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The Positive Impact Podcast elevates the work of movers, shakers, change makers and dreams who are creating a positive impact in the world, connecting them to individuals looking for deeper meaning and want to better understand potential solutions to complex issues facing society today. We share stories of their struggles, as well as their impacts around the globe. From Africa to our backyard, individuals are creating a positive impact daily. Topics covered include social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, environmental, sustainability and more.

Main episode posted weekly on Wednesday. Every Friday will feature a Stories from the Field segment.

No Title Alexandra Black Paulick

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The Positive Impact Podcast elevates the work of movers, shakers, change makers and dreams who are creating a positive impact in the world, connecting them to individuals looking for deeper meaning and want to better understand potential solutions to complex issues facing society today. We share stories of their struggles, as well as their impacts around the globe. From Africa to our backyard, individuals are creating a positive impact daily. Topics covered include social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, environmental, sustainability and more.

Main episode posted weekly on Wednesday. Every Friday will feature a Stories from the Field segment.

    Positive Impact Podcast {travels the world & important update}

    Positive Impact Podcast {travels the world & important update}

    To all of the incredible listeners, guests, friends and family who have supported the Positive Impact Podcast, thank you so much for making hosting this show such a welcome adventure.

    As you have heard me hint at for months, I am currently traveling the world!!!!

    It has been a marvelous experience with my husband, filled with new cultures, sights, stunning scenery, delicious food and wonderful people eager to share incredible cultures. After three months traveling, hitting Sweden, Thailand and Vietnam, we have decided to extend our trip.

    In short, there is so much more to explore out there!

    All of the shows since February were pre-recorded before I left, minus two or three I managed from the road. Unfortunately between semi-reliable Internet, budget lodging with construction nearby (how many jack hammers can one small town in Vietnam have!) and that classic time zone dilemma, I am not able to produce high quality shows from the road. (Hence the odd background noise from my hostel room in Vietnam in this recording).

    Thus, I am putting the podcast on hold until my return.

    I am so grateful for you taking this journey with me, as with the many fantastic guests who joined me. It has been one of the best experiences connecting with everyone!
     
    It was a hard choice. It really was. But I want to ensure that you as the listener have a quality experience with the show.

    The good news is that I have encountered several exciting social enterprises and nonprofits on my journey! I hope to come across more as I continue to travel. I’ll be sharing my recounts occasionally on the blog, so make sure to check this adventurer has discovered along the way.

    To live variously through our journey, you can follow us on Instagram.

    Until next time, keep doing your part to make the world a better place.


    Here are a few photos from our adventure!



    A photo posted by Thailand for Two (@thailandfortwo) on Apr 17, 2016 at 3:30am PDT


     







    This little beach has been home for the last week. Headed to the city today for a few days, then off to a new island. Will miss the beach until with hit Phi Phi... Not the jelly fish though. #landscape #photography #travel #travelblog #thailand #adventure #photo #thai #phuket #island #vacation #phiphi #sea #ocean #traveling #travelblog #blog #travelboldy #worldnomads #gonomad #travelawesome #travelingdestinations #beautifulmatters #beautifulhotels A photo posted by Thailand for Two (@thailandfortwo) on Apr 17, 2016 at 3:30am PDT




     



    Finally got ahold of our canyoning photos from Da Lat. Yes, this is me about to rappel off of a waterfall. Luckily they didn't snag the photos of me just on the other side... Let's say it wasn't near as smooth as I thought it would be. Overall, I think I did pretty well! #traveldiary #backpackinglife #backpacker #adventure #action #actioncam #actionsports #Vietnam #vietnamadventures #dalat #wanderer #travelingourplant #travelingram
    A photo posted by Thailand for Two (@thailandfortwo) on Jun 2, 2016 at 6:46pm PDT




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    33: Putting Micro-Entrepreneurs on Tourism Map – Jason Seagle (Vayando)

    33: Putting Micro-Entrepreneurs on Tourism Map – Jason Seagle (Vayando)

    How dedicated are you to your business? Better question, are you willing to sleep in a tent in a garage for several months while you launch an Indiegogo Campaign?

     

     

    That’s exactly how passionate Jason Seagle was about launching Vayando, a ne...

    • 40 min
    32.5: Girlpreneurs Creating an Impact with Alexis Kauchick (Eternal Essence Candles)

    32.5: Girlpreneurs Creating an Impact with Alexis Kauchick (Eternal Essence Candles)

    Turning a tragedy into an outlet to empower individuals across the United States, and even the world, is a lesson we can all pull from. It’s an avenue that takes strength and dedication.

    This is exactly what Alexis Kauchick, along with the help and support of her parents, is doing.

    Alexis started Eternal Essence after losing her brother, then shortly afterwards a close friend took his life. Candle making was her brother’s hobby. Now she can share his passion with others, giving them strength if they are facing a similar loss or trying struggling with mental illness.


    “It’s named eternal essence because my brother is the eternal flame. So we have candles to keep him alive with us.”


    You see, not only does Eternal Essence sell gorgeous essential oil scented candles; it is also a nonprofit that raises awareness (and funds) for mental illness by donating all proceeds to the The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation.

    To date, Alexis has donated $70,000.

