Monday, August 31, 2009

Getting to Know our Revolutionary Thinkers

Ready to be inspired? Meet our Revolutionary Thinkers, some fascinating people who will inspire you to think big!

He feeds thousands of people from two acres of inner-city land in Milwaukee. How does he do it?

Will Allen is a pioneer in the urban farming movement and the founder of Growing Power. His programs transform the lives of low-income families by working to provide high-quality, healthy and affordable food for all residents in the community. Allen cites a simple but life-changing goal: to grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community.

Allen was recently featured in The New York Times magazine – read the article here.

This 32-year-old woman has generated nearly 100 million dollars for worldwide micro-lending. Want to learn more?
Jessica Jackley is a founder of, a non-profit microfinancing website that lets you lend as little as $25 to a specific third-world entrepreneur, empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty. She is revolutionizing personal giving and inspiring a new generation of philanthropists through technology.

Learn more by checking out here.

A brilliant futurist believes genetic sciences will radically change your life in the next 20 years.

Are you ready for it?

Juan Enriquez is one of the foremost authorities on genomics and the life sciences. He focuses on the ways in which scientific advances will impact business, technology, politics, and society.

Watch Enriquez’s TedTalk, one of the ten most popular on the site, here.

This renowned sociologist is changing the way we think about possibilities after age 50. Want to know more?

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is one of the nation’s leading educators and a Harvard Professor, whose most recent book, The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years after 50, envisions a cultural shift in our attitudes toward youth and age.

Check out Lawrence-Lightfoot being interviewed by Bill Moyers on PBS here.

Full panelist bios and additional links will soon be available on our website. Stay tuned!

Revolutionary Thinkers
takes place on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 8PM at The Bushnell in Hartford.

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