1. Eat More Chocolate

    Who says you have to sacrifice pleasure to do good? Sophi Tranchell is Global Managing Director at Divine Chocolate, Fairtrade pioneer, Social Enterprise Ambassador, Chair of Fairtrade London, & London Food Board member. Food For Thought & Conversation To the Mayas, cocoa pods symbolized life and fertility and the Aztecs believed...
  2. A Cultivated City

    You don’t have to live in the country to farm. Urban agriculture is blossoming in Portland, Oregon.  Simpson Street Farmers: Caienna Bierwirth studied at University of Oregon and is also Assistant Instructor at Tracking Earth, out-door adventures for folks of all ages.Rex Rolle studied at Whitman College and formerly worked at...
  3. Playing Moneyball with Doctors

    Believe it or not, Don McCormick, a former insurance executive, made healthcare cheaper for patients and more lucrative for doctors in Houston without the middlemen. Here’s proof.  Don McCormick is founder of the Patients Physicians Cooperative operating in Houston and in other cities. He had an impressive career in the insurance...
  4. Punc Power

    What is a punc and what does it have to do with communal napping and healing?  David Barfield is a receptionist at Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, OR. Whitsitt Goodson is a licensed acupuncturist at Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, OR and Coordinator of Volunteers for Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture ...
  5. Mind Over Body

    Roberta Fernandez used her brain to amaze her doctors and drastically cut her post-surgical healing time and pain medication.She is an educator, sustainability consultant, and trainer in organizational change and believes one can make meaningful change to their lives using tools like guided visualization, NLP (neurolinguistic programming), and hypnosis. Roberta is now a...
  6. Reclaiming Sacred Beings

    One man’s fascinating quest to decolonize indigenous peoples of North America and restore their cultures. Terry Cross  is the founder & Executive Director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He is a member of the Seneca Nation with four decades of child welfare experience, including 10 years of direct children...
  7. No Reservations

    New Indian organizations combat stereotypes and foster leadership in innovative ways—from building a skate park to aid in suicide prevention to partnering with college sports teams named for tribes.  Darius Smith has a varied and rich career in educational & cultural affairs; Native People’s Initiative-Habitat for Humanity Int’l, Alma Curriculum &...
  8. A Healing Wind of Change

    From jingle dancing to treaty enforcement and tribal economic development, one Ogalala woman brings it all together to build a mighty vortex of Indian power, commerce and community.  Shadana Dickerson Sultan is Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce and was the recipient of the 2014 Denver Mayor’s...
  9. Hello, Neighbor

    How 75,000 people around the globe are using social media to get to know their neighbors and pool their resources. Need a ride? Got a surplus of zucchini? Want to trade pet-sitting services? It’s all right there in your neighborhood. Rebecca Rockefeller is the co-founder of the Buy Nothing Project. Sheis...
  10. Beyond Gentrification

    Gentrification has become a dirty word to people displaced by the rising prices that come with it. A Portland neighborhood leader seeks to reverse that trend and bring opportunities and amenities to communities facing the invasion of affluent immigrants. Jeff Gerwing serves on the Cully Eco-District Advisory Board in Portland OR...

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