Changemaker Nomination: The Cookbook Project

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to The Cookbook Projectwww.thecookbookproject.org

Here’s what Alissa has to say about this fearless organization:

“I am nominating the organization that I helped to found, called The Cookbook Project. We are an international food culture and cooking education non-profit based in the USA. We use experiential education to teach youth around the world about healthy eating through local foods, and we train community leaders to spread our unique curriculum. Right now, Chronic-lifestyle related disease is becoming the next worldwide epidemic, with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease affecting not only older folks, but younger people as well. Shockingly, this is happening at an alarming rate in not only the USA, but in the developing countries where we are working as well.

We believe that food is the best preventative medicine, and our curriculum supports eating only WHOLE, REAL FOODS. One of the main components of our curriculum is a Food Literacy module that focuses on learning about ingredients, whole foods, and label reading.

Fearless Chocolate is SUCH an inspiration, not only because you produce an AMAZING and DELICIOUS product, but because your intentions from product recipe, to sourcing, to creation are based on sustainability for health and the environment.

Thanks for what you do either way, and we hope that Fearless will consider supporting The Cookbook Project as a changemaker!

Be Well,
Alissa Bilfield
Executive Director”

A little more info:

“The Cookbook Project is all about supporting health for the individual and the planet throughexperiential food-based education. We are aligned with the goals of the Slow Food Movement and the Food Justice Movement.  We work with a variety of organizations to help make the connection between access to fresh and healthy foods and education. One of the CBP’s central goals is to provide educational workshops in local communities in order to bridge the gap between access to fresh, local food, and knowledge of culturally relevant food preparation. Interestingly, grassroots research on next steps for the Food Justice movement have shown that providing access is not enough — interactive experiential education on nutrition and food preparation are crucial if the Food Justice Movement is to achieve its goals.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Christopher Kilner of the Woape Foundation

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Christopher Kilner of the Woape Foundationwoapefoundation.org

Here’s what Maura has to say about this fearless person and organization:

“Here is a (at the time) 17 year old who went to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to do service.  The experience changed him profoundly and he said he needed to do something to effect change.  He immediately went to work and created the Woape Foundation.  Mind you, he did this by himself while also maintaining a 4.08 GPA as a senior in HS, Rowing, and applying to colleges.  He can be contacted through the Foundation.”

A little more info:

“The [Woape Foundation's] Woyute Campaign is an effort to provide healthy food and education to Native American children. Currently, the goal is to build a Geodesic Greenhouse Dome large enough to support the tight-knit community on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The greenhouse will allow for a large amount of fresh produce to be grown year round in it’s 1,300 square feet of space, while also providing an educational experience for the children and families on the Reservation.
The first goal is to allow for another, newer, medium for those on the Reservation to obtain healthier, organic produce, as the consumers continue to fight against obesity, diabetes, and general malnourishment.

The second goal of this project is to educate the children attending The Red Cloud School and Our Lady of Lourdes in healthy eating and sustainable growing while also serving as a new medium to explore the disciplines of mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics.

A third goal of this project is to allow for a protected area in which those on the reservation can grow threatened native plants and store the seeds of these plants in a seed bank, which can then be opened if the population of native plants ever needs to be replenished or bolstered.

A fourth goal of this project is to store seeds of the plants grown in the dome in a seed bank and distribute these seeds (tomato, cucumber, blackberry, etc…) to households on the reservation, which can then begin growing these organic plants.

A fifth goal of this project is to continue the movement towards sustainable, earth friendly, organic, and carbon neutral agriculture and construction.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Helen Samuels of Eko Habitat

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Congratulations to Helen Samuels of Eko Habitatwww.ekohabitat.org

Here’s what Teri and Brian have to say about this fearless organization:

“Helen Samuels is an amazing person. She has helped build bridges between indigenous communities, taught children in Mexico how to survive in the dumps they were living in (including sustainable practices for growing food and how to make solar ovens), helped out in Haiti when the earthquake struck and much more. Please take a look at her bio on her site and also check out the videos there as well. Please consider her. She is a fiesty angel here on the Earth and she could use some help right now. Thank you!” — Teri

“Helen is 66 and has dedicated her life to creating and inspiring change in others. She is among a rare group of innovative and courageous social entrepreneurs who are changing the way the world views solutions to our environmental and social challenges. With dogged determination, compassionate action and hands-on grassroots organizing, Helen, an ASHOKA Fellow, has spent more than 30 years and visited over 25 countries inspiring and supporting youth with projects mainly in Mexico and the United States. Devoted particularly to fostering self-generated solutions to the poverty and social devastation in and around urban settlements and rural areas. Her passion particularly extends to the “4th SECTOR” — the massive and fastest growing social sector of urban youth worldwide who are struggling with the day to day survival facing the challenges of POST-Development. Traditionally national development strategies all too often do not consider the youth as stakeholders and active promoters of their own well-being. In order to advance, the youth must invent their own future and Helen is there to hand them the tools. Her dedicated efforts have lead to the creation of more than 150 youth-run projects which have hence spawned an additional 500 community based projects themselves as they have replicated their sustainable practices through other local and global networks. In the last 20 years Helen has also committed to facilitating events that promote the protection and restoration of traditional native cultures and the promotion of sustainability practices with the.

