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November 15th, 2010

Riki Ott

an interview with Riki Ott

Riki Ott, PhD, is a trained marine toxicologist, author, and former commercial fisherma’m who was on the scene during the Exxon Valdez oil spill. For 21 years, she has been the voice and face of efforts for justice: Ott has written two books on oil spill impacts to ecosystems, people, and communities (Sound Truth and Corporate Myths; Not One Drop) and starred in Black Wave, an award-winning feature film. In 2010, Ott brought her expertise to the Gulf, volunteering 5 months to expose BP’s cover-up attempts, including public health problems, and to empower local residents to take action. She co-founded Ultimate Civics, a project of Earth Island Institute and a member of the national grassroots coalition MoveToAmend.org, and is calling to amend the Constitution to abolish corporate personhood. In October, Ott received Huffington Post’s Game Changer 2010 Award.

http://movetoamend.org/

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October 24th, 2010

Antwi Akom

an interview with Antwi Akom

Antwi Akom founded the Wangari Maathai Center for Economic, Educational and Environmental Design in 2010, an organization that harnesses the expertise and imagination of leading academics, community leaders, and decision-makers to address policy and planning issues like energy, education, waste, water, advanced manufacturing, and design. The WMC’s most recent project is “Greening the Educational Industrial Complex” which is pioneering “Green STEM” curricular pathways that combine art and social media with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to create college and career pathways in environmental and clean energy fields for low-income and vulnerable youth. In 2009, Dr. Akom co-founded the Environmental Sustainability Planning Network (ESPN), a national learning network that drafts local and regional climate action plans to reduce carbon emissions, secure land tenure, improve economic opportunities, build infrastructure, and improve environmental health. The culmination of this work will be a Climate Justice Youth Bill of Rights to be unveiled on Earth day 2012.

Dr. Akom is a 2010 recipient of a RIMI Investigator Award supported by the National Center on Minority and Health Disparities. Dr. Akom earned a BA from the University of California Berkeley, an MA from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Sociology.

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October 24th, 2010

Greg Mortenson

an interview with Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute www.ikat.org, founder of Pennies For Peace www.penniesforpeace.org, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea www.threecupsoftea.com, and author of bestseller Stones into Schools www.stonesintoschools.com. In 2009, Mortenson received Pakistan’s highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan (“Star of Pakistan”) for his dedicated and humanitarian effort to promote education and literacy in rural areas for fifteen years. Several bi-partisan U.S. Congressional representatives nominated Mortenson for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 2008 and 2009. The award recipient is chosen by a secret process and announced in October the following year.

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October 24th, 2010

David De Rothschild

an interview with David De Rothschild

David De Rothschild is an adventurer, environmentalist and the founder of myoo.com a group that primarily uses exploration and storytelling as a way to give nature a voice. David’s passion and commitment to action has seen him ski, dogsled and kite to both the North and South poles as well as visiting some of the world’s most remote and fragile regions in order to bring wide-spread media attention and, moreover, solutions to urgent global environmental issues. From March to July 2010, David and a crew of five undertook the latest expedition, the Plastiki, sailing across the Pacific Ocean on a catamaran made buoyant by 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles to beat waste. David is recognized as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Clean up the World Ambassador, UNEP Climate Hero and a Young Global Leader respectively.

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October 24th, 2010

Nikki Henderson

an interview with Nikki Henderson

Nikki Henderson is the Executive Director of People’s Grocery in West Oakland, CA. Under Nikki’s leadership, the organization has launched a new strategic campaign strongly focusing on: revitalizing the economy of West Oakland through all aspects of the food system, from production to distribution, and leveraging the power of local nutrition, education ,and major health institutions to reduce obesity, diabetes, and other major health ailments in West Oakland. Before People’s Grocery, Nikki worked closely with Van Jones and Phaedra Ellis Lamkins at Green for All, fighting for a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. She also worked for Slow Food USA, in Brooklyn, NY where President Josh Viertel came to regard her as an “extraordinary leader with a vision for how food and urban farming can be tools of empowerment.” In 2010, Nikki was featured in ELLE Magazine as one of the five Gold Awardees. She has a Master’s Degree in African American Studies from UCLA, and is originally from Los Angeles, CA.

