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TEDxCalgary - Paul Loeb - Finding the Courage to Fight Climate Change

Paul Loeb has spent thirty-five years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment--asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others abstain. He's the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time, which St Martin's recently released in a wholly updated new edition after 100,000 copies in print, and is already in its fourth printing). He's also the author of The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear (Basic Books, 2004), named the #3 political book of fall 2004 by the History Channel and American Book Association, and winner of the Nautilus Award for best social change book, Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy & Action on the American Campus, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. An Affiliate Scholar at Seattle's Center for Ethical Leadership, he's written for the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Psychology Today, Mother Jones, The Nation, Redbook, the International Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor, been interviewed on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, NBC news, CBC, the BBC, and NPR, and lectured at 400 colleges throughout the country and numerous national and international conferences. His 2002 talk to the American Association of State Colleges & Universities helped inspire that association's 200-campus American Democracy Project. In 2008 he created and ran Campus Compact's Campus Election Engagement Project, which helped colleges and universities in 15 states engage their students in the election, and participated in the Department of Education's 2011 roundtable on civic engagement in higher education. Alice Walker writes, "The voices Loeb finds demonstrate that courage can be another name for love." "I stayed up half the night reading Soul of a Citizen, finding it a beautiful and morally transcendent work. Paul Loeb is a personal hero of mine who gives decency and generosity a political character, in the humblest of ways. The new edition is magnificent," writes Jonathan Kozol. Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller concludes "Paul Loeb brings hope for a better world in a time when we so urgently need it." The late Susan Sontag called Loeb "A national treasure." Bill Mckibben comments "Soul has been a powerful inspiration to citizens acting for environmental sanity, showing how they can take committed stands, even if they don't know every last answer. The new edition is even more inspirational." And Bill Moyers writes, of The Impossible Will Take a Little While, "This book can even make one hopeful about the future despite so many signs to the contrary." See About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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