I'm Christopher Rivas, I’m a social entrepreneur, world-traveller and intrepid storyteller. Human narratives are my single greatest passion. I'm a two-time Moth winner, actor, social activist, teacher, and speaker. As a speaker, I work with organizations all over the world using the power of storytelling to craft messages that matter, that are memorable, that are relatable, that are human.
My mission is to create and share powerful stories that move us forward, blend boundaries, and encourage dialogue. My philosophy is that stories, real, honest stories, told well, are like a super power we all have access too. We become masters of perspective. Telling stories that bind us, that say, “we are all in this together.” We can use these stories to inspire, motivate, build community, and establish real connections with those far and wide.
As a storyteller: I've developed and facilitated storytelling workshops for The WWE, United Nations High Commission for Refugee, Hollywood Heart Foundation, LAUSD, LAMP on Skid Row, Safe Place For Youth, The Museum Of Broken Relationships, The Skirball Cultural Center, Unplug Meditation Studio, Soul Hum, UCLA, CalArts, and Agape International Spiritual Center, The House of Intuition. Empathy labs for Upworthy, and I'm currently creating viral content for Soulpancake and many more media outlets.
Speaking engagements include: Guest lecturer at NYU, UCLA and CalArts, Entrepreneurs Organization, Peace and Love Film Festival (Örebro, Sweden), DAH Teatro (Serbia, Belgrade), Unplug Meditation Studio, Soul Hum, Los Angeles GreenFest.
I've transformed anxiety into excitement for hundreds of people with my performance and public-speaking coaching. I've guided and coached Entrepreneurs on their companies mission and story. Born and raised in NYC. I'm a proud graduate of CalArts and currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Expressive Arts for Global Health & Peace Building from The European Graduate School, and I am a Ariane de Rothschild Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship.
Bring me into your next event or corporate meeting, and simple slides, talks, and presentations can become masterpieces of the human experience. Products can have a voice and a story that actually resonates with the customer, a story they want to invest in. Above all else, we will have a damn good time.