I don’t know of too many people that hate chocolate, so for all you chocolate lovers you are going to love this interview.

Steve Wallace is the author of a new book entitled  “Oberoni and the Chocolate Factory-An Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar.” This book is about a fascinating journey about a man who truly has made a difference in the production of chocolate.  When we think of chocolate we immediately think of Switzerland, France, Belgium–but why?  Cocoa beans are not from those places.

Steve used to live in Ghana (one of the largest regions producing cocoa) when he was 16 years old. This experience transformed him and he wanted to return to Ghana and give back.  While the people of Ghana’s vertically-integrated cocoa bureaucracy, overseen by Ghans’s Cocoa Board, aspired to move up the cocoa value chain, they were unwilling to invest in doing so.  They were content to stay at the bottom of the value chain.

Needless to say with tremendous hard work and lots of maneuvering the cocoa bean system, Steve Wallace build a very successful chocolate bar factory called Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company.  The chocolate bars are produced and manufactured in Ghana and shipped to Wisconsin for boxing, sales, and shipping.  Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company is truly a global company employing and housing over 200 natives.  Steve provides his employees with a fair wage,  and housing and has infused the local economy with a newfound wealth from what was once a place of poverty.

If you want to listen to a truly great story about a social-entrepreneur on a mission to change the lives of hundreds of people, then you won’t want to miss my interview with Steve.

To learn more about Steve and his new book ” Oberoni and the Chocolate Factory” please click here to be directed to the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company website.   Enjoy this great interview with a social entrepreneur making a difference in the world!

 

So what are the real issues that help to foster the environmental concerns that all of us are faced with?   Author Lee Van Ham in his new book entitled “From Egos to Eden” has identified what I personally believe are the biggest issues.

As a nation and society, we live as if we have a Multi Earth filled with resources for constant consumption.  We don’t understand that we need to start living as a society and nation as if we were inhabiting One-Earth and reduce our consumption of resources so that future generations can inhabit our earth and still have the necessary resources, as well as clean air, water, and soil that will be able to be farmed and produce nutritious crops.

As Lee writes ” The changes Earth is making in this 21st century exceed anything we’ve known in 12,000 years. The ecological crises she’s undergoing mean that by 2100 CE she will not longer be home for millions of species, and our species is the primary reason for their extinction.  If you are at all interested in learning about the shift in our mindset about how we live in harmony with mother earth, then I encourage you to listen to my interview with author Lee Van Ham about his book “From Egos to Eden“.

I also encourage you to check out another of Lee’s books entitled “Blinded by Progress“.  You can reach Lee by visiting his website by clicking here, or on Facebook by clicking here. I hope you enjoy this lively interview with a wonderful author and leader in the ecological movement.

 

This book is for anyone, it is a book for those who are willing to take charge of their destinies, beat the odds and create opportunity to pursue dreams on their own terms.

I recently sat down to conduct this podcast interview with Jonas Koffler one of three authors that makes up the team who wrote “Hustle-The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum.”  Hustle addresses the political, social and economic issues that plague the American citizen attempting to have more meaning and money in their lives.

Jonas states “The “American Dream” is not longer about advancement or the acquisition of material possessions–secure job, car, home, family or even social mobility–alone. It is about greater freedom and autonomy to choose one’s own path forward.  The American Dream is more of a DIY creative project than is has ever been, and hustle is the way to achieving it, surfacing one’s talents, capturing luck and opportunity, and leveraging skills and technology into a diversified portfolio of upward optionality.”

The authors definition of “hustle’ has been redefined to mean “Decisive movement toward a goal, however indirect, by which the motion itself manufactures luck, surfaces hidden opportunities, and charges our live with more money, meaning and momentum. “

If you want to change the trajectory of you life I highly recommend reading “Hustle” and listening to this interview.  You can also join the “Hustle’ generation by joining the authors on their quest.

Just click this link to take you to their book landing page.  I hope you enjoy my interview with Jonas Koffler one of the authors of “Hustle“.

 

In this interview I spoke with the founder and Catalyst at Success Redefined, Larry Kesslin.  In his new book “Success Redefined” he writes about how the more we understand how success drives our lives the more we can redefine it so we can live more fulfilled lives.  He talks about his old definition of success being “the ability to do whatever I want, whenever I want,” and why he has since changed it to “success is the ability to do whatever I want, whenever I want—while being part of something greater than myself.”

Larry Kesslin has been an entrepreneur who has focused the past 21 years helping business owners in the IT industry become more successful. His belief is that by helping others get what they want, he will get more than he needs.  You can follow Larry here on his blog.  Pre-order your copy of “Success Redefined” here.  

 

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.

 

 

It is seldom that I come across a book that is packed full of insight, wisdom and real world applications.  I had the honor of conducting an interview with Rebecca Costa the author of ” The Watchman’s Rattle-Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction“, about her new groundbreaking book.

