Blane Després (PhD) enjoys his family, camping, playing guitars, motorcycling, writing, designing, building and tinkering. Formerly Assistant Professor of Technology Education at UBC Okanagan, he now provides business and organizational consulting via an online systems thinking (“big picture”) matrix (Ripple Deep). He has taught most subjects at all levels of K-12 school, though primarily French as an Alternate Language, and at a storefront school. He has graduate degrees in alternative learning (MA), and business and education partnerships (PhD). Interests include systemic thinking and advancing it as a primary model for an analytical tool of all events (policies, status, happenings), true educational reform, leadership, purposes of education, philosophy, architecture and alternative learning approaches (e.g. homeschooling, rites of passage).
Course Writer and Project Manager
Patrick Bell (MBA, MA) is an educator and an entrepreneur. He has a gifting to work in diverse environments and help others understand their next steps to find strategic and unique opportunities for business breakthroughs. His desire to transcend theory to practical application is reflected in his course content and style of instruction.
Along with his MA in Inter-cultural studies (Wheaton College Graduate School, Illinois, 1995) and his MBA in International Business (Regent University School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, Virginia, 2007), Patrick has a Subject Restricted Certificate (SR) for Business, English, and Theology, issued by the BC Ministry of Education.
Patrick has lived and worked in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa but has recently returned to Canada (Kelowna, BC) after 23 years abroad and lives with his wife, Holly, and 3 children.