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Activism Matters

Paula Allen

Paula Allen has been an 'activist with a camera' for more than two decades. Her compelling photographs capture women around the world in their courageous and often invisible confrontations with violence and oppression. She is currently completing her book, Homecomings, which weaves together the stories of three families who lost relatives and homes in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
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Zainab Al-Suwaij

Zainab Al-Suwaij is the co-founder of the American Islamic Congress. A native of Iraq, she participated in the failed internal uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991 and then fled to the United States. After the September 11 attacks, Al-Suwaij left her job as a refugee resettlement advisor to co-found a progressive Muslim organization dedicated to promoting interfaith tolerance and individual rights, at home and throughout the Muslim world. As a Muslim-American woman of traditional background yet progressive orientation, she serves as a bridge across cultures, religious divides, and political differences.
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Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs is an award-winning human rights activist, journalist, author and the founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology.
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Simon Deng

Simon Aban Deng is a refugee from Sudan and a survivor of child slavery. He is a passionate activist who recently trekked 300 miles from United Nations headquarters in New York City to the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to call for an end to slavery and genocide in Sudan.
Read the full bio

Ofir Drori

Ofir Drori is the founder of The Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA), an NGO devoted to conservation and wildlife law enforcement. Drori's memoir The Last Great Ape chronicles his journey to Africa and his development as an indefatigable and courageous activist.
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Jodie Evans

Jodie Evans has been a peace, environmental, women's rights and social justice activist for forty years. Evans is co-founder of CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that has been organizing creative actions against the war and occupation of Iraq since 2002.
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Beatrice Fernando

Extreme poverty propelled 23 year-old Beatrice Fernando to look beyond the borders of her native Sri Lanka for a means of financially supporting her young son. Her story is not unique: traffickers often prey on a sense of financial vulnerability, advertising a good job as an avenue out of the desperation of poverty.
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Jaimi Lard

Jaimi Lard refuses to let the fact that she has been deaf and blind since birth stop her from having adventures. "Anything is possible — you've just got to go for it," she says. Educating others about what is achievable for people with disabilities is a central part of Jaimi's life.
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Sarah Panzau

In the early hours of August 23, 2003, 21-year old Sarah Panzau's life changed forever. She had partied the night away with her friends and, just before dawn, made an irrevocable decision to get into her car and drive home.
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MoniCa Singh

MoniCa Singh is a survivor, a social activist, and a humanitarian. As a 19-year old in India in 2005, she said "no" to a man who proposed marriage to her. Shortly thereafter, a group of men doused her with acid and burned 80% of her body. Her journey to recovery has been long and challenging, but after persistence, tenacity, and 46 surgeries, she has become the face of resilience.
Read the full bio

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik, Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, is a 21st century civil rights leader. His 2012 essay titled, "White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin" was shared over 190,000 times on Facebook and was credited as one of the catalysts of bringing that story to national attention.
Read the full bio

Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is an eco-warrior in action. She launches legislative campaigns, demonstrations, and hunger strikes to raise awareness for environmental and human rights abuses.
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Alcohol Awareness Matters

Sarah Panzau

In the early hours of August 23, 2003, 21-year old Sarah Panzau's life changed forever. She had partied the night away with her friends and, just before dawn, made an irrevocable decision to get into her car and drive home.
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Disability Matters

Jaimi Lard

Jaimi Lard refuses to let the fact that she has been deaf and blind since birth stop her from having adventures. "Anything is possible — you've just got to go for it," she says. Educating others about what is achievable for people with disabilities is a central part of Jaimi's life.
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Domestic Abuse Awareness Matters

Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs is an award-winning human rights activist, journalist, author and the founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology.
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Conservation, Environment & Sustainability Matters

Ofir Drori

Ofir Drori is the founder of The Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA), an NGO devoted to conservation and wildlife law enforcement. Drori's memoir The Last Great Ape chronicles his journey to Africa and his development as an indefatigable and courageous activist.
Read the full bio

Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is an eco-warrior in action. She launches legislative campaigns, demonstrations, and hunger strikes to raise awareness for environmental and human rights abuses.
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Event Moderation Matters

Deborah Siegel

Deborah Siegel, Ph.D., is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild. Siegel is a writer and consultant who specializes in gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism. Siegel comments frequently about myths and realities regarding women, sex, and power from bedroom to boardroom; the history of the women's movement; and feminism today.
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Gender Matters

