MakeItHappen is the site of Schusterman.org, a philanthropic organisation dedicated to assisting creatives to share ideas and experiences with Jewish content. The organisation provides grants of $1,000 - $5,000 annually to "make it happen" for projects they are enthused about.
The conference David has been invited to is that of the IABA (International Autobiography and Biography Association). In 2014, it will be hosted by the University of Alberta (where David completed his Master's degree) and located at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where My Planets was composed in 2012. Talk about the stars coinciding!