50 People I Recommend Paying Attention to

When I was younger and had a larger ego, I had a hard time giving credit for my success to anyone. Today I have come to believe that I am merely a reflection of the good that exists on earth. None of what you see originated from within me. It is merely the lights of the many people who have shined their goodness toward me. I am largely the creation of all the people and events that have deeply affected me.

I’m elated to share with you this list of living influential people that I recommend listening to. They are all people that I believe in. They have all affected my life and have influenced the path that I am on today. Some much more than others, and the ones near the top of the list are the ones that I feel the closest to.

Inclusion on this list does not mean that I agree with everything that they say. We humans are an opinionated bunch and it’s pretty hard to find someone who is completely lined up with our own beliefs. In the past that would have prevented me from recommending other people to follow and to listen to. Today I have chosen to embrace the characteristics of the people that I admire and leaving the ones that I find less desirable.

I believe that if you surround yourself with conscious people you will in turn raise your level of consciousness. If you surround yourself with good people you will find yourself being a better person. By surrounding yourself with knowledge your intelligence will grow. I believe these people to be highly worthy of our time and attention and that overall if we embraced their philosophies we’d all be living lives full of more health, happiness, and freedom.

I could tell you everything that I love about them, but instead I’ll let you discover your own love for them on your own. For some of them I’ve included a video a a glimpse into who they are. Click on their name to be taken to their website or Wikipedia profile to learn more about them.


Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth

Jack Johnson


Yvon Chouinard


Mark Boyle


Tristram Stuart


Jane Goodall


Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen

Annie Leonard


Neil DeGrasse Tyson


David Attenborough


Will Allen of Growing Power


Vandana Shiva


Ron Finley


Thich Nhat Hanh


Eddie Vedder


Charles Eisenstein


Xavier Rudd


Michael Pollan


John Stewart


John Oliver


Jose Mujica


Stephen Hawking

The Dalai Lama

Vani Hari– Food Babe

Michael Franti

Morgan Spurlock


Paul Stamets

Nahko Bear and Medicine for the People


Lauren Singer– Trash is for Tossers

Robert Reich 


Elizabeth Warren

Van Jones

Michael Moore

Russell Brand

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks

Jamie Oliver


Joe Rogan

David Suzuki

Louis C.K.

Andy Keller founder of ChicoBag 

David Foreman founder of Earth First!


Leilani Munter

Barrington Irving

Bill MollisonDavid Holmgren and many other permaculturists

Joel Salatin

Naomi Klein

Bill Mckibben

Derrick Jensen author of Endgame


Noam Chomsky

Bernie Sanders


Note 03/27/2016: After making this list I noticed how disproportionately white and male it is. I’m not sure why exactly that is but I have a few ideas. Maybe white male stories have been disproportionately pushed by American media and thus are what I’ve been exposed to most in my development? Maybe I am for some reason more inspired by people that are more like me (white and male)? Maybe the system and society suppress women and minorities from being successful and thus create a majority of white male stories for me to be inspired by? I’ve come to recognize that I subconsciously seem to be more drawn to white male figures compared to women and non-white figures. I think this is mostly due to influences through out my first two decades such as where I was born and raised, media, and movies. I don’t know exactly what it is but now that I am aware of it I am consciously working to change it.


Also check out these lists of resources that have had a positive influence on me:

33 Facebook pages I recommend 

Nonprofits I recommend and support

23 films that changed my life

23 of my favorite YouTube channels

Books I Recommend (that Transformed My Life)

Healthy Music for a Healthy Life