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Name:Informed Democracy
Hotline:800-243-5020
Toll Free:800-841-2665
Email Address:informeddemocracy@yahoo.com
Website:www.informeddemocracy.com/
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Anytime (Answering machine available)
Description:Informed Democracy is a media organization founded by George Levenson in 1986 based in Santa Cruz, California. We produce and distribute educational resources in conjunction with our larger objective to create media suitable for young audiences about the natural environment and global understanding. The work of Informed Democracy is inspired by two great American heroes. One is Thomas Jefferson who said "An informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion." The other is John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, whose generous spirit originated the apple groves of America. In our media centered world, audio-visual information is the seed that blossoms into awareness, action, and ultimately social change.
Programs:SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES
George Levenson produced the award winning video Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes based on the classic book by Eleanor Coerr about Sadako Sasaki, a 12 year old girl from Hiroshima, Japan, who folded origami cranes after developing leukemia from radiation caused by the atom bomb at the end of World War II. He also produced the companion instructional video, How To Fold A Paper Crane. The programs are designed to help educators use the true story of Sadako to teach children about the power of one person to create change, the long term consequences of war, and the values that are cherished by all cultures. Used in schools across the country for Social studies, multi-cultural studies, history,language arts, art, environmental education. Suitable for ages 8 and up.

PUMPKIN CIRCLE:The Story of A Garden is an award-winning video and picture book, also produced by George Levenson. This project is designed to show elementary school children the miraculous cycle of nature in a backyard pumpkin patch. Pumpkin Circle is a 20 minute live action video narrated in verse by Danny Glover with original music by George Winston. The video shows the changes in the plants over the four seasons with seeds sprouting, flowers opening, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing, and jack-o-lanterns glowing. The picture book, also written in verse, is filled with dramatic color photographs and allows children to learn the story of this amazing plant at their own pace. The video and book are perfect for Fall pumpkin studies, Springtime planting, science, environmental education and language arts. Suitable for ages 4 and up. The book and video are also available in Spanish -- EL CIRCULO DE LAS CALABAZAS: Historia de un huerto.

BREAD COMES TO LIFE
This 22 minute video is narrated in verse by Lily Tomlin with music by George Winston and tells the story of bread from a garden of wheat to a loaf to eat. The program is for the early elementary curriculum, and its purpose is to inspire wonder and provide information about the food we eat as well as the process and the people who bring bread into the world. Using live-action footage, time lapse-photography and animations, BREAD COMES TO LIFE shows the sowing, growing, reaping, threshing, milling, mixing, kneading, shaping rising, baking and breaking of bread in a garden and home setting as well as on a farm and in a large mill and a commercial bakery. Ages 4 and up.
Publications:Bread Comes to Life, video
El Circulo de los Calabazas, video and activity kit
How to Fold a Paper Crane, video
Pumpkin Circle Project, video and activity kit
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, video
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Public Transportation:Call for information
Eligibility:Open to All
Fees:None
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
 
Subject Headings
 Educational Programs
Media Materials
Public Awareness/Education
This record last modified January 4, 2013