The Joy Revolution


the evolution of revolution
We teach change-agents, luminaries, and other do-gooders how to create positive social impact and lasting change through an expanded experience of joy.

When it comes to creating significant personal and social change, there’s no denying the power of revolution. 

Here’s the thing about revolutions …

They’re long. Difficult

They’re bloody. Painful.
And won at a cost. We all pay the price. 

But they can also be joyful.  

Any social justice fighter worth their weight knows at the end of a revolution won there is joy. Joy is the desired outcome. It’s the purpose. The point. It’s the period at the end of the sentence. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

But what if instead of joy being the end of struggle and strife, what if instead of it seeing it as the resolution, you could empower joy to fuel and nourish your revolution? 

What if joy could be YOUR revolution?



Inspiring social change through joy,
isn't that a bit . . . naive?

Yes . . . if your vision of joy is clicking your heels and thinking happy thoughts.

Our understanding of joy, here at The Revolution,  is a little more complex. 

Joy is a visceral experience that roots deep within each and every one of us. It grows when you create life.  It nourishes momentum in the face of fear.  It encourages self-learning and progress regardless of  doubt.  It doesn’t feel compelled to dismiss “the other” to prove its power. It’s self-empowered. It embraces difference with civility. Joy works to understand the status quo without submitting to its reality.

This program changed the way I approached EVERYTHING in my life and business. I walked away with a lot of ideas for materials I create and share with clients. I was able to develop and create my OWN message that I wanted to share with the world. It was so unexpected — being able to take joys in my life and create with them in a way I hadn’t done before. 

Matt Mills

Founder, coaching on the run

Apply for the 2021 altPhD

Summer cohort

The Joy Revolution’s altPhd Summer Cohort is 16-week, multi-disciplinary digital program, and group coaching community that helps coaches, entrepreneurs, and social justice warriors to define, build, and sustain social movements and personal revolution through the lens of joy.  

Following a one-week orientation, our core curriculum branches into three key phases: create, develop, inspire.

Through each phase of the course, students develop a foundational understanding of various positive psychology principles and philosophies, uncovering radical personal transformation while simultaneously creating a unique framework they can use to lead change and create their own communities.

When I joined I knew I would learn something that would benefit my business but I had no idea how deeply this group and this content would be integrated into my life! 

I was blown away by the content that was being shared. The depth of the knowledge, the conversations; there were so many “ah-ha” moments we experienced as a community. It
 changed the way I viewed the world from the inside out.

Liz Landrum

Life & Leadership CoacH

what's in store for spring 2021



Welcome to the Revolution’s altPhD program! Everything we know about education, writing, and speaking is about to get flipped on its head.  The first week of the curriculum is all about establishing a growth mindset, connecting with your new community, and familiarizing yourself with the course platform.

May 3 – 7, 2021

First week of the course and we’re not holding anything back! Dive right into problem-solving; eliminating and managing mental and emotional clutter so you can focus on what’s is most important to you and your growth. Throughout the week, we’ll work together to address your core fears and frustrations. From there, you’ll learn how to hack your mindset so you can keep from feeling overwhelmed and begin to explore problems as potential opportunities and new possibilities.

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients 

May 3 – 7, 2021

Starting a new program while keeping up with daily life can be stressful.

We’ve created a handy little guide designed to hook you up with our top tech tips and tricks. In no time at all, you’ll be able to navigate the course platform and student community with grace and ease. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients 

May 3 – 7, 2021

Starting a new program while keeping up with daily life can be stressful.

We’ve created a handy little guide designed to hook you up with our top tech tips and tricks. In no time at all, you’ll be able to navigate the course platform and student community with grace and ease. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients 

May 3 – 7, 2021

Unclear about your revolution? Is it an internal upheaval? Is it an external one that creates widespread social change? Is it both?

Marc walks you through a LIVE process to figure it out, pack it in your knapsack, and then throw it over the walls holding you back! That’s a declaration and it’s GAME ON from there!

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students, Writer & Speakers’ Track Students, and Joy Rev Underground Participants

May 3 – 7, 2021

Learn how even the most mundane experiences can spark creativity and connection. This LIVE workshop, facilitated by our Joy Rev coaches, is sure to get your creative juices flowing as we dive headfirst into the art of inspiration and channeling creativity.

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients 


Uncover unparalleled approaches to joy that empower choice and lead to transformational shifts. Learn how to shift your reaction to stress and overcome obstacles while developing your abilities as a leader. 

