In every conversation, stories, insights and perspectives help you find joy and purpose in the human experience.
Resale therapy - Sustainable Fashion is all the rage
Fashion rentals, refurbishment and resale is just about the easiest and most enjoyable way to support local businesses, save money, reduce the carbon footprint of your clothing and rescue clothes from the landfill which pollute water systems and through their decomposition process and incineration, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
C-A talks to Common Sort owner Nicole Babin about her three thriving resale clothing locations in Toronto, her business model, the challenges that come with growth and about her long-time employees who are happy and fulfilled because they get to work in fashion, in a sustainable and accessible way, for a boss that has embedded social responsibility into her operation.
Fashion rentals, refurbishment and resale is just about the easiest and most enjoyable way to support local businesses, save money, reduce the carbon footprint of your clothing and rescue clothes from the landfill which pollute water systems and through their decomposition process, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
After listening to Nicole, as well as one of her employees and a 20-something consumer/seller, you will want to give resale a try.
Building trust and human connection through LEGO Serious Play
This conversation with Dr. Kasra (Kas) Khorasani is about a unique approach that he developed for his inpatient psychotherapy groups using LEGO Serious Play methodology.
Learn why group therapy is such a valued tool in for psychotherapy and how building with LEGO in Kas's sessions empowers further connection, allowing people to become authentic, genuine, non-judgemental, curious and kind.
Show host, C-A Granatstein also does a little building with Kas to understand the process of these sessions.
Music: Romance for Piano and Cello by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/NiGiD/50238 Ft: AT
Out of the goodness of my liver: A story of living organ donation
In March 2021, Glenna Gosewich became an non-directed living organ donor.
62% of her liver went to a stranger who was in need of a vital transplant.
Glenna sees this as a form of charity, a good deed — something she can do because she’s able, despite the risks, post-op recovery and even judgement from others. Glenna is also a wealth of information on the topic as well as about blood donation.
This episode will no doubt get you thinking about different ways you can help others.
Teenage musings on sustainability getting published and having a boss mentality
Just when you think all teenagers spend every waking moment on TikTok, there’s Naila Moloo. At 15 years old, this STEM researcher's drive to contribute to a sustainable future, her stellar networking tips and her ability to handle rejection with grace in order to get exactly what she wants... is so totally boss.
You are guaranteed to learn one life tip from this episode, or at the very least, make you think about reaching just a bit further for your own dreams.
Close to home Part 2 - Stories of neighbourhood businesses in the COVID economy
Close to home: Stories of neighbourhood businesses in the COVID economy are conversations with six business owners in the St. Clair West community, in midtown Toronto. Part one was published a year ago this week.
Like so many things in the last 14 months, the conversations with Cocoa Latte, The Rushton, Ecoexistence, Playfulminds, Philosophy and Koko & Co were scheduled, cancelled, rescheduled, cancelled and rescheduled. Naïvely or optimistically, C-A wanted everyone to have a happy story to tell – that their businesses were fully open, but the pandemic just doesn’t work this way.
Though the conversations are with six really different businesses, what’s universal are their strong feelings of accountability to a supportive community, and a real yearning to get back to serving them the way they know best.
Gardening with Ed Lawrence
Ed Lawrence is THE Gardening expert. He was the Chief Horticulturalist for six consecutive Governors General and has been a regular on CBC's Ontario Today show for the last 40 years. Whether you are a beginner gardener or you are well versed in the ways of plants, Ed is a joy to listen to and learn from.
In this episode Ed's got plenty to say about growing food, the importance of getting kids’ hands in the dirt and how it always starts with the soil.
Stay safe, and get into the garden!
It’s fun and light and I enjoy all the topics. Always happy when the next podcast comes out! Thanks Existential Relish!
A Cornucopia Of Interesting Ideas
Stumbled across C-A’s podcast and glad I did. Two very important podcasts about neighborhood businesses along St. Clair West. Great questions. Great insight. C-A was very compassionate. Looking forward to long-term relationship and a few smiles.
Love this podcast
C.A. is a master at building rapport with her subjects and asking the right questions in the right way. Her latest podcast on St. Clair businesses is a timely reminder of the front-line human beings behind the shops and services that make a neighbourhood great. Listen on your next walk!