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Meet Noah

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Noah benShea and his JACOB THE BAKER are together “a compass” because he has with wisdom, compassion, and humor helped so many to find their way. He is like a Zen Mark Twain.
— Larry King, CNN

Noah benShea is one of North America’s most respected and beloved poet philosophers. He is a Pulitzer Prize nominated, international Best Selling author of 25 books translated into 18 languages. He is a scholar and theologian who has spoken to numerous prestigious universities and institutions including: The Library of Congress and The US Department of Defense, and he has been published by Oxford University Press and The World Bible Society in Jerusalem. 

He was a dean at UCLA at the age of 22 and at 30 a Fellow at several esteemed “think tanks". He has served as a private advisor to corporate and political leaders, Visiting Professor of Philosophy University of California SF Med School, Philosopher in Residence/ Dept of Internal Medicine Cottage Health Hospitals, Santa Barbara, Ethicist for Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. He and was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas that Improve the World Order, was National Laureate for the ALS Association, and Noah benShea’s work in Russian translation won 1st Prize at the European Intellectual Book Fair in Moscow. Noah is the National Philosopher for Foundations Recovery Network and Founder/Executive Director of The Justice Project. Born in Toronto, he is a long term resident of Santa Barbara, California and lives part of each year in Italy.

Timeline of Noah's life

 

Early Life

BORN TORONTO, CANADA, FIRST IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL, SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT, CHOSEN MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED AT DORSEY HIGH SCHOOL, LOS ANGELES

1963

ENTER UCLA

1966

SELECTED FOR PROJECT INDIA – USA STATE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM OF TOP 15  STUDENTS AT UNVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, MET PRESIDENT LBJ AT WHITE HOUSE, PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GHANDI IN ROSE GARDEN WHERE SHE WAS LATER ASSASINATED, AND PRESIDENT OF INDIA ZAKIR HUSAIN (SEE PHOTO) TURNED 21 IN CALCUTTA

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1967

UCLA GRADUATION SPEAKER “VALEDICTORIAN” 

1967

NOMINATED FOR WHITE HOUSE FELLOW

1968

ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENTS – UCLA
22 YEARS OF AGE

1969

“DON’T CALL IT ANYTHING” BOOK OF POETRY WINNER OF THE SCHULL AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK BY OLDEST CALFIORNIA POETRY SOCIETY

1972-1974

PUBLISHED COMMENTARY ON SCRIPTUAL LITERATURE FOR WORLD BIBLE SOCIETY, JERUSALEM

1973 – 2000

SYNDICATED COLUMN CONTRIBUTOR NY TIMES REGIONAL NEWSPAPERS - NOMINATED FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE, GAVE AN ADDRESS TITLED "TOWARD A CARING SOCIETY" AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, TO WHICH THE ENTIRE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS WERE INVITED, INCLUDED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, SPOKE AT OVER 100 UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES, INCLUDING HARVARD, MIT, FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS COMPANIES AND INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING: STARBUCKS, THE GAP, THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY, THE US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WEISMAN, INC, MINNEAPOLIS, MN, PUBLISHED BY OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS AND WORLD BIBLE SOCIETY IN JERUSALEM

1973

PROFESSOR OF EASTERN AND WESTERN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT – INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

1974

FELLOW UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES

1974

SELECTED ONE OF 30 INTELLECTUALS UNDER 40 YEARS OF AGE TO MEET WITH FUTURE ISRAEL LEADERS, CHOSE TO REPRESENT THE CONTINGENT AND MET IN PRIVATE CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL, EPHRAIM KATZIR

1975

VISTING GUEST PROFESSOR IN PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT MT. SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE, LOS ANGELES

1976

FELLOW AT THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES, WORLD’S FIRST LONG RANGE THINK TANK WITH WORLD’S BEST MINDS DEDICATED TO SERVING AS EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR SOCIETY

1978

SENIOR CONSULTANT TO THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTERS – NEW YORK CITY, CHARGED WITH BRINGING TOP 50 RETAILERS AND TOP 50 SHOPPING CENTER DEVELOPERS TOGETHER TO CAST AND PUBLISH 20 YEARS PROJECTION

1979

WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDING PARTNERS, PRESIDENT AND LATER CHAIRMAN OF THE NY BAGEL FACTORY, SPECIALIZED BREAD COMPANY THAT GREW INTO NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION, EMPLOYING SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE, AND LATER TO SOLD TO A COMPANY GOING PUBLIC IN 1995. 

1989

JACOB THE BAKER, PUBLISHED BY RANDOM HOUSE PUBLISHING, BECAME NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING BOOK. 

1992

JACOB’S JOURNEY, PUBLISHED BY RANDOM HOUSE PUBLISHING

1994

JACOB’S LADDER, PUBLISHED BY RANDOM HOUSE PUBLISHING

1995 - PRESENT

TOTAL OF 25 BOOKS PUBLISHED, TRANSLATED INTO 18 LANGUAGES

2000 – PRESENT

LICENSE OF QUOTES AND PRODUCTS INCLUDING  TO COSTCO, C&H SUGAR, STARBUCKS, AMERICAN GREETINGS, COTTAGE HEALTHCARE PATIENT SUPPORT MESSAGING, NOAH BEARS TOUCHING 300,000 LIVES

2000 – 2009

ETHICIST FOR THE SANSUM DIABETES RESEARCH INSTITUTE, RESIDENT PHILOSOPHER DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE COTTAGE HOSPITAL, NOMINATED FOR THE GRAWEMEYER AWARD FOR IDEAS THAT IMPROVE THE WORLD ORDER, WORK IN RUSSIAN TRANSLATION WON 1ST PRIZE AT THE EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL BOOK FAIR IN MOSCOW, VISITING PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA MEDICAL SCHOOL, AND NATIONAL LAUREATE FOR THE ALS ASSOCIATION.

2000 – 2017

NOAH BENSHEA KEYNOTE ADDRESS  (SEE VIDEO)  X RIVIERA CONFERENCE, PSYCHOLOGY TODAY / FEATURED CONTRIBUTING BLOG, ON LINE CONVERSATION WITH LYNDA WEINMAN LYNDA.COM

2000- PRESENT

STARTED SPENDING PART OF EACH YEAR LIVING IN ITALY

2007 – PRESENT

NATIONAL PHILOSOPHER, FOUNDATIONS RECOVERY NETWORK, NASHVILLE, TN

2009

NOAH BENSHEA, JOURNEY TO GREATNESS PUBLIC TELEVISION SPECIAL AIRS IN 150 CITIES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

2016

GREAT QUOTES TO INSPIRE GREAT HEALING, GREAT QUOTES TO INSPIRE GREAT HEALING, PUBLISHED BY CENTRAL RECOVERY PRESS

2016

JACOB THE BAKER, PURCHASED BY AMASIA FILMS TO BE MADE INTO A MOTION PICTURE, NOAH BENSHEA AGREES TO SERVE AS CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

"Noah benShea has elevated the human spirit to great heights with his wisdom."

Howard Schultz
Executive Chairman, Starbucks

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