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Video: What Gives Me Hope?
Recorded on Apr 22, 2014
With Majora Carter: Co-founder of Green for All, Founder of Sustainable South Bronx and the Majora Carter Group & Frances Moore Lappe: Author, Co-founder of Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and Small Planet Institute & Bill McKibben: Author, Environmentalist, Co-founder of 350.org & Ashara Ekundayo: Chief Creative Officer at Impact Hub Oakland & Randy Hayes: Ecological Advocate, Executive Director at Foundation Earth & Michael Brune: Executive Director of the Sierra Club & John Robbins: Best Selling Author, Sought After Speaker, Advocate for a Healthy Life
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Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems. After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty. Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.  Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first 6 videos to launch their groundbreaking website. Majora is a Board Member of the US Green Building Council, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Majora embodies the American Dream. She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally.  Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of eighteen books, including the just-released EcoMind, Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want (Nation Books, in paperback on Earth Day 2013) and the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and education helping to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. The two Lappé’s are also cofounders of the Small Planet Fund, channeling resources to democratic social movements worldwide. Lappé is recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates, as well as the Right Livelihood Award, often called the “Alternative Nobel,” and the James Beard Foundation’s “Humanitarian of the Year” award.

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities.

Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist." A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.

Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural worker and connector of the urban landscape and has served as catalyst, curator, educator, and producer for more than 23 years. Considered a thought-leader and strategic executor, she honed her business skills in the non-profit sector and is often found moderating or presenting in forums exploring the intersections of sustainable design, money, and meaning. As a consultant she works with organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management.

A Certified Permaculture Designer, serial social entrepreneur, and lifetime activist committed to social justice, Ashara has supported individuals and companies in the redesign of their brand and marketing strategies utilizing a myriad of tools and practices. Selected by the Ashoka Foundation as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy," Ashara works as a sustainability mentor by designing innovative curriculum and programing to support transformative healing in communities around the world. 

Ashara is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland, an innovation collaboratory & co-working space for social entrepreneurs engaged in building a just society through business development. She is also the Curator for Omi Gallery, a visual and sound arts venue featuring one-person exhibitions and performances.

Randy Hayes has been described in the Wall Street Journal as “an environmental pit bull.” He is Executive Director at Foundation Earth, a new organization rethinking a human order that works within the planet’s life support systems. As a former filmmaker and Rainforest Action Network founder, he is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples. He served seven years as President of The City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment, and as Director of Sustainability in the office of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown (now governor). As a wilderness lover, Hayes has explored the High Sierras, the Canadian Rockies and the rainforests of the Amazon, Central America, Congo, Southeast Asia, Borneo, and Australia. He is a special advisor to the World Future Council. He is a special advisor to the World Future Council. Randy Hayes is a hero and a visionary -- a radical messenger with the mentality of a Madison Avenue ad executive who is selling just one thing, saving the world before it is too late. - Adam Werbach, Former President of the Sierra Club.

Michael Brune holds degrees in economics and finance from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and came to the Sierra Club from the Rainforest Action Network, where he served seven years as Executive Director. Under Mr. Brune’s leadership, Rainforest Action Network won more than a dozen key environmental commitments from America’s largest corporations, including Bank of America, Boise, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Home Depot, Kinko’s, and Lowe’s. During his nearly three years as the Sierra Club’s Executive Director, the organization has grown to more than two million supporters, and its Beyond Coal campaign has been recognized as one of the most effective in environmental history. His critically acclaimed book Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal (2010), details a plan for a new green economy that will create well-paying jobs, promote environmental justice, and bolster national security. He and his wife, Mary, attribute their ongoing passion for environmental activism in part to concern that their children inherit a healthy world.

John Robbins is the author of seven bestsellers that have collectively sold more than 3 million copies and been translated into 26 languages.  His books include The Food Revolution, and the classic Diet For A New America.  Currently, he is also one of the most popular bloggers on the Huffington Post. The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, John Robbins was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to "pursue the deeper American Dream...the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms." 

As an advocate for a compassionate and healthy way of life, John is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and Green America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His work has been the subject of feature articles in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Life, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, US News & World Report, Newsweek, and many of the nation's other major newspapers and magazines.

His life and work have also been featured in an award-winning hour long PBS special titled Diet For A New AmericaJohn has been a keynote speaker at major conferences sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, Beyond War, Oxfam, the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the United Nations Environmental Program, UNICEF, and many other organizations dedicated to the creation of an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on this planet. He is Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of EarthSave International, and Co-Founder with his son Ocean of the 85,000 member Food Revolution Network.