Helen facilitates projects generated by youth leaders who strive to offer their community an answer to poverty, violence, environmental collapse, despair and crime. She is creating an extensive support network of adult and youth mentors to inspire and train the youth in alternative technologies and sustainable practices while inculcating a philosophy of living with respect and in balance with Earth’s life supporting systems. Helen and her network of caring adults have worked alongside the youth to enable their productive efforts as they craft a sustainable future.

Helen has altered the way the media, decision-makers, and others perceive urban and native youth cultures, as well as the way the youth perceive themselves.

Examples of Helen’s leadership in the international scene includes the co-creation of ‘Earth Crew’ with Los Angeles based Graffiti artists & ‘Urban Courage,’ a coalition of youth from gangs who became the first to present innovative community improvement projects with the perspective of urban youth at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the Global Forum in Manchester as well as participation in the New York PREPCOMs and Habitat II conference in Istanbul. Urban Courage won three 1st place awards for ‘Youth Best Practices’ and was invited by the United Nations Youth Unit to attend the World Youth Forum in Vienna, where they received a grant from Japan to create a community youth center in Mexico City.

In recent years, her community‐building activities have resulted in the creation and replication of ‘Green Dome Projects’ — a consortium of environmental groups from the U.S. and Mexico which was launched in 2004 with the collaboration and support of Hanne Strong and the Manitou Foundation in Colorado. The first Green Dome EXPO and was featured at the EDC Sponsored Youth Employment Summit in Veracruz, Mexico. In 2006, the Green Dome Project was a co-creator of the Alternative World Water Forum in Mexico City along with GYAN‐Mexico, Tierra Viva and Organi-K.

The momentum of these activities is exploding, with numerous invitations from other expositions and youth-led groups worldwide.
The following are links to a few of her projects and affiliations:
www.ashoka.org/fellow/3790
www.pbs.org/kcet/globaltribe/voices/voi_samuels.html ” — Brian

Check out the website:

“The purpose of Eko-Habitat is to provide a 21st Century creative ‘space’ where youth can network and explore attainable sustainable solutions for an improved future, share their common goals and practices as well as be exposed to the most effective environmental and social solutions available from around the globe.”

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Changemaker Nomination: The Arc New London County

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to The Arc New London County: thearcnlc.org

Here’s what Jon has to say about this fearless organization:

“The New London County is a non profit that provides individualized supports, services, and advocacy to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help facilitate their full participation and inclusion in the communities of Southeastern Connecticut. The New London Arc has provided these services for 60 years.”

A little more info:

“The Arc New London County is a non-profit organization founded in 1952 by families looking for opportunities for their children. The Arc today serves over 550 individuals of all ages, offering advocacy, employment opportunities, life skills training, recreation, residences and person-centered, community based services.

Vision: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by The Arc New London County are full participating members of their communities.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative: www.olceri.org

Here’s what Jonathan has to say about this fearless organization:

“With the arrival of the Europeans on the American continents so began the destruction of a culture that was committed to the Earth as a sacred entity.  Today, after hundreds of years of oppression, re-education internment camps, political murders, and other untold trauma experiences the culture of the Oglala Lakota is beginning to be reborn.  A culture based on absolute responsibility to the earth and psycho-spritual development of the individual and the tribe is re-emerging.  Lets support this rebirth!”

A little more info:

“Our Mission
…is to create and facilitate the conditions for resilience, self-sufficiency, economic independence and cultural revitalization amongst the Lakota at Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

Our Programs
…are far reaching, covering every facet of life on the rez. We start with the creation of a demonstration site on an 8000 acre horse ranch that will be totally self-sufficient in energy, food, water and sustainable shelter. This will be the center for educational and economic interaction with the reservation. Seeing is believing and it is important to demonstrate effective, affordable and doable ways of growing food, building homes, and providing energy and water sustainably.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Natural Doctors International

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Natural Doctors International: www.ndimed.org

Here’s what Rachelle has to say about this fearless organization:

“The doctors with NDI provide free natural medical care to the residents of rural Ometepe, Nicaragua who have limited access to healthcare. It is a poor farming community in which NDI participates on a much deeper level than providing treatment for diseases. They educate, empower and promote social justice through global health in Nicaragua, the United States and across the world. Much of what they do on a daily basis is through American and Canadian volunteers as well as paid Nicaraguan employees, providing a sources of income for the community. They are a leader in Natural Medicine and Social Justice and can use all the financial help and networking possible to further and expand their mission.
Thank you for condsidering Natural Doctors International.”

A little more info:

“NDI is about building relationships, community healing, and action. We are about reaching out, sharing and collaborating, promoting volunteerism and service – adventures of the heart. Step into the world of NDI and discover more about yourself by learning from your fellow brothers and sisters who may not have the luxuries often taken for granted in developed countries.

