21 episodes

Welcome to Impact in the 21st Century, a podcast by Simbi Foundation. Join Aaron Friedland (Executive Director, Simbi Foundation) as he discusses positive social impact with some of the world’s leading social innovators, authors, academics, and advocates.

Impact in the 21st Century Simbi Foundation

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Welcome to Impact in the 21st Century, a podcast by Simbi Foundation. Join Aaron Friedland (Executive Director, Simbi Foundation) as he discusses positive social impact with some of the world’s leading social innovators, authors, academics, and advocates.

    EP#20: Alyssa Carson - Becoming an Astronaut | Going to Mars | Letting Space Change Our Perspectives

    EP#20: Alyssa Carson - Becoming an Astronaut | Going to Mars | Letting Space Change Our Perspectives

    Alyssa Carson is a space enthusiast, Astrobiology undergraduate student at the Florida Institute of Technology, author of “So You Want to Be An Astronaut”, and has spoken at multiple TED talks.
    Alyssa, now 21 years old, has attended Space Camp 7 times, Space Academy 3 times, Robotics Academy once, and was the youngest to graduate from Advanced Space Academy. She was also the first person in the world to attend all 3 NASA Space Camps, and the first to complete NASA’s Passport program by visiting 14 NASA Centres across the US. She has since been selected as one of seven ambassadors representing Mars One, a mission seeking to establish a human colony on Mars in 2030.
    Alyssa is also passionate about education and spends many hours speaking to students in schools across North America, inspiring them to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
    In this episode, you can hear Alyssa (or “Blueberry”, as per her call sign) discuss her lifelong goal of getting to Mars, what Mars has to offer us as a species, and what greater space exploration might reveal about how we can improve life and ecosystems here on earth.
    Learn more about Alyssa: https://nasablueberry.com/about/
    Buy Alyssa’s book “So You Want to Be an Astronaut”: https://www.amazon.ca/So-You-Want-Be-Astronaut/dp/173135794X
    Watch Alyssa’s TED talk: https://youtu.be/_VhmI11ToiE
    This episode is sponsored by RBC.
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    What is Impact in the 21st Century?
    Impact in the 21st Century is a podcast created by Simbi Foundation, a non-profit organization working to support the next 3.5 million refugee learners with solar-powered classrooms called BrightBoxes. This podcast celebrates the impactful work being done around the globe, and shares the stories of the inspiring individuals who are behind it.
    Who hosts Impact in the 21st Century?
    Aaron Friedland is a National Geographic Explorer, PhD Candidate in Econometrics at UBC, Executive Director of Simbi Foundation, and innovator of the BrightBox solution and the unique reading platform Simbi.
    Stream Impact in the 21st Century on your favourite streaming platform:
    Apple Podcasts
    Spotify
    Google podcasts 
    Learn more about our podcast at www.simbifoundation.org/podcast

    • 52 min
    EP#19: Allen Lau - Founding Wattpad | Overcoming Failure | Building Stronger Reading Habits

    EP#19: Allen Lau - Founding Wattpad | Overcoming Failure | Building Stronger Reading Habits

    Episode #19 of Impact in the 21st Century features incredible guest Allen Lau.
    After migrating to Canada aged 19 and graduating with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Toronto, Allen went on to co-found Wattpad, an online reading community where members can read and write original stories. With 90 million monthly users, Wattpad aims to dissolve the barriers between readers and writers, and build meaningful, engaged communities brought together by the power of stories.
    In this episode, hear the impactful, mission-driven story behind Wattpad’s founding, how Allen persevered in the face of failure, his advice on how you can build strong reading habits, and his insights into what the future of reading and technology holds.
    Sign up to Wattpad for free and start writing or reading: https://www.wattpad.com/
    Read the National Assessment of Educational Progress report on US declining reading levels in the aftermath of the pandemic: https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/highlights/reading/2022/
    This episode is sponsored by RBC.
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    What is Impact in the 21st Century?
    Impact in the 21st Century is a podcast created by Simbi Foundation, a non-profit organization working to support the next 3.5 million refugee learners with solar-powered classrooms called BrightBoxes. This podcast celebrates the impactful work being done around the globe, and shares the stories of the inspiring individuals who are behind it.
    Who hosts Impact in the 21st Century?
    Aaron Friedland is a National Geographic Explorer, PhD Candidate in Econometrics at UBC, Executive Director of Simbi Foundation, and innovator of the BrightBox solution and the unique reading platform Simbi.
    Stream Impact in the 21st Century on your favourite streaming platform:
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/impact-in-the-21st-century/id1529033008
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7F6IBSN7Ysz6wl622eK5lN
    Google podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3NpbWJpZm91bmRhdGlvbi9mZWVkLnhtbA?sa=X&ved=0CAIQ4aUDahcKEwiAoLbL3-HrAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ
    Learn more about our podcast at www.simbifoundation.org/podcast

