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Weekend Conference Presentation
Morning Keynote Session - June 11th

Apes, Power, and Sex: Why We Make War, Not Love
Presented by Ariane David and Amy Parish
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Primary Focus: Leadership
Secondary Focus: Understanding Systems


Abstract: In this keynote, Apes, Power, and Sex: Why We Make War Not Love, Ariane David and Amy Parish take a systems thinking view of some of the most pernicious issues in the world today. They examine the myths that keep them in place and the common thread that binds them together. Is war a biological imperative? Are men more effective leaders than women? Are humans innately competitive? If women ruled the world would anyone ever have recreational sex again?

As keynote speakers, Ariane and Amy's presentation was "translated" into a 4ft by 15ft mural by our graphic recorder, Greg Whicker. Click on image for an expanded view.

Ariane David and Amy Parish





Ariane David

Biography: Ariane is a founding and managing partner of, and human systems development specialist with The Veritas Group, a consulting firm specializing in organizational development. She is a Senior Lecturer and member of the Executive College at California Lutheran University, and the Executive Director of the National University Center for Organizational Excellence. She has served as an advisor to numerous boards of directors and project based groups including the Senate Committee on Corporate Ethics.

Ariane’s specialties include systems thinking, organizational learning, organizational change, culture development, conflict transformation, strategic thinking, and executive/management development. She holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and a B.S. in Physics. Her research and practical experience in the area of whistle-blowing has made her a recognized expert in this field. She is an acclaimed speaker and author.

Contact: Ariane can be reached by email at arioff@aol.com for additional information about this Weeekend Conference session.

Website: www.theveritasgroup.com

Blogsite: http://theveritasgroup.com/2011/10/

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/arianedavid

Amy Parish

Biography: Amy Parish is a leading expert on the socio-sexual behavior of one of our closest-living relatives, the Bonobo. She was the first to characterize Bonobo society as a matriarchy.      She is an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches at University of Southern California, with faculty and research affiliations with Georgetown University and University College London.  As a biological anthropologist, primatologist, and Darwinian feminist her focus is on the origins of human behavior.     In 2008, she received a Mellon Award for excellence in faculty mentoring of undergraduate students. Current activities include a position on the board of Up the River Endeavors, which is devoted to addressing sustainable development, global peace, women’s empowerment and social justice.     She also serves on the boards of KidsEcoClub and the Bonobo Conservation Initiative.  Her work has been featured in Ms. Magazine and she has appeared on Nova, National Geographic Explorer, NPR, BBC Radio, and Discovery Health Channel productions. She is a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

Amy received her undergraduate training at University of Michigan and her graduate school education at University of California-Davis.

Contact: Amy can be reached by email at info@theveritasgroup.com for additional information about this Weekend Conference session.

Website Reference: www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/07/3/l_073_03.html

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