Cell phone ubiquity is inhibiting us all from communicating and connecting in the ways we strive to be with one another. It has reached a fever pitch and I am more aware of their negative effects now more than ever. Leaving aside the impact of these devices on our youth (e.g. cyber bullying), our cultural addiction to these devices is getting in the way of our ability to have our basic needs met - feeling acknowledged by others and being connected to something larger than ourselves.
Luckily, an emerging cadre of social innovators is working to remove social media and phone over-usage and replace it with human connection - that incredible tool that helped us survive millions of years and make astonishing advances.
In this episode, I sit down with Alex Simmons of Yondr, a company working to create phone-free spaces for artists, educators, organizations and individuals.
Learn more about Alex & Yondr at www.overyondr.com
In a world of increasing decentralization (think Social Media, WikiPedia, AirBnB, Lyft, #MeToo) one arena has not yet been decentralized - finance. That being said, citizens the world over are all too aware of the negative impact of the current financial system, driven by centralize banks.
Thus, social innovators the world over are working furiously to build a better built financial system - one imbued with transparency, security and opportunity for all to access.
In this episode I sit down with Ryan, a.k.a. Fishy Guts, of PirateCoin, a promising cryptocurrency that has built one of the most private currencies around. You can accept this currency here: https://pirate.black/merchants !
Learn more about Ryan & PirateChain at @PirateChain, @2ndOldest & https://pirate.black
Creativity, autonomy, localism, and customization are just a few of the dominant trends of the 21st Century, so it is no surprise that we are seeing the rise of 3D printing.
As more maker spaces, teen centers, science clubs and libraries getting a hold of these relatively inexpensive home-based custom manufacturing machines, we are seeing more and more creative and impactful applications of these small devices. But these small tools, trinkets, and toys being printed have their limitations due to the size of the printers. Not for long.
In this episode, I sit down with Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3d - a company that is taking an inovative approach to the development and deployment of industrial-sized 3D printers.
Learn more about re:3D & Samantha at: @samanthasnabes @re3Dprinting & re3d.org
Across the globe, liberal democracies are facing grave challenges. And should some of these nations fall, what will replace their democratic institutions? If we are not actively creating what comes next, we are likely to revert to one of the governing systems the 20th Century has already proven faulty (e.g. Socialism and Authoritarianism). This is the problem Paola Santana and her team at Social Glass are attacking in an extremely innovative and realistic way.
Social Glass is building the tools to help governments evolve to a more effective, efficient and responsive version of themselves. In this conversation, Paola and I go from the meta to the micro as we explore her vision. This conversation will leave you wanting more, so make sure to follow Social Glass' ongoing work via:
We have more communication tools than ever before, yet our ability to communicate with one another seems to be deteriorating. Is it the medium or the message that is becoming harder to navigate?
Communication is the most powerful tool we have to solve and resolve our problems. But look around, there is a pandemic of toxic communication, inhibiting productive communication.
In the eye of this worrisome storm, I sit down with Anthony Law, the founder of Gaugr. Anthony and his team are working to evolve our ability to communicate beyond the binary, past the troll and get us back to a place of healthy interactions - interpersonally, professionally and globally.
Learn more about Gaugr & Anthony at: @gaugr_ & Gaugr.com
“Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” – Lau Tzu
No doubt, water is a powerful force...but, Mr. Tzu, how do we ensure we continue to have good water?!
Globally and locally, water issues are on the rise. Whether our community faces issues related to drought, pollution, or conservation, we all rely on this resource for our daily personal and professional pursuits. So how do we avoid the tragedy of the commons when it comes to water?
In this episode, I sit down with two water systems experts, one in the private sector and one from the public sector, to learn how we can build a more healthy, sustainable relationship with our life source - water.
