SAMANTHA THOMAS | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Samantha began working for Dream Change in 2012. Previously an event facilitator and freelance model in the eco-fashion industry in New York City, she left to pursue a career in sustainability and social justice, which resonate on the deepest level with her core values and beliefs.
In 2015 Samantha created Dream Change’s signature event, the Love Summit business & leadership conference, which aims to help businesspeople and the public understand how love can be used to drive social, environmental and economic sustainability. As a result, she was recognized by the World Economic Forum out of 4500 young people worldwide for her exceptional potential, achievement, and determination to make a contribution to her community.
In addition to her work at Dream Change, Samantha is a certified yoga instructor, holds a Permaculture Design Certification, and has received leadership training from the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior. She writes the slow food and slow lifestyle blog Samantha’s Bread & Butter and curates the social movement Just Choose Love.
Samantha has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Oregonian, Real Leaders, Yes! Magazine, The Berkshire Eagle and The Excellence Reporter. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in sustainable living and a minor in business from consciousness-based education university, Maharishi University of Management.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORS
John Perkins, Board Chairman
Samantha Thomas, Board Secretary & Treasurer
Jessica Wieden, Board of Directors
Bryan Wieden, Board of Advisors
Michael Mayzel, Board of Advisors
Jeanette Thomas-Kozinski, Board of Advisors
Scott James, Board of Advisors
JOHN PERKINS | FOUNDER
As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and leaders of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
John founded Dream Change in 1987 as a result of his experiences 20 years earlier. He had been a Peace Corps volunteer deep in the Amazon rainforest. A Shuar shaman had saved his life. After his success in international consulting, he returned to the area and offered to help the Shuar save their forests. Shuar leaders told him that the only way to do this was to change the dream of modern societies. “It is your people who are destroying these forests,” they said. “Your oil, mining, and lumber companies. Behind all that is your dream of bigger cities, higher buildings, and more cars. Go back to your people and help them change their dream.”
John returned to the US and founded the nonprofit, Dream Change. He also wrote books on this subject, including The World Is As You Dream It, Shapeshifitng, Psychonavigation, The Stress-Free Habit, and Spirit of the Shuar.
In the early 2000s John understood that “changing the dream” required reaching a wider audience. He wrote Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 33 languages), The Secret History of the American Empire (New York Times bestseller) and Hoodwinked. These ground-breaking exposés of the clandestine operations that created the current global crises set the stage for the revelations and strategies detailed in The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – a book that provides practical strategies to transform the failing global Death Economy into a regenerative Life Economy.
John has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, and more than 50 other universities around the world, and is the author of books on indigenous cultures and transformation. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and many other publications and documentaries. He is also a co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance. He was awarded the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace 2012, and Rainforest Action Network Challenging Business As Usual Award, 2006.