Writer Ann Medlock founded the nonprofit <a href="http://www.giraffe.org/">Giraffe Heroes Project</a> to honor people who stick their necks out for the common good and to encourage others to follow their lead. Her driving force is a deep concern for the health of the body politic, which she is certain will die without engaged, courageous citizens. <br />
Giraffe Heroes <a href="http://www.giraffe.org/ed.html">materials for kids</a> are in kindergarten-through-high-school classes in all 50 states and in American schools abroad. <br />
Medlock blogs at the <a href="http://www.giraffe.org/blog/">Project’s website</a> and at <a href="http://www.annmedlock.com/news/index.htm">her own</a>. She’s been speechwriter to US politicians and to the Aga Khan, and has spoken, written and/or taught in Kobe, Kinshasa, Saigon, Beijing and Moscow as well as in Chicago, Washington DC and New York City. <br />
She now lives, leads the Giraffe team, and writes (heroes’ profiles, blogs, opeds, <a href="http://www.annmedlock.com">fiction</a> and <a href="http://www.annmedlock.com/works/browse.htm">poetry</a>) and on an island in the Pacific Northwest.