Learn more about my guests, Ryan Pedrotti of Sonoma Water & Tyler Judson of Weeks Drilling & Pump at:
sonomawater.org , @sonomawater & weeksdrilling.com
As natural disasters and their impacts grow by the year, the rebuild efforts become more complex and important. Many times, natural disasters set the stage for opportunists to come in and perpetuate the most unsavory aspect of capitalism. Luckily, many social innovators are dedicated to changing the disaster aide paradigm to one that leverages the opportunities presented in post-disaster contexts to increase community resiliency, not corporate subservience. In this episode, I talk to Will Heegaard, Founder and Director of The Footprint Project - a social venture dedicating to helping disaster-ravaged communities leapfrog the existing energy infrastructure by leveraging developments in green technologies. Learn more about The Footprint Project and connect with them at: www.footprintproject.org or @FootprintPrjct
Our health system tends to focus on drugs, diseases, doctors, and disorders, yet it is our daily habits and community that have a far greater impact on our health outcomes than the healthcare conversation tends to acknowledge. In this episode, I sit down with a revolutionary non-profit who is changing how health and community can connect to create better outcomes for all - insurers, individuals, those battling illnesses and those interested in food.
We discuss inspiring trends, developments, and initiatives that can shift the US' healthcare model and improving health outcomes, today.
Learn more about Ceres and connect with them at:
www.ceresproject.org or @CeresCommunity
Entrepreneurship is at an all-time high. More creative risk-takers are bucking traditional employment and creating their own jobs, pursuing their passions and solving major problems at every scale, on every continent. But, becoming an entrepreneur is tough, and even tougher for those who the economy has historically left behind.
Luckily, there are business savvy leaders with giants hearts, big visions, and enormous commitments leading efforts to ensure everyone has the opportunity to change the world, make a living and create good jobs. In this episode, we talk to Elizabeth Gore and learn how she and her colleagues are increasing opportunities and the ability for entrepreneurs of all stripes to succeed.
Learn more about Elizabeth's incredible work and current efforts at:
www.helloalice.com | @ElizabethGore | www.linkedin.com/in/emgore/
Our educational systems are out of date and in dire need of an upgrade. Luckily, there are many people working hard to shift the educational paradigm. In this episode, we meet two innovators who are changing the how education is delivered now, and for years to come.
We discuss inspiring trends, barriers to shifting educational outcomes and the existing initiatives and models that are improving educational outcomes globally and locally.
Learn more about these two and support their work by clicking the links below:
> Arnaud St. Paul - give.si
> Jen Klose - twitter.com/CRAjklose
In this episode, I sit down with two entrepreneurs who are changing the fashion and beauty space business model - shifting from a culture that monetizes exploitation to one that is capitalizing off empowering. We discuss the state of the industry, inspiring trends, barriers to shifting culture and the existing products and business models that Malia and Stephane are forwarding.
Learn more about these two and support their work by clicking the links below:
> Style By Malia: http://stylebymalia.com/
> Kreyol Essence: https://www.instagram.com/kreyolessence/
Poverty in the USA has been stuck at 12% for the last 40 years. In recent years, cities have been dedicating more and more resource to fighting homelessness, yet the problem is only getting worse.
While there are a lot of mysteries about homelessness, one things is clear, it is on the rise. And this flies in the face of the dramatic increase in money being spent in the private, public and social sectors trying to solve this problem.
In this episode, I sit down with Akash Kalia, a social innovator that has taken an innovative approach to solving his communities homelessness crisis.
Learn more about Akash and his great work at www.pressdemocrat.com/news/5533052-1…ms-inn-housing & www.linkedin.com/in/akash-kalia-cta-8b18a14a/
While the social sector and private sector operate on different playing fields, they impact our shared reality. So how can we bridge this divide to ensure the great work of social innovators has the same opportunities to scale as the next Pepsi, Facebook or GoPro?
A breed of financial services firms have risen to the challenge. Through their innovative approaches, they are forwarding the future of sustainable capitalism. Join Casey Johnson of https://rsfsocialfinance.org and I as we explore the state and future of impact investing.
