In a continuation from yesterday’s post, I am listing the people that I am following on Twitter along with a mini-description of who/what they are/have done.
@UN: While I may not always agree with what the UN does (or doesn’t do), I think that the work they do is very important to fostering a global climate of peace. Moreover, I think an organization like the UN would likely be involved in any initiative of this kind.
@Dennis_Kucinich: I am not from Ohio nor do I think that I will ever live in Ohio (long-term), but if Kucinich’s idea of a Department of Peace is ever realized, I will happily submit my resume to be part of that government agency.
@SenatorSanders: From Sanders’ site: “Bernie Sanders is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history.” It just goes to show that it is possible for independents to be elected to the US Congress and stay there and make a difference.
@algore: We can chalk this one up to smart people. If SCOTUS had ruled in favor of Al Gore and Joe Lieberman in 2000, the political landscape may look very different — same goes for the scientific landscape. We may not have had the documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
@RipplesGuy: I saw Paul give a presentation to a group of students during my sophomore year as an undergrad. I liked his positive message and am glad that he continues to share it with the world.
@EckhartTolle: He has been talking about spirituality for nearly 20 years, but he didn’t get “famous” until he went on Oprah and nearly “broke the internet.” Footage from the ten sessions can be found here.
@equalitytrust: I recently had the good fortune to read The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger. Of course, there was a refutation published in opposition to the ideas put forth in the book, but the authors of The Spirit Level have published an updated edition and continue to provide updated information on their blog. My favorite bit in this ongoing debate is a video of the 4 of them (two in favor and two opposed) talking to the RSA.
@EbooPatel: I first saw Eboo give a lecture during my undergrad called: “The Role of Religious Youth in the 21st Century.” This guy is really smart and like Rachel Maddow, he, too, is a Rhodes Scholar.
@InstHeartMath: “Institute of HeartMath is dedicated to conducting research and providing programs for schools and families to facilitate heart-based living.” Some of the research that happens here is incredible. Check out the two studies on intuition under “Most Popular Research.”
@jacklayton: The Leader of the Official Opposition in Canada. Layton led the New Democrats to 103 seats in Parliament in 2011, more than double its previous high. It’s quite possible that he’ll be the first Canadian Prime Minister not affiliated with the Liberal Party (kind of like the Democrats) or Conservative Party (kind of like the Republicans) in history.
@JeremyRifkin: Another very smart person. Rifkin wrote The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis. I highly recommend reading it.
@SirKenRobinson: While Robinson has done a number of things, I first learned of him through his TEDTalk called “Do schools kill creativity?“. From there I got a hold of his book — another great read. I also like the RSA Animate video of him.
@JeffDSachs: Another really, really smart person. My introduction to Jeffrey Sachs was through his book, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet. He’s the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and, interesting fact: at the age of 29, he became one of the youngest economic professors in the history of Harvard.
@chrislhayes: Like I talked about with Ezra Klein yesterday, my first introduction to Chris Hayes was through The Rachel Maddow Show. He seems like a really smart guy that knows his stuff, especially when it comes to politics.
@KeithOlbermann: He is sometimes credited with “discovering Rachel Maddow.” I can’t say I’m a fan of some of the things he says, especially segments like ‘Worst Person in the World,’ but he’s smart. I may not continue following him throughout my time on Twitter, but at least initially, I’m going to give it a go.
So this is the rest of the list that I have chosen to initially follow. There’s no doubt that the list of people I follow will expand and as it does, I may do a Part 3 (and Part 4) of this series. Is there anyone I’ve missed? Is there someone you might suggest? Who are you following and why?