Since starting my blog several years ago, my work has taken on new forms as I continue to advocate for meaningful education opportunities for every child. Same mission, multiple approaches--film, community-based initiatives, and products that highlight the meaning-centered philosophy of renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. I co-founded Straight Up Impact with producers Kate Cohen and Marisa Polvino of Straight Up Films to highlight systemic issues through film and present actionable change opportunities complementing the films. To this end, I co-founded B-Unbound with Elliot Washor of Big Picture Learning. It is a platform that facilitates community-based relationships among youth and adults and/or peers around shared interests. I have put the podcast I co-hosted, called Q-Ed Up with Ziz and Pam, on hiatus while I focus on these other projects.
Read about my vision for lifelong learning and how we can create a new ecosystem to promote human interaction, cultural change, and economic prosperity in the 21st century.
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How to teach our children the importance of:
Discovery of meaning.
The R.E.A.D. Framework
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Watch the trailer of our first film in the Meaning in Madness short film series, entitled Mackenzie.
The Meaning in Madness series highlights the systemic issues contributing to the epidemic of anxiety, depression, addiction, and suicide in our youth. All films showcase personal stories told from the perspective of a young person and are short-form documentaries. Our first film focuses on Mackenzie, a 17-year-old high school student’s experience in our standardized system of education.
The film's launch was hosted by spoken word artist and influencer, Prince Ea, and featured a panel discussion with Mackenzie and other students.
A partnership between Straight Up Impact and Big Picture Learning
Be You. Unbound. B-Unbound is a community-based network that connects young people, ages 14-24, to mentors, experiences, and each other with the goal of promoting wellbeing through meaningful relationships and interest exploration.
To learn more, go to B-Unbound.org
Inspired by the Meaning in Madness series
VIKTOR FRANKL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA PROJECTS
If you're interested in discovering meaning or a fan of Viktor Frankl, you'll have to check out this content-rich course created by Viktor Frankl Institute of America. I interview my co-founder Alex Vesely, grandson of Viktor Frankl, who shares an inside view through fascinating commentary and videos from the family archive.
The Inspiring Wisdom of Viktor E. Frankl:
A 21-Day Reflection Book About Meaning
By Pam Roy & Moira Hummel
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