SAFE G: Empowering Resilient Communities

Mission. To empower local communities to design immediate and effective SAFE G solutions that implement optical fiber wired to the home and office. Local taxpayers and ratepayers are entitled to this alternative to wireless, because they have already paid for it. Please see: Irregulators v. FCC.

5G/AI/Internet of Things Juggernaut presents an imminent threat. The harms to our community’s physical and mental health, the local environment, violations of citizen’s rights to due process, property, and personal privacy are foreseeable and preventable. The threat is especially dangerous to our children, elderly people, those with special sensitivities, disabled persons with chronic illnesses, caregivers, and our economically disadvantaged and minority communities that have no escape in their homes or workplaces.

Remedy: Community Empowerment: An effective remedy begins with widespread education and training in a proven system of wise leadership, community organization, team building, and negotiation. With this purpose we have created a 5G Dojo to support local communities around the world that are facing similar challenges. The key is to share negotiation successes and practical experience, so these lessons can be immediately deployed within the network. Equally essential is to fortify community-wide resilience rapidly and effectively. (See: 5 Minutes toResilience)

Our Funding Goal: $ 100,000

Donations: Please make your check or money order payable to National Institute for Science, Law, and Public Policy, designated for "SAFE G/Community Empowerment Initiative". You can contribute in two ways.

o   Simple donation with full tax deduction.

o   Partial tax deduction (at cost) with benefits. Please see benefit levels below.

Sponsors: Please contact us to discuss any questions or concerns and customized donation options.

Springs of Amethysts - $100

  • Public Recognition as a Community Health Charter Sponsor
  • Signed copy of Julian Gresser, Piloting through Chaos—Wise Leadership/Effective Negotiation for the 21st Century (1995)
  • Free gift of the 5 Minutes to Resilience web app

Rivulets of Moonstones - $500

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • 5 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 5 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Sparkles of Opal - $1K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • Public Lecture in Your Honor
  • 10 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 10 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Fountains of Pearls - $5K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • ½ day workshop training and consultation with any organization or company

Jade Eddies - $10K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • Two ½ day workshop, training and consultation with any organization or company of your choice
  • 20 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 20 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Sapphire Brooks of Laughing Hearts - $25K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • 1 day of professional consultation and meetings

Ruby Streams of Laughing Hearts - $35K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • One full day training program with materials for organization of choice to you.
  • 50 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 50 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Emerald Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $50K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • Two full day training programs with materials for organizations of your choice
  • 100 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 100 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Diamond Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $100K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • Four full day training programs with materials for organizations of your choice.
  • 200 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 200 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

General Bibliography/Recommended Readings

General Bibliography/Recommended Readings

  • Shawn Anchor, The Happiness Advantage (2010)
  • Blue Zones: The Science of Living Longer National Geographic Magazine, September (2018)
  • Stephen Harrod Buhner, Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal World (2014)
  • Stephen Harrod Buhner, The Secret Teachings of Plants (2002)
  • Kenneth S. Cohen, The Way of Qigong (1999)
  • Norman Doidge Brain that Changes Itself (2007)
  • St Francis Simple Prayer
  • Elmer and Alyce Green, Beyond Biofeedback (1977)
  • Eric Greitens, Resilience (2015)
  • Julian Gresser, Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind (1985)
  • Julian Gresser,The Explorers Mind (2013)
  • Julian Gresser , Laughing Heart—A Field Guide to Exuberant Vitality for All Ages—10 Essential Moves (2017)
  • Julian Gresser , Integral Resilience—Helping Communities Thrive (2018)
  • Benjamin Huff, Tao of Pooh (1982)
  • Roger Jahnke, Healing Promise of Qi (2002)
  • Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps Score (2014)
  • Daniel Lieberman, The Story of the Human Body (2013)
  • Bernard Lietaer,Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity(2013)
  • Stefano Mancuso, The Revolutionary Genius of Plants (2018)
  • Gabor Mate, When the Body Says ‘No’ (2011)
  • Stephen E. Post Why Good Things Happen to Good People (2007)
  • Lissa Rankin, M.D. Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself (2013)
  • Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté, The ResilienceFactor (2002)
  • Blair Ruble, Performing Cities, and also the Muse of Urban Delirium: How the Performing Arts Paradoxically Transform Conflict-Ridden Cities Into Centers of Cultural Innovation(2018)
  • Rebecca Solnit, Paradise Built from Hell—The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster (2013)
  • Joan Vernikos, Sitting Kills, Moving Heals (2011)
  • Autobiographies of Resilience
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
  • Nelson Mandela—Long Walk to Freedom (1994)
  • Michael Tyson, Undisputed Truth (2013)



Integral resilience is one of those domains of consciousness wherein vast aquifers of knowledge connect and open new frontiers for exploration. In this place we can find inspiration to join together in beneficial actions that reduce misery and redeem our common humanity.

Our purpose is to catalyze a new field of inquiry and practice to help individuals, organizations, and communities adapt creatively and positively to trauma and adversity. Our first step was review the main studies, articles, and commentaries on resilience; my second to offer a fresh perspective on how communities can cultivate resilience and thrive. “Resilience” is generally understood in the large majority of studies we cite as an ability to bounce back to an original state of equilibrium or homeostasis. But here we are more interested to understand how systems (biological, technological, and societal) dynamically learn to bounce forward toward something even finer, to turn adversities to advantage. We introduce a new conception of “integral resilience,” as a core life competency that can build upon and enhance the existing literature on resilience. And in an age fascinated by breakthroughs in positive psychology, mindfulness, and brain science, we highlight in contrast humanity of heart.

