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May 25, 2011 | 2 comments

Photog: James Hallock/MKTGINC

TED Full Spectrum Audition. May 6th. Unexpected Email. Gmail Elation! Fam’ + Friends. More Elation! NYC 5/24. Prep. Plans. Scripting. Reservations. Locales. Austin. MKTGINC. Prep. Scripting. Orlando. VanCity/BC. Memphis Blues. GDCBC = encouragement. Nikole/Mira/Molly moments. s/BFF brunch + brainstorm. Scripting. Red-Eye. NYC. Travel Drama. Problem(s) Solved! The Standard Hotel = Welcoming. Preparation. Practice. BBerry Timer. Cityscape view. BBerry Timer. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. s/BFF arrives. Discussions. Brainstorming. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. MKTGINC dress rehearsal. Encouragement. Cynthia’s blessing. MAGIC. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. Ryan/Honorable Hospitality + Good Man. Determined. Maritime Hotel/Hiro Ballroom. Dark Descent into “Asian Speakeasy” vibe. LUV it! TED FS tech check. Palpable energy. Nervous Anticipation. Tighten-Up! BBerry Timer. Chasin’ pavements. The Stroll to TED Time! Greetings. Mental rehearsal. The BRUSH + Tasha! GoBikeGo! Event Cacophony. Alone w/my thoughts: nomad. 711. Preston. 754. Coopertown. HHS. USAF. KJC. ATC. OR. KRC. TODTW! Changed Forever. 8/6. 8/15. 9/11. 2444. s/BFF support. Mad respect! Beatbox Genius. GO Time. #13 in the lineup. Inspiring performances. Mental prep. s/BFF support! Backstage prep. Gotta believe. The unexpected BRUSH intro! Beatbox Genius! PLAY! 3 minutes! Play-It-Forward! MAGIC! Applause! Elation. Exhale. KC + s/BFF soul hug. Movement Moment. A Ball Can Change The World. Gratitude. Congrats via Text msgs/DMs/Tweets/@mentions/#FullSpectrum/Likes. 5/24= Memorable! Still chasin’ pavements…

View the TED Full Spectrum Livestream archive - HERE!
Go to Latest Videos Area/Full Spectrum Auditions. Our presentation starts @ approx. the 1hr 50min mark of the program!

Got IDEAS Worth Spreading?!

February 10, 2009 | Comment

A Ball Can Change Your Life!”
- I’ve shared those words countless times, to audiences large and small, locally and internationally. I always enjoy receiving affirmation of this premise from the global network of human catalyst that are using sport as a tool to positively impact the lives of others - in this case or KASE…the lives of young ladies from Kenya. Kase stands for Kenyan American Soccer Exchange. CARE and Nike teamed up to create a catalytic moment for young ladies from Kenya and their peers from cities around the US. The one thing they all have in common is their passion for the game of soccer/football - a ball would bring them together to listen, learn, and laugh.

10 minutes of viewing that will absolutely provide you with…inspiration and insight! Thanks for sharing the film, Wayne + JMG!

Learn more about CARE’s Sport for Social Change Initiative - I Am Powerful

Enjoy the short film and Enjoy YOUR chase!

February 07, 2009 | Comment

Building on the success of the first “Sport for a Better World Competition”, Ashoka’s Changemakers and Nike join forces once again to launch “GameChangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport”.

Got TWITTER?!: I thought I would invite all of you to join me on my global adventures via the micro-blog technology - Twitter. Each time I embark on one of my katalyst@large journeys, I will update my blog with a post alerting you all that I can be followed offline via Twitter. NOTE: The KCK blog will go “silent” when I’m on the road.

To enjoy the 140 character, quick, inspirational posts I will share from MY “road-less-traveled” adventures…Go to TWITTER + JOIN my twitter: kckatalyst!

February 04, 2009 | Comment

At the 2009 World Economic Forum, global luminaries and celebrities in attendance are being asked to share their opinion on a personal, “hot-button” issue/topic in a short, pointed webisode - The Davos Debates

Our friend and human catalyst, Mel Young shared his p.o.v. about his belief that a ball can and IS changing the world. GOT Thoughts?! Join the Davos Debates’ convo…




January 30, 2009 | Comment


—at my first football practice, as a 5th grader at Coopertown Elementary School, I was lined up in “the Pit” drill vs. Lon Claney a 6th grader and he was like Troy Polamalu is for the Steelers - Lon Claney brought the pain!
5th grader/running back vs. 6th grader/defensive back…whistle…KRRAAACK!...he absolutely drilled me…slobberknocked! As I lay on the ground, gasping for any air I could suck into my heaving lungs and still clutching onto the football (at least I didn’t fumble the ball), my coach knelt down and screamed into my helmet’s earhole at me and for all the other players to hear/heed, “here’s a lesson that all football players need to know Carroll… the difference between being “hurt” ( it’s only temporary pain) & injured (no way you can continue) - which one are YOU?! Of course I couldn’t say a word because I was frantically trying to recall how to breath. My coach told me that I was ONLY hurt - lesson learned!

