group, which aims to end "convenience killing" in shelters.
Local Theatre in Phoenix: Challenges and Delights
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Prescott RmAside Theatre Company Founder and Producing Artistic Director Nathaniel Burns provides theatre and film professionals--playwrights, screenwriters, actors, directors, producers and more--with an opportunity to perform their otherwise "off topic" or passion projects aside from their own company's mission or season. Nathaniel will give some insights into the challenges and rewards of running a theatre company in Phoenix whose intention "is to surprise and delight you with new paradigms and challenging works for both stage and screen."
Kebba Buckley Button
Dealing With Difficult People: A Fresh View
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Friday, November 29th in Pinetop RmHow many times have difficult people stood between you and a pleasant day or you and the completion of a task? You've been told there are a half dozen types of difficult people. You've been told that understanding those personalities will help you deal better with these types.This framework can be a good start. However, in this session you will learn a more streamlined system for being effective with these people. You will learn simple techniques for modifying situations while maintaining your sanity and even your energy level. Be open to taking a completely fresh view of difficult people and how to deal effectively with them.
Bob Faith- Banquet Entertainment
Comedy Hypnotist - Bob Faith
During the Banquet Saturday, November 30th in Phoenix BallroomEntertainment for Saturday Night Banquet
Stephen Dale Floyd
"NOBODY Expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Prescott RmThe Spanish Inquisition was intended to identify heretics, mainly among the Jews and Muslims who had (often, forcibly) converted to Catholicism. Begun in 1478 by Ferdinand II and Isabella I, the Inquisition endured for three centuries and was not totally abolished until 1834. While it has been estimated that around 150,000 people were prosecuted during the duration, are all theses claims true---or might they have been, as some modern scholars suggest, exaggerated by political and religious enemies of Spain?
The Risk of Sorrow: Lessons from the Holocaust
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Friday, November 29th in Pinetop RmWhat can the few remaining survivors of the Holocaust teach us before they are gone? What is it that has not yet been said? Valerie Foster, an Irish-Catholic public school teacher, takes us on a compelling through her complex relationship with Helen Handler, a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, who challenges her to listen as she bares her soul about this great atrocity. Their unlikely meeting resulted in an acclaimed memoir now archived in six countries. The Risk of Sorrow is an intimate conversation between two women of different generations and cultures, who together examine deep questions of faith, forgiveness, love and survival, and find a profound friendship in their mutual exploration.
James M. Giunta
James M. Guinta - Affirmations + Self-Hypnosis Playshop: The Art of Auto-Suggestion
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Saturday, November 30th in Payson RmAttend this class and learn how to use your language effectively and influence yourself productively and positively. Take this time to examine your beliefs, honestly and objectively see what is true for you, and create new pathways to getting what you want. All participants will have a chance to learn to write affirmations and to share this technique with others. All who wish to remain quiet and discreet may do so; no verbal participation is necessary or required. And of course, if you do wish to speak up, as Mensans love to do, there will be ample time for that, too! Learn from a professional hypnotist about the power of your mind to change, improve and expand.
The Autonomous Revolution of Vehicles and Transportation
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Payson RmThis presentation is a detailed overview of the transformation of transportation through autonomous vehicles and the advent of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) on the ground and in the air, including why Arizona is a hotbed for development and deployment, insight into the enabling sensor and communication technologies, and a forward-looking view of societal impact, markets and opportunities. Waves of change will roll through the transportation industry and practices as autonomy ramps up in personal and mass transportation, as well as in logistics/delivery segments. Join us as we examine how autonomous vehicles will be developed, deployed and monetized, creating new business models across the transportation sector. Explore autonomous vehicles roadblocks and operational challenges, emerging standards and protocols, connected services and their associated big data strategies and opportunities.
---Phiesta XXXV: "Hey, You Stole My Idea!! (Writing for Hollywood)"
---Phiesta XXXII: "Everything I Know About Mental Health I Learned in Dark Movie Theaters"
---Phiesta XXXI: "Pulling a Phast One: How Hollywood Special FX Phool Us"
---Phiesta XXIX: "Movies and How to Make Them"
I'm a retired corporate director turned movie producer, with two feature films coming out in theaters (or Netflix) next year and another in development right now.
Who's Your Superhero?
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Saturday, November 30th in Payson RmIndie film producer Joe Gruberman returns to GPM's RG for another rollicking romp through moviedom. But this time, the subject is SuperHeroes.
How have superheroes evolved in their transition from comic books to the big screen? How have our tastes and expectations changed since the first appearance of Superman in Action Comics #1? And, of course, what's the technology behind modern superhero movies?
Do you have a favorite? Which superhero do you most identify with? Expect to participate in an interactive discussion that will include everything from graphic novels to graphic cinema, and from special powers to special e!se! It's a Phoenix Phiesta XXXVII exclusive!
