Friday, February 25, 2011

Change We Can (Almost) Believe In

Time Magazine article featuring Landmark Education. The article in the March 7th edition looks at the personal development industry.

Change We Can (Almost) Believe In


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Landmark Education Montage - TMLP

Landmark Education Montage - TMLP
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This video is a montage of projects created by people taking Landmark Education's Team Management Leadership Program, where each person creates a 'Game in the World' that effects a community in a positive way.

Charles McNeil, Phd, on Landmark Education

Charles McNeil, Phd, on Landmark Education
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How Landmark Education helped Dr. Charles McNeil make a difference at a global scale.

Landmark Education Forum Leader David Cunningham - Recession

Landmark Education Forum Leader David Cunningham - Recession
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David Cunningham, a communications expert who leads the Landmark Forum for Landmark Education, is on television in Sacramento, California discussing how to deal powerfully with the recession, particularly in regards to when you're in a marriage/relationship. He gives very specific advice, starting with realizing that most of our suffering isn't related to the facts of what is happening in the recession, but rather in the interpretation we add to it. He recommends making a list of exactly what the facts are regarding one's finances before attempting a plan of action. The idea is that couples can then act in partnership to impact the facts of the situation rather than dealing with opinions they have about each other or the situation that may not make any difference. Hat tip to, where I found this.

Landmark Education project - Cherish Our Children

Landmark Education project - Cherish Our Children
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The Cherish Our Children orgnization was founded in 1993 out of a project created in the Team Managament leadership program by Juli Hall. The organization has assisted countless endangered children in Europe, Africa and latin america.

Landmark Education Project - Causes for Change

Landmark Education Project - Causes for Change
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Causes for change is a 5013C nonprofit charity that was formed by Zully Alvarado in 1996 when she took the landmark education self expression program. The charity is designed to assist children in need in developing countries.

Landmark Education TMLP - Operation Amped

Landmark Education TMLP - Operation Amped
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Tom Tapp conceived of this project, which he dubbed "Operation Amped", while taking Landmark Education's Team management and leadership program in California. This video tells the story of this unique program (also featured at that allows amputee veterans to enjoy the fun and thrills of surfing. The idea began when Tapp encountered a naturally born amputee enjoying surfing. It occurred to Tapp that amputee veterans, who have sacrificed so much for their country, should have access to the same kind of fun and enjoyment at the very least.

Tapp's fundraising efforts to make the first surf camp happen became easier when corporate sponsors came on board with their assitance. The initial surf camp was sponsored by Billabong, Universal Pictures and Chipotle, with Iraq war veterans traveling from all across the United States to take part. The project has continued to grow and flourish, with expert surfers giving advice and support on a variety of different international beaches, including Costa Rica.

Kenya Leadership Project- Landmark Education TMLP

Kenya Leadership Project- Landmark Education TMLP
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Landmark Forum graduate Jamie Yallup created a leadership project in Kenya as her Team Game in World during her year in the Landmark Education Team Management and Leadership program

Landmark Education TMLP project - Carnival of Care

Landmark Education TMLP project - Carnival of Care
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Debra Johnson created "Carnival of Care" when she took Landmark Education's Team Management Leadership Program. The project creates a day of celebration for survivors of brain injurines and their caregivers.

Landmark Education TMLP project - Hogares Providencia

Landmark Education TMLP project - Hogares Providencia
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Liliana Martinez of Mexico City created a project in the Landmark Education Team Management Leadership Program around Hogares Providencia, the organization she helped found that takes care of over 260 neglected children in Mexico.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Landmark Education Forum Leader David Cunningham - Recession

Landmark Education Forum Leader David Cunningham - Recession
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David Cunningham, a communications expert who leads the Landmark Forum for Landmark Education, is on television in Sacramento, California discussing how to deal powerfully with the recession, particularly in regards to when you're in a marriage/relationship. He gives very specific advice, starting with realizing that most of our suffering isn't related to the facts of what is happening in the recession, but rather in the interpretation we add to it. He recommends making a list of exactly what the facts are regarding one's finances before attempting a plan of action. The idea is that couples can then act in partnership to impact the facts of the situation rather than dealing with opinions they have about each other or the situation that may not make any difference. Hat tip to, where I found this.

Youth Making a Difference - Landmark Education SELP project

Youth Making a Difference - Landmark Education SELP project
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This video is about youths from Utah who come to India to contribut to some of the country's poorest communities. The trip was created out of one man's participation in Landmark Education's self expresion & leadership program.

Youth Making a Difference - Landmark Education SELP project

Youth Making a Difference - Landmark Education SELP project
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This video is about youths from Utah who come to India to contribut to some of the country's poorest communities. The trip was created out of one man's participation in Landmark Education's self expresion & leadership program.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Landmark Education Gradaute Creates Project to Raise Funds for Restoring Salmon Habitat

Jeanette Dorner who is a participant in the Landmark Education Team Management and Leadership Program has created a project called Joyful Tribe that is raising money to restore salmon habitat in the traditional home of the Nisqually Tribe in Washington State in the Pacific Northwest of the Unites States.

To date Joyful Tribe has raised 3 million dollars. To learn more about the kinds of projects that people in the Team Management and Leadership Program around the world you can visit the un-official TMLP website.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Deborah Beroset of Landmark Education Interviewed in Seattle

Popular Seattle Radio Program "Chat With Women" recently interviewed Landmark Education Spokesperson Deborah Beroset.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hearts of Fire A Project created in the Landmark Education Power and Contribution Course

Bob Ballard Created is an Ojai California Musician and the founder of Hearts of Fire. It is a project that was created in the Landmark Education Power and Contribution Course. It is a mobile Art Studio committed to raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in America. This video is a result of a personal awakening he had

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Causes For Change International Started in the Landmark Education SELP in 1996

Causes for Change International is a 5013c registered charity based in Chicago. It was founded in 1996 by Chicago business woman Zully Alvarado while a participant in the Landmark Education Self Expression and Leadership Program. Zully, born in Ecuador, contracted polio at the age of two and for most of her childhood was not able to do what other children were able to do. Thanks to the help of a Catholic Priest and his family in Chicago, Zully was able to come to the United States for medical treatment and education. Children in the developing world who have disabilities have a tremendous challenge. She created Causes For Change as a way of contributing to children and families in some of the poorest regions of Ecuador. For more information on Causes for Change International visit

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Creation of YMAD: Youth Making a Difference

This is the story of the creation of YMAD: Youth Making a Difference a project created in the Landmark Self Expression and Leadership Program.

