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Visionaries - Changing the World One Story at a Time



Presenting our 21st Season on Public Television


EPISODE 1: “Only in the Darkness Can You See the Stars”

Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT

Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT has made it part of their mission to challenge the stigma around mental illness and addiction. Rather than dehumanizing their patients, Silver Hill aims to make their patients feel at home while in treatment.

Not only is their humanizing approach more respectful, it is also incredibly successful with over 70% of their discharged patients remaining drug free a year after leaving the facility.



EPISODE 2: “In the Land of Conservation”

The Lyme Land Conservation Trust

Land Conservation isn’t just about preserving property, it is about inspiring communities to connect with natural resources we all share. The Lyme Land Conservation Trust of Lyme, CT was started by just a handful of concerned members of the Lyme community that was not immediately embraced by their neighbors. However, now they have managed to preserve about half of the town itself for future generations while simultaneously engaging hundreds of families to become active members in this conservation effort.

The second story provides a look into the continuing efforts of Save the Sound and the Preserve Plum Island Coalition. Their goal is to preserve public land on Plum Island threatened by government attempts to sell it to the highest bidder. But, as Executive Director of the Citizens’ Campaign for the Environment, Adrienne Esposito puts it perfectly: “We don’t have to buy this island. We already own this island. All we have to do, is continue to do that…”.




EPISODE 3: “The Story of Us”

Holy Cross Ministries

Holy Cross Ministries is an affiliate of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Their mission is to work towards federal immigration reform while also helping undocumented victims of sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence to seek justice and support. In what may seem like an unlikely place to make a home to foreign neighbors, these members of the Salt Lake community are making valiant strides to making their city a place where everybody is welcome, no matter where they come from.

Aden Batar is a Muslim from Somalia who has become an American citizen after being granted asylum in the United States. Now, he works as the Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Director at Catholic Community Services of Utah in Salt Lake City. In this episode of the Visionaries we look closely at the impact he and his story have had on the work this organization has accomplished in the Salt Lake community.

Holy Cross Ministries is an affiliate of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Their mission is to work towards federal immigration reform while also helping undocumented victims of sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence to seek justice and support. In what may seem like an unlikely place to make a home to foreign neighbors, these members of the Salt Lake community are making valiant strides to making their city a place where everybody is welcome, no matter where they come from.




EPISODE 4: “In the Spirit of Cooperation pt. 1”


National Cooperative Business Association

Visionaries travels around the world to explore a 100-year-old way of doing business that could address some of the biggest social issues of our time, In the first part of our one-hour special on the National Cooperative Business Association we highlight four remarkably different co-ops that are having a profound impact. The Central Co-op of Seattle, WA is a cooperative grocery store that is owned and operated by its employees and customers, known within the co-op as ‘member-owners’ of which there are currently 13,500. At the same time, across town, we discover how the coop model is being used to address the needs of the bereaved at the People’s Memorial Association.

In addition to these two vastly different examples of the cooperative model, the Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) shows us how co-ops can even take the place of the most unlikely of business models: a bank. Marks, Mississippi is the home of both the Mules and Blues Festival, and the Delta Regional Mule Train Market, a cooperative market that provides affordable, fresh, local produce to the residents of the town which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was on his way to visit for the Poor Peoples’ March, when he was assassinated in 1968. In Western Massachusetts, two co-ops are breaking ground in leading a cooperative movement that is constantly gaining momentum in the Pioneer Valley. The first: Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) of Holyoke, MA which works to create tools for educating people about the cooperative movement, all started with a board game that does just that: “Co-opoly”. The second is Real Pickles of Greenfield, MA; a worker co-op that is bringing back the age-old practice of pickling vegetables through fermentation. Their products are all made from local produce.




EPISODE 5: “In the Spirit of Cooperation pt. 2”

Cooperative League of the United States of America

The second half of this one-hour special on NCBA-CLUSA focusses on the international arm of the organization: CLUSA (Cooperative League of the United States of America). Visionaries takes the viewer to two far-away countries to demonstrate that the cooperative model can create positive social change, not just here in the States, but around the globe. In East Timor an astounding thing has occurred. At the Cooperitiva Café Timor, hundreds of small farmers came together to form a coop that not only grows some of the best fair trade, organically grown coffee in the world, it generates enough income to pro fide free health care to thousands of people.

In Maputo, Mozambique, with the help of the Mozambican Association to Promote the Modern Cooperative (AMPCM) and other organizations doing similar work, small farmers are using the co-op model to increase and transform subsistence farming into small businesses that generate enough income to send their children to school by practicing “conservation agriculture.”



EPISODE 6: “Sustainability-Lost in the Lexicon?”

The Gifft Hill School

The Gifft Hill School is located on the island of St. John, one of the Virgin Islands. It is filled with beautifully preserved National Park land, and the Gifft Hill School has made it their mission to make their students active and responsible stewards of their vibrant home. But, Gifft Hill is not only environmentally responsible, it is also remarkably inclusive, with around 80% of its students receiving financial aide.

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), was founded in the midst of civil unrest during the 1991 Mount Pleasant riots. Their goal is to help stimulate the economic and social advancement of low to moderate income Latinos and other underserved communities in the D.C. and Baltimore Areas.