mark moore, earthling
Highlights of Mark’s story
In 1995, a green and idealistic 25 year-old had a genuinely, non-hyperbolically life-changing private meeting with the Dalai Lama. Mark shared an inspiration that had arisen with some force while he was studying in Nepal in 1992, and asked for His Holiness’s advice. The vision was far-fetched: a global network of altruistic educational and charitable projects integrating personal development with practical solutions for sustainable and compassionate living. Mark confessed to the Dalai Lama that he had little relevant work experience, even less money, and not a clue how to begin, yet he couldn’t shake the inspiration.
To Mark’s eternal delight (and, frankly, more than a little spiritually star-struck shock), His Holiness was enthusiastically supportive, offering penetratingly insightful reflections, illuminating a clear path forward, and offering help. In a flash, the impossible seemed inevitable. Mark and his friends then launched their first humble project in 1997, a hub for community activity in the Dalai Lama’s exile hometown of Dharamshala, India, which served as the first stepping stone toward the realization of this dream.
In 2000, Mark took the next step, founding the Earthville Network, a US-based nonprofit organization cultivating a global community of local initiatives for a more compassionate and sustainable world. Earthville provides experiential education for responsible global citizenship through service learning, cross-cultural collaboration, and the arts, and incubates charitable projects worldwide.