While studying social relations at Harvard in the late 1960s, Terry McNally founded an alternative high school and ran a camp for chronic schizophrenics.
He produced and directed futurist documentaries featuring Buckminster Fuller and Robert Theobald, and was a producer of the BBC’s 1992 Earth Summit special, “Greenbucks.” As an actor, he has appeared in over 100 plays, films and television shows.
He wrote and produced the classic novelty record, Julie Brown's Goddess In Progress, which was voted #4 in The 1985 Village Voice critics' poll. McNally also directed the music video of the prescient “Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun” (featuring frequent World Affairs attendee Stuart Schoffman as a slain math teacher). In addition, he was a writer and producer of the 1989 cult comedy film--Earth Girls Are Easy--soon to be an off-Broadway musical.
McNally consults to non-profits, public agencies and corporations, facilitating communications, planning and conflict resolution. He speaks to various audiences about everything from social innovations to sustainable development.
McNally is co-author with Hyla Cass, M.D. of Kava: Nature’s Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia. He is currently at work on a book that questions our definitions of progress, asking what it will take to elevate quality of life to equal status with technological advance and economic growth in human aspirations.
His Los Angeles radio show features hour-long interviews on new models of business, environment, health, politics and media, explores the people behind these ideas, and offers pieces of the puzzle of a world that just might work.