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Natasha Freidus

175: Natasha Freidus – The Social Entrepreneur Applying Tech To Remove The Chaos In Crisis Relief

Natasha Freidus is a social entrepreneur with an unusual story.  Sometimes circumstances beyond our control set us on a path we could never have conceived. This was the case for this week’s guest, social entrepreneur Natasha Freidus when during the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015, she witnessed the chaos of crisis response first hand.  While …

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Lucia N DeRespinis

174: The Alacrity, Wisdom and Wit Of Industrial Design Icon Lucia DeRespinis

Lucia N DeRespinis is this week’s guest. It marks the return of one of our favorite and most popular guests, industrial designer Lucia DeRespinis. With a career spanning seven decades, Lucia retired last year at the age of ninety-three. Now ninety-four Lucia was recently recognized for her outstanding contributions to Industrial design by the IDSA – …

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Abby Lehman

173: Abby Lehman – The Technology, Talent and Tenacity To Transform Lives and Build Communities

This week’s guest is native New Yorker Abby Lehman, a natural storyteller, connector, and social entrepreneur working at the intersection of community, government, and business. As a fourth-generation New Yorker, from a family of East European migrants, Abby is living evidence of the value and impact of immigration on a city and nation’s success. Abby …

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Susan McPherson

170: Susan McPherson – The Lost Art of Connecting and Living a Life of Purpose

We live at a moment in time where technology has connected the world yet for many people experience a rising sense of disconnection and research confirms feelings of isolation are increasing.  This week’s guest Susan McPherson, provides an antidote.  As author of the Lost Art of Connecting, Susan’s book provides a valuable methodology for connecting …

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144: Tyrique Glasgow – Running a Corner to Changing Lives (From the Archive)

This week we re-publish our first ever episode, recorded on a cold day in late 2018 on the streets of South Philadelphia with Tyrique Glasgow. Tyrique Glasgow is the Founder of the Young Chances Foundation, an organization providing after-school support, sports programs, and mentoring for South Philadelphia’s youth. Besides running the foundation, Tyrique works with …

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135:Investing+Difference+Diversity=Innovation – Three Founders Purposeful Pledge (part two)

Guest Overview – Investing In Diversity Whether a startup founder, someone with a good idea that can’t get taken seriously due to gender, sex, or race, or if you’re feeling jaded by the lack of passion and purpose in business; you’ll be uplifted by this weeks interview with Mark Gilmour, Allyn Shaw, and John Basnage. …

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132:Simon Wheatcroft – Finding Resilience Through The Adversity Of Losing His Sight

Guest Overview  Simon Wheatcroft is living proof that resilience is born from adversity, accepting that things will go wrong, not go to plan, and being prepared to embrace failure without fear. Having lost his sight at an early age Simon used running solo as his foundation to building an abundant life as a runner, motivational …

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Lights On Founder Julia Black

130: Lights On – Igniting The Passion and Potential Of Every Child With Julia Black

Guest Overview  – Lights On is the brainchild of Julia Black. Julia is at the forefront of innovation in education, designing an educational approach that unleashes the talent, and unlocks the passion and true potential of every child. As the founder and CEO of Explorium, Julia’s ‘Lights On’ methodology is changing the way we think …

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Jeanne Pinder

115: Clear Health Costs Founder On Disrupting Healthcare With Technology and Countercultural Curiosity

Clear Health Costs Founder Jeanne Pinder dives deep into what led her to create her journalism meets healthcare start-up. She explains its genesis from winning a “SharkTank” like pitch to inform people about healthcare costs by combining crowdsourcing and data. Working in partnership with local and national media Clear Health Costs brings cost transparency to the …

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092: Lorna Davis – Corporate Social Impact, Leadership Values and Vision

Guest Overview Lorna Davis was born in South Africa in the age of Apartheid, her education, parental guidance, curiosity, and worldly ambitions set her on the path to a stellar career in international business and marketing and finally leading Danone to become the first billion-dollar entity to become a public benefit corporation. Welcome to this …

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Ryan Watson - North Brooklyn Farm

083: Ryan Watson – Building Community and Social Fabric Through Urban Farming

Guest Overview Serendipity brought Ryan Watson and Henry Sweets together, unified by their vision of the power of urban farming to improve the health of local communities, they spent seven years nurturing and building North Brooklyn Farm, on the banks of the East River in Brooklyn, nestled under the Williamsburg Bridge. This extraordinary Oasis, a …

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Craft and Creativity

081: Digital Critical Edition – Craft & Creativity From The Past Made Ready For The Future

Guest Overview The Digital Critical Edition is Professor Pamela H Smith’s latest output from Columbia University and the Center for Science and Societies Making and Knowing Research Project. Pamela was born and raised in a small isolated California town, influenced by what she describes as a ‘consistent, persistent, and gentle’ math teacher father and the …

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073: Leadership and the Environment – Joshua Spodek Explains

Guest overview  Part Two Leadership and the environment is Joshua Spodek’s driving passion A two-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author, host of the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, and professor and coach of entrepreneurship and leadership at NYU and Columbia Business School. He hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016, has picked up at …

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068: Big Questions of Creativity: Part 2 With Michael Hanchett Hanson

Big questions were asked of Michael Hanchett Hanson – author and founder and director of the Masters Concentration in Creativity and Cognition program at Columbia University around the theoretical aspects of creativity when we met for Part Two. In part two of the interview, we focused on creativity in practice. Michael explains why constraints are …

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053: Emily Oberman – Beautiful Weirdness As A Principle For Life In Design

Guest Overview  Emily Oberman – a partner at the international design firm, Pentagram, was born and raised in New York, to a graphic designer father and illustrator mother, discusses her prolific life in design and branding.  In part one of this two-part episode Emily recounts the impact of her upbringing based on the idea of …

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AWorld Founder Alessandro Armillotta

049: Welcome to AWorld – There Is No Planet B With Alessandro Armillotta

Guest Overview Born in England and raised in Italy by a trend-spotting mother and entrepreneurial father, innovation infused his education, welcome this week’s guest, and founder of social impact and sustainability start-up AWorld  – Alex Armillotta.  In this episode, Alex discusses how his childhood prepared him, how his father coached him and his mother inspired …

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039: Agitating For Happiness – Elina Teboul – Part 2

Guest Overview LightUp Lab Founder is the Russian born, New York raised, corporate lawyer, turned Facilitator, speaker and entrepreneur with a mission to empower people and organizations to flourish through science-backed behavioral solutions – welcome this week’s guest Elina Teboul. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University and a J.D. from …

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036: Reflections On Time

Having heard the diverse stories from our season one guests, I’ve reflected on curiosity, mental health, and serendipity. However, in this final reflection, I want to focus on something that weaves through all three previous musings. Time; its value, it’s scarcity and power.   We recently interviewed Carmen D’Alessio, Impresario behind Studio 54 and one of …

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035: Reflections On Education

The science fiction novels, comic book, and movies of the past are full of technologies from the imaginations of writers that have since been transformed to science fact and reality by someone who believed, what most considered impossible, to be possible. I’m old enough to remember the phone-like device from Star Trek that only a few years later ended up in my hands branded Startac by Motorola

Reflections on Serendipity

032: Reflecting on Serendipity

I’m going to start these reflections on serendipity,  It’s the underlying theme of this series, a word that’s often used but as a concept somewhat misunderstood.   Let’s start with its origins.  The origins of words always make for fascinating reading.  But ‘serendipity’ has a particularly interesting origin story.  The word ‘serendipity’ was invented on 28 …

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