Living One is a free webinar series produced by The Kerulos Center for Nonviolence focusing on how culture and life will look in the absence of Animal exploitation, when humans and other Animals live as one community in peace and wellness.

A ttitudes towards Nature are radically changing. Plant-based living, veganism, and Animal advocacy and rights are now mainstream topics. We know what’s wrong, but what does “right” look like? As Greta Thunberg says, “How do we want the future living conditions for all living species to be like?”

Living One is a free monthly event where presenters from around the world share their vision about the nature of change in human psychology, life and culture in the absence of Animal exploitation. The half-hour live presentation is followed by open question and answer by participating audience. Scroll down to view previous recorded sessions and speakers.


On April 5, 2020, Living One hosts Corey Cohen, who for over 35 years has helped people and Dogs grow synergistic friendships based on mutual respect, trust and harmony using a mindfulness based approach.

The heart of his philosophy is connecting with Dogs on an equal level—as friends—and not as owner and “pet.” He began his career with Dogs that had been deemed hopeless by others, with extreme aggression, anxiety, and trauma, and worked with several high profile cases in New York and New Jersey.  Corey was the training director for the Big Apple Schutzhund Club, Behavior Director for the Vermont Center of Animal Behavior, Director of NEK Search & Rescue in Vermont and New Hampshire, and Director of Behavior and Outreach for the five branches of the Pennsylvania SPCA. In addition to working with Dogs, Corey has been a student of Mindfulness since the late 1970’s, beginning with his first Vipassana retreat and finally studying at Karme Choling in Vermont and with a Taoist Priest for seven years.  He is  currently a guest lecturer at the University Of Scranton world religion curriculum.

When: Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time (2000 UTC). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the live meeting.


March 8, 2020: Zoe Weil

Zoe Weil (pronounced Zoh Wile) is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). At IHE Zoe created the first graduate programs in comprehensive Humane Education linking human rights, environmental preservation and animal protection offered online through an affiliation with Antioch University. Zoe is a frequent keynote speaker at education and other conferences and has given six TEDx talks, including her acclaimed, “The World Becomes What You Teach.” She is the author of seven books including The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries; Nautilus silver medal winner Most Good, Least Harm, Moonbeam gold medal winner Claude and Medea, and Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times. Zoe holds master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Valparaiso University.

February 2, 2020: Susan Grelock-Yusem

Susan is a depth-based eco- and community psychologist living in the Northwest. Her research has focused on arts-based methodologies for conservation communication and human-wildlife coexistence. She has over 20 years of experience working in communications in the organic food movement and has also worked as a nature guide, art therapy assistant, and program evaluator for arts programs. She currently serves as vice president of communications and marketing for the Seattle-based conservation nonprofit Forterra.

January 5, 2020: Krista Hiddema

Currently, Krista is pursuing a doctorate on the need to utilize ecofeminist principles in matters of board governance within the Animals rights movement, with an emphasis on economic health, ecological heath, and social health. Throughout her career, Krista led more than dozen undercover investigations into factory farms and slaughterhouses across Canada, helped produce four investigatory news shows with W5, and has presented to the federal government on Animal transportation. She is the President of Happily Ever After Esther Farm Sanctuary, home of Esther the Wonder Pig and serves as a strategic advisor to Egg Truth, One Protest, and the Rancher Advocacy Program and as a reviewer for the Journal of Critical Animal Studies. Krista is also the Executive Director of For the Greater Good where she consults with Animal rights organizations across world on matters of governance and organizational development and intersectional justice.

December 1, 2019: Margo DeMello

Margo DeMello received her degree in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995, and currently teaches at Canisius College in the Anthrozoology Masters program. She is the outgoing Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at Animals & Society Institute, and the past President of House Rabbit Society. She also volunteers for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. Her books include Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community (Duke University Press 2000), Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature (with Susan Davis, Lantern 2003), Low-Carb Vegetarian (Book Publishing Co. 2004), Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection (with Erin Williams, Prometheus 2007), The Encyclopedia of Body Adornment (Greenwood 2007), Feet and Footwear (ABC-CLIO 2009), Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines (Lantern 2010), Faces Around the World (ABC-CLIO 2012), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (Columbia University Press 2012), Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (Routledge 2012), Inked (ABC-CLIO 2014), Body Studies: An Introduction (Routledge 2014), and Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death (Michigan State 2016).

November 3, 2019: lauren Ornelas

lauren Ornelas is the founder of Food Empowerment Project (FEP) and serves as its executive director.  She has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years. lauren is the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization that Viva!UK asked her to start in 1999.

While lauren was the director of Viva!USA, she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, and others, and she helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California.

lauren was also the spark that convinced the founder of Whole Foods Market to become vegan. In addition, she served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch lauren’s TEDx talk, The Power of Our Food Choices and learn more about F.E.P.’s work at foodispower.org, veganmexicanfood.com and veganfilipinofood.com.