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40 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
S3: Sheri Lozano of Link2Lift #99
Sheri Lozano of Link2Lift We had some fun jumping over to the west coast to talk with Sheri Lozano of Link2Lift. Sheri discusses her innovative and collaborative idea to use unused spaces for lifting others. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/L2L_Pic_34.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/L2L_Pic_28.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/L2L_Pic_33.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/L2L_Pic_13.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/L2L_Pic_9.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/L2L_Pic_4.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/L2L_Pic_19.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/L2L_Pic_15.jpeg ( )http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/L2L_Pic_18.jpeg ()http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/L2L_Pic_15.jpeg ( )http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/L2L_Pic_6.jpeg ()http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/L2L_Pic_25.jpeg ()http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/L2LBrochure.png () For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Welcome to episode 99 of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise! Wow-wee, almost at 100. Thanks for your loyal support over all of these past episodes! Oh, by the way, this is Romy, and we had some fun jumping over to the west coast to talk with Sheri Lozano of Link2Lift. Sheri discusses her innovative and collaborative idea to use unused spaces in lifting ways. Be sure to stay until the end for a great song from a Detroit artist! Now, first, we have to hear what Natalie has come up with for the fun fuel on this episode. I’m Natalie Hazen and I am bringing you this episode’s Fun Fuel. Coworking is everywhere. What is coworking you ask? It is a work trend bringing together professionals from across all industries to form inter-connected communities. According to the website, Mindspace, the concept of a coworking space started in 1995 Berlin with 17 computer enthusiasts got together in a facility to create a space where people with an interest in computers could gather to collaborate and work in an open environment. Fast track to 1999 New York City and 42 West 24 opened to offer a work environment with flexible membership options for teams and individuals seeking a workspace. The difference here was that there seldom were any organized community events. In 2005, Brad Neuberg from San Francisco launched the first official co-working space originally referred to as a “9 to 5 group.” It was a was not a huge hit at first as no one showed up for the first month, but soon interest sparked and coworking took off. Coworking leads to great collaboration. When I hear the word collaboration, my mind goes to the lyrics of Vanilla Ice’s 1990 release of Ice Ice Baby. I hear collaboration and I then start singing: stop, collaborate and listen and then goes on to say, “if there was a problem, yo, I’ll solve it.” Makes me smile every time. Let’s jump on over to see who Romy is collaborating with on in this episode and what problem they are solving. Okay, I absolutely love Natalie’s fun fuels! That was so interesting about co-working spaces! And, now I have the Vanilla Ice song in my head! Ha Ha. I have to look that up next! What a perfect lead into a collaboration that Sheri Lozano has tackled with Link2Lift. Let’s drop in on my conversation with Sheri… Romy: Sheri, why don't you give us the background about what Link2Lift is? Sheri: Link2Lift is a company that we developed in response to underutilized space. It seems like we've had a ton of buildings that are left unused, and we've developed a process where we can create co-working communities but with a purpose. Voice: Let's talk about
40 minutes | Jul 24, 2018
S3: Kate Hayes EchoingGreen- Board Health #98
Kate Hayes EchoingGreen- Board Health Back for another conversation this time with a very inspiring woman, Kate Hayes of Echoing Green. Kate discusses her incredibly interesting journey and love for health human interactions and support. She is a current leader in the impact investing and social enterprise development space. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Echoing_Green_in_Kigali_Rwanda.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Echoing_Green_in_Kathmandu_Nepal.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Kate_Hayes_-_Purpose_Workshop_in_ATL.jpg ( ) For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Welcome, welcome, welcome, to the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. Romy here back for another conversation with a very inspiring woman, Kate Hayes of Echoing Green. Kate discusses her incredibly interesting journey and love for health human interactions and support. First, let’s see what Natalie has prepared for our Fun Fuel for this episode. I’m Natalie Hazen and I am bringing you this episode’s Fun Fuel Leadership takes all kinds of forms and has many different styles. After all, we are all uniquely made and don’t respond the same way to things. Let’s take a listen to some top leader’s motivational quotes of all time according to Inc. Magazine because according to them, “Sometimes the most powerful and meaningful things come from words that touch our heart and lead us forward to our potential.” So Author Ernest Hemingway kicks us off with his quote: "When people talk, listen completely." --Ernest Hemingway I need to work on that one myself! Retired four-star general in the United States Army, Colin Powell said, "Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand." --Colin Powell But I will wrap up with a motivational leadership quote from Harold R. McAlindon. He said, "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." --Harold R. McAlindon Let’s tune in with Romy as she interviews this episode’s latest trailblazer. Thanks, Natalie! So many great leaders have gone before us in history. Let’s turn our attention to a current leader in the impact investing and social enterprise development space, Kate Hayes of Echoing Green and her program, Direct Impact. Romy: Let's talk about Echoing Green. Let's talk about Echoing Green. It had a unique start. Kate Hayes: Yes. So, Echoing Green was founded 30 years ago by a group of individuals working in the private sector who wanted to see what would happen if you took the principles of the private sector and applied them to the social sector, and so they started investing deeply in early stage social entrepreneurs, and that has really been at the heart of everything that Echoing Green has been about for the past few decades. So, the core of our work is our fellowship program, where we search the globe to find amazing early-stage social entrepreneurs who have incredible ideas that have the potential to really change the world and solve big social, environmental problems, and we provide them with funding, with support from our staff, from our ecosystem and our community, as well as the community amongst one another where they are each other's best resources as they work to take their organizations to the next step and begin to really grow and scale the solutions that they've identified, and over the past 10 or 15 years, one of the things that we've become more intentional about is building out our ecosystem of support. So, we know that social entrepreneurs are incredibly important. They're close to the work. They're really dedicating their lives to solving really big problems that exist, but they can't do it alone. So, we wanted, as an organization, to become more intentional about how we create an ecosystem of support for them to...
32 minutes | Jul 11, 2018
S3: Genusee #97
Genusee Wow, what a really great episode on a social enterprise called Genusee. Creatively designing eyewear out of recycled single-use plastic water bottles out of Flint, Michigan. Many of you may have heard some tough stories coming out of Flint. Specific to the water crisis over these past few years. You will meet the founders and designers, Ali Rose Van Overbeke and Jack Burns. They will discuss their journey in Flint and the whole launch process to date. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Case_Genusee_098_v2.jpg () For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Welcome to episode 97 of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This is Romy, and I am your host for this episode on a really great social enterprise called Genusee. They are out of Flint, Michigan. Many of you may have heard some tough stories coming out of Flint, Michigan specific to the water crisis over these past few years. You will meet the founders and designers, Ali Rose Van Overbeke and Jack Burns. They discuss their journey in Flint and the whole launch process to date. Oh, it feels good to be back after a mini-hiatus. Thanks for hanging in there while we made some new shows! By the way, we have some great episodes coming up next from the east and west coasts culminating with a finale for Season 3 and our episode 100 which will be some interviews from the recent GUS awards held in Detroit. So subscribe and stay tuned. Now, let’s see what Natalie has in store for us on the Fun Fuel. What do you have for us, Natalie? I’m Natalie Hazen and I am bringing you this episode’s Fun Fuel. In today’s world, you see so many people wearing eyeglasses and on a super bright sunny day they most certainly break out their sunglasses. Glasses have become ultra-fashionable and why shouldn’t they? They most certainly are the very first thing people see when they look at your face unless they aren’t wearing theirs and they just can’t see you. According to the website lenspick.com, the first vision correction device was invented in 1000 AD and called a reading stone. As you can imagine, it was for farsighted folk who couldn’t read properly and was basically a glass sphere used as a magnifying glass. Now fast forward to 12th century China and you have the creation of Sunglasses. People back then used flat crystals of smoky quartz that were mounted for personal use to reduce the glare from the sun. It is also said that these ‘sunglasses’ were used by judges while presiding cases, so as not to give away their emotions. Very interesting. So, throughout history, mankind has made some very unique and purposeful inventions, including eyeglasses, that truly make our lives easier. Thanks for listening and now on to the episode. Fascinating that the first pair of eyeglasses was documented to be in 1000 AD. Thank you, Natalie, your fun fuels are always so interesting! Let’s jump on in for a listen now to my conversation with Ali Rose Van Overbeke and Jack Burns and their really great company, Genusee. Romy: So let's tell the listeners about Genusee. Ali Rose: So Genusee is making eyewear in Flint, Michigan from recycled single-use plastic water bottles that were a result of the Flint water crisis. Romy: So is it just the eyeglass frames, or are you putting the lenses in and all that? Ali Rose: Yeah, we're doing everything. The frames are specifically what's made from the recycled water bottles, but we are working with an optical lab, so we do prescription eyeglasses as well as sunglasses. Romy: So how did you make this connection, or even have this idea? Ali Rose: Yeah, so Jack and I both went to Parsons together, and worked in a fellowship shortly after graduation, where we kind of learned that we were good working as collaborators. Then in early 2016, I was back in Michigan, I grew up in metro Detroit area. I was volunteering with the Red Cross during the Flint water crisis. Just observing how much plastic, we...
