3 results for author: Buddy Levy


Mick Ebeling – innovation for humanity.

I was supposed to meet Mick Ebeling for a breakfast/interview on the last day of the No Barriers Summit in Park City, Utah. Having heard his riveting talk at No Barriers University the day before, I had a lot of questions for him, and a number of his simple but profound philosophies were bouncing around in my head. But I was worried because we’d agreed to meet in the main No Barriers breakfast area at the Canyons Resort, and I knew that his big personality would draw a lot of attention and it would be difficult to talk to him in that setting—people would be coming up and saying hello, congratulating him on his innovative work with Not Impossible ...

Asking Big Questions and Raising the Bar

Daniel Kish clicks and canes his way quickly down the hallway of the Canyons Resort, leading me to the elevator and up to the third floor. He’s agreed to sit and talk to me about his work with World Access For the Blind, his ideas and philosophies about perceptual navigation and mobility, and other subjects, including “waking up the brain.” Kish, blind since he was just a year old due to the aggressive cancer retinoblastoma, developed the technique he calls “flash sonar”— a form of echolocation using sharp tongue clicks, and also clapping, to send out sound signals and listen to their echoes in order to interpret, or in a sense “see...

A Dream Reborn

Jazz singer Mandy Harvey is deeply aware of the many ironies in her life. The biggest irony is that she’s a jazz singer at all, because she had no intention, early in her musical life, of ever becoming one. “I wanted to be a choir teacher,” she tells me at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, during the 2015 No Barriers Summit. “A choir teacher, or maybe a back-up vocalist, incognito, where nobody knew my name. I’m super shy and I get stage fright! I never wanted to be the person onstage that people stared at.” She relates an incident during her freshman year of high school, during a choir vocal competition, where she was so nervous ...