My hope is to promote thought-provoking discussion by providing insights and research related to parenting, education, and career planning.

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A docuseries about the systemic issues affecting students' mental health and the feature film, Man's Search for Meaning, in collaboration with Straight Up Films.

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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 resources 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 supportive adults around shared interests. Peer-to-peer support also plays a role.

In addition, I am executive producing The Friendship Bench with Sealion Films which was inspired by Dr. Dixon Chibanda's TED talk about how he trains grandmothers to treat depression by sitting on park benches. Lastly, I am supporting the work of acclaimed researcher Suniya Luthar who developed Authentic Connections Groups. With her research recognizing that resilience in children is significantly impacted by the health and well-being of their primary caregivers (usually mothers), AC Groups foster close, supportive connections to provide much-needed support. 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.

Concept Plan


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How to teach our children the importance of:



Adaptability, and

Discovery of meaning.

The R.E.A.D. Framework


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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.

Watch the trailer of our first film in the Meaning in Madness short film series, MACKENZIE.

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.

Our second film in the Meaning in Madness short film series is LUNA.

Through heartbreaking testimony, a family shares their experiences and challenges during the children’s lengthy journey through the American psychiatric system. This film depicts the potential human cost of the cut-throat pharmaceutical business and delivers an often untold perspective on the childhoods lost due to the overprescription of psychiatric medication.


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. 

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Inspired by the Meaning in Madness series


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


I enjoyed my interview with Kathy Kristof, editor of Read "New-Collar Work: High Pay, No Degree Required" in $IDEHUSL.
My interview, "Changing With The Times" can be found in The Capistrano Dispatch, San Clemente Times, and the Dana Point Times' Crib to College Guide.
Crib to College -- An Educational Guide to Your Child's Success

I am proud to contribute to the great work being done by The Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.
Read my article, "Social Skills Are Critical For Future Job Seekers" in Education Week.

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