5 Results: democracy
GEORGIA KELLY is founder and director of Praxis Peace Institute. She has produced conferences on peace-building in Dubrovnik (2000 and 2002) and on democracy in California (2004 and 2005), teaches conflict resolution, and is also a harpist, composer, and recording artist.
Martha Lyddon is a private investor, co-founder of the Children's International Peace Prize, and President of the Seven Springs Foundation. She is interested in enviromental and feminist issues as well as television as an interactive tool for democracy.
Byron Belitsos is an author, editor, journalist, and book publisher as well as an experienced political activist. Currently he is the CEO of Origin Press, a publisher of trade book titles on spirituality, politics, and esoterica based in Northern California. Origin's world-renowned authors include Peter Russell, Charles Tart, Timothy Wyllie, Ralph Metzner, Phillip Krapf, and Jim Marrs.
Belitsos has extensively studied world history and world religions, as well as political theory and philosophy. In addition he has had a long entrepreneurial career, having started a number of businesses, including a highly successful software company.
Byron has been politically active since 1969 in a variety of venues and contexts. His involvement with the world democracy movement started in 1986 when he joined the World Federalist Association; he is now a board member of one of its successor organizations, the Democratic World Federalists. In 1988 Belitsos wrote, directed, and produced the acclaimed educational film, Toward a Governed World (1988) and has just completed an updated new edition, a 90-minute DVD entitled Toward a Well-Governed World (Origin Press: August, 2005). In addition, he is the coauthor and publisher of One World Democracy: A Progressive Vision for Enforceable Global Law (Origin Press: September, 2005).
Belitsos founded Origin Press in 1996 in San Rafael, California. He is also its principal funder and stockholder, and is the publisher of its two imprints, Wisdom Editions and Celestia. Origin's eighteen titles have so far been recipients of three national prizes.
Belitsos was also an inaugural member of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute, in its business branch. In this connection, Byron launched in 2001 the website ikosmos.com, known as the Portal for Cultural Creativity. This pioneering website has comprehensively covered the key ideas and books of the integral movement.
Van Jones is the founder and National Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC). Headquartered in Oakland, CA, EBC is a national organization that challenges human rights abuses in the U.S. criminal justice system. Born in rural west Tennessee in 1968, Van is a 1990 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and a 1993 graduate of the Yale Law School. Van is a steadfast opponent of policies that result in the over-imprisonment and unlawful abuse of marginalized peoples in the United States. He is helping to lead a national fight for alternatives to the U.S. incarceration industry. In 2008, HarperCollins published Van's first book, the New York Times best-seller The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems .
Human Rights Crusader Van has been a pioneer in challenging police abuse, as well as the over-incarceration of young people. He helped to found the Ella Baker Center to anchor multiple efforts to challenge the criminalization, incarceration and abuse of low-income people and people of color. His efforts have won him widespread local, national and international recognition. His awards and honors include:
- Global Leader for Tomorrow, 2002
- Ashoka Fellowship, 2000-03
- Kerry Kennedy Cuomo "Human Rights Defender," 2000.
- Reebok International Human Rights Award, 1998 Rockefeller Foundation ‘Next Generation Leadership’
Social Entrepreneur Van brings an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial drive to his social change work. He has also recognized that breaking the incarceration industry's stranglehold on public debate and policy requires greater partnership between human rights activists and the progressive business community. Under Van's leadership, the Ella Baker Center has begun to pioneer new methods of promoting the human rights agenda. EBC is incubating a record label, Freedom Fighter Music. Freedom Fighter Music harnesses urban music and youth culture to tackle human rights issues. EBC has also formed a partnership with two urban media companies, New World Culture and Mindzeye Entertainment, to promote EBC's human rights message. Van has also worked diligently to build bridges between socially responsible business leaders and human rights activists. These efforts led him in 1999 to join the Social Venture Network, a powerful consortium of progressive business leaders. In 2001, Van was elected to serve as an SVN board member. He is also a non-profit member of the Full Circle Fund, a group of young Silicon Valley philanthropists.
Media Activist Van has an extensive background in media and communications. He has worked as a professional journalist, independent publisher, cartoonist, columnist and a national spokesperson. Van has also served as a leading board member for two progressive media organizations. Before entering law school, Van worked as an intern at the Jackson Sun (Tennessee), the Shreveport Times (Louisiana) and the Associated Press (Nashville bureau). He also helped to launch and spearhead a number of independent, campus-based publishing efforts. These enterprises included the Fourteenth Circle (University of Tennessee), the Periscope (Vanderbilt University), the New Alliance Project (state-wide in Tennessee), and the Third Eye (Nashville's African-American community). As a national spokesperson for the Ella Baker Center, Van is a regular guest on KPFA, the Bay Area's Pacifica network radio station. He has also appeared as a guest on CNN, BET (Black Entertainment Television), National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio's "Democracy Now" and many other radio and television programs.
5 Results: democracy