Home > What Could Possibly Go Right? Interview Series > Episode 12: Peter Buffett: A Rebirth Moment

July 23, 2020

Peter Buffett is a musician, author, philanthropist and co-president of NoVo Foundation. With his varied background, he presents his thoughts on “What could possibly go right?” including:

  • That we are in a rebirth moment, though this beauty and change can be a painful process.
  • That we are “a species out of context” and the pandemic is changing our relationship to education, food, neighbors; everything is up for grabs.
  • That homeschooling has children and parents alike reconsidering what education and learning can be.
  • That there’s a rising wider awareness around the inequality of many systems. 
  • That those with privilege should be listening closely to others with fewer opportunities and move resources towards new imaginative spaces and a more equitable world.
  • That in considering the question of “What could possibly go right?”, we need to think about whose version of “right” we’re looking at.
  • That we need to hold space for vulnerability and recognition that we are all flawed human beings, working to heal from backgrounds with ancestral trauma – a beautiful but slow and sometimes painful process.

About Peter Buffett

Peter Buffett is the co-president of NoVo Foundation and co-chair of its Board of Directors.

In partnership with his wife, Jennifer, he helps to guide NoVo’s vision, strategic mission, and program development. Peter is a well-established musician, composer, and producer.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett began his career in San Francisco writing music for commercials. After recording four albums for Narada Records, Peter signed with Epic and then Hollywood Records resulting in four additional releases. His Emmy-winning album, titled Ojibwe, was released on his own label, BisonHead.

Highlights of his film and television work include the fire dance scene in the Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves and the entire score for 500 Nations, the 8-hour miniseries produced by Kevin Costner for CBS. Peter is the author of Life Is What You Make It, which debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times Best Seller Hardcover Advice list and is a companion to his live “Concert & Conversation” performances.

Buffett’s theatrical production, Spirit—The Seventh Fire, was performed on the National Mall for the Smithsonian’s opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. Spirit—The Seventh Fire combined Imax scale film and imagery, native dancers and a live band to tell the story of one man’s journey toward reconnection through his heritage and the land we live on.

Peter and Jennifer were named in Barron’s list of top 25 most effective philanthropists in 2009 and 2010.


Download the transcript here.