Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
way of being
What’s meaningful to me is what I like to call way of being. Energy and feelings are my strengths. They’re how I make connections with people. In the way athletes describe being in the zone, there’s a way of being I get into that’s all about meaning and feelings and energy. Everything slows down. Conversations become more in-depth, interactions become more meaningful. When I’m in that zone, in that consciousness throughout the day, I’m having a meaningful day.
Right now we’re living in the middle of a revolution of consciousness. I want to make a contribution to that revolution and to humanity. My mission is to put meaningful energy into the world that helps shape the consciousness of our generation.
Because film is the format closest to how our brains picture things and take in information, I think it’s the art form of the 21st Century. That’s why I studied filmmaking and am working now with film directors. The most important part of the next phase of my career is being able to show different ways of seeing the world to anyone who wants a perspective change. There are people already doing that now. That’s a revolution that I want to be a part of.
Research over the past 30 years has made it clear that the inner mind wants connection and energy. The universe works by connecting. Energy creates connection, connection shapes consciousness, and consciousness shapes my way of being. I make connections and make a contribution to humanity through my work, but also at the level of having a conversation, sending an email, giving someone a hug or a look.
We don’t have to be grandiose or create huge things in order to make a difference. My little sister just had a baby named Stella. As I was looking at her recently I realized I’m so excited to have a conversation with her.
When we make connections, we find that the world is a very small place.
– George Meeker
George has dedicated this piece to his beautiful niece Stella.