27 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
S3: Plum Health DPC with Dr. Paul Thomas #96
Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health DPC We’re back with another episode here on social enterprise. We have a doctor on this show who has been making a big impact in Detroit. It is Dr. Paul Thomas of Plum Health Care DPC. He has a dream of changing the notion of health care from a plastic card in your wallet to true healing from a healing doctor! What a concept! http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Plum_Health_Logo.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2017.06.15_DC_Trip.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Plum_Health_Direct_Primary_Care_with_Paul_Thomas_MD.jpg () For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Hi Everyone, this is Romy, and we’re back with another episode here on social enterprise. We have a doctor on this show who has been making a big impact in Detroit. It is Dr. Paul Thomas of Plum Health Care DPC. He has a dream of changing the notion of health care from a plastic card in your wallet to true healing from a healing doctor! What a concept! Before we get going here, I want to give a big hello and thanks to our listeners in Japan, we appreciate you! Now, let’s see what Natalie has today for us on the Fun Fuel…. I’m Natalie Hazen and I am bringing you this episode’s Fun Fuel. The Medicine Ball isn’t usually the hottest topic of conversation. If you like to exercise and are a gym goer, you may incorporate the medicine ball into your routine. Or perhaps this little dynamo isn’t a part of your repertoire and you pass by, leaving it sitting on the rack wondering what to do with it. While there are many ways to use the medicine ball in strength training, according to the website, azcentral.com, One of the early uses of medicine balls was around 1,000 B.C. where Persian soldiers used round bladders filled with sand as part of their resistance training. Later on, Navy doctors would tell sailors to throw the balls around the decks of the ships to reduce boredom, avoid seasickness and improve the overall health of the enlisted men. But it was the United States President Herbert Hoover who brought the medicine ball to the attention of the rest of society in 1931 with his new sport called Hoover-Ball. When the president’s personal physician noticed the president’s sedentary lifestyle he developed a medicine ball throwing game to get him up and moving around. The president and members of his team would throw the sand-filled ball over a net similar to the one used during volleyball games. Big kudos to this physician’s creativity to get his patient out and about and active. Like other early games, Hoover-Ball may not be played today, but the medicine ball surely has played an important role in many people’s overall health. Thanks for listening and now on to the episode. Well, that was truly a fun fuel fact! I love it. So much history of innovation and disruptive strategies all around us! That is a great segway to my conversation with Dr. Paul Thomas. Dr. Paul Thomas: Yes, so we are a family medicine service in Southwest Detroit, called Plum Health DPC, and the DPC stands for Direct Primary Care. What that means is that I work with my patients directly, and we don't bill or use insurance. Instead, my patients pay me a monthly membership fee to be a part of the practice, kind of like a gym membership. Our service cost is $49 a month for adults, and it's $10 a month for kids. With that, my patients can come in and see me anytime they need me. That's the basic of it. Romy: How did you get the idea to start to do this? Dr. Paul Thomas: Well, I heard a podcast in 2012, and I was driving back from a residency interview in Minnesota. My friend sent me this text, and she just said, "Hey, Paul, there's this guy doing this libertarian concept for medical care, and I think it's right up your alley." My friend's a libertarian, so I gave it a listen, and it sounded like this...
34 minutes | Feb 11, 2018
S3: PalmEraMia #95
PalmEraMia Thanks for tuning in for this great episode on a social enterprise out of Miami! Our guest is Andres Restrepo, one of the founders of PalmEraMia, which is a fashion design company for athletic wear. Through their product sales, they support clean water efforts in Colombia. We learn why they chose Colombia and how they became so convicted about clean water for those without access. Stay tuned until the end of the show because we have our first Spanish rapper as our closing song on this episode. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/95-Palmera.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/95-Palmers-2.jpg () For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Thanks for tuning in for this great episode on a social enterprise out of Miami! This is Romy, and I am honored to be your host. Our guest is Andres Restrepo, one of the founders of PalmEraMia, which is a fashion design company for athletic wear. Through their product sales, they support clean water efforts in Colombia. We learn why they chose Colombia and how they became so convicted about clean water for those without access. We have our first Spanish rapper as our closing song on this episode. I want to take a moment to thank our listeners. Our team has grown over here at the Bonfires of Social Enterprise, and it is really about you, as our listeners, continuing to tune in. Thank you, thank you, thank you. By the way, don’t be shy! Reach out to us! Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram which are all at bonfires podcast or you can jump to the website and email us or put a note in the mailbag. The website is www.bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com We respond quickly, and we love to talk to you! So, back to our topic of business and social good. I think Natalie has something about water for us in our Fun Fuel…… I’m Natalie Hazen and I am bringing you this episodes’ Fun Fuel. Many people have taken to the longstanding sport of surfing, riding amazing ocean waves. But did you know that you can surf the Great Lakes? Now it is different than surfing in the ocean, mainly because nothing will eat you in the great lakes which to me is a huge bonus! According to Third Coast Surf Shops website, Waves on the great lakes are caused by the transfer of energy from the wind blowing over the surface of the water. Whereas ocean waves are primarily created by offshore storms far from the beach, waves on the Lakes are produced by localized winds associated with various weather systems in and near the Great Lakes region. The great lakes have plenty of wind year-round to generate some huge waves. Waves on the great lakes have been documented at over 30 feet in height. Unfortunately, these conditions have been known to be brutal and have sunk many ships over the years. So while the Great Lakes can produce very large waves perfect for surfing, keep in mind you may find those perfect waves in the harsh cold of winter. So bring a good wetsuit, board, and courage to tackle these Great Lakes waves! That’s this episodes fun fuel, now let’s join in with Romy and her guest. Surfing on the Great Lakes – love it. Thanks, Natalie! Okay, let’s drop in on my conversation with Andres and learn more about PalmEraMia. Romy: Okay. Well, welcome to the Bonfires Social Enterprise. Andres: Thank you. I appreciate it. Happy to be here. Romy: I know. We've been trying to connect for a little bit. I'm really glad to have you on the show as our guest today. Let's tell all of our listeners what Palm ... and am I saying it right? Palm Era Mia? Andres: That is correct. Some- Romy: Palm Era Mia. Andres: ... people say- Romy: Yeah. Andres: ... yes. Some people say Palm Era M-I-A because it represents Miami. Romy: Oh, Okay. Andres: Yes. Yeah, so let me tell you a little bit about it. We first started the company back in August of 2015. It was started by three family members. It's two cousins and I.
