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Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:16:00 +0000
Tara Sophia Mohr is a writer, coach and an expert on women's leadership and well-being. Her work helps women play bigger in their work and in their lives. With an MBA from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale, Tara takes a unique approach that blends inner work with practical skills training, and weaves together both intellectual rigor and intuitive wisdom. Tara has a deep commitment to amplifying women's voices. She is the creator of the global Playing Big leadership program for women and the co-creator of two anthologies of contemporary women's writings, The Women's Seder Sourcebook and The Women's Passover Companion. Her 10 Rules for Brilliant Women have struck a chord with tens of thousands of women around the world. In 2010, Tara was honored as a Girl Champion by the Girl Effect organization, which supports girls' education in the developing world. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and has been featured on TODAY, BigThink.com, Whole Living, CNN.com, USA Today, International Business Times, Ode Magazine, Forbes, beliefnet, and numerous other media outlets. She is also a poet and the author of The Real Life: Poems for Wise Living. You can learn more about Tara and the Playing Big Program at taramohr.com and follow her on Twitter at @tarasophia.
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Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:30:00 +0000
Marianne Elliott is the author of Zen Under of Fire: How I Found Peace in the Midst of War. Marianne is a writer, human rights advocate, and international yoga instructor. Trained as a lawyer, Marianne helped develop human rights strategies for the governments of New Zealand and Timor-Leste, has worked as a Policy Advisor for Oxfam, and spent two years working in human rights in the Gaza Strip prior to her time in Afghanistan, where she served in the United Nations mission (2005-2007). Her memoir Zen Under Fire, tells the story of her work and life in Afghanistan. Marianne writes and teaches on creating, developing and sustaining real change in personal life, work and the world. She lives in a converted church above the zoo in Wellington, New Zealand, where she writes to the sound of roaring lions and singing monkeys.
You can learn more about Marianne on her website, marianne-elliott.com, follow her on Twitter at @zenpeacekeeper, and see if her book tour is coming to a town near you at marianne-elliott.com/book/events.
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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:23:00 +0000
Kristen Zimmerman is one of the co-authors of the Movement Strategy Center report, Out of the Spiritual Closet: Organizers Transforming the Path of Social Justice, along with Neelam Pathikonda, Brenda Salgado, and Taj James. As a Senior Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center, she leads the development of the Center's movement building practice and methodology. Her primary focus is the integration of transformative practice with strategy, movement building and alliance building technologies, and the use of story and narrative for movement building. Currently, she serves on the design team and faculty of the NoVo Foundation's Move to End Violence — a 10-year movement building initiative to end gender-based violence. She lives in Oakland with her 8-year-old son, Jonah Ravi, and her partner Adrienn.
You can learn more about the Movement Strategy Center, and download the report, at movementstrategy.org.
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Sat, 02 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000
This month's guest is Lisa Truong, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Help a Mother Out. Help a Mother Out is a grassroots organization that raises diapers and awareness, and advocates for long term change in the social safety net. Lisa is a social entrepreneur with over 12 years experience in technology and nonprofit sectors. Her work has been featured in media outlets including Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, KQED's The California Report, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The San Jose Mercury News, as well as national blogs including The Nation and The Huffington Post. She is passionate about social innovation and technology used to change the world. You can learn more about Lisa and Help a Mother Out at helpamotherout.org and follow her on Twitter at @helpamotherout.
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Sat, 05 Jan 2013 22:34:30 +0000
President of Rockwood Leadership Institute, Akaya Windwood is internationally recognized for elevating the effectiveness of leadership and collaboration in the nonprofit and social benefit sectors. Her vision for our global community includes infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. She brings her skills as an organizational consultant and executive coach to her lifetime commitment to working for a fair and equitable society and to Rockwood's network of 4,000 powerful, collaborative, and interconnected leaders.