Paula Allen

Paula Allen has been an 'activist with a camera' for more than two decades. Her compelling photographs capture women around the world in their courageous and often invisible confrontations with violence and oppression. She is currently completing her book, Homecomings, which weaves together the stories of three families who lost relatives and homes in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Read the full bio

Zainab Al-Suwaij

Zainab Al-Suwaij is the co-founder of the American Islamic Congress. A native of Iraq, she participated in the failed internal uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991 and then fled to the United States. After the September 11 attacks, Al-Suwaij left her job as a refugee resettlement advisor to co-found a progressive Muslim organization dedicated to promoting interfaith tolerance and individual rights, at home and throughout the Muslim world. As a Muslim-American woman of traditional background yet progressive orientation, she serves as a bridge across cultures, religious divides, and political differences.
Read the full bio

Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs is an award-winning human rights activist, journalist, author and the founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology.
Read the full bio

Jodie Evans

Jodie Evans has been a peace, environmental, women's rights and social justice activist for forty years. Evans is co-founder of CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that has been organizing creative actions against the war and occupation of Iraq since 2002.
Read the full bio

Beatrice Fernando

Extreme poverty propelled 23 year-old Beatrice Fernando to look beyond the borders of her native Sri Lanka for a means of financially supporting her young son. Her story is not unique: traffickers often prey on a sense of financial vulnerability, advertising a good job as an avenue out of the desperation of poverty.
Read the full bio

Deborah Siegel

Deborah Siegel, Ph.D., is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild. Siegel is a writer and consultant who specializes in gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism.
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MoniCa Singh

MoniCa Singh is a survivor, a social activist, and a humanitarian. As a 19-year old in India in 2005, she said "no" to a man who proposed marriage to her. Shortly thereafter, a group of men doused her with acid and burned 80% of her body. Her journey to recovery has been long and challenging, but after persistence, tenacity, and 46 surgeries, she has become the face of resilience.
Read the full bio

Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is an eco-warrior in action. She launches legislative campaigns, demonstrations, and hunger strikes to raise awareness for environmental and human rights abuses.
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Health & Wellness Matters

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on "Positive Psychology," and the university's third most popular course on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of more than 1,400 students.
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Marc Ian Barasch

Marc Ian Barasch is an award-winning writer, editor, television producer and environmental activist. In his most recent book, The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness, Barasch poses vital questions: What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually "survival of the kindest?" Can we increase our compassion quotient with practice? What can be learned from the study of altruistic personalities? How do empathy and forgiveness produce new strategies for conflict resolution and "social healing?"
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Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. is a world-renowned social psychologist whose recent work focuses on love and reveals how micro-moments of love and other forms of positivity nourish health, wisdom, and longevity.
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Ellen Langer

Dr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University and the author of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston as Langer.
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Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is one of the leading happiness researchers in the world and the author of The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy But Does and The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want (published in 21 countries).
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Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is a writer, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on the themes of resilience, authenticity, and self-discovery.
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Sara Mednick, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara C. Mednick is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of the book, Take a Nap! Change your Life. Mednick's research investigates how sleep supports brain function and overall health, and discovers ways that thinking, learning, memory, and creativity can be stimulated during sleep, optimizing waking experience.
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Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and the world's leading authority in the field of women's health and wellness. A board-certified OB/GYN physician who graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Northrup was also an assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN at Maine Medical Center for 20 years. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, Dr. Northrup helps empower women to tune into their innate inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish.
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Sarah Panzau

In the early hours of August 23, 2003, 21-year old Sarah Panzau's life changed forever. She had partied the night away with her friends and, just before dawn, made an irrevocable decision to get into her car and drive home.
Read the full bio

MoniCa Singh

MoniCa Singh is a survivor, a social activist, and a humanitarian. As a 19-year old in India in 2005, she said "no" to a man who proposed marriage to her. Shortly thereafter, a group of men doused her with acid and burned 80% of her body. Her journey to recovery has been long and challenging, but after persistence, tenacity, and 46 surgeries, she has become the face of resilience.
Read the full bio

Maria Sirois

Dr. Maria Sirois is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the intersections of psychology and wellbeing for more than twenty years, focusing on the resilience of the human spirit, life flourishing through positive psychology, and personal transformation.
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Immigration Matters

Valeria Fernández

Valeria Fernández, a native of Uruguay, is a versatile journalist who has been reporting on Arizona's immigrant community and the many angles and faces of the immigration debate for more than a decade.
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Leadership Matters

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on "Positive Psychology," and the university's third most popular course on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of more than 1,400 students.
Read the full bio

Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs is an award-winning human rights activist, journalist, author and the founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology.
Read the full bio

Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. is a world-renowned social psychologist whose recent work focuses on love and reveals how micro-moments of love and other forms of positivity nourish health, wisdom, and longevity.
Read the full bio

Ellen Langer

Dr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University and the author of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston as Langer.
Read the full bio

Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is one of the leading happiness researchers in the world and the author of The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy But Does and The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want (published in 21 countries).
Read the full bio

Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is a writer, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on the themes of resilience, authenticity, and self-discovery.
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Maria Sirois

Dr. Maria Sirois is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the intersections of psychology and wellbeing for more than twenty years, focusing on the resilience of the human spirit, life flourishing through positive psychology, and personal transformation.
Read the full bio

Love Matters

Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. is a world-renowned social psychologist whose recent work focuses on love and reveals how micro-moments of love and other forms of positivity nourish health, wisdom, and longevity.
Read the full bio

Middle East Matters

Zainab Al-Suwaij

Zainab Al-Suwaij is the co-founder of the American Islamic Congress. A native of Iraq, she participated in the failed internal uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991 and then fled to the United States. After the September 11 attacks, Al-Suwaij left her job as a refugee resettlement advisor to co-found a progressive Muslim organization dedicated to promoting interfaith tolerance and individual rights, at home and throughout the Muslim world. As a Muslim-American woman of traditional background yet progressive orientation, she serves as a bridge across cultures, religious divides, and political differences.
Read the full bio

Motivation Matters

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on "Positive Psychology," and the university's third most popular course on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of more than 1,400 students.
Read the full bio

Ellen Langer

Dr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University and the author of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston as Langer.
Read the full bio

Jaimi Lard

Jaimi Lard refuses to let the fact that she has been deaf and blind since birth stop her from having adventures. "Anything is possible — you've just got to go for it," she says. Educating others about what is achievable for people with disabilities is a central part of Jaimi's life.
Read the full bio

Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is one of the leading happiness researchers in the world and the author of The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy But Does and The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want (published in 21 countries).
Read the full bio

Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is a writer, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on the themes of resilience, authenticity, and self-discovery.
Read the full bio

MoniCa Singh

MoniCa Singh is a survivor, a social activist, and a humanitarian. As a 19-year old in India in 2005, she said "no" to a man who proposed marriage to her. Shortly thereafter, a group of men doused her with acid and burned 80% of her body. Her journey to recovery has been long and challenging, but after persistence, tenacity, and 46 surgeries, she has become the face of resilience.
Read the full bio

Maria Sirois

Dr. Maria Sirois is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the intersections of psychology and wellbeing for more than twenty years, focusing on the resilience of the human spirit, life flourishing through positive psychology, and personal transformation.
Read the full bio

Multiculture Matters

Paula Allen

Paula Allen has been an 'activist with a camera' for more than two decades. Her compelling photographs capture women around the world in their courageous and often invisible confrontations with violence and oppression. She is currently completing her book, Homecomings, which weaves together the stories of three families who lost relatives and homes in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Read the full bio

Zainab Al-Suwaij

Zainab Al-Suwaij is the co-founder of the American Islamic Congress. A native of Iraq, she participated in the failed internal uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991 and then fled to the United States. After the September 11 attacks, Al-Suwaij left her job as a refugee resettlement advisor to co-found a progressive Muslim organization dedicated to promoting interfaith tolerance and individual rights, at home and throughout the Muslim world. As a Muslim-American woman of traditional background yet progressive orientation, she serves as a bridge across cultures, religious divides, and political differences.
Read the full bio

Simon Deng

Simon Aban Deng is a refugee from Sudan and a survivor of child slavery. He is a passionate activist who recently trekked 300 miles from United Nations headquarters in New York City to the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to call for an end to slavery and genocide in Sudan.
Read the full bio

Beatrice Fernando

Extreme poverty propelled 23 year-old Beatrice Fernando to look beyond the borders of her native Sri Lanka for a means of financially supporting her young son. Her story is not unique: traffickers often prey on a sense of financial vulnerability, advertising a good job as an avenue out of the desperation of poverty.
Read the full bio

Valeria Fernández

Valeria Fernández, a native of Uruguay, is a versatile journalist who has been reporting on Arizona's immigrant community and the many angles and faces of the immigration debate for more than a decade.
Read the full bio

MoniCa Singh

MoniCa Singh is a survivor, a social activist, and a humanitarian. As a 19-year old in India in 2005, she said "no" to a man who proposed marriage to her. Shortly thereafter, a group of men doused her with acid and burned 80% of her body. Her journey to recovery has been long and challenging, but after persistence, tenacity, and 46 surgeries, she has become the face of resilience.
Read the full bio

