Kathy and Amy Eldon, co-founders of Creative Visions Foundation, channeled their grief-energy into a foundation that creates awareness of critical issues through creative activism. Today on the EO Podcast, Kathy and Amy discuss how their foundation allows for exponential levels of impact by catalyzing change in a way that only media can. Tune-in to learn how Kathy and Amy, a mother-daughter team, supported each other after Dan’s death, found love, handle their differences, and work together towards a larger creative vision.
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01:10 – Kathy and Amy’s Journey 01:26 – Kathy was a teacher, then mother, then started writing books and telling other people’s stories 01:45 – She’s had an unpredictable life which forced her to be entrepreneurial 2:10 – Now they help others use their entrepreneurship to create important media and art projects to catalyze change 02:44 – Amy’s brother (Kathy’s son) was a war correspondent, activist, and artist who went to Somalia and was killed 04:45 – Parents responded with forgiveness and used the tragedy as a force for good 04:58 – This is how Creative Visions Foundation was born; to help nurture other sparks like Dan 05:13 – They’ve worked with more than 260 projects and productions, with a global reach of over 100 million people 05:38 – The impact of a media company is exponential; it is storytelling to ignite action 06:09 – Investing in media creates a huge impact; it’ll engage people 06:52 – Project examples: The first project 06:54 – Gave a small amount of money to brothels in India to document children in brothels 07:30 – They discovered that they could do more good creating a fiscal sponsorship program for people to create projects and embrace them 07:55 – The Creative Activist Program: Over 260 people that they’ve counseled and guided 08:17 – How do you build something out of a tragedy? 08:38 – Kathy, as a mother, had to channel the energy towards something good 09:10 – She wanted to make a film to share the lives of the young activists like her son, so she already had a mission 09:43 – Taking the energy of grief and pouring it into something else is very constructive 09:53 – This week, Kathy is launching a “Noisy Spirits Club” as part of the sponsorship program 10:12 – She’s met people all over the world who have taken grief and channeled it towards projects for good 10:57 – It can be used to celebrate people, too 11:15 – What does the world need more of? 11:17 – (Amy) Empathy: we need to understand the plight of others and act on it 11:50 – Kathy is concerned that kids aren’t as empathetic as they used to be, but Amy disagrees 12:23 – Kids were involved in foreign news more in the past, the news now doesn’t touch on international news as much 13:20 – “Be Fearless Be Kind” short films that they did for Hasbro 13:27 – Scarlet Lewis, a mother of a boy named Jesse who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, decided to take the approach of empathy, compassion, forgiveness, and love 13:49 – Her curriculum in schools across America brings the spirit of embrace into schools 14:00 – She saw the shooter with awareness of his pain 14:33 – Bullying is more painful for your psyche than any physical damage 14:50 – How can we teach children to be more empathetic? 14:53 – Exposure to different kinds of people who aren’t like us; Amy went to the International School of Kenya where everyone was different 15:26 – Children model their behavior from adults; if adults are mocking/judging, children will too 15:51 – It’s up to us to model loving behavior 16:20 – Kathy is working with Maya Soetoro-Ing who came up with a “Peace Studio” 16:48 – Books and projects coming up 17:15 – Amy felt like she was starting to lose memories of her brother