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GO! Camp // IDEA LAB

We’ve been busy.

In just a matter of days we’ll be helping put real life world-changers in a room full of students from all over the world.

On June 3-8 we’ll be partnering with an experience for students called GO! Camp in the small but magical town Henderson, TN.

Check out who will be there:

Katie Spotz rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the youngest person ever to do so. Her mission wasn’t just to break a record – she used it to help raise thousands of dollars to provide clean water to people in great need.

What does it look like to love your enemies? Jeremy Courtney is the founder of Preemptive Love Coallition. He and his team provide lifesaving heart surgeries to Iraqi children and facilitate hands-on training for local doctors in pursuit of peace between communities at odds.

Al Andrews is the creative soul behind The Boy, The Kite and The Wind, a beautiful story for kids of all ages. His mission is to use this book to make great things happen all over the world – making himself an improbable philanthropist along the way.

David Bowden is a poet and also the founder of Give A Goat. David uses poetry to challenge and inspire individuals and groups to give a voice to the voiceless, promote social justice, and care for the needy throughout the world.

Beth Haley is the founder of Exile International, a team of passionate individuals who help provide expressive trauma therapy to former child soldiers and war-affected children. Her dream for these children is not only that they survive war, but that they would become future leaders of peace in their communities.

Ty Clark is an artist and social entrepreneur from Austin, TX. He’s lent his creativity and compassion to countless brands and projects over the years helping to spread love and tell stories that matter.


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We are excited to announce that Love In Stereo will be part of TEDxYouthDay!

This Saturday November 19, Brad Montague, part of the team behind Love In Stereo, will be speaking at TEDxYouthNashville.

TEDxYouthDay is a series of TEDx events that will happen all around the world on the weekend around Universal Children’s Day, from November 19 – 21. Brad will be speaking on the magic that happens when you combine compassion, creativity and collaboration.

You can purchase tickets to the event here.
You can follow along on Twitter here.
You can keep up with Brad and his TEDx journey here.

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The title of this post is a Simon Mainwaring quote that has had me thinking since the moment I heard it. And by thinking, I mean squirming. It’s one of those lines that in one way makes you wish that you hadn’t heard it, but in another way makes you want to work harder. I heard it last week when some members of the Love In Stereo crew (Brad, Kristi, and Jonathan – that’s me) were at Plywood Presents: Social Innovation, a one-day conference at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta that I was so grateful to be a part of. Produced by the good folks at Plywood People, the event was all about sharing ideas, inspiration, and bringing a room full of big-picture thinkers and doers together to experience the powerful things people are doing around them.

So many stand-out things were said, but to keep this short, my plan here is to give you the lines that sent me back in my chair and made me think, and just like the quote above, have had me thinking ever since.

“We have the resources in every community to meet the needs of that community.”
– Blake Canterbury, Founder of beremedy, @beremedy

This idea is so true (some call it crowdsourcing or collaborative consumption) and is being achieved in a powerful way by beremedy, an Atlanta-based non-profit that uses social media to announce a need and almost always sees that need met by the end of the day. I love the idea, I love the simplicity, and I’m looking forward to watching beremedy grow. (I’d love to help.) The take-away here: Start looking to your friends and neighbors to share more than just a spot in line at Target and start looking to meet the needs of each other on a community level. Bonus points for using a program like beremedy to get started.

“Throw limitations out the window.”
– Scott Thomas, Designer, @simplescott

Scott said this in relation to the book he created documenting his design work for Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign. He knew he wanted to compile the book, and in his words, “If I had thought about the amount of work this book would be, I probably would have never started.” Throwing the limitations the book carried with it out the window allowed him to consider the importance of the work, focus on the end goal, and get going on what needed to be done. He reminded me that every project will have limitations, so get used to it, and start building.

“Push big brands to do more.”
– Simon Mainwaring, Author of “We First,” @simonmainwaring

I’m paraphrasing Simon a bit here, but love them or hate them, big brands are here to stay, and they have the capability to do so much more than just make a gigantic profit. What if we, the little consumer, could tell them how we wanted them to act? News flash: We can. Brands have no choice but to listen — and some already are. As he noted, “86% of global consumers believe that business needs to place at least equal weight on society’s interests as on business interests.” It’s our job to get them to hear this, and we can do this simply through what we buy. The simple idea here: Start making product decisions with a purpose.

