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How to do good better: scale impact for our planet and our people. An interview series highlighting profit & purpose, cross-sector partnerships, technology, sustainability, and social innovation. Julia Bunte-Mein is the host of The Seeds and an undergraduate at Harvard University. She is passionate about social enterprise, innovative design thinking, and entrepreneurial development, particularly at the water-energy-food nexus. At Harvard, she studies Social Anthropology and Environmental Science and loves the outdoors, learning languages, and traveling!

How to do good better: scale impact for our planet and our people. An interview series highlighting profit & purpose, cross-sector partnerships, technology, sustainability, and social innovation. Julia Bunte-Mein is the host of The Seeds and an undergraduate at Harvard University. She is passionate about social enterprise, innovative design thinking, and entrepreneurial development, particularly at the water-energy-food nexus. At Harvard, she studies Social Anthropology and Environmental Science and loves the outdoors, learning languages, and traveling!
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How to do good better: scale impact for our planet and our people. An interview series highlighting profit & purpose, cross-sector partnerships, technology, sustainability, and social innovation. Julia Bunte-Mein is the host of The Seeds and an undergraduate at Harvard University. She is passionate about social enterprise, innovative design thinking, and entrepreneurial development, particularly at the water-energy-food nexus. At Harvard, she studies Social Anthropology and Environmental Science and loves the outdoors, learning languages, and traveling!

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Episodes

Our Climate Future: A Panel Discussion

8/2/2019
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This episode is a little different. Rather than doing an interview with one person, I recorded an a panel discussion held at the Delphi Academy for European Studies in Greece. This was a two-week seminar program on Climate Change and the Environmental Humanities I attended in 2019. In this excerpt, we hear from three distinguished professors sharing their different disciplinary perspectives. We have John Barry from Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Professor of Green Political...

Duration:00:48:28

Helping Farmers and Reducing Food Waste in India: Cool Crop, Kendall Nowocin

7/16/2019
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Cool Crop is a start-up in India with a mission to improve small and marginal farmer livelihoods and reduce food waste. In India, there are 240 million farmers, and 3 out of every 4 of them are classified as small and marginal farmers who plant an area roughly the size of a soccer field. The harvested produce waste of these farms can be up to 60% due to lack of proper preservation facilities. Cool Crop's on-farm cold storage technology can reduce crop wastage from 20% to less than 5%,...

Duration:00:48:04

The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainably: John Barry

6/30/2019
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John Barry is a Professor at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, an author, and a former politician in Ireland’s Green Party. On this episode, we discuss the age of the Anthropocene, a term used to describe the geological epoch in which humans have become the major force determining the continuing livability of the Earth, whether a free market economy can achieve environmental goals, and how human development and poverty alleviation are connected to decarbonization and combatting...

Duration:00:40:27

This Ride Sharing Service is Different: Eleanor Joseph, Via Transportation

6/6/2019
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Eleanor Joseph has woven an impressive career through the domestic and international healthcare, fin-tech, and transportation industries. She currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Via, the leading developer of on-demand transit systems. She previously founded Ubuntu Capital, a company assisting small businesses and their customers within urban, emerging markets. On this episode you’ll get a comprehensive understanding of Via, why it is different from sharing services,...

Duration:00:59:45

Charitable Capital for Carbon-Reducing Innovation: Sarah Kearney

5/31/2019
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Sarah Kearney is the founder of PRIME Coalition, a Cambridge-based 501c3 public charity working to combat climate change. PRIME partners with philanthropists to place charitable dollars into market-based solutions for reducing carbon emissions. They fund start-ups offering innovative technologies in this space, but are different from impact investing and traditional Venture capital in a few critical ways. Kearney is a visionary and an optimist for the climate cause - building PRIME out of...

Duration:00:46:54

Taking on Trash from the Netherlands to India: Silvia de Vaan

4/20/2019
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Silvia de Vaan is the founder of SweepSmart, a Dutch-Indian start-up offering a better way to sort and dispose of trash. SweepSmart’s waste management model works to create smaller landfills but also jobs to be proud of. We discuss the challenges and opportunities of working in cross-cultural contexts as well as when to know it’s time to start your own company. (Hint – you will never feel ready!) Silvia has a background in systems engineering and management consulting in the Netherlands and...

