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The Psychology of Empowerment

Brian Gruber, Author
Gruber Media
LIVE Wednesday May 5, 2021
12:00pm Pacific (GMT-8), 3:00pm Eastern

Empowerment is defined as the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.  The question is what does it take to become empowered?  Is the desire for controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights universal, or does it differ by society and culture?

In this one hour, I interview Brian Gruber from his home on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand.  Brian just published his fourth book, co-authored, “Surmountable,” gathering stories of transcendence and transformation from activists, thought leaders, and witnesses to seismic political change.

I discover what inspired Brian to write the book, and what cities and countries he visited in his  research.  I ask him about the big lessons he learned in people developing their sense of empowerment.  And I probe his insights into how we take these lessons from history into our own lives so that we can be empowered to live our best lives.

This is an eye-opening hour, where we enjoy the encyclopedic breadth of Brian’s knowledge and experience in traveling to remote locations around the world to learn about what motivates people toward empowerment and change.  Join us LIVE on radio/podcast and in video replay.  

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Brian Gruber has spent 40 years studying, innovating, marketing and creating new forms of public media. His Pepperdine M.A. in Broadcast Journalism led him to serve as the first director of marketing for public affairs pioneer C-SPAN. He hosted two live call-in shows and interviewed Cesar Chavez, Nancy Pelosi and John McCain.

He then worked in cable television in the United States and Australia, and founded three digital media firms., named one of the 50 best websites by TIME magazine, enabled video access to the world’s great forums: the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Chatauqua Institution and the New York Public Library. His livestreamed author events from legendary bookstores and editorial meetings of publications like The New Republic. streamed live jazz concerts from iconic clubs in four countries. Gruber conducted hundreds of interviews with the likes of Norman Mailer, Quincy Jones and Malcolm Gladwell.

Brian is the author of four books. In “WAR: The Afterparty,” he visited scenes of 50 years of U.S. military interventions to interview those affected from both ends of the gun barrel. He wrote “Six Days at Ronnie Scott’s,” interviewing jazz legends like Billy Cobham on the creative process and the history of jazz fusion. He traveled to four continents to conduct interview interviews for the co-authored “Surmountable,” gathering stories of transcendence and transformation from activists, thought leaders, and witnesses to seismic political change.

Gruber lives on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand where he leads a writer’s group and helps aspiring authors take their creative projects to completion.