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Episode summary:

In this episode, you’ll hear practical ideas for helping your children impact the world around them. You’ll also hear the extraordinary story of how the son of Creative Visions founder Kathy Eldon bettered the lives of those around him until his passing in 1993 in Somalia, where he was working as a photojournalist.

Kathy has worked as a teacher, journalist, author and film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States. In 1998 Kathy launched Creative Visions Foundation, inspired by the life of Kathy's son, Dan Eldon – artist and photojournalist- killed at the age of 22 in 1993, while on assignment for Reuters in Somalia. Since 2004, the organization has acted as an incubator, accelerator and agency for more than 360 projects and productions by artists, filmmakers, playwrights and leaders of social movements. Creative Visions, which has impacted more than 100 million people, has been recognized as a United Nations Non-Governmental Organization (NGO.) Kathy is the author of 17 books, including Angel Catcher, Soul Catcher and Love Catcher (Chronicle), a series of popular self-guided journals written with her daughter Amy.  Kathy, editor of a best-selling collection of her son Dan's journals, The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon, has also written popular cookbooks, travel and eating out guides and children's social history books. Harper One published her memoir, In the Heart of Life.

Award winning high school teacher, Jess Burnquist, spent 17 years in classrooms teaching AP Literature, Creative Writing and Honors English. After discovering Rock Your World (RYW), she became a RYW Teacher Ambassador, curriculum writer, and now, Director. Jess has trained hundreds of RYW teachers in association with the Museum of Tolerance and has created curricula for schools, foundations and major organizations like Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. Jess earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and is a recipient of the Joan Frazier Memorial Award for the Arts. She has been honored with a Sylvan Silver Apple Award and is a Freedom Writer Teacher.

Things you'll learn from this episode:

How creative activism can override depression and despair

Free resources for children to help them share their dreams and hope for the world


The power of transforming pain into purpose

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