Bradley Grove Hyson is the Host and producer of The Peace Revolution. He is a visionary teacher, speaker, author, organizer and artist who has written over 100 songs, released two albums, and appeared on bills with Richie Havens, Allison Krauss & Union Station, Don McLean, The Pixies, They Might Be Giants, and Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson. In his twenties, Brad founded what would become one of the largest environmental sustainability organizations in the state of Rhode Island. Under Brad’s leadership they built an environmental education center and award winning, state of the art ecological housing model; educated thousands of students and adults through programs, workshops and special events; produced a regional sustainability festival for almost ten years; and helped shape sustainability legislation and policy in the state. Brad has studied religions of the world, a variety of healing modalities, diet and nutrition, meditation, yoga and sustainable living for decades. He has appeared before thousands of people of all ages and continues to speak and teach about efforts to build a healthy, sustainable, peaceful world. He is currently finishing up Foundations For A Healthy, Sustainable, Peaceful World and the Life Is A Miracle children’s picture book series.
Randy Crafton is the Owner/Engineer/Producer of Kaleidoscope Sounds, one of the premiere full service recording studios in the Tri-State area. He has recorded and/or produced a wide range of artists including Richie Havens, Dayna Kurtz, The Mingus Big Band, Ray Barretto, Omark Faruk Tekbilek, Steve Gorn, Walter Parks, Glen Velez, Ethel and Cast Recordings of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. He has also created audio content for toys (Discovery Channel and Hasbro), recorded and edited voice-overs and dialogue for Internet and radio content, and written music for a wide variety of other uses. As a drummer/percussionist, he has over 100 recording credits to his name, has toured extensively through North America and Europe, performed on Broadway, and premiered over 40 works by composers such as John Cage and George Crumb. As an educator he has held positions at The Juilliard School, The New School, Drummers Collective, and the Berklee College of Music, and has served as the chairman of the World Percussion Committee for the Percussive Arts Society.
Jerry Fried has worked in the advertising industry for 27 years and helped create award winning commercials for dozens of major advertisers. He was elected Mayor of Montclair, New Jersey and served from 2008-2012. With Jerry’s support, the township has become a leader in sustainability initiatives and was the first municipality in NJ to adopt a “Complete Streets” policy, later adopted by the state of NJ itself. He has chaired the board of School Estimate, served on the town’s planning and library boards and liaison to the Montclair Parking Authority. He is the founder and former President of Bike/Walk Montclair, which works to make Montclair a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists and has been instrumental in procuring hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for the town. Jerry founded TrueJustice in the days after 9/11, an interfaith outreach group that organized visits, discussion forums, workshops and dinners among Muslim and non-Muslim congregations and groups. He is active in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair and has delivered sermons, taught religious education, chaired committees, taught film to troubled youth, served as a youth group advisor, and mentored teenagers.
Joel Naftelbergis a dynamic media & marketing professional known for delivering marketing and communications excellence to corporate and entertainment industry clientele. Joel directed, marketed and managed the creation of Associated Media International, which developed media content for some of the highest visibility entertainers including: AC/DC, Sting, The Jonas Brothers, and Nickelback. AMI also executed projects for CitGroup, The New York Mets, Hilton Hotels Corporation and Bacardi Rums. Prior to AMI, under Joel’s partnership direction, TRG-Ragamuffin produced projects for Live Nation Artists, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Genesis, Beyonce, Usher, Carly Simon, We Will Rock You-Las Vegas, and National Tours of The Producers, Oliver & Oklahoma . They also worked with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Habitats for Humanities, TVGuide, as well as clients such as the Vitamin Shoppe, Axcelerate by Speedo, Estée Lauder’s FLIRT!, The USO Benefit ‘Las Vegas Salutes the Spirit of America’, Intel, Rhino Records, Universal Studios, SonyBMG, The Soul Train Awards Show, and Time Warner-AOL.
Jonathan Skurnik is a documentary producer, director and cinematographer whose films have broadcast on PBS and European Television, domestic Satellite and Cable stations and been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, art galleries in New York City, and at over one hundred film festivals throughout the world. He has won numerous awards, including Best Documentary at the American Indian film festival, the Change Maker Award at the Media That Matters Film Festival, the Audience Award for best documentary at Outfest, the Harry Chapin Media Award for films about poverty, and Best Documentary Award at the UrbanTV film Festival. Jonathan has worked all around the world and in addition to his documentary work, he founded the Workfare Media Initiative, The Youth and Gender Media Project and The Cante Sica Foundation, all foundation-funded outreach and engagement projects providing transformational educational experiences through facilitated screenings and discussions. Jonathan teaches workshops and master classes in theory and production and broadcast investigative journalism at Chapman University and at the New York Film Academy.
Elizabeth Gibbs has taught grade seven science in Newport, Rhode Island since 1998. Committed to introducing her students to scientific endeavors worldwide, she has participated in several research experiences that she has shared “live from the field.” These include working with chimpanzees at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University, documenting behavior of dolphins in New Zealand, and supporting a team of divers investigating seafloor ecology in Antarctica. Her most recent adventure involved diving on coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico in the summer of 2014, an experience that she will share with her students. She is a founding board member of the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living. In addition to her life in education, she has worked as a writer and editor, serving as lead editor of A Guide to Rhode Island’s Natural Places, published by Rhode Island Sea Grant. She holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from Antioch New England University.