Jordan Thierry is a documentary filmmaker, activist, and storyteller. He has worked for over a decade to highlight the stories of people of color and working to undo the ongoing legacy of systemic racism in the U.S.A.
Nakita is an art director, designer, and illustrator. Simply put, she’s someone who draws words for a living. She’s a lifelong learner who explores creativity professionally in the advertising industry, and personally through building and supporting mentorship opportunities for Creatives from untraditional backgrounds.
Jamie Letourneau makes illustrations as an extension of herself to help humans navigate and share ideas and emotions. She can also be found slinging sentimental paper goods under her company: Meander Ink, biking around Portland, Oregon, and waving at all of the dogs.
Caverly Morgan is the founder of Presence Collective and Peace in Schools, a nonprofit that specializes in teaching mindfulness to teens and teachers alike. She has been practicing mindfulness since 1995 and created the first for credit mindfulness course in public high schools. As an artist and educator, Caverly brings insight, passion, and humor to her transformative work with students. As a teacher and public speaker, she shares the vision of liberation for all with the world at large.
Elizabeth Tom is a high schooler who enjoys basketball, swimming, softball, and most of all horseback riding. She dreams of one day becoming an Equine Veterinarian. A hope of hers is to see people simply love people. Everyday she is excited to see how God works in her life.
Next Up is a non-profit organization in Oregon. It’s the next generation doing democracy right—mobilizing and uplifting young voters and their voices to envision resilient and joyful communities by building an inclusive democracy of collaboration, innovation, justice, and authenticity. Contributions to this book made by: Amanda Squiemphen-Yazzie, Devin Ruiz, Amira Tripp Folsom, Izzy Dacones-Rowland, Isabela Villarreal, and Samantha Gladu.
Kileah is a writer, musician, knitter, and lover of all things Middle Earth. She and her husband raise hobbits and chickens in the verdant wilds of Washington State.
Sara and Stewart Scott-Curran are a wife and husband super team with the coolest secret weapon: Their daughter Skyler! They all live together in Portland, Oregon with their dog Marvis and live out their creativity every day.
Paul J. Pastor is a writer, editor, and wilderness lover, who lives in the woods near Portland, Oregon with his wife and three kids. His award-winning writing on Christian spirituality is widely recognized for its beauty and insight. He loves good questions (especially ones about God), big stories, and the holy wonder of living.
Jelani Memory is an African American entrepreneur, thinker, and constant learner. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and six kids. He still wants to be an artist when he grows up.
Dr. Kelsie Storm is a pediatric oncologist who treats children with various types of cancer. She lives with her husband and young children in Portland, Oregon.
Sarah Porter is a social worker who works supporting children and families when a child has been diagnosed with cancer. She also lives in Portland, Oregon, with her spouse and daughters.
Angela N. Frazier, MPH, is a speaker and mental health influencer. She received her bachelor’s of science in Health Sciences and Communication from Portland State University and holds a master’s in Public Health from UTHealth School of Public Health. In 2017, Angela founded an organization, Sisters in Public Health, to connect all women in public health.
Kevin is an author + creative catalyst + social change agent. Kevin brings a playful curiosity, a keen understanding of human nature and a lifelong love of competition to all of his endeavors. Kevin believes that play is serious business!
Ben Kenyon is a podcaster, influencer, founder of The Younique Piece, and a performance coach for the Trail Blazers. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and tries to live generously and with gratitude every day.
Rebecca Alexander is Founder & CEO of AllGo, a community review platform where plus-size people rate the comfort and accessibility of public places so others can know what it’s like before going out.
Emma Mcilroy is the Co-Founder & CEO of Wildfang. Wildfang is one of the fastest growing retail brands in USA and exists to help every kind of woman become the best possible version of herself, smashing gender roles and the patriarchy in the process.
Ashley Simpo is a writer, mother, and wellness advocate, writing about motherhood and civic issues through the lens of race, culture and politics. She lives in New York City where she co-parents her son Orion and leads conversations with and about mothers and children.
Daron K. Roberts is a recovering NFL Coach, practicing leadership professor and hopeful triathlete. He averages 100 keynote speeches a year. Daron and his wife corral five children every Saturday during their weekly "Donut Council" outings.
Kristine Napper teaches middle school just outside Portland, Oregon. She’s a lifelong wheelchair user and social justice seeker. She finds joy in good books, long conversations, bright colors, and tacos.
