America is at a crossroad. Confronted with new global conflicts and shifting political and economic fortunes, many in the United States are questioning if American values are still relevant in today's globalized, high-tech world.
But there are others who are leading a transformation in American culture. They are pioneers who are generating a sense of community, as well as a resurgence of American virtues. Renewing American Culture: The Pursuit of Happiness is a locally-produced one-hour special that looks at how innovative leaders are connecting the notions of commerce and community to unleash prosperity in America and throughout the world.
These leaders include a former gang leader turned social activist, a classical music professor who teaches innovative methods at the Julliard School, a former CEO of a multi-billion dollar firm, and a project leader of more than 1 million home-building projects worldwide. Every one illustrates how each of us can build spiritual capital and renew our American culture.
Todd Gould, Producer/Director Todd Gould is an Emmy Award-winning television producer and author. He is a 17-time Emmy Award winner, a Crystal Heart Award winner for "Best Documentary" from the Heartland Film Society, a national production award recipient from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and a six-time winner of the Indiana Film Society Award for "Best Documentary," among many others. His works have been featured on the BBC, PBS, A&E, ESPN, and The Learning Channel. Todd is also the author of numerous feature articles for national and international publications, and two full-length works, Pioneers of the Hardwood: Indiana and the Birth of Professional Basketball, and For Gold & Glory: Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Auto Racing Circuit, both available from Indiana University Press.
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, Executive Producer Theodore Roosevelt Malloch is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Roosevelt Group, a leading strategic management and thought leadership company. He has been a Senior Fellow of The Aspen Institute, President of the World Economic Development Congress, and a member of the executive board of the World Economic Forum. Malloch has held an ambassadorial-level position at the United Nations. He serves on several boards and has recently founded and is Chairman of the Spiritual Enterprise Institute.
Scott T. Massey, Executive Producer Scott T. Massey is a community strategist, educational leader, author and innovator. He has done extensive work in the not-for-profit and educational realms, including developing international conferences and exchanges, community partnerships, community assessment instruments, educational models, and philanthropy programs, among other achievements. In 2004, he served as national chairman for The Aspen Summit on Rethinking the Public Humanities. He is the founding President of Global Strategies, Inc.
Major funding for this program is made possible by:
Additional funding is provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities,
Lilly Endowment, Ball Brothers Foundation, Simon Foundation,
Kettering Foundation and the Indiana Humanities Council