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Causepods is a passion project of The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy. The aim is to interview folks who are using podcasts to raise awareness for a good cause. Whether that’s a non-profit, charity, medical cause, social justice movement, or anyone looking to create a positive impact in the world, from the local level to the global population. One unique feature to Causepods is that we are going to use this platform to raise money for a 501(c)3 non-profit of your choosing through GoFundMe. If you think you’re a podcaster making a difference in the world, please take a few moments to fill out the Causepods Form and we can’t wait to have you on Causepods.

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    • Non-Profit

Causepods is a passion project of The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy. The aim is to interview folks who are using podcasts to raise awareness for a good cause. Whether that’s a non-profit, charity, medical cause, social justice movement, or anyone looking to create a positive impact in the world, from the local level to the global population. One unique feature to Causepods is that we are going to use this platform to raise money for a 501(c)3 non-profit of your choosing through GoFundMe. If you think you’re a podcaster making a difference in the world, please take a few moments to fill out the Causepods Form and we can’t wait to have you on Causepods.

    The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship with Alina Boyte of The Heart Centered Life Podcast

    The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship with Alina Boyte of The Heart Centered Life Podcast

    Today on the show we have Alina Boyte, the creator of The Heart Centered Life Podcast. Alina is committed to being a social entrepreneur, encouraging others to live a more heart centered life and in turn creating a positive change in our world. Her company partners with people with the same commitment.


    Trained as a law professor, Alina realized through her years of research that if we want to see social change in the world, the answer will not come from laws and regulations. We discuss how most corporations are motivated by the bottom line and are not concerned with their impact on the environment and our communities. As a result, we’ve seen a growth of social entrepreneurs who are more socially and environmentally conscious.


    Alina goes on to explain the difference between corporations whose mission it is to make a social impact and corporations who are more concerned about their profits and make smaller efforts towards helping those in need.


    Our discussion transitions to thoughts on how to start a socially conscious company as well as what to keep in mind as the company grows. 


    Alina goes on to talk about why and how she started a Podcast and why she’s also had success with creating videos to engage with her audience. As a new entrepreneur herself, Alina discusses how she hopes to expand her audience to reach outside of her current network and what she loves about the podcast community.


    Key Topics:


    ·      Alina’s realization of what will help create positive change in our world (00:48)


    ·      Identification of companies who have identified themselves as agents for social change (01:34)


    ·      Are companies that have corporate social responsibility initiatives genuine in their efforts to have a social impact? (02:57)


    ·      Steps on how to start a social entrepreneurship (05:42)


    ·      Can a traditional Corporation transition to a social entrepreneurship? (07:27)


    ·      Why Alina decided to start a podcast as well as videos to tell her story and encourage social entrepreneurship (10:27)


    ·      Alina’s biggest challenges launching the podcast and how she overcame them (12:57)


    ·      The biggest impact Alina has experienced since starting her podcast (13:51)


    ·      The ideal audience for Alina’s podcast and who would be the perfect guest (15:16)


    ·      Alina’s advice for those who would like to get started on their own podcast for their social initiative (16:25)


    Link to Podcast:


    http://www.alinaboyte.com (http://www.alinaboyte.com )


    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-heart-centered-life-podcast/id1463636587 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-heart-centered-life-podcast/id1463636587)


    Social Media:


    alina.ng.564 (https://www.facebook.com/alina.ng.564)

    • 19 min
    Creating a Space for the Stories of the Homeless with Russell Clair of The Homeless Podcast

    Creating a Space for the Stories of the Homeless with Russell Clair of The Homeless Podcast

    The issue of homelessness is one that is gaining more and more attention in mainstream media but not something that we have touched on here at Causepods yet. Today we are joined by Russell Clair to talk about his new podcast called the Homeless Podcast, in which he interviews and shares the stories of people who are currently living on the street for a variety of reasons. Russell's goal with the show is to share the lives of people who are so often forgotten and ignored.


    Russell emphasizes the common desire of his guests to just be heard and treated like any other human being. The different reasons that people end up without a physical home might come as a surprise to certain listeners and it was only by asking and taking an interest that Russell learned certain things and realized certain truths. These are the things he thinks are worth sharing with the world and he hopes to get out to a larger audience.