We are explorers of systems on the great Serengeti of integral resilience inquiring what causes them to be viable and what not. But we are not only rapporteurs. Embedded in the design of this work are two ideas that may be useful to readers on this journey. The first is a “Knowledge Multiplier”. The concept of integral resilience is so basic it can become a springboard for virtually any domain of inquiry that interests you. In other words, it is a magnet that attracts knowledge from many fields and disciplines to it. You might conceive of integral resilience as a great tree with a glorious upper story and a profound root system that extends for miles. All you need do is climb onto any branch, look out, and be curious. The tree can take you wherever you want to go, and we can all have a hand in planting it.

The second idea is “intertidal thinking.” When we spend a pleasant day on the seashore and walk along the beach, we might notice the most biologically fertile area is the “intertidal zone.” Here sea life and terrestrial life live in balance, continuously bathed by the tides, nourished by the sun and moon. It is the same with intertidal thinking. All we need do is ask whatever questions however improbable strike our fancy, and let our minds wash over them. (No one is judging here. It’s all in the spirit of play.) For example, what is the connection of metallic resilience to earthquake prediction? Or what insights can we gain from bacterial and viral resilience in the design of new interventions for chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes? What might we learn from the resilience of cultures to prepare coastal communities for the impacts of climate change? The Text is designed to be a living resource, organically growing, enriched by many; increasingly interactive, intelligent, and intertidal. For in this fertile earth I believe we will discover a treasure of knowledge and wisdom that can help us to meet the battalions of problems that now beset us.

Santa Barbara is our first pilot. It is a poignant choice because Santa Barbara is still struggling to recover from the Thomas fire which cost $ billions in property damage and the subsequent devastating mudslides that killed 23 people. Also, Santa Barbara like thousands of other communities across the U.S. and around the world is totally unprepared for the imminent medical, social, and economic catastrophe of chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s. For a relatively small city like Santa Barbara the mounting costs of Alzheimer’s, already in the hundreds of $ millions, can become devastating. My hope is to create a model that is inclusive, collaborative, and compassionate, and that Santa Barbara’s experience will help other communities to pilot better with the calamities of a turbulent world.

I am indebted to my colleague Bill Moulton for bringing to my attention the rich range of challenges to resilience and concepts closely allied to resilience that are often used interchangeably. As a systems cyberneticist he notes there is a wide number of interrelated concepts and keywords that are employed in different disciplines and taxonomies that speak to fairly common conceptions of systemic resiliency.

Julian Gresser, Santa Barbara, September 2018


Book of Serenity, Case 94 – DONGSHAN IS WELL

Dongshan was ill. A student asked, “You’re unwell. Is there someone, after all, who isn’t sick?”
Dongshan said, “There is.”
“Does the one who isn’t sick take care of you?”
“I’m actually taking care of that one.”
“What’s it like when you take care of that one?”
“Then I don’t see that there is illness.”


The archetypal symbol of Resilience is the Phoenix rising majestically from the ashes of its own destruction. As part of Nature we humans have an incomparable ability to update ourselves into much stronger, braver, and brighter beings. Since ancient times in cultures around the world people report that Phoenix’s tears have healing properties, that it is endowed with extreme physical toughness, can control fire, and possesses infinite wisdom.  The Myth of the Phoenix: Our Amazing Power of Resilience

Next:  A Visitors Guide to the Integral Resilience Collaborative


About Big Heart Technologies

About Big Heart Technologies

Albert Einstein once famously observed:

“We can’t solve problems by the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

A transformation in how we feel, think, and transact with one another – more specifically, a new collaborative model that releases the combined creative power of the heart and mind working together – is desperately needed to meet the deepening problems of the early 21st century. Big Heart Technologies has developed the essential framework, methods, and tools to meet these challenges. We call this new field, “Big Heart Intelligence (BHI).”

BHT is a California Humanitarian Benefit Corporation (“B” Corp) established to develop an online evidence-based portal to empower communities to improve health, wellness, and vitality by surmounting specific health-related challenges. 

These include health literacy, nutrition, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, mental depression and burnout. Many of these chronic illnesses are inter-related and/or exist as co-morbidities with one another. The close inter-relationships of these chronic illnesses also involve essential and common behavioral changes. Improvements in health literacy combined with behavior change and ongoing medical care in any one domain can lead to improvements in other domains. The knowledge gained by participants can be transferred to others, building momentum toward a tipping point to transform the health of individuals and the entire community.  

Big Heart Technologies Website

A Guide to the Integral Resilience Collaborative

A Guide to the Integral Resilience Collaborative:

Applying New Strategies, Tools, and Resources for Community-wide Innovation

The Integral Resilience Collaborative is designed as a “living” collaborative text and resource that will grow and deepen through the participation and contributions of members around the world.

Visitors Guide

Hello! This is a brief tour to facilitate your use and enjoyment of the Integral Resilience Collaborative website.

We invite you to join us in exploring Integral Resilience in as many interesting dimensions as we can discover together. In fact, our goal is to offer a new way of navigating in the world that combines the sharpness and analytical prowess of the mind with the vision, courage, compassion, and good judgment of the heart.

On the front page featuring the video and the vertical slide show (swipe up and down to scroll between slides), please click any of the MORE buttons that appears at the bottom of each slide.