From troubled youth to graduating high school with a 4.0 grade point average and obtaining a doctorate by the age of 29. Dr. Laymon Hicks’ story is moving, his words are empowering, and his message is practical.
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Ross Szabo is an award-winning pioneer of the youth mental health movement. During his 8 years as Director of Outreach at the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, he helped create the first youth mental health speakers’ bureau in the country and personally spoke to over one million people. He is currently the Wellness Director at Geffen Academy at UCLA and CEO of the Human Power Project. He’s using both of these opportunities to change the way communities learn about mental health.
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Adam Stramwasser is a financial coach, educator, and life hacker. He’s originally from Venezuela and has been helping people and organizations be more efficient with money for over a decade. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Michelle.
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Meir Kay is all about spreading his message of positivity and kindness, whether that’s through his viral social media videos, hosting The Great Day podcast, or public speaking engagements. He loves to travel, act, run marathons, and create films that spread positivity, respect, and human connection.
David Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, but is now pastoring in Silicon Valley where there is constant change! And as a husband and father of two young girls, he is still learning to navigate change with them every day! You can find him @davidjanghyunkim on instagram and davidjanghyunkim.com.
Malia Jones is an academic, a researcher, a social justice advocate, a great lover of maps, a partner, and a mom. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she works in a university setting as a social epidemiologist studying how infectious diseases spread in human populations.
Taryn Schuelke, CT, CCLS, is the Grief and Bereavement Specialist on the Pediatric Palliative Care Team at Texas Children's Hospital. She thinks caring for children at the end of their life is a great honor and immensely sacred work. She hopes this book will be a helpful resource for dying and grieving children, as well as their grownups.
Born in Michigan, now based in Portland, Oregon, Nicole Lendo has a Master’s of Education and is currently a special education teacher. Through her personal experiences living with addicts, loving addicts, and teaching the children of addicts, she helps us learn to love ourselves and others, even within the loops of addiction.
Justin and his dad, David, live in Northport, NY where David has dedicated his career to traveling the country as a youth speaker. With Justin’s help, he talks to students about dignity and respect. Their stories have received over 100 million views on social media and continue to impact lives across the country.
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Shane Feldman believes community is the answer to every question and the solution to every problem. Recognized by The White House and United Nations for his achievements in community leadership, Shane is the founder and CEO at COUNT ME IN, the world-renowned social entrepreneurship incubator that originally started as a small school project. Connect at ShaneFeldman.com.
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Dale Mueller is a lifetime learner, sex educator, and mental healthcare enthusiast based in Minneapolis, MN. They integrate their focus on trans advocacy, inclusion, and queer community building in all they do professionally, personally, and in their journey to become a therapist.
Brian Williams is a kindness ninja. (Seriously, he is a 4th-degree black belt). While growing up in martial arts, Brian learned that Kindness was the ultimate form of self-defense. Now he travels the country inspiring Kindness around the world. Brian truly believes that everyone, no matter how old they are, can make a massive difference in the world.
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Evelyn Yang is a mom to two boys and an advocate for families. She is passionate about justice, neurodiversity, and food. Her platform and advocacy work have been an unexpected blessing after her husband ran for President. She still actively works on overcoming her own fears in order to use her experiences to help other people.
Amber Case has always been fascinated by the relationship between technology and humans. How does technology affect us? Why do we create it? What will it look like in the future? As a child, she played outside, but she also built computers. Now she gives speeches about technology, writes books, and travels the world.
Charnaie Gordon is a Diversity and Inclusion expert, blogger, podcast host, and digital creator. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for Reading is Fundamental for their Race, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) initiative. Find her online at hereweeread.com and @hereweeread on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Leul Gurske was born in Ethiopia and adopted at the age of two. Now, he’s fourteen years old and lives in Oregon with his family. Nabil Zerizef and his wife adopted their son Adi at birth and they also live in Oregon where he works as an elementary school principal. It was there where these two families crossed paths and learned and grew together.
Zanagee Artis is an advocate for environmental justice for communities at the frontlines of the climate crisis. He works to illuminate the intersections between social justice issues and environmental injustice.
Olivia Greenspan is an activist who started organizing for the environment when she was fifteen. She applies her background in psychology and economics to better understand the challenges inherent in communicating about the climate crisis.