A New Lease on Life: The Joel Davis Story

If you think one person can’t make a difference, tell it to Joel Davis. Born with scoliosis and other physical challenges, grassroots activism gave Joel a new lease on life. Organizing tea parties, walking door-to-door and hammering yard signs, and testifying in favor of medical marijuana was just the beginning. Joel took the tools he learned as a citizen activist back to his hometown and began applying new skills to help fix problems in his local community. Using Facebook and knocking on every door in his precinct, he won a seat on the city counsel. He is now the new mayor of Paden City. The tools he used to succeed in politics are now the means of growing community involvement in local challenges, and creating new transparency in government service.

Still think one person can’t make a difference? Ask Joel how to get it done.

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Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.

Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.

He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”

An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.

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