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The weekly podcast about the serendipitous stories of everyday people living extraordinary lives. Learn, gain insights, and be inspired by how a diverse range of people have broken through obstacles, fearlessly exceeded the boundaries society sets, taken the chances, regardless of risk, that most fear, in pursuit of their ‘impossible’. Each week, host Mark Fallows, explores how his guests' ‘impossible’ became possible? How their upbringing affected them; how creativity fueled them, how serendipity guided them. Each guest offers their insight and advice to others seeking to challenge and achieve their impossible.
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The weekly podcast about the serendipitous stories of everyday people living extraordinary lives. Learn, gain insights, and be inspired by how a diverse range of people have broken through obstacles, fearlessly exceeded the boundaries society sets, taken the chances, regardless of risk, that most fear, in pursuit of their ‘impossible’. Each week, host Mark Fallows, explores how his guests' ‘impossible’ became possible? How their upbringing affected them; how creativity fueled them, how serendipity guided them. Each guest offers their insight and advice to others seeking to challenge and achieve their impossible.
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    Sebastián Martín - The Serendipitous Path To Changing Lives Through Changing Education

    Sebastián Martín - The Serendipitous Path To Changing Lives Through Changing Education

    Guest Overview
    If you ever need to appreciate the positive influence and impact parents have on a child’s worldview and sense of self, look no further than this week's guest, social entrepreneur, Sebastián Martín. 
    In the first part of this interview, Sebastian discusses being born in Washington DC as the child of Chilean - Bolivian immigrant parents, growing up in the Bush era, in the wake of 9/11 and forming his socio-political conscience through his expansive education and international travel experiences. 
    At 30 min in Sebastian explains the genesis of his social-entrepreneurial journey, how serendipity combined with his educational curiosity led him to shanghai China to form his social impact business Cambio Coffee, sourcing his coffee directly from farmers in Bolivia, managing the whole supply chain, and sharing in the profits with the farmers. 
    Sebastian then discusses how, since returning to New York,  innovating education has become his central life focus and how his new venture Cambio Labs is confronting inequality in education By creating pathways through STEM programs targeting children and youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods, Sebastian describes his, gamified Ed-tech platform, Journey and his ambitions to scale it beyond the US.
    Sebastian combines an expansive vision, with a deep social conscience and applies creativity with design thinking to reimagine educational opportunities. 
    I challenge you not to be inspired by the passion and purpose of Sebastian Martin. 
     Thanks to Abby Lehman for the connection.
    Social Links 
    Instagram 
    Linkedin 
    Link in the show 
    Cambio Labs 
    Eric Holthaus Future Earth 
    NYcha New York 
    Naomi Klien On Fire 
    History of the US Oliver Stone 


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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Natasha Freidus - The Social Entrepreneur Applying Tech To Remove The Chaos In Crisis Relief

    Natasha Freidus - The Social Entrepreneur Applying Tech To Remove The Chaos In Crisis Relief

    Sometimes circumstances beyond our control set us on a path we could never have conceived. This was the case for this week’s guest, social entrepreneur Natasha Freidus when during the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015, she witnessed the chaos of crisis response first hand. While most donate money and time, Natasha instead formed a tech start-up to match those in need with those able to give and deliver goods and supplies locally through an online marketplace, initially hacked together using Wedding registry software.
    Now almost six years on Natasha’s startup NeedsList is bringing efficiency and intelligence to the NGO and philanthropic sector and in doing so is delivering more accountability and transparency.
    In this interview, Natasha describes her backstory, the vital steps along her life path that prepared her to be able to execute and lead such a start-up, the innovations she is now driving, and her vision to leverage AI and huge data sets to enable better preparation for relief before a crisis even hits.
    I hope Natasha’s story inspires someone else to take on what others may consider impossible.

