3. While Dan stayed and was able to use his photography to make a difference, what is best for one is not always best for all. The STA experience and friendship with Dan inspired members of Dan’s team to pursue their own meaningful journeys. Indeed, members of Dan’s original STA decided not to stay on with him though they went on to pursue their own dreams in significant ways via the arts, in education, and in their communities.
Jeffrey Gettleman is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, writer for the New York Times and author of the book Love, Africa. He served as the East Africa bureau chief for eleven years, and is now The Times’s South Asian bureau chief.
Christopher Nolan works in film as a writer, producer and director. Some of his credits include: Bat Man: The Dark Night, Batman Begin and Inception. He also wrote and directed Dunkirk.
Eiji Han Shimizu is a writer, producer, educator and director. A recent film of his is The Happy Movie.
Haden Bixby is a writer, a teacher and the International Program Coordinator for Cura Orphanage.
Dan’s sister, Amy Eldon Turteltaub is a journalist and producer, author of four books, and host of the emmy nominated film Dying to Tell the Story. Amy is co-founder and co-chair of Creative Visions Foundation dedicated to supporting creative activists who use media and the arts to create awareness of critical issues and catalyze positive change.. ~ from kathyeldon.com
Members of the STA believed in taking action and acknowledging those in need. In Dan’s case, when something seemed wrong or unjust to him, he was compelled to take action and could not ignore that feeling.
- Have you ever had a similar reaction to seeing something that you believed to be unfair or in need of attention? How did that feeling and/or experience help shape your ideas about who you are and what your path in life may be?
Everyone has a different path / journey to travel.
- What is your journey? What are some possible ways that you can make a difference? Be sure to check out
www.rock-your-world.org to find specific steps to help identify an area of interest and action steps to take.
- Have you considered or ever felt a personal call to action?
Create a journal page in order to explore your answers to these questions regarding your personal path to making a difference in your life and in the lives of others.