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Jacob Devaney
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Jacob Devaney is Founder and Director of Culture Collective. As a creative activist, Jacob wears many hats including, web-designer, festival entertainer, pianist, media-maker, producer, and developer of interactive children's Ibooks. Chasing inspiration and participating in community service, working with youth, educators, and facilitating cultural exchanges have him continuously seeking balance in his many creative endeavors.
Jacob is a member of the Creative Activist community at Creative Visions Foundation.

Entries by Jacob Devaney

Making Waves Across Our Nation and the World

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Our Supreme Court has decided that money is free speech, yet money is not free. Our elected and appointed officials have decided to use their public office to represent private interests dishonoring the integrity of the seats they hold. Our Congress on both sides of the aisle have continued to...

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Here's What Really Matters to Our Youth, Maybe We Should Listen

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 6:41 PM

How often are we inspired by the pureness of children and reminded about the essence of being alive? 13-year-old native Sliammon youth, Ta'Kaiya Blaney will knock your socks off in this short inspirational video for World Water Day.

"I can see clearly through the sentimental veil of...
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Veterans Celebrate the Constitution in St. Patrick's Day Parade

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:09 AM

2014-03-11-St.Pats.pngSt. Patricks Day is a drunken celebration of all things Ireland that falls right in the midst of lent. Few recognize it today as a rebellious holiday. Forgotten still are the days when Irish were sold into...

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We Are All Connected By One Body: Water

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:25 AM

2014-03-07-ScreenShot20140306at3.41.44PM.pngWhat we do to water, we do to ourselves and to all of life. It is the most simple and essential element of our existence, yet so easy to forget its importance. We must give ourselves the opportunity to fully connect with...

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Ukraine, Venezuela and Across the Globe: Mystical Activism?

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Let me start out by saying that the notion of meditating or praying to change the world usually annoys me for a number of reasons. As an American surrounded by people who are of privilege by global standards, and living in a country whose foreign policies are at the root...

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Fukushima: Why It Matters and Why We Don't Need to Panic

(8) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:21 PM

2014-01-31-ScreenShot20140130at7.20.31PM.pngPanic is rarely ever a good idea because it closes down the brain with fear, can cripple creative responses, and generally causes people to not think straight. Denial is worse. Like it or not, nuclear power is everywhere. Some consider it...

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Spirit of MLK and Worldwide Wave, Hints of a Global Spring

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 9:51 AM

As we approach Martin Luther King Day, the words of this great man continue to speak to the generations in a timeless way.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. --Letter from Birmingham Jail

2014-01-15-ScreenShot20140114at9.29.40PM.pngHere we...

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Seed Power!

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 3:18 PM

The heart of a mighty tree resides in a tiny seed. The mysterious power of seeds pervades every aspect of life. Seeds can be literal, heirloom or GMO. They can be metaphorical seeds of deceit, healing, or justice sewn long ago and ready to sprout anew. Our relationship to planting...

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Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In, Taking a Moment to Unplug Over The Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 4:39 PM

2013-12-17-ScreenShot20131217at3.16.06PM.pngTimothy Leary's "Turn on, tune in, and drop out" slogan first shared at The Human Be-In in 1967 has a completely different meaning in our highly technological, mobile, media driven society of today. We are so overloaded with information...

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eBay Founder Weighs in on Hacktivists, Opening the Door to Important Civil Discourse

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 7:30 AM

Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and CEO of Honolulu Civic Beat, recently published a blog, WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age, which may be a beacon of light for those passionate about justice. The ideas are not new but the way he wraps them...

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Fukushima, Humanity's Defining Moment

(11) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 9:19 PM

Let's face it. Capitalism, with all its merit, lacks the ethical integrity required to responsibly handle technologies as potentially deadly as nuclear power. When you understand the facts, you will agree. Unfortunately, the facts have been buried by the very powerful financial interests making millions of dollars on nuclear power....

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Up Against the Wall, Community Healing and Public Art

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 8:37 AM

Prescott, a quaint town surrounded by forests and mountains in Northern Arizona, has seen its fair share of national publicity in recent years. In 2010 the town was caught in the crossfire of a bitterly heated national debate about immigration which erupted over a public mural on a...

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Taking It to The Streets

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 8:13 AM

There is nothing quite like getting dressed up on a Friday night and going to an art opening in a local gallery. Strolling with a glass of wine in your hand and talking about art may bring momentary inspiration but what does it mean to take that feeling home and...

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City of the Dead, Ceremonial Healing in Modern Times

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 8:59 AM

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50,000 people of all ages, children, parents and grandparents pulling floats honoring their ancestors wearing La Catrina whiteface, drummers, stilt walkers, and samba dancers parade through the city streets. It's The 24th Annual All Souls...

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Visionary Art, You're Painted Into the Picture

(11) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 8:12 AM

2013-10-04-emma1.jpgI have been reading a bunch about Mirror Neurons and contemplating Visionary Art lately and the combination has led to some profound insights. Mirror Neurons are neurons that fire while doing AND observing an act. Perhaps this is why...

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Want to Change the World? Support Independent Media!

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 5:49 PM

2013-10-01-wall.jpgIt's really that simple. Anyone with the slightest understanding of business is aware that most media is driven by the dollar. That means that taking risks or telling important stories because you are passionate about them is secondary to "return on...

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Exported From Michigan, the Courage to Turn Despair Into Hope

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 4:19 PM

2013-09-25-Poster_Updated.jpgThe conversation in America is so centered on the failings of Congress, the ailing economy, and the corruption of big business, yet all of this systemic collapse foreshadows an inevitable rebirth. When people are willing to look at and address their...

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Can Prospect of World War Ignite Global Peace Movement?

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 9:32 AM

2013-09-09-international_peace_day_logo_lg.jpgMartin Luther King Jr. once said, "Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war." Though it is a very small percentage of people pushing for this war in Syria (most of whom stand to benefit...

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Symbiosis by Name and in Practice

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:59 AM

2013-09-02-PE12SunStageMarioCovic.jpgThe word Symbiosis describes mutualistic relationships between one or more biological organisms, or a system characterized by interdependence of a community nature. We all know that humans live within an interconnected web of life and though much of history has focused upon survival...

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A Call to Heart for World Leaders, White Buffalo Day 2013

(6) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 4:42 PM

I often wonder if those making decisions at the upper levels of government have a heart but even if they forget to listen to it, it is there. With so much distraction happening in the head and constant external pressure, listening to the heart isn't always so easy to do....

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