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Influences

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
- Buckminster Fuller

The happiest life has the greatest number of points of contact with the world, and it has the deepest feeling and sympathy with everything that is.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

Folks we know personally are marked with an asterisk (*).

Musicians

Devendra Banhart
Reggie Watts
Mirah
Bob Marley
Tracy Chapman
Ben Harper
CocoRosie
Gillian Welch
Gogol Bordello
Le Tigre
Lavender Diamond
M.I.A.
Mark Mothersbaugh
Peaches
Rufus Wainwright
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Of Montreal
Kimya Dawson
Coconut Records
David Bowie
The Flaming Lips
Flight of the Conchords
Leonard Cohen
She & Him
Sufjan Stevens
YACHT

TV

The Office
Flight of the Conchords
The Daily Show
The IT Crowd
Parks and Recreation
The Sarah Silverman Program
Community
Mr. Show
My So-Called Life
Bob’s Burgers
Freaks and Geeks

Artists

Issa Nyaphaga*
Lauren Simkin Berke*
Yoko Ono
Gabriella Barouch
Noelle Stevenson
Beehive Design Collective
Bread and Puppet
Apak
Stella Im Hultberg
kozyndan
Andy Warhol
Keith Haring
Sam Taylor-Wood
Ryan McGinley
Swoon
Nikki McClure
Ron Regé, Jr.
Yoko Furusho

Education and Theatre / Culture Workers

Augusto Boal
Myles Horton
Neil Degrasse Tyson
Paolo Friere

Actors

Tilda Swinton
James Franco
Bill Murray
Javier Bardem
Steve Carell
Catherine Keener
Paul Rudd
Jane Lynch
Toni Collette
Tina Fey
Amy Poehler

Magazines

Bitch Magazine
Arthur Magazine
Res Magazine

Builders and Diggers, Movers and Shakers

Adam Weissman, freegan.info*
Shaleshock*
The Dacha Project*
Hugh Ryan* of Rude Mechanical Orchestra and The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History
Liz Walker, Ecovillage at Ithaca*
Farm Sanctuary*
Bill McKibben
Reverend Billy & The Church of Earthalujah!
Breeze Harper
Chris Carlsson
Eugene Debs
Helen and Scott Nearing
Lloyd Khan
Vegan Outreach
Rob Roy
Harvey Milk
Saul Alinsky

Networks

Upgrade! International*
freeDimensional*

Designers

Victor Papanek
Milton Glaser
William McDonough
Charles & Ray Eames
Buckminster Fuller

Graphic Novelists

Marjane Satrapi
Joe Sacco
Chris Ware
Alison Bechdel

Writers

Thich Nhat Hanh
Diana Leafe Christian
bell hooks
Margaret Atwood
James Baldwin
Kalil Gibran
Rumi
Hafiz Shirazi
Lao Tzu
Walt Whitman
Daniel Quinn
Bob Torres
Grace Llewellyn
Ram Dass
Joan Dunayer
David Sedaris
Karl Marx
Stanislaw Lem
Ernest Callenbach
Carl Sagan
Isabel Allende
Edward Gorey
Ursula K. Le Guin
Carol Emshwiller
David Korten
Arthur C. Clarke
Aldous Huxley
Kurt Vonnegut
Shel Silverstein
Robert Frost
Ian McEwan

Filmmakers

Katy Chevigny*
Miranda July
Werner Herzog
Mike Leigh
Arin Crumley and Susan Buice
Errol Morris
Spike Jonze
Michel Gondry
Morgan Spurlock
Wes Anderson
Louis Malle
Nicolas Roeg
Mike Mills
Terry Gilliam
Alfonso Cuarón
Lars von Trier
Kimberly Peirce
Julian Schnabel
Gus Van Sant
Pedro Almodóvar
Jamie Babbit
Sofia Coppola
David Gordon Green
Albert Maysles

The sharing of art is a precursor to the sharing of other human experiences, for what is pleasurable in art becomes thinkable in life.
- Brian Eno

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