Artist Von Wong searches far and wide to bring to you stories of Social Impact from all over the world. Featured guests include Oscar-winning Filmmakers, Nasa Scientists, Youth Activists, Social Entrepreneurs, Artists, Entrepreneurs, and Futurists. This podcast is here to show you that regardless of your interests, background, or skillset - you too can make a difference.
Leveraging Shareholder Power for Good ft. Sarah Milne, VP of Advancement at As You Sow - Episode 30 - Impact Everywhere
As You Sow is a non-profit foundation that utilizes shareholder advocacy to force corporations to be more responsible in their business. They have had remarkable successes with big corporations and the type of change they have been involved in can have huge rippling effects through sectors and society. Joining us on the show is Sarah Milne, Vice President of Advancement at As You Sow, and she is here to share some of the strategy and action that has allowed the organization to achieve these wins. We talk about how they apply pressure in order for shifts to happen and the idea of putting shares in a company to good use. Sarah underlines the values of ‘safe, just, and sustainable’ as a foundation for what we should be requiring of corporations, and we also get into her idea of creating a better capitalist reality. Our guest believes strongly that government action is vital on big issues such as climate change and that without legislative change, we will be unable to shift the tide. Listeners can expect to hear about what it takes to stay committed to incremental change, the efficacy of reports, and moving beyond important words in vital actions. Sarah gives us such a great picture of what it means to work for good within the confines of huge companies and political powers, and her steadfastness and drive is truly inspiring.
Having an Impact through Aloha ft. Explorer Alison Teal - Episode 29 - Impact Everywhere
Can social media change the world? Today’s guest, Alison Teal, hopes to have a positive impact and enact environmental and social change through her digital platforms. Also known as the “Female Indiana Jones,” Alison lives and works at the intersection of education and entertainment, an influencer and adventurer. Alison travels the world with her camera and her iconic pink surfboard to share global secrets of survival, sustainability, health, and happiness through her comedic and inspirational film and blog series: Alison’s Adventures. She has also just signed a book deal with Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, called Alison’s Adventures: Your Passport to the World. In this episode, she shares with us how she made her social media debut, how she approaches her adventures, how she thinks about change, and how she is making a living during this time of COVID. She also speaks about how she reconciles with the scope of a problem, how she has adapted her strategies to be seen in today’s more algorithmic ecosystem, and how the pandemic has illustrated the need for us to live sustainably.
Pioneering the world of Deep Impact Investing ft. Dr. Charly Kleissner, Co-Founder of KLF, Toniic, and ImpactAssets - Episode 28 - Impact Everywhere
Philanthropic investment funds are far less helpful than they would lead us to believe. This means that investing for the good of humanity needs to follow a different model. Today, we explore a concept called impact investing with Dr. Charly Kleissner, a novel approach he has been developing over the last 20 years that prioritizes impact over returns. Over this time, Charly has started KL Felicitas Foundation, Toniic, and ImpactAssets, three groups that try to orchestrate impact investing in different ways. This episode takes place in two parts. The first focuses on Charly’s investment philosophy and why he thinks the system is broken and needs an overhaul. In this section, we use the term Deep Ecology as a springboard to understand Deep Impact investing and how it presents an alternative investment model that is not born from an anthropocentric philosophy. We explore why philanthropy and ESG’s actually have a net harmful impact, how social impact bonds and tokenization of impact present a way forward, and the steps Charly’s different companies have taken to get impact investing off the ground. The second section of the show dives into the other half of the equation, a consciousness revolution Charly believes needs to happen before humanity can take the steps required to live in a way that benefits rather than harms the planet.
