We believe that the root of all societal and environmental issues facing us today is our sense of separation from ourselves, each other, the natural world, and ultimately from the experience of life itself. We envision a world in which all people and communities can challenge and break free from stories that no longer serve us. We believe solutions to contemporary challenges will emerge from a place of curiosity, love and connection.
We believe that the first step in forming a new world resides in taking time to reconsider what we are valuing, what choices we are making, and the worldview from which we are creating. Through inspiration, conscious reflection, and collaboration, we take responsibility for the world we are manifesting, and can discover and create new possibilities for the lives and the society we desire to build together.
Reconsider is an organization that sparks innovation, encourages creativity, stirs responsibility, and forms community to make our world more dynamic, connected, and inspiring.
We develop media and workshop experiences to catalyze reflection, dialogue, and action regarding our relationship to life and what we want to create while alive.
Reconsider inspires people to experience their lives in an empowered way. Our work begins with two primary questions:
What kind of world do we want to live in? What kind of life do you want to create?
Reconsider is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2013, with a focus on creating media, workshops and immersive experiences that focus on creating dialogue, awareness and action regarding our most pressing societal issues.
The Co-Founder of Reconsider, Stephen Apkon, is an award-winning director, filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, a non-profit film and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. Steve is the Director and Producer of Disturbing the Peace. He is also Producer of several documentaries, including Presenting Princess Shaw, I’m Carolyn Parker, and Enlistment Days, and Executive Producer of Planetary. He is the author of The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux – foreword by Martin Scorsese.
Marcina Hale is Co-Founder of Reconsider. She has spent 20 years developing and presenting workshops for individual and communal change and transformation. A master therapist and dynamic facilitator, she challenges and inspires others to live their lives more consciously and to take responsibility for their own creations. She is a Producer of Disturbing the Peace and is the primary facilitator for Reconsider workshop experiences, which have been given in the U.S. and internationally.
Jewel Kinch-Thomas brings extensive experience as a nonprofit executive and producer to the Reconsider team. Her focus at Reconsider includes strategic planning, organizational and workshop development, marketing, and production. A co-Founder of G&J Productions, and currently the COO of the Jazz Leadership Project, she champions creativity. Jewel has participated in New York Foundation for the Arts Leadership Circles, Columbia University’s Arts Leadership Institute, and the Women & Power: Leadership for the 21st Century program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Greg Thomas brings his experience as a writer, editor, public speaker and producer to Reconsider. For 25+ years, Greg has written about culture, jazz, and democratic values in publications such as Salon, The Root, New York Daily News, UPTOWN, Village Voice, among others. He has lectured at Columbia, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Hamilton College, the New School, and Harvard. Greg is co-founder of G&J Productions and CEO of the Jazz Leadership Project.
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