Creating a Sisterhood of Change Makers – Show 35

28 Dec 2010

She’s an avid social entrepreneur. She has helped train and mentor thousands of girls worldwide. She has started an organization that is the only global organization that is run by girls, for girls. She has advised political leaders and corporate executives, co-authored a book and has been featured in many more. She has received national awards for her achievements from the Coca-Cola Company, Nestles Corporation, Taco Bell Foundation, Glamour Magazine, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the President of United States.

And she’s only 19 years old.

Sejal Hathi is a change maker, and she believes that “as girls work together, they can solve some of the world’s intractable problems”. She calls it “the potential of the sisterhood of change makers”. Need some juice to get your social venture off the ground? Listen to this podcast and hear how Sejal, and her two friends at the ages of 15-16 years old, started an organization with no special resources, connections or capital and turned it into the only global organization that is run by girls, for girls. May 2011 be the year for you to make the impact you were born to make.

Cooking is a Sustainable Act: An Interview with Chef Kim O’Donnel

24 Dec 2010

To me, ‘green’ means being aware and more mindful — of our health, the food we eat and how everything we do is not in a vacuum but deeply interconnected, that the way we live our individual lives directly impacts animals, plants, the planet and our relationships with family, community and the world at large. One mindful action a day is indeed being green.

Putting Solar’s Pedal to the Metal – show 34

23 Dec 2010

First, she found a 1950′s vintage gas pump and installed batteries, inverters and charge controllers inside it. Then she connected it to mini solar panels and voila! A fully functional solar pump that will charge your cell phone, laptop or the cool electric bike I got to whiz around in at the Bioneers conference. It doesn’t get more fun than that.

Beth Ferguson is an environmental designer and her company, Sol Design Lab, wants to make solar super accessible to the public. If she had it her way, this bright yellow outdoor charging station would be on college campuses nationwide.

Want to see how it works? Watch this.

Green Recipe of the Week with Chef Kim O’Donnel

18 Dec 2010

Born and raised outside of Philadelphia by two Philly natives, I cut my teeth (not long after the T-bone from my high chair days) on footlong sandwiches that are my hometown’s cultural icons. I’m talking about the cheese steak and the hoagie, possibly two of the greatest artery cloggers ever invented, a mound of meat and fixins tucked into a freshly baked Italian roll, always made to order with homegrown “atty-tude” in a neighborhood joint—a luncheonette, corner sandwich shop, or street cart.

Transformational Speaking and the Four Bones of a Masterful Presentation

14 Dec 2010

Cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien, author of The Four-Fold Way, teaches there are four bones to which we must pay attention if we are to remain fully present in our lives. As in life, so it is in speaking! Use these four bones of professional speaking to ensure your presentation is masterful.

Speak Your Truth and Others Will Follow with Gail Larsen – show 33

14 Dec 2010

“If you want to change the world, tell a better story,” says Gail Larsen. I absolutely love that because it’s so true. The stories we tell and how we tell them will determine the impact we have on another person, an audience, or the entire world. My ongoing mantra on Women Of Green is “Turn Up the Volume”. Gail Larsen, Transformational Coach and author of Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story (Random House and Brilliance Audio) teaches artists, authors, activists and more how to speak their message so people listen. We need to tell our story, women. Learn to tell it well.

Will Your Holiday Gifts Support Green, Women-owned Businesses?

13 Dec 2010

The busiest election season of the year is coming up… how will you vote?

Yes, I know that the political mid-term elections are already behind us. However, that’s just one type of election: a political one. Every day, you vote many more times with your dollars. You may choose to support large corporations that focus on maximizing shareholder profits; small, independent businesses that are active in their local communities; or any number of other businesses in between. But with each purchase, you are casting a vote in support of that company’s practices.

Built Totally Green with Michaela Miller – show 32

8 Dec 2010

On August 27, 2008, tropical storm Fay crisscrosses the state of Florida four times. It hits Jacksonville hard. The violent winds tore down trees and the rivers rose. It was a presidentially declared disaster. When the storm passes, MiKaela and Steve’s beautiful home was left in ruins. However, Mother Nature also left new opportunity. And it was green. This is a how the film “Built Totally Green” begins.

My guest today, Mikaela Miller and her husband, Steve Sadler, became leaders in the Green Building movement after losing their river front home during Tropical Storm Fay by fully deconstructed their old house and rebuilding it to become the 1st Platinum LEED certified home in NE Florida. Their film is a step-by-step account of their entire green building process and their very unique personal journey.

Everyday Women Doing Extraordinary Things for the Planet, by Gloria Feldt

7 Dec 2010

People Magazine calls Gloria Feldt “the voice of experience.” A teen mother from rural Texas, Gloria served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, from 1996-2005. Her passion for bettering women’s lives remains her driving force as an independent commentator on women’s issues, politics, media, and leadership. Gloria teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University and serves on the board of the Women’s Media Center. Her previous books include the New York Times bestseller Send Yourself Roses, co-authored with actress Kathleen Turner, Behind Every Choice Is a Story, and The War on Choice.

Journey Into Green, by Carolina Miranda

6 Dec 2010

My own green journey has been a long time in coming. I’ve never considered myself an environmental activist, nor have I ever actually hugged a tree. Yet somehow, the twists and turns of life have led me to develop a deep commitment to sustainability and in turn to green business. Let me tell you how:

The Story of Cell Phone Stuff: A How-To, by Grazi Benedet

5 Dec 2010

Annie Leonard, “The Story of Stuff” creator/internet sensation, recently came out with a new informational video called, “The Story of Electronics: Why Designed for the Dump Is Toxic for People and the Planet.” You can see that video at Story Of Stuff. In it, she discusses how our electronics are essentially made to be broken, outdated and thrown away. She highlights the toxins that go into them, the process of disposing of them and at the end of the video talks about ways we can correct the issues (by encouraging the companies creating the junk take care of the junk!).

Green Recipe of the Week: Susan’s Eggplant Stack

4 Dec 2010

This is a souped-up version of the recipe that sparked the idea for my recent book project. One night, a few years ago, my mom (Susan) called me up, asking for advice on what to do with the eggplant and tomato she had picked up from the local farm stand earlier that day. She was hoping to cook something low-fat and yet satisfying for her longtime companion, the original Mister Sausage, who was recovering from a recent heart attack.

To Walk In Beauty: Excerpt from Moonrise, edited by Nina Simons with Anneke Campbell

1 Dec 2010

I want my students to be removed from the terror of wanting something
different, to know that they belong on the planet, that they belong in their
bodies, that they’re here as precious beings for a purpose, to connect with
other beings and to remove the illusion of separation between us all. I want
them to know that it requires incredible discipline and perseverance and
imagination to create change.