    Social Links 
    Instagram 
    Facebook
    Twitter 
    Links in the Show 
    Needslist 
    Brown
    ESL 
    Paulo Freire 
    Saul Alinsky
    Creative Narrations
    Decathlon 
    Public Benefit Corp
    IRC 
    David Milliband
    Fema
    Fabrice Grinda 
     Winners Take All 
    Only Murders In the Building

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    • 58 min
    The Alacrity, Wisdom and Wit Of Industrial Design Icon Lucia N. DeRespinis

    The Alacrity, Wisdom and Wit Of Industrial Design Icon Lucia N. DeRespinis

    This week sees the return of one of our favorite and most popular guests, industrial designer Lucia DeRespinis. 
    With a career spanning seven decades, Lucia retired last year at the age of ninety-three. Now ninety-four Lucia was recently recognized for her outstanding contributions to Industrial design by the IDSA  - Industrial Designers Society of America.  Therefore we felt we needed to hear from Lucia about the accolade but also have Lucia reflect on her stellar career. 
    In what was a novel interview we met Lucia in the marvelous secret gardens of her iconic Manhattan apartment complex where she’s lived since the 1960s. 
    We ask Lucia to pass on her advice for the upcoming generation of Industrial designers to prepare them for the world they are entering. 
    Lucia and I discuss the standards of Industrial Design today, the public's awareness of design, and where design standards have fallen, as she shares her perspective on the role of industrial designers in organizations today. 
    Lucia reflects on the enduring memories of her career, her life lessons, and the traits she respects and deplores in herself and others. And we discuss her favorite New York design icon and the designer she wishes she’d worked with but didn’t and what she’d study if she was starting out today. 
    Her body of work, lifetime achievements, and career in teaching cement her legacy as not only a torchbearer for women in Industrial Design but as one of America’s most iconic industrial designers.  
     
    If you listen to her first interview, you’ll learn Lucia’s successful life was full of struggle and sacrifice. 
    At 94 Lucia’s physical endurance, alacrity, wit, and grace should serve as an inspiration to anyone struggling with life and its challenges.  
    Please enjoy this hour-long interview with Lucia N DeRespinis
     
    Links in show
    Pratt Institute
    George Nelson
    Dunkin Donuts Logo
    Corey Cambridge Silent Giants
    Lucia’s Designs


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Abigail Lehman - Transforming Lives and Building Communities Through Technology, Talent and Tenacity

    Abigail Lehman - Transforming Lives and Building Communities Through Technology, Talent and Tenacity

    This week's guest is native New Yorker Abby Lehman, a natural storyteller, connector, and social entrepreneur working at the intersection of community, government, and business. As a fourth-generation New Yorker, from a family of East European migrants, Abby is living evidence of the value and impact of immigration on a city and nation's success. 
    Abby explains how her social impact NGO, Photo Start, uses photography as a gateway for under-privileged youth in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and the United States, to open up educational, vocational, or professional pathways so as to equip them with problem-solving, entrepreneurial, and financial skills necessary to create transformative economic opportunities for them as individuals, for their families and their communities.  
    We discuss the transformative impact of her new rural and urban regeneration innovation program, Syzygy Cities, which aligns community needs with Government initiatives and business interests to stimulate economic and social development. Abby breaks down her current live initiative, Invest Southwest, working with the city of Chicago, national and local commercial partners, and local NGOs to provide the infrastructure, services, and solutions to create more economically and socially resilient communities.  
    Abby is an inspirational female leader, a driving force for positive socio-economic change, forged through her clarity of strategic thought, collaborative spirit, and forceful and eloquent voice. 
    I hope you feel uplifted by the power and passion of Abby Lehman
    Social Links
    Photo Start  
    PS In Focus
    Success Stories-
    Instagram:   
    @photostartgo  
    YouTube:
    In The News
    Media Kit
    Donate Gear
    Volunteer
    Syzygy Cities 
    Syzygy Insta 
     
    Show Links 
    L2
    The Tenement Museum
    This is Eighteen
    Akili Dada
    Peggy Lee Fever 
    Hail Satan?
    Mans Search For Meaning

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    • 56 min
    The Inspirational Voice and Mindset of Michael McElroy

