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Center Fellows

B.J. Bullert

B.J. BullertB. J. Bullert, Ph.D., teaches Strategic Communication at the Center for Creative Change, Antioch University in Seattle. Her Antioch courses examine how citizens can use, or create, media that promotes positive reform.

Her intellectual moorings rest in the qualitative sociology Howard S. Becker and the historian Howard Zinn. Questions of interest include: How do organizations and governments use digital media to advance their agendas effectively? How can citizen journalists make media and be effective catalysts for change? She is also the author of Public Television: Politics and the Battle Over Documentary Film (Rutgers University Press 1997). 

B. J. maintains an ongoing career as a documentary filmmaker. Her company, Seattle Films, is dedicated to producing works about the Pacific Northwest. Among her films shown at film festivals and on public television are Everett DuPen: Sculptor (2008), Fishermen's Terminal (2006), Chief Seattle (2000), Alki: Birthplace of Seattle (1997) and Earl Robinson: Ballad of an American (1994). Some of her short-format works and cyber videos can be seen on the web.

She is working on a follow-up film to Fishermen's Terminal and a new project on the waltz. She lives in West Seattle.

Interviews conducted by B.J. for the CCCE:

Sweatshops on Fire (8 min.) features an interview with Naomi Klein, author of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Klein compares New York's infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 with "the worst industrial fire in history" at a Thai toy factory in 1993.

History Lesson (4 min.) is a visual essay about the mass media and
globalization featuring Andrew Ross, Director of the American Studies
program at NYU.

Both works explore the selective prism of the news media and the struggle for safe working condition in the global economy.

Geoffrey Craig

Geoffrey CraigDr. Geoffrey Craig teaches media and politics in the Department of Politics at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was a post doctoral fellow in winter 2009. He is the author of The Media, Politics and Public Life (Allen & Unwin 2004), co-author of Slow Living (Berg and UNSW Press 2006) and co-editor of Informing Voters? Media, Politics and the 2008 New Zealand Election (Pearson 2009). Geoffrey was a Visiting Research Fellow at CCCE earlier in 2009 where he was conducting research on environmental communication, including a study of lifestyle 'eco-makeover' television.

John de Graaf

John de GraafJohn de Graaf is executive director of Take Back Your Time, an organization challenging time poverty and overwork in the U.S. and Canada and a frequent speaker on issues of overwork and overconsumption in America. John is the co-author of the best-selling Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (Berrett-Koehler, 2001/2005). He is the editor of Take Back Your Time (Berrett-Koehler, 2003). 

John has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for 26 years as an independent producer of television documentaries, many with environmental subjects. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in Prime Time nationally on PBS. He is also the recipient of more than 100 regional, national and international awards for film-making, including three Emmy awards. The De Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, named in his honor, is presented annually at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, California. He produced the popular PBS special, Affluenza, a humorous critique of American consumerism. 

Prior to his work in TV, John was public affairs director for KUMD Radio in Duluth, Minnesota. He has taught documentary film production at the University of Washington and the Evergreen State College. He has also taught on time, consumerism, social justice and sustainability issues at Evergreen. He is the founder of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival and the recipient of the Founders of a New Northwest Award for his work in environmental media.

He is a member of the Earth Island Institute board of directors and a member of the steering committee of the Forum on Social Wealth, where he co-directs the "What’s the Economy for, Anyway?" campaign. He is directing a national campaign for a paid vacation law in the United States.

Deric Gruen

Diana PallaisDeric Gruen is a member of the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy network (ELEEP) a transatlantic program of Ecologic Institute and Atlantic Council, for whom he recently completed a project on economic and monetary policy. Deric was the founding director of the Office of Sustainability at Bellevue College, winner of a national 2013 Climate Leadership Award, where he led campus, curricular, and student leadership initiatives. He has consulted on transportation, environment, and community development for organizations including the Sightline Institute. Deric is a contributor to the Seattle Globalist and was awarded a nine month Bonderman International Travel Fellowship following completion of his MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He has background in economic development, including contributions to the Prosperity Partnership and Trade Development Alliance, where he forged new relations with Brazil, later participating in a sustainable business mission led by the Lieutenant Governor.

