Poll: Who are the 50 “Mindful” Heroes that Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis should video?

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 5, 2010
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elephant is heading for a cliff, a cliff called June 17.

The support from our columnists, readers and some businesses has been slow and steady, touching and heartening—but it’s not enough. At this point, it looks like our new Grassroots Network is going to total approximately $3,000/month (we’re at $1,500 now). If we can’t get close to $10,000/month, then for all our growth in readership, our awards, our success on twitter and Facebook…well this seven and a half year adventure will come to an end in the no man’s land desert known as new media (ads haven’t yet transitioned fully, readers don’t yet pay to read). At that point we won’t charge anyone who’s agreed to “Become an Elephant” after July 1st.

So, I’m trying to think ahead. We have six weeks left to pull this one out—we’re in the seventh inning stretch you could say, and things look tough.

Last night I was at a fancy-schmancy-hoity-toity party of movers and shakers in the spiritual/philosophical realm, and I got to talking with an amazing woman there about elephant’s mistakes (because we have next to no staff, we miss opportunities) and potential (she was interested in seeing if a project she was working for might sponsor our Walk the Talk Show series).

So here’s an idea:

1. want to see elephant continue? Become an elephant.

2. For my part, I’m selling ads, but they garner so little…and I’m trying to make our Become an elephant program as easy and worthwhile as possible, and to get elephant’s many friends and colleagues to consider joining.

3. And…I’m thinking of putting together a sponsorship proposal. My proposal: our Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis crisscrosses the country, going from college campus to yoga studio to theater, interviewing 50 Mindful Heroes. We’ve already interviewed many of the below, and many others, over the last three years. Here’s some suggestions, off the top of my head. But I’ll forget some great ones, so please leave your suggestions in comments below (comments on Facebook can’t easily be kept track of), and we’ll add ’em in to the poll if they get a few supporting comments.

You can vote for up to 50 of the below, and suggest your own in comments at bottom:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


27 Responses to “Poll: Who are the 50 “Mindful” Heroes that Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis should video?”

  1. Damiano DeMonte says:

    Bahram Shirazi, founder of Q.bel

  2. Criselda Trillana says:

    Bahram Shirazi, Q.bel founder

  3. Tasnim Azad says:

    thirding Bahram Shirazi!

  4. Ari Pliskin says:

    Why are Bernie Glassman and Fleet Maul combined as one?

  5. Well, I'd want to interview them about essentially the same thing: spiritual activism, bearing witness…have already interviewed Fleet, and know Bernie a little. Great gents, and they're close colleagues in action.

  6. Okay, we'll add him to the vote list, vote him up.

  7. Nick says:

    Bahram Shirazi, founder of Q.bel

  8. How about Sheryl Crow, Sting, and Melissa Etheridge. I say no to Oprah. She has a closet full of shoes, puts out a magazine filled with frivolous ads… this is not her mission.

  9. damiano says:

    Bahram Shirazi CEO and Founder of Q.bel

  10. Gloria says:

    Bahram Shirazi

  11. Gwen Bell says:

    I nominate The Mindfulist – http://themindfulist.com

  12. Karen Maezen Miller, Brad Warner, Gudo Nishijima, How about John Pappas or if you can find him, The Zennist? Believe it or not among the Buddobloggosphere these guys pull heavy weight.

  13. Also why not sell tickets and do live shows? The live shows could help support the Elephant? I think thaty may be what you are suggesting but I jsut wanted to clarify.

  14. JesusLovesYou says:

    Bahram Shirazi, CEO, Q.bel

  15. joana Smith says:


  16. Jackie Finch says:

    Bahram Shirazi, CEO of Q.bel

  17. sandrine says:

    "Bahram Shirazi, CEO, Q.bel

  18. Whitney says:

    How about Cesar Millan? He helps dog owners understand their dogs, so the animals can live their authentic lives. In so doing, he is influencing Society At Large by producing calm, assertive leaders, many of whom transfer these skills into their other relationships. He also saves the lives of countless dogs, by helping them be more successful in their homes.

  19. How about Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron, Krishna Das, and Ram Das? And yeah–I agree about Cesar Millan.

  20. holly demonte says:

    "Bahram Shirazi, CEO, Q.bel

  21. Anon says:

    How about Jaimal Yogis?

  22. Fredric says:

    Woody Harelson?

  23. Maia Duerr says:

    How about Barack Obama?

    And I don't think Fleet Maull and Bernie Glassman are the same person : )

  24. Maia Duerr says:

    Also, Alan Senauke; Dan Siegel, Jane Fonda, Chade Meng-Tan (of Google), Mirabai Bush.

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