Getting from “here” to “there” is rarely obvious - or a straight line. But radical imagination is always part of the process.
"What’s Next?" is a series of conversations in which my friend Jimmy Buff and I invited some insightful humans to share their ideas on changes to come and how we might help to create that change. We also talked with folks who shared their wisdom regarding how we got here. This is both a time capsule of moments gathered between 2015 and 2017 and a harbinger (we hope) of change in progress.
Einstein said "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
"What’s Next?” will get you thinking about creating new solutions to some of our current problems.
In October of 2016, NY19 US Congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout was on mile 20 of the campaign marathon when she took a breather to talk with us about Super PACs, the crisis facing local farmers, gender-based perspectives from the electorate, honoring the whole person in education, and approaching our differences with love instead of fear, both in politics and in every day life.
An enthralling hour-long discussion with the brilliant environmentalist filmmaker Josh Fox from March 2016. We touch on corporate exploitation of the natural world, the joy found in movements for change, and a wide range of issues and real dangers that come up related to Josh's film, "How To Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change". SEE THIS FILM! - Pb
A conversation with radical feminist theorist, activist organizer, and Harvard PhD candidate Holly Wood from October 26, 2016. We discuss useless white male patriarchy, the urgent need to shift the power of leadership to nurturing women, and the exploitation of the feminine by corporate America.
Joe Concra & O+ Festival
A conversation from September 2016 featuring Joe Concra, painter, activist, and co-founder of the non-profit organization called O+ (pronounced o-positive, like the blood type). O+ creates opportunities for community members to care for each other including their most well known offering, the annual O+ Festival, now in it's ninth year in Kingston, New York, where artists, health care providers, musicians, and volunteers collaborate in the co-creation of a community festival of art and wellness. All are equal, all are one at O+. This episode also features some interesting introductory conversation with Jimmy, myself, and my wife Jennifer that is still very timely despite being recorded approximately two months BT (before Trump).
A conversation with writer, actor, and storyteller James Lecesne. In addition to numerous creative works which shine a light on the LGBTQ experience, James has also founded The Trevor Project and The Future Perfect Project which create support structures and safe space for LGBTQ youth.
Sarah van Gelder
A conversation with YES! Magazine co-founder and editor-at-large, Sarah Van Gelder.