Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West already exists as a world-class school for the best young classical musicians. But Monday they entered into a deal with the New York Philharmonic, which under the baton on maestro Alan Gilbert, continues to be one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras.
“This is one of the most important endeavors and partnerships that we’ve ever embarked on,” said Music Academy President Scott Reed. “And I think it will be exciting for the Santa Barbara community and the fellows that attend our program.”
Alternative medicine and holistic health guru Deepak Chopra thinks big and hopes big. And now he has a vision to heal our ailing Earth and it starts with California, top down and bottom up.
In a series of lectures at the Arlington Theatre and elsewhere sponsored by the World Business Academy on Thursday and Friday, he will speak about the California Moonshot Project, a collaboration between the Academy and Dr. Chopra’s nonprofit Chopra Foundation. The plan is to make all of California’s energy renewable and to have it done in 10 years. The name comes from the original moonshot project, President John F. Kennedy’s plan to send a man to the moon and have him safely return to Earth. (President Kennedy gave it 10 years as well — it turned out to take less time.) Read More
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus spoke Friday at this year’s Westmont President’s Breakfast to a full room of faculty, sponsors and students at the Fess Parker Doubletree resort.
In his hour-long speech that shares its title with one of his books — “Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism” — professor Yunus talked about how he started the Grameen Bank and the business of micro-loans in his native Bangladesh, his numerous other projects, and his philosophy of a kinder, less rapacious capitalism. Read More