Monday, March 30, 2009

100 Agents of Change



Rolling Stone recently came out with a top 100 agents of change in their latest issue. This list of individuals marks those who will have a large hand in changing and shifting the upcoming future.

Some of the people on the list are questionable (i.e. Kanye West in the top 10????) while others are obvious choices. The fact that Barack Obama tops the list is no surprise. It's also interesting to look up some of the foreign names or read the mini-article and description on them in the article itself. Some of these people I had never heard of really are going to help us adapt in the future and become a strong, sufficient nation.

Agents of change: interesting title in the era of Obama. Change, hope... Rolling Stone is rolling with his push and drive for a better America and a better tomorrow.

So, check out the list below. See some new names. See what you think about the selections.

100 | Taylor Swift - musician

99 | Nicholas Schiff - neurologist

98 | Arne Duncan - secretary of education

97 | Shepard Fairey - poster creator (Obama with HOPE)

96 | James Murphy - disco king

95 | Sudhir Venkatesh - professor

94 | Joshua Micah Marshall - blogger

93 | Wes Jackson - plant geneticist

92 | Alfonso Cuarón - director bringing globalization to movies

91 | Nate Silver - predictor

90 | Nick Denton - blog mogul

89 | Van Jones - special advisor for clean energy jobs

88 | Joseph Romm - climate change activist/blogger

87 | Philippe Starck - design maven for green tech

86 | Elon Musk - space exploration CEO

85 | Paul Thomas Anderson - director

84 | Will Wright - The Sims creator

83 | Mitchell Joachim - urban planner

82 | Melanie Sloan - head of CREW

81 | Matthew Weiner - Mad Men creator

80 | Jack White - musician

79 | Neil Young - musician

78 | David Chang - radical chef

77 | Shai Agassi - resurrected electric car

76 | Wafaa El-Sadr - global health visionary

75 | Marc Jacobs - Ralph Lauren-style empire builder

74 | Bruce Nilles - stop new coal plants

73 | Cliff Bleszinski - video game guru

72 | Banksy - graffiti artist

71 | Craig Venter - human genome pioneer

70 | Josh Schwartz - teen television creator

69 | Michael Pollan - local-grown-foods movement

68 | Josh Lasseter - chief executive officer at Pixar

67 | J.J. Abrams - creator of Lost, Alias, and Star Trek movie

66 | Joe Rospars - internet kingmaker

65 | Andy Samberg - comedian

64 | Anderson Cooper - news anchor

63 | Leroy Hood - inventor of DNA sequencer

62 | Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionare creator

61 | Arnold Schwarzenegger - governor of California

60 | Avner Ronen - streaming internet video instead of cable

59 | James Cameron - director

58 | Anna Barker - scientist attempting to cure cancer

57 | Cornel West - philosopher

56 | Amory Lovins - conservation guru

55 | Tim Westergren - Pandora CEO

54 | Rick Farman & Jonathan Mayers - Bonnaroo creators

53 | Nathan Wolfe - healing viruses

52 | LeBron James - basketball player

51 | Kate Winslet - actress

50 | John Hanke - Google maps creator

49 | Dave Eggers - writer

48 | Danger Mouse - Gnarls Barkley producer

47 | Greg Daniels - The Office kingpin

46 | Trent Reznor - musician

45 | Jessy Tolkan - leader of grassroots movement combating climate change

44 | Alex Rigopulos & Eran Egozy - video game inventors, Rock Band and Guitar Hero

43 | Lisa Randall - theoretical physicist

42 | Brian Eno - music producer

41 | Michael Moore - political documentary creator

40 | Jay Keasling - bioengineer

39 | Samantha Power - leading crusader against genocide

38 | Will Ferrell - comedian

37 | Joseph Stiglitz - economist

36 | Ken Caldeira - climate maverick

35 | Roberto Bolaño - writer

34 | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. - politician

33 | Reed Hastings - head of Netflix

32 | Alan Russell - medical futurist

31 | Angela Belcher - biologist to create new power

30 | Radiohead - music band

29 | Jeff Bezos - head of Amazon

28 | Sean Penn - actor, humanitarian

27 | Arcade Fire - music band

26 | Bill Gates - world's richest man

25 | Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook creator

24 | Steven Chu - new energy secretary

23 | Sacha Baron Cohen - comedian

22 | Rachel Maddow - commentator on Obama era

21 | Naomi Klein - political writer

20 | Julius Genachowski - nominee for FCC chair

19 | Lil Wayne - musician

18 | Al Gore - politician

17 | Nate Lewis - sage of solar energy

16 | Carol Browner - climate czarina

15 | Evan Williams - Twitter CEO

14 | Judd Apatow - movie producer

13 | Shigeru Miyamoto - video game creator, Wii

12 | Paul Krugman - economist

11 | M.I.A. - musician

10 | Arianna Huffington - Huffington Post

9 | Rahm Emanuel - Obama's chief negotiator

8 | Tina Fey - comedian

7 | Kanye West - musician

6 | Henry Waxman - laying down the law on climate policy and universal health care

5 | Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert - political comedians

4 | Bono - musician, humanitarian

3 | Steve Jobs - head of Apple

2 | Larry Page and Sergey Brin - heads of Google

1 | Barack Obama - President

So, what do you think of Rolling Stone's extensive list for agents of change?

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