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August 29, 2012 | Comment

AboutFace Radio is a talk radio version of the arts and entertainment, interview magazine - AboutFace. Hosted by Jamie Mustard & KC AboutFace Radio focuses on STORIES OF SUCCESS in Portland across a range of human endeavors. The show also focuses on the amazing stories of local Portlanders or those with a Portland “sensibility” that aligns with Portland’s globally recognized & respected efforts in design, business and social innovation.
Listen to AboutFace Radio Podcasts on iTunes - HERE

November 22, 2011 | Comment

A sweet, confection-focused episode highlighting a creative chocolate bar graffiti set + a magical SoHo, NY sweets shop!

September 02, 2011 | Comment

Roadtrip Nation Season Eight Official Trailer from Roadtrip Nation on Vimeo.

Roadtrip Nation exists to empower individuals to define their own roads in life. What started as an annual documentary series on public television has grown to include an innovative educational curriculum, live campus events, nationally-publicized books, and multimedia online content.Roadtrip Nation began in 2001 as an idea Mike, Nathan, Brian and Amanda, four friends fresh out of college, formed when they were not sure what to do with their lives. Initially, the scope of the plan was relatively small – climb aboard an old RV, paint it green, and traverse the country with the purpose of interviewing people who inspired them by living lives that centered around what was meaningful to them. Along the way, the four realized that the conversations that they were having on the road could not remain within the confines of their own RV, but held relevancy that could be shared with a world that was losing the know-how of living lives that pulse on personal passion rather than someone else’s expectations.

Got Your Own Road?!

May 27, 2011 | Comment

Photo Credit: James Duncan Davidson
More From TED FS Audition: HERE!

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?!

March 03, 2011 | Comment

TED Prize Winner JR & INSIDE OUT from TED Prize on Vimeo.

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually. INSIDE OUT is a collaboration between the artist JR, the TED Prize and you. INSIDE OUT is funded by The Sapling Foundation, Social Animals and generous donations from people like you. JR’s TED Prize
More TED…
Got Art?!

November 10, 2010 | Comment

Rise - The Documentary Film Project
Even though I live in a house full of water, I have been grateful fighting for it (the helicopter).” ~ Agustin, “The Helicopter Man”
Beginning in 2007 Producer-Directors Tyler Bastian and Trevor Hill embarked on a journey to make a film that tells a story of a man Tyler met in Honduras over a decade ago. Rise is about Agustin, who is physically disabled from polio, yet has spent 50 years building a surprisingly advanced helicopter out of re-bar, bicycle parts and wood. His dream to take flight has inspired us to capture his spirit, attitude, and perspective in an emotional film about determination and the purpose of life goals.

KC Note: I’m a proud funder/backer (+ 109 other “believers”) of this film via KICKSTARTER - the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. RISE is now fully funded!! Stay tuned for more info about screenings.

August 03, 2010 | Comment

Author and DJ Team Up for Evening of Words and Music!
Portland, OR—Author and speaker Kevin Carroll will read from his work during Books & Beats! at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Pop-Portland, 801 N.W. 23rd Ave., Portland (the former Music Millennium building). Carroll will be accompanied by David Jackson, aka “DJ O.G. One,” the official DJ of the Portland Trailblazers.
Admission is free. The event celebrates the conclusion of Pop-Portland, a temporary cultural hub marking the return of Ford Fiesta to the small car market in the United States.
For more info visitFiesta Lounge.
Courtesy of: TAOW Marketing

April 11, 2010 | 6 comments

Photog: Marcus Swanson/Swanson Studio
A One Man Show. A One Man House Band - KC’s BFF/Beatbox Friend Fo’evah.
Katalytic Creative Cacophony. Simple. Sweet. Inspirational. AHAs!. Who Knews?! WOWs!
An idea five years in the making. One day of shooting.

The 1st of 14 webisodes - ENJOY!

December 14, 2009 | 1 comment

Graffiti Courtesy of The Red Rubber Ball Company/UK

Enjoy Your Chase!

October 29, 2009 | Comment


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance      
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley

I know the story. The 1995 Rugby World Cup. South Africa’s improbable run to the final match. Mandela’s beleif in sport’s unifying ability. I heard about this remarkable, power of sport moment from Archbishop Desmond Tutu at The Beyond Sport Summit. Archbishop Tutu said that it was a transformational moment for all of South Africa. He exuberantly shared the story of how he witnessed sport’s ability to make a positive difference in his nation!

