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Utne Reader Names Two Philadelphia Residents as “Visionaries”National Magazine Selects Activist and Videographer Among 50 People who are Changing the World 

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 14, 2009) — Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, names Tyrone Boucher and Brian Conley as visionaries who are making their individual marks on the world. They are among 50 people featured in the magazine’s November-December issue, on newsstands Oct. 20. 

“Each of the inventors, environmentalists, media activists and community organizers we chose to celebrate this year are fueled by an inexhaustible desire to serve the greater good. Labors of peace, love and justice are rarely celebrated these days, and given the many challenges facing our world, it was exciting to give readers 50 reasons to believe in a brighter future,” says David Schimke, Utne Reader’s editor in chief. 

Boucher co-created with Dean Spade to start a discussion about the effects of capitalism. Their hope is to generate national dialogue, regardless of political affiliation, about capitalism and discerning between financial security and hoarding, and to speculate about how to redistribute wealth. 

“I think that some of the most visionary work that any of us can do is to understand our place in the world and how we're interconnected with other people and communities, and to use the skills and resources we have to work towards a world where none of us are oppressed or exploited,” Boucher says. 

Conley founded Alive in Baghdad. This videographer, who first traveled to Iraq in 2005, collaborates with local journalists to document daily life under siege. Conley has since expanded his “brand” to Syria and Mexico. 

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