Dave Finnigan

Started juggling 1975

I'd like to ask my juggling colleagues to join me in helping to save the World. Well actually the Planet is going to be fine, but what is at risk is human life and the lives of other flora and fauna, and this is because we started burning fossil fuels about 200 years ago. It is time to stop the burning and shift to renewable energy. We jugglers can be helpful in this mission. My own work is going to elementary schools with http://www.climatechangeiselementary.org, and getting the students, their teachers and particularly the parents involved in reducing their carbon and water footprints by filling out and pledging to follow a Green Action Checklist of all the things they promise to do to be good climate citizens. For the checklist go to http://bit.ly/1yvfmB7. For a 4 minute Youtube video on what we are doing go to http://bit.ly/1S0Lci1. You can get trained and become one of our presenters and help use juggling to save the World. Just get in touch with me, on Facebook is good.

As far as my juggling history is concerned, I learned to juggle in 1975 while in a doctoral program at the University of Washington, where I was bringing to a close a previous 10 year career working in Family Planning programs in East Asia, where I helped countries like South Korea bring average family size down from 6 kids to less than 2 in a generation. After learning to juggle, I immediately dropped the PhD and started becoming a full time professional juggler and juggling teacher, starting a 30 year psychological break from worrying about the Planet.

I wrote The Joy of Juggling, The Complete Juggler, Juggling from Start to Star, the Zen of Juggling. Wrote and recorded 38 instructional juggling songs. Created 2 two-hour video series - Juggletime (using the songs) and Juggling Step by Step. Won a Parents Choice Award and 11 other national awards for the Juggletime video series.

I started the Jugglebug juggling company and helped bring a low cost beginner line of props to jugglers for 30 years. The company that bought Jugglebug didn't understand the market and ran it out of business, but selling it permitted me to focus on my first love, teaching kids to juggle.

I started Juggling for Success school program and visited over 2,000 public schools in 41 states and 12 countries where I've taught over 1,000,000 kids, teachers and parents to juggle starting with slow moving nylon scarves. Now I'm visiting schools with Climate Change is Elementary, which combines juggling with climate change education and action for kids and parents.


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