50 episodes

The People Helping People Podcast is here to give you inspiration on how you can get involved and make a difference... exploring culture, social change, travel, social entrepreneurship and cool projects making an impact.

People Helping People Adam Morris

    • Entrepreneurship

The People Helping People Podcast is here to give you inspiration on how you can get involved and make a difference... exploring culture, social change, travel, social entrepreneurship and cool projects making an impact.

    Finding True Affordable Housing Matches With Real Estate’s Love Doctor, Renter Mentor

    Finding True Affordable Housing Matches With Real Estate’s Love Doctor, Renter Mentor

    Jerry Valentine explains how Renter Mentor is transforming the search for affordable housing as a consulting service and tech platform. In a way, they streamlined the landlord-tenant relationship. While working through community partnerships, the organization is bringing accountability, clarity, and efficiency to the affordable housing market.

    Speaking from personal experience, this is not Jerry Valentine’s first run with low-income housing, and he only became more knowledgeable. He actually gives a simple description of the state of the affordable housing market. Section 8 developed into the Housing Choice Voucher Program. In the program, tenants can find housing anywhere within public housing authorities’ jurisdiction as long as the landlord is willing to accept. Jerry and I both agreed that the last part is the huge “catch” of the fine print.

    Low-income housing is not a simple process. Paperwork alone can create a progress hurdle. Once landlords have a glimpse of the procedures, they are more likely to back out of the process completely. Jerry also mentioned aspects like the inspection (which you only have two times to pass), bring more hurdles to the affordable housing market.

    He didn’t fail to admit the public sector is not exactly up to speed on tech advances either, consequently making processes slower. Facing difficulties and learning curves can turn people away, but Renter Mentor is sure this does not need to be the reality.

    “I'm not a developer by any means, but I do have an innovative mindset; because I do know innovation and technology is a big part of advancing into this decade.” - Jerry Valentine

    Similar to his housing market familiarity, Jerry is no stranger to forging his own path. He reflects on his momentum with Renter Mentor starting at Give Back Hack. Funnily, Renter Mentor did not begin as the most popular idea, but they got the three people they needed to form a team - and have gone on to be one of the successful startups launched from the Give Back Hack weekend launchpad.

    They followed their Give Back Hack success by joining SEA Change. SEA Change is a 14-week accelerator supporting social enterprises in the earlier stages of their journey. Renter mentor was 1 of the 6 winners to collectively gain funding towards their venture.

    Jerry reassured that everything isn’t perfect. He shared lessons the team learned along the way, such as not being established as a business in the beginning and having to rewind the process of incorporating. Fortunately, the positives outweigh the negatives overall.

    Columbus is a challenging city with fast growth: more people moving in, more displacement, and increasing homelessness. He explains the situation is not at the point where a change can’t be made, but that addressing the situation now is more beneficial.

    “That's why Renter Mentor is here. It's a disruptive solution to the problem, and trying to get ahead of things...” - Jerry Valentine

    You can connect with Renter Mentor on their website at joinrentermentor.wixsite.com/rentermentor or on LinkedIn. If you’re interested in learning more, attend one of their upcoming events.

    • 33 min
    A Sidebar on Social Change with Sam Baddoo

    A Sidebar on Social Change with Sam Baddoo

    Today, I’m sharing a bonus episode from my conversation with Sam Baddoo of [re]start, where we talk about some of the magic behind the social change that happens when connecting people.

    Sam Baddoo is a serial entrepreneur and an expert in social entrepreneurship. He is currently a co-founder of [re]start, a company helping people find and grow careers they will love. I admire his insight into connecting people with ideas and resources to find their passions and leave the world a better place.

    This entire podcast exists to give you ideas, and I’m so grateful to share these inspiring stories.  What I’ve found is that the more I surround myself with innovative ideas, the better my own ideas become.  And it’s my dream that by sharing the best ones, you will not only be more successful but hopefully, some of that success will make the world a better place. 

    To amplify this, I launched a weekly newsletter called the Social Good Blueprint, with trending stories with social entrepreneurship. Please sign up if you don't want to miss any hot topics in social change.

    There is so much cool stuff happening in this space, but let’s face it, social change is hard.   If they were simple, the problems wouldn’t exist.

    The United Nations categorized social issues into 17 sustainable development goals, to help give focus and clarity to social change.  These include topics ranging across poverty, hunger, education, energy, the environment, justice and equality.

    What’s challenging is to break out of the small circle we live in to see the bigger picture of what is going on, and how we can work together to create huge change.

    So the question is, how do you figure out where to put your attention to create change?

    • 12 min
    How to Create Magical Social Impact With Give Back Hack

    How to Create Magical Social Impact With Give Back Hack

    Today is special for more than a few reasons. One, you came to engage with the People Helping People podcast! Two, it’s a new year! Three, this is the 50th episode! I always have great discussions with impact-focused individuals on impact-driven initiatives. This episode was no different.

