Benjamin Wagner collects, develops and shares stories and strategies about transformation.

As a consultant and coach, author and speaker, filmmaker and musician, he leverages his thirty years of experience to help people and businesses transform themselves, and cultivate culture and community through storytelling.

From his half-decade helping launch Facebook’s Journalism Project globally, to his tenure transforming MTV News, to his award-winning PBS documentary, “Mister Rogers & Me,” Benjamin's focus is the essential nature of our shared human experience.

He has designed immersive, in-person and virtual live events around the globe, including Facebook’s F8, News Days and Executive Summits, and led on-location editorial initiatives for Elections, Oscar, Grammy and Video Music Awards.

Benjamin helped launch Facebook Media Central (the company’s first media partner center), Facebook Live and Paid Online Events.

He graduated with dual degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and was a Fellow of the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia University.

Benjamin Wagner collects, develops and shares stories and strategies about transformation.

As a consultant and coach, author and speaker, filmmaker and musician, he leverages his thirty years of experience to help people and businesses transform themselves, and cultivate culture and community through storytelling.

From his half-decade helping launch Facebook’s Journalism Project globally, to his tenure transforming MTV News, to his award-winning PBS documentary, “Mister Rogers & Me,” Benjamin's focus is the essential nature of our shared human experience.

He has designed immersive, in-person and virtual live events around the globe, including Facebook’s F8, News Days and Executive Summits, and led on-location editorial initiatives for Elections, Oscar, Grammy and Video Music Awards.

Benjamin helped launch Facebook Media Central (the company’s first media partner center), Facebook Live and Paid Online Events.

He graduated with dual degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and was a Fellow of the Sulzberger Leadership Program at Columbia University.

Jul 13 2021

Roger Clark: Perfectly Good Stranger

So many cool things have happened in my life when I’ve quieted the worried voices in my head, stuck out my hand, and introduced myself to a perfectly good stranger. Roger Clark was one of those perfectly good strangers.  It was the fourth year of our annual Holiday Benefit in New York City, somewhere in…
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Jul 6 2021

Megan Watkins: She Sells Sanctuary

Even as a kid from Iowa, I imagined farms as bucolic, self-sustaining places: silos full of corn to feed cute, muddy pigs; fresh milk from a well-loved heifer; eggs from the family hen. But of course, farming hasn’t been a ma ‘n pop operation for years. It’s big, big business: pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones.…
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Jun 25 2021

Tim Madigan: Essential Invisible

When Christofer and I began imagining our PBS Documentary, Mister Rogers & Me, remembrances of Fred Rogers were not yet a cottage industry.  It was surprising, then, in the earliest days of my research, to discover Tim Madigan’s just-published memoir, “I’m Proud of You: My Friendship With Fred Rogers.”  More surprising still, Tim and my…
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Jun 16 2021

Áine Kerr: Discomfort Zones

When my colleague and dear friend Áine Kerr left Facebook to co-found her second startup, she left a note on my desk that read, “The future begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” Áine grew up in Monaghan County Ireland, just shy of The Troubles, and just prior to The Celtic Tiger.  She began…
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Jun 9 2021

Bill Flangan: Listen Closely

Back in the day (2010 or so), there were two reasons why I sought to be promoted to SVP at MTV News: Business Class Travel (back and forth to LA in one, comfortable day!), and Bill Flanagan. Bill was a celebrated contributor to Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Spy, before joining Musician, and ascending the…
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Jun 2 2021

Anna Sale: Radical Vulnerability

If you’ve ever driven across America, then you probably know just how big it really is. The state of Kansas alone is well over 400 miles across. And while it’s not as flat as as reported, it is a whole lotta nondescript prairie: grass and dirt and sky for miles. It is a landscape made…
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