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Big Vision Podcast

For seven years (2006-2013) Britt Bravo interviewed over 70 people with Big Visions for a better world. You can contact Britt through her website, www.brittbravo.com.

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The Power of Giving Circles: An Interview with Marsha Wallace of Dining for Women

Marsha Wallace is the founder of Dining for Women.  Dining for Women's mission is to empower women and children living in extreme povertyby funding programs that foster good health, education, and economicself-sufficiency and to cultivate educational giving circles inspiring individuals to make a difference through the power of collective giving.You can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.

10mins

3 Sep 2007

Rank #1

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Using Film to Change the World: An Interview with Shalini Kantayya

Shalini Kantayya is afilmmaker, educator, and activist who uses film/video as a tool to educate,inspire, and empower audiences. Shalini believes in making films thatspark positive social change. The mission of her production company,7th Empire Media, is to bring a professional voice to the unheardthrough media. Shalini finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakerson FOX’s ON THE LOT, a reality show by Steven Spielberg and MarkBurnett, in search of Hollywood’s next great director. You can see a trailer from her film, A Drop of Life, at www.adropoflife.tv.You can read a transcript of this interview on Have Fun * Do Good.

20mins

7 Oct 2007

Rank #2

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Women Who Light the Dark: An Interview with Paola Gianturco

For the past twelve years, Paola Gianturco hasworked as a photojournalist, documenting women’s lives in fortycountries. Her new book, Women Who Light the Dark (September 2007) is her fourth published by powerHouse Books. In 2006, Gianturco co-authored with David Hill, ¡Viva Colores! A Salute to the Indomitable People of Guatemala, a bilingual book met with critical acclaim. Her previous book, Celebrating Women (powerHouseBooks, October 2004) was the subject of the first exhibit ever curatedby the International Museum of Women, San Francisco. Paola is also the co-author/photographer with Toby Tuttle of the best-seller, In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World(powerHouse Books, paperback, 2004; Monacelli Press, hardcover, 2000).This was Gianturco’s first book, inspired by the 1995 United NationsFourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.All of Gianturco's books are philanthropic projects, for which she donates her royalties to carefully-selected nonprofit organizations that relate to each book's content. For Women Who Light the Dark, Gianturco is giving 100% of her author royalties to the Global Fund for Women, which advocates for and defends women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.You can learn more about Paola's work and Women Who Light the Dark on the book's web site: womenwholightthedark.comYou can read a transcript of this interview on my blog, Have Fun * Do Good.

25mins

12 Nov 2007

Rank #3

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Women's Earth Alliance: Co-Directors Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond

Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond are the Co-Directors of Women's Earth Alliance.  Women's Earth Alliance, or WEA, unites women on the frontlines of environmental justice causes by coordinating training, technology, and financial support for thriving communities and the Earth. When I sat down to talk with Amira and Melinda, they had just returned from the West African Women and Water Training in Ghana.  They talked about their experience there, WEA's work, and the paths that brought them to working together.  You'll also hear some singing from the participants of the training as well as the song, "Oshun," by Hamsa Lila. A transcript of this interview will be up in about a week on my blog, Have Fun Do Good. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast with iTunes.

27mins

20 Apr 2010

Rank #4

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Living Plastic-Free with Beth Terry

Beth Terry is the author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. She also writes the popular blog, My Plastic-Free Life, and is a founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Beth gives presentations on living plastic-free and why our personal changes do make a difference.  She spearheaded the successful Take Back the Filter Brita recycling campaign in 2008, and her life and work have been profiled in Susan Freinkel's book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, Captain Charles Moore's book, Plastic Ocean, and the award-winning film, Bag It. When she's not out fighting plastic pollution, she spends her time with her husband, and two rascally kitties in Oakland, CA. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

28mins

1 Dec 2012

Rank #5

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Good Food Revolution: Will Allen of Growing Power

Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. After a brief career in professional basketball, and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter & Gamble, Will returned to his roots as a farmer, using his retirement package to purchase a plot of inner city land with greenhouses where he has built the country's pre-eminent urban farm.  He is now the CEO of Growing Power (www.growingpower.org), an organization that develops community food systems.  In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a "genius grant," only the second farmer ever to be so honored.  He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and in February 2010, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching, "Let's Move!" - her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America.  In May 2010, TIME magazine named Will to the TIME 100 World's Most Influential People.  In 2011, Allen was named one of the 7 World's Most Influential Foodies by Michael Pollan and Forbes Magazine. He was named the 2012 NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award recipient. He lives with his wife in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and is the author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