    Suzy Bureau and Louisa Lee flex their social impact muscles with Give Back Hack. At this event, ideas are put through a weekend of organizing, assessing, and presenting to establish a better vision for the idea’s relevance to the community. Here, you’ll find the tech and startup community being brought together. You can think of Give Back Hack as the launchpad for social innovation.

    You don’t need to be a full-on entrepreneur with years of experience. All ideas creating impact are welcomed. Give Back Hack is empowering the people who have a bit of knowledge regarding a problem they observed and gathering a set of resources to move solutions forward.

    “Connecting folks who have ideas with a team of people who can help work through that first design thinking cycle to create a business model and impact model is a really big piece.” - Suzy

    Actually, the event starts with pitching the idea to the fellow participants. Then, teams are formed for the top voted ideas. From there, the teams organize, plan, and validate the idea to create a minimally viable product. On Sunday, all ideas are presented to judges and community members to decide which great ideas will receive funding.

    Most focus is on building the solution and user validation. However, Suzy does mention that empathy comes first. Even after the initial idea stage, the event process gives the chance to look back and reevaluate before prototyping.

    Give Back Hack is placing more weight on understanding the problem. The event does encourage for ideas to be partially-vetted. Similarly, Give Back Hack started wondering if participants plan to take ideas to the next stage beyond the event. Suzy says they are constantly thinking of how to host an even better event.

    The entire event is built on collaboration. Everyone brings their best skills, questions, and suggestions forward! Reliving the six years of Give Back Hack, Suzy and Louisa discussed participant experiences and were not shy to express their reflection of past events. They flipped the script and even had me share an update about Wild Tiger Tees.

    “If you're coming just to see what it's all about, come with an open mind and be willing and ready to jump in to help out.” - Louisa

    Everything we discussed can’t be compacted into show notes, but there is one more thing I will share. Give Back Hack discovered that people who participated felt more comfortable with imperfect presentations after the event. That realization is tremendous for anyone, as “imperfection” can deter most people with ideas from ever sharing.

    The next Give Back Hack event is in Columbus, April 24 - 26. You can find out more, and about other upcoming events on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn!

    • 51 min
    How [re]start Transformed Getting a Job to be About You

    How [re]start Transformed Getting a Job to be About You

    Finding a job, securing a job, and developing a skill for a job could seem like energy-draining tasks. Thankfully, Sam Baddoo is changing the perspective of the job ecosystem in his work with [re]start. As a workforce development company, this social enterprise helps people grow their careers through business sponsorships. Sam, along with co-founder Chad Silverstein, created a program closing in on both sides connected to a “quality of life” issue. Sam is great at breaking down the concept structure, and relaying why it is so important.

    Embracing a new angle, [re]start approaches customers of businesses, such as mortgage and healthcare institutions, and helps those customers find better jobs to be more financially sound. Sam shared that a “better community” is more so related to how the community is experiencing life. If the individuals of a community are stable, the community flourishes.

    Sam explained why it makes sense for the businesses. Alongside wanting to help people, he knows companies realize having customers that are stable and have access to value will benefit the company. I can see how it’s in the best interest of the company to make sure the people using their services are thriving. People cannot pay bills properly if they don’t have stability.

    Rather than pushing for a transaction accompanied by ruthless payment reminders, [re]start forms a way for businesses to have a more considerate relation with the community they provide service to. One example being Choice Recovery, a debt collection company connecting jobs to the people in debt to their clients.

    Diving deeper, the program takes members on a journey. Unlike a job board or recruitment agency, coaching and resources are given to help members for continuous growth. Sam emphasizes that understanding the members is a top priority. In the company, understanding what each person is naturally drawn to is indispensable:

    “We start from: What is it that you are uniquely built for? What is it that you enjoy doing? It has nothing to do with your previous sales job or your customer service job. The reason why you were great at customer service is because deep down you love connecting.” - Sam Baddoo

    When I thought it couldn’t get more insightful, Sam expressed what he learned to be key factors for fulfilling your purpose. We discussed having a clear vision, or a vision of someone’s vision. Then, Sam exposed how surrounding yourself with the right example of your vision, particularly people, leads you to realize you’re not crazy for your ideas. He went further to touch on how the gateway to diversity and inclusion begins with openness. Sam’s attentive explanation built more value into our conversation.

    Sam says, “The mission is simple; for us to help people find and grow careers that they will love.” Empowering customers “to afford their financial obligations by connecting them to better careers” is an approach that [re]start is passionately advocating.

    You can connect with [re]start on Instagram, Twitter, or on the [re]start website if you’re interested in learning more.

    • 47 min
    Breathing Life into the Ideas of Young People Through the O2 Conference

    Breathing Life into the Ideas of Young People Through the O2 Conference

    David White IV founded the O2 Conference, which gives students an opportunity to bring their ideas to life. Based in Hilliard, Ohio, young people from grades 6-12 can use the platform to highlight a need in their community. Whether this is in their home or their school, David emphasized how the conference is designed to encourage and support the ideas behind each student’s endeavor.

