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Participating in Good: Spurring social change through the power of movies

Film Journal

By Rebecca Pahle

December 29, 2017

“You cannot change the world if you don’t like each other.” A fine guiding principle for a nonprofit organization, a political activist group, a self-help seminar…but a production company? You bet—when that production company is Participant Media, which since its founding in 2004 by Jeff Skoll has been bringing movies that seek to affect social change to the big screen.

“Compassion,” continues CEO David Linde, “is central to the perspective of Participant. We believe in a compassionate world. And when you’re talking about 75-plus movies and over two billion dollars’ worth of box office, I would say that there are a lot of people who agree with us.” Read more