21st Paradigm: A way of thinking for the 21st Century that respects the intrinsic value of all life – that is, the right of other life forms to exist regardless of their instrumental values to humans. Not only the pretty birds but also the predators and reptiles, the ugly and unloved have a right to be left in peace, to exist not only for the pleasure and health and instruction of humans but for their own sake.

Vanessa Schulz

The driving force behind 21st Paradigm, Vanessa began freelancing in the film industry in 1994 while attending Cape Town Film & Television School. After emigrating to America, she gained further experience working for NBC, Fox, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. Vanessa founded 21st Paradigm as a reaction to her frustration with mainstream media’s reluctance to air contentious subject matter. Despite the challenges of independent media production, her films are receiving awards and accolades. She is currently working on her next project.


4 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Anel March 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Dearest 21 Paradigm,

    I was both saddened and delighted to receive notice of your blog from a common friend and although I have tears streaming down my face I want to take the opportunity to say thank you not only your fantastic efforts but also for this blog and an opportunity to share in your mission.

    Every journey starts with one small step and I hope and pray that you have started a revelation soon to take the world by storm brining much needed change and awareness.

    Coming from a home that render dogs more human than actual humans I intent to share your blog with all my friends and family to broaden your target audience in hopes that you will get the support you need to keep you going.

    Warmest regards
    Anel Kriel

    • 2 Viviana Figueroa September 22, 2009 at 6:10 am

      I am from Chile…. and your response makes me cry. You have no idea how bad the situation is for animals there. I am just so happy that so many people are getting aware!

  2. 3 Michele Harvey March 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I’m living in Santiago and I’d like to adopt a dog. Please tell me where the shelters are and how to contact the best places for pet adoption.


  3. 4 bruce January 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Makes me think if places I’ve traveled where dogs are not pets; they’re just there, like an impoverished urchin underclass. I support consciousness raising about, first; just looking around with compassion, and second; population responsibility. “Don’t buy from breeders” is a great thought-form to put out into the the world. Supporting Veterinarians who mercifully spay and neuter en masse is a great partial solution. Kudos and much respect. Having said this, I realize that I have to compartmentalize my concern for innocent animals, keep it separate from my overwhelming awareness that the World’s Human population has tripled in my short blip of a life time. Who will take care of the animal populations when Humans run out of water? But compassion is compassion, and awareness is awareness. And dogs have so much to teach us about compassion. It’s great to meet the work of 20first Paradigm. I hope that the mission will find a growing snowball of funds, the film fully financed, and conscientious veterinarians honored, empowered, and paid for their mercy work. I wish I could contribute more. I hope others can and will.

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