What makes us take up causes others think are impossible? What draws others to the cause, bonds us together and gives us an inexhaustible energy and an unwavering belief that we'll succeed? Host Marvin Stockwell draws on his own experiences and talks to fellow Champions about the successes, setbacks and team dynamics that move a cause forward.
Episode 21: Trevor Clarke
Trevor Clarke is executive director of Working Bikes, a Chicago-based nonprofit bicycle co-op that gives donated bicycles new life by redistributing them locally and globally - 10,000 bikes in Chicago and more than 100,000 across the globe since 1999. The organization's global focus has provided access to resources and opportunities that otherwise could have been out of reach - reducing waste and pollution, and improving people's health in the process.
Episode 20: Charlotte Tolley
Charlotte Tolley, founder and executive director of Nourish Knoxville started the Market Square Farmers Market in downtown Knoxville in 2004 when downtown wasn’t much to look at. The farmers market not only jump-started the revitalization of the city’s downtown, but it also led to the 2013 establishment of Nourish Knoxville, a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating healthy communities by supporting relationships between local farmers, producers, and the public. Early doubts gave way to momentum including the opening of additional markets and addressing new needs in the pandemic.
Episode 19: Victoria Jones
Victoria Jones is the founder and executive director of Tone, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering Black artists and communities and elevating Memphis as a global cultural beacon. Tone recently announced plans to team up with Unapologetic, a record label and artists collective, to convert the long-vacant United Equipment Building into Orange Mound Tower, a mixed-use development with a commitment to community ownership and equity. An artist in her own right, Victoria has become a vocal leader for change in the arts and in the wider Memphis community.
Episode 18: Ellen Kuwana
When the pandemic struck, Ellen Kuwana started the nonprofit We Got This Seattle to deliver meals to frontline medical workers. What began on instinct, serving people she saw who needed help, became more organized and systematic as she forged partnerships, accepted donations of food and money, worked with volunteers, and served more and more people. What makes people champion causes like she did? What sustained Ellen? And what she’s learned about interdependence, and the resiliency of the human spirit?
Episode 17: Ward Archer
Protect Our Aquifer's opposition to the Byhalia Connection Pipeline has been front page news recently, but for the group's president, Ward Archer, advocacy for the Memphis Sand Aquifer goes back almost 20 years, to when he was working to stop a logging company from clear-cutting near the headwaters of the Wolf River and first learned of the aquifer. Respect for the aquifer's ancient origins and a desire to preserve its incredible drinking water are at the heart of why Ward and his group work to protect the aquifer from the encroachment of industry.
Episode 16: Pat Mitchell Worley
As co-host of the globally syndicated roots radio show, Beale Street Caravan, and with years of music industry experience under her belt, Pat Mitchell Worley brings a unique set of skills to her role as executive director of the Stax Music Academy. She also brings her perspective as a mother, a special love for expanding the horizons of children, and a confidence to ask “What if?” and “Why Not?” questions. That’s led to unique opportunities for the school, her students and Memphis. Leading the school through the pandemic has produced its own challenges and some unique opportunities.
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This podcast is inspirational, interesting, and a joy to listen to. I’m glad to have stumbled upon it and feel like I’ve learned so much from the episodes. I look forward to the new episodes and always walk away inspired to be a better champion of my community.