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Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:37:44 +0000
Beth Terry is the author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. She also writes the popular blog, My Plastic-Free Life, and is a founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Beth gives presentations on living plastic-free and why our personal changes do make a difference. She spearheaded the successful Take Back the Filter Brita recycling campaign in 2008, and her life and work have been profiled in Susan Freinkel's book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, Captain Charles Moore's book, Plastic Ocean, and the award-winning film, Bag It. When she's not out fighting plastic pollution, she spends her time with her husband, and two rascally kitties in Oakland, CA.
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Tue, 29 May 2012 00:40:00 +0000
Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. After a brief career in professional basketball, and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter & Gamble, Will returned to his roots as a farmer, using his retirement package to purchase a plot of inner city land with greenhouses where he has built the country's pre-eminent urban farm. He is now the CEO of Growing Power (www.growingpower.org), an organization that develops community food systems.
In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a "genius grant," only the second farmer ever to be so honored. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and in February 2010, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching, "Let's Move!" - her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010, TIME magazine named Will to the TIME 100 World's Most Influential People. In 2011, Allen was named one of the 7 World's Most Influential Foodies by Michael Pollan and Forbes Magazine. He was named the 2012 NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award recipient. He lives with his wife in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and is the author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.
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Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:13:00 +0000
Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking. She is a consultant to progressive media and advocacy organizations. Her clients have included The Ford Foundation, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, and Jim Hightower's Hightower Lowdown. She is a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Media at American University. Deanna specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News and more. She works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and empowerment, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finance to complement her technical expertise. You can learn more about her work at www.deannazandt.com and follow her on Twitter at @randomdeanna.
Links to some of the campaigns, articles and tools Deanna mentioned:
• Planned Parenthood Saved Me
• #DearJohn: For When Boehner Decides Your Rape Just Wasn't Enough on Tiger Beatdown
• Susan G. Komen's Priceless Gift by Rebecca Traiser and Joan Walsh on Salon.com
• Row Feeder
• Kony 2012
• Invisible People
• Aid and Abet
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Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:59:00 +0000
Stacey Edgar started Global Girlfriend in 2003 as a way to provide economic security for women in need by creating a sustainable market for their products. She used her 10 years in social work practice with women and children as a springboard to her role as a social entrepreneur. Global Girlfriend works with over sixty women's cooperatives and NGOs in 20 countries. Its fair trade boutique offers a line of women-made, fair-trade products including stylish apparel, accessories and gifts with one purpose - to help women in need help themselves.
Stacey has been honored by the Microsoft Corporation as a recipient of its Start Something Amazing Awards, by the Denver Business Journal as a "40 Under 40" Business Leader, featured in several magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine, in Multichannel Merchant magazine as a "Maven of Merchandise," and by Organic Style as one their 2005 Women with Organic Style. Her first book, Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide, came out last year.
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Tue, 13 Dec 2011 23:00:00 +0000
Ben Mangan is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of the nonprofit, EARN. Since 2001, EARN has helped tens of thousands of low-income people enter the financial mainstream, and move toward prosperity with savings accounts for the unbanked, and matched accounts for low wage workers to invest in education, first homes, and microenterprise.
Ben has more than 15 years of experience in policy leadership, innovation and strategic management. Ben was the Midwest Practice Leader for Ernst & Young's Public Private Development Group in Chicago, and served as Director of Organizational Strategy for the international micro-payments company, beenz.com.
He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and SFGate, and serves as a lecturer on the faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School.
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Sun, 13 Nov 2011 20:28:00 +0000
Sara Potler is the Founder and CEO of Dance 4 Peace. Dance 4 Peace is a conflict resolution, civic education program that promotes empathy, understanding, mediation skills, anger management, and emotional and civic engagement through dance in youth around the world. Dance 4 Peace began in Bogota, Colombia as part of Sara's Fulbright Scholarship project in 2007. In conjunction with Aulas en Paz (Peaceable Classrooms), a multi-component pedagogical project designed to promote social and civic competencies and conflict resolution among primary-school students, Dance 4 Peace was designed, implemented, and evaluted in public schools in the outskirts of Bogota. Today, the program works in Washington, D.C., New York City, Colombia, the Philippines, and Nepal.