Youth Making a Difference

Youth Making A Difference gives young adults from Utah a chance to contribute to the lives of children and battered women in northern India

Monday, August 13, 2007

Landmark Education Launches an Online Introduction to the Landmark Forum

For the first time since Landmark Education began in 1991, it is now possible to attend an introduction to the Landmark Forum online.

View the Introduction

Monday, August 6, 2007

Videos About Landmark Education

Many Landmark Graduates have posted videos on the internet about the projects they have created as well as the other things they are up to in their life. Here are a few of them.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Landmark Education News has MOVED

Due to it's suprisingly huge popularity, we have moved Landmark Education News to it's own website and completely re-designed it.

Please visit our new home and take the opportunity to subscribe.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Valerie Bocage a Landmark Graduate who Lost Everything in Hurricane Katrina Sets Out to Empower Women

Founder and CEO of Powerful Women International (PWI), Valeri Bocage, tells her story of losing everything in Katrina to inspire women not to worry about things, but enjoy life.

Weathering the Storm
From: The Bay Area Business Woman
By: Julia Dodge

Valeri Bocage was visiting a friend in Bay St. Louis, Miss. — 40 minutes away from her hometown of New Orleans — when the governor appeared on TV and warned sternly “This is very serious — get out.”

“They tell us that every year!” Bocage recalls saying to herself at that time, as hurricanes are all but uncommon in the South.

A day later she found herself sitting alone in her friend’s house — her friend having packed her bags and headed for Colorado with her fiancĂ© — having stayed back with the hope of reconnecting with her family. She didn’t know anyone in town, and had only $30 cash. There was no way to get out, no way to get to her daughter and grandchildren in New Orleans, and now she was watching people boarding up their houses on TV, preparing for what would be one of the worst storms in recent U.S. history.

She started to pray.

Perhaps it was divine intervention, but her co-worker, Steve, whom she hardly knew, came and got her at 11am the day Hurricane Katrina hit. Two hours later, Bay St. Louis was nearly underwater, and Bocage was off to Florida in Steve’s truck, and all her possessions at home in New Orleans were lost.

This all would be a sad story, if she would just stop laughing.

“I’ve been through much in my life, however, I always find the silver lining in the darkest clouds and worst situations,” says Bocage, who cannot tell this tale with a straight face.

She recalls a few weeks after the storm arriving at a friend’s house in Austin, TX. Her friend had cleared out a room for her, even the closet for her things. Laughing hysterically, she reenacts hanging her only three items of clothing, which she had acquired from church donations, in the closet. “I just have this!” she exclaims.

It has been almost two years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, and Bocage has found herself thriving somewhere she had never thought she’d be: San Francisco. “I created the story that Katrina threw me into the Land of Oz, and I don’t want to go. I landed in the right place,” she says.

Originally arriving in San Francisco after accepting a position with her current employer, Landmark Education, Bocage is now the CEO of Powerful Women International (PWI), a networking and empowerment organization dedicated to empowering women into achieving their goals. “I just want to see people happy. Whatever I can give, whoever I can connect them to, I’ll do that,” she says.

And her positivism is contagious — since PWI began in October 2006, there have been numerous networking breakfasts and luncheons, creating a comfortable atmosphere for women, and some men, to share their feelings.

“What I find out from stories and testimonies of people is that [our events] start to open the eyes of people, through other people sharing,” she says. “And through the networking part where they pass their business cards — they start to get to know people personally. The atmosphere is for professional people to be comfortable, relax.”

And Bocage plans to take this feeling of acceptance and comfort all over the world, as similar PWI networking events pop up in Texas, New Orleans, New York, and beginning next year, Africa and Isreal.

PWI doesn’t offer financial aid or business plan classes, and its events aren’t limited to businesswomen — just women, according to Bocage, who are searching for something in their lives. She believes that by a woman getting support and becoming empowered, she will naturally proceed on a prosperous and business savvy road that will lead to her success — and the empowerment moves along like a domino effect.

“They bring that passion to their mates, and their family, and it brings more power to help the community, and then that spreads worldwide,” she says. “And with that we can change the world. That’s my vision. Everybody should live their dream.”

“I’m inspired what people take on and what they accomplish,” says Alison Laytham, PWI’s technical director, of the organization’s participants. “The journeys they have made are remarkable.”

And women are encouraged to pursue whatever it is they want, whether it be starting a business, writing a book, or becoming a public speaker. “I had a guest who said she would like to be a guest speaker, to share her positive experiences from the networking group, but was afraid to go up in front of people,” says Bocage. “And now I can’t keep her off the podium.”

Sandra Acevedo, the host of One World, One Voice, a talk show on Marin Public Access, says Bocage helped her set her goal. “I wanted to do a talk show in my life, but I had never took it on,” she says. “She made me set my date. Part of the training is you don’t leave your goals up in the air.”

Cheryl Fidelman, the Editor-in-Chief of PWI, says that Bocage’s love and support is truly authentic. “She won’t accept any less from women than the goddesses that they are,” she says. “She brings that out in all of them, and she has dedicated her life to that. It’s so contagious.”

Recently, PWI combined a networking breakfast with an afternoon of workshops, at the request of attendees, with topics such as “Working in Confidence” and “Living in Abundance.” Bocage is also looking to do a black tie gala.

However, with a team of seven committed women practically running the show, Bocage would like to eventually hand off PWI. “I want to travel around the world doing speaking engagements,” she says. A genie in a bottle can dream, too.