38 minutes | Jan 24, 2018
S3: Kathleen Kelly Janus – Stanford, Book #93
Kathleen Kelly Janus Back for another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. Kathleen Kelly Janus is our guest discussing her new book, Social Startup Success, How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference. Kathleen is an award-winning social entrepreneur, lawyer, and lecturer at Stanford University, where she teaches social entrepreneurship. And, as usual, we have a great Detroit artist playing a full song at the end of the episode so stay tuned. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/KathleenJanus53369.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/KathleenJanus53468.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/SocialStartup_3Dcover.png () For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Hello there, this is Romy back for another episode on the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. We have author, Kathleen Kelly Janus, as our guest discussing her new book, Social Startup Success, How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference. Kathleen is an award-winning social entrepreneur, lawyer, and lecturer at Stanford University, where she teaches social entrepreneurship. And, as usual, we have a great Detroit artist playing a full song at the end of the episode so stay tuned. Before we get rolling down the lane with good advice from Kathleen, let’s see what Natalie has come up with for our Fun Fuel for this episode. I’m Natalie Hazen and I am bringing you this episode’s Fun Fuel. Since this episode talks about Non-profits not operating on survival mode, I started thinking about what survival mode really means and I my mind drifted to cool animal survival instincts. Survival instincts are inherent to all creatures great and small. I often wonder how animals survive natural disasters such as wildfires and tornados. I think of the birds being whipped around by such high winds and wonder if they get swooped up in the turbulence or soar higher. According to TuftsNow.com, birds can ride out intense storms by taking advantage of microhabitats. Gale force winds can knock even the sturdiest of tv weatherman off their gait, but birds can seek shelter on the lee side of trees or deep inside thick hedges. The decrease in wind speed in these microhabitats can be huge, and as long as they stay put, they are not actually buffeted much by the wind. Now they do need to find food to last out the storms. There are some reports of birds increasing foraging activity as a storm approaches, which indicate some birds can detect subtle changes in air pressure, which can indicate an approaching storm. When this happens, they immediately try to get as much food as possible. The more fat a bird has, the better chance it has of surviving and riding out a long-standing storm. So let’s join up with Romy and today’s guest to learn more about nonprofits not operating on survival mode. Love it, love it, love it. Thanks, Natalie! Alrighty, I had the opportunity to talk with Kathleen while she was in San Francisco preparing for her book launch. I mentioned earlier that Kathleen is a lecturer at Stanford, but she is also a co-founder of Spark among other human rights organizations. She informally advises a variety of non-profits and social entrepreneurs in San Francisco and more globally. Let’s drop in on our conversation and learn more about Kathleen and her great new book. Romy: What prompted you to start to write a book on how to scale? Kathleen: Well, this is a really critical question, as you know, Romy, and I think that it can be a controversial word, like a four-letter word, in the nonprofit sector and the for-profit sector because I think a lot of people would say that scale isn't necessarily a good thing for a number of reasons. Maybe we don't want big organizations. Maybe we want a lot of organizations working together. Maybe we want more Mom and Pop organizations that communities know best how to solve...
39 minutes | Jan 3, 2018
S3: Our Common Future Conference – Oct. 27, 2017 – PART TWO #92
Our Common Future Conference – Oct. 27, 2017 Part Two Our Common Future conference was held in Detroit, Michigan at the end of October 2017. We have a Part One and a Part Two to give you the top ten. We will interview several guest speakers that help shape our community. They give us some insight into the work that they do to empower entrepreneurship and Impact Investing. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ocf.png () For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Welcome Back to the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. On this episode, we continue with part two of the Our Common Futures conference. On this episode, Jennifer and Natalie, catch up with conference attendees Melanie Audette with the Mission Investors Exchange, Brenda Hunt with the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Amy Peterson of Rebel Nell, David Contorer with Hebrew Free Loans, and Jason Paulateer with PNC Bank and Foundation. To kick of Part Two, Jennifer sits down with Melanie Audette of the Mission Investors Exchange….. Jennifer: What I'd like to start off today, during our talk is to have you tell me a little bit about yourself and your organization and then we'll go from there. Melanie: Well, I'm the Senior Vice President at Mission Investor's Exchange. I am based in Seattle and Mission Investor's Exchange is a 12 year old organization with offices in New York and San Francisco and then we have some staff in Seattle, but we're a very small but mighty team that has a membership consisting of mainly foundations of all types and sizes across the US who are either building or expanding an impact investing program. And we started out as the PRI Makers Network 12 years ago, when foundations were really focused mainly on doing program-related investments, and about five years ago we merged with The More Formation Campaign, which was a campaign to encourage foundations to devote two percent of their endowments to invest for a mission. Jennifer: I love that. So here at the conference so far, what are your impressions then of how it works and how it applies to your mission through Mission Investor's Exchange? Melanie: Well the independent sector conference as well as the Council of Michigan Foundation's Conference, where we are today, represents two things for me specifically. First, the independent sector has a very much more broad attendance and participation than a lot of the conferences that we attend and that includes the foundations who are at the heart of our network, but also those who play a very important role in the ecosystem around impact investing. And that includes non-profit organizations who oftentimes have social entrepreneurial goals and projects and so, therefore can be investees of impact investment's five foundations as well as those who support them in the field, so investment advisors, philanthropic advisors, attorneys, and accountants. All of those participants really play an incredibly important part helping foundations to identify who investees can be and to be able to do the work efficiently and within the law and correctly and responsibly. The second part is the Council of Michigan Foundations, Mission Investor's Exchange has had a five-year partnership with CMF, and we've worked together over the years to provide education first for those foundations who are interested in learning about impact investing. Through this partnership, Michigan has become the model, really for the whole country informing what's now an infrastructure within that association to help foundations not only to learn about impact investing, but to actually build and identify investment opportunities, create a pipeline for investments, support them in that work and now this year, they've hired an Executive in Residence at CMF to help on a local and regional level, their membership to do this. Jennifer: So understanding that you're drawing from a large group with a lot of people...
