A podcast to share the amazing stories full of compassion, insights, ideas and hope from all over the world. The current COVID-19 situation will be over and we are curious to explore how different people deal with it and what future do they foresee. Run by Jennifer Pfister and Andrea Orsag. Join us on our journey!
Episode 16: Alice Schmidt | Austria | Global Sustainability Advisor linking Climate Change & Our Health
Having engaged at the intersection of social, environmental and economic issues for 20+ years, Alice Schmidt is a passionate advisor, advocate, speaker and writer on global health and sustainability. Her clients include a wide range of public and private institutions, from United Nations agencies, the European Commission and the World Bank to large corporates in the pharma, food and mining industries as well as various NGOs.
Alice has worked with 60 of the world’s best organisations in 30 countries on four continents. This has made her an expert at distilling the essence of complex societal, environmental and economic challenges and identifying high-impact solutions and triple win scenarios that cut across sectors, topics and geographies, and ultimately improve people’s health, happiness and wellbeing. With two Master’s degrees and experience with a great variety of institutions and cultures, she never loses sight of the bigger picture.
In addition to advising the European Commission on Global Health and directing her own consulting firm AS Consulting, Alice is an MIT Climate Ambassador and Chair of the Board of Endeva e.V., a not-for-profit focusing on inclusive innovation and social business. Besides other engagements, she has been teaching courses for BA and MBA students from around the globe on Sustainable Business and Management for the Future.
“Protecting the environment means protecting our health, happiness and wellbeing . It helps us save money too.”
In this episode Alice talked to Andrea about the link between climate change and our health, the eco-services our planet provides and how climate action can pay for itself. She also shared with us her thoughts on long term thinking and embracing nature during the COVID-19 pandemic to improve our mental health. Tune in to enjoy the whole conversation.
Episode 15: Catalina Catana | Moldova | Head of Accelerator Program in Vietnam passionate about social Innovation for the SDGs
Catalina Catana comes from Moldova and she lived in different European countries including The Netherlands, UK and Germany. Currently she lives and works in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is leading the accelerator program at ThinkZone Ventures and helping entrepreneurs apply Design Thinking principles and mindset to building their ventures. Drawing from the fields of social innovation, purpose economy, sustainability, philosophy and change leadership, she aims to equip young people with the mindset, tools, and knowledge to become agents of positive change.
She is the host at The Change Makers Podcast, a series of interviews with changemakers around the world that aims to raise awareness about changes needed in our behavior, in our society, and in our economy in order to preserve our planet and live more sustainably. Season 2 of this podcast has a clear focus: the SDGs. We have only one decade left to achieve the UN's SDGs and we need to speed up the process to make it happen https://open.spotify.com/show/1HskbeereXeRytVebslsjf?si=moUIscw5Tcm4fXvFQeuExQ
Catalina shared with us her story of backpacking through South-East Asia and starting a new adventure in Vietnam. She talks to us about how COVID-19 impacted the country, how does a startup ecosystem work in there and what is the everyday reality in terms of sustainability. Why she thinks COVID-19 is the time to reflect on our future and why educating generations so they can be part of the solution matters? Tune in to our 15th episode NOW
Episode 14: Sherielyn Gardner | USA | Living purposeful life. Living with Intention
Sherielyn Gardner is an HR professional trained in the corporate world of California, with vast experiences from the competitive environment of Silicon Valley. She is a social entrepreneur passionate about supporting the local community, which became even more clear during the current COVID-19 times. Sherielyn had the virus herself. She took to Instagram to share her experience of self-isolating at home with a little son and husband, the stigma linked to the diagnosis, and told us how learning and sharing helped her better cope with it all.
She shares with us a very personal story of how her brother's illness and passing away impacted her life and helped her to realize that there is so much to be grateful for. Sherielyn decided to live her life in a purposeful way, with intention. Overcoming grief, she supports the less fortunate and turns her pain into community service. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic she has been even "paying it forward" a.k.a. "piffin it" in Portland and you can follow her activities on Instagram as @piffinpdx and her personal stories as @thebluestroller.
Sherielyn also shares with us her journey of coming to the US from the Philippines, how challenging that was for her family in times before the internet, how she got a chance to experience living in Sweden and why she and her husband chose Portland as their current home.
Despite the 9 hour difference between us, this was a conversation full of positive vibes and we hope you will feel it too. As Sherielyn puts it: We need better, not perfect. Tune in!
Episode 13: Steven Asei-Dantoni | The Netherlands | Education Innovator
Steven Asei-Dantoni, also known as the Great Teacher Steve, is a French-Cameroonian innovator and disruptor in the field of education. As a lecturer in the field of innovation and management, he works closely with universities and municipalities all over the world.
As a learning experience designer, his work primarily focuses on improving educational experiences with transformative learning. It is Steve’s primary goal to make education more human and create safe spaces of connectedness. Interviewed by Jennifer Pfister, Steve shares his personal journey and experience with human-centered design in education, the role of taking ownership in students’ learning process, system change and, most importantly, the role of love.
Listen now to be inspired by Steve’s perspective on connectivity, play, exploration and how he reimagines what the learning experience of students can be like.
Episode 12: PJ Mistry | USA | Co-Organizer of the Action Accelerator
Based in Rotterdam, PJ is the Global Product Transformation Lead for Knorr at Unilever. A natural connector and bridge builder who is passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals, PJ also co-organizes the Action Accelerator - an annual hackathon for changemakers working on the SDGs hosted by One Young World, Enactus Alumni, and the Circle of Young Intrapreneurs.
Tune in to listen about PJ's journey of finding her purpose of connecting and empowering people for a better world, her take on mindfulness, womanhood, leading with our strengths, and her passion project the Action Accelerator.
Episode 11: Lucy von Sturmer | New Zealand | Founder of thought leadership agency The Humblebrag & brain behind Creatives for Climate
Lucy is a Kiwi living in Amsterdam driving forward a ‘new economy narrative’ by amplifying the voices and visibility of change-makers. She is a founder of thought leadership agency The Humblebrag https://www.thehumblebrag.co/ and Co-Initiator of Creatives for Climate https://creativesforclimate.co/. The Humblebrag works with some of Europe’s best agencies, brands, artists, and sustainable fashion initiatives to use the power of ideas, opinions and creativity to challenge the status quo and create impact.
Lucy's mission is to support business leaders to take a stand on social, cultural, and environmental issues and to build a recognized, credible reputation as a purpose-driven thought leader. Over the past eight years, Lucy has built a reputation as a regular speaker and has been featured in a range of titles such as: The Huffington Post, AdWeek, The Drum, Sustainable Brands and Mumbrella.
In this episode, Lucy talked to Andrea about why she thinks brand activism is important and why helping changemakers to find their voice matters. She shared her ideas behind Creatives for Climate - an initiative to coordinate a collective response from the creative industries to mobilize action on the climate emergency. She has shared examples of creative projects she has been busy with and she is currently supporting. Way to go!
Keen to get energized and inspired? This is the conversation for you. Tune in.