36 episodes

It started out with a simple question: How can we help make our world a better place? In the midst of a global pandemic, feeling lost and disconnected, we decided to make it our mission to search for ways to cultivate positive change in our world. We’re holding this space for conversations about all the things, big and small, that we can do to create impactful changes in our communities. You will hear in depth conversations with inspirational guests from every corner of the planet who are doing incredible things to brighten our world, in some cases, after overcoming devastating circumstances. We’re here to celebrate the flaws and imperfections that make us human and find ways to come together in this world that feels heavy and divided. Ultimately, this project is about inspiring change and spreading joy. We hope that this podcast will leave you feeling better than when you found it. If so, please subscribe and come along and join the journey with Steve and his Co-Host/Daughter Erin.

Better Place Project with Steve Norris Steve Norris

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 128 Ratings

It started out with a simple question: How can we help make our world a better place? In the midst of a global pandemic, feeling lost and disconnected, we decided to make it our mission to search for ways to cultivate positive change in our world. We’re holding this space for conversations about all the things, big and small, that we can do to create impactful changes in our communities. You will hear in depth conversations with inspirational guests from every corner of the planet who are doing incredible things to brighten our world, in some cases, after overcoming devastating circumstances. We’re here to celebrate the flaws and imperfections that make us human and find ways to come together in this world that feels heavy and divided. Ultimately, this project is about inspiring change and spreading joy. We hope that this podcast will leave you feeling better than when you found it. If so, please subscribe and come along and join the journey with Steve and his Co-Host/Daughter Erin.

    CNN Hero Woody Faircloth: Kindness Can Spread as Quickly as the Wildfire that Changed his Life

    CNN Hero Woody Faircloth: Kindness Can Spread as Quickly as the Wildfire that Changed his Life

    CNN Hero Woody Faircloth is the founder of EmergencyRV.org, initially established in response to the massive and deadly November 2018 Campfire, which decimated the entire town of Paradise, California and left more than 50,000 residents traumatized and displaced.  It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses.  
    For Faircloth and his then six-year-old daughter Luna, watching events unfold on television from Denver was not enough. Determined to help, the father and daughter set out to raise funds to purchase an RV and deliver it by Thanksgiving to a family in need.
    Word of their kind act spread quickly and within days, press requests, RV donations, offers of legal services, and funds poured in. Before the Faircloth’s knew it, they were delivering another RV and then another. Since then, EmergencyRV has helped hundreds of victims and expanded its mission to help many more victims of wildfire and other natural disasters.

    For more information, and/or to donate or volunteer, please visit: EmergencyRV.org

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    • 41 min
    It Ain't Easy! Challenges of Trying to Make a Better World as Wildlife Thrives When the Humans Stay Home

    It Ain't Easy! Challenges of Trying to Make a Better World as Wildlife Thrives When the Humans Stay Home

    In this episode, Steve and Erin cover a variety of topics, starting with an update on the Paul Rusesabagina (The real-life hero of the movie “Hotel Rwanda") kidnapping and trial, and Steve does a deep dive on the  David Attenborough documentary “The Year Earth Changed,” which covers the many fascinating ways the pandemic has actually benefitted wildlife around the world.
     They then discuss challenges that they are encountering as they try to implement some of the things they’ve learned from guests on the show.  They chat about the difficulties in tackling forgiveness, the importance of practicing positive self-talk, of surrounding ourselves with positive people,  and making the difficult decision of cutting someone out of your life, and establishing boundaries. Steve tells a story about an encounter with a person experiencing homelessness, and how he still is learning and adapting, which leads to a discussion about the importance of empathy for our fellow humans.
     After Erin mentions that unplugging from technology and being present has been a big challenge for her, they talk about how they’ve learned the important lesson that making the world a better place does not necessarily just mean doing kind deeds for others.  It is just as important to focus on improving our own mental health, our own worldview, our own happiness, living a live of gratitude and kindness, living our truth, living an authentic, joyful and fulfilled life.  By doing these things, we are well on our way to helping make the world a better place. 
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    • 30 min
    DJ/Co-Founder of Ecstatic Dance LA, Robin Parrish on Bridging the Mind-Body Connection and Unleashing your Unique Brilliance Within!

    DJ/Co-Founder of Ecstatic Dance LA, Robin Parrish on Bridging the Mind-Body Connection and Unleashing your Unique Brilliance Within!

