18 episodes

Positive Planet US, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing economic, social and ecological inequity through entrepreneurship, is proud to launch “A Positive Voice”; a podcast series featuring the continuing stories of both success and struggle, of underrepresented social impact entrepreneurs from around the world. As supporters of these initiatives, you deserve to hear these amazing stories, from a new generation of social impact entrepreneurs, first hand. So we thought what better way than to allow for the founders to tell you themselves. Enjoy at your own pace!

A Positive Voice Positive Planet US

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Positive Planet US, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing economic, social and ecological inequity through entrepreneurship, is proud to launch “A Positive Voice”; a podcast series featuring the continuing stories of both success and struggle, of underrepresented social impact entrepreneurs from around the world. As supporters of these initiatives, you deserve to hear these amazing stories, from a new generation of social impact entrepreneurs, first hand. So we thought what better way than to allow for the founders to tell you themselves. Enjoy at your own pace!

    Episode 18: Ashima Sharma and Dream.io approach mentorship by democratizing career guidance

    Episode 18: Ashima Sharma and Dream.io approach mentorship by democratizing career guidance

    Featured in Business Insider, Thrive Global, 500 Startups and recently selected for Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars, California-based Dreami.io is well on its way to fulfilling its mission of democratizing career guidance. “Mentorship is a powerful tool to attract, develop, and retain,” says its founder and first-time entrepreneur Ashima Sharma. But mentorship was the very thing she lacked after leaving a successful chemical engineering career in the male-dominated oil and gas industry (where she felt like a “diversity hire”) and pivoting into the tech industry.. 
    Positive Planet sat down with Ashima Sharma to listen to her story of how lack of professional support, surviving a Sri Lanka tsunami when she was only 10, and doing a bit of soul-searching on a wilderness backpack trip gave her much of what she needed to start Dreami.io.

    • 27 min
    Episode 17: Elaine Rasmussen and Social Impact Strategies Group talk impact investing to democratize wealth

    Episode 17: Elaine Rasmussen and Social Impact Strategies Group talk impact investing to democratize wealth

    In a country still very much divided by socioeconomic class and race, equal opportunity for all is far from being fully realized in the United States. Certainly people of color know this better than anyone, still grappling with the brunt of inequity in all sectors of life. 

    As an African-American woman raised in a Los Angeles working-class neighborhood, Elaine Rasmussen knows first-hand the challenges many people of color face trying to prosper. After years working in finance, marketing, and philanthropy, in 2015 she founded Social Impact Strategies Consulting, a Minnesota-based financial advising and strategizing organization that works to democratize wealth, financial services, and access to capital by and for women and communities of color. Elaine spoke with Positive Planet to discuss her path to and presence in the burgeoning field called “impact investing.” 

    • 43 min
    Episode 16: Mathias Apovo and BDLS use innovation education to empower the African youth in Burkina Faso

    Episode 16: Mathias Apovo and BDLS use innovation education to empower the African youth in Burkina Faso

    Mathias Apovo has been a dedicated educator and a passionate youth capacity builder for more than 8 years. In this episode, Mathias shares his personal journey, including failed business ideas, persistence and chasing a dream, that have led him to where he is now: as the founder of a young company, Blue Diamond Leading Solutions (BDLS). With BDLS, Mathias sees education as a means to empower and positively influence youth in Africa. The organization is equipping youths in Burkina Faso for the modern, international world, through English-language proficiency. Listen to his story here. 

    • 39 min
    Episode 15: Cathleen Trigg-Jones and iWomanTV show us how "magic happens when women create together"

    Episode 15: Cathleen Trigg-Jones and iWomanTV show us how "magic happens when women create together"

    "It doesn’t matter what you’re feeling, there’s a community for you.” With 25 years as an award-winning journalist and producer, Cathleen Trigg-Jones experienced the lack of representation in media first hand and felt compelled to address it, not just for herself, but for the wider community. So, Cathleen founded iWoman TV as a digital streaming platform by women, about women, for everyone.  


    In this episode, Cathleen shares her mission for the platform, what she needs to make it successful, and why she is so passionate about it. We also welcome Christine Matovich as co-host. You might recognize Christine from an earlier podcast: she and Cathleen got to know each other in Positive Planet US’ most recent Accelerator Hub, from which they are among our recent graduate cohort. Tune in to the conversation. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 14: Ebenezer Lartey and Market Express connect local farmers to grocers to deliver more than just food through innovative ecommerce in Ghana

    Episode 14: Ebenezer Lartey and Market Express connect local farmers to grocers to deliver more than just food through innovative ecommerce in Ghana

    Originally a grad school project, the concept for Market Express almost didn’t see the light of day. But, Ebenezer Lazar saw so much potential in it that he felt it deserved a chance as a real business. The result? An ecommerce platform for Ghanaian grocery retailers, connecting farmers with a market directly. 
     
    The goals and benefits of Market Express extend beyond simple convenience. Tune in to hear Ebenzer explain how the online ordering system aims to improve the quality of life for everyday Ghanaians: saving time, improving stock management, opening doors to micro financing, and even reducing the congested streets filled with traffic. 

    • 45 min
    Episode 13: Christine Matovich and CommonTime provide global access to the arts and and a new avenue into arts education

    Episode 13: Christine Matovich and CommonTime provide global access to the arts and and a new avenue into arts education

    In 2020, Christine Matovich founded CommonTime: an online platform providing global access to the arts. With the onset of the pandemic, countless artists were unemployed, museums and performing arts centers closed, and educators teaching online were in need of new material to connect with their students. Christine responded by building a digital platform to connect students and educators to teaching artists; private art teachers to individual learners; and arts organizations to educational institutions - regardless of location. And so, CommonTime’s existence is proof that out of necessity, creative solutions are born. 
     
    In this episode, Michael chats to Christine about the role of the arts as a vital, integrated and accessible part of the education curriculum, the industry’s contribution to the global economy, and how to surround yourself with great people to build a successful business. She also gives us a tip on where to find a thriving creative community in New York (hint: it’s not Manhattan). 
     
    A graduate of Positive Planet US’ most recent Accelerator Hub, Christine is a multi-hyphenate (opera singer, cellist and artist manager are just some hats she has worn) who has described herself as ‘never comfortable with just a single track with my craft.’ Tune in to hear her speak passionately about entrepreneurship and creativity, all the most relevant in 2021, the year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, as declared by the UN. 

    • 53 min

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