Just imagine the change we could make if the majority of organizations made decisions for people and the planet instead of just for profit.
You can call it whatever you want, social impact, sustainability, philanthropy, but whatever you call it, it’s about designing a better future for our ourselves and our children.
I'm Joel Harrison, and on this show, we dive into the perspective of the very people behind these organizations, the social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and change makers. We talk about successes, failures, and advice for people like you looking to make change through your business and work.
How to Create Social Change That Lasts: Aaron Friedland
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Aaron Friedland, the CEO of The Walking School Bus and SiMBi, has a passion for change that is powerful and inspiring. From struggling to learn because of his own Dyslexia to studying economic development to creating solar-powered classrooms and literacy software, Aaron's journey is one we can all learn from.
In this interview we talk about the journey to creating impact halfway around the world, the struggle of doing too many things, and how we can create solutions from empathy, that are accepted and have a lasting effect. This chat isn't necessarily about education, it's about social entrepreneurship and how you can take the right approach for observing a problem and creating solutions.
Jumping Through Failures to Scale Your Impact: Justin Bedard
I haven't felt so inspired to be an entrepreneur more before this episode, and not just because my guest today, Justin Bedard started a global organization (JUMP! Foundation) that inspires youth to make a difference. It's because he opens up about his failures, owns it, and learns from it. I don't hear this enough from social entrepreneurs. We see too much polished fetishizing of being an entrepreneur, and it doesn't usually match our own experience.
In this episode we talk about everything from how nonprofits are struggling to find a social enterprise model, what being a nonprofit social enterprise even means, how JUMP! Foundation provides experiential learning to merge with a standard curriculum, the failures that shocked Justin into starting over, and the changes he made in leading his organization that launched them into their current success.
Thinking Like an Impact Investor to Raise Money: Mike Winterfield
Whether you're looking for impact investments now, in the future, or never, there is a mindset here that all change makers needs to take note of. This episode I sat down with Mike Winterfield, Managing Partner of Active Impact Investments. They've been instrumental in deploying over $10 million in capital to businesses that create social or environmental impact.
We dive into everything from how they define impact companies, what it's like starting a venture capital firm, how their model is different and allows impact investors to get more involved, and 3 big mistakes that people make when raising money.
Planting a Billion Trees with tentree: Arthur Kononuk
When you start a company for the sole purpose of funding tree planting, and it takes off as a fashion brand, you see how it would be hard to stay focused. But through rebrands, viral social media hits, and an evolving fashion landscape, tentree hasn’t strayed from their mission.
In this episode of the podcast, I get the absolute pleasure of speaking with Arthur Kononuk, Creative Director and Co-founders of tentree. To give some context, tentree plants 10 trees for every item purchased, and we dive into their audacious goal of planting 1 billion trees by 2030. We talk about their experience of going viral on Instagram, why they did a rebrand, the state of the textiles industry and sustainable fashion, and why selling more clothing might not be the best way to reach their new goal.
Driving Climate Action with Modo's Co-op Model: Patrick Nangle
This conversation with Patrick Nangle, CEO of Modo opened my eyes entirely to a lot of subjects. I had no idea that car share programs, companies like Modo, were indeed thinking about impact. That they were created to solve the problem of environmental impact AND the financial impact of vehicle ownership.
We talk about car share programs and community impact. We talk about co-op models and how they differ from standard corporations or nonprofits. We talk about collaboration and an openness to realize you can’t solve anything on your own. It truly was a pleasure, and if you’re living in BC, I hope you have a chance to try out Modo’s car share program.
Balancing Business, Parenting, and Impact: Mona Tavassoli
So I’m not exactly the mompreneur that this episode is about, but I’m thrilled to talk with Mona Tavassoli of Mompreneurs Worldwide in this episode about everything from starting a business as a mom, managing your energy, culture and starting a business around the world, and how she’s teaching other mom’s how to excel at business.
In this conversation, we dive into her work to empower women, and with her new foundation, to empower women refugees through educating them on entrepreneurship.
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Very applicable, thorough & awesome!
As any social entrepreneur this podcast is a must! Feel inspired and supported in your journey. Joel asks great thoughtful questions. His guests have incredible stories to share and are very approachable in their conversation they share with Joel.