A Living Theory of Change

Under the direction of Youth Speaks Inc Hodari Davis (National Program Director), Life Is Living has been an important experiment. It has tested new ideas about engaging youth, presenting public art, fostering literacy and storytelling, developing arts audiences, establishing non-traditional partnerships, transforming the environmental justice movement, and catalyzing community-building.

Authored by Jeff ChangLiving Theory of Change explains the artistic process, philosophical frameworks & organizing principles that have guided Life Is Living’s approach to eco-empowerment through the Arts.

With a historical look at the events, the partnerships and audiences that stemmed from this process, the document will articulate a new theory of change; one grounded in celebrating Life through urban performance, intergenerational health, and environmental action.

The living document will also establish explicitly the value that grows in the intersection between cultural and environmental philanthropy.


Living Theory of Change is being published by Youth Speaks Inc, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Fund.