Visionaries - Changing the World One Story at a Time

About The Visionaries

The Visionaries Public Television Series

Since 1995, Visionaries, Inc. has been producing Visionaries documentary series for public television. Hosted by Sam Waterston of Law & Order, the documentary series highlights the rarely told stories of nonprofit organizations all around the world that are working to make a positive difference in their community and beyond.

Visionaries' production crews have traveled across six continents and to more than 50 American cities to profile the extraordinary work of true philanthropists- people dedicating their lives and careers to the service of others. From Refugees International to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and art museums to humane societies, Visionaries tells the stories of individuals dedicated to changing the status quo in an effort to promote positive coexistence. The documentaries seek to inspire vast audiences, serve as catalysts for positive social change and promote philanthropy on a global level.

From the beginning, the concept of Visionaries was to utilize television as an instrument of service by producing positive, uplifting, and inspiring shows about individuals working for nonprofits in an effort to make the world a better place. Although the nonprofit sector is one of the most active segments in the work force today, the media, who tend to focus on negative images, has largely ignored it. By profiling the people who are providing medical care, feeding the hungry, educating the poor and giving life and dignity back to millions of people around the world, and witnessing firsthand the successes of these ventures, Visionaries has set out to show that one person can make a difference.

Visionaries is distributed to public television throughout the United States via an ACCESS feed.

Issues Covered

Thus far The Visionaries has covered myriad topics, including: AIDS prevention, slavery, disability awareness, economic empowerment, education, environmental protection, health care, homelessness, human service, hunger relief, international development, literacy, mental illness, microenterprise, poverty reduction, reproductive health, refugee assistance, transplantation, medical research and awareness, elderly care, land conservation, disaster relief, and crisis intervention for women and children.