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  • MODERN EDEN

    MODERN EDEN

    Painter Bradley Platz and his wife Kim Larson, who has a background in jewelry making and sculpture, originally opened Modern Eden in North Beach a couple blocks away from its current Greenwich street location and were told 4 years later that their rent would be doubling. Kim tells me, “We could have given up so easily; it would have been by far the easier decision but we did’t want to see another business, another gallery go under. It diminishes the whole city that we kind of fell in love with and it’s changing but we’re so stubborn to hold on to it.”

  • GRAHAME WHITE

    GRAHAME WHITE

    “The mind, when you look, it’s like the house on fire, but we don’t know how to put out the fire… the cooling waters of mindfulness, it’s like putting a hose on the fire of the mind.” Insight meditation teacher Grahame White sat down with us in Honolulu where he was leading a retreat at the Palolo Zen Center and discussed how he became interested in Buddhism, the practical benefits of mindfulness meditation practice, and what he hopes people gain from his teachings.

  • HIP HOP FOR CHANGE

    HIP HOP FOR CHANGE

    “We get a depiction of young brown and black people in the media that sets us up for failure. Our kids are getting ideals that they can never live up to instead of having an accessible form of expression that they can use to find out who they are… these cultural forms of expression are so necessary for us to have for ourselves as a community that it is a travesty to say the least what these corporations have done with the platform for our culture. So that’s what Hip Hop For Change is bringing back.”

  • REID ‘SEX GEEK’ MIHALKO

    REID ‘SEX GEEK’ MIHALKO

    “In a culture where we were taught ‘never talk about this,’ your ability to talk about your own wants, needs and desires, especially around sex, that’s like a revolutionary act… exercising those kinds of muscles makes you stronger in every other area of your life.” Sex educator and Cuddle Party co-creator Reid Mihalko shares the early inspiration for his career, his role in helping further the sex positive movement, and his philosophy about life, love and relationships.

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  • INSPIRATION CAMPAIGN

    INSPIRATION CAMPAIGN

    “What I love about inspiration campaign is it’s reminding me that we’re in this together, and I am enough.” This was Inspiration Campaign’s 3rd year at the conference inspiring attendees to share their messages with the world and to participate in creating people-powered mass media as gifts to human consciousness.