TD #1 - 5th grade game vs Oakmont ES; memorable play: Quick Pitch/Right; Scampered to the end zone untouched and ran “scared” the whole way—with my “slobberknocked” memory fresh in my head!
(note: I had to wear jersey #55 the whole season to honor an injured player on the 6th grade team. I had to give up my coveted #22 jersey that I wore to emulate the Dallas Cowboys Bob Hayes). 

Watching football games always conjure up some of my early memories of the game that introduced me to organized sports. I took a lot of lessons from playing on the gridiron that helped shape my understanding of being a part of a team. Lessons like: support each other, you win as a team and/or lose AS a team, it’s not about YOU it’s all about the TEAM. Lessons that I still follow today. Do you have any positive and enduring lessons that you can recall from sport?!

Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday and enjoy your chase…


January 26, 2009 | Comment


My great friend and fellow sufferer of the “Basketball Jones” malady,  Marshall Cho, sent me a great update today about his human catalyst efforts in Mozambique using hoops as a tool to transform lives. Enjoy the latest email update from my man, Mozambique Marshall - “Hoops LUV”


January 15, 2009 | Comment

Building on the success of the first “Sport for a Better World Competition”, Nike and Ashoka’s Changemakers join forces once again to launch “GameChangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport”.



January 12, 2009 | Comment


For your viewing pleasure…a slideshow of my katalyst@large global
adventures from 2008 + a couple really special pics from 2007
of the Katalyst Kid.


January 02, 2009 | Comment

We made it! 

I wanted to share Kurt Perschke’s new Red Ball Project: Chicago page.  Aside from its excellent design, there are videos of the Red Ball’s long stay in Chi-town this summer, as well as its travels to Sydney, Australia and, er, Portland.  Check it out.


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

December 29, 2008 | 1 comment

“Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play trains local community leaders as Coaches to deliver our programs in more than 20 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.”

You never know what you’ll find on the Internet.  Here are a couple of pictures I have not seen in ages of me speaking to kids, found on the Right to Play website:





What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

November 13, 2008 | Comment

From the “Tea With McNair” Blog

” i know a place

{ Preface to an exciting new series! }

...One day, on my way to recess, I found it. The magical place—my own private Narnia. It was an accident. I had been drawing in my sketch pad—having completed the filling in of the ten blanks in my Think and Do workbook calculated to drum into my brain the role of the adverb in modern culture. I was never allowed to go to recess early—no one was. Hence I drew. On this day, not having completed a particular drawing, and the story that went with it, I took my sketch pad with me as we headed for recess. No tether ball for me that day. I sketched and wrote all through recess.

  “Are you alright?” Asked the officer of the day in the noisy, frenetic playground. It was uncharacteristic of me not to join in any reindeer games.
  “I’m fine. I just need to finish this.” And then it hit me. That I said “need” instead of want. That there was something started in the classroom, a place of reason and learning, and continued to completion during our recess from reason—the mindless pursuit of play, for no real reason.
  This was my new favorite place, but could it, I wondered, be a better place than either the classroom for reason and the clash-ground for recess. Is there a place I can go, anyone can go, to do what they love and that what they love has purpose? Is there a place like that? I’d like that.
  Welcome to the place Between Reason and Recess!

So, today, I am launching a new series of exercise, playful projects, designed to push your personal creativity ever-closer to the surface, out into the light of day. It is also intended to develop tools and skills usually thought to be only for artistic expression and integrate these skills into all areas.”

And introduce new creativity exercises McNair Wilson does!  Get your camera, sketchpad, lead pencils and pad of paper warmed up and ready to follow his easy steps.

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!


November 07, 2008 | 1 comment


Our colleague from Global Youth Partnership for Africa and Girls Kick It! fame, Anna Phillips, was recently interviewed by the folks over at Youth Noise.  Check out this excerpt: 

Youth Noise

Interview With Anna Phillips, Founder of Girls Kick It!

