Michael Lerner is president and co-founder of Commonweal and the Jenifer Altman Foundation. His principal work at Commonweal is with the Cancer Help Program, Healing Circles, Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies, The New School at Commonweal, and the Resilience Project/OMEGA. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health in 1983 and is author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Therapies (MIT Press).
Stanley Wu coordinates OMEGA and the Resilience Project and brings a background in solar, geothermal and green energy systems. He is a community member, ex-wildland firefighter, tango dancer, father and doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. Taking the road less traveled, he had the fortune of encountering permaculture practices while living on an off-the-grid Dutch farming community. Without electricity and running water, he and 12 other members built the infrastructure of a flourishing community equipped with composting toilets, a greenhouse and solar battery system. Growing the vast majority of their food and using recycled materials, they explored the very real limits of consumption and natural resources. Upon returning to the United States, Stanley dedicated himself to the Breitenbush intentional community where he managed the utilities of a small town living completely off the grid. He built, operated and maintained the geothermal, micro-hydroelectric, water treatment, septic and computer systems, and ensured all the systems were synchronized and functional (including a famous sauna and hot tubs). Working with Sunlight and Power, one of the top solar companies in the Bay Area, Stanley was a subject-matter expert and foreman for installed commercial solar thermal systems throughout the greater Bay Area including systems in Stanford, Oakland, Vallejo, Marin and UC Berkeley. In 2017, Stanley graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He has since trained at hospitals in China, provided acupuncture to veterans and high-risk populations, and worked at community clinics such as the Glide Memorial Church. Practicing medicine has deeply enriched his understanding of humanity’s relationship with nature.