Clear Compass Media
The mission of Clear Compass Media, LLC is to create compelling media that assists humanity in thriving through the evolutionary challenges threatening our survival.
This website and the documentary film THRIVE: What on Earth Will It Take? are the main projects of Clear Compass Media. We are a small team of committed individuals based out of Soquel, CA, dedicated to getting the message of THRIVE out to as many people worldwide as possible.
About the Filmmakers
Foster Gamble — President & Co-Founder of Clear Compass Media; Creator, Host, Co-Writer, and Director of Visual Design for THRIVE
At age 14, I had a vision where I glimpsed what I perceived to be the Universe’s fundamental energy pattern. I spent the next 35 years trying to figure out the details and implications of what I had seen. That quest took two paths: a scientific journey and an exploration of the human potential to navigate successfully through the challenges threatening our survival. THRIVE represents the convergence of these two paths.
While at Princeton University, I helped to create their first film-making department. At the time, the emergence of a global media delivery system seemed likely, and my love of film combined with my concern for the planet inspired me to focus on what would be the most critical content to one day deliver through that system.
In my search for a way out of our violence and demise, I discovered Aikido — the non-violent martial art — which proved for me the possibility of being simultaneously powerful and gentle. I earned a third degree black belt and trained in and taught Aikido for 15 years.
Applying Aikido principles to daily life informed my professional career: I created a training and technology company, MindCenter, that employed brainwave biofeedback to help people learn how to manage stress and to tune their consciousness. I also created Interaction Dynamics, a training program for mastering skills in communication, team-building and conflict resolution for couples, business teams, schools and families across the United States. I combined Aikido energy principles and mind fitness techniques in Zonesport Training, which tapped my passion for sports in helping high level athletes to enhance their performance. Addressing the demands of balancing my own personal, family and professional lives led me to create a program called LifeBalance.
Furthering my exploration of what was keeping humanity from thriving, I spent nearly a decade “following the money” in every sector of human endeavor. The process revealed an understanding of our predicament that led me to create the strategic solutions offered in THRIVE. My exploration of “living geometry” — how nature builds the “material” world, came to fruition in 1997 when I co-convened the Sequoia Symposium, a multi-disciplinary scientific think tank exploring perspectives on “Unification Theory.”
There, the primary patterning that the universe uses to sustain healthy systems was clarified and cohered, as was its use as a blueprint for us to design sustainable, all-inclusive technologies and social systems. This discovery represents the convergence of science and the evolution of consciousness that I set out to explore after my initial vision, and is the “code” that is featured in the documentary film, THRIVE, and on this website.
I live in Santa Cruz, California with my wife Kimberly Carter Gamble.
Kimberly Carter Gamble — CEO of Clear Compass Media; Producer, Director, and Co-Writer of THRIVE
I now see that everything I have experienced in my life was preparation for Producing, Directing and Co-Writing THRIVE and Co-Creating the Thrive Movement. While my degree is in journalism, equally formative was my immersion in non-violent civil disobedience during my tenure at Berkeley in the 1960’s. Believing that informed people would make informed decisions, I parlayed my degree into a position with Newsweek International. It took me close to a decade of that to realize that the true and comprehensive information needed to empower people was lacking from the mainstream news outlets. Thus began my course of true investigative journalism.
The inspiring stories I heard as a child from my suffragette Grandmother imbued me with courage as well as a vast sense of possibility, both of which inform my process to this day. I am grateful to participate in a global movement that transcends politics and integrates personal spiritual work with informed activism.
I live in Santa Cruz with my husband Foster, blessedly surrounded by my children and grandchildren and a fabulous THRIVE team.
About the Team
Erin Breech — Social Media Manager
From as early as I can remember I have felt a deep connection to the Earth and an inner knowing that somehow my reason for being here is tied up with that love. My childhood was full of exploring and appreciating the wilderness. I never questioned what I would study in college but upon graduation with a degree in Environmental Management the road forked. For years I had been on the fast track to law school with high hopes of becoming an environmental lawyer but at the end of my four years I found myself sad, disheartened and drained from the environmental community. Pouring tireless energy and hope into studying what could be done to help this ailing planet the answers seemed to elude me. All people were talking about were problems, problems, problems. What were the real solutions?
Worn out, law school was put on hold for travel to explore the world and rediscover wonder. A planned two-month trip to Europe turned into a two years. In those two years a new worldview was born. Really for the first time connecting to how art in all forms truly moves and inspires people, and inspired me.