A few days ago, I had the chance to talk to Anna Phillips, the incredible 22-year-old founder of Girls Kick It!—a comprehensive sports program for young women in northern Uganda. Anna created Girls Kick It! with the help of Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA) to empower and educate women, many of whom have been affected by war and poverty, through sportsâ?¦

“Me: How did Girls Kick It! get started?

Anna: It got started because I grew up playing sports in middle school and high school. I wrestled and played rugby. I decided to major in human rights at George Washington University after traveling to Africa the summer before I started school. It was a self-designed major that allowed me a lot of flexibility in the classes I was able to take. 

Then in January 2006, I got a chance to combine my passion for sports and human rights. I went to the Global Youth Partnership for Africa’s youth summit in Uganda. GYPA brought together American and Ugandan youth leaders who were interested and passionate about HIV/AIDS, women’s issues and reconciliation. After the summit, I worked with GYPA to create a sports programs specifically for women. There were programs where women are involved, but nothing specifically for them. With the help and support of GYPA I was able to find amazing mentors and resources to create Girls Kick It! In particular, the advice of Awista Ayub, a phenomenal woman who created a girls soccer program in Afghanistan, helped me in the early planning stages. The sports for social change movement is relatively small, and everyone was willing to help and meet with meâ?¦”

The sports for social change movement may be small compared to other initiatives that seek to foment change in people’s lives.  But the use of sport as a social change agent is happening on just about every continent.  I am confident that more young people like Anna will continue to make the connection between their individual, athletic/creative talents and using those gifts in non-traditional ways that benefit other people. 


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

October 24, 2008 | Comment


A little over a year ago, we carried a piece on KCK blog written by a friend of mine, Drew Chafetz, about his social entrepreneurial endeavor, Luv Futbol!  Drew builds soccer fields in impoverished communities around the world. 

The Washington Post recently had an article on Drew and this concept of social entrepreneurship taking root in Generation Next: young people forgoing the corporate, high prestige track for the more uncertain but fulfilling non-profit track of working to uplift communities hard hit by poverty or war.  Check out the excerpt below: 

“Getting Kicks from His Career
Drew Chafetz, 25, still lives in his parents’ basement in Northwest—but he’s no slacker.

By Ian Shapira
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Drew Chafetz, 25, a graduate of the private Maret School with a degree in economics from the University of Colorado, makes no money. He lives with his parents in Northwest Washington, sleeping in the same poster-filled basement room of his teenage years. For breaks, he moseys outside in his slippers and kicks around a soccer ball, pretending the garage is a goal.

But Chafetz, despite failure-to-launch appearances, is no slacker. He is actually on an alternative achievement track popular with his generation: social entrepreneurship. Using cheap Internet phone service and free coffee-shop wireless, Chafetz works full time on a project he founded called love.fĂştbol. The nonprofit organization helps build low-maintenance soccer fields in Guatemalan communities where children often have no place to play except garbage-strewn lots or hard-to-reach fields.”

Read the entire article here.

If you give kids who are hemmed in by poverty a safe place to play, they can dream - bigger, brighter dreams.  They come to believe in possibilities beyond what they see around them.  Drew and other social entrepreneurs are directing their attention to the next generation and the need to keep real hope alive in them at the most fundamental level:  Play!

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

August 08, 2008 | Comment

It is truly a big world and the problems in it often require that those with more give to those with not quite as much.  Sport that creates or helps facilitate social change often requires travel - because the children of most struggling nations bear the brunt of poverty, disease and war.  Here is another story of people seeing a need - far away from home - and using the time and talent that they possess to help kids in need…

From Seacoast Online:

Soccer goal: Seacoast United’s goodwill trip to Kenya’s ‘win-win’
A girl’s homemade soccer ball puts life in perspective

By Mike Sullivan
August 03, 2008 6:00 AM

Life is all about perspective. Our perceptions of what is good, bad, beautiful, ugly or anything in between depend on the individual and what his or her collective experiences have been. Paul Willis and Matt Glode, the executive director and director of youth programs for Seacoast United Soccer Club in Hampton, recently got a crash course in perspective.

The pair embarked on a goodwill trip to Kenya, spending three days conducting a workshop for Kenyan leaders of youth sports organizations, and then spent four days assisting with a four-day clinic for as many as 60 girls a day…


Eve, 16, is the mother of a 1-year-old child, which is commonplace in Kenya. Eve loves soccer so much she actually plays it, which isn’t commonplace in Kenya. Girls playing sports is, by and large, frowned upon. And that’s putting it mildly.

