Ocean Robbins is a refreshing and inspiring voice of wisdom for our times. He has been a luminary for changemakers of all ages for more than twenty years, and his presentations combine youthful passion with profound insights. The more people who experience his work, the more hope we can have for our future.
— Marianne Williamson, author of 4 #1 bestselling books including A Return To Love, radio host, social change activist
Ocean Robbins is a brilliant visionary leader of a new paradigm that bridges race, class, religion, culture and political perspective in authentic partnership and mutual self interest. His work embodies the vision of a world that works for everyone, and he steps into it with such courage, tenacity, and love that people of many different backgrounds feel at home in his presence. Ocean’s remarkable stories, depth of commitment, and eloquent communication make him a fantastic resource for conferences, universities, and indeed everyone who wants a potent dose of grounded inspiration.
— Van Jones, Founder, Green For All, Author, The Green Collar Economy
Numerous people told me that his talk was the most inspiring and moving thing they had ever heard. Ocean Robbins’ presentation at our environmental and social justice youth conference was the highlight of the weekend for many of our participants. His positive message and soulful, inspiring words reached deep into the hearts of the youth attendees. As conference organizer I couldn’t have been more pleased!
— Daniel Carr, Conference Coordinator, Deep Green Global Training
Ocean Robbins is one of the brightest and most luminous leaders in our world today. He is a brilliant thinker, an inspiring presence, a wise and sage teacher, a creative genius, and a potent spokesperson for the power of the human family to address and transform the most critical challenges we face. He speaks from a place of profound responsibility as well as authentic humility. Ocean has an extraordinary capacity to move people to inspired committed action. His message is always trustworthy, fresh, empowering, and clear. Whenever I am with him or hear him speak I come away with new insights and feel eager and empowered to meet whatever challenges abound. He is a treasure and it is a privilege to know him and be his colleague in the great work of our time.
— Lynne Twist, author, The Soul of Money, Co-founder, The Pachamama Alliance
Students talked about Ocean’s presentation for months after his speech. He has a magical way of connecting with young people and his story deeply connects the social and environmental movement. Out of the 40 workshops and keynote speakers, Ocean made the greatest impact on the teenagers. Without hesitation, I recommend his service as a speaker or workshop leader. We found his participation to be an essential part of the conference’s success; we look forward to having him return as a speaker.
— Taylor Selby, Executive Director, Earth Care International, Santa Fe, NM
Thank you for the outstanding public lecture you delivered on the theme “The Power of Partnership” at Cal Poly Pomona’s Ahimsa Center. Your presentation was both inspiring and empowering. Your style — spontaneous, authentic, and lively — resonated with the entire audience — a diverse mix of students, faculty and the members of the larger community; young and not-so-young alike. Your seamless and effortless weaving of the arts of story-telling, reenactment of personal encounters, and poetry recital is indeed a true gift. All this made for a most memorable afternoon.
— Tara Sethia, Ph.D. Director, Ahimsa Center Professor, California State Polytechnic University
Ocean was our conference’s final plenary speaker and his message brought spirit into action in a way that was electrifying and inspiring to the room. Many of our participants listed his talk as a conference highlight on their evaluations.
— Laura Cornell, Founder and Director, Green Yoga Association.
I could spend hours listening to Ocean Robbins, and so could the 450 attendees of our recent conference. Ocean is a brilliant speaker — funny, touching, and wise beyond his years. His talk was a moving and motivating experience. Our feedback questionnaires from guests after the conference frequently listed Ocean as their favorite speaker. We look forward to having him again at future conferences.
— Jeff Nelson, founder, Healthy Lifestyle Expo
Ocean Robbins, you have become a watershed of a new, worldwide vision. We want to thank you for sharing your singular and prophetic insights, your laughter, values, dreams, heart, mind and prayers. You have called us to foster a deep longing and courage, evoking and calling forth the wisdom of youth in all of us, in a deep, deeply human way. And you said earlier so truly, “we grow old by abandoning our ideals”. You have called us awake to the idea, to remind us that human beings are here for conscious thriving and are each called to some unique greatness.We thank you.
— Anne Mulvaney, Ed.D., Holistic Education Dept., OISE, University of Toronto, in gratitude for keynote address, October 28, 2007
I cannot thank you enough for coming to the Principia College campus. What you had to say ignited inspiration in some people and fueled the fire in others. People that had given up hope in activism because the task was too large have now returned to stand up for what they believe in. More specifically, I was feeling “burned out” with the whole environmental issue and feeling like nobody was listening except for myself. Now, I have newfound encouragement to continue with the fight for environmental respect and animal rights. Thank you so much again for sharing your thoughts and words of hope and enlightenment.
— Lauren Chapman, Sophomore, Principia College, Elsah, IL
Ocean Robbins has dedicated his life to creating a more positive, healthy, and just world for all. With a lifetime of experience, he is sure to make a powerful and positive impact for any event.
— Julia Butterfly Hill, Cofounder, The Engage Network, Author, The Legacy of Luna
I coordinated a high school environmental conference which brought together nearly 300 students leaders and teachers from more than 20 schools throughout Wisconsin. Ocean Robbins was our keynote speaker and the student response to his presentation was tremendous. On the conference evaluations, many people cited his talk as the best thing about the entire event. Ocean is an insightful and dynamic speaker who inspires people of all ages to become more active on behalf of the environment and their communities. I would love to hear more from him any time.
— Deborah Engel-Di Mauro, Environmental Education Resources Specialist, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
Again thank you sooooo much for coming to speak to us at the Sierra Student Coalition conference. It was truly wonderful and amazing and incredibly inspirational. I bought your book “Choices for our Future” and finished it within the week. I loved it soooooo much and I feel that your speaking and the book have significantly changed my life!
— Talia Cooper, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA
Ocean Robbins gave an inspiring talk at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo, California on Sunday, May 18, 2008. I had the pleasure of arranging the Sunday Service and working with Ocean. He was very open and collaborative in approach. The service received an overwhelmingly positive response from the congregation. Ocean shared his own fascinating family story as part of a very moving talk on self realization and fulfilling life purpose through social/environmental justice work and community building. His values are very congruent with the U.U. Principles, and his message is both spiritual and action-oriented, which is doubly appreciated. He has a beautiful presence which is warm, authentic, and accessible. I highly recommend him as a speaker on spiritual growth, community building, and social/environmental justice.
— Susan Bailey Kadin, Worship Associate, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your presentation to our High School… I believe our students were touched by your sincerity, genuineness, and showmanship. Once again, thank you for making April 25 a very special Earth Day here at Jackson High School.
— Thomas J. Stobie, Principal, Jackson High School, Jackson, MI
No greater compliment could be paid to your keynote address at Michigan’s… Service-Learning / School Volunteers / Partnerships for Education conference than the many invitations you received to carry your message of environmental stewardship and student leadership to seven school districts… I had been most favorably impressed with your conference presentations last year. I was even more appreciative of your talents to engage students at the school assemblies I observed last month. You very judiciously adapted your message to the interest level of the audience and artfully engaged student participation in a very energizing yet controlled manner. The high level of interest of the students wsa evident throughout your presentation, and… followup confirmed the enthusiasm of teachers and students alike at all grade levels… Thank you again for all you did for Michigan students, and for your tireless efforts for a clean and healthy planet.
— Elaine Gordon, SERVE-Michigan Coordinator, State of Michigan Department of Education