Public Speaking

BACKSTORY


The day before I set out to shoot A Chance For Peace in Kenya, someone asked me, “Why are you doing this?” Why was I putting myself in a hot zone of devastating post-election violence? Why was I convinced that it was there that I could find stories of peace? No one had ever asked me that before. Without even thinking, I said the first thing that came to mind which was, “I want to know their pain.” It was in that moment that I shifted my paradigm. I was no longer obsessing over happiness, interrogating it into submission. I had worked my way backwards. Intuitively I knew that only through pain could we can learn to heal. And it was only when we have healed that we can truly come to know peace. After that, happiness is just a pleasant bi-product.

In that moment, A Chance For Peace became more that just a story about Kenyans overcoming political and tribal differences; it became a story about mankind. And despite having not a clue how I was going to do it, I knew that if I could confront the pain Kenyans were experiencing, I could find peace. I just knew it.

And I did.

SUMMARY


After nearly a decade in quiet isolation working on my documentary film A Chance For Peace, I’m ready to tell my story – to tell our story. Stories from Kenya, Mexico, India, Egypt, and the U.S. that demonstrate we are not separate from the whole of humanity, but one with it. These are stories plucked from uncertainty, fear, and determination, and spun into legacies of empathy, compassion, and kindness. These are the stories that created a chance for peace for me, my colleagues, and for thousands of people in the largest slum in Africa, including members of the Taliban. Yes, even the Taliban are capable of peace. (More on that later.)

IMPACT


I’ve spent ten years meticulously cultivating an understanding peace, and where that journey has taken me is where I want to take you.

Working on A Chance for Peace taught me many things, but it was what the story itself was able to achieve that showed me the way forward. When Kenya is being threatened with a resurgence of post-election violence, it was our public screenings of A Chance for Peace that turned the tides. To date, we’ve screening the film for over 1500 Kenyans and every single one of then has committed to peace – all because we made peace public.

So starting 2018, I’ll be finding new ways to give a chance for peace to a world in need. Public speaking bookings are on the horizon, in addition to a book tentatively titled Power To The Peaceful, and a podcast in development that deconstructs the ideologies that contribute to culture and right and wrong, called Act Of -isms. All will detail real-life stories from the field, coupled with scientifically backed data to empower listeners and readers to defy fear, heal old wounds, and make peace public.

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