What started out as a sort of Ted Talk about having size 12 feet has emerged into a movement. Shoes Worth Sharing is a 60 to 90 minute theatrical, interactive, sole-to-soul connecting experience. It explores shoes as a platform for debate, discussion - a romp through the fertile topics of fashion, passion, body image, gender, travel - and beyond. After its theatrical run in Los Angeles, Shoes Worth Sharing is traveling as an interactive performance piece for shoe and fashion conferences, podiatry, foot and ankle surgeon conventions - any place where people gather about the feet! Step in here.
In 2005, Deborah became the host of Get Smart Radio - a monthly podcast, produced in front of a live audience in San Francisco. She interviewed two complimentary (not contrary) guests on a specific topic, and created a lively interactive event that became a favorite for the ever insatiable NPR crowd of SF. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Deborah produced more shows, and also has turned her focus to teaching the art of interviewing to students as an after-school program. An archive of the show can be enjoyed here.
Show & Tell taps a never ending source for story. Nothing contrived or rehearsed. You don't have to be clever or funny. You just have to be curious. The rest flows. People are generally quirky and worthy of at least 5 minutes of each other's attention. You need to come to one to experience one.... Here are some details!
Deborah wrote this book in collaboration with Dr. Caron Post. It's written as a handbook, for eyes that may be too swollen from crying to even see. It's short enough to be read in one sitting but deep enough to serve as a reference for a lifetime. Heartbreaks big and small are repercussive - they re-surface again and again. Having this handbook on the shelf seems right for most of us. You can purchase a copy at Amazon or learn more about the project here, on the official site.
Deborah Pardes and Shelley Cassidy have teamed up to create a children's book that follows the journey of a bold and brilliant little girl as she visits the moon in her home-made Outer Space Balloon.
A vet from the Gulf Wars, West Henry has returned home to run his family’s self-storage space. It's bloated with people’s problems, illegal businesses, eccentric characters and accumulated pasts.
Founded by Deborah, Artists for Literacy is a non-profit that serves the needs of adolescent and adult literacy programs in California. She has leveraged the power of art to inspire awareness of the issue of illiteracy, and has galvanized the participation of artists, readers, authors, teachers, students and the media. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, NPR, Billboard Magazine, RollingStone, and the BBC. In 2015, she expanded the organization to include LitRemix - The Literature Remix Project. Her goal is to build the world's first interactive platform of art inspired by literature. Songs, movies, performance and visual art inspired by books will be aggregated and curated for the first time in one place. Start to explore the legacy of AFL and the new project: LitRemix.
Theme songs for events, shows, movies, and ad campaigns. This CD is an example of 12 songs written for a storytelling series in Los Angeles. The recordings are raw, original demo versions. Deborah also has written over 10 birthday songs. If you're her dear friend, she may write one for you :) Listen here.
In 2013, Deborah formed the Cool the World Choir in Santa Monica - to raise up the voices of children who stand to lose the most if we don't cool the world down. 22 students volunteered their time to learn the song ("Cool the World" written by Deborah) , participate in a professional recording and filming project, and perform the song live at several milestone events. A shout out to students all over the country mobilized other individuals & schools to record the song, bringing their own talents and perspectives to the project. Take a listen here.
Deborah works with an extraordinary team of leadership developers to invigoration the organizational development industry. From half day workshops to 3-day retreats, Deborah and her colleagues deliver an awesome, immersive experience that transforms people and changes how they show up personally and professionally. Here's the site they've been developing.