Sue’s Events

My non-profit, Mighty Companions, produces salons and other invitational gatherings at my West Hollywood home, and occasionally uses other facilities.

Invitation for An Afternoon Soiree

Afternoon Soiree Invitation

Our Emailed Invitation for the Thinkfest

Richard Grossinger, a scholar who has written books on several topics, is the founder of North Atlantic Books, a very successful publishing company, with Random House distribution, which specializes in Mind-Body-Spirit and literary topics. You’re invited to a dialogue with him at my house. My hero, Brian Thomas Swimme (who was in my living room for a dialogue in the 1980s), chair of the Program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at California Institute of Integral Studies, had this to say:

“Richard Grossinger’s new book, The Night Sky, should be heralded as the publishing event of the decade. This is a book that has the power to change your relationship to the universe. I would even say it has the potentiality to participate in the evocation of a new civilization. You should know from the start that it is not an easy read, and I am not referring to the cutting edge science which is all presented with great clarity. In fact, the real difficulty in reading The Night Sky is directly related to its power, for to understand Grossinger’s vision of the universe one needs to open up the soul in ways that have been forgotten, ignored, and even explicitly oppressed by Western civilization for over 400 years now.

PS: Especially if you are from New York and are of an age you’d know about Grossinger’s Hotel, a hotspot north of New York City where I met Richard when I was 18 and he was 8. My husband’s sister, Bunny, Richard’s stepmother, was married to Paul Grossinger, son of the legendary Jenny. A perk for people who come will be the gift of New Moon, Richard’s memoir about his youth and the hotel.

Thinkfest Videos With Richard Grossinger

Our Emailed Invitation for A World Without Work

Calling all good people who care about the state of the world!

A World Without Work is intended to help spark a sea change in our economic system. Really.   

It’s a very big deal for me, with my non-profit, Mighty Companions, funding this so it can be free to participants, and the Psychology Department of Loyola Marymount University sponsoring it. All L.A. people who would like to part of an activist community are very welcome.

Our evening will be built around a talk about the massive shift our economic system will have to make, when, due to advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, and 3D printing, there will not be enough jobs. Our speaker, Prof. Richard Gilbert, who recently produced a conference on the personal and cultural impact of leading edge digital technology, will make our precarious situation clear.

Professor Gilbert will also present his advocacy for guaranteed income as the solution — this already has been on the ballot in Switzerland, while in the U.S. most people don’t even know that a catastrophe looms. Over dessert, we’ll be in small groups for dialogue and then convene for a robust conversation that Rich will anchor. Everything will be filmed and we will push for the edited YouTube product to go viral!

Part 1: An Introductory Salon
Part 2: A World Without Work
SUE’s story – A Salon after
A World Without Work

Frank Ferrante

This is my website so I have the privilege of telling the truth here. Frank Ferrante is a charmer. So much so that I created  a solo show for him and sold it to Amazon for so much money that I could afford to spend $65,000, about half on production and half to keep starving Frank alive till we delivered. In the meantime, Frank’s memoir came out (coincidentally published by North Atlantic, Richard Grossinger’s company), and he didn’t have any video footage for promoting it, so here’s the salon I created and filmed for him. Skip to the end, after Frank’s daily prostrations to me as the most wonderful person in the world who saved his life, and Frank not only refused to continue after 13 shows we’re in the can, losing us our Amazon contract where we collected nothing, but blocked my emails, unfriended me on Facebook, and I haven’t heard from him since. My lawyer is on it.

Frank Ferrante

Ex TEDx Sizzle Reels and Featured Speakers

One of our largest and most successful events began as a TEDx presentation, and became an Ex TEDx event when our material frightened TED’s “scientific advisors.’ Below are videos of some of the presenters. Find more Ex TEDx videos and read more about our TED adventure here.

Invitation to My Ex TEDx Event

A roster of 20 outstanding speakers and entertainers are on the bill for Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm? Originally a TEDx event, this 8-hour day of uncensored ideas will deconstruct our outdated worldview and inspire us to deal with becoming a cooperative world. Paul Cummins, Paul Nugent, Larry Dossey, Russell Targ, Marianne Williamson, and Miranda Rondeau are some of the outstanding presenters.

Just two weeks ago, after a year of preparation, TED revoked TEDx West Hollywood’s license, which resulted in the withdrawal of the City of West Hollywood’s sponsorship and the loss of the event venue in their award-winning new library. It now will be a Suzanne Taylor Mighty Companions event at L.A.’s Center Studios’ spectacular Vortex Immersion Dome.

TED’s decision lit up the blogosphere with impassioned commentary that added fuel to a fire ignited by the ‘censoring’ of TEDx talks by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock as ‘ideas not worth spreading,’ which was the most commented on topic on the TED Blog. Physicist Russell Targ and physician Larry Dossey, speakers coming for the West Hollywood event, shared their frustration about West Hollywood’s censure.

Dossey wrote, “I can add my name to those of Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock as speakers who find themselves in TED’s crosshairs…I’ve lectured at dozens of top-tier medical schools and hospitals all over the U.S. for two decades…this is the first time my scientific credibility has ever been questioned. As a board-certified physician of internal medicine, former chief of staff of a major hospital, author of twelve books and scores of papers on these subjects published in peer-reviewed journals, a recipient of many awards, a frequent lecturer at medical schools and hospitals, and executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, I’d be interested in knowing from TED where I came up short.”

Targ wrote: “It appears that I was accused of ‘using the guise of science’ to further spooky claims (or some such)…I was co-founder of a 23-year research program investigating psychic abilities at Stanford Research Institute…for the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, Air Force and Army Intelligence, NASA, and others. In this $25 million program we used ‘remote viewing’ to find a downed Russian bomber in North Africa, for which President Carter commended us. We found a kidnapped US general in Italy, and the kidnap car that snatched Patricia Hearst. We looked in on the US hostages in Iran, and predicted the imminent release of Richard Queen, who was soon sent to Germany. We described a Russian weapons factory in Siberia, leading to a US congressional investigation about weakness in US security, etc.  Our scientific findings were published in Nature, The Proc. IEEE, Proc. AAAS, and Proc. American Institute of Physics. I thought a TED audience would find this recently declassified material interesting. And no physics would be harmed in my presentation.”

A new TED Blog to dialogue about this was precipitously closed before the event. TED said this:

This topic is being closed one week early, due to an overwhelming level of personal attacks and other violations of our community rules. As several members have pointed out, there are a number of venues available for anyone who would like to continue this discussion outside the bounds of civil and constructive conversation; you are welcome to take a look through the many links below.

The personal attacks were being made by one John Hoopes, who was trolling the site, and TED never responded to a request to promote the free Livestream in the TED community. Would it have met TED’s standards, and what to say about how TED handled the situation including its fiscal responsibility for the event’s lost sponsorship?

All-Day Ex TEDx Event in Three Parts




For the TED follow-up and to have your own say,

here’s a a behind-the-scenes look at this open-ended issue.