21mins

29 May 2012

Rank #6

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Deanna Zandt, Author, Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking

Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking. She is a consultant to progressive media and advocacy organizations. Her clients have included The Ford Foundation, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, and Jim Hightower's Hightower Lowdown.  She is a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Media at American University.  Deanna specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News and more.  She works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and empowerment, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finance to complement her technical expertise. You can learn more about her work at www.deannazandt.com and follow her on Twitter at @randomdeanna. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Links to some of the campaigns, articles and tools Deanna mentioned: • Planned Parenthood Saved Me• #DearJohn: For When Boehner Decides Your Rape Just Wasn't Enough on Tiger Beatdown• Susan G. Komen's Priceless Gift by Rebecca Traiser and Joan Walsh on Salon.com• Row Feeder• Kony 2012• Invisible People• Aid and Abet Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

33mins

10 Apr 2012

Rank #7

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

Stacey Edgar started Global Girlfriend in 2003 as a way to provide economic security for women in need by creating a sustainable market for their products.  She used her 10 years in social work practice with women and children as a springboard to her role as a social entrepreneur.  Global Girlfriend works with over sixty women's cooperatives and NGOs in 20 countries. Its fair trade boutique offers a line of women-made, fair-trade products including stylish apparel, accessories and gifts with one purpose - to help women in need help themselves. Stacey has been honored by the Microsoft Corporation as a recipient of its Start Something Amazing Awards, by the Denver Business Journal as a "40 Under 40" Business Leader, featured in several magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine, in Multichannel Merchant magazine as a "Maven of Merchandise," and by Organic Style as one their 2005 Women with Organic Style.  Her first book, Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide, came out last year. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Stacey and Global Girlfriend: Website: www.globalgirlfriend.comWebsite: staceyedgar.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/GlobalGirlfriendTwitter: @Staceedgar Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

26mins

16 Feb 2012

Rank #8

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Empowering Low-Income Families to Create Prosperity: Interview with Ben Mangan

Ben Mangan is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of the nonprofit, EARN.  Since 2001, EARN has helped tens of thousands of low-income people enter the financial mainstream, and move toward prosperity with savings accounts for the unbanked, and matched accounts for low wage workers to invest in education, first homes, and microenterprise. Ben has more than 15 years of experience in policy leadership, innovation and strategic management.  Ben was the Midwest Practice Leader for Ernst & Young's Public Private Development Group in Chicago, and served as Director of Organizational Strategy for the international micro-payments company, beenz.com. He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and SFGate, and serves as a lecturer on the faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Ben and EARN: Website: www.earn.orgFacebook: facebook.com/earnorgTwitter: @earn Connect with me: Website: brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

27mins

13 Dec 2011

Rank #9

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Dancing for Peace: Interview with Sara Potler

Sara Potler is the Founder and CEO of Dance 4 Peace.  Dance 4 Peace is a conflict resolution, civic education program that promotes empathy, understanding, mediation skills, anger management, and emotional and civic engagement through dance in youth around the world.  Dance 4 Peace began in Bogota, Colombia as part of Sara's Fulbright Scholarship project in 2007. In conjunction with Aulas en Paz (Peaceable Classrooms), a multi-component pedagogical project designed to promote social and civic competencies and conflict resolution among primary-school students, Dance 4 Peace was designed, implemented, and evaluted in public schools in the outskirts of Bogota.  Today, the program works in Washington, D.C., New York City, Colombia, the Philippines, and Nepal. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Sara and Dance 4 Peace: Dance 4 Peace: http://www.dance4peace.org Dance 4 Peace on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dance4peace Dance 4 Peace on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/dance4peacenow Connect with me: Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Twitter: @Bbravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

19mins

13 Nov 2011

Rank #10

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Women, Girls, Education and Global Health: Interview with Carinne Brody

