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
In 2001, nearing the end of my first pregnancy I weighed 82 pounds because of a condition caused by a hormone released by the baby. So we began learning about the needs of our son. If I didn’t act on an insight I had in the morning, we’d be off to the emergency room that night. It became very clear that our son Mahal was looking out for our family, just like we were. He physically told us to leave Los Angeles, practice yoga, and become vegetarian … or die.
It was the same the next time, when baby Lake lead us to a farm-style diet and an uplifted, like-minded community. Post-partum depression came when I knew a third child wanted to come through and I felt I couldn’t survive it. I secretly prayed to wake up four months pregnant and healthy, and I did! Kai is three now.
Throughout those times, it was learning that kept all of us alive.
Unschoolers don’t have a database showing how things should be done and what is and isn’t feasible – only an experiential understanding that everything is a learning curve. That’s a privilege.
My husband grew up with icons, so his arc of faith – what he believes is possible in finances and accomplishment – is ridiculously awesome. He lives at his creative edge. We all have that privilege, the privilege of finding masters, claiming them as our mentors, and accepting them deeply into our subconscious as vibrant possibilities.
Folks at the top of their creative and financial games, wanting their gifts to spill out in meaningful ways, often experience guilt – they wonder how to make the biggest impact and how to live with privilege.
If we show up in life as if we’re coming to a board-room table with preconceived ideas about what’s valuable and what’s not, we miss the opportunities of competition – partnership with a respected opponent toward a joint goal.
Once people see that healthy communities allow us to be both big and small, part of a grander picture, then being a conscious creative visionary becomes the gravity that pulls them out of their inherited conversations and onto their innate paths of joy and learning.
When we live with the questions of community and share our findings, others jump to join the conversation. Elders, students, and collaborators blend together as our dialogue creates a movement, propelling us through our individual legacies as our initiatives build themselves.
Sustainability returns when we remember that the most valuable community commodity is the well-being of our community landscapes.
– Maya Corinne