Neal Rogin is a multi-award winning writer, filmmaker, humorist, and social observer whose work has reached millions of people around the world. Throughout his career he has demonstrated a unique ability to conceive and communicate ideas that move people to action and change the way they think.
He scripted a film for Rock legend Sting and his Rainforest Foundation. The film, entitled “Burning Down Tomorrow,” was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary Short. He received a National Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for “Spaceship Earth,” a half-hour television special that aired on the Disney Channel.
When the United Nations wanted to produce a film to commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary, Neal Rogin was called upon to write the script. The film, “A Place to Stand,” narrated by actor Patrick Stewart, has been translated into the six official UN languages and is being distributed world wide by the UN50 Committee.
He is also the co-author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Trimtab Factor, with Harold Willens (Wm. Morrow & Company, New York), The Owner’s Manual for Your Life, and You Don’t Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself, both with Stewart Emery (Doubleday, New York).
Mr. Rogin was commissioned by the directors of the State of the World Forum, a yearly conference of international leaders convened by Mikhail Gorbachev, to design their opening plenary session — a two-hour gathering in San Francisco’s historic Gothic landmark Grace Cathedral. Using state-of-the-art sound effects, lighting and digital imaging, Neal and his team transformed this enormous space into a virtual rainforest and raised a critical global issue from an intellectual concept into a visceral, emotional experience.
Mr. Rogin also played a major role in the landmark “LIVE AID Concert for African Famine Relief,” as head writer and associate producer of the 16-hour global radio broadcast, and as creator of the program’s key televised promotional theme, “Ending Hunger: Now that we can, we must.” LIVE AID, which reached more than 1.5 billion people in 160 countries around the world, was the largest broadcast event in history and raised more than $260 million.
He was co-creator and writer of “The New American Revolution”, a PBS documentary special hosted by Mariette Hartley, which deals with the impact of changing values on the American and world cultures. Mr. Rogin has been guest lecturer at University of California at Berkeley and Golden Gate University in San Francisco. His landmark writing on the subject of world hunger has been translated into six languages and read by millions of people all over the world.
He is a founding board member of The Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit partnership between people from the modern world and indigenous people who call the rainforest their home. Neal was part of the team that created the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, which is being presented in more than 70 countries in over 12 languages.
He is a member of the Turning Tide Coalition with Lynne Twist, John and Ocean Robbins and Vicki Robin, and the Transformational Leadership Council, a group founded by author Jack Canfield, and numbers among its members Marianne Williamson, John Gray and Michael Beckwith.
An avid amateur golfer, Mr. Rogin and his team created the groundbreaking video program Extraordinary Golf featuring actor Michael Tucker and the work of renowned professional golf coach Fred Shoemaker. Neal has been a contributor to Golf Magazine and is a member of The California Golf Writers Association.