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The Art of Activism: When Changing the Story Changes Your Life

“It took me 5 million oar strokes to cross the oceans. It takes all of us, every day, to make a difference in the world.” - Roz Savage

Drew Dellinger and Roz Savage
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Enjoy this conversation between writer and activist, Drew Dellinger and National Geographic Explorer, Roz Savage as they explore how unbridled passion for the planet can break through the destructive stories of our time and create an entirely new landscape of possibility.

Moderated by Konda Mason, social entrepreneur and Pachamama Alliance ally, participants engaged in a conversation after reading Drew Dellinger's love letter to the milky way and Roz Savage's new book Stop Drifting, Start Rowing.


Are you waiting for someone else to solve the world's problems? Or praying for our leaders to use a magic wand to make it all better? Or could it be that somewhere inside of you the answer is waiting to be awakened and activated? Poet Drew Dellinger, environmental campaigner Roz Savage, and conference call participants took part in this exciting conversation to explore this inquiry.

A deeper level of engagement with solutions-based thinking
The Pachamama Alliance is moving in a bold direction. Our community is awake, and hungry for the next step. As we continue to answer the call of the Achuar to change the dream of the modern world, The Pachamama Alliance community is requesting a deeper engagement with the issues of our time. We are now being called to provide more information and tools that lead to solutions-based thinking and decisive actions. This call was one of those new tools..

“It's 3:23 in the morning, and I'm awake
because my great, great, grandchildren won't
let me sleep.
My great, great, grandchildren ask me in dreams
what did you do, while the planet was plundered?”
- love letter to the milky way

Drew Dellinger, Ph.D., is a poet, writer, and teacher whose keynotes and poetry performances—which address ecology, justice, cosmology, and connectedness—have inspired minds and hearts around the world. He is also a consultant, filmmaker, and founder of Planetize the Movement.

Dellinger has presented at over 1200 events across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences—including Bioneers, the Green Festival, the Dream Reborn, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions—as well as colleges and universities, poetry venues, protests, and places of worship. He has shared podiums and stages with luminaries such as Alice Walker, Cornel West, Thomas Berry, Danny Glover, Jim Carrey, Julia Butterfly Hill, Brian Swimme, Paul Hawken, Ani Difranco, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, and many others.

Dellinger’s award-winning book of poems, love letter to the milky way, was selected by ForeWord Reviews magazine as a 2011 Book of the Year Award Finalist. Now in its sixth printing, love letter has devoted readers in dozens of countries on six continents. Dellinger’s work has appeared in films, books, anthologies, and magazines—from The New York Times magazine to YES!, Tikkun, Kosmos, and others. His poems have been cited and quoted in venues ranging from prison workshops to climate change hearings before the US Congress.

As a consultant, Dellinger was a core developer and designer of The Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, now used in 70 countries, in 13 languages. Dellinger holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS, received a Masters in Humanities: Cosmology and Spirituality from Prescott College, and has taught and lectured at numerous colleges and universities including John F. Kennedy University, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Social Ecology. Dellinger has been called “a national treasure,” by Joanna Macy, “a deep and courageous poet,” by Alice Walker and “one of the most creative, courageous and prophetic voices of his generation,” by Cornel West.

“I sat down one day and wrote two versions of my own obituary: the one that I wanted, a life of adventure, and the one that I was actually heading for which was a nice, normal, pleasant life, but it wasn’t where I wanted to be by the end of my life. I wanted to live a life that I could be proud of.”

Roz Savage is an ocean rower, environmental campaigner, author and speaker. She holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat. Her first book, “Rowing The Atlantic”, was published in 2009. Her second book, "Stop Drifting, Start Rowing" comes out in October 2013.

She is a United Nations Climate Hero, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York, and has been listed amongst the Top Twenty Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph. In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic, and in 2013 she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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