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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-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, 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-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-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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WCS-012: Tiziana DellaRovere touches veterans with PTSD through the opera, the Canticle of the Black Madonna

Tiziana DellaRovereTiziana DellaRovere has a lot to share about fusing art, spirituality, and social entrepreneurship. She shares her inspiration as well as practical advice from her successful fund-raising efforts.

About Tiziana DellaRovere:

Author, artist, mystical poet, and teacher Tiziana DellaRovere is the writer of an original two-hour opera called The Canticle of the Black Madonna. Tiziana’s libretto (written text of the opera) draws on classical elements such as the Greek Chorus, Jungian archetypes, and current events such as the effects of war, PTSD, and the destruction of the environment.

In addition to her work as a creative artist, Tiziana has dedicated more than three decades to creating, developing, and practicing a psycho-spiritual methodology called the “Descent” for healing the wounding of the deep psyche. Through the countless workshops, courses, private sessions, and organizations she has founded, Tiziana has facilitated the healing of thousands of people.

Tiziana is originally from Milan Italy, and she has a broad background in Law, Art, Psychology, and Spirituality.

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WCS-011: John Javna, an experienced social entrepreneur and community builder goes deep

John JavnaJohn Javna unleashes a torrent of deep insights into community building and funding for any grassroots movement. He leverages decades of experience to offer practical, actionable advice. You’ll want to listen to this one again and again.

About John Javna:

John got his start as a street performer and dollhouse maker in 1972. Since then he has branched out into numerous enterprises, written more than 50 books including the NY Times bestseller “50 Simple things you can do to save the Earth” and the acclaimed (and humorously informative) Uncle John’s bathroom reader series. He is a social entrepreneur who brings a wealth of insight to anyone seeking to create a lasting organization benefitting their community. For example, in 2002 John co-founded what has become a highly successful, non-profit children’s science museum called Science Works in a little town in southern Oregon. And in 2009 he founded the Neighborhood Food Project, a grassroots movement that collects food for local food banks which is rapidly gaining a national reach through John’s innovative approach to collaboration.

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WCS-008: Shannon O’Donnell merges grassroots volunteering and global travel

Shannon O'DonnellShannon O’Donnell helps travelers and volunteers use their time and money to make a difference that counts. Download the show to discover the pitfalls of traditional charities and a new way to engage that supports the true goals and needs of local communities.

About Shannon O’Donnell:

Shannon is a travel writer, international speaker, and marketing consultant who lives mostly on the road. She was named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year for her work supporting community-based, grassroots tourism. She runs a vibrant community of travelers on her travel blog A Little Adrift, as well as at Grassroots Volunteering, a database of social enterprises all over the world. She published her acclaimed first book, The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, in October 2012 and she has been featured in a range of publications from NPR to Outside magazine.

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