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On November 9, 2016, Maria Shriver posted a Facebook video review of Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, co-written by Paloma Pavel, Director of Earth House Center. Click the image below to watch the video.



A message to you all. What I've Been Thinking today…

Posted by Maria Shriver on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Human Kindness: Waking Up In Tough Times

By Aaron Ableman — December 19, 2016 — Huffington Post

In the chaos of the US election, the Syrian war and global ecosystems collapse, my partner and I had our first child. No, I’m not joking. Not 10 days after the election polls closed and the proverbial “stork” arrived carrying our new girl in its wings. But when the innocent kindness in her eyes probed deep into my heart, I felt a new faith in … well, everything! With every breath, the matrix of violence and corruption fell away like Neo when he saw through the physical world to the truth behind existence. This baby was medicine in sick times, a symbol for the unexpected rise of love in a predictably falling world.

The days after she was born, I asked myself: how can this world carry so much suffering and so much joy all at once? In the face of untold fears, will I choose kindness or despair? Deep down, I knew that I no longer had the luxury of giving up on the world or hiding away until someone else plays the hero. There was a whole new responsibility (and motivation) for busting through the concrete of hopelessness like a resilient flower on the edge of a trucker’s highway. I went searching for others who were also emerging to see through this time of great “emergency”.

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This video, produced for the California Department of Health, introduces a “systems” approach toward health improvement. A narrow emphasis on medical issues only, to give just one example, would not reveal that a lack of grocery stores selling fresh fruits and vegetables in a given neighborhood, will effect the long term health of the residents of that neighborhood. Narrated by Carl Anthony. Produced and directed by Paloma Pavel.

In the center of the storm.
Photo: U.S. Navy

The “Voices from the Storm” performance and event at Oakland Tech, ​March 17 at 7PM,​ brings life to the stories of communities of color that were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Check out the Katrina Bill of Rights, from our archives, put out by the African-American Leadership Project: This document demands that the restoration of our cities equitably involve and include displaced communities of color.

Currently, we are working with the Resilient Communities Initiative to prepare for the effects of climate change in the Bay Area. In particular, we are learning about levies and other infrastructure being adapted for future sea level rise in vulnerable and underserved communities.

For further information about natural disasters, city planning, and race, stay tuned for Carl’s forthcoming book, “The Earth, The City and the Hidden Narrative of Race”
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Also,please join us for an arts and culture dialogue after the “Voices from the Storm” event, meet Carl and learn about how these themes are connected to his forthcoming book. 

We invite you to listen to the audio recordings of our Random Kindness Online Conference, held in February, 2015, celebrating the 20th anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, which includes a new foreword by Desmond Tutu.

Random KindnessFebruary 9th-15th, 2015, was National Random Acts of Kindness Week, and February 17th celebrated Random Kindness day. This year we have launched the 20th anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty. The re-release of the book is accompanied by our global Random Kindness Community Resilience Project, building justice and resilience throughout vulnerable communities in the face of climate change. Book proceeds go to climate and nuclear refugees from Fukushima.

Conference Hosts: Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, PhD

Post-production Media Team: Lauren Dahlberg-Seeth and Dennis Rivers

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Building Climate Justice & Just Resilience M. Paloma Pavel, PhD With Carl Anthony and Guests Saturday Sept. 20, 2014, 10am Milano School of International Affairs The New School, Manhattan 55 W. 13th St. Room 205, Dorothy Hirshon Suite 10:00 am Refreshments and Reception 10:30 am -12:00 pm Book Signing and Community Dialogue Join us for the launch of the 20th anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, with a Foreword by Desmond Tutu, and for a community dialogue on building Climate Justice and Just Resilience. M. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony (co-founders of Breakthrough Communities) are traveling from California to New York to host this event for UN Climate Week. Guests include Lynne Elizabeth of New Village Press, more to be announced. Continue reading (PDF)…
Date: August 23, 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00-10:30 am
Location: St. Theresa Little Flower Catholic Church, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland

Genesis, the San Francisco Bay Area regional affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation (national community organizing network), annually presents the Carl Anthony Legacy Award for Bay Area justice, sustainability, and equity heroes. This year, Genesis has announced that Sheila Jordan, Superintendent of Alameda County Office of Education, will be the recipient of the 2014 Carl Anthony Legacy Award.

Sheila Jordan has been a courageous champion for the Free Bus Pass for Youth of Alameda County, helping to win $15 million of Transportation Expenditure Plan funds for Youth Bus Passes. Genesis will be honoring Sheila’s vision and hard work to provide at-risk students and all students the tools they need to build productive lives.

We invite you to join with Genesis in the celebration of our community visionary leader, Sheila Jordan. Breakthrough Communities is deeply inspired by the work of the Gamaliel foundation nationally, and its regional affiliate, Genesis. For more information on these remarkable organizations, visit:

Warm Regards,

Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, PhD
Co-Founders, Breakthrough Communities

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Communities for a Better Environment assists residents of Richmond, Calif., (and other communities) in their efforts to fight air pollution from a large nearby oil refinery. Their efforts were recognized in a 2002 Ford Foundation report titled, “Sustainable Solutions.”

Part of the Ford Foundation’s Sustainable Solutions video.
Produced and directed by Paloma Pavel. 2002.


A book from the Ford Foundation focusing on the themes of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002), inspired Earth House to create a video edition. The initiatives featured exemplify the creative efforts of people and communities worldwide who are developing and implementing working models for a sustainable future. (29 min.)

The MOSES* community gathers in Detroit
*Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength
2005  — 28 minutes

MOSES Executive Producer: G. Ponsella Hardaway
MOSES Producer: Victoria Kovari
Producer: Paloma Pavel  —  Videographer: Richard Butler
and Earth House Staff
Video on Web by Earth House, Oakland

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