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Top Ten Culture Shaping Moments of 2011 by Q Ideas

Is culture really getting any better? Where’s the proof that all the dialogue and collaboration Q is committed to is having any impact?

We’ve heard it all and we get it. Many think the work of “cultural renewal” is elusive, and understandably so. It’s not easy to show concretely how culture is changing over time. But in the following Top 10 List, we attempt to put on display that in mainstream culture, a movement is afoot.

Culture is being shaped. Organizations are being reformed. Agendas are shifting and Christians are having a say in helping the world reimagine how it ought to be.

Here are our Top 10 Culture Shaping Moments in 2011:


1

“Love is The Movement” Message Given Primetime Platform and 1 Million Dollars

Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, delivers a beautiful primetime speech highlighting the gospel motivated message that “everyone has a story” and not to believe the lie that you are alone. Miley Cyrus introduced Jamie and shared her support for the movement.

http://www.twloha.com


2

Charity:Water Heralded by President Obama as Humanitarian Example for a New Generation

Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water, was highlighted in President Obama’s speech this year at the National Prayer Breakfast as a model for giving back in the world.

http://t.co/JF1OHOzb


3

Ending Modern Day Slavery Becomes Key Social Issue in Culture

CNN Creates “The Freedom Project”, All Saints Fashion Brand launches a line of shirts in partnership with Not For Sale’s Founder, David Batstone and the State Department, in partnership with Justin Dillon, create the Slavery Footprint Application that is being used by millions to calculate and remind people of how many slaves support their lifestyle.

http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/07/apps-to-end-slavery/
http://www.us.allsaints.com/not_for_sale
http://www.callandresponse.org


4

USA Today Lauds Q Conference as “Signature Annual Gathering For Christian Leaders”

Q is being recognized as the key convener for next generation leaders wanting to engage current issues facing Western culture. Gabe Lyons’ interview of Imam Feisal (the leader of the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque”) was highlighted by The Huffington Post as a model of civility during the ten year anniversary of 9/11.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-06-26-can-social-justice-effort-tame-culture-wars_n.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/07/imam-feisal-the-future-of-christian-muslim-relations_n_952717.html


5

Digital Bible Listed as #1 in USA Today’s “Top 10 Coolest Book Apps”

USA Today recognized Phil Chen’s GloBible, an interactive digital bible, as 1st place on their list of Top 10 coolest book apps.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/news/story/2011-09-02/The-10-coolest-book-apps-for-fall/50245236/1


6

MTV, Billboard, and Examiner Recognize Downtime Project As “Revolutionary” to the Music Industry

Jay Harren, formerly of Columbia Records, created Downtime—a platform designed to connect touring musicians with causes they want to support while on the road. Major media was quick to pick up on the depth and possibilities this project brings to artists and their fans.

http://www.mydowntime.com


7

Help Portrait Movement Goes Global

Jeremy Cowart is a Los Angeles Based celebrity photographer, who has recently broadened the scope of his work. His non-profit organization, Help Portrait, has engaged over 10,000 photographers in 54 countries to give over 101,000 portraits away to people who would never have the opportunity to have a photo of themselves or their family. CNN has consistently promoted the Help Portrait movement since its inception three years ago.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/09/us/photographers-help-portraits/index.html


8

Two Songwriter’s Featured in Soundtrack for One of Most Influential Film Franchises

The soundtrack to Twilight: Breaking Dawn was released in November and features two songs written by two Q participants: Ryan O’Neal [Sleeping at Last] and David Hodges [sung by Christina Perri] The album debuted at #4 on Billboard and sold 105,000 copies in it’s first week.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sleeping-at-last/id467967163
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-thousand-years/id467980710?i=467980724&ign-mpt=uo%3D2


9

The New York Times Affirms ‘Q Debates’ as Innovative Approach to Discuss Major Issues of Our Day

This fall Q partnered with Halogen TV’s Kyle Young and Becky Henderson and recovered the lost art of Debate. We took one big question; “Does Reality Television Do More Harm than Good?” and invited Ivy League debate teams to take a stance. New York Times writer, Neil Genzlinger attended, and made a compelling case for why debate should make its way back in the public square.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/08/arts/television/reality-tv-debate-critics-notebook.html


10

Twelve Businesses Join Accelerator Program Focused on Social Good

Developed in collaboration with Q, Dave Blanchard launched Praxis—a mentorship accelerator program for social entrepreneurs & innovators compelled by their faith to advance the common good. Praxis provides its fellows with the knowledge and network needed to develop high-impact organizations, all within an environment that allows for an exploration of how their work can holistically embody the Gospel.

http://www.praxislabs.org