    The love of podcasting has been in Russell for some time now and it suddenly clicked when he saw the need for the telling of these stories that he could align these two passions. Having studied music and recording, there was not much of a learning curve and the only challenges he notes are around marketing and building a bigger listenership. With the world of podcasting still growing, there is continually possibilities and markets to service and Russell has seen in his travels how many of his guests and acquaintances are familiar with the world of podcasting, so it makes perfect sense to make that the repository of the stories he collects.


    In our conversation, Russell shares his thoughts on regional homeless issues, the cyclical nature of life on the street and some of the disturbing realities that those without a steady place to live face. He also gets into the ins and outs of how he approaches people, makes space for them to share, and aims to give them some care and attention when needed. For all this be sure to listen in for this great episode of Causepods!


    Key Topics:  


    •   Reasons that Russell wanted to work to help the homeless. (01:15)


    •   Shocking facts about homeless income and social security. (04:10)


    •   The different types of people you might find without a home. (06:58)


    •   The self-sustaining and cyclical nature of life on the street. (09:04)


    •   Approaching people to share their stories and how Russell goes about it. (10:42)


    •   Russell's love of podcasting and true crime stories! (15:03)


    •   Challenges that Russell has faced getting his show off the ground. (16:04)


    •   The prevalence of podcasts and how commonplace they have become. (17:50)


    •   Russell's guests' hopes of being heard at the end of an interview. (18:31)


    •   A charity of choice from Russell and why he has chosen to focus on it. (20:47)


    •   The regional issues that arise within the broader problem of homelessness. (24:49)


    •   Russell's advice for anyone wanting to get their message out into the world. (26:35)


    Link to Podcast:


    https://homeless.simplecast.com/ (https://homeless.simplecast.com/)


    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh0vWyfe0sxqrBim3AA8CXg (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh0vWyfe0sxqrBim3AA8CXg)


    Social Media:


    https://www.facebook.com/homelessPNW/ (https://www.facebook.com/homelessPNW/)


    https://www.instagram.com/homeless_podcast/ (https://www.instagram.com/homeless_podcast/)


    https://twitter.com/homelesspnw (https://twitter.com/homelesspnw)


    Donation:


    Charity link - http://www.nchv.org/ (http://www.nchv.org/)


    Sarges Place - http://www.sargesplace.com/ (http://www.sargesplace.com/)


    His Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/homelessPNW/creators (https://www.patreon.com/homelessPNW/creators)


    Thanks for Listening!Be sure to...

    • 30 min
    Step Up by Stepping Out with Jason Jacobs of My Climate Journey

    Step Up by Stepping Out with Jason Jacobs of My Climate Journey

    Our guest today is Jason Jacobs, host of the podcast, My Climate Journey. Jason led a long career as the (former) Co-Founder and CEO of the popular fitness app, Runkeeper (acquired by ASICS). Like many of us, Jason always had a strong conviction to care for the environment and after his app was sold, he decided he wanted to do more, but didn’t know how. So, he began making his private climate journey public and soon enough, My Climate Journey emerged. 


    As you can tell by the podcast name, Jason’s cause is all about his evolution of getting into the fight to help save the environment, help save the planet, and help make for a better world for the next generation and beyond. What started out a newsletter to a few friends, the My Climate Journey podcast has grown into a thriving community with a strong ethos of collaboration, ambition, determination, and optimism around climate change. 


    Often times, many people care about the climate and want to make a difference, but don’t know where to start! According to Jason, the biggest problem is standing right in front of us. The problem is us, and only when we learn how to step out of our own way, can we begin to make a change. My Climate Journey is not only a platform for discussion and interesting conversations, but it has become a proactive catalyst for change, connecting and inspiring more and more people to get educated, share resources, network, work together, and ultimately, take action.


    In this episode, Jason shares his own journey, not only with climate change, but with the podcast itself; how it started, how it has evolved, how audiences have responded, and the impact it hopes to make. This episode is also packed with loads of resources and organizations who are setting brilliant examples for us to follow as we set off on our own climate journey’s as companies, leaders, parents, students, scholars, and, ultimately, people who deeply care about the planet and want to make a difference, starting today.


