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Now with 8 Guests, #Aether NYC is Week Away

Our Aether roundtable added another guest speaker, Carlos Mare (see below). This is going to be big, y’all. The seating is limited, so scroll down to the end and get yours now (it’s free)!

Orangutan Swing will open our AETHER roundtable tour on Thursday, April 12 at Bryant Park in New York City. Once again, the panelists are:

Ben Popken

Über blogger, comedian

Ben Popken

Ben Popken is the former managing editor of Consumerist.com, a leading consumer blog started by Gawker and sold to Consumer Reports in 2009. Starting in 2006, Ben and his team built the blog up from zero to international renown, promoting true customer service horror stories from his readers and giving them tools for solving their consumer complaints on their own. Now a freelancer, Ben is a contributor to Jalopnik.com and NextAvenue.org, and a startup and blog consultant. Ben Popken has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, 20/20, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, All Things Considered, To The Point, Marketplace, On The Money, CNBC, CNNMoney, and The Brian Lehrer Show, and others, has appeared in articles in The New York Times, FORTUNE, Chicago Tribune, Business Week, Brandweek, The Columbia Journalism Review, etc and so forth. He enjoys performing improv comedy, playing soccer, and living in Brooklyn with his wife.

On twitter: @bpopken

Mike Nefff

Night-owl artist, wanderer

Michael Neff

Michael Neff is an artist, designer, and photographer living in Brooklyn, whom we met at one of our roundtables in Seattle and kept in touch with ever since. He is known for The Night Shadow, an ongoing project in which he outlines shadows with chalk and photographs the result. Neff edits NSFW Magazine with photographer and writer Mark Velasquez. Michael is an alum of the Rhode Island School of Design and co-president of the RISD NY alumni club.

On Twitter: @heyneff


Andrew Marshall

Innovation guru, man about town

Andrew Marshall

Andrew C. Marshall [Drew] is the principal of Primed Associates, LLC, an innovation consultancy. He lives at “the center of it all” in NJ and works with clients across the USA. Prior to founding Primed Associates, LLC, Drew spent ten years with Princeton-based management consulting firm Kepner-Tregoe where he rose to become a partner and the chief innovation officer. He co-hosts the weekly innovation-focused Twitter chat, #innochat, produces Ignite Princeton and contributes to the Innovation Excellence and Collaborative Innovationblogs.

On Twitter: @drewCM


Dan Blank

Publishing coach (a really nice kind)

Dan Blank

Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia.com, which provides writers and publishers the strategy and tactics they need to impact their communities and build their legacies. He has worked with more than 500 writers, a wide range of publishers, and regularly speaks at conferences about branding, content strategy, social media, and marketing. You can read his blog at http://WeGrowMedia.com

On Twitter: @DanBlank



Scott McDowell

Pragmatic idealist, freeform radio DJ

Scott McDowell

Scott McDowell works with teams and leaders to generate organizational potency. He can take the risk out of hiring your management team. His best clients like to tango or tussle, but usually not both. Andy Warhol was right: “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.“ Scott once produced MTV’s 120 Minutes and currently hosts the weekly freeform radio show The Long Rally on WFMU. He blogs.

On Twitter: @mcd_owell



Rick Liebling

Chief cultural officer, futurist, Salinger fan

Rick Liebling

Our moderator for this event, Rick Liebling , is the creative culturalist at Y&R Advertising. He works across multiple teams and disciplines to help accounts understand the changing nature of consumer behavior and the ways in which brands and consumers create and interact with culture. Rick has more than a decade of experience working with some of the most recognizable global brands. Most recently, his focus has been in the digital realm, working with clients to develop integrated marketing programs that leverage digital, social and mobile platforms. He has acted as a Social Media community manager, driven creative ideation and led teams on year-long campaigns, all with an eye on delivering results that align with marketing and business objectives. Rick is heavily involved with the social media, branding, marketing and advertising communities, maintaining an active blog, frequently guest blogging, contributing to books and has moderated a panel on crowdsourcing at the 2010 CLIOs. He was also featured as one of 10 candidates in Grant McCracken’s book, “Chief Culture Officer.” He has spoken at Social Media World Congress on gamification and will be discussing SocialTV at the upcoming 2nd Screen Summit in Los Angeles as well as at the Millennial Mega Mashup in Miami this May.

On Twitter: @Rick_Now


Ariana Page Russell

Ariana Page Russell creates images that explore the skin as a document of human experience, using her own hypersensitive flesh to illustrate the ways we expose, express, adorn and articulate ourselves.

Ariana lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2005 she graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle with an MFA in photography. Recently she’s had solo exhibitions at Magnan Metz in New York City, Platform Gallery in Seattle and Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has also shown at SHOWstudio SHOP in London; Henry Art Gallery, SOIL Gallery, and Gallery 4Culture in Seattle; MEME Gallery in Boston; and Schroeder Romero and Tompkins Projects in New York City. Recent press and publications include the Huffington Post, Seattle Times, The Stranger, Photo+ Magazine in Korea, ABC News 20/20, Magazine in China, and the monograph ‘Dressing’ published by Decode Books.

Ariana’s Web site is here.

Carlos Mare

Carlos Mare aka Mare139 is a 2011-12 New York University Steinhardt Hip Hop Education Center Scholar in Residence at where he is also a teaching artist. Mare139 is a cultural ambassador who widely recognized for his creative talents as a sculptor and lecturer, he lends his voice to the pursuits of living fully expressive and productive lives through the arts.


A NYC based sculptor/painter who in 1985 pioneered a novel version of urban graf?ti as modern sculpture. Throughout his 28 year career as a sculptor, Mare139 has consistently brought innovation to the genre?s aesthetic and vocabulary. His admiration of early Cubist, Futurist and Constructivist sculpture inspired the investigation of merging aesthetics between ‘graffiti’ styles and the vision of such movements.


Carlos Mare began his creative career during the formative years of NYC subway painting of 1975-1985 (the Golden Era), he was among an elite group of artists who paved the way for the transition off subways and into the gallery world. His peers include, Dondi White, Jeffrey ‘Case2’ Brown, Juan ‘Crash’ Matos, Randy ‘Kel First’ Rodriguez among others who left an indelible and influential legacy on modern urban art.


Exhibiting and lecturing throughout the US and Europe he lends voice to importance of arts advocacy and art literacy to ensure and promote the rich cultural legacy of urban arts. His works have been exhibited at The Grand Palis in Paris, Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Brighton University of Art -England, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art- MoCA and El Museo del Barrio in NYC.


In addition Mare139 sculpted the award for the Annual BET/Black Entertainment Award, recipients include Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Prince, Jay Z, Prince Snoop Dog, Beyonce, Kobe Bryant, and many others. He earned the prestigious 2006 Webby Award for his launch of the Hip Hop documentary Style Wars website. In 2006-07 Mare139 worked closely with Actor/Director Robert DeNiro on the ?lm The Good Shepherd as a documenter of ?the making of the movie? and as member of Mr. DeNiro?s editing team. His writings have been published in collaboration with Martha Coopers brilliant photo book Street Play that documents the imaginative ?play? of children in NYC during the late 1970?s. His writings capture the creative play and dangers of his youth in the South Bronx.

Carlos’ web site.



We’ll be tweeting about what we’ll talk about with hashtag #aether, as well as more updates here. Stay tuned!