May 10 – 14,, 2021

What is happiness? Seriously. We tend to view happiness as the reward at the end of a pursuit. Happiness is earned. It’s external to our being and more often than not feels completely circumstantial. 

This week, you’ll dive headfirst into uncovering the true definition of happiness and joy, exploring ancient philosophies and extrapolating personal life experiences to distill your own unique definition of soul-quenching joy. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients 

May 17 – 24,, 2021

With life’s ups, downs, all-the-way-arounds, it’s critical to develop a mental model for personal growth. Without a personal compass for growth, we subject ourselves to the mercy and whims of our environment.

In this lesson, you will learn five elements of growth that can be applied to any situation so you can create a compass for growth that moves you from struggle to strive, and strive to thrive.

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship Recipients 

May 31 – ,, June 4, 2021

It’s long been said that laughter is contagious. Turns out … so is happiness! (We’ve got the studies to prove it.) As we move from personal development to community activation, we’ll discuss the science behind the phenomenon of collective happiness and how you can leverage your definition of joy to create social revolutions. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Students, and Joy Rev Scholarship RecipientH


This is where the rubber hits the road as we begin to take practical steps toward making the invisible visible and your revolution reality. In this phase of the course, we move beyond personal development and into the sphere of leadership and community activation.

June  7 – 11, 2021

Together, we’ll begin to create your own personal theory and methodology for creating social change as we translate your unique experience of joy into an actionable roadmap that you can use to guide your movement and amplify your cause. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Only

June 14- 18, 2021

This week is all about learning how to take charge and lead teams. Gather round the campfire as our very own leadership expert, Marc, teaches you the core leadership philosophies and principles that have guided some of the greatest revolutionaries and military leaders through the toughest circumstances.  

This week you’ll also uncover your “Fascinate Advantage Profile.” The results of this assessment will help you to better understand how the world sees you and how you can use your unique “advantages” to guide your revolution and leadership style as we move into the next phase of the course.

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Only

June  21 – 25, 2021

All right team, it’s time to make your revolution a tangible reality! This week is all about launch mapping and goal planning. Now if you’ve learned anything about The Revolution, you know we like to do things a little differently. Goal-setting is no exception. So this week will begin with an exploration of Hope Theory, what it means to set a “big hairy audacious goal,” and how you can generate the willpower to make your dream a reality. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Only


From the Latin word, inspiro which means “to breathe into and excite,” you experienced radical change on the inside, and growth as a leader, now you’ll learn how to master the magical fairy dust that motivates others to take collective action.

June 28 – July 2, 2021

Belongingness is one of the most powerful psychological forces that keeps individuals engaged and attached to movements. Failing to create a sense of belonging within your community almost guarantees its dissolution. 

This week you’ll learn how to use four empirically tested elements of community to empower a sense of loyalty and belonging, regardless of the size, scale, and scope of your movement.  

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Only

July 5 –  9 , 2021

It’s one thing to flourish as an individual, but how do you create flourishing organizations? Organizations and institutions that  create thriving cultures are few and far between. But it’s not a pipe dream. In this module, we’ll explore you five foundational principals you can use to create robust cultures that promote thriving within individuals.

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Only

July 12-  16 , 2021

Identifying goals and managing conflicting priorities and objectives can become overwhelming even for the most capable of leaders. Learn how to grow your community and sustain momentum while nourishing balance and personal wellbeing. This week we’ll uncover practices and principles that will help you to create a proactive and long-term plan for growth without sacrificing sanity or self-care. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Only

July 19 – 30, 2021

You did it! This last week of curriculum is dedicated to you. As we bring the course to a close Marc will hold routine and extended office hours. 

Writer and Speaker’s Track students will meet with Marc as for their final small-group breakout session. 

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Only



Conquer self-doubt and find your writer’s voice. Our speaker coach unveils the nuance that goes into writing descriptive prose and compelling narratives. This track is included with the course!

Sept 22

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Only

Sept 29

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Only

Oct 6

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Only

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Turn your Joy Revolution into a well-crafted narrative that engages and entertains audiences while delivering a powerful message. This track is included with the course!

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Only

Access: Open to Core Curriculum Students Only

DISCLAIMER: TED and TEDx are registered trademark of TED Conferences, LLC. The Joy Revolution is NOT affiliated with or sponsored by TED Conferences, LLC. or any affiliated entities. While some of our coaches have spoken at and produced TED events, The Joy Revolution is a separate entity. We will share the tools and skills that worked for us and our clients, insider information on the application process, and how you can edge out the competition; but participation in this course does not guarantee selection for the TED stage or any stage for that matter. We’ll teach you how to create the opportunity but it’s 100% on you to do the work and earn your spotlight.

