People tell us every day that they have “discovered” On Being, and not by buzz, but by passage from one human being to another — sometimes as a lifeline, often across generations. The impact of this content has always felt less like that of an interview show and more like that of a social enterprise (with a radio show at its heart).
A few years in, audience research began to document what we had been anecdotally tracing and have continued to see: Our media space gathers people together across boundaries of age, race, geography, politics, and religion — at the same time that these boundaries have been calcifying in the culture at large.
We’ve come to understand our work as a “media and public life initiative.” The Civil Conversations Project (CCP) was the first expression of this, beginning in 2011. It has become an ongoing, ever-evolving offering of conversations and public events that is woven throughout our core body of work.
In 2013, Krista and a team of three producers (Trent Gilliss, Chris Heagle, and Liliana Maria Percy Ruíz) took On Being and CCP into organizational and production independence.
In the past few years, we developed the cultural momentum and organizational infrastructure to begin to scale to the next level. Scaling, for us, is about going deeper and not just bigger.
Our team has grown to represent a beautiful cross-section of talent and human identity. Liliana Maria Percy Ruiz leads On Being Studios. Lucas Johnson is building out our next stage social healing capacities. As head of Operations & Vitality, Colleen Scheck leads our efforts to be a thriving, cohesive, sustainable nonprofit.
A cross-organizational creative team drove a massive re-envisioning of this site, onbeing.org, that we launched in early 2019. This “Future Project,” as we called it, turned our 15-year archive into a hospitable, living resource — part gathering space, part anti-bubble. It is a template and foundation for content, digital innovation and community-building to come.
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.