    “We want to see the city

    thriving, and we believe that young people are super capable. They're world

    changers. They don't need to be older to make a difference.” - David White IV


    observe needs in their community first-hand, and then express their approach

    for finding a solution. Applying to the conference allows middle and high

    school students a different type of inspiration they can tap into. They feel

    the accountability and ownership in the social change they can supply to the



    every conference, a few students are chosen through an application process to

    present an idea at the O2 Conference. The result becomes students being paired

    with a mentor and receiving $10,000 in funding. Monetary funding can also

    increase, depending on donations given to a student’s idea. Other than

    donations, the community plays a huge role in the conference; from a portion of

    the conference ticket sales going directly towards student projects to the

    audience voting for the projects they connect with most. Through every step,

    the students are engaging with the community in the direction of social good.

    Once a student begins the process of making their project more tangible, it sparks reflection. David has a very honest way of revealing the outcomes of student projects. He explains the highlights and lessons discovered through this collaborative effort of students, mentors, and community. In some cases, the projects rocketed past what was expected. In others, the outcome had more internal value, which in turn can later be transformed into a better external social good gain. To David, all the experiences brought a new perspective to be grateful for.

    Hosting the O2 Conference is about “Breathing life into Columbus through the ideas of young people”, but David further explains the idea of organizing around an organic need. To hear his take on community initiatives forging participation beyond location boundaries and generation gaps was intriguing. It makes you really think of how one action or exchange can open many doors.

    David even began to speak about how the O2 Conference became established. He talks about what led to the creation of this platform through his church, Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC). He dips into his own journey embracing his role as a pastor, and what it means to his life. Being involved with helping people in need and creating a space for people to thrive is not a foreign concept for David. I loved hearing him speak of the wonderful, community-centered initiatives he takes joy in.

    The theme for this year’s O2 Conference is “Thriving Environment”. Middle and high school students have until early January to submit an application for the conference being held in March 2020. Details for registration can be found on the application page.

    Get caught up with the O2 Conference on Instagram, Facebook, or directly at the O2 Conference website.

    • 37 min
    Better Shopping with ConsciousCBUS

    Better Shopping with ConsciousCBUS

    Heide Rembold is a conscious business activist here in Columbus, Ohio. She’s passionate about reducing waste, making purchasing decisions that have an impact, and social entrepreneurship. She’s just released her holiday guide to purchasing conscious gifts.

    Heidi runs @consciouscbus on Instagram - highlighting small businesses doing good in central Ohio, with a real focus on conscious living and conscious consumerism.

    For a long time, Heidi has been digging into social issues here in Columbus. She previously worked at the Star House as a youth advocate -- the Star House is a drop-in centre for youth experiencing homelessness, aged 14-24. She would spend time with the youth to listen to their story and help them in any way that she could.

    She also has launched a social enterprise called Solar Bean Cafe and is currently looking for a home for her coffeehouse, where she plans to hire at-risk youth and others with barriers to employment.

    I love her passion for reducing waste and evaluating what you purchase to see where you can make better choices. We both love amazon but recognize that with a little planning you can make choices which support your local economy and have a better net impact on the environment and the community. She's put together this guide to help save you time on finding these opportunities.

    Check out what she's doing on Instagram, Facebook and on The Conscious Hive!

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    [00:00:00]Adam: Welcome to people, helping people, the podcast to inspire greater social change in the business world and give you ideas on how to take action. I'm your host, Adam Morris, and today I'm talking with Heidi rumble, a conscious business activist here in Columbus, Ohio. She's passionate about reducing waste and making purchasing decisions that have an impact, and she's also has plans for our own social enterprise.

    [00:00:35] She's just released her holiday guide to help you purchase conscious gifts. And I'm very excited to have her on the podcast to talk about easy ways that you can make an impact while you do your holiday shopping. So without further ado, Heidi, welcome on the podcast.

    [00:00:50] Heidi: Thank you. It's so nice to be here.

    [00:00:52] Adam: You have quite a social impact mission that you're developing in your life. And I was wondering if we could just start and talk about some of the projects that you're working on.

    [00:01:01] Heidi: Absolutely. So we can start with, conscious Columbus since that's my kind of most recent and most active one. I started at conscious Columbus too.

    [00:01:08] Really connect consumers with conscious businesses in Columbus, Ohio. so kind of a little bit of everything, social enterprises, nonprofits, even those small kind of non-classified businesses that actually are giving back with their business in some way or another. So I started that on social media, just an Instagram page, really to get with people, meet new people, and connect everybody together.

    [00:01:28]I always say, I'm not. Necessarily the creative one behind the scenes doing the arts and crafts, but I am a loud speaker and I'm very passionate so I can really amplify their voice and their existence. so sort of that and just started posting, started getting to meet people. Well, doing a lot of networking with it and then going from there.

    [00:01:48]we are slowly transitioning into a full blog and a couple of other little fun things that are coming along this holiday season to really highlight those businesses and those people and individuals doing good in Columbus. All right, cool.

    [00:02:02] Adam: You have big dreams as well. Plans to open a coffee shop down the road, correct?

    [00:02:05] Heidi: Yes. Yes.

    • 30 min

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