For more information on Powerful Women International and its networking events, visit

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Landmark Graudate Creates Benefit Concert Where Kids Raise Money for Kids

Young Band Members Raising Funds for Kids"

From the Grove Examiner, Calgary Alberta Canada

Six local kids - united by their passion for music - are looking beyond their individual and collective dreams for rock stardom, using their musical prowess to help needy kids their ages.

The Descendants - a local group of young musicians who have been playing together for more than three years - features six musically talented youth ages 10 to 13. Together with The Connection - a band formed by six local recording artists, many whom are family members of The Descendents - the group will perform at the Kids for Kids, Families for Families Benefit Concert.
Organizers hope to raise $50,000 for two charities which provide education and food for children in need: CAUSE Kids and E4C Alberta.
The event is the brainchild of Lennore Huddleston, mother of The Descendants' keyboardist and drummer. She came up with the idea while enrolled in the Self-Expression and Leadership Program offered through Landmark Education. As part of the course curriculum, students were required to develop a community project. With her family's extensive musical talent and experience, Huddleston accepted this as the perfect opportunity to plan an event her whole family could be involved in and passionate about.
"Education is vital to breaking the cycle of poverty. When children are hungry, trying to learn becomes even more difficult," Lennore says. "When I had the opportunity to create a project that would make a difference to the communities by providing food and support for educational programs, it seemed a natural thing to do."
Huddleston became aware of CAUSE Kids - a Canadian-based organization operating education programs in Sierra Leone , West Africa - through a friend who worked with the agency. Huddleston contacted CAUSE to see if her idea would fit with the agency's goals. The organization immediately and enthusiastically embraced her vision.
"CAUSE...very much appreciates people who want to raise money to assist communities where we work," says CAUSE Kids' Canadian program manager, Travis Wilkins.
"It is great The Descendants are choosing to make a difference in Sierra Leone . Even more inspiring - these are young people working to make our world a better place. The concert is going to be amazing, and CAUSE appreciates all the hard work being put into it."
According to the UN, Sierra Leone is rated as one of the most disadvantaged countries in the world. From 1991 to 2002, the country was engaged in a horrific, civil conflict in which a small band of rebels held the country hostage. Characterized by child conscription, rape, amputations and other methods of brutal torture, the conflict resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, causing a third of the population to become refugees.
CAUSE Kids' first phase of its program focuses on the Koinadugu district - the largest and poorest district in the country. More than 50,000 school-aged children - many whom are orphaned - live in the area.
"Without some form of intervention breaking the poverty cycle, a unlikely to have access to formal education, is quite likely to be impoverished and will probably not live beyond his or her '40s," Wilkins says.
"CAUSE provides many direct and tangible opportunities to communities in the Koinadugu district. Children get a quality education and adequate nutrition, local people are trained and employed, water and infrastructure projects are undertaken and social and economic spin-offs are seen throughout the region."
Although Huddleston was excited about helping kids overseas, she could not ignore the starving children within her own community. She decided to use the concert as a means to raise funds for local kids as well.
"Our kids are very fortunate to live in Canada and to have all privileges that come about as a result," Huddleston says. "While I wanted them to be grateful for what they have and where they live, I also wanted them to understand poverty is not something that only exists overseas; it's here, in our own backyards. This is an opportunity for our kids to use their artistic abilities to help others less fortunate."
Huddleston approached E4C Alberta (E4C), and the agency immediately jumped on board.
"We are delighted to be part of this exciting event," says E4C executive director, Michael Farris. "The fact it is kids helping other kids makes it even more meaningful for us."
EFC Alberta - a non-profit, human services organization operating 15 programs to fight poverty - started Edmonton 's School Lunch Program in 1993. The program offers hot meals in 13 inner-city schools. In 2006, the program served approximately 404,950 well-balanced meals to students from kindergarten to grade six.
"The program continues to grow due to the great need in our community," says Farris, adding one in five children in Edmonton live in poverty.
"Our goal is to help provide children with nutritious food so they can concentrate on school work and not on their hungry tummies."
Kids for Kids, Families for Families will feature a 45-minute set by The Descendants, followed by a collaboration of songs performed by The Connection. Proceeds from the event will be split evenly between the two charities. Those who attend the festival will also have the opportunity to sponsor children in Sierra Leone through CAUSE Kids.
The two bands collaborated to produce a CD of original songs, written and produced specifically for this benefit. The CD - released in May - will be on sale at the concert. Proceeds will be shared between CAUSE and E4C.
The Descendants is so-named because all band members are offspring of highly musical parents with extensive song-writing and performance histories. The band, which is coached by the members' parents, was one of the finalists in the 2007 Futures Fest Battle of the Bands Competition.
Kids for Kids, Families for Families takes place at 8 p.m. at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton on June 22. For tickets ($20), call 470-4236.
Information about CAUSE Kids and E4C is available at the agencies' websites - and To learn more about The Descendants and The Connection, visit

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Landmark Graduate Scott Bedall Creates "Wellness Challenge" to Promote Healthy Habits For Kids

When Scott Bedall began the Self Expression and Leadership Program he wanted to make a difference in the health of kids.

Kids take fitness in stride, and then some

From: Times Colonist, Victoria Canada
By: Jeff Bell

The collective energy of a bunch of eight- and nine-year-olds goes a long way.

At Cloverdale Traditional School (the name has officially changed now that the elementary facility has the go-ahead to follow a "traditional" school model in September), students in Gale Penner's Grade 3 class and Ian Macpherson's Grade 3/4 group are two weeks into the Victoria School Wellness Challenge -- and have already charged past one of their major goals.

Wellness Challenge creator Scott Beddall, whose godson Logan Diamond is one of Mrs. Penner's students, said all of the children have been given pedometers to keep track of how far they walk and run each day. The hope was that they would make it across Vancouver Island by the time the program wraps up June 12.

