For the last decade, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrea Elliott has been following Dasani, a child who grew up in homeless shelters and foster care in New York. Elliot’s new book, “Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City,” expands on her 2013 profile of Dasani, poverty and opportunity in America. Elliott offers us her Brief But Spectacular take on seeing the unseen.
Bren Smith has spent his life on the water. After seeing firsthand the harsh effects of commercial fishing on the climate, he wanted to find a more environmentally friendly way to do what he loved. In 2013, he founded the non-profit GreenWave to teach regenerative ocean farming techniques to fishermen across the world. He gives his Brief But Spectacular take on making a living on a living planet.
Brandon Dennison is a sixth generation West Virginian who is on a mission to revitalize Appalachia. His community based non-profit, Colefield Development, has trained over 1200 people facing barriers to employment, helping with education and personal development. Dennison gives his Brief But Spectacular take on rebuilding the Appalachian economy, and making it sustainable in the process.
Will Jackson founded Village of Wisdom, a nonprofit seeking to empower Black students and families in Durham, North Carolina. It advocates for more nurturing learning environments in their community. He says the knowledge Black students bring into classrooms is often unrecognized and even punished in some schools. He offers his Brief But Spectacular take on protecting what he calls "Black genius."