Gregory Kennedy

Gregory is a tech nerd, award winning film maker, insatiable reader and researcher, educator, social and environmental activist. He loves his family, friends, animals, most human beings and cooking.

Gregory´s family has lived in the USA for over 300 years. He is of African, French, Mexican, Irish & Native American (Itakapa & Blackfoot,) decent.
Gregory studied computer science and international relations at DePaul University in Chicago, where he won a National Collegiate award for excellence and service, while simultaneously working as a Unix systems manager for a silicon valley based tech company.

Gregory has experience in sales, finance, fundraising and numerous social and environmental good initiatives in collaboration with NGO´s, universities, corporations, foundations, educators, students, nobel peace prize winners and world renowned change makers including Dr. Jane Goodall in Africa and Europe.
Gregory’s Grandmother Beryl, personally knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gregory´s mother Valerie and father Donnie also marched with Dr. King in Chicago in the 1960´s

Mom the O.O.M.

"Mom is my personal hero.  She is a breast cancer survivor who marched with Dr. King.  The Original Organic Mom (OOM), way before it was cool. Deeply spiritual.  She is one of the reasons I do what I do today, she is the roots of WIRD PBC and WEIRDWORLD.  Everyday that we have with our awesome mom is a gift to us, and to everyone she encounters"  - Gregory

Many many years later, through a series of coincidences, Gregory, who had no experience making a movie, recruited a great team to work on a movie called The 5 Powers.

The 5 Powers is the true story of Superheroes of Peace starring Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Martin Luther King Jr, Alfred Hassler and Sister Chan Khong. The 5 Powers won best movie in June 2016 at The People´s Film Festival in Harlem NY and had its European Premiere in September 2016 at the Buddhist Film Festival Europe (BFFE).
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Gregory, BFFE

MLK Comic.

The 5 Powers Movie´s Comic Book was inspired by The Montgomery Story Comic book.  Watch the background video, narrated by Gregory.

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Winner Best Movie 2016.

Gregory Kennedy-Salemi & Emmy Award winner and WIRDWORLD Co-Founder, Noam Dromi at The Peoples Film Fest, Harlem NYC.

Gregory worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation (F.O.R.) and the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (I.F.O.R.) as a technology consultant who, in addition to leading the technical team, designed, developed and led a Global Issues Media and technology program.
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October 2015, Gregory was invited by Stanford University´s CCARE (Medical School), and the Stanford Story Tellers Project to speak on a panel and present The 5 Powers Movie to 250 Stanford professors and students.
For the past 5 years he has been working in several countries with the much acclaimed Nobel Peace Prize Nominee (Martin Luther King Jr nominated him), Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), on two mindfulness based social change projects.
Richard and his wife Jan hosted Thich Nhat Hanh at their home in Manila in the 1960´s. Richard speaks about meeting Thich Nhat Hanh for the first time and was one of the persons who made a direct appeal to Thich Nhat Hanh to meet me.
In 2016 Gregory was invited to the Googleplex to present Planting Seeds of Mindfulness movie and conduct mindfulness workshops with Googlers and their families.