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Now, one of Joel Barker’s most cherished stories, The Star Thrower, is available as a short film! Taken from his best-selling program, The Power of Vision, Joel Barker’s version of the Loren Eiseley classic reminds us that we all have the ability to make a difference. As individuals, we can choose to take action and participate in the world around us. Together, we can shape the future. We all have a gift to give; our challenge is to find it.

Vision without action is merely a dream.
Action without vision just passes time.
Vision with action can change the world.
- Joel Barker, The Star Thrower Story

The Star Thrower Story is a versatile short film that can be used in any environment and is applicable to a wide audience.

Meeting Opener

Trainers can begin any meeting or conference with The Star Thrower Story. It encourages participants to think about their actions and how they can affect the rest of their organization. The positive message and powerful imagery will motivate viewers and prepare them for what is to come.

Meeting Closer

Trainers can also conclude any session with The Star Thrower Story. The powerful message of participating in the world around us and making a difference serves as a call to action. Viewers will reflect on the message from the program and incorporate it with what they learned from the meeting.

Training Session

The Star Thrower Story can also be used as its own brief (half-hour) training session. Show the short film to the group and ask them the accompanying questions.
Loren Eisley Biography

Loren Eiseley was a highly respected anthropologist, writer, ecologist, and poet. He published several books in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. He is best known for the poetic essay style, called the "hidden essay.’ He used this to explain complex scientific ideas to the general public. He is also well known for writing about humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Some of his books include: The Immense Journey (1957), The Unexpected Universe (1969), The Night Country (1971), and the memoir All the Strange Hours (1975). Loren Eiseley died in 1977.


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Change Management & Innovation
Motivational Videos
Meeting Openers & Meeting Management
Motivation and Inspiration
Meeting Openers (Excluding Muppet Meeting Fil
Video Running Time (minutes)
Star Thrower
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Joel Barker
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Meeting Opener
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