National Random Kindness Week — Thank You for Celebrating with Us!

What an incredible week we had celebrating the 20th anniversary of Random Kindness And Senseless Acts of Beaty and acknowledging our Community Resilience Leadership awardees. It has been truly awe-inspiring to watch our phrase go viral over the last 20 years, and to see the concept of radical kindness proliferate. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony kicked off this historic celebration by speaking with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa, who wrote the new forward for the 20th Anniversary edition. Part One ( is online now, with Part Two on the way. Join us as we reflect on our other National Random Kindness Week activities, and be sure to keep an eye out for more events and announcements to come as we continue into the 20th Anniversary year!


Paloma Pavel (center) with Dennis Rivers (left) and Lauren Dahlberg-Seeth (right) at the Global Random Kindness Day Press Conference.

Global Random Kindness Press Conference 17 Feb 2015

We hosted a press conference with some of our Community Resilience S/Heroes, who shared transformative stories from their life and work to an audience tuning in from around the globe.

Missed the live event? Click here for the recorded version! Paloma Pavel facilitated a series of 5-10 minute presentations from these amazing community leaders:

IMG_1617Carl Anthony architect, author, urban/suburban/regional design strategist  Carl Anthony is a co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project. He has served as Acting Director of the Community and Resource Development Unit at the Ford Foundation, responsible for the Foundation’s world wide programs in fields of Environment and Development, and Community Development.  He directed the Foundation’s Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative and the Regional Equity Demonstration in the United States. Carl funded the national Conversation on Regional Equity (CORE), a dialogue of national policy analysts and advocates for new metropolitan racial justice strategies. He was Founder and, for 12 years Executive Director, of the Urban Habitat Program in the San Francisco Bay Area. With his colleague Luke Cole at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, he founded and published the Race, Poverty and the Environment Journal, the only environmental justice periodical in the United States.

londonDr. Jonathan London Director, Center for Regional Change
Jonathan K. London directs the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, which serves as a catalyst for multi-disciplinary and action-oriented research that informs efforts to build healthy, prosperous, equitable, and sustainable regions. He also is honored to serve on the board of the California Institute for Rural Studies and is the immediate past President.

vlove-1Valerie Love
 No Tar Sands Campaigner
Valerie Love works with Center for Biological Diversity as the No Tar Sands Campaigner. She is passionate about stopping tar sands expansion everywhere, and works towards a safe, livable planet for all. She also worked with Generation Waking Up, engaging and training young people as social change leaders; managed campaigns at Clean Water Action; and coordinated Buy Fresh Buy Local programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College, where she studied environmental, international and intercultural issues.

hqdefaultChina Galland Producer, Love Cemetery Project
China Galland, M.A., is the author of several widely-acclaimed books. Her newest non-fiction work is The Keepers of Love, bringing us into the heart of America’s most searing dilemma: how to choose love when there’s reason to hate, forgiveness, reconciliation and race, the story of Love Cemetery in East Texas. Founder and Director of the non-profit, Images of Divinity (IOD), Galland is also a Professor in Residence at the Center for Arts, Religion and Education (CARE) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley where she teaches periodically.

susangriffinSusan Griffin Eco-Feminist Author
Susan Griffin describes her work as drawing connections between the destruction of nature, the diminishment of women and racism, and tracing the causes of war to denial in both private and public life. In addition to her many published writings, Griffin co-wrote and narrated the award-winning 1990 documentary, Berkeley in the Sixties. She received a MacArthur grant for Peace and International Cooperation, an NEA Fellowship, and an Emmy Award for the play Voices.

Rachel-Bagby-192x236Rachel Bagby Artist, Author
Rachel Bagby, J.D. (Stanford Law School) is the originator of the poetic form she calls Dekaaz™; a form consisting of ten syllables in three-lines, which she speaks about during her recorded segment. Bagby has published several books and other recordings, as well as established Singing Farm, a solar-powered, 20-acre organic farm and musical learning center in Central Virginia.

AshEL_EldridgeAshEl Eldridge Climate Educator and Artist
Ashel Eldridge aka Seasunz, originally from Chicago is a frontman emcee, vocalist, producer, and the founder of Earth Amplified. Based in Oakland, he performs and presents his conscious music, poetry and spiritual activism nationally. His acclaimed CD release, Earth Amplified, is a fierce tribute to the Earth and peoples’ liberation. Seasunz is an educator with the Alliance for Climate Education in Oakland, CA, and a Green For All Fellow. He is a co-founder of United Roots – Oakland’s Green Youth Arts and Media Center, where he serves as the Health and Sustainability Coordinator. He is also a co-founder of CommuniTree, Oakland Resilience Alliance, and the father of a new baby boy.

4ef0f29c14a67.imageKirby Edmonds
Kirby Edmonds and Laura Branca are the managing partners of Training for Change (TFC) Associates, a training and consulting firm founded in 1982 and based in Ithaca, New York. They have worked in corporate as well as in not-for-profit environments, with unions, educational institutions, federal, state and local government organizations, and grassroots community organizations.

These people are such inspirations, and we have more Community Resilience Leaders on deck! Keep an eye out for recorded statements in the upcoming weeks.

Random Kindness Pop-Up Book Signing 15 Feb 2015

The Random Kindness Project had a pop-up book signing event at the Montclair Village Farmers Market, right outside A Good Great Place for Books. Paloma Pavel sold and signed copies of the 20th Anniversary edition of Random Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty. Many thanks to store owner Kathleen, and all the wonderful people who joined us on this beautiful morning.

Paloma Pavel Radio Interview on KPFA 14 Feb 2015

Paloma Pavel spoke with Kris Welch on KPFA last Saturday, about the Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty 20th Anniversary. Listen to Pavel’s segment here: Joining them in the studio were Jodi, Selene, and Srdevi, who spoke about One Billion Voices Rising.

One Billion Rising 14 Feb 2015

One Billion Rising continues to be an incredibly moving and empowering event, “the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.  The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.” Find more information here:

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