Returning to the States, I spent the next years teaching yoga, and diving into meditation, singing mantras, spiritual and esoteric practices along with my own writing and songwriting. Eventually the road led to the film industry, which, coupled with music, are such powerful mediums to spread messages around the globe that people actually pay attention, and come alive to.
I am thrilled to be working with THRIVE and contribute to the tireless energy the whole team puts into helping to wake up the world and provide platforms to connect and engender solutions. It’s an inspiring place to be!
Marshall Lefferts — Associate Producer of THRIVE
Inspired at age 19 by both the sublime power of Aikido and the pragmatic vision of Buckminster Fuller, I have been a student of cosmic design in the physical and metaphysical realms ever since. Having a whole-systems perspective on life, I have brought skills as a designer and producer to various projects for the Buckminster Fuller Institute, as co-director of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, as a founding collaborator of the Gene Keys, and as a board member ofThe Resonance Project Foundation. I have also created the Cosmometry Project, a knowledgebase for diverse research into the cosmic geometry underlying the fractal-holographic nature of the cosmos.
Collaborating on THRIVE is a highlight in my life as it brings together all of my skills and knowledge into a comprehensive offering that, at its core, is founded upon an unquestionable faith in the integrity of life when lived in harmony with nature’s fundamental design and principles of wholeness, balance and beauty. All of these are also readily found in the practices of music, photography and jo-staff martial arts which are an essential part of my life’s journey.
Goa Lobaugh — Managing Director
I consider myself a modern mystic. Blending technology with intent, my professional and personal footprints trace a non-traditional path through the daring and digital domains. I have envisioned, created and managed information systems, digital pipelines and publishing pathways for a full spectrum of projects, from corporate giants to my own entrepreneurial adventures. After receiving a Management of Information Systems degree from the University of Arizona, I was part of America Online’s meteoric growth, as both a general manager and brand technology developer. During that time, I followed my fathers’ footprints and became a private pilot. On a fateful Friday afternoon, while on a solo flight to Annapolis MD, I nearly crashed my aircraft. That day marked a shift, an awakening of sorts, and a reboot of my fundamental orientation toward conscious evolution.
In the months that followed, I divorced myself from corporate life, and opened my heart and mind to a simple question… “What would you dare to do, if you knew you could not fail?” I answered that question first by starting liquidbuddha.studios, an animation and visual effects studio with the intention of creating visual effects to evolve consciousness. Since then I’ve had the privilege of working on creative projects with consciousness leaders like Foster & Kimberly Gamble, James Twyman, Barbara Marx-Hubbard; with groups like the Institute of HeartMath, EarthDance; and most notably as Director of Visual Effects for the film THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?
After the launch of THRIVE, I asked myself that question again… and this time, the answer was to help liberate the energy paradigm on our planet… and with that intention, I’ve joined the THRIVE team once more to make a little history.
Nick Alheit — Associate Producer
As I began my work on THRIVE at the age of 19 I was exposed to a tremendous amount of new and shocking information about the troubles taking place in our world today. However, working with Foster and Kimberly and seeing first hand what people are doing to stop these injustices has not only kept me positive throughout my work but also inspired me to be part of the solution. Since finishing my studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, I now live in my hometown of Santa Cruz, CA and work full time with THRIVE. I feel privileged to work with such an innovative and unique organization making real positive change in the world.
Ray Gale — Team Member, Thrive Connect
My first awakening was in a dream wherein I received advice to leave the seminary where I was studying to be a priest and to go into the secular world, marry, raise a family, and participate. So the next day, I resigned.
The second wake-up call came while I was a pilot and a participant in the Vietnam War. Through discussions with local residents I discovered that the “story” I had received back home in the US was inaccurate, to say the least! I saw so much suffering and inhumanity in Vietnam that it remains, 40 years later, the single most degrading human experience of my life.
I returned home with a burning desire to make war impossible, or at least very undesirable. I thought that economic interdependence could be a path; it would be difficult to bomb someone, on whom one’s economic well-being depends. Thus, I worked for years writing and administering international business contracts for Amdahl Corporation. After a while I felt trapped between special interests. Subsequently I thought that communications could achieve the desired no-war result, as it would be difficult to hold a population in a lie if people could find out the truth; and if people knew the truth they would be reluctant to kill each other over a lie. On that path I managed production operations for Cisco Systems engaged in building out the Internet, a tool that enables global communications.
My third awakening came through meditation while working at the MindCenter where I met Foster, THRIVE’s co-founder. In meditation I saw that everything explorable and learnable in the external world is also available looking inward, that everything is connected — a big relief given I had spent a large part of my life traveling and seeking answers outside of myself.
Now home, I am a most grateful THRIVE Team member.