Sat, July 20

Author & activist Bill Carter to inspire community at Verde Valley School

Bill Carter talks with musician Bono from U2.

Bill Carter talks with musician Bono from U2.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., Verde Valley School's Global Goals Program and Inspiration of Sedona present an evening of inspiration with award-winning author, filmmaker, journalist and activist Bill Carter, as he shares his story, "Social Activism: What can you do?"

Bill Carter is an assistant professor of practice in documentary studies at NAU and spouse to Verde Valley School (VVS) anthropology faculty Leigh Carter. He is returning to VVS to discuss his life as a filmmaker, author, and activist, including his role in the campaign to update the national mining laws in the US.

Bill became part of the social activism folklore scene when as a 26 year old he journeyed into the Bosnian war with a humanitarian group to bring food and supplies in Sarajevo. Over a two year period Bill began to film the real life moments of a country being torn apart by ethnic cleansing and war. He quickly established himself as a trusted person in Bosnia and began filming interviews with locals, especially artists and musicians. His film "Miss Sarajevo," became a national treasure and has won several awards. 

While in Bosnia, Bill contacted U2 and convinced them to begin using live streams of Bill in Sarajevo at their concerts on U2's giant concert screens. And as was promised upon their first meeting, U2 eventually went to Sarajevo, after the war ended and performed a concert for 50,000. Bill demonstrates what tremendous change can occur from sheer will and inspiration - even if you are 26, broke and living in a war zone.

His book on his experience, "Fools Rush In," is now in seven languages and he has done talks to more than fifty universities and institutions, including the UN regarding his work in the war and how to use art and music to unite peoples. 

Bill is also known for his non-fiction books, most recently, "Boom Bust Boom" - which begins in Bisbee, AZ, and is a personal journey into the world wide copper industry. He covers both the history of the mining industry and the social and political issues that come with the extraction of copper from the earth. 

From boardrooms of investors in London to the mountains of Indonesia, Carter connects the dots from his humble backyard garden, to the CEOs of the multibillion-dollar global copper industry, confronting a resource that is so vital yet which has the potential to cause horrendous and irrevocable damage to our planet and ourselves.

This presentation is part of the VVS Global Goals program. As part of this program, VVS works throughout the school year to educate students and the community on the issues outlined by the United Nations in their Global Goals initiative. To learn more about the Global Goals program visit

VVS is proud to introduce it's students and the local community to Bill and his work, particularly because Bill exemplifies the school's values.

The VVS guiding principles foster academic excellence, intercultural understanding and world citizenship, environmental stewardship, the value of physical labor, and service to humanity with a willing spirit. The school educates students for college and for life by encouraging them to become intellectually curious, academically accomplished and creatively


Inspiration of Sedona is honored to sponsor this event, which is in alignment with the IOS intentions. IOS is an open meeting, non-profit group that strives to work together collectively for the betterment of ourselves, our communities, and the world.

Its current format involves presenting inspiring and personally empowering events about the social and environmental issues we're collectively facing, followed by interactive discussion. It is an open, egalitarian, community-building group, where people with enthusiasm for positive world change can collectively come together with their skills and talents to create a new level of community based on connection, partnership, and sustainability.

The group usually meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona. Please come and be a part of the inspiration and join VVS and Inspiration of Sedona for this free talk and Q&A with Bill Carter, on August 25th, at 7 p.m., in Brady Hall, at Verde Valley School, 3511 Verde Valley School Road, Sedona, (928) 284-2272.