Ocean Robbins is founder and co-director of YES! — “Young Leaders Connect, Inspire and Collaborate,” which he founded in 1990, at age 16. Ocean has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people and facilitated dozens of gatherings for young leaders from more than 65 nations. Ocean is author of Choices for Our Future and of The Power of Partnership, and has served as a board member for Friends of the Earth, EarthSave International, Omni Center, and many other organizations. He is a founding member of The Turning Tide Coalition, co-founder of the Leveraging Privilege for Social Change program, and founding co-convener of Leverage Alliance. He is a graduate of The Work That Reconnects facilitation intensive with Joanna Macy, and a certified facilitator of Essential Peacemaking: Women and Men.
Ocean's on-going efforts on behalf of a better world have been honored by many organizations, including the Giraffe Project (for people who stick their necks out for what they believe), the National Alliance for Animals (The Compassionate Youth Award), E Magazine (The Kid Heroes Hall of Fame), and EarthSave (Volunteer of the Year Award). Utne Reader recognized him as one of 30 “Young Visionaries” under 30, and both Time and Audubon magazines chose him as being among the heroes of the new millennium. He is a 2008 recipient of the Freedom’s Flame Award, and of the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Individual 35 Years Or Younger.
Ocean lives happily in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California, with his beloved wife Michele, and their twin boys. They live 100 yards from Ocean’s parents, Deo and John Robbins (author of the international bestseller Diet for a New America and founder of EarthSave). For more information about Ocean’s life and work, go to WWW.OCEANROBBINS.COM.
The struggle for justice is as old as tyranny itself, and the longing for a world guided by love is as deep as the human heart. Thank you for joining in the ancient struggle to build a new world.