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Interview:Leon Logothetis, Netlfix, The Kindness Diaries
Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries.
Leon has visited more than 100 countries and traveled to every continent. As host of the Netflix series, The Kindness Diaries, Leon circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike ‘Kindness One’, giving life-changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers. He recently returned from filming the second season of The Kindness Diaries in which he traveled from Alaska to Argentina circumnavigated the globe ion his vintage yellow VW Beetle, Kindness Two, changing lives one mile at a time. The third season is coming out and watch for his documentary to be released in 2020. https://leonlogothetis.com/
His books, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody: The Kindness Diaries; Live, Love and Explore:Discover The Way Of The Traveler, a Roadmap To The Life You Were Meant To Live published by Readers Digest, are in stores now. His new book, Go Be Kind, was released 3/26/19.
See more of Leon's adventures on FB and Instagram @KindnessGuy and his website: https:/leonlogthetis.com
Interview: Emily McDaid, Common Ground
Emily McDaid is a studnt at Medford High School in Medford, Massachusetts. And, she is a partof the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibiity program there. It was through that program that she became aware that there were whole populations of students who were not meeting and interacting with one another.
Emily saw that the children with disabilities were especially excluded and as a result, the remainder of the students were also missing out interacting with them. That was when she conceived of Common Ground an inclusion project so that no one group of students is ever left out or isolated from all the others. This program has far reaching implications in that it teaches everyone touched by it that all humans are united in their humanity.
Interview: Jennifer Goodrich, CEO, Pivot
Pivot helps youth from 12-24 years old with housing, food, medical needs, job training, social skills and everything which a child needs. Jennifer has expanded their services and has now had several tiny houses built with more on the way. She is constantly expanding and responding to whatever is needed by anyone.
Pivot has also made sure that there are places where a child can learn about Pivot from stores, fire department as well as social services. In other words, she is doing everything to meet the need. There is also a teen board which interacts with the kids in need so there is peer support. She is intent on empowering children, not punishing them for acting out, a response which has had great results. Those in need are accorded respect and support all the way through and several have returned to check in and update Jennifer and the staff.
Interview: Michael H. Ballard,Resiliency For Life
Things that could be tragic often lead us to discoveries that not only change our life but the lives of many others. That's exactly what happened when Michael was diagnosed with cancer not once but three times. In stead of giving up or giving in, he decided he would find a way to not only cope but change his experience. However, it all came to a head when his young daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor and he found a way to change her experience as well. By the way, both Michael and his daughter are just fine.
Rich Trotta had a professor who taught education was much more than academics. That idea stuck with him but he wasn't sure what to do with it until he listened to a tape on a long drive back from DC. It was on emotional intelligence. Rich thought that schools teach cognitive development but not moral or character development. At that moment the two concepts came together and he knew what he wanted to bring to education. Finally, in 2013 it all culminated in the establishing of The Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, bringing together both cognitive education and emotional intelligence and giving students something valuable they can take forward into their lives as adults who contributed to society and the world.
The mission of the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility is to develop responsibie leader/citizens who will
be positive contributers to society and will work to comabat import aosical issues and becomes leaders in our society. Over the past four years, over 1,500 students have particpated in CCSR mini-courses, clubs and activities, and mosst importantly, in communiity projects. At each school there is a CCSR advisor who guides students in the development of Project Based Learning acrivities, individually or in small groups of 2 or 3 students. The students select a project they believe will help others and make the community a better palce to live.
In our interview today have Rich Trotta, founder, Michael Skorker, advisor and several of the students discussing their projects.
.Moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Ferial wondered if a simple act of kindness could change a life. She thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered, what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school?
The idea behind Secret Kindness Agents, which Pearson details in her TEDx Talk and in a book she has written about the program, is both simple and profound: to perform an anonymous act of kindness every day and, thereby, spread kindness throughout the community. Anonymity is a key element of the program, as it shifts the focus from the self to others and thus allows the “agents” of kindness to remove themselves from the equation—in effect, to become selfless, which is the DNA of kindness.
Ferial Pearson, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, is a national award-winning high school teacher and college instructor. For her dedicated work in education and human rights, she has earned the National Education Association’s Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights in 2012, and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network’s Educator of the Year Respect Award in 2011. She is an Instructor and Instructional Coach in the Teacher Education Department at the University of Nebraska Omaha