Diversity is innovation. Innovation requires creativity, and creativity is bore from the alchemy of blending of multiple perspectives, possibilities and individual people. While individuality is powerful, it is even more impactful when mixed with the individualities of others. But how can we learn to embrace our differences?
DE&I (diversity, equity and inclusion) initiatives are being conducted at organizations of all sizes around the world to address just this. In this episode, I talk with Juan Lopez, a national DE&I thought leader, and explore how he is fostering innovation through his DE&I efforts.
Juan is the founder of Amistad Associates, a management consulting firm with an extensive background working with private and public sector organizations to create hospitable work environments that value, manage, and practice diversity. Learn more about Juan at amistadassociates.wordpress.com
Democracy could use a reboot. A systems upgrade. We are in the middle of the 21st Century, and many basic democratic structures are way out of date. Voting is one of the most obvious examples. In today’s episode, I talk to Jeffrey Stern of Votem, a mobile voting platform designed to securely cast votes in elections across the globe.
Votem is one of many social innovators helping shift our democratic institutions into the digital age by improving the accessibility and security of the sacred right to vote. Learn more about Votem at https://votem.com.
For more information, connect with @sternJefe & @Votem.
When was the last time you fixed a leaky sink? Built a fence? Rewired your lighting? If you are like me, the answer is “Never!” We rely on skilled tradesmen and women to fix-it and make our cars, homes, offices and vital infrastructure all better. But it’s becoming more difficult to find this skilled labor. Letitia Hanke, CEO of www.arsroofing.com, was struggling to find talent to service her clients until she found an innovative solution to solving her labor-shortage problem. Listen to Letitia's story of innovating in the trades and impacting the lives of tomorrow's entrepreneurs and social innovators.
What if you didn't have to wait two weeks, or in some countries, a month to receive your paycheck? What if you could show up to work on Monday morning without a dime, and have enough money to buy lunch by 12pm? Payday advances/loans have been a long-time scourage on wage workers, but in the age of digital money, ubiquitous tracking and a rapidly evolving workforce, why are we still stuck in the payment paradigm from the Industrial Ages? Euros Evans, CEO of www.Etch.Work discusses his audacious effort to bring real-time payments to an empoyer near you.
Many problems our communities face are massive in scale, and the organizations fighting them are tiny in comparison. That being true, there are some behemoths out there. Large Philanthropic foundations who give millions upon millions of dollars away every year to remedy social issues. In this episode, I sit down with Dolores Estrada, the Director of Grants Management at the www.CalEndow.org, and discuss where and how this enormous foundation is funding social innovation and reaping a big ROI.
The largest hotel company owns no real estate. The largest taxi companies own no taxis. The trend of decentralizing systems is creating a more resilient and flexible world. In this episode, I sit down with Piers Ridyard, CEO of www.RadixDLT.com, who is creating a platform for anyone to build decentralized tools to solve big problems and provide better services as we race towards an ever-shifting future.
The scope of our rigid regulations and the diverse constituents occupying dynamic, radically changing societies are currently in painful juxtaposition. Luckily, Vinay Gupta, founder of Mattereum, Hexayurt Capital, and Ethereum, is working on making legal structures more flexible, enforceable and scalable to the VUCA times we live in. Learn more about Vinay at https://medium.com/@leashless.
AI, E-health records, telemedicine, the list goes on. So much innovation in the health space, so many exciting developments...but what is the problem health innovators are trying to solve? Dr. Cahana is a global health expert and practitioner with a systemic solution to the fissures of our global health systems.
Data breach after data breach, hack after hack, our personal data is all over the internet, and is at risk of being compromised. What can we do to change how our digital identities and information is accessed, used and abused by organizations who rely on our data to provide services? David Siegel, a web pioneer, futurist, writer, thought leader and CEO of The Pillar Project (www.pillarproject.io), is working tirelessly to change the personal data paradigm.
The "why" and "what" of the Onwrd podcast. I am your host, Daniel Weinzveg. Please join me on an inspiring journey as we talk to the humans working hard on the innovative projects and that are improving our global community.