Introducing myself and my journal: Design for Evolution

Jim Kavanaugh
Posted September 24, 2011 from United States

About Me: I am a psychologist living in western Colorado with my Salvadoran wife (also a psychologist), and my 17 year old daughter. I'm also a graduate student in journalism and an independent filmmaker. I recently completed an 80 minute social documentary called "Bajo Lempa: Together in Peace." The main theme of the documentary is post-traumatic renewal -- the transformation of social tragedy and family loss -- to community initiative and optimism. It is based on the inspiring story of a group of Salvadoran peasants, forced to flee their country during the 12 year civil war, who later return to new land along the coast to establish a self-declared “local zone of peace,” guided by participatory design, nonviolence, and environmental sustainability. The most active participants in their grassroots organization are women. At the moment I am trying to complete my masters thesis on the links between social research on charitable giving to distant victims, and models of mass media communication that advocate for children in life-threatening circumstances, particularly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

My Passions: children's advocacy, photography, filmmaking

My Challenges: wanting to do too much

My Vision for the Future: a more compassionate and equitable world

My Areas of Expertise: children's mental health

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  • Stephanie Roth Gurung
    Sep 24, 2011
    Sep 24, 2011

    Hi Jim,

    Welcome to PulseWire! You are now part of a thriving community of grassroots women leaders and supporters from 180 countries. See the PulseWire Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community:

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    I look forward to hearing your voice in the community! Your work on the "local zone of peace" sounds fascinating.

    In friendship,


  • Sarvina Kang
    Sep 25, 2011
    Sep 25, 2011


    I’m so glad and excited to see you in our community! Thanks so much for joining us, you are always free to post your journal and add comments to others posts too, this is where we can freely contribute for the betterment of women and children all over that world. Please feel free to browse through our group section and post to the groups you decided to join.....On worldpulse everything is free...just be yourself.

    Welcome again to our PulseWire Community and I look forward to seeing you more in here!!!

    Warm Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia

  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Sep 26, 2011
    Sep 26, 2011

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!