"Tough on Crime" = #FAIL: Public Safety, Poverty and Criminal Justice Reform
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Friday, November 29th in Pinetop RmMany politicians continue to double down on legislative action to keep people in jail longer with fewer services and programming, citing that true justice for victims is lengthy punishment. But has this worked? Are victims safer because of these policies? Have modern criminal justice reform measures made us less safe?
My presentation will cover a brief history of criminal justice in the United States; the impact it has had on public safety and poverty; how the modern movement to reform past policies has impacted these arenas, and what policies we should pursue in the future to improve public safety and poverty. I will present research through the lens of my perspective as a survivor of violence.
Mr. Hedrick also found the famous Canadian Club hide-a-case buried in the Superstition Mountains. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The True Story of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Saturday, November 30th in Prescott RmCo-Founder of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society and Museum, Larry Hedrick will speak about the true story of Jacob Waltz and the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine.
Fun with the 3rd Dimension
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Saturday, November 30th in Prescott RmAre we REALLY 3-dimensional thinkers? Because of gravity, we relate to the third dimension (up/down)in a very different way than we do to the others. This talk will explore some interesting aspects of our relationship to the third dimension, ranging from "how deep is the ocean" to "how high is the sky?"
Besides computers, Clark has been interested in electronics since the mid 1960s. During his college years, he worked as an electronics technician and did a stint as a broadcast engineer at a TV station.
Clark is an active Life Member of Mensa, joining in 1981. Amongst other things, he has served two 2-year terms as RVC9, as well as 12 years on the National Bylaws Committee.
Exciting Learning Gadgets
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Friday, November 29th in Prescott RmIn recent years some exciting gadgets for kids aged 8 to 108 to learn about programming have appeared, though they have some strange-sounding names.
Clark will give us a presentation that he first put together for a retirement community in Connecticut in October 2018. The talk introduces three popular families of "gadgets" that, at least originally, were aimed at being affordable ways for youngsters to learn about programming computers. The three families Clark will address are the microbit; the Arduino, and the Raspberry Pi. The presentation is fairly nontechnical.
Innovation + Circular Business Solutions: An Introduction to Circular Economy
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Pinetop RmIn this workshop, participants will learn about innovation, what it means to be an innovator, and disruption of the linear economy. Activities are based on circular economy, design thinking, mapping methodologies and leverage points. Attendees will walk away understanding the importance of innovation and disruption of the linear economy system, what it means to be an innovator, how to assess opportunities and reimagine solutions, circular economy principles and concepts, and more.
"Shut the Fork Up!" Your Right to Remain Silent
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Saturday, November 30th in Pinetop RmA presentation and discussion focused on why to remain silent in most police encounters, and several simple techniques and practices for remaining silent. Intended as a sober assessment of the present state of the law, best practices for the innocent (and mostly innocent) and not intended to disparage law enforcement.
Words and Concepts in Japanese That We Don't Quite Get
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Saturday, November 30th in Prescott RmThere are many Japanese words and phrases that have been adopted as part of Western studies such as Zen Buddhism, Shinto, Crafts and the Martial Arts. We will, in this session, explore some of these and try to convey what they mean to Japanese native speakers and what we think they mean to us Western folks. Other language groups have the same cross-translation problems as well. You are invited to bring your own examples for discussion.
Aquatic Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Saturday, November 24th in Payson RmThe Alzheimer's Association states that there are over 5 million people living with Alzheimer's Disease, and that 1 in 3 seniors will die with the disease or with another form of dementia. There are currently no pharmocological treatments that have been found effective in altering the progression of Alzheimer's or restoring cognitive function. This presentation will cover the newest research involving the relationship of physical activity to cognitive decline and improvement.
The aquatic environment an allow for the maximizing of cognitive, visual, motor and somatosensory stimuli. Recent research has concluded that immersion alone increases cerebral blood flow and its velocity, as well as increasing this response with physical activity. Additionally, immersion has been found to decrease cognitive errors during single and dual cognitive/motor tasks.
The Story You Need to Tell: How Writing Our Stories Transforms Us
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Saturday, November 30th in Payson RmDo you have a story that needs to be told? Most of us do! Based on Sandra Marinella's pioneering work with thousands of writers, veterans, and cancer patients, the presenter will share inspiring stories that demonstrate how our personal stories and writing can help us move past physical or emotional hardships and toward resilience and renewal. As demonstrated in her recent book, The Story You Need to Tell, participants will discover powerful ways that writing and sharing our personal stories can enhance well-being and transform our lives.
John B. Maxwell III
Intertel Meet and Greet
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Saturday, November 30th in Pinetop RmJohn B. Maxwell III, or a minor minion, will share with current, former and prospective members the behind-the-scenes-convoluted-curtain goings on of Intertel--a society for the intellectually gifted top 1%. Drop by for information, or to make connections with other members. All are welcome.