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Sat, 01 Oct 2011 00:35:00 +0000
Carinne Brody is a doctoral candidate in public health at UC Berkeley. She is conducting an evaluation of a reproductive health voucher program in Uganda and Cambodia as part of her dissertation, and she co-instructs the International Maternal and Child Health Seminar, and the Maternal and Child Health Core course at UC Berkeley.
Carinne did a joint Masters in Public Health and Economic Development at Columbia University. Before and during her studies, she conducted field research for governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as foundations, on maternal and child health in Sri Lanka, Ghana, Haiti, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and India.
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Wed, 07 Sep 2011 20:36:00 +0000
Halle Butvin is the Founder and Director of One Mango Tree, a fair trade clothing company. One Mango Tree uses a fair trade model to provide income-generating opportunities for women in impoverished and conflict areas around the globe. At the moment, their work is focused in Uganda. In addition to working on One Mango Tree, Halle often works as a development consultant focused on economic development in conflict areas. She spent much of 2010 in Pakistan assisting women-owned garment businesses to develop their products and export potential.
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Sat, 23 Jul 2011 17:28:49 +0000
Naomi Natale is the founding artist behind One Million Bones. Both an installation artist and photographer, Naomi was the founder and director of The Cradle Project, a large scale installation calling attention and raising funds for the 48 million children orphaned in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over 550 cradles were created and donated by artists around the world. Naomi has served as an artist-in-residence at Columbia College Chicago in 2008, 2010 and 2011. She speaks internationally on the topics of art and activism as well as her installation works. She is currently both a TED Senior Fellow and Carl Wilkens Fellow, respectively.
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Sun, 03 Jul 2011 02:29:09 +0000
Samin Nosrat creates community around food with her varied endeavors as a cook, teacher, writer, and accidental activist. She's known for the Pop-Up General Store, Tartine Afterhours dinners, Home Ec Cooking Classes, and the nationwide Bakesale for Japan that raised $140,000. Her newest project is organizing Chez Panisse Foundation's Eating for Education, a grassroots effort to create national awareness about school kitchen/garden programs nationwide. At the heart of all of Samin's work is the fundamental belief in the power of food to create meaningful connection.
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Wed, 01 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000
Kathy LeMay is the author of The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Treasure and Talent to Shape the World. She's also the Founder and CEO of Raising Change. Raising Change helps organizations raise capital to advance social change agendas and helps individuals create Generosity Plans to help change the world. She has been a social change fundraiser for 15 years, raising more than $150 million dollars in the fields of women's human rights, hunger and poverty relief, and movement-building.
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Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:17:00 +0000
Twenty-year-old Rachel Cohen is the Founder and Executive Director of Hand2Paw. Hand2Paw's mission is to connect homeless teens and shelter animals in a mutually beneficial way. Hand2Paw provides homeless teens with professional skills training and therapeutic experiences. It also ensures that thousands of homeless and abandoned animals get the socialization and training they deserve.
Rachel has loved animals since her parents got her the Eyewitness Companion Guide to Dogs for her 8th birthday. This fateful Hanukkah present, they now realize, was wholly responsible for her career trajectory. She is also a Penn student and is a current Top 15 National Finalist for the Washington Campus Compact's Students in Service Awards as well as the winner of a DoSomething Grant.
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Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:48:00 +0000
Eighteen year old Aneesha Raghunathan is the founder of Hope Line Fashions. Hope Line's mission is to empower women around the world through the sale of unique T-shirts made by women.
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Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala. Connect with Kenya through http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KenyaMasala and http://www.sourceconsultinggroup.com/the_team.html
Thu, 15 Oct 2009 17:52:00 +0000
Lisa Witter is the Chief Operating Officer of Fenton Communications, the largest public interest communications firm in the country. She heads the firm's practice in women's issues and global affairs for clients including Women for Women International, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai, MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Global Fund for Women, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, David and Lucille Packard Foundation and many others.
