How to Build a Village is a podcast about creating a community when you move to a new place. We'll hear from people who have moved for jobs, love, or just the need for a change. In this podcast, we’ll talk about how to find the jobs, friends, schools, coffee places and whatever you need to make a new place feel like home. We look forward to hearing your story, too. I’m your host, Jill Martin Wrenn. I've been a journalist for the past twenty years. I’ve moved between New York, London, Atlanta, and back again. Along the way, I’ve met many amazing people who have created new lives in new places.
Clark's Botanicals CEO and Founder Francesco Clark shares his story
In this candid and compelling conversation, Francesco Clark shares what inspired him to start his clean skincare brand, Clark's Botanicals. From his close-knit family to his life-changing injury, Francesco describes to Jill Martin Wrenn what makes him an eternal optimist. You can find out more here: https://clarksbotanicals.com/
Los Angeles-based artist London Kaye shares how she got hooked on crochet
London Kaye tells Jill Martin Wrenn how she tackles big topics in a lighthearted way through street art. She creates murals celebrating peace, gender equality and other issues through Love Across The USA (http://www.loveacrosstheusa.com/), a community of makers crocheting public murals. She also designed her own crochet hook, so she could streamline her art creation process. You can find her here: https://www.londonkaye.com/ and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madebylondon/?hl=en
Entrepreneur and journalist Bernadette Brown shares how a community of candlemakers inspired her company-creating journey
Atlanta-based entrepreneur and journalist Bernadette Brown explains how she juggles a full-time job in television alongside her beauty brand, Baubles & Beeswax. She also shares how she made Atlanta her home, after years of moving. You can find out more here: https://baublesandbeeswax.com/
Prolific author Isabel Allende shares with Jill Martin Wrenn her new way of connecting with her global community of fans
Celebrated Chilean-American author Isabel Allende has published more than 20 books over the past four decades, including such bestsellers as The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, and her newest novel, Violeta. She also founded The Isabel Allende Foundation to empower women and girls around the world. In this episode, she shares with Jill Martin Wrenn how she's changed the way she connects with her readers. You can read more here: http://isabelallende.com/en/home
BBC journalist Egon Cossou shares how he’s creating a community of carers with Generation Care
Egon Cossou, a long-time BBC producer and presenter based in London, joins Jill Martin Wrenn to share how he is creating a community of carers with the site, Generation Care. He’s highlighting the work of the millions balancing busy lives with the lives of ageing loved ones. You can find out more here: https://www.generationcare.co/
Bestselling author Helen Hoang tells Jill Martin Wrenn how her journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder helps inform her storytelling
Helen Hoang, author of the romantic comedies, The Heart Principle, The Bride Test and The Kiss Quotient, joins Jill Martin Wrenn from San Diego. She describes how she creates characters from a range of backgrounds and communities, who grapple with romances steeped in realism. You can find out more here: https://www.helenhoang.com/
Like a Warm Welcome to a New Place
How to Build a Village is a must-listen for anyone who has ever moved to a new place, or is about to do so. Host, Jill Wrenn, is equal parts welcome wagon, advisor and therapist as she guides listeners through stories of those who have found themselves in a new place, and sought to maneuver unfamiliar surroundings. What worked? What didn’t? And how did people find their new social circle? How to Build a Village is chock full of tips, laughs and sound advise for anyone, whether they are relocating across town or across the globe.