16 episodes

Finding Community is a podcast about connection, conflict, collaboration, and envisioning the possible. Our guests are artists, educators, activists, frontline workers, ministers, public servants, and people committed to co-creating a better world.

Finding Community Vision Action Network

    • Society & Culture

Finding Community is a podcast about connection, conflict, collaboration, and envisioning the possible. Our guests are artists, educators, activists, frontline workers, ministers, public servants, and people committed to co-creating a better world.

    Episode 15: Cindy Cosenzo

    Episode 15: Cindy Cosenzo

    Episode 15 of Finding Community features Cindy Cosenzo, who runs a business called Just Create Community, based out of Hillsboro, Oregon. She talks with Glenn about the inspiration for her business and how her work as a teacher, connector, and amplifier is designed to help people see each other’s humanity. Cindy’s work is focused on making people feel connected, safe, kind, and appreciated, and she teaches others to do the same through her trainings, programs, and community initiatives.

    Transcripts available here: https://bit.ly/Ep15_transcripts

    Find Just Create Community at: www.justcreatecommunity.com

    Learn more about VAN and our initiatives:
    https://www.visionactionnetwork.org
    https://www.facebook.com/VisionActionNetwork/
    https://www.instagram.com/visionactionnetwork/

    This episode was produced by Glenn Montgomery for Vision Action Network. Our audio editor and music producer is Mandana Khoshnevisan. Music by Choro da Alegria. Post-production by Jenny Moore.

    • 47 min
    Episode 14: Senator Akasha Lawrence Spence

    Episode 14: Senator Akasha Lawrence Spence

    Episode 14 of Finding Community features Oregon State Senator Akasha Lawrence Spence. She talks with Glenn about the influence of her ancestors, of writers like bell hooks, and the determination of our youth. Together, they discuss the power and privilege of voting, of fostering a love ethic, and how listening to understand is key to serving the community.

    Transcripts available here: https://bit.ly/Ep14_Transcripts

    Learn more about VAN and our initiatives:
    https://www.visionactionnetwork.org
    https://www.facebook.com/VisionActionNetwork/
    https://www.instagram.com/visionactionnetwork/

    This episode was produced by Glenn Montgomery for Vision Action Network. Our audio editor and music producer is Mandana Khoshnevisan. Music by Choro da Alegria. Post-production by Jenny Moore.

    • 44 min
    Episode 13: Sabrina Wilson

    Episode 13: Sabrina Wilson

    Our guest for Episode 13 of Finding Community is Sabrina Wilson, Executive Director of the Rosewood Initiative, a nonprofit that has facilitated community-led strategies in East Portland's Rosewood neighborhood since 2009. Sabrina talks about the transformational work of her community-led organization, and shares insights about the importance of place and placemaking, the impact of the built environment on a community’s health and wellness, and how connecting people is the core work of community building.

    Transcripts available here: https://bit.ly/Ep13_Transcripts

    Learn about the Rosewood Initiative: https://www.rosewoodinitiative.org/

    Learn more about VAN and our initiatives:
    https://www.visionactionnetwork.org
    https://www.facebook.com/VisionActionNetwork/
    https://www.instagram.com/visionactionnetwork/

    This episode was produced by Glenn Montgomery for Vision Action Network. Our audio editor and music producer is Mandana Khoshnevisan. Music by Choro da Alegria. Post-production by Jenny Moore.

    • 50 min
    Episode 12: Lamar Wise

    Episode 12: Lamar Wise

    Episode 12 of Finding Community features Lamar Wise, a political coordinator for one of the largest labor unions in Oregon and co-founder of Washington County Ignite, a political action committee dedicated to building power for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, the LGBTQ+ community, and young people. Lamar talks about the need for political leaders who are responsive to the community and willing to advocate for transformative change, and he shares his observations on the importance of listening, love, and mentorship in both politics and life.

    Transcripts available here: https://bit.ly/Ep12_Transcripts

    Learn more about VAN and our initiatives:
    https://www.visionactionnetwork.org
    https://www.facebook.com/VisionActionNetwork/
    https://www.instagram.com/visionactionnetwork/

    This episode was produced by Glenn Montgomery for Vision Action Network. Our audio editor and music producer is Mandana Khoshnevisan. Music by Choro da Alegria. Post-production by Jenny Moore.

    • 47 min
    Episode 11: Cameron Whitten

    Episode 11: Cameron Whitten

    Our guest for episode Ep 11 of Finding Community is Cameron Whitten, CEO of Brown Hope, a once all-volunteer nonprofit he founded in 2018 which now boasts over a dozen staff and manages the Black Resilience Fund, Blackstreet Bakery, and a variety of other programs. Cameron talks candidly about his own journey and experiences with racism and trauma, and offers insight on healing trauma, the effects of the pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent racial justice movement. He explains how Brown Hope is creating a healing community for racial justice, and he shares a powerful message of love and hope.

    Transcripts available here: https://bit.ly/Ep11_Transcripts

    Learn more about Brown Hope at www.brownhope.org

    Learn more about VAN and our initiatives:
    https://www.visionactionnetwork.org
    https://www.facebook.com/VisionActionNetwork/
    https://www.instagram.com/visionactionnetwork/

    This episode was produced by Glenn Montgomery for Vision Action Network. Our audio editor and music producer is Mandana Khoshnevisan. Music by Choro da Alegria. Post-production by Jenny Moore.

    • 50 min
    Episode10: Peter Block

    Episode10: Peter Block

    Our guest for the tenth episode of Finding Community is Peter Block, a consultant, trainer, and bestselling author of several books, including “Community: The Structure of Belonging” and “The Abundant Community,” both of which offer a road map and tools to strengthen social bonds and create more resilient neighborhoods, cities, and society. Peter shares with us some insights on the conversations we can have to imagine a more habitable future; why connecting with our local communities is important; and why it is critical to shift from a focus on deficiency to one of abundance.

    Transcripts available here: https://bit.ly/Ep10_Transcripts

    Peter’s work is in the restoration of the common good and creating a world that reclaims our humanity from the onslaught of modernism.

    To find out more, see: www.peterblock.com

    Designed Learning, Inc. (www.designedlearning.com) – offers training and consulting in Flawless Consulting and Leader as Convener.

    Common Good Collective (https://commongood.cc) - an initiative that makes accessible the foundational practices for restoring the common good.

    Learn more about VAN and our initiatives:
    https://www.visionactionnetwork.org
    https://www.facebook.com/VisionActionNetwork/
    https://www.instagram.com/visionactionnetwork/

    This episode was produced by Glenn Montgomery for Vision Action Network. Our audio editor and music producer was Mandana Khoshnevisan. Music by Choro da Alegria. Post-production by Jenny Moore.

    • 49 min

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