Logan Diamond and Tasmin Laal show off the pedometers they've been putting to good use at Cloverdale Traditional School.

"The original goal was just to cross Vancouver Island in 30 days," Beddall said. "But these students are doing so well we've had to shift it up to crossing Canada because they've already walked so far. They did 904 kilometres in four days."

Fresh from an in-class striding-and-exercise session led by Mrs. Penner, nine-year-old Solan Baragar said he knew just how far he and his friends had already travelled.

"We've walked across the Island and halfway back!"

He said his classmates are using their pedometers every day and having fun keeping track of how far they go.

Mrs. Penner said the students are full of enthusiasm for the Wellness Challenge, which also emphasizes healthy eating.

"It's fantastic," she said. "They love it. They're actually moving."

The students have even taken to doing high-step walking in the halls to maximize their movement, she said.

Beddall said the Wellness Challenge is a full-fledged community effort. Several businesses have given their support by supplying all of the pedometers and healthy snacks the program requires, and the Greater Victoria school board has been supportive since it was all just an idea.

He said a leadership program he was taking in Vancouver through Landmark Education inspired his plan.

"It centres around building a community project that makes a difference. I wanted to set it up in a way that kids could really stay interested and get motivated about physical fitness and nutrition."

The program comes at time when health issues and their relation to diet and exercise are very topical, Beddall said.

"Diabetes rates are flying up, and childhood obesity is tied right in with that."

The Wellness Challenge also fits into the goals of the province's two-year-old ActNow B.C. initiative, which promotes a range of health- and fitness-related issues, Beddall said.

He said he had a lot of help getting the program up and running, particularly from Winona Pugh, and is hoping to do more in the future.

"We're going to look at ways next year that we can build this up and include more schools."

Leadership Victoria is teaming up with Rob Reid from Frontrunners to make the annual Mad Hatter Fun Run on June 2 an event to remember.

The three-kilometre run, started by Reid in 2003, takes place on the Oak Bay Tea Party parade route just before the floats, bands and other parade entries head out from Windsor Park. With the help of the Leadership Victoria "Street Feet" team, this year's run will be raising awareness of the needs of Victoria's homeless, as well as giving participants a chance to donate personal-care items to the Victoria Cool Aid Society's shelter program.

Cost of entry in the run will be $5, along with an item for Cool Aid. Socks, underwear, toothbrushes and hygiene products are among the needs.

Registration forms can be picked up at Frontrunners' Victoria and Langford locations, or Bellla on Johnson Street. Entry fees and donations can be dropped off at these sites, or at the registration desk on run-day.

Organizers are hoping the special cause being supported at this year's event will help double the field of runners, which usually numbers about 100.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Landmark Education Graduate Project "Genesis at the Crossroads" has Been Bringing The Arab and Jewish Communities Together Since 1999

Quilt communicates--One Peace at a Time

From: Sun Times News Group
December 4, 2006
The seventh-grade class from Nettelhorst School was as diverse and patchwork as the peace quilts its students were meticulously creating colorful, cotton squares for.

The kids were participating in the humanitarian project, One Peace at a Time, which will ship bright and vibrant, handmade children's quilts --created by American kids-- to Iraq children, through Operation Iraqi Children.

A square of the peace quilt being crafted by students at Nettelhorst Elementary School. The quilt will be sent to children in Iraq.

"It's such a fun project," said Lincoln Parker Wendy Sternberg, founder of Genesis at the Crossroads, the nonprofit organization responsible for the concept. "It's not just their visual artwork that needs to go down in history, but ideas on how to communicate peace through words, colors. It's a project to grow philanthropic kids, because I think that is what's going to change the world."

The project is part of a larger effort coordinated by Sternberg, who in 1999 founded Genesis, which is dedicated to bridging cultures in conflict through the arts as well as creating innovative arts education programs around the world.

With One Peace At A Time, Sternberg said she wanted to give kids an opportunity to think about world peace and show those emotions in a creative, artistic way. She asked the children to reflect their individual thoughts on peace through color and fabrics, thinking outside the box as they work.

"You guys are ambassadors of peace," Sternberg, a doctor with a private practice in Evanston, told the group. "Your message about peace in the world is actually going to be taken around the world."

This is the ninth school and the 12th workshop Sternberg has held locally, and she has run the gamut, she said, of nationalities. Sternberg -- who is Jewish -- said she started the project with the ideal of, "acceptance, appreciation, and a celebration of diversity." Each quilt takes about 10 hours to make, and the squares are meticulously put together by a team of professional quilters.

"The quilts are a nice medium," Sternberg said. "Everyone associates warmth and comfort in a quilt."

En route to the Iraqi children, the exhibit will be on display at the Merchandise Mart's One of a Kind Show and Sale from Dec. 7 to 10, and will then stop at the Chicago Children's Museum and other museums of peace and tolerance across the nation.

In conjunction with exhibit, Concert for Peace, featuring actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band, will be held Dec. 10 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. The concert will benefit Genesis' children's humanitarian peace programs, and One of a Kind Show artists will also submit squares for an original peace quilt that will be auctioned off at the Sinise show.

At Nettelhorst, 3252 N. Broadway, students clearly got into creating their squares and promoting peace Nov. 21.

Julliannah Muyiwa's quilt showed a sunset on the water, and hands and hearts. "I'd like to see no wars and everybody getting along and no violence," Muyiwa said.

Yamonie Noy said peace means, "People living, loving and laughing, and coming together as one with no war, and happiness," while Michelle McDaniel, said it made her happy to know she's helping other people and making them happy.

Sternberg said she chose Iraq because, "There's a war going on and there's no end point, and that leads to a lot of death and destruction."

Meanwhile, as they put the final touches on their squares, the students continued to reflect about peace.

Constanza Caal, drew a sunset, because it's "peaceful close to the water," and Miranda Davis drew both an American and Iraqi flag, with a peace sign in-between, so "the USA can have peace with Iraq." Marie Mungenast said she hoped the Iraqi children, "Will be happy to know we're thinking about them," with her drawing of peace signs and trees creating a "peaceful environment."

