46 episodes

Break Some Dishes, a podcast by Verda Alexander and Jon Strassner, takes a closer look at some of the environmental crises we face as a global community, and under the lens of creativity and design, talks to outliers who have worked to break some dishes and find solutions. Bad design is bad for the planet. We need to design our way out of our climate crisis! Verda is an artist and designer and Jon is a talker, and together they find those unique people who have found amazing ways to make a difference in saving our planet. We'll talk about ghost fishing, ocean plastic pollution and the work being done to remove poisonous ingredients from products. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg, so before it melts, join us for some lively discussion on fixing things!

Break Some Dishes Imagine a Place Productions

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    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

Break Some Dishes, a podcast by Verda Alexander and Jon Strassner, takes a closer look at some of the environmental crises we face as a global community, and under the lens of creativity and design, talks to outliers who have worked to break some dishes and find solutions. Bad design is bad for the planet. We need to design our way out of our climate crisis! Verda is an artist and designer and Jon is a talker, and together they find those unique people who have found amazing ways to make a difference in saving our planet. We'll talk about ghost fishing, ocean plastic pollution and the work being done to remove poisonous ingredients from products. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg, so before it melts, join us for some lively discussion on fixing things!

    How to raise your climate voice.

    How to raise your climate voice.

    How can we truly create radical change? Well, according to Jennifer Allyn, it's time to harness the power of the private sector to solve the climate crisis - and it starts with empowering YOU to motivate your company to support climate policy.
    Described as a true climate champion, Jennifer Allyn is the Director of Programs and Campaigns at ClimateVoice, an organization working to unlock corporate influence to address the crisis at scale.
    In today's episode, Jennifer will explain how we can each begin to raise our climate voices to push our companies to lobby for bold and equitable climate policy, as well as take more swift action to achieve our organization's climate goals.
    Learn more about ClimateVoice:
    https://climatevoice.org/
    Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place

    • 33 min
    Can a design firm save humanity?

    Can a design firm save humanity?

    For this Break Some Dishes episode, our guest is the Founding Principal and Chief Design Officer of MASS Design Group, Alan Ricks!
    MASS stands for Model of Architecture Serving Society and Alan does just that, leading the strategy and design of projects around the globe and advancing the role of design to create a more equitable and just world.
    In this episode, Alan, Jon, and Verda come together to discuss the importance of creating a balance in the built environment and the impact of design choices to create change, social justice, and more.
    Get to know MASS Design Group: https://www.massdesigngroup.org/
    Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place

    • 41 min
    LIVE from NeoCon: Part 2 - Deconstructing design for a better tomorrow

    LIVE from NeoCon: Part 2 - Deconstructing design for a better tomorrow

    LIVE from NeoCon part 2 is here! In the last installment of our Live from NeoCon series, we chat with six incredible guests, all with unique backgrounds and experiences, to help us discover new ways of thinking and exploring fresh ideas in the world of design and sustainability.
    In today's episode, you'll hear from:
    Paul Shahriari | Founder and Chief Innovation Officer | ecomedes
    Elizabeth Whelan | Founder and Principal |Elizabeth Whelan Design
    David Cordell | Senior Technical Coordinator, Sustainability leader, and Associate Principal | Perkins+Will
    Rebekah Matheny | Associate Professor, Department of Design | The Ohio State University
    Judd Rosengart | Sr. VP of Sales Uhuru Design | Co-Founder Heirloom Design
    Dave Bryant | Vice President at One Workplace | Co-Founder at Heirloom Design
    From the OFS showroom in Chicago, these amazing guests sat down to discuss the intersection of design, sustainability, and technology, how to truly eliminate harmful materials, and why the time is now for the design community to lean into our creativity to build a better tomorrow.
    Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place

    • 1 hr
    LIVE from NeoCon: Part 1 - Designing for the future.

    LIVE from NeoCon: Part 1 - Designing for the future.

    And we're LIVE! Ok, we decided to do something a little different...during NeoCon we managed to do a series of podcasts LIVE from the OFS showroom in Chicago. These conversations were incredible and we are so excited to finally share them with you! In today's episode, you'll hear from:
    Lauren Perich | Senior Designer | Studio O+A
    Todd Bracher | Founder and Creative Director | Todd Bracher Studio
    Carolyn Clark Beedle | Director Audience Development | One Workplace
    These amazing guests sat down to discuss rethinking materials, reimaging the design process, and how the design community just might be the best group to give our world a fighting chance at a more sustainable future.
    Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place

    • 51 min
    Design for Good is Good for Design

    Design for Good is Good for Design

    John Cary, currently the President and CEO of Eames Institute, is typically
    busy working his magic to bring design to the people. John has been a key
    player in the Pro Bono Design movement for a long time, and that doesn’t appear
    to be changing anytime soon. Everyone deserves good design. Verda tells us that
    interior designers care a lot about people, the problem is that it has
    traditionally been for a specific group of people. We want more people to
    experience good design, so join us as we talk with John about Public
    Architecture, Eames Institute, and more.

    • 47 min
    Don't "Unwaste" our time!

    Don't "Unwaste" our time!

    The recycling system is broken. Did you know that only 9% of what we put in blue bin programs is actually recycled? Our guest today is on a mission to address this issue.
    In today's episode, hear how Ashley Gorrie and her company, Unwasted, are taking a stand to clean up recycling by harnessing the power of design and discarded plastics to create functionally beautiful furniture.
    When asked why she's pursuing this Unwasted vision when the road seems so challenging, Ashley said, "it may be the crazy entrepreneur in me who doesn’t know when to stop, but it's also the right thing to do. I don’t know if we will be successful but we are going to try our hardest to fail and win forward in the right direction for change."
    Learn more about Unwasted: https://www.unwastedtrash.com/
    Break Some Dishes is an Imagine a Place Production, presented by OFS: https://ofs.com/imagine-a-place

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

dpiro42 ,

Great chemistry and critical topic

I love these two and their passion for creating a better future! Always a great listen!

jl.lyons ,

Inspiring

Great conversations around sustainability within the built environment and beyond!

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