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Artful Change

"Promoting Environmentalism Through The Arts"

San Francisco, CA, USA
male, age 45
Speaks: English
Joined Jun 16, 2009
What I Want to Do: create positive change
Activities: Art, Music, Environmentalism

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Groups Art 2 Art, Defenders of Wildlife, Earth Day, Greenpeace, Project Conservation, Rainforest Action, WWF - World Wildlife Fund
Hometown San Francisco, CA 
Birthday Aug 16, 1973  
Languages English  
About Me involved, educated, engaged, active
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Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions None and All  
Eating Habits organic, seasonal, healthy, local, fair trade, vegetarian, vegan  
Wild Fact About Me You may well ask: "Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?" You are quite right in calling, for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.

The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. I therefore concur with you in your call for negotiation. Too long has our beloved Southland been bogged down in a tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
My Philosophy Artfulchange is a collaboration of artists and environmentalists. We seek to construct thoughtful alliances in hopes of solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems. We utilize the arts as a catalyst for social change. Our aim is to provide opportunities to everyone to incorporate activism into their lives in the framework we have constructed.
What Gives Me Hope non-violent direct action, power of communities, others who work tirelessly for the environment
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by create a sustainable lifestyle for both the earth and its people.
What/who changed my life and why Desmond Tutu because of this:
"It almost seems as if human existence is just meaningless gibberish. As someone has said ‘a tale full of sound and fury signifying nothing.’ But is that in fact the whole picture? Haven’t we in our time seen the Berlin Wall collapse? Have we not in our time seen the shackles that bound people for so long–as in South Africa–fall from their wrists and ankles? And for that incredible day, when almost all of the world sat watching, that remarkable spectacle, of an old man emerging from prison and didn’t that somehow make you feel exhilarated? Feel good that you were human. Haven’t we seen a small, little woman dispense compassion and caring and love for derelicts in Calcutta? And really get to feel good that we human beings can in fact become so unselfish? Haven’t we? Haven’t we seen all of those extraordinary things?"

"Why are you appalled when something awful happens? When you see children starving? Why? Why are you appalled when you see long lines of refugees running from this or that, fleeing from oppression or some other disaster? Why? Well, it is because you and I acknowledge that that is not the norm. That evil is not the norm. Injustice is not the norm. Poverty is not the norm. War is not the norm. It is one of the most almost incontrovertible pieces of evidence… that those are the aberrations. The norm…the norm…the norm is goodness. The norm is compassion. The norm is gentleness.
Because that is what you and I are made for. Isn’t that fantastic? That you and I are created for goodness."
What Bugs Me pollution, wildlife devastation, habitat loss, environmental degradation  
Passions environmental education, environmental justice, art, music, environmentalism  
Inspirations martin luther king jr, desmond tutu  
What Scares Me loss of arctic ice, extiniction, extreme weather conditions  
Role Models Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh, Van Jones, James Hansen NASA  
Quotation "The most important precept of all is to live in awareness, to know what is going on. To know what is going on, not only here, but there.

Every day we do things, we are things, that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our lifestyle, our way of consuming, of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment we are alive, the present moment. When we pick up the Sunday newspaper, for instance, we may be aware that it is a very heavy edition, maybe three or four pounds. To print such a paper, a whole forest may be needed. When we pick up the paper, we should be aware. If we are very aware, we can do something to change the course of things.”
-Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
Interests art, music, anything environmentally sound  
Books deepak chopra, michael pollan, thich nhat hanh, henry david thoreau, van jones, alan weisman  
Music Stevie Ray Vaughn, jimi hendrix, ben harper, Chris Witley, jeff buckley, The Doors, Led Zeppelin  
Movies the inconvienent truth, Food Inc  
TV Shows planet green  
Favorite Foods vegetarian, vegan, healthy, organic  
Favorite Places san francisco  
Can't Live Without clean water, animals, art, music, nature  
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