In 1996, Daily Acts founder Trathen Heckman quit his job at a Fortune 500 consulting firm to follow his passion for snowboarding. After several years of snow, travel and becoming more aware of the huge environmental and social issues our world faces, Trathen discovered Bioneers, a whole community of deeply inspired and activated people and leaders. Soon after, he stepped into Penny Livingston’s backyard at the Permaculture Institute of Northern California and was astounded to witness how a water-wasting lawn had been transformed into a fecund forest of food, medicine and wonder. These two experiences had a profound effect on Trathen and motivated him to actively seek out other concerned people purposefully engaged in living their inspiration while regenerating nature and community.
Then, just as he was getting filled up on hopeful visions of inspiring people and transformed landscapes, in 2001 the tragedy of 911 struck. Adding deep personal hurt to this incredible national loss, a month later he suddenly lost his mother. Having been exposed to inspiring people and solutions helped Trathen to turn the grief, frustration and overwhelm from both his personal loss and the hurt he saw in our world into an uplifting and transformational experience.
“People change when you show them a more beautiful truth they can move to”. – Paul Hawken
Daily Acts was born in 2002 and is founded on the belief that by reclaiming the power of our daily actions, we can transform our lives, our homes, gardens and neighborhoods and that through inspired action, education and collaboration, we can create more nourishing, connected and resilient communities.
We can be the change we wish to see in the world, and it starts with each one of us.
- 2010 – 1st ‘350 Garden Challenge’: 628 Gardens planted and/or revitalized!
- 2011 – 2nd ‘350 Home & Garden Challenge’: 1,044 sustainability actions registered
- 2012 – 3rd ‘350 Home & Garden Challenge’: 2,314 sustainability actions registered
- 2013 – 4th ‘350 Home & Garden Challenge’: 3,558 sustainability actions registered
- 2014 – ‘Community Resilience Challenge’: 16,477 local, regional and national actions
- 2015 – ‘Community Resilience Challenge’: 22,000 + local, regional and national actions