Documenting Our Journeys
Individual stories have the power to create a sense of connection and empathy among people. By documenting impactful stories, we can share the experiences, emotions, and struggles of individuals. This fosters understanding, compassion, and a sense of shared humanity. It reminds us that behind historical events and societal changes, there are real people with their unique perspectives and journeys.
In print, Jenny’s is the author of Sex Robots & Vegan Meat, Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex and Death, which has been translated into ten languages. Her second book, The Price of Life, will be published by Picador in 2024. Jenny’s long form writing appears regularly in the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Times, the New Statesman and Tortoise. On video, she’s reported for BBC One’s Panorama, HBO’s Vice News Tonight and Channel 4’s Dispatches, as well as making 13 films from across the globe for Channel 4’s Unreported World. In audio, she was the launch presenter of weekend Breakfast on Times Radio. She wrote and presented Hotspot, a five-part documentary series for BBC Radio 4, and The Immaculate Deception investigative podcast series. She’s been interviewed on The Joe Rogan Experience, The Longform Podcast, and Woman’s Hour. On stage, Jenny is in demand as an event host, moderator and panelist. She’s an after dinner speaker and TED talker.
Lisa Elaine Scott is a writer, mediator, teacher and community peace builder. She received an undergraduate degree in secondary education from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building from California State University, Dominquez Hills.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1997, Scott began her TV/film career in community television where she became committed to bringing unique, grassroots voices into the media through public access television and independent media production. From there, she moved into the mainstream, and worked at the American Film Institute, E! Entertainment Television and other commercial production companies.
In 1999, Scott was introduced to members of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, a Philadelphia-based poor people’s organization. The result of that meeting was The Ultimate Song, a 30-minute documentary directed by Scott about the musician’s role in the struggle to end poverty. Scott began what would turn out to be a decade-long commitment to amend California’s three strikes law. Over a two-year period, she interviewed activists, criminal justice experts, and those directly affected by the law – third strikers and their families. The video, Under Three Strikes, has been screened around the world.
Lisa is currently working on a documentary about infant adoption, All You Have Is Love.
KRIS PAGE SWENSON
Kris is a freelance writer and adoptee based in Indianapolis who has a passion for helping people. With degrees in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Indianapolis and a Masters in Theology and Critical Theory from Duke University, Kris has a well-rounded academic background that informs her work. Her career has been diverse, starting as an employment consultant and program manager for people with disabilities, and later pursuing her love for bookselling without losing sight of her desire to aid others. Currently, Kris continues to work with those with disabilities and writes articles on mood disorders and genetic identity issues.
Kris’s personal experience with a heart attack led her to volunteer with the Right to Know organization, which promotes awareness about the importance of genetic information. After discovering that early onset cardiovascular disease was prevalent in her biological family, Kris believes that everyone should have access to aggressive early diagnostic testing. Her dedication to helping others drives her work, and she strives to make a positive impact on those around her.Kris is Program Manager for Right to Know and NAAP’s Bear Witness Project.