Heaven and Heal

One may surmise from the video that heaven and hell are on Earth, and its really about how we choose to see our lives. We can choose to see hell and experience the accompanying torment. Or we can choose to see heaven and heal. This reminds of me of David Foster Wallace’s “This is Water” commencement speech. It also reminds …

Firenze’s Light: Encouraging Compassion and Empathy

Jessica Collaco is raising funds for her children’s book about a firefly who must choose whether to hide her light or let it shine for the world to see. Please visit http://kck.st/XJI24G to learn more about this project and co-create it with her. Rewards for your pledges include first-edition copies of the book, prints of original illustrations, school visits and …

Free Infographic: The Repercussions of Growing Up on Screens

Instead of playing hopscotch on sidewalks, riding their bikes through the neighborhood, exploring creeks and finding little critters, most kids these days stay indoors, glued to their screens. Our free infographic presents research on media use and repercussions including the following. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation research report Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds, total screen …

Heal Our World Heal Ourselves Launch

This Earth Day 2013, Imagination Heals, BALANCE, and allies are launching the ”Heal Our World <–> Heal Ourselves” campaign  with an exciting urban dance video. There’s over 50 organizations onboard, as well as numerous celebrities and influencers taking a stand for uplifting children’s entertainment. Please share this video to raise awareness of the campaign – let’s go SPIRAL for the kids!!! The campaign’s …

Pacha’s Pajamas nominated for Best Children’s Music Album

Children’s Pop Musical Pacha’s Pajamas of Oakland,CA joins more than 300 exceptional self-released and independent label artists, as well as former major label acts named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) as Nominees in The 12th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans. Pacha’s Pajamas is nominated among an eclectic mix of established artists and artists on the rise including Ben Kweller, Band Of …

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez on Oneness and Youth Activism

March 23, 2013 Conversation between Steve Farrell of Humanity’s Team and 12 year old environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez of Earth Guardians. Xiuhtezcatl is a spokesperson for the Heal Our World <–> Heal Ourselves campaign. Streaming Audio or Download Steve Farrell: I would now like to introduce our special guest this morning. He is twelve years old, and he’s an indigenous environmental activist. He …

YouthTube Trends: Forward Reversed

So I am trolling on Youtube Trends this evening as I do regularly, and I notice that the hottest video at 4PM today is Forward, a cool reverse-motion video shot in Israel. Now I love reverse motion, when done right. I love it. My immediate thought is that our next video could be reverse-motion. I am thinking kids and puppies …

Zimbardo on the Precursors to Evil and Ordinary Heroes

When I was at Stanford University, I took an introductory to Psychology course with Dr. Phil Zimbardo and I loved it. Don’t remember the grade but I do remember being fascinated. The other day, our music supervisor sent me an article Journeying From Evil to Heroism about Zimbardo’s TED talk about the Lucifer Effect. In the talk, Zimbardo speaks about the social …

My Gratitude Pick-Me Up is Michael Beckwith

The Sunday after the Imagination Heals Launch party, I had the pleasure of seeing Michael Beckwith in glorious action! That morning, I had been thinking that I might get on the road right after I had breakfast with Per Wickstrom, CEO of A Forever Recovery, the company that put Imagination Heals on the map with a celebrity-studded gala launch event …

Spotlight on Baba Brinkman

Baba Brinkman is an unlikely and unique success story in the world of rap. Born in the remote community of Riondel, British Columbia, Brinkman spent his early summers in remote tree planting camps, ultimately planting more than one million. In his Masters thesis at Victoria University, Baba presented rap music as the latest expression in oral storytelling. Despite differences between …