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The podcast for people who make progress. For people who want to get things done in nonprofits, government, politics, and socially responsible corporations. Your host: Spencer Critchley.

The podcast for people who make progress. For people who want to get things done in nonprofits, government, politics, and socially responsible corporations. Your host: Spencer Critchley.
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Seaside, CA

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The podcast for people who make progress. For people who want to get things done in nonprofits, government, politics, and socially responsible corporations. Your host: Spencer Critchley.

Language:

English

Contact:

(831) 612-9200


Episodes

The Future of Work with Kristin Wolff

1/3/2018
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Everything about jobs is now open to question — including the question of whether jobs will even exist. To sort it out, we talk this time about robots, the gig economy, income inequality, the disruption of education — even bitcoin. All that and more from someone whose job is to work on the future of work: social policy consultant Kristin Wolff. Find the show notes and links here.

Duration: 00:49:05


More Than Just Pretty Fish: This Aquarium Is a Force in Ocean Preservation

12/12/2017
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is world famous for otters, sharks, a spectacular setting — even appearances in movies such as "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Finding Dory," and TV shows such as "Big Little Lies" and the BBC/PBS series "Big Blue Live." But that’s just the most visible part. The Aquarium is also a powerful force for protecting the oceans through education, advocacy, and the development of young leaders. In this episode, Spencer speaks with the Aquarium’s senior...

Duration: 00:45:40


If We Got the First 5 Years of Life Right, It Would Change Everything

11/26/2017
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If we could get the first five years of life right, it would transform society: less crime, less violence, less poverty, more people having happy, productive lives. Lots of research backs that up. When young children suffer from poor health, neglect, missed learning opportunities, or trauma, they can pay for it for the rest of their lives. So do the rest of us. Many of our biggest social problems originate in troubled childhoods. So if the goal is to make the world better, improving life...

Duration: 02:23:41


We Know How to Reduce Gang Violence — If We're Willing to Act

11/9/2017
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Cities across the United States struggle with gang violence, and the challenge can sometimes seem hopeless. But you may be surprised to learn that we know a lot about how to reduce gang violence — often dramatically. We just have to act on what we know. Our guest this time is an expert on the subject, from a small but innovative California city: Salinas. If you know about Salinas, it may be because your vegetables come from the Salinas Valley, sometimes called the Salad Bowl of the...

Duration: 00:36:36


"Debt-Free College" & Other Ways We Could Transform Education, Jobs & the Economy with Apprenticeships

10/27/2017
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What if we could get millions of young people good jobs, free them from college debt, and give the economy a big boost? This episode's guests say we can do it — if we just follow a proven model from Switzerland, now being tried and tested with promising results here in the United States. It's an update of an ancient concept: apprenticeships. Students attend high school while also working and learning at a real job. Everyone benefits: young people, employers, schools, and the economy...

Duration: 00:37:35


Hope for Democracy, Part 3 of 3

10/12/2017
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The third and final part of "Hope for Democracy:" great questions from the audience. On May 17 at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, we heard the unique perspectives of leaders with national and local experience in government, politics, the law, and media. This is Part Two of a three-part series on this event. Former Congressman Sam Farr represented the Central Coast in the House of Representatives for 24 years, following service in the California Assembly, on the...

Duration: 00:48:56


Hope for Democracy, Part 2

9/25/2017
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More from "Hope for Democracy:" the conversation resumes with former Congressman Sam Farr describing the anger and misinformation surrounding health care reform, all the panelists addressing whether public servants really want to serve the public, and more. On May 17 at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, we heard the unique perspectives of leaders with national and local experience in government, politics, the law, and media. This is Part Two of a three-part series on this...

Duration: 00:30:37


Hope for Democracy, Part 1

8/30/2017
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Government institutions, the free press, the judiciary, the integrity of the election itself — all face doubt and even attack, from both foreign and domestic sources. What’s the way forward? On May 17 at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, we heard the unique perspectives of leaders with national and local experience in government, politics, the law, and media. Former Congressman Sam Farr represented the Central Coast in the House of Representatives for 24 years,...

Duration: 00:40:30