ONE MAN’S RESPONSE TO J.K. ROWLING’S TWEET: “ORPHANAGES CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE, EVEN THOSE THAT ARE WELL RUN.” –with Dr. Richard Mckenzie

Dr. Richard Mckenzie, author of several books on orphanages Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” There are many ways to help orphans and children who have no home to go to, and there is a heated debate to figure out what programs are best or in some cases harmful. Traditionally, orphanages helped these children. As the years have gone by, foster care, family reunification services, and adoption have become the dominant options. Today, some people are skeptical or even against the idea of orphanages, believing that it's an outdated and sometimes harmful way of helping these children. Recently, J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, tweeted a series of criticisms against orphanages and young people who volunteer in such institutions. In one tweet, she says, "Orphanages cause irreparable damage, [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|

#18: HOW TWO ENGINEERING STUDENTS STARTED AN NGO IN NICARAGUA WHILE WORKING FULL-TIME–with EOS International Founders Greg Mcgrath & Wes Meier

Two college buddies studying engineering--Greg Mcgrath and Wes Meier--started EOS International with no money. They had to travel on chicken buses, ox carts, and by foot for years in Nicaragua. Today, their NGO provides under-served communities with access to low-cost appropriate technologies that generate income, improve health, and preserve the environment. Together with other engineering students, they began working in Mali and in Nicaragua (where Wes served for the Peace Corps). Learn how these two young social entrepreneurs built up EOS while they worked full-time. Learn how they distribute products and services that provide clean water, drip irrigation, biogas, fuel-efficient ovens, and solar power throughout Nicaragua and El Salvador. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Show Links for EOS International Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail by Pal Polak Salesforce Campaign Monitor [...]

By | September 8th, 2016|

HOW TO RESCUE HOMELESS SLOTHS & BUILD AN ANIMAL SANCTUARY IN SOUTH AMERICA—WITH CNN HERO MONIQUE POOL AKA “THE SLOTH LADY”

Monique Pool, Green Heritage Fund Suriname When sloths are in trouble in Suriname, people call today's guest for help. Social entrepreneur Monique Pool is a CNN Hero and the founder of Green Heritage Fund Suriname. She's rescuing homeless sloths in South America who are facing deforestation of their natural habitats. It all began from a chance encounter at the animal shelter that led to her facing what history called the "sloth Armageddon." She is also helping other animals in Suriname, such as anteaters and dolphins. Learn what a rescue mission looks like, how she built an animal sanctuary in her own house, and why she wakes up at 4am. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Show Links for Monique Pool This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein Show Notes & [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|

THE MINDSET, HABITS, & TRAITS YOU NEED TO BECOME THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF A GROWING NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION–WITH KELLY PHOENIX, NOURISH INTERNATIONAL

Kelly Phoenix, Nourish International Kelly Phoenix is the former Executive Director of Nourish International, a non-profit organization that partners with communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty. With the fundraising efforts of their 60 campus chapters, they've invested in 113 long-term, community-based programs to fight poverty. Learn how this NGO reached this level of success. In this episode, you'll get a behind-the-curtains look at what it's like to be the Executive Director of a growing nonprofit organization. Kelly talks about the things that keep her awake at night, stressed, anxious, as well as the issues and tasks that get her excited. Learn about the tools, books, habits, traits, mindset, and conferences that helped Kelly in her journey. Kelly is currently heading Nourish Insurance. Check it out if you'll be volunteering abroad and need coverage. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|

THE MODERN-DAY THOMAS EDISON WHO INVENTED THE “HOLY GRAIL” OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN MALI, AFRICA–WITH CNN HERO JOCK BRANDIS

Jock Brandis, Founder of The Full Belly Project Social entrepreneur and CNN Hero Jock Brandis is the founder of The Full Belly Project. He is the winner of the MIT Ideas Award and the Purpose Prize. He is known as the modern-day Thomas Edison, having invented the "holy grail" of sustainable agriculture and more. His universal peanut sheller and other appropriate technologies have helped tens of thousands of people in many countries across the world. His nonprofit organization works out of a factory in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jock Brandis is an old guy with a great sense of humor. He made me laugh out loud many times during the episode in between his inspirational stories. He talks in depth about embracing failure in this episode. This episode is mostly about Jock's involvement with... peanuts! "The peanut (or groundnut as it is called in West Africa) is an important subsistence crop to hundreds of [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|