When in any section of the book, please simply click the MENU button on the top left of the page to show a menu of the site contents on the left side of your browser window.

Please also note in the upper header area the NEWSFEED button. This will show you breaking and popular news articles associated to every individual topic.  Other buttons include FUND and BLOG, and a forthcoming MEMBERS area.

This Integral Resilience Collaborative Guide is organized in 5 sections. The 5 links below will start you on the first page in that section.


Begin: Resilience Stories


Testimonials of Early Explorers of
the 10 Essential Moves of Laughing Heart

“The Laughing Heart experience rejuvenates the mind and body, while liberating the heart’s innate powers as a visionary, emotive, ethical, and spiritual faculty. A brilliant and timely innovation bringing healing to our troubled world.”

Gareth Presch, CEO, World Health Innovation Summit

“The Laughing Heart Program and app represent an exceptional and unique integration of the left (logic)and right (relational) brain functions, of the material and spiritual realms. I can say without exaggeration, that this a remarkable and powerful synthesis, which when applied has the power to change lives radically.”

Robert Hedaya, MD, DLFAPA, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Faculty Institute of Functional Medicine

“There’s been a growing appreciation of the role of the heart in human well-being, but the Laughing Heart takes it to a new level — and it’s fun, too!”

George Lindamood, Author, Mathematician

“The practice of Laughing Heart has stayed with me. The graceful flow and beauty of each move has encouraged a gentle budding in my heart, the re-emergence of a simple happiness, and an intimacy with all of life. This return to the wisdom of the heart is a powerful antidote to the machinery of modern life.”

Simon Fox, Author, Oxygen for Caregivers: Guarding Against Burnout, Sustaining Compassion



In Memory of Howard F. Elkus

Among the remarkable people I have encountered in my life’s journey, Howard F. Elkus is an exemplar of Laughing Heart. A visionary architect utterly devoted to his family; a man who could tell a really good idea from a bad one and instantly act upon it; one who viewed this roaring world with a twinkle in his eye; a great and generous soul. He was my friend. At the pinnacle of his professional career enjoying the glory of success, snatched away without even a chance to say goodbye, leaving a tear in the fabric of our reality. We miss him in the deep heart’s core.

Howard F. Elkus at work (video)

Patricia Bader-Johnston CV

Patricia Bader-Johnston CV

wsmBoard Member — Alliances for Discovery

Patricia Bader-Johnston has held senior corporate roles over a span of twenty-five years in Japan, including: Director of Communications for IBM Japan, Vice President Operations Finance and Resources, and Head of People Development for Goldman Sachs Japan, Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, and Head (Japan, Australia, Taiwan) of Corporate Affairs for Standard Chartered Bank.

Her primary current professional focus is on management and market entry strategies for renewable energy firms and other initiatives supporting economic recovery in Japan. She is a retained Advisor for Business Development with Mitsubishi Estate Ltd.; OWES LLC; Management Consultant to EnWorld Japan and Carbon War Room. Client list includes: Ernst & Young, J&J Medical, BD Japan, JP Morgan, Government of Quebec, Edelman PR, Accenture, Microsoft, NEC, Hitachi, among others.

  • Founder and CEO, Silverbirch Associates Ltd.
  • Professor, Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business (Bond University) and Rikkyo University Faculty of Business
  • Founder and Representative Director, 5ivePlanets (NPO)
  • International Liaison, Intelligent Engines Partners

Patricia Bader-Johnston’s not-for profit work is conducted through 5ive-Planets and is dedicated to leveraging innovation and technologies to ensure food and sustainable resource management for future generations including development of renewable energy alternatives and entrepreneurship development. She is the founding Chair of the Entrepreneur Mentoring Initiative Japan, and Chief Development Officer of Katerva. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Alliances for Discovery.

She has been twice recognized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan as “Leader of Year” for her work in establishing CSR as a pillar for corporate engagement. She is a past (and only woman) President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and is currently a Board member of Runway for Hope, and co-founder of GreenMondays, TEDxGreatWall and TEDxTokyo. Patricia Bader-Johnston has a B.Ed. in Social Sciences and a MBA in International Business from McGill University Canada.

William Moulton CV

William Moulton CV

wsmCTO, Technologist, Engineer, Designer

Mr. William Moulton is a whole systems engineer, serial entrepreneur, new business strategist, futurist, and advanced technology developer/engineer.  Mr. Moulton has extensive experience in leading agile multidisciplinary development teams, and has successfully pioneered many dozens of breakthrough software and hardware technologies in both industrial and consumer markets.

Mr. Moulton specializes in total life cycle systems design, disruptive technologies, social media, emerging markets, pattern recognition, and improving human-computer interaction. Moulton has deep and broad experience as an applied technology development super-generalist in the search, audio, multimedia, augmented user interface, data visualization, collaborative innovation, and mobile domains.  Mr. Moulton has innovated many new technologies including swarm search agents, semantic link analysis, data visualization, global simulation, knowledge systems, speech recognition, voice-to-text synchronization, video codecs, VLSI and FPGA chips and systems, resilient adaptive controls, autonomous robotics, virtual reality systems, and DSP audio technology.

Mr. Moulton’s teams have delivered speech recognition solutions for mission critical floor trading of securities (NYSE, ASE), designed and delivered management information dashboards, engineered artificial intelligence based industrial process controls, streamlined multimedia production workflow systems for speech recognition and video synchronization for search, and created numerous apps and tools for consumer and professional arts, and consumer electronics, and search engines for career and college planning.