Diana Pallais

Diana PallaisDr. Diana Pallais is the Worldwide Managing Director for the Partnerships for Technology Access (PTA) initiative at Microsoft Corporation. This is a pioneering effort at Microsoft to evolve the business model by leveraging public-private partnerships (PPP) to reach new customer segments and enable the right conditions for e-government to take root worldwide. In the PTA model, technology access is delivered affordably through financing, and technology is made relevant by embedding it in a public service that benefits a specific citizen constituency. PTA is premised on the belief that big challenges in development are best addressed when approached in partnership with other important actors, especially across the public-private divide. When technology deployment is appropriately nested in public policy reform efforts, the combination can unleash great potential for innovation in public service delivery and for citizen enfranchisement.

Dr. Pallais' background includes academia, diplomacy and business. As an academic, Dr. Pallais taught and researched topics related to international political economy and the role of institutions in economic development. As a diplomat, Dr. Pallais has represented and negotiated on behalf of the Nicaraguan government in the area of regional economic integration. At Microsoft, Dr. Pallais has served in various leadership capacities, all related to the public sector and the intersection of technology and governance.

Alexandra Segerberg

Alexandra Segerberg is postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. Her research interests center on political, empirical and philosophical theories of collective action. During 2008 - 2010 she is working on her current project "Mobs, Swarms and Networks" at the CCCE as a Swedish Research Council visiting postdoctoral fellow.

Greg Shaw
Greg Shaw is director of the Pacific Northwest Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also leads Foundation, Libraries and Pacific Northwest Advocacy. Shaw was previously a partner with the communications firm of Shepardson Stern and Kaminsky (SS+K), where he was an advisor to the foundation and to numerous leading corporations in the Pacific Northwest. Before joining SS+K, Shaw spent six years as a leader at Microsoft, where he helped to create the company's giving program for public libraries. Prior to Microsoft, Shaw was an executive with Ketchum Communications in Washington, D.C., and served in the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. He began his career as an editor of the Cherokee Advocate, the newspaper for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Shaw has a B.A. in journalism from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. He serves as a senior fellow within the University of Washington's Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and on the Episcopal Relief and Development's AIDS Advisory Council.

Articles by Greg:

"The Powers that Were?" - Published in the San Jose Mercury News on November 6, 2000
"Putting Entertainment Value Back into Politics" - Accepted by The Los Angeles Times (12/07/00)
"Not Voting in Your Pajamas" - Posted on Slate.com
"Bush's Tech Czar Should Examine Profound Shift to Information Society" - Published by the San Jose Mercury News on 1/31/01
Greg delivered a speech at Nike's Global Communications Summit on October 11, 2002 titled "Integrated Brand Communications: New Equations for a Fractured Media World."
A PowerPoint presentation on Internet voting is available here: "Internet Voting: Inevitable, Ineffectual or Both?"

Peter Van Aelst

Peter Van AelstPeter Van Aelst is assistant professor political psychology and political communication at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). He was a post doctoral fellow in fall 2008. He is one of the founding members of the research group "Media, Movements and Politics (M2P)" at the University of Antwerp. He wrote a PhD on the role of media in election campaigns and has published on social movements, agenda-setting and elections in the European Journal of Political Research, Comparative Politics, Journal of Communication, etc. His current research focuses on the relations between politicians and journalists in comparative perspective. In 2008 he was a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at CCCE. He contributed to the brownbag seminars on the U.S. presidential elections and the media organized by CCCE.

Richard Wesley

Richard WesleyRichard Wesley is a retired physician with a long-standing interest in public policy and political communication. He studied electrical engineering at Rice University and received his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of the UW Medical Center’s Pulmonary Disease Fellowship Program. Richard is co-founder and chief promoter of the CCCE Citizen Roundtable, an adult community engagement program that brings interested citizens to UW for lecture and discussion with distinguished UW professors.


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