With our expansion, our volunteer opportunities for doctors and students are growing as well. We challenge volunteers to step into another culture and experience from within by building personal relationships and walking a mile in another person’s shoes. This direct experience of the often harsh economic imbalances present in the developing world, allows our volunteers to serve and act – not from afar, but in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. Through cultural immersion and collaboration, volunteers gain first hand experience of global disparity, giving participants an understanding of how their own personal choices impact the larger global community.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Brian Dylan Dolphin

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Brian Dylan Dolphin: musicofnatureofmusic.blogspot.com

Here’s what Ben has to say about this fearless guy:

“Brian Dolphin, Watson and Fullbright Scholarship recipient traveled around the world (literally) pursuing his quest ‘The Music of Nature and the Nature of Music.’ Learning from master musicians of the indigenous societies in Senegal, Bali, Siberia, Nepal, India, Norway and more, just what the nature of music truly is to their society.

He continues to collect ‘the people’s’ true music/folk songs of many cultures and introduced me to FEARLESS CHOCOLATE! He makes a difference in the lives of many now as he teaches, lectures, gives workshops and sings music from around the world to children and adults in the US and Worldwide.

He is a definite candidate for being a Fearless Champion and I nominate him as a CHANGEMAKER. He needs support to bring the message of preserving indigenous peoples music before it is too late and lost.”

Brian Dolphin

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Changemaker Nomination: Humor Healing Humanity

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Humor Healing Humanity: www.humorhealinghumanity.com

Here’s what Emily and Sheldon have to say about this fearless organization:

“We are not just saying this because she is our daughter! We are in awe of Abby Lodmer because of her ability to inspire others (especially young people).  She sends the message: MAKE healthy food choices for vibrant wellness — with humor and caring. She is hilarious and magnetic, and would be a great representative for FEARLESS chocolate because she is that too.  (Fearless, that is!)”

A little more info:

Humor Healing Humanity is about documenting the LOVE and LIGHT and LAUGHTER and GOoD that is going on around the world, through HUMOR!

Conscious comedian, Abby Lodmer, brings attention to world issues and causes that need to be addressed ~ in a fun, fabulous way!
Keep on spreading the AWESOME AWARENESS!”

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Changemaker Nomination: Breast Wishes Fund

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Breast Wishes Fund: www.breastwishesfund.org

Here’s what Lexie has to say about this fearless organization:

“Breast Wishes Fund (BWF) empowers women of all ages with holistic breast cancer education, prevention and wellness.
We love advocating FEARLESSNESS through EMPOWERMENT, just like y’all and that’s why Breast Wishes deserves a donation.
Breast Wishes Fund wants to be part of the solution in reducing breast cancer diagnosis in young women with simple prevention. Our program, Speed Date with Wellness is an interactive community experience designed to increase awareness and inspire informed holistic decisions about health, food and beauty amongst college and high school students. A link for a short film from our University of New Mexico event may be seen here on the front page of our website.
The website, breastwishesfund.org seeks to expand our links for options to alternative cancer care, prevention and wellness.
We look forward to partnering with insurance companies to include non- invasive, non-radioactive cancer screening such as ultrasound and thermograms, prevention and less/non-toxic, holistic cancer treatment.”

A little more info:

“The Breast Wishes Fund improves access to integrative breast cancer education and wellness for women of all ages. $34 Billion has been spent on alternative and complementary therapies in the US alone, though how does one navigate the gauntlet of primarily uninsured possibilities?

We are dedicated to filling the need for a comprehensive knowledge base for integrative choices for treating breast cancer and wellness options for the next generation. Our goals are to broaden research for integrative breast cancer treatment, partnering with insurance companies to give options to women for prevention, treatment and screening. This might include thermograms to monitor a woman’s breast health and non/less invasive methods of breast cancer care and preventative wellness.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Grand Aspirations

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Grand Aspirations: www.grandaspirations.org

Here’s what Amanda has to say about this fearless organization:

“Grand Aspirations is the most fearless organization I’ve ever seen.  I’ve volunteered for many local, national and international organizations before…but this organization got guts.  Working with almost no resources, they develop the green economy through alternative energy, transportation, agriculture, and business initiatives.  But what really hit me when I volunteered for them was their attitude.  Other people would’ve given up or not even tried, but Grand Aspirations follows their aspirations like a chocolate addict to a bar of Fearless Chocolate. Give ‘em a bite!”

A little more info:

“Grand Aspirations’ mission is to empower, connect, and support youth leaders as they create innovative, self-sustaining, and inter-dependent initiatives that systemically integrate climate and energy solutions, economic security, and social justice.

The organization uses three broad approaches to meet our mission:

  • Train emerging leaders through hands-on initiatives.
  • Support the development of innovative green economy projects in communities across the country.
  • Foster collaboration between different local initiatives so that leaders exchange ideas and support each other in shared challenges.”

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