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Founder of the Moving Up Media Lab & author on the American Dream.

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Praise for Bob McKinnon...

  • “Bob McKinnon writes with skill, grace and heart. It's a message we all need to hear.”

    Seth Godin, Author Linchpin

  • “Your TEDX talk was just great - your presentation was SO moving. I think the whole room was affected by it. I think many people will be inspired to reflect, to be grateful and to help others more.”

    Anne Adriance, The New School

  • “Bob was fantastic and received rave reviews from all my Sesame colleagues who loved his style, great sense of humor and thought provoking insights.”


Bob McKinnon: Speech Topics


① HOW DID YOU END UP HERE? | ② THE SECRETS OF OUR SUCCESS | ③ KEEPING OUR PROMISE FOR A BETTER WORLD | EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

① How did you end up here?


Can asking one simple question change the way we forever see our world?
McKinnon takes you on his moving personal journey out of poverty to discover the surprising factors that influence who we become and the psychology behind how we see our own life. During this talk, you’ll be given the opportunity to find Your American Dream Score and reflect on the members of your own Dream Team who made your journey in life possible.

② The Secrets Of Our Success


The American Dream tells us that anyone who comes here can succeed if they just work hard enough. Yet while hard work can make the dream possible, it doesn’t always mean it’s probable. Learn what a growing body of evidence is revealing about why some people “make it” while others don’t. McKinnon’s surprising findings and stories will leave you rethinking what it takes to make our dreams come true.

③ Keeping Our Promise for a Better World


Every generation makes a commitment to see its children lead better lives than they have and to leave the world a better place than they had inherited. Yet today’s issues are combining to create the first generation of children expected to lead shorter, unhealthier and unhappier lives than their parents. So how do we get people to engage in creating a better world? In this talk, Bob will share inspiring stories and lessons learned from his experience collaborating with well known change makers like Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter as well as everyday heroes who “put their hands in the muck and mire to create something beautiful – a better outcome.”

EXECUTIVE EDUCATION – WHAT IS YOUR AMERICAN DREAM SCORE: LIVED EXPERIENCE DIVERSITY WORKSHOP


Dig deep into your staff or team’s make-up with The American Dream Score. This research-driven assessment was designed by The Moving Up Media Lab and funded by the Ford Foundation and has already been used by more than 565,000 individuals. The brief tool examines the many people, experiences, systems, and institutions that have helped—or hindered—our path to where we are today. In this workshop, we will use these reflections to jump-start honest discussions about the role of inequality and opportunity in our lives and our work.
Half-day & long-term programs available to help your team(s) understand and work with:

• Personal histories and the key experiences, influences and moments that have brought us where we are today
• The many facilitators and obstacles that factor into how we relate to our environment and how we work toward our goals
• Tools for recognizing the effects of past experiences on both one’s own and others reactions to present circumstance
• Methods for interacting skillfully and productively across diverse backgrounds
• Strategies for capitalizing on personal and group understanding to improve productivity and outcomes

Customizable program design around the assessment allows for targeted outcomes aligned to your organizational challenges, values or goals. Some possibilities include:

• Increased understanding of diversity within the team
• Better teamwork around obstacles and challenges
• Deeper appreciation for value and experiences of team and stakeholders
• Enhanced individual capacity to identify areas for growth and improvement
• Insight into recruitment/restructuring for a more diverse staff reflecting or different experiences, skill-sets, and attitudes.


Bob McKinnon: Books


Actions Speak Loudest: Keeping Our Promise for a Better World

A collection of photos, one-thousand word essays, and calls to action on the compelling issues of our day, to leave the world a better place for the next generation … ➡︎

Bob McKinnon: Bio



      
Bob McKinnon is Director of the Moving Up Media Lab, helping people realize and appreciate the many invisible factors that make the American Dream possible. Their most recent initiative, Your American Dream Score, resulted in over a half-million people discovering what factors helped or hindered their own efforts in life. In 2018, it was recognized by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea finalist.

Bob is the author of the Moving Up Mondays blog and the book Actions Speak Loudest: Keeping Our Promise for A Better World, His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, PBS, NPR and the Huffington Post. He is a frequent contributor to Fast Company and an adjunct professor at the Parsons School of Design

In the spirit of Moving Up, here is Bob’s alternative bio: “Bob McKinnon is the son of Daytona Roth, a former bartender who raised three children largely by herself in various row houses in Chelsea, Massachusetts and trailers in rural Pennsylvania. He is a proud former recipient of food stamps, welfare, Medicaid, Pell grants, student loans and numerous other government benefits. His educational and professional success would not be possible without the kindness and efforts of countless teachers, mentors, social workers, non-profit professionals, friends, family and individuals – many of whom will never know their impact on his life.

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BOB McKINNON


Founder of the Moving Up Media Lab & author on the American Dream.

SPEECH TOPICS


① How did you end up here?


Can asking one simple question change the way we forever see our world?
McKinnon takes you on his moving personal journey out of poverty to discover the surprising factors that influence who we become and the psychology behind how we see our own life. During this talk, you’ll be given the opportunity to find Your American Dream Score and reflect on the members of your own Dream Team who made your journey in life possible.


② The Secrets Of Our Success


The American Dream tells us that anyone who comes here can succeed if they just work hard enough. Yet while hard work can make the dream possible, it doesn’t always mean it’s probable. Learn what a growing body of evidence is revealing about why some people “make it” while others don’t. McKinnon’s surprising findings and stories will leave you rethinking what it takes to make our dreams come true.

③ Keeping Our Promise for a Better World


Every generation makes a commitment to see its children lead better lives than they have and to leave the world a better place than they had inherited. Yet today’s issues are combining to create the first generation of children expected to lead shorter, unhealthier and unhappier lives than their parents. So how do we get people to engage in creating a better world? In this talk, Bob will share inspiring stories and lessons learned from his experience collaborating with well known change makers like Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter as well as everyday heroes who “put their hands in the muck and mire to create something beautiful – a better outcome.”
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BIO


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Bob McKinnon is Director of the Moving Up Media Lab, helping people realize and appreciate the many invisible factors that make the American Dream possible. Their most recent initiative, Your American Dream Score, resulted in over a half-million people discovering what factors helped or hindered their own efforts in life. In 2018, it was recognized by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea finalist.

Bob is the author of the Moving Up Mondays blog and the book Actions Speak Loudest: Keeping Our Promise for A Better World, His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, PBS, NPR and the Huffington Post. He is a frequent contributor to Fast Company and an adjunct professor at the Parsons School of Design

In the spirit of Moving Up, here is Bob’s alternative bio: “Bob McKinnon is the son of Daytona Roth, a former bartender who raised three children largely by herself in various row houses in Chelsea, Massachusetts and trailers in rural Pennsylvania. He is a proud former recipient of food stamps, welfare, Medicaid, Pell grants, student loans and numerous other government benefits. His educational and professional success would not be possible without the kindness and efforts of countless teachers, mentors, social workers, non-profit professionals, friends, family and individuals – many of whom will never know their impact on his life.


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