Carinne Brody is a doctoral candidate in public health at UC Berkeley.  She is conducting an evaluation of a reproductive health voucher program in Uganda and Cambodia as part of her dissertation, and she co-instructs the International Maternal and Child Health Seminar, and the Maternal and Child Health Core course at UC Berkeley. Carinne did a joint Masters in Public Health and Economic Development at Columbia University.  Before and during her studies, she conducted field research for governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as foundations, on maternal and child health in Sri Lanka, Ghana, Haiti, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and India. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Carinne, The Girl Effect and Maternal Health: Carinne Brody on LinkedIn The Girl Effect The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign Carinne worked with Fatima Jibrell in Somalia Resources she recommended:-From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice by Anne Firth Murray (Founding President of The Global Fund for Women).-Maternal Health Task Force-A Walk to Beautiful Carinne and I connected at an event for the International Museum of Women Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

16mins

1 Oct 2011

Rank #11

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Halle Butvin, One Mango Tree, a Fair Trade Clothing Company

Halle Butvin is the Founder and Director of One Mango Tree, a fair trade clothing company. One Mango Tree uses a fair trade model to provide income-generating opportunities for women in impoverished and conflict areas around the globe.  At the moment, their work is focused in Uganda.  In addition to working on One Mango Tree, Halle often works as a development consultant focused on economic development in conflict areas.  She spent much of 2010 in Pakistan assisting women-owned garment businesses to develop their products and export potential. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes.Learn more about Halle and One Mango Tree One Mango Tree website: http://www.onemangotree.com One Mango Tree blog: http://onemangotreeuganda.blogspot.com One Mango Tree on Twitter: @onemangotree One Mango Tree on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onemangotree Halle's personal blog: http://hallemarie.blogspot.com Halle on Twitter: @hallebutvin Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

24mins

7 Sep 2011

Rank #12

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Arts Activist Naomi Natale and The One Million Bones Project

Naomi Natale is the founding artist behind One Million Bones. Both an installation artist and photographer, Naomi was the founder and director of The Cradle Project, a large scale installation calling attention and raising funds for the 48 million children orphaned in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over 550 cradles were created and donated by artists around the world. Naomi has served as an artist-in-residence at Columbia College Chicago in 2008, 2010 and 2011.  She speaks internationally on the topics of art and activism as well as her installation works.  She is currently both a TED Senior Fellow and Carl Wilkens Fellow, respectively. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Naomi and One Million Bones Website: www.onemillionbones.org Twitter: @onemillionbones Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneMillionBones Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/profiles/onemillionbones/bio The Cradle Project: http://www.thecradleproject.org Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

20mins

23 Jul 2011

Rank #13

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Samin Nosrat: Cook, Teacher, Writer, Accidental Activist

Samin Nosrat creates community around food with her varied endeavors as a cook, teacher, writer, and accidental activist.  She's known for the Pop-Up General Store, Tartine Afterhours dinners, Home Ec Cooking Classes, and the nationwide Bakesale for Japan that raised $140,000.  Her newest project is organizing Chez Panisse Foundation's Eating for Education, a grassroots effort to create national awareness about school kitchen/garden programs nationwide. At the heart of all of Samin's work is the fundamental belief in the power of food to create meaningful connection. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Samin: Website: www.ciaosamin.com Twitter: @ciaosamin Eating for Education: www.eatingforeducation.org Twitter: @eat4education Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

22mins

3 Jul 2011

Rank #14

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Creating Your Generosity Plan: Kathy LeMay, Raising Change

Kathy LeMay is the author of The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Treasure and Talent to Shape the World.  She's also the Founder and CEO of Raising Change.  Raising Change helps organizations raise capital to advance social change agendas and helps individuals create Generosity Plans to help change the world. She has been a social change fundraiser for 15 years, raising more than $150 million dollars in the fields of women's human rights, hunger and poverty relief, and movement-building. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Kathy LeMay: Raising Change: http://www.raisingchange.com The Generosity Plan: http://www.thegenerosityplan.com The Generosity Plan on Amazon Generosity Plan Facebook Group Twitter: @raisingchange Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

26mins

1 Jun 2011

Rank #15

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Connecting Homeless Youth and Shelter Animals: 20-Year-Old Rachel Cohen, Hand2Paw

Twenty-year-old Rachel Cohen is the Founder and Executive Director of Hand2Paw. Hand2Paw's mission is to connect homeless teens and shelter animals in a mutually beneficial way. Hand2Paw provides homeless teens with professional skills training and therapeutic experiences. It also ensures that thousands of homeless and abandoned animals get the socialization and training they deserve. Rachel has loved animals since her parents got her the Eyewitness Companion Guide to Dogs for her 8th birthday. This fateful Hanukkah present, they now realize, was wholly responsible for her career trajectory. She is also a Penn student and is a current Top 15 National Finalist for the Washington Campus Compact's Students in Service Awards as well as the winner of a DoSomething Grant. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Hand2Paw: Website: http://www.hand2paw.org Blog: http://hand2pawblog.blogspot.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hand2PawFB Twitter: @Hand2PawOrg YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Hand2Paw How to Bring Hand2Paw to your town Blog: Alternative Spring Break at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through CD Baby and Source Consulting Group.

