A Shot in the Arm for Social Activism with Paul Rogat Loeb


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Program Description

Activist and author Paul Loeb has been at the hub of social change for more than three decades. He has a rare understanding not only of the issues we face today, but also of how change happens. Most importantly, he understands that each of us can be instigators of change no matter what our background is, or what our level of involvement has been. In this conversation he shares unique insights on the paths of Rosa Parks and the Dalai Lama, as well as people much like you and me who went from college drinking parties or prison cells to become highly effective community organizers. Through their stories you’ll gain a new appreciation of the impact you can have with each small step you take in service to your cause. Mr. Loeb explains, “Whatever we’re doing, it has these multiple levels of impacts. Some of them are very discernible, some of them are very critical. And yet there’s these other levels that we never can quite be sure of, that can, in the long term be equally as powerful!. We never know the impact of our actions.”

Paul Loeb is an Associated Scholar at Seattle’s Center for Ethical Leadership. He has given more than one thousand TV and radio interviews, and his writing has been cited in congressional debates and covered by the Associated Press, United Press International, and in publications in the U.S. and around the globe. He is the author of five books, including Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times (St. Martin’s Griffin 2010). To learn more about the work of Paul Loeb go to

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • How you might spark the activist instincts of the next Barack Obama
  • Why the “tea-baggers” deserve our respect
  • Why people who are uninvolved may prove to be your best allies
  • When it’s time to turn off your computer and talk to people who disagree with you
  • Why it’s so important for an activist to listen to his or her heart

Program Number: 3339                 Host: Michael Toms              Interview Date: 1/28/2010


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