WCS-025: Dr. Linda Bender shares how the emotional pain of your mission can become your biggest motivator

Linda BenderDr. Bender recounts powerfully moving experiences that motivate and inspire her work. She explains how to transform emotional challenges into strength and how to build important community connections that can further your mission.

About Linda Bender:

Dr. Linda Bender advocates for animals around the globe and teaches about the relationship between humans and animals. Her love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard. During the 14 years that she spent living in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, her veterinary work included the rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife. Her interest in spirituality and healing led her to found the Mind the Gap Wellness Center as well as a pet-therapy program. She is a certified practitioner of Energy for Life and is a co-founder of the nonprofit organization, From the Heart. She also authored a book titled “Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals (Sacred Activism).”

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WCS-024: Trathen Heckman offers a vital strategy for building thriving communities

Trathen Heckman enjoys a tasty treat from his backyard. Photo by Terry Hankins.Get an intimate glimpse at how Trathen lives authentically and passionately to expand permaculture’s sphere of influence. He shares inspiring and practical insights on leadership, fundraising, and even time-management.

About Trathen Heckman:

Trathen Heckman is the founding director of Daily Acts Organization, Board Chair of Transition U.S. and a front yard farmer. Trathen collaborates with citizens and leaders to harness the wisdom of nature and community-powered solutions to restore the vitality of our lives and communities. He is a founding member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance and worked actively there on the Greywater Working Group, which participated in the 2009 California state Greywater law update. Trathen is presenting on Eco-Governance at Bioneers Conference this year and co-hosting a post conference workshop on catalyzing Food System and Community Resilience from homestead to community and beyond. He lives in the Petaluma River Watershed where he grows food, medicine and wonder while working to compost apathy and lack.

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WCS-023: Jacki Donaldson shows how to build a powerful community by sharing from the heart

Jacki DonaldsonJacki Donaldson inspires, educates, and connects with her community by sharing vulnerably and authentically. She offers tools and insights for blogging, outreach, and community building that will allow you to share your story in a powerful and meaningful way.

About Jacki Donaldson:

Breast cancer survivor Jacki Donaldson is a writer and editor whose career kicked off in 2005 when she launched her breast cancer blog at cancerspot.org, which has provided inspiration, humor, and a sense of community to thousands of women. Jacki’s writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Family Circle, Bliss Tree and Health Central, among other publications.

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WCS-022: Dr. Anthony Hassan uses community building, fund-raising, and leadership efforts to expand military social work programs

Anthony HassanBack in World Changer Session #14, Tina Atherall of Hope for the Warriors nominated one of her personal heroes, Dr. Anthony Hassan, for his ground-breaking leadership with military social work. I had the honor of speaking with Dr. Hassan recently and he offered some of the best advice for community building, fund-raising, and leadership that we have heard yet.

About Dr. Anthony Hassan:

Anthony Hassan was appointed clinical associate professor at the USC School of Social Work in 2009, serving as the co-founder and inaugural director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR), and chair for the military social work program.

A retired Air Force officer, he brings 25 years of experience in military social work and leadership development. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 on the first-ever Air Force combat stress control and prevention team embedded with the Army.

While at USC, Hassan has been instrumental in the exponential growth of the military social work program, community-based research on veterans and military families, the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, and relationships with the most senior levels of leadership in the Department of Defense, Congress, White House, and City of Los Angeles. As a result, CIR is recognized as a national and international leader in military behavioral health education, research and community capacity building.

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WCS-021: Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, shares how to identify what’s holding your mission back

Charles EisensteinIt was when Charles gave up on a project that wasn’t succeeding, that he had his break-through and the impossible happened. Charles shares key insights into how to see the feedback the universe is giving you about your partnerships, your purpose, and even funding.

About Charles Eisenstein:

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four children.

Charles was nominated by Boyson Hodgson of the Mankind Project in World Changer Session #2.

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WCS-020: Mahmood Jafari breaks through stereotypes of differently abled people and goes the extra mile raising awareness and funds for world peace

Mahmood JafariMahmood Jafari believes that people have the power to change the course of history. His passion for peace drives creative fundraising efforts to support the Red Cross, Red Crescent and refugee orphanages in Iran.

