88 episodes

It started out with a simple question: How can we help make our world a better place? In the midst of a global pandemic, feeling lost and disconnected, we decided to make it our mission to search for ways to cultivate positive change in our world. We’re holding this space for conversations about all the things, big and small, that we can do to create impactful changes in our communities. You will hear in depth conversations with inspirational guests from every corner of the planet who are doing incredible things to brighten our world, in some cases, after overcoming devastating circumstances. We’re here to celebrate the flaws and imperfections that make us human and find ways to come together in this world that feels heavy and divided.Ultimately, this project is about inspiring change and spreading joy. We hope that this podcast will leave you feeling better than when you found it. If so, please subscribe and come along and join the journey with Steve.

Better Place Project with Steve Norris Steve Norris

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 134 Ratings

It started out with a simple question: How can we help make our world a better place? In the midst of a global pandemic, feeling lost and disconnected, we decided to make it our mission to search for ways to cultivate positive change in our world. We’re holding this space for conversations about all the things, big and small, that we can do to create impactful changes in our communities. You will hear in depth conversations with inspirational guests from every corner of the planet who are doing incredible things to brighten our world, in some cases, after overcoming devastating circumstances. We’re here to celebrate the flaws and imperfections that make us human and find ways to come together in this world that feels heavy and divided.Ultimately, this project is about inspiring change and spreading joy. We hope that this podcast will leave you feeling better than when you found it. If so, please subscribe and come along and join the journey with Steve.

    Feel Good Friday! Disorder in the Court: Hilarious Real Life Stories of Courtroom Exchanges

    Feel Good Friday! Disorder in the Court: Hilarious Real Life Stories of Courtroom Exchanges

    This week, Steve decided to try and inject a little humor into your Friday (or whatever day it is that you happen to be listening to this), and borrow again from his friend Brad Aronson’s blog.  Brad is best known for writing the inspiring bestselling book Humankind: Changing the World One Small Act at a Time (all proceeds go to nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters).

    In this episode Steve reads excerpts from Brad's blog detailing actual exchanges  taken by court reporters between lawyers and witnesses on the stand, taken from a book called Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History.

    To stay connected with Better Place Project and for updates and behind the scenes info, please visit our website at www.Betterplaceproject.org
     
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    Email: BetterPlaceProjectPodcast@gmail.com

    • 6 min
    Wanderlust Founders Jeff Krasno & Schuyler Grant

    Wanderlust Founders Jeff Krasno & Schuyler Grant

    In this episode, Steve chats with Wanderlust Co-Founders and husband/wife duo Jeff Krasno & Schuyler Grant.  On top of having a few laughs about Schuyler's Mom embarrassing her as a child in a Mexican restaurant in the case of the missing fajitas, and some Curb Your Enthusiasm stories, Steve, Jeff and Schuyler do a deep dive on topics such as community, relationships, having babies at home, the early days of their relationship, current political divisions, whether we are or not in a the midst of a consciousness revolution,  forgiveness, free will, gratitude and much more.

    In 2008, Jeff Krasno created the concept for Wanderlust, a series of large-scale events combining yoga & wellness with the arts. Wanderlust has become a global wellness platform with 65 events in 20 countries. In 2018, Jeff founded Commune Media, an online learning platform for personal and societal well-being. He also hosts the Commune podcast, interviewing a wide variety of guests from Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson to Brendon Burchard and Russell Brand. 
    Jeff serves on the board of Pure Edge, a non-profit organization dedicated to integrating yoga and mindfulness curriculum into the public school system. Jeff is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Fast Company.His first book, eponymously named, Wanderlust, debuted in May 2015 on Rodale and has sold more than 35,000 copies worldwide. His new Wanderlust cookbook, Find Your True Fork came out in July 2017.

    In 2016, he was selected by Oprah Winfrey to be part of the SuperSoul100 as one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs.

    In 1995, Jeff married Schuyler Grant, his college sweetheart. Schuyler, a yoga teacher and director of Kula Yoga Project, served as the inspiration for Wanderlust. Jeff & Schuyler have three beautiful daughters, Phoebe, Lolli and Micah. They currently live in Los Angeles, California.

    To stay connected with Better Place Project and for updates and behind the scenes info, please visit our website at www.Betterplaceproject.org
     
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    Email: BetterPlaceProjectPodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Feel Good Friday! The Story of Two Frogs

    Feel Good Friday! The Story of Two Frogs

    In this week's Feel Good Friday episode, Steve tells the fable of two frogs who fall into a deep pit and how the power of encouragement (or lack thereof) affects the outcome.

    To stay connected with Better Place Project and for updates and behind the scenes info, please visit our website at www.Betterplaceproject.org
     
    Follow us on social media:
    Instagram: @BetterPlaceProj

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    • 4 min
    Encore Presentation - Christy Turlington Burns: Founder of Every Mother Counts

    Encore Presentation - Christy Turlington Burns: Founder of Every Mother Counts

    In honor of Mothers around the world, this week we are releasing an Encore Presentation of our interview from 6 months ago with Every Mother Counts (EMC) founder Christy Turlington Burns.  Christy's work in maternal health began after experiencing a childbirth related complication in 2003—an experience that would later inspire her to direct and produce the documentary feature film, No Woman, No Cry, about the challenges women face throughout pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Under Christy’s leadership, Every Mother Counts has invested nearly $21 million in programs in Africa, Central America and Caribbean, South Asia and the United States focused on making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.
     Before founding Every Mother Counts, Christy received international acclaim as a model representing the world’s biggest fashion and beauty brands. She was the Founder of Nuala, a yoga lifestyle brand in partnership with Puma, co-founder of Sundari, a skincare based on the principals of Ayurveda, and author of the bestselling book, Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice.