All dates and curriculum are subject to change.

meet the 2021 team

Get to know the masterminds behind the Joy Revolution’s altPhD our 2021 Summer Cohort.


core instructor / lead coach

Marc Cordon, MPH, is a positive psychology coach, co-founder of The Joy Revolution™, and author of the book Beyond Resilient: The Coach’s Guide to Ecstatic Growth. He specializes in transitions, leadership, performance, and well-being, helping people break through to the next level to find greater enjoyment and purpose in their lives. With a focus on misfit entrepreneurs and leaders who march to the beat of their own drum, Marc’s coaching empowers people to claim their own joy as they make a difference for others. He has appeared on national television and radio shows and has delivered two TEDx talks on positive psychology and social justice.

Marc served as the Associate Director of Health Promotion and of Multicultural Programs & Services at Emory University where he developed programs and curriculum on social justice, positive psychology, and community engagement. He has received a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a Masters in Public Health in Policy & Management, as well as coaching accolades from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and the WholeBeing Institute.



Terri Trespicio is a New York–based and award-winning writer, brand advisor, and in-demand speaker. She has given two TEDx talks; one of them, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has earned 6+ million views to date. Terri consults with executives, entrepreneurs, and practitioners all over the country, to help them identify and articulate the critical brand messaging that helps them stand out in a sea of sameness—and use that language at every touch point in their business—from conversations with clients to online presence to conference stages. She has worked with professionals across industry, but specifically within the financial services industry, helping both independent and wirehouse firms develop powerful, stand-out messaging that’s not just transformative in their business—but compliance approved. 

Terri presents widely, and has presented at three Barron’s top advisor events, and was rated the #1 speaker both at Barron’s Top Independent Women Advisors Summit and How Design Live. Other events include Wells Fargo Advisors Pinnacle Event, Pinnacle’s Elite Advisor Forum, TEDxKC, TEDxStLouisWomen, The Institute for Commercial Design, MEA Energy Association, NAPO, Public Relations Society of America, and Blackstone. A former magazine editor at Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine and radio host at Sirius XM, she has appeared on the Today show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show and The Anderson Cooper Show. She’s written for Oprah magazine, Marie Claire, Prevention, Business Insider, and MindBodyGreen, among others. Terri’s also a standup comic and performs all over New York City, including Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, Broadway, and New York Comedy Club. She lives in Manhattan.

Not only are you learning how to use and apply positive psychology as a catalyst to change other’s lives . . . you’re doing it for your own life.

Kris Valeriano

Storyteller / creativity coach

your revolution


The altPhD is in Session!

In addition to the 6 writing sessions and the 10 sessions on increasing you personal growth and impact on the world led, by Marc Cordon, which you will have access.


Two (2) customized/hot-seat driven workshops:
– Creating a TED-style talk
– Crafting shareable content

Private 1-on-1 Coaching Session with Marc (valued at $997)

Fundamentals to Thrive Course (value $300)

The Antidote to Toxic Positivity (value $100)

6 Months Membership to The Joy Revolution Mastermind, which meets twice a month (valued $1794)

And of course, you will be a featured published author in the next  compendium book “The Joy Rev”  for altPhD’s who have met the all of the requirements.

 And you’ll be able to declare your joy revolution in a speech on The Golden Mic Podcast and permanently reside on most podcast platforms.

Diving into all the philosophies and theories behind happiness and learning applicable ways to view joy as a form of activism was powerful! This is a really good program for anyone who wants to transform the world for the better, particularly if you’re an entrepreneur. It’ll help you to solidify the way you can create change in a way that’s aligned, ethical, and meaningful. 

Sara Yamtich

CEO, Resonate with sara

Still unsure? No worries!

You want to make sure you’re making a sound investment, and we don’t believe in doing anything half-assed, or half-heartedly. 

Joy revolutions won’t happen unless you are RADICALLY honest to yourself and your direction. 

It’s not a saying. It’s a way of living.

Perhaps you’ve forgotten that along the way because the status quo has told you you are too old or too young, too idealistic.  But if you still feel a spark to live the good life.

Let me remind you how an altPhD will bring both an internal and exteral revolution created by joy.

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