She is a co-founder of the award-winning SheSource.org, an online brain trust of women experts to help close the gender gap among commentators in the news media. She was honored as an outstanding activist and expert on women’s issues by Oxygen.com for her work on a national campaign against privatizing Social Security during the 2000 presidential election.
Lisa is a
frequent public speaker, blogger and political commentator appearing as an
expert on NPR, MSNBC, FOX News, CBS Early Show, O, the Oprah Magazine and has
been published in Newsday, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Anderson
Cooper 360, Huffington Post, AlterNet and BlogHer.
Witter is co-author with Lisa Chen of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them. You can check out their blog at SheSpotter.com.
A transcript of this interview is available on my blog, Have Fun Do Good.
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 22:13:00 +0000Jose has worked in business and community development for over ten years. Currently, as the Executive Director of Inner City Advisors, Jose provides strategic leadership, management and direction to the organization. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, having been raised by his father - a successful farming entrepreneur - who taught him how businesses have the power to transform communities. Jose was recently recognized for his commitment and track record in supporting entrepreneurs by receiving the 2009 Young Professional of the Year Award by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 19:38:00 +0000Interview from July 9, 2009 with David Cohn, the Founder of Spot.us. Spot.Us is a nonprofit project pioneering “community funded reporting.” Through Spot.Us, the public can commission journalists to do investigations on important, and perhaps overlooked stories.
Sun, 14 Jun 2009 21:33:00 +0000Kjerstin Erickson, the founder and Executive Director of FORGE. FORGE is a US-based nonprofit organization that facilitates African refugees’ developing and running projects in their communities that range from libraries to health centers to microlending programs to preschools.
Sun, 03 May 2009 20:54:00 +0000Zainab Salbi is the Founder and CEO of Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives.
Fri, 17 Apr 2009 18:39:00 +0000Yoga instructor, Seane Corn, has been featured in commercials and appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, and many other magazines. She utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis, and is the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS.
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 18:56:00 +0000
Interview from February 11, 2009 with Bryant Terry, eco-chef, food justice activist, and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine.
Bryant is currently a Fellow in the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program, a national project of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. His first book, Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, which he co-authored with Anna Lappé, won a 2007 Nautilus Award for Social Change. He was also a co-host of the PBS series, Endless Feast.
You can read a transcript on this interview on my blog, Have Fun Do Good.
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 20:11:00 +0000Jennifer Lee is the Founder of Artizen Coaching. She is a certified coach, artist and yogini based in Oakland, California. Jennifer is the author of The Right-Brain Business Plan e-Book and the creator of the Unfolding Your Life Vision Kit. She was also featured in the book, The Girl's Guide to Kicking Your Career Into Gear and her art visioning work is showcased in The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life.
Tue, 23 Dec 2008 02:05:00 +0000Favianna Rodriguez is a political digital artist and printmaker based in Oakland, California. She is the co-founder of the EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA) and Visual Element, programs dedicated to training emerging artists. She is also the co-founder and president of Tumis, a bilingual design studio serving social justice organizations. Utne Reader named Favianna one of their 2008, “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World,” and she recently received a Sisters of Fire Award from the Women of Color Resource Center. For more information about Favianna and her work, go to favianna.com.
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 02:33:00 +0000Marianne Manilov is the National Team Leader of The Engage Network, a nonprofit social venture that promotes widespread civic engagement. At the moment, The Engage Network includes three "sectors": What's Your Tree?, inspired by Julia Butterfly Hill's tree-sit, Off the Mat Into the World, founded by yoga teacher Seane Corn, and Green for All founded by Van Jones. You can find out more about the Engage Network at www.engagenet.org.
