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Courtney E. Martin

Writer and quality-of-life thought leader

Courtney E. Martin is an author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being. She has been called “one of our most insightful culture critics and one of our finest young writers” by Parker Palmer, and her writing has been described as “varied, transformational, and necessary for us all” by Jane Fonda and “a hardcover punch in the gut” by Arianna Huffington.

Her latest book, The New Better Off, explores how people are redefining the American dream (more fulfillment, community, and fun; less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney has authored or edited six books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection Is Harming Young Women.

Courtney is the cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also cofounder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Her work appears frequently in national publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Courtney has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She lives with her family in a co-housing community called Temescal Commons in Oakland.

Previous Programs

On Being Gathering

February 16 - 19, 2018

Friday - Monday, 3 nights

Special guests include Seth Godin, Maria Popova, David Whyte, Naomi Shihab Nye, Omid Safi, and Parker Palmer In the audio and digital spaces of On Being, a far-flung cross-section of humanity examines big questions of meaning — What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We’ve long aspired to...

Power of Artful Storytelling

February 15 - 17, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

We live in a world of sensational headlines and what feel like increasingly shallow online interactions. How can we really see other people, and ourselves, at the deepest levels? Join author and thought leader Courtney E. Martin and artist Wendy MacNaughton, collaborators and friends, for an accessible experiential workshop to re-spark your own resilience and...