Eve would sneak away from her home to locations where her parents couldn’t find her so she could play. If her father found out, he would beat her. The beatings didn’t stop her, though.

One day, her father was walking home from work and he heard a bunch of boys in a field calling Eve’s name. He stopped to find out what was going on and couldn’t believe his eyes. The boys were calling to her because they wanted the ball—she was the best player on the field.

From then on, the beatings stopped. The father understood. He realized this was good for his daughter and that soccer could, just maybe, help her find a better life…

Follow the link below to read the whole story…

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!


August 04, 2008 | Comment

Visit to Molten USA:


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

July 29, 2008 | Comment

Can A Ball Really Change The World?
JULY 11, 2008

Two weeks ago I read an article in the Express that said the U.S. Trials for the Homeless World Cup were coming to DC.  That’s right—the Homeless World Cup, coming to recruit homeless men and women from our nation’s capital to compete against other homeless men and women from around the world.  Apparently the local players would stay in George Washington University housing, attend the LA Galaxy-DC United game and compete for a spot on the U.S. national team, which travels to Melbourne, Australia, in December.

Now, I had heard (and quite honestly, chuckled a little) about the Homeless World Cup last year when I learned that ESPN was co-sponsoring a documentary about the global phenomenon.  (You can watch a trailer for the film, entitled “Kicking It,” here).  But what seemed comical at the time - a vision of bearded, teethless individuals scurrying madly about an open field for someone else’s entertainment - was true misconception; I didn’t realize or appreciate potentially how phenomenal the Homeless World Cup could be.

After reading the article in the Express, therefore, I decided I should visit the Homeless World Cup website to learn more.  And, to my utter amazement, this is what I found:

Homeless World CupThere are one billion homeless people living in our world today.

The Homeless World Cup exists to end this, so we all have a home, a basic human need.

The Homeless World Cup is an annual, international football tournament, uniting teams of people who are homeless and excluded to take a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives forever.

If only America’s rich NBA stars could feel the same way about representing their home country in the 2008 Olympics, maybe they wouldn’t lose.  But I digressâ?¦

The impact of the Homeless World Cup is consistently significant year after year with 73% of players changing their lives for the better by coming off drugs and alcohol, moving into jobs, education, homes, training, reuniting with families and even going on to become players and coaches for pro or semi-pro soccer teams.

The ultimate goal of the tournament?  To use sports as a means for social inclusion, involving between 100,000 and one million players by 2012.  In a word, to use sports for social change.

So, yes, a ball really can—and already has—changed the world.

I wonder: what else can it do?

Posted by Ryan Baldwin on July 11, 2008 at 5:17 PM

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

July 08, 2008 | 1 comment

From the Sports Academic blog:

Sport as Socializing Agent

I would like to begin a conversation on sports acting as socializing activities. Scott and I have talked around this issue some in other posts and comments. The general theory is that sports serve the interests of society by teaching practitioners and spectators behaviors needed or prized in a given time and place. This means that the same sport may socialize practitioners and spectators differently when the historical and social contexts change.

Speaking generally, Victorian era British sports, for example, emphasize social etiquette and restraint. American sports, on the other hand, tend to blatantly defy British decorum and, in the case of baseball, attempt to erase European genealogy. Instead, craftiness (cheating?) and a dogged determination to win are prized. “Stealing,” is even permissible.

I attended a “Philosophy of Sport” conference in England in 2004. Most of the attendees were European and I surprised some when I mentioned that in America, soccer is largely a sport for the upper middle class, played in wealthy suburbs. In Europe, it is a decidedly working class sport, and the matches often attract many disenfranchised, unemployed young men looking to take their anger out on the opposing team or its fans.

I offer these two general examples merely as primers. Over the next few weeks, I invite you to join me in analyzing the socializing effects of a number of sports and games: golf (yes, there is more to be said), tennis, soccer, baseball, fencing, trictrac, football, basketball, and maybe racquetball, rodeo, hockey, and others you might suggest.

What societal values are transmitted through sport/play?  How does that process vary by class, race or gender?  How do sport and play impact the maintenance of, or evolution of societal values?

Observed superficially, sport and play seem trivial, but as the “Sports Academic” demonstrates, sport is a mirror of who we are and studying sport and play can offer unusual insights into our culture and ourselves.  Those careful observations and insights can help lead - if we are motivated and wise - to change.

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!