Activism For Ordinary People with Paul Loeb

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Do you have a burning desire to make the world a better place but are too afraid to try? When you picture an activist, do you see a shrill, humorless figure angrily spewing out scary statistics? Paul Loeb dispels this image with profiles of ordinary people who found the courage to step forward and engage themselves in their communities. Find out why you don't need a Ph.D. or a special talent to "unlock the gated community of your heart" and make your life count. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Paul Rogat Loeb has spent over forty years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment. He has been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and MIT. And, he has been a keynote speaker at a myriad of conferences. He blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and is the founder of the national nonpartisan Campus Election Engagement Project which worked with 750 colleges and universities in 2012 to engage students in the presidential election. This organization continues to help engage students in state and local elections.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to overcome cultural cynicism and make a contribution
  • Why making a difference is easier than you think
  • How ordinary people can challenge apathy and inspire action
  • Five great ways to to get involved in your community
  • The secrets of letting go of immediate results
  • How to tell the difference between hope and optimism
  • How to get high by helping someone out!
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 6/3/1999       Program Number: 2779