The Truth Squad

Meet the team from GrowthBusters rising early each day to highlight examples of pro-growth bias in the media, awakening the journalists and enlightening the commentators who base what they write on unexamined assumptions about the feasibility and desirability of everlasting growth:

Dave Gardner

Dave costume over shoulderI directed the documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, to point out the lunacy of our culture’s worship of growth everlasting. I work full-time on the non-profit GrowthBusters project, which supports screenings of the film, a steady stream of informative posts on facebook, an audacious blog, speaking engagements, interviews, and humorous videos on our YouTube channel. Growth Bias Busted is just one more thing to keep me from spending time doing my patriotic duty shopping at the mall.

Darcie Nolan

MichaelaPhotoI dream of passing along a planet that still has natural, open space, untouched forest and a wilderness to explore. The only way we are going to do that is to understand how our obsession with growth is ruining our planet and limiting our future.

My background as a journalist has taken me around the world and I have seen cities doing things well, and cities contribute to the problem through incessant expansion and pushing the limits of the environment. I believe we have a choice to be part of the problem or part of a solution that improves everyone’s quality of life – including generations yet to come.

Challenging my peers in media to understand their own growth bias and start sharing real information instead of perpetuating a broken economic understanding is why I am part of The Truth Squad.

Lynsey Jones

Lynsey-Jones-croppedWhen I'm not working on groundbreaking documentaries like GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth you'll probably find me globetrotting, hiking, kayaking, or bouldering.  I am a filmmaker with a passion for social change and environmental sustainability. It dawned on me at a young age that our obsession with population growth and consumption are the underlying issues for almost every other problem facing our planet. And the corruption in the media reinforces these harmful and false notions daily.  As a member of the small, but committed GrowthBusters staff, I am now happy to be a part of the Growth Bias Busted Truth Squad!

Meral Sarper

Meral SarperAs a Turkish Filipino American female, diversity of thought is not foreign territory for me. Aside from my work with the Growth Bias Busted Truth Squad, I am a senior Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I am also pursuing minors in Leadership Studies and Sustainable Development; I will graduate in May 2014 with my Bachelor of Science degree. I plan to work in sustainable energy technology and thermal fluid sciences. My current interest is creating biofuels from waste, like vegetable oil, and mirroring existing cooperatives that make fuel accessible for all.

As for the right side of my brain, I find great fulfillment in my work as an environmental and political activist and as an artist. I am a voice for the cannabis plant in its entirety; I educate on the necessary environmental use of hemp and the safe recreational and medical use of cannabis. I am a dancer, musician, and spoken word poet and I go by “Doe Renee, Your Royal Hemptress”, and my picture is from a photo shoot I did in honor of Gaia. My name in Turkish means female deer and I chose Renee as it means renaissance or rebirth. My messages unveil truths and powerful declarations of standing for humanity and planet Earth, especially regarding forgiving corruption such that new possibilities can show up for all beings.

I am committed to contributing to GrowthBusters in such a way that my generation of millennials is called powerfully into action to end the biases that result in our communities using more resources than they truly have, all at the hands of profit based paradigms. I see that the key is to stand powerfully for what I stand for, not against what others may put in my way. Then, I can see these obstacles objectively and transcendentally, and save my emotion for love and compassion for my community.


Michaela Kobsa-Mark

MichaelaPhotoHey! I'm the person with the camera and the green dress. This is me during a photography internship in Kenya. 

I first became interested in sustainability while living in a village in Senegal for six months. While there, I had a first-hand experience of the effects of industrialization on peoples' beliefs and habits.

My reason for joining this project lies partly in my interest in the relation of belief to the environment. As far as sustainable change within our country goes, it is only when we change our conception of our relationship to the environment that we can we align our actions with reality.

My other reason for joining this project stems from my interest in various forms of documentary media. Thus far I have been involved with projects to do with immersive journalism, photojournalism, and documentary filmmaking. I am excited to take these interests to an entirely new level with this internship.

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