Big Vision Podcast (human rights)
Interviews with individuals creating positive change. For seven years (2006-2013), Britt Bravo interviewed over 70 people with big visions for a better world.
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,, follow her on Twitter at @zenpeacekeeper, and see if her book tour is coming to a town near you at

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Direct download: Zen_Under_Fire__Interview_with_Marianne_Elliott.mp3
Category:human rights -- posted at: 10:30pm 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