To Sternberg, who was tearful at times discussing the project and checking out the artwork, these children are the future peacemakers of the world.

"I love the spirit in little kids," Sternberg said. "They have so much verve and fight, it's endearing ... and it's going to take a fight for world peace.

"They have tenacity," she added. "They can make a huge difference."

For more information on Genesis at the Crossroads, visit

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Habitat For Humanity Home Furnished by Donations Raised by Two Landmark Education Participants

A project by two interior designers, Suzanne Perrin and Denise Inskip-Seale, to beautifully decorate a Habitat for Humanity home totally from donated material, labor and furnishings. The project was developed while participating with Landmark Education. This video chronicles the development of this project as well as moving coverage of the day the family who helped build the house got to see it finished for the first time.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Womens Resource Fairs: Begun in the Landmark Self-Expression and Leaderhip Program

In 2002 Penny Beatty had an idea to create a resource fair that specifically addressed the needs and interests of women. 5 years and 25 events later, this project is still going strong.

From: Suburban Woman North Shore

The spirit of community was a key factor for many of us who
decided to be part of the fair four years ago, and remains of
great importance to those who participate As the committee
considered implications of recent world events, we could see the
impact in our communities and in our own lives. The request for
help, for clarity, for kindness, has never in our lifetime been so
forthcoming. In our discussions it became clear: here is ourchance to "think globally, act locally.

- Dena Eakles of Echo Valley Farm
Women’s Fair Advisory Board Chair

This Years Theme: Embracing
Reflecting this year’s theme of Embracing,the Womans Resource Fair strives to offer all women a central, credible source for finding enrichment. Embracing local and world cultures, the holistic resources and soothing, nurturing services and products
to help better women’s lives, the Fair promises to be an outstanding medley of interests for women and their families. Food service will be available for lunch and snacks by Whole Foods, both healthy and delicious. Spending the day will prove to be an experience to remember!

Presenting 50 experts offering information, products and services and 40 lectures and panels, participants will benefit from the following areas of specialties: Bodywork & Movement; Coaching; Education; Health & Wellness; Holistic Products;
Organic Home; Retreats & Counseling and Psyche & Lore. Providing the perfect venue to enjoy with friends, family, and co-workers, women can meet, bond, network and mostly, learn.

Featuring World Diversity
Attendees this year will have the opportunity to experience unique offerings of peoples’ traditions, ceremonies and cultures. From indigenous peoples’ prayerful ceremonies and the healing dance of Eastern cultures to the clarity of a formal Japanese tea ceremony, the fair’s programming will embrace the diversity within the community and throughout the world.

The Women’s Resource Fairs host 5 fairs in the Illinois and Wisconsin area including Evanston, Lake Geneva, Madison, Deerfield and Oak Park. Directed by an Advisory Circle of community leaders, the mission of the Women’s Resource Fairs are to give individual practitioners, non-profits and businesses who serve women, a greater opportunity to enrich the lives of all women through the collective presentation of their services, products and programs. General admission to the fair is $10 and includes access to all booths and educational lectures both days. Admission scholarships are available for women in need.
For more information
call (847) 328-8775 or visit

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Special Spectators- A Landmark Education Self-Expression and Leadership Project Begun in 2002

Special Spectators was a project created in 2002 by Blake Rockwell while he was a participant in the Landmark Self Expression and Leadership Program. Blake is a huge sports fan and got the idea to give seriously ill children a chance to attend College Sporting Events. In the 5 years since the project began, Special Spectators has grown to include 40 participating colleges and universities.

At each of the events, children with serious illnesses who would otherwise not be able to participate in sports or attend games, are treated to an all day event. The day includes special VIP seating, tours of the stadium and locker rooms, visits with the players and a visit to the field during half time in which the whole stadium cheers for them. As the project has grown it has been covered by various newspapers and television and radio stations. Recently it was covered by


'Create moments that take your breath away'

By Ivan Maisel

Blake Rockwell isn't sure of the exact day that he decided to change his life, and the lives of so many people around him. It may have been in the spring of 2002, when his wife became severely ill while pregnant and gave birth to their daughter 10 weeks prematurely. It may have been a few weeks earlier, when he lost his job with a New York investment bank swallowed up by a bigger firm.

But Rockwell knows for sure when he first began to realize that life is short -- Sept. 11, 2001. Three years later, the anniversary of the attacks falls on a Saturday. Rockwell appreciates the significance of that. He will be at Memorial Stadium in Norman, seeing to it that his Special Spectators have a day that they never forget.
Special Spectators
If you are interested in donating time and/or money to Special Spectators, visit the website,

Special Spectators is the name of the program that Rockwell began in the wake of Sept. 11. The spectators are patients at children's hospitals near college campuses. Rockwell arranges for the kids to go to college football games. The schools donate the tickets, and Rockwell sets up the quintessential Saturday experience: tailgate, cheerleaders, mascots, band.

On Saturday, patients from the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City will tour the Switzer Center, go down on the field before the game to sit in the Sooner Schooner, then watch No. 2 Oklahoma play Houston.

Oklahoma is one of 22 I-A schools that will host Special Spectators this season. A forest is burnt to the ground, and out of the ashes rise a few shoots. Three years later, Rockwell still thinks about the forest.

"Every time there's a beautiful fall day, one of those days when you can really smell the fall in the air," Rockwell says from his home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago. "You realize that summer is over. You no longer have to suffer the heat and humidity. A gorgeous morning. That's when I think about it."

Rockwell is 37, a Michigan boy, born in Grand Rapids, raised in Midland. His father Harold was active in Michigan State alumni affairs. Rockwell cheered for Michigan. Something about being tired of losing in the 1970s.

His sense of humor is sharp, his laugh quick. Rockwell went to Albion College, and is quick to ply you with details of their 1994 Division III championship. You don't even have to ask.