    Robin Parrish is the Co-Founder of Ecstatic Dance LA where he has facilitated hundreds of events for thousands of participants encouraging self-expression, holistic wellness, and personal transformation through embodiment practices and community building experiences. He has built a community around the Ecstatic Dance movement, which is now world wide, and is also a frequent musical artist for the dance floor utilizing his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, percussion and DJ curating music for the Ecstatic Dance and transformational dance floor. He’s an avid educator, event producer, meditation guide, and coach; and bridges healing arts, self-development and music therapy - for community, corporate and performance art settings. 

    Episode Links:
    https://www.ecstaticdancela.com/
    https://dharmacreationinstitute.com/

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    • 56 min
    Freddie Fuller: The Singing Cowboy and The Power of Musical Last Wishes

    Freddie Fuller: The Singing Cowboy and The Power of Musical Last Wishes

    In this episode, we speak with Freddie about the power of music in our lives and his passion for playing musical last wishes;  singing and playing his guitar for those who are dying.

    FREDDIE FULLER, also known as the “The Singing Cowboy,” is a singer, songwriter, musician and storyteller.  For decades, Freddie has performed before thousands at various functions, from house concerts to larger venues such as the famous Broken Spoke. Freddie entertained the troops in Iraq at the request of the commanding General.  As told by Reader's Digest, Freddie is also a frequent performer for Swan Songs, a non-profit that brings the gift of song to people at the end of life. 

    Freddie created and has performed his “History of Texas Cowboy 1850-1900” educational programs to hundreds of public schools and colleges.  No stranger to the stage, Freddie has performed musical theater and appeared on local and national television and radio.  He was one of the recently featured performers at The Bastrop Farm Street Opry.   

    For more information, please visit www.thesingingcowboy.net
    https://www.rd.com/article/cowboy-plays-music-for-dying/

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    • 38 min
    Holding on to Hope: A Conversation with Caroline Rose on Facing Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Head On!

    Holding on to Hope: A Conversation with Caroline Rose on Facing Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Head On!

    Caroline Rose is a forty-three-year-old mom, wife, dog-lover, wine-loving, hope holding, three-time stage 4 cancer thriver. After being told there was no hope and that her cancer would eventually come back to take her life, Caroline did the only thing she knew to do; she took each day as it came and endured the brutal cancer treatments one by one. And then, one day, in the most unexpected of ways, hope came back to Caroline in the form of a young rescue dog named Riley Rose. And once she found her rediscovered hope in life, Caroline knew she was ready to grab on and never, ever let go.

    Today, Caroline is enjoying her tenth year of living cancer-free. She travels the country speaking to approximately ten to fifteen thousand people each year. Her message of hope resonates universally, especially today. Since July of 2020, Caroline’s website traffic has increased by 884%. She is a highly requested podcast guest, and her blogs have gained up to 102,000 monthly viewers on Pinterest alone. The world is craving hope, and Caroline is happy to be the one to provide it.

    Today, Caroline is married lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her two human children and her two four-legged fur babies. She spends her non-mom time on various cancer boards and volunteering with the local dog rescue. Caroline remains passionate about spreading hope and giving back to those who are still searching for their hopeful ever after.

    For more information, please visit: https://dearrileyrose.com/

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    • 58 min
    WOW Episode!: Words Of Wisdom Compilation of Guests Answering the Question "How Can We Make the World a Better Place?"

    WOW Episode!: Words Of Wisdom Compilation of Guests Answering the Question "How Can We Make the World a Better Place?"

    At the end of every episode, Steve and Erin ask each guest "What advice do you have for us and our listeners on how we can help make the world a better place?" In this inspiring WOW (Words Of Wisdom) episode, they revisit and play back past guests' answers to this question,  Hear perspectives and advice from world-renowned thought-leaders, mental health experts, scientists, psychiatrists, best-selling authors and more!

    Here from Azim Khamisa, Missy Bellinger, Dr. Chloe Carmichael, Dr. Rich Blundell, Terence Lester, Dr. Christian Heim, Dai Manuel, Christian De La Huerta, Zach Correa, Eric Winters, and Dr. Shad Helmstetter. 

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

L1saLaughsLast! ,

Bright spot of my week!

In today’s world of horror based headlines, this podcast is a weekly dose of much needed goodness! Each week highlights a person who is making the world a better place in ways that makes me realize that inspired ideas can - and should - be pursued in tumultuous times for the benefit of us all.

An absolute must listen.

GiusyD ,

Much needed

This podcast is so inspirational and uplifting and can really be a life changing tool to find better ways to live on this Earth. Lots of lovely conversations and amazing people who share the way they are making a difference in this world. In a time where people are losing hope this is much needed!

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Awesome!!!

Steve and Erin are just amazing. So creative with their topics and natural hosts. Listening always brightens my day. Highly recommend!

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