Earth Day Replays

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The New Storytellers

Transforming Human Society

Making the Story Real

Artists as Messengers
Recorded on Apr 22, 2014
With Gary Malkin: Award Winning Composer of Music for Health and Wellness & Josh Tickell: Author, Filmmaker & Ashara Ekundayo: Chief Creative Officer at Impact Hub Oakland
Hosted by Gary Malkin

Art must now transcend it’s role as entertainment and transmit the message and inspiration for the great awakening, just as it did in the 60’s revolution.

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Gary Malkin is passionate about the sharing the healing role that music and the arts can play in humanizing society’s institutions such as healthcare, religion, education, and corporate cultures.  Founder of the life-enhancing media company, Wisdom of the World, he consistently inflames the hearts and minds of his audiences around the globe through his media projects, keynote presentations, workshops and performances. 

Gary is an award-winning composer, producer, performer and public speaker who has received multiple Emmy, ASCAP, and CLIO awards acknowledging his work in film and television over the last three decades. He has served as the Artistic Director for the Quest for Global Healing Conferences(featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other Nobel Laureates).  Gary has created the music for thePachamama Alliance’s global educational phenomenon, the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, and most recently, the music for the groundbreaking feature documentary, Thrive: What on Earth Will It Take? Acclaimed by key figures in the world of healthcare and education, he has presented to numerous conferences internationally, including Harvard’s Conferences on Spirituality and Health, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Institute for Noetic Sciences, Scripps Clinic, Institute for Functional Medicine, and a presentation on the healing power of music on the stage of the Great Hall of China. Graceful Passages, his internationally acclaimed CD/Book, (co-created with Michael Stillwater) has touched over half a million lives, awakening people to preciousness of life.

The author of two books on alternative energy, Josh Tickell has worked on environmental issues for over twenty years. His career spans a unique mixture of science, political activism, investigative journalism and filmmaking. Having grown up amongst the oil refineries in Louisiana, Tickell experienced the impacts of dirty oil processing at a young age. After watching his mother suffer from pollution related sickness, Tickell began to search for sustainable, clean energy sources. His directorial debut film, FUEL is the 2008 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary that investigates the possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. For his rescue mission in the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane in Louisiana, Tickell’s nonprofit organization was selected by President Bill Clinton as an inaugural part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change. As a film director he has worked with actors such as Woody Harrelson, Amy Smart, Michelle Rodriguez and Peter Fonda.

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.