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik, Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, is a 21st century civil rights leader. His 2012 essay titled, "White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin" was shared over 190,000 times on Facebook and was credited as one of the catalysts of bringing that story to national attention.
Read the full bio

Alison Wright

Alison Wright's memoir Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival chronicles her amazing story of surviving a devastating accident in remote Laos to achieving the unthinkable: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, resuming her life as an award-winning photojournalist, and using this second chance at life to give back and serve others.
Read the full bio

Newsworthy Matters

Paula Allen

Paula Allen has been an 'activist with a camera' for more than two decades. Her compelling photographs capture women around the world in their courageous and often invisible confrontations with violence and oppression. She is currently completing her book, Homecomings, which weaves together the stories of three families who lost relatives and homes in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Read the full bio

Zainab Al-Suwaij

Zainab Al-Suwaij is the co-founder of the American Islamic Congress. A native of Iraq, she participated in the failed internal uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991 and then fled to the United States. After the September 11 attacks, Al-Suwaij left her job as a refugee resettlement advisor to co-found a progressive Muslim organization dedicated to promoting interfaith tolerance and individual rights, at home and throughout the Muslim world. As a Muslim-American woman of traditional background yet progressive orientation, she serves as a bridge across cultures, religious divides, and political differences.
Read the full bio

Valeria Fernández

Valeria Fernández, a native of Uruguay, is a versatile journalist who has been reporting on Arizona's immigrant community and the many angles and faces of the immigration debate for more than a decade.
Read the full bio

Beatrice Fernando

Extreme poverty propelled 23 year-old Beatrice Fernando to look beyond the borders of her native Sri Lanka for a means of financially supporting her young son. Her story is not unique: traffickers often prey on a sense of financial vulnerability, advertising a good job as an avenue out of the desperation of poverty.
Read the full bio

Ellen Langer

Dr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University and the author of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston as Langer.
Read the full bio

Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is the author of Ethical Wisdom: What Makes Us Good, in which he explores the complex, yet inescapable, question of how we can know ourselves to be good amidst the hypocrisy, fears, and sabotaging appetites that rifle through our two-sided natures.
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MoniCa Singh

MoniCa Singh is a survivor, a social activist, and a humanitarian. As a 19-year old in India in 2005, she said "no" to a man who proposed marriage to her. Shortly thereafter, a group of men doused her with acid and burned 80% of her body. Her journey to recovery has been long and challenging, but after persistence, tenacity, and 46 surgeries, she has become the face of resilience.
Read the full bio

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik, Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, is a 21st century civil rights leader. His 2012 essay titled, "White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin" was shared over 190,000 times on Facebook and was credited as one of the catalysts of bringing that story to national attention.
Read the full bio

Peace Matters

Jodie Evans

Jodie Evans has been a peace, environmental, women's rights and social justice activist for forty years. Evans is co-founder of CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that has been organizing creative actions against the war and occupation of Iraq since 2002.
Read the full bio

Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is an eco-warrior in action. She launches legislative campaigns, demonstrations, and hunger strikes to raise awareness for environmental and human rights abuses.
Read the full bio

Photojournalism Matters

Paula Allen

Paula Allen has been an 'activist with a camera' for more than two decades. Her compelling photographs capture women around the world in their courageous and often invisible confrontations with violence and oppression. She is currently completing her book, Homecomings, which weaves together the stories of three families who lost relatives and homes in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Read the full bio

Alison Wright

Alison Wright's memoir Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival chronicles her amazing story of surviving a devastating accident in remote Laos to achieving the unthinkable: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, resuming her life as an award-winning photojournalist, and using this second chance at life to give back and serve others.
Read the full bio

Poetry Matters

Kim Rosen

Kim Rosen has awakened listeners around the world to the power of the poetry to heal and transform individuals and communities.
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Race Matters

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik, Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, is a 21st century civil rights leader. His 2012 essay titled, "White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin" was shared over 190,000 times on Facebook and was credited as one of the catalysts of bringing that story to national attention.
Read the full bio

Resilience Matters

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on "Positive Psychology," and the university's third most popular course on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of more than 1,400 students.
Read the full bio

Simon Deng

Simon Aban Deng is a refugee from Sudan and a survivor of child slavery. He is a passionate activist who recently trekked 300 miles from United Nations headquarters in New York City to the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to call for an end to slavery and genocide in Sudan.
Read the full bio

