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How innovators are responding to the world’s biggest challenges.



Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeffrey M. Zucker talks weekly with innovators creating transformational social impact. They discuss their journeys in philanthropy, business, and life.

People are the Answer Jeffrey M. Zucker

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How innovators are responding to the world’s biggest challenges.



Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeffrey M. Zucker talks weekly with innovators creating transformational social impact. They discuss their journeys in philanthropy, business, and life.

    S4E6 (episode 36): Dr. Amanda Reiman on cannabis, psychedelics, and more

    S4E6 (episode 36): Dr. Amanda Reiman on cannabis, psychedelics, and more

    In this episode, Amanda and Jeffrey discuss sportscasting, failing out of college, social work, drug policy, cannabis data, psychedelics, growing your own medicine, web3, and much more…

    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/T71gjS_d48Q

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    Amanda: Twitter - https://twitter.com/AmandaReiman Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amandamendoaklandish

    My Personal Plants: Website - https://www.mypersonalplants.com/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/personalplants Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/personalplants Twitter - https://twitter.com/PlantsPersonal YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu9Via_nkuAkz5B48rN3Q7Q

    Sacrd Gardn: Twitter - https://twitter.com/sacrdgardn Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sacrdgardn/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC84EcCqlYVsy2NONnaZMNkg Discord - https://discord.com/invite/jbv7raNcu2 OpenSea - https://opensea.io/SACRDGARDN

    New Frontier Data: Website - https://newfrontierdata.com/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/newfrontierdata/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/NewFrontierData Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/newfrontierdata/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NewFrontierData YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm965QVxHCf50rzoxbOOxKg

    Excelsior College Cannabis Control Program - https://www.excelsior.edu/certificate/graduate-certificate-in-cannabis-control/

    Ganjier Porgram - https://www.ganjier.com/

    Cannabis Travel Association (CTA) - https://www.cannabistravelassociation.org/

    Amanda Reiman is Vice President of Public Policy Research for New Frontier Data and the Founder of Personal Plants, a multimedia platform supporting the home cultivation of entheogenic plants.

    After receiving her PhD from UC Berkeley, Dr. Reiman was the Director of Research and Patient Services at Berkeley Patients Group, one of the oldest dispensaries in the country, and the Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, a national non-profit that was engaged in the drafting and campaigns of legalization initiatives across the country and abroad. She also taught courses on substance abuse treatment and drug policy at UC Berkeley for 10 years.

    Dr. Reiman is an internationally recognized cannabis expert and public health researcher. Dubbed “The Brain” by Elle.com, she is a leader the field of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs and has presented her research on cannabis dispensaries and the use of cannabis as a substitute for opiates all over the world. She has written for/been quoted in The Huffington Post, New York Times, Washington Post, and Playboy as well as numerous peer reviewed academic journals and several textbooks.

    Also an expert in cannabis policy on the local, national and international level, Dr. Reiman was the first Chairwoman of the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission and also sat on the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission. She currently sits on the Board of Cannabis Doing Good and the Cannabis Travel Association International and is a member of the Ganjier Council.

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    S4E5 (episode 35): Eli Dourado on increasing innovation and economic growth

    S4E5 (episode 35): Eli Dourado on increasing innovation and economic growth

    In this episode, Eli and Jeffrey discuss Eli’s life and career journey, and his massive efforts and impact in internet, energy, and aerospace policies, among other sectors.

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    Learn more:

    Eli:

    Website - https://elidourado.com/

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/elidourado

    The CGO:

    Website - https://www.thecgo.org/

    Donate! - https://www.thecgo.org/donate/

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/centerforgrowthandopportunity/

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/cgousu

    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj_0YjJx74BtrGylUp9PXEw

    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/center-for-growth-and-opportunity-at-utah-state-university/

    Medium - https://medium.com/@cgousu

    Eli Dourado is a senior research fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. His work focuses on identifying and eliminating the barriers to the hard technology innovations needed to drive large increases in economic growth. He has worked on a wide range of technology policy issues, including aviation, space, geothermal energy, and cryptocurrency. His popular writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy, among other outlets.

    Prior to joining the CGO, Eli was the first policy hire at a supersonic aviation startup. Before that, he was a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its technology policy program. He received a PhD in economics from George Mason University and a BA in economics and political science from Furman University.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S4E4 (episode 34): Maggie Lin on immigrating into foster care and exiting the system

    S4E4 (episode 34): Maggie Lin on immigrating into foster care and exiting the system

    In this episode, Maggie and Jeffrey discuss her immigration to the US as a child and struggles through the foster care system, as well as how she ended up at Dartmouth College, her philosophy background, her years living in India and Mongolia, her journey of starting and growing Foster Nation, and much more…here is Maggie Lin on People are the Answer.

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    Learn more:

    Foster Nation: Website - https://www.fosternation.org/ 

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thefosternation/ 

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheFosterNation 

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/thefosternation 

    CareerX - fosternation.org/careerx



    For most, turning 18 is a moment of anticipation and potential: a milestone that ushers in the freedom and possibilities of finally reaching adulthood. But what if turning 18 meant being turned out on the streets? What if it meant you lost the support you needed to start your life as a young adult? What if your circumstances were filled with setbacks that most teens didn’t face?

    For the approximately 26,000 foster youth who “age out” of the system each year – reaching legal adulthood without being placed in permanent adoptive homes – these what-ifs are dire realities. Former foster youth are less likely than the general population to graduate high school or to attend or graduate college, and 20% will become “instantly” homeless.

