Please mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, October 2 & 3, 2015 for the Center’s annual Creating A Compassionate Community Conference,register and get your tickets here to attend.
Morning keynote, Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including, The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us, a New York Times bestseller, Notable Book of 2014, and winner of the 2015 PEN New England Henry David Thoreau Prize for literary excellence in nature writing for a book that “celebrates the natural world and human ingenuity, while exploring how the human race has become the single dominant force of change on the whole planet.” Her other nonfiction works include One Hundred Names for Love: A Memoir; The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story; Dawn Light and the bestselling A Natural History of the Senses" a book beloved by millions of readers all over the world. Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being “in” nature, but Ms. Ackerman has taught generations that we are nature ”for “no facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams.” [Read more ... ]
Afternoon keynote, Alex Sheen is the Founder of because I said I would, the international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through the importance of a promise. Inspired by his father, Alex began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. Since his father’s death on September 4th, 2012, because I said I would has sent over 2.4M promises cards to over 150 different countries around the world. Through the viral nature of social media, Alex has reached millions of people by dedicating himself to philanthropy. [Read more ... ]