Essential Shifts Interview: Van Jones

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Essential Shifts Interview: Van Jones

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Van shares intimately about his formative years and his journey into becoming a social activist, as well as the story of Ella Baker, the "secret godmother" of the civil rights movement and mentor to Dr. King. Van advocates a "third way" between Islamic and corporate fundamentalisms and towards a vibrant, global pro-democracy movement that supports "green-collar jobs." Ultimately, he believes that the 21st century will be judged on its ability to rise to the challenges of radical social inequality and radical environmental destruction. Doing so will require great heart, a blend of inner growth and outer action, and an ability to heal the wounds of the past with loving presence. We cannot simply "om our way out" but spiritual practice and prayer prove to be essential ingredients in real social change. Finally, Van believes that today’s leaders need to become great listeners to help in the healing rather than simply great speakers, as the 20th century often favored.

Publication Date
Publication Date: 
8/31/2006
Length
Length: 
0:32:29
Topics
Topics: 
Community & Society
Health & Healing
Meditation
Transformation
Transformative Practices
Keywords
Keywords: 
green
activism
rights