Francis DellaVecchia


Francis DellaVecchia is recognized as the founder of the Joyful Activist movement, having coined the term to describe the volunteers who participated in his campaign to become the mayor of Los Angeles in 2001. His Joyful Activist Playbook: Transforming Outrage into Outrageous Fun is due to be published in Spring 2011. DellaVecchia uses inspiration, humor and joy to make a powerful and positive difference in all that he does. Partnering with Whole Foods Markets Venice, he created the Joyful Activist Club, which sends scores of volunteers to work with various groups and causes in the California beach neighborhood. This community partnership has led to the Joyful Activist being named the Best Happy Diggers and Do-Gooders in the 2010 Best of L.A. issue of the L.A. Weekly.

Whether as speaker, writer, or media producer, DellaVecchia uses the tools at his disposal to activate the audience with whom he interacts. He believes that societal shift picks up speed as more people choose methods of connection over lives of separation, and his talks and playshops reinforce that notion through practical exercises. Francis maintains the website, and offers Joyful Activist playshops as well as speaks about activism and social issues for numerous organizations, conferences and festivals.

As media producer, Francis founded the company Cultural Connections. As a producer of the short film Help Wanted, he shepherded this uplifting and inspiring tale to win numerous awards, including Best Narrative Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay at the 2008 Elevate Film Festival.

DellaVecchia blogs at He also has considerable experience writing for newsweeklies, magazines, the stage and screen focusing largely future trends and social activism. His articles have appeared in LA Weekly—the premiere Los Angeles newsweekly published by Village Voice Media, Urb magazine—a national monthly devoted to urban youth culture, Lotus magazine—a national monthly focusing on the electronic music scene, and Deep Style magazine—a national periodical of literary and topical interest.