AN EVENING WITHNANOFASA
Join us for a dive into the notion of rewilding - tapping into the knowledge of the ancients to reconnect one with their inner nature, and find a role in preserving mother nature.
We'll be screening Celine Cousteau's film, Poverty of Perception, and follow it up with a panel discussion hosted by the film's subject, Aleksandra Ørbeck-Nilsen - founder of Nanofasa, a nonprofit dedicated to the cultural preservation of the San People, and revitalization of their teachings.
LA MAS | CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR : HELEN LEUNG
Helen joined LA-Más because of her passion to explore strategies that minimize displacement pressures that come with gentrification. Helen provides leadership at LA-Más by ensuring all projects are grounded in local need and systemic change. Helen has extensive policy and community-based experience having worked for former Los Angeles City Council President and current Mayor Eric Garcetti. Her national policy and program experience includes her work as Program Associate at Living Cities, fellowship at the Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and internship at the Office of Political Affairs at the White House under President Obama’s administration.
THE LIFE STYLIST | FOUNDER: LUKE STOREY
Luke Storey, a former Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Stylist, has spent the past twenty-one years developing and refining the ultimate lifestyle, based on the most powerful principles of health and spirituality, while at the same time embracing the technology and modern conveniences of urban living.
Using himself as a human research lab, Luke has explored a broad and sometimes extreme variety of measures to obtain optimal health, performance, and well-being. From surviving being injected with poisonous Amazonian frog venom, to enduring weeks of neurofeedback meditation in an isolation chamber, Luke has scoured the earth for the most cutting edge as well as ancient technologies of healing and personal transformation.
NANOFASA | FOUNDER: ALEKSANDRA ØRBECK-NILSEN
Aleksandra moved to Paris and NYC from her native Norway at age 15 to pursue her modeling career. While on a shoot in Namibia, Aleksandra encountered the San people. She initially thought she needed to ‘save’ them. However, after sitting down and talking to them, she realized that the opposite had happened.
The goal of Nanofasa
“The goal of our venture is to provide the San communities, with the economic incentives through eco adventure tourism to conserve wildlife, natural surroundings and resources that their culture and livelihood also depend upon, as well as the protection of their future generations. It will be a joint effort between the community and us, which secures conservation of nature, wildlife and culture, work creation, local engagement, equality and a sustainable growth.
JOURNEY | COFOUNDER AND CHIEF IMPACT OFFICER : AMY MERRILL
Amy Merrill has spent the past decade working on social impact & innovation: helping 90-year-old jazz musicians survive in the modern music economy, elevating a survivor/activist rescuing thousands of sex slaves in Cambodia, and scaling a crowdfunding platform that raised $4M for projects benefiting 200,000 people around the world. Amy is cofounder and Chief Impact Officer of Journey: a public benefit corp creating impact-driven travel experiences that transform both the communities they visit and the travelers they engage. Since January 2016, Journey has taken nearly 600 Journeyers on life-altering experiences to build homes and renovate schools, work with refugees and women's groups, and build new community through the resulting perspective shifts and personal growth.