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
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a creative outlet. In high school, I was into design and programming, and then in college I kind of transitioned to video. Then at some point I picked up songwriting. I’ve always been very passionate about working with ideas, which I’ve built my career on. One of the greatest things I can think of is presenting important topics to an audience in a way that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that hopefully leads the audience to a greater vision of life – a vision of what’s possible that they might not have had before.
Taking an abstract idea and making it reality is also incredibly meaningful to me. I integrate the creative process into my own life by constantly giving myself creative challenges. When there’s something I want to do but have no idea how to do it or how to manifest it, I’ve been known to spend however long it takes until I’ve gotten it right. I kind of just point myself in that direction and begin walking. My music is a perfect example of that.
I’m chronically curious. I call myself a Wonderjunkie because I’m just as passionate about music and art as I am about science. One topic that really interests me is the subtle advance that happens between science and spirituality. I’m hardcore science-minded, but find it fascinating to see science catching up with so many things people have been talking about in their traditions and spiritual practices for eons. For example, people have always had transcendent experiences with music, and I consider that one of life’s greatest gifts. I recently stumbled upon a scientific explanation for the chills we sometimes get during those peak moments – I love that.
Life is short, but we have an infinite spectrum of tools at our disposal and they’re only getting broader and more powerful what with the democratizing of technology and information. I believe we should go forth in life unapologetically curious, with a sense of creative entitlement, and see the wonder in everything we do. And be kind. That’s the way to live.
– Max Lugavere