“I am not an actor, I am not a rock star, I am not a politician,” says Dan Koffman. “I’m just a guy who is concerned about our world and the people in it . . . a guy who wants to make a positive difference. I’m a Golden Rule Activist.”
Dan Koffman is the guy who has dusted off the Golden Rule and brought it back to center stage, where it belongs, in his Golden Rule Declaration and the series of Golden Rule Shorts videos now percolating on the internet.
Koffman is an artist who believes that art is all about communication and that the artist has the privilege of choosing the message to be communicated.
Born in 1950 and raised in west central Los Angeles, Koffman was head cheerleader at Dorsey High, a racially mixed school. “We all got along so well, we were friends to one another,” he commented recently to his former schoolmates at his 40th Reunion. “It was you guys and those experiences that have sparked my passion for peace and better understanding . . . and I thank you!”
Throughout his more than 40 years as a successful graphic and fine artist, Koffman has remained dedicated to a career not limited to “staying within the lines”. His artistic focus has ranged from designing over 1000 internationally marketed consumer products to the creation of over 2500 paintings and illustrations as part of his “Art with a Smile” Collection. <www.artwithasmile.com>
Over 20 years ago, he designed the Flag of Peace and Freedom, choosing to let the images of the sun, sky and birds in flight express his desire for peace and understanding. Every year he corresponds with the leaders of every country of the world, asking that they fly the Flag of Peace and Freedom on the International Day of Peace each year. Thus far, 32 countries have flown the Flag of Peace and Freedom. <www.peaceflag.org>
In 2004, wanting to further his message of global peace, Koffman began painting with an African elephant named Lisa. A short film documentary of Koffman and Lisa was satellite-broadcast around the country, drawing attention to his peace efforts and raising awareness and contributions for E.A.R.S., an elephant rescue program. <www.themanandtheelephant.com>
Koffman has been an active community participant for over 20 years in Monterey, California as well as on Camano Island, Washington where he now resides. He has founded and supports environmental efforts and art programs and always has a hand in activities that enrich community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the Chamber of Commerce and Art Association of Camano Island.
All Koffman’s passions come together in The Golden Rule Activist. The messages he delivers in the Golden Rule Shorts videos are simple, brief and powerful, speaking to people doing positive things whenever possible.
“I believe that we as a society - and as individuals - need to get back on track and rekindle our sense of fairness. And what better way to do this,” he suggests, “than to focus on The Golden Rule, a touchstone for all of us.”
“We all know what it says: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’” continues Koffman. “But too often it seems that we have forgotten this simple, universal message. Well, I think it’s time to put it back into practice!”
“I believe that (most) people know the right thing to do, the right way to act. I’m just encouraging them to do it!” says Koffman. “Wearing the Golden Rule Activist wristband can serve as a reminder to each of us to do the best we can, as often as we can. Because Golden Rule Activism is from your heart, from your mind and especially from your actions.”
Koffman’s final word: “Anyone can be a Golden Rule Activist. Imagine what the world would be like if more folks began to live life more often with this simple, but powerful focus!”