    • 1 hr 4 min
    EP#18: Marc Tarpenning - Co-Founding Tesla | From E-Readers To Electric Cars | Finding Meaning In Your Career

    EP#18: Marc Tarpenning - Co-Founding Tesla | From E-Readers To Electric Cars | Finding Meaning In Your Career

    Marc Tarpenning is an acclaimed American engineer, technology entrepreneur and a co-founder of Tesla Inc. Marc worked with Tesla as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Engineering for several years before he moved on to advise other companies like Berkely SkyDeck.
    In this episode, Marc discusses the story of how his environmental concerns in 2003 led to him co-founding Tesla, the evolution of technology and engineering over the past 20 years, and how you too can find meaning in your career.
    Learn more about Marc: https://marctarpenning.com/
    This episode was mixed and mastered by Musa Habib.
    This episode is sponsored by RBC.
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    What is Impact in the 21st Century?
    Impact in the 21st Century is a podcast created by Simbi Foundation, a non-profit organization working to support the next 3.5 million refugee learners with solar-powered classrooms called BrightBoxes.
    This podcast celebrates the impactful work being done around the globe, and shares the stories of the inspiring individuals who are behind it.
    Who hosts Impact in the 21st Century?
    Aaron Friedland is a National Geographic Explorer, PhD Candidate in Econometrics at UBC, Executive Director of Simbi Foundation, and innovator of the BrightBox solution and the unique reading platform Simbi.
    Stream Impact in the 21st Century on your favourite streaming platform:
    Apple Podcasts
    Spotify
    Google podcasts
    Learn more about our podcast at www.simbifoundation.org/podcast

    • 42 min
    EP#17: Seth Klein - Tackling The Climate Crisis | Corporate Greenwashing | Policy For The Planet

    EP#17: Seth Klein - Tackling The Climate Crisis | Corporate Greenwashing | Policy For The Planet

    Seth Klein is the acclaimed author of 𝘈 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘞𝘢𝘳: 𝘔𝘰𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘥𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘌𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺. An expert in climate policy, Seth spent 22 years as the founding director of the British Columbia office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He is now the Team Lead and Director of Strategy with the The Climate Emergency Unit, a 5-year project of the David Suzuki Institute that Seth launched in early 2021. Seth is also a policy consultant, speaker, researcher, writer and Simon Fraser University professor.
    In this episode of Impact in the 21st Century, hear Seth discuss corporate greenwashing, the actions our governments need to take to effectively combat the climate crisis, and what you can learn from the Second World War about mobilizing our societies to protect our planet.
    Buy A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency: https://ecwpress.com/collections/books/products/a-good-war
    Get Involved with The Climate Emergency Unity: https://www.climateemergencyunit.ca/join
    Learn more about Seth: https://www.sethklein.ca/
    This episode was mixed and mastered by Musa Habib.
    Thumbnail Photo Credit: Josh Berson
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    What is Impact in the 21st Century?
    Impact in the 21st Century is a podcast created by Simbi Foundation, a non-profit organization working to support the next 3.5 million refugee learners with solar-powered classrooms called BrightBoxes. This podcast celebrates the impactful work being done around the globe, and shares the stories of the inspiring individuals who are behind it. In this special series, we’re focusing on the people working to protect our natural world, innovate greener technologies, and ensure that nobody is left behind in the process.
    Who hosts Impact in the 21st Century?
    Aaron Friedland is a National Geographic Explorer, PhD Candidate in Econometrics at UBC, Executive Director of Simbi Foundation, and innovator of the BrightBox solution and the unique reading platform Simbi.
    Stream Impact in the 21st Century on your favourite streaming platform:
    Apple Podcasts
    Spotify
    Google Podcasts
    Learn more about our podcast at www.simbifoundation.org/podcast

    • 50 min
    EP#16: Craig Foster - My Octopus Teacher | Finding Wildness | Protecting The Great African Seaforest

    EP#16: Craig Foster - My Octopus Teacher | Finding Wildness | Protecting The Great African Seaforest