His teams have engineered multimedia conference boards for Video Network Communications; speech recognition systems for Goldman Sachs and Company, Merrill Lynch, and RW Presspritch; assembly robot failure recovery expert systems for General Motors; industrial control knowledge engines for Alcoa, Reliance Electric, JPL, LANL, Army, TRW, NASA, IITRI, EG&G and others; production aquaculture ecosystem controls for Oceanic Institute; satellite failure mode prediction and self-repair for Aerojet; 3DTV displays and motion graphics software for Atari; game console and glove technology for Hasbro and Mattel; creative music products for Apple, Amiga and Commodore; and low power radar assisted facial reanimation with voice dubbing for Tricoast Films and BabelOn.

Companies Moulton cofounded include Cloudtalk (2011), Energy Voyager (2006), Ursa Minor Arts & Media (2004), Navagent (2001), Pacific Digital FX (1995), UmeClarity (1992), Umecorp (1985), Waveform (1983), and Stereographics (1982).


William Moulton – Firsts in Technology Innovation

William Moulton has developed and delivered to markets and clients an extremely broad spectrum of technology innovations – as an executive, inventor, engineer and product manager.  He has accomplished many ‘firsts’ as a team leader and principal engineer of musical instruments, audio effects systems, integrated multimedia tools, virtual reality systems, artificial intelligence systems, speech recognition applications, consumer electronics, sound and visual special effects, DSP software, VLSI chip design, music synthesizers and sequencers, search engines, database systems, 3D web visualization, science and technology forecasting tools, and business intelligence systems. Mr. Moulton’s accomplishments include the following ‘world firsts’ in product technology development and early commercialization:

  • First audio digital delay effects system for personal computers – Echosoft. (Ultimate Media 1981)
  • First commercial 3D stereoscopic television system and circular polarization system – DDD. (Stereographics, Atari 1982)
  • First consumer personal computer based computer music systems – MusiCalc, ScoreWriter, Colortone (Waveform 1983)
  • First personal computer expert system out-performing mainframes for defense satellite failure mode prediction – Expert Advisor. (Aerojet 1985)
  • First Amiga music software synthesizer – Sonix. (Aegis 1985)
  • First expert system industrial process controls – Knowledge Engine, Expert Controller. (Umecorp 1986)
  • First virtual reality gaming systems – PowerGlove, 3E System. (Umecorp, Hasbro, Mattel 1987)
  • First expert system applied to manufacturing robot assembly line fault automated recovery – Rocky Robot. (Umrcorp, General Motors 1987)
  • First intensive closed system recirculating aquaculture expert system – RIAX. (Umecorp, Oceanic Institute 1988)
  • First high speed ‘one hot state’ non-Boolean inference system for space applications – HIE System. (Umecorp for NASA Ames 1990)
  • First low cost audio digital effects tools for the Amiga personal computer – MultimediaFX, SpectrumFX, VocoderFX. (Pacific Digital FX 1993)
  • First interactive 3D videodisc graphical interface controller – DeeJayV-J. (Enter Corp 1992)
  • First satellite teleconference system with human height multi-location stereoscopic 3D virtual reality – TeleWall. (Cybermind 1993)
  • First viable speech recognition for Wall Street brokers and traders, with world’s best noise cancelling microphones for NYSE, ASE – UmeVoice. (UmeVoice 1994)
  • First real-time NTSC and D1 quality video conferencing boards working over standard phone twisted pair wires – OCB Conference Board. (Golden Media 1997)
  • First just-in-time automated voice recognition video transcript synchronization display and keyword video search system – MediaPod. (Vodium 2000)
  • First radar based continuous speech re-animation and synchronization system for foreign language film dubbing – FilmLanguage. (Tricoast Films 2001)
  • First real-time 3D web search visualization system using autonomous swarm search agents – Surf3D. (Navagent 2002)
  • First fully integrated audio, video, special effects multimedia production pipeline workflow management system – ISIS. (Ursa Minor Arts & Media 2003)
  • First geospatial real time news visualization app for PCs – NewsMatrix, Earthquake3D. (Navagent, Wolton Designs 2004)
  • First full spectrum DSP brainwave binaural induction system – Hypnos Vocoder. (Wolton Designs 2005)
  • First user configurable open source collaborative business intelligence system and emergent trend visualization and prediction – CBIN. (Energy Voyager 2007)
  • First open source desktop attention share trend tracking system – Trend Trakker, Trenddex. (Navagent, Institute for Global Futures 2008-9)
  • First integrated college and career planning and crosswalk search app and web application – Colleges & Careers, Career Paths, Scholarship Explorer. (Student Loan Finance Corp 2011)


Julian Gresser CV

Julian Gresser CV

wsmChairman– Alliances for Discovery

Julian Gresser is an international attorney, professional negotiator, inventor, and recognized expert on Japan. As a negotiator his most dramatic success involved helping a San Francisco-based trading company transform its $8 million after-tax branch into a $1 billion Japanese company in seven years. (This transaction originated by Julian Gresser and his colleague, Professor James E. Schrager has come to be called “Going Public Japanese Style” adopting the title of an article they jointly authored in the Wall Street Journal.) From 1976-1983 he was twice Visiting Mitsubishi Professor at the Harvard Law School and also taught courses as a Visiting Professor at MIT on the legal issues of strategic industries. He has been a Visiting Professor at Beijing University, where he taught seminars on Japanese and U.S. environmental law, and also helped the Chinese environmental authorities draft China’s Marine Pollution Control Law.

