Van Jones is a visionary social activist, leading the way in finding a path toward both social justice and environmental responsibility. Is there any wonder that I've been a fan since I first heard of him a couple of years ago? No. And he's a big name in the field, so it's quite a coup for UEP to have gotten him to come visit us.
He gave a talk just for UEPers this afternoon, followed by one open to the community as a whole (sorry, y'all, I should have posted about this beforehand so you could come hear him speak, too). Both talks were heartfelt, inspiring and thoughtful. I left feeling reinvigorated with hope, for people and the world.
Sticking with me right now:
* "Your wildest dreams are too small."
* "Instead of asking what issues we're working on, let's ask what solutions we're working toward."
* "Don't support the status quo; be a change agent."
* And, broadly, a real attention to people as individuals, with experiences and contributions that can't be replaced.