ALEXANDRA JANE NOBLE
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 much of her life in Pepper Lane, 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)
Pepper Lane Destroyed January 15, 2018 In the 80s I spent a lot of time in California getting SOT up and going. I always stayed with SOT director, Janie Noble, at her lovely house - 1250 Pepper Lane - in the rather exclusive enclave, Montecito, in Santa Barbara. Stunnngly beautiful neighbourhood and one of the nicest I’ve ever been. Oprah, Ellen Genares, Rob Lowe etc etc live there, too. Dear Janie died in December 2015 and her estate was sold in 2016. Janie played a much bigger role in the success of SOT than Edward ever did. We really got it all up and running together in Santa Barbara. She organised the Readers Digest coup and other big media. She introduced me to everyone from Katherine Graham to Steve Jobs. She was dynamic, generous and amazing! BEFORE Such a big part of my life and career … it’s gone! In a way it’s good she wasn’t around for this. It would have been such an insult to her.
In BEFORE you can see a short video of the house before it was sold, and, an aerial Google Earth shot of the estate with an acre behind it. The long black rectangle right behind the house was her elegantly designed swimming/reflecting pool. I spent many happy hours there swimming and reflecting. You can see the entrance gate from Pepper Lane at the bottom of the pic. Recent fires in December tore through the hills of Montecito destroying vegetation and scorching the earth. An unusuallly huge rain deluge in the past few days ripped off all the topsoil and sent great boulders in a devastating mudslide literally shredding Montecito. In the AFTER, just 48 hours ago, Janie’s house sat right in the path of this monstrous mudslide that exploded through it filling the swimming pool and crushing all before it. The lovely house has just been demolished! (forward video clip to 19:36) Shocking and sad 🙁 by Michael Hewitt-Gleeson (long term friend)