I’m Logan Sullivan
I’m a skeptical optimist and insatiable seeker.
I’m a humanitarian aid worker, advocate, and IMPACTivist.
I campaign daily – through voice and action – for humanity, for animal welfare, for our planet, and for reason.
I scrutinize positive intentions and propose compassionately rational, impactful actions we can each take to better our world, one choice at a time.
For over 8 years in 60 countries on 6 continents, I investigated purpose, perspective, and how to most logically and effectively impact change as one seemingly disempowered individual. Now, I’ve returned home to Portland, OR to share my findings through a book, podcast, YouTube channel, and speaking engagements.
…We are lucky
- If you’re reading this on your own computer or smart phone with high-speed wifi, you are one of the luckiest, most empowered humans to ever live
- If you make $55,000 a year in the US, you are the richest 1% of humans on earth ($11,880 annually, the American poverty level, leaves you in the wealthiest 15%), while half the world population lives on less than what $4 per day buys in America
- The average American, already adjusted for inflation, is 30 times richer today than in the year 1800
- Thanks to globalization and technology, few people who have ever lived were more empowered to grow informed and to help humans, non-human animals and this planet we share
…We are burdened
- The world is troubled and we know it
- With immense fortune comes responsibility (but incredible opportunity, too)
- We are in position to act, but how and where to start can seem overwhelming, and actually impacting change can seem hopeless
…We are good
- We all want to contribute to making our world a better place
- We do not harm on purpose, but as a result of lacking awareness, cognative biases, defusion of personal responsibility, de-individualization of self, and uncritical conformity to group norms
- When informed, conscious and energized, we will see ourselves as a resource for global betterment and live accordingly
…We are reasonable
- Possessing the choice to focus on the positives in the world is an EXTREME luxury
- Emotional, arational application of our good intentions rarely yields the most positive outcomes
- Rational scrutiny of our good intentions can quickly spin our actions in the right direction
…We can change the world, and live well too!
- Our careers, how we give, how we volunteer, how we consume, how we learn, how we teach, how we share, how we explore… how we THINK and how we ACT literally change the world, if in the slightest, every day
- By accepting the complication of thinking and acting consciously and rationally, and by uplifting logic over emotion on the topic of good intentions, we can minimize our inevitable negative imprints on the world and maximize our positive contributions
- Rational Compassion + Effective Action = IMPACTivism
WHO AM I?
| travel as discovery |
I first moved abroad as an undergrad to study in Australia, then again in South Africa. As a neophiliac addicted to novelty, I sought adventure volunteering in the Cape Town slums and on a solo backpacking trip through Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, but I discovered more than solicited.
I grew acquainted with a harsher world reality than my suburban Portland upbringing advertised. I left behind an MBA Fellowship and tech start-up cubical to spend the next 7 years investigating the discrepancies I discovered, their arbitrarily assigned injustices and fortunes, and where I fit into their grand equation.
| aid work as an investigation of positive intent and impact |
Through disaster response aid work in DR Congo and twice in Haiti, marine conservation in Cambodia and the Philippines, and microfinance in Honduras, I investigated the dissonance between kindhearted intent and actual outcomes. After graduate-level studies in international law and non-violent popular struggle, I hoped to employ persuasive reason to influence betterment beyond positive intentions within philanthropic systems.
As the Regional Advocacy Advisor for a Nobel Laureate International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO), I advocated for a improved, more effective and efficient humanitarian response in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
As the INGO Forum Coordinator/Representative in Nigeria (one of the senior-most NGO roles in the 5th largest humanitarian crisis in the world), I spoke daily on behalf of dozens of INGOs to United Nations leadership, Ambassadors, the Nigerian Government, major donors, and to the US Congress and Senate. As the youngest INGO Forum Coordinator in the world, I investigated a fractured humanitarian system from a uniquely senior vantage point, and I learned where to place pragmatic optimism and how to prioritize energy for influencing change.
| the coming chapter |
I’ve since returned to Portland to share my findings through The IMPACTivism Podcast, a book, and speaking engagements. As a vegan and aspiring Effective Altruist, I have publicly pledged to donate 10% of my income for life to high impact humanitarian, animal welfare, and environmental nonprofits, and 20% through the duration of Trump’s term in office.
| and play |
A wise altruist understands the importance of joy and self-love in sustaining compassionate energy over time. So I climb rocks and mountains, practice acrobatic yoga, started to build a tiny house on a 20-foot trailer, and wander aimlessly into the woods in search of mystery.
My perspective on life, an excerpt from my book:
“Contrary to popular opinion, the beauty and depth of a life story correlates little to its length; a thousand pages of words can hold less majesty than a two-line poem. That said, imagine the beauty of a thousand pages of short poems, written one day and one line at a time.
Musing on our stories’ finite nature, moments are born, equally as finite as the life on which they reflect, when one ultimate truth shines blindingly through and all else fades to black. These are the rare moments of clarity when nothing in life holds value outside the act of living itself, inherently present and purposeful. As this short-lived moment of transparency releases us from its trance, it fades away and is gone forever, only to be cloned one day when life’s newest tragedies, epiphanies and triumphs create the conditions – conveniently so or otherwise – for such reflections to transpire.
But these moments leave behind a vestige of truth as keepsake. They leave behind the more imprecise realization time is precious, and fleeting, that our own is finite. And from this we realize today represents a certain portion of our existence, as does this hour, the moments I spent writing this sentence and those you passed reading it. Moments are grains of falling sand suspended in hourglass air between future and past, the only air they will ever breathe, the only breath they will ever take. They are a percentage of the time we possess to conceive, begin and conclude everything in this life we will ever try.
If it is unrealistic to maintain urgency in living deliberately this very moment and the next, perhaps it is reasonable to grasp the urgency in living at least this very week, or this month or this year exactly as we see fit. And in those passing moments of trancelike clarity gifted to us only every so often, anything in a shade of contrast to living deliberately appears more a morbid tragedy than does the idea of death itself.
My story may never grow to a thousand pages, so I must write its words poetically, line-by-line today, and tomorrow, and the rest of the week, month and year. These must be words of urgency and presence, reason and truth. They must have depth and beauty and reflect divergent proofs, explore new perspectives and alternative realities. And these words must not be afraid of anything, much less afraid of death. The only legitimate fear would be that of curiosity unwritten and purpose misspelled.”