About Mahmood Jafari:

Mahmood Jafari is dedicated to bringing awareness to world humanity & peace. He grew up in Iran during turbulent times, and at the age of 18, he became a soldier in the Iran-Iraq war. Mahmood survived his tour of duty but, after returning home, he was shot in the back while walking down the street in Tehran. The injury put him in the hospital for two years and left him paralyzed from the chest down. Instead of being depressed, Mahmood lives his life helping others. He moved to Canada In 1997, and returns to Iran often to share his vision of peace, raise funds for the Red Cross and Red Crescent and refugee orphanages, and works to change stereotypes about “differently abled” people. Mahmood believes that, “People have the power to change the course of history.”

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WCS-019: James Twyman is a spiritual entrepreneur changing the world through his pioneering books, music, and films

twyman-jamesJames thinks outside the box and revolutionizes whatever industries he enters. From his global Peace Concerts, to his hugely successful international Seminary program, to creating a new genre of film called Ageless Cinema, James allows his own authentic voice to carry him to success.

About James Twyman:

James Twyman is the NY Times Bestselling author of fifteen books including The Moses Code and Emissary of Light. In 1995 he set out to perform the Peace Concert around the world, especially in places where violence and wars rage. He’s been invited by the government of countries like Iraq, Northern Ireland, Israel and South Africa to perform the concert at critical moments. He’s also the founder of The Beloved Community and the Seminary of Spiritual Peacemaking, and is the producer and co-screenwriter of the hugely popular Indie film Redwood Highway which is available on nearly every movie streaming data base.

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WCS-018: Robi Damelin is turning tragedy into reconciliation for bereaved families in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

RobiDamelinRobi Damelin’s son was killed by a Palestinian sniper. Her response? “You may not take revenge in the name of my son.” Download this interview to hear the intimate story of her journey through grief and forgiveness, and as a teacher of reconciliation with the Parents Circle – Families Forum.

About Robi Damelin:

Robi Damelin grew up in South Africa and resisted apartheid before moving to Israel and raising a family. Her son David, a peace activist and a member of the IDF reserves, was killed by a Palestinian sniper. Since then, she has dedicated her time and talent to ending the violence and to creating a collaborative, formal truth and reconciliation process that will be ready for rollout when a political peace agreement is reached. Her efforts have been the subject of several documentaries, including One Day After Peace www.onedayafterpeace.com, which chronicles her quest to meet with her son’s killer and her travels to South Africa to learn from the truth and reconciliation process adopted there. Robi currently serves as a spokesperson for The Parents Circle – Family Forum, an organization for bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families working towards reconciliation.

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WCS-017: Pedro Russo uses astronomy to empower people to see the world in a different way

Pedro_RussoPedro Russo’s passion for using astronomy as an educational tool ignites his work with people and organizations across the globe, helping them to bridge cultures, histories and geographies, while finding balance and peace in their lives.

About Pedro Russo:

Pedro Russo is the International Project Manager for the Universe Awareness project at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He is passionately committed to using astronomy as an educational tool. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Schools and Children Task Force of the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Astronomy for Development program and also as the Vice President of the Commission for Communicating Astronomy with the Public. Until 2010 Pedro was the global coordinator for the largest network ever in Science Outreach, the International Year of Astronomy. Pedro coordinated the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of the global activities, projects and events. He was responsible for the communication between the thousands of stakeholders, including projects and national chairs, the astronomy community, media and society. Pedro is also the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal, Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal.

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WCS-016: Gene Baur saves animals from factory farms and promotes compassion through a vegan lifestyle

Gene BaurGene Baur discusses the challenges involved in working to change mainstream culture’s treatment of animals. Hear how and why he promotes a vegan lifestyle, animal rights, and rescuing animals from factory farming.

About Gene Baur:

Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine.  For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system.  His book, entitled Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, was published by Touchstone in March 2008 and has appeared on the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe best-seller lists.

Gene was nominated by Patty Webster in World Changer Session #1.

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