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.
Favianna Rodriguez: Political Digital Artist and Printmaker Favianna Rodriguez is a political digital artist and printmaker based in Oakland, California.    She is the co-founder of the EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA) and Visual Element, programs dedicated to training emerging artists. She is also the co-founder and president of Tumis, a bilingual design studio serving social justice organizations.  Utne Reader named Favianna one of their 2008, “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World,” and she recently received a Sisters of Fire Award from the Women of Color Resource Center.  For more information about Favianna and her work, go to favianna.com.

You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.
Direct download: Favianna_Rodriguez__Political_Digital_Artist_and_Print_Maker.mp3
Category:arts -- posted at: 6:05pm PDT

Small Groups Can Change the World: An Interview with Marianne Manilov of The Engage Network Marianne Manilov is the National Team Leader of The Engage Network, a nonprofit social venture that promotes widespread civic engagement.  At the moment, The Engage Network includes three "sectors": What's Your Tree?, inspired by Julia Butterfly Hill's tree-sit, Off the Mat Into the World, founded by yoga teacher Seane Corn, and Green for All founded by Van Jones.  You can find out more about the Engage Network at www.engagenet.org.

A transcript of this interview is available on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.


Photo: The Engage Network Founders: Marianne Manilov, Ina Pockrass and Alissa Hauser.


29-Day Giving Challenge: An Interview with Cami Walker Cami Walker is the founder of the 29 Day Giving Challenge, a global giving movement where participants give away one thing away each day for 29 days.  You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.

Cami is writing a book about the 29-Day Giving Challenge.  She is looking for personal stories about the healing power of giving from people who have completed the Challenge.  The deadline to submit your story is November 29, 2008.  
  

Direct download: 29-Day_Giving_Challenge__An_Interview_with_Cami_Walker.mp3
Category:philanthropy -- posted at: 2:16pm PDT

The Journey of the Spiritual Activist: An Interview with Marisa Handler, Author, Loyal to the Sky Activist, journalist and singer, Marisa Handler,  is the author of the memoir Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, which received the 2008 Nautilus Book Award for worldchanging books.  For more information about Marisa's work and her book go to marisahandler.com

A transcript of this interview is available on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.

Direct download: Loyal_to_the_Sky__An_Interview_with_Marisa_Handler.mp3
Category:spirituality -- posted at: 3:56pm PDT

Tools to End Poverty: An Interview with Martin Fisher of KickStart Martin Fisher is the Co-founder and CEO of KickStart. KickStart is a non-profit organization that develops and markets new technologies in Africa.  These low- cost technologies are bought by local entrepreneurs and used to establish highly profitable new small businesses.  The organization has received numerous awards for its work including Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award, Schwab’s Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs for 2003, and TIME Europe's European Hero award.  Fisher recently received the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability.

A big thanks to Houria Iderkou who made it possible for me to interview Martin Fisher.  Check out her KickStart Cause on Facebook.

A transcript of this interview is will be available on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.

Save Your Trash: An Interview with Ari Derfel Ari Derfel talks about what he learned after saving his trash for one year.  You can read more about his experiment on his blog, Save Your Trash at http://saveyourtrash.typepad.com.

Ari is the co-founder of Back to Earth Catering and Outdoor Adventures.  Long time Big Vision Podcast listeners may have heard an interview with Ari and his co-founder, Eric Fenster, in 2006.

A transcript of this interview is will be available on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.
Direct download: Save_Your_Trash__An_Interview_with_Ari_Derfel.mp3
Category:environment -- posted at: 5:12pm PDT

What Can I Do About Genocide? An Interview with Janessa Goldbeck Janessa Goldbeck is the Director of Membership at the Genocide Intervention Network, a nonprofit organization that provides individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. As a college student, Janessa served as the first National Outreach Coordinator for STAND, helping to build what started as a group of students at a few schools nationwide into an international clearinghouse organization for student anti-genocide activism.  In just two years, Janessa served a pivotal role in expanding STAND to more than 850 schools worldwide and merging the organization with the Genocide Intervention Network. Since graduation, she has produced several short films on the student anti-genocide movement, and appeared at numerous conferences, forums and trainings on behalf of STAND and the Genocide Intervention Network. Her work now focuses on building a constituency of conscience among all age groups. Janessa is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a degree in Magazine Journalism and a certificate in African Studies, as well as a certificate in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training in Uganda.

You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog Have Fun * Do Good.
Direct download: What_Can_I_Do_About_Genocide___An_Interview_with_Janessa_Goldbeck.mp3
Category:human rights -- posted at: 8:53am PDT

Women of Color Resource Center: An Interview with Anisha Desai Anisha Desai is the Executive Director of the Women of Color Resource Center. Founded in 1990, the Women of Color Resource Center is headquartered in the Bay Area and promotes the political, economic, social and cultural well being of women and girls of color in the United States.

Desai came to the Women of Color Resource Center from a Deputy Director role at United for a Fair Economy in Boston, where she had oversight over a national economic justice program. She has co-authored publications on fair taxation, housing and the racial wealth divide.  

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

Direct download: Women_of_Color_Resource_Center__An_Interview_with_Anisha_Desai.mp3
Category:women -- posted at: 4:54pm PDT

The Global Fund for Women: An Interview with Kavita Ramdas This month's interview is with Kavita Ramdas, the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women The Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. They advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.  Ramdas has been the recipient of many awards including Fast Company's 2007 Social Capitalist Award, and the League of Women Voters’ Women Who Could Be President Award.

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


Direct download: The_Global_Fund_for_Women__An_Interview_with_Kavita_Ramdas.mp3
Category:philanthropy -- posted at: 8:27pm PDT

Empowering Women Citizen Journalists: An Interview with Cristi Hegranes Cristi Hegranes is the Founder of The Press Institute for Women in the Developing World

"The Press Institute for Women in the Developing World is an international nonprofit organization and citizen journalism initiative. The Institute was founded on the belief that journalism is an empowering tool that can bring voice, strength and light to issues that are hidden and people who are oppressed."

Women's eNews named her one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century for 2008, and she was also awarded the annual Ida B. Wells prize for Bravery in Journalism.

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