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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,

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,


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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,




Play Big and Change the World: Tara Mohr

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...


Zen Under Fire: Interview with Marianne Elliott

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...


Out of the Spiritual Closet: Organizers Transforming the Practice of Social Justice. Interview with co-author, Kristen Zimmerman

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,...


Raising Diapers with Social Media: Help a Mother Out Founder, Lisa Truong

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...


Transformative Leadership for Social Change: Akaya Windwood of Rockwood Leadership Institute

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...


Living Plastic-Free with Beth Terry

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,...


Good Food Revolution: Will Allen of Growing Power

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...


Deanna Zandt, Author, Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking

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...


Stacey Edgar, Founder of Global Girlfriend: Women-made, Eco-friendly, Fair Trade

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...


Empowering Low-Income Families to Create Prosperity: Interview with Ben Mangan

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...


Dancing for Peace: Interview with Sara Potler

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...


Women, Girls, Education and Global Health: Interview with Carinne Brody

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...


Halle Butvin, One Mango Tree, a Fair Trade Clothing Company

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...


Arts Activist Naomi Natale and The One Million Bones Project

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...


Samin Nosrat: Cook, Teacher, Writer, Accidental Activist

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...


Creating Your Generosity Plan: Kathy LeMay, Raising Change

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...


Connecting Homeless Youth and Shelter Animals: 20-Year-Old Rachel Cohen, Hand2Paw

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...


Next Generation Big Visionary: 18-Year-Old Aneesha Raghunathan, Hope Line Fashions

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.orgSarah Cook Interviews Aneesha Raghunathan of Hope Line Fashions on Raising CEO KidsHope Line Fashions on Do Something Connect with...


Funny and Fun Fundraising with Crowdrise: Conversation with Co-Founder, Robert Wolfe

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...


Gabriela Masala: How to Organize Have Fun Do Good Flash Mobs

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...