Powerful video stories about passionate people affecting systemic change in the economy, education, and more that will enlighten you and give you hope for a future that takes care of people and the planet. It is happening now all around the country.
An upbeat and illuminating ride through an explosion of on-the-ground initiatives around the country that are creating a caring future for people and the planet. Meet the artists, economists, teachers, media folks, neighbors and social activists who are making it happen. Along the way, experience the quirky insights and passion of your driver Jan Roberts, who embarked on a solo road trip to video interview these passionate people. It took her two and half months to cover 13,026 miles and interview 51 innovators. You will discover a treasure trove of significant endeavors that are enriching lives and transforming communities right now.
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by Jan Roberts Caveat: One trait that is stable over the years is being open to novel experiences so I am writing this blog for folks that share this trait. We need to make friends with folks from other countries.We owe it ourselves if we want to live longer and...
by Jan Roberts The New Economy is an emerging movement that is taking place largely out of the limelight of conventional media. There is a groundswell of initiatives building an economy that takes care of people and the planet. Systemic changes range from how the economy’s wealth is measured to...
The Arts are a critical conduit for mainstreaming social change. “Artists have their biggest social impact when they achieve it obliquely… through the kind of deep spiritual and emotional understanding that art can foster. You change the world by changing peoples’ hearts and imaginations.” (David Brooks, New York Times; When Beauty...
Recently, a young man on a student visa from Spain asked me “Why do you have Black History Month here? Why isn’t that just covered as part of American History?” Well, because race is institutionalized in the U.S. and one way to address it is through education. But, are we doing that? His question...
To Special Ops Culinary Agent Julia Child--whose joie de vivre, love of good food and wine, and path breaking work to bring people together for a fun time--inspires us all.
Julia was a CIA agent early in her career and a true hero for the groundbreaking work she did in that role. There are only a few of us that know the real story. Julia was not an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency; she was actually a Culinary Agent for the Cultural Innovation Agency (CIA) and was highly regarded for her subversive work for their top secret Operation Bon Appetit. Her program sign-off of “Bon Appetit” was an encouraging signal to all of us that her work for world change was going well.
That’s the story according to Mission Control, the Cultural Innovations Agency (CIA), and we are sticking to it.