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  • What is our impact?What can we do about it?How can we scale positive outcomes and solutions?We'll be learning from leading nonprofits, academics, athletes, and responsible business leaders that are working to create social and environmental impact.This show is about learning from people doing strong work, focusing on solutions, and connecting the dots. It's about starting wherever each of us is in our own lives, and exploring ways we can take action individually and as a community to scale real impact.
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Episodes
  • America's Water Crisis with Drew Fitzgerald, Co-Founder of 501CTHREE and JUST Water

    Dec 15 2021

    Drew Fitzgerald co-founded 501CTHREE with Jaden Smith. 501CTHREE is a non-profit dedicated to driving innovation around global water, energy, health, and shelter solutions. You’re likely familiar with their Water Box which started in Flint Michigan and has now scaled throughout the US providing safe and clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Americans from historically marginalized communities.

    Drew also co-founded JUST water with Jaden and Will Smith. JUST Water is a certified B Corp that made one of the first plant-based water bottles, reducing single-use plastic and emissions associated with bottled water.

    Before 501CTHREE and Just Water, Drew was the Creative Innovation Director at MIT’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Creative Director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT. 

     

    In our conversation, we talk about how Drew has combined his background in design and innovation to bring technology out of the lab and into viable products. He has applied his skills to create real-world solutions to interconnected problems around climate, water, food, energy, and race.  

    Shortly after this interview, I went to the Dominican Republic for a beach clean-up with the nonprofit Players for the Planet. Some of the best baseball players in the world and a number of athletes from other sports came together to raise awareness. I’ve been playing beach volleyball professionally for over a decade and have never seen a beach without plastic. The beaches we cleaned in the DR were the worst I’ve ever seen. It made it very clear to me that beach cleanups are just bandaids. In order to effect real systemic change, we need corporations to pay for the true cost of externalities of their products. That won’t happen without better materials, like the plant-based bottle Drew and the team at Just Water designed, and real policy change.

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    26 mins
  • Scaling Impact through Sport with Claire Poole, Founder of Sport Positive

    Dec 1 2021

    Claire Poole is at the center of the sports and sustainability movement. 

    Claire is the CEO and Founder of Sport Positive, supporting the global sports industry to increase their action and ambition on climate change through direct support, community, communications, the annual Sport Positive Summit and Sport Positive Leagues. As a consultant to the UNFCCC Claire supported the inception of what is now UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

    She is on the Advisory board for Eco Athletes and the Sport Ecology Group, as well as other organizations.

    In our conversation, we dive into her work building the Sport Positive Summit into the leading global meeting place for sustainability, sport, and sports business, how she created the first Sustainability Table in the English Premier League, and the role of collaboration in her work. We also discuss how athletes can overcome common barriers to advocating for social and environmental issues they care about. 

    As always, if you have any feedback please leave a review on Apple podcasts or Spotify, I’m always looking to improve. If you enjoy this conversation, please consider sharing it with a friend.

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    55 mins
  • Upcycling Fruits and Vegetables into Climate Candy with FAVES Founder Amy Keller

    Nov 24 2021

    Amy Keller is the founder of Pure Plus and the climate candy FAVES. Amy has worked in politics, the nonprofit sector, startups, and she is also a 7x Ironman. Her family also owns the Spangler Candy Company known for nostalgic candy-like Dum-Dum lollipops.

    In our conversation, we explore how Paul Hawken’s book Drawdown helped her connect her family’s background in candy, with her experience as an ironman athlete, and led to the novel idea of FAVES and making candy into a climate solution. FAVES is made from upcycled whole fruits and vegetables, which helps reduce food waste and greenhouse gas emissions, helps farmers sell more of their crops, and helps people live healthier lives with each pack delivering one whole serving of fruits and vegetables.

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    43 mins

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