10 episodes

Each week, host Chris Straigis talks with a visionary who is making big strides to reshape the landscape of their community, their industry or even the world. It’s about business owners, community leaders and movers-and-shakers realizing their dreams, in spite of limited resources and significant barriers – with a little creativity and a whole lot of grit. You’ll hear about where they got their “big idea”, how they keep pushing in the face of adversity, and even how they’ve failed along the way.

Scrappy All Around Creative Studios

    • Documentary

Each week, host Chris Straigis talks with a visionary who is making big strides to reshape the landscape of their community, their industry or even the world. It’s about business owners, community leaders and movers-and-shakers realizing their dreams, in spite of limited resources and significant barriers – with a little creativity and a whole lot of grit. You’ll hear about where they got their “big idea”, how they keep pushing in the face of adversity, and even how they’ve failed along the way.

    Scrappy Episode 10: ICAN

    Scrappy Episode 10: ICAN

    Henry Salinas was called to service throughout his life – helping to tend farms with his parents as a boy, joining the Army as a young man and raising a family of his own. Then, he found an even greater mission: devoting his time, energy and passion to helping children in his hometown of Chandler, Arizona, find a better way forward than with the drugs and gangs that were destroying their neighborhoods and stealing their futures. He became a staple of his community and devoted himself to building a better path for countless kids. Henry passed away in 2017, but his legacy lives on.







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    * ICAN* Donate!

    • 40 min
    Scrappy Episode 9: Feed the Barrel

    Scrappy Episode 9: Feed the Barrel

    Hani White’s mother and grandmother made sure that cooking was a family event as she grew up near Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. For them, cooking was a shared experience that strengthened family and community bonds. And in her part of the country, a great deal of that cooking involved readily available vegetable oils. Disposing that used oil was as simple as throwing it into a local trash pit. After immigrating to the US, Hani continued those same cooking traditions – but trying to dump her used cooking oils was much more complicated in the middle of a bustling city. With help from her neighbors, Hani has found a better way to repurpose the oils, helping the environment and bringing her community together in the process.







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    * Feed the Barrel* Eden Green Energy* Weavers Way Co-op* Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute* EPA blog featuring Feed the Barrel

    • 31 min
    Scrappy Episode 8: SunFarmer

    Scrappy Episode 8: SunFarmer

    As a young boy growing up in Nepal, Avishek Malla dreamed of being a famous athlete, a cricket champion. His career ended after college, though, and he took on a new passion. He garnered inspiration from carrying out some environmental work in rural areas of his home country, and had a medal bestowed upon him by a king. Today he helps his country’s residents pull power from the sun, and irrigate their once-dry fields. And his work is changing the lives and lifestyles of Nepal’s people.







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    * SunFarmer* See some of their projects here* Donate to the cause

    • 24 min
    Scrappy Episode 7: Jennifer Lynn Robinson

    Scrappy Episode 7: Jennifer Lynn Robinson

    Jennifer’s journey is quintessentially American. It’s a story of a daughter of hard-working, immigrant parents who came to this country and strove to make good in the land of opportunity – a daughter who followed in her father’s footsteps, fostering a family legacy and living the American Dream. Until, that is, a terrible accident changed the course of her life, and forced her to reckon with her new normal. Just like her parents and grandparents before her, she faced her challenges head on, and like the phoenix that rises from the ashes, she reinvented herself to make purpose out of tragedy.







    LINKS:







    * Purposeful Networking* Villanova Law* Saved Me Animal Rescue* Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania* Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

    • 22 min
    Scrappy Episode 6: Plastic Bank

    Scrappy Episode 6: Plastic Bank

    Growing up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, the beach was David Katz’s playground; and his father, a merchant marine and craftsman, would take the young David on adventures out to sea. This upbringing instilled in him a love of the ocean and the precious beauty of nature. But as time passed, David noticed a growing problem – the constant flow of plastics and trash washing up on the shores. With the passion passed down from his father, and a natural tack towards problem solving, David decided to take matters into his own hands. He developed a plan to not just clean the beaches, but also to lift millions of people from poverty at the same time. 







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    * Plastic Bank website* A TED Talk with founder David Katz* Turning the tide on waste with Shell* Blockchain-based solution with IBM* Partnership with product giant Henkel* Environmental Stewardship with SC Johnson

    • 26 min
    Scrappy Episode 5: Greensgrow Farm

    Scrappy Episode 5: Greensgrow Farm

    Even as a young schoolgirl, Mary Seton Corboy took her dissent from the norm rather seriously. In class, she would lead rebellions from atop her desk and build consensus in the way that only true leaders do. She would eventually turn that tenacity to a new mission for change in a place that was desperate for something different. She bought a remediated brownfield – a former factory site, in one of the most socioeconomically depressed parts of Philadelphia, and turn it into an urban oasis. A place she once dubbed “the idea farm” would go on to grow not just lettuce and tomatoes, but actually breathe new life, and new ideas of what’s possible, into the neighborhood and far beyond.







    LINKS:







    * Greensgrow Farm Website* The Philadelphia Bee Company

    • 30 min

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