Rebecca states that many of our current world problems are due to the accelerating complexity which outpaces the rate at which the human brain can function and develop new capabilities.  If you feel that our world is moving at breakneck speed and you are not able to keep up with the pace, you are not alone.  In the “Watchman’s Rattle” Rebecca cites civilizations such as and Mayan, Khmer and Roman empires which fell and became extinct due to trying to find quick fixes to their problems.  Drought, food shortages, war, population growth as all factors that we face today, and will require that we think our way out of extinction.  Biological capabilities–the genetic features of each human organism–represent the only common denominator in every civilization and therefore, must necessarily play a role in every civilization’s outcome.  Evolution can not be left out of the conversation, ” The Watchman’s Rattle” the the book that allows for us to have this dialogue and understand our challenges, and hopefully come to a way out of extinction.

Rebecca cites what she refers to as supermemes which are beliefs that have transferred from generation to generation and are at the foundation of the challenges we are facing as a civilization today.  Everything from irrational opposition to extreme economics, Rebecca and I discuss these supermemes in our interview together.

If you are interested in learning more about Rebecca Costa and her fascinating viewpoint on our current state of the world, then I recommend you click here to be directed to her website.

She is also the host of “The Costa Report” which is a online radio show that she does weekly, you can click here to be directed to the show.   

I hope you enjoy the lively interview with Rebecca Costa author of “The Watchman’s Rattle”  Rebecca’s Facebook page, Twitter page

 

I have come full circle with author Glenn Aparicio Parry.  Recently his publicists reached out to me about doing an interview with Glenn, what she did not know is that Glenn and I had previously been affiliated when Glenn was involved in as the director of the SEED Gratitude Institute in Albuquerque, NM.  I just love how the Universe works in bringing people back into your life, just at the right time.

Glenn has written a new book entitled “Original Thinking-A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity and Nature“.  In my interview with Glenn we explore the deep inner realms of our thinking.  How can we reconnect with all the natural ecological and spiritual ways to help restore our world to wholeness?   In other words is our linear and rational thinking at the root cause of our current degradation of our society?   If so how as a species can we reconnect with our “nature”.

As Glenn states “The origin of thinking is thanking. Original thinking is thinking that begins in wholeness, in gratitude for all there is. Thinking that begins in wholeness remains in wholeness, even if ti employs abstract thought for limited purposes. We are always in relationship with the whole.”  If you want to further explore how our thinking is at the center of so much of the dilemma we face as a society, then you won’t want to miss a minute of my interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry the author of “Original Thinking

If you want more information about the book and the author please click here to be directed to his website, or click here to go to his Facebook page, or here for Twitter.

I have been invited to attend the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona AZ which is being held May 27-31st.  I just conducted a wonderful interview with Danette Wolpert the film festivals founder and organizer.  I am so excited to bring you this interview to provide my listeners with an in-depth look at what will be happening at the film festival.

This event is being billed as a conscious film festival and rightfully so.  Danette has attracted some of the most interesting and unique film directors and movies.  Not only will you get to screen these amazing productions, but you will have what Danette describes an an immersive and engaging experience with hikes, meditation sessions, journaling,  food tasting and much more as part of your experience.

The film festival premier evening start off with a movie entitled “Sold” actress Gillian Anderson will be attending the session for a Q&A after the screening.  This movie will certainly set the tone for the remainder of the day events.

If you would like more information about the festival or to sign up for tickets please click here to be directed to the Illuminate Film Festival website.  You can also check them out on Facebook, or Twitter.

Every year for the last six years I have been attending the Natural Products West Expo in Anaheim, CA.  This event is a blast, loaded with new food products that are designed to be healthy and nutritious.  My intention in going to this event as a press person is to find up and coming organizations and authors that have a great products and cause for being in business.

This year I felt that I hit the jackpot.  I happen to come across the KIND Healthy Snacks.  I know that almost anyone reading this blog entry has heard of KIND, but do you know the story behind the organization?  I know that I didn’t, and recently had the honor of interviewing Daniel Lubetzky the founder about his new book ” Do the KIND Thing“.

Daniel has a fascinating personal story, but more importantly he has developed an organization, that is passionate about their purpose and committed to making this planet a better place to live.  Daniel is not only socially responsible entrepreneur, but really a KIND person fostering acts of KINDNESS.

While building a large organization like KIND Healthy Snacks is not an easy feat, Daniel has done it with persistence and the ten (10) tenants which make up the foundation of the company.  In my interview we discuss everything from this influence his father had on him who as a survivor from the concentration camps and the Holocaust, to his failures in business which gave him the grit and determination to keep going in times of adversity.

empathetic, understanding and compassionate toward others–a quality that is becoming harder and harder to find.  “Do the KIND Thing” is more than a book about business, it is a book designed to get the reader to understand what it takes to mold your into one of service, and in so doing reap the rewards and share in the profits–all kinds of profits.

If you would like to learn more about Daniel Lubetzky the author of “Do the KIND Thing” please click here to be directed to their website.  Or you can click here to be directed to the organization’s Facebook page.  I hope you enjoy this great interview with author Daniel Lubetzky.