Humanity on Our Plates ft. VP of the Humane Society and Co-Founder of JUST - Josh Balk - Episode 27 - Impact Everywhere
movement against animal cruelty and the suffering caused by the meat and dairy industries continues to gain momentum, there are important and world-shifting developments happening across many different sectors of industry and science. Joining us to talk about his work to reduce animal cruelty in the food sector is Josh Balk, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection at the Human Society. Having been a part of important and substantive legislative change in the animal rights movement, including the recent Proposition 12, which has banned the sale of caged animals’ eggs, veal, and pork in California, Josh is expertly positioned to offer insight into the current state of the cause. He has witnessed an amazing transformation over the past few years, and it is refreshing to hear someone on the frontlines run through the valuable victories that have been won. Josh shares some thoughts on how change actually occurs in his world, and his thoughts on shifting culture in an inclusive and friendly way make a lot of sense. For Josh, the task of reducing meat and dairy consumption is best approached through innovation and taste, and he believes that once people are exposed to convenient and delicious forms of cruelty-free food products, massive change will be within reach. One way he is pioneering this is by cofounding the already popular alternative-meat brand — JUST. Josh talks about plant-based foodstuffs as well as the looming possibility of commercially available cultivated meat — meaning meat that is created independently from the life of an animal. We hear from him why this idea of lab-grown meat is not actually as shocking or freaky as some of us might feel and his vision for how it can catch on in a major way. Josh comments on the usefulness of an obsessive dedication to a cause, and working with the grain to bring people on board through non-accusatory and non-judgmental means. For a truly inspiring chat with someone making a sizable impact on the future of a more humane world, do not miss this conversation
A Collision of Science and Narrative ft. Marcus Eriksen: Scientist, Ex-Marine, and Co-Founder of The 5 Gyres Institute - Episode 26 - Impact Everywhere
Resource scarcity, pollution, overpopulation — we are at a point in the trajectory of civilization where we must either remain complacent and stick to our linear economic model, or we take action to enact change. But, as consumers, how do we know what information to trust and what to do with it? On the other side of the coin, how do researchers and activists make sure their work reaches enough people to make an impact and drive more change? Marcus Eriksen, Co-Founder of The 5 Gyres Institute, joins us today to explore questions like these while also talking about the work he does and the incredible life experiences he has had that led him to it. 5 Gyres empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. Marcus and 5 Gyres have done countless amazing things. Perhaps most notably, he conducted the research that led to the banning of microbeads in the U.S. We kick the discussion off talking about this research and the hope it has given Marcus, and then hear his thoughts on how to be more skeptical consumers of information that can take action on what we learn. From there, we hear the incredible stories of Marcus’ childhood where his love of nature began, and the experiences he had as a marine that inspired him to join the movement to rid the world of plastic using science. Toward the end, we talk to Marcus about the need to collaborate and weave stories around scientific research because, if not, the lessons you have for the world might be forgotten, or worse, never even heard. For valuable insights on how to take action and join the movement for change, be sure to tune in at one of the below links: Listen on Spotify Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Apple Podcasts Read the full summary here with graphics and more!
The Art of Human Connection ft. Artist and Filmmaker Ivan Cash - Episode 25 - Impact Everywhere
Meet Ivan Cash: Human Connection Specialist, Artist, Filmmaker, and Speaker. His focus is building human connection and reducing the overload of technology in the modern world. Ivan has a special gift for finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, and his eye for a great idea is second to none. After all, his projects are designed to go viral and he’s appeared on basically every major news source at least once. In today’s episode, we hear from him about his approach to projects, the strategies he uses to make sure his important work is seen, and how he tries to live in the world in a more present way. Ivan has worked on numerous impressive projects, and he delves into several of these on this episode. One such project, also involving host Benjamin Von Wong, involved putting up “No Tech Zone” signs in a park and filming people’s reactions when they saw they’d be fined $100 for using their phones. The latter part of the episode goes on to discuss the power of intentional time and methods for staying productive and focused during this period of uncertainty across the world. Ivan talks about the blessing and curse of being hyper-organized and his approach to staying on track with the work he has committed to. Ivan is such an inspiring artist and communicator, so you definitely do not want to miss this amazing chat.
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Inspirational, to say the least
I first listened to this because I wanted to hear someone interview Danielle DeSilva from Photographers Without Borders(because up to this point, I’ve only heard her interview other photographers on #StoryTellingForChange). From beginning to the end, it was a super fluid podcast for the listener and the interviewed. Since then I’ve been binging on this podcast. Also, I never knew who he was prior to listening to that first episode. After learning about how he does his photo art installations, so much respect for him and what Von Wong is doing.
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And then the Pope called…
Episode 8 with Louie Psihoyos is one of the most fascinating podcast episodes I have ever heard on any podcast.
Now Impact Everywhere is one of my favorite podcasts. The host is so dynamic and passionate…
Insightful and Important
Ben Von Wong has a gift for conversation. The guests he brings on are tackling important issues of our time and their stories need to be heard.