Bonnie Buckner Bio

Bonnie has been teaching people and businesses techniques for expanding perception, creativity and innovation for over five years. She has worked in, and studied, the culture and system of business as an entrepreneur for over a decade. For her, business is a vehicle for the meaningful expression of the individual, and can be used for social change. She believes we are living in a time of shifting paradigms that create opportunities for re-imagining the role of business and our place within it. She views business as an extension of the individual and seeks to improve both.

Bonnie is a doctoral candidate in Media Psychology, and holds an MA in Media Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She is a graduate from the School of Images where she also serves as a member on the advisory board, is a group workshop facilitator and is a recommended practitioner. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas.

In addition to the work she does with individuals, Bonnie is co-founder of A Think Lab (www.athinklab.com). A Think Lab consults on cultural and technological trends and delivers customized workshops for enhancing creativity to seed innovation in businesses. She also conducts academic research through her position as Senior Research Fellow at the Media Psychology Research Center (http://mprcenter.org/). Her research spans multiple topics, with a special focus on imagery. She is currently working on projects exploring the use of imagery to develop empathy as a character trait, the role of imagery in national identity and conflict resolution, and imagery as health intervention.

Bonnie is a founding partner in the social change solution Imagined Communities (http://imaginedcommunities.org/) – a non-profit organization that uses innovative technologies for design-based education that roots students in community improvement projects. She has spoken across the country on topics as diverse as Using Augmented Reality for Social Impact, Cognitive Psychology and Design for the Small Screen, Architecting Solutions through Whole Brain Processes and Micro-Targeting for Political Campaigns.

She teaches Media and Political Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology and the Visual Display of Information for the Media Psychology and Social Change graduate program that is a partnership between Fielding Graduate University and UCLA. She also teaches Transmedia Marketing Through Storytelling for UC Irvine Extension.

In the past Bonnie held active positions as founder and CEO of MicroFocus Media, a political new-media market research firm, and BC, a restoration and urban renewal venture. In these capacities she worked with U.S. Presidential and other prominent national political campaigns, committees and foundations, and organized community grass-roots neighborhood improvement efforts in conjunction with city boards and non-profit organizations. She has served as a founding board member for the Wilshire Center KoreaTown Neighborhood Council, and on the Grantee Award Committee for the City of Los Angeles Community Beautification Grant.

Bonnie has written editorial and political columns for LATribe.com, and copy for national entertainment, product and positioning campaigns. She has also produced a reality series broadcast on cable TV, a feature-documentary, and for several years headed a film production company, where much of her time was spent working directly with writers in fostering their creative process to develop and shepherd projects to fruition.

Bonnie’s work brings her academic, imagery, business and social change experience to developing stronger and more fluid individuals and businesses.

"Buckner's various functions in film and television--producing a documentary, syndicated television sales, film development and freelance writing--her work with MicroFocus Media, and her involvement in projects that work closely with city programs and grassroots organizations for neighborhood improvement come together in her research focus. Bucker's research explores the use of imagery at the corporate and personal level with the goal of bridging gaps of communication between the two." - Media Psychology Review