On Being has its origins in a public radio show called Speaking of Faith, which was created by Krista Tippett, piloted in the early 2000s, and launched nationally at American Public Media (APM) in 2003. A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Krista saw a black hole in media where intelligent conversation about religion, meaning, and moral imagination might be. Her show evolved into On Being and a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century: What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other?
In 2013, Krista and a founding production team of three (Trent Gilliss, Chris Heagle, and Liliana Maria Percy Ruíz) spun out of APM as Krista Tippett Public Productions. They wanted to be creative and entrepreneurially nimble in response to the beautiful and unusual impact this content was having in lives and communities.
In 2018, Krista and a growing team of comrade-leaders opened the new chapter of mission-driven innovation that is The On Being Project. We are based in a studio/work/public event space located on Dakota land in Loring Park in Minneapolis, with community, colleagues, and partners around the world. Liliana Maria Percy Ruíz has become Executive Producer of On Being and an expanding portfolio of podcasts and public events.
The Civil Conversations Project (CCP) is an emergent approach to conversation and relationship across the differences of our age and has become a front edge of our evolution. Started in 2011, it is an offering towards renewing common life through grounding virtues and spiritual technologies like generous listening, adventurous civility, and hospitable questions. Civil Conversations are increasingly happening in live public events on the road while the Better Conversations Guide is finding its way into far-flung settings including classrooms, circles of family and friends, and civic spaces. CCP was also at the heart of the inaugural On Being Gathering at the 1440 Multiversity in California in 2018. In 2019, Lucas Johnson assumed the newly created role of executive director to discern how our work can be more deeply of service to social and racial healing.
Our newest adventure, the On Being Impact Lab is emergent. We believe that collaborative discovery will be a key to living into the generative possibilities of this moment — not just in the halls of the academy or scientific laboratories, but in the everyday living laboratories of our communities, our friendships, and our minds.
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