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.
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 Playing Big leadership program for women and the co-creator of two anthologies of contemporary women's writings, The Women's Seder Sourcebook and The Women's Passover Companion. Her 10 Rules for Brilliant Women have struck a chord with tens of thousands of women around the world. In 2010, Tara was honored as a Girl Champion by the Girl Effect organization, which supports girls' education in the developing world. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and has been featured on TODAY, BigThink.com, Whole Living, CNN.com, USA Today, International Business Times, Ode Magazine, Forbes, beliefnet, and numerous other media outlets. She is also a poet and the author of The Real Life: Poems for Wise Living. You can learn more about Tara and the Playing Big Program at taramohr.com and follow her on Twitter at @tarasophia.

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Category:Leadership -- posted at: 9:16am PST

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 memoir Zen Under Fire, tells the story of her work and life in Afghanistan. Marianne writes and teaches on creating, developing and sustaining real change in personal life, work and the world. She lives in a converted church above the zoo in Wellington, New Zealand, where she writes to the sound of roaring lions and singing monkeys.

You can learn more about Marianne on her website, marianne-elliott.com, follow her on Twitter at @zenpeacekeeper, and see if her book tour is coming to a town near you at marianne-elliott.com/book/events.

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Category:human rights -- posted at: 10:30pm PST

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, and the use of story and narrative for movement building. Currently, she serves on the design team and faculty of the NoVo Foundation's Move to End Violence — a 10-year movement building initiative to end gender-based violence. She lives in Oakland with her 8-year-old son, Jonah Ravi, and her partner Adrienn.

You can learn more about the Movement Strategy Center, and download the report, at movementstrategy.org.

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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 Mercury News, as well as national blogs including The Nation and The Huffington Post. She is passionate about social innovation and technology used to change the world. You can learn more about Lisa and Help a Mother Out at helpamotherout.org and follow her on Twitter at @helpamotherout.

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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 powerful, collaborative, and interconnected leaders.

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