    Craig Foster is the subject and creative mind behind the Oscar-winning film My Octopus Teacher, released on Netflix in 2020, which documented the incredible relationship Craig built a small octopus in the kelp forests on the coast of South Africa.
    Craig is also the Co-founder of Sea Change Project, an NPO dedicated to protecting our oceans and the Great African Seaforest through science, storytelling, journalism, and filmmaking.
    In this episode of Impact in the 21st Century, hear Craig explain how he immersed himself in the kelp forests, how he built his relationship with the octopus, and why you should remember that you, too, are wild.
    Watch My Octopus Teacher: https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/81045007
    Learn more about Sea Change Project and support their work: https://seachangeproject.com/
    This episode was mixed and mastered by Musa Habib.
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    What is Impact in the 21st Century?
    Impact in the 21st Century is a podcast created by Simbi Foundation, a non-profit organization working to support the next 3.5 million refugee learners with solar-powered classrooms called BrightBoxes. This podcast celebrates the impactful work being done around the globe, and shares the stories of the inspiring individuals who are behind it. In this special series, we’re focusing on the people working to protect our natural world, innovate greener technologies, and ensure that nobody is left behind in the process.
    Who hosts Impact in the 21st Century?
    Aaron Friedland is a National Geographic Explorer, PhD Candidate in Econometrics at UBC, Executive Director of Simbi Foundation, and innovator of the BrightBox solution and the unique reading platform Simbi.
    Stream Impact in the 21st Century on your favourite streaming platform:
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/impact-in-the-21st-century/id1529033008
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7F6IBSN7Ysz6wl622eK5lN
    Google podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3NpbWJpZm91bmRhdGlvbi9mZWVkLnhtbA?sa=X&ved=0CAIQ4aUDahcKEwiAoLbL3-HrAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ
    Learn more about our podcast at www.simbifoundation.org/podcast
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    EP#15: Cristina Mittermeier - Restoring Our Oceans | Photography For Good | Navigating Social Media

    EP#15: Cristina Mittermeier - Restoring Our Oceans | Photography For Good | Navigating Social Media

    Cristina “Mitty” Mittermeier is a marine biologist, photographer, and conservationist who has spent the last 25 years unveiling the wonders and secrets beneath the surface of our oceans, and the impacts of human activity on these ecosystems. Cristina is also a Co-founder of SeaLegacy, an NGO working to create healthy and abundant oceans for us and for the planet. 
    In this episode of Impact in the 21st Century, hear Cristina’s story, what drives her to take photos, how you can use social media to further your own impactful cause, and how you can practice Cristina’s concept of “enoughness”.
    Sign SeaLegacy’s petition to the UN for plastic reduction
    Sign the petition to protect wild salmon from industrial farming
    Learn more about SeaLegacy
    Make an impact on Only One
    See Cristina’s photographs
    Follow Cristina on Instagram
    This episode was mixed and mastered by Musa Habib.
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    More About Cristina:
    Cristina believes that stunning visual storytelling is the key to unlocking critical action to help heal our ocean and save our planet. Beginning her career as a marine biologist in her native Mexico, she soon discovered the power of imagery in ocean advocacy work. She went on to become an internationally recognized National Geographic photographer, public speaker, and founder of The International League of Conservation Photographers. In 2014, she co-founded SeaLegacy and, in 2020, expanded that work with the formation of Only One, a digital action platform built to support and uplift the ocean conservation community while driving action to achieve measurable, sustainable and equitable returns for people and the ocean.
    Mittermeier is a Sony Artisan of Imagery and, along with her partner Paul Nicklen, was named one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year in 2018. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year Award and the Imaging Award for Photographers Who Give Back. In 2021, she received the Seattle Aquarium's Sylvia Earle Medal and Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Award. She was also named one of the 100 Latinos Most Committed to Climate Action. and aligns with Rolex's Perpetual Planet initiative.
    Earlier this year, Mittermeier received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, from Simon Fraser University.
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    What is Impact in the 21st Century?
    Impact in the 21st Century is a podcast created by Simbi Foundation, a non-profit organization working to support the next 3.5 million refugee learners with solar-powered classrooms called BrightBoxes. This podcast celebrates the impactful work being done around the globe, and shares the stories of the inspiring individuals who are behind it. In this special series, we’re focusing on the people working to protect our natural world, innovate greener technologies, and ensure that nobody is left behind in the process.
    Who hosts Impact in the 21st Century?
    Aaron Friedland is a National Geographic Explorer, PhD Candidate in Econometrics at UBC, Executive Director of Simbi Foundation, and innovator of the BrightBox solution and the unique reading platform Simbi.
    Stream Impact in the 21st Century on your favourite streaming platform:
    Apple Podcasts
    Spotify
    Google podcasts
    On our website

    • 52 min

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11 Ratings

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Impact in the 21st Century

My favourite podcast to listen to! Each episode is so impactful. Always learning new things when listening to Impact in the 21st Century!

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