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News stories abound about what is going wrong in our society but few cover the good news that is changing people’s lives and communities for the better. Such stories do exist and they are brought to life in Operation Road Trip: How a Car, a Video Camera & a Bottle of Rum Renewed My Faith in the Future by author Janet Roberts, who drove around the country in her Prius for two and a half months videotaping passionate people engaged in creating a future that takes good care of people and the planet.

Operation Road Trip highlights people in the arts, education, economy and more whose endeavors will fill you with hope including:
• Curtis Acosta taught Mexican American Ethics in a Tucson high school and closed the achievement gap;
• Ted Howard was a catalyst for industrially sized worker owned cooperatives that are creating prosperity for residents in distressed areas in Cleveland;
• Mark LoParco, Director of University of Montana Dining Services, created the Farm to College Program that ensures healthy foods for students while improving the economic lives of farmers;
• Marjorie Kelly, author and activist, gives details on how the lobster industry in Maine partnered with government to assure economic sustainability for local fishermen;
• Santa Fe Pueblo artist Nora Naranjo Morse attained national and global recognition for her installations on economic and social justice themes.

The author, a longtime community builder locally and nationally, took off on this solo road trip to heal after the death of her husband from Alzheimer’s and to lift her spirits. Her candor and self-awareness as she overcomes challenges and becomes rejuvenated adds a personal touch to an uplifting overview of the good news happening now around the country.

View these and other Road Trip videos here

Order Operation Road Trip: How a Car, a Video Camera & a Bottle of Rum Renewed my Faith in the Future here 


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