42 minutes | Jan 3, 2018
S3: Our Common Future Conference – Oct. 27, 2017 – PART ONE #91
Our Common Future Conference – Oct. 27, 2017 Part One Our Common Future conference was held in Detroit, Michigan at the end of October 2017. We have a Part One and a Part Two to give you the top ten. We will interview several guest speakers that help shape our community. They give us some insight into the work that they do to empower entrepreneurship and Impact Investing. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ocf.png () For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Welcome to the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This is Romy, and we have something very special for you on this episode. Our Bonfires team was invited to podcast from the Our Common Futures conference which was held in Detroit at the end of October 2017. I was not able to attend but two of our very experienced colleagues, Jennifer Davis-Papa and Natalie Hazen, caught up with some very high profile attendees and speakers at the conference. They came back with so many great discussions that we had to do a Part 1 and a Part 2 to give you the top ten. So, on Part 1, you will hear interviews with Dan Cardinali, President, and CEO of Independent Sector, Joyce Cade-Hitchye from the organization, Of Impact, Angela Barbash from the financial firm, Revalue Aaron Seybert of Kresge, and Angela Rogensues of the non-profit, Playworks. Let’s get started with Dan Cardinelli of Independent Sector. He begins by answering Natalie with some organization history. Dan Cardinali: Well, first of all, Independent Sector is a 38-year-old organization that is founded with two very simple principles; that our goal is to bring the sector, the whole sector together. Grant seeking, foundations, corporate foundations, and ... Excuse me. Can I start that again? Natalie: Mm-hmm. Dan Cardinali: Independent Sector was founded 38 years ago with two very simple purposes; to bring the sector together, sector spanning, so we have grant seeking organizations, nonprofits, and grant-making organizations like philanthropy and corporate foundations. The goal of this gathering is for the community to come together in a non-transactional way. Not to cut deals, but to collectively take stock in what's going well and what's not, and how we as a sector can come together, catalyze activity, and be part of accelerating social change. That's what Independent Sector does. And then we learn from that conversation, and we translate that into our public policy work. Primarily in Washington, but increasingly we partner with state organizations to make sure we're aligned with the policies that are really going to strengthen the sector. Every year we gather, historically every year we gather the sector together in this vital meeting ground, this conference. We realize collaboration is the way of the future. Early on as were designing for this, we said, "Look, who are the strongest sector spanning organizations we can partner with." The Council of Michigan Foundations is one of the strongest state level, regional association working in philanthropy. The Michigan Nonprofit Association is a similar; it's one of the strongest nonprofit association. It made perfect sense to say, "Hey! Let's put our heads together, and let's design together." And that's what we did. It's been a phenomenal experience. Natalie: Wow. That's fantastic. I like how you're getting everybody together in the sandbox to play well together, in essence. Dan Cardinali: Right. Well, the goal I think is playing well together. I think also means struggling to do what we hope happens here. Which is to push each other. Each of us have a different purview. We look across the whole sector nationally. The Council of Michigan Foundations has their lens working with philanthropy here in Michigan. Although, they are also a national player. They've a really great purview, and similarly, the Michigan Nonprofit Association has their purview really on what's going on here...
43 minutes | Dec 18, 2017
S3: Because of a Case #90
Because of a Case Hear from Jamie and Sean Strasberger talking about their business, Because of a Case. Because of a Case is a mobile phone case design company contributing to our favorite special causes. And, of course, we have a great song at the end by a Detroit artist for your listening pleasure. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/vantage2.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/logowithcirclearound.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Vantage12.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Vantage10.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/vantage4.jpg ()http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/vantage3.jpg ()http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ADAAPic2.jpg ()http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Because_of_a_case_social_media.jpg () For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Hey Everyone, It’s Romy and I am back with great conversations on the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. Today we have Jamie and Sean Strasberger talking about their business, Because of a Case. And, of course, we have a great song at the end by a Detroit artist for your listening pleasure. Let’s kick it off here with a fun fuel from Natalie Hazen; she always comes up with the best fun fuels! Hello, I’m Natalie Hazen bringing you this episodes’ Fun Fuel. Mobile phones have become such a part of everyone’s daily life that if you can’t find your phone, that can be a giant disrupter to your day! Been there! Phones have become so mainstream and normal, that a recent post on Facebook about an anniversary reminded me how far we have come in our technology with phones. This post was celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the first ever text message. In 1992, 22 year old British software engineer, Neil Papworth, sent the first ever SMS from a computer to his colleague, Richard Jarvis at Vodafone. That very first text message sent on December 3rd ,1992 simply said, “Merry Christmas.” Perhaps you remember your first text message and who it was from such as those defining moments in history where you can state your exact location and what you were doing at that moment. That was honestly no me. But now who would of thought that 25 years later it is normal to communicate via text and also send streams of happy faces, smiling little piles of poo and all sorts of characters! So happy anniversary text message and hats off to wonderful innovators such as Neil Papworth. Now on to our episode. Well, who knew, texting has been around for longer than I thought! That’s great. Let’s slide on over to another seat where we move our discussion to the designed mobile phone cases that bring funding to causes while they bring joy to the texters! Here is a part of my conversation with Jamie and Sean Strasberger of Because of a Case Romy: Let's help our listeners understand what your business is and does. Jamie S: Okay. We're a phone case company, and for every case we sell, we donate a portion to different charities. We have a phone case that we donate a portion to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and it has sea turtles on it, metallic gold foil. We have all different designs that coordinate with different charities. Sean S: For sure, so another organization, the Anxiety ... Association ... What? Jamie S: Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Sean S: Anxiety and Depression. Do that one. We have a lot of animal causes. We have a lot of human causes. We just cover a lot of different bases, and we donate anywhere from 10% of net profits all the way up to 75% for a couple of our causes. Romy: Is the case designed for that particular cause? Am I saying that right? Jamie S: Yeah. Some of them will have a design that we want to use, with a charity in mind. Then we contact the charity after
49 minutes | Dec 14, 2017
S3: Douglas Bitonti Stewart #89
Douglas Bitonti Stewart Today we head over to the Impact Investing Inglenook to chat with Douglas Bitonti Stewart about his recent article titled ‘Impact Investing and the Development Professional: Learning to Ride the Wave’. You can find this published article in the Fall 2017 Issue of Advancing Philanthropy Magazine. Doug shares his very unique perspective on fundraising in the philanthropic space and how that relates to impact investing. Stay tuned until the very end for a special song from a Detroit artist. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/douglas-bitonti-social-media-89.jpg () For the full transcript click below Read Full Transcript Welcome to another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This is Romy and today we head over to the Impact Investing Inglenook to chat with Douglas Bitonti Stewart about his recent article titled ‘Impact Investing and the Development Professional: Learning to Ride the Wave’. You can find this published article in the Fall 2017 Issue of Advancing Philanthropy Magazine. By the way, we have a lot of links in our show notes for this episode if you want to learn more, which, I am certain, you will after hearing from our guest. Doug shares his very unique perspective on fundraising in the philanthropic space and how that relates to impact investing. Stay tuned until the very end for a special song from a Detroit artist. Let’s jump right in to the conversation with Doug. Romy: Well, welcome to the podcast. We're going to talk today about the article you wrote, Impact Investing and the Development Professional. I love that we're going to talk about this from the framing of a development professional because it's rarely discussed, and you have a lot of experience with it. So we'll give links at the end of where this article can be found, and so let's dive right in and talk about the overview of the article first. Douglas Stewart: Sure. So thank you for thinking enough of the article to have a podcast about it. I love your podcast, and I think everybody should be listening to this, and I'm also really hopeful that development officers will start listening to your podcast because this is really important stuff. To start with the why that I felt this article was even necessary. For me, having spent 20 years as a development guy, working for mostly children's hospitals, I loved that work. And after doing that for 20 years, I was just lucky enough to be asked by a family to help run their family foundation. I never thought I was going to do that. Didn't design my career for that but was found myself ... When you've done development long enough, you start to see your role not as raising money, but you see yourself as helping people change the world. And some people do that by contributing money. Other people do that by contributing their careers. And so I had a chance to work up alongside a family, and so, I ended up becoming a foundation person, but not because that was my goal. So in my role as a foundation person, I was seeing donors, foundation staff all learning about impact investing. And it was really exciting, and then when I looked back at my peers in the fundraising field, I looked at their training sessions, and I didn't see anything there. And there was one article in this publication of the Association of Fundraising Professionals a couple of summers ago. It was a cover article, and it talked about impact investing, but there hasn't been anything in there since or before. And I felt like, "Okay, I'm going to pull the curtain back about what foundations are learning and put it in the context of a development officer so that they can start learning about this because there's opportunities here." Romy: And, Doug, just for our listeners in case they don't know the terminology, how do you define a development officer? Douglas Stewart: Sure, so for me, and when I think about that, I think of someone who is engaged...