     


    Key Topics:  


    •   Jason’s background and how he first started mobilizing around climate change. (01:52)


    •   Why Jason decided to make his private learning journey a public learning journey. (02:55)


    •   How the intimacy of podcasting led Jason to choose this medium for his cause. (03:28)


    •   How creating a podcast can be a catalyst for deeper engagement and networking. (04:32)


    •   Using a podcast as a vessel to educate and inspire others around climate change. (06:17)


    •   How a podcast can be used to create a culture and ethos around climate change. (08:40)


    •   Why the real climate change issue is about getting out of our own way and acting. (11:02)


    •   How you can join the fight and begin your own climate journey, starting today! (11:47)


    •   Helpful resources and tools to help set you up on your own climate journey. (13:09)


    •   It’s more important to get started than to be perfect: advice for new podcasters. (14:32)


    Jason Jacobs, Host of My Climate Journey


    Link to Podcast: Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/0H5VL0)


    Social Media: LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jjacobs22)


    Charity Link: Project Drawdown (https://www.drawdown.org/)


    Thanks for Listening!


    Thanks for Listening!


    Be sure to subscribe on  Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/3hmQQrfFDPznEqEAEeRVm8) , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causepods.org.


    Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Causepods -  LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathewpassy/)


    For help, resources, and community support, please join the  Causepods Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2073354376260768)  if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are thinking about...

    • 17 min
    The Masters of Edutainment and Lessons for Non-Profits with Brian Dunning of Skeptoid

    The Masters of Edutainment and Lessons for Non-Profits with Brian Dunning of Skeptoid

    Today on the show we have Brian Dunning, the creator of the Skeptoid podcast, join us to talk about their non-profit mission and, more specifically, the evolution of their podcast. What started in 2006 as a hobby soon developed into a serious source of information that quickly gained considerable traction from teachers. Brian started hearing how educators were using their podcast to facilitate learning in the classroom, which inspired him to get more scientific and formal in his approach.


    Their aim over at Skeptoid is to provide quality edutainment that is based on facts and science and that people of any age can enjoy and learn a great deal from. In addition to providing interesting content for the classroom, they also reach the general public with their podcast, covering popular topics such as UFO stories, global warming, and electric cars. But Skeptoid is not only about the podcast; they also do speaker series, produce documentary films and other educational content, and have a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline for 2020.


    Tuning in to this episode, you will also hear great advice regarding the setting up of a nonprofit. Brian shares how he managed to convert their organization to a 501(c)(3) and the criteria for meeting the requirements of a non-profit.


    We transition to talking more about the podcasting process, with Brian explaining why podcasts are not necessarily the best platform for everybody. If you are an individual who has no organizational backup or an established audience, it might not be advisable to go this route as very few people manage to build a large following in this way. Brian also gives potential podcasters loads to consider in terms of sponsors and adds, warning them about the restrictions on the type of content allowed in sponsored messages. Not adhering to the regulations for non-profits might result in financial penalties from the IRS.


    Before starting a podcast, Brian advises listeners to think carefully about the motivation for wanting to do so. While anyone can start a podcast, you want to make sure that is will be worth the time and effort. He wraps up the episode by sharing the other exciting projects Skeptoid is working on and releasing later in the year, including a full-length feature documentary film.


     


    Key Topics:


    •   The origins of the Skeptoid podcast and non-profit, and the interesting topics covered. (01:47)


    •   Ranting about pet peeves and other reasons why Brian started the podcast. (03:15)


    •   Why the podcast soon became more formal and scientific in approach. (03:36)


    •   How the podcast branched out into other activities and what their main mission is. (04:36)


    •   The process of converting to a 501(c)(3), and the criteria for qualifying as a non-profit. (06:17)


    •   Advice for non-profits whose podcasts have sponsored messages and are sources of revenue. (10:27)


    •   Common misconceptions about the reach of podcasts. (17:08)


    •   Why Brian chose podcasting and the importance of knowing what your motivation is. (18:38)


    •   Other projects that Brian and his team are working on, including a documentary film. (21:06)


    Link to Podcast:


    https://skeptoid.com (https://skeptoid.com)


    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/skeptoid/id203844864 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/skeptoid/id203844864)


    https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9za2VwdG9pZC5jb20vcG9kY2FzdC54bWw%3D (https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9za2VwdG9pZC5jb20vcG9kY2FzdC54bWw%3D)


    https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/skeptoid-critical-analysis-of-pop-phenomena/skeptoid-15232?refid=stpr (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/skeptoid-critical-analysis-of-pop-phenomena/skeptoid-15232?refid=stpr)


    Social Media:


    https://www.facebook.com/skeptoidpodcast...

