Big Vision Podcast
Interviews with individuals creating positive change. For seven years (2006-2013), Britt Bravo interviewed over 70 people with big visions for a better world.
Training Social Changemakers: An Interview with Andre Carothers, Rockwood Leadership Program The Rockwood Leadership Program specializes in delivering the best practices and methodologies in leadership development to the non-profit community.  Andre Carothers is the Rockwood Leadership Program's Executive Director and  Co-founder. Since 2000, Rockwood has trained more than 1500 leaders from thousands of organizations in the US and Canada through a variety of programs designed to increase the collaborative capacity of the non-profit advocacy sector. Andre served on the staff and Board of Directors of Greenpeace USA, and currently serves on the boards of the International Rivers Network and the Rainforest Action Network.

You can read a transcript of the interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.

Women Who Light the Dark: An Interview with Paola Gianturco

For the past twelve years, Paola Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist, documenting women’s lives in forty countries. Her new book, Women Who Light the Dark (September 2007) is her fourth published by powerHouse Books.

In 2006, Gianturco co-authored with David Hill, ¡Viva Colores! A Salute to the Indomitable People of Guatemala, a bilingual book met with critical acclaim.

Her previous book, Celebrating Women (powerHouse Books, October 2004) was the subject of the first exhibit ever curated by the International Museum of Women, San Francisco.

Paola is also the co-author/photographer with Toby Tuttle of the best-seller, In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World (powerHouse Books, paperback, 2004; Monacelli Press, hardcover, 2000). This was Gianturco’s first book, inspired by the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

All of Gianturco's books are philanthropic projects, for which she donates her royalties to carefully-selected nonprofit organizations that relate to each book's content. For Women Who Light the Dark, Gianturco is giving 100% of her author royalties to the Global Fund for Women, which advocates for and defends women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups
around the world.

You can learn more about Paola's work and Women Who Light the Dark on the book's web site:

You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.
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Category:women -- posted at: 7:59am PDT

Shalini Kantayya is a filmmaker, educator, and activist who uses film/video as a tool to educate, inspire, and empower audiences. Shalini believes in making films that spark positive social change. The mission of her production company, 7th Empire Media, is to bring a professional voice to the unheard through media. Shalini finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on FOX’s ON THE LOT, a reality show by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, in search of Hollywood’s next great director. You can see a trailer from her film, A Drop of Life, at

You can read a transcript of this interview on Have Fun * Do Good.
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Category:arts -- posted at: 11:16pm PDT

The Power of Giving Circles: An Interview with Marsha Wallace of Dining for Women Marsha Wallace is the founder of Dining for Women.  Dining for Women's mission is to empower women and children living in extreme poverty by funding programs that foster good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency and to cultivate educational giving circles inspiring individuals to make a difference through the power of collective giving.

You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.
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Category:philanthropy -- posted at: 12:14pm PDT

Writing for Change Conference: An Interview with Elizabeth Pomada Elizabeth Pomada is a literary agent who co-founded the Writing for Change Conference and the San Francisco Writers Conference with her husband, Michael Larsen.  Together, they started Michael Larsen - Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents in 1972.

She talks about the Writing for Change Conference and tips for writers who want to write for change.

You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.
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Category:arts -- posted at: 9:09pm PDT

Green Coworking: Interview with Chris Messina and Ivan Storck Chris Messina of Citizen Agency and Ivan Storck of and talk about how to start a green coworking space based on their experience with Citizen Space in San Francisco, CA.

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You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.

Solutionary Women: Alli Chagi-Starr, Ilyse Hogue, Melinda Kramer and Reem Rahim In this episode, rather than hearing an interview with one individual, I wanted to share a recording from a panel I organized for the Stanford Women's Leadership Conference in April called, Solutionary Women: How Can I Create Social Change?  I asked four of the women who I had previously interviewed for the Big Vision Podcast to share what brought them to their work, and their advice to the graduate and undergraduate women who attended the conference.

You'll hear from Alli Chagi-Starr who is the Co-Founder of Art in Action, and the Art and Media Director of Reclaim the Future for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Ilyse Hogue, the Campaign Director of, Melinda Kramer, the Founder and Director of Women's Earth Alliance, and Reem Rahim, the Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing for Numi Tea.

You can read a transcript of this panel on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.
Direct download: Solutionary_Women__How_Can_I_Create_Change_.mp3
Category:women -- posted at: 5:16pm PDT

An Interview with Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center Van Jones is working to combine solutions to America's two biggest problems: social inequality and environmental destruction.

In 1996, Van founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Named for an unsung civil rights heroine, the Center promotes alternatives to violence and incarceration. As an advocate for the toughest urban constituencies and causes, Van has won many honors. These include the 1998 Reebok International Human Rights Award, the international Ashoka Fellowship, selection as a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader," and the Rockefeller Foundation "Next Generation Leadership" Fellowship.

Van is also a national environmental leader, having served on the boards of the National Apollo Alliance, Social Ventures Network, Rainforest Action Network, Bioneers and Julia Butterfly Hill's Circle of Life organization.

Van's dual roles have given him a unique perspective on the country's problems and its potential solutions. He is calling for green economic development for urban America. The City of Oakland has adopted the Ella Baker Center's "Green Jobs Corps" proposal, which will train youth for eco-friendly "green-collar jobs."  Now Van is pushing to create the first-ever Green Enterprise Zone, to attract environmentally-sound industry to Oakland.

A 1993 Yale Law graduate, he is also a husband and father. A rising star, Van champions the most hopeful solutions to America's toughest challenges.

You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.

An Interview with Paul Rice of TransFair USA Paul Rice is the founding President & CEO of TransFair USA, the only Fair Trade certification organization in the U.S. today. Since launching the Fair Trade Certified label eight years ago, TransFair has established Fair Trade as the fastest growing segment of the $19 billion coffee industry.  TransFair is rapidly expanding Fair Trade certification into tea, chocolate, rice, sugar, bananas and other fresh fruits.

Previously, Paul worked for 11 years as a rural development specialist in the Segovias region of Nicaragua, where he founded and led an organic coffee export cooperative called PRODECOOP.  In 2000 he received the international Ashoka Fellowship for his pioneering work as a social entrepreneur in the Fair Trade movement. Paul was also honored by the Klaus Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as one of the world's top 40 Social Entrepreneurs in 2002.  More recently, Paul spoke on Fair Trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2004 and 2005.

You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.
Direct download: An_Interview_with_Paul_Rice_of_TransFair.mp3
Category:socially responsible business -- posted at: 10:25pm PDT

An Interview with Priya Haji of World of Good

Priya Haji is the CEO and Co-founder of World of Good. World of Good creates opportunities for hundreds of artisan cooperatives around the world to share their best work by serving as a bridge to the U.S. retail market

Priya Haji built the concept for World of Good while completing her MBA at UC Berkeley. She has led the company from inception to its current stage with a focus on using the engine of enterprise to create social impact. She also serves as the Board Chair for the World of Good: Development Organization, the 501(c)3 non-profit sister organization of World of Good, Inc.

She was recognized in 1998 as one of America's 10 Most Outstanding Young Leaders (Brick Award) by the Do Something Foundation, MTV and Mademoiselle Magazine.

You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do  Good.

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Category:socially responsible business -- posted at: 12:53pm PDT