39 minutes | Dec 7, 2017
S3: DIME Detroit #88
DIME Detroit Time for another episode of the bonfires of social enterprise. Hear from the founders who took a chance, traded London for Detroit and began to engage with the young music talent of Detroit and then Denver. As usual, stay to the end and enjoy a full song from one of the student artists from DIME. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DIME_Logo_DETROIT_COL.jpg ()http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/D2Colour.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DIME-JM_2116-i_SMALL.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DIME-JM_2116-D_SMALL.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DIME-JM_2116-M_SMALL.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/DIME-JM_2116-C_Small.jpg () For the Full Transcript click below Read Full Transcript Time for another episode of the bonfires of social enterprise. This is your host, Romy and I love our guests today! It is the Detroit Institute of Music Education that we abbreviate for DIME Detroit. We will hear from the founders who took a chance, traded London for Detroit and began to engage with the young music talent of Detroit and then Denver. As usual, stay to the end and enjoy a full song from one of the student artists from DIME. Let’s check in with Natalie and see what she has for our fun fuel today. Hello, I’m Natalie Hazen bringing you this episodes’ Fun Fuel. Have you ever just drifted off listening to a song and let your mind wander and float with the melody? Great songs allow for just this to happen as our senses are taken on a journey with the Artist. Notable musicians, scholars and presidents each have their own description of music. William Shakespere said, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Bono thinks, “Music can change the world because it can change people.” Stevie Wonder eloquently stated, “Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.” But I will leave you amazing listeners with one final quote from former United States President Ronald Reagan. He said, “Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” Thanks for listening, now on to our episode. So….interesting! Natalie, you are so fun! Love it. Okay, let’s turn our ears to the interview with Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman of DIME Detroit. They begin by sharing some of their early success in England, their music label, and how they are empowering the kids of Detroit with music and production. Let’s drop in on the conversation now…. Romy: Okay, great well lets get started, let's talk about DIME, and do you go by DIME or DIME Detroit? Sarah Clayman: DIME Detroit here, we have DIME Denver, and we also have DIME online where we have students studying in 22 countries around the world. Romy: Yah okay so what is DIME? Sarah Clayman: So we are a music institute, we teach guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, and music industry studies at bachelor degree level. We are very focused on getting young people into the music industry, and giving them the skills, and the academic credentials to be able to earn a full time living in the music industry. So we're about long-term sustainable careers in music. Romy: Wow, that's powerful, so how did it start? Sarah Clayman: Sure. Kevin Nixon: Okay so it began back in England, we moved from England in 2014, prior to that we originally started in 2001. So Sarah, and I have had our whole lives in the music industry, and in the millennium year music went digital. And so that's when Napster came along, and the whole industry changed, and we were so brilliantly foresight that we thought we'd do something to help the next generation. Not really, we actually realized that there was a lot of change going on, and we kept, I kept getting phone calls regularly from...
40 minutes | Oct 26, 2017
S3: Stephen of Charity Charge #87
Stephen of Charity Charge Welcome back to another episode of The Bonfires of Social Enterprise. My name is Romy and I’m your host and guide here. This time, we hear from Stephen Garten, the founder and CEO of Charity Charge in Austin Texas. Stephen discusses the moment the idea came together along with the current and I guess, ongoing issues of a social enterprise today. As we do over here, there’s a great song at the end of this episode, so stay tuned all the way to the end. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/caring_creditcard_750x200.png () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/caring_creditcard_320x100.png () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Card_1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Stephen_CEO.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Making_Strides_Against_Breat_Cancer_NYC_Central_Park_2016.jpg () For the full transcript – click below Read Full Transcript Welcome back to another episode of The Bonfires of Social Enterprise. My name is Romy and I'm your host and guide here. This time, we hear from Stephen Garten, the founder and CEO of Charity Charge in Austin Texas. Stephen discusses the moment the idea came together along with the current and I guess, ongoing issues of a social enterprise today. As we do over here, there's a great song at the end of this episode, so stay tuned all the way to the end. Now, Natalie Hazen has our Fun Fuel today, let's see what she came up with. I’m Natalie Hazen and I am bringing you the Fun Fuel for this weeks episode. Today’s college students are inundated with fliers & applications promoting the latest and greatest credit card. Of course, we can go back to the 1800’s when American merchants extended store credit to trusted customers. I think of all the old style cowboy movies where the weary cowboy dismounts his horse, ties the reins around a wood fence in front of the old general store and goes in to buy some well-needed merchandise like sasparilla or something. Gotta love the movies for that visual. The WalletHub.com published an article about the history of the credit card and it was in the early 1900’s that a handful of US department stores and oil companies began issuing their own credit cards to be used at that particular business. Then came the Diners Club card and American Express charge cards in 1951 & 1959 respectively. Finally, in 1966, Bank of America launched the first general-purpose credit card: the Bank Americard – the forerunner to what is now VISA. Now I’m certain, that there are still cowboys that dismount their horses and head into their local general store like in days of old, but the stores have certainly changed and so have the credit cards. Thanks for listening to today’s Fun Fuel! Now on to the episode. Oh my goodness, I have never connected [Sasparillo 00:00:46] with credit cards. Excellent Fun Fuel, Natalie you're the best. Oh my, let's drop in now to my conversation with Stephen Garten of Charity Charge. Romy: Okay, well welcome Stephen. You're calling in from Texas. I appreciate that. Stephen Garten: Happy to be here. Thanks for having me. Romy: Yes, we're excited to learn about Charity Charge. Let's jump right in. What is Charity Charge? Stephen Garten: Charity Charge is a credit card that lets cardholders earn cash back, that automatically gets donated to any nonprofit of their choice. It's in partnership with MasterCard, so the credit card's accepted around the world, wherever MasterCard is. I think an easy way for people to think about it for context is imagine say a Southwest Airlines credit card where every time you use that credit card, you are earning airline miles. Charity Charge is similar in nature to that, it's just that every time you use it, you earn one percent cash back that's tax deductible and automatically...
