Marc Ian Barasch
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Marc Ian Barasch interviewed
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Internationally known thought-leader, Marc Ian Barasch was most recently seen in "I Am," a film by inspired by his writings on compassion. It played in 70 theaters around the country and on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and co-starred luminaries like Nobel Prize-winner Reverend Desmond Tutu, biologist David Suzuki, and poet Coleman Barks.
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?" Desmond Tutu calls the book "balanced, persuasive, and long overdue. It ought to be a compulsory read for all."
Barasch is a man who walks his talk. In 2006, Barasch he founded the Green World Campaign, a nonprofit whose stated mission is "green compassion." The organization has mobilized people in six countries to plant trees to restore the ecology and economy of some of the world's poorest places. Currently focused in Kenya and Burundi, it has 25 Green World Schools programs, is restoring an entire forest in the central highlands, pioneering holistic models of land regeneration and community renewal. He and his team won an 2011 International Green Award in London for "Text TREE," a dazzling display on a dozen screens in New York's Time Square on Earth Day. Other innovative media initiatives to engage the global public to "ReGreen the World" include the Green World Children's Choir (with collaborator Alan Menken, the multiple Grammy and Oscar-winning composer of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid"). The GWC's approach restores indigenous ecology, rural economy and culture, arable land, biodiversity, aquifers, and the climate. Its strategy includes sustainable enterprises that regenerate land while generating profits.
Barasch's previous books have attracted an international audience for their award-winning literary approach to holistic themes. His book Healing Dreams (Riverhead, PenguinPutnam, 2000), was hailed by the Washington Post as "lucid...courageous...trailblazing." It won the Nautilus Award for Best Psychology Title 2001. His previous book, Remarkable Recovery (Riverhead/Putnam, 1995, with Caryle Hirshberg), a study of spontaneous remission, was a national bestseller and a Literary Guild Main Selection. It was translated into a dozen languages, was the subject of a full-length feature in Newsweek, and continues to be used in medical schools, hospitals, and healing centers worldwide.
Barasch is also the author of the award-winning classic, The Healing Path (PenguinPutnam), about which Dr. Larry Dossey has written, "If you read one book about the mind-body connection, make it this one. It is a beacon of science, spirituality, and sanity."
In the television field, Marc was the writer and co-producer of the Emmy-nominated "One Child, One Voice" an international TV special for the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), which aired in 150 countries.
Barasch was educated at Yale University and has taught at Naropa University, where he was one of the founders of the M.A. psychology program. As a hobby, he plays and records with the "lit-rock" band The Rock Bottom Remainders (Stephen King, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, et. al.). Interview magazine once called him "one of today's coolest grown-ups." He is a member of the National Arts Club and the recipient of many awards and honors.
Barasch has received media exposure through the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, People, O, Reader's Digest, Good Morning America, NBC Dateline, National Public Radio, Psychology Today, Utne Reader, Tikkun, Science of Mind, Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle.
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