Rick Hanson — The Neuroscience of Good and Bad News

Dr. Rick Hanson is a psychologist and New York Times best-selling author who creatively works at the intersection of three circles: psychology, neuroscience and the contemplative wisdom that has been established around the world.

His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR and has focused on helping people turn everyday experiences into a powerful sense of lasting well-being. In this conversation, he speaks to the empowerment that comes with using our inner resources for hardwiring happiness in relationship with pain.

Kristi Karrenbrock
Yonathan Moya — Humanizing the Mexico/U.S. Border

Yonathan Moya is a photographer responsible for the creation of a project, Border Perspective, that took him on a 9-day photographic journey along the U.S. & Mexico border. As he took part in different dialogues and sought to tell truthful stories of those he encountered at the border, he gained a fuller understanding of a place he called home.

Through his photography and international work, he wants to challenge others to see the world around them differently and go beyond their current worldview, into a new understanding of who they are and how they can positively, contribute to our society.

Kristi Karrenbrock
Stephen Kenn — Objects as a Gateway to Connection

Stephen Kenn operates a Los Angeles based design studio focused on furniture and leather goods. Driven by curiosity, Stephen takes a thoughtful and optimistic approach to his work, believing there is always a way to make things simpler. He begins all design projects by seeking out materials that will last a lifetime and experimenting with new processes. In this conversation, Branden and Stephen discuss the idea of seeing objects as an opportunity for story.

Kristi Karrenbrock
Ahmed Badr — Challenging the Refugee Narrative

When Ahmed Badr was 8 years old, his family's home in Baghdad was bombed. He and his family became refugees and moved to Syria. After living in Syria for two years, they applied for a UN Refugee resettlement program and were placed in the United States. Ahmed is the founder of Narratio, a platform for creative expression that seeks to create empathy and alleviate childhood illiteracy by empowering youth through the publishing of poetry, photography, art and narrative. 

Kristi Karrenbrock
Ken Wytsma — Exposing the Myth of Equality

Ken Wytsma is is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur. He is the author of The Myth of Equality, Pursuing Justice and The Grand Paradox and president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is also the founder of The Justice Conference, an annual international conference that introduces men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations on racial inequality and social justice.

Kristi Karrenbrock
Sara Li — Raising Your Voice to Start a Movement

Sara Li is the founder and director of Project Consent, an international nonprofit campaign that aims to combat sexual assault and rape culture by raising awareness about the importance of consent. She founded Project Consent in high school and is now seeking to maintain a sense of normalcy while running a fast-paced and influential organization while in college.

Branden Harvey
Jeremy Courtney — Unmaking Violence with Preemptive Love

Jeremy Courtney is cofounder and executive director of the Preemptive Love Coalition, an international development organization based in Iraq that brings relief to families fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, helps refugees rebuild their lives, and provides lifesaving medical care for children in conflict zones.

Branden Harvey