Dr Àlex Gómez-Marín is a Spanish physicist turned neuroscientist. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics and a Masters in biophysics from the University of Barcelona. He was a research fellow at the EMBL-CRG Centre for Genomic Regulation and at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. His research spans from the origins of the arrow of time to the neurobiology of action-perception in flies, worms, mice, humans and robots. Since 2016 he has been the head of the Behavior of Organisms Laboratory at the Instituto de Neurociencias in Alicante, where he is an Associate Professor of the Spanish Research Council. Combining high-resolution experiments, computational and theoretical biology, and continental philosophy, his latest research concentrates on real-life cognition and consciousness.
Eleanor Peat, originally from Canada, has been living in Pari for 25 years. She is President of the Board of Directors of the Pari Center, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Pari Perspectives journal. Her interests include community building, theatre, and education. She has been organizing seminars, events and international conferences at The Pari Center since 2000 and has been President of the Center since 2017.
She is very active in the local community and is continuing David Peat’s (her father) work in bringing together the village of Pari and the visitors to The Pari Center to share in activities.
She is Managing Director of Pari Publishing, a publishing house specializing in science, religion, psychology, and society.
In 2000, Maureen Doolan co-founded the Pari Center with the late David Peat.
In Canada she worked extensively with illiterate adults in the volunteer sector (matching learners with trained volunteer tutors) in a program she co-created, called People, Words and Change. In 1993, after 13 years of contributions to PWC she received the Governor General of Canada’s Award for Volunteerism. She has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations.
In Ottawa she worked as a writer-researcher for CGEAVC (Canadian Government Exposition and Audio-Visual Centre) and the National Museums of Canada providing research and written text for national exhibitions, international expositions, trade fairs, and museum exhibits.
In 2008, in partnership with her daughter Eleanor Peat, she began Pari Publishing, a publishing house specializing in science, religion, and psychology. She is currently Commissioning Editor at Pari Publishing.
She is co-editor of the Pari Center journal, Pari Perspectives, which was created in September 2019.
Lee Nichol is a freelance writer and editor. His latest works are Entering Bohm’s Holoflux and, as editor, the forthcoming Holoflux:Codex – Form/Movment/Vision inspired by David Bohm (both from Pari Publishing). He was a long-time friend and collaborator of David Bohm, and is editor of Bohm’s On Dialogue, The Essential David Bohm, and On Creativity.
Lee has been on the faculty of the Arthur Morgan School in Celo, North Carolina; the Oak Grove School in Ojai, California; the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, California; and Denver University in Denver, Colorado. He sits on the Advisory Committee of the Pari Center, the Advisory Council of the Indigenous Education Institute, and is a member of the Founding Circle of the Native American Academy. Lee lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Eva Casey.
Jena Axelrod joined Ideal Prediction as Director of Sales in 2018 bringing 20 years of experience in launching innovative financial market offerings from the first electronic treasury trading system, LibertyDirect, to the first centrally-cleared FX market, FXMarketSpace. Jena directed and produced the upcoming documentary Absurdity of Certainty on the rise of certainty in the Western worldview, based on the life and ideas of Dr. F. David Peat. Jena has served on the Board of The Pari Center from 2016.
James Peat Barbieri is Coordinator of Programming at the Pari Center, and host of the Pari Center online events. He studied at a professional dance school, Ateneo della Danza, Siena, but moved on to academic studies. James is now a King’s College, University of London graduate in Physics and Philosophy. His other interests include Film, Art, and Philosophy. He is interested in analysing cinema and works of art by applying philosophical approaches such as aesthetics and the Continental philosophies.
James has been taking part in conferences and courses at the Pari Center since he was 11. He was David Peat’s Teaching Assistant from the age of 15 and has since given several presentations at the Pari Center, including two mini-courses on Beauty and Mathematics, dealing with the relationship of Nature and the Golden Section, on Hegel’s philosophy and its symmetry with the works of David Bohm, and the historical relationship between Art and Science.
Godelieve Spaas is associate director of the Pari Center and a regular guest in Pari in order to write, to participate in dialogues and to follow and give courses. She is a researcher, advisor and creator of new ways of entrepreneurial organizing where ecology, society, and the economy all benefit from and interact seamlessly with each other. Her aim is to increase diversity in organizational and entrepreneurial models and realities with a view to the development of a fairer, more sustainable and robust entrepreneurial space. By sharing yet unheard stories and walking untrodden paths, we allow interdependent systems to reveal themselves, to be identified and interpreted and to become a platform for action in everyday organizational reality.
Working in Europe and Africa, with companies, NGOs as well as governments, deepened her insight into how to combine worlds that are often separated such as art, science, indigenous knowledge, nature and entrepreneurship. Godelieve is professor of Sustainable Strategy and Innovation at Avans University of Applied Science.
Kristina Aleksandra Janavicius lives in Sydney, Australia, and is a retired teacher of English. She taught English in high schools in Australia and England, and English as a foreign/second language in Australia, Greece and Hong Kong. In the past, she felt most fulfilled working in Greece but now—superlatively—it is in supporting the work of the Pari Center, where she thoroughly enjoys being educated anew and helping with the editing of Pari Perspectives.
Genny Rabazzi graduated in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Siena in 2013, and completed her Master’s thesis in contemporary history in 2017. She is also a qualified teacher specializing in teaching children with learning difficulties. In 2015, Genny started collaborating with Eleanor and the Peat family in the organization of events at the Pari Center acting, not just as a co-organizer of events, but also as a liaison bringing together the Pari Networks and Pari Center with the village associations and local government.
As a local person, she feels proud that a small village like Pari is the place where such important cultural events are taking place. Her hope is that Pari will always be an open and welcoming place to new people from all over the world. Genny will continue in her role as liaison between the Pari Center, the village and the comune, and as co-administrator, along with Eleanor, of events at the Pari Center.