He describes himself on that Manhattan morning as the chaser in us all. Chasing what, Rockwell isn't quite sure. But he was chasing.

"I had been active in volunteering at Children's Memorial Hospital when we lived in Chicago," Rockwell says. "I got carried away with my own career and things I was doing to advance my career. There was a bit of a void in my life. There was some passion missing."

He remembers the regular Tuesday morning meeting and the tone in Karyn's voice when she interrupted it by cell phone.

"She yelled, 'What's going on?' Rockwell says. "I thought she had discovered my mistresses. I didn't have any but I thought she had found out I did."

The images of that day remain with him, the images he saw on television, and the numbness and panic he saw around him. When your wife works two blocks away, and you can't find her, you don't forget that pit in your stomach. The attacks ended nearly 3,000 lives, and disrupted countless others. Rockwell came away from them with the early onset of midlife crisis. He wanted to know what he was chasing, and why.

"Karyn said to me, 'Think about what you love to do,'" Rockwell says. "You love kids and the children's hospital and sports.' I am a college football nut. By the time August rolls around, I'm saying, 'Honey, I'll see you in early January.' One of the things I learned from volunteering is how much the kids loved sports. They didn't have the experience in sports. Their experience was from TV, or through a video game.

"The atmosphere around a college football game is unique, and so much fun," Rockwell says. "Why not bring the kids to college football games?"

A few months later, Rockwell lost his job. Karyn became "very, very sick" in giving birth to Lauren, who remained in the hospital for eight weeks. She came home wearing a heart and respiratory monitor. Rockwell understood that he didn't want to leave Lauren in someone else's care. He also realized that New York was a long way from the Midwest, where his family and Karyn's family lived.

They moved back to Chicago. Between naps, diaper changes and jars of food, Rockwell began calling I-A schools. In 2002, two schools agreed to serve as hosts. Central Florida and Arizona had plenty of good seats available. Last year, nine schools participated. This year, there are 22, among them teams that have no trouble selling tickets: Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma.

Some schools give only 10 tickets. Some schools give 200. The word has spread among the close-knit world of athletic directors: Special Spectators is a good program. Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione is wary of falling for every warm and fuzzy request that crosses his desk. But once his department determines the request is legitimate, Oklahoma tries to grant it.

"If we can't do some of these things, what are we about?" Castiglione asks. "It speaks to our values."

That's where Rockwell came in. He found a sponsor, Levy Cares, the non-profit foundation of Levy Restaurants, the Chicago company that moved stadium food beyond the soggy hot dog. Rockwell has become savvy enough in NCAA-speak that he refers to schools as "member institutions." He is a stay-at-home dad, and he has become the favorite uncle of dozens of sick children around the country.

"I have a little saying I tell myself every day," Rockwell says. "Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take. It's the moments that take your breath away. That's what you're trying to do. Create moments that take your breath away.

"Yesterday's history," he adds. "Tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift. Live life to the fullest. What are you going to do with that gift? I wasn't always like that. But I am now."

Out of the ashes of Sept. 11, shoots have begun to rise.

Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for He can be reached at

For more information or to bring Special Spectators to your school or Alma Mater visit:

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mothers for Mothers: A Project Created in the Landmark Self-Expression and Leadership Program

Group offering help to mothers

Volunteers assist by tackling tasks

From: Sun Sentinal South Florida
By Laura Burdick-Sherman

Mothers need as much help they can get as far as Joelle Smith is concerned.

And that's her vision for a newly created organization, Mothers For Mothers.

"Every mother needs assistance with watching their kids; either they can't afford it or don't know who to ask," said Smith, of Sunrise. She and her husband, Daryl, have three children younger than 6.

She said she came up with the idea while on maternity leave from her position as drama teacher at Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs.

With time on her hands and motivation to do something meaningful, Smith participated in a self expression and leadership class at the Landmark Forum in Dania Beach.

"The course teaches how to live your possibilities out of life," she said. "We had to create a community project to help us learn how to live a better life, and I came up with an organization."

Using her life as inspiration, Smith's idea for the group is to help mothers with the numerous tasks of motherhood.

"I said I want to support and assist other mothers, and just by talking with people, I realized if we all take a stand and do one thing for someone else, it can happen," she said.

After several more leadership classes and with the help from Pediatric Associates in Sunrise and neighbors and mothers at the Little Gym in Plantation, Smith has garnered a team of 50 volunteer helpers.

The group has already helped Marie Gonzalez, 60, of Lauderhill, who is now taking care of four grandchildren between 1 and 6 years old.

"It's a big help. I had a lot of problems with school for the oldest because I was always late to take him to school. I'm slow and not well myself, by the time I get the four ready, I'm late. Now, someone takes him to school, and the teacher is happy. They offered me to do laundry. They sent me lunch, and give me stuff for the kids," she said.

Another recipient is a single mother with two young children -- one of whom requires monthly surgeries. A volunteer helps with meals and baby sitters, Smith said.

"Our biggest hurdle is getting us out there as a source for mothers because they're very resistant even though they need it. Mothers want to do it all," Smith said.

Smith has a supply of baby formula, diapers, laundry detergent, microwaves, and baby furniture, cribs, dressers and a stream of eager volunteers. She's looking for mothers who need help.

For more information about Mothers For Mothers, call 954-465-5413.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Self-Expression and Leadership Program Participant Laura Fiori Creates A Reading Project For Kids That Helps Build A Kitchen At A School In Mexico

Kids Hit the Books to Build A Kitchen

From WCAV- Alexandria Virginia

Elementary school students at Greer and Stony Point are hitting the books to help poor students in rural Mexico build a kitchen at their school.

The second graders have read 2,000 books. They hope people and businesses will donate $5 for each book read. They want to raise $10,000 to build a kitchen for a poor school in rural Mexico.

The Read A Book - Build A Kitchen Program gets kids reading and inspires them to help other kids in need.

“This opportunity to connect with Mexico and give back something was truly a meaningful event for every student,” said Greer Elementary Assistant Principal Lisa Molinaro.