He has served as legal advisor to numerous U.S., Japanese, and European companies on a wide array of business issues, including joint ventures, limited (venture capital) partnerships, technology licensing, export controls and customs fraud, antitrust, and intellectual property protection, particularly patent infringement disputes. He has been a senior consultant to the U.S. State Department, The World Bank, The Prime Minister’s Office of Japan, The People’s Republic of China, and the European Commission (where he trained the Commission’s Japanese negotiating teams).

Julian Gresser is the author of four books, Environmental Law in Japan (MIT Press, 1981), Partners in Prosperity: Strategic Industries for the U.S. and Japan (McGraw Hill, 1984; in Japanese, Cho Hanei Sengen), and Piloting Through Chaos: Wise Leadership/Effective Negotiation for the 21st Century ( Five Rings Press, 1996), (in Japanese, Ishi Kettei Isutsu no Hosoku–Koshodo no Gokui, Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company, Tokyo, 1997), in addition to numerous articles in English and Japanese on technology, economics and law. His most recent work is Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind (English publication: May 2013, Bridge 21; Chinese publication, fall 2014—See: The book is the subject of a series of massive open online courses (MOOC) that Julian Gresser will host beginning in the spring of 2014. The first in this series is “Innovation Integration for the 21st Century” (co-produced with Case Western Reserve University).

Humanitarian Activities—Alliances for Discovery –501 © 3 non-profit organization—The mission of Alliances for Discovery is to accelerate breakthroughs for humanity using the Explorers Wheel/Smart Collaborative Innovation Network (S-COIN) model introduced in Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind. Explorers Wheel 1.0 Health, Longevity & Abundance will support sponsored prizes for breakthroughs in response to a number of critical challenges, beginning with accelerating breakthroughs in the design and delivery of high quality affordable instruments for cataract surgery in low income countries, various sustainability initiatives, and risk management for natural catastrophes, in particular earthquakes.

Julian Gresser is currently working on a new book with Li Junfeng, a Chinese martial artist and qigong grandmaster on the practical applications of Heart in business, government, and human affairs.

Significant Recent Activities — Further background information on current projects, including recent blogs, can be reviewed on Julian Gresser’s new web site: www.explorerswheel.com 

  • Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind is the world’s first Living Adaptive Multimedia Book ™ based on a “smart” platform, which the author has invented and is the subject of several patents pending. Smart technology has the potential to transform the publishing industry. Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind introduces a new model of “intertidal thinking” which enables explorers to connect everything with everything.
  • Julian Gresser is establishing over 20 Explorer’s Wheels (see based on the framework and methodology articulated in Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind.
  • Julian Gresser, in collaboration with his colleagues at GII, Case Western Reserve University, Beijing University, and various Chinese quasi-government agencies is planning to launch by the fall of 2013 a unique massive open online course (MOOC) on “Innovation Integration in the 21st Century.” This will be the first smart bilateral MOOC involving Chinese and foreign faculty participants and will establish an important breakthrough in effective communication between China, the U.S., and other countries. (150,000 participants from the U.S., China, and other countries are anticipated to be initial registrants.)
  • Since August 2013 Julian Gresser has become deeply engaged in developing an effective international response to the unfolding health and environmental crisis resulting from the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Japan.;


Endorsements of Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorer’s Mind:


IPOs in China and Japan, inventions in clean energy, decoding Japanese negotiation strategies, incubators for creativity and innovation, the role of beauty in discovery and bringing ideas to market—Julian Gresser is a Renaissance man with an amazing array of achievements and gifts. He has written a truly original and helpful book with his own hard won understandings about how innovation can be incubated. Read it, it will enlarge your mind and you will discover your own capacity to do such things. It will grow with you and interact with your discoveries as you make them, taking them to a higher level.

–John Tarrant—Zen master, author, Bring Me the Rhinoceros and other works


“Mark Twain said, ‘You can’t depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.’ In Piloting Through Chaos, Julian Gresser helps us to dream a better future and carefully outlines the steps needed to get there. Brilliantly written and meticulously researched, Gresser warns that we cannot achieve justice and abundance as individuals but only through collaboration, innovation, and fearless exploration of our own depths. And always, he reminds us, with kindness. Gresser is an international attorney, but also a 21st Century Renaissance Man, with a lifetime of experience in business, music, martial arts, invention, and meditation.  He is not afraid to ask the big questions and to venture new views of how technology might be an ally in our quest for a better world.”

–Kenneth Cohen, author of The Way of Qigong and Honoring the Medicine

“We need a cultural revolution as transformative as were the scientific and industrial revolutions. If human culture is to survive without unacceptable impacts on the planetary environment, we must live differently as a culture. This means that the arts and humanities are on the front lines of collaborating with scientists and engineers, we need a ‘second renaissance.’ Julian Gresser, in the second edition of “Piloting through Chaos,” presents a sharply focused methodology for attacking some of the urgent problems and seizing the new opportunities.”

–Roger Malina, Editor, Leonardo


The market is flooded with books and tapes about negotiating, but no one, until now, offers insight into the underlying essence of our interpersonal abilities.  This fresh approach, if followed, can be transforming for us as individuals, and as a nation.

