Team ACE


Domestic Administration

Founder & President – Alix Claire Erie


I have been building Advancement of Civilization Effort since 2012 across many fronts. ACE began as a blog and then became a series of writings, in the process of being edited for publishing. Eventually the ideas began to inspire discussion and gained enough momentum to develop into a weekly group video podcast with international board members Michel Combes, Mathew Jijo, Charles Ostman, and Daniel Feldman, and often included guest speakers. We discussed science, technology, economy, healthcare, education, government, spirituality, religion, the major conflicts and issues in the world, and the future of humanity. This podcast lasted a total of about 9 months, and in those sessions we designed a vision into what we as a group would like to see our civilization evolve.

From these discussions evolved the plans for several projects in the form of an intentional community, and it became obvious that ACE had grown out of its role in my life as a hobby, and I was making plans for this community that would keep me busy full-time until the end of my natural life span. Furthermore, the projects proposed will obviously require significant manpower and funding to execute. Therefore, in 2017 we finally took the decision as a group to file for the federally tax exempt status as a 501(c)3 charity organization. It is my greatest pride to be able to say that in July 2018, this status was awarded, retroactive to October 2018, making us eligible to receive many grants, large donations, and bequeathments, both public and private.

Now, ACE has entered into a period of slow growth, intended over the next 10 years, while I gather the necessary information, contacts, and resources to generate the funding for a piece of land where we will be able to perform our activities. I have chosen the island of Kauai, Hawaii as our home base, and over the next several years I will be taking the time to learn about the culture and entities that are already in existence, with the intention of giving honor and respect this pristine environment.

I hope that with all of your blessings we will arrive at our end goal for this period of gaining the respect of the local community here on Kauai and that we will be offered a permanent place and role in their ecosystem.

With love,
Alix Claire Erie

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Treasurer – Daman Singh

Daman is the treasurer and one of the founders of the registered Indian organization Society for Meditation, Yoga & Alternative Healing. He served 11 years in that ashram as general manager, events coordinator, ayurvedic gardner and chef, and facilitator. He has spoken at several conferences on meditation and wellness in India. He also taught for a year with the Yoga Alliance International in New Delhi.

He is a teacher of Vastu Shastra, Palmistry, Gemology, Bodywork and Japanese. He has a masters degree in Pujabi literature, and enjoys healing people and the planet through natural methods.

Daman started his journey in yoga as a child in 1988 with jala neti. He has been living ashram life since 2005. He received his certification in Holistic Yoga and Spa Therapies in 2009 in Kochi, Kerala. In 2011 he attended the Taksu International Yoga Conference in Bali, and in 2012 he attended several workshops in massage therapies, taksu yoga, and alternative healing in Kuala Lampur, Malasia and in Haitai, Thailand. He received his Yoga TTC with specializations in therapeutic yoga, chakra healing, kundalini yoga, and props yoga in 2014 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Advisory Board

Charles Ostman – Futures Advisor


Charles Ostman has 35+ years experience in the fields of electronics, physics, materials science, computing, and various forms of applied AI and “artificial life”, including eight years at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Primary focus was on specialized materials, including DSME (shape memory effect) metallic alloys, and various material systems with unique electronic and photonic properties.  At Los Alamos, this experience was applied to work on the Antares Laser project, the world’s largest / most powerful defense laser system successfully demonstrated at the time (during the SDI / “Star Wars” development program)

Subsequent professional experience encompasses a diverse range of technical development projects at facilities including GTE Lenkurt, Integrated Automation, Litton Industries, Lucas Films, Phoenix Laser Systems, Omni Scientific Instruments, NanoThinc, Raytheon, Fujitsu, Evolutionary Networks, and a variety of other technology related companies and institutions.

At NanoThinc, a private nanotechnology consulting group dating back to the early to mid ’90’s, he was the director of media development, and also on the scientific advisory board.

Charles Ostman was the co-founder of NanoSig, and chair of the NanoElectronics and Photonics Forum, an organization with the primary charter of facilitating investment in nanotechnology related ventures, and senior consultant with the Strategic Synergy Group.

He was also a senior fellow at the Institute for Global Futures, a consulting group which provides strategic research, analysis, technical due diligence, and related technology centric development services to Fortune 500 companies and institutions worldwide.

He has been a longtime active member of the Millennium Project, an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities.

This organization publishes the annual “State of the Future” report and extensive data which serves to provide a dynamic platform for developing workable potential solution sets to address complex, interrelated challenges which affect the world and its populations.

Charles also consulted with a technology development consortium, Fourth Venture, which focused on working with former Soviet Union military scientists, in the context of providing opportunities to redirect this resource toward commercially viable technology projects in the USA, via sponsorship from the IPP (Intiative for Proliferation Prevention) and DOE (Dept of Energy).

Charles has authored numerous technical papers and published articles, targeting  general interest, business development, and technology centric audiences.

He is currently director of special projects at General Hydroponics.

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Former Administration & Collaborators

Jijo Mathew – Secretary & Administration


 Jijo Mathew is an HR Consultant by profession. He helps organizations to build strong, dynamic and vibrant value makers by giving emphasize on learning and development across departments.  He is passionate about building unique organizational culture by inculcating holistic principles into workplace.

Mathew is an enthusiastic advocate of peace initiatives and which comes from the realization that only cooperative co-existence can solve our challenges that we cannot imagine otherwise. His philosophy is “our civilization should thrive in its aspirations for great advancement while protecting and  safeguarding our lively Earth from man made disasters”.

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Michel Combes – Treasurer & Lead Engineer

Michel’s fieldMichelC of excellence is integrated circuits design and electronic systems. He has been in the semiconductor industry for 25 years, holding various key positions, heading engineering teams in leading companies like Texas Instruments, Infineon, and more recently Lemoptix. He is keen in leading leaderless organizations. He spent 15 years in the US before landing in Switzerland where he architectured new wearable devices and augmented reality systems, and now he is here with the intention of revolutionizing the Universe.

Michel was introduced to Yoga and spiritual practices at an early age with the help of his mother who was a yoga teacher in France. Michel is also a Wuotaï practitioner and a Tango dancer/teacher. Bridging different disciplines, he is a visionary for all things future !

His website is Advancement of Humanity Effort at

Contact him at mgcombes@LimitlessExistence.or

Dan Feldman – Product Owner

Host, Podcaster, Speaker, Agile Coach, Agile Project Manager, Product Owner, Audio Engineer, Videographer, Photographer, Former Embedded Software Engineer

The host and creator of “Agile and Beyond”, a podcast examining the future of work, education, and society.

By engaging with Agile practitioners, team builders, design thinkers, organization designers, systems thinkers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and visionaries from around the world, Dan seeks to understand how best to improve collaborative creative work so that he may share it with others.

Read more about Dan on Agile & Beyond homepage.

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