Wed, 15 Oct 2008 21:16:00 +0000Cami Walker is the founder of the 29 Day Giving Challenge, a global giving movement where participants give away one thing away each day for 29 days. You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.
Sun, 21 Sep 2008 22:56:00 +0000Activist, journalist and singer, Marisa Handler, is the author of the memoir Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, which received the 2008 Nautilus Book Award for worldchanging books. For more information about Marisa's work and her book go to marisahandler.com.
Tue, 05 Aug 2008 19:12:00 +0000Martin Fisher is the Co-founder and CEO of KickStart. KickStart is a non-profit organization that develops and markets new technologies in Africa. These low- cost technologies are bought by local entrepreneurs and used to establish highly profitable new small businesses. The organization has received numerous awards for its work including Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award, Schwab’s Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs for 2003, and TIME Europe's European Hero award. Fisher recently received the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability.
Fri, 27 Jun 2008 00:12:00 +0000Ari Derfel talks about what he learned after saving his trash for one year. You can read more about his experiment on his blog, Save Your Trash at http://saveyourtrash.typepad.com.
Tue, 13 May 2008 15:53:00 +0000Janessa Goldbeck is the Director of Membership at the Genocide Intervention Network, a nonprofit organization that provides individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. As a college student, Janessa served as the first National Outreach Coordinator for STAND, helping to build what started as a group of students at a few schools nationwide into an international clearinghouse organization for student anti-genocide activism. In just two years, Janessa served a pivotal role in expanding STAND to more than 850 schools worldwide and merging the organization with the Genocide Intervention Network. Since graduation, she has produced several short films on the student anti-genocide movement, and appeared at numerous conferences, forums and trainings on behalf of STAND and the Genocide Intervention Network. Her work now focuses on building a constituency of conscience among all age groups. Janessa is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a degree in Magazine Journalism and a certificate in African Studies, as well as a certificate in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training in Uganda.
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 23:54:00 +0000Anisha Desai is the Executive Director of the Women of Color Resource Center. Founded in 1990, the Women of Color Resource Center is headquartered in the Bay Area and promotes the political, economic, social and cultural well being of women and girls of color in the United States.
Mon, 24 Mar 2008 03:27:00 +0000This month's interview is with Kavita Ramdas, the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. The Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. They advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world. Ramdas has been the recipient of many awards including Fast Company's 2007 Social Capitalist Award, and the League of Women Voters’ Women Who Could Be President Award.
Thu, 07 Feb 2008 05:25:00 +0000Cristi Hegranes is the Founder of The Press Institute for Women in the Developing World.
Mon, 07 Jan 2008 00:50:00 +0000Christina Arnold is the Founder of Prevent Human Trafficking. Prevent Human Trafficking is a Washington DC-based nonprofit working to build a bridge between South East Asia and the United States to prevent human trafficking. Prevent Human Trafficking empowers individuals, organizations and governments to tackle the root causes of human trafficking through direct support and technical assistance.
Sun, 09 Dec 2007 00:24:00 +0000The Rockwood Leadership Program specializes in delivering the best practices and methodologies in leadership development to the non-profit community. Andre Carothers is the Rockwood Leadership Program's Executive Director and Co-founder. Since 2000, Rockwood has trained more than 1500 leaders from thousands of organizations in the US and Canada through a variety of programs designed to increase the collaborative capacity of the non-profit advocacy sector. Andre served on the staff and Board of Directors of Greenpeace USA, and currently serves on the boards of the International Rivers Network and the Rainforest Action Network.
Mon, 12 Nov 2007 15:59:00 +0000
For the past twelve years, Paola Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist, documenting women’s lives in forty countries. Her new book, Women Who Light the Dark (September 2007) is her fourth published by powerHouse Books.
In 2006, Gianturco co-authored with David Hill, ¡Viva Colores! A Salute to the Indomitable People of Guatemala, a bilingual book met with critical acclaim.Her previous book, Celebrating Women (powerHouse Books, October 2004) was the subject of the first exhibit ever curated by the International Museum of Women, San Francisco.