    As a former foster youth who moved through eight different placements, Maggie Lin knows first-hand how critical support and resources are during this “aging out” transition point. But she also knows her story turned out differently than most foster youth. Maggie succeeded in college in part because at her last home placement she had a healthy environment and a foster family who supported her transition to adulthood. More than a decade after graduating from Dartmouth College, Maggie now leads Foster Nation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering foster youth as they age out of the system.

    Launched in 2016 in partnership with The Pritzker Foster Care Initiative and Foster Care Counts, Foster Nation seeks to provide equal access to opportunity for former foster youth. Foster Nation engages communities to support foster youth aging out of the system, helping them become self-sufficient, successful college students and/or young adults. The organization addresses the challenges faced by former foster youth with financial resources, donated essentials, social support and mentorship.

    “Kids who have families can pick up the phone and call mom and dad if they have a question, or to ask for resources they need. So many of our foster students just don’t have that,” says Maggie Lin, Founder, Foster Nation. “Equal access to opportunity is about having the basics that every person needs — with or without a family — in order to have a chance at succeeding in life.”

    Foster Nation’s programming focuses on providing the community support and basic fundamental resources former foster youth need. The organization leads ongoing campaigns that provide free meals; clothing for everyday confidence or interviews; and basics like hygiene products and laundry detergent. COVID-19 has only made these efforts more urgent, as former foster youth who rely on colleges for secure food and housing are forced to face a compounded crisis.

    One of the most important resources Foster Nation offers its members is community support. “I remember being in college and feeling like the only person who didn’t have family or people to rely on,” says Maggie. Holiday, graduation and birthday gift-giving programs help members feel loved as they celebrate milestones. Meanwhile, social awareness initiatives, like their #SpeakUp series, help break down stigma and change the way the public thinks about former foster youth.

    Today, Foster Nation partners with 44 colle

    • 1 hr 19 min
    S4E3 (episode 33): Harley Blakeman on creating job opportunities for fellow people with convictions

    S4E3 (episode 33): Harley Blakeman on creating job opportunities for fellow people with convictions

    In this episode, Harley and Jeffrey discuss Harley becoming homeless as a teenager, turning to drugs, spending over a year in prison, and his journey through education and founding a company that helps people with convictions find jobs.

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    Honest Jobs

    Website

    Twitter

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Linkedin

    Harley’s

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Book - Grit: How to Get a Job and Build a Career with a Criminal Record 

    Harley Blakeman is the Founder and CEO of Honest Jobs, Inc., the nation’s largest fair-chance employment platform. Formerly incarcerated himself, Harley knows how hard it is to get a job when you have a felony, as 19 million Americans do. He collaborates with partners across the private, public, and nonprofit organizations, with the goal of helping people with criminal records have ample opportunity to thrive at work, at home, and in their communities.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    S4E2 (episode 32): Douglas Berman on the human element of criminal justice and drug policy

    S4E2 (episode 32): Douglas Berman on the human element of criminal justice and drug policy

    In this episode, Doug and Jeffrey discuss the human element of criminal justice and drug policy, Doug’s career journey, and much more…

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    Doug’s Twitter, Blog

    Ohio State Drug Enforcement and Policy Center

    Referenced study on cannabis making people more empathetic

    Professor Douglas A. Berman is Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Executive Director of the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, housed in the Moritz College of Law. Berman’s principal teaching and research focus is in the area of criminal law and criminal sentencing, though he also has teaching and practice experience in the fields of legislation and intellectual property. He has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Punishment and Sentencing, Criminal Procedure–Investigation, The Death Penalty, Legislation, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform Seminar, Federal and State Clemency Decision-making, Sentencing Law & Policy, and the Legislation Clinic.

    Professor Berman attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. In law school, he was an editor and developments office chair of the Harvard Law Review and also served as a teaching assistant for a Harvard University philosophy course. After graduation from law school in 1993, Professor Berman served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman and then for Judge Guido Calabresi, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After clerking, Professor Berman was a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison in New York City.

    Professor Berman is the co-author of two casebooks. Sentencing Law and Policy: Cases, Statutes and Guidelines, published by Aspen Publishers, is now in its fifth edition. Marijuana Law and Policy, was released by Carolina Academic Press in 2020. In addition to authoring numerous publications on topics ranging from capital punishment to the federal sentencing guidelines, Professor Berman has served as an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter for more than a decade, and also now serves as co-managing editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.  Professor Berman is the sole creator and author of the widely-read and widely-cited blog, Sentencing Law and Policy and also the blog Marijuana Law, Policy and Reform.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    S4E1 (episode 31): Rabbi Dr. Ari Sytner on kidney donation, grieving, counseling, and more…

    S4E1 (episode 31): Rabbi Dr. Ari Sytner on kidney donation, grieving, counseling, and more…

    In this episode, Rabbi Ari Sytner and Jeffrey discuss Ari’s career and life journey from becoming a Rabbi to becoming a couples counselor, and a lot of job and educational experiences in between…

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    Learn more:

    Rabbi Sytner’s Website

    Book: The Kidney Donor’s Journey

    Book: The Ultimate Relationship Workbook for Couples

    Rabbi Dr. Ari Sytner is a passionate marriage therapist, licensed clinical social worker, author, inspirational speaker, rabbi, and proud kidney donor. He is a graduate professor of social work at Yeshiva University and provides trauma intervention nationally in the wake of tragic mass shootings. Dr. Sytner lectures extensively about compassion, love, kindness and marriage, sharing his unique doctoral research on marital relationships. He is the author of The Ultimate Relationship Workbook for Couples and of The Kidney Donor’s Journey. Dr. Sytner is one of only a handful of PhD’s around the world that hold a Certification level of credentials in the Gottman Method of couples counseling. He is also certified as a Telehealth therapist, qualified to deliver services remotely.

    • 1 hr 46 min

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