The World Needs a New Definition of Activism | Lea Ann Mallett

In TEDxTalks by Mark Sylvester

Is our current idea of activism inspiring people to do nothing?

Is our current idea of activism inspiring people to do nothing? Lea Ann Mallett’s trajectory as a lifelong activist, from direct action civil disobedience protestor to charity executive director, led her to wonder just that. Lea Ann shares her new definition of activism which will shift the way you see your world, and open your eyes to the power you have to change it. Lea Ann Mallett is a lifelong activist, writer, photographer and a passionate storyteller. The trajectory of Lea Ann’s story has arced through her work as a direct-action wilderness activist for almost two decades as a non-profit executive director. She has engaged media around the world, from the CBC to the BBC, on issues from ancient forest preservation to the protection of monarch butterflies.

Along with her activism, she creates essays on the beauty of life in the wilds of suburbia in her blog Becoming Undomesticated.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Psychology (with a focus on neurophysiology) from Western University, a Bachelor of Education in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Windsor and extensive leadership training.

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