18mins

15 Mar 2011

Rank #16

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Next Generation Big Visionary: 18-Year-Old Aneesha Raghunathan, Hope Line Fashions

Eighteen year old Aneesha Raghunathan is the founder of Hope Line Fashions.  Hope Line's mission is to empower women around the world through the sale of unique T-shirts made by women. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Learn more about Aneesha and Hope Line Fashions: www.hopelinefashions.org Sarah Cook Interviews Aneesha Raghunathan of Hope Line Fashions on Raising CEO Kids (video) Hope Line Fashions on Do Something Connect with me Website: http://brittbravo.com Speaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speaking Blog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.com Twitter: @Bbravo Facebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.  Connect with Kenya through http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KenyaMasala and http://www.sourceconsultinggroup.com/the_team.html

20mins

25 Feb 2011

Rank #17

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Funny and Fun Fundraising with Crowdrise: Conversation with Co-Founder, Robert Wolfe

Robert Wolfe is the co-founder of Crowdrise, an online fundraising website with the tagline, "If you don't give back, no one will like you."  They're all about, "raising money for charity and having the most fun in the world while doing it." Robert co-founded Crowdrise with his brother, Jeffrey Wolfe. Before creating Crowdrise, they started and built Moosejaw, a successful multi-channel retailer that combined humor, crowdsourcing, social commerce and creative marketing.Crowdrise's two other co-founders are Shauna Robertson, who has produced comedies like Suberbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Anchorman, and Edward Norton (pictured here with Robert), who you  know from his roles in films like Fight Club, American History X, and 25th Hour, but who is also a committed social and environmental activist. He has personally raised over 100 million dollars for charitable causes over the last 20 years. Listen and subscribe to the Big Vision Podcast on iTunes. Connect with Crowdrise Website: http://www.crowdrise.com Twitter: @crowdrise Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crowdrise Koh Scholar Computer Drive Robert mentioned: http://www.crowdrise.com/KohScholarComputer/fundraiser/KohScholarCorey Will Ferrell's Crowdrise campaign Robert mentioned:http://www.crowdrise.com/scholarshipsforcancersurvivors/fundraiser/willferrell Connect with meWebsite: http://brittbravo.comSpeaking & workshop calendar: http://brittbravo.com/speakingBlog: http://havefundogood.blogspot.comTwitter: @BbravoFacebook: www.facebook.com/britt.bravo

19mins

1 Feb 2011

Rank #18

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Secret Agent L: Covering the Globe with Random Acts of Kindess

Secret Agent L (Laura Miller), and her affiliated agents perform anonymous acts of kindess missions across the globe, and share them on Laura's blog, www.secretagentl.com.  Laura was anonymous for a year, until she held a reveal party and fundraiser in July of 2010.  Since then, her project has been featured on CNN, Glamour.com, and The Huffington Post, and the city of Pittsburgh, where she lives, proclaimed September 14th, Secret Agent L Day.  A big thanks to the Big Vision Podcast listener who suggested I interview her for the show! A transcript of the interview is available on my blog, Have Fun, Do Good. Listen/Subscribe on iTunes. Music: "Mango Delight," by Kenya Masala.

22mins

30 Nov 2010

Rank #19

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Creating a Community Supported Kitchen: Interview with Jessica Prentice of Three Stone Hearth

Jessica Prentice is co-owner of Three Stone Hearth, a Community Supported Kitchen in Berkeley, California that uses local, sustainable ingredients to prepare nutrient-dense, traditional foods on a community scale.  She is a professional chef, passionate home cook, local foods activist, and author of Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection.  She is also the co-creator of the Local Foods Wheel, and coined the word, locavore. A transcript of this interview is available on my blog, Have Fun, Do Good. Listen/subscribe on iTunes.  Intro and outro music by Kenya Masala.

28mins

23 Jul 2010

Rank #20