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Trabian Shorters

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Trabian Shorters – A Cognitive Skill to Magnify Humanity

On Being with Krista Tippett

Trabian Shorters is a visionary who has seen and named a task that is necessary for all healing and building, for every vision and plan, whether in a family or a world, to flourish. It’s called Asset Framing — and it works with both new understandings of the brain and an age-old understanding of the real-world power of the words we use, the stories we tell, and the way we name things and people. From everyday social media, to hallowed modes of journalistic, academic, and policy analyses, we have a habit of seeing deficits — and of defining people in need in terms of their problems. This has not only doomed some of our best efforts to failure — it leaves all of us prone to cynicism and hopelessness. What’s exciting is that what Trabian Shorters proposes is not only more effective, it is simple and straightforward to grasp. It is in and of itself dignifying and renewing. The main question you might be asking at the end of this is why, at this advanced stage of our species, it took us so long to learn to asset frame. Trabian Shorters consults widely in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, and journalism. He’s the founder and CEO of the BMe Community. He’s been a Vice President of Communities at the Knight Foundation, co-led the Ashoka-US venture team, and founded a successful early social impact tech company in 1999. He’s co-editor of the book, Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding.Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

50mins

3 Feb 2022

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[Unedited] Trabian Shorters with Krista Tippett

On Being with Krista Tippett

Trabian Shorters is a visionary who has seen and named a task that is necessary for all healing and building, for every vision and plan, whether in a family or a world, to flourish. It’s called Asset Framing — and it works with both new understandings of the brain and an age-old understanding of the real-world power of the words we use, the stories we tell, and the way we name things and people. From everyday social media, to hallowed modes of journalistic, academic, and policy analyses, we have a habit of seeing deficits — and of defining people in need in terms of their problems. This has not only doomed some of our best efforts to failure — it leaves all of us prone to cynicism and hopelessness. What’s exciting is that what Trabian Shorters proposes is not only more effective, it is simple and straightforward to grasp. It is in and of itself dignifying and renewing. The main question you might be asking at the end of this is why, at this advanced stage of our species, it took us so long to learn to asset frame.Trabian Shorters consults widely in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, and journalism. He’s the founder and CEO of the BMe Community. He’s been a Vice President of Communities at the Knight Foundation, co-led the Ashoka-US venture team, and founded a successful early social impact tech company in 1999. He’s co-editor of the book, Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding.This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Trabian Shorters – A Cognitive Skill to Magnify Humanity." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

1hr 25mins

3 Feb 2022

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Words to Live By: The Power of Storytelling through Asset-Framing, with Trabian Shorters, CEO BMe Community

The Black Fundraisers' Podcast

BMe Community CEO, Trabian Shorters, is a New York Times Bestselling author, social entrepreneur, and the leading authority on an award-winning approach to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Impact called "Asset-Framing." His pioneering work in Asset-Framing earned Shorters recognition as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, as well as prestigious Ford Foundation, Ashoka and Aspen Institute fellowships. Senior leadership teams of iconic social impact organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, New Schools Venture Fund and The Heinz Endowments request Asset-Framing for their boards, staffs and grantees. “Shorters’ organization, BMe Community, proves the power of Asset-Framing by training and organizing over 300 influential black leaders to be Vanguards of the Next Narrative on race communities and America’s future. Starting with Asset-Framing, these BMe Vanguard Fellows are taught 21st century leadership skills including cultural competency, social financial literacy, public persuasion and mutuality by global authorities in their fields. BMe Fellows serve millions of families per year and are defined by their lifelong commitment to building a more caring and prosperous society for us all.” Learn more at www.bmecommunity.org This podcast is hosted by ZenCast.fm

34mins

20 Mar 2021

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Trabian Shorters and the Genius of "Asset Framing"

Let's Hear It

We are incredibly excited to have Trabian Shorters as our guest this week. Trabian, who runs BMe Community, has helped change the way so many of us communicate. He has drawn upon an amazing combination of brain science and good old hacking to help people across the nonprofit world understand the power of defining people by their aspirations and talents rather than their challenges. We really hope you’ll enjoy this amazing conversation as much as we did.

58mins

25 Feb 2021

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ComNetworkV Keynote: Trabian Shorters

CommsCast

ComNetworkV Keynote: Trabian Shorters by The Communications Network

45mins

13 Oct 2020

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“Reach” author & BMe co-founder Trabian Shorters on the astounding power of asset framing (We Can Be S03EP11)

We Can Be podcast - The Heinz Endowments

Trabian Shorters, international expert on the cognitive structure of “asset framing” and co-founder and CEO of the Miami, Florida-based BMe, joins host Grant Oliphant for this episode of “We Can Be.” Trabian is a former vice president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, retired tech entrepreneur,  New York Times best-selling author of “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding,” and – in his words – “a doting father of two brilliant, Black twin girls who will live in a better world that we are making together for them.”  Throughout his impressive career, Trabian has considered how the assessments we make of others are often built on the inherently biased negative attributes that we perceive them to have, missing their positive traits and ignoring their enormous potential.  Since 2013, he has guided BMe’s network of innovators, leaders and champions who invest in the promise of their communities. The success of BMe’s leadership fellowship program for Black men and women is proving the transformational power of asset framing, and has in the process helped more than 2 million families secure educational, economic, human rights, and health and wellness opportunities.  Trabian shares with Grant the ways asset framing can inform the national dialogue on police violence against people of color, how John Legend’s contribution to “Reach” inspired him, and why he believes we can truly be a land of liberty and justice for all. “I sincerely believe that we can embody and exemplify fully realized liberty and justice,” Trabian says. “We have a duty and responsibility to model the type of behavior that we want to see in the world.” “We Can Be” is hosted by Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant, and produced by the Endowments, Josh Franzos and Tim Murray. Theme music by Josh Slifkin. Guest inquiries can be made to Scott Roller at sroller@heinz.org.

31mins

16 Sep 2020

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How Asset Framing Those You Serve Encourages Their Creativity and Success - Trabian Shorters - Episode #34

The Create and Grow Podcast

What is asset framing? Trabian Shorters talks about 'asset framing' and why it is needed as we continue advocating for justice for the Black community. As an educator and entrepreneur it is an important topic, no matter which demographic you serve. Asset and deficit framing affects our students' success and their creative potential. I sat down with him a while back to interview him and felt it is a timely topic to share with our podcast community at this time. Trabian Shorters is the founder and CEO of BMe Community. Trabian has a long history of creating and running innovative networks for the public good. As founding CEO of BMe, Trabian envisions communities where we all do better specifically because we are willing to help each other. BMe is our opportunity to build such communities – beginning with inspired black men. Start your second part of 2020 with asset framing those you serve and support! BMe LinkedIN Twitter - BMe

9mins

21 Jun 2020

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Trabian Shorters Takes Us To School at ComNet 2019

Let's Hear It

This is the third in our bonus series of keynote speeches from ComNet 2019. Trabian Shorters is the CEO and Founder of BMe Community, which provides fellowships for Black leaders in the US, and which trains organizations in matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Trabian’s amazing talk explains his work to promote what he calls “asset framing” – describing people by their aspirations and talents rather than a perceived challenge or stereotype. If you are working in social justice in any way, shape, or form, you simply MUST listen to this incredibly valuable lesson in effective communications. This episode is long, but it’s worth it!

1hr 16mins

24 Oct 2019

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ComNet19 Keynote: Trabian Shorters, CEO and Founder of BMe Community

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ComNet19 Keynote: Trabian Shorters, CEO and Founder of BMe Community by The Communications Network

1hr 17mins

22 Oct 2019