I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Shoemaker the author of a new book entitled “Can’t Not Do–The Compelling Social Drive That Changes Our World.”    In our interview together we discuss the elements and passion required to change the world.

Paul is focused on letting the readers know that taking on a social project is for anyone.  You don’t have to create a nonprofit or have thousands of people following your movement.  He states that ” we have the solutions, technology and resources necessary to fight many of the world’s largest social problems.  Paul contends that the missing link is more people, committed people who can marshall resources with passion to make change happen.

In “Can’t Not Do” he cites many success stories of people who have addressed  social issues head on, and have resolved many of our worlds problems.  Take David Risher who founded an organization called “Worldreader” that uses technology to bring reading materials to areas where they’re most needed.  Worldreader is helping fight illiteracy by helping half a million schoolchildren in 50 developing countries start reading,  or Kerry Mc Cleahan who founded “Ready for Kindergarten Initiative”  a program that helps children who are kindergarten age become better prepared for school so they get a headstart when they do enter the formative years of their education.

Paul has great stories of people just like you and me who are making a difference, and have a passion to change the world.  His book is a guide designed to assist the reader in defining their “can’t not do” initiative then with tips, guidance and success stories encourage the reader to take action.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with a great thought leader and author.  If you want to learn more about Paul and Social Venture Partners the organization that he is the Founding President of just click here to be directed to the website.

 

 

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Larry Johnson the author of a new book entitled “The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising”.  His book is designed to help anyone in the non-profit sector better understand how to accomplish sustainable fundraising.  While this may seem like something simple, many nonprofits are still stuck in what we refer to as “transactional” activities, not long term donor development.  If you want to have a successful campaign you must be thinking about matching the values of your donors with the charity.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with a great professional Larry Johnson.  If you want to learn more about his consulting practice please click here to be directed to his website.

I have been working on a capital campaign project with a local nonprofit, and while I have done this kind of work before I wanted to reach out to the experts and get their advice and guidance.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Andrea Kihlstedt the author of “Capital Campaigns Strategies that Work.”  She has consulted and run numerous campaigns for nonprofits and with tremendous success.  In our interview together we speak about her book and the strategies that have worked for her and other so successfully.   As Andrea states capital campaigns grow out of a “big idea” and help to springboard and organization and breath life back into the donors.

If you are in the middle of a capital campaign or about to embark upon a big campaign project, then I highly recommend that you listen to the words of wisdom from author and consultant Andrea Kihlstedt.  If you want to learn more about her consulting business please click here to be directed to her website.   

Dan PallottaI personally appreciate the position author Dan Pallotta has articulated about the unjust discriminatory rules that society imposes on charities.  In his new book entitled “Charity Case-How The Non-Profit Community Can Stand Up For Itself and Really Change the World.” Dan states that virtually everything our society teaches about charity is backwards.  The donating public is told to measure the effectiveness and moral character of charities by how little they spend on “overhead” never being taught that overhead is really investment without which the nonprofit sector can never hope to solve massive social problems.  The media and government unwittingly perpetuate these views, condemning charities that invest in behind-the scenes infrastructure or attempt to lure talent away form the for-profit sector.

I personally have volunteered thousands of hours on charity boards helping to organize and raise money to assist with the funding of this program or that, and believe me the task is a challenging one at best.  Charities are always fight the battle to attract and keep good loyal and committed donors, and those donors frequently are judging the charity on how they control their expenses, and how much of their donated dollar is going to work.  Believe me just like any other business, charities can waste money but the charities I have been involved with have been lean mean fighting machines and truly use the donated dollars quite effectively.   I understand what Dan is saying in “Charity Case” is that the public sentiment has always been one of suspicion. While we spend money with other private-sector businesses and never once give a thought to how they spend their money on expenses or advertising as long as we receive the good or service we purchased.

In my interview with Dan we speak about his movement to help reposition charities in the eyes of the public.  Dan has a very interesting proposition about building an anti-defamation league for charities, the purpose would be to unite charities and create an advertising campaign that would inform the public about all the good that they are doing.  A great example is the ad campaign that “Got Milk” did that was funded by the  Milk Advisory Board which is comprised of dairy cattleman who have united and created advisory board to help build a positive image about milk.  Dan states that charities have never united together, and put their resources to work building a positive image for themselves with the public.  I personally believe this is a great idea, and one that is long overdue.

 

If you are interested in learning more about how Dan plans to help the charities of the world unite and overcome the ill-conceived views of the public I encourage you to read both “Charity Case” and Dan’s previous book “Uncharitable“.  You can also learn more by visiting his website by clicking here.  Enjoy this great interview with author and activists Dan Pallotta.

 

Barbara Marx HubbardIf you have never heard Barbara Marx Hubbard speak, then treat yourself and take a listen to this wonderful podcast we just recorded about her new DVD entitled ” Visions of a Universal Humanity“.

Barbara and I have a very engaging dialogue about the new story for humanity. In the documentary DVD Barbara brings together some of the finest minds of our time including world renowned physicist Freeman Dyson, biologist Bruce Lipton and scolar Jean Houston and others who present cutting edge perspectives on humankind’s potential to create a positive future for Earth.

In a time when so many people are asking the question. “why on earth are we treating one another this way“, the insights from VISION’S brilliant luminaries give us a glimpse into a world where competition is replaced with cooperation and violence by compassion.  A world where artificial trees can create more oxygen than naturally occurring trees and where GOD is described as existing inside the universe rather than outside of it.

