Community Solutions is a skill building podcast brought to you from the Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. This podcast aims to help community coalitions as they work to improve the health and social wellbeing of their neighborhoods. Listeners will hear stories about, and practical wisdom regarding, community engagement that promotes healthy, hope filled neighborhoods. Much thanks to bensounds.com for the use of the audio clip in the program.
Episode 29: How Community Leaders Transform Society
This podcast episode highlights the book, "How Change Happens" by Duncan Green. This book outlines how community leaders can create change within communities, states and nations. The lessons from this book can be applied to improve current social, political, environmental and economic issues. We discuss past advocates’ work and how their strategies can be applied by current and future community leaders to positively transform communities.
Episode 28: How Civic Engagement Makes You and Your Community Healthy
This podcast episode presents a discussion of the book “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community” by Robert Putnam. The author centers the book on the term social capital, which is defined as the connectedness between people in a community. Join us as we delve into our discussion about social capital in the American community. We identify key factors that affect social capital and connectedness both positively and negatively. Some of these factors include age/generational differences, television, religion, urbanization and social media. Enjoy listening!
Episode 27: How to Compassionately Address the Needs of the Rural Poor
The majority of poor individuals around the world live in rural conditions. To significantly reduce global poverty, we need to work alongside individuals living in rural poverty to best understand their assets, needs and priorities. Listen and learn strategies to effectively work with rural communities and in the process transform your perceptions of rural living.
Episode 26: How to Lead the Fight for Food Equity!
Today our book club focuses on The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis. Listen and learn about the multiyear effort to create a sustainable, internationally recognized community food center that provides for, and fights for, food equity – the process of providing opportunities for all to access good, healthy food.
Episode 25: How a Radical Approach to Poverty Reduction Changed Lives Forever
Community Solutions episode 25 discusses Muhammad Yunus’ autobiography,Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty. Learn how and why Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank, the obstacles he faced, how the bank has succeeded to radically improve the lives of the poor individuals around the world. To learn more go to: muhammadyunus.org or on Twitter @Yunus_Centre
Episode 24: TIME TO TALK ABOUT GLOBAL POVERTY ERADICATION - LESSONS LEARNED
This episode of the Community Solutions podcast will be discussing key points from “The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty” by Nina Munk. This book is about Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned economist, and his Millennium Villages Project.This project was based in Africa with one major goal in mind - to raise people out of poverty in rural African villages. In this podcast, we delve into the planning, implementation, and progress of the Millennium Villages Project,including the achievements and pitfalls. Is this project the answer to end poverty once and for all? Keep listening to find out. We hope you enjoy the podcast and learn something new about how to better your own communities!
To learn more about Jeffrey Sachs and his current work, please visit: www.jeffsachs.org