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October 24th, 2010

Robert Leaver

an interview with Robert Leaver

Robert Leaver has over 38 years of experience organizing over 500 projects for clients across the country. As a teacher, he helped found Boston College’s Leadership for Change graduate program, bringing a generation of leaders into the world of “systems thinking”. As a social entrepreneur, he helped develop many long-standing organizations, including the New England Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and the Business Alliance for Local, Living Economies (BALLE). As a convener and facilitator, he has led thousands of groups on the journey from confusion to clarity, managing each group’s unique dynamic to help them generate their best thinking, identify the connections to required capabilities and implement a clear plan of action.

http://www.newcommons.com/

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October 24th, 2010

Bob Cavnar

an interview with Bob Cavnar

Bob Cavnar is a 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry with deep experience in operations, start-ups, turn-arounds, and management of both public and private companies. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Milagro Exploration, a large, privately held oil and gas exploration firm based in Houston, Texas with operations along the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coasts, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Cavnar holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

Bob is founder of TheDaily Hurricane.com

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October 24th, 2010

Greg Marley

an interview with Greg Marley

Wild mushrooms bring color, beauty and mystery into the forest and offer a way to connect with nature. They provide fresh, seasonal, gourmet-quality meals for foragers – and the occasional illness for those who mistakenly select a toxic variety. Medicinal mushrooms, meanwhile, offer a path to sustaining optimal health and hold the promise of immune-boosting healing for many illnesses. For the more adventurous, hallucinogenic mushrooms open and expand the mind, offering a gateway to mystical experience.

Mushrooms play a vital role in the health of our forests and are an indispensable link in the chain of forest ecology. The seasonal sale of wild mushrooms supports families in many rural developing or Third-World regions, and mushrooms are increasingly cultivated in tropical lands as a source of protein. Come celebrate the great mushrooms in our world with mycologist and author Greg A Marley. He will share with you his passion for wild mushrooms, and offer advice for inviting mushrooms into your own lives and gardens.

For Greg’s latest book, click on Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms

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October 23rd, 2010

Annie Leonard

an interview with Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard is the author and host of The Story of Stuff video. She is author of The Story of Stuff, the book, published by Free Press of Simon and Schuster on March 9, 2010.
 Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped. Witnessing first hand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.

 Annie is currently the Director of The Story of Stuff Project and is on the boards of International Forum for Globalization and GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) and has previously served on the Boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India and Greenpeace India. She did her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Cornell, both in New York. She is currently based in the Bay Area, California.

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

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October 23rd, 2010

Michael Ben-Eli

an interview with Michael Ben-Eli

Michael Ben-Eli Is founder of the Sustainability Laboratory, established in order to develop and demonstrate breakthrough approaches to sustainability practices, expanding prospects and producing positive, life affirming impacts on people and ecosystems in all parts of the world.

An international management consultant, Michael pioneered applications of Systems Thinking and Cybernetics in management and organization. In recent years, he has focused primarily on issues related to sustainability and sustainable development, working to help inspire leaders in business, government, community, and youth accelerate a peaceful transition to a sustainable future.

Dr. Ben-Eli graduated from the Architectural Association in London and later received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Cybernetics at Brunel University, where he studied under Gordon Pask.

http://www.sustainabilitylabs.org/

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October 23rd, 2010

Seth Goldman

an interview with Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman is President and TeaEO of Honest Tea, the company he co-founded out of his home in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Honest Tea is the nation’s best-selling organic bottled tea company, with products distributed through more than 30,000 outlets in every state, as well as overseas and has thrived with an annual compound growth rate of over 60 percent. In 2008, The Coca-Cola Company purchased a minority interest in Honest Tea, fueling further growth as Honest became the first organic and Fair Trade brand to move into the world’s largest beverage distribution system.

