March 15, 1939 — December 21, 2015

    Alexandra Jane Noble, J. D., (aka Janie) was born in Washington, D.C., to Julian Bennett Noble and Adaline Jane Hall. In her youth, she attended Ojai Valley School in Ojai, California, as well as the prestigious Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

    Janie held a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Yale Law School, where her thesis focused on the decision making process in international law, and the emerging body of law for the exploration and development of outer space. While at Yale, Janie did research in international policies related to the regulation of communication satellites. She also participated in a special honors program at the United Nations focused on space law. Following graduation, she worked as a journalist for Time Magazine, the Time-Life News Service, People Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor.

    Janie spent most of her life in Montecito, California. As her career evolved, so did her search for new ways to use art and writing skills to create positive media for personal inspiration within various social networks. To accomplish this, she incorporated print, graphics, photography, landscape, management, telecommunications and interpersonal relations into her varied projects.

    Through workshops titled Imagining When the Future Is Now, Foundation for Advanced Research, and Excerpts from the Twenty-Third Century, it was clear to see where her passions lay. She found the marriage of science and technology fascinating. In keeping with her longstanding interest in socially responsible business, Janie served as a founding director of the Center for Social Profit Leadership.

    As the Internet and virtual world took hold, Janie embraced it. A self-proclaimed cyber futurist, visionary performance artist, she became an architect/designer in the Virtual World of Second Life. She co-founded the LOCUS sim (island) with award winning AIA Architect David Denton.

    She also collaborated with Virtual World Builders in the creation of a variety of virtual, new media and multi-media environments, in order to bring together various platforms for transformational education and entertainment.

    Janie was a true icon, one of those extraordinary personalities who combined curiosity, loyalty, integrity and honor with a keen mind, astute business acumen, broad experience and a genuine love of the win-win business deal. Her approach to creative business efforts offered both practical and inspirational support to countless colleagues, as the beneficiaries of her willingness to challenge the status quo to create bold and innovative opportunities.

    In later years, Janie self-published over 1,300 short stories on http://cowbird.com/alex-noble/.

    This online platform showcased her depth of creativity, making it clear that she was a visionary of the highest order. Continuously evolving into encompassing states of harmony, illumination, and grace, her mind functioned as a fascinating think-tank microcosm. Her contributions in the area of provoking thought, possibility and exploration will live on forever.


    Michael Dittmer (family friend)



One thought on “ALEXANDRA JANE NOBLE (Obit), a founding director, School of Thinking, 1980, Santa Barbara

  1. Janie, thinking of the many happy times we shared in Santa Barbara and along the coast. From LA to the Big Sur, to Montecito and the San Ysidro range (Ronald Reagan’s ranch and The Biltmore), Silicon Valley (Steve Jobs in Cupertino), San Francisco on Nob Hill, Mill Valley and the note in the bottle on the beach in the rain at the San Andreas fault. SOT owes so much of its story to you. May you continue your thoughts and creativity in Third Life!

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