"If I can do it, anyone can."
I was speaking with Lea d'Auriol, founder of Oceanic Global.
We were talking about her message to young ocean activists.
More on that later.
Let's move on to winning BIG.
Simcha was watching The Price is Right with one of his hospice clients, when she suggested (I like to imagine in a thick Jewish accent), “Simcha, dear, why don’t you get some tickets and go on yourself. You should live a little.” (I’m taking epic creative liberties here re: what was actually said, but the nudge was real.)
Simcha bought four tickets, didn’t know who he was going to invite, and before he knew what had happened Rae, Ariel, Day, and Kait announced they were going with him. None waited for an invitation.
With the t-shirts they wore they honored their elders, Bob Barker, and his passion for spaying pets, and the current host, Drew Carrey.
They were a motley crew. During their interview with producers:
Rae discussed her role as an activist with veterans.
Ariel discussed sexual identity politics.
Kait discussed relationship politics.
Day discussed using the earth as an altar for beauty.
And Simcha spoke about being a chaplain and working in hospice care.
Day won The Price is Right that day.
I can tell you that here, because I would hate for you to miss the point of the story.
I haven’t watched The Price is Right since I was kid.
But last week we all gathered to watch. It was thrilling to get caught up in watching the audience cheer for the person on stage to win.
Turns out we love watching each other win.
And the people on stage won and lost because of the advice they chose to take from the audience. So a win for one really felt like a win for all. You could feel it in the room.
One woman won 10K because she followed the advise of the audience (if she hadn’t she would have lost 10K).
I keep thinking about this power of one mythology.
I put it into my category of “dangerous stories” because if believed, and if someone actually tries to make great change by themselves, well… we probably won’t hear much about them before they burn out.
Rosa Parks didn’t just randomly stand up one day because she couldn’t take it any more. She had been an active member in the civil rights and was part of a group that had been planning actions. When she stood, she knew there were people who would have her back.
I believe in my heart of hearts, that when given the opportunity, we’ll root for each other to win.
Everyone who won on The Price is Right that day won becuase they had a team rooting for them.
Here’s to remembering it takes a team to win, not waiting to be invited to show up, and listening when those around us say, “You should live a little.”
Welcome To The Whale Dreamer Society
As you may or may not know, I’ve been spinning an epic tale, a two book series under the title The Whale Dreamer.
"So this is kind of a culmination of your life's work," Joel Ben Izzy, a storyteller extrodinaire, said last night as I shared the vision. The book takes on the 6th mass extinction, the state of the oceans, and the biggest question of them all: who owns the dream of our future. All through a delicious story about a young girl who is called to by the whales.
Over the course of creating this book, it became obvious that the story could be more than just a story, but could also lead readers down an engagement pathway to becoming the next generation of ocean stewards.
So over the course of the past 3 months I did something unusual, while still working on the final edit of the book, I started designing the engagement campaign.
Daivie joined to start building our social media platforms, and actualizing the animal pathway that would create a deep dive for readers to learn more about the endangered animals that are featured in the book.
Branden joined to help with our community engagement and allyships with environmental organizations.
Leslie joined to develop relationships with sponsors.
Because the vision is big, and the GET PLASTIC OUT OF OUR FOOD ACTION KITS need to be tested.
We’ve just begun, but we've created alliances with over 15 organizations to help our readers take radical out of the box actions that are implementable in their hometown (no matter how close or far to the ocean they live). This includes:
- An ACTION KIT that youth can take to their local retaurants to influence their purchase of plastics. This is being developed with the guidance of restaurant owners and also provides the solutions they need to wave bye-bye to disposable plastics.
- A youth activist training program
- An online tool that measures the actions of our readers so we can see the collective impact of the The Whale Dreamer Society.
And so I come to you with a warm invitation to join The Whale Dreamer Societytoday, we're building our team of people who will surface this intiative into the world.
The campaign needs extra hands and the resources to develop our action kits and test them in schools so that when we launch in 2018 we have worked out all of the kinks and know we have developed a system for change that can have a global impact.
“If I had my way,” I told Jefe, one of the restaurant owners who is advising on the creation of the action kits youth will bring to restuarants, “The heads of plastic industry would knock on my door begging The Whale Dreamer Society to stop because we would be such epic disrupters in the purchasing of plastics.” I was feeling rather sheepish, a little embarrassed. “I know, its kind of pie in the sky.” I sighed.
“We need more pie in the sky dreamers,” Jefe said.
Here's how you can get involved:
We need two more classrooms to test our action kit and young activist training program.
- Host a house party for your community: I'll come do a reading of the book, bring in a local environmental partner, and we'll raise money for the engagement campaign together.
- Become a Sponsor or Donor: this can be accomplished as a tax deductble donation through our fiscal sponsor, Marin Link, or you can join me on Patreon (I just posted a video if you want to hear me chatabout this project) it's a fun way to stay in connection.
"Money is both a powerful agent of destruction as well as the main way we coordinate human creativity in our world today. It is a medium of generosity and of trauma, innovation and oppression. What does it take to heal the wound of money on a personal and systemic level? What does it take to align money with love?" ~Charles Eisenstien
May peace, collaboration, the pleasure of winning, and water be with you (And may you live a little), and here's where you can explore The Whale Dreamer and learn more about what we're up too.
P.S. Aren't these Images EPIC?
They are by artist and ocean activist Jason deCaires Taylor