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For seven years (2006-2013) Britt Bravo interviewed over 70 people with Big Visions for a better world. You can contact Britt through her website, www.brittbravo.com.
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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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. 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 Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Stacey and Global Girlfriend: Website: www.globalgirlfriend.comWebsite: staceyedgar.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/GlobalGirlfriendTwitter: @Staceedgar Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Ben and EARN: Website: www.earn.orgFacebook: facebook.com/earnorgTwitter: @earn Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Sara and Dance 4 Peace: Dance 4 Peace: http://www.dance4peace.org Dance 4 Peace on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dance4peace Dance 4 Peace on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/dance4peacenow Connect with me: Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Carinne, The Girl Effect and Maternal Health: Carinne Brody on LinkedIn The Girl Effect The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign Carinne worked with Fatima Jibrell in Somalia Resources she recommended:-From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice by Anne Firth Murray (Founding President of The Global Fund for Women).-Maternal Health Task Force-A Walk to Beautiful Carinne and I connected at an event for the International Museum of Women Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes.Learn more about Halle and One Mango Tree One Mango Tree website: http://www.onemangotree.com One Mango Tree blog: http://onemangotreeuganda.blogspot.com One Mango Tree on Twitter: @onemangotree One Mango Tree on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onemangotree Halle's personal blog: http://hallemarie.blogspot.com Halle on Twitter: @hallebutvin Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Naomi and One Million Bones Website: www.onemillionbones.org Twitter: @onemillionbones Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneMillionBones Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/profiles/onemillionbones/bio The Cradle Project: http://www.thecradleproject.org Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Samin: Website: www.ciaosamin.com Twitter: @ciaosamin Eating for Education: www.eatingforeducation.org Twitter: @eat4education Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Kathy LeMay: Raising Change: http://www.raisingchange.com The Generosity Plan: http://www.thegenerosityplan.com The Generosity Plan on Amazon Generosity Plan Facebook Group Twitter: @raisingchange Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Hand2Paw: Website: http://www.hand2paw.org Blog: http://hand2pawblog.blogspot.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hand2PawFB Twitter: @Hand2PawOrg YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Hand2Paw How to Bring Hand2Paw to your town Blog: Alternative Spring Break at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.  
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. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Aneesha and Hope Line Fashions: www.hopelinefashions.org Sarah Cook Interviews Aneesha Raghunathan of Hope Line Fashions on Raising CEO Kids (video) Hope Line Fashions on Do Something Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KenyaMasala and http://www.sourceconsultinggroup.com/the_team.html
Robert Wolfe is the co-founder of Crowdrise, an online fundraising website with the tagline, "If you don't give back, no one will like you."  They're all about, "raising money for charity and having the most fun in the world while doing it." Robert co-founded Crowdrise with his brother, Jeffrey Wolfe. Before creating Crowdrise, they started and built Moosejaw, a successful multi-channel retailer that combined humor, crowdsourcing, social commerce and creative marketing.Crowdrise's two other co-founders are Shauna Robertson, who has produced comedies like Suberbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Anchorman, and Edward Norton (pictured here with Robert), who you  know from his roles in films like Fight Club, American History X, and 25th Hour, but who is also a committed social and environmental activist. He has personally raised over 100 million dollars for charitable causes over the last 20 years. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with Crowdrise Website: http://www.crowdrise.com Twitter: @crowdrise Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crowdrise Koh Scholar Computer Drive Robert mentioned: http://www.crowdrise.com/KohScholarComputer/fundraiser/KohScholarCorey Will Ferrell's Crowdrise campaign Robert mentioned:http://www.crowdrise.com/scholarshipsforcancersurvivors/fundraiser/willferrell Connect with meWebsite: http://brittbravo.comSpeaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speakingBlog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.comTwitter: @BbravoFacebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo  
Gabriela Masala is the Founder of the One Love Alliance.  The One Love Alliance creates visionary arts community flash mob events that are both transformative and entertaining, and are fueled by the values of unity, playfulness, creativity and love.  Gabriela is the creator of the Inner Wealth Deck, and is a choreographer, dancer, intuitive consultant, retreat leader, and mom.  She's also the wife of Kenya Masala, whose song, "Mango Delight," I use for the intro and outro of this show. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with GabrielaWebsite: http://www.innerwealthintuitiveconsultations.comBlog: http://onelovealliance.blogspot.comTwitter: @oneloveallianceFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/gmasala1YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/gabrielamasala Learn more about flash mobsOne Love Alliance: http://www.onelovealliance.orgImprov  Everywhere: http://improveverywhere.com Connect with meWebsite: http://brittbravo.comSpeaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speakingBlog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.comTwitter: @BbravoFacebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KenyaMasala and http://www.sourceconsultinggroup.com/the_team.html
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