A BALL Can Change the World!

October 14, 2009 | Comment

22 August 2009 in Berlin. (AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL)

Monaco, 13 October 2009—On the occasion of the 19th Georges Bertellotti Golden Podium Awards in Monaco, “Peace and Sport L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” unveiled the 2009 winner of the Peace and Sport Image of the Year Award in an ??avant-première’ announcement.

This prize rewards the best image of fraternity through sport. It is awarded in partnership with SPORTEL Monaco and the news agency, Agence France-Presse.

The 2009 winner is a photograph of the granddaughter of the German athlete Luz Long and the granddaughter of American champion Jesse Owens, with IAAF President Lamine Diack during the medal-giving for the long jump at the 2009 Athletics World Championships in Berlin.


The presence of the two young women in Berlin for this major sporting event carries on the courageous and unforgettable friendship that their grandfathers began during the 1936 Olympics.

Learn More…

October 14, 2009 | 1 comment


June 12, 2009 | Comment


If you’re in NYC this weekend…

“RAIN OR SHINE!!! Come Out & Play will transform New York City into a playground once again! The annual festival runs this summer during the weekend of June 12-14. The Tank, a wonderful non-profit arts space, plays host and serves as our central headquarters.”

Let the GAMES begin…

June 06, 2009 | Comment

Image courtesy of: Kurt Perschke

Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project has gone north to Ontario, Canada and the city of Toronto as part of the Luminato - Toronto Festival of the Arts + Creativity - the annual ten-day celebration of the arts where Toronto’s stages, streets, and public spaces are infused with theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, and design.

Kurt sent an email alerting me that my efforts to spread the word about his amazing public art project is paying “playful” dividends!

——-Original Message——-
From: kurt perschke []
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 6:14 PM
To: Kevin Carroll
Subject: Toronto Day 1 - The KC crowd
Hey Kevin,
We just stared day one of RedBall Toronto and it turns out the first site was across the street from the Right To Play headquarters! Their board meeting turned into a RedBall day and they were out in full force, I would definitely say they ‘go it’. We also had a visit from a an intrepid group from Invesco Trimark, who said you had introduced them to the project in the last year, they were all over it - literally- and plan on catching some of the other sites.
Just wanted to give you a heads up and many thanks again for spreading the word.
best - kurt

Got PLAY?!

May 27, 2009 | 1 comment

What’s a “Power of Sport Story?!”

It’s a story that transcends the particular game at hand—be it stick & ball, on ice, on grass, turf, or simply played in an alley or on a street corner with a ball & a makeshift goal.  In a power of sport story, “winners” don’t necessarily win the playoff or championship game; sometimes they are on the losing end on the scoreboard.  But their game is an “Inner Game,” a higher game, a spiritual game that claims a universal victory.

The power in these stories of sport is like an alarm clock, noisily waking people from a heavy slumber.  These moments grab your attention in a loud and profound way like the arena horn marking the end of a half, a referee’s whistle halting play, or a raucous crescendo of cheers from fans reveling in an unbelievable moment.Sport and play are the common denominators and planetary equalizers.  No matter where you look in the world regardless of political or religious system—we ALL play.  Therefore, stories of triumph over illness, poverty or handicap through the use of sport or play resonate throughout our world and help inspire change, and inspire action. The Power of Sport Story can change a life.

Read our latest Power of Sport story about Kevin Laue from the NY Times - he got offered a scholarship from Manhattan College this week!
Photog: Andrew Shurtleff for The New York Times

Human potential is boundless!

May 24, 2009 | 10 comments

(Here’s my AF basic training pic -circa 1980 - I’m in the front row with the big cheesy smile next to our drill instructor.)

Once again, Memorial Day celebrations will occur all over the nation on Monday marking a holiday that dates back to the late 1800s. There will be moments honoring fallen soldiers and celebrations commemorating a long history of many individuals who demonstrated personal sacrifice and commitment for the country. I’m a military veteran who gave 10 years of service in the Air Force, so this is a day that I always pause and reflect about my time in the military and to think about others who chose to serve in the armed forces.

Last Thursday I presented at the National Patient Safety Foundation conference in DC. The event was attended by hospital administrators from all over the country and some were from military hospitals. I had an opportunity to have several brief and pointed conversations with many of the personnel responsible for caring for the recovery of wounded military members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. They all shared stories about the positive impact sports is having on the military men and women recovering from their wounds and injuries suffered in combat.