Sun, 07 Oct 2007 06:16:00 +0000
(image)Shalini Kantayya is a filmmaker, educator, and activist who uses film/video as a tool to educate, inspire, and empower audiences. Shalini believes in making films that spark positive social change. The mission of her production company, 7th Empire Media, is to bring a professional voice to the unheard through media. Shalini finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on FOX’s ON THE LOT, a reality show by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, in search of Hollywood’s next great director. You can see a trailer from her film, A Drop of Life, at www.adropoflife.tv.
Mon, 03 Sep 2007 19:14:00 +0000Marsha Wallace is the founder of Dining for Women. Dining for Women's mission is to empower women and children living in extreme poverty by funding programs that foster good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency and to cultivate educational giving circles inspiring individuals to make a difference through the power of collective giving.
Sun, 29 Jul 2007 04:09:00 +0000Elizabeth Pomada is a literary agent who co-founded the Writing for Change Conference and the San Francisco Writers Conference with her husband, Michael Larsen. Together, they started Michael Larsen - Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents in 1972.
Mon, 18 Jun 2007 22:57:00 +0000Chris Messina of Citizen Agency and Ivan Storck of SustainableMarketing.com and SustainableWebsites.com talk about how to start a green coworking space based on their experience with Citizen Space in San Francisco, CA.
Fri, 08 Jun 2007 00:16:00 +0000In this episode, rather than hearing an interview with one individual, I wanted to share a recording from a panel I organized for the Stanford Women's Leadership Conference in April called, Solutionary Women: How Can I Create Social Change? I asked four of the women who I had previously interviewed for the Big Vision Podcast to share what brought them to their work, and their advice to the graduate and undergraduate women who attended the conference.
Tue, 17 Apr 2007 22:48:00 +0000Van Jones is working to combine solutions to America's two biggest problems: social inequality and environmental destruction.
Mon, 02 Apr 2007 05:25:00 +0000Paul Rice is the founding President & CEO of TransFair USA, the only Fair Trade certification organization in the U.S. today. Since launching the Fair Trade Certified label eight years ago, TransFair has established Fair Trade as the fastest growing segment of the $19 billion coffee industry. TransFair is rapidly expanding Fair Trade certification into tea, chocolate, rice, sugar, bananas and other fresh fruits.
Wed, 28 Feb 2007 20:53:00 +0000
Priya Haji is the CEO and Co-founder of World of Good. World of Good creates opportunities for hundreds of artisan cooperatives around the world to share their best work by serving as a bridge to the U.S. retail market
She was recognized in 1998 as one of America's 10 Most Outstanding Young Leaders (Brick Award) by the Do Something Foundation, MTV and Mademoiselle Magazine.
You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.
Fri, 16 Feb 2007 22:19:00 +0000Jodie Van Horn is an organizer for the Freedom from Oil campaign with Rainforest Action Network, a coalition that is working to free America of its oil addiction. Jodie also coordinates Plug-in Bay Area, an initiative aimed at promoting the commercialization of plug-in hybrid vehicles to demonstrate that a demand exists for ultra fuel efficient transportation alternatives.
Wed, 17 Jan 2007 17:01:00 +0000Reem Rahim is the Co-founder and Vice President of Marketing of the Oakland-based green business Numi Tea. She is also the creator of the beautiful cover art on the tea's boxes. In the Fall of 1999, brother and sister Ahmed and Reem had a vision to revive the "serenity, creativity, and comfort that is inspired by the simple art of tea." Now they are the #9 brand in the natural food industry out of about 225 tea companies. Reem talks about how the company balances the triple bottom line of profits, people and planet.
Mon, 01 Jan 2007 00:52:00 +0000Kevin Danaher is the co-founder of the nonprofit, Global Exchange. In addition to its Reality Tours and Fair Trade stores, Global Exchange co-sponsors the Green Festivals with Co-op America. Kevin talks about The Global Citizen Center. The Center will be a large, mixed-use building in downtown San Francisco that will serve as a hub for ecologically and socially responsible enterprise, education, and economic development.
