How Do We Make It Better

How Do We Make It Better

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Luke Larson | IGIST
May 2, 2019 • 60 min
He’s back with a new project IGIST, to inspire the next generation of students, scientists, and inventors, especially if they are like his young daughters. He’s tried to create a story and an experience that will capture the imagination of these girls and…
Nicolas Frances Gilley MBE | Variations on Love
Jan 25, 2019 • 66 min
From stock pusher to pauper to preacher, from for-profit to non-profit to social enterprise, from private to public sector, Nic shares his triumphs and heartbreaks about a life searching to find and create more love, in many modalities. References from…
Tim Strabbing | Seasons of Service
Dec 28, 2018 • 66 min
A single thread of Tim’s life is selfless service, to country, first in the military, then in government, then in philanthropy, and now locally. Admittedly, at this point, there’s nothing that Tim asks of us other than to look at ourselves and consider…
Elena Kelareva | Creating Regional Jobs Through Technology
Dec 14, 2018 • 54 min
Elena Kelareva is a Xoogler software engineer/product manager-cum-social enterprise founder. She is trying to bring tech jobs and tech-enablement to a largely-overlooked agricultural and coal region in Victoria, Australia. Hear about her first year in…
Tim Day: a Retrospective on the Marine Corps, Business, and Philanthropy. Intro from the CEO of Ranch Road Boots
Jul 5, 2018 • 1 min
Tim Day moved from humble beginnings in Brooklyn to the Marine Corps to HBS to business leadership, and ultimately to philanthropy focused on education, animal welfare, and the Marine Corps. Listening to him challenges the notion that we are in any way…
Doug Abdiel on Making It Better, and Getting Back Up
Jun 15, 2018 • 25 min
One of my listeners told me that I often say ‘people know enough about me’ and then move on to talk about the interviewee. They challenged that premise and suggested that I do a podcast about my own experience, and talk through some of what I’m trying to…
Annie Harper, CEO of Equal Reality on How Seeing Through Others Eyes Can Make It Better
May 25, 2018 • 51 min
Annie Harper talks about how her experience as a software engineer, traveler, and woman let her to found Equal Reality, a company that allows people to see the world through others eyes. References from the show: Equal Reality: www.equalreality.com…
Luke Larson, President of Axon/Taser, How Nonlethal Means and Better Police Tech can Make it Better
Apr 26, 2018
Luke Larson is a Marine Infantry Officer, published author, and president of Axon (Ticker AAXN), formerly Taser. He makes the case that providing police officers with non lethal weapons greatly reduces the overall risk to society. He also talks about…
Common Sense on Guns from Combat Vets
Apr 3, 2018 • 79 min
This might be one of the few times that you get to hear from people who have collectively shot tens of thousands of rounds and have four decades of military experience. Listen as we talk about guns, the second amendment, regulation, training, and common…
Beth Eggleston: Director, Humanitarian Advisory Group. How Listening Can Make It Better
Feb 23, 2018 • 56 min
Beth Eggleston is the founder of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, an organization that tries to help governments, militaries, and nonprofits more effectively accomplish their goals in disaster-struck areas. She describes how she tries to help everyone…
Lyndon Frearson: Turning Remote Living into an Advantage In Central Australia and the Pacific
Feb 9, 2018 • 71 min
Lyndon Frearson is the head of Ekistica, a consulting firm, that tries to work with people in remote areas to fulfill their goals. More than that, he is trying to export the knowledge learned from these remote areas back to larger communities and abroad.…
Terry Wilson Accounting and Corporate Finance to Social Enterprise: How Finding Work for New Arrivals Can Make it Better
Jan 26, 2018 • 63 min
Terry Wilson made a significant mid-career change from the finance department of Westfield to trying to apply the same business acumen to the social problems of unemployment and unskilled labor. Over 1500 people have obtained work experience in the social…
Scott Riddle: Googler, World Traveler, Would-be Social Entrepreneur, and Father of Three, Given 50/50 Odds to Survive Cancer
Jan 12, 2018 • 55 min
His path veered hard right from what he was planning to do at Google, and in his social enterprise. He is, in his own words, ‘Taking a break from work to deal with a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis.’ He still manages to encourage and challenge people during his…
Rebroadcast Fan-Favorite for the New Year: Neal ‘Rudy’ Rickner-Strategy and Ops lead at Google/Alphabet-X and Marine Pilot: Finding Balance, Starting Locally, and Triumph Through Failure
Dec 31, 2017 • 55 min
Neal ‘Rudy’ Rickner is the head of strategy and operation at Mikani, one of the GOOG/Alphabet X companies that is trying to make high-altitude power generation kites. He is also, and depending on the time of day, more importantly a father, husband, and…
Joe Blady: Anesthesiology to Defense Civil Service and Authorship
Dec 22, 2017 • 79 min
The son of holocaust survivors, Joe Blady spent 22 years as a successful anesthesiologist, then because a civil servant in the department of defense and a columnist. He explains how he is trying to make the lives of uniformed service members better, and…
Ben Harris How Charter Schools, and Listening, Can Make It Better
Nov 10, 2017 • 59 min
Ben Harris, the co-founder of Epic Charter Schools, a fast-growing school system working in Oklahoma talks about his passion for education, how competition in that arena can make education better. He also talks about his conservative political beliefs,…