LIFE AS A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR VS. LIFE WORKING FOR A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION—WITH SEBASTIAN AFRICANO

Sebastian Africano, Fuel Efficient Cook Stove Expert Sebastian Africano is the founder of ENASA, a consulting firm for fuel-efficient cooking stoves. He now works for Trees, Water & People in Colorado as their International Director. Sebastian manages TWP's clean cookstove, solar energy and reforestation programs in Central America and Haiti. TWP has planted more than 6 million trees and installed 70,000 fuel efficient cook stoves, 6,000 solar lights, and other appropriate technologies throughout the world. In 2008, Sebastian worked with SHH to replace 30 traditional stoves with 30 fuel-efficient cooking stoves in Honduras. If you're deciding whether to become a social entrepreneur or to work for a traditional non-profit organization, this is your episode. Sebastian talks about and compares his work as a social entrepreneur in Central America and in East Africa vs. his non-profit desk job at TWP. He discusses the lifestyle differences, and the different skills required for the two kinds of work. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|

HOW TO RUN AN INTERNATIONAL NONPROFIT-ORGANIZATION WHILE WORKING 9-5 —WITH KUNAL DOSHI, FOUNDER OF BRIGHTER CHILDREN

Kunal Doshi, Founder of Brighter Children Social entrepreneur Kunal Doshi is the founder of Brighter Children, a non-profit organization that sponsors educational costs for students around the world who couldn’t otherwise go to school. The Brighter Children team is made up of Millennials looking to make a difference while still working full-time. In this episode, Kunal speaks about how his team--despite their busy schedules--leverages their evenings, weekends, for-profit business skills, and network to fund schools and scholarships for children around the world. We are very lucky to announce that the Villa Soleada Bilingual School is now being sponsored by Brighter Children. Their team will be visiting us in Honduras this year. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Show Links for Kunal Doshi Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|

HOW ONE GRANDMOTHER FROM ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTED 56,000 FUEL-EFFICIENT COOKING STOVES IN CENTRAL AMERICA–WITH NANCY HUGHES

Nancy Hughes, Founder of StoveTeam International CNN Hero and social entrepreneur Nancy Hughes is a 73 year-old grandmother and the founder of Stove Team International. They have distributed more than 56,000 fuel-efficient cooking stoves in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. Nancy Hughes was widowed at age 65. In an effort to fight the loss, she went on a medical mission trip to Guatemala. It was there that she witnessed a woman who's hands had been burnt shut for sixteen years. At age two, this Guatemalan had fallen into an open cooking fire. Her team opened up her hands through surgery. Nancy Hughes found out that cooking stoves were a leading cause of death around the world, causing eight times more deaths than malaria. The indoor air pollution caused by the smoke (equivalent to smoking four packs of cigarettes per day) was causing lung disease, asthma, and many health problems, especially for women and [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|

DON’T JUST TOUCH A CHILD’S LIFE, TRANSFORM IT WITH JACOB LIEF, FOUNDER OF UBUNTU EDUCATION FUND

Jacob Lief, Founder of Ubuntu Education Fund Photo by Vance Jacobs Social entrepreneur Jacob Lief started the non-profit organization Ubuntu Education Fund in 1999 at age 20 with the goal of transforming the lives of children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His interest for South Africa began on a trip that he took there as a young high school student. Over the years, Ubuntu created a comprehensive, child-centered, community-based development plan for the townships of Port Elizabeth. They provide world-class health and educational support to the orphaned and vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, including those with HIV. Ubuntu highlights the difference between merely touching a child's life versus transforming it. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Buy Jacob Lief's book on Amazon Show Links for Jacob Lief Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|

HOW A FORMER PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER SHIPPED OVER 147,000 USED BICYCLES AROUND THE WORLD–with CNN Hero David Schweidenback

CNN Hero David Schweidenback, Founder of Pedals for Progress Social entrepreneur David Schweidenback is the founder of Pedals for Progress, an NGO that collects used bicycles in the US, shipping them out to 38 developing countries. In 25 years, they’ve delivered 147,830 bicycles around the world. This man is a CNN Hero, and his organization has been recognized by Forbes Magazine and the Skoll Foundation, among many others. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Show Links for David Schweidenback Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher The Bicycle City, the trailer Show Notes & Summary for David Schweidenback Why so many bicycles get throw into the landfills David Schweidenback's first bicycle as a child David Schweidenback's experience with the Peace Corps in Ecuador The most productive man David [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|