Burt Berlowe is an author, journalist, educator and social change activist .He has been writing and publishing people’s stories for more than four decades, first in the condensed format of the periodical press; more recently in the two books in the compassionate rebel series.
His current book: The Compassionate Rebel Revolution: Ordinary People Changing the World has been honored as a finalist for a Midwest Book Award and the international Reader’s Favorite award. It follows its predecessor The Compassionate Rebel: Energized by Anger, Motivated by Love, co-authored by Berlowe, and honored as a finalist for the nationally-prestigious Nautilus Award, presented during Book Expo America in Los Angeles. Together, the two volumes feature more than 100 never-before-told stories of personal and societal transformation.
Prior to writing books, Berlowe worked as a reporter for the Mankato Free Press, Duluth News-Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Twin Cities suburban Sun Newspapers, among others, and as an award-winning neighborhood newspaper editor and publisher. He also wrote freelance articles and columns for numerous local publications, including Pulse, Mpls. St. Paul and Minnesota Monthly, as well as Clamor, a nationally-distributed progressive magazine.
Berlowe’s transition to book authorship began during the 1970s when he published a centennial history of the Loring Park community in Minneapolis. That was followed by his first collection of personal stories called The Homegrown Generation, which features interviews with community organizers in Minneapolis’s downtown neighborhoods. He also co-authored three books on peaceful parenting, which he uses in teaching classes to parents and day care providers, incorporating storytelling as a way to generate student discussion.
With the production of the compassionate rebel volumes, Berlowe has expanded his commitment to be a “story carrier” — to uncover the stories of everyday heroes and carry them into the public realm, and to help others do the same. Using the two books as a reference, he has taught classes on gathering and writing stories, and has presented storytelling sessions in various venues, including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He spent three years as co-host of Spirit Road Radio, a talk show on AM950 in the Twin Cities, that highlighted the stories of people combining spirituality and social change to make a difference in the world.
In all of his work, Berlowe’s ultimate objective is to use storytelling as a way to transform our culture. “I believe that everyone has a compassionate rebel story waiting to be told,” he says. “I want to help people find and share that story and turn it into action that will positively change our society now and for years to come.”
Listen to a podcast interview with Burt Berlowe and Laurence Paters Part 1
Listen to a podcast interview with Burt Berlowe and Laurence Peters Part 2
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