44 minutes | Oct 17, 2017
S3: Detroit Mushroom Factory: Deana Wojcik & Chris Carrier #86
Detroit Mushroom Factory with Deana & Chris Hello out there in listener land, this is Romy bringing you another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This episode is all about mushrooms! Did you know there are all different types of mushrooms that can be grown indoors, and, that there is a mushroom factory in Detroit? Well, you will meet Deana and Chris and hear all about their story from concept to now. As customary, I also like to introduce a song from a Detroit artist at the end of each episode so stay tuned to the end. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/chris_and_deana.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2016-06-04_10.41.08_3.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2016-02-06_08.24.46-2_2.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-01-20_14.45.12_1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-01-07_09.34.52_2.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2016-10-28_15.10.25_2.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2016-03-30_14.38.55_2.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2016-01-22_17.48.43_1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2015-10-12_21.10.45_1.png () For the full transcript – Click below Read Full Transcript Hello out there in listener land, this is Romy bringing you another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This episode is all about mushrooms! Did you know there are all different types of mushrooms that can be grown indoors, and, that there is a mushroom factory in Detroit? Well, you will meet Deana and Chris and hear all about their story from concept to now. As customary, I also like to introduce a song from a Detroit artist at the end of each episode so stay tuned to the end. Okay, let’s see what Luke has for our fun fuel today….. Hi, this is Luke Trombley, and I am bringing you the fun fuel for this episode. Did you know that there are over 30 species of mushrooms that glow in the dark? The chemical reaction involved in this is called bioluminescence which produces a glowing light known as foxfire. Some people will use this fungi to light paths through the woods. Thank you for listening to this fun fuel. Enjoy the episode! Very nice Luke. Glowing in the dark….what a fungi….ha ha. Okay, Romy, enough with the bad jokes. Let’s listen in to what Deanna and Chris are up to and how this all began. Romy: Okay, great. Well, welcome Deana and Chris to the podcast, Bonfires of Social Enterprise. Got your cool business here. Let's talk about the Detroit Mushroom Factory. Deana: Great. Well thanks for having us. To just give a little background, we are a mushroom farm. We grow right now just out of our home. We live in Detroit, and we grow mushrooms in the basement. We grow on a substrate that comprises spent brewery grain that we get donated to us from a brewery in Detroit called Detroit Beer Company, and we mix that with sawdust that we get donated to us from a local woodworker named Richard Ganas. And so those two things we combine, we add mushroom spawn, and then we grow those mushrooms and sell them, mostly to local restaurants. Romy: Wow. Let's go over that one more time just in case, just for terminology. So you grow the mushrooms in your basement on, what was that? It was a bent ... Say that again. Deana: Spent brewery grain. So when beer is brewed at a brewery, they are left over with all this grain that comes out of the mash tun and that's usually a waste stream [inaudible 00:01:26]. So our model, one of the aims of our business is to be a totally sustainable farm. And so we have committed to only growing on recycled materials and spent brewery grain is one of those materials. Romy: Okay. Brewery grain, just for those listening in other...
45 minutes | Oct 6, 2017
S3: Detroit S.O.A.R. – Sisters On A Roll, Mobile Cafe’ #85
Detroit S.O.A.R. – Sisters On A Roll, Mobile Cafe’ Hey there, I am back with another guest from the great city of Detroit. This is Romy, and I have the pleasure of introducing you to Chef Bee and Jasmine of social enterprise Detroit S.O.A.R! They have an inspiring story of joining together around health food for some very interesting reasons. This is a true story of how we are better together! Stay tuned at the end for a really fun song by a Detroit artist. As a matter of fact, you might want to find your dancin’ shoes while you are listening, so you are ready. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SOARPeaceMeal.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/wings.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/DetroitSoarTT.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Campus_Martius.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ChiptoleTacos.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Channel_7.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Detroit_soar_logo_huge_1.png () For the full transcript- click below Read Full Transcript Hey there, I am back with another guest from the great city of Detroit. This is Romy, and I have the pleasure of introducing you to Chef Bee and Jasmine of social enterprise Detroit S.O.A.R! They have an inspiring story of joining together around health food for some very interesting reasons. This is a true story of how we are better together! Stay tuned at the end for a really fun song by a Detroit artist. As a matter of fact, you might want to find your dancin’ shoes while you are listening, so you are ready. Before we hear from Jasmine and Chef Bee, let’s see what Luke found for us on this episode’s fun fuel Hi, this is Luke Trombley, and I am bringing you the fun fuel for this episode. While on the topic of mobile food, nearly 795 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. That is approximately one in nine people. 98% of the worlds undernourished population live in developing countries. Thanks to companies like Detroit Soar, that bring food to people who don't get enough to eat, the world hunger problem has dropped from 23.3 percent in developing nations to 12.9 percent. Thank you for listening to this fun fuel. Enjoy the Episode! Thank you, Luke! Listening to those statistics, it really makes me thankful for the work of Detroit SOAR. Let’s listen in now…. Romy: We're excited to have you. You guys [crosstalk 00:00:22]. Yeah, you guys were ... we met cause you were winners at a Build Social event in Detroit. Right? Jasmine R: Yeah. So, we were in an eight-week business accelerator to help us learn how to build a business while still doing a social mission and making a profit. And we met you at our pitch competition for that. Romy: Yeah. Lucky for me! Yeah, so let's, first of all, let our listeners know about Detroit SOAR and ... I don't know is that the name you use or do you say Sisters On A Roll? Can we clarify that right out of the gate? Chef Bee: Yes. We can clarify that. Sisters On A Roll is my personal company, and me and Jasmine met through that company, and together we became partners to do Detroit SOAR, which is Sharing Opportunities And Resources. Romy: Okay. Glad to know that. Okay, so Detroit SOAR is Sharing Opportunities And Resources. Alright, I love it. And then do you still have your other company going, Chef Bee? Chef Bee: Yes. That's the company through which we do the catering for Detroit SOAR - Romy: Okay. Chef Bee: And everybody else. Romy: And you really go by ... you're really most known as Chef Bee. Right? Chef Bee: I am. Romy: And why is that? Let's go back in history just a little bit. Chef Bee: Oh, we're going way back. I was in the kitchen when Tony from Andiamo's and it was two Browns in the kitchen. So,...
27 minutes | Sep 28, 2017
S3: Latrice McClendon of Impact Community Health #84
Latrice McClendon of Impact Community Health Thanks for tuning in to the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This is Romy, and I have a friend of mine on the episode today. Latrice McClendon is quite an entrepreneur and just an all around amazing person. On this episode, we will hear about one of her businesses. She has at least one other venture with her husband. And, of course, you know I love music around here, so we will hear from another Detroit artist and their full song at the end of the episode so stay tuned! http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/LaTrice_McClendon_4853.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/impcomm.png () For the Full Transcript – Click below Read Full Transcript Thanks for tuning in to the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This is Romy, and I have a friend of mine on the episode today. Latrice McClendon is quite an entrepreneur and just an all around amazing person. On this episode, we will hear about one of her businesses. She has at least one other venture with her husband. And, of course, you know I love music around here, so we will hear from another Detroit artist and their full song at the end of the episode so stay tuned! Luke has our Fun Fuel today, let’s see what he found for us…. Hi, this is Luke Trombley, and I am bringing you the fun fuel for this episode. While on the topic of infant health care, did you know that around 255 babies are born each minute? So for the time, it takes you to brush your teeth, nearly 300 new lives are brought into this world. It is also estimated that 353,000 babies are born in one day around the world. So far this year, over 78 million babies have been born. Thank you so much for taking time to listen to this fun fuel! Enjoy the episode! Thanks for that fun fuel Luke! Time to check in now with Latrice and see what she is up to with beautiful mama’s and their perfect little babies…. Romy: Alright so welcome Latrice Mcclendon from Impact Community Health, I am really excited you're on our show. Latrice: Thank you, I'm excited to be on your show. Romy: Our little podcast. We love our little podcast. Well anyway [crosstalk 00:00:18] so today we're talking about health, and you've got a cool spin on your new social enterprise. Well, I guess it's not new; but I just newly met you through Build institute, Build Social, right? Couple- Latrice: Correct. Romy: Months ago. Yeah. So you were one of the winners of the program there, and I got really excited right then to put you on the podcast as a guest. So, for our listeners, let's tell everyone what Impact Community Health is in the Detroit area. Latrice: Awesome. Hello, everybody. Impact Community Health is- we are a maternal/infant health program here in Michigan, and our main goal is to reduce infant mortality rates. We work with pregnant women, caregivers of infants up to 18 months who are Medicaid beneficiaries, and we address the psycho-social issues and any logistical barriers that a lot of women or children are faced with as far as having either a healthy birth outcome, or any barriers that are [inaudible 00:01:27] and making it to their first birthday, and of course, developing up to 18 months. So that's what we do, we focus on reducing infant mortality rates. Romy: Okay. Wow. Well that's- there's a obvious social impact from saving our beautiful babies. So- Latrice: Yeah. Romy: Your business- so what do you do then? What does the business look like? Latrice: So what we do, we actually send in social workers and nurses to educate, to encourage, to give all kinds of information on how to either take care of yourself while you're pregnant or how to take care of your baby. So we also have lactation consultants that we send in. We do parenting classes to educate. So our biggest mission is to educate. And we do that because a lot of people- you can't do what you don't know. Romy: Right....
