Fellow, Institute for Digital Culture at University of Southern California
Patrick Horn is an alumni fellow of the Institute for Digital Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, Governing Council member of the Global Interfaith University, and Manager of the World-Teacher Project (aka "Network for Religion, Media, and Civic Life"), an educational and diplomatic mission allied with a vast coalition working through the Internet with maximum creativity and flexibility for environmental stewardship, justice, and peace. He is a co-producer of the webcast series "SACRED ACTIVISM: Peace Sundays RevoLution." He is also an Advisory Board Member for One Global Family Foundation & Alliances and serves on the Committee for Environmental Stewardship of the Unity-and-Diversity World Council. He completed a two-year elected term on the Religion Communicators Council Board of Governors.
Patrick is a musician and scholar. He was born to poor orphans in Des Plaines, Illinois, and as a teenager, he lived with foster parents in Edgerton, Wisconsin, where he edited the school newspaper and performed in the drama club. He moved to Los Angeles to study cinematography and television production and worked as an office assistant and manager, language arts teacher, and real estate broker until he was injured in a car crash. He earned an honors baccalaureate in English Literature with a minor in Liberal Arts and Science. His graduate coursework includes a capstone project in interfaith action; doctoral seminars on mythology, religion, and depth psychology; and credentials as a competent leader, decision-maker, and effective communicator in disaster by the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.
He was recruited in graduate school by the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence to investigate the intersection of religious doctrine, economies, and global security, with an emphasis on narrative for social mobilization, conflict resolution, and peace-building. He received diplomatic certification from KAICIID, and security clearance and consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council through the United Religions Initiative (a non-governmental organization). He launched the Water Task Force as an emergency mobilization during the catastrophic California drought and served on the URI-North America Regional Assembly Logistics Planning Team and Communications Working Group. He co-produced and co-hosted a live daily global webcast from the Parliament of World's Religions in Toronto, and he has been a contributor to American Vedantist and Reading Religion, a publication of the American Academy of Religion. He was featured as a thought-leader on trends for the 2020s by the Religion News Service.
Patrick is also an award-winning, critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and veteran performer at the world-famous Kulak's Woodshed, a 49-seat music listening room and livestreaming recording studio in North Hollywood with six HD cameras and ProTools operated by volunteers and sponsored by donations. He was profiled on American Idol: Underground and produced "The Flying Saucer Song," certified by Radio Indie Alliance as an international hit single (#1 in the United Kingdom and Spain, #3 in Los Angeles, #4 in Australia, #5 in the United States, #8 in Japan, and #13 overall in more than 20 countries). His most recent album, Live! in Los Angeles, is available at www.pacificcoastband.com.
He has been associated with the interfaith movement since 2009. He received scholarships and travel grants amounting from $100 to $18,000 from the Religion Communicators Council, Religion News Foundation, Vedanta West Communications, URI North America, Claremont Lincoln University, Dominican University, and the United States Institute of Peace. He traded volunteer work for admission to the Parliament of World's Religions and lodging at the Vedanta Society of Southern California, the Vedanta Society of Northern California, the Vedanta Center of Atlanta, and Marie's Organic Farm in Pescadero, CA.
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