    • 24 min
    Stronger Today with Dawn Sherine Bernard of the Dancing with Bipolar Podcast

    Stronger Today with Dawn Sherine Bernard of the Dancing with Bipolar Podcast

    Navigating the Uncertain Terrain of Bipolar Disorder

    • 23 min
    Giving a Voice to LGBTQ+ with Rhys Mathews of the Queer Margins Podcast

    Giving a Voice to LGBTQ+ with Rhys Mathews of the Queer Margins Podcast

    Rhys Mathews created the podcast Queer Margins to give a voice to members of the LGBTQ+ community who are rarely heard from. In its first series of the podcast, Rhys interviewed Old Queens to hear their stories and experiences. The result has been a catalyst for connecting members of the LGBTQ+ community of different ages as well as giving deeper context to the changes in the political landscape.


    In this episode, Mathew discusses how Rhys developed the idea for the podcast and the challenges of launching a show without a previous track record. There were times when potential guests were critical and unsure if they should participate in his show.  Sometimes because they were suspicious of his motives or simply because guests were unfamiliar with podcasting as a communication medium.


    We discuss how Rhys overcame these challenges and the positive benefits that have come from being able to share these stories with a wider audience. Finally, we discuss the benefits of podcasting as a medium to hear personal stories through direct storytelling.


    There are intangible benefits of hearing a story through someone’s own voice and hearing their own particular laugh, for example.  This is something that cannot be conveyed through text and is a reason why Rhys believes the show has been so impactful in connecting with audiences.


    Listen in now, on Rhys’ story of launching a podcast from zero with no previous track-record as well as his views on the current state of the LGBTQ+ community.


    We also discuss how the charity Stonewall’s message of “Acceptance without exception” inspired the show and continues to do great work by helping all types of communities.


    Key Topics


    Introducing Rhys Mathews. [00:02]


    Why LGBTQ+ is an important cause for Rhys. [01:13]


    Transphobia in LGBTQ+ communities  [03:31]


    Why create a podcast about this topic? [04:09]


    Reaching old queens and older listeners with podcasting [07:09]


    How Queer Margins is creating an impact [09:16]


    Rhys’ advice for those who are considering launching a podcast for a cause [12:35]


    Stonewall, the organization that inspired Rhy [14:36]


    The future of the Queer Margins podcast [16:44]


    Link to Podcast


    https://apple.co/2CLwfxV (https://apple.co/2CLwfxV)


    https://www.queermargins.com/ (https://www.queermargins.com/)


    Social Media


    https://www.instagram.com/queermargins/ (https://www.instagram.com/queermargins/)


    https://twitter.com/rhysox (https://twitter.com/rhysox)


    Charity Link


    https://www.stonewall.org.uk/ (https://www.stonewall.org.uk/)


    Thanks for listening!


    Be sure to subscribe on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/3hmQQrfFDPznEqEAEeRVm8) , or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@causepods.org.


    Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Causepods - LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathewpassy/)


    For help, resources, and community support, please join the Causepods Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2073354376260768) if you are already producing podcasts for a cause or are thinking about launching one.


    And if you would like to be a guest on Causepods, please fill out this form and schedule your chat here (https://bookme.name/thepodcastconsultant/lite/causecast-podcast-booking) .

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

Rwasieleski ,

A ‘good news’ podcast!

Thank you for highlighting positive causes and the people behind them. This show is a fit for people interested in podcasting, human interest stories, and learning about the good in the world.

Teacher_Tiffiny ,

Excellent Kickoff!

I really enjoyed this first episode of the podcast and Judithe’s cause.

Chad Grills ,

Great show!

Love the positive focus of bringing on podcast shows that are trying to do great things.

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