Big Vision Podcast (social entrepreneurship)
Interviews with individuals creating positive change. For seven years (2006-2013), Britt Bravo interviewed over 70 people with big visions for a better world.
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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Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.


Stacey Edgar, Founder of Global Girlfriend: Women-made, Eco-friendly, Fair Trade

Stacey Edgar started Global Girlfriend in 2003 as a way to provide economic security for women in need by creating a sustainable market for their products.  She used her 10 years in social work practice with women and children as a springboard to her role as a social entrepreneur.  Global Girlfriend works with over sixty women's cooperatives and NGOs in 20 countries. Its fair trade boutique offers a line of women-made, fair-trade products including stylish apparel, accessories and gifts with one purpose - to help women in need help themselves.

Stacey has been honored by the Microsoft Corporation as a recipient of its Start Something Amazing Awards, by the Denver Business Journal as a "40 Under 40" Business Leader, featured in several magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine, in Multichannel Merchant magazine as a "Maven of Merchandise," and by Organic Style as one their 2005 Women with Organic Style.  Her first book, Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide, came out last year.

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Learn more about Stacey and Global Girlfriend:

Website: www.globalgirlfriend.com
Website: staceyedgar.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlobalGirlfriend
Twitter: @Staceedgar

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Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.


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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Learn more about Ben and EARN:

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

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Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.



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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Learn more about Halle and One Mango Tree

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Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.


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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Learn more about Aneesha and Hope Line Fashions:

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Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KenyaMasala and http://www.sourceconsultinggroup.com/the_team.html

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Empowering Refugees: Interview with Kjerstin Erickson of FORGE Kjerstin Erickson, the founder and Executive Director of FORGE.  FORGE is a US-based nonprofit organization that facilitates African refugees’ developing and running projects in their communities that range from libraries to health centers to microlending programs to preschools.

Erickson founded FORGE in 2003, when she was a 20 year-old junior studying Public Policy at Stanford University. Now 26, Kjerstin continues to manage FORGE's operations, growth and development. FORGE serves 60,000 refugees in 3 different refugee camps in Southern Africa, and is an official Operating Partner of the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR).  She has been named a Haas Public Service Fellow at Stanford, a "Top 10 College Woman" by Glamour Magazine, and a "Person You Should Know" by CNN.

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


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.