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Primary Social Change Interest
Peace, Social Justice, Environment, Other
Why are you interested in the Gandhi-King Community?
I’ve been profoundly influenced by Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's work and words filled me and impassioned me. I set out to make Nonviolence my life. King turned me on to Gandhi and then the floodgates of compassion were opened.

I started my journey studying and learning Nonviolence by reading “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” (Clayborne Carson, Editor. 2001.). I’ve since read hundreds of books on Nonviolence and social justice movements and attended graduate school to further my understanding of Nonviolence theory, social movements, consumer habits, and ending the dominance paradigm.

I’m particularly interested in personal responsibility – especially consumer habits. Each of our choices in the past helped build the world in which we live today; and each of our choices, from this moment forward will help build the future. I’m trying to connect people to and awaken them to their shared values of kindness, justice, and compassion so that they can become *conscious* consumers – aligning their everyday choices with those values and in turn building a world reflective of their values.

I'm an activist, teacher, and advisor drawing from my first-hand experience with farmed animals (having grown up on animal farms in southern Minnesota), my efforts to unite social justice issues, my study and writing about Nonviolent social change, and my understanding of the interconnection of our consumer choices and their repercussions on other people, on the planet, and on animals.

I’m here to join in the community working to build a better, more compassionate world.
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At 1:53am on August 15, 2012, doma jovita said…

jovita is my name
i was moved to write you for a heart2heart discussion when
i came across your If u dont mind,write me directly with this mail ID,
( will send u my photo

At 7:31pm on February 18, 2012, Prof. Dr. Yogendra Yadav said…

I am a gandhian scholor & have a deep knoledge in Gandhian philosphy. I am script writer, translator,and editor of Khoj Gandhi Ki. How can we help eachothers.

At 1:22am on April 14, 2011, Sara Wirth said…
I really enjoyed the video you posted. As a vegan I'm very glad that you emphasize personal responsibility when it comes to impacting positive change on the world. It empowers people to tell them that the choices they make everyday matter. If you ever have speaking arrangements in Central California I'd love to hear more! :)
At 5:14pm on November 6, 2010, Riccardo Gramegna said…
welcome Matt!



How to Learn Nonviolent Resistance As King Did

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Feb 14, 2012 at 11:48am. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Feb 14, 2012.

Two Types of Demands?

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Jan 9, 2012 at 10:16pm. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Jan 11, 2012.

Why gender matters for building peace

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Dec 5, 2011 at 6:51am. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Jan 9, 2012.

Gene Sharp & the History of Nonviolent Action

Created by Shara Lili Esbenshade Oct 10, 2011 at 5:30pm. Last updated by Shara Lili Esbenshade Dec 31, 2011.


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