Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment


Peter Samuelson, MA, President


Dr. D. Andy Rice, PhD, ASPIRE Fellow at UCLA


The Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment (ASPIRE) partners with universities, community organizations, scholars, and activists to advocate for sustainability and social justice through media-focused teaching and research.  ASPIRE teaches digital media production to undergraduates of all majors to enhance their lifelong capacities to undertake social issue advocacy.

John Steiner

Networker, catalyst, creative consultant, occasional philanthropist and venture capital investor, with his wife and partner, Margo King. He works with the Convergence Center for Policy Solutions to bring multi-stakeholder, collaborative problem solving tools to the national level. He was a founding member and early leader of the Threshold Foundation and a founding member of the Social Venture Network.

Currently John and Margo are working with a group of U.S. and British climate change scientists, preparing for a first field test, whose computer modeling shows that it is possible to slow down and halt global warming for several decades. They are also deeply engaged in helping to take the transpartisan movement to scale by mapping and convening this field, and exploring an UnConvention in 2016, preceding the Democratic and Republican national conventions, that would help shift the political/social context toward collaborative solutions.

Their life and work are contextualized by the study, practice and recognition of the nature of mind and reality, as offered by the timeless, heart-wisdom traditions and translated, in part, as spirit in action — as Margo says, “moving at the speed of love with relaxed and joyful urgency.”

Harvard, ‘65. Boulder, Colorado. He loves family collaboration in the film world with their daughter, Elizabeth King and son Michael Steiner, also of Impact Partners and Gamechanger Films.