Duration:00:43:44

Finance for Good not Evil: Amrita Vir

2/4/2019
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Amrita Vir helps us untangle the complicated web of finance – across the dimensions of inclusion, development, access, scoring, and health reform. Our conversation spans the micro-macro and international-domestic spheres as she shares on her experiences creating her own micro-finance start-up and working for the fin-tech social enterprise, Cignifi, using big data to help underserved people lacking credit histories get access to banking tools. Currently finishing up her business and policy...

Duration:00:50:57

BRÜZD Foods at your door and an end to food waste: Parker Hughes

1/21/2019
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Parker Hughes founded BRÜZD, a start-up company tackling food waste. Their twist on the farm-to-table model rescues “ugly” or surplus fruits and veggies and delivers them directly to the doorstep of subscribers in Boston and Cambridge for less than retail price. Their innovative model invites consumers to connect with their food and support local farmers in a meaningful way. Since its founding in 2017, BRUZD has been winning competition after competition and scaling rapidly. This is not...

Duration:00:46:31

Systems Thinking & Medical Diagnostics in Nigeria: Genevieve Barnard-Oni

12/22/2018
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Genevieve Barnard- Oni is the Co-Founder of MDaaS Global, a start-up providing convenient, affordable, and high-quality diagnostics and primary care for Africa’s next billion, starting in Nigeria. On this episode, learn how Genevieve immersed herself in the world of public health and noticed one major flaw in the way the system was working. You’ll also hear about her experience as a female founder, why having a systems mind-set is so crucial for tackling global problems, and what it’s like...

Duration:00:50:05

A Smart Device Start-Up Empowering Women in STEM: Eva Olbers

11/29/2018
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Eva Olbers is the co-founder of STEMgem, a smart-device company dedicated to engaging young women in the STEM fields. Eva is a student at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a winner of the 2018 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge. Prior to her degree, she worked in the strategy consulting, technology and venture capital space in over 15 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. On this episode, learn from Eva about the exciting new apps girls are making through STEMgem, how...

Duration:00:41:37

Food Security through Closed Loop Modeling: Cara Myers

11/18/2018
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Cara Myers is the co-founder of the Mozambique School Lunch Initiative, a comprehensive solution to ending child food insecurity while promoting education, nutrition, and farmer livelihoods. On this episode, hear how the large initiative started out as only a 30-day pilot project, the benefits and challenges of cross-sector collaborations, particularly working with a post-communist government, and also how Cara’s go-getter attitude is manifested in all of her life endeavors, including being...

Duration:00:37:33

West Africa's entrepreneurship and tech success: Meghan McCormick

11/17/2018
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Meghan McCormick lives and breathes entrepreneurship. As the CEO and co-founder of OZÉ, she is combining her strong business background and passion for increasing financial opportunities in emerging markets. Meghan first co-founded Dare to Innovate, francophone Africa’s most active social business accelerator. The team then developed an OZÉ app to support the entrepreneurs they were working with, which then became a viable company of its own. On this episode, Meghan explains the pivotal...

Duration:00:36:06

Financial Inclusion and Tech in East Africa: Emma Morse

11/1/2018
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Emma Morse is Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Accion’s Global Advisory Solutions, which provides strategic and operational support to financial service providers around the globe to meet the financial needs of underserved individuals and small businesses. A former Fulbright Scholar, she has worked in Tanzania, Jordan, Kenya, and Uganda and holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. On this episode, I discuss with Emma the importance of...

Duration:00:36:37

Coming Soon: The Seeds

10/28/2018
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Welcome to the Seeds: Growing Ideas into Impact, hosted by Julia Bunte-Mein. The show highlights social innovation, for-profit-for-purpose business, and sustainability all through the lens of inspiring leaders. Julia is an undergraduate at Harvard University.

Duration:00:01:54