    The Inspirational Voice and Mindset of Michael McElroy

    This week's guest Michael McElroy is an actor, singer, musical director, educator, and founder of the Tony award-winning Broadway Inspirational Voices, the multi-racial gospel choir, 'united in changing lives through the power of music and service.’' 
    In this shorter than normal interview, Michael explains how being immersed in the fusion of gospel music, musical theatre, and R&B as a child developed his love and appreciation of music. He also discusses how his Grandmother instilled in him a lifelong commitment to service and giving back. 
    Although acutely aware of racism, Michael felt insulted; being surrounded by black excellence helped him develop a personal sense of limitless possibilities for anything if prepared to invest in the work. 
    Michael discusses his journey through education, developing his sense of identity, and how he resolved to overcome the barriers he encountered, to reinforce his self-belief, and conviction to succeed. 
    We discuss how serendipity played a pivotal part in landing his first Broadway role in Miss Saigon.     
    Michael explains what led him to create the social impact organization, Broadway Inspirational Voices, to create an impact and welcoming space that has evolved over 25 years to become a platform where artists change lives through the power of music. 
    Michael also discusses how he and his fellow artists responded to the pandemic's lockdown and the murders of George Floyd and other victims of race crimes by creating virtual outreach programs for Broadway inspirational Voices and Covenant House. 
    Michael discusses how Broadway has been responding to the last eighteen months, addressing its institutional inequities to become more inclusive, diverse, and accessible by embracing New Deal proposed through Musicians United For Social Equity and Black Theatre United. 
    Finally, Michael describes the steps he is taking to empower faculty and students in DE&I and create systemic change through his new role as Chair at the University of Michigan's Department of Musical Theatre. 
    Thanks to Tom Kitt for the connection. 
    Social Links
    Wikipedia 
    Instagram 
    Show Links 
    BIV - About Michael 
    Carnegie Mellon
    Miss Saigon 
    Broadway Inspirational Voices 
    Broadway Cares
    Equity Fights Aids 
    Covenant House 
    Musicians United for Social Equity 
    Black Theatre United
    Summer of Soul
    Schele Williams

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    • 51 min
    Lead, Follow, Or Get Out of The Way With Geof Rochester

    Lead, Follow, Or Get Out of The Way With Geof Rochester

    We’ve had to take an extended break in recent weeks due to moving home from New York to Austin Texas. However, we’re back now with Season 4 and some fabulous guests lined up in the coming weeks. 
    We kick off this season with an interview I did just before leaving NYC with fellow Brooklyn resident, Geof Rochester, a highly successful entrepreneur and respected thought leader and strategic advisor on corporate sustainability and responsibility, NGOs, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. Geof is a trusted advisor to some of the world’s leading conservation NGOs, media companies, and consumer goods brands.
    Born in Barbados and raised in Brooklyn the cultural diversity of his upbringing defined his worldview. His Diplomat Father and an empowering mother ingrained in him the importance of having empathy for the plight of others, a ‘Lead, Follow or get out of the way’ mentality, and a strong work ethic.
    Taking the lead and embracing early leadership roles at School helped him develop a sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to execute a vision at an early age. 
    Discovering the importance of branding and marketing at an early age, set Geof on a path to a stellar career in Marketing working for both challenger and champion brands, including CMO of Nature Conservancy and senior marketing roles at Showtime, WWE, Comcast, and Radisson.  Geof is also the founder of GRC Advising, a consulting firm that provides clients with comprehensive strategies to integrate sustainability and social purpose.
    Geof and I have a lively discussion about his motivations, mindset, and marketing mentality, dealing with the fear of failure, curiosity, confronting conventions, and his theory of change on climate and sustainability. Geof also provides his perspective on food insecurity and innovations in preventative healthcare and why he is hopeful about prospects for climate innovation. 
    I hope you enjoy the pragmatic leadership thinking and passion of Geof Rochester.
    Social Links 
    Linkedin 
    GRC Consulting
    Show Notes 
    Caricom 
    Coach Thompson Georgetown 
    WWE 
    Nature Conservancy 
    Project Drawdown
    Sustainable Ocean Alliance 
    Eric Adams 
    The Courier
    Barstool sports
    Rich Dad Poor Dad 
    7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

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    • 1 hr 23 min

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71 Ratings

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Such a marvelous way to find guests

Just listened to end of realize how you get the guests - all chance - very good and look forward to listening to older shows

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Made my top 5 this month. Killer pod.

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Diverse guests

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