– Claudine Schneider, Former U.S. Congresswoman


Julian is 100% invested in teaching; an active listener; dedicated to ensuring that the class learns; he is high in energy and empathetic.  What would my comments be to future participants?  Exciting; out-of-the-box; has life application; fundamental to all relationships.

– Bobbie Busha, Manager, BellSouth


There is widespread agreement that leadership at any level and in any area requires integrity in the person, the practice, and the profession.  It is also clear that this is no easy, simple task, nor can it remain at the mercy of luck, sentimental or institutional formation.  Julian Gresser – lawyer, scholar, martial artist, and streets-smart practitioner – now makes available the teaching and achievement of integrity in its integral form. As a foundation president, former commissioner, ambassador, and university president, I have had occasion to enlist Julian’s remarkable system and energies.  He/it is a godsend for our troubled times and leaders.

– Dr. Glen A. Olds, Chair of the World Federalist Association;

Co-Chair-Society for Values in Higher Education, Senior Scholar-Center for Ethics & Leadership;

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Portland State University


So many of the software programs I employ on a daily basis perform their functions adequately, however, they’re boring and uninspiring.  It feels like a major chore to use them.  The Artful Navigator, although serious in its intent, is a lighthearted and whimsical program.  I feel so much like I’m playing a game that I hardly notice how much insight and wisdom I gain each time I use it.

– Maggie Duval, Independent Computer Consultant


All of Alpine’s portfolio CEOs, General Partners and staff, have undergone training – with dramatic and measurable results.  One portfolio company had been mired in negotiations with a foreign company for over a year.  In one day’s training, they put together a new plan and team, and three months later closed an OEM agreement worth millions.

– Dr. Chuck K. Chan, General Partner, Alpine Technology Ventures


Julian Gresser is one of those rarest of teachers.  He embodies the wisdom that he shares.  His pioneering work in negotiation is a quantum leap in human understanding and will move people to their highest level of truth and accomplishment.  The value is incalculable not only to individuals but to our society.

– Michael Fitzgerald, Former Director, Washington State Department of Trade & Economic Development

Partial List of Past Clients

European Commission, The Prime Minister’s Office of Japan, World Bank, U.S. State Department, Philips International, JP Morgan, Intel, KLA Instruments, Elantec, Bridgestone, Baxter International, Alpine Ventures, Palmer Services Corporation, Deloitte, Arthur Anderson, China National Packaging Corporation, Finnbohus, Ericcson, AB Brown Boveri, LSI Logic, Dainana Securities Corporation, Swedish Intellectual Property Council (a private group of 10 top CEOs of Sweden who were concerned with developing strategies for protecting IP), CISCO, New Enterprise Associates, Catalytica.



Business Address: JG Enterprises, P. O. Box 30397 Santa Barbara, CA 93130

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Telephone: (805) 563-3226;  Fax: (805) 563-4818

SPECIALTIES: Professional negotiator with special expertise in:

  • Japanese & Chinese business transactions
  • Cross-cultural strategic alliances
  • IP and innovation strategy
  • International energy/environmental-related transactions
  • Alliance law
  • Alliance mediation

EDUCATION: J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1971, Stanford University, Graduate Study Toward Ph.D. in Economics, 1967/1968, M.A., Harvard University, Far Eastern Studies, 1967, A.B, Harvard University, 1965

FOREIGN Japanese and Chinese

LANGUAGES: French, Spanish, and Italian (reading only)



  • Present — Chairman, Global Innovation Integrators (GII); CEO, Smart Explorers. Ltd.
  • 2009-2012 — CO-Chairman, International Practice Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
  • 1988  — Member of the Board, Discovery Engineering International (DEI)
  • 1988 to 1990 Special Japan Counsel, Crosby, Heafey, Roach and May
  • 1986 to 1988 Partner, Nutter, McClennen & Fish
  • 1983 to 1984 Founding Partner, Coleman and Gresser, The Pacific Law Group
  • 1982 Consultant, Prime Minister’s Office of Japan
  • 1981 Consultant, Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering (International aspects of cross-cultural business)
  • 1980 to 1981 Consultant, U.S. Department of State
  • 1980 Consultant, U.S. Environmental Protection Office
  • 1979 to 1980 Special Consultant on East Asian Affairs to the Assistant Secretary of State, Richard Holbrooke, now U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • 1976 to 1977 Consultant, World Bank
  • 1972 Staff Attorney, Center for Law in the Public Interest
  • 1971 to 1972 Associate, Graham & James
  • 1970 (Summer) Research and work in Japanese Law at Shozawa Law Office, Tokyo
  • 1969 (Summer) Translator for Foreign Division of Tokyo Stock Exchange


  • 1990-2000 Presenter and participant in Inter-Faculty Seminar involving Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School and Kennedy School on Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures
  • Julian Gresser offered over 30 seminars on Artful Negotiation to some 300 corporate presidents through TEC, an international association of CEOs and other organizations.
  • Adjunct Professor, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, where Julian Gresser taught a course entitled “Wise Leadership and Effective Negotiation.”
  • 1981 to 1983 Two-year appointment as Visiting Professor, Program on Science, Technology and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1981 to 1983 Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School
  • 1980 (Spring) Visiting Mitsubishi Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • 1976 to 1977 Visiting Mitsubishi Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • 1974 to 1981 Professor of Law (with tenure), University of Hawaii School of Law
  • 1973 to 1974 Visiting Professor of Law, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan (Taught Japanese law in Japanese.)
  • 1973 (Summer) Visiting Professor, Beijing University, Faculty of Law



