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.” (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.
Paul Rogat Loeb’s books include:
- Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times (St. Martin’s Griffin 2010)
- The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times (Basic Books 2014)
To learn more about the work of Paul Rogat Loeb go to www.theimpossible.org.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- 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
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 1/28/2010 Program Number: 3339