38 minutes | Sep 20, 2017
S3: Bogobrush: Heather and John McDougall #83
Bogobrush: Heather and John McDougall Hey there! This is Romy here for another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise! On this episode, we are going to hear from a creative brother and sister team making toothbrushes for some good causes. Fun! And, of course, at the end, we have a great song from a Detroit artist….always one of my favorite parts of the episode. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush__Heather-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush__Heather_and_John-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_011-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_010-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bogobrush_logo-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_-_White-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_002-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush__John-2.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_007-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_006-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_005-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_004-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_003-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_013-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_012-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_016.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_009.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_015.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_014.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush__Stand_Black.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bogobrush_0003.jpg () For the full transcript – click below Read Full Transcript Hey there! This is Romy here for another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise! On this episode, we are going to hear from a creative brother and sister team making toothbrushes for some good causes. Fun! And, of course, at the end, we have a great song from a Detroit artist….always one of my favorite parts of the episode. Let’s check in with Natalie Hazen on our Fun Fuel about toothbrushes…. This is Natalie Hazen, and I am bringing you the Fun Fuel for this episode. When I think of teeth, my first thoughts go directly to food. That probably is not a good thing, because I really like food, but nonetheless, we need to eat, and teeth help with that process. I think of all the action that goes into eating such as biting and chomping and chewing which is actually a pretty remarkable process. So how many teeth do we have? According to Authority Dental, We have 32 teeth including wisdom teeth with 16 on top and 10 on the bottom. And a human bite can generate a force of as great as 55 pounds on the incisors or 200 pounds on the molars. Humans have quite the chompers! Hope you enjoyed this fun fuel. Now on to the episode. Thank you, Natalie! She is so hilarious. Okay, let’s listen in to my conversation with Heather and John McDougall Romy: Alright, so welcome Heather and John McDougal from BOGO Brush to the Podcast Show! John: Yeah, thanks for having us. Heather: Hey, good to be here. Romy: Yeah, so I'm excited to introduce you guys to our listeners. I'm so happy to have you on the show. You've got a different product for us, and we haven't had a brother and sister team on yet, so this is really fun. So let's...
38 minutes | Sep 11, 2017
S3: Hamilton Perkins Bags and Recycled Plastic #82
Hamilton Perkins Hamilton and his team are working with Thread International to make bags and other accessories from some of the recycled plastics in Haiti. He has very interesting story. Be sure to stay tuned for a great Detroit artist group called The Infatuations. You will feel like you are transported back in time with their great song. http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bloomingdale_s.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Bloomingdale_s_SoHo.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Hamilton_interview_from_Truitier_Landfill_in_Haiti.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Hamilton_interview_for_Haitian_TV_from_the_first_mile_of_the_HPC_supply_chain-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Barbara_and_Hamilton.jpg () For the full transcript – click below Read Full Transcript Introduction: Welcome to another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This is Romy. I am your host for this show. We had a little gap in our postings there, sorry about that! Sometimes I am doing too many things and it catches up with me. Well, we have a great guest today from Virginia. Shout out to our listeners in Virginia! Hamilton Perkins is the founder of a business called Hamilton Perkins. Hamilton and his team are working with Thread International to make bags and other accessories from some of the recycled plastics in Haiti. He has very interesting story. Be sure to stay tuned for a great Detroit artist group called The Infatuations. You will feel like you are transported back in time with their great song. First, let’s check out our Fun Fuel This is Natalie Hazen, and I am bringing you the Fun Fuel for this episode. The popularity of recycling has had its share of bumps and bruises over the years, but who or what started this idea of recycling? Many give credit of first recycling to none other than Mr. T-Rex and his dinosaur buddies Mr. Stegosaurus and Ms. Triceratops for decomposing and then producing various oils and gasses. Way to go dinos! But really, in 500 BC, it was Athens, Greece who organized the first municipal dump program in the western world. In an article written by Matt Bradbury in May 2014 for the Resource Center Powered by Busch Systems, he states that Athen’s local laws dictated that waste had to be disposed of at least one mile from the city walls. Quite a hike. But for the United States, it was the year 1690 that the recycled paper manufacturing process was introduced. The Rittenhouse Mill near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania made paper from fiber derived from recycled cotton and linen rags. Well, that wraps up our fun fuel and now onto the episode. Thanks Natalie! What a fun connection to the history of dinosaurs. Love it! Okay, let’s jump in to my conversation with Hamilton Main Interview: Romy: Hamilton, welcome to the Bonfires of Social Enterprise Podcast Show. Hamilton: Thank you so much for having me, I'm really delighted to be here. Romy: Now we're on the phone together, I'm in Detroit, and you're calling from ... Is it Norfolk Virginia? That's where you're in? Romy: All right, well let's jump right into it. Let's talk about the Hamilton Perkins Collection. We know already that you're the founder, and you're the sort of visionary, so it's named after you. Can you tell us about the business? Hamilton: Yeah, so we make bags out of recycled plastic bottles and recycled billboard vinyl. Every bag is different; every bag is unique. We source the plastic out of Haiti, and we also cut and sew the bags in Haiti as well. We started with a Kickstarter Campaign, a little bit over nine months ago. Had a $10,000 goal, we hit the goal in about a week. We had a couple hundred orders that needed to be sent out and had about a six month lead time. Took some time, we hit the business plan competition circuit; we were able to...
40 minutes | Jul 24, 2017
S3: Mile High Expansion in Denver Manufacturing Workshop – Episode #81
Mile High Workshop What’s going on in Denver social enterprise manufacturing these days?! Romy catches up with Andy Magel of the Mile High Workshop manufacturer in Denver, Colorado. Great song the end! http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MHW_PUP-037-1.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/WorkShop_Handcrafted.png () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ButcherLogo2-1.jpeg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/irma_alyssa2-1.jpg () http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/VR_Naturals-1-1.jpg () For Full Transcript Read Full Transcript Introduction Hi there! This is Romy and welcome back to another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. I want to give a shout-out to our friends in Haiti, France, and Canada. Please reach out to us on the website. We would love to hear what is happening in your communities, and, maybe even tell your story on our show. So, on this episode, we catch back up with Andy Magel in Denver, Colorado and the Mile High Workshop. Many of you may remember that Denver is known as the Mile High city as it is one mile above sea level. There is a vibrant community of social enterprise in Denver, and Andy is leading the way with his amazing maker space and job creation. Stay tuned at the end for a song from a Detroit artist. Let’s, first, see what Luke has for our Fun Fuel... Fun Fuel (no transcript) Transition Thanks, Luke, wooden domes – you just don’t think things like that are possible without steel and like materials. Let’s jump into the update with Andy on his Mile High Workshop in Colorado. Main Interview Andy : Glad to be back. I was looking; it's been over a year since we last talked and man a lot has happened. We've moved. We've expanded. We've grown and so yeah happy to kind of pick up, and if you have anything, in particular, you want to know let me know, and I'll just come give you a quick rundown but when we last talked we were in about 8,000 square feet, and we've recently moved to a new building that we're occupying about 12,000 square feet of. A much more industrial space with back doors and these types of things, higher ceilings for vertical storage, and it's a much better space for us, and that's been a good move that's allowed us to kind of take on some new projects and grow with some projects. The last time we talked I think we were doing woodworking and sewing and I can't remember if down with the grid quick started up our packaging and fulfillment side of things yet? Romy: No, it was more like etching. I think there was a little bit of glass etching starting or just you were dabbling with it I think sort of that. Andy : Yeah, I was still doing that laser etching and cutting still kind of a nice accessory to a lot of the other stuff that we're doing. But we were doing the fastest growing thing that we started even since we've talked last was packaging and fulfillment, and so we do all the fulfillment and shipping for a company called the Coors. They're a subscription tampon business actually based in San Francisco. A really great company and really doing a lot of growth and so we do all their packing and shipping, and we also do the same type of services with them with some local businesses here, a glass company and a pillow company. And that's been a really good area for us to provide job opportunities and training and we're really excited about what's coming with that, and we got some stuff come down the pipe too. We're actually just about to launch a new partnership Coors Tech which is the ceramics side of kind of the Coors family in Colorado. Obviously, a big family name and Coors Beer is probably pretty well known across the country. But they have a manufacturing side of the business. Technically it's a separate business, but a ceramics and they are placing equipment in our shop...
