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LIVE CHAT With Kevin Carroll: Can a ball save a life & change the world? What are the social innovation values of sports? June 15, 4-5PM EDT

Join us for a LIVE conversation with Katalyst, author, and speaker Kevin Carroll.

This conversation will open at 4:00PM EDT, June 15th, 2011.

"Can a ball save a life & change the world? What are the social innovation values of sports?"

They chose their addiction over raising three sons. The pinnacle moment of my parent’s neglect resulted in the three of us being “rescued” by a stranger, shuttled down to a greyhound bus station in Bowling Green, VA, in the summer of ’65, placed on a bus alone (ages eight, six, and three) and sent on a 200+
mile, one-way fare to my grandparent’s house in Philadelphia. Without parents in my life, I resorted to finding my life lessons from many sources: businessmen and laborers, winos and alcoholics, drug dealers and users, sport coaches, my peers and old-heads at the playground, merchants, war vets, school teachers, librarians, custodians, food service workers, other kid’s moms and dads. I learned to be constantly on the lookout for any nugget of insight that would assist me on my quest to rise above my suffering and circumstances. I spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground and it became my sanctuary. That playground plus sports and play proved to be a catalyst in my journey from dysfunction and hardscrabble to becoming an author, a speaker and an agent for social change invested in the sport for peace and development movement.

Sport and play are common human denominators and equalizers. No matter where you go in the world - regardless of socioeconomic, political or religious system – sport and play are present. Stories abound about the use of sport and play as social innovation tools versus foes of the human condition - HIV/AIDS,
gender equity, social inclusion, homelessness, literacy, natural disaster, conflict and many others - and there are human catalysts who utilize it to inspire change and action.


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  • Jun 15 2011: Kevin! I had several opportunities to interact with you and hear you speak while I worked at Nike a few years back… I've followed you on LinkedIn, blogs, etc. over the years… you never cease to inspire me with your new thoughts on things! Thanks! I have a picture of the "red rubber ball" hanging up always here at my work station - reminding me to play! (among other things!) I've been through some tough things with my husband's addiction and recovery, raising teen agers, etc… the past year or so, I'm just wondering - is there one or two practical things I can do/say to instill the "always look for innovation" "don't forget to play" "look on the bright side" sort of thing with my family that is not cliché? How do I make innovation & inspiration a way of life instead of a one-time thing?
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      Jun 15 2011: Hi Anna, thanks for the kind words! Start practicing one LOOK UP day per/wk with your family. Make them share a story about something they discovered that didn't see before & share the story over a meal with the family. Positive message for them: circumstances never dictate someone's destiny. How's your WANT-TO?! You can't accomplish anything with a broke WANT-TO! Hope this info is useful. Be well, Anna!

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