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Change The Way The World Looks

The individual changes himself or herself, then everything around is transformed. James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Mover of Sunbeams

James Hilgendorf is a writer, speaker, poet, and filmmaker. His books cover a wide range of subjects – religion, politics, economics, science, social issues, the future of America. A highly-acclaimed filmmaker, his travel films and documentaries have been seen around the world. He is a long-time member of the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, the […]

Climate Change – A Spiritual Transformation Needed

I came across this quote from Gus Speth, Co-Chair of The Next System Project, an initiative of the Democracy Collaborative, which aims to find ways of addressing the systemic changes needed to overcome the challenges the United States faces now and in coming decades. “I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, […]


HURRICANE A hurricane bears down once again. Enormous swaths of water spume and spiral over the waters and the landscape. The gods are angry once again. Yes, there are gods.  A hurricane is a god.  Crows clustering in bare trees are diviners and gods.  The sun and moon are gods. They are all an extension […]

Taking Part in the Evolution of the Universe

How do we relate to the environment? The issue of climate change brings competing issues into clear focus. On the one hand, there are those who deny that humanity’s actions have any relation to the rapidly changing weather patterns we are witnessing worldwide.  On the other hand, there are those who find an integral link […]


Borders, walls, immigration – who are we? Identities locked in death throes, destined for obliteration. The world around is mirroring our mind’s chaos. _____________________________________ James Hilgendorf , filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books, is holding talks, readings and conversations in-person and online about the real, emerging dream of America. To learn […]

John Muir & Yosemite & The Interconnectedness of All Life

Words from John Muir, the great naturalist: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” “When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as […]

Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”: Meat Packing, Then & Now

Over a hundred years ago, in 1906, “The Jungle”, a book by American writer Upton Sinclair, was published, exposing labor and sanitary conditions in the U.S. meatpacking industry.  The book caused a public uproar, contributing in part to the passage a few months later of the Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection Act. […]

Grace Lee Boggs

Just a little over a hundred years ago, in 1915, Grace Lee Boggs was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  She died only recently, in 2015, at age 100.  During those years, she and her husband James Boggs had an extraordinary career that impacted many lives, with prominent roles in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements. […]

Hazel Henderson – Environmentalist, Futurist

Hazel Henderson’s wide-ranging career as a world-renowned environmental activist, evolutionary economist, and futurist had its beginnings in her experiences as a child in Bristol, England. In 1954, when she was 21, her parents had just returned to their home in the English countryside from a trip to London, and described to her a black “fog” […]