  • Piloting Through Chaos:  Wise Leadership  Effective Negotiation for the 21st Century (Five Rings Press, 1996) (Japanese translation of “Piloting Through Chaos,” Tokuma Shoten Publishing Company, Tokyo, 1997)
  • Partners in Prosperity: Strategic Industries for the United States and Japan (McGraw Hill, June 1984) (Japanese translation of “Partners in Prosperity,” TBS Britannica, October, 1984)
  • Environmental Law in Japan, (M.I.T. Press, 1981)

Major Articles:

  • Expanding Your IP Pie in China—Winning Strategies for Agile Foreign Companies Bloomberg Law Reports, April 27, 2011
  • Inventing for Humanity—A Collaborative Strategy for Global Survival” VIA, The Journal for New Thinking for New Action, Volume One, Number Four, 2003
  • “Strategic Alliance Mediation—Creating Value from Difference and Discord in Global Business,” European Journal of Law Reform, Volume Two, Issue Four, 2000.
  • “Turning Conflict into Opportunity Through Alliance Mediation in Structuring, Negotiating, and Implementing Strategic Alliances,” published by Practicing Law Institute, 1998
  • “Best Alliances Make 1+1 Equal More Than 2,” Nikkei Weekly (March 16, 1998)
  • “High Tech Training for Sales Samurai,” 1996
  • “Understanding the Japanese Negotiating Code: The Virtual Dojo and Other Critical Capabilities for the Late 1990s,” Symposium: Private Investments Abroad, Problems and Solutions published by Southwestern Legal Foundation, (Matthew Bender, 1995)
  • “Breaking the Japanese Negotiating Code: What European and American Managers Must Do To Win,” European Management Journal (Vol. 10, No. 3, September 1992)
  • “A Passport to the Japanese Equity Markets,” Coauthored with James Schrager, Wall Street Journal (April 29, 1991)
  • “Mastering Negotiations with the Japanese,” Palo Alto, California (June 30, 1990)
  • “Engineering Discovery and Negotiating Organizational Change.” Forthcoming book on “Creativity in Large Bureaucracies”
  • “Engineering Discovery,” Network of Inventive Thinkers Association (NITA), (October 1990)
  • “Creative Coexistence Can Heal U.S.-Japan Rift,” an Opinion, The Japan Economic Journal (June 30, 1990)
  • “Discovering Solutions to U.S. Japanese Conflict,” World Business Academy Perspectives (Summer 1990)
  • “U.S., Japan Stock Markets: Divergent Goals,” with James Schrager, Japan Economic Journal (Week Ending February 10, 1990)
  • “Going Public, Japanese Style,” with James E. Schrager, Wall Street Journal (May 2, 1988)
  • “On the Way to Japan, Pack Careful Planning,” San Francisco Business Times, (December 1, 1986)
  • “Julian Gresser: An Iconoclast Practice Japanese Trade Law With Aid of ‘Visions’,” San Francisco Business Times (September 29, 1986)
  • “To Compete With Japan You Should Be in Japan,” Inside R&D, the Weekly Report on Technical Innovation (September 10, 1986)
  • “Competing With the Japanese on Their Own Turf,” with A. Osterman, Wall Street Journal (December 2, 1985)
  • “A Solution to Our Economic Ills” (1985)
  • “U.S. Export Controls: The Next Battle With Japan,” The Japan Economic Journal (October, 1985)
  • “Strategic Industries and Economic Growth Within the Pacific Region During the Late 20th Century,” Presented to the XV International Conference on World Peace, Tokyo, Japan (July 15, 1985)
  • “Can the U.S. Protect Patents Pending?” San Jose Mercury News (June 23, 1985)
  • “Misnomer, Poor Handling of Issues Confuse Ideological Differences,” The Japan Economic Journal (October 16, 1984)
  • “Standard Setting in Telecommunications: The Next Battle Field,” Diamond Executive (December 1984)
  • “The U.S.-Japan Software Wrangle,” Nikkei Shimbun, 1984
  • “Japan and the United States: A Strategy for Survival,” The Japan Economic Journal (September 27, 1983)
  • “The International Adjustment of National Industrial Policies,” Preliminary Report to the Prime Minister’s Office in Japan
  • “Japanese Government Policies for the Robotics and Machine Tool Industries C The Productivity Problem from Another Perspective,” Subcommittee of Trade, U.S. House of Representatives (October 14, 1980)
  • “High Technology and Foreign Industrial Policy,” Subcommittee on International Finance, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (January 15, 1980)
  • “Balancing Industrial Development with Environmental Management in the Republic of Korea,” Report on the Environmental Mission to the World Bank (December 22, 1977)
  • “Japan’s Handling of International Environmental Problems: Contradictions with the Domestic Record,” Proceedings of the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (1977)
  • “The Development of Pollution Control in Japan,” 1 Harvard Environmental Law Review 541-5445 (1977)
  • “The Transnational Public Interest Lawyer: High Hopes and Difficult Realities,” Intellect Magazine, Volume 104 (March, 1976)
  • “The 1973 Japanese Law for the Compensation of Pollution-Related Health Damage: An Introductory Assessment,” Law in Japan, Volume 8 (1975).  Also published in slightly different form in 5 ELR 50229
  • “A Japan Center for Human Environmental Problems: The Beginning of International Public Interest Cooperation,” Ecology Law Quarterly, Volume 3 (1973)