Dr. Susan Maxwell
Sociopathic Behavior in Everyday Life
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Saturday, November 30th in Prescott RmThose of us who do not meet the diagnostic criteria for Personality Disorder, Sociopathic Type, are nevertheless at times capable of sociopathic behavior. This talk will examine, through examples, how psychologically healthy people use sociopathic strategies to accomplish goals in everyday life.
Dr. Raymond Moberly
Raymond holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Caltech; Masters in Applied Mathematics from San Diego State University, and a doctorate in computational science from the Claremont Graduate University.
Mini-Marketing Talks for Small Businesses
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Payson RmMini-Pitch-Fest is a series of 5-7 minute marketing pitches from our entrepreneurs and business members in attendance at the RG. If you want to give your pitch, whether it's new innovation or a product you've spoken about 1000 times, sign up by email: email@example.com.
Your presentation can include slides, video and speaking in any combination, but limited to not more than seven minutes. Those not presenting in attendance will vote on the best pitch. Time permitting, we will do evaluations and give feedback at the conclusion.
Richard Morris - GPM LocSec
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Saturday, November 30th in Pinetop RmWhat's wrong...or maybe...what's right about GPM? Your LocSec and such other ExCom members who aren't otherwise occupied will take questions, suggestions and (constructive, hopefully) criticism--all intended to find out how ExCom can serve you better. Don't be surprised if we ask for volunteers to put suggestions into effect!
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Pinetop RmTeams of three will attempt to answer three questions each about ten images in a minute per question. The teams will keep their own scores. The images will be selected from the worlds of Art, Literature, Geography, Science and Politics. The winning team will receive bragging rights for the remainder of the RG. Disputed answers will be adjudicated by the moderator whose decision will be final.
With a BA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Arizona, Laura is the author of many books, including Publish Your Book Already!, The Author’s Media Tool Kit, Practical Philanthropy, and the award-winning 1,001 Real-Life Questions for Women. She will publish her first novel in Spring 2019.
Laura began her public speaking career presenting on the topic of creativity for such groups as American Express and the Scottsdale Library. When she’s away from the computer, she enjoys movies, music, the outdoors, chatting over chai latte at a local coffeehouse, and spending time with her husband and her pets.
Let's Talk Podcasting!
9:00 AM to 9:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Payson RmChances are pretty good you've listened to at least one podcast. For those who are newbies, a podcast is just an audio program streamed over the internet or delivered as a downloadable file. Think old-timey radio shows. There are podcasts on every topic imaginable. They're free with your iPad and via many other channels. And, they are one of the best ways to get visibility for your business, either as the expert host, or as an expert guest on other people's podcasts. We'll talk about the basics for getting started, and answer any questions!
Leadership and the Power of Listening
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM Saturday, November 30th in Pinetop RmWhether you participate in a work team, professional association, civic group, or any other community organization, how you listen can cause breakthrough results! Participants in this workshop will: Discover hidden preconceptions about leadership that limit your capacity to lead effectively; participate in exercises that allow you and your colleagues to experience the power of listening, and explore the vital role it plays in effective leadership; receive valuable insights that are immediately relevant both at work and in your personal life.
Since then, Steve has published two books and spent four and a half years teaching in northeast China. He lives in the Texas Hill Country near Austin and fills his time hiking, participating in community projects and traveling in the UK and China.
China: My Experiences and Insights
3:00 PM to 3:50 PM Saturday, November 30th in Prescott RmSince the beginning of 2008, Steve Roberts has spent 4 and a half years living and working in China. In addition to making many good friends and having some wonderful experiences, he has been in a position to observe the changes as the new President-for-Life consolidates his power. As China works to become the premier player on the world stage, it is important that we all try to understand the motivation of the Chinese government and the expectations of the Chinese people.
Revitalizing Existing Nonprofits/Building Start-up Nonprofits
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Friday, November 29th in Prescott RmThe Managing members behind NonProfit Consulting Group (NPCG) will share their background and expertise in nonprofit development and management. For existing nonprofits, this includes how to recognize and repair organizational issues that can lead to failure and to align all aspects of the organization to work in sync together. For start-up nonprofits, includes providing the steps to developing your own nonprofit to serve a cause or industry that is important to you along with creating your internal organizational structure, filing state and federal documents, and providing a platform for success as you take your first steps. Your members will gain awareness and understanding of behind the scenes efforts that shape the culture and the organizational integrity of highly successful nonprofit organizations.
Frank Sasso & Barbara Hoffmann
Sensei Barbara Hofmann is a 2nd degree Black Belt in Goju Shorei Karate and a Certified Instructor of Western Tai Chi. Ms. Hofmann was a school teacher for many years. She also traveled much of North America: every US state except Alaska, southeastern Canada, and various locations in Mexico. However, she always maintained her interest in martial arts. After moving to Arizona and finding Master Sasso, she studied Karate and Tai Chi seriously, and received her first Black Belt the day before her 70th birthday.
