The Vine at PCBC 2016

The Vine guest speakers are always as eclectic and category-defiant as possible

One of the highlights at this year’s PCBC conference included The Vine, held on June 21 at the Presidio in San Francisco. This all-day immersive event event began in 2006 as an annual conference on the nature, and the future, of community and is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Curated and envisioned by Greg Fuson, The Vine brings together creative thinkers from a wide range of backgrounds with a shared passion for making better places. This year’s forum was fueled by a truly unique set of thinkers and do’ers known for rainmaking through challenging conventional wisdom on community-making.

This year’s speaker line-up included:

Nancy Duarte helps some of the world’s most influential organizations (including Apple, Facebook, Google and TED) harness the power of storytelling to create more persuasive presentations.

Bert and John Jacobs are co-founders of Life is Good, a global lifestyle brand fueled by the power of optimism — and proof that altruism can indeed be profitable.

Chris Grant is well known to Vine attendees as the masterful facilitator of our early gatherings. These days he’s also CEO of Sported, a UK charity that uses the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged kids.

Bob Harris, FAIA, is partner in charge of sustainability for Lake|Flato, a San Antonio-based architectural firm named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies of 2016.

Robin Sloan is a “media inventor” and bestselling author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Regina Evans is a poet, playwright, actor and modern day abolitionist. A survivor of human trafficking, she is now a leader in the fight against trafficking as a social entrepreneur.

Shannon Curtis is an indie singer, songwriter and recording artist. Bypassing traditional music industry channels, she has cultivated a community of “superfans” who support — and inspire — her art.

Joshua Becker is a leading voice in the modern simplicity movement, helping millions of people throughout the world to live more intentionally — finding more life by owning fewer possessions.

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