Letter from the Editor

Volume 1 Issue 1

Welcome to WeRiseUP – The Journal. We believe in the universal drive to heal and connect. We believe in you. You matter. Your choices, your footsteps, your actions. Wherever you are and whatever your passion, we will give you information to help you connect to your highest energy and purpose. Learning as we go how much stronger we are together. The butterfly effect. When small gestures and decisions birth large innovation and beauty. The voices below each began as one hand held out to another. May you find one hand to hold, one action that fuels you, sparks your creativity to share neighbor to neighbor, nation to nation.


SENIOR VP & PUBLISHER Alexandra Halperin was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. Her parents became part of the Midwest migration to the utopian community of Aspen created by Walter & Elizabeth Paepcke, and arrived as a child in the 60’s to this emerging community of mind, body and spirit, The Aspen Idea. After college Aspen became her destiny, when hired as the first woman in the history of the Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol. She has decades of experience marketing and publishing National titles. Alex was the founding Publisher of Aspen Peak Magazine for Niche Media. At Aspen Peak she created twenty yearly events to support local and National non-profit organizations. She is currently the Publisher of Cristina Cuomo’s, Purist in Aspen, a health and wellness magazine. Alex looks forward to years of creative collaboration as WeRiseUp stays ahead for the curve representing individuals who enact positive change in their communities, as a model to improve and change lives locally and globally. Working in collaboration with the team at WeRiseUP.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Olivia Q. Daane has served as the Editor of Elevated Luxury Life magazine and has worked extensively as a freelance writer with her writing being featured in Aspen Luxury Life, Elevated Luxury Life, Aspen Real Life, Opera Gallery art books and has recently co-authored and published “Power Lines” with Anthony Haden-Guest. Her featured subjects include Train, Steven Soderbergh, Lukas Nelson, Michael Franti, Tom Morello and Astro-physicist Lawrence Krauss. In addition, she is a painter (known for her butterfly series begun in 2008), art consultant and has over 15 years of successful brand management, gallery ownership and representation of her visual mediums including current representation in Opera Gallery, Aspen. Olivia’s niche is building content that can make a difference; sharing the incredible stories of people at the pinnacle or on their way within their lives and pursuits. Her recent appointments to the solutions committee for the Global Entrepreneurial Summit 2019-20 and Creative Industries Lab 2021 for the U.S. State Department are an example of her expertise in integrating diverse topics such as biomimicry, arts, design, science and tech through diverse contexts of human interactions across fields, disciplines and ideologies.

EDITOR-AT-LARGE Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, writer and entrepreneur whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Paul is the founding Executive Editor of Origin Magazine, which in its inaugural issue had over 50,000 sales. Additionally, his writing has been published by The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D., Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His 2018 album, DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall, debuted at 113 on Billboard Reggae. His large-scale, multimedia performance pieces include “Rebirth of a Nation,” Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, written during his 2014 residency at Seoul Institute of the Arts. His multimedia project Sonic Web premiered at San Francisco’s Internet Archive in 2019. He was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Met Reframed 2012-2013. Miller’s artwork has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, TheVenice Biennial for Architecture, the Miami/Art Basel fair, and many other museums and galleries.

FOUNDER, CEO & PRODUCER OF WeRiseUP Kate Maloney, PhD has been featured as a top entrepreneur in Inc Magazine and is an INC 500 company founder. Kate has founded, developed, grown and sold over a dozen technology companies over the last nine years, and has had eight company exits. She serves on several boards including as Co-Board Chair with John Mackey (Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market) to bring conscious business and thought leaders together in a non-profit to solve some of the most serious problems facing the planet today. Kate holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational & Financial Applications.