“Who we are is not our circumstances.”
– Esther Havens, Humanitarian Photographer, @estherhavens

Esther led her talk with this idea, mentioning it in relation to the struggles she had seen and photographed in Africa while working with charity:water. Previously, people had seen places in need of clean water as places without hope, but she realized that where these people were was not who they were. They are proud, they are capable, they are strong, and we are all equal.

Well, there you go, four nuggets of brain power to get you thinking. Take some time, give each some thought, then decide that now is the time to get them out of simply being a write-up you read online and start making things happen.

Together we’re louder.

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This is going to be an amazing show! If you live anywhere near the Nashville area join us for this special night as we celebrate people bringing hope to Nashville through music!

The event is FREE and is Monday August 15th beginning at 5 pm at PoPo Cool Kid Stuff.

RSVP on Facebook

More info here

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The adorable, talented and all around awesome Natalie Prass performs ‘Hold Me Close’ at Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp in Murfreesboro, TN!

We spent the day at camp wishing we could go back in time and be a 14 year old girl and be a camper. They’re promoting collaboration and positive self-esteem and we think that’s pretty awesome. Their goal is to empower young women through music education in a supportive and challenging environment. That’s exactly what they do.

Totally awesome.

We’re excited because a few of the girls from camp are going to be performing at our upcoming concert with RABBIT! in Nashville! Are you coming? Join us!

Event Info:
Love In Stereo presents Rabbit! + Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp
Monday August 15 at 5 PM
PoPo Cool Kid Stuff // 4017 Hillsboro Pike Suite 309A //Nashville, TN
RSVP on Facebook

Help us spread the word about this awesome night:

Twitter: Join me at the @love_in_stereo party with @saverabbit and @sgrrc!
(You can do better than the above tweet, but you get the idea right?)

Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp
PoPo Cool Kid Stuff

Natalie Prass

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It’s a concert in a toy store! What could be more awesome? Join us Monday August 15th for a special free event celebrating people bringing hope to their community through music! The magic will all go down at our favorite toy store: PoPo Cool Kid Stuff in Nashville, TN. This will be the setting for a special stop on indie rock band Rabbit‘s current tour.

“We want to use this summer tour to shine a little light on individuals who are finding creative outlets for our nation’s youth,” said Ashton Allen of Rabbit! The tour is called Rabbit’s Music Stand and will be a cross country adventure spanning 45 cities in 48 days. Along the way they’ll be filming a documentary, performing and promoting community programs that are providing arts and music to students.

The party will also feature some very special guests: a few students from the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp!

Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp is a summer day camp for girls ages 10-17. SGRRC’s mission is to support a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among girls while building community through music. This is just one of the many awesome programs from our friends at YEAH (Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities). We want to celebrate the work they are doing and can’t wait for these girls to open the show!

There will be other surprises too! So don’t miss it! It’s free. It’s for kids of all ages. It’s a celebration of people making a difference.

Event Info:
Love In Stereo presents Rabbit! + Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp
Monday August 15 at 5 PM
PoPo Cool Kid Stuff // 4017 Hillsboro Pike Suite 309A //Nashville, TN
RSVP on Facebook

Help us spread the word about this awesome night:

Twitter: Join me at the @love_in_stereo party with @saverabbit and @sgrrc!
(You can do better than the above tweet, but you get the idea right?)

Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp
PoPo Cool Kid Stuff

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Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in America. This is a problem that is more prevalent than any of us can imagine. Here’s an excerpt from President Obama’s proclamation:

We cannot strengthen global efforts to end modern slavery
without first accepting the responsibility to prevent, identify,
and aggressively combat this crime at home. No country can
claim immunity from the scourge of human rights abuses, or
from the responsibility to confront them. As evidence of
our dedication to a universal struggle against this heinous
practice, the Department of State’s “Trafficking in Persons
Report 2010″ included America in its rankings for the first
time, measuring our efforts by the same standards to which
we hold other nations. Looking ahead, we must continue to
aggressively investigate and prosecute human trafficking
cases within our own borders.

The people at NotForSalecampaign.org are working to end this problem. One way is by checking out their Slavery Map that is updated with actual reported cases of human trafficking in America.

January has been declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
To find out ways in which you can help put an end to this problem in america, visit Not For Sale’s website to learn more.

You can also check out how you can help our friends, She Dances work to end sex trafficking through the hearts of musicians, artists and creatives. You can read our write-up about them here.

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