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!

 

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