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, Montecito, Santa Barbara, California


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!

 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 🙁


Michael Hewitt-Gleeson (long term friend)

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

  1. Janie is my most inspiring friend of all time. I also loved hearing her laughter… it lives on in my mind.

    In 1987, she helped me get back on my feet and generously let me live in her cabana for a summer. She inspired me to be truer to myself and become more conscious of my essence. She was one of the purest beams of Light I’ve been in the presence of… she had such a lightness of being. When I think of levitation, she comes to mind… whether it was seeing her dance in her living room or just moving through the kitchen.

    Reading about Janie’s passing for the first time just now- tears flow… I will miss re-connecting with her every few years. Seeing the mud move through her estate, contrasted with the bright light of Janie’s consciousness, reminds me of how much more spiritual my thoughts can be today… of how much more spiritually based I really am than I tend to think I am.

    JANIE: thank you for your eternal inspiration!

  2. Though I learned late of Janie’s passing, I never saw this wonderful obit from someone who knew her far better and longer than I. But when Janie opened her friendship to me, there was no “time” involved in it. I visited in her home several times and sense of inclusion was palpable, lots of laughter and complete acceptance.

    I winced when I saw the results of the landslide. I sort of thought that the old place simply couldn’t hold up without her there.

    Thank you so very much for the wonderful write up of this very unique woman who contributed so much to life.

  3. Michael…
    For some reason Janie came to mind a bit ago…I came here and saw your words about her…had a peek at the memories you shared. I was very fond of Janie. I meet her via the internet and she convinced me I needed to experience Second Life. We were friends. I knew about many of her achievements and I enjoyed her creativity, but what I remember…what comes to mind when I think of her, was/is her laugh. I loved hearing it.
    Just wanted to share…

  4. 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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