    Christy has been featured on thousands of magazine covers, one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, and among Glamour Magazine’s 2013 Women of the Year. In March 2016, EMC was recognized as one of Fast Company magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-For-Profit Companies.

    In this episode, we chat with Christy about her childhood growing up in Northern California, a middle child raised by an Airline Pilot father and flight attendant mother from El Salvador.  She talks openly about her experience on that fateful day that changed the course of her life forever. We chat about the problems in maternal healthcare worldwide and here in the US, where a woman is twice as likely to die in childbirth now as her mother was decades ago.  We discuss the disturbing disparities in mortality rates in childbirth between women of color and white women, and why that is, as well as the amazing work that Every Mother Counts is doing in order to bring about change around the world.

    To make a donation to EMC, or to learn more about their work, please visit:
    EveryMotherCounts.org

    To send a quick email in support of the Build Better Act (discussed in this episode), which includes policies that improve maternal health and equity, please go to https://p2a.co/eydcbjc

    To learn more about pregnancy, and postpartum during the time of COVID-19, please visit justbirthspace.org 

    To stay connected with Better Place Project and for updates and behind the scenes info, please visit our website at www.Betterplaceproject.org
     
    Follow us on social media:
    Instagram: @BetterPlaceProj

    To follow Steve & Erin on Instagram:
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    Facebook: Facebook.com/BetterPlaceProjectPodcast
    Email: BetterPlaceProjectPodcast@gmail.com

    • 51 min
    Feel Good Friday! 23 Stories to Inspire You to Succeed!

    Feel Good Friday! 23 Stories to Inspire You to Succeed!

    For this Feel Good Friday episode, we're bringing you 23 stories to inspire you to overcome and even embrace your failures, and use them as fuel to pursue your dreams.

    Whether it's Steven Spielberg, Colonel Sanders, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney, or 15 year-old Jack Andraka who created a diagnostic test for Pancreatic Cancer that was better than the tests developed by scientists, research labs and billion dollar pharmaceutical companies, all of these success stories had one thing in common.  They all had huge failures along the way, but never gave up!

    Special thanks to Brad Aronson for his article Famous Failures: 23 Stories to Inspire You to Succeed, that is featured in this episode.

    To learn more about Brad, or to order his National Bestselling book Humankind: Changing the World, One Small Act At a Time, please visit BradAronson.com.
    To become a Better Place Project Member (and receive free BPP Merch) and support our show, please visit:
    https://www.patreon.com/Betterplaceproject

    To stay connected with Better Place Project and for updates and behind the scenes info, please follow us on social media:

    Website: www.BetterPlaceProject.org
    (Leave us a voice message directly from the home page of our website)
    Instagram: @BetterPlaceProj
      
      To follow Steve & Erin on Instagram:
     @SteveNorrisOfficial
      @Erinorris

    • 14 min
    Daniel Blevins: Stand In Pride, a Safe Haven for the LGBTQ+ Community

    Daniel Blevins: Stand In Pride, a Safe Haven for the LGBTQ+ Community

    Daniel Blevins is a salon owner, social media influencer, LGBTQ+ advocate, activist and founder of Stand In Pride.  Daniel and his husband of 22 years reside in rural East Tennessee. He’s a proud father of two children and three grandchildren.

    Daniel founded the Facebook group Stand In Pride in early 2021, the group has since grown to over 36k members, with members in over 70 countries. The success of the group has gained national and international recognition in news publications including USA Today and People magazine as well as being featured on NBC news and The Today Show.
    Outside of the salon and advocacy work he enjoys spending time with his family, painting, gardening and volunteering with local charity organizations.

    To become a Better Place Project Member (and receive free BPP Merch) and support our show, please visit:
    https://www.patreon.com/Betterplaceproject

    To stay connected with Better Place Project and for updates and behind the scenes info, please follow us on social media:

    Website: www.BetterPlaceProject.org
    (Leave us a voice message directly from the home page of our website)
    Instagram: @BetterPlaceProj
      
      To follow Steve & Erin on Instagram:
     @SteveNorrisOfficial
      @Erinorris

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

marilyncollins65 ,

Refreshing and uplifting

If you're feeling down or just like positivity this is
the podcast for you. Each episode has left me
inspired and motivated to do better. Thank you Steve for making the world a better place.

Brad251 ,

Inspiring Podcast

I enjoy the in-depth conversations with people who are changing the world in big and small ways. I love coming away inspired and with ideas for how I can make a difference. Steve is a friendly, thoughtful and down-to-earth host who makes you feel like you’re listening to a conversation in his living room

KNByoga ,

Thoughtful and transformative

Steve Norris is thoughtful, intelligent, open and genuine. He shares his own experiences freely and dives into deep conversations with his guests on topics that are so important and that can be life-changing.

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