21 episodes

A German Journalist and a Jewish Comic discuss the latest and greatest solution based news stories from around the world. A podcast about the amazing, wildly creative things people are doing to solve our biggest social problems today – from goats helping to fight wildfires to prisons without wardens and guns.

Hosts: Ed Crasnick, Jonathan Widder
Editing: Nina Bohlmann

Tags: solutions, society, sustainability, social innovation, solutions journalism, constructive journalism.

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A German Journalist and a Jewish Comic discuss the latest and greatest solution based news stories from around the world. A podcast about the amazing, wildly creative things people are doing to solve our biggest social problems today – from goats helping to fight wildfires to prisons without wardens and guns.

Hosts: Ed Crasnick, Jonathan Widder
Editing: Nina Bohlmann

Tags: solutions, society, sustainability, social innovation, solutions journalism, constructive journalism.

    #21: Rehearsal for Life

    #21: Rehearsal for Life

    In our daily lives, we prepare for almost everything, but not for communication about our thoughts and feelings. The organisation Rehearsal for Life prepares young people for crucial situations in daily life using improvisational theater. In this episode, Ed talks with their artistic director, Faith Soloway, associate director and co-writer of the hit Amazon series Transparent, Jackson Jirard, as well as troupe leader Holly Zarnower about how the approach works and what kind of impact it has.

    Hosted by Ed Crasnick and Jonathan Widder; edited by Thomas Barth.

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    Links:

    Rehearsal for Live Website: https://rehearsalforlife.org/

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    • 24 min
    #20: People Walking

    #20: People Walking

    Loneliness is now considered a public health issue. Is there a cure? Chuck McCarthy may have invented one by chance, when he started a service that connected people who didn't know each other before to talk a walk together. In our new episode, we're talking to Chuck about the great potential of common walks and the suprising outcome of scheduled conversations with strangers.

    Hosted by Ed Crasnick and Jonathan Widder; edited by Thomas Barth.

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    Stories discussed

    The loneliness problem in L.A. starts with traffic. Could it end with a walk? Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-city-beat-people-walker-loneliness-20190516-story.html

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    • 48 min
    #19: The unknown advantages of playfulness

    #19: The unknown advantages of playfulness

    Playfulness is a quality most adults don't think about, let alone as something desirable or even a skill. Yet, recent research suggests exactly that. In this episode, we talk with René Proyer, a professor for psychology from Austria who has studied playfulness in depth and explains to us why playfulness can be part of the solution for many problems.

    Hosted by Ed Crasnick and Jonathan Widder; edited by Thomas Barth.

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    Stories discussed

    Why adults should embrace their playfulness, BBC,
    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220127-why-adults-should-embrace-their-playfulness

    Guest: Professor René Proyer, https://www.psych.uni-halle.de/abteilungen/differentiell/mitarbeiter/ren__proyer/

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    • 46 min
    #18: The Confess Project – A Mental Health Barbershop Movement

    #18: The Confess Project – A Mental Health Barbershop Movement

    Millions of people struggle with mental health issues, especially in the Black community. So Lorenzo Lewis, founder of The Confess Project had a unqiue idea. He brought mental health to where people go and talk about life; the barbershop. The team trains barbers to become mental health advocates for black men, boys and their families across the country. In this episode, the project's Chief People Officer, Darnell Rice explains to us why and how a haircut can be much more than just a haircut.

    Hosted by Ed Crasnick and Jonathan Widder; edited by Jens Krijger.

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    Stories discussed

    How America's first mental health barbershop project is changing the look of therapy, The Denver Channel: shorturl.at/aewQ9

    Project website: https://www.theconfessproject.com/

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    • 44 min
    #17: Cities owned by locals – or how to become a landlord with little money

    #17: Cities owned by locals – or how to become a landlord with little money

    Social inequality is one of the major problems of our times, and housing is one of the areas where you can feel that immediately. In a movement called incremental development, people who would usually not be able to afford it and sometimes not even think about it help each other aquire residential property, often very successfully. In this episode, we spoke with Mike Keen, a sociology professor who is part of the movement in South Bend, Indiana, and Mary Hall, a journalist who covered the approach.

    Hosted by Ed Crasnick and Jonathan Widder; edited by Nina Bohlmann.

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    Story and links:

    The City Owned by Locals, Reasons to be Cheerful: https://reasonstobecheerful.world/the-city-owned-by-locals/

    Incremental Development Alliance website: https://www.incrementaldevelopment.org/

    Monte Anderson, Incremental development pioneer: https://www.monteanderson.org/

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    • 36 min
    #16: Empowerment Avenue – bringing solutions journalism into prisons

    #16: Empowerment Avenue – bringing solutions journalism into prisons

    There are few places where it is more difficult to be heard than in prison. One of our guests in this episode, Emily Nonko helps incarcerated people to publish stories on solutions by pairing them with outside editors – while our second guest, Ryan Moser is serving a ten year sentence in prison himself, and tells us what writing in prison means to him, things that he's learned and how he is preparing for a well-paying job in sustainable industries.

    Hosted by Ed Crasnick and Jonathan Widder; edited by Nina Bohlmann.

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    Stories by Ryan Moser:

    Things That I’ve Learned in Prison, https://thewildwordmagazine.medium.com/things-that-ive-learned-in-prison-ryan-moser-8d69e43c482e

    Why I’ll Leave Prison Ready for a Green-Collar Career, https://reasonstobecheerful.world/prison-training-green-collar-jobs/

    Empowerment Avenue Website: https://emilynonko.com/empowerment-avenue/

    The Press in Prison guidebook: https://scalawagmagazine.org/press-in-prison/

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    • 49 min

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