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. Associate scholar at Seattle’s Center for Ethical Leadership, Loeb is the author of several books including Generation at the Crossroads (Rutgers 1994), and Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time (St. Martin 1999).
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!
Program Number: 2779 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 6/3/1999