Beatrice Fernando

Extreme poverty propelled 23 year-old Beatrice Fernando to look beyond the borders of her native Sri Lanka for a means of financially supporting her young son. Her story is not unique: traffickers often prey on a sense of financial vulnerability, advertising a good job as an avenue out of the desperation of poverty.
Read the full bio

Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. is a world-renowned social psychologist whose recent work focuses on love and reveals how micro-moments of love and other forms of positivity nourish health, wisdom, and longevity.
Read the full bio

Ellen Langer

Dr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University and the author of Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston as Langer.
Read the full bio

Jaimi Lard

Jaimi Lard refuses to let the fact that she has been deaf and blind since birth stop her from having adventures. "Anything is possible — you've just got to go for it," she says. Educating others about what is achievable for people with disabilities is a central part of Jaimi's life.
Read the full bio

Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is one of the leading happiness researchers in the world and the author of The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy But Does and The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want (published in 21 countries).
Read the full bio

Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is a writer, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on the themes of resilience, authenticity, and self-discovery.
Read the full bio

Sarah Panzau

In the early hours of August 23, 2003, 21-year old Sarah Panzau's life changed forever. She had partied the night away with her friends and, just before dawn, made an irrevocable decision to get into her car and drive home.
Read the full bio

Kim Rosen

Kim Rosen has awakened listeners around the world to the power of the poetry to heal and transform individuals and communities.
Read the full bio

MoniCa Singh

MoniCa Singh is a survivor, a social activist, and a humanitarian. As a 19-year old in India in 2005, she said "no" to a man who proposed marriage to her. Shortly thereafter, a group of men doused her with acid and burned 80% of her body. Her journey to recovery has been long and challenging, but after persistence, tenacity, and 46 surgeries, she has become the face of resilience.
Read the full bio

Maria Sirois

Dr. Maria Sirois is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the intersections of psychology and wellbeing for more than twenty years, focusing on the resilience of the human spirit, life flourishing through positive psychology, and personal transformation.
Read the full bio

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik, Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, is a 21st century civil rights leader. His 2012 essay titled, "White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin" was shared over 190,000 times on Facebook and was credited as one of the catalysts of bringing that story to national attention.
Read the full bio

Alison Wright

Alison Wright's memoir Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival chronicles her amazing story of surviving a devastating accident in remote Laos to achieving the unthinkable: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, resuming her life as an award-winning photojournalist, and using this second chance at life to give back and serve others.
Read the full bio

Sleep

Sara Mednick, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara C. Mednick is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of the book, Take a Nap! Change your Life. Mednick's research investigates how sleep supports brain function and overall health, and discovers ways that thinking, learning, memory, and creativity can be stimulated during sleep, optimizing waking experience.
Read the full bio

Spirituality & Religion Matters

Marc Ian Barasch

Marc Ian Barasch is an award-winning writer, editor, television producer and environmental activist. In his most recent book, The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness, Barasch poses vital questions: What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually "survival of the kindest?" Can we increase our compassion quotient with practice? What can be learned from the study of altruistic personalities? How do empathy and forgiveness produce new strategies for conflict resolution and "social healing?"
Read the full bio

Kim Rosen

Kim Rosen has awakened listeners around the world to the power of the poetry to heal and transform individuals and communities.
Read the full bio

Alison Wright

Alison Wright's memoir Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival chronicles her amazing story of surviving a devastating accident in remote Laos to achieving the unthinkable: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, resuming her life as an award-winning photojournalist, and using this second chance at life to give back and serve others.
Read the full bio

Spoken Word Matters

Kim Rosen

Kim Rosen has awakened listeners around the world to the power of the poetry to heal and transform individuals and communities.
Read the full bio

Youth Matters

Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs is an award-winning human rights activist, journalist, author and the founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology.
Read the full bio

Sarah Panzau

In the early hours of August 23, 2003, 21-year old Sarah Panzau's life changed forever. She had partied the night away with her friends and, just before dawn, made an irrevocable decision to get into her car and drive home.
Read the full bio

Alison Wright

Alison Wright's memoir Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival chronicles her amazing story of surviving a devastating accident in remote Laos to achieving the unthinkable: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, resuming her life as an award-winning photojournalist, and using this second chance at life to give back and serve others.
Read the full bio

Wildlife Matters

Ofir Drori

Ofir Drori is the founder of The Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA), an NGO devoted to conservation and wildlife law enforcement. Drori's memoir The Last Great Ape chronicles his journey to Africa and his development as an indefatigable and courageous activist.
Read the full bio