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.
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 Public Private Development Group in Chicago, and served as Director of Organizational Strategy for the international micro-payments company, beenz.com.

He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and SFGate, and serves as a lecturer on the faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School.

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Website: www.earn.org
Facebook: facebook.com/earnorg
Twitter:
@earn

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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 competencies and conflict resolution among primary-school students, Dance 4 Peace was designed, implemented, and evaluted in public schools in the outskirts of Bogota.  Today, the program works in Washington, D.C., New York City, Colombia, the Philippines, and Nepal.

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    Direct download: Dancing_for_Peace__Interview_with_Sara_Potler.mp3
    Category:arts -- posted at: 12:28pm PDT

    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 governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as foundations, on maternal and child health in Sri Lanka, Ghana, Haiti, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and India.

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    Direct download: Women_Girls_Education_and_Global_Health__Interview_with_Carinne_Brody.mp3
    Category:women -- posted at: 5:35pm PDT

    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 businesses to develop their products and export potential.

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    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 of art and activism as well as her installation works.  She is currently both a TED Senior Fellow and Carl Wilkens Fellow, respectively.

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    Direct download: Arts_Activist_Naomi_Natale_and_the_One_Million_Bones_Project.mp3
    Category:arts -- posted at: 10:28am PDT

    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 the fundamental belief in the power of food to create meaningful connection.

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    Direct download: Samin_Nosrat__Cook_Teacher_Writer_Accidental_Activist.mp3
    Category:food -- posted at: 7:29pm PDT

    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 movement-building.

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    Direct download: Creating_Your_Generosity_Plan__Kathy_LeMay_Raising_Change.mp3
    Category:philanthropy -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

    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 birthday. This fateful Hanukkah present, they now realize, was wholly responsible for her career trajectory. She is also a Penn student and is a current Top 15 National Finalist for the Washington Campus Compact's Students in Service Awards as well as the winner of a DoSomething Grant.

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    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.

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    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 other co-founders are Shauna Robertson, who has produced comedies like Suberbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Anchorman, and Edward Norton (pictured here with Robert), who you  know from his roles in films like Fight Club, American History X, and 25th Hour, but who is also a committed social and environmental activist. He has personally raised over 100 million dollars for charitable causes over the last 20 years.

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