Lesego Serolong, Building Sustainable Agriculture in the South African Desert
Oct 27, 2017 • 65 min
Lesego Serolong is the founder of nonprofits and social enterprises that span continents. Her latest project is much more local, and focuses on developing a community of farmers in South Africa. We had a wide ranging conversations about community…
Christine Lee and Karl Forsyth: On Community Building, Reaching Those in Pain, and the Rationality of the Christian Faith
Oct 13, 2017 • 82 min
Christine Lee is the rector of All Angels church in New York City. She is the Episcopal Church’s first Female Korean-American priest. She has more reason than most to feel like the church can feel exclusive, but talks extensively about how she aims to…
Nick Schmitz and Dan Rasmussen on How the “Olympics of the Mind”-Hedge Funds-Can Make it Better
Sep 29, 2017 • 70 min
Nick and Dan have taken circuitous routes to be hedge fund managers either or both have them would have gone by the title: philosopher, investment banker, historian, author, professor, and Marine Infantry Officer. They talk through their reasons for…
Nomis and Scientific: The Men Behind Humans Are Interesting Talk About Charlottesville, Honesty, Love, And Reaching Out To At-risk People
Sep 15, 2017 • 80 min
This is a bonus episode with the two brilliant black men behind the Human’s are Interesting podcast. They tackle the issue of Charlottesville head-on, and point to a way out that includes honesty about the past and present, and reaching out to those in…
Harrison Young: Army SF Officer, Investment Banker, Journalist, and Novelist on How the Conversation Can Make It Better
Sep 1, 2017 • 58 min
Sometimes experience comes alone, and sometimes it is well-considered, and we can learn from it. Harrison Young has spent a long career at the top of a variety of fields, and makes the case for how today one of the best ways to make it better is through…
Dan Helmer: Congressional Candidate, Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Rhodes Scholar, and Father on How Congress Can Make It Better
Aug 18, 2017 • 45 min
Dan presents a vision of what non-ideological politics might look like. He’s probably the first candidate in history to have a party, but not wear it on his sleeve. I challenge you to listen with an open mind, not trying to understand if his views on…
Zerbin Singleton Pilot, Marine Officer, African American: How to Beat the Odds and Help Others Along the Way
Aug 5, 2017 • 72 min
Helicopter Pilot, Marine Officer, Aeronautical Engineer, Christian, African-American, mentor, speaker. All these words describe Zerbin Singleton. He describes how he became something other than a statistic, overcame his own troubled childhood, and he now…
Jim Estill-CEO, Angel investor, Philanthropist: How to Help Syrians Through Business
Jul 21, 2017 • 51 min
Jim Estill is simply an inspiration. He is doing the impossible, manufacturing in a (few) developed countries, providing employment to some of the most vulnerable people in the world, and most importantly continually shaping his own mind and heart to…
Elissa James-Founder of Irisillian.com: How Creating a Community for Professional Women Can Make It Better
Jul 7, 2017 • 58 min
Elissa James was a successful corporate lawyer working 100 hour weeks, when she decided to reevaluate her approach to her professional life. She has started an international community of professional women from her core site of irislillian.com who support…
Neal ‘Rudy’ Rickner-Strategy and Ops lead at Google/Alphabet-X and Marine Pilot: Finding Balance, Starting Locally, and Triumph Through Failure
Jun 24, 2017 • 55 min
Neal ‘Rudy’ Rickner is the head of strategy and operation at Mikani, one of the GOOG/Alphabet X companies that is trying to make high-altitude power generation kites. He is also, and depending on the time of day, more importantly a father, husband, and…
​Vladimir​ ​Yuzhakov-Manager​ ​Long​ ​Jing​ ​Capital:​ ​How​ ​Hedge​ ​Funds​ ​can​ ​Make It​ ​Better
Jun 10, 2017 • 1 min
Vladimir, founder and manager of Long Jing Capital, has a long history as an entrepreneur, writer, and now an investor. He makes the case for how value investing, investing in Chinese domestic consumer markets, and hedge funds can make the world better.…
Murray Bunton-Agency-Marketing, Creatives, and Social Enterprises Can Make It Better
May 27, 2017 • 59 min
Murray Bunton is the founder and director of Agency. Agency is a global design and creative agency that is also a social enterprise. They help other social enterprises and nonprofits reach their goals by helping them tell compelling stories about their…
Teddy Turner: How Political Office and Education Can Make It Better
May 12, 2017 • 61 min
Teddy Turner, former Republican congressional candidate, businessman, and economics teacher talks about how conservative politics can make it better. If you are a self-identified liberal, then I challenge you to listen. If you are tempted to skip over…
Nomis: HipHop and Spoken Word Poetry Can Make It Better
Apr 29, 2017 • 56 min
Things that we talked about or featured during the show: Traffic Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyEZzPA94io Humans are interesting podcast: https://soundcloud.com/podcasthai Nomis HipHop: http://nomishiphop.com/ Subscribe:…
Ken Harbaugh President and COO of Team Rubicon Global
Apr 14, 2017 • 54 min
Items we talked about during the show: American philanthropic giving $373B: https://www.nptrust.org/philanthropic-resources/charitable-giving-statistics/ FEMA value of equipment: https://www.fema.gov/schedule-equipment-rates Value of volunteer time:…