“It makes me feel good because they are finally going to have a chance to feel good as us,” said second grader Caleb Bow.

“I am glad that they can have a great kitchen, and I wish they can have a yummy food,” said second grader Mariko Ogino.

The students are still at work raising money. To make a donation and for more information about the program, go to

Donations are tax deductible.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Landmark Education Graduate Jennifer Kramer Raises Money for Special Olympics Each Year By Taking an Icy Plunge

Really big chill: Polar Plunge's top fund-raiser has warm heart

From: the Chicago Sun-Times
by Rummana Hussain

On Sunday morning, Jennifer Kramer will throw on a Dopey costume and run into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan.

Some of her girlfriends, dressed as the remaining Seven Dwarfs, will follow close behind.

"We tried to recruit a male Snow White but that didn't work out," joked Kramer, who's on target to be the biggest individual fund- raiser in the annual Chicago Polar Plunge, benefitting Special Olympics Chicago, for a second straight year.

As of Thursday, Kramer had collected $4,700 -- a record amount any single participant has raised in the Polar Plunge's seven-year history.

Kramer also set a record last year, bringing in $4,474.

"It's so not about winning," Kramer, 36, said of raising the most cash. "But then again, how great is it to instill the competitiveness for the Special Olympics?"

Kramer, a native of Wauconda, grew up in a family that stressed charity and often delivers clothing, toys, books, and school supplies to a Mexican orphanage.

She first became interested in the Polar Plunge five years ago when she met Maureen Dillon, a former Special Olympics swimmer and basketball player with Down syndrome.

"I've always been profoundly interested in helping the less fortunate, especially children with special needs. [Meeting Dillon] cemented what I had felt all along," said Kramer, a sports development director with the Mayor's Office of Special Events, one of the many Polar Plunge partners.

Kramer, of Old Town, wore street clothes at her first Polar Plunge. But each year since, she, like hundreds of others gathered at the North Avenue Beach festivities, changes into a costume before dipping into the bone-chilling waves that feel "like millions of needles piercing your skin."

She's donned snow fairy and gladiator outfits in the past.

Kramer's contributions alone, officials said, are enough to cover costs of smaller Special Olympics competitions.

"She's very spirited and very generous," said Susan Nicholl, Dillon's sister and executive director of Special Children's Charities, the fund-raising organization for Special Olympics Chicago. "We're so lucky to have her."

From the Again this year, Jennifer Kramer was our top fundraiser collecting a very impressive $7886.47! Jennifer (on the left) and her friends dressed as the 7 Dwarves and added great energy to the day's festivities!

Visit Chicago Polar Plunge

Monday, April 30, 2007

Landmark Self-Expression and Leadership Project in Canada to Raise Money to Fight Maleria in Africa

Mother's Day Bowling Event to Raise Money to Purchase Bednets

From: Canadian Broadcasting Company

More needs to be done to fight malaria, one of the biggest killers of children in Africa, advocates said Wednesday in support of a bed-net fundraising campaign.

For several years, African governments have marked April 25 as Africa Malaria Day, to raise awareness of the devastating effect the disease has on the continent. The infectious disease kills one million children in Africa a year, with 3,000 children dying daily.

Abuk Pearson from Darfur beat the odds for African children by surviving malaria.
Mosquitoes tend to bite at night while children are sleeping, but bed nets can help. UNICEF studies suggest proper use of insecticide-treated bed nets can cut transmission in half, and reduce under-five mortality from all causes by up to 25 per cent.

Canadians are responding to the Spread the Net campaign launched last year by MP Belinda Stronach and satirist Rick Mercer.

Under the motto "Ten bucks. One bed net. One life," the campaign aims to send 500,000 bed nets to Liberia and Rwanda over the next two years. UNICEF will distribute the bed nets.

"I give 10 bucks, I can prevent a child from getting sick or dying," said Nigel Fisher, president and CEO of UNICEF Canada. "That's impact."

Startling statistic
Campaign posters declare that a child dies every 30 seconds, a statistic that startled Laurie Hunter of Oakville, Ont.

"It's such a simple, low-cost solution to children dying," said Hunter. "I see my kids tucked into bed safe, and I think as a mother it's hard to believe."

Hunter and her friends decided to host a bowling-for-bed-nets fundraiser on Mother's Day, aiming to raise enough money to buy 1,000 nets.

Spread the Net ambassador and Liberal MP Glen Pearson from London, Ont., said it was easy to have his malaria treated in Canada, but the treatment is not readily available in Africa.

"It can be beat, and it has been beat in our family's case," Pearson said of his adopted daughter Abuk, who was underweight and infected with malaria in Darfur. She was not expected to survive.

Last year, Pearson discovered Abuk's twin sister and older brother were also alive. The family now plans to adopt Abuk's sibilings, who also have malaria, saying she has the right to live with her own family.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Landmark Education Graduate Ameet Maturu brings New Yorkers together in the First Annual Great Squash Cook Off.

The Great Squash Cook Off

From: The Park Slope Courier
By: Mathew Moll

While millions around the country are focused on a game to decide football supremacy, the local squash world will be lining its stomachs, preparing to crown its own champion.

Twenty contestants are slated to compete in The Great Squash Cook-Off, a community-based “Iron Chef” inspired contest, on Feb. 4 at the V-Spot – a vegan restaurant – located at 156 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope.

“This is a chance to bring people in the community together and support seasonal eating,” said Ameet Maturu, whose company The Intuitive Cook organized the event. “We hope people will more become aware of what is available naturally this time of year.”

On the Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” the contestants are assigned one ingredient from which to cook a gourmet meal. Maturu’s version is to take one seasonal ingredient, make one dish, keep it local and keep it vegan. Which according to the American Vegan Society, means only products from the plant kingdom are allowed. No meat. No dairy.

Maturu, 28, described seasonal eating as people incorporating the season’s natural harvest into their diets. This, according to Maturu, supports local farms, benefits the body, and helps consumers connect with the origins of food.


