Interview with Rhodessa Jones: Theatre for Incarcerated Women On Nov 16th, 2010, I had the unbelievable honor to interview Rhodessa Jones, the founder of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women. Rhodessa has worked to transform the lives of incarcerated women and women living with HIV across the globe.  Among many other prestigious awards, she is the recipient of GOLDIE Lifetime Achievement Award, the Otto Rene Castillo Award,  and the San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award. There is also a book written about her work, entitled: Imagining Medea: Rhodessa Jones and the Theater for Incarcerated Women by Rena Fraden. ... Nov 18, 2010, 2465 reads


Everyone a Changemaker: A conversation with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka Bill Drayton is a social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Ashoka, Youth Ventures, and Get America Working -- three deeply complementary efforts to make the world a better place. Ashoka, the oldest and larger of these ventures, has created a global community of social entrepreneurs in over 70 countries around the world. Bill talks about these three projects in this extended interview with Michael Lerner. Bill has been a social entrepreneur since he was a New York City elementary school student. He was born to a mother who emigrated from Australia as a young cellist and an American ... Apr 25, 2008, 14510 reads


Why Can't We Be Good?: A conversation with Jacob Needleman about overcoming obstacle to our higher ideals. Jacob Needleman is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and the author of many books, including The American Soul, The Wisdom of Love, Time and the Soul, The Heart of Philosophy, Lost Christianity, and Money and The Meaning of Life. In addition to his teaching and writing, he serves as a consultant in the fields of psychology, education, medical ethics, philanthropy, and business, and has been featured on Bill Moyers's acclaimed PBS series A World of Ideas. Jacob Needleman's website>> Steve Heilig is the Director of Public Health and Education for ... Jul 7, 2007, 2711 reads


The Invisible Revolution of the Inner-net: Nipun Mehta, founder of CharityFocus, discusses a new kind of organizing that is synch with our spritiual roots. CharityFocus is an all volunteer run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that endeavors to leverage technology for inspiring greater volunteerism and providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for all who want them. In January 2005, Nipun Mehta and his wife, Guri, anteed-up. They left everything to head on an open-ended, unscripted walking pilgrimage across India to "use our hands to do random acts of kindness, use our heads to profile inspiring people, and use our hearts to cultivate truth." More about Nipun Mehta>> Some highlights from this talk: "I really am ... Apr 17, 2007, 2122 reads


Story of Stuff: Community discussion with Annie Leonard about international sustainability and environmental health issues. From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. More info ... Mar 9, 2008, 1946 reads


Aging and Dying: Conversation with Ram Dass and Rachel Naomi Remen Ram Dass is a widely admired American spiritual teacher who suffered a disabling stroke some years ago and wrote about the experience in "Fierce Grace." Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, is Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal and Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Now living on Maui, Ram Dass talked with Rachel Naomi Remen and Michael Lerner about what his stroke taught him, and how he now works with others around issues of healing, aging and dying. ... Feb 6, 2007, 12089 reads


Finding What is Real: Conversation on Philosophy, with Peter Kingsley  Peter Kingsley is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on the origins of western spirituality, philosophy and culture. He is the author of the books Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic: Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition, In the Dark Places of Wisdom, and Reality. Peter emigrated with his wife to the United States in 2002, and teaches and writes in North Georgia. He is currently a Research Associate at Emory University in Atlanta as well as an honorary Professor both at the University of New Mexico and at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Peter Kingsley's ... Sep 9, 2008, 6002 reads


Radical Simplicity: Interview with Jim Merkel Radical Simplicity! The Living Hero program presents an interview with author, educator, and activist Jim Merkel. Jim began as a military engineer. Just after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, Jim quit his job and took immediate personal responsibility for his own part in global problems. This meant taking radical actions to scale back consumption and deeply reconsidering life in all its dimensions. He subsequently authored Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth. Merkel received an Earthwatch Gaia Fellowship to research sustainable living in Kerala, India and in regions ... Jul 31, 2009, 3229 reads


Speaking of Faith: Interview with Krista Tippett A journalist and former diplomat, Krista Tippett came up with the idea for Speaking of Faith while consulting for the internationally renowned Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She has hosted and produced the program since the Speaking of Faith project began as an occasional feature in 2000, before taking on its current form as a national weekly program in 2003. Tippett is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and a former Fulbright Scholar. She has reported and written for The New York Times, Newsweek, the BBC, ... Oct 7, 2009, 4197 reads


Living Cosmologies: Nature and Spirit Converging: Conversation with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She is a co-founder and co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Together they organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Open Court Press, 2003) and many ... Apr 22, 2010, 3465 reads


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