Major Articles In Japanese:

  • “Nichibei Tairitsu O Seifuku Suru Hakken Kogaku No Susume, Advancing a System of Discovery Engineering That Will Conquer U.S. Japanese Conflict,” Asai Journal (August 3, 1990)
  • “The Transnational Application of Environmental Impact Assessment,” Kogai Kenkyu, Pollution Research (July 1976)
  • “Legal Translation and Transmission of Meaning,” Vol.2, No.6, Kokusai Shoji Homu (1974)
  • “Comparative Aspects of Preventive Approaches to Pollution Control in the U.S. and Japan,” with K. Fujikura, Hanrei Times (June 1974)
  • “Kankyo Mondai Ni Kansuru 1973 Bonn Kaigi on Hokoku” (a Report on the Bonn Conference of 1973), with Y. Taniguchi, Kyoto University, Juristo (June 1974)
  • “Kankyo Mondai Ni Kansuru Kokusai Kyoryoku Teian” (a Proposal for International Cooperation Regarding Environmental Problems), Juristo (March 15, 1973)

PROFESSIONAL — California Bar Association International House of Japan

ASSOCIATIONS — Harvard Club of New York

ORGANIZATIONAL Cofounder, Japan Committee for Human Environmental Problems


  • Founder and Chairman, Japan Industrial Policy Group (an Inter-agency-Congressional task force studying industrial policy and U.S.-Japan economic relations)
  • Founder, The Corps of Discovery, a multidisciplinary group of physicians, inventors, and others seeking to uncover breakthroughs in the treatment of glaucoma.

SIGNIFICANT — Established right of non-resident aliens to petition Japanese Diet

LEGAL ACTIVITY — (Chief Counsel in Palau superport case)


  • The Trigger Method—a way of forecasting and analyzing “strategic” technologies and industries.
  • EEG Brainwave Biofeedback Machine, a Method of Engineering Discoveries
  • The Artful Navigator, software program which turns Shakespeare and other “masters of wisdom” into your personal coaches.
  • Legal and business structures to foster “Collaborative Innovation Networks” (COIN) and associated collaborative IP models.
  • The Explorer’s Wheel and related methods described in “The Explorer’s Mind”
  • LAMB (Living Adaptive Multimedia Book)—based on “smart” technology which enables books and web sites “to learn” from users of mobile and stationary devices.


  • As chief counsel to an international coalition of environmental groups, established the right of non‑resident aliens to petition the Japanese government for the redress of grievances. This involved negotiating with several major Japanese government agencies and the leading political parties.
  • Helped a San Francisco‑based trading company, Getz Brothers, transform its $8 million after‑tax branch into a $1 billion Japanese company in seven years. This required negotiating with the major Japanese underwriters, the Securities Dealers Association of Japan, the Ministry of Finance, as well as a cross section of Japanese venture capital firms, which we persuaded to become “long‑term” shareholders.
  • Identified a hidden code of negotiation, consisting of some 50 moves and tactics, by which the Japanese government and most Japanese companies create havoc in the decision-making processes of the opponents by undermining their core integrity.
  • Trained and coached the European Commission’s Japanese negotiating team in Brussels.
  • Trained many Swedish companies through a series of seminars on “Artful Negotiation,” offered between 1995‑99 under the auspices of the Swedish Institute of Management (IFL).
  • Trained over a hundred English solicitors and barristers (including several Queen’s Counsel) in two programs sponsored by CEDR in London.
  • Trained and coached over 300 hundred U.S. corporate presidents through TEC, an international association of CEOs.
  • Advised a large number of U.S. and European companies in their Japanese and Chinese negotiations as an international lawyer in San Francisco and Tokyo.
  • Invented the Artful Navigator, a “wisdom expert system,” which converts the great masters of action — Shakespeare, Sun Tse, Chuang Tse, Churchill, Gandhi, Mandela, Pope Francis into your personal negotiation coaches.
  • In the 1980s developed a unique way of using the Internet‑-LogosNet–for the continuous training of professional negotiators, thereby effectively solving the “fall‑off” problem. Developed other internet tools for asynchronous education in negotiation.
  • Successfully tested the Artful Navigator and LogosNet in a series of seminars on “Wise Leadership and Effective Negotiation,” offered to middle managers from Intel, Hewlett Packard, Mentor Graphics, and other high technology companies in the Pacific Northwest through the Oregon

Application Opportunities

Application Opportunities

  • Self help/helping others
  • Mindfullness/meditation
  • Enhanced performance
  • Health and wellness
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Exploration/citizen science
  • Corporate HR/health/wellbeing
  • Psychology/counseling
  • Social action/volunteering
  • Negotiation/mediation
  • Advocacy—environmental, human rights, science
  • Innovation
  • Qigong/Taiji/Eastern philosophy
  • Collaborative/social arts
  • Popular neuroscience
  • Corporate applications—leadership, strategy, negotiation, innovation, change management, strategic alliances, HR, mediation
  • Corporate/health and wellness
  • Big hearted politics
  • Spirituality/New Age
  • Integrative medicine (psychiatry)
  • New (Neo) Humanism
  • Celebrations and Festivals
  • Global Challenges (earthquake prediction, neurodegenerative disease, climate change, terrorism, breakdown of systems integrity.
  • Continuing Lifelong learning
  • Ethics (legal, medical, political, corporate)