Recently, Honest Tea was included on The Better World Shopping Guide’s list of “ten best companies on the planet based on their overall social and environmental record.” Prior to co-founding Honest Tea, Goldman held management positions at the Calvert Group, a socially-responsible mutual fund company. He serves on the boards of the American Beverage Association, Bethesda Green, The Calvert Foundation and Happy Baby. In 2008, Goldman was named Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Washington D.C.”

http://www.honesttea.com/

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October 22nd, 2010

Van Jones

an interview with Van Jones

Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy. Van is a co-founder of three successful non-profit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All. He is the best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs: The Green-Collar Economy. He served as the green jobs advisor in the Obama White House in 2009. Van is currently a senior fellow at the Center For American Progress. Additionally, he is a senior policy advisor at Green For All. Van also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University, as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

www.americanprogress.org

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October 22nd, 2010

Diane Wilson

an interview with Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper, began fishing the bays off the Gulf Coast of Texas at the age of eight. By 24 she was a boat captain. In 1989, while running her brother’s fish house at the docks and mending nets, she read a newspaper article that listed her home of Calhoun County as the number one toxic polluter in the country. She set up a meeting in the town hall to discuss what the chemical plants were doing to the bays and thus began her life as an environmental activist. Threatened by thugs and despised by her neighbors, Diane insisted the truth be told and that Formosa Plastics stop dumping toxins into the bay.

Her work on behalf of the people and aquatic life of Seadrift, Texas, has won her a number of awards including: National Fisherman Magazine Award, Mother Jones’s Hell Raiser of the Month, Lois Gibbs’ Environmental Lifetime Award, Louisiana Environmental Action (LEAN) Environmental Award, Giraffe Project, Jenifer Altman Award, and the Bioneers Award. She is a founding member of CODEPINK and continues to lead the fight for social justice.

http://www.codepink4peace.org/

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October 22nd, 2010

Adeola Oredola

an interview with Adeola Oredola

Adeola A. Oredola is the Executive Director at Youth In Action, a 12 year old non-profit in Providence where over 1,000 young leaders have been at the forefront of creating positive social change throughout their city. Adeola grew up Providence, attended Providence Public Schools, then Brown University, and now lives in the Washington Park area of the city. As a product of the community in which she works, Adeola is truly dedicated to every aspect of youth and community development in Providence. In 2006, she completed a three year term as a member of the Providence School Board through which she worked to ensure that both youth and the community have stronger voices in policy and school improvement initiatives. She currently serves as a Board Member with AS220, the Women’s Fund of RI, and the Providence Plan.

http://www.youthinactionri.org/

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October 22nd, 2010

Alan Khazei

an interview with Alan Khazei

Alan Khazei has pioneered ways to empower citizens to make a difference. In 1987 he co-founded a nonprofit organization called City Year with his friend, Michael Brown. City Year unites young adults ages 17-24 from all backgrounds for an intensive year of full-time community service mentoring, tutoring, and educating children. It served as the model and inspiration for President Clinton’s AmeriCorps program and now operates in 20 U.S. cities and Johannesburg and London. Alan has served on the boards of leading national non-profits and has received numerous awards, including the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, and the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award. In 2006, US News and World Report named him one of America’s 25 Best Leaders. Alan is also the author of a new book, Big Citizenship: How pragmatic idealism can bring out the best in America, which will come out at the end of August. Alan lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Vanessa Kirsch, and their two children.

http://www.cityyear.org/

This is the first of a series of episodes re interviews of speakers at the Connecting for Change (Bioneers 2010) conference.

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August 13th, 2010

Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change

I want to let our listeners know that from October 21 to 24 I will be in New Bedford, MA for Connecting for Change: a Bioneers by the Bay Conference presented by the Marion Institute, sponsor of FuturePrimitive.org. I will be uploading my podcasts directly from the conference. This year the keynote speakers will be Greg Mortenson, author of best sellers Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, Van Jones, Annie Leonard and many others.

Check out the keynote speakers on the  Connecting for Change website. I have been podcasting from the conference for the past 5 years and look forward enthusiastically to a new adventure in New Bedford this year. I invite you to sign up for the conference and listen to the podcasts from the press room at the event.

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– Joanna Harcourt-Smith

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