Lawrence S. Wittner is an author, educator and activist who is known for his stand against the use of nuclear weapons. He has written nine books, co-authored and edited four, and published over 250 articles. He was once ostracized for being so outspoken about controversial issues, but kept in the direction he believed was right until people finally began to see things from his perspective. Slowly, he regained his authority, and is now one of the most sought-after speakers in the world.
Efficient usage, renewable resources and energy conservation – we enjoy the benefits of these things today thanks to people like Amory Lovins, whose work has been significant in ensuring a brighter future for generations to come by teaching the current generation about the advantages of efficient energy use. Amory has spent his entire life looking for ways to not only help save energy, but improve people’s lives.
Master Li Hongzhi is a controversial figure in many ways. He is regarded as a dissident in China, his home country, because of his strong influence. Second, his teachings and claims are bizarre, such as that computers and modernization were introduced by aliens to subjugate humans. For what it’s worth, the principles of his “Falun Gong” – truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance – all point toward goodness. Falun Gong has influenced millions of people and changed the lives of those who have lived in abject violence.
Science is about looking for true answers, and this is the principle that has guided David Bellamy throughout his life, even when that truth is not something man is prepared to accept. As a true man of science, David is not afraid of being misinterpreted or even shunned, so long as he’s able to share the truth with others.
Helen Bamber is a renowned psychotherapist who founded the “Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture” when she was 65 years old. Her work goes way back to when she was 20 years old, when she went to the recently-liberated German concentration camp “Bergen-Belsen” to support survivors in the aftermath of World War II. She came face-to-face with people who had suffered unimaginable horrors, and says of the experience: "Many were to die but to all I could say [was] ‘your story will be told, I will be your witness.’” At 80 years old, she co-founded the “Helen Bamber Foundation,” where forms of clinical, legal and practical help for victims of interpersonal violence, such as torture and human trafficking, are available.
What does it take to stand up against the seemingly-overwhelming might of oppression and dictatorship? This is the amazing story of a young Chinese scholar who diverted his path to success so he could be of service to his fellow countrymen, fighting for freedom from corruption and oppression. Meet the extraordinary Xiao Qiang, the internet activist and founder and Editor in Chief of “China Digital Times” who promotes the freedom of information.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, also called “Guruji” or “Gurudev,” is one of India’s most compelling spiritual figures. He founded the “Art of Living Foundation” to give way to his humanitarian efforts and inspire people to become better versions of themselves. He is not only a spiritual leader, but also an author and an esteemed public speaker. He created “Sudarshan Kriya,” a breathing exercise which can help people live stress-free lives in this stressful age. Above all, he preaches about our need to be more compassionate towards one another.
Mikhail Gorbachev is a politician, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former statesman of the Soviet Union who is most famous for being the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, as well as the Soviet Union’s last leader before its dissolution and transition into the Russian Federation. A true hero of the Russian people, Mikhail’s efforts have contributed greatly to Russia becoming a democratic country and being saved from the clutches of Communism.
“Life is not what bullets make it.” These are just some of the powerful words which echo throughout the land of Israel from the lips of Bishop Elias Chacour (also known as Father Chacour or Abuna Chacour), the first Palestinian to become a bishop of the Catholic church. Describing himself as a “Palestinian-Jew-Christian,” Elias is one of the leading voices of peace and reconciliation in war-torn Israel.
Michael Pollan is a celebrated writer who educates people about the wonders of good food. Lean and fit, Michael walks the walk and does not consume anything processed. He wrote four bestselling books: “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” and “The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.” A contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Michael has also served as Harper Magazine’s Executive Editor for 10 years.