Dr. M. Paloma Pavel is president of Earth House of Oakland, California. She is editor of Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis (MIT Press, 2009), and co-edits Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Books for MIT Press. She is a frequent national and international lecturer and keynote presenter on the theory of living systems and urban sustainability, and consults with individuals, communities, and organization on building healthy just and sustainable communities. She is co-founder of Breakthrough Communities which builds multi-racial leadership for sustainability and justice at regional, national, and global scales. She has worked in Japan for over 25 years with the Web of Life network on issues. Visiting faculty – University of California at Davis – Advisor to the Center for Regional Change. Performance artist, and filmmaker, using multi-media approaches to activate internal resources for leading change.
Dr. Pavel holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University as well as degrees in psychology and economics. She was previously core faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies; consultant to the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative, Ford Foundation; a performance artist (Border Crossings); filmmaker (Sustainable Solutions, Voices From the Community); Monk, eco-spiritual Benedictine monastery; Peace Boat faculty – circled the earth; Founded the Eco-Justice film series in the SF Bay Area with eco-activist, Kayaked Haida Guai (former Queen Charlotte Islands); weaver and fiber artist who started a collective in Maine (still going) and built a leadership center by hand on the coast of Maine, now succeeded by the urban Earth House Center in Oakland offering multi-racial leadership training.
Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty PB|
This modern parable, illustrated by Mayumi Oda, has wisdom for realizing world peace and community health in our time. Let us start the dance!