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(Updated September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen In-Sight Publishing

Scott Douglas Jacobsen


Athabasca UniversityUniversity of California, Irvine

Scott Douglas Jacobsen founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott:, Scott.Jacobsen@TrustedClothes.Com, Scott@ConatusNews.Com,, Scott@Karmik.Ca.

He is a Moral Courage Webmaster and Outreach Specialist (Fall, 2016) at the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality (Ethics Center), Interview Columnist for Conatus News, Writer and Executive Administrator for Trusted Clothes, Interview Columnist for Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Councillor for the Athabasca University Student Union, Member of the Learning Analytics Research Group, writer for The Voice MagazineYour Political Party of BCProBCMarijuana Party of CanadaFresh Start Recovery CentreHarvest House Ministries, and Little Footprints Big Steps International Development Organization, Editor and Proofreader for Alfred Yi Zhang Photography, Community Journalist/Blogger for Gordon Neighbourhood House, Member-at-Large, Member of the Outreach Committee, the Finance & Fundraising Committee, and the Special Projects & Political Advocacy Committee, and Writer for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Member of the Lifespan Cognition Psychology Lab and IMAGe Psychology Lab, Collaborator with Dr. Farhad Dastur in creation of the CriticalThinkingWiki, Board Member, and Foundation Volunteer Committee Member for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation, and Independent Landscaper.

He was a Francisco Ayala Scholar at the UCI Ethics Center, Member of the Psychometric Society Graduate Student Committee, Special Advisor and Writer for ECOSOC at NWMUN, Writer for TransplantFirstAcademy and ProActive Path, Member of AT-CURA Psychology Lab, Contributor for a student policy review, worked with Manahel Thabet on numerous initiatives, Student Member of the Ad–Hoc Executive Compensation Review Committee for the Athabasca University Student Union, Volunteer and Writer for British Columbia Psychological Association, Community Member of the KPU Choir (even performed with them alongside the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Delegate at Harvard World MUN, NWMUN, UBC MUN, and Long Beach Intercollegiate MUN, and Writer and Member of the Communications Committee for The PIPE UP Network.

He works on books with Richard G. Rosner entitled Tweets to the Universe: Volume III, Cognitive Thrift: Volume ICognitive Thrift: Volume IIA Short Guide to the FutureAdvice to Gifted and Talented YouthThe Long Road to Science, and How to Think Like a Genius, another with Professor Sven van de Wetering and Richard G. Rosner called Evidence-Based Social Organization: A Plague of Evidence, another book with Professors Wayne Podrouzek and Sven van de Wetering entitled On Academic Freedom, another entitled Women of the Academy with the UCI Ethics Center, and three books entitled Female Academics: Volume II, Conversations on Cognitive Science (with interviewee recommendations from Dr. Daniel Bernstein), and The Giga Society Interviews (with interviewee recommendations from Paul Cooijmans) and On Belief and Work alone.

He published in American Enterprise InstituteAnnaborgiaConatus NewsEarth Skin & EdenFresh Start Recovery CentreGordon Neighbourhood HouseHuffington PostIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based JournalJolly DragonsKwantlen Polytechnic University Psychology DepartmentLa Petite MortLearning Analytics Research GroupLifespan Cognition Psychology LabLost in SamaraMarijuana Party of CanadaMomMandyNoesis: The Journal of the Mega SocietyPiece of MindProduction ModeSynapseTeenFinancialThe PeakThe UbysseyThe Voice MagazineTransformative DialoguesTreasure Box KidsTrusted Clothes.

Indigenous Middle East Advisory Board

(Updated June 24, 2018)

*Interview views do not equate to positions of Advisory Board members.*

*Advisory Board listing alphabetized by first name and relevant hyperlinks active.*

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Nurettin Erkan

Founder, Akdeniz Fine Arts School; Board Member, International Plastic Arts Organization (UNESCO)

Nurettin Erkan was born in Turkish Kurdistan in 1965. He completed his primary education in various cities in Kurdistan, and his secondary education at the teacher training school in Bitlis, Turkey. In 1986, he moved to Istanbul and stayed there until coming to the United States, where he currently lives. During his first year in Istanbul, he studied at the department of Aquacultural Engineering at Istanbul University, but quit his studies to pursue his education in painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (aka “Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts”), graduating in 1993. Erkan decided to not participate in any future art competitions after graduation.
In 1992, when he was a student, Erkan opened his first solo exhibition at the Istanbul Press Museum.  In the same year, he also founded Akdeniz Fine Arts School, and began offering courses on painting with his artist colleagues. Erkan tried to discover new painting techniques by focusing in these courses on human anatomy, drawing, oil painting methods, perspective, and space design. As many as one thousand five hundred students took these courses during this period, and after graduating from art schools, they continue contributing to the art scene working as professional artists in and outside Turkey.

Erkan was invited to London for his first international exhibition in 2003. He worked at the Space Studios in London and exhibited in both London and Istanbul during that year. He was working on the series “Bodies in Space” at the time and exhibited pieces among this series at Arcola Gallery and St. Martin in the Fields. Some of his paintings at these exhibitions appeared in London’s art collections, and he was included in the London based art encyclopedia Masters of Today.

In 2005, Erkan was selected as a board member to the Turkey’s committee of International Plastic Arts Organization operating under UNESCO. During the period of this position, he curated large scale exhibitions at the Tüyap Istanbul Art Fair, which is one of the biggest art fairs in the region and in Europe. In Tüyap, Erkan also exhibited his 6.5 x 82 ft. one-piece painting installation dedicated to the memory of the massacred Iraqi civilians. In tandem with these exhibitions, Erkan organized conferences and art workshops, and wrote art critiques for exhibition catalogs.

In 2006, Erkan was invited to the 5th International Biennial of Drawing to exhibit his works in Pilsen, Czech Republic. In 2007, he was awarded the biennial grand prize, and granted an honorary diploma at the International Tashkent Biennial in Uzbekistan but did not travel to receive his award. Erkan has exhibited his paintings in Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, England, France, Moldovia, and US. His works appear in notable collections; his articles and interviews have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. He currently lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.

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