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Dave R.


San Francisco, CA

Member since:

August 8, 2011


Tell us about yourself

My most important identifier is Melia's Papa. I love to go mushrooming with Melia because she sees much better than me. I enjoy making very hot sauerkraut and raw pies. On stage, I use storytelling and solo performance theater to awaken and activate audiences. My calling is using story, narrative, and arts-based edutainment platforms to awaken change agents and help create the conditions for a shift in our relates with the natural world and each other. I'm really good at starting things. I co-founded BALANCE Edutainment as well as Bay Localize, a for-impact organization that inspires and supports Bay Area residents in building resilient communities, and Take Back the Mic Bay Area. I am a board member of Transition US and ASPO-USA, as well as a Green For All fellow.

Tell us about your startup

BALANCE develops entertaining products for youth and families that raise awareness about our interdependence with Nature, and connect people who want to work together for positive change. We intend to make BALANCE a thought-leadership platform for edutainment. Our flagship brand Pacha's Pajamas helps young people to learn about their relationships with other species and ecosystems, and to more fully appreciate Nature. The brand has licensable elements as well as a number of products with licensable elements. We are positioning Pacha to be the first animated music sensation on Youtube and developing her music with exceptionally talented child vocalists and emcees.

What are you expecting by attending a Black Founder event?

Connect with other black founders, as well as get feedback and advice from angel investors, VCs, and other black founders.


Storyteller. Change Agent. Father. Co-founder of Bay Localize and a social enterprise called BALANCE Edutainment.

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