Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics, and spirituality. Her two newest books on art’s public purpose—The Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future were published in spring 2013. Prior books include New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, Community, Culture and Globalization, an anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, and Clarity, a novel. She has addressed academic and community audiences in the U.S. and Europe and provided advice to hundreds of community-based organizations, independent media groups, and public and private funders and policymakers. She serves as Chief Policy Wonk of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (www.usdac.us) and President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center (www.theshalomcenter.org). Find her blog, talks, and writings at www.arlenegoldbard.com.