Their power of sport stories reminded me of my time in the service and it took me immediately to my time playing sports, soccer in particular, at the Air Force bases and Army posts where I was stationed during my 10 years. Sports created a great deal of esprit de corps for everyone. It was a great way to blow off steam, have a good time and be connected to our love for any game or sport no matter where we were stationed. As I was remembering my experiences with MWR programs (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) and how vital having a sports outlet was for me, I remembered some great stories I had recently read about men and women in the service today who are dealing with war-related, life-altering injuries and how sports are being used as part of their rehabilitation protocol.

So, I thought it would be fitting and appropriate to share some of stories about how sports are being used in a positive way for the men and women of the armed forces. Many soldiers, airmen and Marines credit sports with giving them much needed motivation to cope with their severe injuries sustained in battle. Many soldiers, airmen and Marines have been able to continue to enjoy their love of sport and play as part of the partnership between the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and Disabled Sports USA and the Paralympic program.

Checkout some of the powerful ways that sports is being used as a “healing” catalyst for our wounded warriors below:

Fresh contenders for Paralympics—The Denver Post
“As much as 15 percent of the U.S. Paralympic team will be drawn from the 31,000 men and women disabled by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Cowboy-Soldier launches Wounded Warrior Sports Program—Army MWR
“Las Cruces, N.M.—Purple Heart recipient Spc. Jake Lowery officially launched the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Sports Program with an inspirational team-roping performance at Denny Calhoun Arena on May 10-11.

Lowery, 26, of Fort Richardson, Alaska, lost his right eye and sustained massive head injuries when he was hit by an improvised explosive device that killed a fellow Soldier in Fallujah, Iraq, on Feb. 11, 2007.”

California Surfing!—Challenge Magazine, a publication of the Disabled Sports USA in partnership with Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Program.
“WWDSP partnered with the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Brooke Army Medical Center to offer a unique surfing experience. The Billabong Surf School, along with many other supporters such as Surfing Magazine, provided an incredible experience at Trestles Beach on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

More than a dozen patients were joined by their family and medical support staff to hit the beach and enjoy a weekend of relaxation and trying to catch the perfect wave. Surfers were offered tuition and inspiration by South African surfing champion Shaun White. BAMC patient Staff Sgt. Justin Lynn said of his experiences, ??Surfing all weekend really made the rehab progress. All around a great weekend. Thanks!’”

Wounded vet plays lacrosse after losing limbs (There’s great video, too.)—NBC Sports
“April 29, 2008: Five years ago, Lt. John Fernandez lost both his lower legs to friendly fire in Iraq. Today, he’s playing lacrosse and is hoping to inspire other wounded warriors.” 

April 17, 2009 | 1 comment

Well said…well shared!

KC Note: I want all who are part of “the world is flat” generation (aka 21st century youth, tweens + 20-somethings) to know that I’m one of your ENCOURAGERS and there are many of us out there who believe that you WILL change the world!

Keep chasin’...

April 15, 2009 | Comment

Dr. Stuart Brown’s discussion about play at the Serious Play Conference ‘08.

Heed his words and practice what he’s preachin’!

April 12, 2009 | Comment


From the desk of Jeremy Goldberg…

Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you some BIG news!.  In partnership with FUNDaFIELD and Sport Court, we are pleased to announce that Uganda will now be the home to an official Street Soccer Pitch.  This is the first Street Soccer pitch of its kind, and it will be located in Northern Uganda. This will be a space for community engagement, soccer tournaments, educational programs, and income-generating activities.

We could not have done this without the long hours and months of support and interest by a variety of individuals and colleagues, from FUNDaFIELD who builds fields for youth and kids in Africa, Sport Court’s incredible, state-of the art modular surfacing, Street Soccer USA and Africa Sports Outreach. 

In addition, through the help of our staff in Uganda, and through the efforts of volunteers in-country and soon to be headed to Uganda, we will further realize this dream in Northern Uganda… that as Kevin Carroll Katalyst says, “A ball can change your life.”

We look forward to hearing from you. Appreciate your support and feedback, and commitment to the efforts of the global sports for social change movement.  And, of course, stay tuned, there will be updates as the pitch is developed over the coming months.  The official inauguration of the pitch will take place early this summer!

Jeremy M. Goldberg

JMG continues to do “human catalyst” work for the wonderful people/souls in Northern Uganda - well done, Jeremy…well done!

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