Wed, 13 Dec 2006 22:16:00 +0000Melinda Kramer is the co-founder of Women's Global Green Action Network(WGGAN). WGGAN cultivates global partnerships of grassroots women environmental leaders by providing access to communication tools, support services and networking capabilities.
Thu, 30 Nov 2006 05:17:00 +0000Ingrid Severson is the Lead Organizer of the Rooftop Resources Project, a project of Bay Localize. The Rooftop Resources project is researching the applicability and benefits of green roofs, rainwater catchment and solar power in in the Bay Area.
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 20:09:00 +0000Jessica Jackley Flannery is the co-founder and a board member of Kiva, a nonprofit that is using the Internet to connect people through loans to alleviate global poverty. Jessica has worked in rural Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with the Village Enterprise Fund and Project Baobab on impact evaluation and program development. Earlier, Jessica spent three years in the Stanford Business School's Center for Social Innovation and Public Management Program, where she helped launch the inaugural Global Philanthropy Forum. Jessica is currently pursuing an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Wed, 13 Sep 2006 13:00:00 +0000Jonah Sachs is the Principal of Free Range Studios, an advertising and marketing firm with offices in Washington DC and Berkeley, CA that specializes in nonprofits and socially responsible businesses. His company created the award-winning film, The Meatrix, about factory farms, and the hilarious film, Store Wars, about the importance of organic farming.
Tue, 12 Sep 2006 17:21:00 +0000Lisa Russ is the Associate Director of the Movement Strategy Center. The Movement Strategy Center is a nonprofit organization that is committed to advancing the next generation of leaders for a sustainable progressive movement. Lisa talks about the joys and challenges of being a mom in the movement.
Sat, 09 Sep 2006 05:19:00 +0000Nola Brantley is the Parenting and Youth Enrichment Director, and the Coordinator of the Sexually Abused and Commercially Exploited Youth Program at the George P. Scotlan Youth Program in West Oakland.
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 22:02:00 +0000If you've been listening to the last seven shows, they were all recorded between February and June 2006 and originally hosted on Gcast. Now I'm done with the transfer of old interviews and we're on to the new!
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 21:57:00 +0000Steve Williams is the Executive Director and co-founder of POWER: People Organized to Win Employment Rights on the Big Vision Podcast. Steve also happens to be engaged to Mei-ying Ho (:
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 21:50:00 +0000When I interviewed Ilyse Hogue back in June, she was still the Global Finance Campaign Director for the Rainforest Action Network, but now she is the Campaigns Director for MoveOn.org.
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 21:42:00 +0000Abby Rosenheck (actually, she is Abby Jaramillo now) is the founder and Executive Director of Urban Sprouts, a school gardening program in San Francisco.
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 21:31:00 +0000Mei-ying Ho is the co-Director of SOUL (The School of Unity and Liberation) a youth activist training program.
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 21:27:00 +0000Brahm Ahmadi is the Executive Director of People's Grocery, an awesome food justice nonprofit in Oakland.
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 21:18:00 +0000Back in April I interviewed Eric Fenster and Ari Derfel, the founders of Back to Earth, an organic catering and outdoor adventure company.
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 21:15:00 +0000Welcome Big Vision Podcast listeners new and old. I am transferring my interviews over from Gcast, where I started posting the Big Vision podcast in February of 2006. My first interview was with Alli Chagi-Starr. Alli is the Art and Media Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights' Reclaim the Future Program. Alli is also the co-founder of Art and Revolution, and founder of Art in Action, Dancers without Borders, and the Radical Performance Fest. In addition to being an artist, performer and dancer, Alli is also a writer, whose most recent piece can be found in the Code Pink anthology, Stop the Next War Now.You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good. [...]