32 minutes | Jul 12, 2017
S3: Job Creation & Impact Investing with Don Lee #80
Job Creation & Impact Investing with Don Lee http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/don_lee.jpg () Today, we are moving to the Impact Investing Inglenook to talk to Don Lee. Don has been quite a visionary around social enterprise local investing and has begun to change the way many people are investing in the Detroit area. His has passionate rationale and incredible enthusiasm – It is quite contagious actually. We have a very special surprise artist at the end of this episode for your listening pleasure so stay tuned! Full Transcript – click below Read Full Transcript Introduction Hi there! This is Romy and welcome back to another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. Today, we are moving to the Impact Investing Inglenook to talk to Don Lee. Don has been quite a visionary around social enterprise local investing and has begun to change the way many people are investing in the Detroit area. His has passionate rationale and incredible enthusiasm – It is quite contagious actually. We have a very special surprise artist at the end of this episode for your listening pleasure so stay tuned! Before we jump in, let’s see what Luke has for our Fun Fuel… Fun Fuel Hi, this is Luke Trombley, and I am bringing you the fun fuel for this episode. Don Lee makes a huge impact on businesses with his investing, much like how meteors make huge impacts on earth itself. The world's largest crater is located in Australia, before impact, it split into two pieces, each 6 miles across. This created two craters covering around 250 miles of Australia's beautiful countryside. The second biggest crater is located in South Africa. The meteor was between 5 and 10 kilometers and was traveling around 20 kilometers per second. That is around 12 miles a second! Thank you for tuning into this fun fuel. Enjoy the episode! Transition Thanks, Luke! I love this idea of thinking about Impact Investing making large scale impact. That just gave me a different visual. In some ways, impact investing has turned the financial markets a little sideways when it comes to local investing. Many said it couldn’t be done, but, as you will hear from Don, it is happening right now! Let me not delay one more minute and let’s jump over to my conversation with Don… Main Interview Don: Romy, thanks for having me. Man, it's been ... it's just been so cool what's been happening the last couple of years when we connected and what we're doing with, in the city of Detroit. It's just amazing, creating over 44 jobs in three entities, that we invested in with your leadership and help. It's been great so thanks for having me. Romy: Gosh, I feel like, I'm just an administrator here, you've been part of the visionary and I think it's been, I'm glad you said only a couple of years because I think it's been closer to four years that we've been doing this. But that's good, time flies. Don: Scary. Romy: I know. Hey, you know what? This has been awesome to have you on here because I've been wanting to have you one here, we get so many questions around impact investing and you are a walking example of somebody who kind of caught the bug a little bit, had the idea, and you've journeyed from actually putting your money into it, both direct and private equity funds that you help design and now help oversee. You, sort of, we'd say, officially caught the bug for impact investing so I'd love to just start at the beginning and take the listeners back to how did you even become interested in kind of local impact type investing. Do you remember? Don: Yeah, well if you go really far back, I came to the state of Michigan or the great city of Detroit with minus $5,000 in my pocket. So I would be ... I wouldn't consider myself wealthy and my net worth wasn't above zero so ... But what I do, and when I reflect back and I start reflecting back after mission trips that there were so many wonderful men and women that came into my life that...
39 minutes | Jul 6, 2017
S3: Nique Love Rhodes #79
Nique Love Rhodes We have a social entrepreneur of a different kind, she is a rapper! You will have an opportunity to learn how the social and business sides come together for impact with Nique Love Rhodes! We featured her once before on one of the other episodes, Bags to Butterflies, I think. You will have to check it out. And, since she is an artist herself, we will get to hear TWO songs today, one of which is an exclusive debut before her album even releases! http://bonfiresofsocialenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/thumb_DSC09558_1024.jpg () For the full transcript of the episode click below: Read Full Transcript Introduction Welcome to another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise! This is Romy and we have something new for you today! We have a social entrepreneur of a different kind, she is a rapper! You will have an opportunity to learn how the social and business sides come together for impact with Nique Love Rhodes! We featured her once before on one of the other episodes, Bags to Butterflies, I think. You will have to check it out. And, since she is an artist herself, we will get to hear TWO songs today, one of which is an exclusive debut before her album even releases! Too much… Before we get started, let’s see what Luke has for our fun fuel … Fun Fuel Hi, This is Luke Trombley, and I am bringing you the fun fuel for this episode. Nique has incorporated rap into her career, so we are going to take a closer look into rap and the history of this genre. Rap has recently taken the world by storm. But where did it come from? In 1973, a man named DJ Kool Herc was sitting his apartment in the Bronx with his sister. The young DJ took two turntables and played the same breakbeat section of the James Brown record “clap your hands.” This method of recording is also used today by many producers. In 1979 rap took off and gave birth to many popular songs, including rappers delight by the sugar hill gang. Transition Thank you Luke! Always informative and fun, hence, why we call it the Fun Fuel, ha ha. Okay, let’s get to it. Here is my interview with the amazing Nique Love Rhodes. Main Interview Romy: So, all right, so welcome to the podcast. Nique: Thank you. I'm very excited. Romy: Yeah Nique: It's a big week for me; I get married literally in seven days from now. Romy: What? I didn't know that. Nique: Yes. Yes. Romy: Congratulations. Nique: So- Romy: So you'll be married when this comes out. Nique: Yes, I'm excited. Romy: Oh my gosh. It's so great Nique. Well, you're our first artist, you're our first, let's say a musician artist- Nique: Yep. Romy: ... that is a social entrepreneur so, I've been really excited and waiting to interview you, and I wanted to talk about all the things that you do and why you're, why we consider each other social entrepreneurs. And because I don't think sometimes musicians who are doing inspirational things think of themselves that way. Nique: That's true. That's true. Romy: Yeah. So let's talk about what you do first. What's the kind of music for those who have never heard part of your messaging or your, listen to your tracks? Let's give the listeners an overview of the type of music that you produce. Nique: For sure, so I am, I would consider myself a socially conscious hip hop artist. So all of my music is rooted in a couple of different things. So it's rooted in putting positive vibes out into the world and being a sense of encouragement, of inspiration, of hope to every listener, to anyone who listens to my music. But it's also rooted in a sense of being socially responsible and putting messages that are timely, that's gonna get people to think about things critically, or to, you know, think about something completely different, or to, you know, get inspired to actually become active participants in their community and the world when it comes to social issues. So I talk about racism, I talk about, you know, religious
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