Bloom 4

April 5th, 2012

A big thanks to our Bloom 4 Speakers!

Do you have an interesting story at the intersection of local, sustainable, and innovation? Read here to learn more about what we’re looking for, and then we’d love to hear from you!

Donna Morton

Donna Morton, CEO and co-founder of First Power

Donna Morton, CEO and co-founder of First Power, has a mission to put clean energy, jobs and equity in the hands of first nations and other communities. She is an Unreasonable Institute and Ashoka fellow. She also co-founded the Centre for Integral Economics, CIE which promotes market-based solutions to sustainability and put tax shifting and carbon taxes on the map across Canada. Donna is a serial-social entrepreneur and has experience ranging from Greenpeace, to US think-tank Sightline Institute in Seattle. Donna is a storyteller and has spoken or keynoted events including: 3 TEDx events, BALLE, World Permaculture Forum and Bioneers. Her work has been profiled recently in Fast Company, The Guardian, “Act for the Planet”, TV series, which aired around the world.

Michael Hannigan

Michael Hannigan, President of Give Something Back, Inc.

Michael Hannigan is President of Give Something Back, Inc., California’s largest independent B to B office supply company. After a successful career in the office equipment industry, he co-founded Give Something Back in 1991. Modeled on Newman’s Own food company, GSB’s profits are donated to non-profit groups selected by its customers and employees. GSB’s Oakland, California headquarters is powered by 50kw of solar energy. The company is a Certified and Founding B-Corporation, an Alameda County Certified Green Business, and recently converted to a Benefit Corporation under California’s new corporate legal framework. GSB has garnered dozens of awards including Corporate Grant maker of the Year, US Small Business Administration Business of the Year, and an award from Paul Newman and John F. Kennedy Jr; Most Generous Companies in America. Hannigan has been featured in media worldwide, including Inc., Business Week, and Forbes magazines. A member of the Social Venture Network, Hannigan lives in Berkeley, California.

Cheryl Dahle

Cheryl Dahle, Founder & Executive Director, Future of Fish

Cheryl Dahle is an entrepreneur and journalist who works at the intersection of business and social change. She is founder of the Future of Fish, a non-profit innovation hub that supports early stage companies in the seafood industry to “co-entrepreneur” new business opportunities that support marine conservation. Previously, she was a director at Ashoka, where she distilled knowledge from 2,500 fellows to provide strategic insight to foundations. Dahle spent more than a decade writing about social entrepreneurship and business for publications including Fast Company, The New York Times and CIO. Before her work with non-profits, she was part of an incubation and start-up team to launch an online environmental magazine, for which she helped secure $12 million in venture funding. Dahle also founded and led Fast Company’s Social Capitalist awards, a competition to surface top social entrepreneurs. As the project manager, she helped design an evaluation methodology to measure compelling models for change. Her first book chronicled the story of the first two women in history to cross Antarctica on foot.

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers, Founding partner of Point32

Chris Rogers is a founding partner of Point32 (, a Seattle-based real estate development company. Projects include the award-winning Art Stable in South Lake Union, the Bullitt Foundation’s ‘living building’ on Capitol Hill, and the Bethaday Community Learning Space for the Technology Access Foundation in White Center. Chris was formerly the Director of Capital Projects and Government Affairs at the Seattle Art Museum where he oversaw the development of the Olympic Sculpture Park. For eight years, he managed land conservation transactions for the Trust for Public Land, from Puerto Rico to Alaska. Chris has served on numerous non-profit boards, including On the Boards, the Bloedel Reserve, and the People’s Waterfront Coalition. A Seattle native, Chris has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Bowdoin College, and Master’s in Forestry from Yale University.

Scott Bright

Scott Bright, CEO and Co-Founder at Synapse Product Development

Scott spent the first years of his engineering career designing Sterling Engine systems for NASA and medical electronics technologies for a variety of innovative companies like Heartstream, Physio-Control, and Philips Medical. Having always been an entrepreneur at heart, Scott co-founded Synapse Product Development a decade ago to provide world-class engineering know-how for brands like Nike, Philips, Samsung, Disney, TomTom and GE. Scott holds multiple patents, a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio University, a Masters in Technology Management and an MBA from University of Washington Bothell. Scott lives on a micro-urban-farm with his wife, two daughters, four chickens and one dog. Watch out for him on streets of Seattle as he commutes regularly by electric skateboard.

Allan Warren

Allan Warren, President and Co-Founder of Hero Projects

Allan Warren is President and Co-Founder of Hero Projects, an adventure voluntourism company that combines life changing trips with world changing projects. A long time adventure guide, environmental journalist, and social entrepreneur, Allan previously started a white-water kayak school in Alaska and a sustainability non-profit organization in the Reno/Tahoe area. Working within the nexus of climate, energy, and poverty, Hero Projects uses adventure tourism as a lever to bring renewable energy to communities in need around the world. The immersion programs Hero Projects offers, give clients a life-changing experience through meaningful projects that benefit the local economies, environments, and people of the places they visit. Allan works with local non-profit organizations, community leaders, university researchers, and even the clients themselves to create custom stakeholder partnerships to address the unique challenges that each destination faces.

Fulvio Casali & Kathy Pelish

Fulvio Casali & Kathy Pelish, Co-Founders of Salish Sea Trading Cooperative

Business partners and Sustainable Ballardians Fulvio Casali and Kathy Pelish are revitalizing sail transport as an intelligent and creative response to climate change and peak oil. Think Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet adapted for the 21st Century! They've shipped Dharma Ridge organic vegetables for their CSA, Finnriver cider, and Theo Chocolate, and are adding more local products for their 2012 season starting in June. The March/April edition of Edible Seattle features a typical trip, and Peak Moment TV just posted a half-hour documentary on transporting local goods through sail power.