About 30 contestants submitted recipes and short anecdotes describing how they created their dishes. Judges selected the 20 contestants who were chosen on how interesting the stories were and the simplicity of the dish.

Members of the public will also be able to attend and vote on their favorite dish. The V-Spot is scheduled to open its doors at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 to the public. Admission to the cook-off is $15.

The winner will be awarded $200 cash prize and the dish will be featured on the V-Spot’s menu where it will remain for at least the winter, but with the possibility of becoming a permanent item.

They’ll compete in one of three categories: soups/stews/chilis, entrees and sides, and desserts.

“Winter squash is available naturally this time of year and provides many of the vitamins the body needs to survive the winter,” said Maturu.

Danny Carabano, owner of the V-Spot, saw the contest as a chance to have a new event at his nine-month-old restaurant.

When Maturu and Carabano met through a mutual acquaintance their interests complemented each other like tempeh and tofu.

The V-Spot is in its nascent state searching for new ways to reach what Carabano called a growing vegetarian population in Park Slope.

“When Ameet and I met he already had the cook-off in mind,” said Carabano who worked for six years as a teacher while he saved to open his restaurant. “After we spoke it just made sense.”

Carabano, who has a palate for cooking, and wears faded jeans and a T-shirt is a restaurateur, sous chef, promoter and waiter.

Carabano said limited dining options motivated him to open a vegan restaurant, and Maturu’s idea seemed like fun, even if he has only made squash soup.

“Yeah, I generally don’t make squash,” said Carabano. “So I am interested in trying new dishes.”

Maturu moved to New York City from San Francisco to study at the Institute of Interactive Nutrition, where he became a holistic health counselor. At Maturu’s new business, The Intuitive Cook, he advises his clients on diet, nutrition, and lifestyle. The idea to combine one of Maturu’s favorite shows, “The Iron Chef,” with his professional career was an ideal way for Maturu to meet members of the community and cook with them.

But culinary combat with dishes with names such as Three Sisters Chili and Three Sisters Stew, the event may prove to be more about camaraderie than clashing; more about the history of dishes than the histrionics the Food Network’s reality show provides.

The same panel of six judges, Carabano, Maturu, Kala Lea, co-owner of Smooch, an organic restaurant in Fort Green; Vikas Khanna, a restaurant consultant and owner; Anna Lappe, the author of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic; and Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Vegan with a Vengeance will judge the dishes based on taste, presentation, and ease of preparation.

“We want something other people in the community can make,” said Carabano.

“The idea of this event is to help people get more connected with their food, and to others who enjoy cooking,” said Maturu.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Landmark Education Graduate, Best Selling Author and Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, Ben Zander Interviewed on Canadian Television

Landmark Education Graduate Ben Zander, best selling business author and conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Symphany was interviewed on Canadian Televsion. He is show leading a seminar for musicians in Toronto Canada and speaking about leadership, transformation, Landmark Education and The Landmark Forum.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Landmark Education Graduate Project Uses Improv Comedy to Contribute to Survivors of Sexual Assualt

Using Improvisational Comedy to Bring Laughter and Light Heartedness Back Into the Lives of Survivors of Sexual Assault.

Andrea Howe used the Landmark Education Self Expression and Leadership Program to create an organizations called "Living Out Loud". A survivor of sexual assault herself, Andrea had come a long way in her healing proccess and wanted to contribute to other women with a similar experience.

Living Out Loud workshops use the vehicle of improvisational comedy to help survivors who are ready begin to bring laughter and light-heartedness back into their lives.

Listen to an iterview with Andrea Howe on Washington Post Radio

Living Out Loud Website

Friday, April 13, 2007

Landmark Education Self-Expression and Leadership Project Gives Senior Citizens a Thrill by Taking Them for Motorcycle Rides

Landmark Self Expression and Leadership Project called G.O.P.A.T. (Giving Old People A Thrill)

New Zealand Self Expression and Leadership Program Participant Max Vodane created a project that brought the Ulysses Motor Bike Club together with the St. Andrews Retirement Community. Bike Club Members took Senior Citizens from St. Andrews for rides on Motorcyles.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Landmark Education Graduate Ginna Goodenow Creates Project to Raise Money to buy Prosthetic Limbs for Kids

Limbs For Life

From 9NEWS NOW Washington D.C.
If there was ever a pitch for a cause, Jessica Rogers knows how to hit it.

"Some kids that don't have legs and arms, they're gonna get money for them to get fake legs and arms."

"How important is that?" asks 9NEWS NOW reporter Emily Schmidt.

"That’s really important because you want to feel like everybody else."

So does Dayton, a kid who runs the bases in 12 seconds flat with out the help of legs. Margaret Wesley wants to see him running even faster with a prosthetic.

"When I look at kids playing ball, I see kids who have a chance to do what I've done as an amputee."

A bus accident took her leg when she was 18; a prosthetic leg gave freedom in return. But it is not cheap. Jerett's dad, Craig Coleman, says his son's braces are 5000 dollars for each quickly-growing leg.

"Insurance says every three years, but he's seven, and on his fourth pair."

Ginna Goodenow says, "These kids deserve to live happy, normal, free lives. And prosthetics are important for them to be able to do that."

So Saturday morning on the national mall, kids of all abilities are invited to come get their kicks in any kind of a sport and benefit a nonprofit group called "Limbs for Life."

"They provide limbs at very low costs. For 1500 dollars they can achieve what 30 thousand may cost someone else."

Jessica's own prosthetic legs are getting fixed right now. She knows what they give her and what others think when she goes without.

"They probably think, 'oh my gosh --- her legs. She doesn't have any...ugh!' But really, I just had surgery on them, haven't you had surgery before?"

These kids can outrun adversity now; imagine what would happen if prosthetics took them to the next step.

The second Annual Kicking For Kids Who Cant is going to be held on October 7th, 2007.

See Addtional Coverage of the project on Fox News

Visit the Kicking For Kids Who Cant Website