Jeff Nesbit

American writer

Emperor gods have ruled the earth only one time before in modern history - during the time of Jesus. The rise of Christianity ended their reign as deities more than two centuries later, and none have appeared since. So is it possible for an emperor god to rise again? JUDE, from David C. Cook, explores that question: "A man rises to the pinnacle of earthly wealth, fame, and power by calling on demonic powers; his twin's opposing path brings him into direct conflict," the publisher says of the novel. JUDE can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play, Christianbook and eChristian.

My novels in 2011 and 2012 —PEACE/Summerside Press and OIL/Guideposts—looked at what might happen if Israel decides to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. I've written 19 inspirational novels with Tyndale, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Guideposts, Summerside Press, David C. Cook, Hodder & Stoughton, Harold Shaw (part of Random House) and Victor Books. In addition, I write a regular science and technology blog for U.S. News & World Report called "At the Edge" for the magazine's News section, which is also available through TechMediaNetwork. I'm also the executive director of Climate Nexus, a non-profit strategic communications group and sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors based in New York. 

I was former Vice President Dan Quayle's communications director at the White House; a senior public affairs official in the U.S. Senate and federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration; a national journalist with Knight-Ridder and others; head of a strategic communications consulting firm for 13 years; and the director of legislative and public affairs at the National Science Foundation from 2006-2011.

Ramona Tucker and I co-founded OakTara Publishers, an inspirational fiction publishing house, in 2006 to encourage new writers and bring out-of-print works from established authors back into the marketplace.  OakTara has published 300-plus titles since then, and now partners with Barbour Books and BroadStreet Publishing on selected titles sold to retail bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Books a Million and big-box retail stores such as Wal Mart and Sam's Club.

 

Relentless, Positive Storm

OPINION: The "Relentless, Positive Storm" Generation

Education Nation //Sep. 24, 2010 // 11:47 AM

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I believe in the next generation of leaders. 
 
More than any other in recent memory, the generation now emerging from our educational system believes that just one person - armed with powerful, innovative and disruptive ideas or concepts - can change the world through a "relentless, positive storm." You dream big, do the right thing, set your direction, take your compass and never stray from the path.
 
I know this runs counter to the general mood of the country right now. People seem uncertain about whether it’s even acceptable to hope for a better future. But the next generation will, I believe, prove the prophets of doom wrong. They will show us the way out of this bewildering uncertainty.
 
The reason is simple. The next generation - the Millennials - knows that we are, in fact, an Education Nation already. This generation has grown up with a new way of learning. They ask questions in a non-linear fashion, find answers in new or indirect ways - and then connect with their peers, friends and colleagues to make change happen very, very quickly. 
 
What’s more, the next generation is hopeful. They believe they can make a difference. They’re willing to work for it, invest in it. They’re willing to take jobs that pay less, but make a bigger difference. This next generation - the practitioners of this "relentless, positive storm" - is truly post-racial: willing to break molds, shatter stereotypes, and move beyond mean-spirited prejudices.

They communicate in ever-changing ways. Human beings have been telling stories from the dawn of civilization - before there were scientists and doctors and lawyers and businessmen, there were storytellers. It is the one, common thread that runs through the entire history of the human race: stories, or parables, make it easy to understand things beyond our grasp. 
 
This next generation believes in storytelling - ranging from 140 characters at a time or two-minute self-expositions on YouTube and Vimeo, to longer forms of social communication that can reach half-way around the world for answers and solutions. They are willing to tell and share stories that are inspirational, comforting, meaningful and important to our daily lives.
 
This new generation is also creating a brand-new category that will transform our planet: social entrepreneurs and social innovators. He doesn’t like it when I use him as a prop like this, but my oldest son, Josh Nesbit, is a good example of the social innovators emerging in the Millennial generation. He started a global public health non-profit (Frontline SMS: Medic) while he was still an undergraduate at Stanford.
 
Social entrepreneurs like Josh think globally, create networks to solve big problems, and tackle challenges that are almost unimaginable. Josh didn’t blink or hesitate when it came time to coordinate an emergency SMS communications system in Haiti after the earthquake. He and a makeshift team just did it - and eventually managed to handle nearly 100,000 emergency text messages after the earthquake hit.
 
One of the reasons I am so hopeful is that this story is not unique:  there are so many stories of next-generation leaders who don’t let anything stop them - who see challenges as there to be met, and problems as there to be solved. They’re not afraid to live with uncertainty. And they know that it takes as much energy to think big as it does to think small - so you might as well go big. 

Tens of thousands in this next generation are changing our lives, making them better, relieving suffering, and transforming the planet - right now, even as I write this. They are pursuing social change and becoming forces for good. It is only a matter of time before those efforts change the rest of us.