Western Tai Chi
4:00 PM to 4:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Prescott RmWe will be presenting a short lecture on the history of tai chi and its health benefits. Our Western Tai Chi is Master Sasso's modern version of the traditional Eastern style, adapted to appeal more to Americans. We accompany the exercise with modern music known to Americans. However, the health benefits remain. We will demonstrate a pattern or two. After introducing tai chi and its benefits, we invite the participants to join us in performing tai chi, a gentle, low impact exercise.
Steve developed his interest in Phoenix history over 10 years ago and has written several research papers on various aspects of Phoenix history. His most recent paper is entitled Building the Future of Phoenix History. He has spoken to the Mayor and City Council of Phoenix on Phoenix history and has been interviewed on KAET, Channel 8 on the same subject. He has also worked closely with Pueblo Grande on historic issues.
Steve is an accomplished long distance runner who has traveled throughout North America running races. He has two adult children who live in California and Tempe.
Steve holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business from Arizona State University and a Doctorate in Education from Pepperdine University. He has been a member of MENSA International for 30 years and served on the faculty of the University of California, Irvine Gifted Students Academy. He resides in Chandler, Arizona
3 Keys to Being Socially Adept
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Saturday, November 30th in Pinetop RmHave you ever felt left out at parties or gatherings? Are you hesitant to attend Mensa events because you don't feel confident meeting new people? In our world of social media, it is very easy to create a very likeable persona that shows all of our good sides. Inevitably, we need to come out from behind that façade and meet people face to face. If that thought makes you nervous, or if you just struggle to build interpersonal relationships, this seminar is for you. In this high-impact, interactive seminar, you will learn the most important for becoming more socially adept. These skills include being aware of body language, listening skills, first impressions, and speaking with confidence. If you want to be less of a wallflower, or just want to sharpen your skills, this seminar will be time well spent.
Where in the World Has Lyn Been?
2:00 PM to 2:50 PM Friday, November 29th in Pinetop RmFrom 1992 until 2015 I worked in 27 third world countries for the State department and other contractors as a medical provider to Peace Corps volunteers, US Embassy staff and employed local nationals. My presentation consists of photos I took while living and working in these countries, showing various items of interest not usually seen by tourists. My working contracts were varied from several years or more in some countries, to a quick in and out for a month or so for others. Most of my assignments were with the Peace Corps as I taught the volunteers how to stay safe, healthy and sane during their two-year assignments. My usual assistant in each country was a local hire MD, so my nonexistent language skills in these many local hospitals and referral clinics were not essential. My other obligation was to train the local MD in "American" medical practices...a novel idea!
...the adventure continues...what fun!!
Legalizing Casitas to Unbreak Your City
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Saturday, November 30th in Prescott RmPhoenix is the fastest growing city in the country, adding 27 households a "day." But are we building 27 more homes a day? And if we are, are those homes out on the fringe erasing the desert and worsening urban heat island?
At the same time, Arizona only has 25 affordable homes for every 100 extremely low-income households. This is a housing affordability crisis. Our current housing policies are unsustainable and barreling us headlong into disaster. One thing that must be done to bring our systems back into equilibrium is to re-legalize the casita. No matter who you are, this can be good for you.
Archimedes and the Genesis Code
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Friday, November 29th in Payson RmWhen I read this quote several years ago in the Physical Anthropology and Intelligent Design by Rabbi Maimonides (Rambam), born 1135, died 1204: "The account of the beginning of the Bible is natural science, but it is so profound it is cloaked in parables," I started research into its meaning. The books of Genesis, Exodus and Numbers are full of numbers, and I will present my conclusion that these numbers are accurately describing the astronomy of our solar system.
He has written six novels: Emancipating Elias,Holy Ground, Looking for Indianola, Fathers' Day, Labrelotte Bay, and Last Ship from Vladivostok..
Mark was married for almost thirty-eight years, his wife passing in 2018. He has three children and ten grandchildren. He currently resides in Phoenix
Last Ship from Vladivostok and Other Tales- From Start to Finish
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Friday, November 29th in Payson RmI will share with you my experience with writing with my seventh book, Last Ship from Vladivostok, as our guide. From that first book idea you've always had--its creation through its process, and those things that could trip you up and those things that were really helpful in not only writing, but how to publish that new born creation you made. We can talk about tricks that I have learned to use and what you can do to simplify all those ideas running in your head, how to organize them, use of editors and the use of agents, as well as audience selection and what are the odds of selling---anything!!!
More to Come
11:00 AM to 11:50 AM Saturday, November 30th in Pinetop RmProgram Description
Like minds who like minds