    What all started with a loss has flourished into a thriving nonprofit. Alexis’s candles are reaching those all around the world! People are inspired by her message, as well as the comfort of knowing they aren’t alone.





    A photo posted by Positive World Inspiration (@positiveimpactpodcast) on May 26, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT

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    32: Empowering Girlpreneurs – Holly Lichtenfeld (Bright Girls Company)

    32: Empowering Girlpreneurs – Holly Lichtenfeld (Bright Girls Company)

    If you came across a girl selling canoe shaped leaves on the side of the road, what would you do?

    Luckily for girls everywhere, several kind-hearted individuals stopped and purchased fascinating canoe shaped leaves when eight-year-old Holly Lichtenfeld stood on the side of the road doing just that. That experience shaped the way for an entrepreneurial passion that today Holly works to foster in girls everywhere.


    “Our philosophy is that if we ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in young girls, we’ll set them up for fulfilling and successful lives.”


    Don’t worry. Holly has grown past her leave selling days. Today one of the cornerstones of her company, Bright Girls, teaches girls eight and older how to explore creating a business through a captivating new book.

    This action packed story places two girls in the lead, navigating the roller coaster of starting a jewelry business. From dealing with disappointment, to thinking about the responsibility of business owners to finding the strength to move forward, this book covers it all.

    Because empowering young girls to thrive in business is the key to laying a foundation of women championing greatness.

    While some may approach girlpreneur businesses as cute or playful, there are young girls out there creating products making a major splash in the world of business.



    A nine-year-old girl designing a backpack for cancer patients, gaining attention from a national brand along the way.


    Raising $100,000 selling lemonade to end childhood slavery.


    A seventeen year old challenging the loss of a close family member to launch a thriving nonprofits.



    Listen in to Holly talk about all the ways Bright Girls is embedding the possibility of entrepreneurship in girls around the country.





    Mantra to Move Forward


    The idea that I can help women and have a positive impact on the world by teaching this next generation of girls to be responsible innovators. They will grow up to make great things.

    Memorable Moments

    Hearing about Alexi's candle company to help support hose with mental illness. {Read More}
    Vivienne Harr launching Make a Stand to end childhood slavery. {Read More}
    Kylie empowering other cancer patients with Pillow Packs {Read More}

    Recommended Reading


    The Confidence Code, By Katty Kay and Claire Shipman


    Connect with Bright Girls Company


    Website
    Twitter
    Facebook

    Sponsors

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    • 35 min
    31: Nourishing the World- Lisa Curtis (Kuli Kuli)

    31: Nourishing the World- Lisa Curtis (Kuli Kuli)

    How much power do our greens have?
    What if I told you there was one plant out there that can is a new super food, serves up the most nutrient dense dish you’ve had, tackles malnutrition, empowers communities around the globe and is available in your local Whole Foods store?
    Oh, did I mention that it also turns bland dishes green with a scrumptious boost of vitamins?
    You’re probably skeptical right now. I was too. That was until I connected with Lisa Curtis to dig into the power of morniga. It does all that I mentioned and more. This tree’s leaves far surpasses the nutritional power of any plant we’ve studied to date. It makes kale cower in comparison. You can actually live off of this plant it’s so nutrient-rich. Growing in hot climates, it is also helping to rejuvenate fields that traditionally went fallow.
    It grows in hot climates that typically went fallow.
    And when combined with the social enterprise Kuli Kuli, it is helping to empower communities in Ghana and Haiti by providing sustainable employment. That’s one powerful green.
    Want more super foods? Check out Peaceful Fruits.
    Listen in to Kuli Kuli founder Lisa Curtis as she dishes on all the scrumptious details of why you are going to love this plant, and her company, more than you love cake (or kale if that’s your jam).




     
    Mantra

     The only failure in life is the failure to try.

    Memorable Moments

    Hearing about Lisa's incredible trips! A few weeks backcountry skiing in Sun Valley? Sign me up!

    Recommended Reading

    Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus.


    How to Make a Positive Impact


    Use your choices to help make the type of world you want to live in. Your purchases count as a vote. Use it wisely.

    Episodes Mentioned


    Sustainable Recovery with Julie Colombino (REBUILD Globally)

    Connect with Kuli Kuli


    Website
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Instagram


    Sponsors

    Hello Fresh
    Journey to Social Entrepreneurship
    Audible

    • 42 min
    Important Positive Impact Podcast Update

    Important Positive Impact Podcast Update

    Hello Movers and shakers!
    If you are a die hard listener, then you know that Friday means a mini episode from the Positive Impact Podcast. This is why I wanted to reach out to you today.
    Listen in for an important update with the show.

    Let me know your feedback on the show. Hit me up at alexandra@positiveimpactpodcast.com. I would love to hear what you think and where you are on your journey to defining your positive impact.
    Until next time, keep doing your part to make the world a better place.

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Great job Alex! Your podcast could really lift all people’s life not only women in business. This is such a life-saving show. Keep it up! - Podcast Professor Jaime.

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Positively changing the world

Alexandra is a warm and gracious host who helps her guests feel comfortable with her positive energy. Her interview with Temple Grandin is especially appealing, because she digs pretty deep to learn the ugly underside of the meat industry. Great job on making a positive difference in the world!

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Great podcast

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