There is not doubt that our world is shifting, and that all of our institutions including our monetary, education, government are being tested. We are most likely going to see a reinvention of most of these system over the coming years, and as is articulated through the scientists and spiritual leaders interviewed in the movie the alternative viewpoint to doom and gloom Armageddon scenarios currently circulating is one an evolution of the consciousness of  individuals on the planet where co-creation and harmony pervade.  Biologists Bruce Lipton, states”we need a change in our beliefs” our old beliefs are not serving us any longer and it is time to awaken to new possibilities.

If there were every a documentary that will assist the viewer to awaken to their own personal possibilities, and have renewed hope for our humanity then you need to watch this documentary “VISIONS of a Universal Humanity“.
Barbara Marx Hubbard is sponsoring a no cost a program entitled “Three (3) Keys to Evolutionary Metamorphosis” staring October 14th and continuing for 14 weeks.  I would highly recommend that you click on this link and join in on this teleseminar to understand more how you realize your human potential and contribute to the evolution of our world in a very positive way.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with an amazing futurist, author and activist who is having an impact on the positive evolution of our planet–Barbara Marx Hubbard.

Dzogchen Ponlop RinpocheIt truly was an honor to be able to interview Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.  His book entitled “Mind Beyond Death” is wonderfully written about the Buddhist culture and the levels of transition we make in preparation to death.  The Rinpoche speaks in this interview about the concept of the “bardo” which is the intermediary state and has become the catchphrase in Buddhist circles.  As the Rinpoche says this book is as much about life as it is about death.

There is a level of existence that is experienced between death and birth, and according to the Buddhist there are three levels: the existence of death, the existence of birth, and the existence  of what lies in between the two.  The Rinpoche encourages the readers to reverse their attachment to the appearances of this life and extract the most meaningful essence from their precious human existence.

I love the examples that the Rinpoche uses in the book, he explains that the moment we step outside our house and close the door, we begin to leave our life behind. We say goodbye to family and friends and to the familiar rooms and routines that we inhabit. We might feel regret mixed with excitement as we climb into the taxi and that will take us to the airport. As our vision of home recedes, we are both sadly parted and joyfully released from all that defines us. The further we go from home the more focused we become on our next destination.  We think less of home and more about where we are going. We begin to look at a new map; we start to think about where we will land, about the new people, new customs and new environment–the new set of experiences to come.
Until we reach our destination, we are in transit–in between two points.  One world has dissolved, like last nights dream, and the next has not yet arisen.  In this space, there is a sense of total freedom: we are free from the business of being our ordinary selves; we are not tied to the day-to-day world and its demands in quite the same way. There is a sense of freshness and appreciation of the present moment.

This interview with Rinpoche is an enlightening dialogue about life, death and the in between.  We discuss our fears, and how to learn to live in the moment without fear of our transition through death.

I know you are going to enjoy my interview with Rinpoche about his book entitled “Mind Beyond Death”  If you would like to learn more about his teaching you can visit the his website by clicking here or you can visit the website of the Nalanda West Center for American Buddhism where he teaches.

 

Harvey McKinnonThis was a wonderful interview with Harvey McKinnon the author of the new book entitled, “The Power of Giving“.

Harvey has a big heart, and loads of passion behind his charitable work. He and the co-author of this book, Azim Jamal,  point out that giving does more than just improve the lives of others; it affects your own life profoundly.  With benefits ranging from the practical–improved health and professional connection–to the intangible–creating feelings of hope and a sense of connection with others–giving is an essential but often overlooked human need.

One of the studies revealed that people who exhibit higher levels of altruism get a “helpers high”, a release of endorphins.  This high can give the immune system a boost, speed recovery from surgery and cut down on those restless nights.   Also thanks to new brain-scan technology, scientists have also discovered evidence that humans are “hard wired” to take care of and help each other.  A British poll of volunteers found that half of those surveyed claimed that their health had improved while they were volunteering.  Twenty percent of them claimed they lost weight, too which is a higher success rate than any diet we know.

If you would like to know more about what you can do to personally to become a giver, then I highly recommend reading “The Power of Giving“.  This book could certainly be transformational in your life if you implement some of the practices that Harvey and Azim outline in their book.

These are simple practices that are proven to awaken you, transform and improve your life in almost every possible way imaginable.   It is not hard to give, and it does not have to be just money.  Your gifts can be of time and your talent, for those are needed just as much as your money.

So relax, and enjoy this wonderful interview.  You can learn more about Harvey and Azim by visiting their website by clicking here.

Jackie LapinJackie Lapin has a special energy and essence.  She is a very accomplished author as well as the founder of  a non-profit called United World Healing.

In my interview with Jackie about her book entitled, “The Art of Conscious Creation“, we discuss the some of the Universal Guiding Principles to leading a happier and more fulfilling life.  In our interview together she articulates some of her own personal stories about how she personally has learned to manifest what she needs to have a fulfilling and meaningful life.

What you learn from Jackie is that the focus is not on yourself that brings happiness and peace, but a focus on helping and serving others.  You will learn the power of building communities of support and how important that is for helping you manifest in your life.  As Jackie states her book is a manual for empowerment.  It is a wake-up call for those who have spent their lives feeling powerless, victimized or buffeted by life’s challenges.  With the awareness of your infinite powers to create your own reality to change the future, to change the world, you can set an exciting new course as so many others around the globe are doing.   I hope by the time you complete listening to this interview you are inspired to ask the question, “What can I do?”

This interview is for those who want to get up and not only change their own personal life, but help in changing the lives of countless thousand of others who are in need of assistance.  Enjoy listening to my interview with Jackie Lapin, and please visit her website by clicking here for more information on her her workshops and books.