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Our Social Impact is long-form, in-depth conversation exploring the positive impacts today’s social entrepreneurs, policy makers, and scholars are making on our world.

Our Social Impact is long-form, in-depth conversation exploring the positive impacts today’s social entrepreneurs, policy makers, and scholars are making on our world.
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Our Social Impact is long-form, in-depth conversation exploring the positive impacts today’s social entrepreneurs, policy makers, and scholars are making on our world.

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English


Episodes

Ep#009 – The Politics of Advocacy

11/11/2019
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Jonathan McGee, CEO and Founder, of the Global Organization for Applied Political Leadership discusses his background growing up on the Southside of Chicago and how began his work in advocacy with Dirk Van Velzen of the Prison Scholar Fund. He shares best practices, lessons learned, and strategies for success around how to use personal narratives as a strategy for change and advocacy. https://youtu.be/mhqnDn349HM

Duration:00:36:54

Ep#008 – Can 3D Sustainable Developments Help Address Global Homelessness & Natural Disaster Recovery?

11/4/2019
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3D Sustainable Developments looks to provide viable solutions to governments, NGOs and industry for addressing the vast housing shortage, global waste issues, and natural disaster recovery. Using their patented 3D printers, high-performance concretes, and precast concrete components they’ll facilitate the mass-production of sustainable, natural disaster resistant, low-cost housing. 3DSD also provides a solution to large-scale waste issues by partnering with industrial waste producers and...

Duration:00:30:07

Ep#7 – Uncaging the Leader

10/28/2019
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Ronald Simpson-Bey sits down with Dirk van Velzen of the Prison Scholar Fund to discuss his journey during 27 years of wrongful conviction and overturning cases as a jailhouse lawyer to the University of Michigan and the first cohort in JustLeadership USA's Leading with Conviction (LwC) program. LwC is a year-long, cohort-based advanced leadership training for formerly incarcerated, mid-senior level leaders with a specific and proven track record in advocacy and community organizing. Feel...

Duration:00:11:01

Ep#6 – Criminal Justice System of Destruction

10/21/2019
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Sarah Gad has an amazing story to tell PSF's Executive Director Dirk van Velzen on Our Social Impact. She is a formerly-incarcerated Cook County, Illinois, prisoner turned University of Chicago law student who is fighting for criminal justice and drug law reform. This is an excellent example of the power of education and how those affected by a problem have a chief hand in creating a solution. Feel free to connect with Dirk van Velzen, dirk@prisonscholars.org https://youtu.be/EHXRLDJY7Wk

Duration:01:15:33

Ep#5 – A Grandfather’s Hard-Earned Advice

10/14/2019
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Jodi Anderson sits down with Dirk van Velzen of the Prison Scholar Fund to discuss his journey from a maximum security prison to Cornell University to earning a full scholarship at Stanford University. Now in his senior year, Jodi unpacks how his departed Grandfather’s early lessons and discipline prepared him to pursue opportunity and purpose beyond his present circumstances and navigate the radically different environments he would ultimately inhabit. Join Dirk and Jodi as they delve into...

Duration:01:03:50

Ep#4 – The Jigsaw Puzzle of Prisoner Reentry

10/9/2019
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Brent Orrell sat down with Dirk van Velzen of the Prison Scholar Fund to discuss his work on criminal justice reform at The American Enterprise Institute. We discuss topics such as personal agency, the stress experienced by corrections officers, restoring Pell grants for prisoners, and the importance of human flourishing. Brent Orrell believes that “government is a reflection of who we are as people”, so join us for a conversation on how we can shape the criminal justice system to better...

Duration:00:50:26

Ep#3 – Push Your Growing Edge at the Service Board

9/17/2019
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Lacie West, Executive Director or the Service Board, sits down with Dirk van Velzen, Executive Director of the Prison Scholar Fund, and discusses how snowboarding helps youth develop as leaders. Feel free to connect with Dirk van Velzen, dirk@prisonscholars.org Watch the podcast and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. https://youtu.be/kYzRHBzhTAE

Duration:00:39:35

Ep#2 – Nightcrawlers the Film

9/9/2019
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A discussion on addiction, homelessness, and Seattle with filmmaker Kevin Ronca and author Wesley D. Irwin who sit down with Prison Scholar Fund Executive Director Dirk van Velzen. Feel free to connect with Dirk van Velzen, dirk@prisonscholars.org; Kevin Ronca, writebrainstudios@gmail.com; Wesley Irwin, info@kingtinyhands.com Watch the podcast and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. https://youtu.be/68ODY79S0l0

Duration:00:53:48

Ep#001 – Second Chance Opportunities at GOOD PLANeT Foods

9/8/2019
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Be amazed at the creative genius of system-impacted entrepreneurs David Israel and Spencer Oberg, who sit down with Dirk van Velzen, Executive Director of the Prison Scholar Fund. David and Spencer discuss their new enterprise GOOD PLANeT Foods and executing in the fast-growing plant-based cheese industry. Feel free to connect with Dirk van Velzen, dirk@prisonscholars.org Watch the podcast and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. https://youtu.be/4ZdyzQ1k2Eg

Duration:00:35:51