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Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

As colleagues from different generations (x/millennial), we’ve been leading talks and workshops sharing our insights about working across generations – what we call “cogeneration.” As we plan, we’re usually texting furiously, sharing ideas and reflections. So we...

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

I was thrilled when I heard about the new book, Why Aren’t We Doing This! Collaborating with Minors in Major Ways, written by Denise Webb, age 20, and Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, age 73, (both pictured above) and published by Youth Infusion, a clearinghouse co-founded by...

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Sunday’s show featured three big moments reminding us that music can be a bridge not only across race, culture, and genre, but also age. Tracy Chapman & Luke Combs. Much attention, rightfully, has gone to the duet between Tracy Chapman, who turns 60 next month,...

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Kathy Eldon

Creative Visions Foundation
Purpose Prize Fellow 2008

Supporting “creative activists” who use media to transform the world around them.

Kathy Eldon’s work was born out of loss. Her son, Dan, a photojournalist on assignment in Somalia, was stoned to death by an angry mob in 1993. He was just 22. As a teenager, Dan had helped support a Masai family and led a group of international teens to deliver funds for wells for Malawi refugees. After his death, Kathy Eldon, a journalist and film producer, published Dan’s personal journals in the book, The Journey Is the Destination, to show the “power of one.” Eldon saw that film and other media could foster social change. To honor her son’s memory, Eldon launched Creative Visions Foundation in 1998. It funds and supports “creative activists” who use media and the arts to draw attention to humanitarian, social and environmental issues and inspire positive change. The foundation has helped launch and support more than 40 projects and productions, including Video Volunteers, now the largest producer of community videos in India; The Name Campaign, which uses media to draw attention to the plight of child soldiers in Uganda, and the multi-award winning Abduction, a film about Japanese youth kidnapped into North Korea. “One of the largest challenges facing America is a growing population that is unaware of what’s going on in the world and – worse yet – is apathetic about the issues. We believe that if informed, Americans would wish to become involved in creating positive change.”